Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Gotta go out in style ...Week 11 in Lapeer

     Detroit on our last weeks preparation day was amazing. We started off by going to an abandoned factory, it closed down in the 1950's. It was so sweet to see what it used to be and then see all the modern graffiti. After that we headed into downtown Detroit and played some Basketball and then shopped at some shops and I bought a cool Detroit hat. It is sweet, Detroit was amazing and I also had the opportunity to see CANADA! On our way back home we stopped in and bought Chick-fil-A for dinner. it was great, loved it. That night we taught the restoration to a member family, it was great and the spirit was there.

      Elder Wolfe's last full day, gotta go out in style. Today me and him talked to 40+ people combined it was crazy, we had basically the whole day to contact so we did. For dinner we had Hamburgers at a members home and it was great and so filling but that was Elder Wolfe's last day talking to people and eating lots of hamburgers. 

     Early this morning we saw Micheal off. I am using his first name as he is going bye now. We went to District meeting and that was great, lots of discussion. Then we stopped by a less active and then contacting. 

     Thursday we did service in the morning after our two lessons failed us then we taught a member the restoration and it was great. He is only a young adult but is a recent convert and he is on fire, cool to see him.  

     Friday in the afternoon we went down and offered service to a person who has reached out to us and we are hopefully going to begin teaching. There are some initial hangups but we will see, then we went to the soup kitchen and that was legit, I love to serve there. Then contacting and companion study. 

     Saturday was good. We talked to lots of people. 

      But Sunday was the best day of the week, probably the most spirit filled day of the week. Our schedule Sunday went as followed... we attended PEC then Church, Lunch, member visit, travel, member visit, stop by someone, Dinner (baked asparagus with a pork chop) travel member visit, travel, member visit and teach the plan of salvation and then companion study. We taught members the whole day and ended the day with like 100 miles driven. It was great to see the ward accept the invitations that we left with them on behalf of the stake and mission president. I hope this will continue to lead to an increased faith for the members to share the gospel. In preach my gospel on page 160 we read President Gordon B Hinckley taught " So many of us look upon missionary work as simply tracting. Everyone who is familiar with this work knows there is a better way. That way is through the members of the church. Whenever there is a member who introduces an investigator, there is an immediate support system."

Y'all have a blessed week. 

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers

Old factory in Detroit

Old factory

graffiti in the factory

 downtown Detroit skyline


Elder Wolfe on the factory

Me with the Spirit of Detroit

Sweet hat!

My Sunday meal!

I made this too

From Elder Wolfe, my best smelling hand lotion!





Monday, 19 June 2017

700 cans = Free wings! ...Week 10 in Lapeer

     Monday starting off the week we travelled and hour to Port Huron to spend the p day with the district. It was sweet. We went to the beach, mall, and played games at the apartment. That evening Elder Clayden, Elder Meyer & I exchanged. Me and Clayden talked up a storm, it was sweet. In like 2 hours we talked to over 25 people about the gospel in parking lots, and the boardwalk that separates Canada and USA. It was a great night! 

     The next day we continued the exchange. First a bit of backstory.... so in their apartment (in Port Heron) in the kitchen they have a year supply of pop cans stacked on the wall from former missionaries! There was like 700 cans so $70 worth, so we tore them down and returned them for cash and what we did with the cash will come up later. After we went to contact and talked to even more people today, it was great. We stopped in at multiple people and Elder Clayden and I wrecked it again (did great). For dinner, we took the cash form the cans and we all met up to go for buffalo wild wings! It was sweet and tasty! Then some more contacting before comp study and bed to end the evening. 

     In the Morning, District meeting. We learned about teaching the doctrine and then asking questions to understand if they understand, then we travelled home and a former missionary in the mission friend of Elder Wolfe took us out for lunch with his family. That afternoon we helped a non member do some service and then he took us to dinner! After we had our scheduled lesson fall so we had our companion study. 

     The next day, Thursday, we did service in the morning and then that evening we had dinner with a member family. It was an awesome meal! Then we drove to Oxford to go with members to deliver cookies to less actives, it was a great visit. That wrapped up the day. 

     Friday, Elder Wolfe had to go to Southfield for an exit interview and so he went down with another missionary so we went on exchange in the other Elders area and served some people. I got myself a Trump sign, it was sweet. Then one set went to a members home for dinner and an Elder took me out for dinner, it was also my 18 month mark.

     Saturday we contacted all day and it was great.

     On the Sabbath day we went to two members home to teach the restoration. Also we had a member dinner, it was a great day. when we were teaching the restoration it is awesome to always reflect on the true nature of it and how and what really did happen, its great. 

That's my week! It was also way hot at times one day this week reached 97ºF (36ºC)...that's warm! Another day it was 73º F and that felt like paradise! Anyway, have a great week y'all!

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers


Souvenir 

My $7 back pack!

Trump sign

Steak and eggs for breakfst

The wall of cans in the kitchen...before

The wall... after!




Wednesday, 14 June 2017

What a blessing ...Week 9 in Lapeer

     Monday for preparation day we travelled to Flint and went to the mall and some stores and I'm am deeply sorry mom but I didn't get pictures....but it was cool! We really didn't see anything picture worthy. Later that evening we went to the library for Elder Wolfe and he worked on his prep for school and the "My Plan" thing departing missionaries do. Then we talked to people. 

     ZONE CONFERENCE on Tuesday was a blast. We discussed accountability to the mission president and to the Lord and how we will retain it  after our missions as well. A paragraph on accountability from preach my gospel says "The principle of accountability is fundamental in God’s eternal plan. We will all stand before the Lord at the last judgement and give an accounting for what we have done with the opportunities He has given us (see Alma 5:15–19; D&C 137:9). There is much you can learn about accountability on your mission that will benefit you throughout your life. The principle of accountability will bless you..." Then we talked about repenting often and that in the mission field it is a sin braking the white hand book. Later we had some famous shaved ice and I also got to sit in Presidents Mustang. Then we saw Sister MJ and talked a little about Family History and how she can do it! What a blessing!

     The next day for dinner we went to a members home and it was great!! We saw Sister MJ and taught the Restoration and it was great. She is so awesome and is starting to share it herself with her sister.

     Thursday was service day at habitat and then some contacting.

     Friday we had three lesson set up from people we met on Wednesday and all cancelled, one rescheduled and one said he is not going to drive that far to church, its like 30-32 minutes. So then we planned and went to the soup kitchen and it was grand!! Also some members fed us that night home made pizza it was grand! Then some members who buy us food gave that to us, I got some pork chops, steak, chicken, brats and oranges... it was great, I love it!! That evening we saw Sister MJ and taught the plan of Salvation and she remembered it and loved it all.

     Saturday was HOT, it was 90ºF (32ºC). We went to the church in the morning for a pancake breakfast and a car wash/bake sale fundraiser. A member bought us breakfast and treats and a car wash, it was awesome! What a blessing! Then we saw a potential investigator down south and did some service for her before we travelled to Detroit for the Battle of the Choir at a baptist church. It was the BEST 2 1/2 in a while. It was great, lots of singing! Then when that was over we made it home just before 9pm.

     Sunday was Awesome! President and Sister Cleveland came and for the 3rd hour they talked about missionary work to the ward. It was awesome and uplifting to the ward. That evening we had another meeting with Sister MJ  and taught the Gospel of Christ, Jesus and the Sabbath Day and it was a great lesson. She said she is going to invite someone to church!!! What a blessing. Tt was 91ºF today...... HOT!! 

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers


President Cleveland car!

Sister & Pres Cleveland

Elder Wolfe and I

Sr couple Sister & Elder Rushton

In Detroit







Saturday, 10 June 2017

"Detroit Special" ...Week 8 in Lapeer

     Starting off the week we went to Great Lakes Crossings, the largest mall in Michigan. It's like a mile to walk around. It was fun and a great way to spend our preparation day.  That's where I got my cool new shirt :) That evening we sat outside and had a lesson with our investigator M, we taught enduring to the end, one of the last commandments we had to teach her. The lesson went great and she accepted everything and is on route to baptism. Then we called a potential investigator and he hung up on us because he was in the middle of watching some games shows! 

     In the morning we had interviews with President Cleveland and they were on time what a blessing. Normally we wait like an hour to get in but things were on time today.  We came back home for lunch and then contacted till we emailed home that evening. (Monday was Memorial day so had to email home Tuesday)

     Wednesday was M's baptism interview but before that we had district meeting. The interview went well, she passed with an A+ then we exchanged, Elder Wolfe, Elder Clayden & I taught her learning and serving in the church. It went great, she is ready to accept a calling! Then we had an hour haul back to Port Huron. For lunch we stopped in at little Ceasers and got the Detroit Special (its a $5 hot and ready covered in butter and parmesan) It's great! We went and talked to people that evening and after dinner we talked to tons of people and even set up some great appointments. We even walked alongside Canada on the USA side. Tonight I crashed, I was so tired. 

     The next day we were wondering what we should do then we got a referral so we contacted him... but he was not home so they will try again later. This evening we saw M our investigator and had a great lesson with her and continued her on her path to baptism. It was in general a great day. 

     Friday for weekly planning we called like 60+ people to invite them to the baptism on Sunday morning, there should be a good turn out. Tonight someone took us out for dinner. We went to a Mexican joint and Elder Wolfe took the challenge of the El Grito... a 5 pound plate with a big burrito and nachos all around but he couldn't do it, he was close though. 

     The next day was the Funeral service for our ward mission leader. While waiting I was pondering how come the word "funeral" has the word "fun" ...maybe because it is a fun time because we know the truth on where people go after they die, feel free to send me your input. The service was a great one and it really reflected and celebrated his life. It was a great day. Later we went to a graduation dinner party and then saw our investigator and finalized some small details before her baptism the next morning.

     Sunday, THE BAPTISM! It was great,  there was over 60 members of the ward attending and even some of her family. It was amazing and the Spirit was great. This scripture I think reflects "baptism"   2nd Nephi 9:41
' O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceives, for the Lord God is his name.'
The rest of the day was great. We went to a ward members home for dinner and it was great. They are a cool family. Then we talked to some people and finished off the night with companion study. 


Lots Of Love 
Elder Rodgers 

exchanges with Elder Clayden

cool sunset


my new shirt

it was ... different 

Friday, 9 June 2017

Miracle In Lapeer ...Week 7 in Lapeer

     This week was great, we have met with our Investigator M like 6 times since I last emailed. She is amazing and will be baptized June 4th. 

     On Tuesday we drove to pick up are new companion Elder Wolfe and that was great! We had to go to Port Huron to get him and that was odd, his stuff was put in the wrong car with other members of the district haha so after the confusion we finished off the day and met with M, our investigator. We had a great lesson and then went to visit less actives. 

     Wednesday we had district meeting and that went great. It made us realize what we need to change about keeping up to date records. We saw a referral who was legit CRAZY! She was like yelling at us because the government took her children, it was weird.  Later that night it was pouring rain and we had dinner at our ward mission leaders home,  it was taco night... YUM. After we saw more less actives.
    
     On Thursday we volunteered at the Habitat and that was a great. We continued to help our investigator to baptism and that night we contacted and talked to tons of people!! 

     Friday was great, we planned and then offered service at the soup kitchen and it was a BLAST ! Then we did lots of contacting and it was a great night. 

     Saturday was tough. Our ward mission leader passed away last night and it was super sad, I loved him and his family. It was so sudden that we were all shocked, we had just seen him on Wednesday. Later we had to work some things out and then we finalized the day of our investigators baptism, its sick!! Sunday June 4th ...it will be awesome! The rest of that day we had some lessons and some contacting, so in general long and sad day. 

      Sunday was a blast. We had church service which was amazing, and also sad because of the loss of a member. That afternoon we split and Elder Meyer went to see our investigator M with the Bishop and me and Elder Wolfe contacted. Then we had Mexican at  members home and we then went to Southfield for choir practice which was great! 

-- M  is the Miracle in Lapeer


Lots Of Love 
Elder Rodgers 


sunset

cool car

a poster from Detroit

new calendar