Monday, January 27, 2014

no.way.‏

SOOOOOOO i didn't think the day would ever come that i would be saying this but.... i think my hair.... is thinning... every time i wash and dry my hair off... there's like 30-50 hairs chillin there.... nothing makes me more angry.... maybe i'm just shedding:) Lets just think positive! 
Anyways life here is sweet! The East isn't so bad i guess but its definitely not the West:) So this week we went as a zone to Bureh Beach and sorry i can't send pictures in the East but you'll see it eventually! But wow was it beautiful! I could've stayed there for the rest of my life! 
So Tuesday was zone meeting and i got the opportunity to share a journal entry and man was that fun! I shared this experience... So Elder Sumrak and i always teach this one woman, Fatmata. She decided to cook for us tonight so she cooked FuFu. Which is just rotten cassava that they boil and it turns into like a playdough type substance.. you don't chew it.. you dip it in sauce, throw it in your mouth, and swallow.... so its gross. And the sauce she made for us had so much pepe in it that it would burn your skin! So long story short i was wiping my face with frozen water sachets to try and cool my face down cuz you don't use spoons so the sauce was all over my face... man it was hot. So that was my experience but man it was so sweet! I'm so glad that i keep a journal! 
The other day we were chillin there and this giant spider crawls into the room.... so what do we do.. spray it with some super bug spray! That'll kill it! What we didn't realize is that it's gonna take at least a minute to die and during that minute... its not gonna be happy. So we spray it and honestly it felt like a scene from Aliens vs. Predators with those spider things... that thing was chasing me around the whole apartment until it finally died. And it wasn't just running.. it had acquired the black trait of being able to jump... very far. So it was running jumping and trying to kill me.... So why didn't i just throw my football at it??? Well... i tried that but something i realized is throwing a football at a large spider is... if you throw it you better hit it or its not happy... Learned that one the hard way as well... but that way is even more fun because you get to really test your accuracy... and you have to throw it hard too... just a toss and the spider can catch it and throw it back (not really but they are fast enough to dodge it). So that's all for my hunting experience this week. 
So our new investigator is such a sweet guy! His name is S. and man does he have one of the craziest stories ever! He accepted a baptismal date but he hasn't come to church for 2 weeks so we stopped by to see whats up... well he has a car and nice clothes and we always wondered where his money was coming from... we found the answer to both questions. We asked a woman by his house where S. was and she said at church.. Which church?? Yaway Earthly Ministries.Oh so when will he be back? When he's done preaching. Huh? Ya he owns three churches and they're called Yaway Earthly Ministries. In my head this is what was going on.... "Are. You. Freaking. Kidding. Me...... Well i guess he's about to baptize and donate his 3 chapels to the church cuz i'm not stoppin til he's baptized!!!" So that was a real bummer to hear but we're prayin and bein positive about it. After all... he does have a baptismal date:) 
With love from Africa,
-Kaenahoovay Rogers




So i forgot to tell you guys about Big Joe! Big Joe is a tiny little gecko that hangs around our apartment and man he's cute. He just walks around on the walls and when you look at him he just freezes where he is and when you look away and then back he'll be like a foot closer to wherever he's headed. He's a stud. He eats all our spiders that are medium to small and we kill the big ones to protect him and he eats those too. Ya its random but i thought i'd just let you know about our pet gecko. Til next week! 



Monday, January 20, 2014

what lives in the drain....

So this week went by so fast!! Elder Barrick and i are having the funnest time here! Not too much fun though... we know when to be serious! I am growing and maturing... slowly... but its still coming! This week we had some crazy experiences... this one man we are teaching has been stealing from his company for quite some time so that he could get enough money to support his family. Its hard to tell people to stop because then they won't have any money and... ya you get the picture. So this man would always take care of writing checks for his company when they would buy things from other companies and every time he would write the check he would take 10,000 leones ($2.50) extra out of his companies account and take it with him... so after confessing this to us we told him to stop, and pray that when he tells his boss he won't fire him... so he did and he goes to tell him. After telling his boss his boss hangs his head and says "That's alright we're even.... I've been keeping 10,000 from your checks each time." BOOM! We just helped two people follow the commandments... when he told us this story we were laughing so hard.... so a few months ago i told Jess about something that was squirming around in a pile of like soapy hair and dirt in the shower drain... that was in my last apartment and i never found out what it was... this apartment has shed some light on this one.... The other night im washing and something is squirming around in the soap that is making its way down the drain.... i just stop and watch it for a second and then what comes crawlin out of the soap... a centipede.... and like the spiders here they are way freaky... this one was multicolored with like neon colors.... oh and it was 6 inches long...... it was like a crawling sausage.... i screamed like a ten year old girl........ it was freaky. So thats my adventurous story for today. Something about my apartment is the view... so amazing... it looks over a river that winds through the peninsula and what is around the river.... the jungle.. its so crazy! I just stand and look out over it...... none of it has people living there either... its really the jungle. So beautiful. Anyways this week was sweet.. on Wednesday Elder Barrick and i went out at 10:30 to have our first appointment and we got bounced... so did the next 3 appointments... so we went to the apartment at noon and ate lunch and then we went back out at 12:45 and returned at 6 with 6 lessons taught! It was so sweet! Im loving this transfer so much! I've loved all of them so much but this one is going so fast.... Anyways i was studying the other day and i was reading in 2 Nephi 10:3-4 and as i was reading i just bust out laughing.... Coach Hawes voice just flashed through my mind saying, "Jews......... Yall Serious!!!???" Read it and you'll see what im talking about... Chad will be the only one to understand the full affect but man it was funny. Im currently learning 6 different languages and can greet in each one of them. They are Limba, Timini, SoSo, Kissi, Krio, and Mendai. I can speak Krio and i can almost bare my testimony in Mendai. I love learning and languages are probably the coolest things to learn.. everyone says i won't be able to speak them before i go home but i'm determined. So anyways thats all for this week! I tell you guys all the funny things but just know that spiritual things are happening and the reason i don't share them is because most of them are just really special to me so i tend to not share them but i'll start to add things about my studies and such. Keep reading those Books of Mormon!! Mallowai!
-Konokwao Rogers

Monday, January 13, 2014

The streak.. is over‏

The streak... meaning my streak of not throwing up has now come to an end.. not because i've been nervous and not because of anything other than... i got something not sweet. So monday i arrived in Allen town and it wasn't a bad day........ the apartment is the sweetest and i had a lot of time to chill inside it this week.. tuesday i had the runs so bad... like when i would drink water.. it would come out in 5 minutes and even sometimes when i would go to wipe.... BOO! ... all over my hand.. not sweet.. anyways that was tuesday and wednesday so we couldn't go out of the apartment... thursday we gave it a shot.. we went out and my body was feeling fine and then out of nowhere around like 4 oclock in the evening it all came rushing back... this time with nausea... so Thursday night was full of throwing up in a bucket while sitting on the toilet and .... you get the idea..... anyways friday we stayed inside and then finally saturday we went out and had a normal day... thank goodness. So throughout my sick days i read a book that elder barrick let me borrow.. its called The Brothers and its from The Great & Terrible Series. It was written by a mormon writer and it is the sweetest! Mom i would love it if you could find the whole series of 8 books and send them to me just one in each future package! And buy another set and read them! They are sweet! Elder Barrick is a way sweet companion and we are enjoying our transfer so far........ we had a ton of bonding time this week so it was nice! He is a very kind loving companion and he does a lot of things for me.... without me asking.. don't get the idea that im bossing him around... i've left my old ways:) The apartment is sweet the companionship is sweet... the area is suffering a little because of a mormon who went anti-mormon... so we're working on it... but hey life in the East really isn't so bad! Mallowai!
-Elder Rogers

Monday, January 6, 2014

Anywhere but Eastend....

Well transfers came and as they came i was just thinkin in my head.. please not eastend please not eastend.... "Elder Rogers will be going to the Allen Town apartment and the Allen Town area.... in Eastend." So i was sent to the red headed step child.... hopefully its not so bad. Im really missing King Harmon and im really missing my Belliar Park area.... This area that im going to is not easy... and my companion is Elder Barrick from Idaho! He's from my MTC which is super rare.. 9 out of 10 missionaries don't serve with someone from their MTC so im blessed there... We are both fresh out of our 12 weeks of training... and he doesn't know Krio... thankfully i do.... kinda.... Its gonna be super interesting! Our area is tough is what i hear... My last area i had 12 baptisms and in the same amount of time he had 3 so we have a ton of work to do!! I really don't like switching so many companions though... Elder Barrick will have been in this area for 2 transfers after this one so he is most likely gone so i might be getting another companion after this transfer.... i dislike switching companions so much.... it makes it very hard because just as you start to really enjoy and it starts to go by so fast then you get a new one and have to start all over again... its not so sweet.. but hey this transfer should be pretty fun... I really love the apartment i am going to be staying in.. it doesn't get as much light but it has so much more room! And it has such a sweet view of the ocean and its up  on a mountain (ya i left one mountain.. for another one) so it has a pretty sweet breeze! Anyways that's all i can think of for the moment so ill catch ya next week with more stuff about the area and about how the first week went! Mallowai!

-Elder Rogers