Monday, April 14, 2014

So you're teaching Elders Quorum right??? hah.‏

So this week was so sweet! Gave my second instruction and it was sweet! A lot of it was training my district members how to send their numbers in and the importance of a neat and clean baptismal record. By the way mom... you'd be surprised at how clean i keep everything now.... i suggest having Tanner, Korbin, and Kennli brook their clothes for a month. It really makes you appreciate everything a lot more... and its really fun to do. But back to the fact... i can't stand disorganization now.... so that was most of the instruction but the other part was about working together with our Branch Mission Leader. Since our BML can be very difficult we mostly discussed patience... which is something that everyone needs to work on every day. 
So we taught 23 lessons this week which was a HUGE improvement compared to last weeks 14 lessons. Also this week we had a very interesting experience (happens every day but this one was extraordinary!). SO we're sitting there in the chapel just before Elders Quorum starts and today had been a 'Missionary Sunday' which means that the missionaries handle all the talks, music and teachings for the day. Well they only gave assignments to the speakers and they gave us an assignment of singing the closing hymn as just the missionaries....... so we're sitting there and we're singing the opening hymn for Elders Quorum. Elder Arhinful (one of the elders in the branch) comes over to me and grabs my arm to get my attention to tell me 'man they just told me that me and my companion need to teach young mens, the sisters are teaching young womens, but we need someone to teach Elders Quorum.' At this point the branch first counselor (the man who was supposed to make the assignments) comes over to us and tells me the same thing and he throws this at the end "... and its a missionary Sunday which means you guys are supposed to take every class. That's how it was when i was a missionary." And he said in such a chastising way.... i couldn't hold it back "and i bet when you were a missionary they gave you a week to prepare." So anyways after that i realized that i'll have to do it because everyone else around me is a younger missionary and half of them gave talks... so i stood up after the prayer... nothing prepared... and i gave an instruction on the importance of Enduring to the End and the Importance of the Sacrament. Well it wasn't that bad... and it was well needed because we have 540 members in this branch and only 147 came to church Sunday.... big problem with retention here but we're workin on it.. small small. 
So after church we went out to teach.. we found a few of our referrals that needed to be contacted and one guy flagged us down to come and teach him... so we walk inside his compound and start teaching him and the concern that God doesn't have a body comes up and normally we would deflect that and save it til the next lesson but he needed an answer. So Brother Sonky (one of our branch missionaries) opens up to Genesis 1 where it says "let us create man in our own image and likeness" and he started telling us how God doesn't have an image because he doesn't have a body... okay buddy.... Exodus 33 where it says "And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend." So he agreed that he had a body but he saw a painting of God that showed God without a head... so he can't have a face..... we showed him that the prophets wrote the bible and a prophet didn't paint that picture..... He was just confused.... he said that in the film he watched where Moses talks with God.... that explained most of it because he was being deceived by one of the many apostate films that are out here. Then Elder Hamilton made an example about when the sun goes down and the moon comes up and he started relating that to what we were talking about and the guy stood up and says "you think the sun and the moon are different things! When the sky starts to get dark the sun cools down and changes into the moon!!!" well that explained pretty much all we needed to know about this guy.... so after a ton of laughing and finally agreeing that he was right about the moon we prayed and left.... most likely never to return there.
Anyways guys that's all for this week. I love you all tons and hope that you enjoy the upcoming Easter Sunday!!!! Malloway!!
-Elder Rogers

Oh and guys conference was soooo sweet!!!!! actually i haven't seen it and won't see it for about like 4 weeks but i wanted to fit in with the rest of everyone else:) 

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