Saturday, September 27, 2014

He walked in and asked to be baptized... are you serious?‏

This week was great! We went to the institute on Friday to attend the Friday Devotional with an investigator of ours but he never showed up and right as it started a man walked in and was asking about the church so Elder Dalley directed him to us and we watched the devotional with him and afterwards he asked us "How do i get converted?" Afterwards we sat with him and talked with him about the Book of Mormon and then gave him a baptismal date for November 8th. As he's leaving the member that was with us invited him to an activity later that night and he showed up and we happened to be there and he was asking questions about the Book of Mormon. When he went home he dove right into the book and read from the introduction through the first few chapters in Nephi! We are still amazed at this whole experience! This week has been awesome! Everyone in the District is pretty nervous for transfers to come. Speaking of this upcoming week. Our P-Day will be moved to Monday because of General Conference (SO STOKED FOR CONFERENCE). And if I'm transferred from the area then my P-Day's will be back on Monday's anyways.. and it sound like i may be transferred.... just got the feeling. Anyways it's short but i love all you guys and i hope that you have a great week!
-Elder Rogers

Saturday, September 20, 2014

College Game Day!!‏

Wassup Wassup? Life is still awesome in Tallahassee. This week we've got another football adventure! It's not another game but it is pretty awesome... so because this weeks game is super big "College Game Day" came to town and its like the live show that they do at one of the games were they have the sports guys on the college campus in front of the stadium. It's awesome.. so Friday we were walkin around the stadium to find people to talk to and because that's the most populated area that's where we went. When we get over there we see that Coca-cola is handing out free cokes and free pizza so of course we grab a coke and sit down for some pizza. The woman giving out cokes says "you can take as many as you want." So Elder Funk fills his backpack with like 30 cokes! The straps even broke as we were walking away. We took a ton of pictures in front of the set and it was wayyyy cool! So I'm sure you all might be thinking that we don't do missionary work but we do! For about 3 weeks now we've been teaching Cait Dexter and she has had the deepest questions... for example she didn't want us to teach her the plan of salvation but she wanted us to teach her a deeper one that included us teaching her about Exaltation... so we did! And she accepts it allllll and when i say all... i mean it. Yesterday she told us that she talked to her parents and told them that she has been attending this church and wants to baptize into it and at first her parents were a little bummed out but accepting and within a 3 hour span they had gone from that to "we will disown you if you join that church" they had obviously been researching it and seeing all of the bad stuff out there and Cait told her to go to but I've learned from past experience that when someone is trying to be offended they will find what they are looking for and take it the wrong way... Her parents also found something online that said that the campus missionaries "prey" on the vulnerable and weak looking people..... so false. We're proud of her though! When  her parents called to tell her that they'll disown her she came running back to the institute and found one of the girls that has become her friend through the church and she just sat down and cried with her and that other girl had also been through this thing when she was joining the church... actually almost all of the members down here who are converts have faced this same problem. Today I'm just grateful for being born in the church and to parents who are supportive of me. Love all you guys!
-Elder Rogers
by the way.... FSU's Heisman winner, Jameis Winston, decided to get up on a table in the middle of the commons area here and scream profanities..... so he's suspended for their whole game today... #idiot 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cameron has been baptized!

Cameron has been baptized! It was on Sunday right after church and it was way awesome! There were a ton of people. Baptisms here are wayyyy different. I wouldn't say that they are better but they aren't worse either. Baptisms have a different spirit here but whether its in the States or in Africa its awesome! 
We went to the FSU game Saturday night and that was super sick! They won of course but i don't think that they'll win a national title this year. It was a cool experience to watch the number one team in the nation play though. So many drunk people though. Cool fact about the FSU stadium, they don't sell alcohol inside the stadium... awesome right? So everyone gets drunk outside! We saw one guy outside of the gates chugging 4 beers right before he went into the game.... maybe its just because I've been living my beliefs but i really don't see the benefit of drinking.... you act stupid, you get a belly, you get addicted, your family life is ruined, your job is at risk, and the list goes on.... sadly we see that a lot here. 
Yesterday we got a call from a member asking if there was an Elder Canes on campus with us. There isn't one. One of the Fraternities had posted something on a school blog about an interview with a missionary (it was a fake interview by the way) and the replies that the "missionary" gave to the questions were really messed up doctrines that we don't believe and they just messed up the views of the church... not cool. And because the website isn't recognized by the school they can't do anything to take it off... there is a ton of anti Mormon stuff out here... almost every first lesson we have with new investigators are without a doubt about false doctrines and ideas that the world has about us because of south park, the book of Mormon play, or anti Mormon websites. Its nice when you get someone who actually can be realistic and notice that we don't believe in any of those things and that they are all lies. 
So on Wednesday i called the bishop to set up a time when we could meet up and get Camerons baptismal record signed so we could turn it in and after setting up the time and wrapping up the conversation bishop says "Hey Elder Rogers will you do me a favor? Can you talk in Church on the 28th about humility and the role it plays in coming unto Christ?"..... "of course bishop!" Can't say no.. especially as a missionary. I'll get to tell some cool Africa stories though so I'm excited... it'll be my first speaking assignment on my mission... i almost made it a year! Well i love you all and i hope that you all have a great Sunday tomorrow and an amazing week!
-Elder Rogers

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Do you have Wendy's number

Hey guys how's it goin? This week was great! Earlier this week during our hour that we call potential investigators off of a list in our area book i fell asleep... and i was way exhausted so i was like really deep asleep... all of a sudden i wake up and Elder Milne and Elder Funk are standing above me (i'm sitting in my chair) and they are laughing. While i was sleeping they were putting things in my mouth, like animal crackers, pass along cards, my toothbrush, and taking selfies with me.... funny guys... later that night the Sister Udy and Sister Mathison text us and ask "Do you have Wendy's number?" (Wendy is a member in our ward... and she looks like the wendy's chick). When me and my companions read that we just had to send them the number to Wendy's the resteraunt... so we did. They called us about 15 minutes later. They had called and had asked the person on the phone if Wendy was there.... he laughed a little and said no so they hung up and they decided to call back and try again.. they ask if wendy lives there and again no... then it all made sense... we're pretty fun... we have tons of fun and speaking of fun (and why this email is short) President Smith gave us permission to go to the FSU vs. Citadel game tonight with some members!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO PUMPED FOR FOOTBALL!!!!!!!
Love ya tons
-Elder Rogers

Forgot to add one more thing... this week i went on an exchange with Elder Hintze one of our zone leaders and i got to hold a 50 caliber sniper rifle along with a magnum and a desert eagle pistol....... so! AWESOME!!