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February 16, 2015

​hola hola!

pues, hay muchas personas, las cuales aprecio mucho, que cumplen años en febrero…y pues, feliz cumpleaños a mi mamita y mi abuelito!

abuelito: gracias por ser un gran ejemplo de devoción al evangelio de jesucristo. y gracias por tener un infinto amor hacia su Salvador que fluye a los corazones de sus hijos, nietos, y bisnietos! le amo!

mamita: no te puedo decir cuanto te amo! gracias por ser un ejemplo en mi vida de una mujer que nunca se da por vencida. gracias por su amor y por ser la mejor mamita del mundo! besitos. te amo mucho!

pues, this week was a week filled with love and happiness!

A N A I S B A P T I Z E D

the cute ana and her son were baptized this saturday and confirmed on monday!
i honestly have to say that this woman is such a example to me with her desire to follow the Savior’s example and enter the waters of baptism no matter what stands in her way.

we met ana and her boyfriend? outside of their house and she was smoking a cigarette (which we didn’t know at the time bc she hid it from us…dont know why we didnt smell it…). we contacted them using the book of the mormon and they accepted another visit. i honestly feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to know this family especially ana. after teaching the word of wisdom, she stopped smoking and drinking. after her boyfriend left her and her 3 kids, she searched for a job and found one in order to provide for her family. after hearing comments from her family and friends that she was a hypocrite and and comments about the church, she went forward with faith in her savior and his promises and continued to share the gospel with her family. after hearing negative things from her boss, she went to the scriptures and found true answers.
what an example!

ana has progressed so fast but was waiting to feel sure about her decision. and what is amazing is that she didnt wait for an answer…she went and looked for it! she read 3 or 4 liahonas ( magazines of the church) and looked up scriptures in the bible and book of mormon. she said she found many scriptures on baptism and then prayed…then she said: i know i need to be baptized. i want to do it. im ready to do it. i have recieved my answer!
my heart just wanted to leap out of my chest. i felt so much joy and love that i just couldnt hold back my tears! i always knew that ana was someone so special!

the day of her baptism, we went to pass by for her and head to the church( which is 8 blocks from her house) and she told us that she invited all of her family but no one wanted to or could go. i felt sad for her but reassured her that her kids, us missionaries, members, and christ would be there to support her.

after she and her son were baptized, we asked her how she felt, and she said she felt SO SO good. she felt clean and happy.
the next day she was confirmed before her son…
however that night, when we passed by her house she told us that she felt something so special when she was confirmed… she felt like christ accepted her heart and her desire to follow him. she knew in her heart that he guides this church which is his. she knew the book of mormon was true and that joseph smith was a true prophet. she thanked us for being her angels and bringing her this happiness that she had never felt in her life until we came.
yepp…then came more tears.

i testify that every single person who wants to know if this is the true church, with the true teachings, true doctrine, and true power of God, will know as they immerse themselves in the scriptures, both the BOM and Bible, as they live the gospel, and as they pray to heavenly father in the name of jesus christ with a sincere heart, true intent having faith in christ. they will feel and recognize the blessings that will come and will do anything to keep them and receive more. they will find precious truths and will have the mysteries of god be revealed unto them. & they will be on the path that will help them become who their heavenly father wants them to be and that will lead them back to his presence.
this is my wish…that every one of you will have the desire to know for yourselves that these things are true in the name of jesus christ. amen

times like these…motivates me to be a missionary forever and always.
2 weeks more as a set apart representative but the rest of my life as a missionary.
CON AMOR, HERMANA ROGERS
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February 9, 2015

hello nortes!

well this week we had the opportunity to find a whole bunch of new people to teach but in such an amazing way!
ana, our investigator who is so precious to us, is still progressing wonderfully! she just loves learning and drawing closer to her father in heaven! so this week we went to teach her a lesson, she received us as always, but led us to a different spot to teach! as we followed her we walked into a tiny room with like 10 people! it was her family! she wanted us to teach her whole family! her cousins, her mom, her sister in laws, and her neices and nephews! it was such a wonderful experience! all participated and were able to learn more about the savior and his gospel!

this experience truly taught how everyone is a missionary! even investigators who arent baptized will help us to find people to teach when they, themselves, truly understand the importance and have seen the blessings in their life! how grateful i am for ana and for her testimony and her conversion. i know that she is a light in her house and will help her family to come unto christ and his gospel!

i know that my savior lives and loves me! i am so grateful for the opportunity i have to be able to learn of him and strengthen my relationship with him! how grateful i am for the opportunity i ahve to strengthen my testimony of him each day through prayer, scripture study, and obedience to his commandments!!

let us all strive to strengthen our relationship with him so we too can be shine bright for all to have the desire to come and know our savior and redeeemer, even jesus christ. i promise people will see your light and will give you the opportunity to share why and how they can have the same light!
conmucho amor,

hermana rogers
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February 2015

hiii!!
well, anouncements:

just a shoutout to two women who are amazing:

mi abuelita y mi madrastrita
las amo con todo mi corazón y les deseo mucha felicidad durante sus cumpleaños! sepan que estoy tan agradecida a mi padre celestial por la bendición que tengo de tener dos mujjeres maravillosas en mi vida!

13 years as a member of the church of jesus christ!
how i thank my heavenly father everyday for this amazing blessisng and for the opportunity to help others come unto christ!
we are still working with our families!
ana continues to progress despite the persecution of her family and the afflictions
angela just wants to know what church is true and even though her husband doesnt have his heart open, she wants to continue and know how to help her husband understand the restored gospel of jesus christ!
victor and marta are progressing slowly but surely

and we continue to find more people who are searching for the fullness of the gospel of jesus christ!
this week i finished readin JESUS THE CHRIST! and wow, my faith and knowledge of jesus christ and his gospel just went up a few notches! whoever wants to learn more about the gospels andthe ministry of jesus christ should definitely read this book! it is 790 pages that will definitely build your testimony of jesus christ!

January 19, 2015

hey everyone!

changes have come and gone, and i am still with hermana lopez in la villa universitaria! honestly, i couldnt be more happy to stay with hermana lopez! we have seen some amazing miracles the last couple of weeks and i just hope to continue to see even more with her!

so this week i have just felt my testimony grow so much through the example of our investigators!

we went to go teach ana and fransisco and found them sitting outside with their bible, book of mormon and their pamphlets reading scriptures and answering questions about the plan of salvation! when i saw this cute family my heart just leaped for joy! how great it is to find people who are ready to change their lives and come unto christ! as we started the lesson we went over the questions and fransisco told us that all the questions he had were answered through studyuing the verses in the bible and book of mormon! he told us that IT ALL JUST MADE SO MUCH SENSE. i have always had a testimony of the plan of salvation, but it grew even more hearing these children of god testify to me, a missionary, that its true!
ana and fransisco werent able to make it to church bc her daughter has the chicken pox but they are so excited to go this next week!

another familia that is so special we found this week! their names are marta and victor! they are originally from leon but have lived in the united states. i found victor and his computer outside of his house! i walked by but knew i needed to say hi! we welcomed us in and we sat down to talk with him and his wife! he told us that his dad recieved the missionaries but he cant remember if he is a member or not! but he said that the church of jesus christ of latter day saints has a special place in his heart and has always had the desire to know more about the church!
so we taught them through out the week and they too, read the pamphlets and book of mormon. on sunday, we passed by early to remind them about the church but they didnt answer the door so i sent a text telling them that we would love for them to accompany us to church. then we passed by for others and within ten minutes of walking into the church, they come in! my heart just leaped for joy and everyone came up to greet them! it was a true blessing!

i know this church is true! without any doubt because i doubt my doubts before i doubt my faith!
i know that this is the lords work and in order to help others come unto him we all have to work in the HIS way!
this week president taught us more about the scirpture in doctrine and covenants:

He aquí, una obra maravillosa está a punto de aparecer entre los hijos de los hombres.

2 Por tanto, oh vosotros que os embarcáis en el servicio de Dios, mirad que le sirváis con todo vuestro corazón, alma, mente y fuerza, para que aparezcáis sin culpa ante Dios en el último día.

he taught us what it meant to serve the lord in each area!

i would love to here your thoughts:

how can we serve the lord with our heart? mind? might? and strength?

how are each different?

is the order important or can we skip?
well, love you all so much!

que tengan una semana llena de bendiciones!

abrazos y besos.

January 12, 2015

hey, nortes!

well this week we had a baptism of a 15 year old teenager who is such an example to me! after 6 months of going to church by herself, her parents finally gave her the permission to be baptized! they arent members and were really against her getting baptized but let her come to church with us if we took her home every sunday!! like two weeks ago…the second counselor asked her to give a prayer in sacrament meeting because he thought she was a member! haha finally after much begging, we went to her house with the bishop and his counselors in order to talk to her parents. her mom did not want to talk with us but her dad said that if she wanted to do this and stick with her decision, she could be baptized. we got the signature.. come to find out that the day before her baptism, she and her her mom got into a huge fight about it and she told her mom that she was going to get baptized…if she wanted to attend it was her choice…but either way she was going to get baptized and be a member of the church of jesus christ! i just admire this little teenager so much and know that she is going to bless the lives of so many people…including the lives of her family with her determination to follow christ!
so ana and fransisco are progressing but they have a bit of problems in the family that we need to focus on. we had such a great lesson filled with the spirit on thursday and they are just progressing so fastly by reading the book of mormon! however, we are focusing more on how the gospel blesses the family in order for them to strengthen their home.

so this week, the spirit has truly helped us to determine or discern who really is ready to receive the gospel and who isnt….

we met a lady whose boss is the bishop of another ward and invited her to the church on day. she went but only the first hour. she asked us a few questions but there was one in particular that stood out to me. she asked why we dont contact people like other religions by going door to door. i then bore my testimony of the spirit and how it is such a great gift and blessing from god! how amazing it is that the spirit directs his missionaries to certain houses. he tells us through feelings or thoughts that we should contact a house! we are led to the people who are ready. she started to get teary eyed and told us that we were sent to her house for a reason. she said that her husband has a problem with alcohol and her kids dont respect him. she said she wants more unity and love and peace in her home and asked us to come back in order to meet the rest of her family!

i truly know that the spirit is what is important in this life! if we follow him, we will be led to where we need to be, we will say what needs to be said. how blessed i am to be a missionary for the church of jesus christ and to be able to receive this guide in order to help the people who are ready to receive the greatest help there is: jesus christ!
may we all strive to have this constant companionship in order to help others come unto christ!

con mucho amor, hermana rogers.

December 29, 2014

hey everyone!

i hope you all had an amazing christmas! i sure did!!
i just loved being able to focus more on the birth of my savior and the great gift He is from my Father in Heaven! now that 2015 is coming quickly i hope that we all can strive a little harder to remember Christ each day of the year and not only during the christmas season!

here is a talk that i loved and has helped to prepare me for another year:

In the scriptures we find many questions that cause us to reflect on our lives. One of the first questions asked in the Bible was directed to Adam after he partook of the forbidden fruit. I invite you to ponder how this question may apply to your life:

“Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

“And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” (Genesis 3:8–9; emphasis added).

The Lord is all-knowing, so we can be certain that He knew where Adam and Eve were hiding. If He knew where they were, what was the Lord really asking?

This question most likely prompted Adam and Eve to think about what was happening in their lives. We could ask ourselves similar questions. For example: Where are we on our journey along the covenant path to eternal life? What gifts and talents did our Heavenly Father give us in the premortal life to help us along this path? What other gifts and talents are we to gain as we strive to become who the Lord would have us become?

President Joseph F. Smith (1838–1918) stated, “Man, as a spirit, was begotten and born of heavenly parents, and reared to maturity in the eternal mansions of the Father, prior to coming upon the earth in a temporal [physical] body.”1 The Gospel Principles manual teaches us that “Father in Heaven knows who we are and what we did before we came here. He has chosen the time and place for each of us to be born so we can learn the lessons we personally need and do the most good with our individual talents and personalities.”2

Heavenly Father placed you in the best place to use your spiritual gifts and build your talents. No matter where you live or what life circumstances you find yourself in, you can make the choice to succeed, regardless of your challenges. Don’t ever give up. Keep going. Don’t quit. Remember, it’s what you do with what you have that makes you who you are.

Adam and Eve’s example can give us a lot of hope. After they transgressed the commandment not to partake of the forbidden fruit, they were cast out of a beautiful garden, the ground was cursed, thorns and thistles appeared, and they had to work and till the earth to provide for themselves. They did not give up. They went to work, as the Lord had commanded them (see Moses 5:1). Their son Cain made a very bad choice, but they continued to live righteously and kept teaching their children.

Uncle Ben’s Discovery
I have an uncle who was continually seeking to improve and increase the gifts and talents he had received from Heavenly Father. Let me share one story from his life that has helped me to see how spiritual gifts and talents are developed and magnified.

One day when my uncle Ben was at work at a copper mine, he noticed an old piece of bent metal lying by a railroad track. He asked his boss if he could have it. His boss said, “Ben, that old piece of metal is worthless. You are wasting your time to even pick it up.”

Uncle Ben smiled and said, “I see much more than an old piece of metal.”

With his boss’s permission, he took it home. In his workshop he heated the metal until it was red hot. Then he was able, with a great deal of work, to mold and bend it until it was straight.

When it cooled, he drew a large knife-shaped pattern on it. With a hot blowtorch, he cut the metal into the shape of a knife. Uncle Ben then began knocking off the rough edges, working hour after hour to cut, grind, polish, and refine that old piece of metal.
Day after day he worked on what his boss had called a worthless piece of metal. Slowly the blade began to take shape and become a beautiful, shining masterpiece.

All it lacked now was a handle. Uncle Ben went to the woods and found an elk antler. Back at his workshop he cleaned, cut, and polished the antler. When he was done, it was smooth and beautiful. Carefully he attached the handle to the knife. What was once an old, rusty, bent piece of metal became a beautiful knife that won several awards.

You and I are like that old piece of metal. We also need molding, refining, and polishing to reach our full potential. Part of that process is discovering, strengthening, and multiplying our talents and gifts.

Uncle Ben understood that much of our potential is not visible on the surface and must be discovered and developed. The Lord teaches us to “seek ye earnestly the best gifts” (D&C 46:8) and “that every man may improve upon his talent, that every man may gain other talents, yea, even an hundred fold” (D&C 82:18). And why must we do this? We can use our talents and gifts to serve others, as the next verse explains: “Every man seeking the interest of his neighbor, and doing all things with an eye single to the glory of God” (D&C 82:19). Giving service molds us into living a more Christlike life.

Finding Our Talents
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has taught how trials can shape us: “Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more (see Proverbs 3:11–12). He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion [two very important gifts] which polish you for your everlasting benefit. To get you from where you are to where He wants you to be requires a lot of stretching, and that generally entails discomfort and pain.”3

Improving Our Talents
Increasing our talents requires work. Not long ago, Elder Scott said to my wife, “Devonna, you should paint.”

Sister Arnold had never painted in her life. She had to work at it. She took some lessons, painted day after day, and after a great deal of time and effort learned to paint beautifully. I have one of her gorgeous paintings of a river scene hanging on my office wall.

Yes, obtaining talents requires work, but how great shall be our joy when we hear the Lord tell us, “Well done. Thy gifts and talents shall be multiplied because of thy diligence” (see Matthew 25:14–30).

Your Spiritual Gifts
My wife discovered a talent for painting. What are your gifts and talents? I know our Heavenly Father has given you some. How do I know? “There are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God” (D&C 46:11). God’s gifts and powers are available to all of us. It is our right and responsibility to accept our spiritual gifts, multiply our talents, and share them.

The scriptures list a few gifts we can seek (see, for example, D&C 46), but there are actually hundreds of gifts and talents. Search the Book of Mormon, particularly 3 Nephi 11–26, and you will discover many gifts and talents that are available to each of us. For example, in 3 Nephi 11 we read about the people hearing Heavenly Father’s voice but not understanding it at first:

“The third time they did hear the voice, and did open their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof. …

“And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man [Jesus Christ] descending out of heaven” (verses 5, 8).

To hear clearly and to see clearly are just two examples of spiritual gifts and talents that you can obtain and multiply if you are willing to seek after and work for them.

I invite each of us to do as Uncle Ben did: see the best in everything as we seek spiritual gifts and talents and use them to bless those around us. I know our Heavenly Father has many gifts and talents that He wishes to bestow upon us, but they “are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part” (Bible Dictionary, “Prayer”). May we discover, work for, and multiply the God-given gifts and talents we were born with, and may we acquire other gifts is my humble prayer.

Do You Have One of These Gifts?
“Let me mention a few gifts that are not always evident or noteworthy but that are very important. Among these may be your gifts—gifts not so evident but nevertheless real and valuable.

“Let us review some of these less-conspicuous gifts: the gift of asking; the gift of listening; the gift of hearing and using a still, small voice; the gift of being able to weep; the gift of avoiding contention; the gift of being agreeable; the gift of avoiding vain repetition; the gift of seeking that which is righteous; the gift of not passing judgment; the gift of looking to God for guidance; the gift of being a disciple; the gift of caring for others; the gift of being able to ponder; the gift of offering prayer; the gift of bearing a mighty testimony; and the gift of receiving the Holy Ghost.”
so i received a late present this year that i was not expecting or wanting…
the night after christmas i woke up at 3 am to a face that would not stop itching! i scratched and scratched until i could not bear it anymore and went to get a wet towel for my face…as i wet the towel and walked passed the mirror i decided to take a quick look that scared me half to death… i found a face full of huge bumps. literally. bumps that made my face look deformed. i screamed and woke my comp up….mom, it was like the time you woke me up to go out to see the burning house…i thought she was going to have a heart attack… we both looked at my face and hna lopez started laughing!!!! what a great comp….i called the nurse and she said it was an allergic reaction and prescribed benadryl which knocked me out cold…..and the bumps were gone.
two days later…(onsunday) i woke up to the same bumps!!! i was a little scared to go to church for fear that everyone would think i had some disease or leprasy! hahah…but i again took benadryl but i am left with a whole bunch of little bumps….hmmm, well see if they go away……….

but im alive and well!!!!
to let you all know, as a mission these past three months, we are able to help 214 families accept heavenly father’s gift: his son jesus christ!

let us all continue to help others come unto christ by accepting the gospel and being baptized by someone holding the authority of god.

con mucho amor,
hermana rogers

January 6, 2015

hiiii, mis queridos.

well, i dont have much time but id jsut like to share a few experiences with you all.

so we had a family with a baptism date fall through…they went to church but all of the sudden, the wife just told us that she did not want us to come over and that she did not like the mormon religion…
i felt so bad because i had found that family and i truly thought they were a chosen family ..they were so positive,…. but we cant make anyone come unto christ if they dont want to…

i have been thinking and pondering so much as to the book of mormon.

however, put a baptism date with another family who is super positive despite their trials they are having at this moment. their names are ana and fransisco! we met them and contacted them with the book of mormon…which lets us know if they are positive of not..they accepted the invitation to come over another day to explain more about this book!
we talked to them about the pattern that God has given us to know what Church is his. the scriptures are actually guides to find out the organization of the church and that the same organization of christs church is found today with prophets and apostles. they just knew it was true. they then asked about baptism in the church of jesus christ fo latter day saints. we then did 3 invitations about church, baptism and reading! they accepted and we left.
the next day which was sunday…they didnt arrive at the 8 oclock service so we went to pass by and take them to the 10 oclock which is really when we go! they just wanted to go at 8….but didnt. anyways, ana told us that she went and took a bible from someone else and started to read all the scriptures in the bible that are i the pamphlet. she said she knew what we had told her was true…she just was a little scared to take a step and go to church. however, she and her kids came with us!! her husband had to work but he is super positive too and we are working with him! i will let you all know how it goes!

i bear witness that the book of mormon is the word of god and can change the lives of all of those who put it to the test and act accordingly to the promise that the lord has given us to truly know if it is true!
how greateful i am for this book and the love i have for my savior because of it!!

as you all might know…. i turned the big 21 yesterday…carzy, right? i cant beleive it. anyways, president planned a super pday with the zone of villa flor and leon! we went to a place called león viejo and took pictures of the volcano momotombo! it was a great way to spend my birthday: with some amazing friends and family! i will post some pictures next week!
con amor,
hermana rogers