“I wish to be up and doing. I wish to face each day with resolution and purpose. I wish to use every waking hour to give encouragement, to bless those whose burdens are heavy, to build faith and strength of testimony.”

—Gordon B. Hinckley, “Testimony,” Ensign, May 1998, 69

“This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).

“My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

“… He that keepeth thee will not slumber.

“Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep”
(Psalm 121:2–4).

Don't be discouraged in times of difficulty, But hang on, exercise faith, and keep up good courage, let what will, come; don't deny the faith, and all will be well."

----Joseph Smith


"Mormons Believe in Jesus Christ"

"Mormons Believe in Jesus Christ"

"Oh, Lord, thou shalt save me if thou please; if not, thou shalt lose me; yet Lord will I keep my rudder true"

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wed, 24 Nov 2010

Well this week was a lot better. We actually found someone to let us in. We happened to knock on this family's door and they said come back on Sunday and immediately I gave up hope, but said we can still come back and see what happens and so we did and they ended up letting us in to teach them. We taught the Restoration to them, then we asked them if we could have a kneeling prayer with them and they said OK we could do that and what was awesome and so cool, was seeing the mom and the dad get everyone who was in the house to come and kneel down with us to have a prayer. It goes to show you how much that means to this family's life. After the lesson I was humbled a bit because I didn't have faith in them when we met them and they ended up being the highlight of the week. I felt like Peter when he was rebuked softly by the Savior and said "O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" As long as we keep our eyes fixed on the Lord, nothing can make us sink into despair. I'm going to try not to do that again, But I'm human and I'm not perfect, ha.

Next Wednesday we get to fly off the rock again. It seems just like yesterday we did that, but being Zone Leaders, we have to get to Zone Leader Council and that's the only way to do it if you're on Newfoundland, ha. I love to fly. By the time I have to fly home it really won't mean much to me anymore. I mean all the plane flying you're usually suppose to do is to get to your mission and then home, but for me I'm going on my 6Th or 7Th plane flight since I have been here.

The snow finally hit. It came 2 nights ago in a huge storm piled up on our door and had to shovel my way out of our door. It was so cool. I have been missing the snow and when it came I was so happy. it has been really cold, obviously with the snow here, but the humidity and the wind really make it worse than being in AZ. I'm probably going to dry up and look like a prune when I get home, ha. Oh well I guess.

Thanks so much for the love and support everyone shows,

Love Elder Rogers


Wed, 17 Nov 2010

Well this week has been really hectic again. Elder Dewey and I haven't been able to find those elect. We have been including members in our finding efforts and still nothing has happened yet, but we know the turn is just a little bit further for us :)

This week's thought comes from the last book of the Book of Mormon in the 9Th chapter. Here Mormon is lamenting to his son Moroni because of an emotion that so many of us face; vs:3, "And now, behold my son, I fear lest the Lamanites shall destroy this people for...Satan stirreth them up continually to ANGER one with another. What a sad thing to be worried about in the world. Question: Has much changed.....? Continuing on in, vs:4, Mormon goes on to say, "When I speak the word of God with sharpness they tremble and ANGER against me and when I use no sharpness they harden there heart." Mormon is doing the best he can to tell his band of rift rafts they need to sharpen up, but no matter what he does, nothing is getting through their thick hearts and then he goes on to say this horrendous statement which is at the heart of my message to you today; vs:5, "For so exceedingly do they ANGER that it seemeth me that they ...have lost their love one towards another. In the words of a prophet "anger doesn't solve anything, it builds nothing but it can destroy everything." (Thomas S. Monson) It can destroy even our love for our fellow beings even our families who we hold most dear to us in this world. Satan knows where to hit us hard. This is in (the family) so why would we want to give him another tool against us? A powerful tool, but yet a subtle tool. "For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.
Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away" (3 Nephi 11:29-30). Now we aren't perfect, no one is. But if the Savior was pleading here for ANGER to be done away with, to the Nephites, back some 2000 plus years ago and yet He is still striving to do the same with us, it must be something that he really wants to get rid of. I would believe it is a tactic that the adversary has used for ages and ages and most likely will never stop trying to use it. So let us cease from anger and forsake wrath and forsake that evil one as well. Let us love one another as Jesus has loved us and strive to be more patient in trials and afflictions. There is no reason to get upset or angry. That only makes situations worse, so lets follow the Savior's council and do away with it as best we can.

Elder Rogers
Wed, 3 Nov 2010

So this week has been a test week for me. We happened to lose everyone we were teaching, either by anti or just by them dropping us. We no longer have a baptism coming up, which was really hard for me. We have been working really hard here trying to strengthen the branch here and have worked really hard with the members, and everything just looked like it was moving up. So what we have done is start completely over again. We are putting trust in the Lord that there is someone elect out there for us to find and that will accept the message of the Restoration. And so to do that, we have been finding, like I have never found before, ha, maybe. I have knocked a lot of doors though, but as we are knocking, there are a few that have let us in and have listened to us, but the hard thing is setting up a new appointment. That just isn't happening here. They are not willing to commit and that's the only thing we have to work through.


In Mormon, chapter 2, there is a chilling phrase used to describe the Nephites and the state in which they had become. In verse 15, it states, "And I saw that the day of grace was passed with them, both temporally and spiritually." Mormon has finally realized that the Nephite civilization is coming to a close and his people had learned a hard lesson. The hardest lesson anyone could ever learn, quite possibly. -That there was a time when Mormon's people could no longer repent, and for them it was no longer even possible. The record states, that the Nephites were in open rebellion against God and that they were "heaped up as dung upon the face of the land." That must have been very hard for Mormon to write and even harder for Mormon to witness. His love for his people, even though they were wicked would be comparable to that of Christ's love for us, even when we are not necessarily doing what he wants us to be doing. But Mormon finds comfort in all this dilemma in vs 19, "And wo is me because of their wickedness; for my heart has been filled with sorrow because of their wickedness, all my days; nevertheless, I know that I shall be lifted up at the last day." Mormon finds solace among all of this mess because he has been righteous, because he has remembered where all of our blessings come from, and if you take anything from this email, I want you to take this; it is that we all can find hope, as did Mormon. Then we too, will be lifted up at the last day even though the world around us is brutally attacking our standards. We know the promises of remaining true to our Savior and the covenants we have willfully taken upon us, starting with Baptism. So let's not forget why we do what we do and our testimonies that are behind it.

Love you all. May the lord bless you this week,

Elder Rogers

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A Title of Liberty

A Title of Liberty
In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children. Alma 46:12

The Book of Mormon as a Personal Guide

The Book of Mormon as a Personal Guide
By President Henry B. Eyring First Counselor in the First Presidency:

All of us feel, in our best moments, a desire to return home to live with God. He gave us the gift of His Beloved Son as our Savior to provide the path and to teach us how to follow it. He gave us prophets to point the way. The Prophet Joseph Smith was inspired to translate the record of prophets that is the Book of Mormon. It is our sure guide on the way home to God.

Joseph Smith said of that precious book, “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”1

The precepts of the Book of Mormon are the commandments of God we find in it. Some are direct commands from the Savior through His prophets as to what we are to do and what we are to become. The Book of Mormon gives us the Savior’s example to increase our faith and determination to obey His command to follow Him. The book is filled with the doctrine of Christ to guide us. Here is an example from 2 Nephi:

“[Jesus] said unto the children of men: Follow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we follow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father?

“And the Father said: Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized in the name of my Beloved Son” (2 Nephi 31:10–11).

The book makes plain that we must receive the Holy Ghost as a baptism of fire to help us stay on the strait and narrow path. We are taught that we must pray always in the name of Christ, not fainting, and that if we do, we have this promise: “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life” (2 Nephi 31:20).

The Book of Mormon makes plain in the marvelous sermon of King Benjamin what it means to have a love of God and of all men. When our natures are changed by the power of the Atonement and through our faithful obedience to the commandments, we will be filled with the love of God (see Mosiah 4:1–12).

The Book of Mormon also gives us confidence that we can become so purified in this life that we have no more desire to do evil (see Mosiah 5:2). This hope gives us courage and comfort as Satan tries to tempt and discourage us on our way.

Each time I read even a few lines in the Book of Mormon, I feel my testimony strengthened that the book is true, that Jesus is the Christ, that we can follow Him home, and that we can take those we love home with us. It has been for me the book of books. It is the word of God.

I pray that we and all those we love will drink deeply and daily from it. I testify in the name of Jesus Christ that it is a true guide.

Mar. 2007

The Message: Gifts to Bring Home from the Mission Field
By President Gordon B. Hinckley


Quite a few years ago I was in an airport and happened to meet some returning missionaries. Their families were there. They were picking up their baggage, and I said to one of them, “What’s all this you have?” He said, “These are gifts I am bringing home.” And that has given me the title of what I would like to share: “Gifts to Bring Home from the Mission Field.”

1. A knowledge of and love for God our Eternal Father and His Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
“This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). There is no greater gift that comes to anyone in this world than a certain, reassuring conviction that God, our Eternal Father, lives and that Jesus is the Christ. I believe that. I think it is so very, very important.

2. A knowledge of and love for the scriptures, the word of the Lord.
As a missionary, I read each evening before going to bed a few chapters of the Book of Mormon, and there came into my heart a conviction which has never left: that this is the word of God, restored to the earth by the power of the Almighty, translated by the gift and power of God to the convincing of the Jew and the Gentile that Jesus is the Christ. I thank the Lord for the testimony which I have of the truth of the word of God as found in these sacred revealed books. And I would hope that every missionary would leave his or her field of labor with a conviction in his or her heart that these things are true.

3. An increased love for parents.
I have attended hundreds of missionary meetings over the years. I love to hear missionaries speak of their love for the Lord, but I also love to hear them speak with great appreciation and love concerning their parents. Boys who had been careless and indifferent stand on their feet and with tears in their eyes thank the Lord for their fathers and their mothers. In these days, what a salutary and wonderful thing it is to hear a strong young man stand up and speak with great feeling concerning his father and his mother, saying things he would never have said before in all of his life. Every boy and girl ought to come home with an increased love for parents.

4. A love for the people among whom they labor.
I love the English people. No one can sell the English short in my mind because I labored with them, I lived with them, I was in their homes at their firesides, I learned to know their hearts, and I learned to love them.

I have learned to love the people of Asia. I spent 11 years among them, and I love them. To me, I love them as much as I love anybody because of the experience I have had as a missionary, as it were, among them.

There’s something wrong if a missionary doesn’t come back with a great love for the people among whom he labored.

5. An appreciation for hard work.
Every missionary ought to come to realize that work, work, work is the key to getting things done, the key to success in life. There is no substitute for work, for getting up in the morning and getting at it and staying with it to get the job done. I don’t know of a greater asset for whatever lies ahead in life than the capacity to discipline oneself to work.

6. The assurance that the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is available to each of us when we live for it.
The availability of inspiration—each of us, if we live for it, if we cultivate it, can have it. I love these great words of revelation, these words of promise: “God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost” (D&C 121:26). What a precious gift to bring home—the assurance, the certainty that if we live for it, we have available to us that which comes by the power of the Holy Spirit.

7. An understanding of the importance of teamwork.
No one can do this work alone. We work in pairs. “In the mouth of two or more witnesses shall [all things] be established” (2 Corinthians 13:1). We work together. There is no place for prima donnas in the mission field. Our efforts are largely team efforts, and what a marvelous thing it is to learn to work with other people.

8. The value of personal virtue.
I think there is no greater thing concerning future integrity that a missionary can learn than the value of personal virtue. I think there are fewer words greater than the promise given under the inspiration of the Lord as set forth by the Prophet Joseph Smith: “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly.” That’s the commandment. And then the promise: “Thy confidence [shall] wax strong in the presence of God” (D&C 121:45). That’s the promise to those who walk in virtue.

9. The faith to act.
“I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way … that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth” (1 Nephi 3:7).

We ask tremendous things of missionaries. It is so hard for shy and diffident young people to do the things we sometimes ask them to do. But what a marvelous thing that they try. They have the faith to do, the faith to act, the faith to go forward and make the effort. And what a marvelous gift that is to bring home.

10. The humility to pray.
Recognize that there is a power greater than ours, that no matter how good a man is, he is not good enough, that no matter how wise he is, he is not wise enough, that no matter how strong he is, he is not strong enough for all of the things which he will face in life, and that there is a source of power to which he can go with the assurance that he will be listened to and that there will be a response.

These are 10 gifts that I would hope every missionary would bring home with him or her—not a lot of tinsel, not a lot of dolls, not a lot of rugs or furs or dresses or plates, but these great, enduring, wonderful things. God bless you to keep the faith, and while doing so, enjoy with great happiness that which you are called to do.

For more on this subject, read “Ten Things to Know before You Go” by President James E. Faust, New Era, July 2002, p. 4.

[photos] Photographs by Matthew Reier; far right: posed by models

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