“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"

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mon, 18 Jul 2011

Wow, can you believe it? I'm finally coming home and it's so sad to even think that my mission is ending but I don't think the experience will ever leave me. The people here, even though there are some that don't like us, I absolutely love. I somewhat know how the Savior feels when His sons and daughters reject him. I have personally felt pain because of someone not willing to follow the Lord, but I can take courage knowing that I can say, as did Paul when he was talking to Timothy, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith," as well as knowing I have done the will of the father.

It's such a great experience being in the service of the Lord, and having to end that will be the hardest day in my life thus far. But life must go on and mountains still need to be conquered and with the knowledge I have now, that I wouldn't have gotten anywhere else, I feel prepared for the trying times ahead.

I love you all. Keep the faith you hold so close to you now and never let it dwindle.

Love Elder Rogers

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Elder Rogers RETURNS WITH HONOR Wednesday, July 20th....

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mon, 27 Jun 2011

This week makes me never want to leave here. It will be a sad day when I will have to leave this place behind, physically but never mentally, ha. This week we had Amber Johnson out at church and she said she loved it. We weren't able to get her on date though. She says she wants to take it slow and really know that this is what is right for her and that is just hard because the longer she takes the easier it will be for Satan to influence her in some way or another. So we are really trying hard for her, we even took her to a member's house and had a really great lesson on why there are prophets and how they hold the priesthood and how that's the same authority that Jesus Christ held and how she needs to be baptized, but still she couldn't set a date saying that would be too fast.

So other than that, all you people and family down in AZ, it still hasn't reached 80 degrees yet, ha ha. I'm going to turn into a raisin when I get home seeing its prob 100 degrees+ there, ha. But other than that, we had a lot of knocking this week and a lot of walking. We are in the boonies, I like to call it, where the houses are few and far between and the best part we can knock till 9 oclock and the sun still be up, ha. No, it happened Sunday night, we were out knocking and looked at the time - it was 9 at night. Looked right in front of us and the sun was still out, mind you it only had another 20 minutes left, but it was still there, lol.

I love you all. Please continue to pray for miracles to happen because I have been seeing them everyday and I dont want them to stop.

Love Elder Rogers

Mon, 27 Jun 2011
Hard workers :) Building a pond at service

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mon, 13 Jun 2011

THIS WEEK WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!! we had a great week here in Wolfville. Lots of blessings for our hard work. We had an appointment with this lady who is in her
30's and is like a child, really. She knows nothing about God, Jesus Christ or his ministry and ultimate sacrifice for us. So, we started at point numero uno, with, "God is our loving Heavenly Father." We even got her to pray. She is way excited to learn and to hear more about God and what he has in store for her. We are praying for her that she will receive an answer to her own prayers and know what an answer will feel like.

The weather is finally warming up and when I say warming up, I mean it's almost to 80 degrees. It hasn't hit that mark yet, but everytime it gets close I'm just dripping in sweat, ha. It will be funny to see what will happen when I get home and how I react to the heat.

I really can't explain what is going through my head. The closer the time gets to home, the more and more I don't want to come home. I absolutely love being a missionary and I think I can really understand the meaning of why Elder Holland said that his mission has meant everything to him, for it has been the same way for me. My mission has meant everything and has shaped the way I will live forever and I hope that my "missionary service" never ends. I love you all and please remember that there is no other way to be truly happy than being in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Love Elder Rogers

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mon, 6 Jun 2011

Well one week down, five more to go. It really is getting too close that I can't help not to know how many days left. But trust me, you can't see my work ethic hindered by that. I'm still working hard and still being obedient. Elder Neilson and I are doing great together and having fun through it all. As for people to teach, we have none so far. We dropped all of them that we picked up these last couple of weeks because they weren't progressing and were not keeping commitments. They even said that they would come to church a couple of times but didn't, so we are really putting our trust in the Lord that he has someone specifically ready for the gospel and that we can find them. So please, everyone pray that we can have a baptism before the 20Th of July. I love you all. Thank you so much for your prayers, love and support.

And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts; D&C 29:7

Elder ROgers

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Training Meeting

From left to right:
Elder Henry, Elder Maynders, Me , Elder Neilson

"What a Miracle"

Mon, 16 May 2011

This week was great, even though we never saw the sun and the rain clouds opened their flood gates and never closed them, it seemed like. We had a great miracle come our way, for our persistence you can say, and I think, because of our great attitude. We knocked into a lady who looks like she can be late 20's or mid 30's who is divorced and has a set of twin girls, which are the cutest set of girls I have seen yet. But the cool thing is that to get away from her ex-husband she moved from Edmonton Alberta and came to Nova Scotia and she was being taught by missionaries in Edmonton for six months but because of the complexities of her situation with her husband at the time, he refused to let her join the church. But now that she is here and doesn't have a husband she is really committed to giving it a second try. The awesome thing is her whole family it seems like is LDS back in Alberta. She is the most elect I have knocked into here in this area and elder Neilson and I see her as a blessing from hard work and lots of prayer, ha.

The rest of the week was spent dripping in rain. It was so fun at times but when the wind started howling it got really cold. But we had fun and it was a great week.

This week we have Leadership Training. This is where President will come and train us on what the Prophet and the Apostles want us to learn. It will take two full days and I don't know if people know but I can barely stand still for 30 min and Pres wants us to do it for all day for two days in a row, ha. This will try my patience. Remember that the adversary wants to sift us as wheat and to always disregard his temptations. Remember that the Lord loves you and so do I.

Love Elder Rogers

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I have asked for permission from the sister who sent the following email if I could put it on Elder Roger's blog and was granted it: Rachel Fenn

Sun, 8 May, 2011

Hello Sis. Fenn,

My name is Sis. Marni Ray and I live-in Fredericton, NB Canada. Your son Elder Rogers served in our area for a few months.

I just wanted you to know how much we appreciate the fine person you raised in Elder Rogers.

From the first moment he entered our home we knew he was special and felt such a connection to him.

Our 11yr old son (Malachi) has terminal cancer, and from the first time he walked into our home he made it a point to single out Malachi and forge a relationship with him. Malachi thought the world of him and always looked forward to his visits.

When he got transferred it was difficult for our family, and tears were shed by each of us. It was like a member of our family was going.

I know in my heart that he was sent to this mission partly for our family. He was a wonderful missionary and servant of the Lord and there isn't a doubt in my mind that Heavenly Father has important things lined up for him in his life.

Missionaries come, and missionaries go but Elder Rogers is still spoken of fondly in our home and will remain in a special place in our hearts forever. We hope and pray that we are able to keep in touch with him throughout his life and perhaps even see him again someday.

I just wanted you to know what an amazing missionary he has been and what an example he is to those around him. You've raised a remarkable human being, and it's been a sincere pleasure to have him in our home and get to know him.

Happy Mother's Day to you. :)
Take care.
Marni Ray

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mon, 9 May 2011

Well, I have no idea what to write, seeing that I just talked to some of you. But this week was really rainy, Spring is in full effect here with all the rain storms and with how humid it is. The weather never gets above 70 degrees, but with the humidity being at 90 or even 100 percent, it feels so much hotter.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY FOR THOSE I DIDN'T GET TO SAY IT TO!!!!! You can't understand how much you mean to your kids, even if they are off doing there own thing. They do appreciate you, so I hope every mom out there had a great Mother's Day.

So now I'm down to single digit weeks left. Elder Beus keeps reminding me and it was a shocker to think that all together there are 104 weeks and now I'm down to nine. That's a lot of weeks done ...... and it doesn't even feel like its been two years.

I hope all of you have a great week. Please remember who you are and what your full potential is in the site of the Lord.

Much Love,
Elder Rogers

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mon, 2 May 2011

So I totally forgot to mention that we had a General Authority coming, well he already came to our mission. (Elder Golden from the 1ST Quorum of the Seventy). It was such a cool Zone Conference. He taught us a lot. He opened it up for about two hours, just to questions that anyone may have about the gospel. I think it was the best General Authority experience I have had on my mission. He really was into the missionaries and you could see the love that he had, not only for the Savior, but for us personally. He walked around to all of us to shake our hands, but not only did he do that, he put his other hand on your opposing shoulder. It was incredible how the Spirit over took you just to feel the love that was radiating off of this servant of the Lord. It will be something that I will always remember.

So on Sunday, we had stake conference which then an Area Seventy showed up and out of all the people that could come, Elder Marriott came, (the owner of Marriott Hotels) and you couldn't even tell that he was a very wealthy man. He looked like everyone else and he even came down out of the stand before the conference to shake people's hands. He is about 80 years old, but for being old, he really has a great firm hand shake still, ha. But he was really awesome to listen to, but the sad thing was that I had to stare at the back of everyone's heads the whole conference. We sang in the choir and so we sat up in the choir seats and stayed there the whole conference. All around it was a great week filled with the Spirit, the way it should be.

Much loves. I hope every mother out there has a great Mother's Day

Love, Elder Rogers

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tue, 26 Apr 2011

This week was amazing. We had a baptism, lol, the Macloeds. They are really sweet people. The only reason why I haven't mentioned anything about them, because we have been teaching them, they are products of a member in the ward. The member did the discussions and all, now of course they had to be taught by "us," so what we ended up doing is going with the members to the teaching appointments and were able to see to it that everything got done the way it needs to be. It was great, they really are elect. They have soaked up everything. They came to church for a month before they were baptized and so they are really converted to the gospel. That was the highlight of the week. I can't thank the Lord enough for that experience of being able to know these children of God.

Much Love Everyone,
Love Elder Rogers

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Everyone that knows Elder Rogers:

At the end of every post is the word "comments." If you would like to send some words of encouragement and or your love, just click on that word and it will bring up a comment box for you to type in and then just save it and it will be attached at the bottom of his posts for him to read the next time he gets on. He would love to hear from all of you.

Thank you to those of you who have left a comment to let us know how you know Elder Rogers and have become a follower. It will be a memory for him in his mission book that will be made from his blog. We would love to hear from everyone eventually.....Just go to Monday, May 3, 2010 in the archives list and pull up the "Getting To Know You" post and leave a comment. Thanks so much for supporting Elder Rogers.

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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