“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, March 18, 2011

Pictures from Christmas

Mon, 14 Mar 2011

Hey everyone back at home,

So this week was quite hectic for me. I am stressing about training and stressing about opening up a new area. I get all packed up and leave Fredericton and get to the transfer van and the assistants tell me that my new missionary hasn't arrived yet, and won't till the 29th of March. So as for now, I'm still a Zone Leader. I'm in a trio with the Nova Scotia South zone leaders, which one of them happens to be Elder Beus, whom I served with in Cole Harbour. He has probably been my favorite companion, so I was really happy to hear that I was going to be around him. Not only that, but the housing arrangements have both Wolfville and the zone leaders in the same apartment, which is so sweet. We are already having a blast and working hard. Don't worry the apartment is really nice and huge so it can handle 4 missionaries. The other Zone Leader is Elder Tanner from st. George, Utah. Who knows, he might know Uncle John, but I haven't asked him - there are probably a lot of Johns there in Utah, ha.

My new missionary's name is Elder Nielson... He is from Alberta Canada. During his stay at the MTC, his appendix burst and so he had to get surgery to get it removed, so he doesn't come in till the 29th of March, which is the half way point of the transfer so I'll have to work fast with him and try to get him taught up with the rest of the Mission's new missionaries. I have no idea why the Lord has put me here in this position, but I know that he can help me. He is a God of mercy and hopefully he will shed some light on us while I am here with Elder Nielson.

So, a little about Wolfville/Kentville..... It is in what is called the Annapolis Valley and whenever you see pictures of Nova Scotia, most likely it's taken in this valley. It's so pretty. I can't wait to see this place in the Spring when the trees get their leaves again. The snow is all gone here, they didn't get a Winter like we did in Fredericton. It's always a little warmer here being next to the ocean. I can already tell it will be a great place and that I will love it. Let's just hope that I don't lose my mind first about all the other things I have been called here to do, ha.

I love you all. I can surely feel all the prayer offered up for me. Thank you so much. Remember to always beware of Satan's snares.

Love Elder Rogers
Mon, 7 Mar, 2011

WELL, what to say about this week... I have so much to say. First of all, transfers just came in and I will be leaving. I have known for about a week now that I am moving. I just kept it from everyone so no one would ask me, "So where do you think your going," because to be honest, I had no clue. When I was down at Zone Council this last week President pulled me aside and talked to me and said that he has a special assignment and that he felt inspired to give to give me. He didn't tell me anything about it he just asked me if I would except, and of course if your leader says to you, in a round about way, "the Lord wants you to do something," you can't say no, right? So I accepted. Then he proceeds to tell me my assignment; That I would be opening up a new area for missionaries. So it's a brand new area in Wolfville, Nova Scotia which probably hasn't had missionaries in over a year, and not only that, but that I would have to train as well, DUH DUH DUH........ That was really shocking to me. Opening a new area is hard enough, but as well, having to train a new missionary will be really hard. I have been so stressed out on how I will accomplish this task but I know that the Lord trusts me with this task and that he has faith in me and so should I. That really is the only thing that is helping me right now, lol. So I will have a "son," as they call it in this mission and so we shall see how that goes. I don't even know who it is right now, the new missionaries don't fly in till Tuesday night.

On another sad note, our golden investigator, Isabel, didn't show up to church. She was so committed to coming, then nothing. It was heart breaking for us to see that. We really felt pumped about her too, but now we aren't so sure. We had the best lesson I have ever had here in Fredericton with her at the end. We asked if she would like to say the prayer and she proceeded to tell us "no," so we said well which one of us would you like to say it then, but before I could finish the sentence she had stopped us and said, "that she needed to say the prayer" - something had told her to say the prayer. Those are her own words. I was doing the happy dance inside. No one has ever said that and what was even better, it was the most heart filled prayer I had ever heard from an investigator. During the prayer she acknowledged that we were sent from God, and as she was saying that I was tearing up but I held it back, ha ha. Very manly of me, eh? But it was awesome. But then the heart breaker - she never showed up to church :(.

Zone Council was awesome too. It was my last one, which is sad because I won't be a Zone Leader anymore. But I know this is what the Lord wants and he feels like I can learn something from it, and so I will take it and come what may, I will love it. But after we settled all the business end of everything, President taught us about three different kinds of faith that we all must have in this life. First: Preparatory Faith (things that happen to us to prepare us for faith). Second: Redemptive Faith (faith in the Atonement and of it's redeeming power). And Third: Exacting Faith (have a prefect knowledge that what we ask in faith will come true). President likes calling it, "An eye of faith." But that's all I want to write about... that I want you guys to go explore the three on your own time. I have been doing that in my personal study and wow, has it been really awesome to see that there, really, there I thought faith was like one thing that just goes around and around. Nope, I was wrong. That's what I love about being apart of this church we constantly learn and the more knowledge we gain the more we get from our Heavenly Father.

I love you all. Stay away from Satan's traps.
With Love, Elder Jordan N. Rogers

Everyone that knows 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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