Monday, August 7, 2017

Bad boys😎

Next, on COPS
*intro theme music*
   Bad boys bad boys
   Whatcha gonna do?
   Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
   Bad boys bad boys
   Whatcha gonna do?
   Whatcha gonna do when you've got curfew?

     You might've guessed but I had a run-in with the cops. But I'll talk about that later. First off we had Zone P-day on Monday. I probably wrote about it but just a recap because if I forgot it someone else might have. We went with all the Elders in the Zone and played Jackpot with a football and frisbee. It was way fun. I wore my Dragonball Z shirt but managed to suppress the urge to go Super Saiyan. It was way fun to spend a few hours with friends.
      The rest of the week was scheduled to be festivals every day, but instead it decided to rain all week. And Japanese people are allergic to rain. Not only we're all the festivals cancelled, no one was on the street and they wouldn't even come to the door. The Sisters saw a lady on the street and tried to talk to her while it was sprinkling a little bit. She had an umbrella and everything but she said, "I can't talk! It's RAINING!" Water was falling from the sky! I don't get why us Americans don't freak out enough about that, lol. But anyway, that meant that we got soaked a few times and spent a lot of time looking at empty roads. We tried to go to a few colleges but they kicked us out within seconds of entering the front gate.
      We did have some really good things come out of this week too. We visited Wakutsu-san who has met with missionaries for like 15 years but never got baptized. He didn't even know he was a child of God! The missionaries never actually taught him the lessons! They just stopped by and said hi and read scriptures to him or something! So we taught him a lesson and it turns out he wants to be baptized! We set a date for November 5th, which is actually my very last transfer call. The one where they tell me I'm going home and my next companion is Sister Rogers and then laugh like they're hilarious. Anyway, since it rained all week I read the reports of everyone in our Areabook since the beginning of time and made sure to call lots of them. One less active family we were unable to contact but we kept thinking about them for the week. Then one day when we went to visit a member family, the Nemotos (they're my favorite), they asked us to go visit the same family! So we took off and visited the family and they want to come back to church! When we told the Nemotos they were so happy and made us a feast! They even gave us corn from Hokkaido which had to be flown in. It was the best corn ever! We got invited over to a lot more members' houses for meals than at the beginning of the transfer which must mean we either look too skinny or they just like us now. I liked looking skinny but I also really like the food. Decisions decisions.
      And lastly, we were coming home one night when we noticed 2 cops waiting for us on the side of the road that leads to our apartment. They pulled us over and asked if we were Christian volunteers. They also asked for our Green cards. So.....discrimination but ok, the whole country's like that so I can't complain. They start writing us a ticket for our eyes and noses being too big or something while someone in front of and behind us is breaking the law for bicycles but they get off free. However, I remained pleasant in this situation because I get blessings every time I get picked on for being a missionary. I've got curfew so I've got to end this quick. I started talking to the guy and explaining what we do and start proselyting him while he writes me this ticket. He starts laughing and pretty soon we're buds. He gives me the ticket, tells me I can throw it away and there's no record, and let's us off with a warning. Yeah. I think I'll hold on to the ticket though just because it's a cool reminder of a funny story.
      I know as we're kind to those around us even if we don't feel like they deserve it or aren't worthy of our love that it can change hearts. As we love those who are hard to love our capacity to love increases. Jesus said that we should love our enemies. For if we love only those who love us, how much better than sinners are we? But if we can love everyone regardless of how they treat us, then we are really like Jesus indeed. Be like your Father in Heaven. Don't let the actions of hose around you decide how you are going to react. We can always choose to break the chain of negativity and be positive. One kind act can lead to another and everyone's happy. So choose ye this day to be happy, no matter the circumstance. We have the power to do that so use it.

Elder Rogers

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Surprises

So this week I don't remember more than a few events but here's the quick run down.

      First, we went to a big hill with an investigator family for fun sliding down it. We raced and had a great time and taught the mom on the car ride back while grandpa drove so she could listen. That was really scary by the way and we almost died several times so the mom decided it was better that she drive from now on. We unanimously agreed. Anyway, the first surprise was that a girl there fell in love with me in like 30 seconds and really wanted to hang out so she invited me over to her house. She's 3 years old by the way, I just think it's funny to make you all freak out for a couple seconds before you read the next sentence. Hahaha!
      Surprise #2! We were invited to an activity with a member that we didn't have much information about but basically what we thought was happening was we were going to go with this grandma member to a neighboring city and teach her friends. We have to skip District Meeting to do this so we feel a little bad but since we'd be teaching someone we knew it would be worth it. Well, it wasn't like that. Surprise! We got there and the member was like, "were actually volunteering to give some people I don't know a tour of this city that I don't know. And they're Filipino so it's in a language I don't know either." So basically she brought us along to give a tour of a city we didn't know to some strangers because we speak English and Japanese. Surprise! We didn't know anything about the area so we found a map and basically just walked around looking for cool stuff. We took them to a JAXA museum, which is Japan's NASA, and it turned out ok. We spent most of the day out walking in the sun which really didn't help with Surprise #3.
      I got food poisoning! First time in my life too. I'll spare the details because it was nasty but I ate something bad, ruminated it in my belly by walking in the sun, got sick, and lost a few pounds. I'm fine now. I slept on the church's couch while my companion and a recent convert taught some awesome lessons that resulted in a family coming to church!
      At church one of the speakers talked about bravery and helping others. It made me painfully realize how selfish and prideful I actually am. Which is fine to know because now I can work on it. I just need to not compare myself to others and instead focus on doing everything I can to help them. It really does help to look out from yourself and your own inadequacies and just focus on what you CAN do to help someone else in need. I've been looking at things wrong recently; focusing on improving myself so that I can help others but putting the focus on myself first. There are things we all can do without having to wait until we reach a certain point. Everyone can start from where they are right now and lift someone in need. There's no rule that says you have to be perfect to do good things. Anyone can do good things that can help someone else. So I just want to make sure that I, and anyone around me, know that we can start making a difference now. Elder Rogers

Monday, July 24, 2017

Insert title here (I don't know what to call this)

Alright, highlight reel of this week.
     We went finding. A lot. I'm pretty tan. I'm Tanner. Ha.
Alright enough of that.
      We met some firefighters for a check up of the church and they were cool. We rode our bikes out of the city and into the rice fields and I calmed down so much, and realized how much the city stresses me out and tenses me up like a spring. Anyway, if I need to go calm down we can always go proselyte to the farmers. It worked before!
     We had a Zone Blitz and I went back to my bean area, Sakado. Things were mostly the same. Except that it was summer instead of winter and the giant Pachinko(slot machine building) was gone. It's been like over a year and a half since I've been there so something was bound to change. I thought I'd get PTSD going back there but it was actually fine. It wasn't awesome but it was ok.
     We had a District Meeting and the Zone Leaders came down to participate this time. I'm their favorite District Leader. Probably because I'm so fit, and strangely charismatic😆. Anyway we all learned a lot and we're ready to go out and work hard! So we did and we sweat a lot and got good farmer's tans and learned not to put flyers in our shirt pockets because you just end up getting them a little moist... Point is, we work hard here in Okegawa!
     On Saturday we went to our little piece of Tokyo called Omiya. It was packed with people and I didn't know what to do because usually finding meant looking for where the people are, not just having three thousand people right there. So I struggled but were figuring it out. We just talk to a lot of people and do our best. It's faster paced than I'm used to but it's good.
     On Sunday I got to Skype in to Kisarazu to congratulate a recent convert on their baptism and gift of the Holy Ghost. His name is Aoi-kun and I used to be his primary teacher. That was a log while ago for a kid so when I called it looked a little like he didn't recognize me. I'm still not sure he knows who I am but oh well. The rest of the people knew who I was and it was good to see them. There was Takashi, then Tanda Kyoudai, then I wanted to see the Higashis' baby but they were in a meeting, then Elder Atkinson went and got Yi Shimai and it was just cool to see everybody. Jonivar was not there unfortunately. He was at work? I think. Japan will do that to you sometimes. But seeing at least a few of my best friends was really good after so long. I think it's been like 8 months since I've seen them. There was a bunch of people, bad connection, and screaming happy kids so not much conversation got through but it was still good. Tomorrow is interviews with the Naganos and I'm excited to talk to them. I love my special 10 minutes with them because I always walk away feeling so special. They believe in me and it feels really nice to have someone counting on me. It gives me motivation to not mess it up and let them down so I'm grateful for their high expectations.
     Well th-th-th-th-th-that's all folks!
Elder Rogers


Monday, July 17, 2017

I'm melting!

     So this week was pretty awesome. The Mission fire was turned up hot and we got tanned and found a lot of success. We found a TON of people to teach, and a lot of festivals. Things are looking good. So first off we had Zone Conference and it was great, I think. I was translating so it just went in one ear English and came out my mouth Japanese without too much thought. President Nagano apparently talked about me a little bit but I wasn't paying super close attention because I was just repeating it differently. I don't really know what he said so I can't tell you. I'd like to know too!
     We helped a member move and foolishly went in our regular Sunday clothes. We soaked through those pretty quick because they didn't have AC. So gross. They bought us four pizzas afterwards. We went to a ton of festivals this weekend and it was cool. Today we went to a shrine and then heard people screaming so we thought it was another festival. We went over and it was the High School National Baseball Tournament. So we bought some tickets and went in because who wouldn't right? Elder Rogers

Monday, July 10, 2017

My last area......?

Previously on Missionary 101: Tokyo
   "Elder Rogers, you're going to be transferring to Okegawa."
   "Ooooooohhhhhh!!! *surprised gasps*"
What will this mean for our poor confused hero? Will he sink or swim in the not too big city? Will his companion understand him if he only speaks Japanese? Will this be the final stage in our hero's journey, or is there more yet to come? Find out now!

      So anyway, enough drama. I moved to my new area safely and I'm follow up training Elder Christensen! He's transfer 2 but I didn't get him at transfer 1 so I'm not his real dad. I'm his mission stepdad. I don't speak English to him by the way. Only Japanese. He likes it though. I think. He hasn't said otherwise, in Japanese because that's the only language I speak. Hahahahahah! We had a lot of miracles so far. We housed into a lady that knew the Sister missionaries so she gave us some vegetables. They were delicious. We also ran into a Chinese guy on the street and this time I DID speak Chinese! I didn't even know I could do that! Plus a bunch of other cool stuff that was equally cool but I won't write. Don't want to spoil everything and have nothing left to talk about when I get home. Lol.
      Anyway, I'm super happy to be here, working hard in the oppressive Japanese summer. In pants and a tie. All day. Getting an awesome farmer's tan that I'm actually quite proud of. But seriously, I'm so happy to be out here and happy to be working hard. The harder I work and he more beat I am by the time I get home and pass out on my futon, the bigger my smile is. It sounds weird to a lot of people but it's true. I feel great wearing myself out in the service of others and the service of my God. Nothing has brought me more joy in my life thus far and I love every minute.

Elder Rogers



Monday, July 3, 2017

The cool stepdad

    Transfer Calls came thins morning. We BOTH are transferring. I've only been here for 1 Transfer so I was not expecting that at all. I'm going to go to Okegawa as the District Leader and my new companion is a transfer 2 trainee. That makes me his second trainer so I'm like his stepdad. It's ok, he'll love me. 😅
      So the coolest thing that happened this week was a couple called us up saying they had met the missionaries before and wanted to take the lessons. So we went over there and the husband had taken the lessons up to the point where he would've gotten baptized but he couldn't quit smoking so the missionaries dropped him. He had just gotten married a month earlier so no missionaries had ever met his wife. Well she was a good influence on him and together they decided to quit smoking so they could have missionaries over and learn about God to help their life. So they already conquered smoking! Hen we taught the 1st lesson and taught her how to pray and they loved it. The wife read some of the Book of Mormon we gave her and felt the Spirit tell her it was true. She called us the next morning to tell us she knew it was true and wanted to join the church! Isn't that such a miracle?! God really does speak to the hearts of those looking for truth. I know He prepared this couple to hear the gospel and that it will bless their lives so much. They're amazing and I'm excited for the next missionaries to continue working with them.
      I know this gospel is true and that it truly does help all those who accept and act upon its teachings. It has blessed me so much and continues to especially bless me here on a mission. I'm so glad I have this opportunity and look forward to the remaining 4.5 months! Onward in so great a cause!

 Elder Rogers

Monday, June 19, 2017

We moved

     So first off the Sisters got emergency transferred because 2 other Sisters were sick and went home. So we asked if we could have their apartment and President Nagano said yes! It's way closer to the church and it's in the middle of the city so it's super convenient. It's way nice too.
      Anyways, not much happened this week. We taught a guy who was standing outside in his underwear the Plan of Salvation. That's all I'll say about that for now. We're meeting again later. We also got fed a ton of sushi and other stuff by a nice guy named Josh. He's way cool and always helps us teach our English classes. Unfortunately he will probably be returning to the states soon. But it'll be good for him. We went to a Flower garden for hydrangea flowers and it was way pretty.
      It's short but tats about it for this week.
         Love you all!
         Elder Rogers



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Last Temple Trip

This week felt really long. Last Monday feels like 2 weeks ago.
     So last week we went to Zone Pday and I didn't write what we were doing because I didn't know. Well, we ended up making armor and weapons out of cardboard and fighting in the gym. It was "Lamanites vs Nephites" and just like the last battle in the Book of Mormon, the Lamanites won. That's too bad. But I was actually on the Lamanite team and we kicked butt. It was pretty fun. That night a king fu teacher came and taught us. It was way fun and fast paced. We're not allowed to hit each other or anything but he went toe to toe with me and told me to block. Then he preceded to punch at me and miraculously he didn't hit me at all. Then he realized that we weren't supposed to hit people or get hit and he stopped. It was cool.
     We taught our kids English class again and the Sisters taught the kids while we taught the moms. It went really well. The only problem is that they emergency transferred the Sisters this week so now it's just us. We probably won't be able to run a class with that many kids and just 2 of us. So there's a possibility that that class might end up dying. We aren't sure yet. One good thing that came from the Sisters leaving is we got all their food, including a really expensive steak. I cut it in half and my companion actually ate it. It was so good. Other than that we're just really sad the Sisters are leaving. Since they're leaving, my District became just me and my companion. That was a problem so they made me co-District Leader with another Elder and combined our Districts. It's weird but I guess it will work.
     We went to an English activity at a high school this week and talked about World issues in English. I don't really like talking about world issues for a few reasons. One, I have no idea what's happened in the last year and a half. Two, the kids always have weird opinions on things. Three, lots of other stuff. But all in all it was good and at the end they made a hallway of students to high five us on the way out. We also went to the English club at Ibaraki University and it was fun. We talked a lot and my group laughed and had a lot of fun. Then we took some of them out to eat again and had a good time.
     This family that really likes us asked if we could hang out on Sunday and after explaining our rules for the Sabbath we told them we'd love to. Well, they load us up in the car and take us to a park. Except it's not the kind of park they said it would be, it was an amusement park with roller coasters and everything. They're so nice BUT even if it wasn't Sunday we couldn't have gone in. So we reexplained our rules and for some reason it just didn't quite click until we repeated it like 20 times. Eventually she got that we don't make other people work on Sunday and that by entering the amusement park we would cause someone to work. So we went to the beach instead and kept the commandments. There was a wedding going on down the beach and people were taking lots of pictures because it was a beautiful day.
     I'm so grateful for my mission and all the good it's done for me. I'm also grateful that I still have 5 months left to serve the Lord full time. It really is a huge blessing and has been "the best 2 years" so far.
      Elder Rogers

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

When you want the lion to do something, put little kids in front of him.

     So this week I don't remember much of so if it seems short that's because so is my memory.

      So we took a formerly less active to Institute because his mom won't let him go unless we do and it was pretty interesting. They study out of the marriage guide. These things have been happening with growing frequency over the past couple of transfers. Lol. The teacher said I was pretty smart for someone who's never had a girlfriend. I've had much better practice; companions that I'm not in any way attracted to. If I can put up with them, I can find ways to get along with someone I do like.
      We taught a ton of English classes this week. We started a Children's English class and a ton of people came! There were like a million kids and parents so we ended up making two classes so we could teach the parents too. It was cool. I like the cute little Asian kids. (:
      We also had splits with the Zone Leaders and it was fun. We talked to a lot of people all night and found a super strong high schooler who does shot put. He can throw it far enough to qualify for nationals! Anyway, he wants to meet and learn about church this week.
      We went to Ibaraki University and participated in the English club. While there I found two kids who were Christian but didn't go to church. They asked where ours was so they could give it a look sometime. Then we got Indo curry with them for dinner.
      My companion, Elder Talbot, made friends with a young family that we met at an English Activity and they like him so much at they invited us to come to the zoo with them. It was a free entrance day so we didn't even have to spend any money! It was pretty cool and the kids were fun. They kept running all over the place so it was good they brought us so we could chase them down and watch them. Tricky family.
      And that brings us to today, Zone Pday! We're going to the Zone Leaders' area to do.......something. They didn't say what. We'll do.......something and then spend the night because we live really far away and tomorrow is Zone Conference.
      I didn't take much pictures because my area is mostly rice fields (still look really cool) with a HUGE city in the middle. It's just rice as far as you can see and then BOOM! giant city. We've spent all our time in the city so far and it's my most populated area. Even though everybody else thinks it's the tanbos. Just goes to show that when you get called to the Japan, Tokyo Mission it doesn't mean you'll be in the city.
      Love you all!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Moved to Mito

     So I got transferred from Takasaki to Mito this week.

      On Monday we had dinner with the Ookawaras in Takasaki and they fed us like kings. Especially since it would be one of the last things Elder Ito would eat before he became Brother Ito. So for that visit he said the opening prayer, the closing prayer, and gave the lesson. It was the Elder Ito show and it was awesome. We dropped him off at the train station on Wednesday morning and now he's on with his wife. I mean life. Lol. I'll miss him but I'm happy he's moving on with the next part of his life. Then it was my turn and I left for Mito on the other side of the mission, again. It took 5 hours and 2 old men approached me with interest in the church. One lives in Takasaki and the other lives in Mito. 2 new investigators on the train!
      Then I met my new companion, Elder Talbot. He likes dramas and singing loud and he's vegan..........yeah. This is where I find out if I can get along with absolutely any kind of person or not. If I can survive him, I can get along with anyone. Bring it on.
      We found a kid and gave him a church tour and he wants to meet for a lesson tomorrow! Woohoo! We'll see how many baptism pictures I can send home from Mito, which may be my last area.
      There weren't a lot of people outside this week because it was rainy and Japanese people are allergic to rain. The good news is that there's a saying amongst missionaries, "every day you proselyte in the rain, your wife gets prettier." So I smile extra big on rainy days and wouldn't mind if it rained for the remaining 5 months of my mission. Haha 😂
      We cleaned a beach today for Pday and then got food with some members. At the beach I found a big shell and found out that you can throw those like a frisbee. Oh yeah, since the Ward is smaller here they don't feed us as much and I can control my diet. That and I'm not a Zone Leader anymore so I have exercise time in the mornings. I've already shrunk my stomach quite a bit and it's great. I may even come home without rice cheeks!
      Not much happened this week so I'll stop here but hopefully I'll have a lot to write about next week! Until then, love you and have a great week!
      Elder Rogers

Monday, May 22, 2017

Demoted and glad!

     So this week I got fired. Woohoo!
      True to Rogers fashion I went out with style and lots of fireworks and explosions.....of the spirit because real ones are illegal.

      This week was crazy because it was the last week of the Transfer and we still hadn't done any of our splits with the other Elders. So we did splits from Monday night to Saturday morning. I was away from Elder Lilya all week. I also had a new companion every day. That made it interesting when we started finding people because I would be with one person when I found a guy, and then I would be with a new person when we met for another lesson. And that second guy still wasn't my normal companion! So we found some new investigators that Elder Lilya still hasn't met. Which is a little awkward for the investigators because I'm transferring and I'm he only consistent one they know. Yeah, I dropped that bomb early in the email because I just can't suspense anymore. I got fired from Zone Leader in Takasaki and transferred east until I couldn't go any farther because I hit the ocean. I got transferred to Mito and I get to be a regular District Leader again. Yay! Yayayayayayayay!!!! Zone Leadering is a lot of work so I'm glad to have a LOT more time now. But anyway, I digress (that may be incorrect but I can't tell because I can't English speak moreany), back to the week of miracles.
      Day 1 of Splits week Elder Eyre (the most handsome missionary ever) and I were approached by a man from the U.K. who wanted to know if we could give him a Doctrine and Covenants because he had finished the Book of Mormon and wanted more! We traded LINE and set up a return appointment for that week which turned out really really good. He wants to meet with us every week and he's looking for truth with the intent of joining the church! I also put Vietnamese materials in my bag because I felt like it and then while we were walking down the street a million Vietnamese people start walking out of a school for Vietnamese people that opened up like last week without me knowing! Coincidence? I think not!
      Day 2 of Splits week Elder Purba and I went to Keizai University's English Speaking Society. Maybe Elder Purba should come to Takasaki because he did such a good job entertaining the 100 students there. He got them relaxed and having fun so they were able to learn a lot more and it was great. There is a growing number of them wanting to come to our classes now.
      Day 3 of Splits week Elder Hales and I left the apartment right after personal study and ran into a young man on the street who told us he was Buddhist and loved prayer. We set an appointment for the next day, picked him up, did a church tour, and taught him some of the Plan of Salvation. At Pre-mortal existence he stops to tell us that he thinks we met there and that it wasn't chance that we were meeting to talk about Jesus. He thinks what we're learning together is very important and prayed that he'd be able to learn well. He's super kinjin! After that we only had a little while for housing so we prayed for guidance and the third door we knocked on a young Chinese girl comes out and I happened to have packed Chinese materials in my bag that day. So I whip out the Plan of Salvation pamphlet and she asks if she can come to church! She's got a 5 month old girl so it was important to her and she gave us her husband's number.
      Day 4 of Splits week Elder Gonzalez and I were housing and I noticed a house had the Okinawa Shisa dogs. So we house it and the guy says he doesn't have time then, starts throwing around Hail Marys, and invites us to come back on Sunday! We found a lot of new investigators and I didn't even mention all the new English students we found!
      Another cool thing (or disappointing depending on who's asking) was my return date got changed again. I heard Salt Lake changed the date for their Mission President Training so I go home as originally planned. That's cool. I'm excited to continue working here in the best Mission on Earth!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Miracles and Mothers Day Calls!

So this week was the best I've had in a while for many reasons.
    First off, my job as a Zone Leader just got way easier. They realized that we have so many meetings and stuff that we barely have time to Missionary so they cut us off the hook and said we don't have to do Zone Meetings anymore! Yaaaayyyyyy! I may not be a Zone Leader for much longer anyway, but if I am at least it's easier now.
      Then I went on Splits with the non-Assistants that live in Tokyo, which is where I thought I was going when I got my mission call. Biggest understatement ever but there are a lot of people in Tokyo. It's like being a salmon and swimming upstream. We were able to find 7 new investigators in a day! That's actually high even for Tokyo (average is 1 or 2) so it was a huge miracle. Interestingly enough a good chunk of the people missionaries are teaching right now are Chinese, not Japanese. So now a lot of missionaries are studying Chinese too. As if Japanese wasn't hard enough. I tried before but I just can't pronounce anything right. I tried speaking to a guy in Chinese and he was just like, "Whut?" and then I knew I was a failure. But it's ok.
      Then yesterday we were able to call our family for 40 minutes! That was so awesome but it went by so fast. I tried to be obedient and end right at 40 minutes but I miscalculated and ended up talking for 40:59. Bad Zone Leader.
     That's about it for this week! Love you!
               Elder Rogers

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Party 'til Elder Ito dies

     First off we had Zone Pday on Monday last week and it rained so our BBQ idea got washed out. We ended up playing sports in the church gym and eating crock pot BBQ instead. It was still good. We also went to visit our Little Brazil District and got some big burgers with them. It was way fun to be with them for a little while. They're all really cool.
     We had a Mission Leadership Council in Tokyo and had to get up super early for that because we live 2.5 hours away. We came in earlier than everyone else and saw President Nagano running on his treadmill upstairs and said hi to him. He was surprised to see us.
     We talked to our samurai Less Active friend and he agreed to teach kids at the church every week. We obviously won't let random kids walk in and swing around real katanas but they're fine to swing sticks around. At his dojo we finally figured out how to use shuriken so Elder Lilya and I can do it really well now. I'm becoming a ninja samurai.
     We had 3 days of farewell parties for Elder Ito because he's dying and going home soon. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the Ward threw him parties. They gave us a total of 5 Costco pizzas in 2 days. That's why I can't diet here. Sunday night we throw a dinner party for the YSAs and then teach them English. It's way fun. It was on fast Sunday so we brought a feast and just about everything disappeared.
      Now the reason I am writing this on Wednesday instead of Monday is because we had Zone Conference on Monday. That was a lot of fun. I'm sure my mom has like 47 pictures from it on Facebook somewhere so if you'd like you can ask her. The pictures of me aren't very flattering so it's fine if you don't see them. Anyway, that took all day so at the end of it we asked if the Naganos wanted to get dinner with us and after getting approval from Sister Nagano, President Nagano agreed. It was delicious and super fun. President Nagano told us some stuff about North Korea but not much. It's funny that he's the one to tell us non-missionary related stuff most of the time. Then Tuesday I told President Nagano we needed a new microwave during our interview and he bought us one during his lunch break! What a bro! He's great. I know they always do what's best for us and really are just here to help us out.
     Elder Rogers

Monday, May 1, 2017

Professor Elder Rogers

First off this week we were invited to help teach English at a nearby college because we're friends with the chief of the English club. There were over 60 students and they loved us so it was way fun. We made sure to be funny for them and they're excited for next time.
We also had a big sports day with a lot of the youth in the Stake. Our team took 2nd place because during the tug of war event we broke the rope. We pulled and after a few seconds it snapped!
Then today we had Zone P-day with about half of the Zone. We were going to go to the park and have a BBQ with some games but it rained so we did it in the church instead. Still fun.
Those were all the main events for this week! Love you all! Elder Rogers

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Missions are fun!

This week was nice. I felt pretty good this week. First off I went to college and just walked around talking to kids. I can't proselyte on campus because that's illegal and I don't like jail cells but there's no problem with me talking to kids. So I just walked around and talked to kids, made friends, traded phone numbers etc. and got invited to play basketball and stuff with them. It was nice. We do that and then invite them to our activities like English class and church and then help them become Investigators. It's so much easier than you'd think. You just have to be reasonably likable. We also went to this awesome Okinawa style park because the weather was nice and we figured young families would be there to talk to. Apparently it's just like the best date spot here because all those young families weren't even started yet, it was just a bunch of twenty-sumthin'-year-old couples. But, while we there we had a good idea for Zone P-day. There's room for all sorts of sports and even a BBQ pit so we'd just spend a nice day there with all the YSAs and youth. Pretty good idea, huh? The next day we went to a conference for Elder Choi. He gave the talk, "Don't look around, Look up!" in General Conference. He talked to us a lot about having more faith and talking to more people. He also talked about singing a lot and then getting married. Our leaders like to do that because they know we haven't talked to girls in who even knows how long. Anyway, after that got over we hit the streets and talked to everybody. Every man that is. We talked to everyone on the street, waiting in the train station, inside the train, on our bikes home, at restaurants where we eat, everyone. That made me feel really happy because I knew I had done the very best I could and if there was anyone ready to hear the gospel, I had definitely talked to them. So no regrets. I recommitted myself to make every day like that until the end. We had splits and I took Elder Culverwell, the bean-chan, with me to the samurai dojo. He had a great time. Then we had a volleyball activity after that so it was all fun proselyting with him. On Sunday we invited all the YSAs to come to dinner with us at the church and we'd feed them then teach them English and share a spiritual message. It was like extended family home evening. I miss that a lot and my family better be ready when I get back because that is so happening! It was way fun and everybody is excited for next week. Elder Rogers

Monday, April 17, 2017

Still in Takasaki

Last week for P-day we decided to bike up a mountain in our area for fun. It was a beautiful Spring day and we thought it would take 2 hours to reach the top. We rode our bikes for an hour to reach the foot of the mountain and then started up as it gradually got steeper. We had to change gears to as low as it would go and still had trouble getting up the mountain. Eventually we got off of our bikes and started pushing our way up the mountain. Covered in sweat, we decided to check how much further we had to go. It didn't look good. We still had 6kms to go, uphill. We decided to go until the top and not regret turning back. What was once a warm pleasant day gradually turned back into winter as we noticed snow and could see our breath. That didn't stop us, nor did the signs that said to beware of bears, we were determined to reach the summit no matter the cost. It sucked! We were freezing our butts of and our legs were shaking they were so tired. But, we made it to the top! There was nothing cool there it turns out and all we really got was bragging rights of saying we did it. At least we weren't quitters. We sent off our transferring missionaries and all made it safely to their new areas. We had 4 missionaries come in straight from the MTC and its exciting, to work with them. Elder Ito had a big, buff, baby boy that he brought home who also likes wrestling. We don't wrestle as missionaries but I thought it was cool. We went and hung out with the samurais again and cut stuff, including my finger, off! Nah, just kidding. I did cut myself though. I turned my brain off for a second and must've unconsciously wondered how sharp a samurai sword is because I touched it. Instant cut right at contact. That thing was way sharp! I didn't even feel it, it just slid through with zero resistance! Anyway, it's a tiny little thing that a band aid fixed right up but I learned that I need to be less curious and more careful. The samurai we gave a Book of Mormon to has read some of it and likes it! It's pretty cool to work with him. We found a kid on the street who looked lost and helped him out, then traded contact info. We called him up later and had dinner and told him about our English class. He came to that class and met members that we had invited and became friends with them. They left together and thus the progression towards baptism begins. It's only a matter of time now. Anyway, we're excited for how this is going to turn out. That's about it for this week! Love you all, stay safe!
Elder Rogers

Easter tie (we handed out all the eggs and candy my Momma sent me to the members and kids on the street)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Transfer 12/15.5

We had Transfer Calls and I'm staying in Takasaki! We had Zone Pday on Monday and it was way fun. We went to an English class to observe teaching styles and then got lunch with the Atheist teacher afterwards. General Conference was way good. I learned a lot and was grateful I got to watch it. A crazy lady walked into the church for the last five minutes of conference and everyone let me talk to her for an hour until I finally got her to leave. Really guys? And then we have today. Today was a beautiful spring day so we put in our exercise clothes and rode up a mountain. It took four hours and ended up being winter at the top. There was snow and it was cold. Not a great decision but we survived. Elder Rogers