Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 26, 2011 {Email}

Christmas Eve we had fun going to a stake devotional and going around and singing to our members. We probably didn't sound very good since it was just me and Elder Gibson but we had fun and the members enjoyed it. That was a sweet experience.

We are excited for this next week of transfers. Nothing really happened in our zone except we are adding two more in the assistants area. Elder Reid from Colorado will train there so it will be sweet to get to know him better. On Wednesday me and Elder Gibson will have to take care of the transfer, scary! I hope we can do it without Elder Lawton ha who actually only has to wash his clothes by hand four more times in his life! Crazy! But i hope everyone has a great Holiday season and a Happy New Year!


Elder Rogers

My sweet new basketball shoes that I've wanted forever! I used them today and they worked PERFECTLY! Such a good Christmas present, thank you me :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December 19, 2011 {Email}

This week was a good week. The Christmas spirit definitely is here in Ghana. Everyone gets excited for it, but its cool because it's more because of the real purpose of Christmas, to remember Christ, instead of for gifts. That is something i have always had a problem with. I always get so caught up in the gifts and not really focusing on the true meaning. Hopefully that is something i can take home with me from being here in Ghana. These people really have their priorities right, and i think they still would if they had all that we had back in America. they are just great people.

This week we have been focusing on helping one of our long lost members overcome an addiction to alcohol. He was baptized ten years ago and stopped coming to church about 9 years ago. He is like the most popular police man in Cape Coast since he is around 6'7" tall and HUGE around the waist. ha but he is the most friendly guy i have ever met. he stopped us one day and said i have a problem and i want to stop and i want to be baptized again. So we have been trying to help him. It's definitely out of our normal routine, but it has been good. He is not having much success right now. The good part was he chose to come to church this week where he really enjoyed it! I hope that will help him to get a little more strength.

Everything else is moving right along. Patrick has gone off to his oil platform at sea so the countdown is on for him to come back. Only 3 more weeks! We had our Christmas party this week and got to watch Forever Strong. It was really sweet. President and Sister Shulz do so much for us, they are amazing! I can't believe it's already Christmas again, so crazy!!

Elder Rogers

Jennifer, Charlotte and Paa Kwesi's Baptism
Christmas Dinner

Monday, December 12, 2011

December 12, 2011 {Email}

This week was another good one. Our ward had a big change happen to them. Three of our powerful young adults went on mission! Two of them are going to Port Harcourt, Nigeria and the other a sister is going to Calabar, Nigeria. It was really cool to see them go and to see the support the ward gave them as they went. They're enjoying the MTC right now with that huge food! These missionaries were powerful in our ward, could possibly say three of the strongest members we have so it won't be easy to replace them in their callings which were institute instructor, ward clerk and sunday school teacher. Our bishop is kind of stressing right now ha. I'm way excited for them. Going on mission will help them so much and their families too.

We have a new powerful investigator named Patrick! He was a member referral that we got at the end of last week and we have only had three lessons with him but we are already through the Book of Mormon, Plan of Salvation and he came to church yesterday. POWERFUL! To top it off he has a baptismal date for next month on the 28th of January. The reason for being so long is because he is a chef on a big oil rig that goes out to see every four weeks and will continue going on four week cycles. So he will be gone for a month then back for a month. He will be baptized when he gets back! He is awesome and knows it is all true. He first learned about the church at his work from a family in Ephraim, Utah.

That is our joy right now! We are still working and hope to have one more baptism before the end of the year.

I hope all is well back home and everyone is freezing cold haha sorry! Love ya all!

Elder Rogers

Monday, December 5, 2011

December 5, 2011 {Email}

This week was awesome! It went just as planned with the baptism and all. Jennifer and Charlotte were both baptized on Saturday then confirmed on Sunday. The coolest thing was Charlotte is dating our ward mission leader Paa Kwesi and he was the one who referred her to us before he was even dating her. So they have progressed a lot in their relationship even getting closer to being married. She didn't join for him though, she did it because she knew it was true. I've really enjoyed the time we've had to teach her and see her learn more. At the baptism we had Paa Kwesi do the baptizing and they both had the biggest smiles on their faces during the ordinance. It was powerful! Paa Kwesi doesn't like to show his emotions much so of course he was trying to hide the smile and look serious the whole time, but we caught him smiling ha. He also confirmed her on Sunday. This guy just had the most rewarding week of his life! On Friday he went to the temple to be Endowed then Saturday he baptizes his girlfriend and Sunday confirms her. Can't think of a better week than that!

We have a couple people that we are preparing for baptism on the 25th but they both live in a different ward but work here in our area. It has been really fun to be the ones to teach them and then know they go to church at the other place.

Today Elder Gibson and I had an opportunity to do some service. One of our investigators has been helping a Health Service place to go around and hang free mosquito nets over peoples beds in every house. We were able to help them do it for a few hours. It was way fun! Going in and just seeing these people so happy to receive these nets so they can stop sleeping with mosquitos all night. Really humbling experience. Well, we are looking forward to another sweet week!

Elder Rogers

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 28, 2011 {Email}

It's so good to hear from you again and to know that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. You are right it is so much better to just savor every moment. I've been thinking about that too. This week i will only have 9 months left, crazy. It's very bitter sweet, still a lot of time but just to know it will go by so fast is scary. I just want to soak it all up.

We had a great thanksgiving. We actually made us a meal that was way good. It was all Elder Gibson's idea too. He loves to experiment with food. We decided we were going to make burritos! It really wasn't much different from what we usually eat since we just made tortillas, put some beans, rice, chicken and tomatoes on top. But it was so good! The only thing that could've made it more of a Thanksgiving would be sitting with my family and watching the NFL ha.

It's been a great week for us though. Our members are really starting to do the missionary work! We received 5 new referrals last week with more on the way tonight. We have been so blessed. The work is so much more fun and effective when the members are involved. Charlotte and Jennifer are progressing very well right now and will be baptized at the end of this week! I can't wait! It's going to be so great to be a part of a baptism again. It would be sweet if Elder Lawton could be here for it but he's up doing work in Obuasi.

Elder Gibson and I have been enjoying the area this past week and a half. Today we played some flag football on the beach with the other zone for the last time. It was a ton of fun. Even though the Africans didn't know how to play the game they were still way better than us because they are so fast! Man, it's not fair ha.

Everything is going great here! I hope you all are doing good! I love you all!

Elder Rogers

Sunday, November 27, 2011

November 21, 2011 {Email}

Well, things are going great here for us. Our two baptismal candidates are progressing very well and should be ready by the 3rd to be baptized. It's so exciting to have some people that i can see changing their lives to live this gospel.

Our apartment is very different now that Elder Lawton and Elder Eke are gone. I definitely miss Elder Lawton a lot but i am still having fun. Elder Gibson is a sweet guy! He played soccer for Canyon View so he is pretty athletic. Today we were balling it up on the court with all the other guys including Elder Hair who is the new AP. It's so much fun to meet up with these guys. Starting next month we won't be able to meet up with as many missionaries on P-day like we do now. They are changing it to where we can only meet with our districts on the 2nd and 4th weeks and then on the 3rd week we get to meet together with our zone. And on the 1st week it's a "deep cleaning" p-day. It's a lot different and a lot of missionaries definitely aren't happy, but it's what we are told to do so we gotta do it. The only effect it will have on me really is not being able to play ball with Elder Smith each week, other than that it doesn't effect us much because our zone is one district anyways.

Teaching with Elder Gibson has been pretty smooth. For only being our first week it's crazy how in tune we are when we teach. I really enjoy it and i'm sure the investigators do too.

Wednesday was a crazy day sending around all the missionaries. Nothing bad happened though, thank goodness. Elder Lawton was able to stick around and help out before he went to Obuasi, which i hear is an awesome place! It's nice to have that done though, the next one will be a lot less people with only 10 new ones coming.

Not too much else has happened. The work moves on! I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving! We are still pondering about what we want to eat on that day, so much to choose from ;). haha.

Elder Rogers

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November 14, 2011 {Email}

Hey good news!!! I got your small package with the pictures this week AND the box of goodies!!! Holy cow you are way too nice! Seriously it is the sweetest thing ever! Elder Lawton and I have been enjoying it so much. Eating spaghetti with real spaghetti sauce, real pancakes with real syrup and all the snacks are amazing including the REESE'S PUFFS! Thank you so much! I am also wearing the new sandals right now and they are the most comfortable thing. I think i will just wear these every day for the rest of my mission ha. Really though, thank you so much! As for the Christmas package i don't have any requests, maybe a couple new white shirts (church ones) would be nice, just a couple though. The pictures were awesome in the small package! Thank you for that! You and the family look great! It is so sweet to see my granparents again and the rest of our family. It's been a long time. I love seeing you all so happy! Kortney looked beautiful.

Ok, so on Friday night the AP's took us over to the mission home so we could see the transfer board and plan out how we are going to figure out the transportation for this biggest transfer ever!! There are 31 new missionaries coming and 8 of the zone leaders and 1 of the AP's are going home or being changed! It's crazy! We went there and saw the transfer board for the first time since my first day in the mission field! Ha it was so cool! Anyways the first thing we saw was Elder Lawton is going to Obuasi to train. Obuasi has a branch but hasn't had missionaries for a few years so he is starting it up again. He's excited about it and will enjoy there. He is training Elder Smoot from Utah. I am receiving Elder Gibson!!!! He is coming from Abuakwa and he was the one who went there when i got transferred to Asuoyeboa. I'm way excited to be with him. It's cool that i already know him before he becomes my companion. Elder Gibson is from Cedar City, UT! So now i'll have a companion that is close to home. He came in April 2010, just 3 transfers ahead of me. He will most likely finish here in Cape Coast. I'm excited to work with him since i already know he is a hard worker. Other news is Elder Baraza is going to Sekondi and his son (my grandson) Elder Orobotar is coming to be in my apartment! It'll be sweet. Elder Wheeler and his son split just like me and Elder Wright did so they are both training in Asuoyeboa.

Our area is going great too. We now have two baptismal dates for December 3rd. Jennifer and our Ward Mission Leader's girlfriend, Charlotte. Ha Charlotte still has a ways to go, but Jennifer is solid. She loves the Book of Mormon even though she can't read very well.

It's been a great week! I hope you all are doing great! Love you all!

Elder Rogers

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November 7, 2011 {Email}

This week was way cool. We are having some sweet investigators right now. One woman named Jennifer has come to church 3 weeks in a row. She was brought the first time by her older sister who was baptized a few months ago. She loves the church and said it's exactly what she is looking for. Her main problem right now is getting along with her 13 year old daughter, Ruth. She is definitely in her teenage years and with Jennifer being a single mom she is really frustrated. The other day we had a long talk with them after one of their arguments and we pulled the "give each other a hug and say i'm sorry" haha they didn't want to do it at all but they finally did. I really think as she prepares for baptism they will both find that happiness.

On Sunday i think all of Cape Coast ate their Wheaties for breakfast! We had 9 investigators come to church! It was unbelievable seeing them all walk in one after the other. That hasn't happened since i've been here, it's usually one or two so we were stoked. It was also Conference Sunday so that made it even cooler. We got to watch the Saturday Afternoon session in English and then the Sunday Morning one in Twi. I didn't understand the Sunday one at all ha but the Saturday one was powerful! We need to do our FAMILY HISTORY my fellow generation! I enjoyed that entire session.

We are going to be very busy this week with zone leader council on Wednesday, splits with Yamoransa on Friday and trying to find time to teach all those people that come to church! In other words it will be another way fast week!


Elder Rogers

Monday, October 31, 2011

October 31, 2011 {Email}

Before i start anything i would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween and more importantly my Grandma Bullock a Happy Birthday!!! I love you Grandma!

This week was a crazy one. We had a lot of meetings to go to including a sweet interview we each had with President Shulz. They came around to each apartment to check them and to meet with each of us. So the day before he told us to take the whole day and do a deep cleaning. WOW! I don't think i have been that exhausted in a long time. It did take ALL day too! But our apartment is very clean and it feels a lot better.

Right now we have two really solid investigators. They are both older women and one of them has two little children with her. The reason they are solid is because they are both referrals from members and the members are continually helping them, whether it's going and reading the pamphlet with them when we aren't there or they are helping them come to church. They are both having a great experience learning about the church. I'm so proud of the members for how they are working.

Speaking of working with the members. Yesterday all the missionaries taught the 3rd hour of church in their wards. It was 5th sunday so everyone was in the sacrament hall. It was a great opportunity for us to help them see what they can do as members to get the missionary work going. I pray that they understood and will act upon it. If they do then the Cape Coast 1st ward is going to be strong very soon!

Some good news! Elder Smith told me that Edmond and Judith up in Kumasi have been going to church the past two weeks and will be baptized soon!!! I guess Edmond quit his job and since then he has been going to the church. He is powerful! I'm so happy for their family.


Elder Rogers

October 24, 2011 {Email}

This week was another good one. We have had a lot of new investigators that seem very interested in the gospel. Almost all of these people are referrals from members! The investigators are always more serious when they have friends who want them to hear the message. We've just been happy that the members are starting to see the joy that comes from doing missionary work. Our bishop's referral walked into church during the sacrament yesterday and bishop had a huge smile on his face when he saw him. The joy that comes when you see someone trying to know if it's true is sweet!

We had a conference this week in which Elder Gavarret from the Seventy came. All 6 of the southern zones came and met in Cape Coast for the event. It was quite an experience to meet a general authority and shake his hand. The part that didn't go so great was trying to understand his accent! Him and his wife are from Uruguay so they had a very strong spanish accent. I don't know if any of the Africans understood much because of it and even us Americans had a hard time picking everything. It was neat to see someone of such great authority from the other side of the world coming to Ghana though!

Our mission is now starting to focus on using the Book of Mormon more effectively in the work. It's something that i think all of us need to work on. Being in Ghana we meet alot of people that cant read very well so we won't focus on the Book of Mormon as we should. In the conference we talked about how no one can be truly converted unless they know the book is true. So we need to do all we can to help our people to know it is true! We still don't know how we will do that with the illiterate but we'll figure it out. Goes to show how important the Book of Mormon is to the world.

Everything else is going great! Except today i had a terribly off day on the court! Every shot was in and out, i couldn't make a shot if my life depended on it. Just gotta put today in the past and prepare for next weeks game. I will do better!


Elder Rogers

Friday, October 21, 2011

October 17, 2011 {Email}

This week was just as great as the last one. We have a lot of people that we are teaching in our area that are progressing very well. The funny thing is a few of the most serious ones don't live in our area. Since we proselyte in town we meet a lot of people that work here but live somewhere else. We keep teaching them because they are here all day and are rarely at home, but we invite them to attend the church where their house is. It's been fun to be a help to other wards and branches. As for our family we are teaching, we didn't get to have a visit with the entire family since Justice travelled to Accra. What was sweet was the two younger boys came to church on their own will! They are so powerful. In church they sat their extremely reverent during all three hours. I've never seen such smart, polite and well behaved young boys. Now we just need the parents to join them and i'll be the happiest man in the world. Sweet family!

We also went on splits this week with the Abakrampa Elders. I stayed in Abakrampa with Elder Awatey. The place is a VILLAGE!!! Ha it was so much fun, but kind of hard for missionaries that can't speak the Twi. They always have to call a ghanaian to serve there because of it. So the whole day i didn't really understand much of what anyone was saying. The place was awesome though!

Today for P-day we got our sight seeing done! First we went to the Kakum National Park to walk on the ropes up in the trees! It was sooooo scary! And it didn't help that all the other guys knew i was nervous so they would shake it as we walked across haha those jerks. It sucks being afraid of heights, but it was way fun and felt great when i finished the last one. I never thought i would be able to do something as cool as that. We were like 40 meters above the ground walking next to the top of the trees.

Then we went to Hans Cottage! This place is where they have a lot of crocodiles that are somehow tamed so we can walk right out to them. That was intense being so close to a vicious animal and not being attacked ha i kept waiting for it to just snap me in half. It was a way fun p-day!

Everything is going great here in the mission. On Friday we are having a member of the first quorom of the seventy, Elder Gavarett, come visit us. I'm way excited for that!

Elder Rogers

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 10, 2011 {Email}

Well, this week was a sweet week! We have found a new family that i love just like all the other families i have talked about. Their names are Justice and Efua, their children, Victor (17), Stanley (10), and Kelvin (6). They are strong Methodists and live right behind the big Methodist church. We met them through other missionaries that were teaching Victor in our area, so they gave him to us. He has gone to school, but we met his family! They are all very smart and they seem to have enjoyed the message a lot. On Saturday night we had a really cool lesson about Families. Sister Efua really enjoyed it and wants to start trying the things we suggested so that their home can have more happiness. We haven't gotten to far yet into the message, but they know the direction we are going and all say they are willing to learn and find out if it's true. We look forward to teaching them this next week!

The past 3 days Cape Coast hosted a huge Muslim convention right down at the Victoria Park. It was awesome seeing thousands of Muslims walking around and doing their prayers and stuff. Their religion is definitely different but i respect them greatly for their devotion to it. All of them are strong in their faith. We went and walked around it and noticed they were selling Muslim clothing! Ha me and Elder Lawton are looking pretty good in our long Muslim gowns! It was a cool experience.

The work has been moving along nicely. This week was good for us to see some progression in our investigators and we even received two referrals! I'm excited for the next week to come. I also am very depressed about the Yankees losing! But hey, they can't win them all right? Next year baby!! 


Elder Rogers

Monday, October 3, 2011

October 3, 2011 {Email}

Wasn't this week just one of the greatest weeks? I think when all of you are having a great week i am also having a great week. I'm so glad you got to meet Elder Lehr and Elder Wright. ha that's funny how you recognized Lehr by his tie. Both those guys i was really close with and i miss them a ton. I hope you enjoy all the stuff. And i'm so glad the pictures made it there safely again, we have been so blessed so far with that.

Well, Elder Lawton and I just came back from the mission home saying good bye to all the missionaries that are going. So many people that i have grown to love and just feel like they are my best friends. It's so crazy to see them go and it once again hits me that mission will one day come to an end. They all said it is bitter sweet. ELDER HARRIS came early with Elder Holmes so they could find some last minute souveniers so i got to walk around town with them all day! It was awesome to see him again since it has been like 8 months! He is still the same guy that i loved being around. I was sad to say goodbye to them but i'm sure i will see them again.

Also, transfer news came this week! Elder Lawton and I are staying, sweet! The coolest thing is that Elder Smith is coming to Abura, the other zone in Cape Coast, to be a zone leader! So I will get to see him all the time again and find out what happened to Edmond and Judith! I'm excited to be around him again.

The work is moving right along. We had three more people come to church this week along with Selena again! We found out that Selena has some problems with being married to a man that actually has another wife so we can't baptize her unless she divorces :(. We haven't told her that yet since we've been taking it slow, but we're going to have to let her know soon. It's too bad because she loves the church. We'll see what happens and of course hope for the best. The other three really enjoyed the church and say they will keep coming. It was a good week for us with meeting new people that are interested.

The whole weekend i kept thinking about how sweet it is that a prophet of the Lord was speaking to the rest of the world at the same time we were here. I can't wait to hear or read the messages from General Conference. We should get them next month. I'm way jealous that my family got to go there!

Well, this week is transfers and we have 18 new missionaries coming and i heard one is from St. George so that's cool. We will be busy as usual ha. Have a great week! Go Yankees!

Elder Rogers

Our family ran into Elder Lehr after the Saturday morning session of Conference. Good thing Dad and Kyle were sporting their Ghana ties like Elder Lehr so they could make the connection!

We were lucky enough to meet Elder Wright and got to talk to him for a while and pick up a bunch of stuff that Zack sent home with him.

Monday, September 26, 2011

September 26, 2011 {Email}

This week was great! The work is really coming along here in our area. We had two members that gave us referrals so that was a good start. I think as we keep encouraging it the members will see and follow the examples of the members who are trying. I hope so. Ghana is the perfect place for members to share the gospel. Everyone lives together in family compounds and they all know each other. It's like a big campground. As you walk around, all the neighbors will be outside cooking and pounding fufu. At any time they can share it and also for us it's a great place to just mingle with the people and offer them chances to meet with us and come to church.

We actually have gotten a couple more serious investigators! We met a girl at a less active boys house as we were trying to get him excited about church. She was kind of listening as we talked and then we asked her if she liked what she was hearing and she said yes so we set up a time to come back and meet with them both again. The next lesson was about baptism and how there can only be one true church. She really enjoyed and was interested in why we say these things. We gave her the only pamphlet that we had left which was the Gospel of Jesus Christ (we usually give the Restoration the first time). The next time we came back she had read the whole thing and recited what she learned about as good as i have ever seen anyone do it. She was powerful. The next time we met she had read the entire Restoration! We haven't discussed all the way through yet but she loved it. The cool thing about her is she is like 19 years old and looks a little like a punky girl ha. But she is very cool and ready to listen to the gospel! Her name is Auntie Esi by the way. We are hoping she comes to church this week. Also Selena continues to come to church!!!

We had a tight p-day today. All of the Assin Fosu zone came down to play basketball and American football on the beach. It was so much fun and i gotta be around Elder Holmes and Elder Jaggi again so that was sweet to catch up on things with them. I don't think i'm ever going to be normal about being right next to the ocean all the time. Today i just kept looking out there as we were talking, just thinking how amazing this world is. The ocean is so awesome!

OH! Another thing! This week we made Gorilla Poop cookies!!! (No Bake Cookies) Oh my gosh they were so stinking good! I can't imagine being at home and having them all the time! I'm so jealous of all of you that you just have them in stock by the fridge all the time! "LUCKY!" (Napolean Dynamites voice) ;) ha have a great week everyone!!

Elder Rogers

Monday, September 19, 2011

September 19, 2011 {Email}

First, i will definitely see Elder Harris when he comes to the mission home and i will see Vanchiere and holmes since they are a part of this huge group! This next transfer i think we are getting like 19 missionaries and the one after that is like 29! Crazy! Our mission is going to be so young, i don't even know what to think. Every missionary will be training or holding a leadership position i swear. The weather here is perfect for me. We have been around the mission home alot this week helping out with one of the missionaries in our zone so we have been experiencing "air conditioning". Yeah A/C! Ha the funny part is we all suffer with it. It's too cold and every time we go outside or leave the room i am relieved to feel the warm, humid air ha. Who woulda thunk that? I seriously would prefer no a/c now, it's crazy! I have no idea how all of you survive with it all day every day. I think i might die because of too much a/c when i get back. Anyways last night we had a pretty long day doing some things and at the end of the day Sister Shulz insisted that we allow her to cook us a dinner ha. She did and it was amazing!!! We had a spaghetti dinner with some green beans, carrots, pineapple, and bread. It was so good! It was also cool to sit around the table with a bunch of people like it was a family dinner. President and Sister Shulz are the coolest people! They seriously love being here and being with the missionaries.

As for the work, Selena came to church again! She is powerful! We will have to see how much she can progress with the lessons this week so we can know when to set a baptismal date. All of our other investigators are still in the early stages, not too much progression but we hope they will come around soon. We also hope this new ward mission plan we have to baptize 10 people into our ward before the end of the year will bring some referrals. Referrals are the best way for the work to be effective, so we are praying that it will happen. We'll see! Anyways it was a cool week here in Cape, hope all is well back there! 

Elder Rogers

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 12, 2011 {Email}

Well this week was awesome! Time is just going by way too fast. Elder Harris and all of his mt's will be leaving in like 3 weeks! It's so crazy! I don't even know what to think. Well as for Cape Coast, Elder Lawton and I are doing our best to find people that are ready for this message but it hasn't been as easy as we both had it in Kumasi. So our most serious person right now is from... KUMASI! Yeah ha she is awesome. Her husband weaves kente right across from the castle and we were referred to him a couple weeks ago. He has some problems and isn't quite ready to act on the message right now. As we met with him though his wife came and she enjoyed the message and said she would come to church. They both speak very small English and a lot of Twi. It's fun to have someone speak Twi since i don't hear the Fante at all ha. Anyways, Selena, the name of the wife has come to church the last two weeks! She enjoys it so much and says she will come every week as long as she is here. I don't know when they will go back to Kumasi, but i hope it's a long time away. She has been just a joy at church. She brings her 1 year old boy Junior as well and he loves it too. Always running around the Chapel with the other kids.

Our mission president has an awesome focus right now for the mission. He met with the stake president's and bishops this last week and told them how important it is for the missionary effort to be a combined effort from the members and the missionaries. As missionaries it is so hard for us to find people who will keep committments. Everyone is willing to listen but not really ready to keep commitments. If the members are involved they can introduce us to people who they know are ready to listen and keep commitments. Every ward had this introduced to them on sunday and by the end of this week each ward should have a goal of how many baptisms they will get by the end of the year. I'm so excited for it and how it will allow us to work more closely with the members. This could change the church in our mission. We could see some serious growth if the members do what they say they will do. It's an awesome view and direction that President Shulz has brought to this mission.
Everything is going great as you can tell. Today i had the best hamburger in Ghana! Elder Holmes came down from Assin Fosu, so that was way cool to see him again. I hope all is well back home. I love you all!

Elder Rogers

Thursday, September 1, 2011

August 29, 2011 {Email}

Hey! Yeah, a lot has changed for me in the last week, but it is all good. I have learned that we need to change in our life to keep moving forward. I was really comfortable in Asuoyeboa and probably would've stayed there the rest of my mission if i had the choice. But coming to Cape Coast is such a sweet and new experience. Elder Harris was right about me being a zone leader. It's definitely something new for me and will be a challenge but i think just like anything else we are called to do, i will get the hang of it as time goes. The area that me and Elder Lawton serve in is right in Cape Coast town. So as we walk around we walk right by the Cape Coast castle and all the big boats they use for fishing. It's pretty neat to be in this beautiful place. Of course there is a lot of tourists so it's always strange to see and obroni (white person) walking around ha i'm definitely not used to that. The food here is a little different. Fufu is not near as big and they make it with one person. They hold a small pounding stick while sitting and they drive and pound at the same time by themselves. So i will miss pounding fufu for all the people. For us missionaries we eat basically the same thing as everywhere else we serve. The big difference between here and Kumasi has to be the weather. The humidity is off the roof! Holy cow, luckily we have a nice sea breeze through most of the day or i would suffer. When it's not there i just turn into a waterfall of sweat haha jk it's not that bad, but still it's not nice either. At night i don't have to use a fan because our apartment is on a hill like a mile off the shore so we get an awesome breeze coming through our windows. I even get cold at night. Elder Lawton is doing something i never imagined, sleeping with a hoodie on ha it's crazy! It is also way neat to be so close to President and Sister Shulz. We probably will see them a couple times a week. It's been great to get to know them better, they are awesome people! Cape Coast is actually made up of 3 wards, we are in the 1st ward and we all worship in one building so we have a block schedule. Next week we start worshipping at 2 o'clock! The members in the ward have been there for long since the church did start in Cape Coast so many of them were part of the pioneering of the church in Ghana. It's pretty neat to see these people. It's been a very different experience and i'm looking forward to becoming more acquainted with this place. I can't wait to gain that love i had for the Asuoyeboa people for these people in Cape Coast.
I hope you all have a great week!

Elder Rogers

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

August 22, 2011 {Email}

Well, I had to say goodbye to a lot more people than just Elder Wright this week. On Saturday night i received a phone call from President Shulz that i was being transferred. Usually calls don't come on Saturday so i was confused. He told me that i would be going to Cape Coast. I was immediately sad because i knew i would be leaving Kumasi and Elder Baraza and the amazing Asuoyeboa ward. I'm way glad they called on Saturday though because i got to join Elder Wright with giving a farewell testimony in church the next day. It was so good to be able to say good bye to them all. Leaving Asuoyeboa felt like leaving home all over again. It was the first time i have seen Ghanaians cry in church. I have gotten so close to all of them! I will always remember the friendships i gained there. 

We had a sweet baptism too, where our recent convert Okian baptized the remaining members of his family, his wife and 8 year old son. It was awesome! After the baptism we went to Bantama to meet up with Elder Wrights MT's so they could be taken to Cape by the AP's. Our mission is going to be so strange without them. It is a sad week for all of us, but we will get new ones soon. As for me, i hopped on that tro tro with all these MT's and made my way down to Cape Coast on Sunday afternoon. What an experience that was to listen to all those guys reflect on their missions. Cape Coast is sweet though! I got here last night with Elder Wright and his MT's. What a sweet place this is! I will get to know a lot of the missionaries here pretty well. I'm in a whole new world and can't find my way around at all ha. It will be fun though. My companion is Elder Lawton. He is from Australia and is 18 months on mission. I could possibly kill him since we will both be here for a while. Who knows! This guy is tight! He was trained by Elder Wright too. This morning i woke up and saw the Ocean outside our window! Then we went to play basketball on the beach. It is so sweet! Elder Lawton and I will be very busy this next week with transfers and stuff and i'm way excited to learn from and be with this guy for a while.

Elder Wheeler and Elder Baraza are both going to be training in Asuoyeboa! It's crazy. The total age of all 4 of the missionaries there will be 7 months ha. They should do great though! Big changes in the Cape Coast mission. It's exciting. I miss the Asuoyeboa people so much, but i know i will meet some sweet people here in Cape. It was Elder Wright's old area so he told me of some people. It's way neat that i will be proselyting next to the beach ha i never thought i would.

Have a great week!


Elder Rogers

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August 15, 2011 {Email}

This week was just another regular week. Nothing too exciting happened ha just keeps on being great! Asuoyeboa is just a powerful place all the time. Just when our teaching pool starts to dwindle we are blessed with more sweet investigators. One man we contacted is Seth. He lives in an apartment building which we actually for the first time on my mission, knocked on doors. Ha yeah i thought i would be doing that everyday all day before i was called to Ghana. But we met him and he has a really crazy eye that makes it so you cant tell who he is looking at. The first moment i met him i thought to ask if someone else was home but then he talked to us and was happy to see us. He speaks great English and can read and write very well. One of the things he said that has happened while we have been here is he no longer has the desire to drink. I guess he was a terrible addict before we met him. His family even came and thanked us for the impact we have had on him. He now has come to church twice and loves the Book of Mormon. It's just another cool person we have met!

Things have been crazy in the apartment with Elder Wright preparing to go home and with this next transfer coming. We have no idea what will happen next week for the 3 of us that will be here. As for Elder Wright they are coming to pick him up Sunday right after church. So weird. He has had such a great mission and i hope i finish it like him when that time comes. This transfer is big. If i stay again i will have been here for over a year! But i know i just jinxed myself... whoops! Whatever happens, happens. I'll let ya know next week! 


Elder Rogers

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 8, 2011 {Email}

This week was amazing! We had our baptism for Adu Kofi. He is a 16 year old boy who was basically prepared to join the church before we even met him. His friend Prince had been bringing him to church for long and we didn't even know he wasn't a member. In the lessons he was teaching us and he loves reading the Book of Mormon. Everything went great with the baptism! Abuakwa also came with one person to be baptized. Along with them came Afriyie! My first convert to the church. When i left he was having a hard time coming to the church and just being devoted to the things he was supposed to do. Elder Yapo and I had a pretty good talk with him like one week before we left which i think changed his outlook on how he should be a strong member. He showed up to the baptism with a big smile on his face! I went over and talked to him and he says him and his brother Tony come to church every week and they are now preparing for a mission! They are only 16 and 17 so i won't be here to see that but it's just awesome to know that they are strong and they are keeping their baptismal covenants.
A little update on Edmond! He moved to Elder Smith's area in Atonsu, but his place is really far from the chapel so it is hard for him to find the money to come. He hadn't come until this week. I asked Elder Smith on Sunday if he came and he said he did and he even bore his testimony!! I was so excited!!! He has such a strong testimony! He also has to deal with his new job which makes him work on Sunday's so he has plenty of adversity but seems to be determined to overcome it. Elder Smith and Elder Kinikini love their family just like i did. I love hearing and seeing people still sticking to their beliefs and continuing to progress.
I love you all!

Elder Rogers 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August 1, 2011 {Email}

This week was a good week. We got to see President and Sister Shulz again. They came up for all of our district meetings where they kept encouraging us to take our malaria pills, which i have been doing by the way, but it was good to see them again. They are sweet people! This week we had a sweet lesson with a boy named Eugene! He is the son of Elder Holmes and Elder Jaggi's recent convert that was baptized while i was in Abuakwa. The father has traveled to Accra and has been gone for 6 months so we have been teaching his kids. Eugene is 17 and is way smart. He has been having a really difficult time allowing himself to accept this message, he thinks way too much instead of letting the Spirit answer his questions. Finally this week we got it across to him that he needs to allow the spirit to do the answering. He said as he prayed and thought about the message, he felt really good! He came to Church yesterday and had to leave after 30 minutes because he had been sent. It was way cool to see him come with all his little brothers. His testimony is growing so i'm way excited for this next week with him. Everyone else is progressing very nicely. We will be baptizing a 14 year old boy this week named Ado Kofi. He is also way powerful! Things are just great! Also Elder Wright is coming down to his last 3 weeks so he's stressing a bit ha. It's so strange seeing him come to the end of his mission and to think next year at this time i will be doing the same thing. Well, another great week in Asuoyeboa! I would like to wish my parents a 25th  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! 

Elder Rogers