Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 26, 2011 {Email}

This week was amazing! There's not a better way to spend Easter than to have a baptism. The coolest thing was as we were preparing brother okian for the baptism, we noticed that his children were old enough to be baptized too. They had been sitting in on all of the lessons, but didn't really understand it because of the English. We asked Okian to teach them everything and then they could be baptized too. He was way excited for that! He did it and his 11 year old Joseph and 9 year old Elizabeth were baptized with him! It was so neat. His wife also came to the baptism with there 7 year old who will turn 8 next month. They should both be baptized by the end of May! So sweet! A whole family is what i have always dreamed of seeing come to the truth. We also had an old lady named Agnes baptized. This was also a cool thing because it was the mother of our Elders Quorom President Alex. He did the baptisms so he was able to baptize his mother. I love just seeing the smile on their faces as the ordinance is finished. Definitely an Easter i will never forget!

The way they celebrate easter here is strange. It is huge! They start on Wednesday and don't finish till Monday. It is more of a party than a spiritual day, I guess that's how all the other churches are. Our Easter was amazing though! What a great way to spend it having baptisms. I really have been loving my mission more than ever these last couple weeks. The work is really paying off and it is such a blessing. I hope I can just be with Elder Wright till he finishes so we can do some serious work here.

Elder Wright and I are doing great, we love this Asuoyeboa area and have just been working to get these people to know the truth. There are so many people that we just love and want so badly to come to the truth. I really believe they will come with some patience and perseverance. The work has really been getting sweet. 

I love you all and hope you have a great week! (Go Yankees!) :) 

Elder Rogers

Sunday, April 24, 2011

April 18, 2011 {Email}

This week has been another good one. For some reason it went by so much faster than any other week. The work is going great for Elder Wright and I. This Asuoyeboa area is so powerful, and we only are going to half of it! The other two elders are experiencing the same sweetness. I am starting to meet those people that i know i am just going to love and do everything for them to have the gospel in their lives. We are preparing one man for baptism this week, his name is Okian Danko. He is older prob around 60, and has a ton of children ha. He has been coming to church for 2 years and is an ex elder from the SDA church. That's not an easy thing to leave but he said he knew it was true so he left his church! If only all people could have that courage and strength. Anyways he has been waiting to be baptized for a long time so we are just putting the final touches on the lessons then sunday he will be baptized. Hopefully his wife and some of his kids will follow shortly! Sweet family.

One thing me and Elder Wright are getting really good at is getting beat by the rain! The only two times it rained this week we were caught in it and this rain is no small thing ha. The first time we were at our farthest investigator and as we were beginning to walk back it started pouring! We just said what the heck and kept walking ha. We were soaked! And last night we were about 10 minutes from the apartment when it suddenly came, we ran barely being able to see because of light out and water in our face. It was really fun ha! Things are going great here! 

Oh, by the way transfers were today and there are no big changes in our zone. I'm staying for an actual transfer in Asuoyeboa, yay! 

I love you all and wish you the best! Go Yankees!


Elder Rogers

Monday, April 11, 2011

April 11, 2011 {Email}

Asuoyeboa is awesome! I love it here. It's still not quite like Abuakwa but i feel as i get to know everyone better and spend some more time here i will be able to feel that same love for the area and all of these people. It has been so hard to learn all of these new names. Man i feel like an elementary school teacher trying to remember everyone and their concerns. It's difficult when they are all black haha. We're getting there though! We have found out our area is huge! We split it in half with the other to studly missionaries, Elder Chewaka and Elder Ekaette. We have taken the Tanoso side of it and they took the Kwadaso side. Still, we have to walk forever just to get to our area. Then when we get there we have to WALK some more. Holy cow i don't think i've walked this much in all of my life put together. Well, thats an exaggeration, it just seems like a ton of walking! We have met some really cool people though. Hopefully they will continue to progress. One of the best things about this area is the chapel! It is a big white one right on the main road so there are always random people that just show up and it makes it easier for our investigators to come. It's kind of strange working in a ward now.

Being with Elder Wright is such a blessing. I have really enjoyed working hard with him. I hope we get to stay together for a little while so i can learn all that i can from him. We have had some way fun times. Today for p-day we did a talent show and our apartment did an Ethiopian culture dance in honor of Elder Chewaka. Haha it was awesome. If you are wondering what it is i'm sure youtube should have something for it. Of course we dominated since me and Elder Wright are basically professional dancers... ;). It's been a great week, and i'm really looking forward to the next one.

Have a great week!


Elder Rogers

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 4, 2011 {Email}

Well, things have changed a lot in the past few days. I should tell you that i am no longer serving in Abuakwa :(. There has been an emergency transfer that cleaned out the Asuoyeboa apartment this week and I will be one of the new 4 missionaries to be serving there. Yeah, big news huh? It's crazy! At first i was very sad to be leaving Abuakwa and all the people i love and to leave Elder Yapo who will be going down to Cape Coast for his last two weeks. It was a shocker to all of us. We went around and said good bye to them, but they didn't really act as if i was going anywhere ha since Asuoyeboa is just a 15 minute tro ride. I will be in the same district! The sweet thing is i will be there to see the baptisms of my people in Abuakwa since they do them in Asuoyeboa! The two missionaries going to Abuakwa are Elder Meinzer from Utah County and Elder Gibson from Cedar City. Two sweet guys and i'm very glad they are there to continue with the people i love. They will do great! 

My new companion is Elder Wright from Thatcher, Arizona! He was actually born in Springerville, Arizona where my grandparents live so they could possibly know his family! In high school he did wrestling and of course he likes bow hunting! Gotta love the Arizona people! He has been on mission for almost 20 months and was just released as AP. I'm way excited to be able to learn from him and become a better missionary like him. He is a solid guy! The other two in our apartment are Elder Ekaette from Nigeria and Elder Chewaka from Ethiopia. They are awesome! I get to learn about Ethiopia now which seems like an awesome place. These guys are funny. The Asuoyeboa ward is powerful! Church on Sunday they all welcomed us so nicely and there were plenty of people there. The area is really big so we finally figured out how to split it. Elder Wright and I will take the Tanoso side which is the closest town to Abuakwa ha it's so weird. We have been walking a ton trying to find ourselves and the members. The work is not going to be easy since we are kind of starting from scratch but i'm way excited for it! I'm excited to have a sweet companion to do all of this with! Crazy week, but i know all of this is what the lord wants!

Elder Rogers