Archive | March, 2012

What is General Conference?

27 Mar

What is general conference?

General conference is a semiannual gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During general conference weekend, Church members and others gather worldwide in a series of two-hour sessions to receive inspiration and instruction from Church leaders.

When is the next general conference?

Conference sessions are held the first weekends in April and October. They are held Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. mountain time. Adjust times on the East Coast. For the April 2012 conference, the President of the Church, Thomas S. Monson, will be speaking during the Sunday morning session at 10:00 a.m. MDT on April 1.

Hermana Kelly Rogers will be singing at the Saturday afternoon session of General Conference. If you are in NJ, you can view the conference on your local Comcast cable channel. The easiest way to watch is by visiting the website lds.org and clicking on the link to the 181st Semi-Annual General Conference.

 

I’M GOING TO BE SINGING IN THE MTC CHOIR AT GENERAL CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND!

26 Mar
Well, boy do I have some exciting news this week! Plenty of it, in fact. So get ready. :)
First of all, biggest news first since I just can’t save it for last…. I’M GOING TO BE SINGING IN THE MTC CHOIR AT GENERAL CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND! Yep, you read it right! The MTC Choir is going to be singing in the Saturday afternoon session of conference, and I could not be more excited. (For those of you who are not of our faith/ are unfamiliar with what General Conference is– basically twice a year the leaders in our church gather together and give talks to teach us and help us and give us guidance. Visit www.lds.org or talk with the nearest Mormon available for more information.) So…. yeah. Everybody tune in! There’s about a third as many sisters as there are elders, so that triples my chances of being shown on TV, the way I see it. So anyways, look for me! (no, this is NOT April Fool’s, I promise. Or if it is, it’s really mean, because we’re practicing every single morning!)
Also, Elder Oaks came and talked to us this week, so I’m going to get to see General Authorities two weeks in a row! How crazy is that? He spoke about the importance of teaching with the Spirit and having the Spirit with us always. It was definitely a cool experience– a little different from Elder Holland’s, but still super good.
I can’t believe that I only have two weeks left in the MTC! It seems like just yesterday that I entered. We are now the oldest district in our zone, which is just crazy. A whole district of elders in our zone who were supposed to go to Mexico got reassigned to Salt Lake City because their visas still hadn’t come in, so they left this week, and now we are officially the oldest. Oh yeah! And I got selected to speak in Church this last Sunday. Luckily, I had prepared a decently long talk (5 minutes or so) and was able to deliver it in Spanish. So that was pretty cool.
My two companions and I got to go off of MTC campus this week because one of my companions needed to go outside of the MTC to get physical therapy for her neck. She’s fine, it’s just been hurting her a lot, so we went, and we’re going a couple more times this week. The only reason I mention that is because it was so weird to be outside of the MTC! Like not just at the temple, outside. Like for real, outside, had-to-take-a-car-to-get-there outside. It was so weird. Cool, though.
Anyways, that’s pretty much all I’ve got this week. I hope you’re as excited as I am about General Conference, and maybe you have some motivation now to watch the Saturday sessions! :) I sure do miss and love all of you, and appreciate your prayers and letters. Keep ’em comin’!
MUCHO MUCHO AMOR,
Hermana Rogers

A Pretty Sweet Thing

19 Mar
Dear family and friends,
It’s so weird to think that I have only 3 weeks left at the MTC! Now I’m really starting to freak out about my Spanish. I ran into a couple of native Spanish speakers at the temple this morning… let’s just say my Spanish confidence is a little bit shaken. They just talk so fast! But I’ve still got a few weeks to study hard and then once I get to New York, I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it sooner or later! But it was actually a really neat experience to talk with a native speaker and to be able to converse, albeit poorly, was super cool. My companion always reminds me when I get frustrated that we’re learning a new language! We’re communicating in a language that we never have before. Which, when you think about it, is a pretty sweet thing.
Not too much new to report this week. I’m sure once I get out in the field, my weekly emails will be much more jam-packed with information. As of right now, it’s just the same old, same old! But it’s good. I love my teachers, I love my district, and I love that I get to spend so much time learning every day. I’m pretty sure I wear my teachers out with all of my questions, but I figure it’s okay, because we’re here to learn! It’s weird because I was talking with my companions last night and they were saying that it’s kind of a known fact about me that I’m the curious, “intellectual” one. I just thought that was so funny, because usually my friends don’t see that side of me, at least in college, because we don’t really take classes together. Now it’s a part of how my friends in my district see me, because all we ever do is educational stuff. Don’t worry, though. I’m still the “funny” one. At least, I’ve trained my district to give me some kind of pity laugh when I make my corny jokes. That’s progress, right?
Also, thank you SO much for the care packages this week! I seriously felt so loved and I really appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers.
Voy a terminar mi carta en español, porque es diferente y porque yo puedo. Si ustedes quieren saber que estoy escribiendo, quizas pueden usar el Google Translator. Estoy muy agradecida por todos mis amigos y mi familia. Estoy muy agradecida por esta oportunidad de aprender y enseñar el evangelio. Gracias a ustedes para todas las cartas he recibido, y estoy muy emocionada para oir mas de sus vidas. Muchas gracias por sus oracciones y por su amor para mi. Les quieren mucho!
Con amor,
Hermana Rogers

Color-coding, Choir, and Contacting

12 Mar
Hola familia y amigos!
Well, another week of the MTC has come and gone. It’s crazy how fast it goes! Here are a couple of quick highlights from the week:
  • My district now knows EVERY major Spanish grammar principle. You think this would be cause for celebration, no? Well, it is, in a way. But it also means that now we have to start USING them… which is going to be interesting! Haha. But really, it’s great. Now we just don’t have any excuses for when we mess up :P
  • I bought a new set of (English) scriptures this week because I have a really cool method of marking scriptures that I’m anxious to try! It involves color-coding and tiny stickers on the pages. Yes, Mom, I hope I’m making you proud. And yes, Mike, I do know it’s nerdy to get excited about organizing and color-coordinating. :)
  • Choir- I don’t know if I’ve talked about it in my emails yet, but it’s definitely one of the high points of the week for me. It’s so great! We practice on Sundays and Tuesdays and perform at the Tuesday night devotionals. It’s so great because the man who directs it on Sundays always incorporates some sort of spiritual lesson that has to do with what we’re singing, plus he’s really funny. It’s a nice change of pace and I just love it.
  • We did “street contacting” for the first time today! We went out around the MTC classes and talked to random people we didn’t know. Funny story– a couple of our elders ran into President Brown (the MTC president) and totally tried to contact him! He was in a hurry, so they didn’t get to talk to him very long. But it was so gutsy. They’re super solid, those elders.
  • Happy Be-lated birthday to Jess Dall! Love you.
  • And last but not least… I GOT TO SEE ALISON AND HER MOM THIS MORNING! My district and I were sitting around outside the temple this morning after we went through, and who did we run into, but Alison Jones and su madre?! It was very welcome surprise and it totally made my day. I can’t believe it’s only 3 weeks until she comes to the MTC! Can’t wait to be here together, even if it’s only for a week.
Well, that’s about all I’ve got this week. Thanks so much for all of the love and support and letters and such! I love and miss you all very much.
Con amor,
Hermana Rogers

Tri-panionship

5 Mar
Hola, familia y amigos!
Wow, another week has seriously FLOWN by! I can’t believe that it’s already P-Day again. Another crazy thing– our district is almost done learning Spanish grammer rules and principles. The way our teacher does it is that we learn all of the Spanish in the first four weeks and then spend the next 4-5 practicing it. So hopefully with more practice, we’ll just get better and better! Plus, I’ve been reading the Spanish and English Book of Mormon side by side, and that’s been super helpful.
I’ve got a new companion this week– or I should say, we’ve got a new companion this week, because Hermana Noble has been added to Hermana Kindlespire and I! Hermana Noble’s companion, Hermana Slater, leaves for the field tomorrow. She’s super good at Spanish so the people at the MTC called her mission president and he said that she was needed in the field. Hence, I am now a part of a tri-panionship! Hermana Noble is super hilarious and is really friendly to everybody, so we should all have a lot of fun together.
In bigger news, ELDER HOLLAND was our devotional speaker on Tuesday night! We had no idea that he was going to be speaking until he walked in the room. It got really quiet and everybody just stood up and we were all freaking out! He spoke about so many things, I wouldn’t even know where to begin to recap. Let me just say that it was REALLY powerful. Lots of talk about the Book of Mormon, lots of talk about how we are continuing a legacy of exemplary missionary work, and that we have a legacy to leave behind. It was pretty great.
Speaking of Legacy…. so every Sunday they show a church movie or talk after the devotional. The first week, it was a talk by Elder Bednar, the next week it was the Testament and last week it was the Joseph Smith movie. This week, it was Legacy! The funny thing is, all the sister missionaries, at least in my district, were loving it, because it’s the closest thing we’ve got to watching a chick flick! :)
In other news, just random bits here and there, I taught one of the elders in our district how to roll his r’s. He’d never been able to do it in his life and he finally did it! It was so fun. Um, also, I LOVE TEMPLE WALKS. The weather yesterday was soo gorgeous and it’s been so nice to just get out and walk around in the sun. And lastly, I had a pretty cool experience this week with a great analogy that came to me. One of our investigators is in business school right now, and we haven’t been getting anywhere with him. All of our lessons kind of feel unproductive. I wanted to find a way to make it personal to him so that he could understand it. So i came up with this analogy of how the Godhead is like in a corporation, where you’ve got the CEO (God) and the CTO (Christ) and the COO (Holy Ghost). They all work for the same purpose (their company to succeed) but they are all individual and have separate jobs to do. And then if the company wanted to expand and franchise, for it to work in multiple locations, they need to have a process so that everyone can do it the same and be successful (aka the process of faith, repentance, baptism, getting the holy ghost and enduring to the end). God has come up with a perfect “procedure” so to speak, so that no matter who does the procedure, they can have success. Our investigator really liked the analogy and it seemed to really click with him, so yay for that!
Anyways, that’s about all I’ve got. Thanks so much for all of the letters and DearElders! I love hearing from you.
Con amor,
Hermana Rogers