Happy 4th of July! It’s a Crazy Hot Summer Day Here in the Big Apple!

4 Jul

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Hola amigos y familia,

Happy 4th of July! It’s a crazy hot summer day here in the Big Apple. Our whole zone is getting together at one of our chapels later today to make hot dogs and play some sports and stuff. It’s going to be great! And yesterday we got to meet our new mission president! He is absolutely amazing, and we love him already! He and his family are from Sandy, Utah, and are super down to earth and they are so excited to be here! Yesterday, he talked to us and just expressed his extreme love for us. I think it’s going to be a wonderful new time in the mission. Some things will probably change, but I have no doubt that whatever happens will be for the best. Anyways, we’re all super excited to have finally met him!

Talking about our investigators, we had some great things happen this week! We’re working with this great lady named Melania. She’s so cool! We left her with a pamphlet, and not only did she read it, but she looked up all the extra scriptures in the back! (That’s a big deal, by the way lol). Also, we taught the word of wisdom to Yasiris, the single mom from the DR who is just AMAZING, and she was surprised to hear that we don’t drink coffee. Apparently that’s something that she HAS to have every single day, and so we were anticipating that it would maybe take a while for her to wean herself off of the coffee. But we were happy to hear that she hasn’t had a single cup ever since we had the lesson with her! We were shocked and so excited for her. It’s crazy because she said before that she felt like she really needed the coffee otherwise she’d feel like she’d be dragging all day, but she’s had enough energy to make it through without it, which I think is a blessing in and of itself. So yeah. She’s amazing. And guess who made a surprise appearance at church after not talking to us for a month and a half? Cesar! It was crazy, I looked and saw him walk in and did a double take. We thought that he had dropped us, that he wasn’t interested anymore, so we’d let it go. Turns out that his phone had been broke or turned off or something, so that’s why all communication had stopped. So we introduced him to another family in our ward that’s from Mexico and we’re going to be having dinner with him and them this Saturday.

Oh yeah– Noche de Hogar went SOO well! We really worked hard to get a lot of members there, because we didn’t have enough last time. This time, it was just the right balance, and everybody had a great time. In other news, I am LOVING having an Italian roommate. Sister Maldarizzi is soo cute with her Italian accent, and she is just about the sweetest person I have ever met. She also taught me how to make real Italian calzones this morning! That was pretty sweet. She’s a wonderful addition to our apartment. Also, the New York lesson of the week: Just say no to street meat! It may smell heavenly, but the consequences are just not worth it. For those of you unfamiliar with the street meat phenomenon, let me quickly explain to you what it is. Street me is basically Halaal food cooked in little trailer things on the sidewalk. It’s kind of like a food truck but it doesn’t move. It’s got a grill and everything. They serve gyros, lamb over rice, and kebabs. Now, whenever you walk by one, the smell of meat wafts over you until your urge to consume is almost uncontrollable. I have given in twice now, and have regretted it both times! Sure, it may smell good, but the quality tends to be lacking, as evident by the HUGE stomachache that you get three hours later. This week, I finally broke down and bought a kebab- I’ve been wanting one for months now, and I finally did it. I bit into it and looked and saw that the chicken was pretty pink on the middle, but because I had paid $3.50 for it, there was no way I was throwing it away. So I ate it. And then instantly regretted it. We ended up having to go home a little early because I felt like I was going to throw up. Moral of the story: Just say no! :) Also, I’ve attached a picture of me in front of one of the “Book of Mormon Musical” bus ads. They’re ALL over the place, and Sister Taylor and I have been dying to take a picture in front of one, so we finally did. :)

Oh, really quick. I just wanted to share something that I’ve been thinking about and studying this week, which is the grace and atonement of Jesus Christ. I’ve read a couple of really great articles and scriptures about it, and I think I understand even better now than I did before. Basically, here it is: we know that Jesus Christ suffered for our sins so that we could repent, but he also suffered all of our pains, afflictions and temptations… so that he could better “succor” us. (See Alma 7:12, in the Book of Mormon). Before, I just thought that succor meant to comfort. But after looking up lots of scriptures and thinking about it, I’ve realized that to succor means to strengthen, not just comfort. And because Jesus Christ went through all of our pains, afflictions and temptations, he knows exactly how to strengthen us to help us get through the things that are challenging to us. So this idea of using the grace of Jesus Christ– it’s not just so that we can receive forgiveness for our sins, although that’s a big part of it. It’s so that we can receive an enabling power, a helping strength to enable us to do more than we could do on our own. It means that Christ strengthens us when we come up short and when we don’t feel like we can keep going. All we have to do is humble ourselves, accept that we need his grace, and simply ask (pray) for it. That’s something I’m going to be working on applying this week… and all the weeks ever after! :)

Well, I love you all lots and lots. Hope everyone is happy, healthy and safe! :)

Con amor,
Hermana Rogers

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One Response to “Happy 4th of July! It’s a Crazy Hot Summer Day Here in the Big Apple!”

  1. norske10@verizon.net July 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM #

    Wow Kelly….fun to read your reports…and L U V the pix of you with a real BoM and the Broadway play thingy. Happy 4th…Great Aunt Ronny

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