Archive | December, 2012

Christmas in New York!

27 Dec
The scarf I made!!

The scarf I made!!

Dear family and friends,
FELIZ NAVIDAD! It’s been a wonderful week here in Inwood! I absolutely ADORE being back in the city. Like, a ton. We live super close to the chapel, and the train station, and the grocery store, and the post office, and the library, and the bishop… it’s just nuts! I LOVE it.
So we had the ward Christmas party on Saturday night… there were soo many people that came! It was lost of fun. I won’t lie, I was missing my Yonkers folks for a bit. But Sunday was great, cause I got to meet everyone! This ward seems super awesome. I know I’m going to love it here. And Sister Lancaster is amazing! We get along super well. I’m glad it’s just us in our little apartment. It helps us to bond :)
We had a wonderful little Christmas! It was super great. We opened up presents in the morning, then went over to Bishop’s to use his computer to Skype. Later on, we went over to Sherley and Sonia’s for Christmas dinner! Yep, Sherley and Sonia from Harlem! They live up in our zone area, so we were able to go and visit them. It was so great. I just loved it. It was chill but awesome. I got some sweet gifts and it was SO amazing to talk to my family! :)
Other than that, not too much to report. We’re going to hit up some awesome after-Christmas sales! Can’t wait. I’ll write more next week.
Love you all!
Sister Rogers
The awesome necklace my mommy made me

The awesome necklace my mommy made me

Bath and Body Works gift card! Christmas morning, in the jammies mommy gave me.

Bath and Body Works gift card! Christmas morning, in the jammies mommy gave me.

The goody bags I made for the zone.

The goody bags I made for the zone.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Surprise!!

20 Dec
Christmas with the Rockettes!

Christmas with the Rockettes!

Dear family and friends,
Happy Christmas season, otra vez! I have somewhat exciting news. Shocking, really. I’M BEING TRANSFERRED! Today, in fact. In like three hours. I stayed up late with my roommates last night packing… it was such a nightmare! Hahaha but I was glad to have the help. So, where am I going, you might ask? I’m going BACK TO THE CITY! Just to a different part. I will be going to North Manhattan, Inwood, to be specific. This change was completely and totally unexpected. Since Sister Major is going home in a week, we figured that I would for sure be staying here in Yonkers to take over the area. However, we got “shot calls” on Sunday night and were told that we are being whitewashed! (Which basically means that they’re putting two new missionaries in instead of leaving at least one who has been in the area. The big shocker is that Sister Richey (who JUST left one transfer ago, after being here for 6 months) and Sister Taylor, my trainer (who served in Yonkers for 3 transfers at the beginning of her mission) are the ones who will be coming back! So they both know the area, they both are super loved by the ward, and everything is working out just the way that it needs to. I was a little bummed at first because I had really been looking forward to spending Christmas here, but now that the shock has worn off, I’m just excited! I’m excited to go back to the city– I LOVE the city. Have I mentioned that?! I’ll be serving with Sister Lancaster, who is a brand new missionary that just came in last cycle. I’ve talked with her a bit and she seems super amazing, so I’m wayyy excited to get to serve with her!
So yeah, Christmas surprise, right?! Haha so crazy. But I really am looking forward to serving in a new area and getting to know the people there. I hear that Inwood is Dominican land… like a mini DR right in New York. The accents might kill me, but I’m determined to keep my Spanish pure and clear. (It’s this weird OCD thing I have! Haha) I’m super pumped though. I said goodbye to my favorite people here and I’ve got plans to keep in touch with them. I’m sad I was only here in Yonkers for 3 months, but I’m grateful for the time that I have had here. I love these people! The great thing about the mission is that there will always be new people to meet and to love. :) I, for one, can’t wait. Leaving Yonkers was way easier than leaving Harlem– I think I’m finally getting used to all the changes¬†that are part of the life of the missionary. I’m getting better at adjusting to change! So that’s happy.
Well, we’re off to Transfers Meeting soon. I’m excited for this new chapter! :) I’ll keep you all posted about how my first (and only) Christmas in the mission goes. I love you all! :)
Con amor,
Hermana Rogers

I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

13 Dec
Twinkle lights from Mama. Now it's Christmas!

Twinkle lights from Mama. Now it’s Christmas!

Dear family and friends,
Happy holidays! The holiday season is in full swing, and I couldn’t be more in love with Christmas. (como siempre!) I love the lights, the smiles and just the general feeling in the air. It’s just wonderful. Sister Major’s mom sent us a package for the 12 days of Christmas. There’s different wrapping on every gift and there’s a code sheet for which present we open which day. There’s a present for each of us! Sister Major’s mom even made us Christmas pillowcases with our names embroidered on them! So cool. I also got an AMAZING package from my mom filled with Christmas crafting goodies :) She knows me so well. I LOVE CHRISTMAS! :)
This weekend, we had a boda! (wedding) A couple in our ward got married and it was so great! We helped them set up the tables in the chapel and set up the decorations and I even helped decorate the cake! It was so great. It was a huge party and we even had an investigator show up! It was basically a ward activity. :) My whole mission I’ve wanted to help plan a boda! So I can finally check that one off my mission bucket list.
I continue as a sickling… this cold I’ve got is the cold that just keeps on giving… slash taking all of my energy and health! Haha it’s not as bad as that, but it’s just a little annoying to be hacking away all the time. It was especially fun when I had to speak in church this last Sunday! :) Luckily I got through it without coughing up a lung, so I was very grateful for that.
Also, last night, we had our second Noche de Amistad (night of friendship) at the chapel! It was so so great. We had a message about Christmas, and a lot of our people from English class showed up! Our activity was making Gingerbread houses! We put the people into groups and they had a little contest, and we judged them. We gave them funny names, like “The House that Hurricane Sandy Visited” or “Most Creative Use of Materials” or “The Man Cave.” Everybody had such a great time. I think the ward is really starting to love these nights where we all come together. It’s also helping us gain the trust of the members, which I love. I love them and I want them to trust us and get excited about missionary work in our area. We have a big planning meeting coming up this Saturday, so we’re super pumped about that.
Today was a pretty awesome P-Day. We went down into the city and went to Rockefeller Center and took some Christmas pictures. We went down to Chinatown with President and Sister Morgan as well- so fun! It was awesome.
Anyways, I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season! I love you all. :)
Con amor,
Hermana Rogers
Giant twinkle lights!

Giant twinkle lights!

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree!

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree!

 

It’s That Time of Year Again…

6 Dec

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Dear family and friends,
It’s that time of year again… you know the one I’m talking about. COLD SEASON! Yep, I’ve been hit, and hit bad. My poor companion had a horrible cold last week and this week it got me. I’ve had an excruciating cough for the last 3-4 days and it’s been a little miserable. We haven’t really been able to go out and work, which has been a struggle. But we’re pushing through, as always! I’ve had to face my fear/ absolute loathing of liquid cough medicine so that I can sleep at night and be able to breathe. :) Luckily, my companion has been where I’ve been, so she’s taking care of me very nicely.
This week, we had two zone conferences! One was a mini one, up in Newburgh. It was addressed specifically to the youth up there who are interested in serving missions in the future. They became our “companions” for a few hours and we did a few exercises practicing knocking doors and talking to people, extending baptismal challenges. It was super fun! It made me realize how far I’ve come– I actually had things to teach these young girls! I remember being in their shoes, shy, knowing nothing about how to really talk to people and share the message that we have. It’s so cool to look back and see progress. :)
Then on Monday, we had the opportunity to listen to Elder Johnson, who is a member of the Seventy, and we had a great time with him. He talked to us about being productive missionaries and the importance of obedience. It was a great experience.
Other than that, there’s not too much new to report! Just chugging along, feeling the holiday spirit and such. Enjoying the little time I have left with Sister Major before she goes home and ends her mission! I really do love that girl. :) I also love the senior couples that live in our building– they sure look out for us, especially when we’re sick. :) Them and the ward members, I’ll tell ya… we got some more soup made for us once another member found out that I was sick now! I just love this place.
Well, happy holidays to all. Wash your hands and avoid sick people like the plague! :)
Love,
Sister Rogers