Archive | January, 2013

Busy, Busy Week!

31 Jan
Happy Birthday Celebration Dinner

Happy Birthday Celebration Dinner

Birthday on the Mish, so make a wish

Birthday on the Mish, so make a wish

Dear family and friends,

What a busy week it has been, full with lots of fun activities! First off, we had transfers today! Luckily, I am staying in the same place with the same companion. It’s always a relief when you don’t have to stress about packing and moving and lots of change. I was very happy. There were a lot of new missionaries that came into the mission, but most of the sisters were English-speaking… I’ll probably be training next cycle though, because there are a lot of Spanish-speaking sisters coming in. Stay tuned! Next transfers is gonna be CRAZY. We’re having to open up a lot of new areas to accommodate all of the new missionaries coming in. The work is definitely growing. :)

This weekend we had a baptism! Dionisio, a man the sisters started teaching before I got here, was baptized! He’s super great, and has a really good support system here from the ward already. It was really awesome! And the cool thing is we have another baptism planned for this weekend– Melissa, a 12 year old girl who is just amazing! I love her to pieces. She is so adorable. So I’ll be sure to send some pictures of that. Baptisms two weekends in a row! Love it!

In other news, we had a super awesome Stake Relief Society activity this Saturday– it was a showcase of talents! Every ward had a table set up where they could display tangible talents– be it knitting, photography, cake decorating, sewing (you name it, and it was there!) And then there was a performance section, which included a pair of girls doing a step routine, a teenage violin prodigy, and a scene acted out from Guys and Dolls (which I ADORED… I forgot how much I love theater!) And then there was also a flash-mob like number that a whole ward did. One lady stood up and started singing, “This little light of mine” and then another lady joined her and soon there were people everywhere in the aisles singing and dancing. It was so fun! It was pretty much the most awesome activity I’ve ever been to. I was so super impressed. AND I got to see some people from Harlem! That made me so so so happy.

And then yesterday, a lady in our ward took all the missionaries (4 pairs of us total) to this nice Dominican restaurant. This sweet woman is so amazing! She brought a cake for me and a birthday banner, because she found out that it was my birthday last week! She also brings “prizes” aka mugs and stuffed animals and such that you can win if you guess the number that she’s thinking of, usually between 1-10. It’s so fun! Apparently she takes the missionaries out right before transfers every cycle. So, so sweet! I loved it.
Thank you so  much for all of the birthday cards I received! You guys are so awesome. It made me so happy to hear from all of you! :) I love you all.

So yeah! Everything is great here. I’m LOVING the Spanish Bananagrams that I got for my birthday, as is the rest of my district. We’ve gotten a little competitive, not going to lie. But I am a firm believer that every Spanish-speaking missionary should have this game. It really stretches your mind and improves your Spanish skills! I just love it.
And last but not least, the weather has been a little nicer the last few days or so, but it’s always up and down. Pray for warmness!

I love you all :)

Con amor,
Hermana Rogers

Happy Birthday Celebration Dinner

Happy Birthday Celebration Dinner

See this?

See this?

Me and Melissa

Me and Melissa

Oodles of doodles

Oodles of doodles

Creative Doodling and Beyond

 

I drew these doodle frames

I drew these doodle frames

Lil' ol me and Elder Lee

Lil’ ol me and Elder Lee

Missionary Birthday!!

Missionary Birthday!!

 

 

 

 

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Birthday in New York!

25 Jan
#22
Dear family and friends,

Well, I have now experienced my one and only birthday on the mission! Unfortunately, I don’t have anything crazy to report. I’m not in a foreign country where they have interesting birthday traditions, so I just made do with going out to lunch with other missionaries in my zone and having cake after English class later that night. it worked for me :) So I am officially 22 now! Crazy, right? I just want to say THANK YOU for all of the birthday wishes and cards that I received. :) Also, I’m almost to my year mark. Wow, how the time flies!

We’ve got transfers coming up here next week. I should be staying, but nothing’s ever set in stone, and you never know what’s going to happen. So stay tuned! :)

We had a big training meeting this Friday to prepare us for all the new missionaries that are coming in. It was super great! The mission is definitely heading in a good direction. I’m happy to be a part of it.

In other news, it is FREEZING here. Literally. We’ve been pretty lucky up til now weather-wise, but it’s finally taking a turn for the COLD! No snow yet (this week) but that could change. Also, it’s super windy! But I am adapting and just heaping on layer after layer!

Well, I love you all. Have a wonderful week!

Love,
Sister Rogers

Birthday on the mission

Birthday on the mission

Everything is Going So Well Here!

17 Jan
We Love NY More Than Ever

We Love NY More Than Ever

Dear family and friends,

Well, another week has gone by and it’s T Minus 6 days til my golden birthday! Yes, I will be turning 22 on the 22nd. I can’t think of a better place to be than New York! Well, or with my family. Or in Italy. But seeing as that’s not an option right now, New York is the best I can come up with :) I’m super pumped.

We had a great week! On Thursday, we had a Sister’s Conference, where all of the sisters (including senior sisters) in the mission got together and we had some training and workshops and some lunch. It was fun to see everybody, especially my friends that I’ve either served with or lived with. It’s so great how many friends you make on the mission!

I’m simply loving this area. Everybody speaks Spanish! Pretty much all our appointments are within 10 minutes walking distance from wherever we are. We’re close to the church, close to the subway, close to laundry, close to a grocery store. We even have a little bodega (kind of like a gas station stop without the gas… it’s got like a deli-type sandwich shop in it usually) right close. The cool thing is, they’re really good friends with the missionaries! We speak to them in Spanish and they just love it. The owner is super generous. Just last night, he gave us some hot cocoa for free and tried to give us free food, but we were stuffed full from when we had a bunch of Dominican food that a member treated us to. We are so blessed, it’s ridiculous!

Also, the work is going wonderfully. We’re finding tons of people to teach! One lady we’re working with is named Belkis. She came to English class for a long time, and ended up coming to the Christmas party that we had. Once she saw that we’re normal people and that we dance and have fun, she was super impressed. She came to church on her own, and has been consistently coming. She’s read a bit in the Book of Mormon, too! I get a really good feeling about her. She came to a baptism this last week and invited two friends! Yep, pretty amazing. We also knocked into 4 Catholics on Sunday night. :) It sounded like they were having a party with some great music and the TV on, but they invited us in and turned the TV off (which NEVER happens!!) and we had a gospel discussion with them for 45 minutes. It was so cool! They really understood what we were saying and seemed pretty open to learning more.

In other news, this is probably the funnest district I’ve served in my whole mission! I just love being in the same district with all the missionaries that serve in the same ward. We end up helping each other out a lot and you just feel more connected to the missionary work as a whole that’s being done in the area. It’s a great support system. Plus, we have TONS of fun. I’ve heard a lot that if it isn’t fun, you aren’t doing it right (referring to missionary work in general). I agree! There’s a time and a place, of course, but I think even tracting (aka knocking doors) can be fun. You can make so many games out of it. It just goes to show that you can always have a positive experience with pretty much any situation if you just look at it the right way.
In closing, I’d like to state for the record that I’m losing ALL MY ENGLISH SKILLS. I’ve had to make several spelling and grammar corrections to this email alone. I swear, I think in Spanish, and I’m starting to spell things as they are in Spanish (there are a lot of cognates… it’s confusing!) So… pray for me. :) Just kidding. I don’t really need English for another 7 months or so.
Well, I love you all lots and lots. Have a wonderful week! The next time I write you, I will be 22 years old!! :)

Love,
Sister Rogers

 

Just Another Week in Paradise!

10 Jan
Hermana Guida- Now that's a slice of pizza! And I thought everything was bigger in Texas?

Hermana Guida- Now that’s a slice of pizza! And I thought everything was bigger in Texas!

Hermana's hat- Ruski style

Dear family and friends,

Well, I’m not sure which sorceress in disguise I accidentally offended on the streets of New York, but I’m pretty sure I did, because I am sick AGAIN! I was just sick when I was up in Yonkers, but it got me again. I have a horrible, no-good, very bad cold. :( I’ve had it since Monday and it’s kind of getting worse daily… so pray for me!

This weekend, we did a few really cool things. On Friday, our whole zone went down to the 96th St. subway station and did an “area proselyting focus” aka where we all get together and focus on talking to people in a certain area. Our focus was to get out as many Book of Mormons as possible to people. It was so cool! I handed out two in one minute, had one guy come back and get another copy for his friend, and pretty much talked to every person I could! It was super neat.
Then on Saturday, we went down to Far Rockaway to do some more service. Unfortunately, it wasn’t much manual labor that we ended up doing, mostly some survey-type stuff. But it was still a good experience! It was great to get together with the other missionaries and meet the kids from the South mission as well.
So, to end up, I’ll just share this really cool experience that we had on Monday night. During the day on Monday, I felt sooo crummy. I got a blessing and we went home and I took a little nap. When I woke up, I was feeling a lot better, so we decided to go out and put up some flyers for English class. After we ran out of flyers, we started looking for a building to knock. We tried a couple, but we couldn’t get in. Then we looked at a list that we had of less-active members in the ward and picked one that was close to where we were and went to try to visit him.
Upon arriving, we were met by his two parents, who we assumed were members after they told us that they were (PS “members” means different things to different people… but I found that one out the hard way!) The son went into his room, so we ended up teaching the parents. The lesson was super random and all over the place, so it was weird when I felt like I needed to share the Word of Wisdom/ make sure they remembered it… turns out that they weren’t because they didn’t know what it was… because they weren’t members…. Oh my goodness, I felt so silly. Here I was talking to them about the covenants they had made at baptism, and “Remember the questions you had to answer when you got baptized?” That’s when they were like, “Oh no, we’ve never been baptized. Just our son.” It was a d’oh! moment. Yikes! But it was okay, because we got a return appointment set up and hopefully we can continue teaching them! But definitely one of the more embarrassing moments of my mission.
Anyways, after teaching this couple, we decided to knock the whole building. It was awesome, because we got like 4 appointments set up!! It was just an awesome night, and I was so grateful that I could keep my head up without getting dizzy. It was definitely a miracle.
The next day, however, my cold had taken a nasty turn, and I’m still in it’s prickly grasps. Hopefully I’ll be able to kick it in the butt though.I love you all! Have a wonderful week.
Love,
Sister Rogers

 

Happy New Year!!!

3 Jan

Dear family and friends,

HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR! :)
This is my first email from 2013! Woohoo! :) We had quite a week. It was great. Let me just say, and I know I’ve said it before, but I LOVE MANHATTAN! Every day when I walk outside, I say a silent prayer of thanks to be in this wonderful city. Gosh, I just love it. It’s hard to explain why. I just do :)
We Love NY More Than Ever

We Love NY More Than Ever

Part of it is that our whole district (all three pairs of missionaries of us)  are in the same ward! So that equals us being really close and ends up making us really unified. I really do love my district. They’re some of the best elders I’ve ever served with! They’re so kind, and they’re ONE of a kind. Let me give you the skinny on them:
Elder Wilsher: He’s the Brit. His family moved here from England right before he started high school, so he’s got a LEGIT accent. He’s freaking hilarious and he’s super sweet.
Elder Scaife: Companions with Elder Wilsher, both of them are our Zone Leaders. Elder Scaife has great taste in books and movies and is a great conversationalist.
Elder Sorenson: Aka Elder “Fix It!” He is super great at fixing problems. He’s fixed a couple of broken jewelry pieces for me, and is always willing to serve. He’s awesome!
Elder Bartlett: He’s just crazy. Knows the scriptures SUPER well and will tell you things straight up.
It’s a nice little mix, eh? I love them. ESPECIALLY because they’re just hilarious. They pranked us SUPER bad on New Year’s! They came to our door and stacked up all of these red and blue plastic cups, some of them filled with water, others with confetti, and even taped it on the other side of the door so that if it fell, it would fall into us when we opened the door. LUCKILY I am a boss and was able to dismantle it without any harm of any kind to Sister Lancaster or myself. Yeah. That’s right. :) The pictures are pretty funny. :)
New Year's prank from the Elders

New Year’s prank from the Elders

They are also super creative, these elders. This Saturday there was a baptism! The English elders had one and so did some of our elders. But there was a teensy little problem… the hot water stopped working! Or rather, the faucet handles were mislabeled (but they didn’t figure that out until it was too late!) So, what did they do? They go to the kitchen, find this HUGE pot- you could call it a cauldron, really- and filled it with hot water from the sink, then hauled it over to the font and dumped it in. It was super great.
Filling the font with hot water

Filling the font with hot water

Singing at the baptism

Singing at the baptism

What else did we do for New Year’s? Well, nothing too interesting. We had to be in early (and thank goodness, because it was LOCO outside!) Sister Lancaster and I picked up some Domino’s pizza and some soda and made a night of it… we stayed up, ate, I did some crocheting, and then went to bed early. Yeeeep. I wish I could say I was just kidding. Haha, but that’s the life of a missionary, right? You wouldn’t expect anything less of me :)

Note to Mom- "That's right Mom-Hawaiian! Your picky eater is growing up!"

Note to Mom- “That’s right Mom-Hawaiian! Your picky eater is growing up!”

Dr. Pepper and Domino's Pizza. Not exactly Times Square, but this is how we do it!

Dr. Pepper and Domino’s Pizza. Not exactly Times Square, but this is how we do it!

In other news, we went to the temple today! Then we went to the 9/11 memorial, which was super somber. There’s a very special spirit there, like of reverence and respect. The new freedom tower that they’re building looks AMAZING. I was super impressed.

South Manhattan Freedom Tower

South Manhattan Freedom Tower

Anyways, that’s about all that’s new to report. Oh yeah, and I TURN 22 THIS MONTH! On the 22nd, no less. It’s my golden birthday! Woohoo. :)
Well, I love you all lots and lots.
Con amor,
Hermana Rogers