Virginia Chesapeake Mission

Virginia Chesapeake Mission

Monday, November 24, 2014

Gobble! Gobble!

Hello Everyone!

Thanksgiving is comin' up and I'm really excited! But anyway, this
week was good! As of right now, my trainer is gone and on his journey
home! My next companion is Elder Broyles! I don't know too much about
him yet, but I'm excited to meet him! I'll send a picture next week!
  This week we had Stake Conference! It was quite wonderful! They
even had a Primary choir of all the kids throughout the Stake! They
sang really well! And there were several wonderful talks! The theme of
the conference was temple and family history work! I gained a renewed
excitement for this! Especially with how easy it is now! Technology
has made it extremely easy to do family history work!
  Thanksgiving is this week! I'm really excited! Not only because of
the food, but also because of the chance that we have to be grateful.
We truly are blessed with so much! Most importantly, I am grateful for
the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which brings hope and joy throughout
anything and everything. I know that Christ died for each one of us
and that through His grace, we can become clean. It is my hope that we
all strive to live as He lived and make use to the fullest of His
wonderful Atonement. I love you all and hope everyone has a fantastic

With Love,
Elder Rogers

P.S. The conference was in New Bern! That's the boat picture!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Field is White

Hey Everyone!

This week was good! I only have one more week of being trained! And
my trainer goes home in a week as well! Changes are on their way, and
I'm excited and nervous! It's starting to get a little chilly here,
but it really hasn't gotten too cold yet!
This week was the Primary Program in the Kinston 1st Ward and
that was a good experience as well! It was all about families and how
we can be with them forever. The Spirit was so strong and I was really
grateful for that simple truth. It truly is a blessing be able to live
with our families forever! All of the children did very well and it
was fun to hear them speak and sing! Also, one of our investigators
was able to come to Church, so that was great!
Well I titled this email as such because we were able to stop in a
cotton field this week and take some pictures! And it's true, the
field is white, already to harvest! So many people are being prepared
to hear the restored gospel! Just as cotton farmers joy in the
harvest, there is so much joy to be found in sharing the gospel with
those around us! I invite you all to think of one person who you could
share the gospel with and pray for an opportunity to do so. And then
act. I know that God is preparing so many people to hear His gospel
and that as we share it, our lives and the lives of those who hear it
will be blessed. I love you all and I know that The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true! Have a fantastic week!

With Love,
Elder Rogers

Monday, November 10, 2014

Still Painting!

Hello everyone-

This week was great! We had the opportunity to help out a  lady paint her bathroom! One of the members is a painting contractor, so he
showed us the ropes and we got to painting! We helped her out three
days this week and we're getting close to being finished! I never
realized how much time it took to paint a room! But it's been good! In
the end, her bathroom will be painted, we'll have given some service
and also gained some painting skills! Everyone's happy!
  So this Friday we went on exchanges with the Zone Leaders and we
had quite a funny experience!  We had a wonderful Zone Meeting in the
morning and over the course of the day we had a few great lessons!
Eventually it was time to go to bed and we both began our nightly
prayers. I finished and climbed into bed. He was still praying for
quite some time, and I thought that he was just really spiritual or
that he had a lot of things on his mind, but that misconception I had
was gone when I heard him start snoring! He had fallen asleep! Anyway,
I woke him up and we both laughed about it! He is a wonderful
missionary, and I learned a lot from him!
  The work is going well! There is one family that we have been
working with for a while that recently showed some more interest. Most
of the time, their kids, ages 2 and 4 have been running around
throwing things and being quite loud, but this week, they weren't!
Tthe mother was able to listen a lot more and she really showed desire
to know if these things were really true! And she said they'd come to
church this next Sunday! So that was all exciting!
  This week, I realized what brings the most joy in missionary work,
at least for me. And that thing is testifying of Jesus Christ.
Whenever I do that, I feel the Spirit so strongly and my testimony of
Him and His role deepens. Jesus Christ is our Savior! He lived and
died for us. He knows and has felt everything we are going through and
ever will go through and He can lift our burdens. This one piece of
knowledge brings such peace to my soul.  I love all of you and hope
that we will all be able to remember Christ in all things. Have a
miraculous week!

With Love,

Elder Rogers

Monday, November 3, 2014

No Shave November

Hey Everyone!

This week was great! It's crazy how fast October flew by! Things
are going well here in Kinston and the weather is starting to cool
down. I think its almost sweater-wearing season! It's also November
now! One of the members in our ward is doing No Shave November! I can
remember my previous attempts at it and I'm not really that sad I
can't do it this year!
Do you remember when I talked about the Grainger Performing Arts
Center service project? Or if I talked about it?...I'm pretty sure I
did! Anyway, I've got some pictures now! They made me do all the trim
close to the ceiling! But I'm not really sure why...haha it's great to
be tall!
We also did some new service projects this week. One of them was
bringing firewood to one of the less active ladies in our ward, and
the other was helping another less active lady wash her walls. Service
is great! It always leaves me feeling better than I came! As we serve
others, we show our love for them and our love for God. I would invite
you all to reach out to someone this week. Whether it's something big
or something small such as holding a door or offering a compliment, I
know that it will bless you and the person you serve. I hope everyone
has a fantastically wonderful week!

With Love,
Elder Rogers