Monday, March 9, 2015

My Testimony

Dear Family,

I'm not sure really what to say in this email to you.

I come home next week, so I get to see you all. It's about time I get to see you face to face!

This mission has been absolutely incredible. No words can describe what I feel.

This is the best decision I have ever made. I have literally seen God's hand in this work. I am blessed to have been a small part of it.

I know my Savior lives. I know this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that families can be together forever. I know that everyone can change and be forgiven.

I know that life is worth it. I know Christ performed the Atonement for us. There are so many things that I know for a surety that I didn't know before.

But I leave this, my testimony, that I know. 

D&C 128:22

Shall we not go on in so great a cause?

Sister Rogerson

Monday, February 23, 2015

In Which I Am Continue Strong to the End

Dear Family,

Sorry I haven't written in a while, and now I'm almost out of time so I'll try to make it quick! I'm so happy here and I'm trying my hardest to be strong these last few weeks. I love my Savior and I know He died for me. I know it without a doubt.

Have a good week!

Sister Rogerson

Monday, January 26, 2015

In Which I Give You the Basics

Dear Family,

This whole having a blog thing has not worked in my favor haha. Sorry I haven't been writing as much as I know I should!

We have a baptism on Saturday, of a woman who has pretty much waited her whole life to be baptized. We've been working on her program and it is going to be such a special baptismal service! We are very excited for her and I'll give you an update of how it went!

We have another baptism planned for February 7th. It's a family that's getting baptized, a single mom and her oldest daughter. Her other kids aren't old enough yet. They have a sincere desire that is hard to come by. It's amazing to see their progress in the gospel, and their desire to be a part of it. Things are just going so great and I'm so happy!

Have a great week!

Sister Rogerson

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

In Which We Celebrate Christmas

Dear Family,

It was so great to see you on Thursday! You all look so happy and so tired. Don't worry, I felt the same!

This week we had one particularly incredible lesson. One of our investigators has been praying strongly to know whether he should be baptized. The only thing that is holding him back from baptism is that he has not received an answer yet. He asked us to have a lesson with him specifically on how to recognize answers to prayers. I love it, because that is showing his willingness and his true desire to receive an answer and act on it.

We have many people whom we are working with and I am so grateful to have them in my life at this time. Every area you are in, you learn different things from people and you know it's inspired that you've been sent there. I love it, and love the thing that I have learned so far.

Christmas day itself was so great. We saw many people and caroled and shared the story of Christ's birth with everyone we could. People were happy and called out "Merry Christmas!" to us. I love this time of year. It allows us to think more about Christ and His gift to us, and reminds us to think of it throughout the year.

I love you all! Have a great week!

Sister Rogerson

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In Which Transfers Come and Prayer is Powerful

Dear Family,

The news has come in! I'm being transferred from Fontana to Colton a week before Christmas. It will be an exciting time! I'm excited to meet new people and work with those who are ready to hear the gospel, especially during this Christmas season.

We had a really good lesson with D, one of our investigators. We've been working with her for a few months now, and she has never agreed to say the prayer during our lessons. We had a lesson specifically on prayer and how it is how we nurture that relationship with our Heavenly Father. We also talked about Joseph Smith and how it was his vocal prayer that brought the First Vision and thus the whole church came about.

We invited her, again, to pray at the end of the lesson. She shook her head, and we began to testify again that prayer is how we gain truth. I was praying in my heart the whole time that she would accept our invitation. Then D agreed to say the prayer! She offered the most beautiful and heartfelt prayer I've every heard an investigator say. The Spirit came into her home and it was one of the strongest experiences of feeling the Spirit I've had on my mission. Both Sister Hope and I left feeling spiritually uplifted and happy beyond measure.

I just want to testify that prayer is so powerful. It can and does change lives. It changes hearts and brings the Spirit. It is an open line to our Father in Heaven. How lucky are we to have it?? I am so grateful.

Have a great week! Love you all!

Sister Rogerson

Monday, December 8, 2014

In Which Illness Strikes. And I Remember the True Gift of Christmas

Dear Family,

Not much went on this week because I was sick and we didn't leave the apartment for a couple days. We have been busy helping people put up Christmas decorations, and we've gotten really good and putting up Christmas lights on trees.

It's been cold and rainy, so much that it started to feel like winter until today, when it's 80 degrees and we're back to summer.

I'm not really sure what else to write about, other than I think I slept more this past week than i have my entire mission.

OH! There's this amazing video that the Church has put out called "He is The Gift", on You can also find it on youtube, because it's the headline for the rest of the month!

How incredible is it that we can share the reason for Christ's birth with others? He was born, and that in itself was amazing, but why was He born? To make possible our salvation. His entire life, pre-mortal and mortal, was to prepare Him to do that. Everything relates back to the Atonement and how precious that gift is. We've been given so many gifts, but Christ, Himself, was The Gift.

Have a merry Christmas! 

Sister Rogerson

Elise and and Sister Hope in footsie pajamas