Thursday, May 29, 2014

A couple of bullets and a dead mule. Not what it sounds like.‏

This is the part where I do a bulletted list of my week to show you that I've done things but I don't know how to put them into funny phrases and silly sentences.
  • Had some good heart-to-hearts with my companion and now we're as tight as peas in a pod.
  • Scared the crap out of my companion and miraculously we're still besties.
  • Found two awesome new investigators this week.
  • One of them is going on vacation and the other is moving.
  • Tracting on Memorial Day = most awkward thing ever (the Missionary Handbook LIED to me...holidays are terrible finding opportunities).
  • Went to an expensive museum today, the best part was the dead mule on display. Poor Lawrence.
  • After the dead mule, the coolest guy ever made my burrito and I took a picture of him with it to commemorate.
  • Realized I only have two months left.
  • Had a heart attack as a result.
  • Just kidding. Heart attack, no. Migraine - yes.
In order to prevent the pathetic bullets happening again, I'm going to break down my last couple of emails into a spiritual structure so that they will be fulfilling. The next three will be all of the advice I received before my mission lumped under three main headings.

("Oooooooooh, AAAAaaaaaah...")

Ha just kidding.

Seriously, though. This mission stuff is the best thing in the world. Two months isn't long enough. If anyone reading this is wondering whether or not they should go, allow me to make up your mind - GO (Mormon 9:22).

I love you all!

(the pic is Lawrence the mule...the only casualty on the Steamboat Arabia when it sank.) 
Sister Annika Rogers
 All is well.
Playing with puppies :)
It flash flooded haha
We killed the snapdragons you sent us...
First chigger bite of the season!
the wheel's not from the Arabia, but some of the rotors were. Pretty sweet!
piece of the Steamboat Arabia, the museum we went to see today :)
Poor Lawrence

Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Gratitude is the mother of all virtues."‏

Brothers and Sisters, my heart is full because of the goodness of my God in giving me so many indescribable joys this week. That sounded like the beginning of a scripture, but I mean it.

The first of my blessings is Brother Sheffer, the kind chiropractor who has helped me with my migraines. After going to see him, my headaches have been much more manageable - I haven't had a bad once since the Saturday before Mother's Day.

The second is Doris, who had a small setback this week and will not be baptized on the 24th. Despite her weaknesses, her determination has doubled and she will be baptized on June 7th. Every time we talk to her she tells us she's going to conquer Satan and bears her testimony of the truthfulness of this Gospel and the Book of Mormon.

The third is my dear companion, who is so very patient with me and laughs at all of my lame jokes and doesn't say anything rude when I run over curbs.

Fourth is my mission president and his dear wife, who have been such great examples to me and will be finishing their mission soon. I have been so lucky to learn under their careful guidance and watchful eye.

Fifth - the temple. Our entire mission attended the temple this Tuesday and Wednesday, and I love literally every part of being in the temple. No matter what happens, you can't have a bad day when you're going to the House of the Lord.

I am absolutely obsessed with every part of being a missionary. I love sharing the Gospel. I love wearing a nametag. I love representing my Savior. I love testifying.

To quote the Missionary Handbook; "How great is [my] calling!"

I love this and I love you all :)
Sister Annika Rogers
 All is well.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

El dia de los madres‏


There was singing and laughing and praying all around haha after I got off skype (kudos to my family for helping me get off on time - Woot! Woot!) and joined the rest of the world, Sister Morris said, "Isn't it great how after you talk to your family, you're obsessed with them?" And I have to say, she's right. I have the BEST family IN the WORLD.

Also, I can't wait to get home and play with Mom's new camera.

So since I just talked to my family on Sunday, I'll just fill you in on our star investigator DORIS!!! She is officially getting baptized on the 24th! We are SO excited. And, thankfully, so is she. I just want to testify of steps of faith, brothers and sisters. As soon as we make a decision and step into the unknown, the Lord rewards us by building our testimony. I am SO excited to see her baptized!

You know what else? I am REALLY bad at taking pictures. And writing emails. By the time I get home, my emails aren't even going to be in full sentences anymore.

eating gud. Seeing miraclez. Al is whale.

Love, s. rog

Haha just kidding. Mostly.

Also, I think my companion and I (mostly me...) are jumping on the healthy food train. Any tips and/or suggestions would be appreciated. (Nat? You gotta help me out on this haha you're like my health guru).

Anyways, I'm off to buy a blender for my morning health smoothies :)


​All is well.​
Sister Annika Rogers
Isaiah 49:16

  Look at this cool store that we found!‏    You better believe I got some souvenirs up there!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

"How do you like the humidity, Sister Rogers?"


That's right, folks. It's warming up in Zion and I am sweating like a toasted cheezer. The transition from cold weather to warm weather is not going well, especially in the shaving legs department. I am NOT missing my tights though haha little five year old me on the inside is like NO MORE TIGHTS.

But the missionary work is picking up! This week we had FIVE investigators come to church....two of which were BOB AND SUE! The Restoration branch couple we've been working with! This is the first time they've come to church in the 6 months they've been investigating! Also, during Relief Society, our other investigator, Dorris, told us that she wants to be baptized on May 24th! We taught her the last of the commandments yesterday and we are good to GO!

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! I have become obssessed with wearing my nametag...I'm seriously going to struggle when I get released because I just love that people can look at me and know that I am a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. I LOVE this.

This email is so short but you should know that I'm loving it out here!


Sister Annika Rogers
Isaiah 49:16

Myriah and Charlotte's baptism!
I tucked my companion in just like mom used to do for me!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

"Come and See."

This has been a weird week, irregular weather patterns included.

Had a tornado warning last weekend. Don't worry, we didn't have any tornadoes at this end of the state - just hale and big, fat, angry clouds. Kind of like on that Disney short about the storks and the clouds. #truestory

So this week I learned that NONE OF OUR INVESTIGATORS LIKE US. We have had SO many one-and-done's since I got here...I'm seriously getting sick of it. Steven, who was all in when we taught him about the Restoration, turned into a snowflake and won't keep an appointment. He still texts us back, but he won't follow through with anything. As we were looking through our former investigators the other day, I realized that a lot of the area book is full of those...why? I don't know. But, if you have room in your prayers tonight, please pray that we can have a baptism...this area needs one.

On the bright side, our transfers were today and Sister Walton and I are staying together! Raytown has a couple more miracles waiting for us :) We've got some good things coming up haha so stay posted and keep us in your prayers!

Had a guy hit on my comp at the VC and ask her on a date...didn't realize I could go all Momma Bear on someone so fast haha it was kind of cool and kind of scary.

The title for this email comes from Jesus the Christ...I will explain via letter
Sister Annika Rogers
Isaiah 49:16

We were on a photography kick yesterday hahaha :)