Monday, December 28, 2015

December 28, 2015 Week 10 Riobamba

So that was really fun to be able to skype you guys. I really miss everybody. As fun as living in a different country is I sometimes would prefer being home but I guess a mission wasn't supposed to be easy. Maybe some day I will not want to go home but for the past 2 and a half months I have been homesick.  I guess I didn't really know what to expect. The real world is worse than I thought and especially being around people that you do not know. I am still having a hard time to adjusting to everything. 

At this point in time I would much rather be in Wyoming than anywhere else. I miss Wyoming but there is still adventure to be had here.

I love teaching people and helping them get closer to God but it is still hard. I have been reading those Christ books we got and they are really great actually. I have been studying a lot and trying to focus on missionary work but it is still hard when you have free time. When you have a few minutes and you start to think about your house then it makes me want to go home. Maybe someday I wont feel like that but I have always loved home so I might never not want to go home. 

Anyways so this week was awesome and the baptism was awesome. The water was freezing because the church had no propane.....I will send pictures. 

We just got done playing a bunch of Fútbol at this really weird park. There is this massive park that is in a canyon, I got some pictures I will send. 
It is super sunny here and I got sunburnt. We also cooked some food today in the canyon thing. We had a terrible time getting it started. (They dont have flint and steel here) But we finally got some charcoal (just black wood) and got it started. We cooked some hotdogs and burgers but the meat here is weird. I hope I don't die...then we just played a bunch of games as a zone...I forgot to get a picture....whoops. I am practicing my soccer skills so me and munch can play together later.

Ummm I dont really know what else has happened. We had 0 investigators show up for church on Sunday...Kind of disappointing because that is kind of our main thing. I guess they just dont want to go. I bought some yogurt and milk the other day. The yogurt is like water here and it all comes in bags, the same as the milk. I have been studying a lot. Reading a lot and stuff.   

So yesterday after church we went home to change into our short sleeve clothes because it was super hot. We were going to study and eat a snack before our lunch appointment at 2:30. All of a sudden! When we didnt think we would be busy that day! WE got a call from another missionary saying that this guy went to their church and he is in our sector....So of course we call this guy and ask him what time we could visit. He said that he had been here in Riobamba for a few days and all he owned was a bed to sleep on. So we got him some Coke a cola and went to his little house that he has. All he had was a bed and a pamphlet that some sister missionaries in Santo Domingo had given him. I guess he has gone to church twice in Santo Domingo and once here. He just barely moved here. All he has are some clothes, a bed, and the lesson one pamphelt. I thought it was super cool because he thought it would be important to bring the pamphlet? I thought it was really weird. And all he has been taught is lesson 1 but he goes to church every week. So we taught him lesson 3 and gave him a book of Mormon. Oh and he says he is Catholic. He took the Book of Mormon and was really really interested in it.  I don't even know his name....He's awesome though. He just doesn't know when he is ready for baptism. He was asking if there are qualifications for it and were just like...well kind of but you already qualify 100 por ciento. He is worried about if he is ready for it. But I am sure he is ready for it. Anyways so he is super cool and really wants to get baptized so we are going to Baptize him next week. I gotta go!  Here's a couple Christmas photos.
Love you guys
Love Elder Rogers

Monday, December 21, 2015

December 21, 2015 Week 9 Riobamba

Monday, December 14, 2015

December 14, 2015 Week 8 Riobamba

Hey mom,
We usually just teach people all day everyday but then on Friday we traveled to Quito on a bus for 5 hours and then we went to Presidents house and had a dinner thing and played some games, I asked Sister Christensen to tag you in some photos for your enjoyment. Then that night we went all the way home and just went to church yesterday. 

It is fun here but it is nothing like home and I just want to go home but everybody says to wait a month and then I wont want to go home anymore. It is really hard. I am having kind of a hard time with spanish because I still cant understand anybody and it is really frustrating and I just dont want to have to deal with this. 

We dont do a lot of cooking because we just buy the cheap food here. 
They have some restaurants. They dont really have houses here unless the people are rich. We have a laundromat here so we just do our laundry there. There is mostly just little food hut things that we eat at. We went to this area in the mountains where the Quichuas live and it was funny because they are indian people. It is super fun doing what you want to do. I am stressing a lot about the people never responding after we talk to them. They never answer their phones and it is really hard for me. I am baptizing a 21 year old lady on the 26th of this month so that will be fun. 

Anyways I like it here but get homesick a lot. There is no snow here and it just feels like summer. I might buy a suit.. I hope everything is going really great there mom. This place is scary and theres a lot of stuff that goes on. I am trying to send pictures but this computer is dumb. 

I love hearing about home because Ecuador is crazy. 
Love Elder Rogers

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

December 7, 2015 Week 7 Riobamba

Hey mom! 
It is 4pm here so I just got done taking a nap. The keyboards here are really weird so i cant really use capitals because it is too hard. So monday we flew from slc to atlanta, which was cool. Then we went from there to ecuador which took 5 hours and i thought i was going to die because it was so long of a flight. everybody on the plane spoke spanish so I had no idea what was going on. I still cant speak spanish so it is really hard to talk to anybody or understand them.  So we got here around 12 at night and got to the apartment and went to sleep. 

We woke up at 6:30 and started doing stuff really boring. I hung out with the other missionaries until the other elderes showed up. They got to Quito around noon so we went and saw them. After that we ate and then that day was over and we went to sleep again. 

Wednesday morning we had to get up and drag our luggage all around the streets of Quito until we got to the church. Then we went to do some visa stuff which took 3 hours and we met a lot of people and got their numbers and now they are being taught I think. 

Anyways so we went back to the church to receive our training companions. My companions name is Elder Anderson and he is a gringo. I thought i would get a native companion but I am glad I got a trainer who speaks English. 

Anyways so after we got our companions for the next 6 or 12 weeks then we went back to our house with my luggage and went to sleep. The next morning we woke up at 6 and got ready to leave for Riobamba which is my first area that I will be serving in. We had to take our luggage on public buses and the buses only stop for about 1 second then they are gone again. So we had to watch all of my stuff because the people here are really good at pickpocketing. So I watched my stuff and we rode that bus for an hour and then we got to the other bus terminal and took my stuff and put it under the bus so nobody would steal it.

Then we rode that bus for 5 hours until we got to Riobamba. So far I like Riobamba so much better than Quito because it is so small and the people are nice. There is so much trash and poverty here and the people we teach live in alleys and stuff. It kinda sucks and everybody laughs at my spanish. The little kids laugh at me and run away when I tell them I am from Los Estados Unidos. The people are awesome. 

I am too tall for this country. Everything I ride in is too small and all the shops I have to duck under. Anyways so i got here and we started to pass by some non active people. I guess everybody here is inactive. We stopped by their houses and visited some investigators. We contacted like 20 people the other day but none of them called us or answered their phones so that kind of sucks. We have a cooking family that makes us lunch everyday. We have four people in our district, my companion and me and two hermanas. 
The people here breastfeed and pee wherever they want. I have seen so many people doing both of those things wherever. I also saw a few robberies in the middle of the day. We were walking one day and saw some men whispering while shutting a car trunk so I don't know what happened there but it was scary and then we saw some guy sprinting to his friends car from an alley and start yelling at him to drive. So that was new. We don´t have any progressing investigators , we are trying though so thats all that matters  I guess. Church yesterday was fun I had to stand up and introduce myself and everybody is super nice in church and a lot of them understand some english so that is cool.  I guess around 2 I will always email you. Love you guys 
Love Elder Rogers

December 1, 2015 Week 6 Quito

With our love and gratitude,
President and Sister Roger G. Christensen

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Nov 30, 2015 Week 6 Quito

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 24, 2015 Week 5 MTC

November 18, 2015 Week 4 MTC

Hola Mama, Hola familia,
 It has been a short week and we get our travel plans on friday, I don't really know what else to say. I got really sick and wanted to throw up for two days but other than that I have been doing great.  I try to remember what I am doing but there is so much going on that I have no idea. There is too much information. I try to write you and dad letters as much as possible.  I am learning so much in these few weeks. I didn't think I would learn this much. Do you guys have any questions then you should ask me? I am reflecting on Jesucristo a lot here and I love teaching lessons. I am used to never sleeping now. 

We went to the temple this morning, and it was fun. We did Initiatories, and we did 5 names this morning. Last week I did 10 on accident so it took twice as long and my whole district was waiting for an hour. I thought it was funny but then again I wasn't the one waiting. We just have our zone in sacrament so theres only like 20 people there. 

I had about 15 emails to respond to. I really don't know how I have so many but it is getting ridiculous. I actually like it. I don't really know what to say. Do you want to know what I do everyday? Because it is the same all day everyday. I will try and send the flash drive but I keep forgetting to put the pictures on it. and I don't really know how to do it anyways. These computers are locked up tighter than Alcatraz. Or another place that locks up tight. Like a safe. I just got grandmas package. I went and picked it up at the MTC mail room. I got cookies and doughnuts. There is way too much food here to eat and it is killing me. Love you and I miss Wyo ming but it is fun here at the MTC sometimes. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Nov 11, 2015 Week 3 MTC

November 11, 2015
trying to grow an acorn
I got all of the packages you and Granny sent me, everyone in my zone loves grandmas cookies. They are gone already. I ate a bunch and they were awesome.I have been keeping up with munchies life story and I hope he is going to get to feel better. 
We just got more new districts in my zone but we had two districts leave a few days ago so it is practically empty on my floor. I always forget what i do throughout the week and I can't remember all that happens. It is just a lot of classes, like 14 hours of class a day.
 Monday: Taught four lessons except our teacher Hermana McBride hit her head on something and went to the hospital so she didn't teach us that day. We see her tonight and she will teach us. We taught our investigator.  
And then we have something called member TRC where we just give a quick lesson in spanish to members of the church. They help us with spanish and we try and understand them when they talk. So that was monday. 

Tuesday. We did not have any lessons but we did learn some stuff in the morning and then after lunch we did personal study for like 4 hours. After dinner we just go to devotionals for a few hours then we go to sleep. 
Wednesday. we went to the temple this morning and then we ate temple breakfast.

Nov 4, 2015 Week 2 MTC

Oct 28, 2015 week 1 MTC

October 28, 2015

Anyways so the first few seconds of us being at the MTC I went and got my class stuff and then we went to class. My companion for the next 5 weeks is Elder Farley from Bountiful Utah, he doesn't talk much. I am the one who does most of the talking and stuff. My teacher has only spoken to us in spanish and even when we first got here she was speaking to us in spanish, there is no english during class except when nobody knows how to speak spanish...which is all the time. The second day we got here we taught a lesson in Spanish and it was really hard because I have no idea how to prepare a lesson in English but now we are doing it in spanish. The first lesson went really bad. Our next lesson went better. but then our lesson yesterday didn't go so well. It is really hard for me. 
Everything from high school came back to me in the first few days and then when we taught this investigator I really thought he was speaking English to me but I guess it was spanish according to Elder Farley. So I know that God really wants us to teach because he makes spanish sound like english. I am doing laundry right now so it is boring... 
I have had a few meetings with my mission president and we just talk about our families and how homesick we are. I don't know if I will ever stop being home sick but who knows. As of right now I am still homesick. Everyday we wake up at 6:30 and start our day, A lot of our day is classroom time and lesson planning time. We have taught about 6 lessons. The food here is alright even though everybody else you talk to hate it for some reason. Maybe they just don't want to be fed.  
I have these other two missionaries in my Room who are so awesome they are Elder Duron and Elder Carson. They are so cool and have helped me through this last week. Every day feels like a whole week but now that it has been 7 days I feel like it has only been a few hours. Yo se que el libro de mormon es verdad porque Jesucristo restaurado mediante la profeta Jose Smith en el nombre de Jesucristo Amen. I am still working on the spanish but I think I will get it. I hope I get enough time to email everybody back but you might just need to tell them how I am doing.

 Thanks mom, I miss you guys a lot but I am excited to be helping people. Pretty much all that happens here is learning how to love people. It is the main goal of the mtc. Sure they teach you other stuff but they really just want you to learn to love the people you meet, no matter who they are. It really is an amazing thing. 
Love Elder Rogers