Monday, January 25, 2010

Jauary 25, 2010

Hola Family,
Well what can I say, it has been a good week. We are sending our email in a little computer shop.
Well good news. I have already lost 20 lbs haha so soon its crazy . Its so hot here and the people are so set in their ways of being Catholic. I have found a lot of solace in the scriptures and found a lot of answers in them.
I’m wondering if you got a chance to read about that hymn ¨Brightly Beams our Fathers Mercy¨. I received that letter that you sent while I was in the MTC. I got it on the 19th and it got in Paraguay on the 13th. I was also wondering if you could send a package with if possible my temple clothes (If it is not possible or too expensive then I can buy some here) also some more of those ¨Plackers¨ the Green Dental floss things. I have about 4 Packages but they will not last me because I am using them every day. And some Tide To Go (if it is not too expensive).
So I wanted to mention, during Sundays the people here are tone deaf I think and conductor doesn’t know how to lead the music and they always sing the songs slower. Also it is not so much that I am in a jungle area but there are some parts that are very foresty. We are allowed to go to the temple every 6 months or, if you go with a person you baptized, after a year. And yes that is my ward but we are now at 8:00. "Calle" means "road". The chapel is on San Pedro. Our ward is one of the stronger wards here. We have a good amount of attendance and a full bishopric. There are a lot of wards that are not very strong.
They have a great garbage disposal system here. It's called put it out in the road and burn it haha. Some people here live in small houses that they built themselves and they are only one room. I have seen some tiny houses and wondered how they could ever live in there. Their walls are sometimes made out of cardboard. I feel really bad sometimes for their water is not clean and you can really tell that this is a third world country. Mom. You would not like it here, if you don’t like the bugs in the cabin in Waterton. Just be grateful that you are not here haha.
I have been reading in the Ensign with the conference talks November Ensign and am loving the talks in it. There is one that always hits me strong it is the first one during the priesthood session by M Russell Ballard. I remember listening to it in the chapel.
Well I remember I didn’t really answer your question about the house I live in so I will send some pictures. But Life is good. The scriptures are the word of God. ¨La iglasia is verdadera¨ I am loving my mission!

Con Amor,
Élder Lucas Rodgers

Monday, January 18, 2010

January 18. 2010

Hola Familia,

How are you guys doing? Let me answer your questions. I will try to answer all of them. I don’t have my passport. It is in the office but I told them that you guys needed a photocopy and they have your email. I am thinking about my future education. I have been thinking about it. There is not too much problems with the priesthood in my ward. The ward is fairly small. Oh and Kennedy. Is not really an official city, they don’t even have addresses, street names, anything. It's so hard finding people because the only information that is taken is something like - house by the green gates and the Gonzalez family. Well town/village. It is close to a town called San Lorenzo and one called Capiata and about an hour away from Asuncion Here is the best information I can give you. On Google Earth_ Latitude (Y): -25.401065 Longitude (X):-57.482786. That is the location of our church. I hope that helps. You may be able to find it on the website.
The food is different. I haven’t found anything that is too revolting but it is different. A lot of it is really good though. I haven’t gotten sick and am doing just fine. The sun is too hot. I heard about what happened in Haiti. We were stopping to get a sandwich and they had a T.V. on and that was on breaking news. Wow, it was startling.
I will be trying to send pictures of everything I had 10 pictures ready to send but then it said my email was too big.
Dad I have a question for you. My companion’s dad served in California. Can you send me your mission name and the dates when you served?
But, big news. We had a baptism on Saturday. Their names were Gabriela and Victor. It was awesome! We had to travel to Asuncion that morning for a special interview for Gabriela and got back around 5:30 (p.s. there is a 4 hour time difference right now) then had a marriage (because they are 18 and have a daughter). Then a powerful baptism. Man it was great. It was a great experience. But my companion had the baptism date set up before I got in the area.
For my teaching experiences, I usually read a scripture and explain it or bear my testimony. But they can usually understand me so that is good.
I am having trouble sending pictures again but I am seeing what I can do. I will be sending my memory card home when it is full. I have room for 100 more pictures so it will come. I’m sorry I wish it would work over the internet because I have pictures of my baptism. But I love you and can’t wait to read your next email. Please forgive me if I missed a question. I have been rushed because we only get a certain amount of time each day. The Church is true.
Con Amor,
Élder Lucas Rodgers

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

January 11, 2010

Hola Family!
Wow it’s hot here. We landed and when we got off Pres. Wade was there to meet us. As soon as we got off the plane we realized what we were getting ourselves into haha. The HEAT!! I understood the term. Sweating like a river haha. Well my trainer’s name is Élder Hanchett. He is from Florida. My first area is a place called ¨Kennedy¨. There are some really small homes and very bad living conditions. Chickens and dogs running everywhere, more chickens though. But I have not had a single problem with a dog yet haha. He has been out about a year (in two days) He helps me a lot with Spanish and with teaching and contacting. He is a great missionary.
So I have the address for sending letters.

Elder Lucas Rodgers
Paraguay Asuncion North Mission.
Capitan Miranda 1681
Casilla de Correo 1871
Asuncion, Paraguay 1831

My trainer told me that the address has worked fine for him. I believe I copied it right, but if not you have the information somewhere. But that is the address. The people in Paraguay are awesome. They are so relaxed. There are not many laws here and the ones they have are not really enforced. I can see a lot of corruption here and they are about 9-10 years behind the rest of the world. The monetary system is so low in an exchange rate compared to the US/Canada. I met Bishop Peterson’s nephew on my second day here, the day I got my new companion. Sorry, I am jumping all over the place. But there are mangos everywhere. They are just all over the ground. They fall randomly. We will be sitting teaching a lesson (that if I didn’t know any better I would think that I was in Fish Creek) and a mango will just fall to the ground haha. There are some ¨jungle¨ areas in my area that we just walk along a small path just as if it was a hike haha. I am reminded so much of hiking here, its crazy haha walking around with a straw hat. I am sending some pictures on email. But I will be sending my memory card home in an envelope because it will be more likely to make it with a letter than in a package. And then you can put pictures on the card and send it back. And if you send a package put a sticker of Christ on it, or Virgin Mary, if you want. I think the chances of it arriving are better. But my companion said that he has no problems with the mail system. I sleep with no covers with a fan on high pointed right at me haha. Our laundry is done by a member in our ward. I have a homework assignment for you guys. Look at the hymn 335 Brightly Beams our Father’s mercy. And then try to find on the internet the story behind it and the symbolism in it. It has become one of my favorite hymns. It is a great hymn. And the scripture John 15:18-19.
Well everything is good in Paraguay. Its hot! And I love cold. I think I will come to an appreciation of the heat.
Well I have to get going but I love you guys. Thank you for everything that you have taught me and helped me with. Thank you for all the love that you have given me.
The Church is true! (La iglesia es verdadera)
With Love: Elder Lucas Rodgers

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

January 6, 2010

Wed. Jan 6, 2010 at 12:46 p.m.

Hey Mom, Hey Dad

Well, just emailing to let you know that I arrived in Paraguay safe. IT IS SO HOT HERE!!!! WOW!! Well I meet my companion tomorrow and the mission president will be sending a picture home that they are going to take tomorrow. Still learning everything, it is awesome, but just need to get used to this warmth. Pres. Wade is a great person, he is very nice. I’m not too worried. But my P-day is on Monday. I am still going to find out about the addresses. I got all my luggage and everything turned out successful. The flight was good.

Well. I'm here and safe.

Love you
Elder Lucas Rodgers

Arrival at Asuncion Airport - Jan 6, 2010

President and Sister Wade and New Missionaries - January 6, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January 5, 2010


Well, the day finally came. I am really excited! We are getting to the airport about 12 and then getting to Dallas at 3:45, (I believe that is our time but nobody has confirmed that). I will be calling today, not for too long, but when I get to Dallas. Wow, the MTC is great! I don't think I could have asked for better teachers. I can't wait to get to Paraguay and serve the people there. Now about my passport. I will be sending a copy home, don't think I have forgotten. I just have not been given it back yet. I will be able to answer all questions you have when I call.
Love, Elder Lucas Rodgers