Monday, September 27, 2010

Luke at the Asuncion Temple




September 27, 2010

Hola Familia!
Como Estan
Wow, what a week. Well, first off here is a photo that you have to send to Sister Neitz. She will recognize who it is.
We had a good week. We had about 25-30 people in our class of English and about 20 people in branch night. But the temple WAS AWESOME!! I will send pictures! It was so nice to be back there. The spirit is so strong and almost all the temple workers there speak in English. The temple president is from the States.
That’s really awesome to hear about Kelly. Tell him congrats from me. It’s the best decision he will ever make!! BIG NEWS!!!! I don’t know if you know him but Adam Patterson is here in Paraguay! He is from the south stake in Calgary. He was always at the church dances and hanging out with Josh Hunter. My district leader said that his friend is training a Canadian and his name is Elder Patterson. I asked from what part. He said Calgary. Then I started talking to him. I said Gimmi the phone!!!! then Hey how’s it going?!! do you know who this is!! haha it was kind of funny but he started far, far away so I don't think I will see him for a while.
My companion is an amazing teacher. I hope I can learn a lot from him this month.
There is something that if you could find it would be awesome if you could send. It is a type of glue that I bought when I was working at Wholesale Sports and it sticks and holds so well!! But I was using it and the back broke open and spilled all over my blue Paraguay sweatpants so I lost a lot. I will send a picture of it, I don't know if it would be too heavy. Be the judge. The cassette, I sent in the MTC I think. I don't have a recorder here. I could look for one and record for a while. You should send it, but put something on it so I can listen to something too, haha. I will be sending a memory card home in a while. It’s getting close to be filled up. Thank you for all you do for me! I love hearing how you guys are doing. I know the church is true and I love Paraguay!!! Keep me in your prayers.
One thing, I lost my CTR ring, and one of my plaques that says Elder Rodgers. Keep them in your prayers that I will be able to find them again. It’s just like when Sprinkles was missing but this time it’s a ring and a piece of plastic, but it means a lot to me. Keep it in your prayers that I will find them again and I know I will, if it is the will of the Lord.
Com Mucho Amor,
Élder Lucas Rodgers

Monday, September 20, 2010

Dad's Snazzy Socks

Luke and New Companion

Luke and Elder Buchanan

Font filled by waterhose Sept. 18

6 Baptisms Sept. 18, 2010

September 20, 2010

Ha-upeí che familia-kuera!
como estan?!
Well we didn't get the 5 baptisms. We were leaving to go to Limpio after the baptismal interviews and then the mom called...saying that she wanted to be baptized too. So we got 6! Wooo! She hadn’t been to church for a long time and the branch was very reluctant but Élder Alvarez wanted to baptize the family before he left and they wanted him there so the whole family got baptized and on Sunday all 6 got confirmed. Yesterday was a great Sunday. Every one of my converts was there except Matias, who was in Arroyos Y Esteros with his grandma for the weekend. We had to fill the font up with the fire hose because something happened with the water system.
This week we are introducing classes for everyone, new things to help strengthen the branch and the members. Wednesday - English Class, Thursday - Branch Night, Friday - Gospel Class (how to teach the gospel), Saturday - Music Class/Choir! (I'm kind of worried about the choir. Singing is not quite an art here but it is to help them learn more hymns.) But this week we can’t have the Gospel Class, maybe, because.....WE'RE GOING TO THE TEMPLE!!!! WooWooWoo!!! So I’m excited for that.
Wow we have officially exited winter, well at least so it seems. It’s 32C Dera Chori! I don’t understand how it can be so hot out!! pero esta bien.
That picture that you sent was my first change. I was with Élder Hanchett but Alvarez was in the zone too. I didn't know him. After the changes that change he went to an area called Cañada Gary (Cañada not Canada, it has a different sound with the ¨Ñ¨) then Alvarez went to Emboscada. My companion now came from Capiata and before that he was really far away, a place called Pedro Juan Caballero where he opened a branch that went from 4 people to about 40. He was president of the branch there! so he knows a lot. He is a great teacher! A little different but I love him.
Dad those are some snazzzy socks! When you send the memory card to me fill it up with pictures of things that went on, all the things that have passed, hikes, activities. Leo was very grateful for the pistachios. And in the package send Warheads, the sour candies. I love giving them to people here because they are not used to sour things.
I’m not sure if you can but can you send some loonies and toonies either in a package or in a letter. There are some members asking me for them haha.
There are some pictures from when we had changes, Élder Buchanan (who was in the same room while we were in the MTC and I haven't seen him since this picture.) Élder Hanchett, Élder Alvarez.
I'm not sure if you have talked to the parents of Élder Hanchett about flying to Paraguay but I mentioned something to President, not because I'm thinking about it only because I want it to work out alright.
I gave my old suit to President Vera, He was sooooo happy I will send a picture of him when I see him in it and when I have my camera.
So I am still in Emboscada, and will be here for about 3 more months because my comp goes home this change. He says for sure I will go up after him. Thanks for everything I LOVE YOU GUYS so much!! for everything you do for me!! Les Quero Muchisimo! La iglesia es verdadera!
Con mucho amor,
Élder Lucas Rodgers

Monday, September 13, 2010

New house next door to church





Playing Stick Pull with Oscar

Plan of Salvation Activity - Celestial Kingdom cake

Plan of Salvation Activity - Judging

September 13, 2010

Hola familia!
como Esta!
Well. I want to start of this letter by saying.....HAPPY BITRHDAY DAD!!!!!
I didn't forget! Well, big news, Elder Alvarez is leaving to Colombia Thursday and we are changing Wednesday, and my new Companion is from.......are you ready.......I don't think you are..... hahahaha.....COLOMBIA!!!!! haha so I will be with another Colombian but this is his last change so only for 6 weeks we will be together. His name is Élder Jaime (Hi-may) so that will be cool. I will meet him Wednesday morning.
Big news, the brothers and sisters of Junior will be getting baptized tomorrow, the last day for elder Alvarez - 5 baptisms. They were not ¨for sure¨ baptisms but yesterday Leo and the wife of Presedente Vera went and talked to the Mom and she accepted the date. So I am excited! I love Emboscada. I KNOW this is the area that God wants me to be in. It’s a feeling indescribable. It’s awesome!
I think I am going to miss Elder Alvarez. After 4 1/2 months with him I got to know the actual person not just how he teaches and got used to his accent, but you get used to their personality and their life, and their problems and how to help the actual person. It’s amazing. Yesterday one of the members got up and the end of the meeting and read a card that she had written for him. It was very nice she started to cry when she was reading. It was very powerful. Then Elder Alvarez gave his testimony. It was a great meeting. I figured that he is an awesome person, and one day I think he will be reading my blog so I will say, “Hey Élder Alvarez”, or I should say, “Jhony”. LOVE YA!!.
About Elder Halliday, yeah I know him. I have never been in his zone but yeah I know him.
I had the address of Brother Machuca but I forgot to write it. I will make sure to send it next week. I think it was something like omachuca@Yahoo.com or oscarmachuca@yahoo.com
We had a great lesson with the rama about the plan of salvation. We had all the people in one room together then one by one they would leave to another room where they would get 6 tickets then they would enter another room where they could trade their tickets for chocolate milk or cookies or empañadas, then they would pass a window where I was and would show me how many tickets they have left then I would show them which room to go in, 1 of 3 rooms. Then we gathered with everyone and applied it to the Plan of Salvation. First room - pre-earth life, tickets - birth, room of things to buy - the world, chocolate milk and cookies-sins. I would judge to see how they spent their time and cards - Christ, then the three kingdoms of glory depending on how many cards there were, and in the Celestial kingdom there was a cake so it turned out great!!
Tell Brother Young (Hermano Joven) :P to send me a letter. It’s been a long time since I have talked to him.
There are pictures of our house, and of the activity one of my asking a little girl for her cards but she spent them all (to the telestial kingom haha) and the other cutting the cake. Elder Alvarez took the picture too soon so I don’t have a smile haha, and playing stick pull with Oscar, a recent convert.
Thanks for everything you do for me! i love the church! and I know its true!
Love your son,
Élder Lucas Rodgers ("Royer", as the people of Paraguay say) haha

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

September 6, 2010

Hola Familia
Well, a week of interesting things Whahahaha!!!
We will start with the coolest. You will have to call Sister Neitz. The family that she taught on her mission, I met on Sunday and took a picture with them. (Don't laugh at my hair. I was trying putting gel in my hair ( haha) I was talking to the dad who served his mission in Uruguay. His son (next to me) served his mission in Columbia. That is how he knows Élder Alvarez. So by luck and the will of the Lord I met this family. It was really cool to talk to them. So tell Sister Neitz that they are still strong in the church here in Paraguay.
Another thing that happened was I GOT PIQUE!!!! I'm not sure if you have ever heard of that. Well I will explain. There is a little bug that will attach to your skin and then burrow a hole in your skin and lay eggs! Ewwwww! Yesterday I was walking and felt something weird in my foot I looked and I saw it. The pictures are on the camera of my companion and he doesn’t have it with him. (I don't think you would want to see it) But what happened was after church I sat down with my camera, tweezers, and lots of toilet paper. I started picking at it. Then all of a sudden this black liquid exploded out. Then my comp said, ¨There is still more to get out.¨ so I kept picking, layer after layer haha until I started getting at something white. Then I started picking at that, and all of a sudden all this white liquid (the eggs) started coming out. Then the skin was loose. I picked at it one more time and pulled out the pique and the dead skin and left a hole in my toe. (It was in the toe part of my foot.) and left a hole!! I will send pictures of the hole. I put some purple disinfectant on it that you will notice but I am walking fine and it does not hurt. So that was fun.
I am still waiting to receive the packages. I believe that I will get them soon.
I'm still not driving but thanks for the information. I will remember.
But thanks for that quote that you sent me last week. After I had done internet I was sitting waiting then I decided I wanted to read El Libro de Mormón. When I opened the pages I found a book mark that I had that had that same scripture on, except in Spanish. I realized that it is a characteristic that I have to work on in my life. I have been studying about it. Thank you.
The holes that we made, one was for trash and the other was for excess water.
That’s great to hear how you are doing on losing weight, Mom! I'm working on it too! Haha. It helps show the truth of Mosiah 2:41 ¨Blessed in things both spiritual and in things temporal¨
I’m excited because I think this month we are going to have a temple trip. I can't wait to go!
I have a lot of missionaries telling me that I may go up to senior companion next change. Even Elder Hanchett said that. I was talking to him on the phone today a little bit.
It’s nice receiving a letter on your birthday! It’s weird leaving the teens, and entering 20s! Wow. The pants I have still work fine. They are a little baggy but not annoying or awful.
I'm not sure if you have filled a memory card with pictures to send back.
I was thinking it would be cool if you could ask someone on a course of Facebook and then put my pictures on so that my friends can see what’s going on with me. To put on pictures is really easy.
Update, I have all the pique pictures now. I hope you have a stomach!!!! And there are pictures of ostriches that we came across and fish that were caught by Junior.
I will take pictures of the rooms at our house.
Thanks for everything you do for me! I love you guys so much, Thank you for the wonderful letters that I get every week. I have been blessed with the best family in the world! Thanks for everything!!! Tonight we have a big branch activity planned about the plan of salvation. I'm excited. Yo se que la iglesia es verdadera!!!
Con amor
Élder Lucas Rodgers