Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Missionaries at the Paraguay River - Dec. 27

Christmas Day 2010

Sky in Paraguay

Church building in Concepcion

December 27, 2010

Hey Family!!!
It was great to hear from you guys. Sounds like you are all doing great. Here, after we finished calling, my comp called and he talked till 8:30, so after that we talked to a member because Christmas Night there is absolutely nothing that could be done and we had to be in the house asap because there are a lot of drunks haha.
One thing I wanted to do but I forgot was to teach you guys some Guarani. The word for “yes”, in Spanish, is “sí”, in Guaraní is “heẽ”, but the Tildide thing makes a nasal sound so ¨heẽ¨
I am going to send some pictures that we took this week of the baptism and of today when we went to the river to take pictures. It was pretty fun. Well I will talk to you guys in a week, thanks for everything!
Con Amor
Élder Lucas Rodgers

Monday, December 20, 2010

Luke and the Toucan

December 20, 2010

Hola Familia!
We had to move out of the chapel house today, so we are in another house........... but I think we are safe here from having to move again and I don't want to move! haha. I haven't gotten any packages, nothing interesting. This week we have been working in the newer parts of our area, they are farther away from the chapel and that means it’s harder to bring people to church.
(Just as a side note, something that is really interesting, there is a man in this “ceber” (a place to access the internet) and he is chatting with someone using a microphone and headphones. He is talking in Dutch! It’s really funny. Dutch is such a funny language. )
Another thing, Élder Wendorff has a package that he is going to take home with him for me and he will pass through Calgary. If you guys could go to the airport to get the package it would be great. He will get into Calgary at 1:45 Dec 28 from Dallas, and leaves at 3:00ish to Lethbridge so if you go about 2:00 you should be able to find him. I don’t have a flight number.
For garments get half L and half XL shirts, and pants all L. I have been trying to get a hold of the distribution center but have been having troubles. I will try to have more information by Saturday.
Luckily I read this missionary story about a month ago. I was going through a few Ensigns. I really loved the story.
You have probably seen the temperature here but it has been over 30º!! This is one of the hottest areas of our mission!
One more thing that Élder Lucas told me- he has more that 20 brothers and sisters. He gets lots of letters from people. If you want, some of the family can send me emails, and I will just respond in my letter to you guys. I have never gotten a letter from Jel or anyone, so if they want to, just have them send an email and then check the blog on Monday.
Thanks for everything.
your son. Élder Lucas Rodgers

Monday, December 13, 2010

2 Primary Girls who were Baptised, President Echague

Baptism of Adriano "Tomas" Franco - Nov. 27, 2010

Bug in a box - from President Echague

DECEMBER 13, 2010

Hola Familia!
como están?
Wow, this week went by sooo fast! President Madariaga was here for church and we had a dinner with him and a fireside. It was really nice to hear - he was telling us that before his mission is up he wants to see Concepción as a stake and that we have to focus reactivating and finding families with fathers. He also mentioned that he put some of the best missionaries here in Concepcion. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside haha. During church he taught a Gospel Principles class which was awesome! He bore a very strong testimony about the plan of salvation.
I had a really cool experience the last Saturday. Let me give a little background. Me and my companion are together still. Elder Jolley and his comp both left and Elder Lucas came and is training. Another elder got changed into Rama 3, and 2 sisters came to our rama. Sooooo,of course they come in and take ALL OF OUR INVESTIGATORS!!!! and in church we had one person (a boy that was hanging around the church and I invited him to come in) and the sisters had 5 people, (3 of the 5 were men. But back to the story, we were in a lesson with a lady that had seen a lot of poverty with children, and lost hope in God. She had a huge question, "Why doesn't God help poor children", and I told her that if she went to the church on Sunday, she would hear something about how children are special to God and how he will never leave them. I was surprised because this Sunday there was a primary presentation, and the song ¨Soy un hijo de Dios¨ (I am a child of God) was very prominent. It was sung 2 times, and the Primary President gave a little talk about los niños and how awesome they are. We also had 2 confirmations of the 2 girls that were baptized.
Yes, the baptism where Elder Jolley is there, was of Tomas. But his real name is Adriano Franco. We found out that "Tomas" was his nickname.
Ok I will find the number for you guys to call. and the next Monday I will send it to you. Thanks for the information on University. That bug, I really don't know what it is. President Echague (branch president) came up to us with that in a box.
Hows the weather doing, is it cold and snowy? We have had some HOT days here.
I LOVE it here in Concepción. People tell us it is one of the hottest places in Paraguay, I wouldn't mind if somebody turned on the a.c. My companion is really cool but always seems tired. I will just say (I'm not sure if I said this yet), the only companion that I had that got up on time was Élder Hanchett! So after being with him I have done a lot of getting up and starting the day by myself (pretty much every day after that). I am always hoping for a comp. like Élder Hanchett. This is his last 6 weeks in the mission, which is weird.
Thanks for everything you guys do for me, I love you guys so much
Con Mucho Amor,
Élder Lucas Rodgers

Monday, December 6, 2010

"Awesome" Toucan - December 1, 2010

Sign for Optics Store

Table For People to Ask Questions

Luke and companion, Elder Arzate, and Branch President

December 6, 2010

Hola Familia!
Wow this Christmas has come fast! It's a little scary if you think about it. This will be first Christmas in my life without snow. It will be weird! Haha. Well there is so much going on here in Concepción. A) With the HOT HOT HEAT there is a heat rash on my back. When I sweat it breaks out and hurts. I have been talking to Hermana Madariaga about this and she has been giving me ideas on what I have to do so that it will stop. It feels like needles poking in my back, especially when its hot. The temperature says it will be raining a lot this week. B) There are 2 sister missionaries coming to Concepcion 1 branch so we have to give them our old house and in January we are leaving the house behind the chapel and going to a house a little further away. C) Thursday - Sunday President and Hermana Madriaga are coming to Concepción to have a Christmas party. All the elders from the zone are coming so we need to find a place for 16 missionaries to sleep! D) Thursday is Changes (transfers)! and there are apparently going to be A LOT of CHANGES! We are expecting one of the biggest changes in the Mission. My brain is overexploding. hiná
Elder Jones is a friend of mine, he started his mission the same change that I went to Emboscada, and we were in the same zone. I was wet becuase it was hot and I was lifting bricks, I sweat so much here haha
GOOD NEWS!!! I got my second shoe!!! :) but the package was opened then taped shut, so send a list of what was in it. That was the last package that I received.
Christmas phone calls - I am talking with the elders to see what we can do. Elder Jolley told me that we can use Skype and that for missionaries apparently it is legal haha. He said that President Wade allowed missionaries to use Skype which I believe would be a little bit cheaper. If not I will give you a phone number of a regular land line to call. I will be finding more information on the Skype idea, tell me your thoughts.
I don't think I have received any answer about work after the mission. I have been thinking about engineering. Tell me what you think about that.
I am sending one more picture that you could send to Élder Bishop. It is pretty funny. It’s a sign that is for an optics store with the sign that is for seeing how your vision is.
This week we tried setting up a table to have people come to us who have questions. It wasn't too effective but there were some people who stopped. Also we found someone who has a toucan which I found was awesome haha. I’m also sending another photo of us playing with knives with our branch president.
Thank you guys for everything. I am blessed to be here in Paraguay. I am having some amazing spiritual experiences. I can see that this mission is preparing me for my life. There are some awesome people here!
Love Élder Lucas Rodgers
P.S. I love the Spanish language, or in Paraguay they call it ¨Castillano¨. For me it is a grand accomplishment to have learned this language. I REALLY, REALLY want to learn Guarani!!!