Monday, January 31, 2011

Doing Missionary Work

Luke and companion, Elder Meneses from Argentina

January 31, 2011

Hola Familia!!
How are you all doing?? How is the cold? We are doing alright here, enjoying January, not looking forward to February, but it’s all good. I will try to answer all your questions. The pictures of the laundry were taken by one of our landlords. The reason that we are doing it like this is because the lady here that washed our clothes before took a long time. So we decided that it would be a lot easier to do it in our house now we have a permanent washing machine that we can use to wash our own clothes. We still have to clean them by hand because the washing machine only goes for 15 min, then we do the rest by hand. Its purpose is to get the clothes wet, get the soap going, and to beach. It’s not like a washing machine at home.
The (red) shirt that I am wearing is a soccer team here called ¨Cerro Porteño¨. If you were to look for the logo on Google it would easily be found. The jersey that was in the last package I sent in is the same league as Cerro.
But mom I have a question. HOW have you lost so much weight? What are you doing to lose it?? Well for a while for me, I will be honest, it was just walking all day in the hot sun, but I know that this is not the best way of doing it. We have plans in the morning to go to the rama 1 church and play basketball and I am going to be watching what I eat, but once and a while it is hard because the meals that we usually eat here are oily noodles or oily other things. Today we went to the Benitez's house and made tacos. It was really GOOD!!!!
Well thanks for everything that you guys do for me! It is really hard here but I have felt the hand of the Lord in my life and I know that this is where I need to be. The time is going by too fast I think. I know the church is true.
I love you guys so much!!!
Élder Lucas Rodgers
To Myrle and family,

Hola! Como están ustedes!!
First of all I want to thank you all for all the support that I have received from all of you guys and the letters that I always receive. I may not be the most faithful person to send a letter back but I am always trying to do it whenever I have time. I don't have too much time left today so I just wanted to say thanks for everything! I love all of you guys! The 4 future missionaries will be helping a lot of people in the world so let’s fill the mission field with Elder Rodgerses. You guys have a great day and PLEASE enjoy the cold for me!!!
Élder Lucas Rodgers

Monday, January 24, 2011


Doing Laudry By Hand

Living with Hot Weather

Missionaries in Concepcion January 2011

January 24, 2011

Hola Familia!
Well it’s true. The word on the street is out! We have had changes. Elder Arzate went to Molino, Luque and my new companion is Elder Meneses from Argentina! So I am with another Latin! I’m excited. BUT we are in rama 2 which is a really hard change for me, just because I really didn't have a change. It's weird. I know I have to be there but it’s hard to accept it. Changes are always hard for me. They’re exciting to begin with but then for me it is personally hard because I have to adjust to living with a different person. I think we will have a good week tomorrow but remember to keep me in your prayers (not that I don't think you are).
Well now to answer your questions. Size 36 would be great but I plan on loosing even more weight this change, and that other missionary is Elder Gordon.
We did something awesome today this morning. Mom you’re going to be so proud! We WASHED OUR OWN CLOTHES!!! I will send pictures. We used a machine to get them started then we washed them by hand and now they are all cleeeeeeen and smell soooo good! I will send a picture showing you how dirty they were. In Concepcion our shirts get soooo dirty! I have some shirts that look like they were never white. (Moro'ti, in Guarani - white)
That’s okay if you think its better to put the money somewhere else. It is a long flight here anyways.
Yesterday there was SOO MUCH RAIN!!! We took off our socks and shoes and walked through the streets (in the pictures) and it has been really hot (and even the elders from Chile think it’s hot out).
But I just want to say that I LOVE IT HERE in Concepción, besides the heat. In the setting-apart blessing from Pres. Craig he mentioned that there is no other thing that I could be doing that is more important than this. And here I feel that. I know that. I feel a comfort that I have never felt so strong serving the people here. I feel very humbled that the Lord can trust in me to carry out His work. This change I have been given a wonderful opportunity to serve others. I have been called to be a district leader. I'm excited to see what this change has in store.
Thanks for everything you do for me. I love you guys so much!!
Élder Lucas Rodgers
P.S. Grandma Spackman, thanks for the update of the family. It’s always great to hear how they are doing! Tell Haley CONGRATS!!!!!! Grandma Rodgers, I will read those scriptures. Thanks. I always love getting new scriptures to study, thank you.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Miguel Franco and family and missionaries

January 17, 2011

Mba`eteco pikò che tua ha che sú

Wow, what a week we had! It was less hot this week. (I hope that grammar is understandable.) Let me start answering your questions. Miguel and Adriano (Tomas. nickname, había sido) as far as we know are not related but here in Concepción it is a very common name. My cold is gone only this week (the ¨gripe¨ not ¨frio¨). I still have a runny nose and when I gave a talk on Sunday it was a little interesting. One thing about the weather is that you can actually look for the weather in Concepción, an exact temperature, rather than Asuncion because there is a big difference. I think I could understand how it could be hard to appreciate cold, but trust me, there is a certain point where it IS possible haha. Maybe you don't believe me but trust me, its true haha.
I still haven't received a letter from Jhony Alvarez (elder).
Changes, ya sabemos! I am going to Rama 2 and my comp is going to another place in Paraguay. Nobody has told us the who or the where. We had interviews with President Madariaga (I will explain this part) and he told me that I will be changing areas and getting a new comp. He also mentioned a lot about being obedient for an example for my companions which gave me a fright that I would receive a missionary that is a little disobedient or lazy. SO PLEASE PRAY THAT THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN!!!!!!! Today or tomorrow morning we will find out.
President came Friday night here to ¨deliver¨ (bring) a senior couple that will now be working with us. This is the reason that I was kicked out of Rama 1, because they will belong to Rama 1 but will work all over Concepcion and once and a while in Horqueta. So Elder and Sister Benitez are now here. They’re a couple from Argentina who were living in the States and will be in Concepcion until it turns into a stake. Then we had our interviews Saturday in the morning. We had a good talk. He was asking how I liked it in Concepción and how I was doing. He mentioned that my Spanish was fluid which made me feel good :). After all the interviews I and Elder Arzate left with President to go visit a less active ex-missionary and talk to him. He mentioned that his mom was sick so alongside President I got to anoint the oil and participate in the blessing. The spirit was so strong!! Then we went to go look at the Rama 2 chapel.... or should I say ex-bakery that we rent (that is my new meeting house.... without A.C.) and the land that the church owns across the street. Then we went to go eat lunch with President, Hermana and Bro. & Sis. Benitez. Then we went to go teach a piano class and we had 3 people there practicing (our Elders quorum pres, wife and friend). When I got here the Elders quorum president was a little less active, and after some lessons and passing by his house, he and his wife have a date when they want to go to the temple to get sealed! Then later on Saturday at 5 there was a leadership meeting with Pres. Madariaga and he wanted the missionaries to go too. He mentioned how the missionaries serving in Concepción are the some of the most obedient missionaries in the mission which once again made me feel all good inside. He mentioned other good things about the missionaries too but I don't want to turn a blessing into pride. He basically mentioned how it now is a privilege to get sent to Concepcion because he wants a stake in Concepcion as fast as he can. So he is being careful who he sends here (which makes me feel a little comfort that I will have a good companion coming up).
This Wednesday is when we have changes so I will be getting my new companion this day. Thursday is the day that Elder Hanchett´s parents are coming. Let me know if you guys are still planning to come down here and if you have sent a letter to President
I haven't received any package yet so hopefully it is still there!
My District leader, Élder Canales from Chile, is beside me and says ¨Hi¨.
I miss going to the temple! I really do, especially now that I am super far away. Our Elders Quorum president is planning to go to the temple the week of Feb 15 and around then we have zone conference so if they both land on the same day I have permission to go with them.
Thanks for all you guys do for me, I really do enjoy all the letters I receive and the emails every week. I love you all!!!!!
Thanks, Grandma, for the letter. Tell Steph that I'm proud of her and that's awesome!!! Tell Grandma Happy Birthday for me.
Envien mi amor a toda la famila por favor. (Translation – “Send my love to the whole family, please”)
Love, Élder Lucas Rodgers
P.S. I think senior couples are awesome and I am so stoked to work with them. Elder Benitez just came in asking us if we would prefer to use bicycles and if enough people ask for them he will personally ask for them from President, which is AWESOME!!!! if we had them hahaha.

Monday, January 10, 2011

These are pictures of HOT WEATHER

January 10, 2011

Hey Family!!
WOW if you ever have been in a hot summer in Florida or something YOU CAN NOT IMAGINE THE HEAT HERE!!!! hahaha!!! Dad, I don't think California can compare, my companion is from there and this is hot for him!! But other than that, everything is good.
About the jaw thing last week, when I went to go get a x-ray there was a lady in the back room who could see an image of my jaw and she came in the room, burst through the door and told me that my jaw surgery was perfect! She has never seen it done so correctly!! So there’s some good news, eh?
But let’s get down to business. I am in Concepción rama 1A, the sisters are in rama 1B (work area), Elder Lucas and his comp Elder Packard are in rama 2. This 15th and 16th a senior couple will be coming here to work and President wants them working in the central area so they will be coming to 1A and the sisters will probably go to 1B. When I was in Asuncion I was talking to President Madriaga and he told me that I will be going to rama 2 with Elder Lucas. After I heard that I will not lie, I felt really miserable. Today I have been feeling a little better about this upcoming change (the 19th). I have been feeling that there is someone there I can help because we haven't found anyone prepared for us in where we have been working. Sunday was the second time I didn't have an investigator come to church so I have now become a little excited to change. This week I was a little sick. I had sore throat, cough, and a really runny nose, plus the heat didn't help anyone.
The name of the 14 year old boy is Miguel Franco. Yes I know Elder Humphries. He is a good guy. His area is in a place called Mario Roque Alonso.
Well, all I know is that from now on after this summer in Concepción my whole life will be in a cooler climate. There is a huge comparison- Concepción and Asuncion.
Did you guys get that package from Elder Wendorff? Let me know if it got there okay.
We had some of the members tell us we were good missionaries this week! It was great! We have been having a good time. It’s hard out here in the heat but this is where I need to be. Thank you for everything you do for me! I love you guys so much!!! Stay safe (Everyone!) and PLEASE!!!! enjoy the cold!!!!!!!!
Love, Élder Lucas Rodgers

Monday, January 3, 2011

January 3, 2011

Hola Familia! ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡FELIZ AÑO NUEVO!!!!!!!!
Como esta, Voy a espesar a escribir en español, o sea castellano. Tuvimos un semana calidad, pero yo estuve un poco enfermo, ahora ya estoy bien. Sí, es verdad acerca de Skype, y en nuestro misión los misionarios tienen permiso para usarlo. English is better. We had a good week. I was feeling a bit under the weather but now everything is good. But today I have a story! Don't worry, it has a happy ending.
Elder Lucas had to go to Asuncion for a conference of zone leaders and yesterday Hna. Madariaga called me and told me that I could go with Elder Lucas to Asuncion because I have had some weird feelings in my teeth and have felt that something was wrong. So I mentioned to Hna. that I wanted to visit a dentist but that it wasn't anything urgent. She told me to go with Elder Lucas to Asuncion so I went to go buy my ticket. When I got there, the bus he was going on was all sold out so I had to buy with another company to leave Sunday at 11:30 but that meant that we would both be on different buses, so we both left on the buses. Elder Lucas got to Asuncion earlier, and I didn't have a cell phone so I had to use a pay phone. I called Elder Lucas and Hna. telling them that I was here then, I took a taxi to the dentist, but the driver didn't know the way... We get there, talk to the dentist and they tell me that I have to go to another place to get a full jaw x-ray. So I call the office to come get me because I was still alone. Two elders came in the van and took me to this other place. While we were waiting they had to leave!!! So there I was again...alone. UGH! But I had the x-ray, waited for the results. I tried calling a few of the members in Mburucuya to see if one of them could come and help me but I couldn't get hold of anyone. So I took a taxi back over to the dentist and she said there was something wrong with one tooth, so she took a closer-up small x-ray which said that nothing was wrong..... She gave me a prescription and told me not to bite hard. Apparently with this new jaw setup, if I bite hard it affects my teeth. So now I am fine and with Elder Lucas, writing a letter in an internet shop. So that was my excitement for the day and at 10:00 our bus leaves for Concepción this night.
Now for something more spiritual. We have an investigator whose name is Norberto. He is really smart with things of the Bible. He tried telling us that tithing was stopped in the New Testament. He read us a scripture in Hebrews 6 or 7 (it also talks about Abraham). We told him that that makes no sense and that tithing is still a strong law. Then he tried again. Then I shut the Bible that I was using and bore him my testimony. After that he didn't give any other response. The power of a testimony is the most powerful set of words one can say, ONLY if they come from the heart. Yo sé que la iglesia es verdadera, sin dudas, Estoy muy agradecido, por esta oportunidad que tengo a servir el Señor en Paraguay especialmente en Concepción, para ayudar Concepción ser una estaca!
I have been reading “Jesus the Christ” about John and Jesus (Elisabeth and Mary) and the story of them. You can really learn a lot from this book.!
I love you guys so much. Thanks for all that you do for me!!!

Con mucho amor
Élder Lucas Rodgers

P.S. Enjoy your 11:00 church. Mine is at 8:00!!