Elder Rodeback

Elder Rodeback

Monday, August 19, 2013

August 19, 2013

Hey Guys!
Man it has been a crazy week the past week!  We had to do three different exchanges.  It blew my mind!  We worked super hard though and I just can't believe it is already "P day".  My mom sent me an email today and asked how I got distracted in the video she posted last week.  I have absolutely zero recollection of that occurrence.  It was five transfers ago!  I can barely remember what happened last week!  So, moral of the story, just disregard that part.  I am kind of shocked that she put that video on the blog in the first place......
My testimony has changed and grown over the past little while.  I feel it change LITERALLY EVERYDAY!  The missionaries out here in the Dirty Jerz, have had a focus the past two months of the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.  I love the Book of Mormon.  The converting, changing power that this Book carries, is REAL.  I know that this book is of God! I also know that he asked Nephi to write everything down so that when Joseph Smith needed a witness that he had seen God, it would be there.  Guys, does everyone understand???  THE BOOK OF MORMON IS WRITTEN FOR YOU TO KNOW THAT GOD LIVES AND THAT THE GOSPEL HAS BEEN RESTORED!  I know that if you read the book every single day, you will NEVER go less active and that your testimony will grow every single day.

I love you guys!  Keep on Keepin' on,
Elder Rodeback
                                                 Elder Corbridge, Elder Gittins, Elder Rodeback

Monday, August 5, 2013

August 5, 2013

Guys, What's UP?????

It has been another glorious week out here in New Jersey and an even better week serving in the Princeton 2nd Ward.  Man, again I have to say, it is the weirdest thing to serve in a Ward.  On top of that a Ward that is just like a Utah ward.  There are over two hundred active members in the Ward and I feel like I am in Utah!  I won't lie, the longer that I am in this area, the more I love it!  Still, it isn't the same as Spring Garden. :)  Elder Bell and I have been workin' our tails off the past two weeks.  Elder Bell is such an awesome missionary!  We had a meeting last week and when we stood up to talk, everyone laughed because he is 6'9" and I am 5'10".  Haha!  So, I was sitting in Sacrament Meeting yesterday and right after it was over, this sister walks up to me as says, "Did you go to Lone Peak High School?"  I told her that I did and she said, "So did I!  I graduated in 2010!"  I was like haha, um, WHAT????  It's a very small world!
I was doing a little study on faith today and man I was hit with the Spirit as I read Moroni 7.  In verses 24-27 there are so many precious truths about the power of faith.  It mentions how there are many diverse ways that our Heavenly Father blesses us and how he answers prayers in MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.  That impacted me so much just to see how much God loves his children.  How he knows us individually and that he can give us answers that are only recognizable to us.  Answers to our individual prayers.  The scripture also talks about faith and how we are saved by faith.  It poses a very meaningful question.  It says, "Have miracles ceased because Christ hath ascended into Heaven and hath sat down on the right hand of God, to claim of the Father his rights of mercy which he hath upon all the children of men?"  - Moroni 7:27  That is what missionaries are here to testify of.  THAT GOD STILL LOVES HIS CHILDREN.  That miracles haven't ceased.  The only time they will ever stop is if we lose faith in the power of God.  I know how much God loves each and every one of us.  I know that He lives and that the Church is ALIVE!  It is constantly changing and growing better as the world grows worse.  I just wanna bear testimony of how powerful the power of faith is among the children of men.  If we have faith in Christ, we can do what so ever thing is expedient in him - Moroni 7:33-34.  Our life here is just as short as a mission.  DON'T WASTE A SINGLE MOMENT!  Don't waste time, it is the WORST mistake you can ever make!

Love you guys!  Take care.
Elder Rodeback