Elder Rodeback

Elder Rodeback

Monday, November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013

Hey there my Peeps!

Man, crazy times in this day in age.  I can't believe it is already Christmas time again!  It blows my mind!  Another crazy point is that transfers are here once again.  Unfortunately, I get the short end of the stick this time.  I am headed out of Hightstown.  I am so bummed!  I love this place so much.  I have grown to love so many of the families out here and I can't believe it is already time to say goodbye.  We had a ridiculous week last week moving into our new apartment.  We also did a bunch of service which included cleaning the Gruber's rain gutters.  I love the Gruber's so much, ah man.  Marissa got confirmed yesterday which was way cool.
I was watching this video that I just sent to my mom and I will have her post in on here, one way or another.  It's called "Jesus Heals a Man, Blind from Birth."  (see below)  I love the Bible video so much and to just watch this man.  He gains a testimony of Jesus Christ and he testifies and stands up to the big dog Pharisees and he just won't back down.  Then he finally finds Christ and is just so grateful.  I hope with all of my heart, that someday I can be like that man.  I hope more than anything that it will be me someday.  When I finally meet my Savior and my Heavenly Father once again, I hope the first thing they say to me is "thou good and faithful servant."  I just want all y'all to know my testimony and how much I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  They mean everything to me.  There is a saying that has always been one to stick out.  "It is easier to die for Christ than to live for Him."  Because of that statement, I won't say I would die for him, but I will say that I will live every moment for him.  I know without a doubt in my mind, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored and has, and will continue to change my life forever.  I love you all and I hope everything is going stellar!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Elder Rodeback

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013


Wass up? Man, I got an email from my mom today about stayin warm and we are so lucky because right now it is literally almost 70 degrees!!!!  Shot CALLinG!  Man, this week has been so all over the place!  We moved into a new apartment and it is so nice!  We got two bathrooms!  We had an awesome day yesterday, Marissa got baptized!  The Spirit was so powerful!  Other than that the week was filled with mayhem, just straight chaos!  We don't have a whole lot of time today because we got to the library late and we have a ball game goin down at tooth hurty. *Say it really fast*  Hope y'all keep on keepin' on!  I love you and I swear I will write something better next week....I hope....

Elder Rodeback

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 13, 2013

Imma Smack You!

Haha, How's is going everybody?  Hope y'all be enjoyin' November!  Cuz, we ARE!  Elder Vellinga and I have been havin' a blast!  It snowed yesterday!  Did any of it stick? No ma'am but it was nice to see it again!  We had one of the most ridiculous days yesterday, which ended with Elder Vellinga and I having to switch apartments with one of the Sister companionships.....it was nuts and we drove 112 miles yesterday....yup, WE ARE HOSED on mileage!  Anyway, Elder Vellinga and I had the boss opportunity to go to the temple with Tyler on Saturday.  Man that was the BOMB!  We had a blast!  The feeling of the Spirit was overpowering.  It was the most powerful experience in the world.  His parents talked us into eating a Sumo Burger at Nick's in Manhattan.  That stinker weighed a pound and it was awesome!  It provided all of the protein I will need for the next three days, so that was awesome.
The huge fiasco from yesterday has just left my brain fried so I will send a better update on Monday....it's only five days away, right?

Love y'all, take care!
Elder Rodeback

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November 5, 2013

Well, Supp?

Haha Hey again!  Hope all y'all been doin' boss!  Man this week has been filled with amazing experiences!  We had interviews with President Jeppson last Thursday and guess what?  WE RAN OUTTA MILES ON OUR CAR!  So, we hopped on our bikes and rode 8 miles to the church.  Man it was such a fun ride!  We then cruised home and because of Halloween we hung around the apartment.  (President said that we had to be in by 6 the night before Halloween as well as the night of Halloween)  Then Sunday rolled around and was just the icing on the cake!  I love Fast and Testimony Sunday!
I have learned so much on my mission but lately I have felt as though I have plateaued and I hate that feeling.  I hate it when I feel like I am not becoming better.  I really don't like that "stand still" where nothing is changing.  I have been praying for a couple of weeks now, for a way to be able to bust into the next phase of my mission and really make my testimony EXPLODE!  We were at a meeting last week and one of the AP's talked about a talk that he called the "Purification Talk."  He said that it changed his view of everything and I knew that was the answer to my prayers.  I read it again this morning and I cannot even explain how excited I am to come even closer to God and to feel more fully, Him in my life.  I am working hard to remove all of the distractions so that I can focus entirely on this last 7 months of my mission.  WOW!  Did I just say 7 months!

I love ya'll!  Take Care
Elder Rodeback