Monday, April 6, 2015

2015 April 6 photos from Mt Pleasant, Iowa

This was a fun road we took the truck on in 4 wheel drive the other day trying to find a referral.

This is the Kracht family. They are all recent converts from Fall 2014. We had dinner with them at the Jumbo Chinese buffet for Cheyenne's birthday last Friday.


Chelsie loves a beautiful sunset and this one is no exception.

 
That is my companion, Sister Smoot, standing by our 4 wheel drive truck.

This is my LAST District Meeting photo.

2015 April 6 FINAL e-mail from Iowa!!

Well, my time is finally up and I am flying back to Texas this Friday.  Thanks to all who read my emails and supported me and sent me emails and letters.  It has really been a strength and support to me spiritually and emotionally and I really do appreciate you. 

I can't believe I only have 2 full days left in my last proselyting area.  I really love the members here even though I have only been here for a few months.  They are incredible and full of faith and hope and love to do missionary work and join together in helping others. This Branch will soon become a Ward and then a Stake one day in the near future I know it. The Spirit here is a good environment for the spiritual progression of others.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to General Conference. There was so much to listen to and learn from and I always gain a lot of peace in comfort in the messages shared.

My mission has been the smartest and best decision that I have ever sacrificed to make in my life and I couldn't imagine living the rest of my life without the experiences I have had out here and all the spiritual power and strength I have received.  Also all the knowledge I have now and courage and hope.  I would serve again in a heartbeat if I wasn't suppose to focus on other things right now.  I hope to serve again in the future; probably later in life.

This Church contains the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  IT IS TRUE.  It is reality and it saves us and empowers us and we are capable of so much more than we can mortally comprehend at this present time.  God has so many blessings in store for those who make and keep sacred covenants with Him and strive their very best to keep and obey all the commandments that God has given to us as well as His chosen and ordained leaders.  Always strive to have the Spirit with you at ALL COSTS.  If you lose the Spirit you will never find true happiness, peace and direction and guidance.  We need the Spirit at ALL times and in ALL circumstances.  We don't pick and choose times of the week where we feel the Spirit.  That is NOT how it works.

I testify that I know that this Church is True.  The Book of Mormon is the word of God and you will get closer to the truth of this World the better you understand the message it contains and come to know your Savior Jesus Christ throughout your lives. I know this is true through experience and keeping the Commandments of God.  You cannot know if a principle is true until you live it and experience the miraculous sequence of incomprehendable events that will follow.  So you know that no other being could grant such blessings except it be the very God that has created you. 

Never become Apathetic or settle for less in any aspects of your life. It will come at a great cost.  I would rather Suffer through sacrifice that leads to True Happiness, progression, and Eternal Life than suffer through sacrifice that leads to ultimate misery and self-destruction.  The choice is before you and it is pretty obvious to me which one I want.
How about you? 

I love you all.  Hope to see you soon!

Love,
SISTER ROBERTSON!  I love saying that. Back to my first name in 4 days.  Weird!


P.s.  Oh, I forgot to say.  Everyone should serve a mission sometime in their life.  It is the best decision you will ever make and it is the greatest, happiest adventure besides the moment you float off in a white robe into the Celestial Kingdom as a glorified, resurrected being.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

2015 April 1st PICTURES! PICTURES! AND MORE PICTURES!

We had a really incredible view of the sun in the morning out our window last week. I don't really have an explanation for this at all. I was really scared at first because Hermana Smoot had an apocalypse dream she was telling me about before I saw this.

I took a bunch of selfies on the night of my 18th month mark while lying in bed and on P-day I decided to draw them and this is what happened ...they are really funny. I think they're hilarious.

My companion Hermana Smoot being funny.
Cute squirrel!
We attended the Nauvoo temple with a spanish group.
Sunrise before a storm came through.


Saying goodbyes at church to my two favorite ladies who are really great friends but don't speak each other's language. It's so cute!

This is our singles FHE group we do every week at Sister Pools' apartment. It's fun!

Tuesday March 31st was the departing missionaries last trip to the Nauvoo Temple before going home. This is me with President and Sister Jensen.
The departing missionaries gathering outside the temple.
My mission president --Pres Jensen and his wife--take the missionaries on their last trip to the temple before they head home. The elders are the AP's
The Nauvoo Illinois Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
My MTC companion, Sister Pierce, and now we are both going home!
The departing sister missionaries pose in front of the Nauvoo temple.  
My last time going to the temple as a sister missionary serving in the Iowa Des Moines Mission.
one last look....

We all had dinner at Los Tapatios in Keokuk, Iowa after the temple session. Delicious!

2015 April 1 letter from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

This past week or two has been a roller coaster.  A lot going on and my anxiety about leaving my mission and going home is pretty high.  Last week we had a branch temple trip and I went with all the Spanish speaking ladies to the Spanish session and I had to wear translator headphones the entire time.  that was fun.  Could turn it up as loud or soft as I wanted to.  I enjoyed it. We also went to our church building to watch General Women's broadcast which was mostly about making families and individuals spiritually and physically strong and defending Jesus Christ and the institution of marriage and families by being a part of them and focusing on the gospel together and individually.

I had my last normal church meeting with the Mt. Pleasant branch this past Sunday and I bore my last testimony in my area on the mission.  Yesterday we had the departing missionaries' temple trip day to Nauvoo.  We switched companions with Burlington and the transfer van with all the sisters I came out with and the elders in an adjacent van with the AP's came to Mt. Pleasant and picked us up and we drove down to Nauvoo, sunny without a cloud in the sky, went to a temple session, took lots of pictures out front afterwards, walked around Nauvoo and went to the bookstore.  Picked up a copy of "Lectures on Faith" by Joseph Smith which I have been really wanting to read, then we drove to Keokuk just south across the bridge from Nauvoo and ate at a really good Mexican restaurant called Los Tapatios.  Highly recommend it!  We had to skip lunch so that food was especially tasty because we were starving.  Discovered that dumping Cholula sauce in the salsa before you dip your tortilla chips in it is the best!  We had a really great day and it was beautiful and perfect weather for it as well.  Kind of felt bittersweet.  That will be the last time I see Nauvoo until I came back after the mission later on.  I'm going to miss that place.

Everyone says that it is really hard to focus the last week after the departing temple trip, but I am excited.  It will be a great week especially because we are looking forward to watching General Conference and we keep finding more people to teach and to influence.  The mission has been the best decision of my life and I couldn't imagine life without having served.  I would definitely be a whole lot less strong and a lot more lost.   My face is set like a flint, "The Gospel is true, Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, and we are going to Zion!" 17 Miracles quote.   

Really neat story.  We were serving at Hope Haven a few weeks ago and working with the mentally disabled students that are there for a kind of day school program.  One of them named Margie is my favorite.  She loves me and she loves to walk!  I asked her if she had friends and she said not very many.  Then I asked if she had a best friend and she exclaimed really loud "Jesus! I know Him!"  I said "you know Jesus?" and she answered, "Yeah!  Before my knee surgery Jesus came to me in my apartment and He touched my knees and He blessed them and then they were better!"  Wow.  I know Christ lives and the innocent and pure in heart know it too.

Give my last training lesson at my last district meeting on the mission tomorrow afternoon about the Spirit.  It means everything to those who know how to find it and enable the power that comes from being worthy vessels of the Lord.  Having the Spirit with you always is the most important thing.  It is almost the corner stone of knowing if we are on the right path in life, what is truth and what is not truth, gaining a testimony of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father and all His holy prophets, and being truly converted.  We are disconnected and in a state of darkness without the Spirit. If the Spirit is not with you, you are basically wasting your life. It is very, very vital to finding true happiness and finding Eternal Life, to praying sincerely, receiving answers to prayers, understanding the scriptures and receiving personal revelation.  Sorry, I could go on forever about how important and incredible the Spirit is, but I'll leave that up to you to find out.

Stay Strong and be happy!  There is so much to be happy and positive about!

love you!
Sister Robertson

p.s. last email will be next week! Scary!

Monday, March 23, 2015

2015 March 23rd PICTURES!!

Missionary companions in Mt Pleasant, Iowa
Sister Smoot and Sister Robertson
Sister Smoot in our truck as we head to the library to send our weekly e-mails.
As missionaries we had the opportunity to clean inside the Nauvoo Temple last week. It is gorgeous inside. 


Me with Sister Jensen -the Mission President's wife --at my last Zone Conference in Nauvoo. She is really said that I am leaving already.


We were early to a lesson out in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do for 10 minutes so we go and pet the ponies. They were really cute!

Did I say I love horses?!? 

My companion, Sister Smoot, just being silly.



This is our study table in our apartment. Kind of a ghetto.
Me and Brandi, an investigator I had when I served in Burlington with Sister Woodbury. We were on our P-day in Burlington last week with a bunch of Elders and Sisters.


Me and Sister White.

This bomb is happy to see you!!


2015 March 23 letter from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

This past week has been really busy, but it has gone by really fast.  We had a lot on our plate and we were able to find a few new investigators and potential investigators that are pretty decent and I'm excited to teach them and get to know them a lot better this coming week.   We even had our Guatemalan investigator come to church all three hours yesterday and we were so proud of her and happy to see her there even if she doesn't understand everything going on quite yet.  She has a lot of faith and courage.  We really love her.  She is 22 years old and trying to live here for a few months to learn English so she can return to Guatemala and get a better job.  She is awesome.

We got the chance to go down to clean the Nauvoo Temple Thursday night with two members of the Branch.  I snagged vacuuming the endowment ordinance rooms.  It is my favorite thing to do and they have the most beautiful paintings in them that are really dear to my heart.  I just vacuum and sit there and look at them.  Wish I could paint like that!  Maybe one day.  The hardest part is getting back at midnight and waking up at 6 the next morning to drive all the way back to Nauvoo (one hour drive from Mt. Pleasant) for our Zone Conference with our Mission President and his wife Sister Jensen. 

I had to give my Departing Testimony at that big meeting in front of tons of missionaries.  There really isn't anything that I can say in a short testimony over the pulpit that describes all the things that I have learned on my mission.  It is literally impossible.  But I did talk about how much I love the scriptures and a few things I have learned.  How God actually lives and isn't just some false sense of Hope that mankind creates to feel better about themselves and that Joseph Smith did see two beams in a pillar of light who were in reality Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father.  I know it is true with all my heart and I tried my best to express that to the other missionaries and how much impact they have on sharing that stunning message with the world.  It is the most exciting thing.

Had another chaotic missionary day at church where people are pulling you left and right and stealing your chair and last minute teaching things and chasing people down before they leave the building and trying to keep track of where your investigator walked off to.  Nothing is as crazy as being a full time missionary serving in a branch on Sunday.
Wish you all well and have a wonderful week.  Sorry if there are any of you that I am not able to email back every week.  I always read all of my emails I just run out of time.  This is why I write this email for my mom to put on the blog.  It makes it that much easier for me and we always have so much to do on Mondays.  It's the busiest most stressful day of the week besides the 3 hour block on Sunday.  La Iglesias es verdadero.  Este bien.

Love
Sister Robertson

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2015 March 16th letter from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

This past week has gone buy really fast.  I was sick over the weekend and had to spend a lot of time sleeping it off in bed here and there around our appointments.  Me and Hermana Smoot were the speakers in Sacrament Meeting yesterday.  I spoke on Testimonies and conversion and she spoke on keeping the Sabbath day holy.  I really love those topics and really enjoyed speaking about it and sharing my own personal experiences with it.  It is always a good thing to accept callings to teach and to lead.  Without these we do not progress or grow at all.  We are stagnant.  Change is uncomfortable, but change is necessary and change makes us happier.  If we always do what we have always done we will always get what we have always got.  True principle.

One of the members of our branch has a tenant named Raz that is in his 60s and has spent his entire life without family and in prison since the age of 8.  He is extremely fun and eccentric and hyper and full of energy and personality.  He said to us, "none of those meth houses are left in New London because I kicked those druggies out of town because I don't want them here" then he showed us his knife he keeps on his belt loop that he uses to threaten the druggies with.  Don't worry, our branch mission leader was there with us.  My companion invited him to baptism and he accepted but said he was "half way to retarded" and would need some extra help first.   Hope we can keep meeting with him and help him come to church.  There are some fun people in Iowa!  Raz is really sweet deep down though and has it in his heart to make the world a better place, by scarring all the meth heads out of town I guess.

Have my last Zone Conference in Nauvoo on my mission this Friday.  I will have to give my departing testimony with the other missionaries in my Zone that are leaving.  What can you say that can put your mission in words lasting only a few sentences.  Doesn't exist.  Just pick a topic and go for it.  

I am getting really excited thinking about going home, but also really sad.  I love being a missionary where you don't have to think about working jobs and providing for yourself.  You are completely focused on the work of the Kingdom of God and feeding yourself, physically and spiritually of course, and that's all.  This is what the millennium will be like one day.  It will be absolutely wonderful, but until then I have a lot of fun life ahead to look forward to!  yay! 

Cool fact that I learned from reading "A Marvelous Work and a Wonder" this past week:  The Chicago fire was started by Satan to burn the artifact records written by Abraham and Joseph in Egypt that Joseph Smith was translating that were found in the lost Catacombs of Egypt.  Joseph Smith translated Abraham but he hadn't got to the record of Joseph before the fire.  I can't get over that.  What did that record talk about?!!!!  Satan that sneaky son of a gun.  Too bad God is always right and always wins so He already knows what tricks Satan is going to pull infinitely before he ever does them.  He's so dumb.  Just Stop.... stop it. STOP IT.

Really grateful for all of you who love and support me and think of me and read this email I write every week.  I really does help uplift me a lot and I'm grateful for all of you even though I can't always write all of you back all the time. I really do appreciate it a lot.

Don't forget.  The church is true!

love,

Sister Robertson