Monday, November 25, 2013

20 Nov 2013 letter from Sister Chelsie Robertson

Dear Friends & Family,

Excited this week for the first baptism here in Hannibal. {See pictures) Katia is now 18 and her baptism is tomorrow. She is really happy and excited for it. Me and Sister Despain are in charge of the program so we typed up a cute program and will be at the church all day tomorrow filling the font (takes forever!) and writing our talks for it. Nobody going can play piano so I have to figure it out again so I can play an opening and closing hymn. Only problem is that once someone sees me play then the whole Branch will be nagging me to play in all the meetings and I am not good enough to do that!

Lost two investigators this past week. They recognize God but they refuse to change or do anything about it. Pretty sad, but you get to a point when you can't help them anymore if they aren't willing to work. I really like the Conference talk given by Elder Edward Dube. He talked about how we need to quit waiting for our situations to change, get up and change our situations ourselves. If you have faith you must act on it, or it is in vain. Life can be better with God's help, but he's not going to be so willing to help you if he doesn't see you doing something about anything. Just do it! Build trust with God. It's a two-way relationship. We need Him to act and reach out to us just as much as He needs us to act and reach out to Him.

I love Conference. It's not a one time weekend marathon, it's continually and indefinitely important and applicable to us. We need to keep growing in knowledge and we can't grow if we are not doing anything. I'm not perfect, but I am willing to act on my faith and force myself to make the necessary changes to help me and to help others to become better.

I love this work and I know Joseph Smith saw our Heavenly Father and our Brother Jesus Christ and I cannot deny it just as much as Smith couldn't deny it.

Said our farewells to Elder Ashworth today. He's leaving Hannibal and headed back to Las Vegas, Nevada (his home). He's been such an amazing influence on us and our investigator. He's so nice and happy all the time. He'll be missed by our district.

Winter is starting so we'll be sharing the car a lot more now. Me and Sister Despain have been using it a lot, but we'll be walking more. It'll be a lot harder to get a lot done everyday without the car. Hannibal is too spread out to walk around. I'll let you all know how it goes.

love you :)

Sister Robertson

NOTICE TO ALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS:

 
 
 
Christmas Packages: Since there are no transfers during the month of December, please have your family and friends send your Christmas packages directly to your apartment. We strongly recommend using Priority Mail, as there is always a chance of an emergency transfer. Again, we remind you that packages sent Priority Mail or 1st Class are the only packages that can be forwarded. Packages sent “Standard Post” or “Parcel Post” cannot be forwarded, and UPS and FedEx do NOT offer forwarding service. Remember that most items ordered on line are sent via UPS or Fed Ex. Zone Conferences start on December 10th, and that is the last chance a package has to get to you before Christmas if we cannot forward it. Any package that arrives at the Mission Office after December 9th that cannot be forwarded will not get to you until Transfers on January 2, 2014. We know how important your packages are to you, and we try our best to get them to you as quickly as possible. However, the number of packages that cannot be forwarded is becoming difficult to manage. PLEASE, PLEASE tell your family and friends to use Priority Mail and follow the instructions provided above.
 
 
 
Chelsie's address has not changed.
499-4 Head Lane
Hannibal, MO 63401

PICTURES!!!

Katia with the Elder who baptized her and her adoptive family. Katia is from Russia.
 
Sister Despain, Katia, and Sister Robertson at Katia's baptism 21 Nov 2013 in Hannibal, Missouri.

This is a fun thing me and Sister Despain made for the Hannibal Branch. It quotes President Ballard in the last Conference about how if every member of the church reaches out and shares the gospel with just one person before Christmas how wonderful of a gift that would be to our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are going to have them write what they did (teach, share a Book of Mormon or a pass along card, etc) on a star and put it above Baby Jesus. We'll keep it up in the church starting next Sunday for everyone to see. It's cute!

This was a fun Sharing Time activity we played with the children on Sunday. That's Gilbert the turkey and each feather has something the kids were thankful for on it. 

This is a picture of the Lighthouse in Hannibal. It was raining a lot and really cold, but we wanted a picture.



Thanksgiving turkey cookies we made at the Edward's house. It was so much fun! Everyone called my turkey chief turkey. lol
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SShhhhhh.....we're in the library!

Sister Chelsie Robertson and her companion volunteer at the Hannibal library every week.

Friday, November 15, 2013

11 Nov 2013

Friends and Family,

This last week was slow but kind of dynamic. We had Sister Trower's funeral last Monday and we have two newer investigators that we found.

Funny dinner story time:  We went to go eat dinner at a member's home Thursday ngiht before a Relief Society sewing activity. The person who brought/made the food didn't live at this home and everyone was having a hard time with the food, even the members. After the dinner was over we were driving down the street and found one of the member's 12 cats, Jaden, dead in the road! So sad! We ran back to inform her and she came out of the house wailing and crying and picked up the messy dead cat.  My companion and I walked back with her and they put Jaden in a box and buried him. For a while they had the dead cat at the dinner table while people were still sitting there eating. Yumm! We love that sister and her poor kitty, but it was an unexpected event for sure.

One of our new investigators, Keven, actually showed up to church, but he showed to be very loud, unique character in all the meetings. LOL We got to teach the 4-5 year olds at church about Eternal Families and Temples. We gave them heart shaped pages to color of the temple and we all talked about how important families are and what each kid loved about their families. It was fun and cute, even though there were only 3 boys there.

Earlier this past week our 18 year old investigator Katia decided to lower her baptismal date from Dec 21st to Nov 21st! We are so excited for her. She is ready and she seems so happy. She'll be my first baptized on my mission here.

My companion's birthday is on the 13th this week. I got some kid paints and painted her a silly tiny painting of an Arizona sunset with cacti. So cheesy, but she saw a similar one in a member's home and she wanted it. Hope she likes it. :)

Our member meals are slowing down now. We're not getting fed a whole lot as we were before. Had to spend more money on dinner groceries. I got corn dogs, mmm! and "crunchy nuggets" cereal (aka Grapenuts).

We finally ran into our investigator Andrew on Saturday and he's been reading the Book of Mormon and everything we've taught him just makes sense to him and he wants to learn more. He says it is what he's been looking for his whole life. We're excited to keep teaching him. He's really open to the Gospel unlike others. Teaching someone who is willing and humble is a breath of fresh air.  

Things in the Iowa Mission are going slow and rough so we keep on praying for things to pick up soon. Our goal is 550 baptized and confirmed and we're at just over 400 right now. Lots of work needs done. As for Hannibal, it's slow finding people and we spend a lot of time trying to re-activate members still it's important though and I enjoy meeting and talking with them. 

It continues to amaze me how no two people are alike. It's incredible. But we have the same Heavenly parents and our ultimate goals are, or should be, all the same. We are united in purpose. We can all work together and get along and help each other if we want to. God's greatest commandment is to love one another. It's possible, even if two people are so different from each other. If there's a will, there's a way. Don't give up on people, even if things get rough, especially your own family or close friends. We need each other. Nobody is an island, we all need people and we can't pretend we don't. It'd be too lonely without friends and family. God didn't design us to be completely independent. Don't forget God or your brothers and sisters. You need them and they need you. I love the people we meet here and I love all my friends and family. THank you for everything.

Love,
Sister Chelsie Robertson :)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

PICTURES!!!!


Sister Chelsie Robertson in Hannibal, Missouri Nov 2013


Chelsie's companion Sister Kelsey Despain and the Elders serving in the area...
so funny it's Kelsey and Chelsie!!
 

Sister Robertson having a blast decorating sugar cookies at a member's home.


The missionaries stayed inside on Halloween and got to decorate sugar cookies. So fun!


Sister Robertson found a friend. So sweet!


Their apartment in Hannibal, Missouri


On their P-day the Elders and Sisters got to go visit the Mark Twain Cave.


Chelsie Robertson inside the Mark Twain Cave Nov 11, 2013


That is one HUGE tree...can you see Sister Chelsie Robertson standing at the bottom???


Chelsie said this is the best view in Hannibal...often referred to as "lover's leap"...yes, that's the Mississippi River.


Sister Chelsie Robertson on her P-day overlooking the Mississippi River


Sister Chelsie Robertson

 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

4 November 2013 letter (received 9th Nov)

Hi Everyone! (and Mom & Dad)

It was fun reading about your trip to Cody, Wyoming Mom and Dad. Really jealous! Wish I could've been there with everyone and relaxed at the house . . . one day maybe. Thanks for the cute postcard. :)

Not a whole lot new to report on this last week. We had Halloween at the Edward's house and got to decorate a bunch of Halloween sugar cookies. It was nice to finally get to do something crafty. I miss making things a lot. All the missionaries in our mission had to stay in after 6pm on the 30th and 31st. Don't want missionaries put in bad situations on Halloween I guess.

Me and Sister Despain are still just trying to find less activities when they're at home so we can figure out how we can help them spiritually and find ways to serve them and fellowship them. Some, mostly a few, are a little receptive and others are just not interested and hate us. It's sad. Wish I could speak like Abinadi while I'm glowing and testify so strong that they're converted like Alma. ...lol, just kidding. But seriously, sometimes it feels like something big needs to happen to help them that's beyond what we can do for them. They'll figure it out someday.

The Branch had a Trunk-o-Treat on Wednesday and a bunch of less actives and our investigator, Stacy, showed up with all their kids. It was so happy and heartwarming to see them show up and have fun. They also had a Chili pot luck dinner before that was fun and Yumm.

We had a "medically less active" sister named Jeanette Trower pass away last Thursday at the Willow Care Center. She had been really sick and didn't make it. Our P-day was busier cause we had to help out with her funeral. It was nice. Great missionary opportunities since everyone there (almost) was non-members that really loved and admired Sister Trower. A bittersweet day.

Other than that, we did some finding (door-to-door) and met a few more people and ate at members houses. They spoil us with so much lasagna and pot roast that we are SO EXCITED when we get it for the twelfth time (or beyond)... lol  It's wonderful though and we appreciate all they do for us. When we call members, most of them assume we are calling them just to get them to make us dinner when we just want to visit with them. Kind of sad...like they feel pressured to feed missionaries.

In studying this week I focused a lot on the Plan of Salvation/Happiness. It's amazing the explanations and answers that the scriptures have. I have discovered the most interesting things in the Bible Dictionary. I've never been one to probe for answers in the scriptures, but I am loving my studies cause I'm learning how important it is to just search and study on specific topics.  I love using True to the Faith (book) and the Bible Dictionary a lot. Questions investigators have spark my curiosity to learn more about things. Scriptures might not have all the answers to life, but they'll surprise you every time you read them the rest of your life.

We are always changing and learning and so do the scriptures in a way. If you don't have a testimony READ. If something doesn't make sense, READ. The truth is "out there," it's right under your nose and the more you read, the more you'll know this gospel is true. Everything about it just makes sense and is so simple. Don't complicate things. God doesn't, Christ wouldn't. Read 2 Nephi 31:3

 For my soul delighteth in plainness; for after this manner doth the Lord God work among the children of men. For the Lord God giveth light unto the understanding; for he speaketh unto men according to their language, unto their understanding.

God is simple and extremely subtle in His ways. Seek Him out and you'll find Him there by your side where He's always been. The choice is always yours and yours alone. Have faith and get to work, then God can bless you cause He can trust you to ACT when He asks of you. If you're not willing to Act, then God won't and He can't give you the answers.

Love,

Sister Robertson (insert heart and smiley face)

P.S.  The Church is True!!! I KNOW.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Zone Conference in Quincy, Illinois across the Mississippi River from Hannibal, Missouri
Sister Chelsie Robertson in front of the 3rd Street Diner in the downtown tourist area

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Oct 28 2013 letter from Sister Chelsie Robertson

 This is a picture from a calendar included with Chelsie's following letter.
Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal, MO (her Mom added this one)


Dear Everyone that loves me, (insert heart shape here)

Not a whole lot new to report on Hannibal, MO yet. We have another investigator; she is ready to be taught. Her husband is an active member and wants sealed to her so bad. So cute! We will start teaching her this week and hopefully she'll set a date to be baptized in November.

Our Branch is having a fun Trunk-or-Treat activity Wednesday night. It's gonna be lots of fun and food too. Both the 30th and 31st, missionaries (in our Iowa Mission) can't be out doing work after 6pm cause of Halloween. Excited for two fun, relaxed evenings this week. We're being fed almost every night. We are so loved 'cause they have never had Sisters here, only Elders. We get into so many doors too, that the Elders can't, especially with less actives. Hopefully we can get them to church. They'll talk to us but won't show up to church yet. We'll keep trying.

Last week, Brother Edwards made us both cute bracelets to wear. He makes them for his little girls and asked us if we wanted one. He's so nice! Members have been feeding the Elders and Sisters at the same time most evenings 'cause they want to, but we found out today that we can't do that any more. We're kind of bummed about that and so are the members. Makes sense though, but there aren't enough members active to feed us separately every day. Oh well.

The work here is good. We are always rejected because we're Mormon though. People don't like people knocking on their doors anymore I decided. People keep to themselves too much. It's sad. They're all so uncomfortable or irritated when we knock. People need to be more friendly. It's ok though. We'll eventually find the people God needs us to. Whether they accept it or not is up to them. God gave us free agency, for this plan, for a reason. We need to find out for ourselves hast is more important and if God is real. God trusts us and we need to trust him back. Trust means that we are not only willing to do what God asks us to do, but also have great faith when we do it. It can be scary sometimes and that is our test, the reason we are here. It is so easy to let the smallest and most unimportant, eternally insignificant earthly things get in the way of what matters most.

Always do what you can every day to keep your testimony burning or it won't exist any more. If you no longer have a testimony, have faith and do what you should to build a testimony (read, pray, attend meetings, and serve others) and God will put it in your heart. I Promise! Once God sees you get off your butt and work for something, He will bless you in an infinite number of ways. That is such an amazing promise and I know that it works.

Wish I had more good stories, but this last week was pretty slow.
Love you all :)

Sister Robertson

P.S. Don't forget to write me if you want to!! NOTE THE CHANGE OF THE APT #
  499-4 Head Ln
  Hannibal, MO 63401