Monday, February 24, 2014

NOTE: NEW ADDRESS

Here is my new address. It takes a while to get mail through the mission address so send it here for now.
1305 North 7th St
Burlington, Iowa
52601

24 Feb 2014 PICTURES!!

The deer cross stitch mini-pillow I made a few weeks ago on a snow day in Hannibal, MO

Fiarro is helping me not study the New Testament this morning before e-mail time. :-)


Me in the 'hand chair' at the library.

Picture of my shelf next to my bed in Burlington.

A picture of someone with a pet baby deer at the Burlington Museum we volunteer at. Get me one of those pets!

This is the stairs going to our basement apartment that the Rackham's built specifically for the sister missionaries. It's a really nice room with heated wood floors.
Here's the view from the other side of the door.


24 February 2014 Letter

This past week was a little bit different than normal cause we had to take our car to the collision center to get the bumper fixed.  We were out of a car for a few days and had to get rides and walk a bunch.  It felt good to get out and do some walking, but it also stormed and rained a bunch on those days as well.  So convenient, huh.

On Thursday it started raining really heavy while we were out walking and i turned to Sister Woodbury and said "wow, can't get much harder down pour than that" and two seconds later it started coming down even harder and we just laughed.  As if God was out to prove me wrong. 


We had fun reading with Nita every night from the Book of Mormon and we all went to Goodwill to find her some pretty church clothes to wear so she can get ready to go to the temple this year sometime.  We are so excited for her.  We were reading with her one night over the phone and we have a rule where if any of us lose track where we are reading at, then we have to read 2 verses as punishment.  Nita forgot where we were and then the next verse she started reading said, "Wo unto the deaf that will not hear; for they shall perish."  lol.  We were all laughing so hard.  Perfect timing of that scripture. 



We don't have any investigators right now with baptismal dates, just some potentials that we are continuing to work with everyday.  I"ll let you know if that changes. 

We went to the ward Potluck on Saturday and got to eat lots of yummy foods and meet more members of the ward and we also had a missionary fireside for the ward on Sunday night that was really good and really inspiring.  More people should have come to it than actually did. 



I am adjusting well to being in Burlington and getting to know the area pretty quick and the people.  It is a great area to be serving in and the people are all really nice and always willing to help us.  The next 5 weeks here will be great.  Both me and sister Woodbury hope that we get to stay companions for more than just one transfer, maybe two or three, but she's already been here since November.



Thanks for any emails or letters anyone has sent me. I really enjoy hearing from you and reading them even though i don't always have the time to respond.
love you all and hope you have a wonderful week and things go well for you.


Sister Robertson

Monday, February 17, 2014

Pictures!!

My bags are packed and I'm ready to go.
Chelsie (far right) getting ready to leave Hannibal, Missouri to her next assignment in Burlington, Iowa. Saying good bye...
Me and my favorite person in Palmyra, Missouri! Katia! I love her so much.
Sister Despain and Sister Robertson meet again at transfers.


Sister Robertson, Sister Despain, and Sister Woodbury --Sister Woodbury was Sister Despain's MTC companion and Sister Despain was my trainer and now sister Woodbury is my companion. Small world.
 
Individually wrapped sweet potatoes? WHY?





17 Feb 2014 Letter

Last week i got word by phone that i would be finally transferred out of Hannibal, Missouri after 4 months.  I was having a rough time there so it was good news, but i still cried cause i would miss Hannibal so much.  Got to spend the next two days before transfers saying goodbye and packing up.   First area is always the one you remember and love the most. 
Went to transfer meeting in Iowa City on Thursday morning and got paired up with Sister Acacia Woodbury in the Burlington, Iowa North area.  We live with members and they are extremely nice people and have built an apartment room specifically for missionaries in their basement.  They plan on housing them there for a long time i guess.  I get to sleep on a bunk bed, yay and our floor has a heater under it too, so you're feet don't get cold.  They also have 2 cats named Tuck and Fierro.  They're a lot of fun. 
Sister Woodbury is from San Antonio, Texas, but her family hasn't lived there very long.  Only 2 years before her mission and they are moving to Germany sometime this year.  I will try teaching her some German she can use when she gets off her mission.  Sister Woodbury went to BYU before and is 20 years old.  We get along like best buds and agree on almost everything and enjoy quiet crafty time on p-day.  I love it. 
God was definitely watching out for me when He paired us up.  I needed a change and got the best situation i could have asked for.

Burlington has about 28,000 people in it and is a part of the Nauvoo Stake.  So I'm still in the same stake as Hannibal and will still see them at Stake Conference in April.  I'll be going to Nauvoo for all our Zone meetings and stake meetings.  Hope i'll get to go to the temple again as well.
If you look at a map, Burlington is just 3 hours or so north on the Mississippi River from Hannibal, but in Iowa.  Very similar looking old river town, but immensely larger.  I'm use to being in a small area where you get to know every street and every member of the church, but i couldn't possibly get to that point here, it's too big.
That's my update from the past week.  Here's my favorite joke a member told me this past week in Burlington: 
What's the hottest farm animals?  Brown Chicken Brown Cow! (as in: bow chika bow wow).  haha.  Laugh, it's funny.
Keep laughing
Sister Robertson

Monday, February 10, 2014

Pictures!

A silly picture of a hay bale in a small truck bed. Typical of Hannibal, Missouri

Our Hannibal apartment window during the huge snow storm last week

District Pictures

Our last district meeting before transfers.

10 February 2014 letter

The past week here in Missouri has been very cold and very snowy.  Some point during every day it is 5 degrees or more below zero and it snowed over a foot total last week.  Spent a lot of time grounded to our apartment by the mission president's request.  Too cold to be outside for extended periods of time or just too much snow to walk in.  Everyone in the Branch says that this winter is abnormally worse and it's usually not this bad in Hannibal.  I don't mind it.  I love winter and i love snow :)  We were grounded from last sunday until thursday and half of saturday. 
 
I've been spending all my time inside reading scriptures and really digging into deeper doctrine and have recieved so many new insights that blow my mind.  The more you read the more knowledge and truth you find and it alters your perspective of existence.
I have finished reading the Old Testament and am a third of the way through the New testament.  My goal is to finish the Bible, the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great price and Jesus the Christ (Talmage) before the end of the Summer.
 
We got two new investigators to church yesterday, Brian and Neva. They seemed to enjoy it and we'll keep working with them.  The elders will be teaching Brian now. 
It's Sister Kissner's birthday tomorrow so we are going to the Nauvoo temple with Sister Sherwood and then out for dinner!  I am so excited that I even get to go to the temple.  It is only an hour and 20 minutes north to get to Nauvoo from Hannibal.
 
One thing that makes Hannibal extremely difficult to be a missionary is that Hannibal is a town that has more half-way houses and homes for people who are sick or struggling with addictions than anywhere else in Missouri.  Missouri dedicated Hannibal for all these people to move here for help in the last few decades.  Everyone that are receptive to being taught is questionable accountability wise.  Makes it difficult to strengthen the Branch.  The Elders have nick-named it the Hanni-hole.  People in the Hannibal Branch are all very strong members and I admire what they are willing to do to help keep this Branch going.
 
Transfer calls are going out today.  Hannibal missionaries don't get their calls until 10:30 or later at night so we have to wait all day to know what is going to happen.  Everyone in the branch thinks i'm leaving because i have been here the longest, but i don't think I am leaving quite yet for some reason.  I'll find out tonight what is happening.  You'll know where I am next monday in my email, so don't send me anything but emails this week just in case i move.
 
Love you all!  Happy V-day!
Sister Robertson

Monday, February 3, 2014

3 February 2014 Letter

Friends and family,


The work has been slow in Missouri this past week.  The Hannibal Branch had it's boundaries changed in church yesterday.  We didn't suffer too much from the cities we lost.  The problem we had is that there are so few members in such a large area (within an hour and a half drive in any direction) that people went inactive cause the church meeting house is just too far away.  Hopefully the St. Louis missionaries will be able to drive out there and re-activate those people that we didn't have the means to visit. 


The winter weather has been pretty rough the last few weeks, especially this last week.  We got a really bad ice storm that coated the whole town and roads in 2 inches of ice and we got stuck inside all day studying.  Within the next 2 days we're suppose to get 8 or 10 more inches of snow on top of all the ice.  yuck.  I really don't mind then time inside to study the scriptures and read other things such as conference talks, Ensigns or Jesus the Christ (Talmage book).  Trying to learn as much as I can during our down time. 
 


We have one solid baptismal date coming up in March with a lady named Neva.  She is such a sweetheart and so wonderful.  She is 63 years old and loves the church and the salt lake city missionaries have been teaching her over the phone on the days we can't drive all the way out to see her.  She lives pretty far away.  There are a few other promising investigators we are meeting with and we hope we will be able to set baptismal dates with them as well in the next week.


We were suppose to have a Branch Activity this past Friday and us and the elders spent the afternoon de-icing and scooping snow out of the church parking lot and side walks and then after that they called and cancelled the activity!  Sad.  Church this last week was pretty good.  They are changing a lot of the Auxiliary leaders and things are starting to feel like they're changing for the better.  


I willingly walked to the pulpit to bear my testimony without anyone telling me too as well.  First time I've done that since I was a little kid and even then I think my mom told me to go up and do it.  I just shared with them my favorite lesson that Christ taught to his disciples in Matthew 10:38-39:" And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." Do what God wants you to do and go where he wants you to go and when he knows he can trust you to do His will, He will lead you to where He knows you will be the most happy in this life.  Forsake what you want, do what God wants you to do and he will bless you more than you could do by yourself without His help.  You'll look back on your life and know that God knew best where you needed to be and you'll be glad you listened to Him.  It's not easy but it is possible.


Keep praying, keep reading, keep fighting and stay strong.  Don't like reading the scriptures?  Do it anyways and you'll know what I'm talking about.


Sister Robertson