Monday, April 28, 2014

28 April 2014 Pictures

Here's a picture of me e-mailing at the Burlington, Iowa university library with the other missionaries and Sarah Buck--a pre-missionary in the works.
Birthday party at the Leek's house with Nita and Christina! We read with them from the Book of Mormon every night and they are our dearest friends here in Burlington. It was for Christina's birthday and Sister Woodbury's birthday because they were on the same day. It was a fun day.

Sister Woodbury turned 21 on the 24th! We got fed so much cake and cupcakes and good homemade dinners. Sister Woodbury is LOVED so much by the members here.

28 April 2014 letter from Burlington, Iowa

Lots of flowers and thunderstorms this past week.
We had an appointment yesterday where we had to walk 30 feet from the car to the door and we were completely drenched and ankle deep in mud!  yuck.
If I've learned much about being a missionary, it's that I LOVE SHOWERS!  Especially after a lot of places we go.  Sometimes I shower a couple times  a day.
This past week me and Sister Woodbury taught a ton of lessons, met new investigators to teach and stayed super busy!  We also started teaching a Jehovah's Witness.  She loves the Book of Mormon!  Such a rebel.  We love them and we're excited for them.  
We also ran into a random guy on the street who just moved from Oregon where he had been baptized LDS and had been working with the missionaries.  He recognized us right away and called us over and said, "Hey!  I"m a member of that church!  I HAVE A TESTIMONY!  IT'S GOD'S TRUE AND ONLY CHURCH!  I HAVE  A TESTIMONY!"  He's so great.  Hopefully we can get him to church in Burlington.

Sometimes when you're a missionary, people hate the book of Mormon.  And sometimes they love the Book of Mormon, but then they think it's a cool historical book and don't think it will change their life.  It is True and if you believe what is in it, you will not be able to remain in the same state you are. There's always a next step.  Look for it and then go do it.

One week from today we get our transfer calls.  We'll see if Sister Woodbury is staying or leaving.  President Jensen already told me that I'm staying and that he wants to keep Sister Woodbury here.  So we'll see what happens.  It's always nerve racking waiting for transfers.
Not a whole lot of stuff happened this past week other than our normal work and routines and appointments.  Sometimes by the time Monday rolls around I can't remember what happened all week cause too much happened.

love you all

Sister Robertson

Monday, April 21, 2014

2014 April 21st PICTURES from Burlington, Iowa

Looking out across Nauvoo, Illinois

The Nauvoo Temple at dusk

My companion, Sister Woodbury from San Antonio, Texas looking out over the Mississippi.

Sister Chelsie Robertson looking out over the Mississippi River.
A snake we found walking past the cemetery just down the street from where we live. Kind of a Halloweeny scene.

21 April 2014 letter from Burlington, Iowa

Stayed pretty busy this past week and we were a lot more successful with our number of lessons than previous weeks. 

We have met new "potential investigators" who we can start teaching and also new investigators that we have already started teaching this past week.
One of them is Zeke.  She is a 65 year old retired police officer from Missouri and she has so many cross's on her wall that you can't see the wall and she owns just about every Bible you ever wanted.  Her testimony of Christ is incredible.  She has always wanted missionaries to help her understand the Book of Mormon in the past but because they were Elders there are rules against them teaching a single woman in her home, but because we are sisters there are no boundaries now.

She is so excited to learn that our lessons end up pushing 2 hours or longer and she is disheartened when we say we have to leave but then she wants a lesson the next day already! 
As I explain what the Book of Mormon is to her she gets it!  She understands that the tribe of Joseph is the line which it is written through and lots of other deeper details.  She cannot get enough.
She knows that God sent her to us and we have a special bond or connection and she can't keep it out of her head.  We are super excited for her.
She said quote, "if you girls would have come earlier in my life God wouldn't have prepared my heart to be open enough to receive the Book of Mormon."
BLEW MY MIND when she said that.

That is my favorite new piece of information for this past week.  There are miracles everyone if you just learn how to recognize them and seek for them.
Went to Nauvoo to help clean the temple again on Thursday night.  They took us on a tour of the building afterwards and we didn't get home and asleep until midnight.  I was so exhausted the next day.  We got to climb the spiral staircase inside the tour of the temple up to the bottom of Angel Moroni's feet.
It was a good week. 
The Church is True, the Book is Blue

Sister Robertson

Monday, April 14, 2014

2014 April 14 PICTURES!!

On our P-day we went hiking at Geode State Park, Danville, Iowa (outside Burlington).

Another picture from Geode State Park

We spotted several Eagles while hiking. Can you see the wings on the right of the tree trunk on the right?!?

Here is the eagle in flight. Very impressive.

Chelsie loves deer!

Sister Woodbury with Hilary and Sarah, our 2 favorite people!

14 April 2014 letter from Burlington, Iowa

Spring time has hit Iowa this past week, but today it is snowing again. 
Went on a hike to Starr Caves again last Monday and we got to see some Eagles flying around and skip rocks on the river.   Got to work on a member's farm last weekend, plowing dirt for her crops and watching her animals.  Me and Sister Woodbury are just slightly jealous of the farm setup there and like to pretend that we live there when we go help out every week or two. lol

We found a few new investigators to teach as well and we are keeping pretty busy with those and the rest of the potential investigators we have either found or been referred to.  

One thing I can bare my testimony of this past week is that Missionaries are super blessed.  We are people magnets.  Every random place we decide to go last minute, or previously decided, we meet up with people we didn't intend on running into.There are so many non-coincidental experiences.  We end up in the right times in all the right places so often that we get to the point where it starts to get strange!  But they are little miracles. 

I started spacing out during the beginning of Sacrament Meeting at church yesterday when I heard my name in the background.  Everyone was looking at me cause Bishop Snow had just asked me to come up and give a talk/testimony on the spot.  My leg had fallen asleep so I was limping up there and almost tripped a few times.  I don't really remember what I said, but apparently it made Sister Woodbury cry. huh?  ha ha ha!

Me and Sister Woodbury went to the library this past week and watched the Priesthood Session of General Conference on the computers.  It was incredible and if you haven't watched it... well, go watch it.
There are lots of signs of the times and we all need to get on board, start doing what we need to so that we are prepared. I promise that the Prophet and the Apostles Lie Not.  What they say is TRUE.  Please be ready!

My favorite part is how they mentioned the number of Temples in just one year will be 170.... that's 28 more than we have in 2014, right now.  That is insane how many more will be built in 2015.  

Temples are incredibly important and the closest to God that we can be.  Get a recommend and go!  I promise it will be worth it and you can be at peace despite what is going on in the world.
Sister Robertson

Monday, April 7, 2014

7 April 2014 Pictures from Burlington, Iowa

Sister Woodbury and Sister Robertson in Nauvoo for a Zone Conference. They are near the Mississippi River.

Visiting the headstones of Joseph Smith and some of his family next to the Mississippi River in Nauvoo, Illinois. He is not actually buried there though.
P-day hike to Starr's cave, Burlington, Iowa
...playing near the river along the hike. [it looks like Bull Creek in Austin, Tx too]

Mama Great Horned Owl and baby in nest in the side of a cliff at Starr's Cave hike.

The owls up close and personal.
Chelsie at Starr's Cave, Burlington, Iowa

7 April 2014 letter from Burlington, Iowa

Last Monday we found a fun hike just a mile or two from our church building that goes to Starr Caves.  The cave is closed, but we enjoyed playing in the river and hiking up and down the river bank rocks and found some other smaller caves to climb up to and take pictures.
We found a great horned owl nest with the mom and two babies and got to take pictures as well.  The baby owl was about as big as my head and was nested in the side of a cliff in a little open faced cave. Cute!
Went to Nauvoo again for our first Zone meeting this transfer and we got to go see the grave site of Joseph Smith just to find out that it's not really where Joseph Smith is buried anyways and it isn't owned by the church.  It is owned by the RLDS church who also owns huge portions of old Nauvoo town.
We really enjoyed conference this weekend and we watched it broadcasted at our church building in Burlington with a few other people.  Most just stay home in their pajamas and watch it on their computers and TVs.  Conference weekend as a missionary is nice, because conference is so time consuming that you don't have to spend as much time working as you do sitting.  I'm guilty and I enjoy that about it just as much as I enjoy the actual messages. 
I liked Elder Hollands talk the most.  He spoke about how members of this church will be persecuted in this world and this time because they are members.  As a missionary you get noticed a lot by people around the city and it isn't necessarily in a good way, most of the time.  Every time we walk into Wal-mart we hear people say, "them Mormons just walked into the store!" out loud so that everyone looks at us.  We do our best to ignore them and stay happy and not get involved with it.  But it is true.  Members of the church get bad connotations all over the world.  Joseph Smith is still being talked about as if he was a wicked cult leader.  Rumors are so bad that lots of people actually believe that the rumors are true and base their judgements and decisions off of it.  If anything we need to help people around us understand what we truly are and what we believe so that we can combat the rumors and prejudices.
There must be opposition in all things or God would cease to be God, because there would be no distinction between good and evil, right or wrong, light or dark.
The Truth faces more opposition than anything in this world and when we choose to follow the Truth we will encounter stronger forces of opposition because Satan doesn't want us to choose God.  He wants you to fail and be miserable forever, so keep fighting and do the right thing.
Don't procrastinate, do something about it NOW. Just pick something you need to do, something you need to change, or a covenant you need to make and JUST DO IT.  I promise that it is easier than you think and more worth it than you can imagine.  You're not alone in this, God is always with you.  With God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.  He is real and  I LIE NOT.

Stay strong!
Sister Robertson