Monday, May 12, 2014

12 May 2014 letter from Burlington, IA

Last Monday we found out that me and Sister Woodbury are both serving in Burlington for the next 6 weeks.  I am so grateful that she wasn't transferred.There is so much going on here that I need her help with. 

For P-day we went to Geode State Park with the Elders and went hiking through muddy marshlands in the middle of the lake hunting for turtles.  The turtles were too smart I guess.  We found a cool water snake and tons of frogs and birds, but no turtles.

We also found out that we have to find a new place to live because our time living with the members has apparently expired and we are no longer welcome.  We are spending a lot of time searching for apartments and still trying to do missionary work.  It is definitely a hard balance.
Zeke, our 65 year old investigator, drove us all the way to Nauvoo last Thursday to spend the day being tourists.  We went for a carriage ride where they tell you some church history stories, had lunch at Grandpa John's Cafe (so good!), walked around a bunch of the historical sites in town.  It was fun.  All the missionaries Zeke came in contact with, and informed that she wasn't a member, tried to convince her to be baptized.  Some even told her they would travel from far away just to attend her baptism and wanted to be her friend.  It was nice letting other missionaries do more of the bold convincing talk for us.  We hope she will accept a baptism date soon. 
Our Jehovah Witness investigator Brandi showed up at church yesterday!  We were so excited and she was so nervous that she was shaking!  That girl is so stinking brave.  I am so proud of her.  We love her so much.  She is 19 on house-arrest except when she is at work, so it is very difficult for her to go against her family and show up to church.  She is amazing and she knows what is right and knows how to follow the Spirit.
I really enjoyed skyping my parents and my brother last night for Mother's Day. It was nice to talk to them and hear how they are doing in person instead of through letters and emails.  Sad I couldn't Skype more of my family and friends!  It's the thought that counts, right?  I miss and love you all!
Sister Robertson

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