Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Time for Transfers pictures

Being silly with Sister Woodbury before transfers.
Mission companions and friends, Sister Robertson and  Woodbury

Me and Sister Woodbury with Sister Gentry and Hilary Gentry in Burlington, Iowa.

That phone booth thing is called the Tardis from the show Doctor Who. It was downtown and Sister Woodbury had to have a picture with it.

Brandi, our investigator, and Sister Chelsie Robertson
Sister Woodbury saying goodby to Brandi before she was transferred.

A picture of me and Sister Woodbury's breakfast most mornings.
This picture is of the front path of a storm that followed us back from transfers from Iowa City to Burlington. It looked super awesome in person.

June 23 2014 letter

This past week has been pretty busy and a lot of change happened.

Sister Woodbury got transferred out back to her first area in Bettendorf (2 hours north on the River from Burlington) on Thursday last week. It was really hard for us to be separated.  We have so much fun being missionaries together, had all our inside jokes and routines. I miss her a LOT.

My new companion is Sister Boone from Idaho Falls.  She comes from an all member family of 16 kids (sheesh) and 40 nieces and nephews. I don't know how she keeps track of them all.  i would honestly give up after the first 10 were born and just start calling them "hey you!"  She is really nice, but not as fun as sister Woodbury.  We're just not friends yet. With mission companions you aren't friends until the end of the first transfer most times.  until then it is just awkward for a while until you get to know each other better. She just left Perry, Iowa where she was companions with Sister Kissner, one of my previous companions too.
Zeke has been staying strong since her baptism and keeps wanting to continue meeting with us. that's been a lot of fun to see her testimony strengthen and talk to her about all the deeper doctrine she has been learning. This weeks project was Revelations.  yikes. It would be great if she wasn't using a non-LDS book to help her understand Revelations along with D&C. Haha, working on that one with her.
This past week has just been super busy with transfers, packing, cleaning, saying goodbyes to people with Sister Woodbury, driving to Iowa City for transfers and introducing a new sister to the Burlington area. Every missionary has different ways of doing things and it can get difficult getting use to a new person's habits, routines and opinions when you are stuck together 24/7.  Lots of stress, very tired, but everything has been going alright.
In July we get to work in Nauvoo at the Pageant on 7 or 8 days of the month. They have us greet and find people to teach while people are coming to watch the Pageant. Something different and exciting to look forward too. We start July 9th.
Stay strong!
Sister Robertson

Monday, June 16, 2014

2014 June 16 Pictures from Burlington, Iowa

The missionaries from Burlington, Iowa with Zeke as she prepares to be baptized.

The sisters from Nauvoo came to be with Zeke on her baptism day. Zeke is in white.

Sister Olson (a sister from Nauvoo who said Zeke would get baptized before she knew she would) and Zeke on her baptism day.

Sister Snow (our former Bishop's wife) with Zeke on her baptism day.

Elder Bankhead, Sister Woodbury, Zeke, and me -Sister Robertson before Zeke's baptism.

Our District P-day lunch with the missionaries in the canyon near Burlington, Iowa.

A log with my initials on it in the shape of a heart. Cute!

Me writing in my journal at night in our old apartment.

A picture of the cheese party we had a month or so ago before we moved to our new apartment.
Ward member Sister Leek & Sister Woodbury. We have been reading the Book of Mormon with her since January as her New Years goal. She finally quit her job and came to church!!

Nauvoo at sunset
The beautiful Nauvoo Temple at sunset

June 16 2014 Letter

Lots going on this past week.  Spent a lot of time helping various ward members in everything from gardening to cleaning and moving and painting etc.  Feels good to be spending a lot of our week simply helping people out! 

Also spent a lot of time meeting with Zeke (Zente Logan)  to get her ready for her baptism on Saturday.  Satan worked really hard against her in the days leading up to her baptism, but her faith and testimony is so strong that she remained rock solid through everything!  

On the day of the baptism at 11:30am, the baptism starting at 1:00pm, me and Sister Woodbury accidentally locked our keys in our apartment and we had left our purses and scriptures in our locked car.  We were worried because we were on our way to fill the font!  Luckily our neighbors are members and they helped us call the Elders to have them setup the church and fill the font, while we walked over to Zeke's house to drive up to the baptism with her with nothing but the clothes on my back and a water bottle.  STRUGGLE BUS (a phrase missionaries say out here) morning.
Zeke's baptism was incredible and everything went perfectly well once it started.All the Nauvoo older sister missionaries that Zeke met the day we visited Nauvoo with over a month ago came to the baptism!  They brought her more books to read.  Zeke was so shocked and happy to see them!  They spent a long time after the baptism taking pictures and talking.  Zeke was incredibly happy and teary-eyed.  Those Nauvoo sisters played a critical role in Zeke's conversion.  She refused to listen to us talk about baptism until after all the Nauvoo sisters had talked to her about it that day.  One lady in her mid-80s, Sister Olson, had even told her she knew Zeke before this life and knew she was going to be baptized.  At the baptism sister Olson came up to me in shock and said that she NEVER says those things to people, but the Spirit had prompted her to say it. 

This past week has been very busy, but incredible to witness the baptism of Zeke.  She is excited to prepare to do baptisms, genealogy and eventually go through the temple in a year.   Definitely will be an experience I will remember forever and the Nauvoo sisters will remember and tell stories about her too.  They don't get to witness the whole conversion and baptism of those they meet in Nauvoo very often, so I know it meant a lot to them.

Took lots of pictures!  Check 'em out!  I know I got fatter... currently trying to get the motivation to fix that. lol.  The mission makes that pretty difficult, since you have to eat everything people cook for you and most of what we do, we do while sitting. lol.

Sister Robertson

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June 4 2014 Moving Day Pictures!!

The furniture truck from the mission home in Des Moines came to deliver furniture to our new apartment in Burlington, Iowa.

Sister Woodbury

Our first day in the living room before we got to put things away. It was a busy day.
Now the grand tour! First the living room....

...then here is our kitchen...

...and the bathroom

Take a look out of the window to the street our front.
...Here's our fun bedroom with all our stuff put away.
...and that's my bed and shelf.

My bedside shelf ...I have too much fun making my own little space. Those are the animals I make in my free time.
That's Sister Woodbury and our celebratory meal our first night in our new apartment! Homemade mac 'n cheese, cookies, and Vernor's ginger ale from Michigan State.

June 9 2014 letter

This past week we had a lot of incredible experiences.  Zeke, our investigator getting baptized this Saturday, was able to meet President and Sister Jensen yesterday at the church!  It was so neat and Zeke really enjoyed it.  She has the strongest testimony I have ever seen of somewhere who is not currently a member. 

Every week we dump more and more church books on her and she LOVES it and she is retired so she spends her whole week reading them all multiple times over again.  She is mind blowing.  She is making lots of great friends with people in the ward already.  It was to a point where people were coming up to me to ask if they could speak at her baptism and be a part of it. 

Zeke has also invited over 20 non-members, neighbors, friends, friends from other churches, etc. to her baptism.  It's going to be so big they'll have to hold the service in the chapel instead of the Relief Society room! 

For most of you who don't know common missionary fears of bringing investigators to church:  Most of the time I am nervous because you're not sure if they dislike or are upset by anything being said in church so it puts you on edge, but every time I look over at Zeke to make sure she isn't offended she is CRYING!  Wow.  The Spirit has been working so strong on her this past week. 
A long time ago I entered the MTC and got my first missionary name badge and they put fun little stickers on the back.  My first transfer in Hannibal, Missouri I went finding with Sister Despain and when I got to our apartment at the end of the night my badge was gone!  we retraced our steps and looked everywhere we could and I never found it.  I also spent the next 3 months in that area in which nobody ever found it either.  This past week we went to our regular Zone Training meeting in Nauvoo and one of the AP's (Assistants to the President) came over and handed me that SAME EXACT badge that I had lost 8 months ago with the same stickers on the back!  CRAZY stuff happening around here.  I can't begin to imagine the 8 month long adventure that badge has taken to find me again.  God is watching out for even our plastic things if we keep His commandments. lol 

We also spent a large percentage of our time last week moving, cleaning the old and new apartment and packing and unpacking, moving furniture etc.  I am glad that we moved and we are in a really great apartment where we can refocus and feel the Spirit and get back to missionary work.  I am very glad it's over with because we weren't able to do a whole lot of missionary work while that was going down.  That's just life and we did all we could when we could do it. 
We were at our Sunday dinner appointment yesterday and they made us a bunch of spaghetti that we could take home with us.  The mom couldn't find a Tupperware and I told her she could just put it in Ziploc baggies and we could just clip the corner of the bag and squeeze the noodles out later like frosting.  Everyone was cracking up. 
Last Monday (P-day) our District got together (Burlington and Mount Pleasant cities) at the church and played Volleyball and Chair Soccer.  It was a lot of fun.  Today they are coming again but we are going to go to Starr Cave canyon and go hiking and playing in the river.  It will be a lot of fun!  
A week from tonight we will get our "transfer doctrine."  I hope none of us get transferred because we just spent all transfer finding an apartment and we already had to move once.  It would stink to have to move again only 2 weeks apart.

Me and Sister Woodbury have been learning and growing a lot from each other.  We've got it all down.  I'm worried we've gotten to be too good of companions and they'll break us up.  sad!  I'm hoping for the best. 
thanks for all the prayers!  They really do help.  I have been blessed a lot lately and I know that it's coming from those who have been thinking of me. 
My favorite scripture from this morning's studies at the laundromat (yes, i have to go to that wretched place now) is, "be converted and BE HEALED."  Simple, true and powerful. 
Sister Robertson

Monday, June 2, 2014

Pictures from Burlington and Nauvoo.

The Joseph and Hyrum Smith Memorial, Nauvoo, IL
View of the Mississippi River from Nauvoo.

Sister Woodbury, soon to be Sister Buck and Sister Robertson at the Nauvoo Temple.
Sarah Buck heading in to the Nauvoo Temple for the first time before she leaves on her mission.
Sarah Buck at the Nauvoo Temple

Brandi with Sister Woodbury

2 June 2014 letter from Burlington, IA

A lot of great stuff has been happening this past week in Burlington. 
First of all, we set a baptism date for Zeke on Saturday, June 14th.  She has finished reading (more like studying) the Book of Mormon as of Yesterday.  She is the most converted, solid investigator I have ever heard of.  Her old church and Catholic friends are already anti-ing her for doing it and telling her false information about "the Mormons."  She has such a strong conversion that she put them in their place and knew what they were telling her wasn't true.  We love her and we are excited for her baptism in 2 Saturdays!

Our other investigator Brandi has been doing great and hopefully we will be able to set a baptism date with her soon once she moves out of her old house.  Ally and her 2 year old Gabriel surprised us and walked all the way to the church on Sunday!  We were so excited to see her there.  It's been hard to get her to go, but seeing that she chose to come and made the effort to get there made us so happy for her!  Knowing God and that He loves us is a huge truth that can motivate us to change and do what is right.

We got to go to Nauvoo for Sarah Buck's first time going through the temple before leaving on her Mission.  It was a neat experience.  Reminded me of when I first went through and how it felt.  Definitely hit up the local diner and the Fudge Factory next door afterwards.  yumm! 

Happy to announce that after LOTS of annoying, painful, endless searching we finally found an apartment to move into this week!  I will have a new address (I'll put it at the end of this letter).  They also just remodeled the apartment and painted the walls a pretty light brown with brand new carpet being installed as I am writing this now.  It will feel great to be in a nice clean, quiet place where we can re-focus and feel the Spirit.  We have been so blessed.  All our furniture is also been sent, via truck and trailer, to our apartment at noon today!  It will be fun to organize it and move all our stuff in.   Missionaries are super spoiled, that's all I can say.  Outside the mission it won't be this easy anymore.  Lived it up while I can!

Those are definitely the highlights of our week in Burlington.  More to come of course. 

Sister Robertson

New Address:
651 E Mount Pleasant St
West Burlington, Iowa