Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 Nov 24 Pictures from Dubuque, Iowa

These two pictures are along the drive from Dubuque to Clinton, Iowa in the snow.

Brother Reynold's (where we live) likes to hunt. These pictures are of him having "fun" gutting two deer he got on his hunt in his garage. Yuck!

Bro Reynold's showed us where he hit the deer in the heart with an arrow --up close and personal. 

A cute deer I made to make up for the gross deer pictures. :\

A picture I drew for Sister Roberts. It is scenes of Iowa.

24 Nov 2014 letter from Dubuque, Iowa

This past week we finally started to see the missionary work in the Dubuque area pick up a little bit from what it has been.  On Friday I was led to go to several very specific locations in town and specific apartment and houses.  Every one of those I felt we needed to knock on had somewhere who has either met with missionaries in the past or has friends that are members.  None of them wanted to have us teach them, but you can tell God still uses us as tools to give them more chances to open up to it and Except it.  

The missionaries here joke that each person gets at least 7 contacts by the church or missionaries before they open up to baptism (supposedly).  This was just one of their 7.  We felt super successful from being led by the Spirit to these individuals.  A few of my companions have been impressed by my ability to "track" people down.  I've picked up the nick name of "the tracker" with a few of them.  Sometimes we just go knocking somewhere because there are people everywhere and we don't feel any kind of spiritual vibe coming from anywhere.  Other times I know where, down to the street and the very door.  We will end up driving to very different locations all over town just to knock on that one door and drive to the next, but that one person was there.  They were given another chance by God's messengers.  Being a missionary and having those spiritual gifts blow me away!  This work is the true.  Nothing else is as important as this.  Not Ever.

Saturday night we went to another Marshallese first birthday party where they put our dinner plates together for us which included a big raw fish head and some coagulated pig blood jello.  It was touching my chicken and rice... and neither of us could stomach it very well.  When we got home that night Brother Reynold's had hunted 2 deer and was gutting them in the garage downstairs with Allesandra, their younger teenage daughter who was the one to cut the deer open.  Me and Sister Roberts really wanted to watch. Gross and smelly and messy.  More Deer brats for Br. Reynolds I guess.  More queasy stomachs for us that night. 

Still haven't been able to set any baptism dates with anyone lately but we have chance with a few this week that we were led to recently.  Hopefully it goes well.

We had Interviews with President Jensen this last Tuesday.  Sister Jensen was crying because she said she can't believe how much I have changed on my mission and how much happier I am now.  I know that's true.  I am much happier.  So is Sister Roberts.  President Jensen hopefully will let us stay together in Dubuque through Christmas.  Really hope it happens!  Transfer calls start next Monday.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and they blow their silly diets for a day and just eat whatever they want.  Don't hold back. 

Sister Robertson 

p.s. If you have never heard of the "17 points of the True Church" written by someone who is not a member of the church.  Go find them and read it.  Maybe it's on Google, but i'm a missionary and I can't go find it for you.  It's incredible.  They line up exactly with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doctrine perfectly.  Highly recommend it and reading the subsequent scriptures included.

Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 Nov 17 pictures

Mission Tour Photo --Chelsie is the one on the floor at the far left side next to her companion, Sister Roberts.

The view out of our bedroom window on Sunday. Yuck!

2014 Nov 17 letter from Dubuque, Iowa

This past week we were privileged to drive all the way down to Iowa City in our car to attend "Mission Tour" conference at the Stake Center there.  We got to hear from our President Jensen and Sister Jensen and our guest speaker was Elder Craig A. Cardon of the First Quorum of the Seventy since 2012.  The whole meeting was really good and we were able to feel the Spirit and receive a lot of personal revelation and guidance.  The meeting started at 9 am and lasted until almost 4 because they served everyone a nice lunch in the cultural hall afterwards.  

Also got to see, for the last time, a lot of missionaries that are leaving their missionaries in a few weeks.  A bunch of them hadn't been out very long when I first got to Iowa.  My time is creeping up on me too fast!  I keep having endless dreams about me leaving the mission and being very upset that I didn't extend my mission.  I would do it in a heart beat if it was allowed, but it's not for the current time.   

It also snowed a TON here this past week compared to a normal November.  It has been below freezing in the single digits and teens for almost a week now and the rest of this week will be the same plus more snow. Busted out the boots, coats, and ice scrapers already and It isn't even Thanksgiving yet.  The farmer's almanac here has predicted this winter to be way worse than last year and last year beat records.  Scary!  This winter will be a fun one.  The Reynolds kids have already been wearing their snow pants and went sledding over the weekend behind the house.  I feel like summer was just a month ago.

A few weekends ago we were surprised with a plate of cookies and chocolate with cups of hot cocoa full  of marshmallows by one of the older Ladies from church that we visit every week.  Me and Sister Roberts were hungry and excited so we all said a prayer and I started going at the marshmallows and we found out after the first sip that it was not chocolate... it was cappuccino.  We couldn't smell anything but Marshmallows beforehand.  Great time to talk about the word of wisdom!  Awkward?  A little bit. 

Notes from Mission Tour Conference:

"the greatest sin in this world is the sin of ingratitude"... Jesus "took the cup and gave thanks," so find ways to express your gratitude by helping others.  Your hearts open up when you serve more.  "Even the pests can give us freedoms"  Recognize the blessings you receive, big and small...there are so many of our blessings that we overlook. 

"if [others] cast me out, Jesus takes me in."  We are never left alone.  Only Christ has the true empathy in which we are seeking for.  

Elder Cardon, "It is just as important to know when God does not speak as it is when He does."

"Listen...trust Him...there are many things you can do that are good."   

Sister Robertson

Friday, November 7, 2014

2014 Nov 3rd --no blog this week but Chelsie sent this pictures to share.

The latest creation by Chelsie...this cute little moose. 

Fall colors in Dubuque, Iowa and the end of peak season.
This is what it looks like here in Dubuque, Iowa.

These two photos are out the back windows of the home where the sister missionaries currently reside. 

This is what it is like driving the rolling hills of Iowa.
The Elders and Sister Roberts with the cutest Marshallese Mickey Mouse at the Halloween party at the church.

Mickey Mouse at the Ward Trunk or Treat.