Monday, April 6, 2015

2015 April 6 photos from Mt Pleasant, Iowa

This was a fun road we took the truck on in 4 wheel drive the other day trying to find a referral.

This is the Kracht family. They are all recent converts from Fall 2014. We had dinner with them at the Jumbo Chinese buffet for Cheyenne's birthday last Friday.


Chelsie loves a beautiful sunset and this one is no exception.

 
That is my companion, Sister Smoot, standing by our 4 wheel drive truck.

This is my LAST District Meeting photo.

2015 April 6 FINAL e-mail from Iowa!!

Well, my time is finally up and I am flying back to Texas this Friday.  Thanks to all who read my emails and supported me and sent me emails and letters.  It has really been a strength and support to me spiritually and emotionally and I really do appreciate you. 

I can't believe I only have 2 full days left in my last proselyting area.  I really love the members here even though I have only been here for a few months.  They are incredible and full of faith and hope and love to do missionary work and join together in helping others. This Branch will soon become a Ward and then a Stake one day in the near future I know it. The Spirit here is a good environment for the spiritual progression of others.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to General Conference. There was so much to listen to and learn from and I always gain a lot of peace in comfort in the messages shared.

My mission has been the smartest and best decision that I have ever sacrificed to make in my life and I couldn't imagine living the rest of my life without the experiences I have had out here and all the spiritual power and strength I have received.  Also all the knowledge I have now and courage and hope.  I would serve again in a heartbeat if I wasn't suppose to focus on other things right now.  I hope to serve again in the future; probably later in life.

This Church contains the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  IT IS TRUE.  It is reality and it saves us and empowers us and we are capable of so much more than we can mortally comprehend at this present time.  God has so many blessings in store for those who make and keep sacred covenants with Him and strive their very best to keep and obey all the commandments that God has given to us as well as His chosen and ordained leaders.  Always strive to have the Spirit with you at ALL COSTS.  If you lose the Spirit you will never find true happiness, peace and direction and guidance.  We need the Spirit at ALL times and in ALL circumstances.  We don't pick and choose times of the week where we feel the Spirit.  That is NOT how it works.

I testify that I know that this Church is True.  The Book of Mormon is the word of God and you will get closer to the truth of this World the better you understand the message it contains and come to know your Savior Jesus Christ throughout your lives. I know this is true through experience and keeping the Commandments of God.  You cannot know if a principle is true until you live it and experience the miraculous sequence of incomprehendable events that will follow.  So you know that no other being could grant such blessings except it be the very God that has created you. 

Never become Apathetic or settle for less in any aspects of your life. It will come at a great cost.  I would rather Suffer through sacrifice that leads to True Happiness, progression, and Eternal Life than suffer through sacrifice that leads to ultimate misery and self-destruction.  The choice is before you and it is pretty obvious to me which one I want.
How about you? 

I love you all.  Hope to see you soon!

Love,
SISTER ROBERTSON!  I love saying that. Back to my first name in 4 days.  Weird!


P.s.  Oh, I forgot to say.  Everyone should serve a mission sometime in their life.  It is the best decision you will ever make and it is the greatest, happiest adventure besides the moment you float off in a white robe into the Celestial Kingdom as a glorified, resurrected being.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

2015 April 1st PICTURES! PICTURES! AND MORE PICTURES!

We had a really incredible view of the sun in the morning out our window last week. I don't really have an explanation for this at all. I was really scared at first because Hermana Smoot had an apocalypse dream she was telling me about before I saw this.

I took a bunch of selfies on the night of my 18th month mark while lying in bed and on P-day I decided to draw them and this is what happened ...they are really funny. I think they're hilarious.

My companion Hermana Smoot being funny.
Cute squirrel!
We attended the Nauvoo temple with a spanish group.
Sunrise before a storm came through.


Saying goodbyes at church to my two favorite ladies who are really great friends but don't speak each other's language. It's so cute!

This is our singles FHE group we do every week at Sister Pools' apartment. It's fun!

Tuesday March 31st was the departing missionaries last trip to the Nauvoo Temple before going home. This is me with President and Sister Jensen.
The departing missionaries gathering outside the temple.
My mission president --Pres Jensen and his wife--take the missionaries on their last trip to the temple before they head home. The elders are the AP's
The Nauvoo Illinois Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
My MTC companion, Sister Pierce, and now we are both going home!
The departing sister missionaries pose in front of the Nauvoo temple.  
My last time going to the temple as a sister missionary serving in the Iowa Des Moines Mission.
one last look....

We all had dinner at Los Tapatios in Keokuk, Iowa after the temple session. Delicious!

2015 April 1 letter from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

This past week or two has been a roller coaster.  A lot going on and my anxiety about leaving my mission and going home is pretty high.  Last week we had a branch temple trip and I went with all the Spanish speaking ladies to the Spanish session and I had to wear translator headphones the entire time.  that was fun.  Could turn it up as loud or soft as I wanted to.  I enjoyed it. We also went to our church building to watch General Women's broadcast which was mostly about making families and individuals spiritually and physically strong and defending Jesus Christ and the institution of marriage and families by being a part of them and focusing on the gospel together and individually.

I had my last normal church meeting with the Mt. Pleasant branch this past Sunday and I bore my last testimony in my area on the mission.  Yesterday we had the departing missionaries' temple trip day to Nauvoo.  We switched companions with Burlington and the transfer van with all the sisters I came out with and the elders in an adjacent van with the AP's came to Mt. Pleasant and picked us up and we drove down to Nauvoo, sunny without a cloud in the sky, went to a temple session, took lots of pictures out front afterwards, walked around Nauvoo and went to the bookstore.  Picked up a copy of "Lectures on Faith" by Joseph Smith which I have been really wanting to read, then we drove to Keokuk just south across the bridge from Nauvoo and ate at a really good Mexican restaurant called Los Tapatios.  Highly recommend it!  We had to skip lunch so that food was especially tasty because we were starving.  Discovered that dumping Cholula sauce in the salsa before you dip your tortilla chips in it is the best!  We had a really great day and it was beautiful and perfect weather for it as well.  Kind of felt bittersweet.  That will be the last time I see Nauvoo until I came back after the mission later on.  I'm going to miss that place.

Everyone says that it is really hard to focus the last week after the departing temple trip, but I am excited.  It will be a great week especially because we are looking forward to watching General Conference and we keep finding more people to teach and to influence.  The mission has been the best decision of my life and I couldn't imagine life without having served.  I would definitely be a whole lot less strong and a lot more lost.   My face is set like a flint, "The Gospel is true, Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, and we are going to Zion!" 17 Miracles quote.   

Really neat story.  We were serving at Hope Haven a few weeks ago and working with the mentally disabled students that are there for a kind of day school program.  One of them named Margie is my favorite.  She loves me and she loves to walk!  I asked her if she had friends and she said not very many.  Then I asked if she had a best friend and she exclaimed really loud "Jesus! I know Him!"  I said "you know Jesus?" and she answered, "Yeah!  Before my knee surgery Jesus came to me in my apartment and He touched my knees and He blessed them and then they were better!"  Wow.  I know Christ lives and the innocent and pure in heart know it too.

Give my last training lesson at my last district meeting on the mission tomorrow afternoon about the Spirit.  It means everything to those who know how to find it and enable the power that comes from being worthy vessels of the Lord.  Having the Spirit with you always is the most important thing.  It is almost the corner stone of knowing if we are on the right path in life, what is truth and what is not truth, gaining a testimony of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father and all His holy prophets, and being truly converted.  We are disconnected and in a state of darkness without the Spirit. If the Spirit is not with you, you are basically wasting your life. It is very, very vital to finding true happiness and finding Eternal Life, to praying sincerely, receiving answers to prayers, understanding the scriptures and receiving personal revelation.  Sorry, I could go on forever about how important and incredible the Spirit is, but I'll leave that up to you to find out.

Stay Strong and be happy!  There is so much to be happy and positive about!

love you!
Sister Robertson

p.s. last email will be next week! Scary!

Monday, March 23, 2015

2015 March 23rd PICTURES!!

Missionary companions in Mt Pleasant, Iowa
Sister Smoot and Sister Robertson
Sister Smoot in our truck as we head to the library to send our weekly e-mails.
As missionaries we had the opportunity to clean inside the Nauvoo Temple last week. It is gorgeous inside. 


Me with Sister Jensen -the Mission President's wife --at my last Zone Conference in Nauvoo. She is really said that I am leaving already.


We were early to a lesson out in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do for 10 minutes so we go and pet the ponies. They were really cute!

Did I say I love horses?!? 

My companion, Sister Smoot, just being silly.



This is our study table in our apartment. Kind of a ghetto.
Me and Brandi, an investigator I had when I served in Burlington with Sister Woodbury. We were on our P-day in Burlington last week with a bunch of Elders and Sisters.


Me and Sister White.

This bomb is happy to see you!!


2015 March 23 letter from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

This past week has been really busy, but it has gone by really fast.  We had a lot on our plate and we were able to find a few new investigators and potential investigators that are pretty decent and I'm excited to teach them and get to know them a lot better this coming week.   We even had our Guatemalan investigator come to church all three hours yesterday and we were so proud of her and happy to see her there even if she doesn't understand everything going on quite yet.  She has a lot of faith and courage.  We really love her.  She is 22 years old and trying to live here for a few months to learn English so she can return to Guatemala and get a better job.  She is awesome.

We got the chance to go down to clean the Nauvoo Temple Thursday night with two members of the Branch.  I snagged vacuuming the endowment ordinance rooms.  It is my favorite thing to do and they have the most beautiful paintings in them that are really dear to my heart.  I just vacuum and sit there and look at them.  Wish I could paint like that!  Maybe one day.  The hardest part is getting back at midnight and waking up at 6 the next morning to drive all the way back to Nauvoo (one hour drive from Mt. Pleasant) for our Zone Conference with our Mission President and his wife Sister Jensen. 

I had to give my Departing Testimony at that big meeting in front of tons of missionaries.  There really isn't anything that I can say in a short testimony over the pulpit that describes all the things that I have learned on my mission.  It is literally impossible.  But I did talk about how much I love the scriptures and a few things I have learned.  How God actually lives and isn't just some false sense of Hope that mankind creates to feel better about themselves and that Joseph Smith did see two beams in a pillar of light who were in reality Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father.  I know it is true with all my heart and I tried my best to express that to the other missionaries and how much impact they have on sharing that stunning message with the world.  It is the most exciting thing.

Had another chaotic missionary day at church where people are pulling you left and right and stealing your chair and last minute teaching things and chasing people down before they leave the building and trying to keep track of where your investigator walked off to.  Nothing is as crazy as being a full time missionary serving in a branch on Sunday.
Wish you all well and have a wonderful week.  Sorry if there are any of you that I am not able to email back every week.  I always read all of my emails I just run out of time.  This is why I write this email for my mom to put on the blog.  It makes it that much easier for me and we always have so much to do on Mondays.  It's the busiest most stressful day of the week besides the 3 hour block on Sunday.  La Iglesias es verdadero.  Este bien.

Love
Sister Robertson

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2015 March 16th letter from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

This past week has gone buy really fast.  I was sick over the weekend and had to spend a lot of time sleeping it off in bed here and there around our appointments.  Me and Hermana Smoot were the speakers in Sacrament Meeting yesterday.  I spoke on Testimonies and conversion and she spoke on keeping the Sabbath day holy.  I really love those topics and really enjoyed speaking about it and sharing my own personal experiences with it.  It is always a good thing to accept callings to teach and to lead.  Without these we do not progress or grow at all.  We are stagnant.  Change is uncomfortable, but change is necessary and change makes us happier.  If we always do what we have always done we will always get what we have always got.  True principle.

One of the members of our branch has a tenant named Raz that is in his 60s and has spent his entire life without family and in prison since the age of 8.  He is extremely fun and eccentric and hyper and full of energy and personality.  He said to us, "none of those meth houses are left in New London because I kicked those druggies out of town because I don't want them here" then he showed us his knife he keeps on his belt loop that he uses to threaten the druggies with.  Don't worry, our branch mission leader was there with us.  My companion invited him to baptism and he accepted but said he was "half way to retarded" and would need some extra help first.   Hope we can keep meeting with him and help him come to church.  There are some fun people in Iowa!  Raz is really sweet deep down though and has it in his heart to make the world a better place, by scarring all the meth heads out of town I guess.

Have my last Zone Conference in Nauvoo on my mission this Friday.  I will have to give my departing testimony with the other missionaries in my Zone that are leaving.  What can you say that can put your mission in words lasting only a few sentences.  Doesn't exist.  Just pick a topic and go for it.  

I am getting really excited thinking about going home, but also really sad.  I love being a missionary where you don't have to think about working jobs and providing for yourself.  You are completely focused on the work of the Kingdom of God and feeding yourself, physically and spiritually of course, and that's all.  This is what the millennium will be like one day.  It will be absolutely wonderful, but until then I have a lot of fun life ahead to look forward to!  yay! 

Cool fact that I learned from reading "A Marvelous Work and a Wonder" this past week:  The Chicago fire was started by Satan to burn the artifact records written by Abraham and Joseph in Egypt that Joseph Smith was translating that were found in the lost Catacombs of Egypt.  Joseph Smith translated Abraham but he hadn't got to the record of Joseph before the fire.  I can't get over that.  What did that record talk about?!!!!  Satan that sneaky son of a gun.  Too bad God is always right and always wins so He already knows what tricks Satan is going to pull infinitely before he ever does them.  He's so dumb.  Just Stop.... stop it. STOP IT.

Really grateful for all of you who love and support me and think of me and read this email I write every week.  I really does help uplift me a lot and I'm grateful for all of you even though I can't always write all of you back all the time. I really do appreciate it a lot.

Don't forget.  The church is true!

love,

Sister Robertson

Monday, March 9, 2015

2015 March 9th picture

I don't have any other pictures this week except this one. This sunset picture was taken from out our apartment window here in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. 

2015 March 9th letter from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

I had my interview to end all interviews with President Jensen yesterday after Stake Conference Sunday session in Nauvoo.  He doesn't have time to interview 17 missionaries in the mission home so he is trying to get them done as he can throughout this last transfer.  I just happened to get the first one that is 5 weeks before I even leave.  I'm trying to not think about it too much because it's making me "trunky."  The word trunky is commonly used by missionaries when they start thinking about the end of their mission and going home; aka they're packing their trunk or suitcase already in their minds.  I love my mission and I'm trying not to be distracted with what little time I have left and focus on being a missionary while I still can in this same way.  I love it and I love the people we teach.  I love being able to be last minute called to teach the entire hour of relief society by myself and have enough information juggling around in my head that I don't need much preparation time just the Spirit in order to do a decent job teaching.  Same goes with giving talks.  Which I was asked to do this next coming Sunday on the top of Conversion.  MY FAVORITE!

I just barely finished reading the book of Mormon for the 9th time as a missionary and Jesus the Christ for the 2nd time as a missionary this past week.  All my companions know that I love deep doctrine and I love reading the scriptures.  It is exciting and there is so much in there to know and to learn that you can never stop learning and everyone else should be excited about it too, but they're not because they're dumb.  The scriptures teach the truth, TV teaches lies.  You should probably start reading scriptures just as much as you watch TV.  You'll be a lot happier and you'll reach such a spiritual high that you won't know what to do with yourself.  I love it more than anything except the obvious, God, Jesus Christ answers.

Neat insight I found in the chapters of Isaiah in the Bible.  One of the signs of the second coming of Jesus Christ is that the sun will grow 7 TIMES IT'S CURRENT SIZE.  That's a little bit scary, but I'm glad that God will make it REALLY obvious for those of us who are waiting for it and not following after false Christ's that can't do things nearly as cool as that.  We'll all have to live in cool caves in the bottom of the mountains and wear protective sun glasses.  Who knows.

This past week we weren't able to teach our investigator Ian because he was admitted to the ER.  they don't know what is wrong with him so they released him and we have been praying for him and trying to do our best to help him.  We also have been teaching Catherine from Guatemala. Helping her learn English and teach her about the church at the same time.  We have a huge list of people we have met recently and are hoping we can teach in the future.  Everything is moving forward and we always stay busy and we get to teach quite a bit.  I enjoy serving in Mount Pleasant.  It's smaller than my last area but has a lot more going on and it has to do with the attitude of the members and how willing they are to do missionary work. They give us assignments and follow up with us on a regular basis.  It's funny. But awesome!

We had Stake Conference in Nauvoo this past weekend and Hermana Smoot was really thankful that she could just watch and listen since they didn't end up needing her to translate the entire 4 hours of conference into Spanish.  The visiting general authority, who is going to speak at General Conference in April in the Saturday afternoon session, was Elder Dale G. Renlund.  He was a great speaker and helped us to learn how important Ward, Branch and family counsels are to the progression of the church on Earth.  how they operate out of love and how important constant communication is and how it will change lives and alter the course of the future of other people and our family members.

We were last minute invited to a pot luck lunch in a building in old Nauvoo with other members of our branch.  I was VERY grateful for that.  Not just because it was good, but because if they didn't invite us, my 24 hour fast would have become a 27 hour fast until we got back home with our ride to Mt. Pleasant.  Wasn't so sure I was going to make it!  But God loves his missionaries.  "open your mouths and they shall be fed."

I love hearing from all of you and I'm really grateful for all the friendships that I have made before and during my mission.  I can feel the love and support all the time.  I guess I hadn't realized how many of my friends and family actually cared to read my blog every week.  Thank you all and I love you.

great church jokes that my Grandma just emailed me today:

Missionary at door: “Good day, sir. My friend and I have come over 8,000 miles just to see you and deliver to you a message of great importance.”
Mister: “Is that so? Then why have I seen you going to every door in the neighborhood?”
Missionary: “We didn’t know where to find you.”

“To be or not to be, that is the question”, is a real Shakespearian attitude about missionary service. The Lord says “Do It”.

If you're not LDS, you belong to a non-prophet organization.

Sister Robertson

p.s.  if any of you want a good book to read that proves that the church is true read A Marvelous Work and a Wonder and be mind blown.
You'll finish one chapter and look up and say "The church is true!"  like I do every morning to my companion.  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

2015 March 2 pictures from Iowa

Hermana Loureiro and I before she completed her mission and left for home.

Sister White in Burlington, Iowa really liked the Panda bear I sewed for her.

2015 March 2nd letter

Last week was really busy.  Hermana Loureiro was getting ready to leave home.  Our mission president gives departing missionaries Monday through Wednesday as a P-day to pack, clean and visit whomever they wish in their areas. Transfer meeting was over 4 and a half hours long which is twice is long as it normally is.  31 missionaries were leaving to go back home (as part of the wave of missionaries finally headed home) and all of them had to give their departing testimonies at the meeting.  The testimonies finally ended after 2 hours and 15 minutes.  Talk about painful to sit through.  Hermana Loureiro's testimony was so funny that she had everyone in the building busting up into laughing, but delivered a really spiritually filling lesson at the same time. I honestly wish I had recorded it on video.  I really miss that girl already.  I got to stay in Mt. Pleasant and get a new Spanish speaking sister named Hermana Smoot from Centerville, Utah.  She is really nice and fun to talk to and I'm excited to spend my final transfer with her. 

All our investigators are on a stand still because everyone keeps getting sick.  But the Arguetas, a member family from Guatemala, brought one of their friends to the States named Catherine.  We are helping her learn English as a service project but she told us that she wants to come to the Church and learn about it from us too.  So she is now a new investigator!  She is really sweet and I'm excited to become better friends with her and help her.

Our church meeting was also cancelled yesterday.  Mt Pleasant branch covers a lot of really small outlying towns and if it snows at all they cancel church because people won't show up to fulfill their callings if it snows out there. We have Swedesburg, Winfield, New London, Mt Union, Trenton, Rome and Salem and other towns in our boundaries.  We frequently drive out to them in our truck which I'm FINALLY Senior companion now for the FIRST time in my mission and I finally get to drive the new truck!  It's fun to put it in four wheel drive in the snow. 

Nauvoo Stake Conference is this weekend and a member wants us to go to the temple with her on Saturday as well.  It's going to be a good weekend. I'm looking forward to it.

There really isn't anything else to update you on.  Nothing really happening other than what I've already written.  Wish I had a good joke or something, but I don't.  When you've been a missionary for this long you forget everything you knew before.  Can't remember movies or jokes anymore.  You start calling up other missionaries to see if they remember any good ones.

In one of my studies I came to the conclusion that when we are all resurrected and placed in the Celestial Kingdom that we won't be smelly anymore.  This is something I have prayed unto the Lord diligently to understand.  I'm not joking.  No unclean thing can dwell with God so there are no gross smells.  Also I was reading in Daniel when they get thrown into the fire and when they brought them out it talks about how the smell of fire wasn't on them or their clothes.  If transfigured beings don't smell bad, then I'm pretty sure we won't when we are resurrected right?  Well, I hope so.  I want to be clean forever and never have to shower again either.  We don't' have all the answers or details, but I guess what I want you to get from this is that the scriptures answer questions that you never thought it did.  So keep studying them.  There are awesome random things in there.  

God already answered your prayers and put answers to life's questions in big books called scriptures. WOW!  Exercise your faith and read it.  If the answer is already in the scriptures God will not repeat Himself just for you.  There are too many of you and too many questions.  I'm sure it gets old really fast even though He loves us.  

love
Sister Robertson


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 Feb 13 PICTURES

This is a road we drove on outside of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. That is the reason we have a truck with 4 wheel drive.
This is the sunset photo we took off that road above.


This is the panda I made for Sister White in Burlington. She really loves Pandas and has been having a rough time. I am excited to give it to her this week. :)


2015 Feb 23 letter from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

It is getting slowly harder and harder for me to sit down on Monday and write this email for my blog.  So many incredible things happen during the week that I can hardly remember them all and sharing my experiences. I keep a daily journal for myself, because my memory isn't too great. 

I got called on Yesterday last minute to teach the Relief Society lesson on the importance of the Sacrament.  I referred to the story of the "Living Water" that Christ offered to the Samaritan woman at the Well.  I had no time to prepare and was very exhausted from the day before and not feeling my best, thus everything that came out of my mouth was straight from the Spirit which is how it should be.  Don't over prepare because it doesn't leave room for the Spirit to teach you anything.  God does not command in all things, but He still commands in some things.  It is a very humbling experience and cannot be explained in Words unless you have experienced it for yourself.  All I remember from my lesson (they were not my words, but the words of the Spirit) was when I was referring to the Living Waters as water in a river.  No matter what liquid water encounters, it overcomes it.  Water flows around boulders, sticks, barbed fences, and many other obstacles in this world with EASE.  When we are partaking of the Living Water that Christ offers us through His Atonement and His Doctrine we flow through life with more ease than before.  Overcoming whatever obstacles are in our path with patience and consistency.  We never stop moving forward and changing and progressing.

We had a great lesson this past week with our Investigator.  He has been doing family History work since we started meeting with you.  We haven't even taught him about the importance of family history work in the Church.  He just felt an overwhelming desire to start looking into it.  He has found out that on his Mother's side he is related to Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  We are hoping that he will be baptized by the end of March.  He said that "he feels like a sponge" right now. Learning as much as he can and feeling the Spirit more and more.  

One truth and pattern you see evidence of on your Mission is whenever you find someone that is not a member of the church they usually have had some connection already with the church either in their past or in their family and you just haven't figured out which one it is yet.  This is almost always true.  Heavenly Father follows these people and hails them with missionaries.  This is all guided by the Spirit.

Being around Hermana Loureiro as she is preparing to return home in 4 days is very distracting you could say.  Makes it hard not to think about when my turn comes up the first week of April.  I'm really grateful I got to serve with her.  She is a great, obedient missionary who loves the Lord and has read the ENTIRE OLD TESTAMENT from 3 weeks ago until now.  I've learned a lot from her.  Including how missionary work should be the funnest thing you do and how to laugh and crack jokes all day long and have a blast.

Preaching the Gospel to our Brothers and Sisters is the happiest work in existence and should be fun.   She trusts God a lot and has a lot of Faith and speaks Spanish really well.  I've been learning a few phrases myself.  Los Ultimato Cena de Frijoles.

Got to spend one day last week with another Sister from the mission while the departing missionaries went on their final temple trip.  It wasn't the same. I'm going to miss Hermana Loureiro and I wish her a happy return home to Layton, Utah this Friday.

Been in -20 wind chill temperatures all last week and I'm use to it now. Going to melt when I go back to Texas in April when it's already summer there.

THIS GOSPEL IS TRUE. never forget that. If you don't know it go figure it out.  If you are not doing very good keeping the commandments or fulfilling your callings and attending all your meetings you probably aren't that converted to the Gospel and you should work on that because It's true and you are missing out on the infinite happiness of blessings hidden behind the dam that you built.  I'm not ashamed.  Change doesn't take very long, you make it take longer than it should.  Embrace it and Let go and find lasting happiness.

Love you!
Sister Robertson

Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 Feb 9th from Mount Pleasant, Iowa and Nauvoo, Illinois

This week Sister Robertson and Sister Loureiro are spending their p-day down in Nauvoo so there will be no blog post until next week. She did send some amazing photos to share though. Enjoy
We ran into Zeke! We were at the Exodus Walk in Nauvoo on Saturday morning. I hadn't seen her since last July and she was Zeke Leaking. She was someone we taught the gospel to. She told me she was able to go to the temple and do the baptism work for her mom recently! What a wonderful impact came to Zeke's life when we knocked on her door!

The next pictures are all of the Nauvoo Exodus Reenactment.
This is Chelsie's mom now --For those who do not know about this time in history and the significance of the reenactment, it was a time when mob violence raged and even the Illinois governor issued an extermination order against Mormons. Things escalated to the point when the church leaders decided to leave Nauvoo for the west in hopes of finding a more peaceful place to live. Chelsie had several grandparents who took that same walk with their families during a very harsh winter and under very hostile circumstances with the mobs.  The mobs had killed their beloved Prophet Joseph Smith. It was a sad and emotional time for the pioneers as they left the city they had built along with their beloved Nauvoo Temple. 
There were flags representing the various countries the pioneers came from.


Hay bales in a barn...




The horse drawn wagons in the Exodus.
The Nauvoo Exodus walk went down the Trail of Hope to the banks of the Mississippi River. 

The Nauvoo Temple from various angles --BEAUTIFUL!!





Chelsie loves scenic pictures if you can't tell. This is a small cabin in Nauvoo, Illinois on what appears to be a calm winter's day. 


A great moonscape from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

And here's a great sunset also from Mt. Pleasant.