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.

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!


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.  

Sister Robertson