Legend

Hey guys,

Well, that time has finally come. It’s been quite the hectic transfer day so I’m literally only getting 10 minutes to email, but by tomorrow I can successfully say that I have served a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. From humble beginnings in the depths of Masvingo, to leaving a lifetime of memories serving in all sorts of capacities.
Mission life has been a blessing to me, and I will remember this beautiful country, and these dedicated saints forever. They will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ve learned so much about myself, I’m sure I wouldn’t have learned engaging in any other work. I have a testimony about this great work, and the joy that comes from laboring with all of your might, mind, and strength. I will be forever grateful to my Father in Heaven, for finding me worthy enough to serve His children.
There are no words to describe my feelings right now. I’m grateful, anxious, excited, and sad all at the same time. Not much else to say. I’ll see you all in a few.
With deep gratitude, and great love,

Elder Robison

Waters of Mormon

Hey guys,
Well, the Lord isn’t letting me rest, because there’s still lot’s to do, and He’s really making have to want it if I want to finish strong. It’s been a week full of challenges, but miracles at the same time. All week long we tried finding new investigators and it seems like it was to no avail. Like I said, I think the Lord is anxious to see if I’m really going to be faithful until the end. I had every excuse to be tired last week haha. It seems like our finding efforts resulted in a lot of rejection, and finding many people who just aren’t prepared to receive the Gospel. It really got to the point where I had to motivate myself then walk towards these men and ask “hey! Do you want to learn more about Jesus Christ!” I was so motivated, and sure that this time it wasn’t going to fail. Then we get the response “No”. Pff haha, that one hurt. Oh well, it’s the experience of every missionary to be rejected every once in a while.
Like I said though, this week was also full of miracles. We had another baptism last week, and we did it in a river! This guy stays clear out there, and it didn’t make sense to have him travel to town to be baptized, so we organized our very first river baptism! Thus the subject line being “Waters of Mormon”, His name is Lovemore Bengane, and he’s the younger brother to one of our other recent converts. Such a sweet guy, can’t wait for you to meet him before ya’ll come. He’ll be the last baptism before I go home.
We had another small miracle last week. One of our other Converts named Mathew has been going through a tough time. He’s been facing persecution from the farm about his new faith, even from his wife, and he’s trying to make end’s meet for his family. The persecutions died down and we were finally able to meet him again, and in the little English that he knew he said “I’m not going anywhere, this church is a gift, that I will cherish forever.” I’m sooo so so proud of that guy. Amidst all his trials, he held firm to the iron rod.
I’m now heading in to my final week as a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I’ve done my best, and I’ve given Him my all. I’ve served God’s children, for that was my call,
Keep fighting the good fight!
Much love,
Elder RobisonIMG_1191IMG_1194IMG_1195

Such a Great Cause

Hey guys,
Okay, lame subject line, I know. But too much happened this week I don’t know what to call it! Soooo little time, but to much to write! What I’ll do is I’ll share all the experiences we’ve had, then end with a cool experience in the area. Sound good?
So it started off with MLC, which was my last. Saying bye to some of the guys felt weird, because I feel like I’m still here haha. Then on Thursday we had Zone Conference, it was so good. It’s exactly what the mission needed to hear. President talked about Leadership, how it shouldn’t be viewed as a way to get gain or popularity. Rather it’s a position of service. President then called on everyone in the room and said “Everyone who served as a Zone Leader and is no longer so please stand”, then they sat down and said the same for District Leaders. Then he said “everyone who served as and Assistant and is no longer so please stand”, then everyone looked at me and laughed haha. It was funny.
Then on Sunday it was interesting The community centre was being used for something so we had to cancel Trojan Branch and go to Chipadze or Bindura Branch in town. Well our Branch Presidency hardly told anyone, and we were only told a day before so we warned as many investigators and members as we could and with much hope, no one came. Only a few from Trojan came, but no investigators. It’ll really hurt us this month because we were really hoping for another good turnout at church. Can it really stop a baptism though? If an investigator attends twice, then couldn’t come yesterday because it was in town, should we stop the baptism? I don’t think we do, and I don’t think we will, the work moves on. Really a bummer, but we’ll see how it goes for the month of September.
Last Saturday we had a baptism! Sister Dorcus. Just a very humble, and down to earth, motivated servant of Christ. Nothing was stopping her, she just had to be baptized. Because of church not being in Trojan she couldn’t be confirmed, but next week though.
Today we did something fun we went to some waterfalls. So fun! It was just like climbing those falls at Havasupai. I’ll send some pics.

We had a cool experience in the area. We’ve actually experienced success from using the Book of Mormon, and the Plan of Salvation. One such is it was around 5:30pm and our last appointment fell through. I really didn’t want to call it good, and I was tired of seeing some of our un-progressing investigators. At that moment we picked a spot where we could do some finding then I turned and looked to my companion and said “we’re not going home until we teach one more family tonight”. With such determination and fire we hopped out of the truck and confidently started talking to people. Our first contacts didn’t even want to shake our hands and pretended not to speak English. Frustrated, yet determined we continued and contacted some more people. Even after much persuasion another two people kindly rejected us and the Book of Mormon, then I asked “is there anyone you know who would like to hear this message?” They pointed to the next door house, so we made our way. Upon our arrival we talked to a young man and his friend. We explained our message to him and later we found out that his mom was the owner of the house. She came inside a few minutes later with her 12 year old disabled child and was so elated to see us. She’s a widow, and is a very faithful Methodist but finds that something is lacking in her life. Once she sat down, we gathered everyone in the room and taught a wonderful lesson about the nature of God, and how he sometimes gives us trials to test our faith. We got a return appointment and a whole lot of new investigators! It was just a sweet experience, and a true testimony to me about having the faith to find.

Still kicking, see ya in 2!

Much love,

Elder RobisonIMG_2346IMG_2353IMG_2374

Wake Me Up, When September Ends…

Hey guys,

Haha, get it? It’s now September! And I’m in the full swing of things. When I woke up Friday morning I picked up the guitar and played the song haha, good times. It was a productive week for sure and it ended with a real twist. On Friday we had interviews with our beloved Mission President. Most of my interview was about the branch, but it was sweet (seeing that it’s my final one on mission, excluding when I go home). He told me I’ve served a successful mission so far, and that I should continue until the end. He said when missionaries go home with regret, it will be with them for the rest of your life. Don’t waste away all the effort you’ve put in to making your mission, the best mission ever. Man I love President Mkhabela.

Well like I said last week, I’m sitting in Harare about to have my final MLC. I’ll play basketball for the last time with some of the guys after I’m done here. It’s been a good journey, and I’ve come a long way, but I’m not finished yet. It’s felt kind of weird though because we’re trying so hard to prepare some people here for baptism, and it looks like some will have to be pushed to after I go. I’m like it’s okay they’ll be baptized later, more work for me. Then I’m like “dang, I can’t see this guy get baptized”. It’s gotten to that point where I’m seriously running out of time. Everything that I do is in such a hurry because I’m really feeling like my time here is almost up. I just wish some of our investigators would progress faster!

Last Sunday was a treat because our beloved Mission President paid us a visit to church. That man brings the spirit no matter where he goes. Everything just worked right for us that day. Including our gospel principals class because we had 8 with 4 father’s in attendance ;). President joined the class and it was just a good time. There’s work to do for this branch, and it looks like there might be some changes in the future. I’m so happy that this branch has been able to come so far, but sad that I won’t be able to see the fruits. Some of these changes may include rapid increase in missionary work, and I won’t be able to be a part of it. President keeps reminding me how close I am so it makes me feel bad haha.

Recently we taught one of our investigators about the Priesthood and he was just elated! Bro Muzondo loves learning so much, and he’s always so ready to listen. When we told him that even he could receive the Priesthood he was like “Elder Robison are you kidding? You must be joking. Tell me you’re lying.” It was just quite unbelievable to him. At the end of the lesson I just asked him if he has any questions. He then just said “No questions, but I just want to thank God”. We all felt the spirit as he just expressed his gratitude to God for showing him the truth.

I’m still loving the work, putting my best foot forward every where I go. There are still lives to save and hearts to touch, and my clock is ticking!

Much love,
Elder RobisonIMG_2340

Huku Murders

Hey guys,

Weird subject line right? Well it totally fits with what I’m going to share with you. It all started on Saturday when we traveled to a less active’s house. We’d never been there before, and we’d never met her before so we really wanted to see her. She was elated that we came. In fact so elated. when we were leaving she asked “do you like chicken?” I’m like “yeah”. She then reaches in to her chicken pen and man handles a huge chicken, ties its feet, and gives it to me. She then asked “do you know how to prepare it? Sorry I didn’t prepare anything for you, I guess you’ll have to prepare it yourself.” Hahaha, she handed me a live chicken! I named it Steve.
Long story short I killed Steve, took off its feathers, and took out its guts then ate him that very night. I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I did it! Delicious! He put up a good fight, but I killed him dead. Huku means chicken in Shona in case you were wondering.
Enough with the stories back to the work! Last week was district conference and we have a new district presidency. I hope things can turn around here, because under the direction of the last district presidency, things were going very well. It kind of disrupted our attendance at church but bother Madya came! He came with one of our memers in his truck! Truly this man was touched, as he explained everything he learned. I can’t wait to see where this man goes!
By the way I’ve started a diet. I cut all sugar and carbohydrates from everything I eat. I gotta get in shape so I can go swimming when I get home haha. It’s working well so far.
As my time has been winding down I’ve really tried applying extra focus to making sure I serve with all my heart, might, mind, and strength. I can’t die early, gotta finish strong. I didn’t sign up for 23 months, but 24. That’s what’s been keeping me going.
Next week is MLC, my 19th and last one. I’ll see some of those guys for the last time, then I’m outta here!
Much love,
Elder RobisonIMG_2308IMG_2324IMG_2329

Week 100!

Hey guys,

It’s week 100! (I think, I dunno actually) It’s not like I’m counting or anything! The work here is in full swing, because the Lord has blessed us with another baptism! It was supposed to be next week, but there’s going to be a district conference. One of our candidates was ready so we pushed him forward a week. Everyone else will be baptized in September. Last week we had the privilege of watching Mathew Mavhura get baptized and confirmed. It was so sweet. We’ve been teaching him for a while. He’s 23 and is the father of one small child. The wedding took place on Saturday and it was quite the turnout! As we’ve been teaching him, his wife was never very interested. After the (sweet) marriage ceremony she watched him get baptized and I guess it caught her eye because she came to church for the first time yesterday! I’m so happy! The work never ends here. He was really just very prepared. He’s always eager to learn, and quick to observe. We feel very blessed.
Also someone else came to church yesterday. His name is… wait for it… William ROBISON!!! Hahahaha! He’s like 20 years old and doesn’t speak ANY English. When we got his name it made me laugh. I wanna baptize this guy so bad haha, that would be so cool. Lemme explain a little bit how names work here, it’s kinda confusing. When someone is born they take their family name (like us), but when they become 18 they have the opportunity to change their name. More than half the time they take their father’s first name and make it their last name. It makes family history so impossible! I think that’s what happened with this guy.
Had a bit of a miracle this past week as well. One day we looked at our teaching pool and decided something needed to be done. We carefully considered where we should do some finding and decided we should proselyte in Bawker Farm. Get this, our FIRST contact we teach this guy and his wife the Godhead at their house. His name is Brother Madya. Our first impression was like “okay, this guy’s weird”, but we decided to give him a chance. We scheduled a day to come back, and told his neighbors (who are members) to help him not drink that day so that we could teach him properly. On our return we see him very seriously seating at his house waiting patiently for us. We instantly felt the spirit and knew this guy was ready to learn. After the restoration he asks us “okay Elder’s where is your church? and what time does it start?” We were shocked! Truly the Lord has shown us his elect. We both felt very glad we could take part in such a spiritual experience.
That’s it for this week. Like I said it’s district conference next week, and I think we’ll have a new district presidency. Could be an exciting thing to see.
I feel your prayers, and am so grateful for your love and support.
Much love,

Elder Robison

Destiny Made Certain

Hey guys,

Well, this is it. The final countdown. We received transfer news on Saturday and it looks like I’ll be in Bindura until I leave. This is a good place though. I’m glad I wasn’t transferred because there’s still work to do! I don’t ever have to worry about transfer news again, because I’m looking at my last transfer sheet haha. 

Nothing super exciting that happened last week, but I’ve had, for whatever reason, greater resolve to focus teaching people using the Book of Mormon. Can I say it has helped a lot. I don’t even open the bible any more. To answer question’s I just use the Book of Mormon. Not only does it help people gain interest in reading it for themselves, but it’s simple to understand and sets forth the doctrines of the gospel so clearly even a toddler could understand it. We’ve faced our challenges and we’ve faced opposition, but I’m grateful for the power that God has put in our hands. I simply won’t back down whilst reading from it. If someone tells me they don’t like it and won’t be convinced, I move on. I am truly convinced that the Book of Mormon IS our most powerful and effective resource in conversion.
Last week we had a small miracle.  We had an investigator come to church on her own and hardly speaks English, but she looked eager to learn. We visited her house and we taught her our message and loved it. Last Sunday she brought two friends, and after church we visited her. It looks like she invited all of her neighbors too because we had 6 new investigators that day. The Lord truly is aware of this little struggling branch in Trojan, and because of our patience he has blessed us with great success. It was so fun to teach such a big group of people!
This week my former companion Elder Mwetu goes home. Man I’m gonna miss that guy. It really has hit me how far I’ve come. From such humble beginnings in the depths of Masvingo now here I am! haha. There’s also a Sister Missionary who finished her mission in my zone. Get this, I was her first, and last zone leader… pff haha. She to Zimbabwe when I was in Domboshava, and now she left. Man it’s really crazy how Sister missionaries can just come and go like that.
We’ve got some upcoming baptisms! I’ll keep you updated how they go. If not this week, then definitely next week.
Sorry for the short email. I can’t believe this is my last transfer! Can’t wait to see you guys!
Elder Robison

Sorry for no pictures. I had some with Elder Mwetu, and with that sister in the zone, but they’re supposed to send them to me and haven’t yet. SORRY

Mount of Ponderation

Hey guys,

Wow, well, where do I start? Well it was a pretty productive week. Our attendance at church isn’t quite what I wanted it to be. I’m finding difficulty in helping member’s see the significance in coming to church each and every Sunday. It’s hard to find families or individuals who come out to church EVERY Sunday. We’re still trying to make an impact, but that’s what we’re facing at the moment. We do have a few marriages/ baptisms lined up. We could have up to 3 marriages next Saturday. That could be a record haha. That would beat my previous record which is 2. It’s Brother Chigogo, Brother Mathew, and Brother Kudakwashe. They’re all father’s and have wives, but it’s been a challenge getting them to be interested in our message. These mama’s need your prayers. It’s no joke exactly what I was fasting for on Sunday. It’s funny because in the rest of the mission it always seems like just the opposite is the problem.

On Sunday church starts at 8am so that means I and my companion do our studies later. Yesterday we chose to do our personal studies on a mountain! We just drove up it (there was a road) and sat down and pondered the words of Christ. It was a beautiful scenic view of our area, and I was studying a lot about prayer. I read a lot of the words of Christ to see what he had to say about prayer. Often times he also prayed on mountains so… that’s why I studied prayer haha. As I was looking at our area from that gorgeous view, studying the scriptures my mind caught hold of something. It’s something I always knew, but I never really thought of it this way. In 3 Nephi 13 The Savior teaches the Nephites something similar to the Sermon on the Mount. He teaches them about prayer and how we shouldn’t be like hypocrites praying just to be seen of men. As I was reading I noticed in verse 8 it saysBe not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him.” Our Father knows our needs, but have we even bothered asking? Did you even think that our Father is just waiting to bless you, but all He requires is that you ask Him in humble prayer? It’s like me asking Dad “Dad, how come you never buy me ice-cream” He would then say “well did you ever ask me for ice-cream?” Such it is with prayer. ASK… and I promise you, you WILL receive. That’s how we receive revelation. This was a great experience, and I’m grateful for the things I learned that day. Trojan needs help, and my Father in Heaven knows what it needs, all I need is ask.

This morning we also went fishing, African style! You’ll see what I mean. It was a lot of fun.

That was my week, I only have 6 more to try and have something just like it!
  

Much love,
Elder RobisonIMG_2243IMG_2259IMG_2265