Elder Robison has arrived safely to the Zimbabwe Harare Mission. He arrived on Tuesday 20 October and is now traveling to his area to being teaching the gospel to the people in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Thank you for preparing and helping Elder Robison serve on mission. We can all tell he’ll be a great missionary.
Zambia is seriously something else. The streets, if there are streets, are covered in trash. The power is off half of the day and it is really, really hot here. I have two companions since one leaves really soon, and we walk everywhere. My guess is we walk around 5 miles a day and I’m always hungry, but guess what I’m always eating nshima. Nshima is the equivalent of Sodza and I eat it about twice a day…
I’ve met some pretty interesting people so far. Let me tell you about the Tembo’s. It’s just an inactive mom with her two daughters and I love them to death. They said every new missionary has to either do their hidden talent or do sit ups… So I sang!!! hahaha. They loved it so much they invited us for dinner.
The people here are amazing, they have the most precious little kids. Yesterday this kid just walked up behind me and held my hand. His name is Elijah, we’ll be teaching his family next week. I’m supposed to be baptizing a kid named Samuel this Saturday and I got a brand new investigator accept to be baptized. I couldn’t believe it! The people here have strong faith in a living God and I’m really able to connect with them. I’m pretty sure that I’m the only white guy in like 10 miles so I get a lot of strange looks from people and all the kids say “Muzungu!!!”… white guy hahaha.
Drivers here are nuts, and when we want to get anywhere far we have to take something called a “taxi”. A taxi is basically a cramped van where the drivers will shout where they’re going and you’ll pay them like 3 Kwacha for a ride, it’s like a quarter. It’s a serious blessing to have two local companions to start off with because people here just look at me and think money. I never pay for anything, I just hand my money to my companion and he pays for me. They don’t put prices on anything so they’ll charge white guys whatever they want.
I got to watch conference for the second time at church this week end. The talks really rang true to me while listening to them for a second time. That day we taught someone about prophets and she accepted to be baptized.
Today we had a zone activity to a reptile zoo! We took our trucks in to the wilderness to find this place and we saw all sorts of cool stuff! I held a python, a tortoise, a brown snake, a chameleon, saw crocodiles, I even ate a croc burger! I’ll send some pictures.
To answer all of your questions (sorry if I miss any)
The work is going great, I’m serving in the capital, Lusaka. My new companions are Elder Tayembi and Elder Musika from the Congo and Uganda. Elder Tayembi can speak french and Elder Musika can speak Lugandan, but they both speak fluent English. Isn’t it cool that my mission president is from Alpine!? He’ll be living in Suncrest when they get back in like 5 months, you should totally visit them.
The work is really going great and I love the missionary life!!! I love spreading the gospel and more importantly sharing my testimony, because it only makes mine stronger. I’ve now marked about half of the Book of Mormon. To be honest it’s a hard life here but I’m just going to keep on keepin’ on. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and he’s looking out for me because of my decision to serve. I know that this church is true and Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, I know it.
I love, and appreciation for your guy’s letters. I really miss you guys.
P.S. I got my my itinerary as I was reading this email!!! I’m leaving for Zimbabwe tomorrow!!! I’m gonna miss this place. 🙂
Greetings from the South Africa MTC
I can’t believe that this is really the last photo for this group. Time has certainly flown by. I think it is because they have been such a great group. I can’t think of one thing wrong with them. They are a delight to be around–so sweet and so fun. They haven’t given us one bit of worry or stress. They are obedient, focused on their learning how to be better teachers, and always bring the Spirit with them whenever we gather together for teachings. Last night we had our testimony with them and they bore strong testimonies and the Spirit was felt by all. Tonight President Collins and I will teach them for the last time. They will arise EARLY (4:30) in the morning. They will eat breakfast, load their luggage in the trailer, and meet together for our send off devotional. We will then tell them goodbye as they load into the van and wave to them as they drive off for the airport. I miss them already. Thank you for all that you have done for your missionary in preparing him/her for the best two years FOR their life. They are on their way to becoming the consecrated missionaries the Lord wants and needs. I’ll love them forever!
The MTC is war. It’s 16 hours a day of just studying. I guess I shouldn’t have expected anything else. I mean they’re training me for the field. The food is pretty good so don’t worry about that.
My new companion arrived a day after my last email and he’s awesome! His name is Elder Matare and he’s from Zimbabwe. We get up an hour before anyone else so we can jog in the mornings and go for a little workout. I beat the kettle ball record by about 40 reps btw it was pretty sweet. Elder Matare is a devoted follower of Christ and always wants to do the right thing. I really admire him for that and I love spending time with him. He is seriously such a good guy.
We went to the Temple the other day and it was beautiful! It’s a little on the small side but the outside is gorgeous. Unfortunately that was the only time I’ll be able to go for two years but it was really something else. I’ll attach some pictures for you to see.
Waking up and doing scripture study has really strengthened my testimony and I’m really excited to go out there and start teaching. I know I’m going to love it, and love the people too. I love the Gospel and I firmly believe that God loves us, and He has a plan for us to live with him again.
Hey guys! After 21 hours of travel I finally made it to Johannesburg. I’m here with only five other elders and I’m really excited to get started. My companion isn’t here yet because the local missionaries get in tomorrow, I’m so pumped! Mom, I met the Collins and they just greeted me with open arms.
On our way here, in Atlanta, we met a pretty interesting fellow named Mark. He heard us bless our food at the food court and told us that he really admired what we were doing and liked our “style”. He said he was from a different faith but with his work he traveled quite often. He said he’d been to Zimbabwe and told us aaallll about it. He told me basically everything we already know but he told us we were the unlucky ones because he feels like it would be a hard place live, but I paid no mind to it. I just smiled and listened to everything he had to say and by the end he wished us good luck.
Mom, that picture you got was by another member dropping off her nephew, I knew you would appreciate that :).
When we arrived in Johannesburg we were greeted by thousands of natives. Little did I know, they were waiting for a religious leader to arrive and there was police, and everything. It was pretty crazy. Also, when was somebody going to tell me that they drive on the other side of the road! I mean seriously, everyone is telling me that the cars we’ll be driving are all stick and I’m the only one who knows how.
I don’t have any pictures yet, but I’ll start taking some tomorrow.