Week 2 in Harare

The weather here in Harare has been really cool. My companion and I worked really hard last week and tasted the fruit of our labors with a car! Yup we have a car, and I’m the designated driver. It’s the only black Corolla in the mission, and it’s a manual. There aren’t any front shocks and Damofalls roads are rough, but I’m just grateful that we’re driving to be honest. We’re now making great time with our appointments, and we can go home later in the evening because we don’t need to search for a Combi.

The work is going well in Damofalls. We’re teaching like crazy with members and we have two more baptisms lined up this Saturday. Normally when missionaries are given a car there numbers go down, I don’t want that to be us. I don’t want to become lazy because we’re more mobile. President trusts me with this car and I’m going to take care of it.

Today we had a zone activity and we took a trip to the lake. We didn’t swim of course, but we had a good time. We got to bbq some meat and just relax while enjoying the nice breeze. This mission when I got here was very local (Not many American missionaries). A lot more should be coming in the near future I hear. Even this next transfer people say I could be training. I think that would be pretty fun.

My companion knows the Bible really well, and I know the Book of Mormon really well so together, we’re a force to be reckoned with. There’s one thing that I’ve found here in Zimbabwe. Everyone here knows the Bible, and we could go on and on all day about why they are wrong (if they’re stubborn), or just tell them what to do and what the Bible actually says, but I like a different approach. People here need to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon more than anything. Our unique message to the world IS contained in the Book of Mormon. I’m just bold enough to admit it as soon as I see someone, some missionaries are tentative at doing that. If someone doesn’t accept the Book of Mormon or the message that it contains, then we’re wasting our time.

The missionaries in Harare are all so fun. We all get a long so well and that bond continues I feel like when we strengthen each other in the Gospel and in our knowledge. I love discussions about the Book of Mormon or the Bible because I always learn something.

I love the Gospel and the peace that it brings me in my life. The time here is just flying because I just love the people here so much and am having so much fun. Just know that as confident as I sound, I’m really trying to humble myself so that I can put my trust in the Lord in where He wants me to go, do, or say. The work isn’t easy, but I’m trying my very best. We aren’t asked to be perfect, but perfect in trying.

Much love,

Elder Robison

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The MTC buddies back together, Elder Allen and Elder Billings.

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Off to a good start

Hey guys,

So I’m in Harare. Our area is called Damofalls and that’s where our branch is. We stay in Zimre Park and our district is in Ruwa… and no car haha. We’re trying to work hard nonetheless, but it can be challenging sometimes. Mission President said we should be getting one soon. Despite no car we worked hard and had about 40 lessons, 3 baptisms, and 140 contacts. We don’t mess around haha.

I got my Christmas package!!! Thank you so much everything is awesome. Once we get a car I’m going to get really fat, I know it. The Star Wars socks are sweet.

Surprise I baptized 3 people on Saturday! It’s a husband and his wife, and another father. People here in Harare just dunk I hear. The branch here is a little meeting house, and the font is outside in a tub. I got to baptize in a tub. They were all confirmed the next day, and I could see nothing but smiles on their faces. Their names are Kingston and Leah Katiyo, and Timothy Musarire.

Harare has everything I need. I got a replacement for my T-flash and I can get real milk! Everything here is seriously so awesome, and it’s a lot cooler. There is power almost all day so I never have to worry about that. There’s also a KFC! My Malawian companion is also the district leader in a district full of sisters.

In our meeting house there are a lot of cool people. I also met a return missionary who served in Kenya who knows Elder Harris! When I asked he just laughed and told me to say hi. I think his name is something like brother Mulumba or something like that.You guys should ask him next time at church. By the way you should totally send me a picture of Malawi’s pizza so I can show my companion. He got really psyched when I told him about it.

The work never stops in Harare, and I need to work as hard as I can to bring as many souls to Christ as I can. The Elders that stay in our flat are really experienced and are helping me a lot with understanding some doctrine. I’m so grateful for their great example to me, and their work in building the kingdom of god. I’m always in a good attitude here because I take comfort in knowing that I am always “On the Lords errand”.

Much love,

Elder Robison

Month 3

Hey guys,

So transfer news came and guess what, I’m now in Harare!!! Harare is sooo nice. They have food, shops, the weather is nice, it is seriously so sick here. I got to meet up with the gang from the MTC and everything. The house is really nice, and we might get a car soon. My new companions name is Elder Yohanne, he’s from Malawi. I’m going to just have the best time here I feel like.

So regarding Raymond’s baptism I had a lot of questions. His name is Raymond Penduka. We’ve actually been teaching him for a really long time since he wasn’t even found by me. It was some previous companions efforts. It was really difficult but we managed to finally make that covenant with our Heavenly Father. He’s also married, but doesn’t have any children yet.

No Christmas packages, but I think me moving to Harare will hasten the time it gets to me. I brought my guitar all the way from Masvingo and I can’t wait to play it for my new ward! I hear they are really special here and the Elders here are baptizing like 4 a month, it’s crazy!

My T-flash recently broke so I can’t send you any pictures, but I’ll make sure to get lots to you next week Everyone seems to be doing so awesome back home.. Just keep up the good work.

I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to serve the people of Harare, Ruwa area. I know that with this new challenge ahead of me I’m going to face some road blocks, but I believe that if one is worthy, the Lord will provide.

I’m so excited for what lies ahead of me.

Much love,

Elder Robison