Conference Weekend

Hey guys,

This weekend was general conference for my branch. Saturday was super crazy. That morning we had to  drive to Marimba Park at 6:30 in the morning to do interviews. They all spoke English so I had to interview 9 people, yikes! Those Elders are really working, so I guess we were still glad that we got them done. Afterwards we had to get to Kuwadzana for interviews too. We ended up missing half of conference when we got back to Domboshava. When we got there a member who lives all the way in  Njedza was really sick. He need to come to a clinic all the way near the church, but he couldn’t even walk. We were put in to an awkward situation and during conference we had to drive all the way up there to pick him up and take him to the clinic.  We ended up missing like all of Saturday session :(. No worries we have all of the talks, but I really wanted to see it.

After church we had another baptism. Her name is Rutendo. She’s someone who we’ve been teaching in a part member family and her brother was given the opportunity to baptize her. After the baptism she gave a sweet and pure testimony which I was really surprised about. As a result of all of the interviews our zone hit our goal with 15 baptisms just this weekend. Last zone meeting we really wanted to pump every one up to hit our goal of 26 baptisms this month and it totally worked. They’re even telling me that they have more lined up for May. President says he’s really pleased with our progress.

As you may well know, we have a truck. It’s odometer reading is at 120 thousand km and the mission rules is to sell it after 100 thousand. President is thinking of selling it is what I heard, but they don’t have another truck which I’m worried about. Domboshava has no pavement haha. I guess we’ll just see.

An elder from the office took my companion and I to the coolest place last week. It’s a semi professional basketball tournament in Zimbabwe! I was so excited to watch some real ballin’. None of them have a shot, but they’ll sprint to the end and they can all dribble and jump so we got some dunkin’ action. I’ve started doing vertical training in the mornings so that next time we go I (the only white guy at the place) will just jump up and dunk it at half time haha. The place is outside but has a big roof with lights and when we got there it’s for members only. The guard at the gate outside the court looked at us and said “ah, men of God! Come in” haha. I guess teaching about Christ in this country really pays off.

So far my studies are still going good. I’m now in 2 Nephi and I found something interesting. Did you know that Lehi had daughters? That was new to me. I’m also starting studies in the Pearl of Great Price and it’s really helping me understand about the creation. The creation has been a popular subject lately so I need to study more.

Things are still fit and fine, I can’t wait to see you guys on mothers day.

Much love,

Elder Robison.

PS we also had a braii at the lake, so sick haha. (braii is bbq in Africa)

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A week of work.

Hey guys,

Domboshava has been really, really busy lately. We managed to baptize for people on Saturday, and with the new branch presidency everything was smooth. I really felt the spirit during the service and it was overall just good. If you remember I baptized someone on my birthday named Tinotenda. On Saturday we baptized his brother and his friend! They love the Gospel, and love sharing it too. We’re now even sharing with the whole family and people just keep flocking. The other two are kids who have been coming to church with certain families and just need us to teach them so they could be baptized. At the baptism even Tinotenda’s sister showed up and she now looks really interested. The names of the four that we baptized are Tanaka, Prosper, Raphael, and Russel.

This week we had limited time in our area, but we did our best and taught as many people as we could before the end of the week. Some sisters in our zone had an exchange with some STL’s and we had to drive them super far in to a place called Chitongwiza. The sisters there seriously live in a castle. When we arrived they fed us, but we didn’t linger. They wanted me to sing for them but I absolutely refused. These days I don’t entertain such things haha.

Our new Branch President is really sweet and very humble. We had our very first PEC and it was a total success. I think things could really change for the better here in Domboshava. I don’t see why we couldn’t continue having the success that we do. We just hit the halfway point in the transfer and my companion leaves his mission in June. He really wants to stay in Domboshava despite being there so long, because the members and the work is just so sweet.

Not much else interesting happened in Domboshava besides us just teaching and testifying. I made a new goal for myself to read the BoM again and in every personal study to read at least one page of PMG. It’s going really well and it’s helping me with my teaching. I think what works best here is to always just stay worthy of the spirit and testify from your heart of the things that you know to be true. It’s really worked for me lately and I love teaching using the Book of Mormon.

I’m still having fun, and believe it or not, I’m still learning and eating new things all the time.

Much love,

Elder Robison.IMG_0892.JPG

Big changes in Domboshava

Hey guys,

So this last week was pretty hectic. We taught a lot of lessons, and have many new people to teach. Only about 9 investigators showed up at church on Sunday, but it actually really doesn’t concern me. We had a lot of returning less active members for a big reason. Our mission President, and his counselors all came to our branch today for some business. Our branch president was released as of yesterday and the new branch president is brother Chimbunde. I don’t have much to say about the previous branch president, all you need to know is that he was seriously hindering the work. As everyone sustained the releasing of that man, everyone felt like something was lifted off of their shoulders. Domboshava is more productive than we are making it look believe it or not, and now the work is just going to flow, and it will be so easy.

It’s been really cold this last week which has been a serious blessing. I think I was getting tired of all of the sun. Now I’ve made good use of those nice boot looking shoes that I brought with me. Everyone has just been cuddled up in they’re blankets as we’ve been visiting house to house, and I’ve gotten really used to herbal tea. Members here all adore tea so when taught the gospel they all switched to herbal.

Tomorrow is Zone Conference and I have been given some assignments. First President is giving me 10 minutes to talk about whatever I want, or whatever I feel like the mission needs. He has a lot of faith in me and my ability to lead others, and trusts that I will guide the mission to where it needs to go. I’ve decided to speak about conversion, and I think President Mkabelah knows a converted missionary when he see’s one. “When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” It’s been a concern of his for some time that this mission isn’t converted to the gospel. Now that we are going to have a temple we need to convert ourselves so that we can convert temple ready sons and daughters of God. The other thing that I’ve been asked to do at Zone conference is a musical number haha. I know what you’re all thinking, it’s actually going to be a duet with another Elder and we decided to have a little bit of fun with it. I think President and the rest of the zones with enjoy it.

Not much else has happened in Domboshava, or in the zone. I’m glad you’re all safe and are having such a wonderful time spending time with each other. I wish I could be there, but I guess this is where I need to be.

Much love,

Elder Robison.

I know missionaries aren’t allowed to hold babies, but this is unique. This is my companion and his baby nephew that he met for the first time! He was so excited to see his sister in law and his new cute relative.

 

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Temple!

Hey guys,

I guess you’ve already heard that there will be a temple in Zimbabwe, Harare! I’m so excited for this beautiful country. The saints here really deserve it. How it used to work was members would have to get a passport so that they could get a bus down to South Africa. It’s a really long and exhausting process so I’m very happy that the people here can now enjoy the blessings of having a temple at their fingertips. I’m expecting some serious work to go down these upcoming months now that there’s going to be a temple here. President Mkabelah is also feeling very pleased at the news and also wants us to work very hard to get as many people there as we can.
These last few months I’ve dropped to about 195lbs 😬. I think it’s because of soccer. Almost every Saturday we play soccer and they love watching me play. I’m a good sport so I just go along with it. You know how competitive I am so I play super hard and I end up just sweating in the end. I’m also by far the biggest guy out there so getting aggressive can be fun. People will just bounce off of me as I try to steal the ball haha. It’s all good fun and it’s actually a really good contacting opportunity seeing that Saturdays are usually a joke in our area.
Our area is going really nice. At church we had 15 investigators at church and 7 of them were fathers. Our entire gospel principals class is just full of baba’s, either investigator or recent convert. President Mkabelah was very pleased to see the work we are putting in this branch. Hopefully we won’t see any hiccups as we try to lead them to baptisms. No baptism this week or the next, but the one after we’re expecting about 8. All are very humble, as is everyone in this awesome town, and they all are always excited about learning more. I can really see the Lord softening these peoples hearts and preparing their minds as we’ve found these people. Lately people have been very receptive and they’re all just inviting their friends to come to church.
Quick funny story a member left his phone on a combi and he stopped us as soon as it happened. So long story short we got in a car chase with a combi and ended up rescuing this members phone, pretty sweet haha.
So it’s MLC tomorrow and tonight we’re dining at Presidents house so all is well in Zimb at the moment. The members are pumped about the temple, and I’m even more pumped about the work.
Much love,
Elder Robison

I can’t remember if I sent this already or not :/
PS a new sister here knows the Davis’s. She’s from Alta High, her name is sister Walbeck.IMG_0691.JPG