Wedding! Guitar Strings??^^

Hey guys,
So the guitar strings finally came! Yay I’ve been waiting so long thanks guys, preciate it. Also, today we had a wedding for the Nyika’s! I haven’t told you about ’em yet but I’m getting there. Soon after the baptism we baptized all 5 of them, a whole family! The whole time I was just thinking “man, families really are forever huh”. Yup, their goal already is to be sealed in the temple a year from now and I couldn’t be more excited.
So the Nyika’s are a family that we’ve been teaching in our area for quite some time but as usual the only thing that delayed us was a civil marriage, and that was today! I’ll tell you a quick story about Baba Nyika. At first it was his wife joining our services and she was in love since the beginning. She had some friends in the church so it was easy. After finally meeting him and teaching him the restored gospel he agreed the invitation to come to church. Sure enough he came! And in Priesthood attire! We were so proud of him, and before he realized it he had some friends in the church too. Guys listen, the only reason this worked like it did was… friendship. Showing Christlike love for everyone. I can tell you it is so much easier to endure through life’s challenges, and remain true to the faith when you have a friend to help you along the way. Let me share with you a scripture in my favorite (not) book of the Old Testament. In Ecclesiastes 3…
9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
On another note last week we witnessed a few miracles. So my designated Ward is Borrowdale, but sometimes we work in Highlands Ward because there are not missionaries and it’s right next to the office. Last week we attended Highlands Ward and 15 investigators came to church, many it was their first time! Lucky we were there, we were able to get all of their contact information and visit them during the week. That night when I gave our indicators to our Zone Leaders I immediately get a call to a voice saying “men of God!!!”. I don’t remember the last time assistants had that many investigators come to church and or be baptized. Luck? Fortune? Blessings? I hope it’s the third one. My companion and I have really been striving for the extra mile when it comes to obedience. We really want to set a tone for the mission.
President is certain that obedience, diligence, and hard work starts with leaders. A good leader can set the tone for everyone who he’s been giving stewardship and accountability for. They really are game changers and President is very careful who he selects. It’s also amazing to see how much people are watching us. It’s kind of frightening because if you mess up, you put the whole mission in jeopardy. Just last week one of our recent converts said her friends took a picture of us and sent them to her as we were walking down the street. We were baffled at how people will just observe us and watch us like that. It really is amazing how much of a difference we can make with out even saying a word, just by the things we do.
Those are my thoughts for the week, have a great one.
Much love,
Elder Robison.

Handiskuda Kukupa Mari!!!

Hey guys,

More Shona haha. It means “I don’t want to give you money!” haha. Friday night, my companion and I went to town for dinner. We sat out side and ALL the kids starting just running to me, asking me for money. Normally I just tell them Handina Mari (I have no money), but they never believe me and just keep asking. Finally I just asked my companion how to say I don’t want to give you money and it worked! It may sound mean but hey, it’s effective. No more asking for my mari!

This week was a week of getting things done. Many items from the action items list were scratched off, and we are well on our way to improving this mission. The Epworth house is complete, the Mbare house is almost ready to move in to, the Enterprise house is well on its way, and the new transfer house now has a new carpet. The last thing that I have to do is to find cleaning ladies. Some have been found in Bindura, but that’s only Bindura, we need more. The mission is still climbing with it’s number and with these miracles we’re seeing in Bindura, we’re bound to hit our goal. This is a joined effort though, many zones though struggling now have put in the work necessary to be where we are. Much credit is owed to them.

Lately some companionship’s have been having some difficulty getting a long with each other. Last week we were sent to Chitungwiza to talk to two Elders who weren’t getting a long. We tried explaining the value and importance of companionship unity in the area, and how important it is so the spirit will work through us. After a short discussion they decided to reason with one another and settle their differences. I think I’ve told you that I’ve had some pretty good companions so far. We were always able to teach in unity and it has helped me so much with the work. Because of that I think I’m going to make some life long friends out of it. My companion really is my friend and I love him. Yesterday two of our area seventies Elder Ellis, and Elder Palmer had just arrived and were chatting in the parking lot. When they saw us they wanted us to greet them and the first thing Elder Palmer asked me was “do you love your companion” like an idiot I replied “well, I guess. It depends what kind of love do you mean?” They laugh and explain to me the love Jesus had for his brethren and I said “well in that case ya, I do love my companion”. In my opinion it is so much easier to love than to hate, and I’m grateful for that knowledge.
Today we went to Bindura again to drop some stuff off and help some of the missionaries. Woohoo… Pdays. But it was good, I enjoyed it. It’s a really beautiful drive, and portions of it are surrounded by billions of orange trees. They’re really good.
Nothing else happened this week that’s really worth telling you so I’ll just keep it to myself haha. Mission life is still really good, and I’m still enjoying it. To end this email I just share one small scripture. In Moroni 10:20-21 it says…

20 Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must also be charity.

21 And except ye have charity ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God; neither can ye be saved in the kingdom of God if ye have not faith; neither can ye if ye have no hope.

To have charity is actually a commandment. But why? In the rest of the chapter Moroni actually goes on to summarize basically the New Testament, but why charity? Why is faith and hope not good enough? This is something I’ll be thinking about this week, What does it really mean to have charity?
Hope all is well, have fun in school. PEACE.
Much love,
Elder Robison.

Just another week…

Hey guys,

So last week not much happened, but I’ll share with you something that DID happen. So we’re still visiting and teaching the Thomas’ and last week we brought Brother Jack with us. He was so excited to go with us and I’m glad we brought him too, because some of the things he said opened my mind to newer solutions to Brother Thomas’ addiction to smoking. We went in initially to teach Sister Thomas more about the Holy Ghost. When we got there He started explaining his struggles again with his smoking, and we’ve been trying so hard to help him. Normally my brain kicks in to “the atonement”, but when I let Brother Jack speak something else came to my mind. He mentioned studying the scriptures and finding strength in others testimonies that are written in the Book of Mormon. My thoughts immediately turned to Alma 48:17 that talks about Moroni. Before I even said anything, Brother Thomas just stared going on and on about how he just loves Moroni! He’s read the Book of Mormon before, and he could just go on and on about Moroni, he really looks up to him. Then I turned to that scripture and it says
“Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been,and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold,the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever;yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.”
After I had him read that verse his eyes started tearing and his heart was just swollen with joy. He wants so badly to be like Moroni. He doesn’t want the devil to have any power over him anymore. I told him to write the verse down so that he could be reminded of Moroni every time he feels tempted. Brother Jack was also generous enough to lend Brother Thomas a picture of a temple, so that he could be reminded of what his goal is, which is to be sealed to his wife for all time and eternity.
That’s about the only spiritual experience I had all week. I was too busy with housing and other things to teach any other lessons. I’ve had to search for 2 new houses for missionaries to stay in, and also keep an eye on some renovations that I authorized. I feel like doing all of these housing things is really helping me for the future. I’m now grasping the concept of leasing a house, pricing and all that stuff.
Sometimes people really don’t see or appreciate the work I do haha. I think people still have the mentality that we just sit at the office and do nothing. The opposite is true! Although sometimes I feel like what I’m doing isn’t really missionary work, I try not to put myself down. What I’m doing is equally important in moving along the work of the Lord.
Yesterday I saw a white family walk in to the office called the Nields. They just took pictures of me and said “give me your mom’s phone number so I can call her and let her know that I saw you!” They also said that they know Alpine very well and would be more than happy for me to give them a package to send to you. They travel back and forth quite frequently also, so they said you could give them a package as well for them to send back to me. It’s a small world when you’re in the church. and these people love missionaries too much so they would do anything for me haha.
That’s about it, I hope all is well. School starts soon!
“SCHOOL TIME, SCHOOL TIME, DIRTY ROTTEN RULE TIME!”
~Dad
Hahahaha
Elder Robison.

Zimbabwe Harare Mission
65 Enterprise Rd
Zimbabwe, Harare
P-days are awful.

 

Basarakaoma!‏

Hey guys,

Well this week was probably the most hectic, and stressful week of my entire life. It was transfer days and we had to take care of about 26 missionaries at a time. Taking them back and forth between places, making sure their getting on the right bus and where. There were missionaries leaving, trainers, and the next day trainees. New missionaries came in and President couldn’t be happier. Everything that was happening in the last week is normally done with four missionaries, but it was just the two of us. President likes to call us troopers. We just endured our trials with patience and kept pressing forward. While searching my scriptures I actually found a verse that helped me out a lot. In 1 Peter 2:19-23 it reads…

“For this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well,and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:”

If we really want to call ourselves Christ’s followers, that means we really have to follow in his footsteps. He endured every trial and temptation with patience, and he did it for us.
So being the two tallest missionaries in the entire mission, and both being AP’s, someone came up with a nickname for us. He called us the Alps haha. I laughed so hard I wanted to die. Yes of course! We’re the Alps!
On another note I crashed the brand new Isuzu haha. Nothing much just a small fender bender. It was the first of many stressful things that happened on Monday. Every day of the last week started out the door at 7:00, I just felt like I absolutely didn’t have the time to deal with such things. President forgave me and knows that it’s an accident, so I’m still driving. I think he can see that driving in this country is kind of nuts too, so he understands. Plus he knows how much driving I do. With all of the errands that I have to run and work that I have to do, I’ve put about 9K Km on the truck since I’ve been here. That’s just too much.
Leaving the door at 7:00 means no working out, and I’m doing a lot of sitting and eating soooo I’m a little out of shape haha. I just look at myself and think “Mission life isn’t the time to get ripped, just focus on your purpose”. I’ll just get in real good shape when I get home.
Funny quick story, the guy I crashed in to was in a rush (and so was I) so we just exchanged phone numbers. We just payed for his repairs and then the next thing I know I look at my phone and see a text saying “where is your church I want to come.” If someone crashed in to me that wouldn’t be the first thing I would ask haha. I asked him where he lives and it’s RIGHT next to my assigned Ward! I’m so excited, maybe this was meant to be? I dunno, I just am really looking forward to seeing him on Sunday.
Mission life is sick, and I’m loving every second of it. Take care.
Much love,
Elder Robison. IMG_1498.JPG