Discipline

Hey guys,
This week surprisingly was actually full of adventure. It all started with a certain Elder (I won’t tell you the name) who wasn’t doing so hot. He was sent to train in this first transfer but something really bad happened. He was emergency transferred to be with I and Elder Mtetwa since Tuesday. He wasn’t really sure what was going to happen to him, but he knew that it was serious. On Thursday he even came with us all the way to Mutare to drop off a car for some missionaries. On our way there he wanted to listen to music that wasn’t very appropriate, but I was very proud of myself and held firm in my decision to listen to EFY the whole 3 hours there haha. He didn’t like it very much, but it was the right thing to do. We left to Mutare kind of late so as soon as we got there we just dropped off the car and left. We had an appointment at 7:00 so we had to you know, get back a little quicker than normal. I think I got back in just over 2 hours haha. I’m obedient! I promise, but you gotta do what you gotta do. The worth of a soul is great in the sight of God right? So we had to get back quick so we could teach a lesson. That’s dedication!
The next day (Friday) started like any other day with the three of us, but upon our return to the office we made a discovery. On Sister Peterson’s desk there’s a basket that normally has flight itineraries for certain people and Elder Chlarson so it and almost started to cry. President hadn’t explained to him yet that he was being sent home, he discovered it by seeing his name and flight details to leave Zimbabwe that afternoon.
The reason I titled this email discipline is this; it all begins with a scripture that comes to my mind… “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:11. When we came on our missions we promised the Lord to serve with all of our “Might, mind, and strength” “Never looking back”. D&C 11:20, Luke 9:62. We are expected to honor this promise so that we can be successful in all aspects of missionary work. No one said missionary work is easy, and sometimes the expectations can seem high, but we’re the Lord’s servants and we are on his errand. There is no task, big or small, that we are not promised that we can accomplish according to our faith. As missionaries we are promised health, strength, wisdom, and protection, but to qualify for these blessings we must obey. “I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.” D&C 82:10. Elder Chlarson has a little bit of… growing up to do. President Mkhabela told him to learn discipline, then he can come back.
One last thing that happened this week was another visit with brother Thomas. He’s still struggling with smoking, and things are only getting worse. He’s getting more stressed at work, and his wife’s health is declining. He has been screaming from his heart “Why God are you doing this to me?” Sometimes Satan can do that to us. He knows where we are going and what we are striving for and he puts us down again and again. After we talked for a little bit he said he had found new strength. I told him to read about Captain Moroni again (his favorite). The lesson was really good, and he really wants to improve so badly, even with everything that is happening to him. After the closing prayer this scripture came to my mind. In D&C 121 this is where the young prophet Joseph Smith was thrown in to Liberty Jail. He was crying to God, in supplication for the Saints. He was asking “Oh God, where art thou?” the scripture that came to my mind was the response “My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.” After remembering that scripture I got a little bit teary and really prayed hard for him that night for greater strength against his temptation of smoking. Please remember him in your prayers. He really is trying so hard to become a member of the church and change. He wants to be on God’s side, and fight for righteousness. I love him with all my heart and it is my prayer that at the day of judgement he can be found favorable in the sight of God.
That’s everything this week, I’m really glad to see everyone is doing okay. I love hearing about missionary experiences of your own. YUP next week I turn a year. That’s like the first of these great milestones that I’ll be hitting. Only have to miss one more Christmas, thanksgiving, birthday… Then I’m home.

Much love,
Elder Robison.
Zimbabwe Harare Mission
65 Enterprise Rd
Zimbabwe, Harare
THREE pictures this time. One with Elder Gunther… sweet kid. Did you also know that in our mission there’s an Elder Elder??? Also did you know that I live right next to the statehouse? I really shouldn’t be taking pictures like this buuuut I couldn’t resist!

Finally!‏

Hey guys,
Guess who arrived? Elder Gunther! Wow that was a mess. So on Tuesday we picked up 8 missionaries in the afternoon coming from the Johannesburg MTC. Elder Gunther and the Provo MTC group came that night at around 9:00. Well two Elders missed their flight due to peculiar reasons and one was Elder Gunther, dang it! So the next day they managed to catch another flight and there he was! He was so excited to see me. He knew that I was an AP, but he didn’t know that it was going to be I and my companion who were picking him up from the airport. We just gave each other a big hug and acknowledged that both of us had changed. I also met Elder Huffaker. I told him that I was in his cousins Ward in Utah. He wasn’t as excited though because he was actually pretty sick:/. I also met and Elder Aden. He met Elder Davis in the MTC and told me that he said hi! Elder Adens friend was Dallin’s companion and Elder Davis told him to look for me when he gets to Zimbabwe! This group made this world seem really, really small all of a sudden.
That was the most exciting thing that happened this week but the next will blow your mind. Just a few days ago there was a huge (secretive) meeting at the Highlands chapel concerning the new Temple! I KNOW WHERE IT’S GOING TO BE BUILT!!! It hasn’t even been announced yet but it’s going to be right here in Highlands. The church notified all of the neighbors that we have to search their properties for the UP AND COMING TEMPLE!!! President then told me that the old transfer house is going to be demolished sooner that he anticipated so it’s done, the temple is so going to be right here.
No teaching appointments this week… boo. But that always happens during transfer week. We woke up at 5am every morning to get all of the stuff done necessary. On Thursday we were actually up at 4am, we were so exhausted. At the end of the week the only thing we treasured was sleep… My companion is still tired.
Sorry this email is short, power is out today so we have limited time for the generator. I wish I could tell you more, but I think I jotted down the main points. Still going strong, still loving the work,not even looking back.

Much love,

Elder Robison

Zimbabwe Harare Mission
65 Enterprise Rd
Zimbabwe, Harare
Sorry I took a picture with Elder Gunther but someone stole my memory card reader! I think it was President, he sometimes thinks that it’s his haha. Next week!

Transfer Prep‏

Hey guys,
So yeah, it’s been a week of preparing for transfers. 21 missionaries are coming in, including Elder Gunther! I already know his transfers hehehe. President sent him to Bulawayo to be with Elder Mkhalipi. I was kinda sad he wasn’t going to stay in Harare, but I shouldn’t interfere with the Lords work, that would be just wrong (JST, 1 Corinthians 7:29). Today is the day when transfer news is sent. Let me tell you, it is suuuuuch a pain preparing for this stuff. Making the new transfer sheet, creating the logistics, making sure the schedule for next week is all written up. It’s a very long and just boring process. Sooo with 21 missionaries coming in, they need 21 trainers. That’s 42 missionaries due for some training in Harare!!! It’s way too many for the space we have. Our transfer house can only hold about 20 at a time. It’s just a pain making the arrangements for everyone to sleep and get to where they’re supposed to go. Ugh, I’m tired haha. Next week no sleeeeep… It’s okay, I didn’t come on a mission to do what I wanted to do.
Due to Highlands productivity, this transfer we were placed in Highlands Ward along with the Sister Training Leaders haha. I totally didn’t rig this! All President’s decision, not mine. The mission is a lot bigger now so we had to open a lot of new areas like Masvingo! It was closed for a while but now it’s going to be opened again. So many memories. That house is absolutely horrific though, I hope they don’t get too scared. It’s kind of reminding me of my Masvingo days because I was trained with another American in my group in that house, now it’ll be the same. Two trainers and two American trainees, they’re gonna have so much fun haha.
In preparations for the transfers we sent Joel (our office go getter) to get us some new phones. He then comes back with these weird phones that have little cameras haha. I wanted one really bad, but it wasn’t right. In the office their used to be these big Samsung Galaxy Notes but due to misuse, I cannot reap those benefits. I’m just stuck with my Mbudzi phone (goat phone).
Soo BTW my scriptures that I’ve had since I was 8 finally fell apart (destroyed), so I bought some new ones here at the distribution center. It’s a nice new miniature quad with a snap. I really like it, but I’m gonna miss the attachment that I had with my old ones. These ones don’t have my name on them.
Also I can’t remember if I told you already, but last week that same lady who called you (mom) gave me all this kool-aide and taco seasoning and stuff. It’s soooo gooood. I bought some miniature flour tortillas at the white people spar (the only ones you can find in ZIm) for $5 for 10… Total ripoff, totally worth it. I got some mince, chopped up the tomatoes, got some lettuce, cheese, and some avocados and voila! The best dinner I HAVE EVER EATEN.
Sorry for the short email, and for no pictures AGAIN. But nothing actually happened this week that I felt was worthy of a picture. To end this email I’ll just share with you my new favorite scripture. In Psalms 27:1-4 it says…
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
I can’t remember if I shared this one with you already or not, but I really like it. I shared it with one of my investigators and he has made it a goal to enter His Temple.
Much love,
Elder Robison

Ndiri Kudzidza‏

Hey guys,
Ndriri kudzidza… It means “I’m learning”. Yup, this past week has been a tough one for me. A lot of pride swallowing and learning experiences came my way. My mission has really taught me how to cope with it though. I’ve been given some pretty good resources to be able to over come it. Best of all I’m now even able to learn from those experiences and learn how to be a better missionary, companion, and friend.
Eish so I can just tell you how it started. Lately I was put in charge of a mission wide one time cleaning for the missionaries houses. I had to call all of their bishops and explain to them that they need to find someone who could clean for us, for $20. It was a total mess and many people ended up not showing up and only half of the mission was clean because of it. Then the next day we drove to Kadoma to do some exchanges with the Zone Leaders. At our very first appointment we encountered someone who was possessed! That was the first time I had ever witnessed someone be possessed by a demon. During the lessons she looked like she was having a heart attack or she was choking or something. Then she ran inside the house and started yelling in Shona “in the name of Jesus come out of me!” I was really scared and was thinking the whole time… “Ahh come on give her a blessing, you have the priesthood!” When she ran inside though there was nothing we could do. We kept on waiting but we realized if we tried to sit her down she would start fighting, so we decided we would come back. I really got down on myself for not exercising my priesthood like I should have. I now know in the future if that happens exactly what to do.
Right after that encounter I get a call from President saying “Elder Robison you didn’t print those documents like I asked!” Eish… man I forgot. I was so disappointed in myself and I knew I had to improve. It was not a week ago when President took us to lunch, and they served us bad sadza. Then President told the waiter to tell the cook that it wasn’t good. Then he looked at us and said “if we never tell him, he’ll never improve”. That definitely came in handy for the rest of the week. I was able to look past my mistakes and improve.
The rest of the week was okay, just closing some missionary houses so I’ve had to deal with a lot of frustrating land lords.
This mission life has really helped me mature… a lot. I’m definitely a better person for it. I’m actually grateful for these great challenges that the Lord has given me this past week, isn’t that what this Gospel is all about? We knew coming down to this earth that we would face challenges, but the scriptures tell us that we rejoiced! Because God was going to give us a Savior. Someone for us to lean on, and depend on through these hard trials. So that in the end we can gain eternal perfection and be more like our Heavenly Father, and His Son Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 12:9
3 Nephi 12:48
Scriptures!!! <3<3<3<3

 

Much love,
Elder Robison.
PS Sorry no pictures, more next week! I PROMISE!!!