House Hunting

Hey guys,

My oh my am I tired. So it was a lot of driving this week, plus a lot of things to do to get ready for the upcoming transfer. Out of the blue President decides that 3 new areas need to be opened and we need houses for all three, plus two more houses for already existing areas. My objective was to find and prepare all of these houses before the upcoming transfer on the 17th of January. Impossible?! Maybe! But I’m just going to do my best and see how it goes.

The whole process just takes forever. I have to find a house then get the landlord to agree to our lease so that we can start leasing it as soon as possible. Then we have to furnish the place and make sure everything is in place for the missionaries to move in. Finding these houses also included a lot of driving! More road trips! On Wednesday we drove all the way down to Kwekwe to see about renting 2 houses. Well it was a total mess, but as soon as we were finally able to come to agreements with the landlords our work was done. My companion actually completed law school before he came on a mission so that really helped. Then I told him how much of a Monopoly master I was and he just said “your’re on” haha. Yeah doing this business has really opened my eyes. After our trip we returned to the office the next day and Elder Selcho just said, “I don’t know how ya did it, to be your age and doing these things really astounds me”. It actually astounds me as well because it has really caught my attention. Although I didn’t always know it, real estate has really peaked my interest. I dunno maybe it’s something to think about for when I get home.

Well unfortunately I have to meet with a landlord NOW and have to take care of a whole lot of other stuff today, so my pday is kinda wasted. It’s okay though, business keeps me happy. As long as I’m doing the right thing I’m all good. I hope I got to answer all of your questions when I skyped on Sunday. I really loved the card board cut out! Please keep that for me haha.

Anyways I’m sorry this email is short, but duty calls. Hope you have a good week, and a happy new year!

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Christmas Box!

Hey guys,

‘Tis the day before Christmas! Christmas isn’t quite as big here which is kinda sad, but oh well. After last years Christmas it’s not like I could expect much. But this year’s Christmas is a little better! I actually got quite a number of gifts from office staff, investigators, members and contractors! And my package came! I was sooo happy! Last year I treated my self with a can of soup, this year that’s gonna change. I’ve really gotten past feeling about Christmas though, I mean I’ve already missed it once. This year is a little easier for me, last year it hit me hard.

Nothing really interesting happened this week. President was out of town conducting interviews and we were just preparing the office for people to Skype home. This time around we have a lot of Americans in the field so we’ll have a lot of people who will want to Skype.

Yesterday I was so over excited! Minutes after my package came I turned around the corner to my desk I saw a big present full of food for me! Thank you Elder a Sister Selcho! I just threw myself in to Elder Selcho’s office and gave him a big hug. I’m just so full of GOOD right now, I feel like I could just buy someone anything. I really should give some gifts in return, or even share mine because we got waaaay too much chocolate. I can really start to feel that difference between giving and receiving gifts from people. I have found that there is just as much, if not more joy from giving gifts rather than receiving them. Recently in my scripture studies I’ve really tried to find the meaning of the word joy and examples of people feeling that “joy”. I’ve tried to understand how I can feel that joy, and what I can do to have that joy with me always. I found so many heartwarming stories, and I so badly wanted to find out “what makes me happy”. Over my last 15 months of being on a mission I’ve found that I’m most happy when I lose myself in serving others, and making others smile. When I share our special message about Jesus Christ I love the presence of the Spirit, and the familiarity of that feeling in others hearts. I loved lighting the world! It was a special experience, and it’s one that I’ll never forget.

“Fear not: for I bring you good tidings of great JOY”

“These things have I spoken unto you, that my JOY might remain in you, and that your JOY might be full.”

“And for this cause ye shall have fulness of JOY; and ye shall sit down in the kingdom of my Father; yea, your JOY shall be full, even as the Father hath given me fulness of JOY; and ye shall be even as I am, and I am even as the Father; and the Father and I are one;”

And just for the heck of it, I’ll just share with you my favorite scripture…

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”IMG_1739

#LightMutare

Hey guys,

So last week was a pretty crazy one for sure, and it started with more Christmas Devotionals. On Wednesday Bindura and Marimba zones had their devotional, then Thursday it was for Harare East and Mutare. Now Mutare was originally supposed to come to Harare for their devotional, but literally only the day before President was inspired to do something else. We changed all of our plans to head to Mutare which is about 250km away, and brought Harare East zone with us. After only one missionary vehicle accident arriving to Mutare we had our Christmas devotional, and I and my companion and two sisters had a piece! We sang “Come, Lord Jesus Come” from “Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World”. I brought my guitar and President really enjoyed it.

After the devotional the real fun began, we lit up Mutare! The real reason we brought everyone to Mutare was so that we could just flood the streets with flyers and pass along cards. The perception and image of the church in Mutare is really poor, President just felt so motivated to go down there and flood this light to the streets of Mutare. In fact he was so motivated he even lead the way haha. As our group of like 50 missionaries walked down the streets together President was stopping every Kombi and passenger in sight, telling them about the church. The objective of this trip was to get the idea of this being a “satanic church” out of their heads. So I made sure that every conversation I had, I used the name Jesus Christ and testified of his Divinity and love for all mankind. It was sooo much fun too see the work of God unfold in such a beautiful place.

The next day we did what President calls “Hit the streets!’ in another part of Mutare, and we had extra forces! We brought ANOTHER zone from Harare to join with us this day and we just walked every street we could telling people about the church. At the devotional President stated that we are “at war”. So we geared up and gave it every thing we had.

I and my companion actually did something rather funny. We saw a maaaasssive wedding taking place at a conference center. The main event was a loud sermon being given by a feminine evangelist. We just looked at each other and said “we have nothing to lose”. So I just confidently walked in to the complex and started giving people pamphlets haha. By the time I reached the doors to the main center where the preaching was happening I started telling the ladies who worked there about Jesus Christ. They were so confused! They were like “uh can’t you hear we’re listening to the gospel?” So I just boldly testified about Christ and his restored church, then they as I tried forcing my way in they just kicked me out hahahaha. SO SICK! I don’t think I had ever felt so alive! I think they were kind of angry that I would be confident enough to do something like that. Well I’m not ashamed, nor am I afraid of the message we share. This gospel is centered on Jesus Christ and he is our Savior. I love Him with all of my heart and I feel so privileged to testify of Him every day. Much like what Moroni says in Moroni 1:3 “I will not deny the Christ”. Maybe barging in to a wedding wasn’t the best idea, but I think what I was trying to accomplish was to prove to myself that the message that I share can be shared with anyone, never fearing and never doubting.

So that was my week, full of adventure! The drive was long and the work took place on Saturday so that’s why I wrote to you today.

Light the world!

Transfersssssss, and Zimbo Christmas!!!

Hey guys,

Man it was a hectic week for real. This week all of the new missionaries came in and everything went wrong. The missionaries flights were delayed, and the bus that was bringing in the trainers to pick the new missionaries up broke down, ugh. Nothing really went right, but I guess part of what being a leader about is proper planning, and decision making. You gotta kinda be quick on your feet sometimes and just make decisions so that meetings and stuff like that don’t get delayed.
Literally the day after all of those missionaries left is when we had to take off to Gweru for our Christmas Devotional. It was actually really fun! We had the respective zones prepare presentations and Choirs, we had a TON of food, and a white elephant gift exchange. You know missionaries, buying toilet paper and cologne and then wrapping it up in pamphlet boxes haha, oh well. That was my last Christmas devotional and thank goodness. That was sooo hectic.
After the devotional we made our way to Bulawayo. After arriving is when we found that there was no where for us to sleep! After the recent transfers the missionary houses were full! We managed to scramble two old mattresses from another flat and sleep on them in a house full of Elders with no fans! Have I ever told you how hot Bulawayo is? It’s blazing! It’s a scorching desert! Well the fun had to end and so we actually drove back to Harare today. We just had to take care of a few errands in the morning and then we were gond, about 6 hours to Harare.
Like I said in my last email Elder Gunther will be training this transfer and was just super excited. He’s a great missionary.
To end my email I’ll share with you a few things President shared with us at the Christmas Devotional. He really emphasized what we can do as missionaries to emphasize following the example of Jesus Christ. “Jesus Christ healed the sick, and so can you! Elders, you have the Priesthood! Jesus Christ would sometimes walk for days to preach the gospel, with out a car and so can you!” Everyone got kind of a crack out of that one. To end he shared with us a scripture. In 3 Nephi 27:21 The Savior says…

21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do;

Well I guess I’ll be talking to ya soon, stay safe, and Happy Holidays!
Much love, 

Elder Robison

A very spiritual week

Hey guys,

Well you can tell by the title of the email that indeed, my week was full of spiritual experiences. One of them being the baptism of the Chitima family, and Brother Thomas! He was just so happy that day. Through hard work, and extreme perseverance he smoked his last cigarette and entered the waters of baptism! The testimony of both Brother Chitima and Brother Thomas were so sincere, and so heartwarming. Brother Thomas’ wife was crying the whole time, she was just so overwhelmed with joy. People always say “we haven’t had this many baptisms in years!” We had huge support from the Ward the whole time, and the whole experience was just so special to me.
Today is also another crazy day, so my email is going to be a bit short but as I’m writing to you guess who entered the room? Elder Hamilton from the Area Presidency! This weekend the Harare Stake is splitting in to two and two new Stake Presidents will be called! The interviews were being done here at the office earlier today for the new Stake Presidents, so as I’m just writing here comes this man with a big grin on his face and says “Hello Elders! Good to see you!” It totally caught me off guard.
Well today is kind of a weird P-day. We had to take some people to the hospital, more missionaries were involved in car accidents. All of this happening at the same time as we’re trying to finalize the transfer sheet and the logistics before we send it out today! I’ll be able to see Elder Gunther for the first time in like forever. He’s been down in Bulawayo this whole time. He’s going to come to Harare to receive instruction on how to become a trainer!
Well things are really kicking in with the Christmas initiative and it’s getting lively down here. Our missionaries have gotten really excited about it and are passing those cards out everyday trying to share the Saviors light. It was even announced on the radio repeatedly what were trying to do, the members got really excited about that. What’s happening in Zimbabwe actually reminds me of an actual candle. That candle lighting other candles creating a chain reaction in lighting the whole world. I’ve gotten really excited about it.
Well that’s it for this week. By the way bond notes have finally come out. The lines at the banks haven’t gotten any shorter, and life for Zimbabweans hasn’t gotten any easier. I wanted to send you a picture of what they look like but I ended up spending them as soon as I got them, because they’re inflating already :/. I bet you could just look them up on the internet.
Anyways have a great week, see you on Christmas! Don’t forget to share your light!
Much love,
Elder Robison

Zimbabwe Harare Mission
65 Enterprise Rd
Zimbabwe, Harare
PS I always forget to tell you, did you know my companion knows Derrick Harris?! He served in my companion’s ward in Kenya, Athi River Ward hahah
PPS I have pictures of the baptism but they’re on another camera! I’ll see if I can send them tomorrow.