Grindin’ it

Hey guys,

Sorry this email will be quite short. Got lots goin’ on today! And not very much to report about my week:(. So life outside of the office just like last week is in full swing! We’ve been putting in a lot of work to build up our teaching pool and find more investigators to come to church. I have seen the hand of the Lord in our efforts and we have found lots of success, but there is still room to improve.
Yesterday we brought in a few different characters to church. We had an ex-convict and a cripple in a wheelchair both show up to church with their wives. It was so sweet! I was so humbled by their sacrifice and magnificent character.
We’ve been doing a lot of driving lately to and from different cities in our zone for interviews. Pretty sweet! It’s kind of annoying sometimes but it’s a good thing! We’re bringing many souls unto Christ! Our goal as a zone for February was set at 45. We’ve got some high hopes!
Anyways today is a day of basketball, and soon we have to head on over to the bus station to pick stuff up for our zone. Life as a ZL is great! I’m loving the work, trying hard to set an example every day. I’m cherishing every moment.
So on Tuesday Elder Ellis from the Area Presidency is coming to instruct us on a few things so that’ll be pretty interesting. Tuesday is also Marin’s birthday! Happy Birthday Marin!!! All grown up! Have you gotten a ride in the stang?! haha.
Things are good, again sorry for the short email, next week I’ll have a little more time. PEACE!

 

Elder Robison

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No sun, just rain…

Hey guys,

So week one out of the office was pretty good. It’s been a little weird not seeing President everyday, but if has been really good for me. I was there for way too long.
So I’m sitting here in what looks like one of the worst internet cafe’s I have ever seen haha. I got the last computer here in the corner next to the manager and the printer. I have a broken chair, the mouse is on top of the computer, and the keyboard is on my lap soooo bare with me for the simplicity of this email haha. But I have soo much to tell you about this week! First off it was raining like my whole first week and continues to go on and off so the roads are suuuper muddy. So I no longer have a truck so it’s been a lot of walking, in the mud! I got so excited when I strapped on my tracting boots for the first time in like forever.
There is also a sweeeet Schwarma place just down the road, it is sooo good. I paid for it with the only currency that I have which is bond notes. Last time my entire $140 Allotment came to me in 2 note bond notes haha. It’s just a massive stack of green! It doesn’t really effect me. As long as I can buy groceries and buy everything that I need to I’m fine.
Also can I say this place has the sickest branch president! My previous 2 companions have served here and they just said the same thing, “You’re going to love your branch president”. This branch is under the mission so that means President Mkhabela is the head of this branch as well. President Chiwaka (my new branch president) is like only 28 years old and owns a barber shop haha. He loves helping us and is very organized and focused. He can give the sickest white guy cuts on the block.
The members here are also very tender and sweet and are more than willing to help us out to find people to teach. It’s really just watching a miracle at work, watching the Lord work through these members as we just teach the lessons. Elder Mtetwa’s converts are the sweetest. The dad is a spy for the police, and is already a second counselor in the branch presidency.
Another sweet thing about Kadoma is basketball! They have a nice chapel here with a full size basketball court outside! The members and us play basketball there every Monday.
One crazy thing that happened this week that just humbled me to the core was a some members that we visited last week. We had to park the car like a mile away because the road leading to their house turned in to a running river. So we pushed ourselves through the muggy swamp as we raced to our appointment that night that we had made with the Kantaza family. When we get there it’s just a very humble home of a miner family. They see us and feel so bad about our pants and socks and shoes so they insisted on washing them for us! They gave us pants, and socks to borrow, and polished our shoes to perfection! I was so touched, that a family with so little would commit such simple sacrifice. It really taught me a lesson about humility.It reminded me of the words from King Benjamin…

In Mosiah 4:11 it says… “And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.”

Well life is good and I am enjoying missionary work every day.

Much love,

Elder Robison

HAR—>KAD

IMG_1810Hey guys,

Well it took a while, but after 6 long transfers, and 9 long months, the time has finally come. I’m leaving the office. I have served my purpose, and I did it with all of my heart. I’ll be leaving Harare to go to a town called Kadoma about 2 hours from here, and my new companion will be Elder Blignaut. Well since I’ve been here I’ve learned a lot, and I’m grateful for being given the opportunity to serve in such marvelous capacities. It was hard at times, but I’m glad I saw it through and persevered. I’ll be re-assuming my position as zone leader in charge of a zone that just got 8 new additional sister missionaries… eish. Haha I’m sure I’ll be fine. President explained to me his decision making in to why he needs me there. Suffice it for me to say it was just my time, and President needs my leadership elsewhere. It’s a zone that has been struggling of late, my job is to give it a boost and to hopefully turn all of these mission branches where I’m serving in to a District! My zone is kind of spread, it’s between three cities (you can look them up if you want), Chegutu, Kadoma, and Kwekwe. I hope I can live up to the expectations that President has of me.

So my week has been pretty good. The Carrells came, so they’ll be taking over office duties from now on. The Assistants are back to a lot more proselyting time which is good. I really am going to miss this ward though. All of the Mexican food, and sweet, humble people that have made my missionary experience here so enjoyable. I’m going to miss the Chitima’s, and the Thomas’. Really these two families are what made my stay here such a delight. It’s a shame that I won’t be able to see them progress, but this is missionary work, no room for complaints.

One awesome experience happened last week at church. So it was fast a testimony Sunday and people were all taking turns bearing their testimony. Presiding at the meeting was Elder Dube from the Seventy! The only Zimbabwean area seventy! (And my new zone covers his hometown). Anyways at the meeting Brother Thomas got up in his new suit. He just boldly walked up their in his tennis shoes and sat in the back waiting for his turn. As he began to speak I immediately began to feel the Holy Ghost. He testified of the reality of Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon; and of how much the book, and this church has blessed his life immensely. When he closed he explained he was still learning, but he will continue learning until the day he dies. Then he closed by saying “that is my first testimony… in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen”. Everyone was just so stunned and amazed. When he took his seat Elder Dube got up to finish the meeting with his closing testimony. He called Brother Thomas and told him “I’ve been in the church for 31 years, and I’m still learning. So don’t worry Brother Thomas, we’re in this together”. Brother Thomas’ testimony was so profound, so sweet. I’ll never forget the time that I spent here.

WELL I guess you’ll have to start writing to me on Sundays again, I’m a normal missionary now haha. Not that I wasn’t a missionary before, it was just different. I can’t wait too see what the Lord has in store for me, I’ve still got some time so don’t expect any slack from me!

Much Love, Elder Robison

Loooong Week With a Fresh Ending

Hey guys,

Well what can I say, not a lot happened this week. A lot more errands to run, and a lot more things to do to close this transfer. We had MLC last week and it was really good. We set goals for the year of 2017 and tried to see where we could improve as a mission. As a mission last year we had 1818 baptisms, which beat last years record of 1796, and we did it with half as many missionaries :). Yeah we reeaally pushed ourselves this year, and as a result, we saw some pretty great miracles. For the upcoming transfers President wants to focus on some other areas that haven’t received much attention so we should be seeing some results really soon.

Like I said it was a pretty long week, and a lot of things going on at once, but nothing really worthy of mentioning. After my long week, it was Friday night, after countless hours of standing up or driving, we had a break. After pondering about the week in the office, I turned to my companion and said, “we need to go and see someone”. He said “who do you want to see?” After calling about 3 different investigators or recent converts they all said they were busy and would have to wait until next week. I was a little bit disappointed, but then I turned to one last phone number in my phone. I turned to my companion and said “what about Vanessa? Perfect.” So I called her then what do you know she was very available and really wanted to see us. She was baptized clear back in June, and has been coming to church ever since, but sometimes leaves the country so she hasn’t been around for some time. In our previous appointment with her we challenged her to read the entire Book of Mormon in a year, kind of like you guys! To our disappointment we found she hadn’t been reading at all. So we took the whole hour with her just reading from the Book of Mormon. As we were reading questions arose, and I could just see the light coming from her eyes as she read. The chapter had answered many questions that she had, and reading with her gave her a new spark and desire to continue on her own. I’m grateful for the Book of Mormon and the power that it has. I’m even more grateful to be a witness everyday of the power and influence that it has in others lives.

So it was a long week, but it ended on a good note. Actually all of the stress and work has chipped away like 2Kg’s which I’m so grateful for, but it’s not the healthiest way to get it done. I know this work to be true, and I’m ever thankful for the experiences that I’ve been given, and for the light that He has given me in this spiritual journey

“For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and a marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other—either to the convincing of them unto peace and life eternal, or unto the deliverance of them to the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds unto their being brought down into captivity, and also into destruction, both temporally and spiritually, according to the captivity of the devil, of which I have spoken.”