Hey, hey!

Hey guys,

Short email! Sorry but last week was transfers and today I’m in Harare
for MLC so Pakaipa! Everything in Bindura is great. It’s super
beautiful there. Lot’s of mountains and lakes and rivers and stuff.
Pictures really don’t suffice. I’ll have to send you a bunch next week
because I didn’t bring my flash! My new companion is called Elder
Kunene from South Africa. Really cool guy, going home next transfers
haha. I’m back in a truck (yeeesss), so life is right now is in 4WD
and full speed ahead!

I really miss you guys, and I apologize for the short email.
Everything is fine and I’m still kicking.

Keep the faith!

Much love,
Elder Robison

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KAD—>BIN

Hey guys,

I’m leaving Kadoma! Saaaad, I’m gonna miss that place! I made some
great friends there. And what makes it even sadder is that we were
supposed to have 5 baptisms last Sunday but they all got delayed to
next Sunday so I can’t see any of my converts get baptized. It’s okay
now, because I’m in Bindura! This place is like… the same. It’s hot,
dusty and really small. My area is called Trojan. It’s a mining
community on a hill, it looks really, really cool. I’ll send some
pictures next time. Well the work here is kind of tough because Trojan
is pretty far from the chapel and there are hardly any members who
live there. Also my companion and I are brand new and so we don’t know
where to go or who to see! Pakaipa!

Well not much can be said, my time is limited since I couldn’t write
to you on Monday. On Monday I played golf one last time with Brother
Jakarasi! Soo cool. I’m really gonna miss that family. I think I’ll
just sum up my entire Kadoma experience with a few pictures.

I’m entering my final stretch! 3 transfers to go!

Much love,
Elder Robison

Blessings

Hey guys,

Well it’s been a pretty good week. We had lots of lessons, extended
lots of baptismal dates, we had a marriage, we had a baptism, and I
got to speak to you guys yesterday! Blessed. It’s been a very good
week and it ended on a good note. Today we even played golf!

Maybe I can start with the marriage. Brother and Sister Chirenda
finally got married on Saturday. It was a great success, and it went
exactly the way they wanted to. I’ve actually never seen Brother
Chirenda so happy. We had a few members show up and it was just really
special. Their baptism will be next week. We’re praying that they will
be ready by that day.

After the marriage on Saturday we visited a member’s home with our
District Leader to do an interview for her 9 year old son. Nkululeko
Shumba (Liberation Lion). He got baptized yesterday. He’s a super cool
kid who knows English really well so he made things very easy. His mom
is a very devoted member and loves teaching her kids the Gospel. She
has another 5 year old and a 1 year old. Next is her husband! We’re
trying to land some time to meet with him so he can be united with his
family at church.

After all of the success we had a bit of a lackluster turnout at
church, but it’s okay. I’ll still be patient with our work. I know
we’re doing our best and that’s all the Lord requires. Then I was able
to skype you guys! Sorry if I wasn’t able to answer all of your
question’s, I guess you’ll just have to ask them in person when I get
back hehe.

Today was another golf day. I should be grateful for that blessing
haha you’re right. It was kind of an off day until the last two holes.
On the last two I had a par 4 and par 3, Woohoo! That felt super good
after a long and disappointing day. It included a few cool putts from
far away.

I know most of this email you already knew but I guess it’s a good
overview in writing. Looking forward to this last week of the transfer
then on to my 15 transfer as a missionary… yikes.

Much love,
Elder Robison

Crazy Lady!

Hey guys,

So some weird stuff has been happening around here for the last few
days. First off we teach a huge group of kids then in the middle of it
this large man busts through the crowd then grabs one kid by the
shirt, gives him a few beatings then throws him in the car. I was kind
of nervous and it happened so fast. I asked the kids who that was and
they said it was that boys, girlfriends dad. It turns out that kid
beat up his girlfriend and the dad wasn’t very happy about it (not
cool).

Another crazy thing happened the very next day when we were coming
down a turn we normally turn on when this crazy lady see’s us. We try
turning left then right as she was approaching to get out of her way,
but she wouldn’t let me pass. As she got to the car, she put her hands
on the hood and started shouting at us. She then starting beating the
car so I started reversing fast. I saw she was running so instead of
reversing I decided to go forwards. I skidded in to drive then turned
out of the way on to another road and she kept running at us haha. It
was so insane, we didn’t know what the heck was going on. No damage to
the car or to ourselves, so it’s okay haha.

Not minutes later when we got out of the car, we parked at a familiar
street. Soon all these little kids started running at us like they
always do shouting “Murungu!” I didn’t think anything of it. Then one
of them asks me to lift him up in the air, so I did (which was a
mistake, because if you do it to one, you have to do it to all of
them) and they all start chanting “Again! Again! Again!” it was really
cute. My companion has a video of all these kids chanting. I wish I
could send it but the file is too big :(.

In this email I really want to let you in on some of the new people
we’re teaching. One of them I have to tell you about is Brother Semba.
Cool dude! He’s like 60 years old, and accepted everything we had to
say. Piece of cake! He’s just so humble and teachable, he’s
incredible. We didn’t waste any time and invited him to be baptized on
the 28th of May, he said “That’s too late Elders, my wife and I need
to be baptized now!” We need to teach him some things, but he’s
totally ready. People keep walking in on the lessons, and he’s just
inviting more and more people to hear us teach. Seriously cool guy.

There is also another amazing lady we are teaching called Sister
Chauruka. She recently went through a divorce and is facing some tough
times trying to raise her kids. She’s been going church to church
thinking they could solve her problems. She was doing this until the
night we met her. She was very against our message, and what we had to
say. I think I’ve told you about her before, but we calmly answered
all her questions and asked her to pray about the Book of Mormon and
about Joseph Smith. Well that’s what she did! And you know what, she
got her answer! After reading the BoM with her one night she just
paused and looked at us then said “guys, I need to get baptized. I’m
tired of going church to church I just want to stay in this one.” As
we’ve been preparing her for baptism we’ve been teaching her a few of
the commandments. She’s had some issues but at the end of each lesson
she just says “guys, all I know is that God wants me to be baptized.
What ever it takes I’ll just do it whether I like it or not” soo
coool. I love her determination and conversion to the Lord. She did it
all by herself, so proud of her. This Gospel truly changes people, and
can turn their hearts to God. Our inside motto with SIster Chauruka is
“trust God”. Her experience reminds me of what I read a few days ago.
In Alma 19 this is the story of when Ammon converts all those
Lamanites, including the king Lamoni. After they arose, being filled
with so much of the spirit this is what happened. In Alma 19:33 it
says…

“And it came to pass that when Ammon arose he also administered unto
them, and also did all the servants of Lamoni; and they did all
declare unto the people the selfsame thing—that their hearts had been
changed; that they had no more desire to do evil.”

Many more people we’re teaching, and miracles are happening every day.
Just yesterday we extended 5 baptismal dates! So crazy! We now have 11
on date to be baptized in May.

I love the work, and the people I’m working with. I feel so blessed to
be where I am.

Much love,
Elder RobisonDSCN9945

Life

Hey guys,

Life is good! Real good! Everything just seems to be good right now. I
don’t know, I mean I just feel very content, healthy, and happy. The
Lord continues to pour out his blessings upon us and we find new
people to teach everyday. We found 2 more pastors! Ugh, I’m seriously
getting so tired of these bible pastors who think they know
everything. They take up so much of our time. We don’t even really
argue. We just go through our message and then he just starts
interrupting to tell us we’re wrong because he thinks otherwise. It’s
difficult, but kind of funny at the same time. Like obviously they’re
wrong and I have scriptures to prove it but we just listen. One of
them after the lesson thought i was mad at him and he got scared
because of my size haha. Just last night one of them walked in the
room as we we’re teaching one of our investigators. After our lengthy
discussion he told Elder Billings that he saw him in a vision! He said
just the other night he dreamed he saw Elder Billings. He said in the
dream he saw Elder Billings was sick, and he went on to explain some
pretty weird things. After explaining his vision he said he was
worried for us and our well being, and tried to convince us that we
were in trouble….. Pfff hahahahaha. We don’t know what it means, but
I guess we’ll find out.

So yesterday we actually had a baptism! One of our investigators named
Charles. He’s a stud and was so prepared for that day. He plays
soccer, he dances, he writes music. So talented and so cool. He has
dreads too! My whole mission I’ve always wanted to baptize someone
with dreads haha. It was a great baptismal service and he was very
happy to finally make it this far. We’ve been working with him for a
long time so we were both so happy for his accomplishments.

Well some pretty exciting things are happening in our zone. Mbizo Ward
is getting split soon, Kadoma is getting a new branch in town, and
Chegutu will split before the end of June! The work here is really
moving! Our zone members are working so hard to reach their goals, and
people seem to almost literally be flocking. Last week at zone
conference we were commended for our efforts by the Stake President in
Gweru. Miracles really do happen. My joy can best be described from
the Book of Mormon. In Helaman 6:3 it says…

Nevertheless, the people of the church did have great joy because of
the conversion of the Lamanites, yea, because of the church of God,
which had been established among them. And they did fellowship one
with another, and did rejoice one with another, and did have great
joy.

Today we’re going to Harare for MLC. My 15th since I’ve been on a
mission. I’m finding such joy and peace in my work. It’s literally the
most satisfying thing I’ve ever taken part in. Definitely something to
be remembered.

Much love,
Elder Robison