Hey guys,

Well, that time has finally come. It’s been quite the hectic transfer day so I’m literally only getting 10 minutes to email, but by tomorrow I can successfully say that I have served a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. From humble beginnings in the depths of Masvingo, to leaving a lifetime of memories serving in all sorts of capacities.
Mission life has been a blessing to me, and I will remember this beautiful country, and these dedicated saints forever. They will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ve learned so much about myself, I’m sure I wouldn’t have learned engaging in any other work. I have a testimony about this great work, and the joy that comes from laboring with all of your might, mind, and strength. I will be forever grateful to my Father in Heaven, for finding me worthy enough to serve His children.
There are no words to describe my feelings right now. I’m grateful, anxious, excited, and sad all at the same time. Not much else to say. I’ll see you all in a few.
With deep gratitude, and great love,

Elder Robison

Waters of Mormon

Hey guys,
Well, the Lord isn’t letting me rest, because there’s still lot’s to do, and He’s really making have to want it if I want to finish strong. It’s been a week full of challenges, but miracles at the same time. All week long we tried finding new investigators and it seems like it was to no avail. Like I said, I think the Lord is anxious to see if I’m really going to be faithful until the end. I had every excuse to be tired last week haha. It seems like our finding efforts resulted in a lot of rejection, and finding many people who just aren’t prepared to receive the Gospel. It really got to the point where I had to motivate myself then walk towards these men and ask “hey! Do you want to learn more about Jesus Christ!” I was so motivated, and sure that this time it wasn’t going to fail. Then we get the response “No”. Pff haha, that one hurt. Oh well, it’s the experience of every missionary to be rejected every once in a while.
Like I said though, this week was also full of miracles. We had another baptism last week, and we did it in a river! This guy stays clear out there, and it didn’t make sense to have him travel to town to be baptized, so we organized our very first river baptism! Thus the subject line being “Waters of Mormon”, His name is Lovemore Bengane, and he’s the younger brother to one of our other recent converts. Such a sweet guy, can’t wait for you to meet him before ya’ll come. He’ll be the last baptism before I go home.
We had another small miracle last week. One of our other Converts named Mathew has been going through a tough time. He’s been facing persecution from the farm about his new faith, even from his wife, and he’s trying to make end’s meet for his family. The persecutions died down and we were finally able to meet him again, and in the little English that he knew he said “I’m not going anywhere, this church is a gift, that I will cherish forever.” I’m sooo so so proud of that guy. Amidst all his trials, he held firm to the iron rod.
I’m now heading in to my final week as a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I’ve done my best, and I’ve given Him my all. I’ve served God’s children, for that was my call,
Keep fighting the good fight!
Much love,
Elder RobisonIMG_1191IMG_1194IMG_1195

Such a Great Cause

Hey guys,
Okay, lame subject line, I know. But too much happened this week I don’t know what to call it! Soooo little time, but to much to write! What I’ll do is I’ll share all the experiences we’ve had, then end with a cool experience in the area. Sound good?
So it started off with MLC, which was my last. Saying bye to some of the guys felt weird, because I feel like I’m still here haha. Then on Thursday we had Zone Conference, it was so good. It’s exactly what the mission needed to hear. President talked about Leadership, how it shouldn’t be viewed as a way to get gain or popularity. Rather it’s a position of service. President then called on everyone in the room and said “Everyone who served as a Zone Leader and is no longer so please stand”, then they sat down and said the same for District Leaders. Then he said “everyone who served as and Assistant and is no longer so please stand”, then everyone looked at me and laughed haha. It was funny.
Then on Sunday it was interesting The community centre was being used for something so we had to cancel Trojan Branch and go to Chipadze or Bindura Branch in town. Well our Branch Presidency hardly told anyone, and we were only told a day before so we warned as many investigators and members as we could and with much hope, no one came. Only a few from Trojan came, but no investigators. It’ll really hurt us this month because we were really hoping for another good turnout at church. Can it really stop a baptism though? If an investigator attends twice, then couldn’t come yesterday because it was in town, should we stop the baptism? I don’t think we do, and I don’t think we will, the work moves on. Really a bummer, but we’ll see how it goes for the month of September.
Last Saturday we had a baptism! Sister Dorcus. Just a very humble, and down to earth, motivated servant of Christ. Nothing was stopping her, she just had to be baptized. Because of church not being in Trojan she couldn’t be confirmed, but next week though.
Today we did something fun we went to some waterfalls. So fun! It was just like climbing those falls at Havasupai. I’ll send some pics.

We had a cool experience in the area. We’ve actually experienced success from using the Book of Mormon, and the Plan of Salvation. One such is it was around 5:30pm and our last appointment fell through. I really didn’t want to call it good, and I was tired of seeing some of our un-progressing investigators. At that moment we picked a spot where we could do some finding then I turned and looked to my companion and said “we’re not going home until we teach one more family tonight”. With such determination and fire we hopped out of the truck and confidently started talking to people. Our first contacts didn’t even want to shake our hands and pretended not to speak English. Frustrated, yet determined we continued and contacted some more people. Even after much persuasion another two people kindly rejected us and the Book of Mormon, then I asked “is there anyone you know who would like to hear this message?” They pointed to the next door house, so we made our way. Upon our arrival we talked to a young man and his friend. We explained our message to him and later we found out that his mom was the owner of the house. She came inside a few minutes later with her 12 year old disabled child and was so elated to see us. She’s a widow, and is a very faithful Methodist but finds that something is lacking in her life. Once she sat down, we gathered everyone in the room and taught a wonderful lesson about the nature of God, and how he sometimes gives us trials to test our faith. We got a return appointment and a whole lot of new investigators! It was just a sweet experience, and a true testimony to me about having the faith to find.

Still kicking, see ya in 2!

Much love,

Elder RobisonIMG_2346IMG_2353IMG_2374

Wake Me Up, When September Ends…

Hey guys,

Haha, get it? It’s now September! And I’m in the full swing of things. When I woke up Friday morning I picked up the guitar and played the song haha, good times. It was a productive week for sure and it ended with a real twist. On Friday we had interviews with our beloved Mission President. Most of my interview was about the branch, but it was sweet (seeing that it’s my final one on mission, excluding when I go home). He told me I’ve served a successful mission so far, and that I should continue until the end. He said when missionaries go home with regret, it will be with them for the rest of your life. Don’t waste away all the effort you’ve put in to making your mission, the best mission ever. Man I love President Mkhabela.

Well like I said last week, I’m sitting in Harare about to have my final MLC. I’ll play basketball for the last time with some of the guys after I’m done here. It’s been a good journey, and I’ve come a long way, but I’m not finished yet. It’s felt kind of weird though because we’re trying so hard to prepare some people here for baptism, and it looks like some will have to be pushed to after I go. I’m like it’s okay they’ll be baptized later, more work for me. Then I’m like “dang, I can’t see this guy get baptized”. It’s gotten to that point where I’m seriously running out of time. Everything that I do is in such a hurry because I’m really feeling like my time here is almost up. I just wish some of our investigators would progress faster!

Last Sunday was a treat because our beloved Mission President paid us a visit to church. That man brings the spirit no matter where he goes. Everything just worked right for us that day. Including our gospel principals class because we had 8 with 4 father’s in attendance ;). President joined the class and it was just a good time. There’s work to do for this branch, and it looks like there might be some changes in the future. I’m so happy that this branch has been able to come so far, but sad that I won’t be able to see the fruits. Some of these changes may include rapid increase in missionary work, and I won’t be able to be a part of it. President keeps reminding me how close I am so it makes me feel bad haha.

Recently we taught one of our investigators about the Priesthood and he was just elated! Bro Muzondo loves learning so much, and he’s always so ready to listen. When we told him that even he could receive the Priesthood he was like “Elder Robison are you kidding? You must be joking. Tell me you’re lying.” It was just quite unbelievable to him. At the end of the lesson I just asked him if he has any questions. He then just said “No questions, but I just want to thank God”. We all felt the spirit as he just expressed his gratitude to God for showing him the truth.

I’m still loving the work, putting my best foot forward every where I go. There are still lives to save and hearts to touch, and my clock is ticking!

Much love,
Elder RobisonIMG_2340