Here’s a pic of me, my companion, and the AP Elder Scoresby. Elder Silotile was companions with both of us.
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.
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!
Well, this is it. The final countdown. We received transfer news on Saturday and it looks like I’ll be in Bindura until I leave. This is a good place though. I’m glad I wasn’t transferred because there’s still work to do! I don’t ever have to worry about transfer news again, because I’m looking at my last transfer sheet haha.
Wow, well, where do I start? Well it was a pretty productive week. Our attendance at church isn’t quite what I wanted it to be. I’m finding difficulty in helping member’s see the significance in coming to church each and every Sunday. It’s hard to find families or individuals who come out to church EVERY Sunday. We’re still trying to make an impact, but that’s what we’re facing at the moment. We do have a few marriages/ baptisms lined up. We could have up to 3 marriages next Saturday. That could be a record haha. That would beat my previous record which is 2. It’s Brother Chigogo, Brother Mathew, and Brother Kudakwashe. They’re all father’s and have wives, but it’s been a challenge getting them to be interested in our message. These mama’s need your prayers. It’s no joke exactly what I was fasting for on Sunday. It’s funny because in the rest of the mission it always seems like just the opposite is the problem.
On Sunday church starts at 8am so that means I and my companion do our studies later. Yesterday we chose to do our personal studies on a mountain! We just drove up it (there was a road) and sat down and pondered the words of Christ. It was a beautiful scenic view of our area, and I was studying a lot about prayer. I read a lot of the words of Christ to see what he had to say about prayer. Often times he also prayed on mountains so… that’s why I studied prayer haha. As I was looking at our area from that gorgeous view, studying the scriptures my mind caught hold of something. It’s something I always knew, but I never really thought of it this way. In 3 Nephi 13 The Savior teaches the Nephites something similar to the Sermon on the Mount. He teaches them about prayer and how we shouldn’t be like hypocrites praying just to be seen of men. As I was reading I noticed in verse 8 it says “Be not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him.” Our Father knows our needs, but have we even bothered asking? Did you even think that our Father is just waiting to bless you, but all He requires is that you ask Him in humble prayer? It’s like me asking Dad “Dad, how come you never buy me ice-cream” He would then say “well did you ever ask me for ice-cream?” Such it is with prayer. ASK… and I promise you, you WILL receive. That’s how we receive revelation. This was a great experience, and I’m grateful for the things I learned that day. Trojan needs help, and my Father in Heaven knows what it needs, all I need is ask.
This morning we also went fishing, African style! You’ll see what I mean. It was a lot of fun.
That was my week, I only have 6 more to try and have something just like it!