Hump day!!!

Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike… Guess what day it is??? HUMP DAAAAYYYY!!!!

Hey guys,
Yup, it’s official. Today is hump day. I honestly never thought that I would get this far, but here I am. 1 year later and still got another to go. People say the second year goes by faster, buuuut it’s sill a year so don’t get too excited, I’m not home yet haha. I’ve still got some work to do.
So this week was zone conference week! boo… I mean YAY! Well I kind of have mixed feelings about zone conference because the training is always really good, but guess who has to prepare all of it and make sure everything runs smoothly. Yeah, and we actually had to have 3 zone conferences due to the new sizes of the zones. We have 7 zones and 3 conferences. 2 in Harare, and 1 in Gweru. We actually drove to Gweru the night before so we could set up for everything. It was actually really strange because I was assigned to give a presentation and I had to give it all 3 times. It was just repetition. While all of this was happening some people were being ET’d all over the place so it was kind of hectic.
At the zone conference I was asked to look over our “Goals and current status” of the mission. Right now we’re at about 1210 baptisms, that’s 790 short of our goal of 2000 in the year. I was asked to review the numbers and see where we could improve as a mission. I decided to talk a little bit about goal setting. I defined a goals as this; a goal is an achievement without a guarantee of success. When you send your goals that you plan to baptize 2 people in the month because you already know people who are going to be baptized, then by my definition that is not a goal. A goals purpose is to help you stretch. Maybe you won’t achieve it, but you’re going to work that much harder and it will bring you more success and effectiveness as a missionary. When you send a goal you know you’re going to achieve that means that you’re not showing your faith. You don’t trust that the Lord will prepare souls for you to find and investigators for you to teach. To end my speaking I read a scripture from Mormon 9: 19-21 it says…

19 And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God,and is a God of miracles.

20 And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles amongthe children of men is because that they dwindle inunbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not theGod in whom they should trust.

21 Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ,doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.

I love this scripture with all of my heart. If we show our faith by setting higher goals, the Lord will help us reach them. It doesn’t mean that the Lord will do everything though. Faith is a principle of action. We still gotta go out there and give it our all. I have faith that we can still reach 2000, President does too. I love the direction and guidance that President brings, he truly is an inspired man. Elder Merrell before he left used to call him ” Mukuru anofamba la Jesu”. I have no idea if that’s spelled right but it means “the man who walks with Jesus”. Yeah we get a good kick out of that.
At Zone conference in Gweru it was the Bulawayo, Gweru, and Kwekwe zones. I got to see Elder Gunther, and Elder Huffaker. Something funny happened actually, during zone conferences we had some role plays and I was set to teach with Elder Huffaker.. A lot of young guys were at that conference so it’s kind of cool being seen as one of the “old guys” or “veterans on mission”.
It’s all downhill from here! I’ve got the wind on my back, and a lot more work to do!
Much love,
Elder Robison

Zimbabwe Harare Mission
65 Enterprise Rd
Zimbabwe, Harare
BTW Sister Peterson got me some honey roasted peanuts!!! Yay!!! Also everyone was practicing their African head balancing at Zone Conference. The group that you see is the Gweru zone conference. If you look closely you might see some familiar faces:)

Discipline

Hey guys,
This week surprisingly was actually full of adventure. It all started with a certain Elder (I won’t tell you the name) who wasn’t doing so hot. He was sent to train in this first transfer but something really bad happened. He was emergency transferred to be with I and Elder Mtetwa since Tuesday. He wasn’t really sure what was going to happen to him, but he knew that it was serious. On Thursday he even came with us all the way to Mutare to drop off a car for some missionaries. On our way there he wanted to listen to music that wasn’t very appropriate, but I was very proud of myself and held firm in my decision to listen to EFY the whole 3 hours there haha. He didn’t like it very much, but it was the right thing to do. We left to Mutare kind of late so as soon as we got there we just dropped off the car and left. We had an appointment at 7:00 so we had to you know, get back a little quicker than normal. I think I got back in just over 2 hours haha. I’m obedient! I promise, but you gotta do what you gotta do. The worth of a soul is great in the sight of God right? So we had to get back quick so we could teach a lesson. That’s dedication!
The next day (Friday) started like any other day with the three of us, but upon our return to the office we made a discovery. On Sister Peterson’s desk there’s a basket that normally has flight itineraries for certain people and Elder Chlarson so it and almost started to cry. President hadn’t explained to him yet that he was being sent home, he discovered it by seeing his name and flight details to leave Zimbabwe that afternoon.
The reason I titled this email discipline is this; it all begins with a scripture that comes to my mind… “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:11. When we came on our missions we promised the Lord to serve with all of our “Might, mind, and strength” “Never looking back”. D&C 11:20, Luke 9:62. We are expected to honor this promise so that we can be successful in all aspects of missionary work. No one said missionary work is easy, and sometimes the expectations can seem high, but we’re the Lord’s servants and we are on his errand. There is no task, big or small, that we are not promised that we can accomplish according to our faith. As missionaries we are promised health, strength, wisdom, and protection, but to qualify for these blessings we must obey. “I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.” D&C 82:10. Elder Chlarson has a little bit of… growing up to do. President Mkhabela told him to learn discipline, then he can come back.
One last thing that happened this week was another visit with brother Thomas. He’s still struggling with smoking, and things are only getting worse. He’s getting more stressed at work, and his wife’s health is declining. He has been screaming from his heart “Why God are you doing this to me?” Sometimes Satan can do that to us. He knows where we are going and what we are striving for and he puts us down again and again. After we talked for a little bit he said he had found new strength. I told him to read about Captain Moroni again (his favorite). The lesson was really good, and he really wants to improve so badly, even with everything that is happening to him. After the closing prayer this scripture came to my mind. In D&C 121 this is where the young prophet Joseph Smith was thrown in to Liberty Jail. He was crying to God, in supplication for the Saints. He was asking “Oh God, where art thou?” the scripture that came to my mind was the response “My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.” After remembering that scripture I got a little bit teary and really prayed hard for him that night for greater strength against his temptation of smoking. Please remember him in your prayers. He really is trying so hard to become a member of the church and change. He wants to be on God’s side, and fight for righteousness. I love him with all my heart and it is my prayer that at the day of judgement he can be found favorable in the sight of God.
That’s everything this week, I’m really glad to see everyone is doing okay. I love hearing about missionary experiences of your own. YUP next week I turn a year. That’s like the first of these great milestones that I’ll be hitting. Only have to miss one more Christmas, thanksgiving, birthday… Then I’m home.

Much love,
Elder Robison.
Zimbabwe Harare Mission
65 Enterprise Rd
Zimbabwe, Harare
THREE pictures this time. One with Elder Gunther… sweet kid. Did you also know that in our mission there’s an Elder Elder??? Also did you know that I live right next to the statehouse? I really shouldn’t be taking pictures like this buuuut I couldn’t resist!

Finally!‏

Hey guys,
Guess who arrived? Elder Gunther! Wow that was a mess. So on Tuesday we picked up 8 missionaries in the afternoon coming from the Johannesburg MTC. Elder Gunther and the Provo MTC group came that night at around 9:00. Well two Elders missed their flight due to peculiar reasons and one was Elder Gunther, dang it! So the next day they managed to catch another flight and there he was! He was so excited to see me. He knew that I was an AP, but he didn’t know that it was going to be I and my companion who were picking him up from the airport. We just gave each other a big hug and acknowledged that both of us had changed. I also met Elder Huffaker. I told him that I was in his cousins Ward in Utah. He wasn’t as excited though because he was actually pretty sick:/. I also met and Elder Aden. He met Elder Davis in the MTC and told me that he said hi! Elder Adens friend was Dallin’s companion and Elder Davis told him to look for me when he gets to Zimbabwe! This group made this world seem really, really small all of a sudden.
That was the most exciting thing that happened this week but the next will blow your mind. Just a few days ago there was a huge (secretive) meeting at the Highlands chapel concerning the new Temple! I KNOW WHERE IT’S GOING TO BE BUILT!!! It hasn’t even been announced yet but it’s going to be right here in Highlands. The church notified all of the neighbors that we have to search their properties for the UP AND COMING TEMPLE!!! President then told me that the old transfer house is going to be demolished sooner that he anticipated so it’s done, the temple is so going to be right here.
No teaching appointments this week… boo. But that always happens during transfer week. We woke up at 5am every morning to get all of the stuff done necessary. On Thursday we were actually up at 4am, we were so exhausted. At the end of the week the only thing we treasured was sleep… My companion is still tired.
Sorry this email is short, power is out today so we have limited time for the generator. I wish I could tell you more, but I think I jotted down the main points. Still going strong, still loving the work,not even looking back.

Much love,

Elder Robison

Zimbabwe Harare Mission
65 Enterprise Rd
Zimbabwe, Harare
Sorry I took a picture with Elder Gunther but someone stole my memory card reader! I think it was President, he sometimes thinks that it’s his haha. Next week!

Transfer Prep‏

Hey guys,
So yeah, it’s been a week of preparing for transfers. 21 missionaries are coming in, including Elder Gunther! I already know his transfers hehehe. President sent him to Bulawayo to be with Elder Mkhalipi. I was kinda sad he wasn’t going to stay in Harare, but I shouldn’t interfere with the Lords work, that would be just wrong (JST, 1 Corinthians 7:29). Today is the day when transfer news is sent. Let me tell you, it is suuuuuch a pain preparing for this stuff. Making the new transfer sheet, creating the logistics, making sure the schedule for next week is all written up. It’s a very long and just boring process. Sooo with 21 missionaries coming in, they need 21 trainers. That’s 42 missionaries due for some training in Harare!!! It’s way too many for the space we have. Our transfer house can only hold about 20 at a time. It’s just a pain making the arrangements for everyone to sleep and get to where they’re supposed to go. Ugh, I’m tired haha. Next week no sleeeeep… It’s okay, I didn’t come on a mission to do what I wanted to do.
Due to Highlands productivity, this transfer we were placed in Highlands Ward along with the Sister Training Leaders haha. I totally didn’t rig this! All President’s decision, not mine. The mission is a lot bigger now so we had to open a lot of new areas like Masvingo! It was closed for a while but now it’s going to be opened again. So many memories. That house is absolutely horrific though, I hope they don’t get too scared. It’s kind of reminding me of my Masvingo days because I was trained with another American in my group in that house, now it’ll be the same. Two trainers and two American trainees, they’re gonna have so much fun haha.
In preparations for the transfers we sent Joel (our office go getter) to get us some new phones. He then comes back with these weird phones that have little cameras haha. I wanted one really bad, but it wasn’t right. In the office their used to be these big Samsung Galaxy Notes but due to misuse, I cannot reap those benefits. I’m just stuck with my Mbudzi phone (goat phone).
Soo BTW my scriptures that I’ve had since I was 8 finally fell apart (destroyed), so I bought some new ones here at the distribution center. It’s a nice new miniature quad with a snap. I really like it, but I’m gonna miss the attachment that I had with my old ones. These ones don’t have my name on them.
Also I can’t remember if I told you already, but last week that same lady who called you (mom) gave me all this kool-aide and taco seasoning and stuff. It’s soooo gooood. I bought some miniature flour tortillas at the white people spar (the only ones you can find in ZIm) for $5 for 10… Total ripoff, totally worth it. I got some mince, chopped up the tomatoes, got some lettuce, cheese, and some avocados and voila! The best dinner I HAVE EVER EATEN.
Sorry for the short email, and for no pictures AGAIN. But nothing actually happened this week that I felt was worthy of a picture. To end this email I’ll just share with you my new favorite scripture. In Psalms 27:1-4 it says…
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
I can’t remember if I shared this one with you already or not, but I really like it. I shared it with one of my investigators and he has made it a goal to enter His Temple.
Much love,
Elder Robison

Ndiri Kudzidza‏

Hey guys,
Ndriri kudzidza… It means “I’m learning”. Yup, this past week has been a tough one for me. A lot of pride swallowing and learning experiences came my way. My mission has really taught me how to cope with it though. I’ve been given some pretty good resources to be able to over come it. Best of all I’m now even able to learn from those experiences and learn how to be a better missionary, companion, and friend.
Eish so I can just tell you how it started. Lately I was put in charge of a mission wide one time cleaning for the missionaries houses. I had to call all of their bishops and explain to them that they need to find someone who could clean for us, for $20. It was a total mess and many people ended up not showing up and only half of the mission was clean because of it. Then the next day we drove to Kadoma to do some exchanges with the Zone Leaders. At our very first appointment we encountered someone who was possessed! That was the first time I had ever witnessed someone be possessed by a demon. During the lessons she looked like she was having a heart attack or she was choking or something. Then she ran inside the house and started yelling in Shona “in the name of Jesus come out of me!” I was really scared and was thinking the whole time… “Ahh come on give her a blessing, you have the priesthood!” When she ran inside though there was nothing we could do. We kept on waiting but we realized if we tried to sit her down she would start fighting, so we decided we would come back. I really got down on myself for not exercising my priesthood like I should have. I now know in the future if that happens exactly what to do.
Right after that encounter I get a call from President saying “Elder Robison you didn’t print those documents like I asked!” Eish… man I forgot. I was so disappointed in myself and I knew I had to improve. It was not a week ago when President took us to lunch, and they served us bad sadza. Then President told the waiter to tell the cook that it wasn’t good. Then he looked at us and said “if we never tell him, he’ll never improve”. That definitely came in handy for the rest of the week. I was able to look past my mistakes and improve.
The rest of the week was okay, just closing some missionary houses so I’ve had to deal with a lot of frustrating land lords.
This mission life has really helped me mature… a lot. I’m definitely a better person for it. I’m actually grateful for these great challenges that the Lord has given me this past week, isn’t that what this Gospel is all about? We knew coming down to this earth that we would face challenges, but the scriptures tell us that we rejoiced! Because God was going to give us a Savior. Someone for us to lean on, and depend on through these hard trials. So that in the end we can gain eternal perfection and be more like our Heavenly Father, and His Son Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 12:9
3 Nephi 12:48
Scriptures!!! <3<3<3<3

 

Much love,
Elder Robison.
PS Sorry no pictures, more next week! I PROMISE!!!

Wedding! Guitar Strings??^^

Hey guys,
So the guitar strings finally came! Yay I’ve been waiting so long thanks guys, preciate it. Also, today we had a wedding for the Nyika’s! I haven’t told you about ’em yet but I’m getting there. Soon after the baptism we baptized all 5 of them, a whole family! The whole time I was just thinking “man, families really are forever huh”. Yup, their goal already is to be sealed in the temple a year from now and I couldn’t be more excited.
So the Nyika’s are a family that we’ve been teaching in our area for quite some time but as usual the only thing that delayed us was a civil marriage, and that was today! I’ll tell you a quick story about Baba Nyika. At first it was his wife joining our services and she was in love since the beginning. She had some friends in the church so it was easy. After finally meeting him and teaching him the restored gospel he agreed the invitation to come to church. Sure enough he came! And in Priesthood attire! We were so proud of him, and before he realized it he had some friends in the church too. Guys listen, the only reason this worked like it did was… friendship. Showing Christlike love for everyone. I can tell you it is so much easier to endure through life’s challenges, and remain true to the faith when you have a friend to help you along the way. Let me share with you a scripture in my favorite (not) book of the Old Testament. In Ecclesiastes 3…
9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
On another note last week we witnessed a few miracles. So my designated Ward is Borrowdale, but sometimes we work in Highlands Ward because there are not missionaries and it’s right next to the office. Last week we attended Highlands Ward and 15 investigators came to church, many it was their first time! Lucky we were there, we were able to get all of their contact information and visit them during the week. That night when I gave our indicators to our Zone Leaders I immediately get a call to a voice saying “men of God!!!”. I don’t remember the last time assistants had that many investigators come to church and or be baptized. Luck? Fortune? Blessings? I hope it’s the third one. My companion and I have really been striving for the extra mile when it comes to obedience. We really want to set a tone for the mission.
President is certain that obedience, diligence, and hard work starts with leaders. A good leader can set the tone for everyone who he’s been giving stewardship and accountability for. They really are game changers and President is very careful who he selects. It’s also amazing to see how much people are watching us. It’s kind of frightening because if you mess up, you put the whole mission in jeopardy. Just last week one of our recent converts said her friends took a picture of us and sent them to her as we were walking down the street. We were baffled at how people will just observe us and watch us like that. It really is amazing how much of a difference we can make with out even saying a word, just by the things we do.
Those are my thoughts for the week, have a great one.
Much love,
Elder Robison.

Handiskuda Kukupa Mari!!!

Hey guys,

More Shona haha. It means “I don’t want to give you money!” haha. Friday night, my companion and I went to town for dinner. We sat out side and ALL the kids starting just running to me, asking me for money. Normally I just tell them Handina Mari (I have no money), but they never believe me and just keep asking. Finally I just asked my companion how to say I don’t want to give you money and it worked! It may sound mean but hey, it’s effective. No more asking for my mari!

This week was a week of getting things done. Many items from the action items list were scratched off, and we are well on our way to improving this mission. The Epworth house is complete, the Mbare house is almost ready to move in to, the Enterprise house is well on its way, and the new transfer house now has a new carpet. The last thing that I have to do is to find cleaning ladies. Some have been found in Bindura, but that’s only Bindura, we need more. The mission is still climbing with it’s number and with these miracles we’re seeing in Bindura, we’re bound to hit our goal. This is a joined effort though, many zones though struggling now have put in the work necessary to be where we are. Much credit is owed to them.

Lately some companionship’s have been having some difficulty getting a long with each other. Last week we were sent to Chitungwiza to talk to two Elders who weren’t getting a long. We tried explaining the value and importance of companionship unity in the area, and how important it is so the spirit will work through us. After a short discussion they decided to reason with one another and settle their differences. I think I’ve told you that I’ve had some pretty good companions so far. We were always able to teach in unity and it has helped me so much with the work. Because of that I think I’m going to make some life long friends out of it. My companion really is my friend and I love him. Yesterday two of our area seventies Elder Ellis, and Elder Palmer had just arrived and were chatting in the parking lot. When they saw us they wanted us to greet them and the first thing Elder Palmer asked me was “do you love your companion” like an idiot I replied “well, I guess. It depends what kind of love do you mean?” They laugh and explain to me the love Jesus had for his brethren and I said “well in that case ya, I do love my companion”. In my opinion it is so much easier to love than to hate, and I’m grateful for that knowledge.
Today we went to Bindura again to drop some stuff off and help some of the missionaries. Woohoo… Pdays. But it was good, I enjoyed it. It’s a really beautiful drive, and portions of it are surrounded by billions of orange trees. They’re really good.
Nothing else happened this week that’s really worth telling you so I’ll just keep it to myself haha. Mission life is still really good, and I’m still enjoying it. To end this email I just share one small scripture. In Moroni 10:20-21 it says…

20 Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must also be charity.

21 And except ye have charity ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God; neither can ye be saved in the kingdom of God if ye have not faith; neither can ye if ye have no hope.

To have charity is actually a commandment. But why? In the rest of the chapter Moroni actually goes on to summarize basically the New Testament, but why charity? Why is faith and hope not good enough? This is something I’ll be thinking about this week, What does it really mean to have charity?
Hope all is well, have fun in school. PEACE.
Much love,
Elder Robison.

Just another week…

Hey guys,

So last week not much happened, but I’ll share with you something that DID happen. So we’re still visiting and teaching the Thomas’ and last week we brought Brother Jack with us. He was so excited to go with us and I’m glad we brought him too, because some of the things he said opened my mind to newer solutions to Brother Thomas’ addiction to smoking. We went in initially to teach Sister Thomas more about the Holy Ghost. When we got there He started explaining his struggles again with his smoking, and we’ve been trying so hard to help him. Normally my brain kicks in to “the atonement”, but when I let Brother Jack speak something else came to my mind. He mentioned studying the scriptures and finding strength in others testimonies that are written in the Book of Mormon. My thoughts immediately turned to Alma 48:17 that talks about Moroni. Before I even said anything, Brother Thomas just stared going on and on about how he just loves Moroni! He’s read the Book of Mormon before, and he could just go on and on about Moroni, he really looks up to him. Then I turned to that scripture and it says
“Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been,and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold,the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever;yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.”
After I had him read that verse his eyes started tearing and his heart was just swollen with joy. He wants so badly to be like Moroni. He doesn’t want the devil to have any power over him anymore. I told him to write the verse down so that he could be reminded of Moroni every time he feels tempted. Brother Jack was also generous enough to lend Brother Thomas a picture of a temple, so that he could be reminded of what his goal is, which is to be sealed to his wife for all time and eternity.
That’s about the only spiritual experience I had all week. I was too busy with housing and other things to teach any other lessons. I’ve had to search for 2 new houses for missionaries to stay in, and also keep an eye on some renovations that I authorized. I feel like doing all of these housing things is really helping me for the future. I’m now grasping the concept of leasing a house, pricing and all that stuff.
Sometimes people really don’t see or appreciate the work I do haha. I think people still have the mentality that we just sit at the office and do nothing. The opposite is true! Although sometimes I feel like what I’m doing isn’t really missionary work, I try not to put myself down. What I’m doing is equally important in moving along the work of the Lord.
Yesterday I saw a white family walk in to the office called the Nields. They just took pictures of me and said “give me your mom’s phone number so I can call her and let her know that I saw you!” They also said that they know Alpine very well and would be more than happy for me to give them a package to send to you. They travel back and forth quite frequently also, so they said you could give them a package as well for them to send back to me. It’s a small world when you’re in the church. and these people love missionaries too much so they would do anything for me haha.
That’s about it, I hope all is well. School starts soon!
“SCHOOL TIME, SCHOOL TIME, DIRTY ROTTEN RULE TIME!”
~Dad
Hahahaha
Elder Robison.

Zimbabwe Harare Mission
65 Enterprise Rd
Zimbabwe, Harare
P-days are awful.

 

Basarakaoma!‏

Hey guys,

Well this week was probably the most hectic, and stressful week of my entire life. It was transfer days and we had to take care of about 26 missionaries at a time. Taking them back and forth between places, making sure their getting on the right bus and where. There were missionaries leaving, trainers, and the next day trainees. New missionaries came in and President couldn’t be happier. Everything that was happening in the last week is normally done with four missionaries, but it was just the two of us. President likes to call us troopers. We just endured our trials with patience and kept pressing forward. While searching my scriptures I actually found a verse that helped me out a lot. In 1 Peter 2:19-23 it reads…

“For this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well,and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:”

If we really want to call ourselves Christ’s followers, that means we really have to follow in his footsteps. He endured every trial and temptation with patience, and he did it for us.
So being the two tallest missionaries in the entire mission, and both being AP’s, someone came up with a nickname for us. He called us the Alps haha. I laughed so hard I wanted to die. Yes of course! We’re the Alps!
On another note I crashed the brand new Isuzu haha. Nothing much just a small fender bender. It was the first of many stressful things that happened on Monday. Every day of the last week started out the door at 7:00, I just felt like I absolutely didn’t have the time to deal with such things. President forgave me and knows that it’s an accident, so I’m still driving. I think he can see that driving in this country is kind of nuts too, so he understands. Plus he knows how much driving I do. With all of the errands that I have to run and work that I have to do, I’ve put about 9K Km on the truck since I’ve been here. That’s just too much.
Leaving the door at 7:00 means no working out, and I’m doing a lot of sitting and eating soooo I’m a little out of shape haha. I just look at myself and think “Mission life isn’t the time to get ripped, just focus on your purpose”. I’ll just get in real good shape when I get home.
Funny quick story, the guy I crashed in to was in a rush (and so was I) so we just exchanged phone numbers. We just payed for his repairs and then the next thing I know I look at my phone and see a text saying “where is your church I want to come.” If someone crashed in to me that wouldn’t be the first thing I would ask haha. I asked him where he lives and it’s RIGHT next to my assigned Ward! I’m so excited, maybe this was meant to be? I dunno, I just am really looking forward to seeing him on Sunday.
Mission life is sick, and I’m loving every second of it. Take care.
Much love,
Elder Robison. IMG_1498.JPG

Dawn baptism, new companion, transfers, and more!

Hey guys,

I have too much to explain, and unfortunately, too little time. So on Tuesday of last week my dearly beloved companion, Elder Gundani, went home. He was so excited. After 25 of months of serving the Lord, and 9 of those being spent in the office, he was finally ready to go home. His home is Kwekwe. Our days of enjoying basketball together will be missed, but new adventures lie ahead of me. My new companion is going to be Elder Mtetwa. Finally no more three-companionship. I will be the acting Flats/AP and Elder Mtetwa will be the acting Fleets/AP. It’s going to be kind of empty in this office, but with such a short supply of missionaries, I don’t blame President for making it this way. It’s a lot of work, but I’m still as optimistic as ever. I’ve actually know Elder Mtetwa for a long time. We lived in the same house when I was working in Dammo Falls. He’s a really good missionary, and a very hard worker. To top it all off, do you know what makes him even better? He’s as tall as me! We’re the two tallest missionaries in the mission, and I think we’re set to do a lot of intimidating haha. Of course that’s not what we really want, but already I can see the people are more afraid to approach me than Elder Gundani.
Last Sunday the baptism for Dawn Thomas was a success! Tomorrow is her confirmation!  It was such a brutal task to get that font to the right temperature. We were struggling, trying to boil water in big buckets and then to our rescue comes brother Thompson. He’s the first counselor in the bishopric. He brought from his home about 200L of boiling hot water. It was enough to fill the tank just enough, and then the baptism commenced. Bishop Machakaire was to perform the baptism. Dawn is so disabled, she wasn’t even able to walk down the steps in to the font. Our bishop had to carry her in to the water. I can just remember the look of terror on her face as she entered her feet in to the water. Our bishop and her family calmed her down and then we had to make her sit. The water was pretty low and she couldn’t kneel so she had to sit. Then voila! She was baptized! Tears filled her husbands eyes when he bore testimony at the end of the service. He can’t wait to be baptized.
So this is the last week of the transfer and I just sent the new transfer sheet to the Zone Leaders. I think I mentioned this at the end of the last transfer, but being on the giving instead of the receiving end of transfer news isn’t as exciting. No more biting fingernails and crossing your fingers that you go or stay, I already know mine haha.
This last week we didn’t do a lot of teaching, but there was one lesson that I loved. A new family came to church last week (all 5 of them) and they loved it! Bishop Machakaire then picked us up on Thursday and we went and taught the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ together. That family is just so humble. They are the perfect example of what it means to be teachable. In 3 Nephi 9:22 it says…
22 Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved.
If eternal life is what we desire, then we must take after the example of children. We need to humble ourselves as little children, and submit ourselves to whatever He tells us to do.
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of MOTAB. I got kind of sick of it a few months ago and switched to EFY music, but MOTAB is super nice. I can really feel the spirit throughout the day. It gives me strength to endure and to keep on going.
Sorry this email is short. I’m working on some logistics for missionaries. It wasn’t really much of a Pday for me. GET THIS I got my camera but now someone stole my card reader haha, I’ll buy a new one tonight and send you some pictures tomorrow after church.  

Elder Robison