Saturday, December 29, 2012

A very good week......

     Well it was a very good week. We all got what we wanted. James was happy with everything he got. We went with a color theme of red and black. He was one happy kid! Then we got to talk to all the kids and that was sweet! We had our last phone call for the missionary. These last few months have just flown by. I think with this new calling it keeps me busier with less time to think about it. Then James and his school add to that. I'm glad for the distractions. I am so grateful for the days when we get to just be. There aren't to many of them anymore. I hope your Christmas was truly what you needed it to be for you!

Dear Family,

Emailing on Thursday i know, but all the libraries were closed till today, yay!

So first, I hope James had a great birthday!!!!!! It was great to hear from him on Christmas--of course it was great to hear from all of you! It's weird to think that it was my last call, and that i don't even have another general conference to look forward to. I only have a birthday! So weird. This past year went by so fast! It's great to hear that everything went well over Christmas though. I'm glad to hear that everyone is doing so well!

Well today i don't have much time to email, so i won't update you on too many things. Except for Christmas night, in the middle of us sharing the Christmas story with a family, little Carter Utterback threw up on Elder Johnson's backpack and my suit. We all actually had a pretty good laugh believe it or not, especially the kids ha ha it was funny.

I just need to say how much love i feel for the Savior. I've been reading a lot about Him and trying to better understand who He is and the importance of what He did for me. I can't really put in to words all that i have learned and how grateful i really am. It's hard to describe what the spirit has taught me really. But i do know that He is the Savior and Redeemer. I know that he has purchased us with his blood. I know with out a doubt that what He did was for EVERY person. Not just collectively, but individually. That anyone can change because of that. I know that his love is stretched out to each of us. "However late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines." (Elder Holland). I know that this statement is true because i feel that in me. Anyone can change. His hand is stretched out still and will always be. He is the reason i am serving. He makes it possible to hope, love, live and laugh. I love Him for what He did for me, and i love Him because He loved me first.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Elder Chrys Robinson

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Just so you know......

     Just so you know I am running out of time and I am not ready. I haven't done the Christmas blog. I haven't sent out any cards this year. The shopping is not finished. The baking is not done. Family and friends will be here soon. Birthdays will be happening. The days don't stop just because your not ready. The big phone call will be coming!!! Last one till he comes home people!! I need to take back my kitchen table from Chet and the clutter. I do this on a daily bases, but it has become a problem area. I need to decide what I'm going to bake first or just start. GAH!!! Ok I feel a little better. No I don't. I need to get off this blog and get my bake on!! I need some Grandkids to help!!! That's what I need!!! I hope you all are more prepared than I am!    :]

Dear Family,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you both!!!!!! Party on!

Sounds like a pretty great week you all had! I laughed at the little one throwing up everywhere though ha ha. That sounds fun! :/ "waiting for the missionaries" - how cute!

Well this past week was a pretty eventful one. It went by at a very fast but slow pace, it was weird! But we had a lot happen. We found 3 new investigators and had a bunch of great lessons. We found Brett on Friday, we had found him tracting a few weeks back but had never been able to catch him home. But it was at the end of the night and we drove by and decided not to knock because the whole house was dark and figured everyone was sleeping, but as we drove away i felt a nagging at me that we had to go back which i blew off at first until it got worse about 20 minutes later. So we decided to just go give it a shot, even though we had to be in our apartment in like 5 minutes. So we showed up and knocked and he invited us right in and sat us down and we started talking about the restoration! And the spirit was for sure there. I felt it. Especially during the first vision! He agreed with everything we taught and agreed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon! And we will hopefully be going back to teach his girlfriend as well. Woo! Gotta love the spirit :)

So it turns out that Matt and Tyler don't live in our area. Not even in our Mission. Just by like a street though, SO we counseled with our Bishop and President Nilsen and they left it up to us to say what to do, and then we met on Sunday and talked about it and we're going to be passing them off to the Connersville Ward. Bishop actually made the call, but the spirit confirmed the decision and it's be for the best! So we will be talking tonight with Matt and letting him know. It's sad, but we feel pretty ok with it all. I definitely know why all this happened, because now that we don't have anyone on date for December we're going to work even harder to get one! It going to take some faith, but we are committed. We're fasting praying and working for it. And tomorrow we're going to the temple! Oh man i haven't been there since Pickerington! I am SO excited. I want a baptism. Yup. It's going to happen.

Last night was pretty sweet, we went and had a lesson at the Boyds, which went pretty well! Sister Boyd is still real hesitant, but that's ok. It was still a great visit. After that we drove home to Batesville to finish the night and we dropped by a media referral named Joshua that we had dropped by like 5 times in the past couple days but he's never been home. But last night we finally caught him! He let us right in and his brother came down and we offered for him to sit in, and it turns out that he's more interested than his brother! Ha ha. Joshua is 15 and Atheist, Jacob his brother is i think around 17 and has been to a bunch of churches and knows a few members of our ward. They are sweet! As soon as we had finished talking about the Book of Mormon Jacob was like, "let's go grab us one of those books!" (for i had forgotten to grab one out of the car before we walked up). So we went outside and grabbed one then came back in and finished up and left with a prayer. It was a great lesson and the spirit was felt! We will be meeting again with them on Wednesday. The work is moving!!

April and Ashish both made it to church Sunday! They are so awesome. We helped them put up Christmas lights this last week which was so fun but so COLD! We haven't been able to meet with them for a while because things have been so crazy, but they want us over for dinner this week and get back on the lessons. Gosh we love them, they are such a great family.

Well i have to get going now, all out of time! I just want to say thank you all for the love that you have shown me and the support you give me. And thank you so much for all the Christmas cards and packages! They all mean so much to me and i am so grateful for them. Thank you! I know that this church is the true and living church on the earth today, and i know that because the spirit has spoken to me. I know that Jesus Christ lives, He is the Savior of the world! And that through him we can really hope for a better world, even a spot at the right hand of God (Ether 12). That is great knowledge to have- especially in the crazy tumbling world we live in. I am so grateful for the gospel that He has given me and this opportunity that i have to share it as a missionary.

Have a great week! Be safe! Christmas rocks!

-Elder Chrys Robinson

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Laughing, listening, life.......

      I really didn't have the words to post a few days ago. I had to just sit and think on thing. If I write what I really feel I think I will cry. So I will write what brought me joy this week. We went to a friends house for a birthday party. We haven't seen them in years. After sitting at the table meeting new friends and seeing my old ones, I remembered how much I loved being around them. We shared our life stories  with trust in the people around us. We cried and then laughed so hard we couldn't breathe. It was truly a evening of need. I walked away knowing why I loved these friends so much. They have the biggest hearts and love the Lord. They show it in everything they do. I came home recharged. I am grateful for so many things in my life. But with such bad things happening in the world, it's good to know there is love in it also. In church today our speaker from the high council said " The only solution to Connecticut is the Kingdom of God. Spreading the word of God." Let us be examples and spread the word and love of God. That's where the happiness is.......   <3 p="p">

 Dear family,

Woo Spencer is home! Thanks for sending the pictures ma! I love them, Jacob is all like, 70's looking kind of ha ha. Spencer looks the same! Good ol Spence. Devin has his call already?! Gosh i know i say this a lot but time flies. I heard from Elder Riggs yesterday that Carson got her mission call!! That's awesome!!!

Well like always, i don't have a lot of time today. We've got a billion things to do! So i'll have to rush through this a little.

We had another booming week! We have 4 people on date for baptism!! Things are picking up so much lately, it's hard to stay caught up sometimes. Last week we put Tyler on date! It was awesome! We were doing an overview of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for him and he said, "This is so cool, I really like this. I would really like to be baptized." So he is on date for Dec. 29th with Matt!! We are so excited. They came to church and really enjoyed it, and then Sunday night a member family took them along with us to a fireside in Dayton where Shawn Bradley was speaking. It was great! The spirit was really strong and the chapel and gym were packed!! Shawn is so awesome, he talked a lot about making right choices, and not just making them in the moment but making them early in life. He chose to serve a mission 15 years before he even did and he said making that decision so early helped him to make correct choices through the rest of his life. It was really inspirational and the things he said were so true. Matt and Tyler really enjoyed it and are really loving the gospel. You can really see the change in them as they are embracing all this, it's so cool to see. And Matt quit smoking! Woo! :D

We also put CV and Emily on date for January 19th! We went over and had dinner with them and had a great lesson that i think pointed them in the right direction. It was all on baptism and change. They brought up all the concerns that we were worried about and the spirit addressed them and set them on the path! Emily is having a hard time right now with the baby and all, but they are doing so good. We love them so much and are so excited for them!

On Thursday we had a dinner with a less-active member and her friend actually stayed for it and the lesson afterwards!! The member said that she had been working on getting her to take the lessons for years but she wouldn't do it. So that is definitely good thing! Her name is Kathy, and she is pretty willing to make some changes. She just kept saying how much she want to get right with God and fix things up. So we taught her the restoration and invited her to be baptized and she accepted! She doesn't have a date right now, but she soon will! We should be meeting with her this Thursday for another lesson.

April and Ashish made it to the Ward Christmas Party on Saturday, but then got sick and couldn't make it Sunday morning. So we will hopefully be going over today or sometime soon to give them a blessing. They are so amazing. I don't think I've loved another family besides my own so much! I am so grateful that Heavenly Father has trusted me to teach them :)

Things are really moving right now. I LOVE it. I haven't had this much fun ever. We knocked like half of this tiny town on Sunday and we have a couple lessons set up for tomorrow night! And another set up for tomorrow afternoon in Batesville. The ward members are really reaching out and helping our investigators, they are so supportive. I love these people so much, and my desire to help them come to Christ grows every day. My testimony grows every day. I love my Savior so much and i am so grateful for Him during this Christmas season and always. We had our mission Christmas Devotional yesterday and man it was amazing. The spirit was so strong through the whole thing. At the end of it all they had a slide show of all the pictures that the missionaries sent in for the baptisms and things that happened this past year and it was so good. I was choked up the whole time but the second to last picture of the slide show was of Linda and I at her baptism, boy did that send Elder Riggs and I over the edge! It was a great day yesterday.

Well I gotta go! Have a great week! I love you all so much! Share the gospel! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE CHRISTMAS CARDS AND PACKAGES! :D

-Elder Chrys Robinson

Sunday, December 9, 2012

I promise to get better at this........

     The week got away from me what can I say. I will do better next week. So I don't have to post 2 letters here is a quick post and the Elder's letter. Have a great week!!!    :]

Dear family,

I have pretty much no time today so this one will be a short one. Sorry :( so much to do! So little time!

This past week was great! We got a lot of good lessons in! And found 4 new people and had 6 at church! The most i've ever had at church in one week!

The week started out pretty normal and good, except that changed with a call for an emergency specialized training for all Zone Leaders and District Leaders. So on Tuesday we rode with the Lakeside Park elders up to Middletown, OH to meet all the other elders and President and Sister Nilsen. It was so sweet! And Elder Riggs was there too!!! He was called to be a district leader this last transfer! It was great to see him. The whole thing was on leadership and how the learders are going to help us all make our goal of 500 baptisms for the year. Really opened my eyes. Right now we are sitting at 439 for this year, which is a huge jump from our 361 of last year. How cool! The work is moving faster and faster every day. And we are already at about 200 missionaries because of the age change. The mission is growing, the work is progressing, and we are finding to baptize. So many miracles have happened this last year. I am so grateful to be able to be here and see all these wonderful things happen. So Elder Johnson and I have set a goal to fin 3 people to be baptized this month. Which will happen!

We've been knocking a bunch of doors lately and trying to talk to everyone, which resulted in the 4 new people this last week. I've been feeling so much more confident about myself and about this message we have to share, I am trying to see everyone I meet as they could be, or in other words, as they WILL be. Trying to invision everyone i meet being baptized, and it has really helped! I feel that when i do the spirit leads me more to what i need to say to touch the hearts of the people i meet. It's been a great experience. We're working hard! Harder than i ever have! And it's because i know how much the gospel changes lives. I love being here and i love sharing the Gospel.

April and Ashish are doing great! They participated in the fast yesterday and they said that it went really well. They are so fun though, we challenged them to fast and Ashish wasn't sure he could do it, but April was like let's do it! Ha ha she kept egging him on to do it, which he did and he did very well. In Gospel Principles class we had a lesson on the Gift of the Holy Ghost. During a part of it we had a discussion on what the Holy Ghost feels like and Ashish was actually the first one to comment on it ha ha. That got me pretty stoked. They are doing so well and we will be meeting with them this week to finish up the lessons :) we love them so much, it's is so cool to see other embrace the gospel and to see them just change. Wow.

Both Boyds made it to church!!! Sister Boyd kind of fell of for a while because i think we were all pushing too hard. So Brother Boyd decided that he would just let it be and back off and head to the Methodist church for a while. We decided that it was probably a good thing to do for her. So we didn't hear anything from them for the whole week then we got a call from a member saying that they were both coming on Sunday! She seemed to really enjoy it and the members loved her! Hopefully this week we will be able to pick things back up and help point them in the right direction. They are a sweet couple, and i'm excited to see what happens in the next few weeks!

Oh and yes, a soda exploded in the car the other day. That was fun to clean up.

Well that's about it for this last week. Things are so good here right now, and the people we are teaching are really progressing! We are fasting and praying that all things work out and that we can continue to find the elect and prepared. Miracles are happening in this mission and here in Batesville. I am so grateful to be here, i don't what life would be like if i hadn't of served here with these amazing people. I love being a missionary.

Thank you for everything you all do for me! I love you all so much and you are always in my prayers. Happy December! Share the gospel! Give the gift of the Savior!

-Elder Robinson

Friday, November 30, 2012

Ahhhhh.........December is here.......tomorrow!!!

     I am loving that Christmas season is here. My lights are up, my tree is fluffed and I am happy I have a few presents. We have to get the Elders box out before his Christmas devotional! Last week I was feeling a little overwhelmed. This week things are still a little crazy, but I am still breathing. I went to Relief Society for an activity. What a great way to start the season. Getting closer to Christ. That's what this season and everyday is really all about! Lets all put the Christ in CHRISTmas!

Dear family,

Glad to hear thanksgiving went well! I love the pictures! It scares me how grown up Harris and Liv are! Yikes! They've grown like a foot! My mind is blown that Elder Rickers is finishing his mission up already. Wow. That went so fast. But i am happy for the Rickers! I'll bet they are all so excited. And Caleb is leaving already?! He always kind of seemed a little older to me so i feel like he should have left forever ago. Ha ha. That is awesome though.

Well now that i am coming out of my turkey coma, let's talk about the week shall we? This past week was amazing. Especially yesterday. It was probably one of the happiest days I've had. April and Ashish made it to church, and had a wonderful experience. Saturday night we went by and had a lesson on the 10 Commandments, Follow the Prophet and Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. They enjoyed all of them and we left with them an assignment to watch President Monson's talk in this last conference, but before we left the lesson turned to eternal marriage, temples and baptism. The spirit was for sure there and it was such a great conversation. Since Last week at church was all centered on Eternal Families, April soaked it all up and wanted us to share it with Ashish because he wasn't able to make it that week. April seems to really want it. At church yesterday, the speakers were so great and I definitely felt the spirit and wondered if April and Ashish were too, so i was praying a lot through that meeting that they would. In gospel principles Elder Johnson was teaching and felt like we needed to talk about eternal marriage more with the other members that were there to help. It went so well! They were asking all sorts of questions and as we were talking about it i could see April looking over at Ashish with this certain smile that I'm sure he knew what meant. Ha ha. After that we went to Elders Quorum with Ashish and had a great lesson. At the end of it Ashish said,"what a great day. It was very enlightening and i felt the spirit." I said,"Really?!" Ha ha i was surprised! But he said he felt it big time during sacrament meeting during the talks. Prayers are answered! At that moment i was so happy. We love that family so much. It's funny how just by teaching someone the gospel you can grow such a love for them and desire for them to come to Christ. I love it. So this next week we are going to help them set a date to be baptized. We're trying to stay at a slower pace just because Ashish really doesn't know much about Christianity, but he's come a far way since we first met him. He's even saying prayers now! So we'll see what happens this next week :)

Matt is doing so good. We're meeting with him 3 days or so a week and he's making a lot of improvements. He brought his Nephew Tyler with him to one of the lessons and now we're teaching him too. They both came to a baptism that was held in Lawrenceburg on Saturday that was so amazing. The lady that was baptized is a TOUGH little lady! I was able to interview her for her baptism and she shared this story with me, she said," No one loved smoking more than i did. I smoked all the time. But 14 years ago i was driving home from work listening to a talk show with a doctor that was giving advice on how to quit smoking, and she said that the addiction itself lasts a week, after that it's all habit. The doctor had all these people calling in saying 'oh i tried it for 3 days and i just couldn't do it!' and i said to myself, i wonder if I'm that weak. I wonder if i could do it. I'm going to try it. So i put the cigarette that was in my hand in the box and threw it in my console and it stayed in there for 2 years. I have never picked up a cigarette since and now no one can accuse me of being weak. I will never pick one up again. I will not be weak." How awesome is that?! She is a great lady. It was such a spiritual baptism. Matt and Tyler really enjoyed it, and Matt is really looking forward to his own. For right now he's set on Dec. 29th but we will probably have to push it back a little bit. But we'll see. We are so blessed though, we are teaching amazing people.

Well i have run out of time, so i must go. I love being a missionary though and teaching the gospel. I love seeing the change it makes in others. Heavenly Father loves his children so much and has given this to us so we can each change and be happy. The gospel is all about change, and i am grateful that i have been changed by it and that i get to continue to change. I love love love my Heavenly Father.

Thank you for everything you all do for me, it means so much. I gotta say, i have the best family ever. Have a great week and be safe! Share the gospel! Go fight win!

-Elder Chrys Robinson

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I'm Busy.........

     So this week has been a little crazy. Our Oldest Son came into town with his family. Cooking for a dinner that didn't happen because my Dad got sick. James' back is hurting and not letting any of us sleep. Thanksgiving and joyous fun! Big pieces of metal in my car tire. Getting a call and we are going to talk in church on Sunday. I felt a panic attack creeping up on me yesterday. I kept breathing and ate some chocolate. Had dinner with extended family again. I was all good and ready for bed. I'm still busy and need to make some more brownies for tonight. What a crazy weird week!!!!! Then there's the tree that needs to be "fluffed"......sigh........     :]

Dear Family!


I don't have much time today, we have a bunch to do! So sorry if this email is a little short.

Elder Johnson and I are staying in Batesville!!! We got the news this morning. We're both happy! I love it here and i am so excited for these next 6 weeks. A lot is going to happen! Things are moving a long and looking up!

This past week we found 4 new people! It was the Watkin's neighbors! It went so well!! So, we went over on Wednesday night not sure what to expect, and we had a nice dinner full of questions about the church. One things i gotta say i am thankful for is the spirit. I don't know what i would do with out it! It was so fun, they were asking all sorts of questions. We had a great conversation about all sorts and we taught briefly on the Plan of Salvation. It was funny though, the friends they had invited were actually good friends with the member family that we were eating with the Sunday that we got the call from them! Ha ha! And they actually were going to invite them to listen to the missionaries anyway, so i guess it all worked out! So this Wednesday we are planning on having a lesson at the Watkins at 6 and we are planning on finishing the Plan of Salvation. That Wednesday actually we have 4 investigator appointments!! Pretty sweet! This week is going to rock.

Brother Boyd, Matt, and April all came to church on Sunday! It was great! They all really enjoyed it. We had breakfast before with April and Ashish..french toast yumm. Gosh i love that family. They are doing real well! And Matt is on date for December 22nd! He's feeling pretty ready and really wants it so we're letting him have it! ha ha. We are so blessed to be teaching so many great people, i've never taught this many people before on my mission! We are teaching 5 families and a couple other people. Holy cow! Never has that happened. And this Wednesday we have appointments with a part member family and another family that we met out on the sidewalk. So we will be adding to that. WE ARE SO BLESSED. I love it here.

We encountered a bed bug in our apartment the other day...uh oh. Hopefully it's the only one.

Welllllll i have to get going. Sorry it's such a short letter this week. P-days seem to get shorter and shorter. Oh wait they are! They end at 4:45 now instead of 6. Ha ha. But i am thankful for being on a mission. I have learned so much out here and have made so many friends, my life has been so blessed by them. I am thankful for having a family that loves each other and has the gospel. I love this church and i love the gospel so much. I pray i can continue to find families to bring this gospel to, so they can be blessed just as i have. Jesus Christ lives! The Book of Mormon is TRUE!

I love you all so much! Thank you for everything you do for me, you all mean so much to me. Share the gospel! Spread the Happiness! Spread the Blessings!

-Elder Chrys Robinson

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

     I did it again. I forgot to blog. It has been a weird week. Nothing out of the ordinary, just weird. I thought I would have at least one more week till all the happy eating started. Now it's just getting all the family schedules put together. I even forgot to eat breakfast this morning. So I am typing this with one hand while I eat a tuna sandwich with the other. I feel a little off haha. I hope that your Thanksgiving plans all go well and you eat with happy hearts. I know that I am looking forward to my daughter in laws mashed potatoes!! Celebrate the season of giving! Have a great week everyone!!

Dear family,

I laughed so hard at the thing about Lucky in the snow ha ha she is so cute! That's a lot of snow! It snowed a little here. Nothing stuck though, but it was nice. It was pretty much straight slush though. Man that's crazy about Elder J, hopefully he is doing ok. You guys are great in helping those missionaries though! Every missionary would love to have a family like you guys :)

Well this past week was pretty great. Besides Elder Johnson breaking our couch, it was good. It was a hard week to get things done, we didn't have very many lessons, but the ones we did have were great. It was kind of a week to set up everything for the next week. It was weird. This week we have a ton of stuff going on! But last week we were able to meet with April and Ashish a few times and teach them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It's so fun teaching them, they are so amazing. If we don't talk to them for a few days then she will call just to check up on us and see how we are doing. And we do the same. Ha ha. I love this family! And the ward is taking them in really well! Everyone is asking about them and wanting to meet them. They have a member family moving in a couple doors down from them that they are always asking about, and that will be this weekend so we will be able to introduce them. Excited to see them continue to progress! I love them!

Annett and Robert are doing well, Robert was going to be baptized this weekend but we felt better about moving it back a little bit, which he agreed with. We had a solid lesson with him yesterday about the Holy Ghost and other things, and he really wants to get his life in order and be baptized. It's pretty awesome. And we actually got to talk for second with his daughter Rosie and we invited her to come to church, and she accepted! I'm excited to see that family turn things around. it's great being a missionary teaching so many great people. :)

Sunday morning we got a call from Emily asking where we were at, which we were at the church, and she was like oh come out back! So we were like ok, then it turns out that she brought her brother to church! Matt! In the 2nd hour we all sat down and had a great lesson all about Heavenly Father and how we can communicate with Him and who He is and just everything! The spirit was strong and it was really good even for me. He's pretty prepared it seemed and he's very willing to learn. He says he wants to change his life around. So later this week we will be teaching him along with Emily and CV! Pretty stoked. They are awesome.

On Sunday we had a mission wide fast to reach our goal of 500 baptisms for the year, which we only need 94 more. But at soon as we broke our fast at a members house we got a call from Sister Watkins about her neighbors. We had done some service for them by raking their leaves a few weeks back and the other night we made some of our famous cookies and brought them over to them and they loved them! She after her husband brought them in to her came running out saying, "Boys you can cook at my house anytime!!" ha ha it was funny. On Sunday they called Sister Watkins because they wanted us over for dinner on Wednesday! How sweet is that! Oh but it gets sweeter! She told Sister Watkins, "I invited another couple to come that night because they wanted to learn about the church too, do you think the boys would be upset about that?" Ha ha woo! Oh man WE ARE BLESSED. Definitely excited for tomorrow!

Well i need to get going. This week is going to be great! I know I say this a lot but I love being a missionary. It is seriously so amazing. I'm just a little weak human being, but man Heavenly Father helps me so much. Especially when I'm thrown into situations when I don't know what to say or teach ha ha. That's a big one. I am so grateful for Him giving me strength to carry on. Elder Long goes home next week, and basically I'm freaked out a little (a lot). It's crazy how fast everything goes. You feel like it is forever, but once you get there or get close you feel like, wait that's it? That's all? There's not more? I am so grateful to be out here having the experience of being a missionary. It is unlike anything in the world. And I would never trade it away for anything. Jesus Christ lives, and Heavenly Father is our loving Father in heaven. I know this gospel is true and is THE ONLY way to happiness. Satan tries to make that seem otherwise. The Book of Mormon is the word of God, and it really does guide us safely through this crazy world.

Have a great week! I love you all so much! Transfers are next Tuesday :/ we'll see what happens! SHARE THE GOSPEL!

-Elder Robinson

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Big Snow Came.....

     It had to happen sometime. It was sunny and 70 on Thursday then on Friday it started. When we got up Saturday we had 8" of beautiful very wet snow. I learned to balance an umbrella while shoveling. I have to say it was out of laziness of not wanting to put a coat on. I'm glad I did it because then I didn't have to do it on Saturday! Poor Lucky needed some grass shoveled. When it's past your belly it makes it a little hard to do your duty! But her favorite thing to do is eat snow. She comes in with a white mustache. I'm very grateful that the Elder was in Indiana when hurricane Sandy hit. He had a lot of rain and was cold, but nothing that he couldn't handle. The weather is acting up right now. Makes you wonder what this winter is going to be like.....

Dear Family!

First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA NUNLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
Second, yeah. James better write me back! ha ha. I haven't heard from him in tooooo long. Third, i miss the deer!  We see them every once in a while here, mostly because there are no mountains for them to hide in, so they are just kind of all around. I saw a lot more last year than this year. But that sweet that they are coming out again over there!

Well it was a pretty great week here in Batesville! We had some great things happen yesterday. A new family to church! The Dammal family. They are younger, and so awesome! I think i told you about them, the husband is Hindu, and the wife knows a lot about the church from a friend she knew a while back. We found them tracting a few weeks ago. It was so good to see them all there, the ward members loved them too. Everyone came to talk with them!! It was great! We're looking forward to having some good lessons with them this week. They are so awesome, we love them.

We received some referrals from a family here for some people in Lake Santee that we went to contact yesterday, and ended up at the Boyd's house. It was just a drop in visit, and we thought it would be a good thing since we haven't seen her for a while. She's been sick but we came in and answered quite a bit of her concerns which was so good. She's been worrying about so many other things that she has heard, and hasn't done enough reading and praying. So we just testified and pointed her in the right direction to get her answers for the Book of Mormon and things. It went so well!! We've been wanting to meet with her for a long time to help her, but haven't been able to. So it was just an answer to all our prayers. Especially Brother Boyd's, being that he is so ready to be baptized. Then after that she asked for a blessing. The first I've given to a non-member I think! Man the spirit was strong. By the end of the blessing brother Boyd was all tearing up and it made me a little choked up. It was such a great experience, and she said she will be at church on Sunday! He's been coming to church, but she hasn't been yet, so this will be good! Plus they are both having dinner with the bishop here and 2 other members, who are all converts to the church. And we are having dinner with them tomorrow. Man, I love being a missionary. It's just the best of times for sure.

Speaking of blessing, it was funny, just a few weeks ago Elder Johnson and I were talking and we both decided that it had been too long since we had given a blessing to someone. We missed giving them! And then in this past week we've given 3. ha ha. I love it. Tender Mercy!

Halloween was pretty sweet! We had like 100 miles to use the last day of the month so we did a huge loop in our area looking for people. It was a rather boring day, not a whole lot happened. But it ended well at the Garnish's. We passed out candy with them and talked. It was pretty nice, some one asked if we were dressed up as the scary business men from Adventure Time. No idea who that is. ha ha. But ok! That night we had to be in by 7:30 to have a mission-wide study which was pretty good, we actually came up with a few things that we can do for this are to help people get baptized. And all the things we came up with were the same things the leaders in the ward started doing on their own on Sunday. Can't complain! Things are definitely looking up right now. But then again it always is.

We found a new guy this week! Mark! We're working on teaching his family too. He's the one we talked with that night at the Dahl's. You know, the baby bib picture? ha ha. He is sweet though and might be inviting some friends from his church to come to the next lesson!!

Well I'm out of time. It's such an exciting time to be a missionary, and I'd say it's the best time. So much is happening! The world is changing so much, but this church will always stay the same. It's great to see something that is solid and unchanging in such a wishy-washy world that doesn't commit to anything. I love this church. I love the scriptures and the power that is in them. I love Jesus Christ and I am SO grateful for his sacrifice, that for me who constantly messes up, he is always calling me back. It is the same for everyone, that he did suffer and die for everyone, not just collectively but individually. He loves me, he loves you. What a great thing.

I love you all! You mean so much to me! Have a great and safe week! Share the gospel!!

-Elder Chrys Robinson

p.s. it's COLD.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Things We Do........

     This is what we do every year to Lucky. She hates this so much!!! We laugh and take our picture. Then we give her a treat and a big hug. What she puts up with out of love. I hope your Halloween activities were fun and exciting. I went to my parents and spent it with them. I just didn't want to be home alone while everyone else was out having fun. Now we are in to the thankful time of year. I am thankful for many things. To many to count. I hope your weekend is great!!!!

Dear family,

What a great email! It sounds like things are looking of for you all. I love to hear all the lessons at church on Jesus. And to hear that James is 2nd counselor!!!! Woo that's awesome!

Well this week was a pretty different one. A good one though! We started out by dropping our car of at the shop for a few days. Which was just oh so fun. Ha ha. It actually wasn't that bad, the weather was SO nice for those couple of days so we didn't mind walking around everywhere. Because the weather was so nice, everybody was outside all the time so we talked to a lot of people and actually found a family (sort of-they're not married YET)! Rex and Eve. They are so sweet. We were walking to Holly's and I heard a "Are you guys from a church?" being yelled from across the street so of course we ran over there and talked with him. He actually was out reading his Bible too! He told us how he's had a rough life and him and his girlfriend were looking for a church to go to. So we invited him and set up a return appointment for Thursday. It went great! He knows the Bible so well! It's funny, we talked about Christ's church and how it was organized and such and how it is the same today. He was like, "Yeah, why not! It's in the Bible!" Ha. We should be going by to teach them the Plan of Salvation soon. I'll let you know how that goes!

On Friday we had our Halloween party! That was pretty fun. Elder Johnson and I struggled to find costumes...we were going to buy mustaches and say that we were "rebellious missionaries" but sadly...we couldn't find any. So, plan B! A pirate hat and Fairy wings! Yep! Elder Johnson was a pirate, and i was the fairy. Emily and her daughters made it there with Kari and they seemed to really enjoy it! It was a Dance and food party. Food as in fattening deserts, Yum. Emily who is about 7 months pregnant i think (BTW she's having her baby on my birthday! Woo!) got out on the dance floor with her kids, oh man that was pretty awesome. It was just a good ol time. I love this ward, the members are so awesome and out investigators rock!

We were planning on having about 7 or 8 people at church this Sunday but only 1 made it. Brother Boyd! Everybody else was sick. Everyone is getting sick right now! It's crazy! And annoying! But that's ok. Brother Boyd loved it though, he is seriously already a member. Looks like one, acts like one, talks like one, everyone else already sees him as one! It's so cool. We had a great lesson with him Tuesday on the Plan of Salvation which went very well. It answered a lot of his questions. Bishop Phaneuf was there and they hit it off right away! Both 66, and both their wives were once Methodist. Bishop Phaneuf has a pretty cool Coversion story too. It was just a great lesson, and he and Sister Boyd are planning on taking us to dinner tomorrow. It will be great!

Anyway i am out of time and need to go. So much to do! This gospel is amazing and i love it so much. It brings so much peace to me. It is so true. And i really want the people here to know this too. It's wonderful seeing the difference the gospel makes in a person's life. The Scriptures are true and they have stories of people who have successfully coped with all the things we face in life. I love that they are written down so we can have a model of what we need to do to face our trials! Heavenly Father loves us all so much, and he wants each of us to be happy, so he sent His Son. Jesus Christ is the way to happiness-the only way to happiness. He lives, and loves us!

-Elder Chrys Robinson

Friday, October 26, 2012

Chet Wants Chocolate..........

     So the other night Chet ran out of his chocolate syrup. I know the world came to an end. So I asked him if he looked on pintrest for the recipe. He looked at me weird and sad. James saved him by calling and needing a ride. I take this opportunity to get on and find one. When they get back I show him what I found. I thought he was going to cry right there. So the next day he watched me make him some yummy dark chocolate syrup. He pulled out his ice cream to try it out. He was so silent while eating it. Then there was a big smile. Yes, I can make chocolate syrup. Sorry Hershey, I will be making my own, but I will still need your cocoa. As long as Chet is happy then I am happy!!   :]

Dear family,

Well this past week was good. It slowed down quite a bit though. My whole mission i think has really been pushing me to do the hard things, and this past week was definitely a trial of my faith, which is a topic we have been focusing on for a long while as a mission. Pretty much every appointment we had last week canceled, and so most days we found ourselves asking, "Well, what now?" But one thing i have learned, that to make it to the breaking point and not break, you have to keep the faith and knowledge that God lives, and he will lead you. Don't pray away the trial, but ask for strength to make it through it. Don't ask for a different road or a different load, but ask for guidance and help to carry the load. The Savior's grace is with us and helps us every step of the way. We will always hit our trial - the trial of our faith - but if we push through it, THEN we receive the witness or miracle. So i found myself asking for a lot of help and guidance this last week. We didn't find any new investigators, but with some help and because we did the hard things and pressed on in faith, we got 2 new people to church, plus 2 other pretty much new investigators to church that we will be teaching this week. Plus! I'm happy. Ha ha. I love the peaceful feeling knowing that you worked hard and did your best. I love how much help we have from our Heavenly Father through this life if we just press on!

Holly came to church for the first time in years and really enjoyed it. She was taught years ago by sister missionaries and almost was baptized but never commit. But right now she is on date for December 3rd! She is great. Gospel Principles class was so awesome, we prayed about what needed to be taught and we decided on The Gift of the Holy Ghost, which was perfect for her! The class went over because we were having such a great conversation. Man it was awesome. Also Brother Boyd (we call him brother boyd because he's pretty much a member) came to church for the first time and really enjoyed it! He already knows so much about the church and is reading in 3 Nephi now! I'm pretty sure Holly thought he was a member ha ha. It was awesome! Oh and Elder Johnson gave a talk to which was so good. It was a really great Sunday.

WE PET A RACCOON! Yep. He was nice. The names Rascal.

But anyway, this week was definitely a learning experience! It really was a good week though. This week will be a good one too, we have a couple great lessons lined up already! I'm excited to see what's in store! I love this gospel so much and i am so grateful to have it in my life and a part of my family. I am so grateful to be on a mission and I'm grateful for how much it has shaped me. The mission is hard, but it is incredible. Heavenly Father lives and loves us, Jesus is the Christ who suffered and died for us to make it possible to live with Him and His Father again. Families are forever.


Have a great week! I love you all! Share the gospel!

-Elder Chrys Robinson

Friday, October 19, 2012

Hello again.......

     It's me again. I really don't have a lot to share this week. Just driving James crazy trying to get him caught up on homework for his missed days. He has been talking German to me and I have no idea what he is saying. But if it helps with his communication log I will listen and try to guess what the phrase is. I am always wrong and we laugh. My guess last night was "Lucky's sweater is by the blanket hamper." His question was "How was your day today?" I so don't know what he's saying! Tonight we are going to a free concert at Riverwoods so he can get his concert report done for orchestra. It will be a nice night out and hopefully with some good music. We are taking one of his friends also. I hope Chet and I survive!! Then a great thing will happen alarm Saturday!!!! I can hardly wait!!!! Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Dear Family,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA CHERYL!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!! Man i need to write them. 
Haven't gotten the package yet, it's in Hebron Kentucky right now with the elders over there, but i will be seeing them tomorrow. Thank you!! The pictures ha ha lucky looks so cute! I love how much she hates that thing ha ha.

I'm still in Batesville! WOO!!

This past week was definitely a good one. It's been hard lately with pretty much no appointments, but we've been trying to stay busy finding people. On Tuesday we tracted out a sweet family! We set up a return appointment for Friday and they were all ready to sit and hear what we have to share with them. Asheesh (that's not how you spell it but i can't figure out any other way to) is Hindu and he's from India. He is way sweet! He grew up in a Catholic church so he knows about Jesus Christ a little bit. He's not a practicing Hindu, but still considers himself one. April is his wife and she is super cool too. She knows quite a bit about the church from her member friends, but has never met with the missionaries until now. They are both ready and willing to learn and very open to reading the Book of Mormon. It was cool though, we prayed and decided to teach the Plan of Salvation for their first lesson, and everything was going so good, but near the end Asheesh stopped us and asked, "what is the Holy Ghost?" Man did i feel dumb. Ha ha. I guess we carried on thinking he knew. But it was pretty cool to teach him these eternal basic truths about Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. It's just awesome being a missionary.

On Sunday we got a new bishop! Bishop Watkins, after 7 years, has been called to the High Council. He will do great. Man I love that family though, it was a big tearful Sunday that's for sure. They are seriously my family away from home. On Saturday we were able to go do service for his neighbors and rake all their leaves, which actually turned into them dropping goodies off at bishop's to thank him, and they ended up having a gospel conversation for like an hour and a half. And Sister Watkins offered to have them over when we were there and they should be setting something up this week! Man, just doing service is my favorite anyway, but to see the things that come out of it sometimes are just awesome. Things are definitely moving!

Right now the rest of our investigators are kind of in limbo, so we're having a good take action week this week. Which started last night with a less active family that we are going over the Addiction Recovery Program with. It's funny, everyone we've taught here kind of progresses at the same rate and at the same time. When one person is being taught the plan of salvation, so is everybody else. It kind of just works out like that. So right now it's get it done! Make it happen! Just do it! Action week. We'll be having some sweet lessons this week to get people to baptism. It's going to be a good one :)

Well, I'm out of time. And i gotta say, if there is anything I've learned out here, it's that there is not a point that you reach to where you are in the safe zone away from Satan's influence. You ALWAYS have to protect and defend your faith. It is an every day-every second thing. With correct decisions, you can increase in faith, and with incorrect decisions you can decrease in faith. It is a gift of God that is given when righteousness is present, and man am i thankful for it. I am just so grateful for how much Heavenly Father loves his children and leads and guides us. The work is rolling forward, and through our faith many people will know the truth. This is the work of the Lord, and it will roll forth with or with out us! I love being a missionary. I know i say that a lot but it is so amazing. It scares me to think of how short it is. But it makes me so happy to see so many people preparing to serve and getting out there! Let's do it!

I love you all! Have a great week! Share the gospel with someone!

-Elder Chrys Robinson

Saturday, October 13, 2012

James is dripping..........Ewwwww!!!

     Well we had a great Conference weekend. Like always we spent it with the Spencer's making salsa. Then we ate a lot of good food while listening to wonderful uplifting words. I won Conference bingo twice while taking notes! It was a good time all around. Then James' allergies kicked in again and he got a cold on top of it. But just to make sure he had it all he burst his ear drum. So he is dripping from his nose and ear. Then he has this wonderful cough. Lysol is my friend right now. The heating pad broke the 3rd day into his ear yuckiness. It was old and had a good life, but it could have waited till he didn't need it, sigh. I am finding tissues and cotton balls around. I'm sorry, but I will not touch them!! That's just not right!!! So James is a pain, I mean James is still in pain at times. I wish there was a wonder drug that would heal it all in one day at this point. But then he acts silly in his feel ok moments and he makes me smile. So I guess we will get through this again. This too shall pass. Then maybe I will get some sleep.........sure...........    :]

Dear Family,

I got the package from the Robinson's! A camera?! That's awesome!! Thank you so much!! I love all the goodies too. Also, between Harris and I....Little buddy and I had a good time watching conference together..and eating M&Ms. Ha ha. He sat next to me in the church. :)

I love the pictures! Shawn is like 10X bigger than when I left. Wow he has grown! But it's so good to see the Spencer's. I love that family. Congrats Susie! She'll do great! So for how long are they going to be tearin up the church? What are Sundays like? Classes outside? Ha. Those Elder's ties are sweet! I had one in Xenia for a little while that Elder Riggs and I would wear as a "tie-bib" at dinner appointments sometimes. ha ha. Mostly just to make the kids laugh.

It was a pretty good week this past week. Definitely wasn't at as fast of a pace as the others, but it was still really good. General conference was amazing! All our investigators bailed out on coming to the church to watch it with us and the members, but 2 still watched it at home. Our Monday chapel tour went so good! James is so ready for baptism. We went through the church talking about doctrine and baptism most of the time then finished with a quick lesson of the restoration in front of the baptismal font. That went really well too! He had good questions about the priesthood and everything that we were able to clear up. He said himself that he is ready for baptism, but he wants to wait for his wife. She still has concerns. It's kind of a milk before meat type of deal, except she went meat before milk, so we're just trying to clear those up and get her reading the Book of Mormon. They are so awesome though and I'm really excited for them!

CV and Emily's lesson went very well. Their fellowshipper is Kari, so we gave her an assignment to teach part of the lesson which was way good. It's always good to hear other's teach in their own way and their point of view, it's good for the investigators too. Emily was on date for the 13th but we all decided to push it back. Her and CV are working on quitting smoking. That's hard stuff! So this week we will be teaching the Word of Wisdom. I'm excited to see the Atonement work with them with this, it's a big step for them. They are such great people, I love teaching them. They are so fun! They should be making some yummy turtle gumbo for us this week :D Woo!

We went on exchanges this past week with the Zone Leaders, so I got to go to Kentucky again! Whooee! It was so fun. I was with Elder Fulmer, one of the elders I came out with. So that was SO fun! We made cookies and passed them out to people, taught an awesome investigator named Brian who is so solid in his testimony of the gospel, and talked with a crazy guy on the side of the road about the haunted bar of Big Macky's. It was definitely interesting! Meanwhile in Batesville, Elder Johnson and Elder Bowen were tearin it up! They got Holly on date for baptism which is so sweet! They extended for November 3rd but she wanted to do it on December 3rd because it was a special day to her. So that was so good! She is awesome, and has a way solid testimony of the gospel after being taught by missionaries over the years.

General Conference really hit home for me. Gosh i loved it. I love having prophets and apostles. We are so blessed! Pretty much every talk i felt was for me. I love when that happens, It was a big testimony builder that's for sure! I've been reading the New testament for a couple weeks and man, I love having the Book of Mormon with it. It helps so much! The Bible is amazing, but if i only had that and not the Book of Mormon, then I think i would really be lost. The Book of Mormon clarifies everything so much! It is so perfect and with the Bible it shows us who we need to be and what we need to do. I am so grateful for it! I know that Jesus Christ lives and loves every one of us. Heavenly Father is our loving Father, and he is always watching over us and caring for us. Even if sometimes we don't realize it. Dispute not because ye see not! You receive no witness until after the trial of your faith!

I've gotta go! I love you all so much! Thank you for everything you do for me! Have a great week!

Elder Chrys Robinson

I'm a Mormon!

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Letter "P"...........

     This week is brought to you by the letter "P". I am wearing it proudly upon my shirt because I have procrastinated in writing the blog. I am now tired and have a very long Saturday a head of me. So yes I am wearing my letter "P" and I am going to let the Elder entertain you this week!! But before I go, I hope those of you who are going to listen or watch, may you enjoy your conference weekend!!!      :]

Dear Family,

First~Yeah 18 months! Sure you didn't forget ;) ha ha it's ok if you did. I tried to. I have yet to find a place i can burn some pants but i will soon!
Second~I'm sure I've spoke with Elder Alger, but i can't remember any of the Elders names any more. There's too many! The older you get the less missionaries you know.
Third~Where's Waldo thing at the Riverwoods? Whahh that sounds fun. So your taking the missionaries then ya? Sweet!
And Zac is home! He looks....the same. Ha ha. But awesome! That's so good. Thanks for sharing parts of his talk with me.
Jacob and Caleb on missions?!? I can't believe it. That is so awesome. How many missionaries are from our ward now? like a billion?

Well this past week was pretty awesome. the work is rolling forward at such a fast pace it's hard to keep up! CV and Emily are doing great! They both came to church yesterday and loved it. CV is so funny, he kept asking when he gets the "kool-aid" ha ha. Emily is still on date for October 13th but right now we are looking at maybe pushing it back a little bit, we will be having dinner with them on Tuesday and we are going to discuss it. They are so awesome though, it's so fun teaching them. They're definitely some of my most favorite people ever!

Last night was pretty cool. We were planning on going up to Brookville with a member after lunch at the bishop's but ended up not because they didn't have enough gas to get there and we didn't have enough miles to drive there and back, so we ended up calling some investigators down in Osgood to see if we could drop by. We eventually got there and when we did, the wife called their preacher and asked if we all could come over which he of course said yes. Who can resist grilling a couple of Mormon missionaries? We got there and almost instantly they brought out all they could about the Mormon church they had found on the Internet. Oh man did i start praying! The preacher's wife really tried hard to bash us as much as she could. The preacher was actually pretty cool, he was just trying to determine if we were Christian because he had heard otherwise. It was funny because all the stuff they got off the internet was actually right, and we just kinda sat there bearing testimony of everything she said and after we did she didn't have much to say on the subject. I've had some Bible bashes before, but none like this one. This one all we did was bare testimony and it literally stumped everything they tried to throw against us. It was pretty cool. Preacher John decided in the end that we were a couple of good guys who were part of a great religion, and that we were Christian. Pretty cool i thought!

Ok so, the Boyds. They are so SWEET! Holy cow they are awesome. So yeah it all started with him flippin through the channels and coming across BYUtv and loving what he watched then he ordered a Book of Mormon and he as of last week was already reading in Alma 60. WOW. He knows it is true and really wants to go to the temple. It was amazing! Such a testimony builder! The wife hasn't read it yet but is very willing to learn and discover for herself, and they are both SO nice! We gave them an extra Book of Mormon and he was like,"Hey i'm going to give this to one of my friends!" He's already a missionary!! Tonight we will be having a chapel tour with them and a member and we will be inviting them to baptism for this month. Oh man we are so stoked! And it turns out that he knows a ton of the members in this ward already so everybody else is just as excited!! We are so blessed here. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY.

Well the time is up and i must get going. This is the work of the Lord. I know that. I know that this is the true and living church. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and because of that I know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God. Heavenly Father loves us all so much, and he shows it every day. I love him and I am so grateful to be out here serving. Thank you so much for everything you do! I love you all so much! Oh, and tell the Bagley's that the Flarp is awesome!! Ha ha! Also the home maid gatoraide rocks! Thank you!

Have a great and safe week!

-Elder Chrys Robinson


Friday, September 28, 2012

Life goes faster than you think........

     So I have this kid that left the house to go on an adventure for 2 years. He left behind his noise makers which are now in storage for a little bit (2 small ones sit in by my kitchen table). I love the sounds of the drums!! He has burned a tie and shirt. I am waiting to see if he got to burn some pants. Some Moms gasp when they hear this. I say they have earned it, let them burn!! I look at my family and how they have all grown this last year and a half. They are so beautiful. I get lost in their faces everyday. I taught a lesson a few weeks ago on Temple Marriage. I decided to update the family pictures on my piano. Now I can stare at them all I want all day long. This makes me happy when I only have James and Chet here bugging me. I do miss them a lot and it's not the same, but it will do till I can see them. Yes life goes faster than you think. I'm not getting older. At least that's what I'm telling myself. But sharing more time with Chet is a bonus!!! So Elder Robinson, burn those pants and here's to 6 more months in the Great Ohio!!!!

Dear Family,

Squaw Peak! Man i love that place! The colors are beautiful!
Everything is still green here. At least it's not dead like it was all
summer. The weather is cooling down quite a bit though, running in the
mornings is getting to be pretty hard! All of you look so good though.
I love pictures! Send more!

Well i don't have much time today. We had a lunch appointment that
ended up afterwards seeing bishop for a little bit at his work, and we
still have a bunch to do before the day ends. Plus i have bunches to

First off, the game was SWEET! We were supposed to go on the field for
the pre-game show but ended up not going. But we were on camera a
bunch! And got a Columbus Crew hat! It was so fun being with all my
companions!! Of course I hung out with Elder Riggs the whole time.
Whenever we see each other it's like nothing has changed and we become
little kids together ha ha! He's such a goof. Man i love him. Plus all
the people that were sitting right below all the missionaries were
from Xenia!! SO awesome to talk and hang out with them. All in all it
was way fun, my first and probably my last all day p-day! It
definitely threw off all of our sleeping schedules though ha ha i have
been so tired since!

The work here is doing so good! It's really moving at a fast pace,
it's hard to keep up with all that is going on! Last week we found 5
new investigators- Annett and Robert's son's-Shawn and Ethan, and
Chris, Betty and Matt who were some former investigators that we
dropped by with a member. They were each so awesome. Annett and Robert
didn't make it to church but Emily and her Daughter did! And they
loved it! So she is still on date to be baptized on the 13th. Also
bishop's nephew came who is investigating down in Lawrenceburg, he has
such a strong testimony. It blows my mind! The ward is on fire right
now and everyone is feeling the work that is going down! Everyone
wants to help us out, and i think it's because the area hasn't had
much excitement as far as missionary work for so long and now that
it's moving along everyone is getting excited. It's amazing! I feel so
blessed to be here, i love these people!

Last week bishop received a letter in the mail full of money donated
to the church from people no one knows, and it wasn't a small donation
either. But Bishop tried to get a hold of them and finally they called
back last night and left a message on Bishop's phone. Needless to say
he called us over immediately! The said their names were James and
Joice, and that they had been watching a lot of BYUtv and had been
reading the Book of Mormon and would like to have someone to meet with
from the church. WHAT! So yeah, a member took it into his hands and
set it all up for us to go over to their house tonight to teach them.
How awesome is that! What a great feeling! I love being here!!

Well i am out of time, i love you all so much! This gospel is so true.
I love my Heavenly Father so much, and i love my Savior and am so
grateful for him. Being a missionary is the greatest thing ever. The
Lord is really in and a part of this work, inviting ALL to use his
Atonement. I love him. Thank you for everything you do my wonderful
family! You all mean so much to me.

Have a great week! Share the gospel with someone!

-Elder Robinson