Sunday, October 20, 2013

I can do hard things...

     Here I am again. I told you it would be a while before I would right again. So many things have changed these last few months. I learned that I can do hard things and become a better person not only for myself but for those around me also. Chet looked at me the other day and told me how proud he was of me for not quitting or giving up. He was grateful for my efforts in helping. He also said that I am tough. I gave him a great big hug and kiss! It has been a long, short journey for me. I will explain what I mean...
     First off I was given a temporary full time job for 6 months. Summer time is the companies crazy time. So while everyone was out playing I was at one point working 48 hours a week. In October they made the decision to keep me as a full time employee. I will be forever grateful to the spirit that whispered into my friends ear my name. I know that I can work on a computer and take calls from people all day long. Yes, I am a Customer Service Representative for a great company. I am grateful to help Chet take care of our family. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn new things. I can do hard things...
     Second, I serve in our Young Women's. I was the secretary and am now a Beehive adviser. I didn't earn my Young Women's Award when I was actually a Young Woman. So I worked along side these beautiful young girls. They were the best example to me. I also earned both of my honor bee's. Chrys challenged us to read everyday while on his mission. Chet and I have not stopped. Thank you Chrys, one of those bee's is dedicated to you! This award I also want to thank my Young Women's leaders that are still there for me today, Arlene Billings, Linda Error and Kenna Thiriot. We may not see each other that often, but my love for you is just as strong today as it was when I was a teenager! I can do hard things...
     Third, with much prayer and listening for an answer we decided to put our sweet dog Lucky to sleep after 18 years of her sweet friendship. She was in kidney failure and we didn't want her to suffer any longer. I watched her come into this world and was the first one to hold her. I was the last one to hold her in my arms as she left on her next journey. It was the sweetest, hardest thing I have ever done. I just held her and cried. We buried her close to us so she is not far. I can do hard things...
     I am so grateful for the changes in my life that have brought me to where I am today. Yes, I can do hard thing...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Family's together again.....

Who would've thought I would be blogging for 2 whole years. I am such an on again off again blogger. I want to thank Chrys for helping me with his. Now you may get a blog every now and again because I just don't know what to say most of the time. I am so excited to see all my kids! I think there is going to be one big group hug! I am so grateful to have been a Missionary Mom for the second time. There is nothing like it. It's the hardest most wonderful thing ever! Then to know that Heavenly Father was brought into the lives of other families is the best part! I have time to prepare for James now. I don't think my eyes and heart could take him going right away! So I guess all there is to say is "Welcome Home Elder Robinson!!!"

My family,

Those pictures made me so happy. I love the Wilkinsons. Thanks mom. I'm excited for Brandon! He's going to do so well! I'm glad to hear that dad is enjoying work, 5:30am sounds like a blast! Ha ha.

Well, with all sorts of emotions running through me right now. Let's report the week.

Going on exchanges and biking a few miles, knocking on doors and talking to people, we found TJ! He is sweet. I was with Elder Clay who usually does Spanish work. We were going to contact a member that no one had seen in a while and it turned out that they had moved out and he had moved in the Saturday before with his girlfriend. The missionaries had been teaching his mom a couple months back and so he already knew who we were and let us right in. We will be hopefully teaching his girlfriend soon. They are pretty sweet.

On I think Thursday we got a call from a member living in Idaho who told us about his friend from Ghana that lives in our area that wanted to come to church. So he gave us his number and we called him and talked with him for a bit and gave him the address to the church and the time of our service, and he actually showed up! He is a super awesome guy. He has dreds all the way down past his shoulders and said the first time we met him "I've been to the church a lot in Ghana and was never baptized, but i would like to be." Hooah! We can do that! Ha ha. He even is set on coming to church every week to "worship the Lord" as he said. Missionary work is too cool. I love it.

Elder Bruce D. Porter was way sweet! It was kind of a short meeting, but it was just so good. He gave us SO much doctrine and info to study it was insane. Well at least he did for me. He talked mainly on the Doctrine of Christ and the Atonement and he opened my mind to quite a bit of things. I love it when General Authorities come, they are so fun and i learn so much.

P is getting more solid. She is still so involved in the gospel and is reading a whole bunch. Last night we went on exchanges for the last time and went over to talk to her. She is so great. She will be coming to church this week and will hopefully really progress to her baptism. K is still progressing to his baptism in April. He is so cool! I'm excited for him to get there!

Oh and we found out yesterday that the church does have C records, so we are now reactivating him! Ha ha. He came to church on Sunday and really enjoyed it. The ward really loves him! After church all I've been hearing is how much they love him. I'm grateful we were able to find him. He's such a stud.

I love these people. These past few days have been so hard. I was called up at the last of sacrament to give my testimony and i just got up and blubbered and cried ha ha. It was horrible. And now i have to do that on Thursday too at transfer meeting. I have loved more than anything serving as a missionary. My heart is here with these people. I hate to have to leave, i wish it wouldn't end. But i guess each missionary has his or her time then it's time to move on. I am so grateful for these past 2 years. I can't put into words how much it has meant to me, and i can't imagine what my life would be like if i wouldn't have come here. I have come to know my Savior as my Redeemer and have felt the power of the Atonement in my life. I know with out a doubt that God lives and loves His children. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that we are led by a prophet today. I hope to always be able to be given opportunities to share the gospel, because i love doing it so much. It's been the best 2 years!

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Elder Chrys Adam Robinson

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sunshine, lollipops and craziness...

     Yes I love the sunshine! Yes I love lollipops! Yes craziness keeps you on your toes! So I guess all three can't be bad if they are all together. I feel like when I clean one mess another one takes it's place. I guess that's what you get when you live with guys. I also feel like I'm running out of time and I won't be ready for everything that needs to happen. But it will happen so I guess I better be ready. March is a crazy month. It feels like it is always the busiest. But today is a beautiful day full of sunshine. I went outside my comfort zone this week and went to BYU alone. Yes I felt old standing in the bookstore waiting for the Wilkinson's from Ohio. But it was all good! When I got home I felt like I had accomplished something. I know that sounds funny. But have you been to BYU at lunch time?? There are a lot of young people there!!!! Then I got the disco ball for the Grandkids and the Elder. I just need to find all the bullets to the nerf guns. Sometimes you just have to have a war with Chet and James. I was thinking about having one with the disco ball. That could be cool! Well I must stop rambling and get on with my craziness!! By the way Chet is only 52, I love the Elder's humor!

Dear family,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIV!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you had a great day!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!!!!!!!!! 60 right? ;) I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's exciting about missionary month. I remember being so nervous when that month came around ha ha but now i can see how valuable it is. I'm excited to be there to help with the dinner!

So this past week was pretty good. The weather has been crazy! Cold then warm then cold then SUPER warm and amazing then rainy then cold and rainy. Ohio's weather is as Elder Watkins calls it "Bi-Polar." I love it here though. The week was filled with crazy lessons and people that just wanted to bible bash for some reason. It was weird. But it was still a good week.

We put K on date for baptism! He is such a cool kid. I don't know if i told you about him or not but he is 17 and is a cancer survivor. We've been teaching him for a little while now and were taking it a little slow with him and then we started focusing everything on baptism. Things sped up as soon as we put that as our focus for him. When we put him on date his main concerns were his friends and the influence they have on him. It just blows my mind how crazy the world is. He explained how everyone around him including his family is on drugs and how he doesn't want to be around that anymore. So we're asking the young men in the ward to get involved and to put focus on him. Better influences ya know? He is such a great kid and i really want him to succeed and come in to the gospel. So as of right now he is preparing for April 29th. It's a little ways away but he will be out of town for a bit. Plus he said 29 is his favorite number. Ha ha. He is awesome.

A and T are doing so good. The ward loves them! They really are answers to so many prayers. They weren't able to make it to church on Sunday because they were in Cincinnati, but A called when they got home to "check up" on us ha ha. I love them so much. It was on that phone call that i told them for the first time that i was going home. Ahh it sucks ha ha. Today we are on exchanges with the Spanish Elders and we will be going over with brother Van Woerkom tonight for a lesson with them. They are just amazing people.

Yesterday we had a fun day with all of the missionaries in Columbus and President and Sister Nilsen. So fun! Games and food and basketball and ping-pong. It was great. I was able to see almost all the Elders from my MTC district and got to catch up a little. I mostly talked with Elder Morley. He is such a great guy and he has grown so much! Also Elder Culler was there and we were able to catch up as well. I love these missionaries. I'm blessed to serve around some of the greatest people ever.

On Thursday we will be having a visit from Elder Porter and his wife. We're all so excited! I have a feeling it will be awesome.

Well i best be going. I am doing well. I'm amazed how fast this has gone's so short. My mind is constantly filled with memories of the past 2 years and i find myself thanking my Heavenly Father more than ever for how great of an experience it has been. I love these people. I know that this work is true, and i know that God is in it. The Savior Jesus Christ lives and loves us. The Book of Mormon bring power into a person's life. I love the gospel and i am so grateful to have it my family.

Until next week! Have fun be safe! I love you all!

-Elder Chrys Robinson

Friday, March 8, 2013

Which "Apron" are you wearing...

     I have been wearing many "apron's" this week. What are you wearing right now? I am wearing my baking apron. It has all my brownie mess on it. But that makes it full of love. I am making and freezing brownies for the Elder homecoming right now. So I got thinking, how many different "apron's" did I wear this week. Well there was the Mom, wife, cleaner, organizer, chauffeur, friend, leader, daughter and just me. I think I got them all. As women we really do have to wear a lot of "apron's". Just like I think men have to wear a lot of "hat's". I love that our roles are so different, yet go together so beautifully. Heavenly Father knew what he was doing that's for sure! I know I couldn't do what I do without my partner for eternity Chet! So here's to our "apron's" and "hat's"!!! May you wear them together well!!

Dear family,

Goodness i love you all. I am glad to hear that you had another great week! And dad got the job!!! That was such a sweet call from Sister Nilsen. Thanks for that. That's good that James enjoyed youth conference, some of my greatest memories are from the conferences i was able to be a part of. I know what you mean mom by having your mind full of scriptures, isn't it great?

Well This past week was pretty good. FREEZING. But pretty good. We had a great district meeting, which i have come to find out was my last one :( depending on if President wants one for my last week. This week is zone meeting and next week Elder Bruce D. Porter of the Seventy is coming for a mission tour. Pretty stoked for that! 

We went on exchanges this last week with the ZLs Elder Bullock and Elder Durnall. So fun! I love exchanges. Elder Durnall and I biked probably close to 9 miles that day in the freezing cold and found 2 new investigators, K and her brother J. They are sweet! She was born in Utah and has lived everywhere. He was born in Cali and is out here to help K out until she can move out there with him. We had a solid lesson on the Restoration and invited them to be baptized if they knew the Book of Mormon was true and they said they would. On Sunday we made cinnamon rolls and brought them over to wake them up for church and they already had all the kids ready a hour and a half early! They really enjoyed church too, and the ward really welcomed them in. I love days like those, where you just work so hard to find new people, and then you do. The Lord blesses His missionaries!

A and T and doing so good. I love them so much. It is so fun seeing how much they have grown since we started teaching them. We had a lesson on Tuesday with them and challenged T to receive the Priesthood and he met with the Bishop on Wednesday and he interviewed him for it. He now has the Priesthood! And next week he will be passing the sacrament! We went over last night to congratulate them and to give A a blessing (she has had the flu) and i just can't put into words how much love is in the room when they are there. They have such a sweet spirit about them and they really are answers to so many people's prayers including mine. It will be so hard to leave them. That's probably the suckiest part about being a missionary, is you grow a love for the people and then you have to leave them. Ha ha. Every day I thank my Heavenly father for trusting me enough to let me teach them.

Well that's about it for this week. I love being here and being a part of my Heavenly Father's work. It is so fun, so hard, and so rewarding. I love the scriptures and the words of modern prophets. I love reading about Jesus Christ and learning from what He has taught us. I love prayer. I love the feelings of the Holy Ghost. The gospel is all true and i know it!

Have a great week! I love you all!

-Elder Chrys Robinson

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A week without media...

     I did it! I went one week with out media! I still need to get on fb and check it. Just a minute........Well hello it's been busy on fb!! That will take me a while to get through all those notices! For not being on there  sure was a lot of things happening! I have to say I did like not having tv, games, fb, or anything of media other than email. I chose my email for the Elder and YW. Then one night I so wanted to just watch tv. We put on church videos. I worked on my personal progress which was actually really great! I organized things that needed to be done before the Elder gets home. It really was a peaceful week. We are going to look at what media we want in our lives. It's time for a change. We actually felt more in tune with  the Elder and when he will come home since he has been media free for 2 years. On for a new challenge!!

Dear family,

Glad to hear that everything is good at home! No media for week huh? Piece of cake. ha ha. Sounds fun though! And i didn't know that Emily Barrington was going on a mission!! That is so awesome! Seems like everyone is serving these days!

Well this past week was so good. Probably the craziest ever! But SO good. It seemed to start out fine, we had a lesson set up for Tuesday night with A and T to finish up the lessons and prepare them for the baptism interview on Wednesday. As we were at dinner at one of the translator's house we got a call from them 30 minutes before the lesson telling us they had to cancel. Arlette found out 2 weeks ago that she was pregnant and she found out Tuesday morning that she had lost the baby. What a rough call that was. So the member we were with took us over to drop off some food and see if there was anything we could do. As we talked with Arlette, she said "It's ok. It is the Lord's will and we will move forward." She has so much faith. What an example she is to me. So we had to push back the interview until Friday and we moved the lesson to Wednesday and Thursday. It was stressful getting everything in and making sure that they were prepared, but it all worked out. With the Lord's help, they were baptized! It was such a sweet experience. The whole service was in french, and the spirit was strong! I just feel so grateful to have been there to teach them and help them make this covenant. The ward has done a great job in taking them in, and you can just feel how much love everyone has for them. Oh and just a side note- Brother J, the member that baptized and confirmed them, served his mission in France and was never able to baptize anyone in his 2 years. The Bishop got up in the baptismal service and said,"I received revelation that Brother J was supposed to baptize them. A and T are a blessing to him as a result of those 2 years of service." It was awesome. It was just too cool to be a part of.

Well to be honest, most of our week was centered around them and all the craziness, so that is my email! ha ha. It was just amazing. It's crazy how fast these 2 years are coming to a close, but man am i grateful i chose to be here. I love this place. I love being a missionary. It is hard, but it is the best. I love the Book of Mormon. I love my Savior and i know that He lives. I am look forward to the next few weeks and to a lifetime of service!

I love you all!

-Elder Chrys Robinson

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I can say days now...

     So 2 years ago I decided to take this picture because Chrys wanted it. When we got them from Chrys' friend Robin I cried. I knew it would be a 2 long years before I would see this face again. People who are not in our church do not realize we can't call our kids. We can see them if we are on a business trip and their mission president allows it. But we get 4 phone calls and emails once a week. Then you send packages and snail mail. So really your contact is really little. You cherish your phone calls because you miss their laugh and the sound of their voice. But at the same time you know that their service is the most important thing they could be doing with their life. You wouldn't change anything about it. So here we are at the countdown. We can say we are on days, 27 of them. I haven't asked him anything about coming home yet. I haven't told him what he's talking on even. He is aware of his time. He doesn't need any distractions from his work. I am so grateful for his service and all of the missionaries of the world. Now lets get to work and be ready for this warriors return!!!

 Dear family,

Wow Jacob is leaving already? That's crazy! I'm so excited for him. He is going to love it! Bummer that i won't be able to see him for 4 years though ha ha. Give em' Heaven!

This past week was awesome. It was the best week we've had here, and it is only going to get better! We found an awesome guy named C. He lives right next to an investigator that we were going to see. We were talking to a lady outside his apartment and he came out and said,"You guys look like you're dressed up like Mormons!" and we said,"We are Mormons!" and he was like,"Oh! Well i love that book of Doctrine and Covenants. I love what it teaches." ha ha we were like what the? Then asked if we could come in and leave a blessing on his home and he agreed. Well it turns out that he was baptized in the church in 1985 with his wife but after their divorce he went back to the baptist church and hasn't been back since. He was baptized back in the Baptist church so he may or may not be on the records still, and we're still trying to figure that out. But he is such a cool guy and so humble and sincere. He came here 3 years ago because he felt like he needed to and says he hasn't found why he is here yet. But before we left we had a prayer and left a blessing on his home and he said,"Man i feel good right now. I feel like something good is happening inside of me." So we then explained to him that it was the Holy Ghost and you could definitely see a light in his eyes when we left. It was awesome. We will be going back tomorrow to have a lesson with him.

After that we made contact with the investigator, K, that lived next to him and set up a return appointment for Saturday. This kid is awesome. He is 16 and is a cancer survivor! Such a boss. When we got there he had company but had 15 minutes for a lesson. We taught him about church and why we come to church and read out of Moroni the sacrament prayers and he committed to come to church! The member we had with us offered to pick him up and everything. It was awesome. The only concern he had was that he didn't have a shirt or tie, so we ran back to the apartment and i gave him a shirt and one of my ties, and in the morning we brought over some cinnamon rolls for him to make sure he was still coming. The member brought him to church and took him to class with him and everything, even invited him to dinner at their house and to a fireside last night. The members here rock. So this week we will be going back and will hopefully teach his mom as well which will be cool. As a mission we are focusing on getting 100 people on date for baptism, so this week we are hoping and praying that he can be one of the 100.

A AND T GOT MARRIED!!! We had a simple little service after church in the young men's room and it was just so amazing. The whole thing was in english and was translated into french by the one of the members. It was just too cool. The joy was felt and shared by everyone and it was touching to see the members come out and love and support them. Seriously one of the coolest moments of my mission. So this week we will be finishing up the lessons and everything is set for Saturday! Us and the Ward Mission Leader are working on putting the service all together and having it all done in french so they won't have to worry about not understanding anything. I AM SO STOKED. They are just so amazing and i feel so much love for them. I am so grateful to be able to help them make this covenant. I love being a missionary. This work is the work of God and i love it. There is nothing else like it.

This week is going to be crazy busy with all that we have to do, but i wouldn't rather be busy doing anything else. I know that the gospel is true. I love my Savior Jesus Christ and I know He lives. I love being on a mission and it makes me so excited to see all the new missionaries coming out and others preparing to serve. The harvest is great!

Thanks for all you do! Have a great and safe week- Share the gospel!

-Elder Chrys Robinson

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Letting the Elder talk...

     So this week you get to hear from the Elder. His p-day was late and I am late. So next week will be better! Have a great week!!

 Dear Family,

Well howdy hey. I have almost no time today so this one will be kind of short.

This past week has been great. Lot's of things are moving along! It was pretty hectic though. Some of our translators for A and T were out of town and so for a couple days we were frantically trying to find someone to go to lessons with us. It all worked out, and they met with the bishop on Sunday and they now have their marriage license. Woo! So they are planning on getting married right after church on Sunday by the bishop. THEN they will be baptized the following Saturday! We are so excited for them. They are amazing. Really. OH and they called us on Saturday and A said that she needed to talk with us and that she needed us over as soon as possible. So a little scared of what was going to happen we got a translator and went over. Well, the news was that she is going to have a baby!! So we had a little joyful party there. Ha ha. She was concerned that it would interfere with her baptism, but since they are getting married then all is well! It was pretty exciting.

The mission got their first 18 year old today. How awesome is that?! Things are moving so fast. Almost weekly the mission is setting new records for finding or people at church or baptisms, ect. It is so awesome to be a part of. The Lord is Hastening his work. It is so incredible to see. It's incredible to feel as well. I love being out here as a missionary. Because of all the missionaries coming out our mission has changes transfers to 5 weekers starting with this one, so i will be home a week early. It's kind of a bummer but that's ok. This transfer is going to FLY by. I will not let up or slow up until i have stayed up, stored up, and stowed up for the cause of Christ. I know that this work is true and i know that it is the work of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that is changes lives. It teaches so much of how we can better our lives and use Christ's Atonement. I am so grateful that i have it. I am grateful for families and the knowledge that they are forever, i know that is true. Heavenly Father loves each of us and is anxious to bless us. His work is our happiness.

Thank you for all that you do for me, I love you all so much! Have a great week and share the gospel!

-Elder Chrys Robinson

Friday, February 8, 2013

Getting Excited...

     Well I was just going to post the Elder's letter, but when I opened my email I had his flight information. My heart skipped a beat. Wow, 6 weeks from today he will be back home. The first year seemed like it would never end. Then it started going faster. By time Christmas came it has just flown by. Now my head is just not in the game and I'm not ready. Really?!?! Bad timing on my ears! But to keep the sweet missionary spirit going we fed our local missionaries. It's such a great thing to hear their stories. They both had great stories of how they came to the decision  to serve. The work is very important and won't stop. The changing of the ages for both young men and women has proven that. Missionaries rock! Now if I can just get my head back into working order I would be a happy person!!!

 Dear Family,

Oh man mom! That really makes for a fun week when you ear drums burst. Sheesh. What now? And Sinaih is having another! That is so awesome!

This past week was a pretty good one. It started off strong and finished strong. I also had 2 of the best meals i have ever had on my mission. Biggest and best ribs ever, and home-maid Raising Canes. WOW.

A and T haven't come to church for some legit reasons, they are experiencing some hardcore opposition and T was in an accident last Saturday which put him out of work and he was too banged up to make it to church. This week they were sick, and they had no way to church because the car was still messed up. T is the only one with his green card so he is the only one that can work, but his troubles are that he can't find a job. On Saturday they ran flat broke and had no food in the apartment so they couldn't eat, and they barely ate anything on Sunday. We didn't find that out till yesterday. The member that we were with sent an email out to ward council last night about that, but at our dinner last night we just mentioned that they were struggling and they immediately stood up and started putting food in boxes to give to them. The B's are so sweet. I love these members. They are so willing to help out any way that they can. It was awesome making that delivery to them. :) I love them.

Our new investigator for the week is D! Oh man this guy is so sweet. He looks a little crazy, but is pretty solid. We were on exchanges with the spanish Elders when they found him. He is just awesome. We taught him part of the first lesson yesterday, and all throughout it he kept saying things like "I just want to change." and "I want to man up and do what is right". So as we were talking about the Savior and His earthly ministry, we felt prompted to move to talking about His baptism. About how His life was an example for us, and that it was a commandment to be baptized, and that by being baptized you access the Atonement. Man he was all for that! The lesson kind of stopped there, but we felt that is what needed to be taught. We have a lesson set up for Tuesday with him and we will be putting him on date for the beginning of next month. I just love being a missionary. It is so COOL!

Well that's about it for this last week. I always feel like i leave stuff out. Oh well. OH! We have our Zone Temple Day this week, so i will be in the temple on Thursday. So excited to go, i love it there. I'm looking forward to this week, it's going to be a good one. We have some great lessons lined up. I definitely feel a difference from all the prayers and fasting, thank you all so much. I love how much the gospel has become real to me. It's so interesting how a witness from the Holy Ghost becomes something that i guess could feel more physical than something that is actually physical, and yet it is so hard to describe and put into words. But man am i so grateful for it. I am so grateful for my Savior and what He did and continues to do for me. I love Him so much. I'm grateful for this time my Heavenly Father has given me to be a missionary, it has been the greatest time of my life. I'm so looking forward to the next few weeks. Find teach and BAPTIZE!

-Elder Chrys Adam Robinson

Friday, February 1, 2013

What a week.......

     I should have posted earlier and maybe I would've felt more like it. Then again, maybe not. Just a few more weeks and who knows, I may become a here and there blogger. Lets just throw this out there, we all hate this flu! It comes around and makes you just feel yucky. You get better and it comes back around to visit again. Really?!?! Who said it could do that?? I feel so bad for James. He has missed so much school. His teachers are really nice, but there is only so much you can do if your not there. You can do the work, but part of your grade is being in class. Then there's the my ear hurts really bad! Now my other ear hurts really bad! Your doctor says your rare for bursting your ears. I say thanks and walk out with meds. Blah. But guess what? I don't have to answer my phone because I can't hear that good. Sometimes I can't hear it ring. People talk to me and I don't even know it. I have a really quiet world. How long has it been since I lived in a quiet world. There are small blessings. So I will take the quiet and my meds. Try to be patient. Another test on that one because I haven't learned it all the way. Thank my Heavenly Father that I will hear again. Love my husband for loving me through this. I also hope the tv isn't turned up too loud.......

Dear Family,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TYLER AND CHUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU BOTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I only have a few minutes today, so this one will be short. It seems like every week there is less and less time and more and more things to do.

Last week was pretty good. Pharrin and Megan are still preparing to be baptized but on the 23rd of February instead. Pharrin and her Husband are getting married on the 20th to be able to do that. They are amazing though. Pharrin LOVES the gospel and can teach it just like any member could. She is constantly reading and making changes to her life to be baptized, and it is so wonderful to see. Megan is becoming more solid as we continue to meet with her. She is now reading on her own and her understanding has really improved! I'm so blessed to be able to teach them. I love them.

Arelett and Toussaint are doing so good! They are some of the most solid investigators I've seen. I learn so much from just being around them. Even though they speak french and little english, i realize more and more that there is something stronger in our lessons than words. We can understand each other by our feelings rather than by words, it's amazing. I just love going there and being with them. Last night we had a lesson with them which unfortunately i wasn't able to be a part of. I was called into a mission conference call for the old missionaries that will be leaving in the next few months. But Elder Watkins and the member taught them about the priesthood and gave them blessings. Toussaint was in a car accident on Saturday so he was a little banged up and needed one, but he is doing just fine. They said the spirit was so strong that it was impossible not to feel it. I feel SO blessed to teach them, which in reality i feel like i am being taught.

I need to get going, but i just want all of you to know how much i love you and how grateful i am for all of you. I have been doing a lot of reflecting on my life and on my mission and i am just so grateful that my Heavenly Father has given me so many opportunities to learn and to grow. I love the gospel and my Savior so much, and i love these people that he has given me to teach. I love the feelings of the spirit, and how it is possible to have it with you at all times if we let it. The Book of Mormon is true and it does bring us to Christ if we are willing to follow the council it gives us and the doctrines it teaches. Jesus Christ did suffer for us and He does live. We do have a living prophet and he does receive divine guidance for this the true church. I am grateful for my testimony and i look forward to continue to change and become more like my Savior.

I love you all, thanks so much for all you do for me. Have a great week! Share the gospel!!

-Elder Chrys Robinson

P.S. It hurts to be bit by a squirrel. They are also not fun when in your apartment. (s.i.m.a.= squirrel's in my apartment.)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Making Lemonade out of Lemons...

     So I went with Chet this week to drop something off to his client. It was one of the owners of Doug Smith Auto in American Fork. I turned the car off and waited. A few minutes later Chet sent me a text saying he was coming out. So I see him and start the car. He gets in and the car starts smoking. I turn it off and pop the hood for him. The radiator hose cracked and we lost a lot of fluid. We sat in the car and said a prayer. My car was still not working from being frozen and was also in Lindon. When we were done I looked at Chet and said "Aren't we sitting in front of a car dealership? Don't they have parts?" Nathan worked for a few years as a service writer here so Chet went and ordered the part. Fast forward 10 minutes later with a borrowed screwdriver we pulled into a back stall and he changed it out. We also laughed when he found the gallon of anti freeze behind my seat in the car. So it took us a total of 20 minutes to get the part, change it and get on the road again. The blessings were huge that day!! So yes we took our lemons and made lemonade!! What did you do with your lemons?

Dear family,

It's great to hear from you all! And to hear that everything is going good! Thank you for all the packages! Everything is so great!! The pants and everything are so nice, thank you so much!

Well i don't have much time today. We have a member waiting for us to take us shopping. But this past week was great, we got a lot of things done and a lot of things movin! Pharrin and Megan are now on date for baptism! February 23rd! We had a lesson on Monday with them and the stake president here, and boy it was so awesome. Pharrin is incredibly solid, it's so fun teaching her! She is reading her Book of Mormon all the time and she recently downloaded the Mormon Channel app and is watching all sorts of great videos and reading her scriptures along with the Book of Mormon videos. She even has recognized the adversary fighting against her decision to be baptized, and that has effected her greatly. But in the positive. She reads and prays a lot more because of it. Man she is awesome! She is a great influence on her whole family and Megan too. Megan is doing pretty good. She has a hard time understanding a lot of things because she hasn't been a part of any sort of religion since she was 6, but all in all she is doing good. The ward is taking them in so well and loving them in to the gospel. What a blessing it is to be able to teach such great people.

So, our area is also covered by the Spanish Elders which is super confusing at times. Last month we received a referral for a french speaking couple from Congo and Elder Watkins was sick so they sent the Spanish Elders (who are also English Elders) to contact them. Since then they have been teaching them and it has been great but hard because they have been going to our ward and not the Spanish branch, so the bishop made the call to transition them to the English Elders-us! We had our first lesson with them on Saturday. Wow they are amazing. They hardly speak english, so we have a translator from the ward with us. It is so cool. Just in one lesson i learned so much about teaching from the heart. Testifying from the heart. Letting the spirit guide the things we teach. It was amazing. We finished the Plan of Salvation and the spirit was so strong. We finished with talking about how families can be together forever, and as the brother was translating i felt prompted to show a pass along card with the picture of the Salt Lake Temple. The spirit was amazing and reconfirmed to my heart what i already knew and confirmed our words to their hearts. In french she said, "Just as we were talking about the temple, i feel a strong desire to go there. I want to go there." And we told them that that was the spirit and that they needed to get there. They are now on date for baptism on February 16th and are doing so good! I am so grateful and i feel so blessed to teach such prepared people. Gosh i love being a missionary, there is nothing better in the world to be.

Well my family, i am out of time. Thank you so much for all that you do for me. I love being out here, and i don't want this time to end. It is a blessing to have this gospel, but i feel it is a greater blessing to be able to share it and see others embrace it. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that because of Jesus Christ that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father and be with our families forever. I love him so much. I feel so blessed to know these things.

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

-Elder Robinson

Friday, January 18, 2013

It must be January Blah......

     So I sat here all week thinking about what I should write. Should I write about how cold it is? Should I write that Chet and James shared their love with me and I just loved how my stomach felt this last week. I sometimes feel that even though January is a new start to a new year it is also a blah month. It's cold, everyone gets sick, there's not a fun holiday like Christmas, it's January Blah. I guess I will let the Elder talk about his adventures in a new area.............
Dear family,

What's up with all the sickness over there? Well i guess it's over here too, but man! I hope you all get feeling better! I'm glad to hear all the reading that's going on! 2 Nephi is great! I just finished Alma!

I don't have much time today so this will probably be short.

This past week was pretty good, our investigators are great! Our most solid ones are Pharrin and Megan. They are sweet! Pharrin was found a few months ago by some other elders and just loves the church, and the ward has really taken her in! The only thing that has kept her from getting baptized is that she lives with her boyfriend. But that is all changing!! We dropped by on night and she answered the door and she was like, "Hey sorry guys i've got company over and we're all planning a wedding. We're planning on getting married on Valentines Day!" We were pretty shocked at that ha ha but we are so excited! So the ward now is taking over and planning everything with her. Megan is a friend that is staying with them for the time being and we just started teaching her last week. She hasn't been very religious in her life but is super open to it! And has so many questions! We dropped by last night to set up a time to meet and she handed us a paper with all her life's questions on it. We will be having a lesson tonight and we will be focusing a lot on answering those and helping them commit to baptism. It's going to be a great night.

This ward is awesome, it's been a great experience serving here already. We got a call Saturday night by the ward clerk asking us to speak on Sunday, so both of us were able to speak. That went great! I don't remember telling you, but i also got to speak 2 weeks ago in Batesville. I was informed that i was to be the last speaker right before the second to last speaker was announced in sacrament meeting. So that was fun! ha ha. So this time was nice to have more than 10 minutes to prepare. This ward is so good at giving us things to do and names to visit, i love it! They are pretty missionary minded and very proactive. It's just great to be surrounded by people who are so willing to serve and help one another, what a blessing.

Well i need to be headed off now, i am out of time. This gospel is so true! I love being a part of this great and wonderful church. I love the Book of Mormon and the guidance of modern prophets. Jesus Christ does live and love us and His Atonement is real! The Gospel is how we access it and it is how we can be changed. I love this work and i love being a missionary.

I love you all! Thank you for everything you do for me! and for keeping me warm! :) Have a great week!!!! Share the gospel!

-Elder Chrys Robinson

Oh and we feed squirrels outside our apartment. It is AWESOME. I will get pictures.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Getting Organized sort of..........

     So when Chet and I really looked at the calendar and realized we would be putting 2 people in James' room we kind of went GAH!! It's not bad, it's just reorganizing it for more room. We gave away some levi's that didn't fit James or Chrys. That helped the closet out! We need to make sure under the bed so it can fit his luggage or maybe the closet. We have shelves set up for them to share. We need to decide what to get out of storage of his. I'm not sure if his drums will fit here, but I really want to get them. My mind is just on overload on fitting everything here. We don't have a lot here, but it's just being creative. Then there's the figuring out the little snacks to feed everyone when the homecoming happens. The plans, the plans........did I mention the flu came to visit and kind of messed up the organizing?? Yeah, there's that too.........

Dear Family,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHELSIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you!

Sounds like everything has been good! Thank you for the notes on the talks our neighbor gave. Pretty sweet! And tell TJ hi for me!! Poor Dad and James getting sick! That stinks! I hope they are all better!

Yes it is true. I am back in the Ohio. It's weird actually to be back where a lot of people live ha ha. I guess i got more used to Batesville than i thought. It's great here though. I'm not too far from Pickerington! Actually i get to go tomorrow for a training at the old Reynoldsburg building! So that will be fun! It's been a long time since I've been anywhere near it. Elder Watkins is great. This ward is pretty great. We're in a district with a Spanish companionship and some sisters. Pretty sweet! I've never been in a district with either. They're great missionaries too. So this may be news or not, if not then i wish it was, I'm in a bike area again. Ha ha. IT'S SO COLD. But so fun. I was met by lots of snow and ice which made me cry, then the tears froze on my face which made me cry more. But it's all good. ha ha. It's a learning opportunity, and i am grateful i get to serve here.

The ride to transfers was awfully fun. We left at about 7:45 to get there on time -2 and a half hours away- and by 8:45 we were stuck in traffic. We were stuck in it for about an hour, so there was already no way were going to make it on time anyway. But then we started to hear squeaking coming from our car in the middle of traffic, and Bishop Phaneuf was noticing that when he let off the gas that the car would stop by it's self. So needless to say after being stuck in traffic for an hour, were stuck in a shop getting our breaks fixed for an hour. They completely locked up and the mechanic could barely get the truck into the garage. But after that the next hour was smooth sailing. So we completely missed the meeting by like 45 minutes ha ha it was pretty funny. We had our own little transfer meeting in the parking lot.

I don't have too much to update you all on because that is pretty much all that happened. I gotta say, i miss Batesville. I love those people. But i am glad to be here and to have the opportunity to serve others. This next transfer i feel is going to be so great! We're going to work our guts out! or our soles off. Either way, we're going to do some WORK! I love this gospel and the power of the Atonement. I love the knowledge that the scriptures give and the questions that it answers. I love the spirit that testifies of truth and leads us along the way. I know the Book of Mormon is true, there is no doubt in my mind of that. I know that Jesus Christ lives, and i know he loves us.

I hope you all have a great week! I love you!!!!

-Elder Chrys Robinson