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.)