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

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