First Lesson

Hi!!!!!!

I’m not gonna lie, this week is kind of a blur! I can’t even remember half of the stuff we did, other than it was freakin COLD. Its a bit warmer today than it was the past week though, so that’s good.

I’m pretty sad because Sister Nay is being transferred. I’m glad I got to spend two transfers with her, she is the best! It will be kind of a relief to be able to focus on training Sister Valikoula though. I love her too :). She is my daughter after all! This will be the first transfer of my whole mission I won’t be getting a new companion though! I’m pretty relieved. I kinda wanted to go to transfer meeting though so I could see some of my district from the MTC that I think might be getting transferred.

We had a couple of interesting experiences this week. I’ll share my two favorites with you :).

The first one happened Tuesday night. We had planned on teaching one of our less active families, the Davis family, but they cancelled on us (again), so we decided to do our backup plan and go visit a lonely widow that I love so much in our ward because it was her birthday. We made her a cake during our dinner break and had arranged a ride with a member (my best frand Sister Combe!) to go and visit her. WE were literally already in the car with Sister Combe to take the cake to her when we realized her address wasn’t on the ward list. So we called her and ruined the surprise and asked for her address. You guys, she lives so far out in the boonies she doesn’t even have an address. I didn’t even know that was possible! Welcome to Ohio. Plus she was going out to eat with her daughter for her birthday outside of the MISSION, so there went plan B. Keep in mind we are still awkwardly sitting in the car with a cake with member. So I have the brilliant idea to take it to a less active. I decided on lady who was mean to us last time we went due to a migraine, because mean people need a personal sized chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting too. She lives pretty far out there too, but at least she had an address, so off we went. And what an adventure it was! we got lost twice, laughed our heads off 3 different times over awkward u turn moments, and screamed our heads off when we almost died because we had to do like a 20 point turn in the middle of a gravel road in the middle of nowhere(According to the GPS we weren’t even on a road, we were just floating in the middle of space in our monster truck) and this jeep comes FLYING over the hill while we are on point 12 of our 20 point turn. We FINALLY found the less active lady’s house, and turns out she is mean without a migraine too. Plan C=failed, so we ate chocolate cake while we planned that night! It was just really funny/awkward/unproductive. But hey, we bonded with a ward member right? And made “contact” with a less active!

The second one is seriously the BEST first lesson I have had on my mission so far. That is saying something, because I have had some pretty amazing first lessons. A member, Brother Fink, is really awesome at member missionary work, as I believe I have mentioned before. He called us on Saturday and told us his best friend was in town, and he felt like he should introduce him to us. We just so happened to plan our day the night before PERFECTLY so we could go and meet him, and I am so thankful for the Spirit, because if Bro. Fink hadn’t had the impression to call us and we hadn’t felt the impression to plan our day the way we did the night before, I NEVER would have had that experience. We spent a few minutes chatting about him and his life. We asked him what he knew about the church and found that he had moved to Logan about 5 years ago and had quite a few Mormon friends that were working on him. He said he had some questions, and so we talked about how church meetings go and stuff like that. Sister Nay gave him a pamphlet about the Restoration, but I felt impressed to ask him if he would like us to teach him the first lesson then and there. He said absolutely, and the most spiritual, heartwarming lesson I have ever taught. He had been feeling lonely, lost, and confused, and was sick of the “hypocrites” in the religion he is currently in. He said that during the lesson was the most peaceful and happy he had been in five years, and when I shared Alma 22:21 with him he felt the Spirit so strong that he just started crying. He had me read it again, and then write down the reference for him. When we had to go, he thanked us over and over again and said he was going to contact the lds.org missionaries (he is a truck driver, so he is never in one place long enough to get the lessons in person from missionaries.) He came to church the next day as well and absolutely loved it. I love Heavenly Father so much, we had been praying so hard for new people to teach and he knew that even though Jeff wasn’t in our area so we can’t count him as a new investigator, we needed the humbling and powerful lesson that we had. I have never seen how strong the impact the gospel can have on people in person before. It has definitely renewed my determination as a missionary to find and teach as many as I can.

Mormon Message for the week is The Will of God.

Sorry I totally ended up rambling. Haha. I love all of you so much, and I pray for you always.

x Sister Roberts x

Roller Coaster

Oi!

This week has had so many ups and downs!! Man. Good thing the ups were so… up, else I might have been a smidge sad! But all is well!!

So much has happened, so I’ll try not to bore you will every single little thing.

Most of our appointments fell through again this week, but the lessons we did have turned out to be great! Everyone we are teaching, including Kurt, are doing so well. Kurt has been asking great questions, and even asked if we would read the Book of Mormon with him. He says Satan from the Bible series looks exactly like Obama, I need someone to confirm this for me. Haha :).

We had dinner with the Finks (who are recent converts who feed us every week and recently passed their year mark and are going through the temple at the end of the month!) and brother Fink had a referral for us! I swear converts make the best member missionaries! He happened to be walking by this guy who was talking about how he felt like he had a void in his life and wanted to be a better person, so Brother Fink just walks right up and tells him he knows what he needs and invited him to dinner!! How awesome right??? So that’s how we met Cody! He is a very softspoken southern guy, who showed up to dinner wearing snakeskin boots and a smile :). He really is awesome, and we are so excited to start teaching him. He is only 21 and is already the area manager for the company he works for. He’s had a rough life, but it has humbled him so much, and he is very interested in the church. Unfortunately, we also had some rowdy elders present, and poor Cody’s eyes were as big as saucers.

We got to go on exchanges this week as well, and we found out that Sister Sanford got her visa, so hopefully that means Sister Nay’s is on the way.

We went to Heather, our less active’s, house at the usual time to discover she was not there, but in the hospital! Poor lady, she has so many medical issues at such a young age. We went to see her there instead, and it was so inspiring to see how much comfort she was able to gain from us reading the Book of Mormon to her. She loves the church so much, but has a really hard time going because of her medical problems. She said she would go this week though, so we will see!

I am only telling you the following story because it has such an awesome ending. Exchanges apparently made my companions realize they had a problem with each other or something, because there was a lot of tension when we got Sister Valikoula back. We traveled to Cranberry for our zone conference/mission tour in awkward silence with two other sisters, and then, during our lunch break at conference, Sister Nay just erupts into tears out of nowhere! Events transpired, which brings us to Saturday morning. Sister Nay had been crying for 36 hours straight (quite a feat, in my opinion) and enough was enough. I prayed so long and so hard for help to figure out how to make everything better. As I ended my prayer, I felt like we should share how we grew up, and what made us who we were.

The. Spirit. Is. My. Best. Friend. Just doing that helped everyone see where the others were coming from, and what made them do the things we do, etc. I also thing Sister Valikoula had been dwelling on her past and needed to get it off her chest. She has had the roughest life I have ever heard of, even in books and movies and what not, and I have a tremendous respect for her and her decision to be here. But, since then she has talked more than she has for the last 5 weeks combined, and is even speaking up more in lessons. We thought she was just a shy person, but she just had so much on her mind. I’m so grateful for the things I have learned from being in this companionship.

On a brighter note, we got to hear from Elder Arnold of the 70 at our zone conference!! He and his wife both spoke to us, and they had such great counsel and words of encouragement for us! It was humbling, and very good for me to hear some of the things he talked to us about, and I am more excited than ever to be a missionary!!!

Instead of a Mormon Message this week, I would like for yall to watch O Come, Emmanuel by the Piano Guys on mormonchannel.org. Yes, it is Christmas, no, I don’t care, and HECK YES it is the best thing ever. I may or may not have already had you guys watch this, but if I have, watch it again.

Pictures are of all the sisters in the zones that participated in that zone conference, Sister Topham (our mission pres’s wife), and Sister Arnold and then us eating breast cancer awareness cupcakes from a member!

I love this gospel so much, especially now that I have had the opportunity to be a missionary and see the impact it has had on so many different people’s lives, in so many different ways! Keep your chins up!

x Sister Roberts xlyssa1

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Spiders Suck

Hellooooooooo!

Man, this week was pretty good!!

Pretty much all of our appointments fell through this week again. We are almost done with our area book though, so that’s a bonus! And we have been having a ton of finding time too, even though it hasn’t really been effective. At least we aren’t sitting like bumps right?

We got to start teaching a new less active family though, and that went really well! I already love them so much, and they have so much potential. Their little boy is so cute, but… he found out that spiders make me react in amusing ways, and wouldn’t leave me alone with the fake rubber spider they have for Halloween. But, he’s only 8, so I forgive him. Haha :).

But, I did have a couple other spider encounters this week, and I seriously have been on edge since Wednesday because of it. I can’t handle it.

Encounter #1: The annoying brother like Wintersville Elders found a jumping spider in the parking lot after district meeting on Wednesday, and kept making it jump toward me. You would never guess they are both 24. This behavior continued until my saviour, Sister Nay, totally annihilated it stomp style. It was actually pretty funny, because the Elders looked EXACTLY like 5 year olds who had just gotten their toy taken away.

Encounter #2: We have to make calls on our porch because we don’t get cell reception in the apartment, so I stepped outside to call a less active, and there was a HUGE spider on the railing. I blew on it until it fell off down to the grass. Bleh. The only reason Sister Nay didn’t get it was because she was in the shower. She is my spider slayer.

Encounter #3: Yesterday, we were on the way home from watching General Conference and having dinner with our investigator. Its dark outside, and I looked to check my sideview mirror because I’m an awesome driver like that, and there is a freaking WOLF SPIDER on my window. I couldn’t tell if its on the inside or the outside, so I start freaking out, and put my hazard lights on and pull over and crawl into the backseat so Sister Nay can get it. But. It. Disappeared. We still didn’t know if it was on the inside or the outside, but no one wanted to get out of the car because its dark outside and we are in the middle of the woods, and Sister Valikoula has seen Jeepers Creepers way too many times. So we turned on the lights are probably look hilarious crawling around inside the car trying to check for the spider so I can drive with some peace of mind. Eventually, we are off again, and then I felt something crawling on my leg so I screamed and pulled over again and got out and had a little panic/get it off me dance in the middle of this gravel road in the middle of the woods in the dark. Totally normal. Don’t worry about it.

The good news is, I’m alive, I have not been eaten by a spider, and we have a new potential investigator!! We had just prayed about our two other investigators and decided to drop them, and then we get a new potential. Funny how that works out. I’m really excited, and I’ll let you guys know how our first lesson with him goes.

Also, there was a huge storm the other day and we got soaked in about 3 seconds. And my umbrella got flipped inside out. Hilarious picture attatched.

Conference. Was. AWESOME. Basically, I just really wish Conference would happen more often than just twice a year. We watched the Sunday Afternoon session with our one investigator that we didn’t drop, Kurt, and it was so cool, because it seemed like EVERY TALK WAS MEANT FOR HIM. He had a lot of great questions, and is progressing so well. He is like a 2nd dad(or I guess 3rd, I already have two dads, haha) for me while I’m out on my mission. He told me the other day I’m his favorite missionary that has ever taught him, and that he hopes I spend my whole mission here. I seriously cried for like half an hour over how awesome that was. AN EX MARINE LOVES ME LIKE A DAUGHTER!!! WOOO! AND HE’S GOING TO GET BAPTIZED!!!

Anyway, I better go. Mormon Message for the week is the newest one they made called Our Fun Family Vacation. I am soo hiking to a lake and having a blast with all my friends and family just like that when I get home.

I love all of you so much, and I’m thankful for the encouragement and support I receive from you guys every week :). Even if you don’t have time to email or write me, I totally feel it :). I love Conference, I love Thomas S. Monson, I love Kurt, I love Jesus, and I love missionary work. But I don’t love spiders.
x Sister Roberts x

Still plugging along here in Ohio!

Hey guys!

Still plugging along here in Ohio!

I have to say, being a missionary is the BEST thing I have ever done. There have been so many hard parts, but they are outshined so much by the amazing miracles that I have seen. I can’t even express to you how grateful I am for the opportunity to be here. I feel so strongly about the gospel and the message of hope we have to share with people. I’ve never been happier in my life. I found myself wishing I could be a missionary my whole life, but still get married and stuff, and then I realized I CAN. You don’t have to wear a nametag to be a missionary, or to be this in love with the gospel. I am looking forward to a lifetime of missionary service :).

We had every single one of our appointments fall through this week except one, so that was no fun, but we had the opportunity to work on our area book, and also to come up with some out of the box finding activities. Tracting around here is so pointless, so we have been having a lot of fun trying to come up with better ideas. We as a trioship are currently having a contest to see who can have the most conversations (so, not just hi!) with random strangers, and whoever wins, the other two buy her a shake from Steak n Shake. (P.S. Steak n Shake is THE BEST. I wish we had them on the West Coast.)
We also got to go see Joe in the nursing home this week, and we found out that he has pneumonia AND bronchitis. All three of us at the same time had a prompting to ask him if he wanted a blessing at the same time, even though he has no idea what that is, he agreed. So a couple of days ago we got some members of the ward to come and give him one. It was so great. I love Joe, and I will be really sad if he passes away from this. Prayers for Joe would be great!!

We also went to see Heather, who is our less active we read the scriptures with every week. It really is so great to feel the difference in the Spirit of her apartment since I got here. When I first got here I was scared to be in the neighborhood she lives in and felt icky in her apartment as well, but as she has read the scriptures, she is totally different. She even agreed to come to church from now on if we could find her a ride! I think I may have already told yall this, but I’m just so happy about it. Its so cool that her apartment is a little haven of the Spirit in a not so good area.

She had a really bad headache when we went over this week, and she wasn’t in a very good mood when we started. As we read, she completely changed. Her head still hurt, but she was more apologetic than anything else. As we finished the chapters we had planned to read that night, all three of us again had a prompting at the same time (that is seriously the coolest thing ever when you all get the same feeling at the same time) to ask her if we could brush her hair for her. I had the opportunity to act on the prompting first, so I brushed her hair and gave her one of my famous scalp massages that I usually only do for mom and my brother. When I was done, she turned around and said “thank you so much! You made me smile, and I really needed that! Oh! And my headache is gone!”

So great.

Anyway, this week was really slow, but really productive, and I’m so thankful for that.

Mormon Message of the week is Moments That Matter Most.

I’m thankful for all of you and your prayers and words of encouragement I receive every week. I love you!!

x Sister Roberts x

Sister Valikoula has been out a whole month!!! Woooo!

Sister Valikoula has been out a whole month!!! Woooo!

Sister Valikoula has been out a whole month!!! Woooo!

Sister Valikoula has been out a whole month!!! Woooo!

More Steak and Shake

More Steak and Shake

Just a random day :D

Just a random day 😀

More Steak and Shake

More Steak and Shake

The stuff we got for 50 cents!

The stuff we got for 50 cents!

We saw some Amish people!

We saw some Amish people!

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Steak and Shake for my FIVE MONTH mark!!

Steak and Shake for my FIVE MONTH mark!!