Welp, It’s Thanksgiving Folks

Heyyyyyyyyyyy

Guess what??? Its THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!! (soon)

Just thought I’d let you know in case you forgot.

We sisters have about a hundred people who have asked us to come see them, so we have a very FULL (haha) Thanksgiving ahead of us. We are helping to prepare the meal at one of the homes, so I’m excited for posterity’s sake, maybe my first Thanksgiving as the cook won’t turn into an epic fail and we have to go to Denny’s or whatever. We’ll see.

Last Monday we got to do FHE with our investigator Kurt and his wife. It is interesting the sides of people you discover when you play games with them… We had a blast playing this game called In A Pickle, where you make a story with all of these cards that you have. The cards you lay down have to be either bigger or smaller than the previous card, so you have to get creative. Kurt and Sister Valikoula took the creative part to heart… hilarity and confusion ensued. The things they said to get us to think a turkey was bigger than a dream!!!!! All Christy and I could do was shake our heads.

We had a sad event this week as well. A very well loved member of the ward passed away after a long battle with cancer, and we had the opportunity to attend his funeral. There were over 100 people there, and the words shared were so inspiring. It is now my morbid goal in life to have that many people love me enough to show up at my funeral.

At the funeral, a member who was speaking explained to the non members there why he was being buried in his temple clothes instead of a suit or something, and then POINTED US OUT TO EVERYONE THERE and told them if they wanted to learn more we were missionaries from his church. So…. that was awesome. Sister Valikoula turned so red, it was great.

This week we had a great discussion about opposition. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Opposition is important, but why???? So we can know the ups from the downs for one. If you were never sad, how would you appreciate when you were happy? How would you even know you wanted to be happy??? Another reason is to strengthen us. Yes, it is harder to have to fight through, but you turn out better than if its just handed to you right? Example, when you want your kids to learn something, you don’t always do it for them do you? I think we have all noticed the difference in how teenagers (myself included!) treat things they buy for themselves rather than things given to them. It’s the same with our testimonies. You treasure the things you work for, especially if its something Satan for dern sure doesn’t want you to have.

Anyway, I’ll quit rambling. Mormon Message for the week is In the Spirit of Thanksgiving (what a surprise!). I thouroughly enjoyed some fo the answers, and it has such a great message from Dallin H. Oaks as well (He even sings a bit from Fiddler on the Roof!!!!)

We took some pictures in the snow this week, though you can’t really tell its snowing in the pictures… And I gave Makayla one of the skirts I was sick of, and she stole my coat, so she looked like a mini me!

I love you all so much, and I am so thankful for alll of you. You don’t realize how lucky I am to have family and friends like you!!

x Sister Roberts x

Give Thanks

Hullo all!!!

First off, congratulations to Aunt Kara! I heard you are expecting another baby!!!!!! I’m sad that I wont be home quite yet when he/she is born, but that is such great news!

This week has been pretty up and down.

We got to go on exchanges this week with our Sister Trainer Leaders, and that was pretty cool! Sister Valikoula had a blast in Pittsburgh, and I got to serve with Sister Plater, who is one of my favorite missionaries ever!! It was really weird, though, because it was the first time my whole mission I only had to do 2 hours of studies instead of three for either training or language study for Sister Nay. I’m not sure how I felt about that… haha.

I went tracting with Sister Plater, and we got some of the most interesting responses. It was snowing pretty hard, so I racked up the hot husband points! Sister Plater told me she didn’t have any good tracting stories… So I told her she obviously hadn’t tracted in my area before. I think the most awkward ones were “It’s too cold to learn about Jesus.” and “I am already a Christian, so let’s not talk anymore.” Whatever happened to “I’m not interested”??????

We had a lot of appointments fall through, and had to drop two of the less active families we were working with. It was very sad, but I have had to drop with faith a lot, and the Lord has always blessed us for using our time wisely with those that are progressing.

We got to have the best dinner of my whole mission with Kurt and his wife Christy this week. She made jalapeno popper stuffed chicken breast wrapped in bacon…. I seriously almost died, it was so good. I haven’t had jalapeno poppers in so long, and it made me miss home. Worth it, though!! Its so funny, whenever Christy eats something spicy it gives her the hiccups so bad!! I had never heard of that happening before! We had a laugh, she was hiccuping the whole time we were reading the Book of Mormon. They usually give us the leftovers in empty butter containers, so we had an amusing encounter at the table.

Sister Valikoula: *points to the butter* What’s in that?
Christy: …
Me:….
Kurt:….
Christy: Butter….?
Me:*dies laughing*

We also got to see Joe Burch in the nursing home this week. He had bought these ridiculous confections called “Smearfaces” and we had a blast eating those and taking pictures! Of course, right after we finish smearing our faces, Joe’s POA walks in…. awkward. Haha.

Leanna and Makayla are doing really well! I got to serve them by making them dinner after they had all had a pretty awful day on Tuesday. I made jalapeno poppers and my soon-to-be-famous breakfast burritos.We also watched The Testaments with them last night, and they loved it!! It was raining pretty hard, so we had to leave in a hurry so we wouldn’t be driving in the worst of it. I decided to be a jerk and make Sister Valikoula run after the car in the rain for about 20 yards after she backed me out of the driveway. Luckily, she has a good sense of humor and got in the car laughing her head off and wringing out her long, luxurious Polynesian hair onto my lap. Haha:). Who said missionaries can’t have fun???

Also, could someone please find out why Carl’s Jr. is called Hardee’s on the East Coast????

On a more serious note, I have been having a little bit of a rough week health wise. My body gets really achy when its cloudy, and I have bronchitis, so my lungs hurt and it hurts to breathe. Satan knows that I am weak when I am sick, so he bunched me in the gut with insomnia and homesickness too. And we had a lot of cancelled appointments. So that has been pretty terrible. I am so grateful for prayer though. I have been praying very fervently for strength and resilience this week, and luckily I haven’t had to hinder the work by staying in so far. I know that without prayer, I probably would have just curled up in a ball and gone home. But our Father in Heaven hears us, and he knows how much we can handle. So he blessed me with an amazing companion, amazing investigators, and very supportive, loving family and friends. I made it. Fist pump! Jesus loves us!!!

I know that this is the true church of God on the earth today. He reestablished it through a modern day prophet, just like he promised in the Bible in Amos 3:7. He is hastening his work, as made obvious by the number of missionaries increasing by 30,000 in one year, and the number of missionary work related talks the past two General Conferences and in the Hastening the Work broadcast. There have never been more prepared people on the earth at one time, and Heavenly Father just wants to make sure we know that. I promise the General Authorities will leave you alone if you make like Nike and Just Do It! I would encourage all of you to reread/rewatch M. Russell Ballard’s talk in lieu of a Mormon Message this week.

Give thanks for the gospel! Give thanks for your family! Give thanks for your food, clothes, and shelter! Give thanks for the Plan of Salvation! Give thanks for anything and everything, and you will be blessed :). As a servant of the Lord, I promise you that.

I love you all, and I hope you have an amazing week!

x Sister Roberts x

Learn, Live, and Share

Well, if you guys are having half as good weeks as I am, you have to be livin the life, because I sure am!!

I have been in this area for around 5 months now, and man, was the work super slow here for the first couple. But the last couple of weeks have really been a testimony builder to me about the blessings of hard work, patience, and diligence. I love this area so much, and I just feel like a proud momma now that its cruising along so well.

JESUS LOVES OHIO!!! AND ME! AND YOU!

First off, we started teaching our investigator, Kurt, the lessons all over again. He told us that before he had just been listening to us for his wife and stepson’s sake, but something changed when Sister Nay and I got here, and now he wants to listen for himself. So we had the first lesson shortly after I finished emailing you last week, and it was AMAZING. He asks the best questions, and his faith is growing so much. I love looking back at when I first got here, and how far he has come since then. He has inside jokes with us about the Book of Mormon, and I seriously love it. He has this obsession with Lehi’s dream ever since we read it with him a couple of weeks ago, and he relates everything in the gospel back to it, and him doing that has actually taught ME a ton about the gospel.

The part member family we started teaching last week are doing great as well! Leeanna and Makayla are doing so great, and have already felt the difference the gospel has made in their lives. They came to church for the first time yesterday and absolutely LOVED it. Makayla is 17, and she loved Young Women’s and made some friends in the ward already. They gave her a gratitude journal, and she has already written like 7 pages in it. Her mom was super nervous, but I sat next to her the whole time, and she actually shared something in the gospel principles class. They invited us over last minute for dinner and scriptures, and Makayla invited one of her other friends, Kalatir, to eat and read with us, and they texted this morning and told us he is really interested to know more now too! Not even baptized yet and they are doing missionary work!!

We enlisted Makayla and Corey’s help in raking a very elderly man’s 1500 FREAKING SQUARE FOOT LAWN on Saturday, and I’m so glad they did. Not only did they learn how fun it is to do service, but we had a blast! We tried to use their riding lawn mower to mulch the leaves, but it didn’t work, because it is REALLY old. It died, and we (mostly Corey) had to push it up a way steep hill back to their house. Sister Valikoula had never seen a riding lawn mower before, so she was WAY excited about it. It was so cute :). We had a race, with Corey and Makayla pushing me (SOMEONE had to steer!) on the mower and she had to do squats the whole way there. Yeah, she beat us so bad. Also, I have never been so sore in my whole entire life. I am SO GLAD that I brought George (my rice pack) on the mission with me.

We actually had a really good district meeting this week. Elder Almond taught us, and he is going to do great as a district leader when they make him one. He just needs to stop teasing us so much. Haha :). We learned about helping our investigators have more desire to be baptized, and I learned so much!

I also got my Conference issue Ensign the other day, and my hour of personal study has never felt shorter in my entire life. I love reading the words of the apostles, prophets, and the 70. I went to lds.org during our Mormon.org time on Thursday and printed a couple of memes from conference on a page, and we hung it on our front door so we see it every day before we leave the apartment.

Poor Heather was in the hospital again when we went to see her this week, but she was in good spirits and was so happy I had an extra Book of Mormon for her to read while she was there.

Randy and Michelle are doing awesome too, they have been rockstars at coming to church lately. They haven’t missed in over a month!!

Instead of doing a Mormon Message this week, I would like for you guys to watch Elder Edward Dube’s talk from this most recent conference. It was one of my favorites, and I hope it will be one of yours too!!

Thanks again mom for the Halloween stuff, we had fun with the mustaches and teeth :).

I love you all sooooo much! Thank you for your constant prayers and encouragement. I feel like a lot of our success has come solely from that :).

x Sister Roberts x
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Good Times :)

Hi everybody!

This week has been so amazing!!! So many good things are happening for us here, and I’m loving every minute of it!

First we got to go teach a young boy whose family are members of the church but haven’t been active for years. They have been feeling kind of uncomfortable around us, so for our lesson we had a family home evening type thing and played silly games with them, and it was so fun! They loosened up a lot as well. We are excited to see them again tomorrow. When we were driving away, Sister Valikoula had to back me out of the driveway, and I scared her by starting to drive away when she was half in the car and yelling “JUMP IN SOMEONE IS COMING” and she dove in and whipped her head around to look behind us and whacked her giggling companion in the arm when she saw no one was there. Haha :). We laughed our heads off about it the whole way home.

Also, we got a random call from out of the blue from a less active that had moved out of the area 5 years before and recently moved back, and he wanted us to come teach his girlfriend and her 17 year old daughter and her best friend. I didn’t believe it at first because it was so out of the blue, I thought it was one of the members playing a prank on us! But nope, we went and taught the first lesson on Saturday and it was amazing!! We now have 3 new investigators, and they are all so excited and willing to learn! It was also really cool to see the less active (Scott) rekindle his own testimony as he helped us teach the lesson! They also told us that they wanted to feed us every night and I chuckled at that and had to tell them we couldn’t EVERY night, but maybe a couple. They sent us home with some homemade bread though, and it was SO good. And they have the cutest dogs, one is an ancient golden retriever and one is a 5 month old lab/rottweiler mix that reminds me so much of how Bella was when I first got her. Plus we had an awkward/hilarious moment trying to find their house, and we accidentally knocked on the Police Chief of St. Clairsville’s door!

I mentioned last week that transfers were last Tuesday and we lost Sister Nay and Elder Glover :(. District meeting the next day totally sucked, and the only reason I didn’t lose it was because Elder Almond would have made fun of me. It was seriously the most awkward District Meeting ever. Our new District Leader is kind of socially awkward, and so is one of the new Elders that is serving in my ward with me. He totally fell asleep in our Ward Council on Sunday and I wanted to throw my pen at him so bad. But the Bishop startled him by grabbing his arm and it was hilarious, so I’m glad I didn’t :).

Speaking of ward council, we have been having a great past couple of weeks with member involvement. Most of the time we have been here, the members haven’t really been all that into helping us. But we have been doing our best to serve them and get them excited for missionary work, and they really are getting more excited! It helps when you don’t just ask for referrals and make them feel guilty for not being better member missionaries, but telling them about the people you are teaching and giving a spiritual thought on the doctrine of Christ. We have an awesome week planned, and I hope to have a good report for you next week!

Its been freezing lately!! I’m totally fine with that though, because I’d rather be cold than hot. It actually snowed a little last week, but didn’t stick. I’ve been enjoying not being filthy hot walking around in the humidity all the time.

Anyway, I’ll quit rambling. Mormon Message for the week is one that my Dad made me think of from his email to me today. It’s called The Will of God. Also, its his birthday so wish him a happy birthday!!!

The pictures are our last District lunch together before Elder Glover and Sister Nay left, me and the little boy we are teaching wearing his Halloween helmets, and me and Sister Valikoula on a particularly cold day!

I love you guys so much, and I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is truly Christ’s church reestablished here on the earth by a modern day prophet, Joseph Smith, and that our prophet today, Thomas S. Monson, truly leads us by revelation from God. I love spreading the good news, and I hope you do too!!

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