Joy to the World and stuff!!

HEEEEEEY!!!

How is everyone?? It’s almost Christmas!

This week has been pretty good! Not the best week ever, but pretty good!

We got to go on exchange on Tuesday, and that was super awesome! I got to serve in Pittsburgh for 24 hours, and it was GREAT! First time I’ve served anywhere other than Ohio for about 6 months! It was weird to be in Pennsylvania. But, we talked to a cool black guy and picked him up as a potential. So that was awesome.

We also went and visited 2 less active families that we haven’t been able to visit because of how far away they are, and they were so nice!!! Hopefully we will be able to start working with them from now on. Sister Sikole told me that there is an unusually high amount of radiation in St. George… don’t know if that’s true or not, but remind me not to live there! I do want to do the Subway hike someday still. Totally worth it.

We also had the chance to share a message with the Relief Society and Young Women for their joint Christmas activity. It was a Silent Christmas, so we watched a video about the Savior and the meaning of Christmas with no words, just pictures and typed words, and then we walked around and looked at about 50 Nativities and had the BEST hot chocolate ever. We then got to talk, and so we shared our message, and it turned out really well. I am actually starting to like it when people start to ask us to do things last minute, because you have to rely on the Spirit instead of your own pre thought out stuff.

The Elders came and blitzed our area with us, and it was 20 DEGREES PLUS HUMIDITY!!!! So heck yes we took pictures of us knocking on people’s doors in that weather! We got rebuked like 7 times for being out, and we also got to talk to a Jehovah’s Witness in a kilt. And the Elders beat us back to the car and hid in the back seat and SCARED THE SNOT OUT OF US. We screamed so loud that the people across the street came out. Fun times in Ohio!!!

This week we made a goal to tract 5 doors around everyone we visit. So after church yesterday, we decided to stop by a less active’s house that was on the way home. He wasn’t there, and it was about 16 degrees and I was SO tempted to just go home and not do our five doors. But after having an internal war for about 7 seconds, we decided to do our 5 doors anyway. First four, no one even answered, and the very last door, the lady was very interested in our message and we set an appointment to go back sometime this week! The Lord blesses you for your diligence and I am so grateful that we decided to tract anyway, even though it was cold and we weren’t wearing our SUPER warm gear because we had been at church.

I love this gospel so much, and I am so grateful for the prompting I received to pray about going on a mission (Over a year ago now!! Crazy!). It really is the best 18 MONTHS that everyone talks about :).

Mormon Message for the week is again not a Mormon Message, but a BIBLE VIDEO, which are the best things ever. http://www.mormonchannel.org/bible-videos?v=2893093383001

Quick shout out to my MTC peeps! I have no idea where in the heck in this mission any of you are any more, except Sister Hanseen and Sister Pau’u! Just remember I still love you! Haha :).

I love all of you!!!!

Mwah!

x Sister Roberts xDSCN1173[1] DSCN1174[1] DSCN1160[1] DSCN1162[1] DSCN1165[1] DSCN1157[1]
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Since When is it December???

DSCN0961[1] DSCN1141[1]Hellooo all!!

First of all…. BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!! Holy cow, did it get ridiculously cold fast!!! I’m totally okay with it though, I’d rather be cold than hot!! But all the ice storms I could do without. Its nice to wear a coat though, because I get to have pockets again!!! A convenient place for chapstick, keys, and the Lord’s phone (which we only lose once a week now instead of every day!). The awkward life of a Sister.

Good news!!!!!! Makayla has agreed to be baptized on January 4th. I am sooooooo excited and proud of her for how far she has come since we started teaching her. I’m also really grateful for the knowledge that I have about how much the gospel will change her life for the better. I know for sure it gives us direction and assurance, as well as a peace that you can’t really find anywhere else.

We also got to have a really great ward activity on Saturday. We put together 25 backpacks for the homeless, and a news crew even showed up. THE MORMONS WERE ON TV!!! Haha. We had a great time putting all kinds of fun things as well as functional things in the packs for them. We also had a card making station, a pretzel dipping station, and a cookie decorating station. The day was an immense success!!

A very kind member donated a very old Christmas tree to us that we had fun decorating. Only half the lights work, and we had 5 ornaments, so we improvised and stuck pass along cards on it. We now have the coolest Mormon/Jesus tree in the mission, possibly the world. Don’t even pretend you aren’t jealous.

I hope everyone was able to watch the Christmas Devotional last night. It was the perfect way to end a busy Sunday, and we were able to watch it at a recently widowed member’s home and provide some company for her.

Not really a whole lot else went on this week. We had a lot of appointments cancelled due to icy roads and such, so we did a lot of tracting and finding. Can I just say I hope whoever invented fleece-lined tights is a billionaire now. They have no idea how many Sisters they have saved!

I was really excited to hear that my home ward in New Mexico now has Sisters!!!!! Yesssssssss :). Nothing more exciting that how fast the work is progressing due to the age change and the number of righteous young people that answered the call to serve!

I hope everyone is having a great time preparing for Christmas!!!! Don’t forget to pause each day to remember the significance of the holy event we celebrate this month, and don’t let yourself get wrapped up in worldly things. It is really cool to be a missionary at this time of year and share the true meaning of Christmas with those around us.

Anyway, I really enjoy being out here doing the Lord’s work in this Christmas season, and not only now but 24/7! I have deepened my knowledge and testimony of the Saviour and of the gospel, and I’m grateful for that. I really believe that if not for my mission, it could possibly have taken a lifetime to gain all of the knowledge that I know have and will continue to gain over the course of my mission. Almost halfway!!!!!

Mormon Message for the week is http://www.mormonchannel.org/christmas-videos?v=2008190983001 which isn’t technically a Mormon Message, but I love it so much that I watch it 7 thousand times every chance I get to do my mormon.org time.

I love you all!!

x Sister Roberts x

Hilarity/Awkwardness/Spiritual Experiences Ensued…

Well hi!!

This week…. definitely a roller coaster. Only way to describe it.

Last Monday we had dinner with Leanna and Scott and their family for Makayla’s birthday. Probably one of the most hilarious experiences of my mission. Makayla’s brother Brandon made a rude comment, so she flung Manwich at him and completely and epically… missed. It went all over the sliding glass door. So Leanna, being a way cool mom, said something like: “If you’re going to make a mess, at least HIT him with it.” So Makayla waited for the opportune moment and flung again… this time nailed him right in the neck and it slid down his shirt. And guess who had to clean the door? Brandon. Muahhhhhahahahahahahaha. I also made her my Nutella cheesecake because birthday cake is overrated. And I knitted her a bracelet and totally misjudged the size of her wrist and ran into a little problem figuring out how to tie it on her… so I was like: “It’s a doorknob cozy…?” Awkward.

Anyway.

Being a Sister in the winter is decidedly awkward. We have layers. Like unto an onion… or an ogre. Don’t even ask me how long it takes just to pee because of all of the layers. I’m almost tempted to schedule time in our day to use the bathroom. For real.

Also, this week was Elder Coleman’s birthday! So in true missionary fashion, Sister Valikoula and I decided to get him the coolest gift ever. So of course we got him a sombrero. He wore it the whole way to Zone Conference, and I couldn’t see out my rearview the whole way. No big deal. Picture attached :).

On a different note… We got transfer calls on Saturday and Sister Valikoula and I will be staying together here in St. Clairsville for another transfer!!!!! Wooooo! If I leave after this transfer, I will have served here for 7 1/2 ish months!! It’s so awesome, I would serve here my whole mission if I could. Unfortunately, I will probably get transferred next transfer :(.

We taught the Leanna and Makayla and Co. the Law of Tithing on Saturday!! It went really well. The Spirit was definitely there as we testified of the power and blessings of giving back to the Lord. We were able to get a member there, and it was so inspired that we had that particular member there. So many blessing sprang from that particular lesson, and it is so cool to be able to witness the Lord working in their lives.

We also got to teach Kurt as well. It is so humbling to see how different he is now than he was when I got here. The gospel is true!!!!!!!!

I just want to make sure all of you know… This is God’s church re-established here on the earth by a modern day prophet. I have seen TOO MANY MIRACLES for this to not be true. You can’t make this stuff up. Our Father in Heaven loves each and every one of us so much that we can’t even comprehend it (see Elder Holland’s talk from this Conference). It makes sense that He would give us everything he can to ensure as many of his children as possible can make it back to live with Him someday.

Something else I have been thinking about is how much our testimonies be to us. Think about where you would be if you didn’t have your testimony. Think about what a treasure it is. Now I’m going to rub it in a little bit about how I GET TO HELP OTHERS FIND THEIR TESTIMONIES! But. You can too! The time is now to help others see how much the Savior and His gospel can help improve their lives, and how much happiness they are missing out on. I’m going to leave you a commitment… Ready? If you haven’t already, create a Mormon.org profile. It isn’t hard, just takes a few minutes, and it will help the missionaries in your area a ton, as well as hastening the Lord’s work in your area. I’m excited to hear from those of you who do it!!!

I am so excited for this Christmas season. It truly is the best time of year, and I a really looking forward to the Spirit that comes with this month. I hope you all have the best Christmas ever without me, even though I know it will be really hard. Haha ;).

 

Mormon Message is Wise Men Still Seek Him. One of my favorites!!

x Sister Roberts xImageImageImageImageImageImage