Wrestling = Bad Plan

Helloooooooo!!!!

How is everyone this week?? I am fantastic, other than we got snowed in yesterday and couldn’t email!! About a foot and a half of snow guys. I have almost fallen like 7 times today, and we’ve been outside maybe 3 times. Ice…

So this week I have learned that Elders are fans of snowball fights. Yesterday, after the roads had cleared up, we were able to go do our shopping. The library had already closed so we couldn’t email, but we picked up the Elders and went to Walmart. On the way there we had a snow fight inside the car (Thanks for that Sister Stovall) and arrived sopping wet. So it was war when we got there, everyone flew out of the car and ran for the snow. The Elders had the upper hand so we made a run for it. The Elders beat us to the car, so they had a giant pile of snowballs and started hucking them at us the second we walked out the doors. Oh my heavens, I was so wet and cold, but it was SO HILARIOUS!! Everyone ganged up on Elder Howell because he had a really stupidly good arm, and I got a giant armful in his face while he was distracted. I am actually a little frightened for my life now, not gonna lie. He swore vengeance…

And we made a really dumb music video to a techno version of Follow the Prophet… Hilarious, but dumb.

And I wrestled Sister Stovall. She body slammed me against our dresser, and I broke the knob off with my butt. Sister Baltazar filmed it. I have the knarliest bruise. Its kinda cool looking actually. Not that I examine my butt.

Anyway.

We have had a ton of really cool spiritual experiences this week! We have a few investigators on schedule to be baptized. Bill is a really cool black guy that we are working with. He is a Vietnam Vet, and has a lot of knowledge about the Bible. It is really cool to see the Spirit work with him and he backs us up with the Bible. Hopefully he will be baptized on February 22. Pray for him!!!

We are also working with a girl named Karin. She is 18, and is really struggling to receive answers to her prayers right now, so if you could keep her in your prayers as well I and the Lord would appreciate it.

I’m running out of time, but I love you guys so much, and I really hope that you all have a great week.

Pictures are of us being bored snowed in, and crazienss after our snowball fight with the Elders last night :).

Mormon message of the week is Moments That Matter Most. I amy have already sent this one, sorry if I have :). Its really cool though, so watch it again!

The church is true. So very true.

Love ya!

x Sister Roberts xDSCN1519 DSCN1515 DSCN1505 DSCN1493
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Crazy Weather!

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Hey everyone!!

This week has been totally wild! The temperature has been in the single digits, and with windchill has been in the negatives. Its made for some pretty miserable days for sure. I got bronchitis (again) and then the other two sisters got sick one right after the other too. We have tried to do splits and stuff so we could at least get some missionary work done, but the members have lives too!!

So it has been a pretty slow, miserable week, but somehow I am still super stoked to be here and doing this work. Its probably the Spirit or something ;). The time we had to spend inside just lit a fire inside me about how important it is for us to work even harder that ever this week and recognize the urgency of the message we share, for it truly is an urgent work!

Since we didn’t really get a ton of exciting things other than calls and stuff done this week, I’ll tell you more about my area :).

So we share the Lancaster, PA ward with a set of elders as well, and they are walking elders. A lot of my ward is Spanish speaking, so Elder Watts is Spanish speaking and Elder Howell is English speaking. Since they are Lancaster Walk and we are Lancaster Drive, we spend a lot of time with them giving them rides to dinner appointments, church, meetings, etc. Good thing I like them! Haha. Elder Watts is probably one of the coolest people I have ever met. He is super short, but HILARIOUS. He has this hilarious Mexican accent that he does all the time, and a British accent that just makes you picture a short fat British man in a tweed suit with a monacle. With a mustache. Haha. Elder Howell is very… into working out and stuff. And sports. And quoting Spongebob. Haha. He is endearingly annoying? Best way I can think of to put it. They are my nerd buddies, because my companions are very girly and sistery.

I love serving here so much!!! The ward members are awesome and loving, and are very good about coming out with us and making sure we are taken care of food wise. A sweet sister brought us like 200 dollars worth of groceries the other day because she heard us talking about how we were all out of money to buy food for January. It was very humbling, because now I will for sure be careful about what we talk about when members are around.

I have also been thinking a lot this week about how much I love the contrast between light and dark, and the analogy of how the gospel brings light and the adversary brings darkness. It is so interesting to me that when we feel sad or depressed, the feeling we have is often described as a dark feeling, and when we are happy and joyful, it is most often described as a feeling of light. I hope all of you will notice the feelings that you have this week, and try and discern whether your feelings are light or dark, and if they are dark, how can you more fully turn yourself toward the Savior? Bask in that light ya’ll!

I love you guys all so much, but I have to go and play this wild missionary game called Onka now πŸ™‚

Mormon Message for the week is Patterns of Light: the Light of Christ by David A. Bednar. Love that man!

x Sister Roberts x

In PA once again!

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Hulooooo all!

Man, so much has happened, I can’t even tell everything!

I am back in Pennsylvania! I’m actually back on the way east side of the mission, same as my first area only south of there. I’m in Lancaster! Here’s my new address:

126 Hitching Post Lane
Lancaster, PA 17602

I love it here so much!! I am in a trio again, and it is so awesome. I told Dad that this companionship is the biggest testimony builder to me that Heavenly Father knows what he is doing :).

Sister Stovall is just good for my soul. She is a feisty ginger from Loosiana and a self proclaimed hippie. She’s really into natural medicine and essential oils, and is a totally goof ball and FABULOUS missionary. She has made me laugh harder than I have in quite some time :).

Sister Baltazar was born and half raised in Peru, and then came to the States when she was 8 or 9, so she has a stinking cute accent since English is her 2nd language. She is from Connecticut. She is Spanish speaking, which is really good for this area. She has the funniest laugh, and is very compassionate. She is VERY focused on the work, and is an inspiration to me and a good example as well.

And the three of us together makes perfection. It’s perfect because when we go on splits Sister Stovall and I can go see English speaking people and Sister Baltazar and one of our ward missionaries that also speaks Spanish go see Spanish people and we get twice the work done. And we all balance each other out personality wise. And Sister Stovall’s voodoo oil stuff has actually been helping my TMJ a ton. Weird right?

Its been a whirlwind since I’ve been here…. Holy cow! The work is so different here that it was in Ohio, and that has been very interesting for me. I had some fears about that before I was transferred, but it has been very good for me and helping me be a better servant of the Lord.

We have been working hard, and I wish I had more time to tell you about the work we have been doing.

We have quite a few more investigators here than I am used to, but that is great! One of my favorites is Bill. He is this way southern old black guy (pardon my political incorrectness) that has studied religion most of his life. He knows the Bible really well, and it is so intriguing to see the Spirit work with him. The Spirit is constantly bringing Bible scriptures to his remembrance that back up everything that we are teaching him. He already has a small but strong testimony of the gospel, and is eager to learn more.

I love this work. So much. I love the people of Pennsylvania/Ohio/West Virginia so much, and I love you so much! Have fun looking at the pictures πŸ™‚

Mormon Message of the week is the newest one, Abide With Me. I think it is in my top 5 now :).

Remember that you are all children of God, and that we both love you!

x Sister Roberts x

Holy Cold Front BATMAN!!!

Hey everyone!!!

This week has been pretty slow, because of me being sick again, and also we were in on New Years, and then there was a huge storm so we had to stay in because of that as well.

And this coming week won’t be any better…. because its supposed to be NEGATIVE 29 DEGREES HERE!!!!! That is what we have heard, but we’ll see I guess. Today its been hanging out around 8 degrees.

Thursday was a good day. It was the first day in a really long time that I didn’t have a headache from my TMJ, and I was pretty much loopy with relief the whole day. I was in such a great mood, and everyone commented on me looking much happier than I usually do. That was a huge wake up call for me about my attitude despite the fact I feel terrible all the time. So since then, I have been working on being ridiculously happy all the time even if I don’t feel good, and its actually been going great!!!

It was funny because that night we had our usual weekly dinner with the Finks, and I was really giddy and they wouldn’t stop teasing me!! Elder Coleman got here after I started having problems with my TMJ, so that was one of the first times he had ever seen me as my true self, and he couldn’t stop staring at me!!! The look on his face the whole time was hilarious. It was like a whole new Sister Roberts.

We had a great Saturday as well. We met a less active couple that we have been working with for lunch at our FAVORITE place to eat (Steak N’ Shake), and then we had the opportunity to serve them by helping them clean out their attic. It sounds weird, but I had a BLAST! Service is probably one of my most favorite parts of being a missionary. It feels so good to serve others, especially when they have been dreading doing whatever it is you help them with for three years. Haha :).

After that we had a dinner appointment with one of my favorite members in the whole world, Brother Orum, who had also invited some members that were visiting the area from Arizona to pick up their daughter/sister from the hospital. It was Sister Karn and her son Bruce, who is going on a mission here in the next couple of months. They were the coolest people!

And Elder Coleman is a chump and filled my coat pocket with sugar when we were at dinner with them…. Haha. Speaking of Elder Coleman, he is also a giant DORK. He knitted himself a nose warmer. It is probably the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen a human being wear, and I’ve worked in retail!!! I took a picture :). Elders…..

Anyway. Sorry there wasn’t a whole lot to report for this week. I promise missionary work happened, just nothing too terribly exciting.

I love this gospel. I think I say that every week, but I say it because I really REALLY do. I love the scriptures. I love the Prophet and his apostles. I love the impact the gospel has made onΒ  not only my life, but the lives of those around me as well. I have seen and heard about so many amazing miracles, how could the church not be true??????

I love you all!!! Mormon Message of the week is Let Us Be Men, for all my boys out there :). Daddy, Dad, Dillon, Pop, uncles, cousins… be MEN!!! Haha :).

x Sister Roberts x

A New Year, A New YOU!

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Hey everyone!!!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I know I did! I got to Skype my family, and I’m mad because now that all my siblings are maturing they are all better looking than me…. Hopefully my winning personality makes up for it. Haha :).

The members took very good care of us!! We now have more fruit, candy, and lotion than we know what to do with.

On Christmas Eve, Brother Fink took us with him and his family to see the famous lights at Oglebay park in Wheeling. It is like unto “Christmas on the Pecos”, only you drive through instead of boat through. Even better, he took us on a posh PARTY BUS OH MY HECK. It was the coolest thing ever. I will never be inside a vehicle that fancy again in my whole life, half by choice, because let’s be honest, I would totally breaks something/ruin it, and half because if I had money I would not spend it on a party bus. Haha. He got to use it for free because he moonlights as a limo/party bus driver on the weekends. But it was a blast! We also had a Christmas Eve photoshoot in our Christmas Eve pajamas (thanks mom!) and with all of our presents from ward members and family. Don’t worry, its totally normal to have photoshoots as a missionary, ask Elder Coleman about his sombrero.

I also got to experience the wonderful thing that is Turducken. Yep, it’s a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken. And ours was also stuffed with shrimp jambalaya. A minor allergic reaction ensued, but my lips are now back to normal!!!! Woooo! But no more shrimp for Lyss.

I’ve been sick this week, so the past two days have been me sleeping and Sister Valikoula bouncing off the walls wondering what the heck she should do. Haha. What a trooper. Don’t really feel better today, but I am PRAYING I feel less like a zombie tomorrow so we can get back to work!!!

Thank you guys so much for praying for Leanna. She has for sure felt your prayers, and is hopefully now on the road to recovery. She is home from the hospital, but still in a lot of pain, so if you could continue to keep her and your family in your prayers it would be much appreciated.

We saw a ton of people this week that were in nursing homes and such, because a lot of them didn’t have family to come and visit them. That really was great, to be able to see their faces light up when they saw that someone was there to see THEM. We saw Joe, Hazel, Lois, and Yvonne. I have too many surrogate grandparents to count now…. I love them all so much :). That really did make my Christmas.

We also had the really cool experience of meeting our investigator Kurt’s parents. A member missionary before he is even a member! He brought them to church, and then he watched The Testaments with them as their FHE activity. It really was pretty cool to see him so excited to share what he has been learning about with his family.

It is also really cool to see the change that comes over our less active, Heather, every time we visit her now. She is only 37 but is now in a nursing home. She really doesn’t want to be there, so she is often down in the dumps when we show up. The cool part is watching the Spirit work on her while we are there. She starts out being moody and not really wanting to read, and by the time we leave she is smiling and we’ve read like 3 chapters because she didn’t want to stop. And she said she would color me a butterfly :). I’m so grateful that she allows the Spirit to work on her while we are there so she can see the blessings that come from studying her scriptures diligently.

We also found out today that our new Mission President and wife have been called! Their names are President and Sister Johnson, and they will be taking over July 1st, so I will only have about 3 or 4 months under them, but they sound great!

All in all, it has been a great week, and we hope to have equal amounts of awesome ooze from the coming week as well!!

Mormon Message for the week is Look Not Behind Thee. It is actually a really well done Mormon Message about change, which is very fitting for the new year :).

I love you all, and thank you so much for your cards and letters, they mean so much to me, especially when they have pictures :).

The church is true! Always remember that Jesus loves you, and so do I!

x Sister Roberts x

Happy Birthday Dear Jesus!

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This past week has been filled with tons of service and I can’t be more grateful for that. I love service, it is for sure one of my favorite parts of missionary work. I love seeing the light in the elderly eyes of those we serve as we listen to their advice and stories of the past, and we play games and just love them. I really have a testimony that Heavenly Father loves everyone more than we can comprehend, because he has allowed me to glimpse that love for total strangers as we have served this week.

We have also been able to provide service for overwhelmed ward members as well, and that has been a blessing as well. I feel so humbled by the testimonies of the members I serve with, especially how everyone has gained theirs in their own special way through their trials and hardships, triumphs and love of the Savior.

One of my favorite times of service this week has been helping Kurt’s wife Christy make like 200 cookies. I have the BEST Charlie’s Angels pose with her cookie gun thingie. It has an “official” name (like spritzer or something) but I really can’t remember what it was. Prepare yourselves, there are maybe 40 pictures on their way this week. But anyway, I love that night because I discovered that I love hummus, I actually like green peppers now (remember that time at George and Clara’s Daddy? I thought that would make you laugh) and Christy has the BEST testimony gained through some of the darkest trials you can even imagine. I admire her so much. I am rooting for Kurt to be baptized even MORE now, if that is even possible, because I NEED to be at their sealing. I think that day may be equally as amazing than my own sealing. We’ll have to see ;).

We also had the opportunity to work with the Elders Quorum President of our ward and also the Elders we serve with here to make about 300 cookies for the widows and elderly in our ward, as well as quite a few of our less actives. We had a blast, and it was really cool to see their faces when they got a plate full of honest to goodness home made (mostly… is a package mix cheating?) cookies. It was totally hilarious, Elder Gates, who weighs maybe 110 soaking wet, broke a chair. Elder Coleman and I seriously died laughing. I haven’t seen the movie “Shallow Hal” but Elder Coleman said there is a part in it that totally reminded him of that moment when skinny little Elder Gates broke the chair. something along the lines of “WHAT IS THAT CHAIR MADE OF?????”

I also have some very sad news… Our investigator Leanna is in the hospital, and I would really appreciate it if ya’ll would keep her in your prayers. She is in extreme amounts of pain 24/7, and she is on 7 different pain meds and 2 steroids, and nothing seems to be helping. She may need surgery, and will probably have to do some pretty extreme amounts of physical therapy when she gets out. Keep her and her family in your prayers. They are going to probably have to spend Christmas in the hospital.

I have to apologize, I have been a very special typer today, so I’m so sorry if there are like 7 thousand mistakes.

Anyway. I am so in love with missionary work, and I am so thankful for this opportunity, especially in this Christmas season. I really hope you guys are trying your best to keep Christ in your thoughts in this very busy time of year. I can’t express enough the difference the Savior has made in my life, and this is the time to celebrate the crap out of that man. He is the ONLY perfect man to ever walk the Earth. He is the perfect model for our lives, and He is our Redeemer, our Elder Brother, and one who loves us and everyone so perfectly that we can only feel an inkling of that love in the love we feel for our families and our friends. I sincerely hope that we can all take that into account as we celebrate his sacred, humble birth this week.

Christmas stuff for you to watch!!! Please cry as hard as I did, or else I will have no choice but to be embarrassed. http://www.mormonchannel.org/christmas-videos?v=2919740155001

http://www.mormonchannel.org/video/mormon-messages?v=2874125972001

I love you all, so much, and I have felt your love for me in your cards, letters, and pictures this past week, and I truly do appreciate it.

I LOVE YOU!!!! AND SO DOES JESUS!!!!!

x Sister Roberts x

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!

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