Monday, July 6, 2015

Life Lessons Learned This Week

         This may just be the best email you will ever get from are going to laugh so hard.  This week the question we keep asking ourselves is "why do bad things happen to good people?" Cause everything bad has happened...and it would happen to we go
         So let's start at Monday. We had such a fun p day, that was slightly apostate cause we aren't allowed to do zone p days, but we honestly had no clue. It was so fun being with so many missionaries; I have made some great friends in this zone the past few weeks. So that was fun.
         Then that night we got back to Taunton and all our appointments flogged so we went finding for 3 hours. We were walking down a street and we just see a group of super drunk ladies, keep in mind this is like 7 pm and they are wasted...and there was one freaking out. So we walk by and 2 of them like corner us and are yelling at us telling us if we are Jesus people then we need to heal their friend who was possessed. Then one goes on to tell us she is a Jehova Witness and her blessing didn't work so we needed to try...we were so lost and didn't know what to do...this girl was just totally wasted. We end up just talking to these two ladies about God and how God can help us but we have our agency still. We also did some hard core rebuking about how they need to be smart with their actions. So that was interesting. The "possessed" girl ended up throwing up on the street and she was fine.

Tuesday:  It was the hottest day the UK has had for 6 years on Tuesday and I literally thought I was going to die. I remember sitting on the bus and I physically could not talk to anyone because I was so hot. It was miserable, but I survived. Our investigator tried dropping us Tuesday night as well...hahaha that is funny. You can't drop us that easily. He has been talking to missionaries on FB and had a conversation that he thought made up his mind about everything. We read this conversation and he told them that one day the church will conform to his we told him he is the apostasy. His teaches are always fun and test us a lot. We have been reading the Joseph Smith pamphlet with him and the spirit has been there so strong lately, he is totally getting baptized :) then Tuesday night we got back to our flat around 9:20 and we were so happy and proud cause we made it home early. We stopped at our post box to check to see if we have post and sister Dimond just turns to me and was like I don't have the keys. We rumble through all our bags only to find we really don't have them, we had lost them. Great. So we make a few calls to ward members to find where our spare key was...and of course we don't have one. We live on the 1st floor (2nd floor in America) and we left a window open that was big enough for us to climb in if we had a we almost had to do that. But a ward member came and picked us up and drove us around to back track.  We went to a park we had been teaching at just before, said a prayer, and no joke 15 seconds later we found the keys. Prayer works people. And while we were locked out the only food we had was cashews and Nutella, so that tasted good :)

Wednesday:  So on Wednesday we kind of had a freak out day. We had been finding a lot this week again and our zone leaders called us and told us that they feel that right now the Lord is trying to tell us we need to work with the ward members, because this ward seems to be struggling. We have felt this too, like a lot, but kind of pushed it off because we didn't know what to do about it, but now we finally accepted it. 
         We literally feel like we have so much responsibility right now we just wanted to sit and cry we were so stressed. So we planned for a few hours that day for how we can help the ward and it was actually really good. We also had ward council that night...ward council is always interesting. I really want to go to one in Utah to see if it is anything like ward council here.

Thursday:  We met President and Sister Gubler!!! We had zone conference in Poole and we had to take the train (why I don't know cause the elders in my district have a car...but whatever...). So the elders in Bristol were nice enough to think of us and arrange for us all to take the train together so we didn't have to travel for 4 hours by ourselves. So we left the flat at 8 and travelled to Poole with the Bristol elders. It was about a 5 hour journey with all the stops. It was super fun though cause these elders are some that were there Monday and we are all BFFs.
         It was so weird/sad to not see President and Sister Millar at zone conference. I almost started crying when President and Sister Gubler came in cause I was so sad President Millar was gone...but President and Sister Gubler and really cool and will be great. He has such a strong spirit around him and you can really feel love radiating from him. He gave a very good presentation as well...I will talk about that later. But we were there from 2-4 then had to catch a train home for another 5 hours. It was the longest day of traveling ever. We didn't get home until 10, but it was such a fun day. It is always fun to go on adventures like that.

Trip to Poole

Friday:  This is the day you want to pay attention too...cause I had Vodka...yes I just said we were visiting some former investigators who were taught about a year ago. The wife is Polish. Well we got there and he offered us a drink. The last time we went he just gave us sparking water. Well this time he was joking about giving us alcohol and we said no we just wanted water...he pulls out a jug from the fridge and asks, "polish water?" And we asked if it was just water and he said we said sure. Well sister Dimond and I both take a sip and it burns our throats and we just turn to each other and we knew something wasn't right. So we ask if it was vodka (we both just really felt that is what it was) and the wife just kind of laughs and says no it is water with some minerals in it. So we being the polite missionaries we are force ourselves to drink it all. The next day we were with a recent convert, and her friends and we joke that we think we may have had vodka the day before. We told them we had polish water and they all bust up laughing..,turns out polish water isn't water...but it is vodka. We told the elders in our district about it too,  they were dying. So family and friends, NEVER DRINK POLISH WATER!!! And it didn't even taste was nasty! The weird thing is though that it didn't even affect either of us...the Lord seriously protected us so much, cause talking to a recent convert about it she said the amount we had was basically a double shot...crazy mission stories. Pray that I will still make it into heaven...

Saturday:  Happy Fourth of July...this was the weirdest Fourth of July of my whole life. It started really good with 2 really good teaches, and then everything went crazy. We were going out to Bridgwater by train to teach some people, so we bought our tickets and I wasn't even thinking and didn’t look at the train time tables and just went to the platform we usually go to for the Bridgwater train, and there was a train there that we usually jump on, so we got on it. Well it starts going the opposite way from where we want. Long story short, we end up on Exeter, which isn't even in our zone. Hahahah. Happy Fourth of July to we were stuck there for 1 hour waiting for a train. We finally got back to Taunton though. It was just hilarious, cause literally everything bad was happening to us. We were super blessed though because usually they check your tickets on the train and if you get caught with the wrong ticket you have to pay a huge fine, well neither train ride they checked. Tender mercies. But it doesn't end there. Like I said we were with a recent convert and her friends, who are all my age. We are teaching her friends. They tell us there is a Fourth of July celebration in bridgy they want to take us we go walk through it on the way to where we were going to teach them. It was pretty much a street fair. It seems like everyone in Bridgwater is always we had some interesting conversations with some people. But then we were just finishing our teach with her friends when 2 totally drunk guys come up and just sit by us. They see we are church people and one guy who was there tells us he is gay and starts drilling me with questions about gay marriage and how God views him. He actually had a lot of good questions and I really wish he wasn't drunk so we could have answered his questions.

Sunday:  Like I told you a few weeks ago, our washer has been broken ever since I got here. So we have had to hand wash all our clothes, or just wear dirty clothes, which is such a pain! There have been way too many mornings when I wake up and realize I forgot to wash garments, so I have to wash them in the morning and wear them wet all day...super uncomfortable. Well our ward mission leader found out about this and he told us to bring all our wash to the chapel and we could take it to his home and do our washing while we had tea. He jokingly said to pack it all on our suitcase and bring it...but we actually had to do that. We packed all our clothes and sheets and towels in our suitcases and rolled them 3 miles down main roads to church. It was so stupid. The things you do on your mission. But we have clean clothes now, so I am super grateful :)
         So there you have it, there is the craziest week I have had on my mission so far. Literally, if this were to happen to someone on their mission, it would be sister Dimond and I. Our comp unity is crazy good. We are like the same person. It is fun. And we reckon we will stay together another transfer, maybe for 2 more until she goes home.
         So now the spiritual side of this email (sorry it is super long) but while at zone conference President Gubler talked about 3 questions. He asked us 1) who we are 2) who the Savior is and 3) why we are here. He had asked us to study our patriarchal blessing before hand, and it was so cool. There is one line in my blessing that has never made sense to me, and he literally said exactly what this line says and explained it. He talked about how we have been prepared since the pre earth life to come down and be missionaries that we are the noble and great ones it talks about in Moses and Abraham. It was very inspiring. But what stood out to me the most of everything he spoke about was the why we are here section. He talked about how we are here ultimately because we love God. And because we love God we will do everything in our power to spread his gospel. He also talked about grace and how grace carries us. I never fully understood grace until this week. He talked about those days on our missions where we just don't feel like we can keep going, that those days it is grace that saves us.

23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do. 2 Nephi 25: 23

         This scripture describes my whole mission. This whole thing would be impossible if it weren't for the atonement and for the saving power of grace. We have to do ALL WE CAN and then Jesus Christ will help us with the rest. Man the atonement it amazing :)
         That zone conference was so amazing, I felt the spirit super strong and I learned and felt exactly what I needed to at that moment.
         Missions are such a blessing. Looking back at all the lessons I have learned while here I can't imagine going throughout life without these experiences. Even if they are stupid, like don't drink polish water...or how to hand wash clothing. Everything has been what I will need for the future; I know God is preparing me all the time for my future.
         I love you and hope you have a great week!

Sister Robison xxx

Ps I hope this letter didn't scare you too bad...I promise I am safe...most the time...

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