Monday, April 25, 2016

"The Time is far spent..."

Hi family and friends!
         Ahhhhh. This week went so fast! This is NOT okay with me. But although time is flying by and I will be home soon, I don't feel like it has really affected us in the work. This last week was another crazy week full of miracles and lots of teaching! I have been very blessed this last transfer in a way that it only hits me like once a week that I'm going home. The rest of the time I just feel like a normal missionary being diligent and all. This week it hit me on Saturday...I got dads letter Saturday morning and didn't have time to read it when I got it, so I read it in the car while we were driving down to Brighton with the ZLs for a baptism. Well the letter alone made me cry, then the Elders decided to play all the Motab songs that I've listened to my whole mission and come to love so much (I will always have a spot in my heart for Motab now, watch out cause on Sundays that's all I'm going to listen to). Then to add to it, we were taking the same exact drive I took my very first day in England. Talk about flashbacks! It was terrible and I had to fight back just bursting into tears. You know, it's really not easy knowing you have to leave somewhere that has been your home for 18 months...I fit in here and people understand me here. It's really sad. Sister Moyes and I may or may not be considering running away and just not showing up for our flight...haha jk we would never do that.
         But let me get to the miracles this week and what we've been up to, cause that was just a slight moment of the week!

         On Monday a member took us and the Elders to Hever Castle, which is the childhood home of Anne Bolyne. So we learned a lot about King Henry VIII and all his wives...he was in interesting man to say the least...but the castle was really cool! And the best part was that in the gardens they had an "Italian Garden" with stuff someone had brought over from Italy way back when. Well, I'm obsessed with Italy, so I was in heaven! It was so pretty! I'll send some pics :)
Hever Castle

      Tuesday we had a great day of finding! We had 2 hours set aside in the morning to contact former investigators and to be honest, I wasn't too excited for it...but it turned out to be so good! We were walking on high street on our way to a former, when we run into another former named Charod who we haven't been able to see for a month or so. We sat down with him and basically he asked us to read our favourite passages from the BoM with him, so we were flipping left and right for a good 45 minutes just teaching so much from the BoM! He hasn't ever read the BoM before, but after that he said he would start reading it! We then met with him and his wife later in the week. Then we went and knocked on a formers door, she wasn't home, so we knocked 5 doors on each side. We met a lady named Anne who had met missionaries before, but never sisters, and she accepted a BoM and return appointment! Then we turned away from her door and started talking to a lady who was coming down the road. She immediately invited us in and gave us some water (which was much appreciated). She proceeded to tell us that she loves scrap booking and knows a lot about Mormons cause she follows a bunch of Mormon scrap bookers on Instagram and their blogs. So go social media! We taught her the restoration and she also accepted a return appointment. The best thing is, she has 3 teenage kids, and we have been praying like crazy with the ward for a family to teach! We feel like she could be it! So that was the morning.     Then that afternoon we did gardening for our investigator Celia. Her whole back garden is full of flower bushes...and when I say full...I mean like flower bushes everywhere. So we planted a bunch of them for her, which was fun! We also went back and helped her on Friday with it.
Celia and I gardening
     Wednesday we had a lesson with our investigator Eva who I told you about a bit last week. She is from Slovac and her heart is being softened! She started to pray this week and she texted us saying she can feel that God is helping her. She didn't have a belief in God before we met her, she is so great! We had a lot of teaches that day...which is always good!
         Thursday we had district meeting. I gave a presentation on the role of the BoM in conversion. It was fun. I love my district so much. Then we went to Nandos for lunch...which is always a good day.
         Friday! We did the usual weekly planning and teaching people!
         Saturday like I said we went down to Brighton to support some of the sisters who were having a baptism. It was so good and great to see a baptism again! They always bring a smile to my face :) and they had lemon bars after...I forgot about those, but man they tasted good! Haha and we also saw a new investigator named Bryan that day. He is 65 and doesn't have a belief in God either. He was so sweet to us and just kept telling us to be super careful knocking on people's doors haha. It is hard being with Sister Moyes and going home together cause all these amazing people we are finding just get really sad when they find out we are leaving. We had multiple people this week just express gratitude for all we had done for them, and it meant so much to us.
Our friends Hugh and Joan (the 90 year old couple) talked for about 30 minutes about how because of us they have a relationship with God and they actually feel they are talking to someone when they pray. They then told us that we have been engraved in their memory forever and they will never forget us. I will seriously miss that couple so much, I have complete confidence that they will accept the gospel in the spirit world and our reunion there will be so joyful!
         Then Sunday. Sundays are great. The sacrament is great. The Epsom ward is great. I don't really know what more to say. I love this ward so much, we have become really good friends with a lot of members and they are all so nice to us! We always have a good laugh at church haha.
         So there you have it. Another week gone. And as the hymn says "the time is far spent there is little remaining". I am going out of my mission with a bang. This week we have 2 exchanges and zone training, then next week we have MLC. We are keeping super busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
         I am so grateful for my mission and all it has taught me, if you didn't know that already! I know this is Heavenly Fathers work and glory and I am so blessed to be apart of this great work! As Elder Holland taught us at our mission conference, this is real life, missionary life is the closest thing we will ever get to real life. And oh how I love real life. It's the best.
         I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week! Remember to pray for me please...leaving is really really hard.

The best Sister Robison xx

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