March 3, 2015
From what I read, it sound like everyone is doing well! Mom, I am so glad that you are recovering so well! Kelly! I hope you had a great day!
Man oh man! This week was a little strange. I have learned more than ever that sometimes Missionary work can be hard, disappointing, and discouraging. However, you CAN'T focus on those things. For every one negative person you talk to, there are five positive ones. You cannot dwell on the things that will get you down. You have to think about the investigators that ARE progressing. You have to think about the happy moments! Not going to lie, a mission is hard work. But, at the same time, a mission is wonderful. Since coming on my mission, I have realized that I have been doing everything all wrong! I have been doing church and the sacrament all wrong. I have been reading my Patriarchal blessing all wrong. I have been studying my scriptures all wrong! I've only been out for a short while, but it has already had a lasting impression on my life and the way I view and go about being a member of this church!
Okay, so things that have happened this week... I went on Exchanges for the first time! It was great. Sister Mencarelli and I spent time in Mississauga. We worked a lot on OYM, contacting others on the streets, and tracting! These are things that I feel especially weaker in as a new missionary. But, I feel a lot better after doing it for 5 hours straight. :) Part of it is just learning not to be afraid of these people! I am still working on being fearless. It is a process. But, it is getting better!
We finally have a progressing investigator in our area as well! We are so excited. Sometimes, it is tough because investigators all progress at their own rates, so I have definitely learned to have patience with them. Coming unto Christ, for many is a life changing thing! We cannot force our investigators into it. They have to come to an understanding and a desire to follow Christ and change in their own due time! But, we are very excited about our progressing investigator, Emmanuel. He attended church yesterday, and stayed for all three hours. He loves all the pamphlets that we have given him, as well as the Book of Mormon. He does not live in the best place, and notices that he feels better, and safer, when he is even just holding the Book of Mormon! Emmanuel has a baptismal date set for April 12, and the only concern we have is alcohol. He doesn't drink because he is addicted, he drinks because he has seen a lot of harsh things in his life and he wants to forget about those things. Sister Maas and I are both excited to teach him about the Atonement and the healing power it possesses! It is going to be an awesome lesson.
We have been trying really hard to work with the ward members. We are slowly starting to see a change! We are getting fed more and more every week which is great because free food! But, it also allows us a chance to get to know the members! The only tricky thing is keep the dinner appointments to one hour so we can get back out and continue to do missionary work. But, I am excited to watch the ward continue to progress and change! Especially because there is a good possibility that I will be here for another 3 transfers!
Things are really going well! I am learning so much, and Sister Maas and I are always making jokes and having good laughs! I love it out here in Toronto. I know it is where I am supposed to be! Have a great week! Remember to read your scriptures, both individually and as a family!
Much Love! Sister Robison