Monday, August 15, 2016

What Has My Mission Meant to Me.....A Letter to President Shields

What has the mission meant to me? Well, this is a big topic! Haha! 

As I reflect back upon the last year and a half, it's hard not to get overwhelmed! I have loved every moment of it! I have had a lot of downs and a lot of ups! I have been to my lowest lows, and probably my highest highs up to this point in my life! I am truly grateful for every moment! 

The mission has really shaped me. I have learned SO much! I feel that I am finally starting to truly understand the Gospel. I am finally starting to really understand my purpose here on Earth and my relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior. Some of my most spiritual experiences have come as I have simply gotten on my knees and started talking to my Heavenly Father. Pleading with Him, seeking His help and guidance, and then listening to His counsel. 

I have truly had JOY as I have been able to serve God. I have been able to see His hand in the work. I have been able to see how He used us, His imperfect servants, to go about and DO the things that He needs Done! The best moments have been when my companions and I receive and act upon spiritual promptings and then see the fruits that come from those labors and the immediate tender mercies and miracles. 

From the experiences that I have had, I have come to know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. He knows and loves me! Heavenly Father is my Father! He loves me just like my earthly father does, if not more! 

I know that the mission has helped to shape and mold me. I know that I will never forget these experiences and that it will affect the way I go about for the rest of my life! 

I am truly grateful for this time that I have had. I know that God loves us. I know that He sent His Son for us. I know that Jesus Christ has made salvation and even exaltation possible. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is really and truly the Lord's kingdom once again upon the earth. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and reading it daily will change our lives. I know these things because I have prayed. I have asked God. and I have tested it all out. Nothing can shake my foundation of these things. My foundation is in Christ. He is my rock and I will not step off. The Gospel is true. I know it. 

These few words cannot express all of what I feel in my heart, but it is a start. I don't think I could ever put to words what the mission has truly meant. It has shaped and changed my life. I have been humbled and I am more prepared to go and do what the Lord desires of me today, tomorrow, and forever! 

I am thankful! Just so thankful! 

Thank you President! For the example of you and your wife and for being here in the CTM with us! It is the best! I love it and I love you both! Press forward! The work is great and there is always more to do! It never ends! :) 

I close this email in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen. 

Much love, Sister Robison


  1. It is great to read your testimony Katie! I am so happy that you have had the opportunity to go on a mission. I believe that you will be a great force for good in the next stages of your life. Rick always says, the mission is the best "18 months" of your life until that point. The next 18 months can be just as good, or even better. You have a lot of great adventures to look forward to, and your mission is going to influence the rest of your life.

    I have enjoyed reading about your experiences in Ontario. It reminds me of our time in Buffalo, NY. I can picture the area - the humidity, the snow, the people. I have loved your positive attitude in your writing, and I loved hearing about the people you have taught. It makes me realize that we are all Heavenly Father's children, and that he really is gathering his people. Thank you for your sacrifice to serve, and for your great example! We look forward to seeing you soon!

    Niki & Family

  2. I shed a few tears while I read your testimony. Gotta love our Robison emotions!! :) THANK YOU Katie for sharing your testimony and experiences with us every week for the last 18 months. I LOVED getting to follow your cute humor, hard times, and joyous experiences as you have been out on the field. I can't imagine the feeling it must be to have completed your mission and be on to the next stage in life. Ryan would also agree with what Rick had to say. Your mission is an incredible experience, but the life you have to look forward to will be able to help you grow and find joy in so many ways as well.

    We love you so much. Thank you for being a wonderful servant and example. We are going to have to plan a big trip to the CTM with all the members of the family who have served there. Thank you for helping us to increase our testimonies. We look forward to getting to see you soon!