First off, I want to say... NO EFFORT IS EVER WASTED!
I just received an email from my trainer, Sister Shurtliff, telling me that she talked to the sister missionaries who are in London (my first area) and told me that John Reis (remember, the 89 year old Portuguese man) will be getting baptized! He went to church every single week when we left, received all of the lessons, passed his baptismal interview, and right before he was baptized he decided he should wait until his wife (who is in Brazil) gets to Canada in the next few months and they can get baptized together! Just like John always told me, "It's NEVER too late to change!" I will always remember when I first met him, I was carrying a Book of Mormon in my hand while walking down the busy street and I knew that I needed to talk to him! I am so happy for him to get baptized and even happier that he is waiting for his wife so they can get baptized together J
Other great news, Johan Muntz is getting baptized! He was one of my amazing investigators in Whitby (my last area). I remember that we couldn't teach him for the last two weeks before I left because he was gone and told us that he was sick and needed to think about it for a while, well…. he called up the sisters two days after I left and said that his prayers were finally answered, met up with them, set his own baptism date, and couldn't be more excited to be baptized in a couple of weeks! I am SO happy for Johan and jumped for joy when I heard that from the sister missionaries!
Even though I personally haven't been able to see or be to a baptism of the people I have taught and love so much, it has reminded me that no effort is ever wasted. I have learned that my role on my mission so far has been to help mend wards together, to serve members as well as others, to reach out to those inactive members, to help bring about miracles, to talk to everyone to plant many seeds, and to help individuals come closer to Christ.
Sister Poettcker and I have been trying our hardest to find people to teach and haven't had much success. On Friday night during planning I told her that we ARE going to ride buses tomorrow for half of the day! She couldn't believe what I was saying! I truly miss being in a bus area where I can talk to 50-100 people each day. So I planned out a route, bought tickets, and talked to as many people as I could on the bus J I was able to meet a man in the back of the bus, give him a Book of Mormon, and grabbed his number. He said that he has "never heard of anyone being in the Americas before Christopher Columbus!" I was able to show him in the front of the Book of Mormon the picture of Christ visiting the Americas and bear my testimony. Hopefully we can meet with him sometime this week! Do you want a good laugh? I want to tell you a funny story about another man I met on the bus named Tony. Tony is from Jamaica and in his 30's. He looked at us when we got on the bus, got up, followed me to the back of the bus, and sat down next to me, no one ever does that so it seemed odd. We began to talk and I began to teach him. I remember saying something to him and he said "Amen Sista'!" I remember grabbing my planner to write down his number and he then reached over and tried to hold my hand! I didn't know what to do, so I quickly pulled the cord to get off the bus, got his number, and got off. When we got off the bus we laughed and laughed at what had happened. We began walking down the road and a lady pulled over and asked if we were Jehovah's Witnesses and I told her, "No, we are missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints." She then said, "Well, I'm a Jehovah's Witness and thought you two were also. If you were like me I would give you a ride but I have to go, sorry!" As she took off, I looked at Sister Poettcker and told her, "See... You never know what to expect when you ride the bus!" We laughed and laughed J
|I was able to take a picture of the beautiful Toronto Temple|
while at zone conference. I can't wait to go someday!!
One thing that I have been thinking about lately is in Doctrine Covenants 100:5-8. I call this section the "CANADA" section J This is when Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon are heading up to Canada to preach the gospel and were comforted by Heavenly Father's words while they are going away and leaving their families behind. The scripture reads, "Therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices unto this people; speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before men; For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say. But a commandment I give unto you that ye shall declare in my name, in solemnity of heart, in the spirit of meekness, in all things. And I give unto you this promise, that inasmuch as ye do this the Holy Ghost shall be shed forth in bearing record unto all things whatsoever ye shall say."
I love that! I love my mission J I know that when I lift up my voice, bear my testimony, and speak to Heavenly Father's children, I have seen so many miracles and blessings. NO EFFORT IS EVER WASTED!!
With the approaching Christmas season, I hope you have all had the chance to view "He is The Gift" video. It is amazing! "Christmas is a time of reflection on what we can become because of God's sacred gift. As we discover the gift, we learn of the immeasurable love of God and our absolute need for a Savior. As we embrace the gift, we strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ, and desire to become more like Him. As we share the gift, we follow in the Master's footsteps, who invited all to hear His message" [Elder Russel M. Nelson, December 2014 Ensign]. It's going to be an amazing Christmas. I can't wait to share with others the true meaning of Christmas, centered all around Christ. He is the Light and is the greatest gift we have been given! I am grateful for my Savior and Heavenly Father's love to send His Son. I am so grateful to be able to share this beautiful message this Christmas season as a missionary J
Until next time...Sister Robb