Monday, April 4, 2016

April 4, 2016-High School PTSD

Love Elder Holland's talk
So, I'll start off with a super funny story. on Wednesdays, we always go serve at this place to help deaf people get jobs and learn basic skills needed to function called CRR (career and recovery resources), and so people sometimes just show up with like homework or crap that they need help with. so this wednesday, we also had an exchange! Elder Moray came with me, and elder dean went with elder dickerson. also. elder moray knows no sign language. anyway. so we go, and i start helping this awesome fella named Edson, and Elder moray just sits there looking pretty until another hard of hearing woman walks in, and hard of hearing typically means they can talk, anyway, so she walks in and says (not signs) she needs help. elder moray jumped on that because she could, ya know, talk. anyway. i tried to not listen to what they said and focus on the guy i was helping, but of course, i heard quite a bit. the conversation went like this.
"i need help writing an essay on this book."
"okay, have you read it."
"oh, well i'd recommend you read it first and then maybe come back after."
"oh no. the essay is due tomorrow." 
"alright. lets do it."
they then proceeded to write a beautiful essay from literally nothing. i was dying. flashbacks oh high school kept creeping into my thoughts. too funny.
other than that, the week was grand! watched conference with Lorenzo, our recent convert who is planning to put in his papers in like a week! so excited for him! and it was awesome, because he always has such awesome questions. and ya know. because it's general conference, it's amazing as is! i loved listening to all the talks! however, last conference elder holland gave a talk about moms, and that made me cry. this conference, elder uchtdorf mentioned star wars. i'm not going to say i cried harder... but it was a bad time;) (just kidding mommy!)
life is looking up!:)
Elder Roberts

​General Conference Priesthood meeting! 

Zone picture!  aren't we adorable?!?!:)

March 28, 2016- Bryan to the Rescue!

So this week was tough. it started out like any normal week, and we had pretty much every single one of our appointments cancel. Except cancelling was only a select few of them. Because really they all just didn't show up. How you don't show up to your own house, I'll never know... but anyway. So that is a good backdrop of my week! and! as it is said, a dark backdrop makes the diamonds pop out even more! so. lemme explain some serious diamonds.
Diamond number one:
I went on exchanges with my zone leaders!! it was awesome! the one I went with was named Elder Corn, and he is legit. We had a ton of fun, and he was so excited to go meet some deaf people, and we had an appointment with one of my favorite members ever, she's the one who calls me Elder Testimony and is sweet as she can be,  like I explained before, she cancelled, so we had to resort to plan B! Tracting! so we did a lot of that! and it was awesome to learn from him and it was honestly an awesome day!
Diamond number two:
One of the only appointments that actually did go through on Saturday, we parked, had a 20 minute lesson, came out, and low and behold. our car is gone. no kids. our car was towed. So... that sounds like a pretty weird diamond, but that was more of added backdrop to make what went down after even better! So, we go to the apartment office, and get the address for the towing place, and so we walk across the street to the Mcdonalds, and use our ipads and free wifi to plan a walking route to the place where our car is being held prisoner. 3 miles away. Not bad, but obviously not ideal. So we get treking and we couldn't have walked a quarter mile before a member pulls over, and gives us a lift, offers to pay the fine, and feeds us dennys. wut???? like, who are you??? (to answer that question, he is Bryan) he was the nicest dude. He had just been baptized like a year and a half ago, and went through the temple for the first time ON MY BIRTHDAY!! It was so awesome. nicest dude alive, and so Christlike! oh man.
Diamond number three:
Easter!! so, get this. our hearing ward has a choir. and no one shows up. so I joined because Elder Hendrickson plays the piano, and I'm literally the best male singer there most of the time. Which is probably the most bizarre backwards state of affairs ever. but anyway, we sang Beautiful Savior for the Easter number, and it was awesome. so pretty (due to the fact it was the only day when other people showed up and saved the day.) Very spiritual and pretty. It's one of my favorite songs, and to sing it during the first Easter of my mission was one of the best experiences I've had so far!
There were obviously countless others, but that's all for now! love you!
Elder Roberts

Happy Easter!

March 21,2016

To explain the subject, we got a flat tire this week! we were driving on the high way, and the car was handling super weird, and so we pull  over, and look, and our back tire is flat. crap. so we go and start pulling the junk from the trunk to change it with the spare, and i'm about ready to accept that i'm an adult now, and have to change my own tires when out of the blue, a cop pulls up behind us and informs us on this particular highway, they have people that just drive around and help people change tires, and if we wait, they'll be by soon to help us out! of course, i accepted that, and we waited. phew! crises averted!

This week, we had an awesome lesson with N.! he's doing super duper well. Struggling getting him to church, but his desire is there! as for R., we're not really sure what to do with him. he's been struggling lately, and it's been tough to even get an appointment in with his work schedule. but! never give up! 

Our mission is also getting ready to explode with a push for family history, and to get all the missionaries on board, our president said if we find our own name, we can go to the temple and do everything for them! it was awesome! and i'm reminded of just how much i want this people i meet to experience the joy of the temple! it was definitely an inspired program, because i'm fired up for this next week when we learn what exactly the family history thing is for the mission! it's gonna be awesome!

Lastly, there is a new Easter Movie out! the church is always so insanely awesome with their campaigns, and this one is no different! it's awesome! and it's a great tool to tract with, but yesterday, we tried to use it, and literally no one would listen. no one. we talked with at least 15 people and not a single one would give us 2 minutes to watch. it was sad. the Christmas one, everyone has time for, because it's Christmas. no one is going to say no to a man with jesus on his tag during Christmas. but Easter is different. why? I have no idea. but what i do know is that the message of Easter is what makes the message of Christmas important! the message of the risen lord is why i'm here! it's why any of us stands a chance! i love the phrasing and the scripture the video uses! because of Christ, We all really can be made alive!!!

love you all!

Elder Roberts

March 14, 2016

So, transfers have come and gone. I'm now companions with Elder Dean! He's awesome! One of the smartest people I've ever met. He just tells me random things he has stored in his brain for ages that blow me away. I wish I could think of a few examples, but he's awesome to have in lessons, because he knows the scriptures like nobodies business.

Also, at 10:15 last Monday, just before bed, the zone leaders send a text:
"oh. forgot to tell you, you're the new district leader, elder robert."

so basically people still can't get my last name right... AND I'M DISTRICT LEADER! dang. I did not expect that. it was super fun teaching district meeting though. but I can't help but feel super duper inadequate. I have some super stellar missionaries in my district who are awesome teachers, and great people.

Other than transfers, we set a baptismal date with N.! I can't remember if I've mentioned him before, but he's awesome, we've taught him 4 times, he's in 2nd Nephi chapter 20, and getting baptized April 9th! it's amazing! he was a bible referral, which means he was on the internet, saw one of the church's adds for free bibles, and ordered one. And typically bible referrals don't lead anywhere... most people forget they ordered one, or don't expect two young men in ties and name tags to accompany the Bible, so they bail. not N. though! He's incredible.

Loving life right now!:)

Elder Roberts

March 7, 2016

this week was pretty great! last week with Elder Boekweg, i found out! which is super sad. i'll miss that kid! but. since we're both still asl, i will still see him fairly often... meaning almost daily. so it's all good!

this week had 2 exchanges! one with the spanish elders, which was a blast. i went with them to introduce them to an awesome family we tracted into who we've been meeting with weekly to "help with homework" but they never have homework, and so it's basically we show up, and they feed us, and we leave after conversation where the kids translate for us, because the mom speaks very little english. and honestly i've been wrought with guilt, because they are golden, but i wasn't sure how to transition them to the spanish elders! but this week we figured it out, and hopefully everything will be awesome! 

we had another deaf social on friday, which went well! i love being able  to really talk with people in asl. my 3 day in the field, we went to this social, it's a monthly thing, and i can remember leaving after and feeling like it would probably be a good idea to just light myself on fire than try and do that again. but of course, i've done it again, about 8 times now, and each time it's better. PERSEVERE!!

tracting a lot this week! last week i'll do the whole sign speak interpret thing, which is too bad. it was always a blast!

like i said me and Elder Boekweg are splitting tomorrow! find out who my new comp is tonight!
love you all!! 

Elder Roberts

The ASL missionaries in a nutshell

Elder Boekweg artwork

Elder Roberts and Boekweg after Spanish exchanges

March 1, 2016

Big long week! It almost felt like I got a year older it was so long!
*snicker snicker snicker*

The week was good! We teach, or try to teach, 2 ASL classes as part of
our community service and one of them has literally brought one person
the past 2 months. And so needless to say, we were inches from
shutting it down, but this week we had 4 new people show up for the
first time! Awesome! It's so fun to teach ASL. I get to act like a
complete fool, and somehow, that helps people understand ASL! Imagine

We taught a great deal of lessons this week! We've been able to get in
with more less active deaf, which is awesome! Seriously, a couple of
members who've struggled when we first came are seriously making
strides! It's amazing to see! one of my favorites is named Z., and, because
my name looks like the sign for testimony, that's just what she calls me,
which I can't lie makes me super happy! She's just so fun! sweetest lady!

Been thinking a lot about Christ, and it's incredible how much our church 
focuses on the joy of Christ life, and not so much the cruelty of his death!

love you all!