“Moore Miracles”

Family and Friends,

Well… I am here in Moore with the one and only Sister Cooper! It has been the longest week ever, probably because I have been in two areas in one week. Before I left Norman, there was good news and bad news. First the good news… we set a baptismal date with BEN! It was the greatest miracle for my last day there! The bad news is about Flora. She is getting deported back to Africa because of complications with her visa. President Walkenhorst said that she could still get baptized before she left, but after the transfer apparently. We couldn’t get a hold of her and she isn’t responding. ūüė¶ Saddest thing ever! I still feel a lot of peace that the situation is in the Lord’s hands. We also¬†got dropped by Aaron and Biggs. Funny story there. They¬†tried to bash us (I think they had read anti-Mormon material)! The member who came with us was so upset afterwards (he didn’t say anything during),¬†told us that¬†he had wanted to say, “Listen up punk! The Church is freakin’ true!” hahaha! Thank goodness he didn’t say that, but it was funny! We had dinner at the Bittles, which¬†made it¬†a great last night in Moore!

So now for the updates and intros for Moore. First off, my comp! Sister Cooper is from Wyoming. She played college basketball in Wyoming and actually RUNS WITH ME! Yay! She is hilarious and her 20th birthday is next week! Her younger brother is serving a mission in Tempe Arizona. She is great and we have a lot of fun. So, about Moore…this area was opened for Sisters last January, so it’s fairly new.¬†It’s called “North Moore”. We also cover the Midwest City Singles Branch, so I am again in a singles ward haha! I love that age group, and I love how missionary minded they are! We have a lot of investigators, but a couple solids. Doug, Gaelle and¬†Axel are singles. Gaelle and Axel are friends of Flora’s, so I think it’s pretty neat that we get to teach them! I will go more in depth on them in the coming weeks as we continue working with them. Other investigators that we have in Moore are the Nira’s (Nee-da’s), a couple who are SO SOLID! They have been taking the lessons since March. They are trying to pick a baptismal date right now. We had a great lesson at the Goelz home (members) where we answered the Nira’s questions and taught them about fasting. They decided they are going to fast about their baptismal date. We also visted CiCi, Maxine, and¬†Chester. I still don’t know everyone, but I am trying to learn fast! We tracted so much this week it was crazy…and this week was not a cool Oklahoma week. Lots of blisters and sweat!¬†Tracting homes is hard especially if you tract all day and no one talks to you. It’s a great learning/growing experience though, and I know that the Lord is with us. Our area is struggling with member missionary work, so we are praying for ideas and ways we can help get the work moving. The tornado really took a toll on this area as well, but we know that missionary work brings forth blessings! It’s going to be a great transfer! I LOVE THE WORK!

Thank you for all your love and support! Spread the word (Gospel!!)

Sister Roberts

P.S., Sister Coop made a rap for me (this describes her perfectly)

“Sister Mac,

Dressed in black,

runnin’ the streets day and night,

showin’ people the way to light,

this is a rap don’tcha know,

we cant wait to tract in snow.”

What “Moore” Can I Say?

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Family and Friends,

I am so incredibly grateful for the Gospel and the Spirit. It is truly the best thing in my life. There are so many amazing things that come from living the commandments. Life is beautiful. Well this week was eventful to say the least, so I am just going to start from the beginning.

Monday, after I e-mailed, we went shopping and such. We got a text from Eathen (our military interrogator investigator) that says, “We playing soccer?” We were in shock because he actually wanted to come and hang out with the missionaries. We didn’t end up playing soccer, but we played Around the World and other pool/ping pong games at the Institute with our District… and Eathen. It ended up being way fun, and Eathen had a great time. His heart has definitely been softened. This was a miracle for sure. We also saw Flora that night after FHE. Her Grandpa died this past week and her mom isn’t doing well with that in Africa. BUT she said she is getting baptized but that she had to go to DC on Wednesday and that she would be back in time for the baptism on Saturday.

On Tuesday, we met with Davon and introduced him to family history. I love family history. We got to do some of it on our own time and I found great stuff, so I was pumped to teach him about it! He really seemed to enjoy it, and we’re going to do more with it later. Later that night we went to the Book of Mormon/Bible Study class that the Elders put on at the Stake Center. Eathen came as usual, and we met with him afterwards. Brother Bittle (2nd counselor in the Bishopric) came to the lesson as well. We talked about the Spirit and His role in the Godhead. It was a powerful lesson. We read from Alma 22 where the King is praying and says that he will forsake all his sins to know God. We boldly challenged Eathen to forsake all his sins, and then promised him that he will get an answer if God is there. He agreed, which is a big deal because he says he won’t make a promise he won’t keep. (That’s good!) But anyways, it was a really spiritual lesson that I will never forget. I can’t ever deny the Spirit that was there.

Wednesday we met with Aaron and Biggs and taught the Plan of Salvation. It went well. They seemed to “agree” with all of it, except the Fall. It was good though and they agreed to come to Flora’s baptism on Saturday.

On Thursday we went up to the city for the “New Missionary Meeting.” This is for all the newbies after their first transfer, so it was Sister Anderson’s. It was great. President Walkenhorst trained us about a lot of different things. He really focused on moving on. He always says, “If you’re not happy, fix it! Don’t sit in your sorrows; repent or change and move on!” I love his positive attitude! The Assistants to the President, Elder Fee and Hanes, also gave great training on Companion Studies. Afterwards, we had dinner at the Hobb’s home. James Hobbs is one of our YSAs, and his dad is in the Stake Presidency. James is going to Rio Brazil in November on his mission!

On Friday we had a great District Meeting. We went to do our “mormon.org” time which is when we get an hour to explore the church websites. I chose to explore FamilySearch. I read from my ancestor William Greenwood’s journal online and was inspired. He was rejected by his family, and his brother chased him out of the house with a horsewhip when he decided to join the Church. William said that keeping the commandments meant more to him than anything. I felt a connection to my ancestors that day and hope that I can make them proud as I proclaim the Gospel that they gave their lives for! Also… we called Flora. She was going to be interviewed for baptism that day and so we were pumped! But, she called us and said she was stuck in DC. NOOOOO! We were so sad but we prayed and said, “Thy will be done.” This is an important lesson I have learned on my mission. So more about Flora’s big situation. She is stuck in her embassy until today when the judge is either going to deport her back to Gabon or let her stay. According to our wise attorney WML Brother Nielson, that is bad news and probably means her visa is up. So… we may lose her. ūüė¶

Saturday, luckily the Norman 4th Ward Elders had a baptism. Miracle of the day: Aaron, Biggs, Davon AND Eathen all came! It was incredible! Eathen even came in a 3-piece tux and his hipster glasses! What the!? All of them liked it! The baptism was a dad and his two sons so it was so great! Grandma Jeanne, I also saw Stephen Beus, who is in that ward! For those of you that don’t know, Stephen Beus was my piano teacher at UVU and is an amazing pianist. He moved to Norman to teach at OU. So it was a total coincidence! Small world! After the baptism we met with Davon to discuss his baptism. He said he knows the church is good and true, but he is scared to tell his parents. We taught him the Ten Commandments and about the Sabbath Day. He said, “Well I guess I will need to change my work schedule.” STUD! His birthday was also this past week. He said he asked for a shirt and got a car. hahaha We all got a kick out of that.

Sunday, we went to ward council and church. All the returning students were there so that was fun! Everyone was looking very dressed up and special for the new ward/year ūüėČ It is a singles a ward! haha We had dinner with two girls from the ward that night that are amazing too! Then we had….TRANSFER CALLS. We video taped it, so I will post all these videos after my mission because they are hilarious. Elder Wells started with us, the Sisters… “Sister Main you are staying, Sister Anderson you are staying, Sister Roberts you are LEAVING! Oh my! You are going to MOORE!” A little bit about Moore: It is the famous tornado destroyed area. We will split the ward (Moore 1st Ward) with the APs (Elder Hanes and Fee). Moore is considered up in “the city” AND my companion is……SISTER COOPER! She was in the MTC with me. I was SOOOO beyond excited for this because I love her so much and we get along so great! Sister Main used to be in Moore so she told me that it is the best area. Craziest thing happened earlier that day when I was sitting at my study desk after lunch writing in my journal thinking about transfers. All of a sudden I heard a voice in my head that said, “You are going to Moore with Sister Cooper.” In my head I asked, “Really?” and it replied, “Yes.” And then it happened! Oh my, what a cool experience! I am so sad to leave Norman, but excited for the new adventure ahead! This time next week I will be in Moore, Oklahoma. I am so sad to leave my beloved Norman; I will miss all the investigators and members! I am serving in the best YSA ward ever! But I prayed to have peace about it all and I have been given an overwhelming feeling of peace! I know it’s right. It’s a big important area and I know God is trusting me with this. I love Him and I love this Gospel. I am thankful for the direction and comfort the Spirit provides every day. Feast upon the scriptures, council with Lord and the Spirit will direct you!

I love y’all! Love me some Moooore!

Sister Roberts

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The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Loved To Do!

Family and Friends,

This week was great! I have hit my 3 month mark! I can’t believe it! It has been very warm here–114 and humid one day! Wheew! On a bright note, we have a baptism this week, so pray hard for Flora! She is so excited. We went over this week and went over the baptismal interview questions, and she said she was so excited for her baptism that she had a dream about it! AH! We even got some French pamphlets for her on the Restoration, PofS, etc.

A little more news from the week: School starts on the 19th, so this college town has been a little dead this week with the summer semester kids even on break. But next week is when everyone will be starting to move in! We have two new investigators, Aaron and Biggs. They know their Bible veeerrry welll! Crazy story how we ran into them. We were looking for a member in the ward and, come to find out, the member had moved and living there instead was a guy named Aaron! He invited us back and said he had a friend who wanted to join us. Biggs (the friend) even has a Book of Mormon, D&C and Pearl of Great Price that he got in Kuwait. He came to the Book of Mormon study class and to church this week. He seems pretty interested! We had a solid Restoration lesson with them last week. The spirit took over, and it was amazing. He had really good questions and had an interest in the Priesthood. ImageThe Sisters with some girls from the Student Ward!

This week, we took two girls from the ward, Arrie and Heather, out on splits. Heather and I went together and ran into an older African-American man. We started telling him about the Book of Mormon, and he kept saying how bright and happy we looked.¬†He asked, “How is it possible that you are this happy?” We explained to him that having the knowledge of a loving, personal Heavenly Father and the restored Gospel brings us joy! He was so cute and kept commenting on how “bright” we were. haha We got his number to refer him to the Elders. At the end of our conversation, he shook our hands and kissed them. I was like…. umm…. oh well! ūüôā

We had quite the breakthrough with Eathen this week. I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but we found him when he showed up to FHE one night a couple weeks ago. I talked to him and asked if we could meet with him. He agreed. He just retired from the Air Force, knows 5 languages, is very smart, fences, fights, etc. Just a tough guy all around! haha! We weren’t having much success with him because he was basically just bashing us. BUT, Friday night he opened up so much and told us more about his life. He just needed someone to listen to him and care. In that moment, I felt so much peace and, despite the crazy life he has had and the stories he told, I felt Heavenly Father’s love for him! I know Heavenly Father loves each of us and wants us so badly to love Him back and follow our Savior Jesus Christ. The title of my e-mail is from a song on the CD by the Nashville Tribute Band called “The Work.” This really is the hardest thing I’ve ever loved to do and I am so grateful I can be here! I LOVE my Oklahoma!

TRANSFERS are next week and everyone thinks I will be leaving. haha! We shall see. Sister Zaleski (my last comp) is training! Next week, I will officially no longer be in training! Yay!

I love this work! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true! It changes lives and it has changed mine!

Love, Sister Roberts

ImageThe pic is of us with the soon-to-be Sister Tara Willie! She received her mission call to the Macon Georgia Mission leaving in November! She is solid and will do amazing!

Peace in the Temple

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Family and Friends,

Hello everyone! How’s it going? This week was great. I think every week is great because it’s all about missionary work! So updates on the week:

Flora is getting BAPTIZED!! August 17th! We got a text from her the other week saying that her mom is against it. We were so sad, but she seemed confident that her mom would come around! We prayed so hard. When we met with her last Monday and asked what was up, she told us that her mom said that when she knows English better she can get baptized (first miracle–heart softened!). Flora then said, “I’m practicing sooo hard!” We asked her when she would be ready, and she said the 17th! MIRACLE! When we taught her about tithing, she asked, “Can I pay before I am baptized!?” She’s adorable! AH! I love her!

We had some good lessons with Ben this week. He’s coming along and learning how to recognize the Spirit. He is soooo close! We can feel it. DeVon still has August 24th as his baptismal date, so we’re excited for that too! One of the highlights of the week was going to THE TEMPLE! On Wednesday morning we drove up to Yukon. It was gorgeous! The OKC temple is tiny, but the Spirit there is just as strong. It is interesting that on Tuesday night, everybody in our Zone was struggling. We prayed for each other and realized that we were going to the temple the next day, and that Satan would do anything to get us to feel discouraged. Praying helped so much and we all felt so much peace in the temple! It was amazing. The picture included in this e-mail shows that President Walkenhorst is about as tall as the temple! ūüėČ

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This past weekend we had exchanges. Sister Pfister came to Norman with us and Sister Main went up to OKC South. We had an incredible weekend and I learned so much from her! Sunday night we had dinner with the Sturges family. They just moved here from Boise (Melba). Brother Sturges is the new Institute Director. Their family is AWESOME!¬†Brother Sturges knows my seminary teachers (Brother Tanner and Gagnon!) Small world! Another miracle from the week: we went to visit some members that we felt impressed to go see. We knocked on their door, but someone we didn’t know answered. Apparently, the members had just moved and these guys had moved in only two hours before we arrived. We talked to one of the guys, named Aaron, who said he had been praying for people to¬†come talk to him about God! So crazy! We are going back to see him this week!

A common topic that came up this week was Heavenly Father and our relationship with Him. Many of our investigators just lack the belief in God. It’s so simple yet deep that God is our loving Heavenly Father and we are His children. The talk, “The Grandeur of God” by Jeffrey R. Holland, talks about how one of Christ’s roles on this earth was to help us come¬†to know our Heavenly Father. I think it is amazing that so many people believe that they are the same person. The more I read the Bible, the more I see how Christ did show us the way to talk to our Father and how to return to Him. The amazing part is that it’s only through Christ that we can return to live with our Father. The Atonement is real and we must use it. We must always be working on strengthening that relationship. I was able to¬†bear my testimony this week in sacrament meeting about how much God loves us. I can feel it and it helps strengthen me when times are hard.

Coolest quote of the week: “As you act on your desire to believe, God will strengthen your belief in Him until it¬†becomes sure knowledge.”

I love Oklahoma. I love the people. I can’t even describe it. I am constantly thinking of our investigators and what we can do to help them feel the spirit and remember their heavenly home. I want the best for them so bad! I have to come to rely on the Spirit and¬†trust in the Lord and not on the arm of the flesh so much during these past two transfers. It has brought me so much JOY!

I love y’all! Have a great week and trust in the LORD!

Love,

Sister Roberts

The District from the “waters of Norman!”Image

Zone Sisters!Image

Study time with Mucho Mango!Image