FREEZING, INSPIRED AND THANKFUL!

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Hello family and friends,

First off, IT SNOWED! Like a CENTIMETER and church was CANCELLED! We were sooooo depressed! You can tell by the picture that I was not amused. Sister Law and I were like, “This is ridiculous! They need to come to Utah!” Then we slipped on the ice. Yep. Freezing rain. It’s a killer.

Brother Robinson has successfully gone 4 days without smoking! WOOT WOOT! Thank you all for your prayers. He is a champ! And yes, I did get the grapefruit juice…it’s pretty good, too!

We had a really neat lesson with Karen (our deaf investigator). Thanks to Sister Smack (the BEST ASL missionary ever!!), we got to give her the Book of Mormon in ASL. We watched Mosiah 24 about the people of Alma going through their trials. She just lost her beloved dog, Pierre, and she has been depressed. It was a neat experience. AND, oh man, our prayer was answered, and we found an interpreter! IN OUR WARD! We had no idea!

We had a neat lesson with Kel as well on baptism. She is still stuck on her baptismal date for May, but she found out her baby is farther along than she thought, so maybe she will move it. 🙂

We had a good lesson with the Nira’s on the Word of Wisdom and the Sabbath day. They are so faithful.

Kristena’s lesson was good, too; she is building that desire and shutting away the fear.

Elder Cardon came and did a mission tour! He is so cool! I love how general authorities are so confident in the Spirit and so in tune that you can just feel when you are around them that the Spirit is with them. He talked about prayer and how important it is to have the head of the household pray when you are teaching them.

Doug is doing well, too! We talked about forgiveness this week and the power of that. He is sooo ready to get baptized!

The Elders are now teaching Zach, Jessie’s step dad. He agreed to take the lessons again! YAY!

Since this week is Thanksgiving, we get to reflect on what we are grateful for. My list is large and growing as I have amazing experiences here in OKC. I am so extremely grateful that my Heavenly Father gave me that thought and inspiration to go on a mission. It has truly changed me, opened my eyes, and prepared me for the rest of my life. I am grateful for my family and their support. I am grateful that they have followed the Spirit as they have prepared to move. I am grateful for Jesus Christ and His selfless mission to free us through His perfect love. I am in awe as I study His life in more depth. I am grateful for Joseph Smith and all his sacrifices, and for even my ancestors who gave up everything to follow the Lord. I am grateful for the Book of Mormon. It is the word of God, I have no doubt! I am grateful for our prophet today; how blessed we are to have him! Life is good!

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

Love, Sister Kenz

In honor of my running days, here is a scrip I love:

“Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” Hebrews 12:1-2

ImageIn honor of the last bit of fall…

The Grapefruit Challenge!

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Hello everyone!

Well we received the good news that both Sister Law and I are staying in Moore! This is my 3rd transfer here, so it will be good! We had a pretty crazy week. It seemed like so many appointments fell through, but the Lord helped us a ton! We had the coolest experience at church…4 investigators and 10 less actives came! I’m talking people we haven’t seen in months! I might have mentioned her, but we have a new investigator named Allswell! She is originally from Ghana, her home was destroyed in the May tornado, and her husband died a couple of weeks ago. She is amazing and has a super strong testimony of God. She came to church and enjoyed it! We started the Stop Smoking Program with Brother Robinson or we’re officially starting the 7 days tomorrow. He is excited… except for the unsweetened grapefruit juice he will need to drink. I made him a deal that Sister Law and I would both drink the juice everyday with him. He agreed pretty happily! haha He is telling everyone as well to pray for him. He stood up during our gospel principles lesson on repentance and declared to everyone that he is going to stop smoking and that he needed everyone’s prayers and support. Funny story from the week is when we were meeting with Bro. Robinson last Friday to introduce the program to him. We were sitting outside on a picnic table (he lives at a senior citizen home) talking about the 15 steps. An old man came up and kind of interrupted. Brother Robinson, being very missionary minded, introduced us to him and asked him if he wanted to come to church. The guy asked what we were doing and Brother Robinson told him. The old man started going off about how bad smoking is and what was happening inside of him. Brother Robinson started getting a little heated and said, “Hey hey…well at least I am not going out doing other bad things.” The guy kept going! Meanwhile, Sister Law and I are just sitting there trying to figure out what to do. Finally, Brother Robinson just sat up and told him to go away. haha It was just really funny sitting there watching all this going on. The guy did finally leave, and Brother Robinson got back to being his cheery self! Everyone else is doing well! The Niras came to the new Book of Mormon study class that our District started. They both bore their testimonies of how the Gospel has made them want to be better people! There were a lot of good moments this week! A miracle happened when one of our members just showed up at our door with about 10 bags of groceries…just because she was thinking of us! We were so shocked and soooo grateful for her! WOW!

This week, I was pondering the Book of Mormon and it’s purpose and effect. First off, the Mormon Message video called “A Book of Mormon Story” is amazing. If you go to lds.org and just search this you’ll find it! It’s the best introduction to the Book of Mormon. The more I have studied the Book of Mormon the more I have come to just know it’s true. I just know it. No doubt. That’s why we invite people to read and pray about it. One can’t know if something is true or real unless they learn about it. One skill I have striven to acquire out on my mission is the ability to make the scriptures, specifically The Book of Mormon, come alive! So, I am going to leave you with a challenge for the week. 😉 Will you…re-read or read 1 Nephi chapter 1? Ponder every verse. Picture it in your mind. Ponder Nephi’s statement at the end: “But behold, I Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.” I can promise as you do this, studying the scriptures will mean so much more to you, they will come alive and it will be easier to apply the teachings to your life. My thought for this week is simple, but life changing! The Book of Mormon has changed my life! Let it do the same for you!

Love you all!

Sister Roberts

1 Nephi 16:28-29

Miracles Miracles Miracles!

Image   OCCC booth…. don’t mind the background coffee shop 🙂

Hello All!

What a week! So much good stuff packed into this week! First off, my family is officially moving to Pleasant Grove, Utah this December due to my Dad’s job at BYU! CRAZY!!

Here in Oklahoma, highlights from the week include: Jessie’s Baptism! It was amazing! Her Uncle baptized her and her step dad, Zach, was there to see it! He is an investigator and we are praying for his heart to be softened to join her! Sister Law and I drove down to Norman on Saturday to see Davon get baptized too! That was great as well and the Spirit was strong! Image   Jessie’s baptism!

Image    Davon’s baptism with ALL the sisters that taught him and Brother Sturges

We also went on exchanges this week. I went up to North OKC with Sister Dupape to the SPANISH area…meaning I had no idea what was being said except “si” and “como estas?” But even that was it too fast for my brain! One thing I learned is that no matter the language, the Spirit can be felt just as strong! We saw soo many miracles and worked hard! I even read in Spanish and helped teach one lesson that was half in English.

We also had a neat experience running a booth at OCCC (Oklahoma City Community College). The ward mission leader in OKC 2nd’s ward set it all up, and we talked to people as they walked by. We answered a lot of questions about the Church and got referrals. We had a great lesson with Kel on prophets. We showed her the Mormon Message, “Dare to Stand Alone” by President Monson. She LOVED it. We saw Kristena, too, and she loved learning about the Plan of Salvation. Ahhh…so many miracles this week, but I am short on time! We have a busy day taking the new missionaries flying in today tracting! I love you all!!

“Dare to be a Mormon,

Dare to stand alone.

Dare to have a purpose firm,

Dare to make it known”

Love, Sister Roberts

An Oklahoma Autumn

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Hello everyone!

Well getting straight to it, it was a great week!! Here are the investigator updates:

Niras- are doing great! We taught obedience, prayer and scripture study and set up their baptismal program (yay!). They are looking for “imitation coffee” because they still like warm drinks in the winter and like the taste of coffee, but also want to follow the Word of Wisdom, so if anyone knows anything about that, give me a holler!

Doug-Is pushing forward and doing great! Because of some stuff in his past, he is waiting to hear when he can be baptized! This trial has made him so strong and his testimony has grown a ton! Pray for him and I’ll give updates soon! 🙂

Kel- Like I mentioned before, I believe, is getting baptized in May because that’s when she wants to get married to her fiance. She is still doing great and reading everything we leave with her! She said last time that she is anxious to know all the Book of Mormon stories and more about the gospel! Can someone say golden!? She is amazing!

Jessie- the nine-year-old is getting baptized SATURDAY! Everything is set and she is excited! We had a really good lesson this week on prophets. We gave her a little picture of President Monson and she put it on their mantle.

Erick and Feathers- I’m pretty sure I talked about them a little in the last e-mails, but they are also doing good! We set a baptismal date with Feathers and invited her to read the Book of Mormon. We are going to have a lesson with both of them this Thursday!

Kristena- Newer investigator from a part member family. She’s 20 and the Elders were teaching her but thought it would be best to have her come to the Singles Branch. We had a guy- Spencer- from the Singles Branch come to the lesson and it was just what she needed! She is really shy, so friends her age will be key!

Jonathon- He was a referral from a couple in the Midwest City ward and is a YSA and we had dinner over at their home this past week! I asked him “Have you heard of the Book of Mormon?” He answered “no” and I was like “Whhaaat!? You’re missin’ out, let me tell you about this awesome book!” By the end he was so excited to read it! He also commited to be baptized in December.

This week was overall great! The weather is windy and the leaves are changing! It’s actually really pretty and you can see the sky forever in the distance! I’m forgetting what mountains look like! 😉 We had Stake Conference this week and the adult session was aaaamaazing! The Stake President, President Bean talked all about missionary work and the resources members have. He had President Walkenhorst stand (President Bean is tall, but President Walkenhorst is TALLER!)  President Bean made a joke about he’s the only person he “looks up to.” Presient Walkenhorst spoke about what his role is in the work, then he had his high councilor in charge of missionary work talk about his, then a Bishop stood and told his, then a ward mission leader, then a set of missionaries, etc until there were a ton of people standing in front. He pointed out how important this work is and how the missionaries can’t do it alone. It is so much more effective when members share it with their friends. Then at the end he had all the 30 missionaries that serve in the stake stand in front and sing “Called to Serve”. BOOM! So powerful! We got like 4 referrals after that meeting! 🙂 Our YSA RS President scheduled a meeting to talk about how they can do more missionary work. It was magical!

Also, there is another unexpected miracle I found out this week: Remember Devan from Norman? He is getting BAPTIZED next Saturday and I got permission to GO!! I am so excited for him! Sister Law and I had a blast as well Halloween night and made caramel apples and watched mormon messages! Holidays are fun! Thanks Grandma/Grandpa Roberts and Mom and Dad for the fun Halloween packages! We were so grateful! 🙂

So my spiritual thought of the week is on the spirit! On my mission, I have truly come to know and recognize the spirit in my life. I was so full of happiness after Saturday night’s stake conference session that I knew without a doubt that Heavenly Father loves you and all of us. From the countless experiences I’ve had since serving, I can not doubt it. I know it. Here are just a couple scriptures I love on the Spirit:

John 14:26

2 Nephi 32:5 — Who wouldn’t want that!?

I know that Heavenly Father loves each of us and that Jesus Christ loves us as well. I know that Joseph Smith restored the gospel to the earth, oh how grateful I am for that! I know that President Monson is the prophet in our days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is TRUE!

I love y’all! You are always in my prayers! Have a great week!

Sister Roberts