Transfers & Rain

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Hello family and friends,

What a week! We got our transfer news and….. Sister Smith and I are staying in Lawton! But they are adding another set of sisters who we will visit as STLs making it 6 companionships! So we’ll be doing training exchanges every week! I’m excited! One of our Zone Leaders got called to be an Assistant. It was crazy! I’m excited for this transfer for a few reasons: 1. GENERAL CONFERENCE!!!! 2. Our investigators are close to being ready for baptism, and 3. The warm weather…oh wait, it’s tornado season… nevermind 🙂 Yes tornado season has officially started. We had our first thunderstorm on Saturday, and when it rains in Oklahoma it POURS. We went to Ardmore, Oklahoma to visit the sisters there and we definitely got kind of lost on our way home, but we enjoyed the scenery and took some great pics! Oklahoma country is gorgeous and green!

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On Monday, Sister Armistead and Ellingson who used to serve as sister missionaries in our mission came back to visit, and we went on splits with them! Sister Ellingson and I visited Jasmine (the 9 year old) and went tracting! We had a blast and found some people who were interested! It was fun! John almost dropped us too! It was crazy! He said he was too busy to meet with us and we were so sad, but we told him we wanted to meet with him one last time. We felt strongly that we should teach the Plan of Salvation, and when we got there he told us his friend had just passed away in a car accident. SPIRIT PUNCH! Wow… it was crazy and sad, but we were able to tell him that Heavenly Father’s plan is for him and will help him feel peace during this difficult time. We felt the Spirit so strongly, and two ward members who had come with us also bore testimony. We also taught the Book of Mormon class on “Likening the Scriptures Unto Us.” It went really well we think. We did a demonstration on likening the scriptures by deep reading verses from Ether 2 about the Brother of Jared, then we applied it to our lives and then gave them all stories to do the same and they shared them. It was neat. I’ve been really thinking about how much our Heavenly Father loves us. We mean everything to Him. In a talk given by President Uchtdorf, he said, “This is a paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God.” In Psalms it says, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.” I love those scriptures which give us purpose and identity. I love my Savior who makes it possible for me to return to live with Heavenly Father and to be made whole again! Always remember that God loves you! 

I love y’all! 

Have a great week!

Sister Roberts

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1. Lawton 1st missionaries! 

2. Gorgeous country rain storm

3. The back roads 🙂

Our Purpose!

Hello family, friends and all!

This week was great! On Monday evening we had our STM (Zone conference), and we all went out to dinner at Texas Roadhouse before. At the STM we discussed what the guest speakers had talked about which was our purpose as missionaries and how we should be telling people our purpose… it’s not a secret!

“Our purpose as a full-time missionary is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end”

We had tremendous success from doing that this week! I will explain later 🙂 On Tuesday, we had MLC, so we drove up to “the City” (that is what we call OKC). Our council was focused on our mission culture and what it is. President wrote on the board “In our mission we…” and then had everyone finish it, for example “We invite and help” and “We are exactly obedient.” Sister Smith leaned over and whispered to me, “We are fat” hahahah I about died. It was a good meeting though! Later that night we went on exchanges. Sister Stewart, from Elgin, came with me to Lawton where we met with Jeff. We talked to him about his concerns about some of the commandments. He was willing to try, so we felt it best (and he agreed) to postpone his baptism until he is more committed. So his baptism will be in a couple weeks! We had the lesson with Brother Burbanks (single member) and Sister Tomany (senior missionary) at Brother Burbanks’ apartment.

Wednesday we did service at the Food Bank then went out to lunch for Sister Moore’s birthday! That evening after re-exchanging we gave a “church tour” and had a lesson with an investigator named John. It was soooo cool! A church tour involves taking someone around the church building; to make it even better, it was Mutual night so people were everywhere and it looked lively! John definitely felt the Spirit and even came to church yesterday! He is 19 and just moved from Hawaii!

On Thursday we met with Gerda and Stacy and had a GREAT lesson about the Restoration. Gerda, who was a former, is solid and was helping her friend, Stacy, understand everything. Friday was good, but the highlight of the day was seeing our recent converts- Bill and Carla! Saturday was cool. Sister Tucker, a new member move-in, came out with us. She just got married 2 months ago and her husband is in the army. She got back from serving a mission a year ago. We went to try contacting a less-active member who asked for missionaries to come over. We met him AND his non-member fiance! David and Brea! Brea was so into the discussion the whole time. We talked about our purpose 🙂 and it really set the tone and laid it all out there. We told them at the beginning that our goal is for her to be baptized because that is the gate and the first step! At the end, she agreed to read the Book of Mormon and she said she’d pray about baptism! Which is GREAT! It was a miracle indeed! We have a busy week ahead too and time is FLYING BY! I can’t believe it! A scripture that stuck out to me this week is in Jacob 1:17. Jacob says, “having first obtained mine errand from the Lord”. In the story he is about to go rebuke his people for their adulterous ways, but I thought of this scripture in a missionary way, too. As we prepare for the day through the Spirit, meaning through our personal scripture study and prayer, we can be guided and led to our errand for and from the Lord. I thought that was interesting. I love the Gospel and I especially love the Book of Mormon!

I LOVE Y’ALL! Happy Spring!

Love, Sister Roberts

“All’s Well!”

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Hello Family and Friends!

This week was so great! Yesterday, Sister Smith and I got to go up to Moore to see Allswell and Kellie be BAPTIZED! ALL’s WELL! 🙂 It was beautiful, the Spirit was strong, and there was a huge turn out! They asked me to give the talk on the Holy Ghost. It went well… I think. 😉

Jeff is getting baptized this Saturday! We are soooo excited for him! We have two new people we are teaching- Gerda and Stacy. They are friends, and Stacy is living with Gerda and her family. Gerda met with missionaries a while ago, and we’re starting it back up since things are more settled down. We volunteered at the Food Bank on Wednesday for our service and that was fun! We were in charge of Wednesday night Mutual for the young women. That was really fun, because we were talking about how we can share the Gospel and getting them pumped to do it! We split them up and had them role play different scenarios. That was hilarious, because you know, young women loooove skits! The Elders then shared their experiences and talked about how the good examples of young women influenced them to go on missions. What they shared was really good, and it got me thinking about my experiences, hoping that I was a good influence on my guy friends. I know I had a lot of good influences to help me go on a mission. I had two really good visiting teachers- April Baek and Stephanie Millet! They helped me a ton, and I use them as the best examples of visiting teaching when we talk to members about visiting teaching. They addressed my concerns and questions about missions, and oh how glad I am that I went on one! It has changed my life! On Thursday, we went up to the city for Leadership Training from two MTC leaders. It. was. amazing. We all got rebuked by the Spirit and gained a better perspective on our purpose as missionaries. They taught us more about how to plan effectively and use our planners. I wish I could share everything they said! When we returned to Lawton we went to the Book of Mormon class taught by the Lawton 2nd sisters on prayer. That was great, too! That day was full of spiritual uplift-ment! On Friday we had our District Meeting, then after lunch we headed down to Wichita Falls, Texas for an exchange. It’s about an hour drive, so we just went one way and split the two companionships down there. We did a lot of tracting, but it was 80 degrees so it was perfect weather for it! On Sunday, it snowed/ice stormed so we only had Sacrament meeting then our cars were grounded so we couldn’t go anywhere! We couldn’t even walk because the ground was pure ice! Instead, we re-wrote our white board and planned, painted our nails, and decorated our planners! It was a fun, chill day though! We have a referral from a member in Hawaii whose friend wants to talk to the missionaries. That will be an exciting appointment! This is going to be a great week!

I hope y’all have a great week!

Love,

Sister Roberts

Image               Cool sunrise…looks like Oklahoma!

Image               One of the nicer streets in Lawton…. KIDDING! 😉