Monday, April 21, 2014

Week 84

April 20, 2014

Hey fam!
So last week for pday was amazing! we went to manila! We had to get
our fingerprints for those of us leaving the country in may. So it was
me, my mtc comp and another missionary who all went. It was great! We
ate ihop and pizza hut and 7-11 and wendys and krispy kremes and
cinnabon in the 24 hours that we were there. It was depressing to come
back to rice and hot dogs for dinner haha. I wrote out my last two
letters on paper but they are really long so i will just give some
Conference was amazing. Great talks! Elder Holland's, the olympic guy,
Uchtdorf on gratitude, Monson mentioning jabari parker, the guy about
not saying mean things, Eyrings baseball one and Bednars spiritual
loads were my favorites. I made some goals to be 1. grateful of
circumstances not things. 2. Don't complain or get angry 3. Pray with
more real intent. Really spiritually uplifting for me that conference.
This week we had a zone conference about the Book of Mormon and
Easter. Also very spiritual. President talked about Joseph Smith and
the Book of Mormon then Christ and the Book of Mormon. He points out a
lot of details that I have never thought about. Then He and Sis Rahlf
shared about the last week of Christ's life. Very spiritual, very good.
They just talked about His last week and really just narrated the New
Testament but they are such good speakers the spirit was so strong! I
really learned out here that the impression of the spirit cannot be
denied. It really is true what it says in Luke 16 "no man having put
his hand to the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of
God." You really can't cause you can't deny the spirit you felt. you
can make excuses that it was just something about something but you
can't deny it. That is a big part of what happened to me these two
years. That foundation of faith has really become deeper. I can't say
like Elder Holland that I know Jesus is the Christ more so than he
knows that the 20,000 people are sitting in front of him. That was
something else. and Packer straight up saying I know Christ. those are
giants among men. I'm not there yet. But I can say i am more fully
converted than I was two years ago. Well those were the highlights!
Have a good week! 4 weeks na lang!!
Love, Elder Robertson

My favorite part of Zone Conference: this is an Elder Holland quote: "'Why is this so hard President?'  I have thought about this a great deal.
I offer this as my personal feeling.  I am convinced that missionary
work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience.
Salvation never was easy.  We are the Church of Jesus Christ, this is
the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head.  How could we believe it
would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him.  It seems
to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a
few moments in Gethsemane.  Missionaries and mission leaders have to
take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary.  I'm not
talking about anywhere near what Christ experienced, that would be
presumptuous and sacrilegious. But I believe that missionaries and
investigators, to come to the truth, to come to salvation, to know
something of this price that has been paid, will have to pay a token
of that same price.  For that reason I do not believe missionary work
has ever been easy, nor that conversion is, nor that continued
faithfulness is.  I believe it is supposed to require some effort,
something from the depths of our soul"

Church is true!!

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