Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1, 2014

Hey empty nesters :P

How are you guys doing? Sounds like things are going pretty good for you guys this first week of being empty nesters. I think you guys chose a good time to be empty nesters because you still have a lot of
activities to occupy your time. Haha that's ok at least Erin and Jordin are close so you can start bothering them :P

Well it good to hear that your summer is coming to an end. Here it feels like it is starting. It has been pretty hot the past few weeks. I saw on the calender that Fall starts the 22 of September. I am pretty sure that California is exempt from that date and we will start fall in the end of October.

To answer mom's question: We just try to set up service projects. For us we have someone who isn't really interested in the Gospel (They are Jewish), but they are trying to get their yard cleaned up so they can plant some grass. So we go by 2 times a week to help them get it ready plus help them clean out their garage. This week we had a zone service project at a community garden in our zone that was pretty fun. So we usually try to set up projects like that, but also search for small, on the spot projects.

So on Tuesday we did a super fun activity as a zone to find new investigators. We called it a stampede. So what we did was every missionary in the zone would work in one area and stay there until they found a new investigator. When we did find one, we would move to the next area. We did this until every area found at least 1 new investigator. Well since not every missionary in our zone speaks the celestial language of Spanish, us Spanish Elders worked together. We had alot of success and we had a super fun time together. When someone would find a new investigator we would text the other missionaries "Dragon Slain" and for lunch we took a trip to Cafe Rio. So overall it was a fun activity and we had a lot of success.

Things are going good with our investigators. We had a super good lesson with Royler yesterday about the Plan of Salvation. We started off by asking him if he ever wondered where we came from, or where we are going after this life. Well he didn't really have an answer and had always wondered about these questions. Well we taught a super simple Plan of Salvation with visual aids. Afterwords he was super happy to know the answers to his questions. He is such a cool guy and we are hoping to commit him to baptism this week.

On Saturday we had a training about asking for referrals. But I really liked how they directed it. They  focused on Preparation and how to bear powerful testimony. I really liked the training about bearing testimony. Have you ever thought about what is a testimony? Or how can I bear a testimony to touch the hearts of other people?

In Preach my Gospel it says, "A testimony is a spiritual witness and assurance given by the Holy Ghost. To bear testimony is to give a simple, direct declaration of belief—a feeling, an assurance, a conviction of gospel truth." One thing I have learned about bearing a powerful testimony is 1)Keep it simple, 2)Be sincere, and 3) let the Spirit guide your words. As we share what we know to be true, the Spirit will touch the hearts of others and confirm to them that what we know is true.

One cool thing that President Tew showed us was about Peter. In 2 Peter 1:16-19 it says "16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts."

So Peter's received his testimony of Christ, not only by being with Christ, but the Spirit also confirmed to him who Jesus Christ was. In fact the testimony he received of Christ from the Spirit was more powerful than being on the Mount of Transfiguration.

It is by the Spirit that we can gain a testimony of the Gospel. It is by the Spirit that we can know we are children of God, the Jesus is the Christ and Savior of the World. We can know that through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the true church was restored to the Earth again. And as we share those simple truths, others will feel of the Spirit.

So ya just something to think about. And I am out of time. Gosh dang holidays always falling on our P-days. Oh well. Thanks for the emails, support, and love from you guys. Have a good week!

Love,

Elder Roberts

P.S. Thought I would show you how my planner turned out for next transfer. Thanks for you help with the pictures. Also just thought I would show you what we do after our nightly planning. Haha! Enjoy!