Monday, September 30, 2013

Week 8 Photos


More Garbage

Digging a 6ft hole for our garbage

It's like the movie HOLES!!

Week 8

Hey family!!!! All is good here in Africa!!!! It’s been kind of  cold here the last 2 days it was like 50 degrees and  raining!!! I am getting slowly better at Portuguese!!!!!  I love my new companion!! He is from Eugene, Oregon!!  The construction workers aren't in my area so I don’t know what’s up with them!!Ii got the letters but they are hard to read! I can get almost everything I need they don’t have certain foods and I miss Taco Bell the most!!!! hahahah   I miss you guys the most of course but I also miss music a lot hahah!!!  And I didn't see the touchdown!!  I still haven’t seen any monkeys!!!!! I am going to miss the crepes!!! I am sad about that!!!  I cant believe that we still have a cat!!  When did grandpa get sick? I will be praying for him!!  Troy Christensen got his call he is going to Buenos Aries Argentina!!!
Monday we just chilled at the house, we didn't do much, it was a day of basking because Elder Going didn't like to do much!!!
Tues: Tuesday I got my new companion he flew in from Beria (which is in the north part) his name is Elder Robinson I like him a lot and he is way good at teaching lessons!!!
Wed: Well since I have been in Magoanine longer I have to show him where everything is and I realized I always followed elder going I never really paid that much attention to where I was going!! hahaha but I can find most things. We had a lesson that night and we went to go to the house and I thought I knew where it was at and I ended up being on the wrong freaking road!!!!!! hahahah but besides that I pretty much know where everything else is!!!
Thursday: We had some great lessons on the law of chastity!!!! Most of the people here don’t get married they just live together and this week we are helping  like 3 families start the marriage process and that’s really big here because it costs like 1000 MET which is only like 37 American dollars but here that’s huge!!!!
Friday: Our main man Amerall said that he has finally stopped drinking and smoking and he wants to get married and baptized!!!! He is awesome!! This whole week we have been looking for this soda Schweeps  passion fruit and we still didn't find it!!! hahah but we are going into the city today to buy it!!!
Saturday: We had some odd thing happen 1st we went to go teach some new investigators and apparently the wife only spoke English so we had like a double lesson.  Elder Robinson taught her husband and I taught her in English hahah and she had some weird questions!!! She ask if there were such thing as miracle babies and I was like what’s a miracle baby and she said a lady got pregnant and three days later she had a baby!! I was just like yeah, that doesn't happen!!! hahah but on our way home like 3 houses down from our house we had our first encounter with some dogs!!!! We were just walking minding our own business and I look over and I see these two dogs and they start barking and sprinting at us!!! hahah and as soon as I saw them I was gone.   I took off running and I look back and I see my companion with one dog at his feet so I turn to run to help him and I just see him roundhouse kick this dog in the face!!!! hahaha and he starts running towards me and now we have both dogs chasing us and we still have to make it to our house and unlock the front door to make it into our yard and these dogs are fast so we get to the door and I couldn't have even tried to unlock the door without the dogs getting us.   I just launched myself over the wall and open the door for my comp and we both get in and we can just hear the dogs right outside our wall!!! hahahah it was pretty funny!!!
Sunday: We got the privilege of having President Kretly in our branch, which was awesome, but we also got a new missionary couple.   Their names are Sister and Elder Dillie…. It’s Shane Dillies parents!!!! hahahahah what a small world, it was pretty funny!!!
We had a good week and I love my mission and I love helping people become closer to the Lord!!! I love you guys!!

Elder Roberts!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Week 7

Heyy family sorry I don’t have time I have to go!!! hahaha Not!! How’s everyone doing???  How’s Wickenburg, any cool news!!  I’m doing good here!!!! We had transfers today I’m getting a new companion!!!! Elder Robinson!!  I know nothing about him!!!

I get all your pictures you email me and I still haven’t seen any monkeys!!!! hahah but when I do I will let you know!! I exercise most days when I feel like it hahah and I have read the Book of Mormon one time here and I’m in Alma again!! I am also almost done with the New Testament!!!I don’t know elder Williams and all of our investigators are doing good we found a lot of new family’s this week!!!

Monday: after emailing we went to the beach with all the other elders in the area and we played American football!!!! Which is way better that soccer!!! hahah

Tuesday: I had to dig a hole for our trash pile hahah we burn all our trash and bury it in the hole. The hole I dug was huge!!!!!! It was about 6 foot deep!!  After that it was another day of serving the lord. hahah  We did street contacts and and  taught some people about Jesus!! 

Wed: Not much happened that I can remember all the days are starting to blurr together!! I’m going to have to write it all down, so I know what to write about!!! We taught some people, we had a member come with us his name is Benindito he is an albino black guy and he is pretty funny and he is a boss at teaching!! He is 26 and joined the church less than a year ago!!! We asked him about his conversion and he said when I heard the doctrine I just knew it was true and before he used to drink a lot and do other things!!
Thurs: Honestly I can’t remember what happened!! hahah
Friday:  I went on splits with Elder Olsen the other new elder and we went out and the day was awesome!!! We did a ton of street contacts and taught 3 lessons!! We taught the restoration to 7 construction workers on the side of the road!!! hahah Then after that they were like, we want to hear more, so we got all their numbers and now the other elders are teaching some of them!!

Saturday: I don’t remember!!! Sunday we had church and we had a ton of investigators come!!! Then after church we went to pick up a member for a lesson we had with them and when we were at her house their neighbors the wife and the husband got in a fight so elder going and I ran in and had to grab the guy and pull him away and calm him down!! We wanted to smash him but it wouldn’t have been a good idea!!! Hahah Thats about it !!! I love you tchau!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Week 6

Heyy family!!!! I'm am doing good I don't have much time today because in like 10 min we are going to the beach!!!!!! But i'll answer the questions!!!  For the most part I am happy but I do get discouraged because the language is very difficult so I have been relying on the lord a lot lately. My debit card just doesn't work on an ATM I used but I figured it out and I can use my credit card i just haven't! The dockers you gave me I ripped the darker ones and they cannot be fixed!! I can do the google plus!!! But I forgot my camera today! I haven't really had an African dish yet! But I had this stuff called Matapa and its like leaves, peanuts and I don know what else hahah but you put it over rice and it looks disgusting  it's a nasty green color but I ate it and it wasn't that bad hahah!! Send me like pizza crust recipe and recipe for your rolls and all that are good!! I think I will stay for a while but I don't know!! Yes, I look at my blog every week!!! and ill take pictures of the next big spider I see!!! No cool animals yet!! and I hate how there is no regular milk here!!! We didn't have much happen this week we had the zoneleader in our house for two days because the other elders in our house weren't getting good numbers!! hahah and they all got chastised and got in trouble because they weren't setting a good example for me!!! hahah We found a lot of new family's this week and i dug a huge hole that I will send pictures of next week!!! I am really sorry I couldn't write more and I miss you all I will write extra long next week and lots of pictures!!!! love you Elder Roberts

Monday, September 9, 2013

Week 5

Heyy y'all!! It sounds like you had a lot of fun at the family reunion!!! I wish could have been there!!  I cant wait to see baby Liam!!! What did Kade get for his birthday??  Can you send me some recipes?? hahah  The one I want the most is the gravy for biscuits and gravy!!! This week was good we didn't have a lot of action this week though!! It was a pretty slow week!!  First i'll answer questions the language is very frustrating it seems like I cant speak a lick of Portuguese, but i'm slowly getting better, I love my area but it is like walking in the sand dunes everywhere you go!!! hahah  My comp is great we get along good and don't worry I always take my malaria pills
Monday: after we emailed we played soccer again and this time we played kids that were almost our age and we got destroyed I think the score was 30 to 10 half of their points is because I suck at goalie!!
Tuesday: We started the marriage papers for one of our investigators Joao and Zita!! This family is amazing they have soo much faith!!! They have a little store on the side of the road and sell whatever they can and they sold alcohol and cigarettes and we explained that they should stop selling it so they can get baptized and this family does not have a lot of money and their biggest income was alcohol and cigars but they stopped selling it and after that every time we walked by there was no one at their store so we were like aww man they are getting no business so we would go talk to him and he seemed much happier and said they were making money but I don't know how because there was never anyone there!!
Wednesday: just another day we contacted and found another family to teach and when we found this family their son was wearing a BYU shirt!!! hahah so we were like this family is getting baptized!!! 
Thursday: we went to our main investigator Ammerall who's is having a hard time with the word of wisdom because he likes to drink!!! hahah but we went by and he wasn't there so we just assumed the worst and he was out drinking because every time we stop by he wasn't home!!  We then taught another family whose house is as big as the utility room in our house and they have one kid and they all just sleep on the floor!!! but that lesson went very well!!
Friday: We went on splits with the other elders and I am lucky to have my companion because the others are lazy!! hahah but we we went and taught a lesson I saw the biggest spider I have ever seen!!! It was the size of my hand !!! It was freaking huge!!!
Saturday: We had to help set up a wedding and that took all day!!!!! but we got to eat the food at the wedding  and we got lots of soda!!! I don't even know who got married but there was good food there!!!
Sunday: in the morning we went to go pick up an investigator but he lied to us and he wasn't even home so we went to Ammeralls house (the one that has drinking problems) we got there to make sure he was coming to church and when we got there he was laying on his couch sick because Friday night he got stabbed in the chest by some bandits!!! The knife even punctured his lung!!! He had a big gash in his chest so we were just taking his wife to church and right before we left he comes out all dressed and said the holy ghost touched my heart and said I need to go to church!!!! We were like WHAAAA!! it was awesome!!!!  After church we went over to his house and gave him a blessing to recover fully from his wound!!! it was awesome!!!!

Week 4

Heyy!! That's soo exciting that  am an uncle and  i was praying and fasting for Kinzie!!  I cant wait to see him and meet him in person!!! We had some interesting things happen this week!!!! But I am very sad I am missing good thunder storms!!! I wont be able to get you the picture until next week!!! But the scripture is Alma 29:9!!! Tell kade I say happy birthday!!! and my addresses is
  av. josina machel nr.1667,bairro alto mae. maputo mozambique cp. 1667
Ok so my week was good on Monday after we went shopping and did our emails we went and played soccer with some like 10 year old kids and they just freakin destroyed us!!! hahaha I don't know how they were so good!!! hahah not much else happened that day!! hahah
Tuesday:we taught a new investigator his name is Jerimias in the morning about the Book of Mormon and the restoration that went really well!! It's funny here people just pee on the streets and they don't care!!! kids do it, men do it and even women do it we saw a woman standing in the middle of the road but she was peeing like a man!!! I don't want to know how that's possible!! found a lot of good contacts and a new family we just got to know them and that was fun!!
Wednesday: we had a training meeting  and it was awesome!!!! our zone leader is awesome!!! He just taught how every person is a child of god and we cant judge people by there appearance or what there doing but we need help every person come closer to god!! and then from there he had us split up and go contact people in the city and he put the three new guys together so we had to go out and contact on our own!! It was pretty scary bu I did it and talked to people with the limited Portuguese I know!!!
Thursday: when I was studying in the bible in Matt I was reading about Christ in the garden of Gethsemane and how painful it was for him that he could feel the pain even before he was in the garden and when he got to the garden it says he went just a little bit into the garden and fell on his face and asked god to take away the pain!!! It hurt him soo much but that just shows us how much he loves us and we need to follow him in all things!!! Not much else happened we taught a few lessons and they went good!!! The craziest thing happened when we were standing next to the road!!! we were standing there and about 50 feet away from us this lady gets smashed by this car!!!!! and she got hit hard and we were like oh crap but after like 5 min she gets up without help and gets in the car that hit her and they took her to the hospital!!
Friday: we had an awesome lesson with our main guy Ammerall and his family!!! He has a drinking problem and wants to stop so we had a member  come with us and tell his conversion story because he got baptized a year ago but he had a bad bad drinking problem and it took him two years to join the church and to stop drinking!! but our investigator Ammerall says he hasn't drank in one week and he read the Bible and the Book of Mormon every morning together as a family and he hasn't wanted to drink!!!
Saturday not much happened except I ripped my pants!!! hahaha and I ripped them from the knee to my crotch!! hahah we were helping a truck get unstuck out of the sand and I went to jump in the back to put some weight in the back and my pants just ripped and I had to walk like 1.5 miles to our apt. with ripped pants!!!! Cant wait to hear back from you!!! Love Elder Roberts