Monday, April 16, 2018

The One With the New Companion 4/16/18

Hey everyone! 

So this week has been pretty sweet. I got a new companion, who is pretty awesome. We are working with a member who has been less active to go to the temple and take out his endowments. He has been less active for a while and all of the sudden wants to go take his endowments. We are working with him and his wife, who is not a member. 

Lodi is pretty awesome! Sorry this is such a short email!! Love you all!

Here is a message I (Joseph's mom) received from the mother of Joseph's companion, Elder Clement from Dallas: My son gave a glowing report about Elder Robins today in his email! He loves working with him and shared a sweet story about your son sharing the most tender sweetest testimony with a small group of gangsters that were trying to mock them. He said their faces changed in seconds and they left the conversation after the gangsters offered them protection against anyone that “messed with them”. It really impressed my dear elder.

Elder Robins and Elder Clement

Lodi missionaries at the Love Lodi Service Event

The One in Lodi 4/9/18

Hey everyone!!

This week was pretty cool. We ate dinner with a family where the wife is from Peru (not to pick favorites but peruvian is probably my favorite kind of food), so that was a wonderful tender mercy. We did some tracting, met with less active members, and tried to D&C 4 the heck out of this area.

We went on exchanges with the zone leaders and got to knock on a lot of doors. We were able to teach an awesome lesson to a recent convert named Juan. Haha we actually had dinner with the same family, because the Peruvian sister's parents in law attend the english ward... the pizza we had there was pretty good.

Later in the week we got to attend stake conference, where this one guy who got his mission call to Peru shared an awesome testimony about the prophet Joseph Smith and the restoration.

Last night we got transfer calls and I am going to meet my new companion tomorrow.

Sorry this is a short email, I'll send pictures, love you all!

The One Where We Don't Go To China 4/2/18

Hey everyone!

This week was pretty great, we went to go contact a former investigator on Monday and had a great lesson. We set a return appointment for the following Thursday. When we stopped by, she told us to come by the following hour, and when we came by again, she told us to come back another hour. So when we finally came back the third time, she let us in and we had a lesson with her and her friend. We shared the entire restoration and left them with a baptismal date. They were super cool people and we are excited for them in the future.

Conference was pretty awesome as well. For the big announcement, my companion and I cast lots- he thought they were going to change Sunday worship to every other week and I thought they were going to open China to missionary work... We were both shocked to see that my companion's ridiculous idea was much closer than mine was!

Regardless, we were both very excited for the new changes that they made, and we are looking forward to see what happens next!

Hope everyone had a great Easter, love you all!

The Good, the Bad, and the Hungry 3/26/18

Hey everyone!

So this week we had lots of rain, lots of sunshine, and no in-between. We were walking around Friday morning, knocking on doors, it was nice and sunny, and out of nowhere a giant wave of rain hit us! We just stood there, defenseless, and walked home in the baking sun while we were dripping wet.

We were able to teach a few lessons this week, one to an investigator who we haven't seen in a lot of weeks. The lesson went pretty well and they are going to pray about baptism. They fed us dinner and while we were talking about knitting (a subject I know absolutely nothing about), she offered to make us a scarf! We're pretty excited about that.

So Saturday was pretty sweet, while we were making our way back to the apartment, some random couple picked us up and took us to get pizza, which was pretty cool. And then later that night, one of the missionaries gave us food from a nearby taco place that was almost too much for us to eat.. haha almost.

Anyway, looking forward to general conference, love you all!

The One With the Bathroom 3/19/18

Hey Everyone!

This week we spent a lot of time again updating our area book onto our phone. But we still had a great week. We are officially a facebook mission so for the first time in my life, I am on Facebook.

We had some time to proselyte this week and visited with a member who later asked a favor from us that we were really happy to do for him. We taught a lesson to one of our investigators about forgiveness, which was pretty awesome. They are going to be baptized in September (after being taught for years, the elders before us set the date).

On Tuesday, we went to visit a potential investigator that insists on us setting an appointment, but never answers her phone. So we stopped by her house, and she told us to go away and set an appointment, and as she was closing the door I told her that I had to use the bathroom. So she let us in and we had an awesome chat about how her life has been going. She told us that she and her husband had to get going but we were welcome back anytime.

Not too much else happened this week. Looking forward to when we finish the area book and start putting in some serious hours! Love you all!!

Smart Phone Fun 3/12/18

Hello everyone! This week was alright, we got our smartphones this week. Haha so we get to put all the information from there onto the digital areabook. So that mostly consists of being in our apartment and translating the paper copied to spanish and putting them on our phones. It's breathtaking.

Aside from all that, we were able to visit a few less active members. That was great, because we got to get out of the house and enjoy more than the walls in our apartment. We got a few referrals but nobody was home so we are going to try them again later this week. We had a meeting in Modesto that was used to set up the phones, which was pretty cool.

So the other day, as we were riding our bikes up to the church, I somehow ran over my own foot and slammed onto my bike, and then tried to stand up, tripped and slammed onto my bike again! That was pretty fun.

And that's about it for this week! Love you all!

The One With the Rain 3/5/18

Hey everyone! So this week we went all the way up to Jackson, which is this tiny little town an hour away from Lodi all the way up in the mountains. The referral we had wasn't home so next week we are for sure going to bring a GPS with us so we don’t get lost the first ten minutes of the trip again.

We went teaching with the counselor to the mission president on Thursday, which was an incredible experience. The potential investigators we tried to visit were all gone, but two of the people that were there invited us in and we shared the message of the Restoration with them.

Not too much is happening up here in Lodi, it's been raining a lot and we have been trying to find like crazy, haha there's another set of Spanish missionaries here so that makes 8 of us.

Have a great week love you all!