Elder Luke Roberts

Elder Luke  Roberts

Monday, November 23, 2015

Baptism in the "Blue Tub" and U of U tourists??

  This week has really been crazy good!! Lots of cool things have been happening.
First off a baptism for Jonel
"The blue tub"
Love the Dizon Family
Cleaning out the baptismal "font"
We found Dexter this week!! It was actually a miracle that we found
him. We were over in a far place in our area visiting a part member
family that we have been working with, and we just happened to run
into this kid working on construction, so we went over to talk to him and 
it turns out he recognized me and said Dexter is over there. So we followed 
around the side of the mountain. 
It's kinda thick jungle but lots and lots of flowers and garden things and
we decided to just keep following the mountain. We came around to a
little round bamboo cottage with lots of flowers and huge palm plants.
We were just thinking what in the world. Turns out Dexter was in there
and welcomed us in. He gave us some kind of plant that he had been
boiling, I forget the name but it's a mix of yam and potato. He had
been sick for weeks and has been staying in this new area. He was so
happy to see us!! (I wasn't able to email last week but that's when
this took place). We taught him a great lesson and he said he didn't feel
sick when we taught him. We gave him a blessing and he also came to
church. He is now looking forward to a Christmas baptism.

    When we were over at the Dizon's house the other day they have been having
lots of cool experiences. Sister Dizon went to the other side of the
island to do her family booklet for temple work. She said when she
went to her fathers grave she saw the missionaries teaching him. But
told us she was really confused and was kinda scared. We talked to her
and told her about missionaries on the other side teaching her family.
She had also been having some ancestors visit her at night. Michelle was
upset when we went over because she told us at school her history
teachers and others were trashing and degrading Joseph Smith to her
because they know she is a member now. We told her that's now part of
being in the church, and his name will be had for good and evil across
the world. Her testimony is so strong on the Book of Mormon that it
doesn't phase her that much.

P-day fun at The River House
   We have been working with the Sales family as well. While we were
over there I guess a brother-in-law came and starting listening, we
were super happy that he joined and asked if he had any questions. He
said yes I do, and then went off and just told us for 10 minutes how
wrong we are and kinda slamming us and the church. So I guess he
didn't have a question after all... Maybe just a comment haha. But it
really turned out to our benefit. As soon he finished I was kind of
trying not to laugh because I couldn't believe what just happened but
we then bore our testimonies to him and then again to the family. The
spirit was so strong and it really turned out to be very powerful and
helped them really recognize us as who we are. Our church is really
small compared to others here. We walk by churches with hundreds of
people. People all really live their religion here. Everyone has
church and Bible study and everything like that. Our church is not new
here so Elder Tu'ua and I made it a goal to not let anyone pass
without us talking to them and inviting to come unto to Christ. From
this we have had lots of new investigators and lots of planting seeds.
    When we were coming down off the mountain visiting a member
family we stumbled into the road and these tourist from down the road
starting taking pictures of us. They came over to and us and said, Hey
Mormons! It was 2 guys from Salt Lake and 1 guy from Anchorage. They
were here on a cruise stop. It's the first one I've seen stop here but
they said they came from Singapore. They could not believe that there
were missionaries here and thought that was so cool!! They were soo
happy to see us and it was so cool to talk to them. 1 was an RM but I
don't know about the other 2. The other was wearing a U of U hat and I
just couldn't believe that we ran into them here. They live like 10
minutes from my house. So that was kinda crazy to run into them here.
    One of the guys we talked to this week turns out to be a tricycle
driver! He loves us. Whenever he sees us walking he gives us a free
ride if he is not busy.
    On friday we went to a really far part of our area. A small
village on the coast. We were looking for a referral. But didn't find
him but we talked to lots of fishermen and they were soo nice. Some
day when they put a lot of Missionaries on this island all those
people we meet will have another chance. They just live so far away
from the church it can be hard for them to get there. But after lots
and lots of walking we talked to as many people as we could out there
to at least get the church's name out and get them familiar with the
    Also this week we had a cool experience with an old couple we are
teaching. She was coming down the mountain to get medicine for her
husband and had a "voice in her head tell her to turn back." When she
went back she heard our voices coming around the bend.

     When we were visiting a Less Active and Part member family she
pulled out 2 Books of Mormon. Brand new. She said her husband
(non-member) found them in the trash in the back of the truck. He is
the truck driver for the truck. He went and got them out and gave them
to his wife. I was really surprised because he doesn't really like the
church. I'm grateful for his respect for the Books. But to my
surprise, the names of the Elders on the inside were the names of the
first missionaries on the island.
This is the lady whose husband found the Books of Mormon in the trash
Today our zone leaders are coming in so that will be so fun!  1 Filipino and 1 American.  Boy did I take for granted a big ward and church back home.  Here, if something is going on, the missionaries are in charge and run the whole thing.  It's hard work but things are going great.  It's getting really hot here though I'd rather be hot than cold in Siberia or something.  I feel like I'm growing here on my mission (height in addition to spiritually).  I'm probably a nice 6 feet now.  But I feel so tall here.  Everyone is so short.   I ate Ox tongue and lots of squid this week. I feel like I ate lots
of weird meat with my other companion but he never told me what we were eating.

  Love Elder Roberts

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