Elder Luke Roberts

Elder Luke  Roberts

Monday, July 25, 2016

Ed Got Baptized!

Well first things first, Ed got baptized!! It was such a great baptism and a spiritual day for all of us!! So many people from the ward came that there wasn't room for everyone to sit. It was so great to see the support of the ward and the Spirit of the Lord was there... 
He told us that the day before his baptism he just couldn't stop crying because the Lord gave him the joy of his baptism. It's kinda hard to translate what he said into English. But it was powerful. "Repent and be Baptized and have your sins remitted and get the spirit's zeal: oh, then you'll be united. Go cast upon him all your care; He will regard you humble prayer, And bring you home to Zion to praise the Lamb."   Hymn 322 verse 3
We love Ed so much!

Such great support from the members
So this week an Indian came into the office and asked for a tour of the chapel. Of course whenever people wander in we just stop what we are doing and go over and give them a tour! So this man from India said he works down the road. He is a Hindu, but he felt really drawn to our church, even though there are several other churches on this street, he kept asking people at his work about our church but they had no idea about it. So he came and saw the visitors welcome sign and came in. We gave him a tour and then gave him a Hindi Book of Mormon, and he really loves the story of Joseph Smith.... Anyways we invited him to come to church to the international ward. He came, went to all 3 meetings and absolutely loved it!! He asked for more material from us to take it back to India. There aren't missionaries yet in his City of over 2 million people. But some day down the road he will definitely be a member! Very good experience and very powerful with the spirit. 
This week I had to fit mountainous luggage into our van.  You'd be proud of me.

We found a great part member family where the dad is extremely inactive and unknown to the ward and the family has no idea about the church but are very excited to be sealed, so we can work with that I'm sure.

It's been a great week... and I loooooooove being a missionary :)

sorry it's blurry
Love Elder Roberts 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Be grateful for your home!

This week has been great! Really great... We have been teaching the member referral and he is just unreal... As we walked around the church he kept telling me how he never wants to miss another Sunday at church. His friends like to party on Sunday and go to the Malls but he said he likes the spiritual stuff. Ian is great. He is 26 and was living the word of Wisdom before we even taught him it just because he heard we didn't do that haha. So we just invited him to continue to live it. 

Ed is doing great.... Just getting ready for his baptism that is THIS SATURDAY!  We are so happy for him.  He is looking forward to going to the temple one day. He is 63 with no family but he told about how he can do that work for his relatives and he is determined to do that. 

This last week was transfer week so it was crazy busy. But that's always fun to get the new missionaries from the MTC, this time when I went we were loading everyone in and I heard one of the new Sisters say she was from Salt Lake, so I asked where and she said she went to Olympus, and we actually graduated the same year. I was super surprised but it was really funny that she is now in our mission, Sister Singer. 

This week we taught a new investigator Paublo Mallado, he is really into Joseph Smith and just feels the power of the restoration. We taught him in his humble house. I usually don't describe the situation here too often, it's been very humbling for me, but in this man's house we all piled in, Elder Webster, Elder Monson, Pablo and me. His house is up a few stairs in a squatters area and it was as if we taught him under the kitchen table. There wasn't enough room for me to lay down flat and there wasn't enough room for us to kneel without our heads hitting the ceiling. It was hot, and the spirit was very very strong. He had a couple pots, some clothes, and a Bible (and now a Book of Mormon). We are very excited to continue to teach him the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have a Sister Turner from SLC who is our mission nurse.  She is an incredible woman and I really love her.  Here is a pic of us together, she says I'm her favorite.  But I think she says that to all the elders.  (My Mom went to Skyline with her son).

I love the Philippines so much and have a deep love for the people. I got to speak in church on Sunday about missionary work and I'm very grateful to serve here. I see people full of gratitude and love for the Lord. I have also gotten a greater appreciation for the strength of my family and our home ward. So many faithful people and humble followers of Christ.

I know that the Book of Mormon is true. 
I'm learning more and more about the Savior everyday and doing my best to serve Him. 

Love Elder Roberts    

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Getting ready for transfers. Again.

Great week!! 

Lots of really amazing events happened this week. The Elders in our ward had a baptism and so we brought Ed and Ed loved it! We taught him more about baptism right after the other guys baptism and he brought up how little children shouldn't be baptized, and that was great for him to realize on his own. He really is doing great! Oh yeah and just for some more background on Ed he is 63, lived for a long time in Japan and Saudi Arabia and is now here in Makati. 

We had a great member referral this week that is just the coolest guy ever. He has truly been prepared by the Lord! He loves the idea of getting baptized. He works for a member of our church who is in the ward. We actually met him when he came to their sons baptism. At the end of our lesson we asked him if he had any questions and he just bore his testimony on the feeling he had at the this little boys baptism. It was really a miracle! But that's actually quite common here that we will talk to someone who says, "oh yeah my boss is a Mormon". Members of the church of course go through hard times but they are know us as a very prosperous people here in Makati. 
Elder Tanner is in our apartment and we got him a birthday cake. He is awesome, from Ogden, his companion Elder Tiu who is also super cool, he is from the one of the middle islands in the Philippines. 
Notice the missionary collar tan line

We had a popped tire this week and it was a nice and rainy day but we got on the spare pretty quick! I'll try and send a pic. 

Just getting ready for transfers and stuff this week. 

Love you all!