Elder Luke Roberts

Elder Luke  Roberts

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Happiest Week Of My Life

This was the happiest week of my life.

It started off on Monday, I got a text from Elder Cooper saying that President wanted him to call me. I thought what in the world.... Turns out it was for temple sealing from families on Coron... It was beyond description to go to the temple and enjoy all the ordinances with those families. Especially for the Jucaban family who we really labored with. They lived high on a mountain top so it was no easy task to visit their house. The father pulled me aside and told me how he quit his job at the pier (which is crazy because they are very very few safe jobs in Coron) so that he could go to church and receive the Melchizedek Priesthood. He's now started his own business that helps boats with their cargo. The spirit was so strong to be in the sealing room and watch them be sealed and then have their little kids run into the sealing room dressed in white to then be sealed to their parents. 

After loosing our investigator Peter, my Heavenly Father sent a prophecy, assuring me that the Lord would bring forth a new Peter. He truly did. Ian got baptized this week. He had been waking up at 3 in the morning to read the Book of Mormon, so that he would have a "fresh" mind when he reads. Incredible. 

Kiel also got baptized, he was the 7th day Adventist boyfriend of a member. Although he is 23 and serious with his member girlfriend, he proclaimed in his testimony after his baptism that his next goal is a full time mission for the Lord. I love him so much and am so happy for him and his testimony. 

It's been a joyful week. I know that the Lord loves us. He has perfect timing. 

Kiel and Ian's Baptism




Jucaban Family Sealing





It's going to be so hard to say good bye to all the people that I love here.  I will finish strong!

Love,
Elder Roberts 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Was that an earthquake?


Crazy week!! 

We found the coolest family this week. The Gonzaga family. The wife and daughters were baptized while in their province. The husband has just been just working here. While we were walking down the street the other day the brother called out to us and said he wants us to visit him. We said we will see what we can do :) The wife and the daughters have now moved here to Manila! We have been teaching them and they came to church as a family this week! He accepted a baptismal invite and is very humble. We have a little hard time teaching them, because are still fresh from the province they don't speak or understand too much Tagalog yet. So they usually just pray in their own dialect. 

Brother Vicente Ferrer has been doing great and said although his body is still going through difficulties after having quiet smoking that he really doesn't want to smoke any more. It's been a miracle and he really feels that he can do this! 

We were in our beds after a long day this week and we were doing a companionship prayer, and our bunk-bed started really shaking. I thought, what in the world, why is Elder Jones up there dancing messing around during our companionship prayer. But then I started looking around and it was actually an earthquake. We saw on phone from the government that there was a 5.4 earthquake in the near by province and we got the aftershock. Where we were it was only a little over 3. 

Good week this week. The Lord has really been preparing the hearts of the people. 

This is the Gonzaga family. They are really really awesome!!! Plus the Mortimers, a senior couple that used to serve here, very nice as well



Monday, May 22, 2017

Great Young Men's here

We were visiting a family when the young men came to do their rounds! Lots of fun! We love being with Elder Borilla in the threesome.  I loved hearing Spencer sing during our Skype.  He's grown up so much I can't believe it.  In our companionship we ALWAYS say "pang Spencer yan eh."  hahaha   That means that's for Spencer or something that Spencer would use.  My companions really love Spencer.  For example, we tease Elder Borilla that his tooth brush is "pang Spencer" because it looks like a baby toothbrush.  Or my haircut today, I got teased because it's "pang Spencer".  haha Funny huh?  He's so cute and I can't wait to be with him!  Miracles are really rolling forth here. I've been so blessed.  It's really poor here in my area right now and humble but they are such great people.  

The other pic is of Elder Mcauley, my old companion. He almost died but was admitted to the hospital, he had a bug or something like that. He's doing better! We got to see him there.



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Stake in Zion

I got great news this week that Puerto Princesa will now become a stake. I can't believe it and I'm so happy for all the Saints there and was blessed to serve there. President Nelson will becoming for the creation. 

Kiel is doing very very well. He had gone on vacation and we had been praying that he would be able to go to church while on vacation although we had no invited him to do so because we did not see him. Turns out while on vacation, they saw our church and felt that he needed to go. The Bishop was observant enough to see the visitors and went over to talk to them. When he found out they were from Manila he translated the whole sacrament meeting for them because in that province it was in a different dialect. Kiel really really loved his experienced there and is doing great! 

It's been a fun week, we were blessed to go to the temple today which was so nice. 

It feels so good to be part of the work here. History is being made everyday 
Skype was so fun!! It was great to see you!! I miss all of you!! It's so amazing to think about all the ripple effects of the mission. It's greater than I can even imagine. 
Love,
Elder Roberts 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

4 Generations

Monday, May 1, 2017

Baptism Day