Sunday, October 23, 2016

March 14, 2016 ~ Week 26

Wow this past week I hit my 6 month mark, i cant believe it! That mean I have been in the beautiful land of Finland for 4 months! Nuts! Also transfer calls came! I am staying here in Lahti to complete my first 6 months in the country all in Lahti, the best place in Finland!  And my companion who has been here for 6 months is getting the boot and going to Rauma, a beautiful city on the coast! 

But this week was really awesome! Yesterday we had a powerful lesson with our investigator who dropped us in February weeks before her baptism. But yesterday we went back and got to the root of the problem and why she did. Lets just say, if you a question about something in the BoM or doctrine, the internet is not the most reliable source, but modern day revelation is! After listening to her side of he story we did all that we know how to do, and that is bare clear simple, powerful testimonies about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the divinity of the Book of Mormon and of the Prophet Joseph Smith. The spirit was so strong in there, almost impossible not to feel it and it really lead and guided our words as we tried to problem solve! 

That is the main highlight of the week! Its a struggle to remember everything that happens in a week seeing as everyday is the same, but a he same time totally different! A lot for tracting and street contacting, two missionaries favorite things to do haha... But its all worth it for the spirit that was felt and the lives that we have tried to impact by this powerful message! I love you and hope all is well! 

Love,
Vanhin Robison

March 8, 2016 ~ Week 25

Wow can you believe it? My 6 month mark is tomorrow! I can not believe that I have been on my mission for 6 months now! Its crazy time is flying! 
With that experiences and blessings are multiplying, just like two snowflakes are not a like, the same goes for a mission. two days are not the same, except for the MTC where everyday is the same. But still, here we get to see and hear and experience new things! What a great blessing that is! 

One for those things we get to experience is the outward expression of love our Father in Heaven shows to us everyday. This week our investigators have felt some hard times, but like physics every act has an equal and opposite reaction, much like our adversity and trials. With this down week, they will be able to have a greater appreciation for the gospel in their lives because of the opposition they have experienced. Im not sure if that made sense, it did in my head. 

We had an awesome lesson yesterday with one of our new investigators that we found tracking! He doesn't know much about Jesus Christ or God so we spent time on that which lead us to the Book of Mormon. We read the introduction with him and the part that stuck out to him was that by reading and applying the teaching in the book we can grow closer to God than by another book. He asked us what experiences we had had with that. And to be honest i had never thought about that until that moment. My mind was immediately recalled back to President Uchtdorfs talk this past conference called Ít Works Wonderfully´. There he asks us if the gospel is working for us? But to me it was now, is the Book of Mormon working for us? Is it really drawing us closer to God? And My answer is yes, it works wonderfully! 

Other than that great bird walk I had, this week went great! I love you all, have a great week! And ask if the Book of Mormon is working for yourselves.

Love,
Vanhin Robison

March 1, 2016 ~ Week 24

Wow oh wow my 6 month mark is only like 2 weeks away! I can not believe all that is happening here! It feels like yesterday I was being kicked to the curb at the MTC! Time is a weird concept on missions! If you want time to go fast, you don't think and just work, and if you want it to speed up, you think about it haha! Its weird!

Anyways this week has contained some awesome experiences which consist of investigators feeling the Holy Ghost. We have one who has been investigating for over a year, and so we decided to talk about temples and the blessings which come from them. At the end of the lesson she said, and I have to be a member for this? to which we said yes. And she got kind of emotional and we talked about baptism, its hard because her family is against it and she has fears for her own. But the spirit is differently working on her right now! 

The next one was we have an investigator who we taught on Thursday and his member fellowshipper said he was in a bad mood before the lesson. Work was rough and he was in the pits emotionally. But then we taught the lesson about the Holy Ghost, and it was pretty normal lesson. But after the lesson we get a call from the member that is his fellowshipper and they said that his attitude had totally changed. The spirit is defiantly working on him! And again a  similar experience happened to him but this time through prayer.

The power of the spirit is real! It can change us! I have seen people hear change like I never ever thought possible because of the spirit! It can often hearts, change desires, promote us to do good and to follow Jesus Christ better! 

Although this week wasn't all roses, on Sunday we lost or phone and we were phoneless for a day, but through the grace of God and his many miracles, some stranger picked it up on the street and got in contact with the Bishop who then made it possible for us to have it again! If it matters to us, it matters to God. We prayed real hard over that phone and He listened then responded. Just imagine the pull prayer and faith can have on the more weightier things in this life, like spiritual matters along with temporal! 
The Church is true, Jesus Christ is its head and He runs the church under the direction of Thomas S Monson! 

Have a great week! 

Love, 
Vanhin Robison

February 22, 2016 ~ Week 24

Hey family and friends! Let me begin the repentance process by asking forgiveness from you all for my lack of communication to you all. A lot has happened in these past weeks, probably the most of my entire mission haha. Well to start off I am sure you are wondering what happened to our investigators with baptismal dates, and Im sad to say that a few weeks ago they call texted us and said that they did not wish to be baptized anymore and dropped us like a rock. we have not been able to meet with them since which is not a good thing. We aren't sure what happened, but they said that they do not feel like Joseph Smith was a prophet and did not believe in the Book of Mormon. That was incredibly sad, but I want it clearly known that I KNOW that Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it truly contains the fulness of the gospel. I KNOW that it was translated by Joseph Smith through the power of God. I KNOW that Myöhempien Aikojen Pyhien Jeesuksen Kristuksen Kirrko is the only true church on the earth today!  

Anyways, after that super hard week we were blessed with so many blessings like the addition of two new awesome investigators! One of them was found by the Sister missionaries here and given to us because she lives in our area. We started to teach her and she progressed wonderfully! She `Having a disposition no more to do evil, but good continually´ has really changed her life and come back in tune with God through prayer! Unfortunately she developed feelings for my companion, so we had to give her back to Sisters were they will finish her teaching!

And our second was given to us by a member. She met him one day and started to introduce him to the church little by little, by bringing him to church activities, church and, writing her testimony in a Book of Mormon and then giving it to him. He has now agreed to let us teach him. I met him for the first time a month or two ago, and there he seemed like a man who was lost in life and had no hope for anything with a rugged look. But now, nearly a month later he is a changed new man, with the Spirit of God working on him. He now has hope, a purpose for life and even has cleaned up his physical appearance. That is what this gospel does, it changed people from the inside out!

I love you all and hope you all are having a great week adn doing something everyday to strengthen your testimony! The church is true!
Love,
Vanhin Robison

Sunset in Finland

February 16, 2016 ~ Week 23

Kyle has been sending Audio emails since he is short on time.  We will get his audio's typed up ASAP and send the written version out.  Until then - know that he is doing well and had 4 investigators at church on Sunday.  He and his companion got to go to the Helsinki Temple and do baptisms with their newest convert and a family in the ward.  He said it was amazing and wonderful.  They realized however that they forgot to tell the new convert that singing in a regular voice, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Let it Go" is really not OK inside the Temple.  I guess he sings when he is feeling the spirit :)  All in all he said he was a great day!

Thanks for your support!
Mini Olaf at the Bus Stop

February 9, 2016 ~ Week 22

No group email today - lots of pictures instead!

Day at the Temple with Elder Smith

Best Statue impression

Tracking in the Snow 

February 2, 2016 ~ Week 21

No group letter today but he is doing well.  On his audio he said their teaching pool is growing and they are staying very busy and warm.  Here are some pictures to enjoy however :)

Thanks for ALL YOUR support and love for our son Kyle!

WAITING FOR THE BUS......Oh so Tired!