Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Sweet Message From Guyana

I received this wonderful email from Trevor LeBaron (pictured above) last week. He gave me permission to share it.

Sister Robison,

I wanted to let you know I had the opportunity to read some of your
newer posts on the mission blog. One in particular stood out to me that
I'd like to comment on and take the time to thank you for such a
special thought. That post I'm speaking of is, 'For such a time as
this.' During my mission I served two transfers in Chaguanas before
being moved to Antigua where I also spent two transfers. For the
remaining eighteen months of my mission I served in Guyana. The people
of Trinidad and Antigua are very special to me, but because of the
time I spent in Guyana and my many great experiences there, Guyanese
are slightly nearer to my heart. While in Guyana I served in Kitty,
Rosignol, Eccles, Bush Lot, and a more brief 3 weeks in Albouystown.
Needless to say I got around while there. And I LOVED IT! As I got
around, I got to know and come close to each member of the Branches I
served. But because of the length of my stay, I also came close to
members in other branches I didn't serve. That includes members in
Georgetown Branches and Canje Branches. I love keeping in contact with
many of the people I taught and baptized but also those "long-time"
members. The point I'm getting to is this: There are young brethren
that my companions and I taught and baptized that are amongst those
serving missions and preparing to now. That's very special and
incredible to me. I also want to mention a few other things. Most of
these young men serving and preparing I may not have taught and
baptized but I got to know them personally throughout the eighteen
months I spent there. I came very close to them whether or not I
served in their branch. These are mighty young men and it's so
humbling to know that they have came to a dead stop in their lives to
take time to serve the Lord as His soldiers! I love the people of
Guyana and the impact those future WIRM's will bring to the
members(and non-members) is amazing. I know it will be a great impact
for the missionary work in that country as well. The future is truly
bright there. I read that post aloud to Angie and as we pondered it
together there was an amazing Spirit that filled our living room.
Thanks again for sharing it. You have no idea the impact that thought
has on me since I consider these wonderful people more than just
friends and acquaintances, but family I hold very close. I was blessed
to spend a year and a half with them and I'm so grateful for the
things I learned from them as i taught them. I hope all is well with
you and President. Tell him I say hello. I still keep you both in my
prayers. Also, I'm happy to hear of your new calling. It sounds like a
fun one. Take Care Sister!

With love,

Elder LeBaron

Monday, October 18, 2010

Real Men Don't Use Notes

This afternoon, we received a "payday" text message from Brett Hamilton.

He and other members of his group (those who finished their missions last month) made the trip to Ogden to hear Brian Green report to his home ward about his mission. We were unable to attend, because we were in charge of our 10 month old twins while our son and his wife spoke in church. To brag a little - we kept them in sacrament meeting the entire hour - a previously unattained feat. (our secret - Sister Robison's dangly jewelry)

You can imagine our delight in receiving this text this afternoon, stating that every missionary in Elder Hamilton's group spoke to their home ward without using notes. They prepared well and then let the Spirit direct their thoughts once they were at the podium. This is something we emphasized our entire mission using scriptures like these:

Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man.
D&C 84: 85

Here's what we taught to members and missionaries during our mission: Study deeply, make an outline, and gather materials. Then, when starting to speak or teach, take a moment to look into the eyes of those you are going to teach, say a prayer in your heart to know - not what you need to say, but what Heavenly Father wants these people to learn - and then have the courage to walk away from your notes and teach by the Spirit. We've found that often the the prepared material is interwoven with other thoughts and words that come in that very moment.

Wherefore, I the Lord ask you this question—unto what were ye ordained?
To preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the Comforter which was sent forth to teach the truth.
(D&C 50:13-14)

Our son and his wife spoke without notes as well, by the way.

So it was a good day!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Elder Marshall's Homecoming

(My husband and I, and WIRMs Green, Marshall, Moala, and Hamilton)

Last Sunday we were able to attend Elder Marshall's homecoming scarament meeting talk in Orem, Utah.

As all West Indies missionaries do - he spoke from the heart without notes.

He walked up to the podium, holding only his Book of Mormon and his missionary plaque and gave an amazing talk just full of wonderful teachings and stories about the West Indies Mission.

I loved it!

After church, we were gathered at the Marshall's beautiful home.