Rob is serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the West Indies. This blog will contain his letters home. He is doing a great work, and would love to hear from you!
Monday, August 8, 2016
Zika Saga Continues
In spite of the Zika virus (evident on Rob's face in this breakfast picture), Rob seems to be upbeat and doing well. Here are his emails from St. Vincent this week: "All is well here. I'm still on the brink of death with the Zika. :( Apparently it has some after effects on me that have left me feeling pretty crummy, but what can ya do? The work goes on, right? The baptism will be going through this weekend. Jevoni had his interview and is getting baptized Saturday. I'm super pumped! Jevoni is a good kid, we're happy to see him progress to that stage. We agreed when Elder Jackson gets home we're all gonna go through the temple together so that'll be saweetttttt! I have a plan for when I get back, btw. Check this out: I'm gonna fast for 24 hours the day before I leave for home, break my fast, come home, get set apart, do a session in the temple, and afterwards sit in the celestial room with a pen and paper and write down my ambitions and goals for life while in the temple. Sounds pretty solid right? I thought so ;) I think working in the temple would be awesome. I miss it there! Hope all is well on the home front. I miss you guys a lot! Can't wait to be home and share pictures and just hang out with the fam and watch Star Wars. LOL I'm stoked for that. Buttttttt I still have 7 more months to go so I should probably keep my head to the grind (even if it's pounding everyday nowadays -____-). To answer your questions about the church here, the meetinghouse is actually like a legit chapel! :O! Crazy. haha. It has pews and a pulpit, the whole 9! Pretty cool. Makes me feel like home! Until testimony meeting yesterday that is. haha. So many crazy people! The Caribbean has their fair share of crazies but St. Vincent I think takes the cake! haha. Not so much in the church, but on the streets. O man! Lots of people that have just lost it! lol. I love it though, makes for an interesting time. No bikes in this area unfortunately, or maybe fortunately. There are a LOT of hills, like our whole area is just STEEP hills. #goodworkout. We take the bus frequently. Ya, my diet has kinda kicked back up, which is nice. I'm losing weight again, mainly cuz of the sickness, but ya. My studies are getting more and more intense. Lots of new things to look up thanks to this investigator who has been drilling us on the spirit world. -____- Always something, ya know? It's crazy how inspired the Lord is, for instance, I had just got into a huge discussion with an investigator about repenting in the spirit world and she was very confused, cuz the OT occasionally says once we're dead that's it. :/ I shared with her 1 Peter 4:6? I can't remember the exact scripture but you know what I'm talking about, and John 3:25. But she still was confused, so having that letter Mom sent me directly on Alma 40 was truly inspirational! haha. Pretty cool. That's crazy about all the changes coming up in the wards! Not that it'll matter much when I get home, considering everyone in the home ward is like all gone anyways. lol. As soon as my camera gets here I will take LOTS of pictures, I promise. My #1 weakness is I don't take enough pictures. Good thing I have reminders from the home front. ;) haha, And ya, the work is going well. We were able to teach a lot of people this week. One of the lessons was actually really cool. There was a guy the elders have been teaching for a very long time and he finally was like, 'You were right. I need to change my ways. I need to go back to my family. The church is true.' Lots of crying. The Spirit was clearly there, it was amazing. It was cool to see the change of heart in someone. Makes me wonder if that's what will happen to investigators I have dropped in the past or even ones I had to leave on other islands that didn't seem to be super interested. I don't know. I guess only time will tell. Thanks again for all the love and support from both of you guys, though. It truly helps me more than you can imagine. I'm workin my butt off out here and I hope you get to see the blessings out there. Love u guys!"
The promised Zika photos. In the last one, Rob's companion looks like he is being hugged by a leper. Poor guy!