Saturday, April 27, 2013

Half way done in the MTC! Japan in no time =)

So... P-day is changing to Saturday, so I got to email you all today!!!
Hey everybody!
So... yet again, it has been an eventful week...
Particularly last night.
So here's the scoop-
Last night my companion, Sister Smotherman got really sick. She has a wheat allergy and we weren't sure whether she was having a reaction to something she accidentally ate or not... but she was shaking and dizzy and naucious. So... we went to the E.R. It was like an adventure to the real world!... you know... that place where TVs and Radios are on in the waiting rooms?... After being in the MTC for so long it felt like Sodom and Gammorah! Haha... But anyway... We got to the E.R. and while she was getting checked in, something really cool happened to me. I was sitting next to a couple crack heads, just doing my Rubik's cube, and they started up a conversation! and, as you might guess... me being a missionary and such... our conversation got on the topic of the gospel! So here I am at 11:00 at night sitting in an E.R. waiting room talking about the gospel! It was SO strange. These people breached every single topic that could have made me extremely uncomfortable...but for some reason, I was able to calmly and lovingly respond with a comforting gospel doctrine each time! It was crazy! And they were genuinely curious!
After a while... I noticed the waiting room had gotten extremely quiet... I don't know if you have ever been in an E.R. on a Friday night, but let me tell you... they are NOT quiet places. So, I looked around and everyone was looking at me! It kind of took me off gaurd because I had been so absorbed in conversation with this man! We had actually been enjoying each others' company! It was surprising! You couldn't have found 2 more different people in that room! But we were talking! I had come to love him in that half hour and I sincerely cared about sharing a message with him that would bring him comfort! Because he is a child of God. True, right now he probably doesn't remember anything we talked about last night, but I know that for some reason I was supposed to say all these things! Maybe it was for the benefit of someone else listening! Because aparently... they ALL were listening! When I looked away from the man and saw everyone's eyes on me, I was so surprised! Even the receptionist!
After getting home around 2 in the morning, I had a chance to think back on the situation...Smotherman-shimai was ok, but It still puzzled me why everyone was staring...
A few ideas came to mind...
First of all... What kind of 19-year-old girl spends her Friday nights wearing a name badge and preaching the gospel in the E.R.!? I can tell you, even in Provo it might have seemed a little strange... It reminded me of that story in the Luke 2 when the 12-year old Jesus goes and preaches to the doctors and they were astonished. Yes... it's true- I'm young, and I don't know everything, and I'm certainly not the Savior, but there is an important fact- The gospel brings people together. This gospel message is astonishing. It's beautiful and peaceful. Even in a hectic E.R. full of screaming babies, stressed-out people, and crack-heads, the sweet and clear voice of the spirit can pierce through it all! That room became completely quiet! It was astounding. I don't know... Maybe they all needed to hear a message of peace that night. Maybe I was just an inspired tool to help someone and bring comfort before they faced their own challenges that night... I will never know, but I do know that this gospel is wonderful.
It was wonderful enough to inspire me to give up a year and a half of my life to go teach it half way accross the world in Japan!
The Savior said that it is the sick who need a doctor... It might have seemed strange that I was so easily conversing with an addict, but the thing is... even though he looked scary and vicious, he needed me that night! Even though he would never be caught dead in a church, we are all sinners and all just as worthy to hear the gospel of Christ!
I'm not even out of the MTC yet, but I already love being a missionary. I love representing our Savior and following in His footsteps. I want to be a window to His love and I want all who hear me to hear His voice instead of mine.
Brothers and sisters, this is a beautiful work. I'm so grateful to be a part of it.
Have a glorious week =)

#Half way done in the MTC! Japan in no time =)

P.S. Not quite as profound... but I do have one more quick thing to say...
The other day I was at luch and I ended up sitting next to this Japanese elder from Tokyo who is going to France on his mission but speaks English too! It was so crazy... We had this totally awesome multi-lingual conversation! We jumped back and forth with French and Japanese with a few english words here and there. My district thought it was the strangest thing they had ever heard or seen! It was so cool... I'm telling you, being fluent in 3 languages is going to be AWESOME!!!!!!!!! But... that's it for now!
Love you all!!!!!!!!! =)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Week 3 - Met Elder Richard G. Scott!!!!!

Hello everyone!!!!!!
Wow, well week 3 has been much MUCH crazier than ANYTHING in the past...

First of all, a week ago I was sitting in devotional, and no big deal... in walks Elder RICHARD G. SCOTT! The MTC is the most star-studded place I have ever been! I have seen like half of the missionaries from 'the district', a kid from one of the Mormon Messages, quite a few general authorities including the new YW general president and now Richard G. Scott! It's so wonderful. He spoke to us and I was only 20 feet away from him! I was right behind the teleprompter so the entire time it looked like he was speaking directly to me! Then, he gave us all an apostolic blessing specifically for language learners! He told us that he knew Jesus Christ... like personally! It was so crazy!

Also this week, we lost one of the elders in our district... The really cute one who looked like superman. He left because he didn't have a testimony. This resulted in my first tearful breakdown in the MTC. It was one of the saddest moments of my life. It's funny how close you can get to a person after 3 weeks. I never really knew why a testimony was so important until that day. The MTC isn't for whimps, folks. This is a huge test of character. Looking from the inside out, I have total sympathy, but I know how hard it is going to be for Elder Strong to go back home and have everyone judge him... especially since he lives in the same home ward as our prophget and Elder Holland. Poor guy. We really miss him a lot. He would have been such a good missionary, but I do at least admire his integrity for not wanting to preach words that mean nothing to him. It would only make him bitter...

Japanese is getting easier and easier! I can teach the firast and second lessons now! I can also sing hymns and pray and bear my testimony! It's so wonderful. When Richard G. Scott blessed us, I seriously learned Japanese in my sleep or something because I can understand almost everything that's going on now! Those apostles weild the power of God like crazy. I feel so blessed to have been there when he blessed us.

Also this week I learned the Australian national anthem!... and their 5 states and 2 territories... and all their capitol cities. Also... all the major landmarks! These Australians all really like me for some reason. They have decided to adopt me and teach me everything they know! Kind of random but really cool...

I also pulled an awesome stunt where I switched all of the sisters' name tags in my district without anyone noticing... That was pretty much the highlight of my week- the ninja name-tag switch.

Things are as busy as ever. I miss you all and I pray for your well being every day. The MTC is great!

Nothing else to report!
#Met Elder Richard G. Scott!!!!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It's a party in the MTC =)

Dear Everyone,
Well... what's new, what's new...
Japanese is getting easier! I am so greatful to everyone who has been praying for me =)... which has been obvious to me that some of you have been... because it wouldn't be this easy if I were just on my own...
I still do get a little homesick to speak French, and it kind of freaks everyone out when I go up to the French missionaries and start speaking to them. The first thing they do is look at my nametag and see that it's got Japanese on it... They they proceed to get even more freaked out! It's funny though... Being bilingual has it's advantages.
All the Native Japanese missionaries are SOOOOO funny! They take pictures of EVERYTHING! And they run everywhere... They're always in a hurry... They're so cute. They all wear little masks when they get sick. They like speaking English too... which is great for me!
The MTC is just sooooo great. Being a missionary is awesome. Not easy... but awesome. We get no sleep, but whatever! It's like a big party!!!!
It's so spiritual here. The Holy Ghost is everywhere! Even when I'm doing boring stuff, it's just so fun because the Spirit makes it fun!... if that even made any sense...
Keep the Dear Elders coming! I love hearing from everyone!
Wish I had more time to report... but I don't... and I don't have much more to say anyway!
Love you all though! Pictures will come soon!... When I figure out how to do it...
#It's a party in the MTC =)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Wow, what to say!
Basically, the MTC is AWESOME!
I woke up today and there was a blanket of snow on the ground. I was like..."what is this!?!? It's APRIL!!!"
I am struggling with the 4 different alphabets related to learning Japanese, but whatever, it will come!
We are in the process of teaching our first "investigator" and are having the third lesson with him tomorrow! It's not as easy as it sounds though... We have to do it entirely in Japanese... and I'll tell you what... Japanese is HARD!!! It's fun though, so that's good!
All of the Japanese missionaries got here today. The only thing I knew how to say to them was, "hi" and "I'm sister Roberts" and "AWESOME!"
It's a bit of a language barrier, but that's ok...
All the Australian mishies have become my best friends, and my companion is AWESOME! She's Smotherman-shimai, from California! She's awesome.... But I think I mentioned that.
I love my district. We spend 10 hours a day together studying and we love every minute of it!
The MTC is so wonderful. If I would have known how happy it would make me to be here, I would have gone years ago!!! *(figuratively speaking...)
I love being a missionary. Learning so much and loving every single second.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Anne picking Victoria up from the airport
one last phone conversation
before entering the MTC
Saying goodbye to Melissa at the MTC

Melissa, Victoria and Elizabeth