Saturday, 24 October 2015

Reinach 5/10/15 - 19/10/15 Schließlich, Missionar auf einem Fahrrad und Fisch und Chips.

Week 41 of 2015

Höi zäme!

Monday! It was an interesting day! So first things, we headed to Weil-am-Rhein to do our shopping! 'Twas good- although somehow we got less stuff, but payed more money for it! Weird! Don't know how that happened! Then it was past lunch time, so we grabbed something before getting the tram! There's this place I've seen a few times in Switzerland called Nordsee (translation North Sea), but I've never been there before cause it's pretty expensive here, but they have one in the Shopping centre where we go and of course it's Deutschland, so Deutsch prices, so I figured why not! They do fish and chips and I miss fish and chips! It was okay! The fish wasn't great, but then it was like little strips of battered fish instead of a humongous one you'd get at Atlantis, but the chips were really good! Even though they don't do Salt and Vinegar over here! Sucks! .. but it was pretty darn sweet! Then we got home and cleaned this place up. We're really good at the moment, as our apartment is constantly clean! Then we headed to the chapel to do emails! As per, my favorite time on P-day! Then basically after that we headed out to find, popped back home to get the bike keys and found again back to the chapel to get the bike, (which isn't broken) to lock up at Bahnhof, cause we need to collect our new bike tomorrow .. then we can ride bikes! Wahey! Nah! We don't actually ride them too often I'm told! Normally just to get to Bahnhof instead of taking the bus there and to the chapel on P-days or if we're meeting someone there and are running late, so miss the bus! So it's not too bad! Then we did some more finding and a little bit of area book work! 'Twas a pretty good day!

Dienstag! What a day! So we began with super intense frühsport and mensch was I dead! Then comp study before heading to the chapel to meet M!

We did a 0-lesson with him (our purpose, how to begin teaching points, etc), to help him to come nearer to Christ, so he can experience the joys of the gospel. Then finished comp study before
heading to Basel for DM. It was interesting! No assignments, the DL just did his own thing! 'Twas good, just very different to how DM has been in other areas! This time we spent the whole time doing roleplays! We basically did a 0-lesson/How to Begin Teaching lesson 1 to 1, both did it, then fedback to each other, then we swapped and worked with another Elder and did it again trying to improve each time! It was actually pretty fun and we have 3 Germans in the District, so it was actually pretty good language practice as well, cause they help you when you get stuck with how to say something! Although at the moment I'm at a stage where that isn't needed too much! So in the end, we'd all worked with each other! It was pretty fun to be fair and that was basically all we did for an hour and a half! Then he finished last weeks' thing on the Atonement! Then we had Essen! Then headed to Deutschland to get the new bike! Had to wait for like ages, which was frustrating, but we finally got it! Had a devil of a ride home, cause it was like rush hour time! Then we locked it up at
Bahnhof before heading to the Familie C for Abendessen! It was amazing! He is Swiss(half Italian) and she is Mexican- so she made Taquitos (and she makes everything from scratch). It was amazing!
Mexican is my favourite, so it just makes it even better! Oh man! It was sooo good! Then we did the spiritual thought, which led into conversation and it was a really good evening! Hiemer was speaking with Bruder C auf Deutsch and Sister C speaks like very little Deutsch, so I spoke with her in English! She has such a strong testimony and is such a brilliant member-missionary! Then we
got back to Bahnhof and rode the bikes home and we live on a hill and Bahnhof is at the bottom of that hill! .. So riding a bike up it is evil, especially when one hasn't ridden a bike in goodness knows how long! I don't even know! The last time I rode was well over 5 years ago! So it killed me, but I'm officially a real missionary! Real missionaries ride bikes! Even though it killed me! Then we had to call Pres cause we got a referral for a family who live in an Asulheim, so we needed to ask him a few questions and he's like and how's everything else going in Reinach, so I'm like, umm pretty good and then he's like 'Yeah I know, I've heard quite a lot of good things of what you've been doing since you got there!' .... So the question is: Who's been gossiping about me to Pres...?

Anyway, on to Wednesday and the day kind of killed me! So, we headed to the chapel after studies and we rode the bikes. It was fun going down hill for the majority of the way! Then we printed a load of things. So a finding idea from the Pratteln Elders is the talk 'Come and See' from Elder Bednar, so basically we have the talk printed with a letter from us saying that we would encourage them to read the talk and we will be back in the area in a few days time at this time to speak with you and we basically post it in their Briefkasten, then go back in a few days time to door the street! For the Pratteln Elders it's been pretty effective, so we figured we'd give it a try. So we printed off the talk and wrote up the letters. Then we rode back home- evil hills! My butt is fetchin' killing me! Bike seats are so uncomfortable and my legs are dead! Anyway, we came back, had lunch, then headed
back out to Therwil to go by a few Weniger Aktiven and start this dooring project .. So that was most of the afternoon, cause we had to write the people's names on the letters and envelopes as well, as most Briefkasten say Keine Werbung oder Reklame and if we don't make it personal, then we are like breaking some sort of law or something like that and our WA vorbeis weren't so good.  The one guy no longer lived there (or he may have died cause he was supposed to be really old) and the
other one was just like, nah! But hey! Hopefully this dooring project will bring something new! Then this evening we headed to the Familie B for dinner! It was so good! We had Tacos .. and they are such an awesome family! It just felt like home whilst we were there! I love how some families you go to, their home just feels like home! It's the Best!

Donnerstag! So, this morning we headed to the chapel to do internet hour, as we needed to check a few travel routes out for the next few days. Then headed home for lunch. This time we skipped the bikes, my butt and legs are still killing from yesterday! Oh and whilst at the chapel one of the people from yesterdays' letters called up, so I answered and the guy's like- I won't be around on Saturday when you said you'll be coming round, just thought I'd let you know. So seizing the opportunity I asked if he had time to meet us today and he said yes! So that was super sweet! Especially seen as we had nothing today- just a solid 7 hour block of finding, so he saved the day! So after essen we headed over to this guy and did a 0-lesson with the Resto. It was good and I felt the Spirit as we taught, but the guy was like not really too interested. But hey, we got to teach and testify and
hopefully next time he meets missionaries that will be the right time! Then we did a load of less active vorbeis, as we have sooo many of them and we want to try and get in touch with them, but like the majority of the vorbeis we did, they no longer live there! Then this evening we were near to where P lives, so we thought we'd pop round and drop her off something and say hi- so we did and had a nice little chat with her! Then home for dinner! I was craving Sweet and Sour Chicken and we had a jar of the Uncle Ben's sauce in the cupboard, so I figured why not ..and I made rice perfectly! Legit! (Just like Dad's rice!) I then made myself an all green smoothie, cause we have a blender in this apartment, which is amazing and I really wanted an all green smoothie (kiwi, apple, pear, cellery and cucumber). It's amazing! If you've never had it, try it! It's the BEST! Although my comp thinks I'm weird for having celery and cucumber in a smoothie... Meh!

Freitag! So, after a bit of studies, we headed to the chapel to meet M, as agreed, but he didn't show up. I finally got to meet our Bishop though. He's been on holiday and got back yesterday and he popped into the chapel to do something, so we spoke with him a bit! He's cool. It will be fun to start working with him! Then we headed home after waiting a little and trying to call M. It was weird, cause he never normally doesn't show up! Weird, plus we saw him on the bus yesterday! Anyway we finished studies, had essen and started weekly planning! Then we headed to Frau S earlier today as Bruder C wanted more time! So we had the lesson-Then we had dinner wtih her, oh mensch! I am stuffed, I feel sooo fat!

Saturday! Oh mensch! Today I felt really ill, so studies whilst resting! Then we headed out to Jugendsport, but nobody turned up! Then we came back, finished studies, ate and finished weekly planning  whilst resting a little more! I felt sooo ill! Then I got a call from the Solothurn Sisters (they're the STL's) to give me a Zone Training assignment for Tuesday! It was super weird, cause normally the ZL's organise Zone Training with the STL's, but the ZL's always call with  assignments, strange! Then we headed out to do the dooring project follow up, since we wrote on the letter that we'd be in the area on Saturday evening. Either people avoided us, or hadn't bothered reading the letter at all, so it was just like normal dooring fun! Wahey! Then, because we got no lessons from it, we were done a little earlier than anticipated. Then today we get a text from the ZL's saying that President wants to start counting Member Lessons/Spiritual thoughts as key indicators. So we figured that seen as we still had time and it was getting dark-  (people hate being stopped on the street by 2 guys in the dark-I don't blame them to be fair) we were close by the C's again, so figured
we'd pop by, say hi and share a spiritual thought with them- it was really cool! We did the Pen game one- we love that spiritual thought- es macht spaß! Then nach Hause and had abendessen!

So normal Sonntagmorgen! Church we had 4 investigators there! Like, I think that's the most that have ever been in Sacrament so far on the mission! Amazing stuff! 3 of those were the neighbours of our Neu bekehrten, who she invited! Awesomeness! So we had a lesson with them, which went pretty well .. and they comitted to come next Sunday, awesomeness! So we have 3 new people to work with! Sweet! We had a really nice fast and testimony meeting, then our class which was super
cool. We had a like 4 members come in with us as well, which was crazy,  but super cool and they all got involved and helped out and it was just brilliant! Then Priesthood, we went into YM's with the son of this family and translated for him, as they speak English (learning German). It was all about Gratitude and was cool! Then we had a meeting with the Bishop, as he's been away for a month or so and we had a load of things that we needed to run past him urgently, so we just went straight to him. Then we headed home, did studies as Sundays don't give enough time for studies in the morning! Then we headed to the Familie B for Abendessen! It was super Lecker and they are
such a cool family! The kids are pretty awesome too! It was a great day! Then I started reading 'The Power of Everyday Missionaries' from Clayton M. Christensen, as it's a book Pres. Has approved and my comp bought it last time we were at the Mormon Home Shop! It is super good! You should definitely give it a read! Next time we go to the temple I think I'll definitely buy myself a copy, so
I can make notes in it! It talks all about Members doing Missionary Work and Brother Christensen gives a load of awesome examples he's experienced! One main thing he talks about in it, is the fact that when a ward loves those who come through the doors, the Lord trusts them with His other Children and those wards see a lot more success in missionary work! So love the investigators and the less actives who are brought through those doors! You should read the book, it's brilliant!

Week 42 of 2015- Feuralarm, Zonentraining und General Konferenz!!

Grüezi wohl!

This week was an interesting week! Not quite the Best, but certainly not the worst! Plus, quite a bit fell through, but we're gonna work on that this week and make sure it doesn't happen again! 

Well Monday! 'Twas an interesting day! We began the day with heading to Weil am Rhine to the Post for Elder Hiemer to get some boxes! Then went shopping for the next 2weeks as we probs won't have time to shop next Monday! It was cheaper than the last few weeks where we've only been shopping for the one week! Komisch! Then home and cleaned and do some more washing, as today was our wash day. Then to the chapel to email! Oh mensch! 

Tuesday, so a little bit of studies, then off to Zone Training and my assignment went well, or so I'm told! (I'd love to send my notes from my assignment, but they're all auf Deutsch so you wouldn't understand them- but I basically followed the idea in the Book of Mormon example talk that Dad sent- it was really helpful). What did I learn from it all though- we all shared our first finding experience as missionaries which was fun to hear, then Elder Gomez Torio shared Joshua 1:9 and spoke about how we need to have the courage as God will be with us to help us and bear us up. Then we did like 8 role-plays and the ZL's spoke about mastering the message. Then the STL's spoke about Testimony and how a Testimony without test is not a testimony and a testimony shared is a testimony gained, and discussed Alma 32:27. Then it was my turn! Then that was the end of our beautiful 3 hour long Zone Training ..and then a bit of talking and catching up as per with Zone things, then nach Hause to drop off stuff from Zone Training! Then back out to catch the bus up to Hochwald to the Familie K! Abendessen und Familien H! It was a really nice evening! 

Wednesday we began with M in the morning and taught him about the Sabbath day and Follow the Prophet. It was interesting! Then we did a little more study at the chapel before having to head to the Bishops' for Mittagessen! It was super good! Then we shared the Tommy spiritual thought! Then a load of less active vorbeis again and finding. Most have moved again, the other few weren't home or just down right ignored us! Then we headed home and did the last part of our studies and abendessen! 

Thursday was a pretty long day! We began after studies by heading to the chapel, finding on the way and had internet hour to get a few things downloaded for the next few days! Then we headed home, had mittagessen and headed back out! Went by a load of less actives again and the same thing, not home or moved! Oh- not quite the same! We knocked one of them and the guy who we were after answers the door and he's like, ummm yeah I'm Jewish! Then just stares at us awkwardly for a few seconds, then he just shuts the door, but those few awkward seconds was soooo awkward it was untrue! Then we went by P! It was really cool! She's so cool and her little girl is so cute! She's 1 in 2 weeks time and she is sooo big! But anyway, we taught her about Service in the Church! It was pretty cool and we shared a part of Elder Renlund's talk from Gen. Conf. the 2nd and 3rd Paragraphs, it just linked perfectly! It was so much fun! Plus, she told us we should come round for dinner at some point- she's gonna make us some Fufu! Excited! Then she shared her story with us, which is so cool! Then we went home to make some calls and have Abendessen! It was a cool day!

Friday didn't actually seem all too effective and it was super looooong! We had studies, as per usual, then started weekly planning, with a lunch break! I have no idea why, but weekly planning just took forever this week. I was feeling dead by the time we were done. Then, after that, we headed out, did a bit of finding and mensch, winter is truly on it's way. It's suddenly freezing cold! Then we headed to the Familie T for Abendessen. It was really good! We had curry! It's your typical Swiss curry with fruit to go with it, like pinneapple, banana, peaches, etc. Like I don't know who thought of putting fruit like that with curry, but hey, it works! It was a really fun evening, but we were late home, so had to call the DL!

Saturday! So, this morning we headed to Frau S and went over the Baptism Interview questions with her, as she called earlier in the week asking what the qualifications for Baptism are. So we figured we'd go through the questions so she knows and also, so she can realise how ready for baptism she actually is! Legit if that was her actual interview she'd have passed it with flying colours! She is so ready! She just doesn't see it! We're struggling a little as to how to help her realise she is ready, cause she is ready! ..and we had Mittagessen with her, which was good! Then home and chatted with our member who came with us for quite a while. Had Sprachstudium, and then headed out and did a bit of finding before popping to the chapel to type a few things up to print to give to Bishop tomorrow. Then Bishop turned up to set up for watching the last Conference session for tomorrow, so we got chatting with him for quite a while again. Then headed home, finding on the way. Nobody was on the street! To be fair, it was like 19:30 and freezing cold, so I guess that may be why! Then home for Abendessen and to get prepared for Sonntag! 

Sunday! So we headed to church and it was the normal Sunday Morning. Today we had the normal Pfahl Bern Sunday after Conference and Fast and Testimony Sunday, so we began with Sacrament Meeting and after taking the Sacrament we watched the Sunday Afternoon Session of General Conference as a Gemeinde and that took up the rest of the Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School and Priesthood/FHV! I love the way they do that here in Pfahl Bern, cause that last session which most people normally don't watch, is actually a really good session! I don't know why we don't do that back in the UK! All of the talks were brilliant. If you haven't seen it, watch it! Elder Christofferson's talk on The Need of a Church was really good, and Brother Burrants' talk about Ponderizing a Scripture each week was really good, so I'm gonna start doing that! This weeks' scripture is Joshua 3:5. So stay tuned for how that's helped this week! I suggest you do the same, cause it seems like a brilliant idea. Then the other talks were just brilliant. Elder Bednar was the final speaker and basically gave a tribute for the 6 Brethren who have passed, since he's been an Apostle. It was really nice and he emphasised how the Lord speaks through His ordained Servants. One quote he gave which stood out to me was "When you can't do what you've always done, then only do what is most important!" (Sorry if my translation is wrong, we watched it auf Deutsch). It was a really nice meeting and we managed to get our week filled with member appointments (well not filled- but get one per day at least)! Then home, studied and headed out to go to a lesson, but he wasn't home! Then finding and then headed to Basel SBB to meet the Pratteln Elders, as we needed a Persian Book of Mormon and they needed an Italian Il Libro di Mormon. So we met, exchanged books and then headed home. They were like in winter coats, with scarves and gloves on, like yeah it's a bit nippy, but it's not winter coat, scarves and gloves cold. Like, I was just in a pull over. They are gonna suffer like crazy when winter really gets here! So, we got home, had dinner and the day is done! Then I filled in the area book, cause we haven't done it in a while! Oops!

Well I believe that is all! Stay tuned for Saturday! Have a brilliant week!

Alles Liebe,

Elder Ammon Robertson xxxxx

Friday, 16 October 2015

Cagliari 28/9/15 - 12/10/15 "Tempeste e un rapido viaggio a Roma"

Week 1 of the fortnight …
Monday: We went shopping, thennnnnn we went to the chapel, emailed, ate pranzo with B, G, V, A, R, R, E and the Anziani, so that was awesome. After that, me and Roberts went to get a comp item hahahahah.... for the lols soooo. Then after, we went to McDonald's for a McFlurry, cus I really wanted gelato, but p-day was almost over and so we wouldn't have had much time to go get a good gelato, so we settled with Maccies. It was pretty good though. We got a Nocciola one (Hazelnut), one of my fave flavours! After that, we headed to the park for the FHE with the ragazzi and the Anziani (come sempre). We played some awesome games that Molnar came up with. First we did Chinese whispers, with German, Spanish and Indian phrases (Molnar, Cabbalero and Aman made them). That was hilarious!!! Then we played the game where you're like, paired up with someone from the other team and you have to walk towards and then past each other without laughing ... but the aim is to make the other person laugh. I explained that horribly, but it's a typical EFY one :) hahaha. Then Caballero did the spiritual thought, since he'll be heading to Rome on Thursday. It was a really awesome thought and I deffs felt the spirit :) Then we finished the day off with a hot choc after planning. Grazie a voi! :)

Oh, also an awesome miracle happened today. There was scheduled a huuuuuuuuge thunderstorm. All day, we were contemplating not doing the FHE, cus we do it at the park. Anyways, Anz Cab was like 'It won't rain, it won't rain .. let’s do it' etc and we were all like ‘hmmmmm, but it’s scheduled to be bad’. (This huge warning went across the whole of Sardegna. Someone even mentioned a tornado, but I think that part was for a bit of drama). He was all 'I know it won't rain'. So we did it anyways, at the park .. and I kid you not, it did not rain... For the whole evening!  Literally up until R did the closing prayer. Then it absolutely tipped it down. #therecanbemiracleeeeeeeeeeeeees

Also, this day I read an awesome talk called 'The Abundant Life' by James E Faust.

I realise that I didn't actually write anything this week other than Monday in my iPad notes journal. This week was super weird. With DDM one morning, then collecting Roberts’ permesso, then waiting all morning at the airport, so a lot of working time was cut most mornings, but we tried our best and still managed to see miracles. I'm limited on time today, cus we are planning on going to the local castle with our Anziani and the Anziani from Sassari, before we catch our flight to Rome later tonight for the Leadership Conference; cus I'm STL.. Molnar and Purpari are the ZL’s and I need a comp, so Roberts gets a free ticket to Rome too haha. Lucky duck :) 

Sending post to friends and family

Tuesday we spent the morning picking Roberts’ permesso up. SHE’S LEGAL .. WOO. Then we made some calls, then saw R, then A. There was a TONNNNNNN of thunder and lightning. It was beautiful though :) The lightning was just like what you'd see in a movie; it didn't even look real! Anyways, with R, we spoke about Christ-like attributes and did the activity from Preach my Gospel with her and then invited her to choose one to work on :) She was super enthusiastic to do it :) Then with A, we did the restoration and it was totally d'accordo with everything AND HE CAME TO THE SATURDAY GENERAL CONF SESSION TOO and loved it!
Sorella Roberts collecting her Permesso

Then (I've mixed Tuesday and Wednesday up oops) anyways, we had DDM. It was the last one with Cab and Mic and Jorg. SADTIMES. THEN Fratello C cooked pranzo for us, so gooood. Thennnn we saw R, made calls, then saw M, who has read like 8 chapters of the Book of Mormon this week and took notes and had a ton of questions..! He's so awesome! Then we had English course.

Thursday, we spent most of the day at the airport. Their flight was delayed. We had to be there to be comps with Hansen, while she waited for her new comp .. so that was so fun... Anyways, after that we finally got to eat. Then we saw a less active family who are AWESOME. The mom is actually pretty active and one of her daughters, but the other daughter who is about 16 isn't. We spoke about how the gospel blesses our lives and it went really well. They seemed to really like us. They made us a fruit tea. It was super good. I think it was apple and cinnamon. Roberts didn't like it though. Then we had English course

We also had the chance to see B this week. She is incredible. As per! 

I found a new word that I like it is... "ninnanannana". It means lullaby haha. 

Saturday we saw V, then R, then La Famiglis C. Then we saw the conferences in Italian! :)

Sunday we finished 12 weeks. SHE’S NOT A GREENIE ANYMORE. WOOOOO!! Then we had lunch with the Anziani and some members, then conference. We saw the first one (listened to, as only the audio would work) in English, then the second one, a Swiss FAM came (from Ammon's ward). They were AWESOME and they wanted to watch it in English. They were only showing English in a small room, so we just ended up watching it in Italian. So yeahhh.
I met a family from Reinach (Switzerland) at Church

So, this morning I found an awesome talk. It was all about service. I'll copy in the part which speaks about the blessings of service. It made me realise how important this is. I feel that in general, service is over looked, like under rated almost, but it's such a critical aspect in the church. Here it is:

"I testify that through serving our fellowmen we come to know the Lord.

Service makes us strong in our faith and useful in His kingdom. Service gives us purpose and courage in life. It brings us closer to God and helps us refine our divine nature. It teaches us to love and understand our fellowmen.  It helps us forget about our personal desires, eliminating selfishness, pride, and ingratitude. It teaches us to think of the needs of others, which allows us to develop the virtues that the Saviour possesses.

Kindness, love, patience, understanding and unity will increase as we serve; while intolerance, jealousy, envy, greed and selfishness decrease or disappear. The more we give of ourselves, the more our capacity to serve, understand, and love will grow.

Those who serve will always seek to please God and live in harmony with Him. They will be full of peace; they will have a cheerful countenance and a spirit of kindness.

Those who serve will strive to ennoble, build and lift their fellowmen; therefore, they will find the good in others and they will not find reason or have time to become offended. They develop the virtue of praying for those who criticize. They don’t expect recognition or reward. They possess the love of Christ.

Those who serve will always be willing to share what they possess and what they know at all times, in all places, and with all people.

Those who serve even in adversity will maintain a living hope of a better future. They will continue to be firm in the midst of a crisis because their hope is in Christ.

Those who serve will accept their assignments with humility, recognizing their limitations, but convinced that two people can do all things they propose to do as long as one of the two people is God.

With divine inspiration, King Benjamin declared, “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God” (Mosiah 2:17). Those who serve will have greater understanding of the personality and attributes of God.

Those who serve with devotion, even when things don’t turn out the way they would like, are not easily discouraged, fatigued, or frustrated because the promise of peace of mind and the companionship of the Holy Spirit will never abandon them."

All my love,

Sorella Robertson xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Week 2 of the fortnight …
Yoooooooooooooo so I’m just gonna go from the start...

Monday as I already explained... We were going to go to the castle with our Anziani and the Sassari Anziani.... but we didn't cus by the time we were ready to go.. there wouldn't have been enough time to get back home and pack for Rome and be at the airport on time. So, while the Anziani went, me and Roberts went to McDonalds haha and ate, cus we hadn't eaten all day.  We just emailed some more and then went home, packed and left for the airport. On the airplane I spoke to a lady who was next to me. She was awesome and knew the missionaries from years ago :) When we arrived in Rome, the AP’s and office Elders were there to pick us up. We went with the office Elders to the mission villa in their car. Well, the tomtom died and they took a wrong turn and they were stressing out. Anyways, we FINALLY arrived at the villa. Feels like home! TO BE GREETED BY Sorelle WADDOUPS, WINEGAR, DIFRANCHI and a few other MTC girls who I love so very much. Then we ate chips and kebab or as the Americans say 'kei - baaahb'; then chatted and went to sleeppppp. Hammy wasn't there at this point, cus her train was delayed big time, but as I was drifting off I heard her voice and I HAD to see her, so I was like 'Hammy, Hammy, Hammy!!!' and she jumped on my bed and hugged me and we both nearly cried and it was just the best. GOSH I've missed that girl. Then I went to sleep for reals. 

Tuesday was an early start. Some of the Sorelle set their alarm waaaaay early, so they could hop in the shower. I figured that enough were doing that, so I'd be okay to wake up normal time. After all, 6.30 is early enough for me, ha. We all got ready and on time. Then we all had breakfast downstairs. It was awesome to catch up with some other missionaries over breakfast too. Ahhhh, this is just like my own circle of friends now and it is just the best! After that, we headed over to the chapel. I walked over with Hammy and it reminded me of the good old times when she made me laugh so much, then we got there and we started some studies/caught up with missionaries I've served with nel passato. Again! The conference started and it was actually a super awesome conference. The AP’s began speaking about the importance of finding eternal families. They even sung a duet, cute. Here are some notes I took:
We have to put in the spiritual work. The Lord is working. There is a temple. They are working on it. We need to FILL that temple with ETERNAL families. Okay, this is all I wrote. I'm really bad at taking notes. I promise it was good and I learnt a lot. This is just what really stood out to me, like, something I really liked that they said. Anywaysssss... After that, President Waddoups spoke about a ton of things.
Consiglio - :Leadership Council in Rome

Catching up with Hammy

After that, the AP’s spoke about how to conduct scambi properly and the importance of asking inspired questions. Something I liked that they said was:  The things that we learn every single day can help people. We don't create followers, we create future leaders (sign of a great leader).
Then Sorella Waddoups spoke about rules. Then President concluded. It was a really awesome conference and I went away with a really strong desire to do better. I have so much more to do. I am so far from being the missionary I want to be, still, but I'm trying! It was awesome. Anyways, afterwards we had lunch and I got to hang out with my lil Hamster. Love her millions! After that, I got some stuff from my other suitcase and stuffed it in my mini one I bought from a Chinese store.. And the one Roberts bought (I couldn't bring the whole thing, it was overweight), so that one is waiting in the office and probably will stay there until I come home. It's okay though, cus I have jumpers and stuff now. Then we set off to fly home. On the way we passed the Rome Temple, but the flight went well. It's super short! Then we headed straight to English course. It went well.
Wednesday.. Started making more ex investigator calls, becauuuuuse years ago there used to be 4 sisters and so we somehow have like 4 different area books with a TOOOON of ex investigators, so we spent the beginning of the morning doing that and then we headed over to the chapel for DDM (we swapped it, cus of Rome). Our new DL is Anziano Haroldson, who was in our district last transfer. He seems cool. He did a good addestramento about being responsible, using as a basis - the talk 'If you will be responsible'. One thing that stuck out to me was actually a comment Anziano Molnar made when he said 'Be the missionary your mother thinks you are!’ He spoke about our responsibilities and how everything we do throughout the day should reflect our responsibilities. He then spoke about 4 points in order to be the ‘great’ rather than the 'good' missionary. These were them: learning our duty, making decisions, acting accordingly to the knowledge of our duty and accepting the will of God. After DDM, we all went and got pizza :) After pranzo and Italian study, we went to see R... WHO PRAYED … YES SHE ACTUALLY HAD VOGLIO AND SAID THE PRAYER. It was awesome! Then we based the thought on the talk that President Dieter F Uchtdorf gave at the Women's session of conference, which was awesomeeeee. She loved it too. After R, we saw B and spoke about more of the commandments, then went straight to the chapel for a lesson with A. He is so ready. We watched the Restoration video with him. Just for more clarification. He loved and understood it. He had a TON of questions. We spoke about the gospel the whole time. We didn't even have time to teach English and he didn't even mind! It was just a really really awesome lesson :) 

Thursday... We finallyyyyy got to see a less active member who we have been trying to see since we got here (3+ months ago!!) her name is AC. She is SO CUTE. She told us a little about her. We got to know her. She got to know us etc, then we left her with a spiritual thought based on the talk 'Discovering the divinity within', another talk from this General Conference. She loved it. We then got onto speaking about the atonement and the importance of scriptures. She bore a solemn testimony. After that, as we were leaving she gets this giant bag and fills it with a ton of food and tells us she got it for us. Like, this stuff could have fed us for a week and she was still trying to give us more from the cupboards and fridge. Haha. We went away with 2 things of spaghetti, brie, homemade fig jam, crackers, more crackers, milk, tomato sauce. Probably more, but this is all I can remember. I stopped her when she got to the mozzarella, cus we already have some at home. Haha she was ADORABLE. This woman was just so so kind and so angelic. Gosh, we were so so so happy that we got to see her! She certainly brightened up our day :) After this, we did area book!.. Then pranzo and lingua thennnnnnn a lesson with R, who chose knowledge to study, so we studied that together. She told us how the conference gave her many answers to her prayers. It was just awesome. I always feel the sweet presence of the spirit when we go to see her :) I feel like she is someone I will be friends with outside the mission per sempre. :) After, we saw G :))) spoke about some more commandments. This girl is incredible. She is incredibly mature for her age. I've said this before, but I have honestly never met anyone like her. She is only 14 and she has one of the strongest testimonies I have ever heard in my life. It blows me away. She's just awesome! After that, we did English course. This time we did advanced.

Friday... Weekly planning. The zone goal was to be more specific, so we did and we ran over into lunch time, but it was really good :) This week will be way better :) We saw R again to finish the discorso. On the way back, an African preacher from the 'Redeemed Church' started speaking to us. Initially, because we were clearly foreign and could speak English. Then he asked about what we do. We barely got the chance to speak, cus he tried preaching at us. Oh my goodness. He was throwing bible references at us left right and centre. Not to contradict us at all. I think it was more to show off. He didn't really have a point, thinking about it. In the end, he was like 'We are all doing the work of God in the end and I commend you', which was annoying. We tried explaining the Book of Mormon and he was all 'No, we are told only one Bible' .. and so we explain that this isn't a Bible. Roberts pulls the scripture in Ezekiel 37:16 about the stick of Judah and the stick of Ephraim. I just don't really think he got it, mainly because he wouldn't listen. Every time we tried explaining something, he'd just change the subject to something else random, or some other biblical scripture. Anyways, that was fun.. 

After him, we went to the church to sort referrals. Found that we were given a new one too, which we will contact tomorrow. :)

Oh we ended the day with pancakes: bacon and maple :)

Saturday.. Today we began helping V with her spesa. :) Then we did a spiritual though about Christ-like attributes :) It went super well. I love her! Then we contacted our new referral and SHE ACTUALLY WANTS TO SEE US. We are super excited, cus when I called her, I heard a baby in the background, soooo it's a family I'm guessing :))))) Then we basically spent the rest of the day trying to find ex investigators who we don't have a number for and tried to pop in on a less active. We really struggled this week getting appointments in general and so it was a little disheartening, but we carried on. :) Also, received a bidone at the end of the day .. so that wasn't the best.

Sunday.. Everything is always better on a Sunday. We were ready to teach Gospel Principles, set off, got to church and I played the piano for the meetings. Anziano Molnar translated into German, cus there was a German family visiting (different from last week). The testimonies given were very simple, to the point and powerful. Many spoke about the temple and General Conference. After that, we did the Gospel Principles lesson. The lesson went well. Everybody participated (it was a continuation of the one we did two weeks ago about Gifts of the Spirit... longest lesson ever). It went well. After that, we had Relief Society, which was awesomeeee. M CAME TOO :) Then we came home, ate and studied. 

After, we went down to the chapel for correlation, then made calls for the following week and headed over to A’s. She was great as usual. Got my laughing, gosh that woman is hilarious hahaha. Then we got to share with her a spiritual thought about the importance of the sacrament and she agreed with everything and accepted the invite to keep on coming and to focus on Christ, as she partakes the sacrament. After that, she made us potatoes and spicy stew. It was super good, but I think Roberts' throat nearly got blown off hahah poor lass. 

Well, that was my week. In terms of numbers and lessons and finding new people, it wasn't super great, but we pray that being more specific in weekly planning will change that. This week is looking good!

Update about our Monday morning too... So we walked to Eurospin to go get spesa. Then went to the bus stop, as we had a heavy load. The bus comes, but Sorella Roberts is a little behind me (I had the bags, she had the cart). I stop the bus (this bus comes every 20/30 mins btw, so it was a miracle it was there..) I stop it and wait for her to cross the road, but then I couldn't see her and so I got on the bus to look through the window to beckon her to come faster... but as soon as I stepped foot onto the bus, he closed the doors and started driving off. In an absolute fluster, I'm like shouting to get him to stop and he literally carried on as if I wasn't there, so I bang on the plastic window that he was behind to get his attention and he still ignored me, so I was like ‘Okay, let me off, let me off' and he was like 'Non posso' and so I had to wait for the next stop. Well, this would be the day that there are road works and so the bus was diverted and the next stop was what would usually be like the 4th.. one before our house. Anyways, I call the Anziani to ask them what they suggest. They were not super sure, but in the end we decided that they were to drive to where I left her and I was to get onto the next bus back there. Well, the next bus came early (miracle!!!) and as I was on the bus, the phone rang. It was a member, but when I answered it, to my relief I heard MY COMPANION’S VOICE. Then I got to the church and we were reunited. I felt awful!
Her side of the story is better, because she received an answer to a prayer and there was nothing else it could have been than quite literally .. an answer to a prayer.

Anyways, so that's it for this week haha. Hopefully I'll get some boots today, as it's been raining quite a bit. 

Love you once again!

Sorella Robertson

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Reinach 21/9/15 - 5/10/15 Zone Konferenz, Templetag, P-touches und General Konferenz

Week 39 of 2015

Höi zäme!

How are things? This week's been quite a week!

Monday, so after studies and a bit of cleaning we headed out to go to Lörrach! Man! It seems so long ago since I last went there! It's changed quite a bit to be fair! Craziness, but that was cool! Then after doing a bit of autumn/winter clothes shopping we grabbed food and then came back! Chilled a bit, then headed to the chapel to do emails! I loved the emails this week and I got included in Elder Palmer’s email home and he said in Thursday’s part "It was terrible saying goodbye to Elder Robertson, it legit felt like I was saying goodbye to family again." How sweet! Maybe I was a good trainer after all! I hope so! 😕 Then, after emails we headed out to do some finding! This one guy we stop is like "Ich spreche kein Deutsch" in like the most perfect Deutsch, with the most German accent ever! Hey! Each to their own! Then some more finding, a couple of Vorbeis and home. A look through the area book to see if we can try by any formers and bedtime! Smiling face with open mouth

Dienstag rolls around and today started off with a real good companionship study, as we had a lesson we needed to get to, so had to leave the apartment at 9:30. We plan on having quite a few baptismal dates set this week. Then just like 10 mins before we walk out the door, both of our planned appointments for the day send a text saying 'Sorry, today isn't gonna work'. The one had to go to the UK to look after a relative, so isn't in the country for the next week or so, the other was looking after his mother (who is pretty ill from what he says). Then finding, more finding and more finding. Finished studies! More finding! Then we headed to a members' for dinner! It was super good and now I am super full! We got to know them pretty well and did the Jenga spiritual thought! It went really well! I just love it when members get involved in spiritual thoughts, sharing experiences they've had with the subject we talk about! It really is the BEST! Members are the BEST! You've just got to love them!

Mittwoch! What a day! Mensch! I am so tired! So we got up early to be out of the apartment for 7:15am to get on our way to Zürich! We had Zone Conference! It seems like forever since we last had a proper Zone Conference with Mission Tour, Bednar Conference, Getting iPads Conference, and then finally the first proper Zone Conference of the year! We have Zone Training each month, but Conference, it's been forever! It's legit a year since my very first Zone Conference on the mission! I'm ancient! Legit I feel so old! There's so many young missionaries now! Bern Zone and Zürich Zone were together, so it was like I never left! There are like 6 Goldens in the 2 zones this transfer! There's so many missionaries, which are younger than me! Ahhhh! So, the majority of the day was Präsident Kohler! He spoke about a whole load of different things! Sister Kohler spoke to us about Obedience. I love it when Sister Kohler speaks! She legit is such a Mother and we did a role play thing like a million times! Like the ones Ash gets in her ones, where they are in like 2 lines opposite another missionary and we have to do it auf Deutsch, which is awesome when you are opposite a German! Haha! Nah! It went well! Then lunch, which was organised by the Dielsdorf FHV, which was awesome! Got to see some Dielsdorf members again! I loved it! Then back in! President introduced the new study schedule thing- this time we're doing PMG from the 1st October to end of January! Then we had the talks part. This time Pres asked everyone to prepare a talk on one of 2 topics and then called on someone to give their talk. Just like they do on Sundays in the MTC. Sister Van der Put and Elder Heath got called on, so I was safe! Although, I had it all planned, so I wouldn't have minded having to give it, but hey! Theirs were awesome anyway! Then Pres spoke more about working with the members, with us participating, as he focussed it on a case study he sent to us to review a few weeks back, so that was cool! Then Pres. Gappmaier (Mission Presidency 1st Counsellor- he's Pres' right hand man for Switzerland basically and he is awesome). He spoke more about members and he talked more about gaining the trust of members using the LDS (Lieben Dienen Stärken- Love, Serve, Strengthen- it only works properly auf Deutsch). It was super good! Then we had a surprise treat! They brought the Doctor in to give us all the flu vaccine! Apparently the Missionary Department recommend that all missionaries have it! Although we could still say no! I decided I'd pass! You know what I'm like, needles don't phase me at all- I love giving blood and that needle’s a lot bigger than a vaccine! I just didn't fancy the risk of it not working then I get major ill, because of having the vaccine- cause that’s always worse than when you just catch the flu, so life is grand! Then after mingling for a little while, we headed home. Did a bit of studies and that was the day!

So Thursday! Okay! I am super tired still from yesterdays’ early get up, so after an hour of studies, we headed to the chapel to meet M! It was an interesting lesson! I think he may be an eternal investigator, but hey! Then we headed to the Familie K for dinner! It was super cool! Then to an appointment with our new investigator from last week! It went well and we had a member with us, so that was cool! Especially seen as this guy like only speaks Schwiezerdütsch, so it makes it a little more einfach! Then finding and home to finish studies and get dinner!

So Freitag, we had a super long morning/afternoon! General 3 hour studies, then our weekly planning sesh, with an hour lunch break, so when we finally got out of the apartment it was like 15:00, which was crazy! Then we headed to a less actives for a lesson! It was interesting! Then headed to meet Brü C again in Aesch, before heading to Frau S. It was sweeeettt! She is so awesome! She's like in her late 70’s and I think I mentioned last week about her being like an eternal investigator until my first lesson with her last week where she accepted a date. Then she has made soo much progress in just the last week! She is awesome! Then she fed us again! We had like bread and cheese and meat! It was cool, so it was a pretty good day and ended even better!

Samstag! What a day! I am dead! We began the day with studies followed by some finding, before heading on out to go to the JAE/Youth activity, which we were asked to go to, as they were inviting a load of non-member friends, so we figured why not! We went, shared a spiritual thought and had the activity. It was basically just a giant nerf fight! Soooo nerdy and our spiritual thought was based on Nächstenliebe (Charity). It helped strengthen relationships with the youth and JAE, whilst speaking with their friends, so it was a good use of time! Although I'm sure my legs are gonna kill in the morning! Then by the time we got back home, showered, ate, re-did a part of weekly planning, cause we needed to change a few things and that was that!

So, Sunday morning and I wake up and my legs are killing me! I don't think we'll join the youth next time, I'm getting way too old! As per, we were the first to church- it's the norm here! We end up opening up and locking up the building here and the meetings today were pretty sweet! All of the talks in Sacrament meeting were awesome! I loved them! Then we went to the JAE Sunday School class and it was awesome as well! Then Priesthood- it was a great class, but it was based on marriage and strengthening your relationship within marriage! It was great, but I still have under a year until I even start thinking about that... Haha! Then after church, home, food, studies, went out for a little bit, nothing, but hey, life is great!

Then today we headed out to shop and went around Basel for a bit! It's a pretty cool city! I'm a failure with pictures at the moment! Super sorry! I'll have to see if I can get any from Sister Lee, which she took at Zone Conference!

Alles Liebe,

Elder Ammon Robertson xxxxxxxx

P.S- My Papa is engaged!! I just got an email from him today telling me! Haha! Just thought I'd throw it in there for you!

Week 40 of 2015- Templetag, P-touches und General Konferenz!!!

Grüezi wohl!

We'll dive straight in with the week!

Montag! So after studies, of course, we head out to get the train to Basel, go around Basel for a little bit. It's a pretty cool city to be fair, then took the tram over the border to Weil am Rhein. It's like the centre point where Deutschland, die Schweiz und Frankreich border one another, so that’s pretty sweet! We went shopping there and bumped into quite a few missionaries- Elders Bakewell, Lynch, Bowler and his Golden, Sisters Flickinger, Holessen and their Golden’s, so that was crazy, but cool! Then we headed home, did some cleaning and then headed to the chapel to do emails! I kinda hate doing emails last in the day, cause that’s the only thing I actually want to do on P-day, the rest of the day ist egal, but hey! Then we headed to the Familie S for dinner! It was awesome! We had pizza and salad. It feels like I haven't had pizza in forever, so it was awesome! Then we did the Thankful Pen game spiritual thought. Then the day was basically done! Tomorrow should be a real nice day, so I'm excited for it!

Dienstag comes around and it began with like 20mins of Comp Study before heading to the chapel for a 9am lesson with M. It was interesting! He loves reading in the Book of Mormon, which is always great to hear! So after M, we caught the train to Basel to get to District Meeting and our train was late- craziness! That never happens in Switzerland; trains, buses, trams, people, everything is always on time! ALWAYS!!! So we get to the chapel in Basel just a little late and the chapel is actually pretty cool looking! It's sweet! So we have DM! We began with the normal- song, prayer, Aussagens, business. Then he's like, okay everyone can share a success story of working with members (like he just asked us on the spot so nobody was prepared); luckily I find working with members super important, so it was fine and there were some pretty awesome ideas, which we may start using in the coming weeks! Then, basically he takes the rest of DM talking about the Atonement! It was super good and spiritual. Then afterwards we headed out to go down to my homeland.... ‘Bern Baby Bern’! I love that city! It just feels like home there, so we went to the temple, as President has given us a temple schedule and Bern zone get to go to the temple in the first 2 weeks of the transfer, and seen as this is the second week of the transfer we needed to do it this week and today was the only day we have any time this week, so we went! It was really nice. It was a pretty quiet session, which was quite nice, but it was in French again! Aggghhhh! Nah! Just kidding, French is great! I almost know the whole temple session in French now a days- don't think I'll need a headset next time! Then the veil was an Italian guy, so he did it in Italian! The Swiss temple really is the Best! You get all sorts of cultures and languages! It's awesome! Then we went to the shop, picked up a few things and then headed home and the day is done! It was a really nice day! Lots of Spirit! I loved it!

Mittwoch was a pretty crazy busy day! After the normal study pattern we prepared some personal touches to thank the members for their awesome talks last Sunday and for those who have been coming on JT's with us. Then lunch, then we went out to drop off these P-touches and find. We spoke to this one lady who was standing in the middle of the road and we were having a really nice convo with her, then her husband comes out and tells us to get lost and calls us stupid Zeugen Jehovahs! Okay! But hey! Then this evening was pretty sweet! We went by Frau S, but this time we took our JAE less active, as our joint teach! It was sooo cool! We got him involved and once he started joining in, he like bossed that thing! Legit it was so cool! He taught way better than either of us could have done it and he hasn't been on a mission... Yet! He's amazing! It was a really good lesson and she was asking about the baptism, like where will it be, cause our chapel doesn't have a font- so will it be in Basel? etc! She is super awesome and constantly thinking about baptism! I'm super excited about her, keep praying! It's doing wonders! Oh, funny moment of the day was as our joint teach was teaching he was doing it in Swiss German, but his Swiss German had like a Brummie accent to it! I just found it super funny, cause he's like complete Swiss and has never been to Brum! Legit, you had to have been there! You'll never quite understand until you hear a Swiss person speak Swiss German and it sound totally Brummie! It was soo funny! Oh and Frau S made us cake this time- we had an Apple Pie, which was super good and a chocolate cake, which was also amazing!! It feels like forever since I last had proper homemade cakes!

Donnerstag! Kind of the same type of day as yesterday, but not quite as cool! We finished the rest of the P-touches and did some finding! Twas okay! We walked so much and the sun was nice and bright when we left the apartment, so it was pretty warm! The day goes on and we were out for like the whole day! Then we had a lesson this evening with P. She's been a member for just over a year. She's super cool and has such a cute little girl, so we taught her! Oh my papa found her, taught her and then came back and baptised her and she knows Jake (my cousin), so that's pretty cool to be teaching her! We taught her about temples and to help her start preparing for the temple! She was so excited it was amazing! Then we ended up walking home a 33min walk in like 15mins- it was like freezing cold! I was dying and still am freezing! Then we got home and I ate like 500g of Spätzli! It was great, but I'm still starving.

Freitag! It was again near enough exactly the same as last Friday! Normal study sesh, weekly planning with a lunch break! It felt like the day dragged to be fair, plus today was our wash day! Washing here kind of sucks! We get a day to wash once every 10-12 days. We have a schedule, which is ridiculous and when there’s a Feirtag, it gets pushed back even further, but hey! Yeah! Today was wash day, 'twas fun! Also, I found out that a family from the ward are holidaying in Sardegna for the next few weeks and will be going to church on Sunday, in Cagliari, so Ash- keep an eye out for them! They're pretty awesome! I don't know them very well... yet, but from when I've met them and spoke with them and what I've heard, they're awesome! After Weekly Planning, we headed out and had a lesson with a less active again! Then we did a bit of finding before going to Familie F for dinner! It was sweet! They're a pretty awesome family! Schw. F is from the Ukraine, so the kids are brought up with German and Russian, which is pretty sweet! Dinner was awesome! There was a variety of things and one of them was pizza, but it was like meat and pumpkin pizza and it was awesome! Then we did the Thankful Pen game again! It went awesomely and they got it pretty quickly to be fair and the kids were awesome, they learnt and applied the lesson well quickly. It was super awesome!

Samstag! General Konferenz wochenende! Kopfschmerz! So, we began the day (we do studies everyday) with heading out to "youthsports". Then we came back finished studies, essen and last bit of weekly planning again! Then we headed out to meet our joint teach and found on the way! Headed to Frau S, had a little lesson and watched General Conference at her place, so it was in German! I understood most of it, of course, but it was horrible! You don't get any of it in the way it is. No emotion whatsoever in the translation, plus my head is killing me from concentrating so much to understand it and I couldn't take notes, which I like to do, cause I'm no good at multi-tasking (listening to the translator, translating it back to English to understand properly, listening to Spiritual impressions and writing them down). It's just too much for me to do- my head is exploding! So, in a way it didn't really mean too much to me, the first session, but I guess I found my P-day activity- watch the Saturday Morning Session again auf Englisch! Tomorrow we're watching it in Pratteln, so they should be showing it in English and German, but the one thing I really liked from it was the talk from Sister Marriott about how her family motto is that ‘All is Well’- but all is not always well in this life, but in the life to come everything will be perfect!

Sonntag! What a day! Studies, then out to get the train to Pratteln for General Konferenz! It was amazing! The Priesthood session was brilliant, as was the rest of it! One of the main topics I saw coming from all of it was that of Faith and Choices. Choices determine destiny! Then the Saturday Afternoon Session! Oh Mensch! I think it was my favourite! The talk from Elder Robert D Hales was brilliant! I don't remember one of his talks standing out too much to me before, but this time, Mensch, it was amazing! Then followed by Elder Jeffrey R Holland! Need I say more! I loved his talk! All about Mothers and how they are Saviours on Mount Zion! I'll just add my testimony of how true that is right here! Then the rest of those talks were just brilliant! If I wrote everything I want to I'd be writing for ages! Then the Sunday Morning Session! Again brilliant! Loved it! President Nelson’s talk was brilliant! All about the role of women in the church! How true that is! Like, you see it all the time! I've really seen it in missionary work! Sister missionaries are so much better at this work than Elders are and the testimony when you bring a Sister as a joint teach, it touches them in such a different way to an Elder’s testimony or a Male member’s testimony! It’s soo true! Women play such a vital part in preparing the way for the Second Coming! The testimonies of the three new apostles were powerful! You could just see that they have been called as Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. We've seen them speak before, but there was something different this time as they spoke as Special Witnesses of Jesus Christ. This Conference Weekend, my heart has been touched and my testimony strengthened beyond comprehension. This is the Lord’s true church on the earth. He leads it in every way! The Prophet and Apostles are men called of God. Each one of them have been called of Him and are His servants! As Elder Gary E Stevenson said "We live in perilous times, but in compensation the Lord has given us the opportunity to also live in the fullness of times". In a time where the gospel is restored in it's fullness, in a time where we have a living prophet, in a time where the windows of heaven are open and He speaks to us and blesses us. Decisions do determine destiny! This is the time to make those choices that will lead us home to Him, who we call Father. Now is that time! Now is the time to stand up and testify. Now is the time to represent the Lord, even when it doesn't seem like the most convenient. This is His church and we have the blessing to be a part of it and the responsibility to do those things we can do that will bring the rest of His Children home to Him!

Have a brilliant week!

All my love,

Elder Ammon Robertson xxxx