Monday, March 7, 2016

Week 9: What do you call and Alligator wearing a vest? An Investigator. HAHA

Bonjour tout le monde! Comment ça va?
This week has for sure been a week of ups and downs. This has been one
of the hardest weeks of my mission, granted i haven't been in very
long haha, but we really do have a Heavenly Father watching out for us
and who really does love us. I'll include some of the miracles we saw
through the times of trial :)
Coolest Zone it the World!!

Monday way pretty great. We got to clean, which was much needed. We
also got to visit our referral, Madam Estermann. She is an old lady
from Germany and is just so darling. Our first visit was wonderful, we
were able to testify about the restoration and the Book of Mormon! I
even recited the first vision in French (hair flip). She thought it
was beautiful and was telling us how she noticed that the stories in
Alma (yeah, she read up to the end of Alma on her own) were very
similar to the things going on in our world today. We had to run out
the door to catch a bus so we could be home on time, but it was a
wonderful lesson.
So right now I'm a "STL in Training" or in other words, my companion
is a trainer and a sister training leader and I get to be involved in
the whole process haha. She thinks it's because I'm going to be the
next STL in Yverdon but I have no idea. But anyways, as an STL you go
on exchanges with the sisters in the zone to make sure they're okay
and that they're just overall doing good. As an "STL in Training" I
get to participate in lots of exchanges haha. So we started our
exchanges on Tuesday! I was with a sister who is from Paris and speaks
very VERY little English. She is darling though and SO good at
contacting. Needless to say, I learned a lot :)
Wednesday we had a cool miracle. It has been raining quite a bit, so
we decided to go contacting by porting. In my sector (area) we
dedicate 1 hour each day to this thing called "power hour" where we
contact everyone we can during that hour. It's proven to be super
effective in talking to people. We tried it and during that hour we
had 15 conversations through porting! It was definitely a miracle.
Most of the time we got 2-3 people to talk to us while porting, so 15
was a miracle for sure.

Soeur Yaka Yaka thought it would be funny
to turn the white girl black.
don't worry, it's just a cleaning mask, haha
Thursday we had another exchange! I got to go to Lousanne with a
sister, also from Paris, called Sœur Yaka Yake. We had a blast. She
was sick so we didn't get to do as much stuff, but it was fun.
Friday was also a miracle day. We got to see Madam Estermann again!
When we arrived to her house she dropped us... She told us that she
was an 88 year old woman and that she wasn't going to change. It was a
bummer! In the end she gave us a chocolate bar and tried to give us
each 20 Franks for the bus fair but we didn't take the money. We tried
to be sneaky and leave it as we depressingly walked into the rainy
night to wait for our bus. Well, turns out we weren't so sneaky and
she came out after us and tried to give us the money right as a bus
pulled up, so we told her we love her and jumped on the bus... Only to
find out that we had gotten on the bus and that the way we were going
was actually taking us 1 hour away from Yverdon... So we waited for
the last stop, talked with the bus driver and he offered to take us
back to the train station near us that way we could take a train and
go home. We of course accepted, and left him a bag of treats, a
contact card, and a letter saying thank you. When we got to the train
station we jumped off the bus and ran to the train. The only problem
was that to get to Yverdon we had to change trains so that meant
waiting for 20 mins in an unfamiliar area. When we got to that area we
went to wait for the train and when we did there were some gentleman
smoking something not good and listening to hard core rap. Basically,
we were in a place where the spirit couldn't be present. We also had
the possibility of being late. So we decided that the best thing to do
would be to go to another waiting area, pray, and then call the
district leader and tell him that we might be late. While we were
calling him those gentleman left and the spirit immediately returned.
All in all, we made it home, on time, and all was well, except for
being dropped of course haha.
Saturday was a slower day. We did weekly planning, we cleaned up a
little bit because someone was supposed to come and fix our leaking
fridge (they didn't come but the leaking stopped...) and we had to
clean the church (yes, the two of us.. It took us 2.5 hours). But! We
were blessed to have a RDV with our current engage Charlène. She is
AMAZING and really our only source of strength haha. We taught about
praying often and daily scripture study and keeping the sabbath day
holy. She said that she loved reading the scriptures daily because
they make her feel good. She also said that she is excited to start
doing family prayers with her husband so that they can start the
routine before they have children. She also thought that it was
important to keep the sabbath day holy so we can feel the spirit and
be rested for the next week. She also agreed to meet with us 3 times a
week so we can make sure she is prepared for her baptism on the 26th!
She is amazing and so excited to get baptized.
Sunday was also a day of miracles haha. It started out at church when
a man called Olivier came! We have taught him once as a FHE kind of
thing at the bishops and he had only come to church once before that
(which is where we met him). Well, as you know, Sunday was fast and
testimony meeting. Olivier went and bore his testimony on how the
church is true and the Book of Mormon is true and we have a living
prophet and Joseph smith restored the gospel and how he likes coming
to church. It was so cool! He said he doesn't want to meet with us,
but he is so ready! Fingers crossed that in the future he will be open
to meeting with us.
We also got to see Charlène on Sunday. We taught with a family from
Africa. They fed us and brought out this salsa that is from the Congo.
It is really spicy and has a ghost pepper in it. Apparently it's
tradition to have all the missionaries try it. So, being the good
missionary I am, I tried it and boy was it hot! My face turned red and
my tongue and lips burned for probably about an hour. Anyways, after
we were fed, we taught Charlène about Temples and committed her and
her husband to go to baptisms for the dead with the ward after she is
baptized and also we committed them to setting a date to be sealed in
the temple. They are going to be giving us that date on Friday :)
So another miracle that happened was that we had just had a lesson
cancelled because our ami is super sick. It was super frustrating for
us because we had decided to engage this ami to baptism and had this
great lesson planned and it was going to be amazing. Anyway, we
decided to take her the lesson plan so that she could read it while
she was sick and prepare for when we teach it. On our way to drop that

off, we got a call being invited over to a members house for dinner!
It was great. The members have recently been struggling with the ward
and being accepted (kind of like us) and we had planned to visit them
today actually haha. Anyways, we went and they fed us this really
awesome quinoa dish with some beef sauce on top. It was great! And
their family Is so sweet. They have 3 little girls who love me haha.
The youngest 2 even look like me from when I was a little girl. It's
so cute. It was a good meeting and we were able to help them address
some concerns and bring peace.

I know that even though sometimes things don't go as planned, even
when we try with everything we have, that the Lord always provides. He
will never leave us and he has given us a Savior, Jesus Christ, who
atoned for us, knows what we're going through, and because of Him, if
we turn to our Father in Heaven in prayer, having faith and a desire
to act, we will be blessed immensely!

I love you all. Have a wonderful week!
Sister Robb

Weekly Scripture:
Alma 5:14,26
I LOVE these scriptures! My favorite is how he asks if we have felt
the change that comes through the atonement of Jesus Christ, and If
so, can you feel it now? Brothers and Sisters, Can we feel so now? I
pray we can. And if we can't, let's work to be able to!

Week 8

Soeur Greciano & Soeur Robb
Bonjour tout le monde! How is everyone?

Lots of cool stuff happened this week, so I'm just gonna get into it :)
We got to eat some Kebobs! They are a bunch of different meats put
together in a tortilla... It was so good!! Really, that was the
highlight of Monday haha.
Tuesday we had to go on splits because Sœur Greciano is an STL and
they had a leadership conference. So I got to split with Sœur Beatty
and we had a blast. We had a miracle while we were out. We were
assigned to stay at the institute and help people if they came and
while we were there we had 4 Amis come! A couple had been doing family
history there for a long time and then the other two just randomly
found us online! SO COOL! So we got to talk to them about family
history and attempt to share stories with them ha.
We had legality.. It was the most awkward experience of my life. I
will explain at a later time (when I'm not a missionary anymore haha)
why... Anyways, that was terrible haha but now I'm legal so woo!
So Thursday was a cool day! We got to go and work on a farm for
service! A member in the ward has a cow farm and we get to help them
every week with their farm. They really need the help.. The wife is
the relief society president and she does so much to help progress the
work, this is the least we can do for her. But it's cool. I totally am
not cut out to be a farmer haha I am 100% a city girl :)
Friday we got to have zone training. Zone training was amazing we did
some cool stuff the coolest thing is that we will be Sitting front row
for when Christofferson comes! AHHHHH! I'm so excited! Another cool
thing, we got to read the parable of Jacob 5 in a vineyard! That was
also cool. Zone training is amazing! I have legit the BEST zone EVER!
We are made up of every social class you could think of and we all get
along like we have known each other for years!
We also did this cool thing called "power hour" where we contact
everyone we see. It was amazing! My job was to get the conversation
going and then finish it and add in where I felt it should. Needless
to say, it was awesome! One of them was in English and that was dope
:) we had 16 conversations and 3 lessons on the street that day and
that was very cool :)
Saturday we got to teach our less active, Sœur Frene. I love her so
much, but sometimes she is hard to understand because she doesn't have
teeth... But she is amazing and is making such good progress. We have
asked if we can start bringing members to read with us and she said
yes! Finally! She has also started preparing for our visits. She is
making such great progress. I hope that we can get her to come to
We also received a referral for an elderly lady who has read the whole
Book of Mormon, loves it, believes it's true, and wants to be taught!
We get to visit her today :)
Sunday was a miracle Sunday! We had 4 Amis at church! We normally only
have 2-3, but we got 4! And we had 2 others just randomly walk in
after sacrament! The work is progressing!! :) one of the Amis that
came was Rafael. He is dating a sister in the ward and when we were
talking to him he asked us if we would come teach him this week and
that he had been reading the gospel principles manual and he was half
way through the Book of Mormon. We of course said yes, and I'm looking
forward to getting to teach him. He said that he has a lot of interest
in the temple. I know that he was sent to us from God :)
Sunday we also got to host a baptism! It was awesome! It was for a man
in Freiburg. His wife spoke about baptism but got off topic quite a
bit and talked about their first kiss... That was a little awkward...
And all us missionaries got to sing! I feel so bad for those poor
people in the congregation.. Those poor souls, we sounded terrible!
Haha after the new brother was baptized and confirmed he bore his
testimony and it was the sweetest testimony I have heard (and
understood) in a very long time. I just love the testimony of new
members! They are so profound and so simple that the spirit is there
so strong. It's amazing.

Well, we are still working on getting our engages, but I am confident
we will do that. While doing our weekly planning we prayerfully made
the goal to get both our engages this week. I know we can do that.
With the Lord on our side, we can do anything!

Je sais que avec Dieu, nous pouvons faire toute chose. Je sais que
Dieu est notre Père Céleste. Je sais que Dieu nous aime beaucoup.
Parse que il nous aime, il envoye son Fils, Jésus-Christ. Je sais que
Jésus-Christ souffert et mort pour nous pour que nous puissions
retourner à Dieu et aussi pour que nous puissions avoir bonheur et
être pure. Je sais que l'église de Jésus-Christ des saints des
derniers jours est vraie, aussi le livre de mormon.

Je vous aime beaucoup!
À bientôt
Sœur Robb

Weekly Scripture:
Jacob 6:5
I love this scripture. My favorite part is where he says to "cleave
unto God" I love the visual that provides. It reminds me of the past 2
talks given in general conference by elder Ballard about getting in
the boat and hanging on with BOTH hands. God knows all, if we trust
Him, though bad things may happen, we will be able to be strengthened
by them and become more like the person he knows we can become.

Week 7, Making History

Bonjour tout le monde! I hope all is well.

I am doing GREAT! As most of you know by now, I am making history! For
the last 20 years, Americans haven't been allowed to serve missions in
Switzerland. Well, me and 3 other sisters are making history and the
first American missionaries to serve in Suiss! I am in a really cute
town called Yverdon and I love it! There are lots of cobblestone paths
and cottage looking houses, canals with billions of ducks, and the
nicest people! I love it. Things are really expensive here, but I love
it. It's funny, when we go teach people they are always commenting
that I have a cute accent. For some reason the French and Suiss love
it when Americans speak haha.

So because a lot of things happened this week, I am just going to give
an outline of my week with some fun details :)

Monday-Tuesday: flying
* I Fell asleep on someone... That was a REALLY awkward experience...
On the first flight I got stuck in the middle of two men and the seats
were really close together... I was super tired and tried to fall
asleep as straight as possible but must have shifted during the ride
and my head moved off my seat or something... Anyways, the man was
really nice. He offered to buy me some coffee.. Probably so I wouldn't
do it again haha.
* On the second flight I got to sit next to a kid from Estonia. I
can't remember his name, but he was cool. He was in America for a mini
exchange program. He was pretty cool. He told me all about Estonia,
showed me where he lived on a map and we just talked. I asked him
about religion and he told me that most people in Estonia don't
believe in God and that if they do, it's just the old people. It was
sad. He had never heard about Jesus Christ! I tried to explain to him
why I was serving a mission and what I believed in, but he fell asleep
while I was talking so... In the end he wanted to keep in contact so I
wrote my information down in a Book of Mormon and then forgot to give
it to him.. It was sad.
* When we finally arrived in Lyon we got to meet President and Sister
Brown, Elder Haws (Tyler Haws little brother) Elder Humphries, and
Elder Kesley. Elder Haws and Humphries are the assistants and Elder
Kesley is the secretary. They are all super cool! They took us
contacting on the metro and that was a really cool experience. I
talked to a Professor of French and she was very sweet and told me I
spoke really well for only learning French for 6 weeks. She told me
about her family and why it was important to her. We started talking
about how the family is important to God and is central to His plan
for our happiness. I wish we wouldn't have had to get off because
things were going so well! Hopefully we can find her again :)
* For dinner that first day, we got to eat at the mission home. It is
beautiful!! They have a HUGE backyard and the inside is just amazing.
They fed us chicken Alfredo (my favorite) and then Sœur Brown made
cheesecake for us and we got to top it with fruit and whipped cream.
It was awesome!
* While I was at the mission home, president brown asked to interview
me. I was a little nervous at first, but there was nothing to be
nervous about. I know that he was really called of God to be the
mission president here in Lyon. Our interview was awesome. We learned
a lot about each other and I'm super excited to be serving here.

* Wednesday morning we had a conference before we found out our new
assignments. They fed us breakfast (pain au chocolate and yogurt) and
it was the best!! The yogurt here is the best yogurt ever!
* Soon we got our area assignments and I got lucky enough to get
called to Yverdon with Sœur Greciano as my new companion. She is
wonderful! When asking her what she wanted me to tell my friends and
family about her, this is what she said:
- Afraid of dogs and spiders
- Doesn't like "body exposure"
- Doesn't want to marry a good looking guy
- Likes chocolate
- From Madrid Spain
- Doesn't like Ronaldo (because of body exposure and he's good looking lol)
- Says funny stuff to make me laugh
- Enjoys American Slang
She is so cute and such a great trainer. We got along so well and are
always laughing. We are basically the same person but she's just
shorter 😉
* We took a train to Geneva to get our tickets from the Geneva ZLs and
turns out, Elder Jesse Wade is the ZL! It was so much fun to get to
see him and talk to him. After our stop in Geneva we took another
train to get to Yverdon. When we got to Yverdone we settled in, ported
a little bit and then came home and went to bed.

Friday the real work began.
* we got to visit with one of our investigators named Yvonne. She is
was very sweet. We taught her about the Creation and the fall and she
loved it. She told us that the lesson we taught was her favorite story
from the bible. She understands everything we teach her, we are just
struggling with getting her to see the importance in believing those
* Friday we got dropped quite a bit... Twice actually! But that's
okay! Because when 2 doors closed, 2 doors opened! We were able to
meet with a potential investigator and we set up a RDV (return
appointment) and then while porting (what we call knocking doors) we
met a lady named Concetta. She is from Italy and when we asked her
about her family and talked about what we believe about families she
let us right in. At the end of the lesson she told us that we were
angels from God sent to help her. I hope that we can continue to meet
with her!

* We started Saturday off with some service. We helped a sister move.
This wasn't your normal move job though... We came and we packed for
her and cleaned for her and she just sat there and told us what to do
haha. She's just great 🙂 (she really is though). It was a new
experience and definitely one that taught me a lot for my future. She
was a sweet lady and I was really glad I was able to help her.
* Once we got home we were supposed to have a RDV with an ami
(investigator) named Emma Oke but he was in Geneva so we decided to
contact. While contacting we met a man named Fred who only speaks
English! We talked to him and he seemed interested so we have a RDV
fixed for next week.
* Later that night we were invited to have fondue at the bishop of the
wards house. Fondue is pretty good! It was fun to get to meet his
family. They talk SO fast so I didn't really understand anything and
when they would ask me questions that I didn't understand, I would
just say "oui" and they would laugh because either it wasn't a yes or
no question or I just answered wrong haha. I really gotta work on
understand faster.

Sunday was pretty cool. I got asked to play the piano for sacrament
which was fun! Sœur Greciano had to give a talk. It was supposed to be
me and I was supposed to speak and introduce myself and bear a
testimony but Sœur Greciano was very nice and switched me months for
speaking so now I speak on the Plan of Salvation next month.
* While at church we got invited to have lunch at a members home and
of course we said yes. They fed us a Brazilian dish of rice, black
beans, and chicken. It was amazing!! I loved it.
* Before we had to go in Sunday night, we met a guy named Milton and
when we were talking to him about the church he told us he was
interested and would like to meet with us which was super cool.

Well, that's about it for this week! Here is just something cool I
wanted to talk a little bit about...

* Elder Christofferson is coming to our mission March 15th. With him
coming, President has set a goal of every missionary having an engage
(an ami with a baptismal date) before he gets here. That would be 187
engages. I know we can do it and I'm so excited to get me engage.

Well, I love you all! I know without a doubt that the church is true.
Stay strong and be good!

Until next week,
Sœur Robb

Weekly Scripture:
This transfer I made a goal to read the whole Book of Mormon and would
like to invite you to join me. You only need to read 19 pages a day...
Which sounds like a lot but I promise you that it will bless you so
So along with that challenge, I would like to share a scripture from
something I read this week. It's in 1 Nephi 17:11. It's okay to not
know everything, Nephi didn't know everything, but he did know that
God loves all his children. I love that, we don't have to know
everything right now, but knowing the simple yet profound and true
things, they're enough.