Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I Am What I Am

Hey Everyone!

Wednesday through Friday were about 100% humidity here. Which makes
for a muggy, soupy mess. Luckily it didn't get a whole lot warmer than
75-80°. And thank heavens for AC! Meaning...air conditioning.

We had some awesome miracles yesterday as our investigators had shown
an interest in coming to church. Dotty ended up driving herself! We
were kind of worried about that because she's older and didn't know
how good of a driver she'd be. She called in the middle of our first
class and said she had gotten lost. I chuckled a bit and redirected
her to be able to get to the church. And she made it there in one
piece! Benito ended up picking up Al and they were welcomed and well
received by the members. It was soo exciting to have more
investigators than members in our Sunday school class.

On Tuesday, the zone leaders knocked on our door in the middle of
studies. I answered the door with a bit of a shocked look on my face,
not knowing exactly why they were there. "Hey we're doubling in
today!" Ha oh sweet. It was good to be able to talk to a mission
leader for a bit. Elder Marse and I walked and sweated and talked as
we went. These Zone Leaders drive a Dodge Grand Caravan, so I call
them the soccer moms. Sweet soccer practice today! I'm good at picking
grass! Ha..too real. But he and I drove the van up to Brigantine and
tried contacting some less actives there.

Brigantine Beach/island got hit hard by Sandy. Much of it you can't
see anymore because they've done a lot of reconstruction. But one less
actives house had been flooded and torn apart  by the hurricane. So
they were able to get it fixed and were ready to move back in. 3 days
before the move in, the house caught fire and is now boarded up and
uninhabitable. Other homes were abandoned, and still others remained,
beautiful and huge and elegant in their CA beachy appointment.  You
often wonder, how could a loving God put good people through so much
misery and heartache? Or why is it that Benito wants so bad to
overcome smoking, but for some reason his body just can't give it up.
Or why  Here is an awesome Mormon message that I may have sent in the
past, but I feel to link it now to the email. Please take a few
minutes and watch this powerful video.

You can get through all things with Christ.

We hadn't seen Benito in a few days, so we decided to ride our bikes
to the shop where he works. It's this sketchy hole in the ground where
they store these carts. Workers will rent out the carts and then push
people around on the boardwalk (for a price). So it's pretty much a
stroller for adults. But..the rides aren't free! So Benito signs those
carts in and out, just a part time job that's not even official, just
to keep him busy and help out the friend that owns the business. He
was telling us about cart pushers slashing each other's tires to get
ahead of others, among other dishonest and pathetic things they do. So
we shared Ether 12:26-27 where The Lord simply promises that we can be
given the power to change and become better. All we have to do is be
humble and take our weaknesses to Him. That's where Paul's advice
comes in.

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was
bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than
they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (1
Corinthians 15:10)

I think Benito understood, and I do now that I am what I am. But by
and through His grace we have the power and strength to CHANGE! When
we met with Kelvin this week, we talked about how the scriptures guide
us to answers to our prayers. Edward has been going through a rough
time this week. He's living with his girlfriend and she ain't the
nicest tool in the shed. So we're hoping to work with him more his
week. The Burmese families were busy last week and we haven't been
able to teach them for a while. I really don't want to drop them
because they are still God's children and deserve to hear the truth.
Pam lost her aunt yesterday so hopes to be able to meet with us again.
Joe and Magaly are back from Mexico and we will see them Thursday.
Other than that we are still working hard, learning the ways of good
communication (marriage prep 101!!)

I love you all and can't wait to hear more from you. There is an event
going on on Facebook among the 28 online missions. Follow this link
and invite as many as you can or feel inspired to. I promise that the
Book of Mormon was written for our day and it will change the world if
we do our part to share it!

Love always,

Elder Jacob Robins

Me and Benito with Elder and Sister Johnson in the background. this was at the bbq we had at Hermano Marco's house last week

when Sandy first hit, the water level was up to the bottom of this stop sign in Brigantine

A cool picture of the Boardwalk at night while riding home from Benito's shop.

The Atlantic City Branch Soccer team at the first game of the Stake tournament! Go USA!!
some of the ice cream we eat at the Amandy's. Sweet corn with corn bits. it's interesting.

Found this in Brigantine and had to get a picture. TRIBUTE to my HAGEN heritage!!

This is the home of the less active we were looking for in Brigantine whose house was flooded and then caught on fire.

Benito's shop under the Boardwalk. He's a trooper. 

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