Saturday, July 1, 2017

June 19 & 26, 2017

Hey everyone!!

How are you all? I am doing great! I have just been getting used to a new area (again)! I think I told you last week, but I am now in Teshie1. I don't even know if it will be my last area, but I have a feeling it might be. We have really just been trying to work the area and get used to it. Everything is good with my new companion, Elder Eduok. He is pretty cool. He has only been in the area 3 weeks longer than me, so we are both learning our way around. 

We have a pretty decent teaching pool. It was a little challenging this week with Jude and Ezekiel, but we are still teaching them and hope to see better progress this coming week. We still think that we will have some baptisms in July, so that is exciting. 

One of the big changes is that President and Sister Heid go home on Saturday (July 1st). That will be so strange to see them go because they have been here since I got out of the MTC. It truly has been a wonderful 19 and a half months. I am excited to meet our new mission president, President Keyes and his wife. He is from South Africa and I know he will do an awesome job as our mission president. It is hard to believe that everything is starting to wind down. It really feels like I just got out of the MTC yesterday. I know that the Gospel is true and that the Church is true. I love all of you!


-- Elder Travis J. Roberts
Ghana Accra Mission

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 12, 2017

Hey everyone!!

How is everyone? I hope that you are all doing well and that all is good. I am doing great! I am actually in a new area as I am writing this so there will be no pictures this time. This last week in Kpone was a decent one. We didn't find a lot of investigators but we did get a lot of good teaching done so we were really excited about that. 

We were able to say goodbye to a lot of people so that was kind of neat. Overall I am just so thankful for the time I had in Kpone. I really am going to miss it. My new area is Teshie, which is a suburb in the capital, Accra. It is not far too from the mission home. My new companion is Elder Eduok from Nigeria. I know that we will make a great companionship and do great things. Our apartment is in Adjorman, but we ride our bikes every day to get to our area. Also I am a DL (district leader) again. I am in a 4 man apartment and am over 4 other companionships as well, so a lot more than last time. 

It is hard to believe that I have under 5 months left. It feels so strange that it has gone this fast. I really did not think that it would, but here we are. I know that the church is true and that missionary work is of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith is the one that holds the keys for this dispensation. I love all of you! Have a great week!


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Elder Travis J. Roberts
Ghana Accra Mission

June 5, 2017

Hey everyone!!

How are all of you?! I hope that you are doing well. I am doing ok. We had a pretty rough week. The one bright spot was getting another interview with President Heid and getting to go to the temple. I thought my last interview was going to be it, but I was blessed to meet with Pres. Heid one more time. That really made this week good. We also went to Ashaiman and had a big multi-zone activity. It was great seeing everyone and I had a great time. I also have a small bone bruise on my knee, but it is getting better. I fell on it while I was playing sports on P-day. We struggled to see success in the work this week, but we are working hard and know that our efforts will pay off eventually. At least we are really getting a good teaching pool, so that has been nice. 

I may or may not get transferred next week, so it will be interesting to see what happens. Elder Wilkins is a great guy and I know he will be an awesome missionary. I know that the Church is true and that the Gospel is true. Hold to the rod and you will never go astray. I hope you all have a good week!


--
Elder Travis J. Roberts
Ghana Accra Mission

May 22 and 29, 2017

Hey everyone!!

I hope that you all have been well! I have been trying to survive. The last week and a half wasn't my best. I finally recovered from my illness only to have food poisoning on Sunday night and Monday morning. That pretty much took out the entire week. Plus a couple rainstorms destroyed all of our proselyting efforts, so it made for a trying week. I am doing good now and we are hoping to have a much better week. That is pretty much what has happened recently. Nothing like a few trials to make you appreciate the good times! On Saturday, I burned some of my clothes for my 18 month mark, so that was cool. I wish I had more to say, but that about sums it up. I hope that you all have a good week!


--
Elder Travis J. Roberts
Ghana Accra Mission

May 1, 8, 15, and half of 22, 2017

Hey eveyone!!!

How are all of you?! I really hope that you are doing well. I am doing great! Sorry that this is a little off timing right now, I am actually at the mission home and it is 10 at night! We just finished going through a temple session so it has been a pretty good day! We also were interviewed by President Heid. It was our last time too, since Pres. Heid will be going home on July 1st. It was a really good interview. We have had some interesting last few weeks. The work has actually been going really good. We have been finding lots of new people so we have been seeing some results from the work we have been putting in. We are still just trying to get people to church, so please keep praying for us! 

Sadly we lost one of our little bundles of joy at home. We lost our grey cat Smokey at the beginning of May so that took it out of me for a couple of days, but the bright side was the realization of eternal principles. I truly love the Gospel so much. Mothers Day was so wonderful. I was so happy that I got to video chat with my parents. It is really strange to think that that was my last call home. It just doesn't seem possible. It is hard to believe that I will be home in 6 months!! I can't wait to see all of the changes when I get home and I can't wait to see all of you. I am so thankful for the time I have had and still have to serve a mission. I am so thankful to be a servant of the Lord. I know that the Church is true and that Joseph Smith restored the Gospel in this the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times. I truly know that we are in the last days. I hope that you all have a good week. I love you all.


--
Elder Travis J. Roberts
Ghana Accra Mission

Monday, April 24, 2017

Apr. 10, 17 & 24, 2017

Hey everyone!!

How are all of you? I hope that you are all doing well! I am doing great over here. Sorry it has been so long. I really don't mean to let so much time go between letters, but sometimes it just happens. Things have been really good for me. I am training now! My new missionary (son) is named Elder Wilkins. He is from Snowflake, Arizona. He is a really cool guy. He comes from a big family, he is second to the last of eight children. He also really likes to play basketball. The great thing about him is that he was so prepared to come on his mission that it is almost like he is pre-trained. It definitely makes my life a lot easier. He really is a great guy and I am enjoying the chance to work with him. 

This last week we had the zone leaders visit our area and go on splits with us. We were able to add 15 investigators to our teaching pool, so we are super excited about that. We are still working with Daniel and Dina, but no solid plans for a baptism just yet. We are hopeful that with the new additions to our teaching pool we will be able to see some great results in the near future.

It is hard to believe that Easter has come and gone already. I do not know where the time goes anymore. I really hope that everyone had a good Easter and took the time to remember this special event in the history of mankind. I know that Christ really did die and rise again on the third day and that it truly was for our sakes. Words can't describe what I feel when I think about it. It really is the most special thing in all the world. 

Yesterday we had a really exciting thing happen! We had a multi stake conference in the Accra conference center. It was one of the coolest experiences I have had on my mission so far. There were over 50 investigators who attended the conference. The meeting was held to create the 76th stake in Africa, so we now have the Teshie Stake. It was presided over by Elder Vinson, who is the Area President and a member of the first quorum of the 70. It is cool because in his 3 years of being in Africa they have now doubled the amount of stakes, with more coming soon. I even found out that my last zone, Koforidua, will be a stake this summer, so I am super excited! 

I love the Gospel so much and I know that it is true. I am so so thankful to be serving a mission for the Lord. I am so thankful for what he did for me. I love you all. One more thing, 17 months in the books! (actually almost 18) Talk to y'all later!!


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Elder Travis J. Roberts
Ghana Accra Mission

Monday, April 3, 2017

Apr. 3, 2017

Hey everyone!!

How are you?! I hope that you are well! I am doing great. We are doing pretty good here in Africa, still hot as ever though. Things in Kpone are going great. Daniel was on track to be baptized on the 9th, but he has had a small set-back, so please pray for him and us. We did find a new investigator this week. Her name is Dina and we found her while we were just out walking in our area. Also, I am getting a new companion next week. I am sad to see Elder Seeley go, but I know it will be all good. We have had a really good companionship, so I really couldn't ask for more. 

I really cant believe how fast the time is flying now. It goes way too fast anymore. I hope that everyone had a wonderful General Conference. I was able to see the Saturday afternoon session and Priesthood session. I can't wait to see the rest of the sessions and hear what the Lord wants us to focus on. 

I am so thankful for this time of year and for the opportunity we have to hear from our leaders. It is so wonderful to know that God has his chosen representatives on the Earth in these, the last days. I am also thankful for the chance we have to celebrate the Atonement in a couple of weeks. I truly can not put in to words how thankful I am to the Lord for what He did for me. I hope all of us take this special time to really remember Him and His truly life saving actions. I love all of you and hope that you have a wonderful week!


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Elder Travis J. Roberts
Ghana Accra Mission