Monday, October 9, 2017

Oct 2 & 9, 2017

Hello everyone!!!

I hope that you are all doing well! Elder Bayo and I are really doing good. We even have had some baptisms, so we are really excited right now!!  I am doing great and just trying to finish strong. We have been teaching a lot of people and have been doing well with finding solid investigators. We are super excited about the area! Right now we are in a threesome because Elder Selfridge is waiting for his "son" that he will be training. His new companion is from the Congo, and is still learning English in the MTC. He will get here a week from tomorrow. We have to cover two areas with the three of us, but we are having good success and we are enjoying our time together.

I really enjoyed watching General Conference last weekend. I got to watch the Saturday afternoon session, and the Priesthood session. It was so good to hear all the talks, they energized me and gave me motivation to finish my mission strong. Knowing that it was the last General Conference I will see on my mission made it especially good.

Things got a little interesting here over the weekend. On Saturday night there was a big explosion in Madina. A tanker truck that was refueling the natural gas tanks at a filling station started leaking, and then there was a spark which caused the filling station to explode! This all happened during an interview for baptism. I was just sitting there, watching a small lightning storm pass through, then I hear a couple of booms. Next, a person says that there is a fire, and we went to a vantage point and it looked like the sun was coming back up! Then, the fireball faded and it started raining. The whole area was in total chaos. As we were coming back from the interview there were so many people just walking around, scared and confused, we were all safe though. Also, electricity didnt come back on until 2 in the morning, so we didnt have a very comfortable night. Fortunately nobody from the ward was hurt in the incident, but it was quite the experience! 

I am just so thankful for the gospel and to know that these kind of things were predicted long ago. I am so thankful to know that I am doing what the Lord wants me to do. I love all of you!! P.S. See you in four weeks!!!!!
-- 
Elder Travis J. Roberts
Ghana Accra Mission


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sep 18 & 25, 2017

Hey everyone! 

I hope that you are all doing well! I am doing pretty good. I am just entering my last 6 weeks so I am pretty excited. It is just hard to believe that we are already at this point. Not much has happened recently. We have a few people closing in on baptism. 

The biggest thing is that I am district leader (DL) for the last 6 weeks. One of the other missionaries in the apartment, Elder Effiong, was also transferred to be a zone leader (ZL) in Koforidua. He left today. It will be weird to have that small change. It is also different to be among the oldest missionaries in the mission. My group of TC's is now the oldest in the mission, which means we are the next group to go home. It will be a big change for the mission and for all of us! 

I am excited for general conference and I hope that everyone is ready and excited to learn from our leaders. I know I am ready to feel the Spirit from them. I love you all so much and can't wait to see you soon!

Love,
-- 
Elder Travis J. Roberts
Ghana Accra Mission


Aug 28, Sep 4 & 11, 2017

Hey everyone!!

How are you all doing? I hope that you are all having a wonderful day. First let me say that I love all of you. I am currently writing this on 9/11. This is a day which has brought me much sorrow and sadness each year. It is one of the worst acts of terrorism the world has ever seen. It was one of the darkest days ever and my heart always has gone out to those that were affected. As I view this day for a second time on my mission and get to look at the world from a different stand point, I get to see just how much the world has spiraled out of control. Evil is getting worse with no end in sight. The rising generation in the Church is getting stronger and more righteous every day and is causing Satan to work over time. I will not be surprised if another big attack comes soon. All I know is that as the truth spreads Satan will do even more terrible things. That is why I am so glad that I am in a family and group of friends that is fighting against that. I have cousins who are growing in the knowledge of their God and I am so proud of them. I have so many examples to look up to. For that I am grateful. I feel like Brother Joseph who said that I am going like a lamb to the slaughter yet I am as calm as a summer's breeze. Obviously I am not dying, but that is what it is like to face the trials of our day. 

Our last few weeks have been good. We ended up only baptizing Godfred, but we are shooting for more baptisms in the coming weeks. We have been able to find a lot of investigators, so that has been good. We had missionary Sunday, where the missionaries give the talks in Sacrement. They only needed two missionaries to speak, so I didn't have to give a talk, but it was a really good meeting. 

I also got to go to Koforidua for P-day. It was fun to see one of the towns I used to go to when I was in Suhum. Its out away from Accra and much greener, so that was a nice break. The next week we went to Dodowa falls. Our district has 10 missionaries in it and we all took a tro-tro and then hiked up to the falls. It was really beautiful and nice and cool by the falls. Its one of my favorite places in Ghana.  

I really am just trying to finish strong. It is hard to believe that we are already at this point. It feels like yesterday that I went out into the field and started my mission. I have loved serving a mission so much and will finish strong. I have a testimony that the Gospel is true and that we are in the last days. I know that if we do all that we are told to do by the prophet we will return to God. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith translated it by the gift and power of God. I also know that he was the one that was called to be the Prophet of the Restoration. I love all of you so much. 22 MONTHS BABY!!!!!!!


--
Elder Travis J. Roberts
Ghana Accra Mission

Aug 7, 14 & 21, 2017

Hey everyone!!!

Sorry it has been so long! I am doing great! Since my last letter a couple weeks ago I got transferred! I am back in Adenta. I am in the Adenta 3rd ward, it is a super great ward! Already we have 3 baptisms lined up for this week. We are really excited about that. We have had a really good last couple of weeks. We got to see Elder Renlund which was really, really cool. He is a lot taller than I expected! Adenta has been great, though. It has just been a matter of learning the area.

I have learned a lot these past few weeks from the multi-zone activities and the MTC dedication/conference. I got to see 3 of my traveling companions at the multi-zone activity; Elder Kohler, Elder Howland and Elder Shumway. Then, at the MTC dedication I got to see all of my TC's, so that was pretty cool. Its hard to believe that its been 21 months since we all started this adventure! We also just had the all-Africa service project, which was really fun to do. We were really able to help out Botwe this year.

Along with my companion, Elder Bayo, we also have Elder Effiong and Elder Selfridge in the apartment. Elder Effiong is from Nigeria and Elder Selfridge is from Montana. Its a good group of guys and we all get along. Overall this has been a great past few weeks. We've been blessed to hear from President Keyes a lot, and have heard the Lord's council from Elder Renlund, so it has been really nice. I love all of you so much. I know the church is true! 





-- 
Elder Travis J. Roberts
Ghana Accra Mission

"Let us realize that the PRIVILEGE to work is a GIFT, that the POWER to work is a BLESSING, that LOVE of work is SUCCESS!"   David O. McKay

Thursday, August 17, 2017

July 17 & 24, 2017

Hey everyone!!!!

How are all of you? I hope that you are all doin good, I am doing great! I am even in a new area! Yeah thats right, I got transferred one last time! I am now in Adenta 3. I have gone back to my home. It feels weird coming back after so long. 

These last 2 weeks have been pretty good. We had a zone contacting activity at Junction mall a couple weeks ago, it was pretty fun. We were all able to hang out. It was mostly saying good bye to people in Teshie and getting to know the new area. We also had a lot of guys go home as well. Had to say good bye to some friends. The mission is so different now. 

We've got a multi zone activity tomorrow, so that is nice. Then next week we get to hear and meet Elder Renlund at the dedication of the new MTC!! I hope we will also get to tour the new MTC. Other than that not much is goin on. My new comp is named Elder Bayo. He is from Sierra Leone. He comes from a big family and several of his siblings have served missions. He has been out as long as my son, Elder Wilkins. Elder Bayo is a great guy and I think we will do really well together. That's about it for now, I hope that you all have a great week!

-- 
Elder Travis J. Roberts
Ghana Accra Mission

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July 3 & 10, 2017

Hey everyone!!

I hope that everyone is doing well, I am doing great! We have had a good last couple of weeks, we even have had baptisms! Both Ezekiel and Jude got baptized. Sadly I was not able to go to them because I got sick the morning of, but they still happened, so it's all good. 

Well, we already have our new mission president and we have met him. President Keyes is really a great man, I really wish I had more time to serve under him. He truly will do an amazing job. We had a multi zone where we got to meet him and I got to see a lot of old friends, so that was nice. 

Also, it's official, I GOT MY FLIGHT ITINERARY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man it was so weird to get that, but it feels great at the same time!! I will get home on November 7th. Today we had a multi zone activity at Labadi Beach, it was really really fun! It was a little weird to be at the beach today and think about what it will be like to actually get in the water in about 4 months. 

Truly I dont know where the time is going anymore. We are already a third through the month and it seems to still be speeding up. I truly am treasuring the little time I have left. I know that the Church is true and that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that Joseph Smith was called to be the Prophet of the Restoration so that we could be saved in the last days. I know missionary work is of the Lord. I love all of you!! Have a great week!!!!!!!! (less than 4 MONTHS BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Love,
--
Elder Travis J. Roberts
Ghana Accra Mission

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