Veracruz Mexico Time

Monday, November 8, 2010

November 8, 2010 Chuatemoc, Chihuahua

Elder Diaz & Elder Robertson- Chuatemoc, Chihuahua

Dear Mom & Dad- I am now serving in Chuatemoc, Chihuahua and my companion is Elder Diaz from Hildago. I traveled to Chihuahua by myself first to Mexico City and then to Chihuahua. Two missionaries along with President and Sister Angulo picked me up. They are awesome. He has only been Mission President for 5 months or so. My new area is really big and it's a lot colder here. I will be fine here. I know you worry about me. I'm in a good area with a great companion. Right now I'm working hard to find investigators. I want to be the best example. This has been an amazing experience.

President Hansen told me that I am also representing the Veracruz Mission as well as my name and Jesus Christ. And he said it in almost tears. Well, I know I had tears. And mom, he said to continue to comment on the blog and that my picture will show up from time to time. Hermana Hansen told me to keep in touch and they will keep up with how I'm doing through the my blog. The other missionaries just told me to keep it up and to be the best missionary in Chihuahua. The secretaries, assistants and President & Hermana Hansen took me to the airport. I love them and will miss them. But, I am now focused on being the best missionary & example in Chihuahua.

So glad to hear that Colton is in the MTC and loving life! He is going to be an amazing missionary. Please send me any pictures of Colton before he left. Also, I need a CTR ring please. (we think he gave his other CTR ring away)

Love to all my family, ward family, stake family & friends-
Elder Robertson

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1, 2010- "A Mission Call Anywhere is to Teach"

Colonia Juarez Chihuahua LDS Temple

Hola Elder Robertson-

Grandpa says, "Go forth... teach... for a mission call anywhere is to teach!"

You are blessed to be in Chihuahua. This is a region rich in the gospel of Jesus Christ, where stalwart saints of God lived by faith and prayers in organizing the Church in Mexico. They were sent by a Prophet of God. Nana's mother and father raised their 14 children there in Colonia Juarez, Colonia Dublan, Colonia Garcia and Casas Grande...etc. All are located in the State of Chihuahua. Maybe you will see the swinging bridge that she tells of crossing to go to school daily. Maybe you will visit the Academy de Juarez where they went to school and graduated. So many of your relatives are buried in the Colonia Juarez Cemetery! And the Colonia Juarez Temple! I saw that hillside when it was only apple trees! So beautiful!

You have a rich heritage in Chihuahua Mexico. Your great-great-grandfather rode with the Mormon men against Pancho Villa to regain their land and property which was taken from them during his time of plundering, robbing and destroying. Families were torn apart and he put your great-great-grandmother and children on a train to El Paso while he rode against Pancho Villa to take back what was theirs!

You will be a great missionary there! You are very blessed! The people of Chihuahua are blessed to have you there also. Be strong and enjoy these next 15 months that are quickly passing you. No one will be able to resist your beautiful smile and your love for them and the Gospel.

We can't wait to hear from you~! We pray for your success and strength in serving there. We send our love to you.
Forever, Grandma & Grandpa

Monday, October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010- A call to serve in Chihuahua Mexico

Dear Family and Friends-

We received news that Elder Cody Robertson has been called to serve in the Chihuahua Mexico Mission. This is where my family is from! It gave me chills. We know Elder Robertson has something special to do here. We support our leaders and know that he was called to serve in Chihuahua for a reason and he will grow and love the people there as much as he did in Veracruz. We love President and Hermana Hansen so much. They are truly awesome! We would also like to thank them for their love, kindness and example they have shown to Elder Robertson. They will forever remain close to our hearts.


Monday, October 18, 2010

October 18, 2010

This is Elder Robertson and a missionary serving in Veracruz Mexico that is originally from Arequipa, Peru. This is where Elder Robertson's little brother is serving his mission! Elder Robertson enjoyed talking with him and learning about the area Colton will be serving.

Hey Mom- I'm glad everybody asked about me and saw the pictures. I was thinking about Colton's talk the whole Sacrament meeting here in my ward. I loved Colton's talk and it was just awesome to hear how much of an influence I have been to him and to everyone. That is awesome that they sung the same special musical number at Colton's that they sung at my farewell! I love that song. I really miss dad. I miss playing basketball with him and love how much of an example he is to me. We are teaching a girl named Itzel. Her grandma is a member and she is ready to be baptized. We haven't had much luck of success here, but this last Sunday we had 5 investigators en la capilla. It was awesome. I can't think of anything else to put in the package, just solution with the contacts. Love you Mom & Dad

Hey Colton- I loved your talk! I almost cried reading it but I was surrounded by a bunch of mexicans so I couldn't let them see a big gringo crying. It would ruin my reputation! haha! Glad that the open house was great and how cool was that to give a blessing! Now you need to learn the blessing in spanish! You can do it! Everything is good with me. Just working to try and find investigators because I don't want to blank this month. We have an investigator for the 30th of October so we should be good with that. Love you bro. You're a brother and you'll be an excellent missionary.

Hey Tanner- Triste Nevada- no way! They lost to Hawaii? But OU is #1- at least it's a big 12 team. Do good in your game this week. Continue to read your scriptures and progress in Duty to God. Love you bro.

Hey Ty- How's your leg? Rest so you can play again. haha Uncle Mike is so funny! I love my new area but it's difficult at times. Continue to be an example to those around you. You are always watched. Love you bro.

Hey Cass- I heard that you received your blessing! It's so awesome to have your blessing- it's spiritual and it will guide you throughout your life. I have 31 baptisms so far but still lack my meta. Love you Cass and give Molli loves. Love you sis.

Hey Aunt Caecie- Glad that you had a great time with the family and friends in Oklahoma. I know that Colton is ready. We just need to put him in the MTC now and send him off. Love you tia!

Hey Aunt Cheryl- I've been thinking about you too. I wrote you but you didn't get it- I think. Thanks for everything and I'll kepp you in my prayers. You are always in them. Hope that you have a great week and travel safe. Love you tia!

Hey Grandma- It's okay that you wrote me twice! I love it! I loved Colton's talk and I love that you were all there to be with him. I'll write you more in your other letter. Love you Grandma

Hey Annie- My mission is awesome and I love it! I don't want to go home because I love Mexico so much! The people and food are amazing. I love it here! Continue to go to church and you will be blessed. Love you cousin

Uncle Mike- estoy muy agredicido que tienes una gorra bien chido con mucho amor elder robertson

Hope everything is great! I can't wai tto hear from you all next week.

con mucho amor-
Elder Robertson

Monday, October 11, 2010

October 11, 2010- "Colton's Farewell Weekend & The Blessing of Missionary Work"

Veracruz Mexico LDS Temple
Veracruz & sunset
Another amazing sunset in Mexico

Hey Dad- That's great that Tanner got 2 touchdowns on only 2 receptions. What a baller! Dang, that stinks that Ty is out for 4 games. I'm so glad he didn't have to have surgery. Wow, everyone is coming in on Wednesday. That's so awesome! What a special experience for Colton and for the family. Thanks for everything that you do for me and for the church. How's your calling going? Have a good week with the family and I'll be with you all in Spirit. Love you. Love, Elder Robertson

Hey Colton!
Wow... it came up fast, huh? That's awesome that everybody is coming down to see you. You're going to send me a copy of your talk, right?!? Have fun this week with the family and be safe. Love you bro. Just keep up the good work and keep your eyes straight to God. Can't wait to hear your talk. Everything is good here. Just working and trying to find new investigators. Love you bro

Hey Ty-
That just sucks that you can't play. I bet everybody is really bummed out. I hurt my ankle. It's really swollen but I'm still working hard and fighting through the pain. Have fun with the family and rest and get better. Love you bro

No maches Tanner usted dijo que va a meter una touchdown. que chido que va a jugar en varsity. a Nevada es 19 que padre. hahaha le gusta comer y beber aqua y jugo. hahaha Hey it's not practicar deportes it's jugar deportes for next time. haha gracias por su foto. me gusta mucho. gracias tenga muy buena noche. con amor- Elder Robertson

Hey Cass-
Congrats on your A's and B's! Keep working hard in school. And I'm so happy to hear that you will receive your Patriarchal blessing! What a special blessing to have. I'm good. This area is really cool and really hot so I'm doing good. Glad to hear that you have started to read the Book of Mormon. Try reading it in Spanish. hahaha! Have fun with Clay, Sarah, Aunt Cheryl, Jaecie, Aunt Caecie, Grandma and all the Robertson's. I will be there in Spirit and thinking of all of you. Love, Elder Robertson

Hey Mom-
I sent you a picture of the Veracruz Temple and 2 pictures of the amazing sunsets here. Thought you'd like to see them. Yes, conference was great to spend with President Hansen. The hurricane clean up was really fun and humbling. We received a lot of references too. Thanks for sending the package. For now, just be with Colton and worry about getting him taken care of right now. I am fine. Yes, I can last until November. Well, I want to transfer my pictures to a memory but I don't want to send the memory sticks because I'm afraid that they will get stolen. Dad should know what I need and I appreciate it. I really miss Reeses fast break bars and I don't know what else other than my contacts. Mom, you will be fine. I know you love us so much and it's hard to let us go but like you said, "This is where you put your faith and trust in the Lord." Remember that we (missionaries) are blessed with the Spirit and with protection when we leave our houses. Serving a mission is blessing not only to each of us, but to our families. Just know we love you in return. What an awesome experience and blessing to have 2 sons serving the Lord. Enjoy this time with your sisters, nephews, nieces, parents, brother & sister in laws and grandma and grandpa. Thank you for everything! Love you Mom

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October 4, 2010... General Conference & A New Temple in Tijuana Mexico!

Elder Robertson
Elder Matadama
Cool Sunset in Veracruz

Hey Dad-
I loved the Priesthood session and this week was great! We were in zone conference and President Hansen was talking about how they (He & Sister Hansen) are our parents here in the mission, and they are here to help me and strengthen me. I love them! And at the Priesthood Session, I remembered always going with you and watching conference together. And this time, I was able to watch conference with President Hansen & President Hilton (The Temple President). It was so special. I felt like you were right there with me and I felt the Spirit so strong. I loved the talk about listening to your parents and the consequences you get when you choose not to. He didn't listen... and was bitten by a scorpion. And if we don't listen to the Spirit, we can get bit by Satan. I also like the fishing story and how Satan is just like a lure. We can let the fish go.. but Satan doesn't let go that easily. I love you and all the things that you do for me and our family. Thanks for everything dad. I love you. Love, Elder Robertson

Hey Mom-
I am sending pictures this week so look for them. They are pretty cool. I love Veracruz! I love the people in my ward and I love being right next to the Temple. I was able to watch Conference right next to the Temple. How awesome is that?!? Where did you all watch it? I did get to see President & Sister Hansen this week. We had zone conference and they both spoke. I had an interview and the first thing President Hansen said was, "I need 2 baptisms a week from you. How are you going to do it?" And I told him that I need to double the formula and work twice as hard. And he told me... well do it! We were also told that we need to go to all the people that were hit by the storm and do service and help them. I hope to teach them the gospel and the Plan of Salvation. So, that is what we are going to work on this week. I'm really excited to hear about your job! I love you mom and thanks for everything you do. Love, Elder Robertson

Hey Cass-
I loved the picture of you & Sister Murray. You are growing up so fast. Wait up and slow down a little bit-hahaha! My week is good. How awesome that we were able to hear the Prophet! And we had a great zone conference too. How was your week? Have a great week. I love and miss you sis. Love, Elder Robertson

Yeah Tanner, I'm going for Nevada to win this year. How cool that our hometown is tearing it up-haha! Padres always lose in the playoffs. When does basketball start? Tear it up at your game tonight and get a touchdown for your brother in Mexico! Love you bro- Elder Robertson

Hey Colt-
That's awesome that you are gaining muscle because you are going to lose it in the mission. Guess what? There is a missionary in my zone from Arequipa Peru. I was talking to him and he said that Peru es muy bonito pero no hay tortillas el dijo que tu vas a amor esta area y vas a aprender muchos cosas alla. I can't remember in English so I wrote it in Spanish. That's an awesome talk man! Send me it when you have it completed. I'm doing fine and I'm challenged by President every week so I'm staying busy. Love you bro- Elder Robertson

Hey Ty- Just shove those fat tight ends into the ground! haha! Wow! You guys really killed them. Good luck in your game this week and get more sacks so that colleges will look at you. Think of something that makes you mad and just utilize that on the other team. My week has been good. I loved conference and zone conference so much! I love being a missionary and serving the Lord. You'll love serving the Lord someday. Love you bro- Elder Robertson

Hey Grandma & Grandpa-
All the Elders from the Tijuana area were so happy to hear that there is going to be a Temple built. It was so cool to see the looks on their faces and the happiness that showed. I loved that talk by Elder Holland. It touched my heart. My favorite was in the Priesthood Session where they told us to listen to the Spirit. And I had the opportunity to watch the Priesthood Session with the President of the mission and the Temple President. It was so awesome! That would be so awesome if you could go with Colton in 2 weeks. He would love to see and be with his grandparents at his farewell. I love you and I love the work of our Heavenly Father. I love all the people in Mexico and I know that Colton will love all the people in Peru. Love you Grandma & Grandpa! Love, Elder Robertson

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September 27, 2010- "Hurricane clean up"

Hey Family-

I'm great! My transfer was great! It was long. First we had to leave at 6 from Martinex de la torre then we made the 4 hour bus ride to Veracruz. This is where we met our companions. Yes, there is usually a person in your zone that travels to the same place as you. My companion is really cool! He is from Acapulco and he plays basketball. Hard to believe this... but he is a little taller than me! He reminds me of Tyler a lot. haha- he is way funny! My new ward is different but I really like all of them. I have an area of like 6x6 blocks. Really, really small. It is way different after coming from a huge area to the smallest area in the mission, but we have baptism dates so that is all that matters. I will send you pictures next week of my new companion and I.

This area didn't really get hit bad by the hurricane. We actually went with President and Sister Hansen to a place called Cardel- which really was destroyed. We were in Cardel for half a day on Saturday with a bunch of members of the church helping. We moved trees, dirt, house, everything that you can think of. I felt so sad for all the people that were there. They had water lines above the door. That is how high the water was. It was awesome to be able to help in the clean up efforts.

Tell Tyler that I loved his talk! I'm so glad you sent that to me. I will tell President and Sister Hansen that they were mentioned in the talk. No way... I can't believe that they (Tylers football team) lost by 1 point. That is so weak. It sounds like it was a great game & the boys they played are big farm boys too. Tell Tanner good luck in his game and that I'll be thinking about him. Tell Colton to listen good to Brother Widdison. It sounds like that will be a great FHE! Tell Cassidy to get well soon. Love you mom & dad. Have a great week and enjoy Conference. It is a blessing to hear from our Prophet and leaders of the church. The church is true.

con mucho amor-
Elder Robertson

Hey Grandma & Grandpa-

This week in Veracruz was really cool. Yes, it is way different because my area here is literally 10x's smaller than Teziutlan. We have an area of 6x6 blocks and that's all that we have. Not a lot of success here before. We found 2 new investigators. The people are really nice. I will actually be in the chapel next to the Temple during the conferences. That's great that you are doing missionary work grandma. You will get this awesome feeling inside when you are doing the Lord's work. Well, I hope you enjoy conference and I will be thinking about all of you.

Elder Robertson