December 24, 2018



Elder Greenhalgh

Merry Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas!

A LOT has happened in the last two weeks so I'll skip the events of last week and start with the most important stuff.

Most important news first. On Monday evening Elder Gamble (one of the zone leaders that covered the south half of Eagle Creek) was hit by a car while biking North on an overpass to the place where Elder Hafoka and I had arranged to pick them up by. He is going to be fine, but is definitely not going to be coming back to the mission field any time soon. Needless to say it was a long and frightening night. His companion Elder Kinross was extremely shaken up, especially since it was a couple hours before we knew for sure that Elder Gamble was going to live. President and Sister Carlson and Brother and Sister Hillman drove to the hospital while Elder Hafoka and I waited with Elder Kinross for the police to get his witness statement, after which we drove to the hospital. Elder Gamble will be in a neck brace for about 3 months with about a 5 month estimated recovery time. I don't think President and Sister Carlson got any sleep that night.
The next morning was transfers, so the three of us went up to Fishers for that and I met Elder Greenhalgh. Elders Kinross, Hafoka, and Fuller are now the Eagle Creek missionaries. Tuesday afternoon they went back to the hospital and actually got in to see and talk to Elder Gamble, who had regained his sense of humor and was already enough better to be walking around when need be. Lots of prayers answered this week.

...On a completely unrelated note, let me tell you a bit about Keystone ward. Keystone is Northeast of Eagle Creek and is about three times taller than it is wide. Our apartment is just barely outside of our western ward boundary at 520 B Cool Ridge Drive, Carmel, IN 46032 which puts us right in the middle of Carmel which is a very wealthy section of Indianapolis. I have heard that the far south of our ward is in downtown, but since we are on bikes there's no way we are going to get much work done down there. There is a bike trail called the Monon that runs parallel to our western border that we use to get everywhere. Fun fact about Carmel: the mayor believes strongly in roundabouts and intends to replace every stop light into a roundabout. I have mixed feelings about this, but according to the statistics they're a lot safer.

Elder Greenhalgh is 27 years old, has been out on his mission for about 18 months and loves to play the guitar and piano. He lacks confidence in finding situations but in actual lessons he has the Spirit with him strongly. He has been reading through the Book of Mormon at a breakneck pace to finish it by this evening and I've appreciated his insights into it and his evident love of the scriptures. One quirk of his is that he has been trying to lose weight and build muscle by eating little other than chicken breasts and protein shakes, and has been biking on the highest gear whenever possible. We've been getting along well.

Keystone ward has thus far been quite welcoming, but the majority of the investigators, potential investigators and former investigators that we have contacted this week have told us that they will be too busy to meet with us until after New Years. The three exceptions to this have been Fred Swift, Jerimy Smith, and Nosy Hanna.
Fred Swift has a become friends with a few ward members in the last for seven months and will likely attend church more and more frequently from here on out, but he does not seem to have any real desire to actively seek an answer from God about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith.
Jerimy Smith seems to believe in the Book of Mormon and modern prophets, but because he has no desire to live the Word of Wisdom and he thinks that the church will change its position on gay marriage eventually, he is a little bit stuck in his progression for now. We need to figure out why he hasn't been coming to church.
Nosy Hanna is an Egyptian Christian who has a strong testimony about the Bible. We had a great discussion with him about the history of the Bible, John 21:25, Paul, Revelation 22:18-19, and 2 Timothy 3:16. He is willing to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it, but I'm still not sure even after our lesson whether he is actually open to the idea that the Book of Mormon is actual scripture like the Bible. He said he wants to come to our church one time, but doesn't want to skip his church to do so.

The Davis family invited us to brunch tomorrow at 10:30 and they said we could use their WiFi to FaceTime afterwards, so you can expect a call from me starting sometime between 11 and 11:30. See you tomorrow.

Love, Elder Robertson.


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