Monday, January 31, 2011

Portete - Guayaquil

Ann Maas (Typed while holding a baby. )

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From: "Doreen Robinson" <>
Date: Jan 31, 2011 3:26 PM
Subject: Fwd: Portete - Guayaquil
To: "Ann Maas" <>, "Christie Skousen" <>, "Colleen & Shane Sykes" <>, "Elder Jeremiah Robinson" <>, "Elder Spencer Robinson" <>, "Elder, Christy" <>, "Gale & Theresa Skousen" <>, "Hughes, Amy & Dan" <>, "Jense, Susan" <>, "Katrina Gabbitas" <>, "Leif Elder" <>, "Marcia Johnson" <>, "Melvin & Denna Martineau" <>, "Orval Skousen" <>, "Peterson, Alice & Brad" <>, "Robinson, Mark & Doreen" <>, "Skousen, Tom & Christie" <>, "Spencer Robinson" <>, "Teichert, Vonda & Ron" <>, "Vonda Skousen" <>

FYI:  Jeremiah got a bad knee infection last week.

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From: Elder Robinson <>
Date: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 1:22 PM
Subject: Portete - Guayaquil
To: Doreen Robinson <>

Family and Friends,
     I was reading an email from Christy when the following scripture came to my mind from Hebrews 12: 
11. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
     Anyone who knows what the last week has been like for me knows that it has not been a walk in the park. The week hardly seemed joyous however grievous. Nevertheless, Sunday brought me a lot of surprising strength. We were able to go to the first hour of Church to partake of the Sacrament. Reading Christy´s email helped me remeber the aforementioned scripture. The Lord that loves us chastens us. He wants us to grow. When I went to to find the scripture I then read the following two versus that seem to be written directly to me:
12. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13. And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
     Everything is going to turn out fine. It always does.
     I was moved sectors Sunday(ish). Changes happened and through a series of unfortunate events I had to leave Tomebamba Cuenca. The members there were so good to me and Elder Caal was one of the best companions I have ever had.
     I was reasigned to Elder Tobar from Chile and to the Salado Stake - Ward Portete. I will be ending my mission here (99.99% positive). I am super excited for the oppertunity. Portete is known to be a wonderful ward, 10 minutes north of where I last was in Guayaquil. Talking with Elder Johnson he told me how great the members are and how amazing the work is. The next four months will be a joyful experience.
     Love you all. More notices to come. 
Elder Robinson

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