Thursday, May 16, 2013


13 May 2013

Dear Homefront,

First off, Happy Mother's Day to all mothers present, future, and alternative.

Well, this has been a very eventful week here in the VRM.  And yet, not a whole lot has really happened.

One of the biggest pieces of news is that we now have two people set with baptismal dates.  Both --- and now also --- have accepted 1 June as their goal to be ready for baptism into the Church.  It has been absolutely wonderful to be able to get to know and work with both of them.

The other really big piece of news came just on Saturday.  During the activity, President Brandeberry pulled us aside and asked us to serve as an unofficial Elders Quorum presidency for the Branch.  That really entails overseeing the instruction during the Priesthood class and that the sacrament is taken care of.  I personally feel that it is an amazing opportunity for us to be much more involved and get to know the soldiers one on one.  We still can't go to the barracks because that's deemed as "proselyting" which is illegal on federal installations, but it allows us much more freedom in our interactions with them during church.  It is a lot of additional responsibility, however, I feel the benefits outweigh that.

Other than all of that, it's just been work as usual out here.  It's still weird to think that I only have two months left.  I look forward to seeing you all then.

With much love,
-Elder John Y. Roberts

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