In our small town of Blair, Nebraska, a young missionary named Kalvin Robinson has been quietly making an impact. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Robinson is not only spreading his faith but also lending a helping hand to those in need. In this exclusive interview, we delve deeper into his experiences, motivations, and personal journey.
Robinson’s presence in Blair, Nebraska, was not of his own choosing but rather the result of divine guidance. He elaborated, “When I submitted my application to be a missionary for my church, the prophet or a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles prayed and decided where I should go through divine revelation.” As part of the Nebraska Omaha Mission, Robinson covers a vast territory, including portions of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota.
Raised on an Idaho farm, Robinson credits his upbringing for his strong work ethic and desire to help others. “I lived on a farm in Idaho and was raised to work hard, so that’s what I try to do. I also love doing service and trying to help people, so being on a mission is a great opportunity to do that!” His parents’ roles as teachers further honed his ability to connect with people and assist in their learning and improvement.
Robinson’s role as a missionary is deeply intertwined with his faith in the LDS church. He stated, “Our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.” Robinson has found great peace and spiritual growth in living according to these principles and seeks to share this peace with others.
During his time in Blair, Robinson has cherished the connections he has made with the community. He shared, “Helping people fill the hole in their hearts through Christ has truly deepened my conversion to him.” He also expressed gratitude for his experience volunteering at Joseph’s Coat, a local food pantry: “The people have always been so friendly! Many people walk into the food pantry needing help, and seeing how humble they are has helped me love the people.”
Despite the rewards, Robinson has faced challenges in Blair. Some residents hold misconceptions about the LDS church and are reluctant to let him clarify their beliefs. He explained, “Some people have heard false rumors, but they won’t let us clarify what we actually believe and sometimes begin to read things to try to prove us wrong.” In such instances, Robinson remains steadfast in his faith, saying, “I know that this is the true church because I have prayed and asked God, even if others tell me I am wrong.”
Social media has been a valuable tool in Robinson’s outreach efforts, helping him connect with people through acts of service. He said, “We believe that Christ was the perfect example of charity, selflessness, and unity. We want to try to be like him, so naturally, these are three virtues we strive to emulate.” By posting about their willingness to help with projects, yard work, and cleaning, Robinson and his missionary partner aim to foster a spirit of kindness and inclusion in the community.
Robinson’s missionary work in Blair is a stepping stone in his spiritual journey. He envisions, “I will only be in Blair for 4-8 months, maybe a bit longer, but I hope to see many people feel the joy and peace that Christ can bring through his servants.” After his mission, Robinson plans to remain active in service to the church and his community, carrying with him the lessons he has learned in Blair.
Kalvin’s deeply personal account of his time as a missionary in Blair, Nebraska, offers an insightful look into the life of a young man dedicated to his faith, service, and community. As he reflects on his experiences, Robinson shares the profound impact of his spiritual journey on his own life and those he has met along the way.
Robinson leaves us with a message of openness and understanding. He encourages others to learn for themselves and ask God about the teachings he shares: “My partner and I are just two 19-year-old guys who pay to come out and serve… We don’t want anyone to take our word for it, learn for yourself and ask God if what we do and say is right.” His dedication to sharing the love of Christ and helping others is a testament to the power of faith and compassion in action.
As Kalvin Robinson continues his journey, his story serves as an inspiration for those who seek to make a difference in their own communities. Through his faith, service, and commitment to helping others, Robinson demonstrates the transformative potential of living a life guided by love and compassion.
(Edited by Don Harrold)