Monday, March 31, 2014

You have been voted off the island... (Week 28)

Sooo... This week has been nuts I really don't know where to start. 

First off we lost Elder Linam this week. We got a late night phone call from President at 10:21. He told Elder Linam that he was being emergency transferred to Wichita Falls TX because a new missionary was going home. Elder Linam's new companion is going to be.... *Drumroll* Elder Bushman. HA! Both me and Elder Memmott looked at each other and laughed, because we both served with Elder Bushman, and now Elder Linam was. Ha ha Elder Bushman. Such a funny guy. The next day we helped Elder Linam pack up his stuff. All of our plans changed for that day. We had to drive Elder Linam to the mission home and we had to get there at 7pm, so the whole day we were visiting members and saying goodbye. I'm not going to lie it’s kinda nice having only one companion now, cuz our apartment has so much more space now, and Elder Linam left tons of food behind. 

WE SET A BAPTISM DATE WITH B'S FAMILY!!! YEEAH!! It was amazing! We visited with them late Monday night and we taught them the Doctrine of Christ again and focused on baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. We started the lesson with another object lesson and made it really simple for D~ and K~. We explained and taught faith, repentance, baptism, the Holy Ghost, and endure to end. We made the analogy that baptism is like a gate and after the gate there are more covenants and blessings that bring us closer and closer to our heavenly father. After we read some scripture in the Book of Mormon we extended an invitation to their family to be baptized: “Will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone who holds the proper priesthood authority of God?” B~ and J~ both look at each other and said: "yes" my heart skipped a beat. J~ got emotional in her voice, she told us that last Sunday at church everything clicked, everything just made sense. She also explained to us that her and B~ have talked about it, and don't want K~ and D~ to be baptized until they have that same desire and gain a testimony of their own. SHE GETS IT! K~ and D~'s desire is slowly growing and they are beginning to understand it, so our next visits are going to be more focused on K~ and D~ to help them grasp the meaning of baptism and the restored gospel, and helping them receive answers to their prayers. Their date is set but not 100% solid yet. Their Baptism will be on Friday April 25th and their confirmation will be on Sunday 27th.

On Sunday we had tons of investigators at church. We had J~, K~, D~, and A~ FINALLY CAME!! He is the friend of Brother Hills that we have been teaching for 3 months, he's a Choctaw Indian. It was awesome. I felt like everything that was taught and discussed in church answered his concern about priesthood authority and baptism. I guess we will find out what he thought about it at our next visit. Later that night B~ and his family fed us dinner and afterwards the Boger’s came over and we taught D~ and K~ the Plan of Salvation again. It was awesome, we used the analogy that our life on earth is like High school. Our careers and the money we make in life stands on how well we do in High school. The same goes for our life here on earth. The choices we make and our efforts to live righteous lives effects where we go after we are resurrected. It went really well and later the Boger’s talked about temples and their purpose and how they get our families closer to our Heavenly Father here on earth and in the life after. We then showed them pictures of all of the temples on on D~’s iPad. It was awesome they spent like 10 minutes looking at all of the temples as a family. After B~ gets baptized he will soon get the Priesthood and he can baptize D~ and K~, which is what we are going to talk about next time.

Anyways things are going good me and Elder Memmott are rockin’ the duo. Sometime this month we are going to have a church tour with Bu~, De~, A~, and BL~. It’s going to be awesome. 

Sorry if this email is hard to understand, its’ been a crazy week and I can barely think straight haha.

I love you all! Keep me posted on... stuff.

Sincerely, Elder Watkins

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