Never have I done so much service in such a small amount of time. I've learned that when our hearts are pure and turned outwards, the Lord will inspire our minds to go places where his children are in need.
Everyday there has been productive work done and new lessons learned.
So many surreal moments where everything just seems to line up perfectly. Thinking whether or not to read a letter from home before going out to tract, and doing so causing us to run straight into the
son of the recently deceased Brother Phillips, who was almost in complete despair trying to help his widowed mother move her heavy furniture in to a Uhaul on his own. The timing was perfect. I would
have never recognized him if he hadn't been facing south to see us. There is no such thing as coincidence.
After we had taught R~ (recent convert) about missionary work and service we took him out to go teaching with us. Our first appointment ended up falling through, but we felt prompted to try M~ (a potential investigator). We knocked on her door but there was no answer, it was then that I looked over and saw two older parents moving their 23 year old son into an apartment across the parking lot. We pondered for a second and decided to go over and offer to help. They hesitated at first because of our clothes but we insisted. We helped carry two trailers full of furniture into his apartment and got to know them really well. At the end we were blessed to talk about the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. Here is the crazy part, before we left the dad reached into his pocket and pulled out a $100 bill and held it out. OH NO we do this out of charity. But he kept insisting that we take it and get dinner and give the rest to our church. After five times of him insisting that we take it we finally accepted it. We ended up giving $91 to humanitarian aid and spent $9 for shakes at Braum's because the dad made us promise to get something to eat. While we drank our shakes we realized that R~ had applied everything that we taught him that day. Awe yeah!
This week we've gotten four new investigators. We've gotten more investigators this week than in the whole month and a half that I've been in this area. The Lord trusts us and is granting us more opportunities to teach. I know the Lord works through us in mysterious ways to accomplish his work. The book is blue, the church is true. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Sincerely, Elder Watkins
Photos from my previous area - Sulphur
The clouds out here are amazing some days.
The skies go on for miles and miles.