Monday, December 8, 2014

Deck the Halls (Week 64)

It's finally starting to feel like Christmas and it's great! Almost everyone has their decorations and lights up. We even had some members drop off Christmas stuff (our house had none). We set up a tree and even put some lights on the outside of the house! We are festive. We even put our tree right in front of our big window for the whole street to see that we celebrate Christmas.

This week we had a pretty cool miracle with our investigator. we met Joesph while we were trying to contact his dad who has lung cancer. The first time we spoke with Joesph he told us that he had met
missionaries before when they lived in California but lost contact after they moved to Oklahoma. He expressed that he wanted to meet with us but that it would be very difficult because he is currently taking care of his his parents who both have cancer and lung problems from smoking. We asked him if he also smoked and if he wanted to quit. He told us that he tried to quit but kept falling back into the habit because of the people around him were smoking. We started teaching him about the word of wisdom on his porch and promised him blessings that he would receive from showing the desire to keep the commandment. We left him with a word of wisdom pamphlet and told him that we would come back the next day and share more. The next day when we came back he told us that he read the pamphlet over and over and hadn't smoked since our last visit, he also told us that he had been productive with fixing up the house and yard to keep himself from temptation. Pretty awesome! We taught him about the Book of Mormon and he asked if he could have one (he couldn't find the one he got in California). We gave him a Book of Mormon and taught him the blessings that come from daily scripture study. The spirit was so strong as we taught, you could see the look of hope in Joesph's eyes. We are so excited to watch him progress and grow. We are going to see him again this Tuesday.

We set a baptismal date for January 10th with our investigator John last Monday! We shared the restoration and invited him to read, ponder and pray about the Book of Mormon. It was probably one of the best lessons I've taught as a companionship in a long time. Elder Matthews is an amazing missionary filled with the spirit. I'm grateful for his energy and enthusiasm.

This week has been amazing. So many blessings. I wish I could tell you more but our time is about up. I love you all. Merry Christmas!

Sincerely, Elder Watkins

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