We had a very spiritual weekend. First, we went to the Stake President's future daughter in law's baptism in the afternoon and then afterwards we were very privileged and blessed to attend the Stephen's baptism in Ponca City. It was a long drive (3 hours) but me and Elder Mierau were able to talk and get to know each other. The baptism went great. There were four kids and three missionaries dressed in white. Haha the kids all picked different missionaries to baptized them, they are so funny. After I brought Xander (The youngest) out from under the water he jumped in the air with his hands held high splashing water all over the font! He was so happy to be baptized. It was amazing to see their whole family together at the service. You could see a difference in their eyes. The first step to an eternal family.
No we didn't chase a storm, but it chased us! After the Stephen's baptism we decided that we would drive home so we could make it to church in the morning. President called us and advised us to be safe and keep in contact with our weather contacts because there were some big storms moving NE across Oklahoma. We decided to drive south through Stillwater to avoid the city and the major roads because that is where the storm was hitting and we would have to drive through Moore (Which is famous for getting hit with big storms and tornadoes). As we drove south towards Stillwater the weather began to get worse. With our wipers on full and our brights on it was really hard to see the road. We drove slow and offered a silent prayer to know which direction to take. We both had a feeling to get on the 35 and go through the city. We were both a little hesitant to the prompting. Then 5 minutes later we got a text from our Stake President to take the 35 and that the storm was beginning to pass the city. We got on the 64 and hopped onto the 35. We didn't get hit with a drop of rain the whole way into the city and we got to watch a sweet electric storm over Stillwater to the east. We learned two things follow the promptings of the spirit and follow the guidance of your priesthood leaders. Your faith will increase, you will be protected, and you might get to watch a beautiful light show.
We taught B~ again! He is awesome! We went over some of the 17 points of the true church with him and we taught him about the sacrament. He is planning on coming to church this week! Keep him in your prayers.
Thank you for all of your letters and emails! I'm glad things are going well for "yall"! You are in my prayers!
Sincerely, Elder Watkins
Xander, Josiah, Isaiah, Adreanna
The first time on my mission that I've seen a bike lane
The Seal of Melchizedek