Monday, May 11, 2015

Tornadoes and Floods (Week 86)

This week we have had some pretty crazy weather. We heard from several people that just within the past few days Oklahoma and Kansas had over 58 tornadoes touch down. CRAZINESS! No worries Duncan wasn't hit with any of them, but one of them got really close to us. It actually went through the south elders area in Waurika but only destroyed a few trees and an old barn. I guess the tornadoes weren't really the intense part. The big problem for our area was flooding. We were in a flash flood warning for three days in a row (good thing our apartment is on the second floor). My weather radio was going off every five minutes. We were driving during one of the really big storms and the water in the street was 6-12 inches high (I have some videos I'll try to send). The storms were a huge answer to prayers because of the drought Duncan is in.

Last Tuesday we had Mission conference where we got to hear training from Elder and Sister Corbrige. He gave the missionary talk "The 4th Missionary". All of you who are preparing to serve a mission or are on a mission it's a must read. His training was called "The Most Important Thing" (The Atonement). He really focused on teaching to the understanding of those we teach: the What, Why, and How of the gospel. It was a very inspired training.

This week we had a really good lesson with B~ (recent convert) and her non-member husband C~. We taught them the restoration with the Jenga blocks, it was a lot of fun because their toddlers wanted to help, haha you can imagine how that went. Thankfully we were able to distract them until the great apostasy haha. C~ really enjoyed the message and is really receptive, we are hoping to see him at church in a couple of weeks when his work schedule lines up. He enjoys church he has been two times already. It was really cool to watch B~ teach a lot of the lesson from her observations. It's amazing how strong of a testimony she has developed.

Mother's day was great! I love you Mom! It's a blessing that we get to skype, I enjoyed seeing "yall". I just realized earlier that was the last call I will make to you guys before I come home... that's weird.

My new companion is Elder Mierau who was just serving with the other Elder Watkins (not related) in our mission. I will be serving with him for one transfer and then he will be finished with his mission. Then I will only have two transfers left which leaves me with a chance to train a new missionary! :D Who knows it might happen!

Duncan is doing well! Please keep our stake presidents wife in your prayers she was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer :(. As with all things faith brings miracles, everything will work out!

I love you all! Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely, Elder Watkins

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