Monday, July 27, 2015

Corey's Baptism (Week 97)

This week was great! Lots of good stuff, chronological or order of awesomeness? I'll just recite things backwards.

Well on Saturday Elder Sheffield and I were blessed to attend  Corey's baptism of in Norman, OK. He was the investigator we worked with for 3 months until he and his member wife had to move to Noble for work. Well as soon as they moved we got in touch with the missionaries there (Sister Boulter from Lone Peak and Sister Duerch). They have helped Corey the rest of the way and on Saturday he was baptized! It was a great baptismal service! You could sense Corey's anxiety and excitement. It was cool. After the baptism the sisters, us, and some of the other missionaries signed the back of a picture of the OKC temple and wrote our thoughts and encouragement. They are working to be sealed in the temple next July! Just listening to their excitement about going to the temple filled me with joy. I am so excited for their family!

On Friday we arranged for our native american investigator C~ (who is huge into native lore) and his two sons to have a pow wow for the boy scouts in the ward. Friday evening we got to go to a members property out in the country where the boy scouts were camping and got to watch 20 minutes of D~ and M~'s performance. It was pretty cool. They loved the experience and got to meet some of the church members they go to school with. The boys want to go to Wednesday night activities now. Hopefully they can make it this coming week.

On Wednesday we picked up two new investigators, Dn~ and Cl, a young couple that has only been married for 3 months. We met Dn~ from knocking doors. He and his wife are both from a small town in Texas and were raised as Baptists. He has actually been to Salt Lake temple square and BYU, Provo campus for tours. He told us that our religion has always fascinated him. He told us that this was the first time he had met missionaries. He invited us to come back. So last Wednesday we arrived for our set appointment and got to meet his wife. They are a super chill young couple. He is working for Halliburton and making music with his buddies on the side. I think he and I will get along. We first got to know them, and then he told us that he wanted to ask us questions (from a piece of paper) after the discussion. I was a little skeptical at first, not knowing if they were really his questions or stump the Mormon questions off the internet. Haha. Well, we opened with a prayer and we shared the message of the Restoration with them. We focused on families and eternal marriage. The whole time he was very open, respectful, and receptive. It was a powerful lesson taught to their questions, knowing that afterwards he'd go down the list. He said well you answered a ton of my questions. Haha, he had a few about the priesthood and couple of other common ones, but we were able to answer them simply. His other questions will be answered next time when we share the Plan of Salvation. Pumped for that. Before we even got out a Book of Mormon to give him, he asked for one. Before our stomachs even growled, he offered to feed us next Friday. They are awesome!

Monday, we taught Oreo and his wife after they fed us an amazing Venezuelan dinner. We taught him the Restoration with the Jenga tower and he basically taught it to us, haha. It was a lot of fun watching him and his wife work together.They are so funny. He is a great guy, and wants to know the truth for himself. There are a few members who are going to arrange a dinner or an activity in their home to invite them to which would be awesome!

For P-day we are going to Lawton to spend time with a few of the missionaries who are departing August 5th. It should be fun!

I love you all! thank you for you love and support.

Sincerely, Elder Watkins

Corey, Brandy and their two adorable daughters Gracelyn and Pacen

M~ and the drum

M~ and D~

They did four dances total. I will see if I can get some video from one of the members before I leave.

Bricks we made for a service project we did. Fun stuff.

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