Tuesday we had a leadership meeting in Moore where we went over President Kimball's talk "Jesus, the Perfect Leader." Its got to be one of my favorite talks. I enjoyed going back over the talk and I'll probably go over it again this week.
On Thursday we had a temple trip with the zone to the Temple in Yukon, OK. It's such a blessing to have a temple in our mission. I had a powerful experience worshiping in the temple and reading the scriptures in the celestial room. I love the peace and direction the spirit gives. I know Heavenly Father is aware of our needs and knows what will help us most.
I had a powerful study on the well known verse Matt 7:7 last week during my personal studies.
7 ¶Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
I read this while I was preparing a training on finding and I guess this is an example of when a really simple scripture becomes deeper from listening to the spirit. We pray for a lot of things and we receive those things when it is expedient in the Lord that we should receive them, but how often do we ask and forget to seek? We forget what we asked for and float through the rest of the day unaware of the prepared blessing right in front of our faces?
Finding in missionary work is a 3 step phase; ask, seek, knock. We have to have faith that God is preparing everyone around us, they might all be at different points in their progression but every one has equal potential. If we don't seek and talk to everyone we meet we might pass someone the Lord has prepared for us to find.
It seems the last month or so the weeks have alternated back and forth from mostly teaching to mostly finding. This week was one of the mostly finding weeks. It was good though, we have been able to help a lot of people that God has guided us to. We have been able to find a lot of new people in Marlow to teach that we now have setup to teach this coming week. Tomorrow is going to be awesome! We have four super solid appointments lined up.
This coming Saturday we have organized a missionary activity where we are going to be showing a church film (The Testaments) to give our investigators an opportunity to learn more about the Book of Mormon. It will be good for our less-actives and those we are teaching to fellowship with the active members. This Ward really struggles with doing activities.
We had a pretty solid lesson with Oreo where we read Genesis 22, the story of Abraham when he was commanded to sacrifice his son. We had a really good discussion about sacrifice and blessings, and the importance of obedience to God's commandments. I love the scriptures and how they illustrate God's love. Everything that God gives us is out of his love and concern for us; commandments, blessings trials, miracles, weaknesses, and strengths. We are getting a better idea of what is holding him back from being baptized. He is close he just needs to connect a few of the spiritual dots and DO IT!
Well, we are just about out of time at the library. I love you all! I'm excited to share this weeks miracles next time!
Sincerely, Elder Watkins
Lawton Zone Temple Trip
Oklahoma City Temple