Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ah, I got so many emails this week, I'm running out of time!

This has been a good week, though, if I can even remember anything that happened!

First off, the Christmas Devotional was yesterday, and it was great! We watched it in a member's home with Jaime and 3 of his kids (or 1 of them, and the other 2 are someone else's kids? I'm not sure). They all really liked it. We actually had a lesson with him and the kids a couple days ago, and we taught them the 10 commandments with the hand signs to help them remember them, and they loved it! Then we talked about baptism, and they're all super excited to learn more about it and to come to church! Jaime is still looking for an apartment, but now the tricky thing is that he wants to stay where he is to have Christmas with his kids. We can't really tell him no, because it's his own decision, but now that his kids are getting more excited about the gospel, they can all get baptized together!

Also, I spoke in church this sunday! It was scary, I was assigned 12 minutes, and I can't even speak for 8 mintues in english! But it went well. I talked about Joseph Smith and how he overcame so much adversity, and how we can do the same in our lives and learn from his example. Church has been so great! We've been working with recent converts a lot because a ward temple trip is coming this saturday, and we want them to be ready to do baptisms! Almost everyone has their recommends, and we're prepping them for waking up to do baptisms at 6 in the morning :) it should be good!

Also, before I forget: There is a thrift store here called Mesa Thrift, and it is AMAZING! Everyone that knows me knows that I am not a fan of DI. Well lo and behold, I walked into Mesa Thrift and it's like heaven! Well, not really, but it's so awesome! I got a 2 cute skirts for like 3 bucks each, and I found a super nice Banana Republic jacket for 20 dollars! So wonderful. Missions really do change people. I like thrift shopping!

We also had a really great lesson with our 14 year old investigator, Evelyn. She gets a little crazy when we sit her down with her mom to teach them, but we were really firm with her and started reading some verses from the Book of Mormon. Finally she came out with her doubt of whether Joseph Smith really is a prophet. She was kind of confused because in so many catholic churches, the members really worship and pray to the Virgin Mary, and she felt like we were doing with Joseph Smith. So we went really slowly and followed the spirit, and taught her about how prayer is the way she can find out for herself, and that we definitely don't worship or pray to Joseph Smith, but we are grateful to him. She felt so great after and promised to sincerely pray about it! (meaning no more prayers about justin bieber or that cute guy in her english class, haha.) We kind of just floated around for the rest of the night, it was so good! Hopefully we'll start to see some more serious progress from her!

Okay, last thing: we had tortilla sandwiches for dinner last night, and they were AMAZING. They sound so weird and they looked kind of suspicious, but they were so good! Imagine beans, lightly fried tortillas, salsa verde, and chicken all on a yummy Mexican roll and lightly toasted on both sides. SO GOOD! I will make those for anyone that wants to try them when I get back. So wonderful!

I love you all! I'm out of time!

Love, Sister Watkins

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