Falling before shaking the hand of an Apostle of the Lord (Elder Holland)?… I would.‏

HHHHHIIIIIII!!!!!!!

 
So first of all, seeing Elder Holland was AMAZING. He wanted to shake all 300+ missionaries hands :). So we went up row by row so it was organized and we had to walk through the pews. So as we were walking up, Sister Heywood stepped on my shoes twice. So she’s already making us stumble. Then we have to walk through the big pew and everybody left their bags on the floor and Sister Heywood trips all over them, then steps on my shoe again which makes my shoe fall off, so then I trip and have to put my shoe back on. Now I’m just laughing sooooooo hard. So I don’t really remember shaking his hand. It was all a daze. But I did it and it was cool! Everyone was laughing as we were walking back to our seats. HAHA!
Luckily, I was able to calm down and listen to him and get things from it so it’s all good. He talked about Our Purpose as missionaries. It was cool because we study the gospel so that we can help others apply it to themselves. But he taught it for us as people. How we can use it when we’re not missionaries anymore. He’s so personable and I could tell that he truly cared about each one of us. Having him there really strengthened my testimony of the Priesthood too. I know that he is called of God. The spirit was so strong with so many missionaries plus general authorities all in one room. It was an opportunity I will never forget. I forgot to bring my notes to the library so next week I’ll have more of what I learned from him Sorry! 
The rest of the week was pretty good. We taught a lot of people and got to see all of our investigators. Brandon came to church on Sunday and the talks and lessons were so perfect! It was awesome. 
We went to 2 BBQ’s for Memorial Day. And had a BBQ the night before. One of them was at a state park and Sister Heywood brought her ukulele and played some hymns. It was cool cuz other people were watching her and stuff. 
Well, I gotta go. I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 
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Don’t Forget Your Umbrella!!

HEY!

 
Bethany! You got your Patriarchal Blessing! YAY! Isn’t it the best? I read mine like every other day for studies. 
 
So this week was interesting. We tracted all day Friday and Saturday. Explanation on the subject: Our door approaches were rough. Some lady told us to not get wet as we were leaving and the words just stumbled out of my mouth. I meant to say “We won’t, we have umbrellas!” but what came out was just mumbling and then umbrellas! We did get to teach a couple of people which were super good lessons. But by Sunday night, I was exhausted and just needed a good cry. It was cool because we just stopped in a neighborhood to relax and get myself back together for a few minutes. As we were sitting there, a member drove up and asked if we wanted to come over for cake cuz it was his birthday. So of course we said yes. The mom and the dad have both served missions so they were really sweet and comforting. They both knew what it was like to have hard days on your mission. It was nice. 
 
I CANNOT WAIT FOR ELDER HOLLAND TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!! It’s going to be such an awesome experience.
 
Yesterday we ate dinner at a member’s house and she made chicken taquitos. There were green stuff in it. I ate it! And they were actually super good. And she knew about my eating problem, but she made it anyway :). 
 
Well, not much else happened this week. Like always, I’ll probably remember everything after I get off.
 
I love you guys. So much. 
 
Love, Sister Watko 🙂

It’s Like Riding a Bike…

Hey!

So this weeks been pretty good… for the most part. Haha.
On Tuesday we rode bikes ALL DAY! We went on exchanges and we had to ride elders bikes. I probably rode a total of 15 miles and walked about 3. I did an ironman with you dad :). Haha Just Kidding. But the next day it sure felt like it! I have bruises all over my legs (I fell off my huge bike). My butt hurt, and everything was so sore. I’m pretty much all better now, but Tuesday it was pretty miserable.
And then last night we got locked out of our apartment. We were going to go visit a member at like 8:15 and we always lock the bottom one before and then the top one with the key. But when we went to lock the top one… we realized we didn’t have the key. So we sat outside our apartment for 2 and a half hours waiting for someone to let us in. The Elders came and tried to break us in but they couldn’t. It was quite the adventure!
Here’s a funny story! So we were tracting on Wednesday and we knock into this man who is really torn up about his wife’s death in January. So he has a soft heart right now and let us in. We taught him the Restoration and told him he could be with his wife again someday. He liked it and as we were going to leave we ask if we can say a prayer with him. He says sure and he comes in between us on his knees, spreads out his arms and says “Put your hands on my head and anoint me) Sister Heywood and I didn’t know what to do. So we just fold our arms and she prays. Then when we went back to see him he didn’t do that so I think he got the hint. But it’s all ok because he came to church on Sunday and in Sunday School we learned about the priesthood so I think he understands now. He’s super cool. He’s just a little confused in some spots. Nothing we can’t take care of.
I got to go to the temple on Thursday!!!!!! It was so good!!! I needed it so much! And I got to see lots of missionary friends 🙂
Mothers Day is going to be so good! Sister Heywood and I are going to make dinner for our Relief Society President. Her mother is gone and she wasn’t able to have kids so she is going to be our mother for the day. And she’s letting us skype our families at her house too :).
That’s all I can remember right now.
I can’t wait to SEE you on Sunday! Love you!!!!
Love, Sister Watko 🙂