First things first: Shout out to Jordan and Michelle!!! Congrats!!!!! I love you both!
So this week was good! It was definitely a learning and growing week.
We taught Lindsey. I guess she was confused about why she was supposed to read the Book of Mormon and why there has to be only one true church. So we got those concerns out of the way. Well, the next day, we saw Wyatt (her boyfriend who’s house we teach her at) and he said that she said that she felt like we were holding out on her. So he went ahead, after we left, and taught her all 5 lessons. We are always so worried about overwhelming people with too much information, but she just wants it all. And it sounds like she can take it. So from now on we are just going to teach her what we know and not hold back.
Sister Pawlecki gave us a referral. And she’s awesome! We met her on Saturday and set up an appointment to go back on Tuesday to teach her. She has a lot of questions that she wants answered and Sister Pawlecki is such a good example to her.
So my temple trip was so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the temple so much!! President Gerber instructed us about conversion and becoming. We read Elder Oaks talk “The challenge to become”. I would encourage you to read it if you haven’t. It talks about how testimony and conversion are different. Conversion is when you apply and BECOME something, not just to know something. He talked to us about how we not only need to teach people so that they can become converted, but that we need to become converted ourselves. Here is a quote from the talk:
“From such teachings we conclude that the Final Judgment is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts—what we have done. It is an acknowledgment of the final effect of our acts and thoughts—what we have become. It is not enough for anyone just to go through the motions. The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become.”
We picked up a couple of new investigators this week. Their names are John and Jessica. They are an unmarried couple living together. They both believe in God but neither of them have faith. They both don’t really believe that He loves them. We tried to teach them last night and it failed epically. They still want us to come back but our teaching was just really off. We all three were trying to follow the spirit but none of us were on the same page and it was just bad. But we talked it over and made some goals as to how we can be better and we are going to try harder next time. Thank goodness for repentance.
We had our primary program yesterday. Our ward is so small that it only took like 25 minutes to get through the whole thing. It was cute though :).
I love you all!
Remember that the church is true!!!
Read the Book of Mormon, it’s true too!
Love, Sister Watko
This week was pretty great!
I don’t know if you remember Lindsey. She is a referral from a member in the ward. We taught her at his house and she had lots of questions, she took notes during the lesson, and she’s pretty much elect. Well, she is SUPER busy! So my companions haven’t even met her yet. We have been trying to meet with her for like a month now. But finally there was a break in her schedule and we got to teach her on Saturday! We taught her about the Book of Mormon and she loved it! We asked her what she thought about the whole thing and she said that she really liked the fact that the Book of Mormon is so personable and then she asked each of us what our favorite story or scripture was. It was really cool to be able to share with her the person or the principle that means so much to us and has had such an impact in our lives. I chose to share with her the story of Enos. I love it so much because he has taught me how to pray more intently. He has taught me how to repent and what repentance leads to. I will one day become like Enos and care so much for people and do all I can for others. And by the end of my life I will “see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father.” (Enos 1:27)
Here’s a weird experience that we had this week. So we went to see a family who has been taught by missionaries before and we wanted to kind of just get to know them and see if they were ready to progress. Well, he kept telling us that he doesn’t believe in God and how he would like to know if there is a God. This guy has ready every church book there ever was. He’s read the whole Book of Mormon (he has a quad with his name on it), he’s read Jesus the Christ, Preach My Gospel, and knows just about everything. Yet, he doesn’t know if God is real. I don’t really understand it, but whatever. Anyways, we were about to leave and so we asked if we could leave him with a prayer. And with him being the head of the house we asked him who he would like to say it. He said “I’ll go ahead and offer it”. We were really confused because he just got done telling us how he doesn’t pray to something he doesn’t know is there….? Well, he said a really awesome prayer and it sounded like he was mormon. This poor guy won’t open his heart enough to act on what he knows is true. He would have to give up a lot of things and get out of his comfort zone. I can only imagine how hard and scary that would be. But on the missionary side… It’s frustrating. I believe that one day (maybe not in this life) he will accept the truths of the gospel.
I get to go on my one year temple trip on Thursday. Yay!! So everyone that I came out with- there’s six sisters and two elders- meet at the mission home and go to the temple with President and Sister Gerber. Then we go back and the feed us a big meal and then President Gerber will teach us. I’m really looking forward to it. My companions will be going to a different area to work in for the day with some other sisters.
Mommy: I don’t think I need anything right now. Thanks. Just letters are perfect 🙂
The church is true. I love you!!!!!
Love, Sister Watko 🙂
P.S. We went tracting A LOT this week. That’s the point of my title…. 🙂
This week has been good! We are still trying to get in the hang of everything (teaching, finding, meeting people…etc.). We had a really good lesson with an investigator named Lena last night. Our plan was to teach her about prayer. Well, she ended up telling us about her life growing up. She was abused all through high school and has a lot of resentment towards her parents. We taught her about the Atonement and how she can find forgiveness and healing through Jesus Christ. This lady is amazing. She has gone through a lot in her life and she has chosen to be happy. She humbled me yesterday. I was kind of in a bad mood because I really wanted to e-mail, but all the libraries were closed for some training or something. I was feeling sorry for myself all day. But then when she was telling us her story and as I was looking at her life now and how happy she has chosen to be, I took a step back and counted my blessings. I have had hard times, but I can choose to let them drag me down or make me better. She is a great example to me.
General Conference was so good!!!!! I can’t wait until the Ensign comes out so I can re-read the talks. We committed a lot of our investigators, less-actives, and members to pray about a question they needed answered and promised them that it would be answered during conference. Almost all of them have reported back and said that they received an answer. I can say that I got my answer as well. I’m so grateful that we have prophets on the earth today who are called of God.
So tomorrow I will have been a missionary for one whole year!! I can’t believe it. It’s not very real. I can say honestly that I have seen myself grow. My companions and I have been talking lately about how selfishly unselfish this work is. We are focusing on other people, doing all we can to help others come to know of Jesus Christ and in the process we are the ones getting blessed and blessed and more blessed. I’m not in this work for myself but I sure do get the best reward. I am so grateful that I was able to listen to and follow the Holy Ghost, and exercise my faith to come on a mission. It’s not easy. It’s very hard. But it was never easy for My Savior and He is the reason I’m out here. I know that prayer works. I know that God is blessing my family while I do my best to have my eyes single to His glory. I make mistakes and I have a lot to improve on. But I have come to know that the Atonement is real. I can repent multiple times a day and be forgiven and strengthened to do better. I have been converted this last year. I can’t put into words how grateful I am.
Thank you for all of your prayers and support. I love you so much.
Love, Sister Watko 🙂