He is always there…

Hello Everyone!

So I was sick for most of the week and so my companions kept me inside for a lot of it. We only went out if we had set appointments. And a lot of those cancelled. They didn’t want me out in the cold. It was stupid. But they made phone calls and updated records and stuff, so that was good. I got a blessing from my ward mission leader and he gave me lots of vitamins and medicine to take so that I could get better quickly. This all lasted until Saturday. I woke up feeling great! We went out tracting ALL DAY cuz all of our appointments cancelled. And we met some really sweet people. One lady let us into her home to pray for her dad who had fallen that morning and just got home from the hospital. She had investigated the church years before but she doesn’t like the way women are treated in the church….? But we prayed with them and she gave us cookies and showed us her dollhouses that she makes and it was awesome!

Then on Sunday we had stake conference. We went to the Riverview building because they were broadcasting it there and its closer than the stake center. They were having technical difficulties so we heard only about 3 talks. But we heard the best 3 so it was all good! Remember the Bauss family from Northville? Well, they’re daughter Makenna got home from her mission and she spoke on the Atonement. It was really really good! Here’s a little bit about what she said, “Yes, it’s a miracle that we can run to Him when we make mistakes…. But the real miracle is that HE’S ALWAYS THERE.” He is always here, just waiting for us.

Ms. Debbie’s son, Eugene, got home from jail this week and so we’re jumping on that and are hoping that his heart has been softened because of his experience. We watched the Restoration DVD with them last night and he really enjoyed it. He related to it and opened up to us about his concerns. The only problem right now is that he is a little uncomfortable with the spirit so he can’t sit too long for us to actually teach him. But he’ll get over that soon enough. Ms. Debbie is so excited that her son is finally opening up!

Well, I hope everyone is doing welll! I love you so much!!
Love, Sister Watko πŸ™‚

Winter has arrived!

Hello!!!!

It snowed my first snow for the winter this week! I love the snow so much!!! I got to scrape the car for the first time this morning. And I’ve been wearing hats! I love winter!! It just makes everything happier!

So this week was a little rough. We are having a really hard time finding people to teach. All of our investigators are falling off the face of the earth and it’s really frustrating. The Lord was testing me this week, and Satan knew it. I got discouraged a couple of times and my faith was shaken a bit. And on top of that, I was sick all weekend. No bueno. But I did learn (or re-learn) that PRAYER WORKS. Every time I started to feel down, I would just say a little prayer for strength and to get me through the next hour. And every time He helped me. I felt better almost instantly. I know it sounds simple and like every other prayer story. But I had never really had my prayers answered like that before and it was very humbling and testimony building to me. I truly saw His hand helping me out of the sadness.

So our mission President has been concerned about the mission because apparently there are a lot of missionaries who sleep in and don’t exercise. So he’s kind of been drilling that on us lately. Well, I don’t sleep in, but I am not very good at exercising (I know, you’re probably shocked Dad). So I told my companions that I need a more creative way to work out in the morning. And that’s hard especially now that it’s winter. Well, Sister Hart has this sweet pimped out primary song CD. So we chose a song and we are choreographing a dance to it. It should be “perfected” in a couple weeks and hopefully I can send a video. Maybe. If I’m not too embarrassed. Haha. But it is a work out and we’re not allowed to dance in public anyways, so why not do it when we can?

Well, that’s really all for this week. I love you soooo much!!!!!!
The church is true and God LOVES you!
Love, Sister Watko πŸ™‚

Trust in the Lord‏

Yello!

So Sister Hart and I’s new companion is Sister Maxey. She is from Casa Grande Arizona and is 19 years old. She’s so cute and so funny. She reminds me a lot of me. I was told that they were going to transfer me but the Lord told President Gerber that Sister Maxey and I were “spirit sisters” so I needed to stay with her. Pretty cool. I love her a lot. Technically Sister Hart is her training but I sit in and participate. It’s been really cool to see how much I’ve grown and how far I’ve come, from when I was being trained. It’s a nice reminder too, to go back to the basics and remember how it’s really supposed to be done. Haha.

This week was kind of a bummer cuz we didn’t get to see many of our investigators. We saw Lynn, and Sister Maxey invited her to be baptized and she said yes! We will set a date for her on Tuesday. She was supposed to come to church yesterday but didn’t show up. But she is progressing. She’s been reading the Book of Mormon and comparing it with the Bible and loves it. She said that God told her it was true! Yay!

Seven of our less-active members came to church yesterday!!!!!!! It was awesome! We’ve been teaching this one lady who feels that she got baptized too soon and doesn’t know much of anything about the church. She is kind of hard to read but we feel like she is coming to know the truth. She told us that it would take her a while to come to church cuz her husband doesn’t really agree with it. Plus they have a lot of work to do and they don’t have time to come to church. But she showed up yesterday and stayed for all 3 hours! She knew she needed to be there and so she came! Side note on this lady: Her and her husband are cat breeders. They have over 30 cats… so gross. But we love her anyway. πŸ™‚

It’s getting pretty cold here. I can’t wait for the snow!!! Everyone keeps saying it’s supposed to come so I’m just waiting. I love winter!

God is good. He is aware of each of us. He loves each of us.
I love you!
Love, Sister Watko πŸ™‚

Miracles in Monroe

Dear everyone!

I get to stay in Monroe!!!!! YAY!!!!! Sister Riggs is leaving and Sister Hart and I are getting a greenie. I’m so excited to stay! I totally thought I was leaving and it was so hard because we saw miracles upon miracles this week. Let me tell you about them.

On Tuesday we had our lesson with Dawn. She’s the referral from our recent convert, Sister Pawlecki. Dawn is in a custody battle right now with her ex-husband. They have 2 kids and she doesn’t want them to be involved with her investigation with the church because she is worried that her ex will use that against her somehow. Dawn has been Lutheran most of her life. She doesn’t usually agree with what is being taught all the time. And she thinks its dumb that people say they believe in the Bible but do things that totally contradict it. She was excited to meet with us because she had some misunderstandings about our church. We had a super spirit-filled lesson. All of her questions led right into the restoration and we were able to answer them and they all made sense to her. At the end she said a prayer and asked God to tell her if the things that we told her were true. She said she felt so good and a little scared inside. (Scared is good sometimes. Like in this case.) She is excited to read the Book of Mormon and learn more. She’s gonna go places. I love her so much!

Oh ya and we were fasting that day cuz LaRon (Ty’s dad) had a court hearing that day. So we had extra spirit :).

On Thursday we met with a lady named Linda. She is a referral from her niece in Tennessee. She made us dinner and we taught her the Restoration. She never really grew up in any church. She has always believed in God and considers herself a spiritual person, though. Her growing up life wasn’t too good and so she tried her best to raise her own kids well. She is so sweet. She loved everything we talked about and loved the part about Joseph Smith seeing God and Jesus Christ. She was emotional through most of the lesson. The spirit was really strong. But it got stronger when we asked her to kneel and pray to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet. Talk about “crying unto the Lord”. I’ve never seen/heard anything like it. It was beautiful. After she said that prayer, she immediately said a gratitude prayer thanking Him for showing her the right path. We stood up and she hugged us and told us that we were angels sent to her. I am so grateful for her and for that experience.

On Saturday we went tracting ALL DAY LONG! Well, from about 10-6. At 10:30 in the morning we were cold and not many people were answering the door. But we kept going. As we’re walking to one door, Sister Riggs says “It would be great if someone gave us some food”. We just laughed. We knock on the door and the guy tells us that he’s going to vote. Like we care. He politely tells us no thank you and gives us his bowl of candy from the night before :). We got food! On the way to the next door, Sister Riggs says “It’s so cold! I wish somebody would just let us in for like 30 minutes so that we could get warm”. We knock on the door and a young mother lets us in. We teach her a 30 minute restoration and invite her to church. All warmed up! It was so cool! Heavenly Father wants to know the desires of our hearts. Ask and ye shall receive!!!

On Sunday we were expecting 5 investigators at church. We were so excited!!! Guess who showed up? No one. Haha. It was a little disappointing. But its ok. They’ll come someday.

It was an awesome week. Heavenly Father knows best. I can’t wait to see so many more miracles these next 6 weeks yay!!!!

I love you!
Love, Sister Watko πŸ™‚

Oh I forgot one miracle that happened Sunday night!!!

So we were stupid and forgot to get gas in the car on Saturday. So we were limited in where we could go on Sunday. So we said a prayer and asked where we needed to be that wasn’t too far away. We went and visited a couple who were one our GPS. So we go and they invite us in. The husband is a life long member but he’s less-active and his wife in not a member. She told us that earlier that day they had been talking about how she feels like something is missing in her life. She has been going to a Baptist church and just doesn’t feel like it’s doing much for her and she hasn’t been wanting to go anymore. She mentioned to her husband that maybe she could try out the Mormon church and see if it works for her. Then we show up. We taught her the restoration, cleared up her misconceptions about us, and asked her to pray to know if its true. Her husband was all excited that she finally gets it. She is definitely prepared by the Lord. God is so good. And they were only .8 miles away:).