Ups and downs of mission life

Hello!

So…. Did you #SharetheGift?? I hope so! This is a wonderful time of year for people to accept Jesus Christ and His gospel. We got 3 new investigators this week!

Amber is super cool. She lives with her Jewish husband and her son. She wants to find a new church to go to that wont judge her or her son. And she doesn’t like the church too big or too small…. The Monroe ward is perfect for her!!! She didn’t come to church though. Nobody ever comes to church. Ok that was a bit dramatic. People DO come to church. I just wish they would come more often. Church is so important. But she did tell us that she has been reading the Book of Mormon and she enjoys it so far! The Book of Mormon is so important too! Her husband likes us but says he isn’t Christian so he won’t come to our church. He showed us this cool prayer box tradition that they do is Judaism.

We went to teach this one lady that we found a couple of weeks ago named Vickie. She just moved out of a house that was molding and had cockroaches. She was so happy to be out of there. Well, we started teaching her on her porch, but it was really cold so we asked if we could come inside and teach her. So she let us in, and she was telling us about her dog and how much she loves him. Well, I looked at the dogs face and I said “Oh he’s so cute!!!” and then he turned around and there were red patches and fleas all over him!!!! Just writing this is making me itch! During the whole lesson the dog was itching itself and biting itself, it was so nasty! Luckily I never touched it. But afterward I really felt like I had fleas! EW!! So we quickly found out she wasn’t “all there” and so we left. She was really sweet and told us she’d love to see us again and make us cookies. But she’s not ready.

So my companions and I have all been having a rough time. Not with each other, but personally. It’s been really cool to see how the Lord places us in the companionships and places we need to be. We have all been able to help each other. It’s really been taking a toll on all of us, but we are pushing through it. We’ve done lots of praying, reading, and of course card playing. We need our time to wind down and breathe. God knows us all so well and He knows we can overcome our trials.

Thanks for all the love and support!!! I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love, Sister Watko 🙂

#SharetheGift

Hey there!

So, not a lot happened this week, but there is this really cool Christmas Initiative that came out this week that I would love to tell you about!

You might remember this video from last Easter…

http://easter.mormon.org/

Well for Christmas they made this one…

http://www.mormon.org/christmas#d

On November 28th they wanted us to start flooding the world with this message.

There are pictures too.

Share either the video or pictures with #SharetheGift and spread the love of Christ this Christmas.

They are expecting this to go a long way and be very successful. Us, as missionaries, just have to talk to as many people as possible. We are trying to come up with creative ways to share this wonderful Gift. We need your help! Share this video with your friends and family! Apparently during Easter, the video softened a lot of people’s hearts and missionaries got A LOT of referrals and baptisms from it. So we’re praying that this Christmas will do the same :).

Oh, I almost forgot!!!!

So on Thanksgiving morning, my day was made!! Sister Hart was sick, so she was asleep. Sister Maxey and I were just starting companionship study when Sister Gerber called. She asked how I was doing and then she said ” We have a visitor today, let me go grab her”. And then next thing I know I was talking to my 10th grade seminary teacher, Sister Newbold! (President Gerber was my seminary president in high school). She was here spending Thanksgiving with my mission president and his wife. We talked for about 30 minutes just chatting about my mission and some experiences she had on hers. She was so helpful and it was so nice to talk to her. I was so glad that Sister Gerber thought to call me and let me talk to her. It made my day!!! Usually you get presents on Christmas, but this year I got one on Thanksgiving :)!

Well, that’s about it.

I love you all!!!
1 Timothy 1:7
Love, Sister Watko 🙂