Mosiah 23:21‏ “the Lord seeth fit to chasten His people; yea, He trieth their patience and their faith.”

So I’m staying in Farmington with Sister Green for my last transfer… My last transfer! Ahh! So crazy.
It’s always taken me longer to learn things or to have them stick in my mind. I finally realized what Heavenly Father has been trying to teach me my whole life. It’s a good thing I’m only 20. But it would have been nice to know closer to the beginning of my mission. But there must be a reason I figured it out now. It’s kind of like Heavenly Father slapped my spirit in the face and I’m just now feeling the blow. It’s a hard thing when you realize you’ve been doing everything wrong and you need to change a lot of habits. But I guess that’s what life is for.
I have 6 weeks left of my mission. But a lifetime to change. A lifetime to not make it about me. A lifetime to serve others. A lifetime to serve God.
This week was good. Super cool miracle!! So we have this Book of Mormon class that we started a few weeks ago. It’s been struggling. Not a lot of people have been showing up. So on Wednesday we prayed to find at least one person to bring to the class that night. Well, we went tracting 45 minutes before it started and we found a guy named Brett. He asked if our church needed a pianist. We told him we don’t have any paid clergy but that he was welcome to come play. We would love to hear him! He asked when and we told him tonight! So 7:00 came, and there’s Brett with music in hand. He played us a couple of songs, tried out some hymns (he can sight read), and then we asked if he could play the organ. He said that he had never played before but would love to try. So we got to take him on a church tour. And there were lots of members there because it was mutual night, so he got to meet a lot of the ward. Then we took him into the chapel and he played the organ for a little bit. And then we asked if we could share with him what we know to be true. So right there in the chapel we taught him the restoration and invited him to be baptized. The spirit was so strong. He said the prayer at the end and then played some more music for us. God answers prayers!!
I’m truly grateful for my Heavenly Father. I am coming to love Him and trust Him more and more everyday.
I love you so much!
Love, Sister Watko 🙂

God does answer our prayers

Holaaa!
So last week in our zone meeting we learned about using our time effectively. So Sister Green and I have been praying to know how and to be able to make the best use of our time. Well, every time we went out tracting there would be someone who would say “Well, I don’t want to waste your time. Have a good day.” So Heavenly Father was making it very clear to us who to talk to and who not to talk to. Haha!
I’m trying to think of things that happened this week. But it was just a lot of tracting. We found one lady named Liz. She believes in God mixed with American Indian beliefs. She is a single mom to her son. She was really interested in what we had to say. We went back and taught her the whole Restoration and she said a really sweet prayer at the end of the lesson. She asked God if His authority was on the earth. We are going back to see her this week!
And I found out that an investigator in Adrian got baptized on Saturday!!
I’ll just share with you a cool quote I found.
Have a great week!
I love you so much!!!
Love, Sister Watko 🙂

Back to only one companion

Hey everyone!!
So It’s just me and Sister Green in Farmington now. We got a call on Thursday during personal study from President Gerber. He told us something about a state law saying that our apartment couldn’t have more than 3 people in the bedroom. I guess he’s been pushing it off as long as possible, but they have been really pressuring him lately. So he prayed about who should leave, and Heavenly Father told him Sister Gordon was needed somewhere else. She’s in Grand Blanc now! I love that place and I pray that she will be happy there :).
So that was kind of stressful, trying to get her packed in a couple of hours and have her say goodbye to a few people. And then some more drama happened after that, but somehow we were still able to focus on the work. God has truly blessed us this week.
I had a really cool experience this week with the Holy Ghost.
So at the very beginning of my mission, I got a letter from somebody who I look up to a lot. This person gave me some really good advice. They said: “Never make it about you”. So I’ve tried to remember that since I read it. I went back and read that letter again earlier this week. But it wasn’t until yesterday until I actually GOT it. A man in the ward who I haven’t met yet gave a talk. I don’t even remember what his topic was. But he started telling a story about someone who’s dad always told him “It’s not about you”. And the guy never understood why his dad always told him that. Then this guy went on a mission and got sent to a really rough area. Rough as in, his companion would stay inside all day while he went out with a member of the ward and then got mugged and beat up everyday on the way home. He got shot, and mocked for 4 months. Finally he got transferred. Then after many other transfers his mission president asked him if he would be willing to go back to that area. He really did not want to. So his mission president called his parents with him there on speaker phone (they didn’t know he was there) and asked what their opinion was on him going back. His mom of course, did not want him to go and basically yelled at the mission president. Then the president asked his dad and all he said was “Well, I would tell him that ‘It’s not about you.'” And then they hung up. The missionary decided to go back to that awful area. And for the rest of his mission, he was beat up every day, alone.
I finally realized that IT’S NOT ABOUT ME. I never understood until yesterday. I finally took the advice that was given to me. And guess what? I still made it about me yesterday, even though it hit me. But I was a lot happier and more willing to do whatever Heavenly Father asked me to do. We are here on this earth to become like God. And to God, nothing is ever about Him. He never does anything for Himself.
He asks us to go through things so that we can learn and grow. And we need to be thankful for those things because we have the Atonement to help us through everything.
I’m so grateful for the Holy Ghost that comforts me, brings things to my remembrance, and testifies of truth.
So that is my goal this week. To not make it about me.
I love you all so much!! Have a great selfless week!
Love, Sister Watko 🙂

Faith

Hey there!

This week was pretty good!! We found two new awesome investigators!

First, Matt:

So on Saturday, we went on exchanges with our Sister Training Leaders. During lunch one of the sisters asked a simple question but I took offense to it. I think it was because not a lot is happening in the area and I was a little discouraged. So I went in the bedroom and said a prayer. I told Heavenly Father that I didn’t believe that there were people who are prepared to accept the gospel and be baptized in this area. I challenged Him (I’m repenting for that) to show me that there are. This ward has not had a baptism in way over a year. There are A TON of Jewish people and Muslims here. It has seemed impossible. I’ve been doing my best to have faith, but I have been failing. So after lunch, we went to one street that had a few people who told us to come back. While we were there, I felt prompted to knock on a door. So we did. And we found Matt. We asked him, right when he opened the door how he had seen God bless his life. And then the spirit was there and he opened up. He just got custody of his 3 daughters, he is disabled and God helped him to get better a little bit, and God sent us to His house. We taught him the Restoration and taught to his needs. He told us he had been praying for something like this to happen. And I told him that I had been praying to meet him as well. He wants to come to church. We are meeting with him again tomorrow. The spirit was so strong, and I felt that he is ready.

God showed me.

Second, Josh:

On Sunday we fasted for one of our less-actives. I had the worst attitude about it. Ever. I was so hungry and tired, and we got cookies at church and I didn’t even get to eat it. We went tracting and I had NO faith. I just wanted to go home and eat. I want to throw up just thinking about how selfish and stupid I was being. Especially after what just happened the day before. Well, eventually, we went and ate dinner. Then we went and tracted some more and tried visiting a few people. We went to a members house to use their restroom and as we were driving out of their neighborhood, we saw a guy stuck in a ditch in the snow sitting in his car. We stopped and asked if he needed help. He said he has already tried to dig himself out, lots of people have stopped and tried to push, but he was still stuck. So now he was just waiting for a tow truck to get him out. Well, we knew that we would be no help. So we started teaching him. He is Jewish. But he stopped practicing after he had his Bar Mitzvah. Now he wants to be a rapper. (He says he’s going to be the next Eminem. We’ll see about that.) Anyways, so he said that he doesn’t know if God is real. But we taught him about God and then he said he does believe in Him. So he wasn’t hard to convince. But we kept talking to him and teaching him and he felt the spirit. He said a prayer at the end of the lesson and said he felt closer to God. We are meeting with him later this week. He seems excited to learn more. He said he isn’t sure if he believes in heaven, so The Plan of Salvation will be perfect.
God showed me again.

Faith is a weird thing. I don’t know if I understand it. But I am grateful for the miracles that God gives me. Hebrews 11:1
I also re-realized this week that IT’S NOT ABOUT ME. God will do what He wants when He wants. I’ve had a lot of repenting and changing to do this week. It hasn’t been easy. But I’ve been promised that it will be worth it.

I love my Heavenly Father. And I’m striving to love Him more each day.
I love you too!

Love, Sister Watko 🙂

I’m in Farmington Hills…And it snowed A LOT!!!

Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I am now in Farmington Hills with Sister Green and Sister Gordon. There are so many people here! And a lot of diversity in race and in religion. It’s pretty much like being back in Northville. It’s nice :). But we don’t really have any investigators. Not any serious ones at least. We go tracting A LOT. But it’s fun :).

We got so much snow on Sunday. It was awesome. And then, I kept getting stuck in it. We were going to visit a less active. So, I make the turn to get onto her street and go right into a ditch. So this guy comes out of his house and starts helping us. Then a couple more people drive by and push and shovel. Finally after about 30 minutes, they get me out. Everyone kept making fun of me too. It was funny. Then we went and saw the less active, and she was sick so she told us to come back another day. So on our way back, I get stuck again… In the same turn!! So we did all that we could by ourselves, but the tires weren’t even on the ground anymore. So we knock on the same guys door and ask if he can help us. He just laughed and said “I’ll be right out.”. After about 15 minutes, a big old snow plow truck comes and helps us. Still nothing. Then we get another big snow plow truck. By this time I am so embarrassed I felt like burying myself in the snow. (I was still laughing though, cuz it was just so funny!!!!!) So they put some salt down, and ANOTHER, smaller, snow plow truck comes. Now I’ve got 4 men pushing the car and TONS of ice under the wheels. Finally, I got out. That took about another 30-45 minutes. It was ridiculous. We tried to teach the one guy who lived close by while we were trying to get unstuck. I think we will make him cookies or something and bring them to him soon. It was a very eventful night. I shouldn’t be allowed to drive…

I wish there was more to tell you. We don’t get very many responses at doorsteps. We are trying to think of new approaches and find more service opportunities so that we can find more people to teach. But there is always someone prepared. We just have to listen to Heavenly Father to find them!!

I love you so much!!
Love, Sister Watko 🙂

My new address: 27505 Cordoba Dr. #3213 Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Getting Transferred….so soon

Hey!

So here’s a shock. I’m leaving Adrian after only 6 weeks. I’m sad. It wasn’t enough time to really get to know and love the people. Well, it was, but I just took advantage of it cuz I thought for sure I would be staying. God showed me. I’m excited to go to my new area though :).

MIRACLE OF THE WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Don’t faint)See this? See all of the green? Well, that is called spinach! AND I ATE IT! THE WHOLE THING!!! I don’t know why and I don’t know how. But I did it. It was yummy. I can’t tell you if I’d eat it again. But that doesn’t matter right now. What matters is that I ate spinach! I know you might not believe me, but I’ll just ask you to pray about it. Sister Weight was just staring at me in shock the whole time I was eating it. Haha.

But then just the other day somebody fed us broccoli and cheese soup, and I didn’t touch it. One step at a time, I guess. Haha!

So Dan came to church last week. I forgot to tell you. And he LOVED it! He said it was the first time he had been to a church that they haven’t passed around a collection plate. We went to teach him a couple of days later and he said he’s definitely coming back. He also asked us how he would go about getting baptized “just in case”. Haha. He knows the church is true! He has been reading, praying, and nothing in his life is going good for him right now. But he doesn’t even care because he has found the true church! I’m so happy for him :).

Well, next week, I’ll be somewhere else with new experiences for you.

Have a great one.

I love you!!

Love, Sister Watko

P.S. Thank you for the prayers.

P.S. #2 I got to go to the temple on Thursday and it was so good!!!