Monday, June 9, 2014

Week 15 - The Holy Ghost teaches & planning a parade

Hello Everyone. :) 

Beautiful Indiana sunset
We had a really fun and amazing week. I am loving what I am doing and I feel so grateful for this opportunity that I have to be a missionary. I love it so much. :) Like usual we got to see so many miracles and blessings this week and we have incredible experiences all the time. :) 

We had some really amazing lessons this week! We got to meet with M**** and it was so neat. I was so impressed! M**** has not had a car for the past two weeks, so when we meet with him we have to meet somewhere close to his house so that he can walk to or ride his bike. So on Friday we had a lesson with him in a members home and in order for him to get to there he had to run for about 35 minutes! He was running a little bit behind all day so in order for him to be on time for the lesson he had to run as fast as he could to get to the Johnstons home. He was pretty wiped out when he got to the Johnstons but we were so amazed at his dilligence. :) We were able to feel the spirit so strong while we read the Book of Mormon with him and had a really neat discussion. He is starting to love the Book and he is just throwing himself into it. Its so much fun. :) The thing that I am the most amazed with about M**** is his willingness to learn and his excitement about the gospel. Instead of just saying that our lesson was too far away, or canceling on us because he was a little bit late he hightailed it out of his apartment and ran as fast as he could all the way to the appointment. :) It is so fun to see someone who is so anxious about learning and so excited about feeling the spirit of the Book of Mormon!

We got news this week that a recent convert named Kayla has recently moved into our ward. She tracked down our phone number and was so excited to call us and have us come over and meet with her. :) So we scheduled an appointment where we could meet her at the library. We went over there and she pretty much ran up to us and said "Hi. Im Kayla. I have a friend here who wants to meet with you." So we walked into the library and went in to this conference room where she introduced us to C****. She had only met C**** a few days before that and had mentioned to him that she would be meeting with the missionaries in a few days and she asked him if he would ever be interested in meeting us! :) C**** had a lot of questions about the church, so we answered them the best that we could and were able to teach him about the restoration of the Gospel. We gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and we invited him to read it and he said that he would!! He came to church on Sunday and he ended up staying for the whole three hours, which was amazing. :) We were so excited about it! He has been reading a lot and he said that he really likes the Book of Mormon. C**** doesn't live in our Ward boundary, so we will have to move have other missionaries take it over from here, but he is so amazing! Its really incredible how so many people are so prepared and ready to hear the gospel. We just have to invite and then miracles happen. :) 

My favorite thing that happened this week was probably our lesson with K****. :) We got a text from her one night that said "I am so sad, but I just don't think that this whole LDS thing is for me." Ahh man. I was so heartbroken! We were so bummed to get that text! As soon as we could we said a prayer and asked Heavenly Father to help us know what we should do so that we could help her the best that we could. We decided that we would go and see her the next day and just ask her what her concerns were and to talk to her about what questions she had. We prayed so hard that she would be able to remember the special experiences she has had and that we would know what we should say. We went in and were talking to her and everything was so good. :) We love her so much and it was just fun to get to be with her. :) We started talking about the questions that she had and the things that were worrying her. We ended up talking to her about the moments where she had felt the spirit and where she had known that the path that she was on was the path that Heavenly Father wanted her to be on. We talked about the time when she came to church and felt so good that after the meeting she said "I don't want to leave" because she was feeling the spirit so strong. :) When we started talking to her about these special moments she has had with the spirit she was able to find the courage to continue on this path. It really is amazing to me how incredible the Holy Ghost is. I could not have convinced her to continue wanting to learn but the Holy Ghost can and does all the time. He is the real teacher and the one who touches the hearts of these sweet people that we get to interact with and love. :) I love more than anything getting to be an instrument in Gods hands in this amazing process. I love it.

One of the things that we are most excited about is that we are going to be in the 4th of July Parade! Sister Raccuia and I were talking one night about how we could most effectively use the 4th of July as a finding opportunity to find those people who are ready to hear the gospel. So we were brainstorming different things. We started talking about how cool it would be for the stake to get to put together a float and have primary kids and ward members singing primary songs in the float and have the missionaries walk in the parade and hand out pass along cards, cards and candy. We were so excited!! But it was 10:31 so we had to turn the lights off and go to bed. :) The next morning we called President Woodbury, The stake President, the city and got everything approved and now, we are going to be in the parade. :) Sister Raccuia and I are so stinking excited. Its going to take a lot of work, but we are hoping that it will be a successful finding opportunity. LaPorte actually becomes the capitol of Indiana on the 4th of July because so many people come to the parade. :) SO we are super stoked. Pray that everything goes well ok?

I love you all so much and I am so so grateful for all of your prayers and thoughts. :) Thank you so much for everything that you are doing.

Love, Sister Watts 

Maglio's huge dog
Sister D's 99th birthday

With Melissa's Mom

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