Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kind of a rough week but its ok!‏

This picture is an older photo from a couple of weeks past. It’s called a hot pot and the most authentic Chinese food you can get here! It was amazing!

Hey everyone! 

This will probably be a less than exciting email. We are moving flats tomorrow and so this week has been pretty full of preparing for that move. We currently live in a way too big flat and even though it’s only been used by missionaries for less than a year the bad thing about a big flat is; you have a lot of places to store rubbish. So Sister Cardon and I have had the delightful task of going through everyone else's junk and packing up the ginormous flat! So that has been kind of frustrating and I look forward to getting this all behind us so that we can put 100% focus on our missionary work. I feel like I finally got to a transfer where I can just feel that something great is coming and of course all this stuff comes that is taking away our days to go find that great thing! But I know that if Sister Cardon and I just focus on the work it will work out. I am trying to remind myself to expect miracles from God. If we are working hard, we can expect things to happen. So that’s my internal battle I am having right now.
A few highlights of the week! Norma came to church. "The Two Week Recover Program to get Norma to Church" worked! She came and she said it felt good be back and everyone was really happy to see her. It was funny because she came up to me and says "When everyone says something about me being back, I keep on blaming you!" Haha I told her that I would love to be blamed for that any day. Although I know it wasn’t me or Sister Cardon, it was her dedication and the spirit that got her there! Anyway I am happy for her!

Also Sister Cardon and I were discussing a "who what when where" during our planning two nights ago. So a "who what when where" is when we try to be led by the spirit on the type of person we will find (who), what we will teach them (what), what time of the day and what will we be doing when we find this person (when), and obviously where we will find them. So we decided in order to reach our transfer goal for how many baptisms we want by the end of the transfer we needed to find someone who was ready; simply that. And we did! We talked to this guy who was looking at a church sign and we asked him if he needed any help with anything and he said he was trying to find the St. Andrews church because of an AA meeting. He couldn’t find it so we ended up giving him our version of the AA meeting in gospel terms. He has decided to quit drinking and he has only been doing it for a week. So there are some hoops we need to jump through with him, but that is ok! The important thing is that he was ready! We gave him a Book of Mormon and you could just see how the spirit was working on him. Sometimes that happens when we talk to people; they start off rigid about it all but then as we talk to them and the spirit comes; you can see the spirit working on them. They start thinking more, and realizing the importance of God and they start asking questions and their whole countenance changes. Then we said a prayer with him after we had taught him how much prayer would help him when he had the urges to drink and after the prayer he was so peaceful and you could tell that he felt the spirit really well! So that was really exciting for us!

We are teaching Deryl now, (who is a former investigator). She has learned a lot but has a problem with Joseph Smith. If we can resolve that problem then she will be golden. She just struggles because of the Bible saying no man has ever seen God. We tried showing examples in the bible where it states clearly that man has seen god, but she is torn from her upbringing. So fingers crossed that we can resolve the issue soon! She would be a really good member and really strong as well!
We saw Lorraine and Ruth as per usual. We also met with this family that the Sister Missionaries’ have been friends with for a while. I have only been once and when I did go the father wasn’t home we just met with the daughter. Anyway this man is a Baptist preacher and he came when we were there and just started asking loads of questions. Basically he didn’t treat us very well, he acted like we were 5 year olds, and then it turned from us answering his questions to him preaching to us. So we were running late to this dinner appointment and we had already told him that we needed to go, but he just kept on going so I had to interrupt him and put my two cents in and then suggest that we leave. It was kind of a sour ending to the conversation but the thing is, as missionaries we are here to preach and have discussions with people, not to be preached too. I am totally fine with comparing religions and both sides sharing what we believe but when it gets to someone preaching to me I start to have a problem. So yeah it made me pretty angry. Haha. I don’t think we will be going back there.

We had planned appointments from people we had met last week and earlier this week but they all bailed :( But that’s ok we have found some good potentials.
In between all these visits we have been cleaning and packing our flat. So not as productive of a week that I would have hoped for, but it had to get done!
So anyway that is my week! I hope everything is going well back home! Thanks for all the prayers and love!

Cheers! Love you!
Sister Watt 
Sister Cardon and My fortnight together. That is the biggest fort I have ever made, it covers our bunk beds and it’s awesome!!!!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Good week!

Sister Cardon and I....I was meaning to smile but it came out a grimace, don’t know why!
As you can probably tell it was a good week! Monday p-day was way too stressful for a p-day but afterwards we have an FHE with a family in our ward and with our investigators Nicola and her girls! So that was good. Kent is one of the Ward Mission Leaders and he did the lesson and he did a really good job! Tuesday we visited Denise (less active with non-member husband) she is doing good. She has a really good testimony of the church but her husband is in the early stages of dementia so that’s what keeps her from church. But she is so nice to us and always feeds us when we pop by. :)  We also had dinner at Doreen’s (member) she always feeds us, every week, she is so nice!

Wednesday we visited Lorraine (recent convert) and she was doing good. But then a couple of days later she got bad again. Lorraine does this, she does really well and then Satan works on her and then she dips again. But I believe that she is getting better with each time she rises, and she knows the church is true and she loves it (even if she doesn't

 remember that fact). And we also did a quick visit with Ruth (less-active) and had ward coordination’s. We did some chapping in the morning and set up an appointment with this guy John, and later in the week when we showed up for the appointment he wasn't there. But that’s ok because at least we planted a seed.

Sister Cardon and Chloe’s pictures she drew for us!
Sister Cardon and I have been putting a lot of effort in to finding, because we have investigators but they aren't progressing. :( So we are trying to get investigators who will progress. Also our Stake President gave us a challenge regarding members. So it’s been a good week meeting members. We have been meeting with members that we don’t really know and getting to know them and also setting up a date with them to pray and find someone to accept a lesson from us in the members home! We have challenged I think like 8 members. And they are all in 4-6 weeks. So in December and early January, we are going to have an explosion of investigators. I know that as long as we pray that these members have missionary experiences and act on them that they will find people for us to teach. Also to make it better we were challenged by the Stake President to do much more than just sit there and let the member do the work, we need to be like coaches and phone them every couple of days and stuff. So I think it will be really good to do this! Sister Cardon and I have really tried hard to embrace this challenge. It is making me really excited for the future, and I just hope I am there to experience the fruit of our labors for it! So we will see.

Anyway Thursday we tried by a former investigator, we had a really good talk with her and hopefully we will be the right missionaries to help her develop a testimony in Joseph Smith, because that’s her main problem. I have come to see how much my mission is preparing me for my future career as a math education teacher. And also my previous work with math and helping some peers in university (sorry that must sound weird calling it university, that’s how they say it here) with understanding what we are learning. Because I have come to find that the best way to help people is to learn the way that they learn and then teach that way. I feel like I have been doing that with every investigator, at least trying to, and you can really see the impact. It’s vital that a missionary is flexible in the way that they teach, because not everyone learns the same way. For this investigator we came to the realization that she has such a strong background with the bible (she used to be Jehovah’s witness but got excommunicated from it) that we need to make sure we back up everything we say with scriptures! So I think it will be really good for her.

We also met with some members that we hadn't met with before and that was good! Friday we visited Sally Hunter, a recent convert that I haven’t had the opportunity to meet before. She has gone through surgery and stuff and it was so nice to hear that she was so excited to finally have the strength and health to go back to church. Later at church I said hi and asked her how she was feeling and she just smiled and said, it’s nice to be back! It made me so happy to see such a new member so dedicated and in love with the gospel. We often see so many recent converts who struggle enormously through their first year, and it’s such a battle sometimes. It’s refreshing to see someone who is so confident with their decision to be baptized.

We had dinner with the Daley's, they usually feed us every week but since conference everything has been jumbled, so it’s been a while. They are a young family, and don’t have too much money, I am constantly touched by the members here who are so willing to feed us despite their situation. Like Mary Austin feeds us virtually every week also and she is old, and can’t move around very well, and yet she insists on feeding us. The spirit of the Lord is strong here and especially with these people!

We also visited Norma (a less active) on Friday, and she had a relapse that she wasn't happy about it. It’s been 20+ years since her last relapse. So Sister Cardon and I decided to take matters in our own hands and we made a 2 week schedule to help get her back to church. She was such a good sport and was completely good about it. We even made her sign the schedule so she had to promise to follow it strictly. And she said she would. Norma is a woman of her word and she wants to come back to church because she has only been gone for like 5 months and she knows that it’s because of her negligence to her spiritual welfare that has caused her to relapse. So she was pretty upset with herself and she knows she needs to get back as soon as possible. :) I am excited for her! I like her, she is the type of personality that I can be straight forward with and she will take it fine, there are way too many people here that are beat around the bush people, you can’t be straightforward or else they will get offended! hahaha, beating around the bush isn't exactly my forte!

Chloe with my glasses and tag!
Alright so Saturday we met with Helen (recent convert) and she is doing good as per usual! And then we went to visit Mary, who is an elderly lady who can’t come out to church because of her health. Her granddaughter was there and we drew pictures with her and stuff, it was fun. Chloe drew us a ton of photos and we put them up in our flat, Ill attach a photo! Then we visited Ruth again. Sunday we went to church and basically just street contacted and chapped all day long! Except for a dinner appointment we had with a family that we didn't know very well. During our finding we found a good potential, well we found a few good potentials, but one in particular that we found and set up a return appointment. So that’s good. Well that was my week; I am rapidly running out of time so I am going to close. I love you all and thanks for the support and prayers, I hope to see some success soon!

Sister Watt

Sunday, November 10, 2013

I am awesome at darts! ‏

I made this cake for the Cunningham family because I lost their spring form pan,
so I bought a new one and made a cake in it for them!

Hey family! And Friends! 
So this week hasn't been that exciting. So breaking news, Sister Birch has gone home. She has a stomach condition, has had it her whole life. But the mission life has aggravated it so since the doctors can’t do anything for her, she got an honorable release and now it’s just Sister Cardon and I. It will be a good transfer though. Sister Cardon and I get along really well.

We visited a less active on Tuesday and that was good. She has been through cancer and stuff and she wants to come back to church, so that’s good. We had dinner at Doreen’s house. She is so nice; she feeds us every week so that is so nice of her!

Wednesday we got Sister Cardon. She came from Londonderry Ireland. So it’s been fun listening to some stories about Ireland. Since Sister Birch hasn't been well we have been dropping her off at the mission home and then going out to work! Thursday night was awesome! We had the Halloween party at the church. The rule was that all missionaries had to be in at 6 Halloween night, but we had a ward party so we could go as long as we got a ride home from someone. Well the missionaries were in charge of the haunted house! So we made a 3 room haunted house. We made a maze in one and then fog and black light room in another and then a room for the kids to get candy and stuff. And that was awesome! We got to scare people, oh man it was sooo much fun! There were a lot of non-members and less actives and investigators there too. So that was good. I was underneath a table and grabbed peoples feet as they passed by, and before they passed by on the other side I would come out with my hair in front of my face and creep them out by singing a twinkle, twinkle little star all creepy like! It was awesome!

On Friday Sister Cardon and I got some good street contacting done! We got quite a few potential investigators. It felt good to get back out on the streets talking to people! We also met with Helen and another less active that we hadn't met prior to this. So that is good, we are getting new/more people to work with!

Saturday consisted of Sister Birch packing; also the mission home is closed on Saturdays because that is all the senior missionaries’ day off. So we were in the flat for a bit. Then we had a girl’s activity with Nicola and her 2 daughters and their friend Afton. We got permission from President and Sister Brown to watch The Legend of Johnny Lingo! It was so cheesy but awesome, and then we talked to these girls about self-worth and we find that through God. Since none of these girls are members, they don’t get this taught in school or in society or even sometimes by their parents, so I think it was really good to watch that and talk about it with them! A really good girl bonding moment, and all of them came to church on Sunday. Nicola and one of her daughters come to church often but not her other daughter and the friend came as well. So I think that was really cool!
 After that we went to a dinner appointment with Ruth. When Sister Birch told Ruth that she was going home, she took it really hard. I feel bad for Ruth; she really likes her a lot. Sunday we went to church and Sister Birch said goodbye to everyone and then we went home and sister birch finished packing and then a Senior couple came and picked her up, so she stayed the night there and they took her to the airport early this morning. We had a dinner appointment with some members in the ward, and we also stopped by Rosa and Roberto and watched a movie with them.

My darts
Coolest thing happened ever! Roberto doesn't like saying prayers. So we said a closing prayer and then I made a deal with him, they had a dart board so I said, "Ok Roberto Sister Cardon and I will play against you and Sean, if we win, you have to say the prayer next week. And if you win, you have to make us dinner next week!" Haha! So he agreed. Well we did a practice shot and then we did the real thing. I have to tell you, I did horrible the first time. Then the second time I threw the 3 dots and the first two times I got a 20 which is awesome. And then my last one I got a bulls-eye! It was so cool! Needless to say we won, and because it was so awesome they agreed to feed us and Roberto will say the prayer! It was so legit! Anyway so the spirit helped me in my dart throwing! Haha it was awesome. So that was my week! 
I know the church is true! I love you all! I have got to go, running out of time! Love you!

Sister Watt

Here is Christine's response to her dads letter this week. I thought it was very good and informative so i am adding it here.

Hahahaha dad this email made me laugh. Yes Scottish English is very different from American English. Especially Ruth. She has an Aberdeenian accent, the Edinburgh accent is probably the easiest accent. Glaswegian and Aberdeenian are probably the hardest I have heard (Glaswegian is from Glasgow, so I was exposed to that accent in my first area, so most accents are easy for me now), but I also know that the Fyfe accent is really weird and I haven't heard the highland accent which I hear is super hard! So yes Scottish English is very different! Haha but you get used to it, and you start talking like them sometimes. They say Maths instead of Math, and I told someone my major the other day and I said that I was studying maths education without even thinking about it! It was weird. And sometimes Scottish comes out of my mouth, like aye, and donnae, and cannae, like "I cannae be bothered" instead of saying "I can't be bothered", meaning I don't have the energy or I just don't want to. Haha so things like that slip out of my mouth and then I shock myself! Also sometimes I can hear an accent come out of my mouth and I am like, whoa I said that weird! And when I first got here some people thought I was from England because of my mixed accent. So just some fun facts about your part Scottish daughter! haha. 

Hey so this will probably be a short email‏

Eating my cheesecake on my birthday
Thanks for all the birthday invites! (That must be a Scottish term for well wishes)  That was really kind and made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

So Sister Birch has been sick all week so my week isn't really that exciting. Haha. Our two appointments that we made for this week from chapping last week both fell through. But on the plus side, we had joint teaches lined up with them, which is something we are trying to work on, getting the member more involved, and so that was good that we made that goal, despite the fact that the two lessons fell through. Everything has been really focused on working with members more and I am really excited because I was talking to Sister Birch about that earlier as well, so it made me feel good that God was guiding me as well as my leaders so that I felt like I was still on track with Gods will. Well not still, because I am nowhere perfect at submitting my will to Gods, but I try my best!
My cheesecake, Thanks to the Brown-Cunningham family!

We got a referral from Lorraine, so that was cool and she was really excited about it. Her name is Julia and Lorraine invited her to church, she is a student and a really nice girl. So hopefully that goes well. We were able to meet with Nicola this week as well. She and her daughters got back from visiting Dubai and told us all about it and then we had a good talk about a friend of theirs that hopefully we can start teaching with Nicola and her daughters as well. Nicola hasn't joined the church yet, but I am praying that she will come to know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and I think, based off of Preach my Gospel and the scriptures themselves, that that will help her make a decision. She struggles with tithing and that is what she says holds her back. Well I was studying specifically for her and I found in my studies that when someone has a problem with tithing or word of wisdom, you need to check their testimony of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith, and more likely than not, that will be the actual problem. So this has seemed true thus far with Nicola, so I am hoping she can come to understand the importance of the Book of Mormon and gaining a testimony of it. We will see!

We met with Ruth as usual. She is so sweet, I forgot to tell you last week, Ruth also got me another birthday gift! She is too sweet. She got me a pretty bracelet with leaves on it. It was really nice of her! She is activated now and she is learning so much! It’s great because she will call or text us and tell us about this wonderful spiritual experience she had while reading the scriptures and it really is rewarding! Lorraine said she found her testimony this week. So that was really good to hear as well. Often Lorraine has moments of spiritual high and then moments where Satan really works hard on her, so while we try hard to support her and answer questions when she is going through a hard time, it is all worth it when she phones and says, "Sister Watt, are you sitting down, because you better!" haha and then tells me about this wonderful spiritual experience she had. I feel like with every spiritual experience she has she grows stronger. I think that is how it works for all of us, we are spiritually enlightened, then we struggle but once we get through that struggle we are spiritually enlightened again and we are stronger from the struggle.

Saturday there was a baptism for Martin. He has been taught by some elders in our ward. I was so happy that he was getting baptized. I remember the first time I met him…this was our conversation... (This is at church by the way)
"Hello, I’m sister watt."
"Hi,  (I’m) Martin."
"Nice to meet you Martin, how are you doing?"
"Well I’m hung over, but I’m here!"
HAHAHAHAHAHA and that was a big thing for Martin to be at church that morning. Well I talked to him when he arrived for his baptism and reminded him of that conversation and he laughed and then said, well I am really sober now! Haha. Martin asked me to give a talk at his baptism, so I talk about baptism and it was great. You could just tell that he was so happy. He was struggling to keep the emotions down. Even though I didn't teach him, I was sooooo happy for him. That’s good for me; it means I am growing to really understand missionary work. :)

Well that’s all I have to say really. Oh! Moves call was this Sunday, Sister Birch and I are staying but we are getting a third companion. Her name is Sister Cardon. So that will be interesting. Thanks for all the support guys! I love you!

Sister Watt

Sister Birch and I before church on Sunday