Elder Landon J Watkins Week 93
Week Fifteen in Roi Et
Monday, March 24, 2015
Well this was a pretty great last week! It was a little disorganized at some point, but it was still way awesome and ended up working out okay.
Preparation for Zone and District Conference was wild also! Sister Stoker had to make Carrot cake for 350 people, so guess what we did on Friday? Yep we were grinding carrots with a cheese grater for a few hours ha-ha! Thursday we went with them to buy all the food for the Sunday night dinner of Zone Conference where we had scalloped potatoes, BBQ chicken, hot rolls, and carrots with banana splits for dessert.
District Conference was amazing and there was just such a great spirit. To start it off though; President Senior called us at 8:30 Saturday morning and says; Elder Watkins I need you guys to go get me 20 little Snicker bars and some olive oil for the 27 new Melchizedek Priesthood holders then I need you to rent me a Van to take us to Khon Kaen on Monday after Zone Conference, and also my flight is coming in an hour late so will you cancel the car that was going to pick us up at the Airport because Elder Stoker will be picking us up now. I'm like…Uh, okay; I'll do my best ha-ha! So we went right away and got the olive oil and the Snickers. I made the phone calls and got the van rented and then canceled the car to pick him. You’d think; oh well that's nice, no more stress ha-ha. Ha-ha you're wrong. While President was doing interviews and all the stuff he was running late so he didn’t get to interview hardly with anyone and since we are ZL's we are literally last priority ha-ha. Anyway then Sister Senior calls me and is like I need to you to come to the hotel at 2:30 p.m. to translate for my workshop class I am doing. So we get there and she also gives us the all vials to fill up with olive oil, but the oil is at the church ha-ha. So I call the other Elders and they bring it and I ask them to fill them up and when I come back and look at them they are like greenish in color. Sister Senior says; it has to be virgin olive oil. The bottle said it was virgin, but she says we want it to be pure so you'll need to go by more. So after we finished translating and before the Adult Session, Elder Keller and I book it to the store and buy more. Luckily, they didn't need them until the following day so we think; no worries we will just get them ready tonight before we go to bed. After I translated for the Adult Session which was good, but hard for me because I was concentrating on translating and wasn’t able to pay as close of attention. We also got to see the new video “Because He Lives” which is way awesome. I'm pretty sure it comes out on the 28th of March in celebration for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. So when we get home, I take the vials and the oil into the bathroom to start filling them up and my hands are all oily from holding the vials and stuff and pouring them out as I lift the other vial up off the ground about 4 inches, it slips out of my hand and just shatters all over the floor! I'm like; you've got to be kidding me, its 9:30 PM, so we just booked it out of the house to the store which we thought closed at 9 or maybe 10; luckily it was open. We bought more and got it all done, but what a headache ha-ha! But, our investigators really enjoyed it! It was so special to see one of our RC's that I was able to teach in Sisaket receive the Melchizedek Priesthood!
Zone Conference ended up working out well and so did the food for both meals. For lunch we had this Italian Restaurant cater for us and that worked out too. It was awesome though we had a special devotional on Sunday night and we got to watch “Meet the Mormons”! Now I can check that one off the, to watch list when I get home ha-ha. It was really good and I enjoyed it. I really did loved Zone Conference and the message we received. We talked about the picture of Jesus Christ wearing the red robe and President Senior said; he felt that this is the way to go in getting people familiar with Jesus Christ. So there is the purpose and drive for us as missionaries. If there was any confusion there shouldn't be now. It is that we need to help people know who Jesus Christ is and about the Atonement that He performed for us. Recently most people in the mission have been confused and not sure what direction to go.
As far as our investigators are going we have two awesome ones. Both are preparing to be baptized on the 29th. We have Ba; who is a 39 year old woman with a husband and a 6 year old daughter. She is so awesome and has received an answer that this is the true church. When Bro. Siridad; the 2nd counselor in the District Presidency, bore his testimony about when he was able to be eternally married for his own mother and father and what an incredible experience it was.
Our other investigator is นา. She is doing very well and we were able to have a Family Home Evening with her husband and 7 year old daughter last night it was incredible and such a wonderful spirit. He sat through the whole FHE and was engaged asking questions and wanting to know more. We gave him a BoM after teaching the Restoration and encouraged him to read it; then to ask his Father in Heaven. And he said he'd do it! We are so blessed in having an opportunity help these people I love it.
Elder Keller is such an awesome companion and we are having a great time serving the Lord together. I'm honestly probably forgetting something, but I can't remember right now. Things are going good! Ha-ha love you all!
Elder Landon J Watkins