Tuesday, October 5, 2010


This is a huge graffiti mural a couple blocks from our apartment.

Hello! This past week was a really good one! First off, it rained yesterday! WOOOO! It was the most moisture we have received since I got here! We were riding our bikes in the rain yesterday evening and it felt really really nice! The weather has cooled down a lot since last week. GENERAL CONFERENCE WAS WAY AWESOME! They just keep getting better and better. I really really liked Priesthood sesson! It was super good. I saw Ammon Flake in the MTC choir during Priesthood sesson! The talks were all really really good. I watched the first session in Spanish! Elder Christofferson did the Spanish voice for his talk, and he has really nice Spanish! Elder Richard G. Scott does the Spanish translation for his talks too! I watched the rest of the sessions in a different room in the Chapel where they had a TV in English. Needless to say, it made a lot more sense in English.

Oh, hey mom. Since you're moving and everything, I have a request. It's kinda crazy...... But you should definitely keep the microwave! It is a relic of our family heritage, and if you get rid of it, things just wouldn't be the same. And also, you need to plant rhubarb at the new house. Thank you for the letters from Tyler and Cory's e-mails. It's always really nice to read about how they are doing. Hey, I've heard about Bodey's conversion a little bit, but I want to know the story! Cory said it was really good in his e-mail you sent me!

I got a letter from Grandma and Grandpa Watkins! They are clear over on the east coast! I'll bet they are having a nice time over there. It's always nice to hear from family!

We have been teaching this guy . He is a Mexican from Mexico (haha), and he is really awesome! He has met with missionaries before, but he had never accepted baptism. He was at church one day with his friend (who is a recent convert), and we set up an appointment with him. He is great! He reads, prays, goes to church, and he is preparing for baptism this month! He has been prepared for us, and now he is about to make his first step!

Hey, I have a question. How many missionaries are in Vernal? There are tons and tons of missionaries here. We have 3 companionships in our ward. But I only remember seeing missionaries ever once-in-awhile back at home. Missionary work here is way different from Utah though. I heard that the missionaries in Utah just go to referrals all day and they never tract. I think Alesha and Andrew and Dad could answer that one.

We just got in from a couple hours of tracting just barely. Not much success though. We ran into a couple people who had talked to missionaries before. And we got a referral for the missionaries in Palmdale, CA.

Transfers are coming up next week! Who knows what will happen! I'm guessing I will stay. I talked to Elder Jordan Haslem the other day. He was at our stake center to watch General Conference. He has been with the same companion since before I got here! 5 transfers! That is a really long time! I would like to stay here for 1 or 2 more. I found out that they can switch us between Spanish and English programs because I was called "bilingual". So they could send me English. But I will do what the Lord wants.

I love you all! I hope everything is going well at home. It was kind of sad missing out on crepes for conference! But that means they will taste that much better when I come home! Hey mom, feel free to send me packages with warm chicken pinwheels. I pray for you all, and I know the Lord has blessed us a lot!

I know this church is true! I know we have a living prophet! I really liked the emphasis on faith in the living prophets during conference. There are a lot of people that have a really hard time believing that there are living prophets today. We are really blessed to live during these times of the fullness of the gospel! I know that Jesus is the Christ, and we can become clean through His atonement. Have a super good week!

Love, Elder R. Watkins

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