Monday, March 14, 2011

Three baptisms yesterday!
Another pic of the 5 of us.
Playing soccer as a district on P-day, I love soccer!

WE HAD A SUPER SUNDAY!!!!! Three of our investigators were baptized yesterday!!!!! It was really awesome! We combined our baptismal service with some other Elders in our ward, and a total of 5 were baptized yesterday, and TONS of people showed up! There were so many people in the primary that there was standing room only! I baptized 2, and Elder Cottrell baptized 1. After the ordinance we had a really nice musical number with a Chinese Elder playing the violin, a Spaniard Elder played the piano, and four of us Gringos sang. It turned out really nice. Last night, after the baptism, we dropped by their house, and they are all doing really well! I don't remember if I told you, but they have been in a really hard financial situation, but she found a job! Sadly, she will have to work on Sundays though....But she will try to get them off when she can. Tonight we are having a giant FHE with the ward, and our new converts are going to be there. It will be a good time for them to get to meet more people in the ward. It was way awesome to have the ward's support at the baptism. SOUTH GATE IS AWESOME!

We taught a lesson in the park to a man named Pablo Diaz. He played minor league baseball in Mexico! He had been investigating different churches, and he decided he wanted to talk to us. He is the one that drove up to us on the street and asked for the church address. He came once, but he didn't make it yesterday. But we had a nice lesson with him in the park, and we set a baptismal date with him! We will be meeting with him again on Saturday, so pray for him please!!!!

Guess what we did for p-day today?? MORE SOCCER! We set up some garbage cans in the park and played as a district. I'll attach a picture of us at the park.

We have been working with a family from Hondouras. . They went inactive for a while, and we started meeting with them and they came back! Yesterday in church one of their sons recieved the Aaronic Priesthood! It is really awesome to see people change.

On Sunday we are going to have Stake Conference, which means that Sexto, my old Spanish ward, will be there! I'm really hoping to see Adriana and Jaime there! I wrote some of the people we baptized in Sexto a little while ago, so I'm hoping to hear from them!

Grandpa and Grandma, your mission sounds a LOT like mine! Traffic, people, lots of streets to get lost on, tons of converts, and tons of not-white people! It is awesome! We rarely see any white people in our area, only a couple times a day we'll see 1 or 2. And lots of Spanish speakers! We see some out-of-the-norm things happen in church as well. Haha we just get used to it I guess.

Guess what? We went and provided service at a Senior Center the other day! It was really funny. Have you ever heard of the Regal Red Hatters? They had a big fiesta at this senior center, and Elder Cottrell got to help out. We got to see a lot of old people dance haha. And we got to eat Gumbo! It was really good! We went around to a few different places this past week asking if we could provide service, and the Senior Center said they would have lots of service opportunities for us! So we might be going back on St. Patrick's day to help out with an event they are having.

Welp, that's all for this week. Of course, a lot of other things happened, but I don't have time, and nobody likes reading e-mails that never end. I love you all and pray for you. I know this is the work of the Lord!


Elder Ross Watkins

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