I really benefited from both your emails this week, thank you so much:)
So I'll tell you a bit about my wrists...sorry I didn't tell you sooner, I'm not the best at that kind of thing and it's kinda making me laugh ha! ... just because I know you probably wish I would have lol ;o) It was just over a month ago and we were playing ultimate at the park and I was wearing my cleats. The frisbee was thrown pretty far back into the end zone and I was chasing it and hit concrete at a pretty good speed and as soon as I did I just lost all traction and went down hard...landed on both wrists and scraped my leg up pretty good (which is pretty much all healed by now). My wrists still give me some grief but they don't stop me from doing anything really, I just have to be careful not to do anything stupid. We played Ultimate this morning in the rain and I still dominated so it's all good hahahah.
I love hearing about all the day to day stuff you do, it helps me keep in mind the reality of back home life. People hanging out, the norm with Buddy, projects, work, stuff with family, etc.
Erika got a job at the fairgrounds! Congrats Erika that is so cool, you're gonna make some good money this summer :o) I think that's pretty neat that Rhonda wanted you to say 'Hi' to me for her, I liked my time working there even though it was short...and I laughed out loud about your comment Mom about passing the drug test ... haha.
Your exhortation and advice to become more exact in my obedience and strive again to conquer challenges in the morning really are helpful to me, I'm doing my best but there's got to be something else cause so far it's still been a struggle. I appreciated your insights about the scriptures, that is the area I wish to improve most...and there is a noticeable difference in my ability to listen and teach with the Spirit when I'm having quality scripture study versus when I'm not. I feel that in the midst of struggling with the morning routine I have learned the importance of reading the scriptures, I'm grateful that I am learning the things I am. I'm far from perfect but I will never lose my desire and I believe there is great value in that. I do not mean to say that that's all you need if you aren't striving to change, but I have a testimony that the Lord can work with our righteous desires and turn weaknesses into strengths even when our attempts to change are feeble.
Kimberly is doing well, she has a hard time getting to church which I am sad to hear. Mostly because of her MS and anxieties around a lot of people. I tried to counsel her regarding this and she said it helped.
The girl that Jimmer married (or is going to marry) is in the stake (the Ken Caryl ward) so he's living here for a while. That day he was just practicing in the gym. Unfortunately we didn't get a picture with him. We didn't want to interrupt his practice to ask and then he left so we didn't get the opportunity. He seemed like a really cool guy though, he's only like 6' 1".
Holidays are kinda weird on a mission. The 4th was fun, we had a breakfast with the Chatfield ward and played volleyball, frisbee, and football. Played basketball with the district later at the church and then went to Clement part and played volleyball with a bunch of Russian people for a couple hours! They were super cool, what a neat language! (they also spoke fluent english). Obviously our p-day was moved to Wednesday last week but they still let us email on Monday since our families were expecting it. All fireworks were banned because of the dryness so it was kinda weird not having any of that but it was a nice day.
Kylie seems to be doing well, I am able to shoot her a dearelder email every week. I think it's pretty cool to both be able to serve at the same time. I got Erika and Garrett's letters, I love hearing from them! I love you all!
I printed off both your emails, thank you again! Thank you both for inspiring me and supporting me, I'm doing my best.
Elder W. Marks