Alright, so I'll do my best to reply to everything but no promises, we are a little short on time today.
Last week our appointment with Joe, Donald and Debra, Smokey and Hongye fell through. Joe, Nubia, Smokey, and Hongye were at church again. We did have a really awesome lesson with Nubia and she got her answer and really wants to be baptized. She still hasn't drank any coffee or tea and is excited to be baptized on the 22nd!
We found a couple really solid new investigators last week. Both through Mormon.org referrals! The first ladies name is Marilyn and we have 2 set appointments with her this week. We extended the soft baptismal invitation and she accepted and committed to read 30 minutes a day from the Book of Mormon. We contacted another Mormon.org referral for a lady named Cinda. We called her and she said right then wasn't a good time because she was super sick but wanted us to come back. We offered her a blessing and she accepted. We went straight over and gave her a blessing and we have 2 set appointments with her this week. We also called Savannah and set up an appointment this week. So next week I'll have a lot more to report on with these people hopefully!
We got a 4 ft Christmas tree and it's all decked out and lookin’ sweet! We have it on top of a table so we aren't looking down on it. I love it! That's super funny that you guys ended up getting a huge tree lol!
I wish I could have some of Garrett’s venison. I think that's super awesome that he got a deer!
... I'm super sorry to hear about Doug's mother passing away. My heart goes out to that whole family. I agree with what you said in your email. I too want to just live as good and honorable life as I possibly can and then be happy with those I love into the eternities, enjoying the blessings of whatever else that entails.
Sorry to hear that Erika's basketball team is struggling. Tell her to just keep playing her heart out and keep her chin up. There are valuable lessons to be learned in a losing situation.
I'm sure grateful for the time of year. I'm going to be sending off some packages as soon as I can, some with Christmas stuff and some stuff I don't need out here anymore. I'm excited about everyone’s gifts except I'm having a hard time thinking of something good for Erika :/ I'll think of something.
I love being a missionary so much. I really don't want it to end. I feel that my mission has actually converted me to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know I've expressed this before but I am truly grateful that I am a member of this family and that I was raised in such a way to make it where I am today. God Bless you all. You're in my heart.
Elder W. Marks