... My time as a missionary has moved too quickly. I hit my year mark last Friday and it seems unreal. It has caused me to ponder and reflect on my experiences and who I am becoming. I will be eternally grateful for my mission, it is teaching me to view everything with greater faith and hope. It is teaching me how to draw on the powers of heaven. It is teaching me how to more fully love people and see people the way Christ does. I have learned life skillz (girls only want guys that have great skillz! Gosh! hahaha). I am learning the value in setting goals and planning. And I am learning just how much I love my family. It is hard being away from everyone, I really do miss you guys. I feel that our relationships have grown much closer in the past year, and I am so thankful for that.
Thank you all for your faith in me, you have all been an incredible support! I love hearing your wisdom and your advice. I don't know if you guys realize it or not but there have been many times I was told just what I needed and I know that the Spirit has worked through you to help me.
There have been many events going on here with an Elder we live with and he has made some very serious mistakes and he may have to go home. He will have his interview with President Maynes later today to see what happens. I do not want to discuss the details of what has happaned right now but I would ask that you please gather the family together and say a prayer for Elder X that all will go according to Gods Will, and that he would send angels to watch over him and an added measure of his Spirit to protect him.
There are many things I look forward to sharing with everyone about my mission that are just so hard to do through email! Just experiences, miracles, stories, funny stuff that happens, etc. For now though, I thank everyone for their patience. I try to share feelings, thoughts, and key experiences in my emails but it just isn't the same as having a conversation.
Alright I'm going to try and shoot Kylie a quick email before we have to go. Please send my love to the whole family, you guys are doing great! Thank you for believing in me and praying for me.
Elder W. Marks
P.S. L.T's baptism was so amazing yesterday! He is a prime example of Alma 32:16!
(Alma 32:6 And now when Alma heard this, he turned him about, his face immediately towards him, and he beheld with great joy; for he beheld that their afflictions had truly humbled them, and that they were in a preparation to hear the word.)