I feel bad because you have both put so much energy and thought into emailing me, and I truly appreciate that, but my time today is just so short. The library was closed on Monday and then yesterday we had transfers and Smith got transfered! I'm still here - haha! That's 6 months here already. My new comp is Elder Ellis, he's from Boise. I feel he and I are going to do very well together. He is a lot more serious than Elder Smith and he has a powerful testimony. Elder Smith went to my last area, Chatfield/ Columbine to follow up train a missionary down there.
I am SOOO grateful that you raised us to think on our own and stand on our own two feet. I am not afraid to think of things deeper and more philosophically, I don't think there is anything wrong with that as long as we hold to the knowledge we have been given from the Holy Ghost and to our faith. I liked how you ended your email Dad. I have actually started finding it a lot of fun teaching people about the gospel and how we learn from the Spirit. It's awesome!
Nubia was baptized! I thought I told you about that, sorry! haha. She was baptized on December 22nd or 23rd, I don't remember. She moved to Nebraska shortly after to start her new job as a tunnel engineer. Hongye has still been coming to church most weeks but we haven't had a sit down lesson with her in over a month and a half. She had some stuff happen with her family in China that has hit her pretty hard and she hasn't felt up to meeting with us. The appointment with Isaac fell through and we haven't been able to get a hold of him :( Same with Savannah and Melissa.
Smokey is on date to be baptized February 23rd. He set that date and is excited! Cinda and her son R.J. are planning on baptism for February 9th. She just has to quit smoking. She has been smoking since she was 12 and she's 37. We are eating dinner with them tonight and are planning on going through the "quit smoking program".
Ready or not here they come!!! There are so many missionaries coming out it's just awesome/crazy. Yesterday at transfer meeting there were 3 missionaries that went home and 21 that came out! Next transfer there are 8 going home and so far they are expecting 27 coming out, maybe more. So Elder Ellis and I have 5 weeks to prep the student ward to be split. The only real investigators we have there right now is Matt Mapes. There are others who we are trying to re-establish contact with after break. Elder Smith and I were working pretty much only in the family ward for the last 2-1/2 weeks because during break all the students were gone. But there was enough work to do! There is a lot of work we do with less-active members in the family ward so really it's the student ward we need to prep. We have already baptized all of our solid people in the student ward! L.T. Ellen, and Nubia. So we're really trying to build it up right now.
I am concerned to hear about Grandma and Grandpa. I will send them a note as soon as I can. Thank you for telling me about them, they will be in my prayers.
I feel there is a lot more I wish I could reply to, I just don't have time. Thank you for everything. I really love all of you a lot and think of you often. I hope you make today a great one!
Your loving Son,
Elder W. Marks