Dear Mom and Dad!
I feel I needed your emails today. Thank you for being so diligent in writing me, I love getting news and hearing about everything at home. It sounds like everyone is doing relatively well and is happy! This last week was an interesting one for me, I would definitely classify it as a roller coaster... Last Sunday we had 2 boys get baptized and then yesterday we confirmed them, and after church we got news that they were kicked out of their home, they and their Mom were living with some less active members in the ward and we would visit them like twice a week. We didn't see it coming at all. We still don't really understand what happened and are getting very contradicting stories, so we're doing our homework :)
My comp, Elder Meeks, is a really good guy. He's only got about 2 months left on his mission so it's kind of weird for me to see him go through some of the emotions he's dealing with right now knowing that I'm not far behind. When I first got Emergency transferred to Chatfield/Columbine, he was one of the Elders in my District so it's cool to work with him now. He's from Alberta Canada.
Hongye's baptism went great and it was awesome to see so many people from the student ward at her baptism! I've never seen someone so nervous to be baptized before. She is very shy and introverted but with a great heart! It was amazing for me to see the immediate change in her countenance and attitude before she was baptized, how nervous she was, to immediately when she came out of the water she was just so excited and happy! Right when she came out she looked at me and exclaimed "Thank You!" and it was so heartfelt and genuine, it was a really neat experience.
I really do miss that area A LOT but I feel like you're right Mom, it was time for me to go. I had performed what work I needed to do there so it was time to go. I am adjusting all right to this area but the work is pretty different over here. The people’s attitude is different. Everywhere I've served on my mission have been pretty affluent areas and that can be tough sometimes with the members and the people we teach because most of the members are pretty well off but the people we find to teach aren't... not necessarily poor though, just a different outlook, generally more humble. I am amazed and sad about how much Satan has worked sly and cunning, misconceptive mindsets into so many hearts of the members, and people become prideful and set their priorities on things that will not last beyond the grave. It makes me sad. My mission has taught me a lot about what I want in my life and how I am going to choose to treat others and view people... IDK if "misconceptive" is a word or not but it sounds good - lol.
I haven't gotten your letter yet Dad, but I bet it will arrive today! I got letters last week from Richard and Nancy and the kids. It was so cool to see the little pictures they (the kids lol!) drew and to read their notes. I also got a note from Kassidy and Grace the other day, those two are real sweethearts.
Well, time is running a bit short and I have to email President Maynes. I really do love you all so much and I believe in each of you.
Your Son Forever,
Elder W. Marks
p.s - "you look like a Hellan" rofl!
P.p.s - Oh! look up these scriptures and tell me what you think/what you learned...
1 Peter 1:7 and 1 Peter 4:12-13
I am grateful for my trials of faith. Love you all!