I feel like I needed to hear a lot of what you both had to say. Thank you for your insights and wisdom. I feel pulled so many different ways sometimes, there is just so much to do, so many people to serve that really need help and all the while I am trying to become better and repent myself while attempting to help others do the same! I feel I will never have experiences in life quite like my mission. The emotions involved, the spiritual experiences and exhaustion. The growth in conversion. The intensity and persistence of Satan's attacks. It's truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.
This recent transfer was tough for me. I am in Arapahoe with Elder Meeks, he's been sick all week and I haven't been 100 percent either. We were able to go back for Cinda and R.J's baptism. It was neat to see them make covenants with our God and become clensed from sin. I feel there are so many concerns and feelings and experiences that I just cannot do justice attempting to explain through email. I miss the old area a lot but believe this is where I need to be. I am starting to love the people here as well. I feel recently like my heart is going to burst and I cannot explain why, even to myself. I hope you know I am really really grateful for your support and faith. I miss the family.
I got an assignment from President Maynes. He pulled me into his office after transfer meeting and told me that the Arapahoe and Denver Zones will be merging with the Denver North mission on July 1st and I am going to stay as a ZL here to help the zone transfer to the north mission and the mission president. He told me I needed to get to know the zone and the missionaries here very well so I can do the transition effectively. I am kinda sad to have to go to the north mission to die but it's what needs to happen I guess!
I apologize if the tone of my email has been a little down - haha. I am doing well overall and handling things fine. Once again I need to keep this pretty short. There's a ton of missionaries at the library here and we're all trying to email. I sure love you guys a lot. Thank you for your prayers of faith on my behalf, you all mean the world to me.
With Love and Perspective,
Elder William Marks
ps...58 new missions announced worldwide!!! Usually they announce 3-4!