And Happy Valentines Day everyone else!!! ❤❣
This has been a good week. It's crazy to hear about your weather back home, I hope the flooding isn't too bad. Sorry you have to deal with the shop again - lame! It's been super nice here, I think about the 70s, sometimes popping up into the 80s. I hope y'all stay safe with the snow and ice, that’s kinda scary. But it's awesome that Will was able to make it home for your birthday! I love imagining y'all together for that. I hope you like my gift, Mom. It's not much. And how did you like the hot chocolate dad? Hopefully it's good :) and isn't that a fun tin? I think when I perfect my own hot chocolate recipe, I want to put it in some sort of tin like that.
You should have Kylie send me those pictures of the dinner. It sounds cool. And I would totally try lobster tail. I'm actually thinking about trying catfish here before too long, because there are a ton of restaurants here that sell it (it must be a Southern thing?) so I figure I'll try it eventually.
My investigators seem to be few and far between recently. The only one that is still meeting with us weekly is Joe. We have a few others, but they won't text us back or keep appointments, so we've been doing a lot of "finding" that means tracting, and contacting less actives and part member families. So far we haven't happened upon anyone that is begging for the Gospel, but I believe it will come! There must be someone the Lord is preparing for us to meet here. And there must be someone here that needs me, or else I wouldn't be in Azle. I guess I'm just still looking or that person. Lucky for them, I'll find them, because I'm looking!
Joe is doing great though! He has been doing a great job overcoming his Word of Wisdom problems, and we are excited to move forward with him.
We had a funny experience the other day, though it really isn't the first time I've seen this happen. We were tracting, and we came to this house that had a sign that said, "No Smoking. Oxygen in Use" when the woman opened the door, not only did she have a cigarette in her mouth, but she wouldn't even take it out when talking to us! Haha J I honestly don't even know what to think when you walk away from a house like that... hehe.
I've been thinking a lot recently about why we are put in the companionships we are put in. Sis Martin and I are getting along great, and I definitely think we are supposed to be companions, even if just because I know how to deal with people with migraines... speaking of, we've had to be inside quite a bit this week because of Sis Martin's migraines. We've been working with the mission nurse, though, and I think she said she was going to try to set up something in Fort Worth for her to get an MRI. I'm hoping that the neurologist there will be able to help.
Actually, because of everything with Sis Martin, I've been thinking that with my major in neuroscience, I would love to be a neurologist. I was thinking I wanted to teach, but I think maybe being a doctor working with people would actually be more fun and fulfilling. I could work with people, and not wield a scalpel.
Anyway, it's been a great week! I feel the honour of putting on the name tag each morning, and I am so thankful for this opportunity that I've been given. I just passed my 4 month mark, and that is kind of scary - how fast it's going. I know that the Lord really does hear prayers. I've felt answers come to my heart as I try to live my life in line with how I know he wants me to. He is truly so merciful and loving, all powerful, yet all caring. It blows my mind. He really does want what's best or each of us, even when it feels like "what's best" is the absolute worst. As we strive to keep an "eternal perspective" He blesses us with patience and understanding.
I love you all soooooo much! I hope your birthday is awesome, mom.
You're in my thoughts!
Sister Erika Marks
P.s. "Got on the scale, get off the scale, pick up the box, get back on the scale... slow down professor! .... I still can't read the NUMBERS!" Haha love ya!
P.P.S - I love hearing from ya, and I bet the pulled pork would be good! I totally miss the City Beach, it's so pretty even in the snow and cold! I’m glad you liked that hot chocolate, I hope it reminds you of me when you have it! ❤️