HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!! I love you soooo much! I was thinking about you all day, and when I told one of the Elders in my district, Elder Peterson, he said to tell you, "What's up, Old Man!" haha, so way to be officially 50 - the age you've been claiming to be for the last two years! :D Also, I have something I think you'll like coming in the mail, hopefully It'll show up eventually, but it won't be for some time. I think they said to allow 10 business days.... Anyway, love you and happy birthday a tad late!
I've attached a few pictures, sorry they're coming weird, I think they're too big too show the thumbnail versions in the email. Just so you know the picture of the 4 girls in front of the temple is all the sisters in my district, and Sis Day is standing right next to me, then Sis Carter, then Sis Doney. Hopefully they come through all right!
Anyway, what another marvelous week! It's weird how much has happened that you have no idea about. Usually I would tell you stuff as we go! Like this Wednesday, I got to be a host for new missionaries entering the MTC! It was so cool to see all the new Elders and Sisters come in, and hopefully make that transition a little easier for the three sisters I helped. It was a little bit of a tear jerker to see everyone going through the emotions I had just felt two weeks ago. It was actually harder to see the moms and dads driving away crying though than the missionaries because it made me think of you mom and dad. Anyway, good times! It was such a fun break from the daily normal and a fun way to serve the new missionaries.
I also have my travel itinerary for going to Texas! We leave the MTC at 3:50 Tuesday morning! Then my flight leaves at 8:25, so if I had to guess I'd say I get to call you around 5:30 - 6 Utah time. So I guess around 5 for all y'all at home. Sorry it's so early! But it'll be nice to talk to you for a little bit! Then I'll be in Texas by 1 and in the field! I'm sooooo excited to be out in Texas!
When I was hosting yesterday, I ran into Caleb Blackmore! I didn't realize he was coming while I was still here, so that was super fun to see him for just a minute! If you see Sis. Blackmore, you can tell her he's doing great! Though she probably got an email from him already.
On Tuesday we had a great devotional from Elder Nattress of the 70. He talked a lot about "Be not afraid only believe" as found in Mark 5:36. He told the story of how President Hinckley carried that phrase with him on a 3x5 card his whole mission, and gave us a 3x5 card so we can do the same. I now have that phrase in my bag and right now I'm planning on never taking it out. Especially after the spirit in that meeting, that phrase means so much to me. We ended the meeting my singing "I Believe in Christ" and wow! The tears were flowing as I really thought about what I was singing. I Believe in Christ! I really do, and I know that I can help others feel that same love for him as I serve the next 18 months!
I don't really know what else to tell you. My weeks been great, it seems to have flown by and I just continue to learn so much! I am hoping that package gets here in time, each day that goes by makes me a bit more nervous it'll show up just after I leave and just chase me around the country.... haha! :D Thank you for sending it though, I'm sure it'll make it. Also, good luck on you game tomorrow! Though that's quite the drive! Let me know how they do. And I cannot believe you got such a great deal on those trees and stuff for the yard! It's going to look so different by the time I get home, I won't recognize it anymore! You'll have to show me pictures if anything too different changes, I'd like to see how it goes! I wish I was there to help, but not really, because I'd rather be here.... hehe:)
Anyway, I love you all soooooo much! Thank you so much for you letters and stuff from home, it helps keep me grounded and I love to hear from everyone!
Sis Marks :)