Thank you for all your words of support and love. I love hearing from you:) this has been one crazy week! Also, I totally laughed about the deer being "bopped in the rear" by a .22! Haha:) it made a lot more sense to be a pellet gun. And thanks for finally getting me some pics! You're doing good work, looks like. I love seeing how you're doing! ☀J
I met my new district the other day, and they're pretty awesome. I'm excited to work with them more. But when we were driving back from district meeting, we totally got lost! We accidentally missed our exit and went probably an extra 10+ miles on the freeway in the wrong directing! Oh my goodness, so ridiculous. But, we made it home safe. Just a tad later than intended... haha J
I love training so much. I really love the energy that greenies always bring into the field. And how open their eyes are to miracles. The other day we were contacting less actives, and we knocked on this one door. When the man answered, he immediately let us in, and said his teenage daughter use to take the lessons, and they were wanting to do it again, but didn't know how to contact us! Isn't that awesome? Something I thought was super cool, but probably not too notable. However, Sis Asay thought it was awesome! As her energy and excitement about it spread, I realized that sometimes the miracles in life might not seem as miraculous as it really is. Do we ever become numb to miracles that truly surround us because of the great abundance with which Heavenly Father blesses us? I hope not. This next week, I challenge y'all to look at the end of everyday for a miracle that happened. Because as you strive to see the miracles in life, they will become so apparently abundant!
The other cool experience we had was Wednesday night. Sis Asay was fighting a horrible headache, so we went to the WML, brother Arostegui, for a blessing. In the blessing, he used very direct language, commanding her body to be healed, and she told me later that in that moment, her headache vanished. Isn't that cool! She gave me permission to tell y'all, but I just think that the miracle of healing is so cool, and I feel so blessed that I got to see one first hand J
So, we had a local member take us out to eat the other day, nothing new, but this restaurant is worth telling y'all about :) it's called Babe's, and it's so fun! You walk in, and there’s no menus. Literally, the waitress asks you, "chicken fried steak, or fried chicken?" Then they just bring you bowls of sides, bottomless, and then the meat of choice for each person. I got the chicken fried steak, and it was soooo good! Hands down the best I've ever had, and the whole environment was just super fun. Loud, country, and home style. Y'all have to go with me some day, and we'll eat there. Soooo good!
Last cool, random experience: do y'all remember Elder Castlemain? He served in Westmond a few years ago with Elder Mendon, from Texas? Well, I met him again on Saturday! There was a stake activity, and we helped set it up (unintentionally... we were just in the building and a women asked us to help). Actually, we let this woman in, and she was super frantic because of all she had to do to set up and so little time. She introduced herself as Sister Castlemain, and I didn't think anything of it until 15ish minutes later when all of us sudden I remembered why I recognized that name. When I asked if she had a son serve in the Spokane mission, she said she did! It turns out, we were actually helping Elder Castlemain's mom! To make a long story short, we were able to talk for a bit that night during the stake activity, and he was asking after everyone up there. It was so crazy to see him again! Small, small, Mormon world J. I also obviously met Doug's friend that same night. It was so weird to have so many connections to home in that same night. So fun! J
As far as the Smiths go, they're awesome! We had two lessons with them last week; Monday night, and last night. Then we're meeting again tonight! They want to be baptized, they just can't commit to a date.
We're getting close though:) it's a mom and dad (Mary and Derrell), Derrell's mom (Wita), and their son (Brody-15). They have two other, grown children that are also kinda listening, but not yet engaging
with the lessons. We're hopeful for those two though, along with one of their spouses. Isn't that amazing! The Lord really does prepare people, and all I have to do is find them. Brody reminds me a ton of Garrett, and they would get along so well.
That's about it this week. I love y'all soooo much! ❤❤ I hope you have a fantastic week! You're in my prayers.
All my love,
Sister Erika Marks ☀❤❤☀☀❤