That's so great you were able to go to the Idaho Falls temple dedication! That's an amazing experience, and it's awesome they allowed the whole state to go. I loved being able to go to the Provo City Center temple dedication, truly an amazing experience.
Well, the Smiths are doing great! They're right on track for the 17th baptism, and Brody is actually going on high adventure tomorrow! It was awesome, we taught the Word of Wisdom, and they stopped drinking coffee cold turkey! Along with Darrell stopping his chewing tobacco and all of them cut ice tea. It's so cool what he gospel can do. When we taught it, Darrell especially had no problems saying, "if Christ were here today, you wouldn't find him on the porch smoking and drinking coffee, so it makes sense." Wow! I'm so excited for this family, it's incredible. And Mary still isn't ready in her mind for baptism. It's hard, because she totally is, but doesn't realize it. I just continue to pray for her, and hope that when the time is right she'll be able to enter into the waters of baptism so that they can all go to the Temple together. I look forward to witnessing them make these steps on their eternal path.
As far as Roanoke goes: I love it! It's crazy being over two wards, and definitely adds its fair amount of stress, but in a good way. I've come to realize that I really thrive on stress. I really think that most people do. We can't move forward and progress unless we have something to overcome and conquer. Yeah, there are people that shut down under the extra stress, but I really believe that these situations are what enable us to move forward and grow closer to God. Heavenly Father knows this, and that's why He allows or maybe even puts hard things in our path. If we are to be perfected, it doesn't come from having no resistance. #physics J
In Roanoke, we have a few really promising people it looks like, but we only met one so far. Her name is Brittany, and she's married to a member. She's also super ready for baptism! We don't quite have a date set for her, but mainly because she's scared to tell her parents (Baptist pastors) that she wants to be baptized. She's probably in her late 20s, and they have two adorable little boys.
We have been able to get out more this week, but still have our days of not being able to get out till late because of Sis. Asay’s sicknesses (nausea and a headache that won't go away) and ankle. We have a follow up appointment for that on Wednesday, and we're really hoping for the best. Is it bad that I'm almost mentally preparing myself to send home another companion? Oh, how I don't want to. I just worry that if this really is a torn ligament that she'll need surgery that can only be given at home. She, of course, will come back if she does. I just want to be able to help her in anyway I can during this time, and hope that it doesn't come to that. We'll work through anything we can in the field, and I have hope that it'll all work out.
Speaking of going home early, I just found out there's a family in Trophy Club who's daughter is about to come home early from her mission in Japan. They told us because she will hopefully be able to come out with us a lot while she's here, so that she doesn't get too out of it, mission wise. She is coming home for medical reasons. The reason this one kind of hits me close to home is that she entered the MTC also on October 12th. She's been out exactly as long as I have. I just can't imagine having to come home after 8 months. That would be so hard. Because that's a decent chunk of time, and then you'd have to do it all over again to go back out. Anyway, I'm excited to work with her, and we're privileged to be able to help in any way we can as she goes through this transition.
Well, I think that's it for me this week! I love you so much! I hope you have a good one. You're in my prayers.
All my love,
Sister Erika Marks ☀❤☀❤