So first things first, Elder Bednar had to cancel last Friday. :( We missed seeing him, but it was for the best reason imaginable, he was at Elder Hales' funeral. He did tell President Whitney he would try to reschedule, so hopefully that will work out!
Second things second, Facebook! Dad, a Facebook mission means that I now have Facebook and messenger downloaded on my iPad, and starting Friday, I'll be using it for proselyting! I'm not sure exactly how it'll work yet, but I know it means I'll be able to message people daily to keep in better contact with investigators, along with using Facebook to enhance my work I do here. So, I can "friend" people on there, and try to find people. I'm pretty sure I'd even be allowed to work with friends from home, if I wanted, and prepare them for meeting with the local missionaries. How cool is that?! Pretty much, it eliminates a lot of boundaries I currently fight. You may have noticed, I already changed my cover photo, cleaned up some of my old posts I didn't want on there, and will be taking over my account again on Friday. I'm excited for the change! I wasn’t quite keen at first, because this poses a whole new level of having to stay focused on my purpose, and potentially a lot of temptations and distractions. However, the more I think and pray about the change, the more I think it'll be super good. I mean, obviously. The Lord has instructed the missionary department, who instructed us, to use it. And I trust his judgment a little more than mine. ;)
I'm glad to hear things are going well up there. Sorry I don't really have time to respond to it, but can I just say, EEEWWWWWW!!!! to that spider? That's nasty.
Sis 'Alatini and I are learning and growing together. It's always an interesting change when transfers happen. I have such mixed emotions about transfers. Part of me loves them - I love the change, the chance to meet new people, the challenge, etc. the other part of me totally dislikes them, and makes it so I never want to move again. It's hard to be so completely ripped from all your friends and support, to be thrown into a new area, new town, new social ring, with nothing to center yourself with. (I mean, besides Christ, obviously). But over all, I like it. I always feel ready to transfer when the time comes.
I'm excited to serve with the YSA, but it sure is different. The ward has only about 50 active, but almost 100 less active, so we have out work cut out for us! We also include 2 college campuses, though only one allows us to proselyte on campus. Still, there's so many people to talk to, it's fun!
Sis 'Alatini is great. She is from California, but both her parents are from Tonga. It's fun to be with her. She's quiet, and easy-going, and spiritually strong. What a joy. It's weird not training, but it definitely is good! It is almost more challenging, I think, than training. I'm not really sure why. But I just got almost comfortable training and whitewashing. I guess that's why I'm not now. The Lord will forever stretch us. Haha:)
Well, that's about it for me! As far as investigators go here, we have a few I'm excited to work with! The three main ones, are Brianna, Ebonee, and Shantelle. Shantelle came to church yesterday! And set a tentative appointment for Saturday. Both Ebonee and Brianna are really hard to schedule with, but are both super interested from what I can tell (though, I haven't met them yet). So, it should be a big week!
I hope you have a fantastic week. I love you so much!
Sister Erika Marks ☀❤