Has he proposed yet? Cause I want to email Mariam, but how awkward would that be, if he hasn’t made it official yet?
Mom and dad, thank you for everything you do to make it possible for me to be where I am today. Thank you for your sacrifices to bring me and my siblings up in the gospel. I am forever grateful for our eternal family, and for the gospel in my life.
As the new year comes, my mind is blown that it is already 2018! 2017 was an amazing year in the service of God, it was such a privilege to be a full time servant for a full calendar year. This year I experienced and saw things that brought be more joy than I can imagine, and also things that broke my heart in ways I didn’t know were possible. I am so grateful for the joys that made the pains possible. For if it weren’t for them, I couldn’t have felt so happy when I saw God's miracles. I don’t really want to get long-winded and into detail, but it suffices me to say that I am forever grateful for the mission thus far. I can also say that when I look back, I can feel the joy of the past year, but I can only remember the pain. If that makes sense. The joy is still alive and well in my soul, and all else is a foggy recollection.
That is so fun that you got to shovel off the roof! I always love doing that. Mainly because afterword you get to jump off the roof into the snow. It sounds like Mariam had a fun time with it, which I love. If I were there, I would have made you hot chocolate! And I sure miss the snow! It’s gotten super cold here (like, real cold - teens. Not just Texas cold) and if it’s cold, there might as well be snow! But Texas hasn't figured that out yet... it sounds beautiful!
I have been thinking a lot recently of Garrett leaving, and I am so excited for him! I emailed and asked him, but I’m gonna submit the request here also, for a copy of his farewell talk, along with the talk of anyone else who spoke. I’m sure he did so great. I’m so proud of him! He will be such an amazing elder. And that’s so cool that you got to go to the temple together. It will be a happy day indeed when we can all be there together, and an even happier one when we are in heaven together!
Not much really happened this week in Tonga, Texas. But it has been good. Sis Mapa and I have found a new friendship, and I am really starting to love this companionship. It had a rough start, but overall, it’s great.
It has crossed my mind that I would like to be a RA in Heritage Halls when I go back to BYU next fall, and I was wondering if you could send me information about that? Would it even be an option since I’m here right now? What is the pay/work load, etc. would I have to work during some home football games? Ya know, the important stuff... lol.
Thank you! Love you so much
All my love,
Sister Erika Marks