Wow, what a great week! It's been long, and it kinda feels like it's been forever since I emailed you.
Let's see... I guess I'll start with the first bit of my week in Trophy Club and Roanoke. I had an awesome last few days there. I definitely miss the people, but not as much as I missed Azle. Sis Asay and I finished strong and had a wonderful last push together! I asked for a blessing from a local member before I left, and it was awesome. It was exactly what I needed, and was a powerful witness to me, again, of how God is in control of his work here. I was doing exactly what he asked of me, and all of the almost guilty feelings I had from not being able to get out and work and whatever else with my comps was completely unnecessary because I was doing His will. That was just a great moment for me to have because I don't think I realized I was carrying some of that weight until it was removed in the blessing. I'm so grateful for the priesthood.
Then, on Wednesday I met my new companion! She's awesome!! I love her to death. Her name is Sis Gorley, and she's from a tiny town called Eager, Arizona. Apparently it's pretty similar to Sandpoint :) she's the youngest of 4, with three older brothers! So we get along really well, haha. She came out so prepared willing to learn, and anxious to work. I love it. We've been putting in some good, long days to be sure.
We're working a lot with the members right now, along with following up with a lot of people already in the area book, rather than trying to find new people. Why redo work someone has already done? Plus, the area Book REALLY needs cleaning out.... J the members are awesome! Bishop is great, and super excited about the work. He made an interesting comment about them not having missionaries for a transfer making them realize how much of a difference having us in the ward makes, and we're hoping that this spark will help us find people to teach. The members are definitely excited to have us back. I love this ward!
We actually live with members, which is awesome. It's cool because I serve in a very urban area, but we live on a mini farm! It's so nice to be able to go to sleep to crickets and wind rather than car horns and water heaters again. I love it! We live in a small apartment above their garage, and I love it:)
Well, I can't really think of anything else cool to tell you. We don't have any investigators yet with the whitewash and all... we did have kinda a cool experience this week though. We were following up on this woman, but when we knocked a man named Greg answered. He said that the woman we were looking for was his grandma, and that she had recently passed. So we bore testimony of eternal families and asked if we could come back to talk more about the Plan of Salvation and he said yes! We'll be going back tomorrow, and I have high hopes! :)
I can't believe Garrett got ordained to an elder! I'm so proud of him. He sounds like he's doing great. And it sounds like y'all are having a lot of fun and working hard. Just don't forget to take time to relax and enjoy the fact that you live in the most beautiful town EVER! Enjoy the lake:) I sure miss it, haha. I'm doing well, and I look forward to seeing y'all when I get home :)
I love you so much! Have a great week!
Sister Erika Marks ☀J
P.s. I hit my 9 month mark the other day.... AHHHH!!!