For those of you who don't know me, my name is Sister Erika Marks. I was asked to speak today on miracles in missionary work. When bishop called me a few weeks ago, I considered dodging his call, because I knew what was coming! (I haven't spoken for a while now). But I really couldn't avoid him, seeing as it's my dad! Haha :)
Anyway, I wanted to start by sharing a cool miracle that happened this week in the lives of Sister Gorley and I :) It was last Saturday. A few days earlier, while on exchange, Sister Gorley and Sister Pinegar had been helping someone move, and while there, met his friend who was also helping him, named Derwin. Derwin was really nice, seemed interested, and even indicated he would like to come to church with us sometime to try it out. Yay! But, the catch is, they didn't have the chance to get his address or phone number. So, all we knew is what neighborhood he lived in. Not even what street to tract. Just a whole neighborhood. So, on Saturday, we set out to find him!
We asked the first woman we saw (after talking with her, of course) if she knew where Derwin lived, and she did! So, we went and actually found him and his friend sitting outside talking. We chatted with them for a bit, teaching about the restoration, and they set a return appointment! Then, we had planned to be in the area for another hour, so we kept walking and talking to people. Before too long, we came across another 2 friends, women sitting outside talking! Of course, we wanted to be a part of that conversation ;) so, we went and introduced ourselves. We were again able to teach about the restoration, give each of them a Book of Mormon, and set a return appointment! One of them actually said that her husband was "raised Mormon" so, he probably has records somewhere we'll need to pull. Anyway, fingers crossed they all keep their appointments and continue to be strong and interested!
We really attribute this miracle (at least in part) to a ward 40 day fast that we started on September 1st. It's cool to see the members get excited about missionary work, and to be able to visit them in their homes as they begin their fasts. I love the power behind joint prayer and fasting, it's incredible. We really based this idea off of Alma 6:6, and it seems to be doing well!
I can't believe how smoky it still is up there. It's so sad. But, I bet the sunsets are beautiful! Also, I can't believe it's still so hot into September! It's been beautiful weather down here recently, but I almost feel bad for enjoying it, because it's directly connected to Hurricane Harvey... haha :) speaking of Hurricane Harvey... when I heard it's name, I totally just thought of Suits, J "I'm Donna, it's a name and a title..." J "you just got Litt up!"
Dad, you should definitely wait till the boys are home to help with the trench digging. Also, I'm kind of glad they've left Dallas! It was so so so weird having them right there! Literally, they were within half an hour from me, I'd be willing to bet. I look forward to seeing everyone again. But, not yet! It'd be so weird to see someone from home here. So out of place. I really don't know how I would react.
Also, how are your health goals going? I'm doing decent. Been better, but definitely been worse! Haha:) Na, I'm doing good. The no chocolate thing is killer, but probably really good J.
Well, sorry to keep it so short today. Know that y'all are always in my prayers, and I hope you have a great week! I love you so much!
All my love,
Sister Erika Marks ☀
p.s - Oh my! I almost forgot to tell y'all a funny story! So, because of the hurricane, all the gas stations are like legitimately out of gas! On Saturday, we realized we were low, so drove to all the gas stations in our area, and all of them were closed, out of gas! We were in a slight panic because we knew we wouldn't have enough gas to last through Sunday (I know, totally not prepared...). So, we came home, parked the car and got our bikes! We ended up getting a hold of a member later that evening, who googled an open gas station for us. So, we ended up being able to get gas before we actually ran out of gas. However, we literally had 0 miles till empty when we hot to the station! Oops! Haha. Then, it took forever, because there were long lines (not all the pumps were open) and it was going super slow due to how low they were. But, we did it! Haha:) good times. Also, note to self. Stay in the top half of the tank....