It sounds like the berries and trees and bees and stuff are doing well! I look forward to homemade honey and fresh cherry pie when I get home. Yum! Also, way to go with the interior doors! I sure will miss those old brown ones haha but I guess the new ones sound good! Pics please? ... I have been pleasantly surprised with how healthy most of the dinners are here. I mean, you get the full blown deep fried ones, too, but most are at least kinda healthy. Plus, I don't think I've eaten so much salad in my life. Everyone serves missionaries salad.... so when you have this sisters over, you shouldn't give them salad. Change it up a bit, have green beans or something, haha:) it's a really good thing I discovered that I like Italian dressing... #miracles
I'm so jealous y'all get to go to those gardens and the air show! That'll be sooo fun! I loved the thunderbirds and the whole deal You'll have to send me lots of pics! And mom, I totally remember that hike! It's cool to connect how roads go and get up in nature. I look forward to going back into the moi titans when I get home. It's just so FLAT here. Well, I guess there are hills, but that's it.
Unfortunately still no super cool stories or investigators this week. When we followed up with Greg, he wasn't home. He had gotten called into work and didn't tell us. That was a fun experience with the Elders quorum president and his wife who had come with us.... of course they were cool about it though. Now, we're trying to get ahold of him again to set another appointment. We're honestly just working a ton with the members right now. We're actually doing fifth Sunday next week in missionary work! The ward mission leader, bishop, councilor, and us will be speaking. But rather than speaking, Sis Gorley and I will actually take our 10 min to teach the first vision and try to help people remember WHY we share the gospel. What it is that we have that others don't. Because if they can feel the spirit, then the missionary work will take care of itself. Plus, if they can hear us teach, it'll instill confidence in us in them to make them comfortable to give us their friends and family. Should be good! I really feel like our efforts now will be blessed, even if it takes some time to get to the point of having a big, active teaching pool it's so worth the effort now. Who really cares if I'm the one to baptize them, or if I just lay the groundwork? It's all God's work, so I don't really care what part of it I get to do. Even if it is easier to see the success of baptisms, success comes in so many different ways.
Oh! We also got a new Ward Mission Leader on Sunday, and I'm super excited to work with him! He seems awesome.
We had a pretty intense experience on Friday. We were home for lunch and were in the Peterson's home when all of a sudden we heard this loud squawking like a panic outside (they have 6 chickens and 2 ducks) we go out just in time to see a bobcat with a chicken in his mouth! We scared him into dropping the chicken, then it ran off as the poor chicken flopped around for a min before it finally died. Poor guy. We put the birds in that night, and there was missing one more chicken and one of the ducks, so we assume he came back and got them. Now they only have 4 chickens and a duck.... nature of being on a "farm" I guess.
I sure to love you so much! I hope your week is amazing, and you stay strong with your goals!
All my love,
Sister Erika Marks ☀️❤️❤️☀️
P.s. I'm glad you liked the poem! I enjoyed writing it. It was really quite therapeutic at the time with everything going on:)