I’m gonna be up front: I’m a little pushed for time. Sorry! I’ll write as much as I can.
That’s so great to hear from Garrett a bit when he got there! It’s good to know he made it safe, and that he’s now rocking it at the MTC! It’s only been a few days, but I bet to him, it’s felt like forever already. That’s how I was in the MTC. I felt like each day was so long, that by the time the first p-day came around, I was an old-hat! I’m sure he’s doing great. And he’s probably being a big help to some missionaries who are struggling. That’s just kinda always been his way. Just steady. I’m so happy for him to be there. I already emailed him, which is probably why I’m low on time for you! Sorry
I can’t believe they set a temple date! How exciting for them! March 16th sounds like a good day to me! And that’s so sweet of them to wait for me for the Sandpoint reception. It sounds like it’ll be a mad week when I first get home! Have fun planning for all that! Lol. I’m just gonna do my thing here, speaking of that, you should probably be getting information relatively soon from the mission about my flight and stuff.
Oh! Thanks for the RA info. That does look like something I would enjoy doing, and like a pretty low-key job. Plus, decent pay for an on-campus job. I’m gonna send you my password, will you please see if there is a deadline? Thanks a million!!
I’m sorry to hear y’all were sick! That’s awful. Probably because of coming off all the stress of getting Garrett off, and having people in for the holidays, and your wrist mom, and your immune system was just done! I’m happy to hear you’re doing better through. And it’s good it’s starting to warm up! Hopefully winter will subside soon for you. We’re supposed to get another cold flash, but I’m not convinced... it’s beautiful today.
My week was better, but still intense. We had three exchanges this week! I’m sooo tired. We had two back to back on Friday and Saturday, and I literally didn’t even come home between them. Luckily, these sisters seem to be doing at least a bit better than the ones last week! Though there was still drama to deal with (always...). Turns out one of the sisters brought a phone on her mission. Why?! She said she doesn’t use it, but her comp said she has seen in charged... so not really sure what to think there. We told President, and he’ll handle it. We had to do another little mediation session with that same companionship because they don’t get along. I’m learning so many skills here that I didn’t think I would! It’s intense. Being an RA will be easy after this mess. I have hope moving forward though, that it’ll smooth out, and we’ll be good to go.
We have Jai’s baptism this Saturday!! She’s the Hawaiian girl I mentioned the other week. I’m so excited for her! She’s so sweet! And so prepared. She was a former investigator, then went to Hawaii for 6 weeks and when she came back, she said she was ready to be baptized! So, we’ve hurried through her lessons (she already believes it all) and she’s getting baptized this week! It is so exciting! Then next week is Jake's baptism! And with any luck, his family will be here on Thursday!!! Man, big things happening here. It’s such a privilege to serve here! I love the area. Even if it has been a hard one.
President Monson’s funeral was amazing on Friday. He was such a good man, and I miss him. That being said, he must be so much happier now, to push God’s work forward on the other side. President Nelson should be officially the prophet announced tomorrow. That’s will be exciting.
There was also a YA broadcast yesterday, and it was sooo good! If William and Kylie didn’t watch it, they should! I loved it. It was with Elder and Sister Uchtdorf, and something Elder Uchtdorf said, that I loved, was along these lines. “If we just do the small things as perfectly as we can, then God will take care of the big things.” I know that’s something we talk about a lot, but it really hit me. How blessed we are to have a Father who will do the big things for us, if we are faithful enough to do the small things for him.
I love y’all so much! I hope your week is amazing!
All my love,
Sister Erika Marks