It’s so good to hear from you! I’m sorry that last week I didn’t respond as much as I usually try to. Specifically dad, I loved reading about what you were saying with the quantum physics. I do find that type of stuff so fascinating as well! I get really excited when I start to think about some of the stuff that I might get to study in the future! I think the whole field of science is so interesting.
I was thinking of y’all on Friday when you got to go through the temple with Garrett. That is so exciting, I wish I could have been there! It’ll be an amazing experience to go through when William is home. I look forward to going with all 6 of us when Garrett gets back from his mission.
Also, I found out what it is that upset my stomach, and now I’m hoping to be able to avoid it. It’s called Lu, and is the cooked luau leaves... it’s extremely fibrous, if you know what I mean... Sis Mapa said that there will be times when lu is served as the only dish for a dinner, so I might not have too much of a choice..l but at least now I know!
I hope you can get the inside of the house decorated soon! I love the grinch. I was just thinking that I was wanting a picture, he’s great! And Garrett's pie looked good!
Also! Oh my goodness, thank you for the care package! The USB is perfect. I can plug it in directly to the car, which is sweet. Also, I was smiling so hard when the "Happy Happy Happy" song came on! I can’t believe you sent that. I don’t think Sis Mapa found it funny.... that’s okay, I did! I love it:) And I couldn’t believe it when I opened my advent calendar and it had sour patch in it! I was just going to bag the chocolates and give them to someone. But when I saw the sour patch, I was so happy! It made my day. Thanks:) with the Scarebox, I’ve just put it on the counter, and am waiting for Sis. Mapa to open it... soon....
This week has been good for me. I’m sorry I don’t write as much now as I use to. I feel like it’s all just kinda running together, all my weeks are blurring, and time just flies so fast! I’m starting to get excited to call on Christmas! And p-day will be moved to Tuesday for both Christmas and New Years, so that’ll be good. I’m grateful it’s not on the holidays.
I got to be a part of my first Missionary Leadership Counsel this week. That was cool. It was all the zone leaders, Sister Training leaders, and the assistants. Then, of course President and Sister Whitney. We talked a lot about the Facebook thing, and how it’s going with the missionaries implementing that. It seems to be going well, but there’s still a lot of missionaries being disobedient with it. We’re just doing our best though:) and we also talked about #LIGHTtheWORLD a lot.
Speaking of, have y’all been doing the #LIGHTtheWORLD calendar? You should! I love doing it out here. Though, I don’t like the way it’s cluttering my timeline... #goodsacrifices lol. It’s been cool to see some miracles from it, and people really rallying around his Christmas service. If you’re not doing it, start! Today is “love thy neighbor as thyself” and there are some cool ideas in gospel library.
I don’t really know what else to tell y’all about... sorry! It’s been a good week, I’m just doin my thing, teaching repentance, and baptizing converts! I feel like I’m starting to connect with the wards a little bit more, though I still feel kinda "outsider” because of the new culture and language.
Oh! I got to play the piano (well try) for one of my Ward’s sacraments yesterday. I wish it would have gone better, but it wasn’t bad. I did my best with what time I had to practice. It was nice to be able to help the ward though, as they have no other pianist. I think I’ll be doing this the rest of my time here. I just trust God to "multiply my talents" and I’ll do my best and practice when I can!
I hope y’all are having a merry Christmas! I love you so much! ☃
All my love,
Sister Erika Marks