It's been a great week! But definitely a lot less to share than last week. So, don't worry, it shouldn't be another huge novel. Though, to be honest, I always love getting novels from y'all, so I don't actually know if keeping it short is good? I don't think it really matters.... anyway! I had a wonderful week!
Woman's Conference on Saturday was so great! I thought all the talks were powerful, but of course, Elder Uchtdorf's also stood out to me. Something that he said about the Mad sister finding "something new to dislike every day" got me thinking about how the Glad sister, probably found something new to love everyday. So, I decided that I'm going to start a Joy Journal! It's like a gratitude journal, but different. Instead of writing something I'm grateful for every night, I'm going to write something that gave me joy that day. It might be something, someone, or some event. But I thought that it would be a good way to always stay positive and happy. Plus, there's lots to find joy in! I'm excited to see what I end up writing. I start tonight.
So, Esther came to church again! She also connected really well with this woman in the ward, who's husband is from Nigeria, so she can understand her way better than I can! Still no lessons, but we hope she might set something up this week. As far as Tabby and Josh, we realized that we had to actually refer them out of mission! Isn't that crazy? But it's just because we're so close to the Dallas mission. So, we probably won't be able to go to their baptisms, but I'm still happy to be a small part of their learning experience.
The two YW that came to church kinda panned out... one of them, Tia, had an appointment with us last night! It was super powerful, and the members who's home we were in, bore powerful testimony. She agreed to be baptized when she knew it was true, and seemed to really understand what we were teaching. She even reaffirmed a few times that she would read from and pray about the Book of Mormon. She is super in time with the spirit, so we had high hopes! But then, this morning, she texted us and said she didn't think it was the right step for her. We're not sure if her mom was against it, and that's why, or what happened. At any rate, we texted back, inviting her to just give it a week of study and prayer. She hasn't responded, but I hope she does. She is so ready, and this would be such a blessing in her life. I just pray that her heart will be softened to read from the Book of Mormon. Because if she does that, the spirit is strong enough that she will come to know for herself that it is true. So, I guess I'm still kinda hopeful for her, but if not now, then she will find it again later.
The other one, Karlee, hasn't set a return appointment with us yet. So we're at a stand still with her right now. Hopefully she'll set something up this week.
I do keep a daily journal. I haven't missed a single day, and it tends to get a little long winded at times... actually, I'm almost done with my third one. I'll be busting into my fourth one soon. Haha. I bought the exact same ones as the red ones I got in the beginning of my mission, but in blue, if I fill both of these, I'll probably get the same ones in brown... haha. I'd be willing to bet no one will really want to read it all besides me. And maybe some really determined grandkids?
The weather up there sounds beautiful! I miss having a real fall. It got crazy hot again this week. I think back up to the hundreds. Maybe just the 90s. I'm not really sure. But I do know, I'm gonna turn into such a wimp in the cold! You saying it was getting down to the high 30s made me shiver.
Transfers are next week. Which means I probably only have one week left here! I can't believe it. I feel like it has flown so fast. I really do think I'll be the one to leave. I would be beyond shocked if I didn't. But, then again, I really just want to do and go wherever the Lord wants me. So, I'm just excited to find out for sure next week. I
should find out Sunday night or Monday morning.
I can't believe y'all are almost empty nesters. It'll be exciting to get Garrett's call. Hopefully he'll be gone relatively quickly, so he can get out and going! Plus, the longer it takes, the more time it's going to be before I get to see him again. It sounds like the boys and Kylie had a fun trip down there. It's weird that those three are spending time without me. Obviously it happens, but it still feels like I should be there! But not. I feel like I should be here!
I love you so much!
Sister Erika Marks ☀❤❤❤❤