Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Mi Familia!
Sorry for the short email last week, hopefully this week will make up for it! Lots of big news! None of which are transfer information, sorry. Today was the first day of "week 5," so we won't know what's going down until next Friday :( also when I finally know, I probably won't be emailing until Transfer day since that day is P-day, in which case I'll be emailing from the new area if I get moved. At this point I have a sneaking suspicion I might be moving out, but I'm really not sure. There's another big sister shipment coming in, so maybe they'll have me train again? In which case I don't know if they'll leave me all the way out in Texas to train by myself, but who knows. I'm excited though, change is fun. Sad, but fun.
No one has said anything about a big storm coming our way, so maybe it'll shoot off somewhere else before hitting here? That's crazy that you guys almost had a tornado! I'd say I'm jealous, but there is a very real chance that I might jinx it, and I'd probably feel bad if I caused a tornado here.
We were able to start driving the cars again at start of the month; new month = fresh miles. The weather still hasn't really cooled off yet, but that may just be because the summer took so long before it actually started to heat up. My first transfer wasn't too hot, and we actually got rained on pretty decently, so now Texas is getting it's revenge.
The M Family we are teaching came at another road block, but they have been able to work past it. Both parents received their first priesthood blessings on Friday to help comfort them, which really helped. Yesterday when we went over, we set the father with the 21st as his date for baptism, and the mother decided that she wanted to be baptized then too. It's going to be super crazy helping them prepare for their baptisms next week, but I know that the Lord will help them. They've been through so many trials this summer, and all the waiting was discouraging the father, but now he just seems excited. The mother has always been ridiculously excited, so nothing new there :)
The Elders have lovingly dubbed the 21 as a "pool party" for Texarkana, because there will be four baptisms that day. Sister Harker even has special permission to come up for the baptisms, since she's not too far, and she helped teach the family. Actually she got permission to come because Weezee is getting baptized, but it all works out in the end. I don't know if I've told y'all (I was about to type "you all," but then I figured what the heck :) about Jason and Weezee yet, but they're a super cool couple the Elders have been working with. Yes, her name is Weezee. Actually Louise, but everyone calls her Weezee. Anyways, they've had us all over to eat a bunch of times, and Jason works in the family history center, so they're around the church a lot. Love them. So excited that Weezee is getting baptized. Everything is coming together here in Texarkana, which probably means I'll be transferring out.
Two quick cool experiences I had this week in which I looked back on and was all like, "where did that even come from? Oh ya. The Spirit. Cool." First one: we were teaching the L's and C.L. asked what was the difference in God's eyes between himself, and us. I answered by saying God loves each of us the same, but that it's like with his children, if one of them brought home a trophy, he would be very proud of that child for what they'd done, and the work they put in, but it wouldn't make him love his other child any less. No idea where that came from, but his kids totally have a million trophies so it worked. Crazy. Second one: Brother M was talking to us about how nothing seemed to go right in his life, and that it was as if everyone else was fishing and catching loads of fish, and he kept pulling up license plates. And boots. And only sometimes catching small fish. I told him that even though it's hard when it seems like everyone else is catching fish, all the boots he was pulling up were teaching him lessons, and helping him appreciate the fish in his life more than others would. It was weird, but it worked. Teaching by the Spirit is where it's at! Love you all, have a great week!
-Sister Markle

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