Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Family!
I am still in denial that it's my year mark, but I think I'll survive. Currently the plans are just business as usual, but since Thursday nights we visit people/eat with Amanda (Sister Welch's cousin), I have put in a special request for chocolate gravy and homemade biscuits. It's delicious. Best the South has to offer.
I kind of forgot that CC was still dating a kid, but that's good they ended things before she left, so there's no awkward Dear John/Jane-ing. Poor Kami! The Drill Team is waaay better and more prestigious than the Dance Company at PG anyways, so hopefully this extra year of practice gets her in Drill next year. New job?! That would be fun to work at the high school while Kami's there! She could mooch off of the Faculty Parking benefits without getting a ticket like I did... Would that mean you would be the lady next to the office that we hand money to through the window? I always liked the window lady. You'd get to interact with students again, but just not as much as you did at Windsor. Pros and cons, but change is fun.
This week has been busy busy busy! I don't even know where to start. Tuesday we had some cool spiritual experiences: we finally taught this lady named S that we met a couple weeks ago, and the lesson went so well! She hadn't read the pamphlet we left with her because she struggles with reading, so we just taught the whole lesson from the pamphlet to help her with her commitment. She's really not bad at reading, but we're probably going to give her the audio version of the Book of Mormon to get her started. S soaked up everything we taught, and accepted our baptismal invitation! We set her with a date for the end of May, and she asked us to repeat the day, so she could write it down and ask it off work. We thought that was really sweet, but it did raise the issue of her working on Sundays during church since she's the weekend manager at Subway. We talked with her about the importance of making it to church before and after baptism, and we'll be working with her on a solution. Still so cool!
After our lesson with S we decided to head over to an active member's house, but on the way we saw someone outside of a less-active's house that we've never been able to catch. We flipped a quick U-turn, and went over to go talk with her. It ended up being the member's mom instead, but we kept talking with her, and then introduced her to the Book of Mormon. She opened up about something sketchy going on in her church, and we were able to testify to her the need for the Restoration. She was really sweet, and it was just an added testimony to the fact that the Lord places us in the paths of his prepared children.
Another exciting development: I don't know if I've told y'all about the K's before, but they're essentially my favorite family in existence. They're from India, but Brother K was introduced to the Church while he was teaching in Georgia, and has loved it ever since. He's married now and has three year old son; the Sisters tracted into him last summer while waiting for dinner to be ready at a member's home in the apartment building next to theirs. Before I got here the ward had asked the Sisters to stop focusing on them, because Brother K respects his father's authority, and won't be baptized without his approval. We see them about every week or so, but without the goal of baptism they don't make it to church much because they stay up really late every Saturday night calling home to India. Sister Cottrell told me about them before I even got here, so I've been biased from the beginning, BUT Brother K's father will be visiting at the beginning of the summer (probably), and Brother K thinks it will help his father understand the importance of the church in preserving family values. So no "real" update on them, but I'm really hoping that this will get them started towards the temple (and the font...) sooner :) It'd be a mega huge miracle, so some extra prayers their way would be welcome :)
I love you all so much, and I can't wait to talk to you on Sunday!!! So soon!!! AHHHH!!
Lots of Doubles,
-Sister Markle

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