Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September 1, 2014

Dear Family,

It's been another really good busy week. Half-way through the week I realized a mission bucket list item of mine would be to get double-digit member-present lessons one week. On Saturday night I realized we were already at eight, and that now is the time to prepare to meet God. We had already scheduled with Bailey (who got her mission call this week to serve in the Utah, Provo mission, which I have since learned is our mission! She's going to BYU after her mission, and also has a lot of family there, which is crazy, but now it means I can stalk her, and return the favor for all the times she's taken us out teaching) to see some random Baptist dude we met while tracting Saturday. The appointment was set for 7:30PM so we figured we could squeeze in an extra appointment before it, and mission accomplished. It would've been all fine and dandy too, except when it came down to actually seeing Bob the Baptist (real name) and he wouldn't answer the door. Bum bum bum. Cue us trying some potentials at 8:00 at night, and finding no one home. I went out on a limb and had us try a part-member family I'd met once before, but who had bailed on their return appointment. Success. I can now rest easy until the next whim strikes. And strike it shall.

This week really was just an all around good week teaching wise, even with it being a transfer week. We got our seven hours tracting in (even if it meant three were done Saturday, one of which was in a torrential downpour of gatos y perros), and 21 lessons taught. Good week.

We finally up and finished the lessons with A (we may or may not have been drawing them out... Did I mention she could be baptized, what, three weeks ago? She wanted this month though, so this month it is. Agency :) We gave her a copy of Preach My Gospel and told her that she'll be teaching us now. Muaaaaah. Should be fun.

Have I even told y'all about C? WELL C is the younger sister of a member named A; A converted a few years back due to an LDS friend, but went to Korea last year to teach English and hasn't been back to church since (although this is lame, she does have a Korean accent now, which is pretty cool). C graduated from high school this year, and wants to strengthen her faith in Christ/ find a church, so we've been teaching her the past few weeks. This week was really great, we were randomly able to bring a bunch of members over, get her high school friend Amber S. involved teaching her, and also help C overcome her fears and come to church! She's still not too sure of this baptism thing yet, but is steadily progressing.

I don't think you sound like Grandma May, those were cool stories. Good work, Mom!

Lots o' Love,
Sister Markle
P.S. Last week the Elders may have left their door unlocked, so someone may have borrowed Larry the depository of years worth of Elder's holiday swag. Never leave your door unlocked, it's just asking for trouble.

Sister Newman and Sister Markle
Sister Newman, Amber, Sister Markle

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