Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Pictures

Kaylee didn't have a coat with her when it started to get cold! 

She was at an investigators house and they asked where her coat was and she told them it was on its way! The family doesn't have much money and live in a trailer, but she gave Kaylee this jacket. She said it weights at least 3lbs!

She had another investigator ask where her coat was and she said its coming! The investigator gave her a coat too! its from Calvin Kline and she has been wearing it ever sense! 





Letter #36

December 22, 2015

What a crazy week this has been! But a lot of good! We have found a lot of new investigators and just cool miracles! it just doesn't seem like Christmas is almost here! Just too weird!

My new companion is Sister Rackley from Ohio! Shes different...but I will l get used to it! Anyways! 

This should be good because there is a lot going on this week. Erivin is getting baptized on Dec. 26th! Which will be one year since I went to the temple! crazy! :)  then Kathleen who has been meeting with missionaries forever is getting baptized on the next Saturday! It's exciting!! 

Her brother - Jack German - will be coming down for the baptism on Saturday so that ll be cool! 

We will be able to Skype from a families home, probably sometime around 2:30! I will text you from their phone a little before i can just so you know! 

This Christmas should be fun, we were thinking of going around to less actives and me playing my violin for them! It should be fun!

Well sorry this letter is short nothing too exciting! :)

Ii love you all and hope that you remember why we have this holiday!!!!!


Love sister markus

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Pictures




so with this pictures we were doing service for our horder investigator and she was sitting in a chair and i was using the swiffer and i was telling her how my mom used one and broke it and right as i said that...i broke it... so i owe her a new one hahahaha

This is on exchanges at our ward Christmas party, the rolls are from a member who makes the world’s best rolls, so they had to be in the picture!

Our power has been out all day and I'm scared of the dark, so I tied flashlights to the ceiling to have some light :)

back on thanksgiving, had to get the good stuff!!!!

Letter #35

December 14th 

So this week was crazy good and great!!!

So on Tuesday we had Elder Bennett of the 70 come and talk with us! That was amazing!!! He spoke in last conference! Wow is he just a power house!!! Totally changed how I will do missionary work and live life!!! When talking to an elder he said, "I love you, but stop it!"

which i think that applies to everything! It goes to a good better best type thing and we need to not worry about all the little things!

It was just sooo great but then my companion wasn't taking notes and I was just having a hard time knowing she wasn't probably taking any of this to heart because of past things shes done I've kinda lost trust in her... anyways I was soooo stressed and I got to see my favorite companions Sister Mckendrick and Kelso!  I love them and I have missed them!  Then after shaking Elder Bennetts hand I saw an Elder who used to be my district leader who helped me and I lost it! Remembering what great companions I had and how hard working.... I lost it, and I mean anxiety and panic attack thinking of coming back to Los Lunas and me being the only one working, and not know if one of us was going to get transferred and ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Then all these missionaries are around me start asking if I was ok and I said I need to talk to President! hahah oh man......so I was able to and man is he called of God!

I just love him! Anyways he told me good things to help me and he knew how hard it was for me and told me..... 

Sister Christensen is getting transferred!! Oh man... I love her as a friend but as a mission companion.....wow.... sometimes I  think that is why we were together...it is because all my companions have been power houses so I think Heavenly Father was like ok....this is how you'll feel if you don't work hard!!! wow....

So that helped this week, and there were lots of times when she didn't want to do anything but it was good knowing I only had 5 more days with her.. that sounds bad but...

Other cool things....... I have been really wanting to be bold in lessons and have it be by the spirit! well, (oh and Elder Bennett talked about that too!) so we were in a lesson and I didn't think I was being bold, but after the lesson the  member said and I quote,

"your boldness was by the spirit and I could see that!" ahhh I about cried!!! yay! 

Also, we have  some cool investigators!

Ervin-is 11 years old has been taking the lessons forever with his mom Jennifer and just now his dad Warren!They have been taking lessons so long that when Sister Mckendrick was here a year ago she taught them!  Well, when we first met ErvIn he said he was going to get baptized Jan 29! That was in Oct. and now he's getting baptized Dec. 26! (which will be one year since I went to the temple~) sooo excited for him!!!!

Kathleen Marshell  l- has been learning from missionaries for 15 years. Her brother is Jack Marshell who was in the 70's, and a motivational youth speaker.  Anyways, she is super catholic! Hard headed and hard hard 68 year old horder, but you cant but love her, SHES GETTING BAPTIZED JAN. 2!!!!!

So its been good, oh best part!

WE GOT SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well family I love you!!! I'm excited for this next transfer, no I don't  know anything about Christmas yet, sorry doing my best and trying not to stress myself out! I love you~~~~


Sister Markus

Letter #34

December 7th 

So today is p-day...hahaha I forgot..... we just have soo many things going on this week, this month really!

So tomorrow we will have a Christmas Zone Conference and Elder Bennett from the 70 will come and talk with us more! 

Honestly, I don't have a lot to say about this week. It has been hard. My companion doesn't want to work and she has told me all this stuff of why she doesn't

want to work and there is only so much I can do to help her, but its her choice if she works hard.

Its just  been hard on me because I feel like all of the missionary work is on me, trying to lift her and to put back the area and gain the ward trust and bsdlfe;aohfoerlghlkdsnlkna

anyways, it will get better....I refuse other wise!!!!!


Also,  next Monday will be a pday as well. It will be the end of the transfer, this one was short because of Christmas, so the next 2 transfers will be in 7 weeks!!
wowo!


ummm yup I think that's it!  I love you!


Letter #33

December 1, 2015

This week was good, its been a hard week because my companion is having a hard time with going home. I am doing most the work, I have to tell her when its time to go, to wake up, etc....so that is hard, I feel like I have a shadow more than a companion... but the Lord puts us where he needs us!

So we can start knocking doors and caroling, yay! I'm excited but scared! haha it'll be good :) I am beyond excited for this Christmas Season! I think it will be the best one I will ever have in my life!
Set a part as a representative of Jesus Christ, sharing with people why he was born! Sorry,  I'm gonna have a better Christmas then all of you! hahah I'm excited!

Thanksgiving in New Mexico is great! The Lord really does send you where he knows you! hahah  THEY PUT RED CHILI ON EVERYTHING! 

Red chili on the turkey, red chili on mashed potatoes, red chili on stuffing!!! yum yum yum!!!!!! Its amazing! Its spicy and ahhh sooo good! :) hahaha We had dinner at two places! The second was with an investigator. We ate at her families house who's mom is the only member! It was sooo fancy! Like 5 * fancy! 3 course meal! wow.... we got there and there was soup and I got some on my spoon,- they are Japanese fyi-  and its this huge thing of seaweed! But of course I had to eat it! Then there was fish stuff...mmm! hahah

Anyways, it’s been good! This week I'm gonna work hard!

I love you all soooo much!!!!


Sister Markus

Letter #32

November 24, 2015

I am thankful for:

My Heavenly Father who knows my 110%, who knows my strengths, my weaknesses, my anxiety I go through my trials of growth that he gives me. That He has given me a plan of Salvation to be able to return to not only live with him but to live with my AMAZING family! 


My Savior Jesus Christ who so lovingly went through every anxiety attack I have and will go through, that he knows how I feel when I get yelled at a door step, that he knows what it feels like to be away from my family for almost 8 months! That he knows my joy of sharing this gospel with my brothers and sisters, the joy I feel when I learn more in the gospel. That because he went through all of that I can be clean and live with my Heavenly Father and family FOREVER!

I'm grateful for my stupid anxiety...oh I cant believe I said that, but I am! Because the growth it has caused me is great!

I am grateful for my mission, because I know if i didn't come I would NOT have the relationship with Heavenly Father I have now! That I wouldn't know how to do hard things! That I would never learn how to truly rely on my Father in Heaven to forgot my self and to love others!

I am thankful for the people I have been able to meet on my mission to help me along!

I am grateful for the worlds most AMAZING mom! I cant even begin to express how amazing she is and all that she does for me! I will forever owe her! I love her and I hope one day I can grow up and at least be half the mom that she is!

I am grateful for a dad who truly loves the gospel! Who knows the importance of the full restored gospel and has always shown us kids how to treasure of the word of God! I hope one dayIi can truly apply and understand the scriptures like he does!

My Sissy! Oh my sissy! How I have always looked up to you and wanted to be just like you! You are sooo smart! I am truly inspired by how much you know, going to school and learning! You showed me the importance of that, but most of all you showed me how to be silly! I am beyond grateful for all the times we laugh soo hard we cry! Our outings to One Sweet Slice and Cafe Rio! Oh our love for Cafe Rio! I love you sissy!

Eric, everyday and I mean EVERYDAY I say what would Eric do?  I LOVE you more than you know! When I grow up I want to marry someone like you! Someone who was a consecrated missionary, who works hard, knows the importance of family. I wish I knew how to explain it, but I just aspire to be like you! I talk about you to everyone I meet, even my investigators! I love you!!

Dallin, I truly hope one day you realize that I truly do love you! That I will never stop loving you! Dallin, always growing up in school at home when I was with friends people constantly talked about how amazing you were and guess what, I was sooooooo extremely proud to say yup, that's my brother! Dallin I pray for you daily, I hope one day you will see the blessings that come from this gospel! But know it takes work, that all great things take hard work. and you know 100% what hard work is! I Love you Dallin! Thank you for everything you have taught me!!!

I love you family! I hope you all have an amazing week! :)


Love sister Markus :)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pictures

So, I found a Korean Book of Mormon in our apartment 
and it make me think of Eric! Which is forgot to tell ya,
we are teaching a lady from Japan! 


This really old lady in our ward gave us tons of candy! 
A true grandma :)

We took this picture and then like 30 minutes later we found out I'd
be in a trio with them! 
From let to right: Sister Kelso, Sister Brown, Sister Markus, Sister Mickendrick 

The day Sister Brown left 

So Sister Brown and I went to carve pumpkins but then when we knew she
was leaving we got pumpkins from the amazing Stacy and we carved
them for Halloween. Mine says I [heart] MI

So, when a missionary hits their 6 month mark they burn something! :)
I burned a headband I had :) but we didn't have a gas stove so I just ripped some cardboard
but held it to our electric stove til it caught fire, then I burned the headband, which just melted! 
hahaha ;)





Playing with one of the Bitsilly kids

We had no clean bowls! 

After cleaning the temple 

Sister Mckendrick talks too long :) jk

Stacy- She is a recent covert and has the biggest testimony
I know. I LOVE her!!! 

This is Raeshawn and holy do I love her!!! She is AMAZING!
She is going to be baptized!!!!!!!!!

Raeshawn's family. Missing 5 kids, haha, but these are the ones
I'm teaching. the mom is in red. 


This was the first day in my baby area/first day of the mission

Last day at my baby area 

Letter #31

NOVEMBER 17th

This has been a pretty good week! Seriously ever since I got my blessing from Elder Ah Loy I have been doing soo much better!  My testimony in prayer and the power of the priesthood have grown soo much!

 So a lot of people ask me how long I have been out and I almost want to just start saying 4 months... haha but nope... 7): ew! So I have been a part of a couple baptisms. But I have never been the missionary who taught the people. I  have just  been there the day they got baptized! This week there was a baptism. 

His name is George and he is in an addiction recovery home. He can only leave the place once a week for church stuff and he has been coming to church for 2 months now! So President had to interview him and then he had to get permission from the First Presidency to get baptized! AND HE DID! 

Wow! So it was before church when we had it! AMAZING! I think that is the best way to start off Sunday, with a baptism! haha So President Miller actually baptized him and when he came up out of the water---beaming! On cloud nine! The spirit was sooooo strong! And I was thinking about it, how someone I have taught has never been baptized, but I"m ok with it because honestly I will never have  a baptism on the mission, they are all Heavenly Fathers and there is a time a reason for everything.

I feel like the number one person I have converted this far on my mission is me! I have come to know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ soo much! I have so much more of a love for this gospel and you know, I'm grateful for that! :)

I have seen as I make myself more worthy of the Holy Ghost, being 100% obedient I am more of an effective tool in Gods hands!

The other night we were going to see some families, but I felt like we should go see this former investigator, so we did.

Long story short, she wants to be baptized! We are for sure harvesting all past missionaries labors! 

I am beyond grateful for this work that I so honorably get to be a part of!

I love you all, thank you for all you do each and every day!!

Sister Markus 


Letter #30

NOVEMBER 9th

So a ton has happened this transfer! 3 areas, 4 companions, and a ton more.

A lot that has happened this transfer is honestly sacred to me, I am not going to share all of it but I will tell you what happened this week.

So going back to my 3rd transfer, I thought when I was praying I was talking to a wall and just felt like God wasn’t even there listening...

Well speed up to now... wow..

Well, my anxiety has been sooo bad! Like ugh wow wow wow! So if you remember Elder Ah Loy who was my first Zone leader and we went to Bingham together etc. Well, currently he is an assistant to the President and is going home on Wednesday! He’s finished his mission……… crazy!!! I felt like I just became such good friends with him. When I get a blessing I want it to be by someone who knows me!

So I’m here in Los Lunas about 40 mins from where Elder Ah Loy is and so when I got here I was just praying to Heavenly Father that I needed Elder Ah Loy to come and give me a blessing.

Well this this last Saturday - Tuesday it was bad. I have never felt like that before and I hated it! I didn’t want to do anything and it was just super hard! So Tuesday night I was praying hard! And I just needed Elder Ah Loy to give me a blessing!

Then that night I had a dream that he came and was able to give me an amazing blessing! There were a ton of people in the room and I was just so happy! There was a sister writing it all down for me (the blessing).  I told Elder Ah Loy I needed him to take my anxiety away! But in the blessing he told me he couldn't take it away because it was going to be able to help others….

So I wake up sooo needing him to come help me! I tell my STL’s that I need him to come. So they have to ask our zone leaders to ask the APs to come…….right.  Well, since Elder Ah Loy is leaving they are training a new AP. 

So the sisters say that they are going to see if they can get Elder Ah Loy to come give me a blessing! Then I get a text saying that he won’t be able to come.  I cried sooo hard! I was so mad! All day I was just saying no, I know he has to come!
After I found out he couldn’t come I was yelling at Heavenly Father. How could I have such a great hope and go through so many hard things and not have him come!

 So all day I was having a hard hard hard time!!!!  I knew our zone leaders were coming over and coming to visit us, so then they came and our STL’s (So now 6 missionaries counting us!) were over.

One Elder actually has really bad anxiety so he was able to help me and stuff!! That was great! Then I was about to ask for a blessing but I just thought to wait... then there was a knock at the door! I thought it was our district leader, then it was ELDER AH LOY!!


I just started crying and crying!!! I asked him who told him to come and he was sooo confused! He was like, what? What is going on? And I said who told you to come, and he told us no one! He said that on Monday they had planned to come see us, then that day (wed) they were going to go see the backup companions instead of us, but he said no lets go see the Los Lunas Sisters.

I have NEVER had something like that happen! And my testimony of prayer grew! I KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that the Lord hears us! He hears every spoken and unspoken prayer!!!

Elder Ah Loy gave me a blessing on Wednesday! Counting us there were 9 missionaries, and the one sister wrote down my blessing, and he said some of the same things in the blessing that I had a dream about! He also said some pretty amazing other things!!!


I LOVE prayer. I know the power of the priesthood is REAL! And I LOVE this gospel! I have been doing a ton better! I haven’t had anxiety since then!!!!


It’s getting better! I love you all :)


Sister Markus 

Letter #29

NOVEMBER 3rd

So this week was better, and don’t worry my family, it is getting better and I’m not as stressed anymore! The only hard part about this week is that my companion always says I don’t know, then she gives up! But it’s just making me a stronger missionary because I’m working my butt off! hahah :) 

So this week we got to go somewhere called Mandy’s Farm! And you guessed it, it is a place where special needs kids go for different activities! Ahh oh my goodness does Heavenly Father know me or what? At this point I think I’m his favorite! Everywhere I have gone there has been something to do with special needs kids! I love it, they are my therapy! That was great! 

Also, there is this lady named Kathleen and long story short, she has been waiting for a testimony for 15 years and now she has one and wants to be baptized! That was crazy!!! She is sooo awesome and so sweet! 

Something I have noticed is we are seeing a lot of good things and it’s all from past missionaries!!

Halloween was good, we had 4 lessons planned but they all fell through....that was hard, but we went to our ward trunk or treat and that was fun! :) 

Then our Mission President asked us to go in early, so we did! It was a good day!

But starting on about Friday I was thinking of a name my last companion told me about, she is a former investigator. Anyways, I was thinking about her and I had pulled out her teaching record and I couldn’t remember where I put it. Sunday I found it and I told Sister Christensen to call her, and she did and the lady was so excited she talked about how she thought the missionaries forgot about her and how she really wants us to come back! That was sooooo cool!!

Other than that it’s going well! We have a baptism coming up, but I’ve only met him 2 times! hahah but its great! :) 

Anyways I love you family! Thanks for all the love!!!


Sister Markus 

Letter #28

OCTOBER 27th

So this week  it was tiring Tuesday, weepy Wednesday, trying Thursday, fine Friday, sad Saturday super Sunday and meltdown Monday!

WOW! MY anxiety has shot through the roof! I think it was at an all new high! The first night here, I realize.... I left my pillow in Rio Rancho...... like 30-40 minutes away! ugh..... and I just felt like I left home! I was sooooo home sick but for Rio Rancho!!!!! 

I felt like I left my family and ugh its hard!!!!! Sister Christensen has only 3 months left...which is hard... I sometimes feel like I am mostly pulling the weight.. shes kinda trunky and so its hard because she always pulls the, I don't know, I don't know.....I  have only been here for 3 weeks! UGH!!!  WELL I HAVE BEEN HERE 3 DAYS! So that's hard.... haha but its good because it is making me an even more diligent and consecrated missionary!

We have been finding a lot of new people because they haven't had a lot of people to teach! So we are finding them! 

There is one guy, George who will be getting baptized soon, I have only met him once, not sure on a lot about him! But its going good!

The good thing too is with the hard time I'm having I have truly felt Heavenly Father's help and I can seriously feel his comfort!!! yaya!!

Sorry its not a long letter, more next week!!!


Love Sister Markus

Letter #27

OCTOBER 20th

Ok so this has probably been the most AMAZING week on my mission!!

So starting on Wednesday, we had 4 lessons with investigators and members (which last week we only got 5) so that was sooo great! And the lessons weren't just like so so lessons but like spirit packed progressing lessons which was amazing! I just felt like I was on a spiritual high that day!!! Then we had a lesson with just Raeshawn Bitsilly one of the kids we are teaching, she is 15.

So we teach her the Plan of Salvation and the spirit is sooo strong and it was great and she said the most heart felt prayer ever!!! At the end of the lesson I felt like I needed to ask if she was ok, but I didn't. That was at 4:00 then by 8:00 Sister Mckendrick was also like, I feel like I needed to ask her what she was thinking. So we went back. We had no idea what we were going to say or do..
And we go back and the mom answers the door kinda shocked like what are you doing here? haha but then we talk to Raeshawn and all is good then we are leaving and the mom follows us out, she tells us how she had been having such a hard time and praying for help and reading the scriptures then we showed up! She told us that we were sent to come see her! THAT WAS SOO COOL! Being an instrument in the Lords hands :) 

Then the next couple of days we were just seeing the Lord's hand in this work! We got 7 new investigators in 2 weeks!! woot woot! That was awesome!!! 

Then on Saturday this sweet family invited us over for dinner, at her brothers 50th wedding anniversary!! It was so awkward, we sat at a table and no one sat by us hahaha but it was sweet, but really funny!

Then on Sunday we spoke in the Star Heights ward. That was fun! I talked about Ammon because I just love him!!! But President Miller found out we were speaking and came!!! They sat right behind us and i was sooo scared ahhh!!!!! But it was good, but President Miller just scares me sometimes! But I just love him too :)

Then Monday, we got to clean my favorite place. THE TEMPLE! I have never done that before so I was sooo excited! It was cool because they had us still wear white and we got to go into rooms we normally wouldn't have gone in! They showed us secret rooms and ahh! There is still a great spirit in the temple even if you are vacuuming! ;)

But then we went out side and planted flowers. That was fun then i look up....

AND PRESIDENT MILLER IS WALKING OVER TO US!!!!

ahhh He gives me a heart attack sometimes! My first thought is, what did I  do wrong? But they were just talking. They live close to the temple so I thought, oh maybe they are just visiting, then president asks if he can talk with me........ Sooo he tells me that there is a sister who is going home in Los Lunas, and that we are the only trio in the mission, and that he needs me to go down to Los Lunas!

SO NOW IM IN LOS LUNAS!! So in this transfer I have had 4 companions, and 3 areas! WOW!  It seems soo weird and its a completely different world! Its crazy but I'm loving it! I got here today! My companion is my first STL so we already know and love each other!

It was helpful too because Sister Mckendrick was here so she gave me some good info on the area!! :)

So I am excited!!! I love this gospel and I am more than excited to share it with the wonderful people in Los Lunas :)


I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!


Sister Markus 

Letter #26

OCTOBER 13th

Wow this week was so crazy! I feel like I just keep flip flopping! haha Because when I got in the first trio I mostly knew Star Heights and was mostly focused on that because the other two were more focused on Chamisa. Now its flipped, I sometimes feel like a one man show! But I know that the Lord is helping me!

So  Wednesday we had Zone conference and that is when we get together with two other Zones and President Miller comes and talks to us. Its great,  I love it! But it lasts pretty much all day! It is good
and  I always learn so much!

So then Thursday we are teaching this family in Chamisa, and I LOVE them! So they are a less active family, they have 8 kids. and I LOVE them!!! hahah So there was one day we got this text and it was a media referral meaning that  someone said they were interested more or less hahah. So it said her name and that they wanted a bible! So we took it over and met them and she said she didn't know how to get a hold of missionaries and this was the only way she knew how!

Long story short, we are now teaching the 3 kids who are 9, 11, and 15! They just accept everything and it is soo cool how eager they all are to learn! The whole family even the little 3 year old grabs her Book of Mormon and they all just sit and listen! Its great!  So we are shooting for them to be baptized the 30th :)  I feel like we haven't taught them anything they didn't already know  Its great :) I just love them!!!

Then Saturday we had exchanges and Sister Mickendrick and I stayed and went  with Hermana Bleak! So it was kinda a crazy day! But! are you ready for this?!

So we knock on this door and they are speaking Spanish, and so we are like oh Sister Bleak you go do this one. Then they answer the door speaking English and she was sooo sweet and sat and talked with us then she asked if we wanted to come in 

We go in and she gets us water, the family is over and kids are running around and the TV has a movie on and its super loud and craziness everywhere!

Well, we are trying to talk to her then Hermana Bleak asks,Can we sing you a song? and my first thought is what? Because I mean think about it, you just invited in 3 random girls who you have no idea who they are, and they want to sing to you??? ummm WEIRD!!!!

But they say yes and now its like the noise has gotten louder! So we pull out our hymn books and sing Nearer my God to Thee and at first nothing changes. Then I look up from my book looking around right as we are about to sing the chorus, and the TV is paused, kids are stopped listening to us, and then like boom, the spirit just sweeps the room! 

That for sure was the coolest thing I have ever seen, the spirit was sooo strong, we testified to them that what we teach is something that brings us all nearer to God!  :)

It has been a crazy week, Satan.... he just never gives up which is annoying... he's been trying to makes me feel like I just keep getting thrown around, and I'm the odd one out. We talked to a man the other day and he told us he prayers for us because we are soo deceived.... and I was so mad but I know that Satan is just trying to push my buttons...I love this gospel! I LOVE it and I feel like I'm just starting to learn what it is really all about!!

This week I would challenge all of you reading this, to truly learn the gospel! Don't just go scuba diving, go snorkeling!!!


I love you all more than you'll ever know! Thank you for all that you do !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Alma 26:12


Seester Markus

Letter #25

OCTOBER 6th

OK, is everyone sitting down?  It's about to get crazy!

So transfers were last week, it is Sister Brown and Sister Markus! Going through the week, and I don't really know the place because last transfer I was going between Star Heights and Chamisa and she was as well! So Sister Brown kinda knows the area but not really. So really it is like her and I are pink washing the area! ( both of us completely new to the area) so it was hard because we didn't have a GPS and Chamisa is way bigger than Star Heights, its huge! So I have no idea, we don't know any of the less actives, nothing, stressful. Well it was Wednesday and Sister Brown was telling me how she wants to go home. (She has depression and has been having a really hard time) we have meetings with DR.s and people who might be able to help! I tried to help her and make her feel better. But we end up calling President Miller, then on Friday someone who works with him who I think is a councilor comes and talks with Sister Brown. Then an hour later we are driving to an appointment and she said she didn't want to talk about it. Then like 20 minutes later, President calls us and tells Sister Brown he thinks the best thing for her is to go home.....

So I lost Sister Brown... it was really really sad because I really loved her and she was such a great missionary! We are hoping within 3 months she will be right back! :)

So then President had to find someone to be my new companion. So usually when this happens he takes a sister that is in a trio and has them come to me..... there are no trios in the whole mission right now.
So.... we are back in a trio with Star Heights!!! hahah oh my goodness I just cant leave Star Heights hahaha :) It was funny because first I was in Star Heights, then Star Heights and Chamisa then just Chamisa then back to Chamisa and Star Heights then next transfer I will  probably go back to Star Heights hahaha I'll just never leave! Just kidding.........

I know 100% that this is Gods plan. That this was supposed to happen and I am excited! So my two new companions are Sister Kelso and Sister Mickendrick!!!! I am pretty sure we were all best friends before we came to earth! hahaha I LOVE them!!! Sister Mickendrick's last companion was.... SISTER BAKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow wow wow!! 

haha she also trained Sister Bowen (who I knew before the mission!) so great! so that is what has happened.

Another crazy thing, we got a new Zone Leader, who's name is Elder Summerhays, whose gram-pa was Jake's mission president in Florida! WOW! And wasn't it Elder Summerhays who came to our stake conference before I left for my mission? I think it was! Anyways...... that's crazy!!!! But that is pretty much it!   So FYI............ 

I AM NOT AT THE CHAMISA HOUSE ANYMORE, I AM BACK AT THE STAR HEIGHTS APARTMENT!!!!

It was crazy.......I found out the night before I had to pack for the next day to go to the apartment! 

I love you all and don't worry if you have sent anything to the Chamisa house I will still be able to get it!!!

Well I'm SUPER excited for this new adventure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


LOVE Sister Markus 

Letter #24

SEPTEMBER 29th

OK wow!!! ahhh crazyness!!!! This week was crazy stressful!
So if you get a call to be a trainer or an STL you get a call from President Miller. So Tuesday night comes and he is calling us! I'm freaking out because I've been in Rio Rancho 6 months (woot woot) and there are 27 new missionaries! 27! So I answer the phone and say hello and he talks to me a little and then he asks for Sister Miller (haha his wife) and I think oooooo he meant Sister Markus!!! I was soo excited because I want to train sooo bad or I really want to be an STL but I don't know how to explain it! But honestly I have seen myself  change soo much! I have really tried to have those attributes of Christ.
  
But then he asks for Sister Wilson and she was called to be a trainer and an STL. .... that was hard. I honestly had a hard time this week because I felt like where I didn't read the Book of Mormon before I came out on my mission it almost set me back. I guess you could say, I thought that I held myself from that progression and that I could have trained this transfer if I would have gotten my act together sooner. But I know I know.... Satan just worked on me this week,....ewww..  but I know that everything happens for a reason and that it will all happen how God wants it to because well...God has perfect timing! Soooo here is the transfer news....

Star Heights and Chamisa will be their own areas again.... Sister Wilson is being transferred... we think possibly to Santa Fe then Sister Brown and I will stay in Chamisa and Star Heights will have completely different sisters come in!!! WOWOW WOWOWOWOWWOW!!!

So I won't be in my baby area anymore... ): I am soooo going to miss Star Heights and it is gonna be weird because I will see them at church and stake meetings ahhh weird, but I'm excited I get to stay with Sister Brown!

So the  lesson I learned this week is Heavenly Father knows us more than we truly know ourselves and knows 100% what is going to be the best learning experiences for us! So I know good things are to come. There is a quote by my good friend Jeffery. He said once in a meeting....


"don't you quit! You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon.Some come late, and some don't come till Heaven. But for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they willcome. It will be all right in the end. Trust God, and believe in good things to come."


......which is sooo crazy because that is what was said in the General Women's Conferance!!! wow! So the Lord sooo knew I needed to hear that! I just need to keep going strong and hold on, because good things are to come!


I love you all and I am sooooooo excited for conference!!!! Before you watch it pray and ask a question to God  that you are in need of, because you will get one :)


Love Hermana Markus 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pictures

 Some of these pictures and descriptions might not make much sense unless you read all of Kaylee's letters!! 

me and the special needs girl! i love her!

we had this huge blessing! so one day we went contacting and saw this guy outside and he was super down. and we were trying to talk to him and he just told us to leave and he said hope you have a good day1 then the next day someoen is the other ward was doing pest control at this guys house and said the the city fined him for weeds in his from yard. and so he asked if he could send people over from our church to come help and the man said yes. IT WAS THE GUY WE TALKED TO THE OTHER DAY! that was crazy so we went and met him and hes suuuppper sick and his wife is older! and so we got the yong women to help! we were nevous becuase he had weeds that went to higher than my hip almost1 and we thought ok we need men to help because im sorry 12 year old girls will not be able to makea dent! then we only had one guy help us and the reast wer the young women! and wow! it looks like a different yard! it was amazing! the spirit was strong and he was sooo happy we helped him!!1 :)

Its was 6 at night and it was sooo hot when we were going out to oym!

Crazy NM rainstorm 

me after the rain!

We did face masks because it was a long hard day! haha :)


Two pictures because i am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited that i have my VIOLIN!!!!!! Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our zone made a title of liberty :) hahah ( an elder cut his shirt and so yup...missionaries!;)  

our dryer is terrible and doesn't work so we have to hang dry everything hahah !!!

So Sister Brown has been on her mission for two months now and she is from Michigan! I had a member give me these HOT green chilies and we had her eat them!!! haahaha We were all dying! It was pretty funny!
This week we are trying to not say anything negative at all and if you do you have to eat green chili's!!! hahahhah :) 
  
This is us peeling green chilis!!!


Two pictures of our last day of sugar! haha :) 


More pictures from last sugar day! Sister Wilson made fudge stuff hahaha

 and then us eating our green chili's in a tortilla shell with cream cheese!! sooooo goood! :)

oh boy, so every monday we do weekly planning.... where obviously we plan for the week, but between that and personal and companionship study....we are in that room for like 5 hours!!! ahhh so its kinda crazy hahaha

companionship unity on point! ;)