Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Letter #63

July 5th

This week was great! I just laughed and laughed, which is the BEST! 

So it is sorta nice that only Adrian is up here because then we are able to teach him what he needs, since he is 14 almost 15! So we have talked a lot about the for Strength of Youth and it has been good!

Thursday...oh that was crazy!

So we only have so many miles we can drive a month and the Zone Leaders made us drive to the zoo and so we didn't have anymore miles for the month. and so ... we walked.! Oh man killer! So many hills and miles we walked and walked and walked! We walked to Adrian's lesson and when we got there we were just dying! But we had a super good lesson, and then we walked back. It was a good 3 miles one ay! ahh dying! We got to our members house for dinner and we just sat on her couch and died! hahah its was sooo hot and I got sooooo tan! yup tan! Not burned...... who knew it was possible!?

Saturday was super fun! We were out walking around and we had to go to the bathroom and so we went to the Holley's! I love them! It was the twins birthday and the theme was finding Dory! So I went swimming! 

And then to top off the week.................

ok so most people we talk to think that we are nuns which is just funny! But anyways, we were driving down the road and I saw a nun! I  really wanted a picture with her! Sister Johnson was super embarrassed and i just said come on she will be nice!

haha She was soooo nice! It was great! Yesterday we got to see some fireworks and it was a good day.

now are you ready............


ahhhh Brother Varela told us and I just cried! I miss them like crazy!!!! So with them being up here for the rest of summer (and hopefully forever) all we need is permission from the mom!!! ahahaha!!! 

Everyone pray for them!

I am so excited I love them more than anything!

Thanks for all your love and support! 

Sister Markus


Pictures from a trip to the zoo

Fencing with Adrian!

Letter #62

June 28th
Man I swear, the weeks go by so fast, its kinda scary!


 We planed and that always takes forever! But we got a new investigator!! Yay! Her name is Karen and she's in her 70s! Super sweet and so far we have had two lessons with her! I really like her!


That was really fun P day! We went over with Ben and Nelline and made fry bread so we could have Navajo burgers with the zone! its was way fun! Then after that we went with members from the ward and Ignacio got a blessing. Man I am having a hard time knowing if he is progressing or if he's just enjoying the visits!


No one in our area was home... we knocked on doors and no one was home haha


We saw Adrian, man I LOVE that boy! He's doing good, he's a teenager but I still love him!

Friday we tried to stop by a ton of former's in Taylor ranch because we don't have a ton investigators in that ward, but no luck..


We saw Adrian again! And we were having a lesson and Brother Varela loves to collect random things and we were talking and all the sudden I saw two fencing swords in the corner, and long story short... Adrian and I fenced! haha IT WAS SO FUN!! :D
Then super cool, we were out knocking doors, no luck no luck, then we knock this door and a guy comes out, says he's heard about the church from a friend at work, she just left on a mission and gave him a Book of Mormon! SWEET! And he said we could come back over so we asked when and he said that night! ahhh yes yes yes!..well he ends up being a YSA,,,, but still super cool!

Sunday: These are my favorites, so to be honest. Back home I wasn't excited about going to church, but I think that's why on my mission Heavenly Father has had me go to at least 2 wards to start liking it! haha

But I just feel like Sunday is a feast for my spirit! I LOVE it!

Then yesterday we saw Adrian again, hoping to get the boys up here! It's CRAZY! Still haven't heard from the Bishop in Luna to see if he's talked to the wife, Brother Varela is trying to get the boys its crazy and hard! 

Then, Ben and Nelline,.....sjlakfjlaskgalshglkasjglksdajglskagas

Long story short they are getting divorced!.... UGH it is so bad and too long to get into, but this is why its so important to marry in the temple and to use the ATONMENT DAILY! ugh its so hard, I feel terrible for them, mostly Nelline... PLEASE PRAY FOR HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then today we went to the Zoo!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahh that was fun and its SO much better than Utahs! 100%

And we get a discount because I'm from NEW Mexico :D

Hoping and knowing this week will be full of miracles! Sister Johnson and I are like the same person and laugh constantly, she's a big tender mercy! I love her! :)

Thanks for all you do! I LOVE you all!!!

PS... in this pictures is one of the STLS (Sister Bishop)
Hermana Marquez

Letter #61

June 21st

This week was crazy but whats new.

I am finding new reasons everyday why I stayed in this area. Which helps, its good to know I'm needed here. I think for a while I just really felt like I wasn't doing good here and that I was a bad missionary, but the ward members here and investigators have helped me to see it differently!

The boys, haven't heard anything from them... I miss them like CRAZY. I am sooo happy Adrian is here but I miss the other 3! It reminds me of heaven, that Heavenly Father is going to be over joyed with those who do go back to live with him, but that sorrow he and we will feel if all of are loved ones don't make it back!

There is a talk called no empty chairs! READ it! That's what it reminds me of!

Its is getting sooo hot here,in the  100's +! ahhhhhh so since I couldn't go swimming..

haha, things are good, thanks for all your love and support! I love you all! Things will get better, they have to! haha :)

I hope you all have an amazing week!

Love Sister Markus

Letter #60

June 14th

Man this last week all I needed and all I could do was  to think and focus on my boys! Adrian is up here all the time now with his dad. But the other 3 boys are still in Reserve. The mom won't give them to Brother Varela. Brother Varela got full possession of the house. Went down there and it was terrible. Just a mess, beer cans everywhere drugs everywhere. And my boys where living in that!

Honestly this experience with the boys has 100% changed me. It has shown me the kind of mother I NEED to be and how important it is to have the gospel in your home! That it is NOT just a happy nice suggestion, but it is the ONLY way to have a family! The Gospel brings more blessinging in our lives than we will ever know! I think, that it won't be till heaven that we then fully realize, as members of the Chruch, how blessed we were to have the gospel. I know for me I am so spoiled! And I will FOREVER be grateful that I have a home were I have a Mom AND a Dad who were are grounded in the gospel!

I thought I was leaving and the boys still haven't come up this week. We have seen Adrian a lot this week. Which is good !ecause I think  he really needs that! I love them! I love my family, I love my friends, but with the boys, it is so different! I love them so deeply and want nothing but the best for them and I want them to always be happy! And I know that the gospel is want can bring that to them! 

Staying here was a shock. I am surprised that I am still here, but I know its 100% for the boys and for Ben and Nelline. I know that Heavenly Father knows how much I love these boys and that I need to be here for them! So this is the transfer they get baptized! We are having the Bishop down there who knows the boys mom and she is fine with him, go talk to her and ask if the boys can be baptized! I just have a peaceful feeling that everything is going to work out!

As far as Ben and Nelline, please keep them in your prayers, a lot of bad things have happened and, it just shows that even after baptism  Satan will never stop working on us! That is why we have to fully let go of the past and submerse ourselves in the gospel!

To be completely honest, I'm nervous for this transfer, but Heavenly Father knows what he's doing and knows how to help me!

D&C: 101:16
Sister Markus