Monday, May 21, 2012

A Special Thanks to the Women in My Life

So the mice have seemed to cease and desist. I am SO HAPPY! I have been praying that they would all die already. We haven't had a trap go off in a while. :) I was hoping to catch one and rub antifreeze all over it, someone said that it would work to kill them all, and let it go again so it would kill every single one of the little varmints!  I'm glad they stopped.. Maybe God knew I would probably had animal cruelty charges if they didn't stop. :)
This week was an up and down one. Wednesday we went on exchanges. So it made for an interesting 24 hours.
Thursday it rained all day long and REALLY HARD! We couldn't do much cause it was flooding everywhere to where even on a bike our feet would be buried in the water so we took it easy till it dissipated. The drain system here sucks. They made their streets and didn't think about how to move the water to somewhere resourceful. They should come to Vegas to see how it is done!
I learned how to make Spanish rice the other day. I think it was Tuesday. We had dinner at a members house and she gave me the recipe on how to make red Spanish rice. I'm going to try and make it this week... so we'll have to see if it turns out. I'll let you know how that goes depending on if I can remember to write about it.
Saturday the Spanish branch had a mothers day dinner. We went to that. It was funny Elder Rose and I were out working and we got a call from Singles elders, who dropped off Spanish elders and called and said, " One of the hermanos in the ward here asked if you were coming to the dinner tonight." We talked a little and he told me that they walked up to this hermano and he said "Hey, it's good to see you elders. Everything is inside ready to be set up. Oh! is Elder Marshall coming?" haha I found it kinda funny that I don't even speak spanish or talk to much to the Spanish branch (because of my lack of Spanish) and they were asking if I was going to come. At the dinner we Elder Giles & Elder Robles (Spanish Elders) Elder Weldon & Elder Gerber (Singles Elders) Elder Rose & I, and Sister Hamaker and Sister Zahrt went up and sang "Love Is Spoken Here."
Sunday I had the opportunity to give Joe the Aaronic Priesthood! That was a challenge! I didn't even know and then In Elders Quorum two seconds before we were supposed to do it I found out that he chose me! :) So it's pretty cool! I never thought I would be doing that until I was older! It's pretty exciting to me.
Even late in his life, President Smith remembered with fondness how his mother, Sarah Farr Smith, taught him to pray:

“I was trained at the knee of a Latter-day Saint mother. One of the first things I remember was when she took me by the hand and led me upstairs. In the room there were two beds, the bed in which my parents slept, and a little trundle bed over on the other side. I can remember it as if it were yesterday. When we got upstairs, she sat down by my little trundle bed. She had me kneel in front of her. She folded my hands and took them in hers, and taught me my first prayer. I will never forget it. I do not want to forget it. It is one of the loveliest memories that I have in life, an angelic mother sitting down by my bedside and teaching me to pray.

“It was such a simple prayer, but … that prayer opened for me the windows of heaven. That prayer extended to me the hand of my Father in heaven, for she had explained to me what it all meant as far as a little child could understand. From that day until now, while I have covered approximately a million miles in the world among our Father’s other children, every day and every night, wherever I have been, when I have gone to my bed or arisen from it, I have felt I was close to my Heavenly Father. He is not far away.”

I read this on Sunday and found it very appropriate to share. Especially since it's mothers day. Prayer is so important to us. I am so grateful that God is always with us.
I want to give a special thank you to all the women in my life that have made an impact in my life. Which is each and every single one of you. I appreciate everything you do. You bear burdens for others, buoy others up, and love with your whole heart. I know our Savior loves you.
Elder Marshall

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