Monday, February 15, 2016

Eighth Preparation Day

Mark Owen Vickers

2:00 PM (6 hours ago)
to me
Looks like the email list I have saved for my weekly emails doesn't transfer to the iPad version. I'll try to fix that for next week but could you forward this week's email to everybody? Thanks :)

Hey Everyone,

This was a great week to be a missionary; not that every week isn't great. Haha. So this week we started teaching the Ulloa family (pronounced oo-yo-ah). There were introduced to the church by the Bishop of one of the Spanish wards. He gave them 2 copies of the Liahona magazine and they read through them in quick succession. Sister Ulloa's family moved from Mexico City when she was younger and Brother Ulloa is from Mexico City. They have 3 children, Sabrina, Sebastion, and Oliver. This family is so perfect! The Spanish Elders had been teaching them but they decided to go the English route after attending our ward this last fast Sunday. As Brother Ulloa told us they don't want to isolate their family to only Spanish speakers and so decided it would be best for their family, especially the 2 younger boys to go with an English ward. Our first lesson with them we reviewed their Book of Mormon reading and they felt good about what they had learned so far but we're not sure if they had received their answer. We then invited Brother Ulloa to have us all kneel in prayer and pray to know if the Book of Mormon is true. After the prayer there were a good 2 minutes of silence. The Holy Ghost was tangible in the room. We opened to Galatians 5:22-23 to identify the source of these feelings. Right then and there this family gained their testimony of the Book of Mormon. We then opened to this paragraph in the Introduction page : "Those who gain this divine witness(a testimony of the Book of Mormon) from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah."
The Ulloas have a baptismal date for March 5th. It is a privilege to share this gospel and I can truly testify of the scripture in D&C that speaks about "how great shall be your(our) joy if we bring one soul into Him" paraphrasing. 

We are being so blessed right now not only with the Ulloas but also with new people to teach. We found five new investigators this week. I would say more but my time is almost out for this week. 

-Love you all,
Elder Mark Vickers
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Dad and I couldn't be happier for you!!!!  February 15, 2016

This week I'm emailing from my iPad.  Can you tell I'm excited?

Mark Owen Vickers

1:25 PM (7 hours ago)
to meSpencer
That is so awesome about Natalie and Skyler. So pumped for them. I might need to wait to add skyler to my email list until next week :/ The iPads email client isn't to most user friendly. But the reception went well?

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Mark O. says, "She is so darn cute!!!"

Mark Owen Vickers

Attachments2:12 PM (6 hours ago)
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Our district first transfer

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This pillow case is so cool because when Mark was sat apart for his mission by President Livingston these words were in the blessing he gave to Elder Vickers!

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