Mailing Address

Elder Marc Austin Skiles
8013 NE 115th Way
Kirkland, WA 98034

Monday, January 30, 2012

eMail of January 30, 2012

Hello family!

That's super great that everything is getting ready for Hannah to come. I´m really excited about that. I´ll be keeping Kiersta in my prayers. Like all trials, this trial has a purpose for our family. Two Gentleman of Verona huh. That should be really great. I enjoyed reading about all the things going on this week. It's always very motivating in the mission work.

I got the Christmas book on Wednesday. I read it. It was really great. I enjoyed it a lot. Now I have something I can turn to and read when hard times come.

This week was good. We baptised Patrick. He's 11. We're trying to baptise the rest of his family as well, but as always that proves complicated with marriage and such. His mom is super receptive, but wasn´t able to make it to church. His friend came to church as well and was super excited about being baptised as well. We´ll go and teach his family this week. Heavenly Father really does prepare families to recieve the message that we have. It's always great to see it start to happen.

I´m kind of at a stuck point in Portuguese where I know most of the sentence structures and stuff, but there's always a word thrown in that I don´t know. This means I have to start memorizing words instead of studying grammar.

That's cool that the theme is Arise and Shine. It's so true that what you do in the morning to start your day affects your entire day so morning prayer is super important. I love you all. See yah in a couple years.

Elder Skiles

Monday, January 23, 2012

eMail of January 23, 2012

Hey Family! Thanks for All the emails. Thats So cool about the snow. I love it when everything gets shut down for snow. Its crazy that here I´m sweltering in the heat and there your freezing in the cold. Its funny to hear the Brazillians talk about -5 celcius being extremely cold. I think thats about 25 degrees farenhieght. Most people have never seen snow here so for them that is really cold.

I´m Glad the Best of EFY went well. I wish the youth here in Brazil could have more things like that. The lord really does put strong spirits in more dificult surcmstances because he knows that they can handle the adversity. Its amazing how many activities we are blessede with there that they don´t have. So... Thing are goig great here. We´ll end our trasferr in a couple weeks and I think well be able to get a couple baptisms before it ends. Were teaching this fantastic family. Mother, father and two sons. You can just tell that the gospel is exactly what they need. The mom and dad are not married of course so it will take a little more time with them, but we plan to baptise the two sons the next two weeks. The next transfer I go from being trained to being a junior companion. That should be exciting. Keeping being a great strength to our ward. The member families make all the difference in missionary work and in streangthening testimonies in the ward. I love you all. see yah in a couple years.
Elder Marc Skiles

Monday, January 16, 2012

eMail of January 16, 2012

Hey Family,

This week was a little slow because I got sick for a couple days. I still don't really know what it was, but it's gone now so we´re good. Still we lost a lot of time. Edson came and helped take care of me which was really helpful.

Things are going good. On Saturday, we organized an activity with the young men for a football tournament. The idea was that my companion and I and the young men would invite or bring a bunch of non-members and that they would come to Church the next day as well and we could have a bunch of new investigators. No one that my companion and I invited to come came, but a bunch of friends of the young men came. Just goes to show that this work depends so much on the help of the members. It went really well. Some of us got sun burned, especially me because i´m white.

We're trying to reactivate two families and a young man. This is proving difficult, but we´ll keep persistent. We don´t have anyone close to baptism yet, but we have a few good investigators starting out.

That's so cool that it's snowing up there. I always love that because it keeps everyone home. Keep enjoying the snow. Send me some pictures of the snow. I love you all. See yah in a couple years.

Elder Marc Skiles

Monday, January 9, 2012

eMail of January 9, 2012

Hello Everyone

I´m glad to hear everything is going well. It's sad about the green couch, but it's ok. It was time for it to go. Happy Birthday Janai and Nathaniel! Don´t worry. I didnt forget. I wrote that it was your birthdays in BIG letters in my planner on the 5th and the 8th. I can´t believe Nathaniel is a Deacon. Wow. I also can´t believe Janai is 18. Next year she'll be off to college. Has janai started to apply for BYU yet?

We're kind of in a rough spot right now in terms of baptisms, but things are going well here. We have a lot of new investigators now. Still staying excited (spelled it write this time) and working hard. The other day my companion said no to playing soccer with some of the other missionaries (soccer is not allowed) . This is pretty amazing because I know how much he loves to play soccer and misses it. He really is an awesome companion. The husband of one of our investigators who can't get baptized because she's not legally married quit smoking and drinking. I have no idea why, but we haven't had a chance to go visit there yet. I´m pretty excited to go meet with him. It's always amazing when someone decides to give up something like that. It's especially amazing because where they live is a very poor area and pretty much everyone smokes and drinks a lot. Other than that it was a pretty normal week if such a thing exists in the mission field. I love you all and am so glad all is well with you all. Thanks for your prayers! See yah in a couple years!

Elder Marc Skiles

Monday, January 2, 2012

eMail of January 2, 2012

Happy New Years Everyone. I´m sure we're all excited to see if the world ends in December or not. Just Kidding. Things are going great here. Still trying to baptize and reactivate. It's been difficult but we're working hard.

We started to teach this guy named Manuel. He always has a lot of difficult questions like if God and Jesus are the same person and if Animals have spirits just like we do, but I have a good feeling about him. He seems very humble and ready to accept the gospel. We´ll see how it goes.

Thanks for all of the pictures of Christmas Mom. I really enjoyed them. The "Shock" pictures are my favorite. I´m glad to hear everyone's reading scriptures and New Era and working on Duty To God. All those kinds of things are really important and fill your oil lamp for hard times.

I´m glad to hear things went awesome with meeting Amanda's family. I just can't wait till I get to meet them. My companion is the district leader now. That means that a lot more work falls on me for our area, but He's still always there when I need help. Keep doing all the things you all are doing. Pray for missionary experiences. I know that this gospel really does bless lives and everyone needs it. I love you all. See yah in a couple years!

Elder Marc Skiles