Monday, October 26, 2015

Pictures Great and Marvelous Work

Enjoying the beautiful Fall weather with Maddy

I love this girl!

Thank you Sweet Brother and Sister Obrien for all you do for us! We will miss you!

Great and Marvelous Work

Family and friends!

Hello there!! Things here in Chicago are starting to cool off and this
week I finally gave in and pulled out the sweater tights and boots.
It's going to be quite the winter here in the good ole Windy City!!
Well, aside from the weather, there are many wonderful changes taking
place each and every day as a missionary! This week we decided that we
would switch up our methods for finding people and get creative! So we
set a goal to increase our efforts in personal contacting! Our Zone
leaders challenged our zone to find three new investigators per week.
Which.... Is a big stretch... But one of my good friends said in his
letter to me, "faith all starts with just the desire to believe in
something and it grows from there." So true, faith is essential, and
then acting on that faith with courage and confidence is critical.
Sister Plomgren and I have decided that 3 Nephi 18:20 is our
companionship scripture for the month. "And whatsoever ye shall ask
the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall
receive, behold it shall be given unto you." New investigators are
essential in missionary work. In preach my gospel there is a line that
states, "nothing happens in missionary work until you find someone to
teach."  I realize more and more as a missionary that the Lord blesses
us when we are willing to believe and act on faith.... This usually
means doing the HARD things.  During my finding experiences this week
I have discovered that when you give the Lord your best effort, even
though it can be hard, the Lord ALWAYS provides a way and as a
missionary he blesses us with opportunities to teach and to share his
gospel. I have a testimony of the Lord sanctifying my efforts as a
missionary and have seen it countless times as I have these special

On Wednesday evening sister Plomgren and I decided we were going to go
contacting at McDonald's. I wasn't quite sure how I felt about that
since... Well in my eyes...McDonald's is gross. however, sister
Plomgren insisted we go, so I willingly went. After about 15 minutes
of just sitting there I began to feel discouraged.... So I got up...
Went into the bathroom and said a quiet, yet powerful prayer in my
heart to know who the lord needed me to talk to. When I walked out of
the bathroom I saw an older man sitting all alone in the corner eating
an ice cream sundae and drinking some coffee. I had noticed him when I
first walked in and told sister Plomgren... Hey maybe we should go
talk to him. She seemed hesitant and didn't really feel the desire...
But after the prayer I KNEW I needed to talk to him and the spirit was
prompting me so strongly... (Kind of like when you know you're
supposed to bear your testimony in fast and testimony meeting) I sat
there thinking about how to best address the situation and introduce
the gospel. I got up from my seat to throw away my water cup and
passed by him offering to throw away his trash. He was so shocked by
that small and simple genuine act of kindness that he started talking
with me! He invited me to sit down with him and we got to know each
other for quite some time. His name is Gary Brown and his wife died of
cancer, his daughter just graduated from graduate school and recently
moved back into the area. Anyways, long story short, Gary is baptist
and strongly believes in the bible. He teaches bible studies and
courses all over the community at different churches. We talked about
many different gospel topics... The bible, Jesus Christ, the second
coming.. Etc. He then pointed out... "We believe many of the same
foundational truths... What makes you so different?" This is then when
I had the most wonderful opportunity to bear my witness of the Book of
Mormon. He had never heard of the Book of Mormon before and but had
only seen the play. When I told him about how Christ appeared to the
Americas he immediately said..."I believe that." I then continued to
teach him more about the Book of Mormon and a light just lite up in
his eyes. He said he struggled to know why there were so many
different translations of the bible.. And was extremely fascinated to
know that the Book of Mormon had only been translated once. I
testified of the power and truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and
handed it to him. He held it in his hands and flipped through the
pages truly sensing the important value... "How much can I pay you for
this book?" I said "nothing it is yours!" "No,no, I must pay you
something for this book." He insisted. "I can't take any money for
this book" he then tried to offer me a donation of money for the book
of mormon. My response was that if he promised to read the book than
that would be payment enough.  He then promised he would read it. I
have never seen anyone so enthusiastic to receive the Book of Mormon
for the first time. It helped me recognize the importance and value of
the Book of Mormon. We talked for almost an hour and half and then I
realized I needed to get back to my companion and head home. He the
told me he would love to meet and discuss more about the Book of
Mormon after he had read it. He wrote his contact information on the
back of his receipt and gave it to me and told me to contact him next
week after he had time to get into the book of Mormon and start
reading it. I walked out of McDonald's that night with a new
perspective on personal finding. The lord has prepared so many hearts
to receive this message, he just needs me to be humble and faithful
enough to find them. There is power in seeking out the one. The lord
is preparing people and the only way to find them is not to believe
that the everyone is set in their ways but that the lord has people
ready for us to teach!

Ive been reflecting a lot on the bible story of Peter walking on
water. Up until now I thought Peter was foolish for losing faith and
doubting because Jesus was right there! Well, I then thought to
myself... I have Christ there with me all the time, and how often do I
doubt? I wish I could say never. But it is something I am working on
each day, putting full faith in the Lord. When I start to worry or
question, I quickly remind myself...The lord has it all figured out...
This is his vineyard not mine!! I am imperfect and I am trying my best
to be in tune with the spirit and allowing the lord to make me a
vessel in his hands...For after all, It's not my work... This is the
lords work!
The responsibility as a representative of Jesus Christ is just that, a
responsibility and I feel this more and more as my mission goes on. It
truly is the strength of my purpose that motivates me to do the hard
things and relying on the Lord knowing... This is his great and
marvelous work.

I hope each of you have an amazing week! Although our lives can become
busy, never forget what is most important!! Sure love all of you!!
Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

Sister Parke

Monday, October 19, 2015

Pictures Spiritual Gifts

Feast at the Obriens

Such a wonderful night with these amazing people!

Maddy and I must have known each other in heaven. Sisters from the start!

A little painting service project :0

My cold stone days are coming in handy!

Ahh I love the Fall!

A special night with the Kapplemans at the temple

The parks here in Chicago are places of refuge for me!

Visiting the Nursing home patients always brings a smile!

Spiritual Gifts

Hello everyone!!!

Sister Plomgren and I have seen many miracles this week! Katy is
getting baptized on November 7th.. This upcoming Saturday! Her parents
finally decided to let her be baptized! So that was very exciting and
an answer to many prayers. Looking forward to this weekend!! This week
has been an adventure... on Tuesday we got a call from the mission
office saying that the sisters for BG2 would be living with us until
they found an apartment for them. At first it was a little stressful
but Turned out to be an has an answer to many many prayers and
fasting. I testify that this is the Lords work and he is the one in
charge. The new sister training leader, sister Geracitano, is AMAZING.
She is 33 years old and is from Australia. She goes home in less than
3 months... But she is on FIRE so many good ideas and helpful insights
from all of her experience. Honestly, I had been fasting and praying
for an answer and for someone to help me to know how to help the work
progress in this difficult area... And on Tuesday night the answer to
my prayers was sent to our area!! I absolutely LOVE sister Geracitano.
The Lord knew exactly what i needed and sent her to help lead and
guide.  I know I say this many times but the Lord hears and answers
prayers!!  I have so much to learn from sister Getacitano and i am
soaking it all in!

On Thursday I was able to have a personal interview with President, oh
how I love that man, he literally represents the gentle loving savior
and provides encouragement and comfort. President Woodbury told me
that God has called me specifically to this area for my unique talents
and spiritual gifts. He encouraged me Just be myself and rely on the
Lord for help in strengthening these talents and allowing him to guide
me in how he would like me to use them. What is so powerful is that
this work is so vast and great yet God knows each missionary as an
individual, and the Lord would has given them specific gifts for each
to use in His service. Many of these gifts are spiritual gifts.
President told me that some talents the lord has blessed me with as a
missionary In this area is the Natural ability to make people feel
comfortable, Acknowledgement of others, and Reaching out to others and
making them feel loved. I definitely rely on the Lord and strive each
day to use the talents he has blessed me with to help share the gospel
to others. The hardest part as a missionary is learning how to be
gentle but bold while sharing the truth with others. I love president
eyrings quote about being as bold as a lion.  "The Lord will give His
righteous servants opportunities to be bold as lions when they speak
in His name and as witnesses in His priesthood." What a great personal
reminder that I need to be bold when using the talents the lord has
blessed me with.

After this week I feel spiritually reinvigorated to go out there and
find people to teach.
Every missionary is different and has a different contribution to
make. No one is destined to fail!! I know The lord hears the prayers
and feelings of my heart. As I always remember him...My love for
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will be demonstrated through my
thoughts and actions. The gospel of Jesus Christ is about becoming a
better person and helping those around you. I love the simplicity of
the gospel, yet at the same time it is so complex. I have so much to
learn, but what amazes me is the mysteries of God are limitless, so
the learning will be infinite. I love the quote, "Learn everything
about something, and something about everything". How true that is,
each day is a new opportunity to learn something new and grow from it!
Speaking of learning... Rereading the Book of Mormon on my mission my
eyes have been opened to a completely different perspective.

I have been studying this week in the chapters of third Nephi and
seeking further understanding of the Savior Jesus Christ. I testify
that the Lord knows and cares for each individual; he watches
carefully over the seemingly smallest things. I see the evidence of
this each and every day on the mission. I have gained a greater love
and understanding of the scriptures; especially the Book of Mormon. I
know without a doubt in my mind the Book of Mormon is the word of God.
How critically important it is that we STUDY and ponder the scriptures
each day! The Book of Mormon is the way that the Lord has provided so
that we may share the knowledge of the gospel to many people! The
power within the book is incredible and the testimony of the Savior
provides peace and comfort. The Book of Mormon proves to the world
that the scriptures are true and that God does inspire men and call
them to his holy work.  I have come to gain the understanding that it
is truly a gift from God, and after I was able to have that mindset
while studying the book, the spirit overwhelms me with the love of God
and the concern he has for ALL of his children.

We were blessed with the opportunity to go to the temple on Friday
night to be there when brother Kappelman received his endowments. So
Many people from the ward were there to support and the endowment room
was so full they had to bring in more chairs! It was one of the most
powerful, amazing, spiritual, unforgettable experiences I will never
forget. Prior to the session sister Kappelman and I were talking in
the dressing room, she kept telling me... I can't believe we are here,
I have only dreamed of this day. After the session we were in the
celestial room and she hugged me and said.... Now the reality of my
family being sealed together forever doesn't seem so far away. The
spirit in temple that night was so strong and I received many answers
to personal questions. I know without a doubt that temples are the
house of the lord and we can receive revelation from God.

Sister Plomgren and I have really been striving to FIND people to
teach! It is difficult because everyone around here seems to be well
off and feels as if they dont need God in their lives. The pride cycle
is real I tell you. Real. Anyways. Miracle moment. We were contacting
in Walmart and after being rejected several times we began to be
discouraged. I wanted to head back and try somewhere else.. But sister
Plomgren insisted we stayed for a little while longer. I wish I could
say I put on my happy chipper face a walked up to the next person and
talked to them about the gospel. However, I needed help. I prayed to
know, "Heavenly Father, why do you want me here... Right now? I need
help to know you are there." I stood there in the laundry soap isle...
Seconds later a women behind me complimented me on my skirt... (At
this point I knew God sent her to me because... Well let's be honest
here, sister missionary skirts aren't the most attractive.) We began
talking to her and told her about our church and what we do as
missionaries. Oddly enough she said... Oh! My niece has been looking
into that church! Turns out.... This woman is MADDY'S AUNT whom she
hasn't talked to in over a year! Instant connection. It was an
immediate answer to prayers. Coincidence? I think not! There are so
many tender mercies that show God is involved in this work and aware
of not only his missionaries but the people they are teaching!

Maddy is progressing VERY WELL and the opposition of her friends and
family is strengthening her testimony. Last week I felt prompted to
write Maddys mom a letter. Explaining to her why I decided to serve a
mission. The crazy thing is, brother Austin (Connors dad) also felt
prompted to write them a letter... AND Maddy wrote them a powerful
letter. She had a long discussion with her parents on Sunday night and
they have agreed to start learning about the gospel and asked for a
Book of Mormon, and Maddy is NOW ON DATE FOR December

Diligence is the secret to missionary work. No, diligence is the
secret to life! Not becoming discouraged and remembering the purpose
of why we are here!  Rely on the Lord in all things and never give up!
Use the gifts he has blessed you with to help and bless others and I
promise you.... YOU WILL FIND HAPPINESS.

I love and miss you all! Thank you for your love and support!! Have a
wonderful week!!!

Sister Parke

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pictures Finding Happiness

A visit with Olga

She is a sweetheart!

She brightens my day!

One of the many lakes in Vernon Hills area

Sweet drawing and note from Genevieve

Ahh melts my heart!

I guess I'm taken :)

Thank you to my sweet sissy for drawing me these wonderful pictures!

Hugs and Kisses to you!

Church day in Primary with these cute kiddos!

"Home-made" Matching game for my class ;)

Finding Happiness

Gooooooodmorning! Oh my what a week it has been! So much to catch up
on!! (: Transfers are this week... Annnnd NO TRANSFER. Which is
wonderful! However, they are putting NEW sisters into BG2 which
means... Maddy would no longer be our investigator. IT WAS SO SAD. I
called Maddy late Saturday night and both she and I were crying. I
spent most of Saturday night in tears feeling so sad because Maddy and
I couldn't have contact anymore. I prayed all night and by Sunday
morning I felt at peace and knew it would all work out. On Sunday
morning Maddy and I sat down with brother obrien and explained the
situation. We came to the conclusion that the lord knows best and he
has a plan. He then called and talked to president Woodbury  and also
the bishop of Maddys ward went to the mission home to discuss with
President.  Since Maddys situation is very unique and she is on date
for baptism and I have formed that special relationship with her and
her family they are allowing Me to continue to teach Maddy on splits
with one of the new sisters! President called me this morning and told
me that as long as I am in the area that we can continue to have
contact with Maddy. ANSWER TO PRAYERS. I am still slightly
disappointed because now we can't continue to work with BG2 ward,
which breaks my heart because of the Obriens! We also had a woman
named Prom who just moved here from India about 6 months ago come to
church on Sunday and ask if we could begin to teach her.... So
excited! We are teaching her on Tuesday night! The only sad part is...
She is also is BG2 boundaries.  So we will be handing her over as
well. :( buuut its ok!! Heavenly Father will bless us with more people
to teach as we are faithful and obedient!

This week We've been stepping up our personal finding, because it had
been so nice out, and also because we want more people to teach.
Contacting/tracting is not the best method for finding people...
Because everyone is rich and feels as if they don't need God or they
don't speak English... but at least we are showing the Lord that we
care and want to find people. Tuesday was so nice out, which was
strange because the day before we were bundled up in coats, tights,
and gloves. We went to one neighborhood, and almost all of the doors
we knocked opened! But no one wanted to hear a message about Jesus
Christ. But it was seriously so nice out that felt as if, "I could do
this forever!" We went to a park and started handing out pass-along
cards, which some people took, and most didn't. We were heading back
to our car and passed the last person that we're going to be able to
contact. Sister Plomgren extended the card and said, "Do you want a
picture of Jesus?" and he took it like "ok thanks" and kept walking
like most people do, and we go to get in our car and we hear, "Wait!
Come back!"  The last contact of the day wanted to learn more! It was
so cool! We explained a little about the church and about the Book of
Mormon, and I gave him a copy, and he looked at me and said, "You mean
I can have this?" Uhm, yeah? We got his contact info and he said that
he was coming to the Halloween party!! Tender mercies.

So this week we were pondering on how to help Maddy progress and help
her strengthen her relationship with Heavenly Father. We felt prompted
to introduce Maddy to personal progress! What a wonderful blessing the
personal progress program is. We had a great lesson with Maddy with
sister Kappelman about personal progress and since sis. Kappelman
didn't grow up with the church and just received a calling as a
miamaid advisor is was very helpful for her to also understand the
purpose of PP. Looking back through the PP book i have felt inspired
to also start doing personal progress right along with Maddy. The
value experiences are excellent ways provided to help us become more
like the Savior. Although I completed personal progress when I was
younger I have now gained a greater love and appreciation for this
wonderful opportunity to work towards strengthening myself to become a
better mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and most importantly..
Daughter of God. I am looking forward with setting goals and working
on personal progress with Maddy to help her strengthen her testimony
of the Savior as she prepares for her baptism.

We have been working a lot with the Kappelman family in helping them
recognize the importance of temples and being sealed as a family.
Brother Kappelman was recently baptized last year but has been
striving to prepare himself to go through the temple so that they can
be sealed as a family. Sister Kappelman calls it a miracle because she
never expected her husband to join the church! However , it is proof
that God softens hearts because brother Kappelman is going through the
temple to receive his endowment THIS Friday night!! We received
special permission from president to attend the session!! SO EXCITED.
There is just such a light in their family, I am so grateful for the
opportunity that I have had to get to know them better. Sister
Kappelman has us over to help the children understand the importance
of a temple marriage and prepare for the day they can go through as a
family and be sealed. Oh what beautiful day that will be.

Speaking of temples.... We have been working a lot with a
less-active/recent convert woman named Olga Diaz. When I first came
into the area Olga didn't want to have anything to do with the
missionaries.. It broke my heart, however we DID NOT GIVE UP... We
kept reaching out to her and inviting her to church. Finally one night
she let us in and we shared a message with her about Jesus Christ and
how much he loves each and everyone of us. The spirit was so strong.
Since that night a few months ago Olga has started to come back to
church and has us over for lunch and a lesson every  Friday!! I love
Olga! She has had and has such a hard life, what a joy and happiness
that the gospel brings and provides peace and comfort in her life.
This week we had a lesson with her about temples, and the importance
of temples. She is working towards becoming temple worthy and knows it
will bless her life. She also had never heard of a patriarchal
blessing before and we we're able to teach her and tell her what a
wonderful blessing and helpful insight it is to help feel of heavenly
fathers love. On Sunday she came to church and EVERYONE who got up to
bear their testimony talked about temples. The spirit was felt so
strong.. And sitting next to Olga, I just knew that she KNEW.  annnnd
that my friends is why... I am serving a mission. When you help
someone draw closer to the Savior... There is just no greater feeling
of happiness.

I studied a lot about Happiness this week. We had a PNI ask... "Where
is true happiness found? And how can I obtain it?" The answer is so
simple. True happiness is found in faith in Jesus Christ and his
atonement, and acknowledging Gods love not only for yourself, but also
for others. This helped my refocus on my purpose as a missionary, I am
here to share the HAPPINESS that comes from living the gospel. When I
feel of the joy that the gospel brings There is no way I can deny
sharing it with others because the desire is so strong. I have learned
that being HAPPY as not only a missionary... But also a member of the
church is the key to success in attracting people to the gospel,
because it is that light in our eyes that they are able to see and
feel. God created men that they might have Joy!! That is why Gods
eternal plan for his children is called... "The plan of happiness"!!
We are here on this Earth to learn and to grow, to discover the joy
and happiness the gospel brings through relying on the Savior. God has
promised that as we obey him and keep his commandments we will be
blessed. What a comforting knowledge we have to know that we are all
children of God and have divine potential and that after this life we
will live in happiness with our families! The best part is... We can
find happiness NOW if we choose to keep the spirit in our lives and
obey Gods will.

Choose to be happy! Thank you for your support!! I love each of you!
Have a wonderful week!! Enjoy this wonderful fall season!!

Sister Parke

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pictures Discipleship is our Journey!

My mission is teaching me all sorts of things!

Pass along card anyone?!

Sister Plomgren and I

My Maddy :)

Love this girl!

Warm by the fire watching conference!

Love Packages! Thanks Mom!

Gettin' our Halloween on ;)

Our newly decorated apartment ;)

A little sunshine to brighten a dark day!

Haircuts happen here too!

Discipleship is Our Journey

Hello there family and friends!

What a week it has been. Remember in my last email I talked about
opposition is all things? Well this week has definitely been a
testimony builder! What a wonderful conference session and how
spiritually uplifting it was to hear from the prophet and apostles of
the Lord. I am very grateful for the priesthood authority we are
blessed to have here on the Earth today. The guidance and revelation
received from General conference is always inspiring and strengthens
my testimony!! What wonderful insight and revelation we have received
and now can apply to help us become more converted to Christ!!

So this week... as a missionary you just have to come to accept the
fact that nothing is going to go according to your plans, but is going
to go the way the Lord needs it to be. At first this was really hard
for me to deal with because... Well thanks to my wonderful mother... I
like to have a set schedule.. And when something changes and plans are
altered it sort of throws me for a loop. But like I said... I am
adjusting. (; it's a learning process!
So that being said.... These week all of our appointments fell
through. Don't ask me how that happened... But let me just say, yes,
it was incredibly discouraging. It just makes my heart so sad when
people don't place priority on the gospel, or fail to recognize the
importance of this message! I was "ponderizing" in helaman chapter 10
and likened my situation to that of Nephi. Nephi began to be
discouraged because of the hard heartedness of the people and there
lack of interest in the knowledge of God. However I found comfort in
verses 4-5,  "Blessed art thou, [Rachel], for those things which thou
hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness
declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And
thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but
hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments. 5 And now, because
thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless
thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in
faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee
according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary
to my will." What an answer to prayers... The answer always comes
whether it be an answer of peace or direction, the answer comes. I
loved Elder Oaks talk in General conference. "Fear not I am with thee
oh be not afraid." I seek to God for help each and every
day...believing and trusting my prayers will be answered... And they
always are through the scriptures! I have come to gain a greater
understanding of the Book of Mormon and I truly know it was written
for our day to caution us of pride and wickedness. How important it is
that we REMEMBER the Lord and acknowledge him in all things. One quote
I loved from general conference was "it is never convenient  nor
comfortable to stand up for Christ." The world grows farther and
farther from the gospel standards and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
There is no greater time to stand up for what we know to be right!! I
reiterate what President Monson said, live the gospel of Jesus Christ
and be a light unto others! This is easier said than done, but I
testify that as we put the Savior and this gospel first in all things
especially in the decisions we make, we will be blessed in ways we
never before imagined!

So despite the disappointments this week there are always tender
mercies of the Lord to uplift and inspire! The reason the appointment
with Rose fell through is because her husband is strongly Catholic and
found out about her learning about the gospel and he would have none
of it. Not wanting to put her relationship with her husband at risk
Rose decided to give it time and to do some of her own personal study
of the Book of Mormon. After the disappointing news I felt
frustrated.... God had prepared Roses heart to hear of the gospel and
now she is restricted from learning more about it! I then realized
that I needed to have more faith, sister Plomgren and I prayed to know
how to best help Rose and let her know we still care about her and
that God is aware of her. We felt impressed to give her a proclamation
to the family and write our testimonies to her about the importance of
families and the happiness the gospel provides. We brought it over to
her on Saturday evening and talked with her for awhile. She was
touched by the spirit....and received an answer to her prayers.  "I am
trying and seeking for ways to make my family closer. The letter
inspired me. I must say my husband is not aligned with me on my
current course of evaluating the word of God in the Mormon testament
of Jesus. It is something I need to consider. I want my family and
marriage to stay intact, but perhaps there are key Learnings I can
incorporate into our lives from your teaching and scripture." I wish
so badly that We could teach Rose, but I know the Lord has a timetable
for everyone. I pray that Rose will continue to seek and learn from
the teachings and as she does so her husbands heart may be softened.

Sister Plomgren and I have been working hard with the ward council and
priesthood auxiliaries within the ward to know how to best seek out
those who once had a testimony of the Savior and help bring them back
to the fold! We are also striving to build relationships with the
members so that we may gain their trust and they will feel comfortable
sharing the gospel with their friends and family. Often times the work
feels overwhelming because there is so much to be done, and we are
working so hard and don't often have anything to show for our efforts.
But that is exactly what missionary work is.  WORK. I put my faith in
the Lord and acknowledge that if I am working hard and being exactly
obedient he will bless and make me an instrument in his hands. I loved
the quote by Elder Clark in general conference, "We do not have to be
perfect, but we have to be good at getting better."  How true that is
and how powerful the knowledge that the Lord doesn't see us for who we
are now, but as who we can become. And this growth and strengthening
is all made possible through the Savior Jesus Christ and his
everlasting atonement. I am so grateful for my Redeemer Jesus Christ
and for his eternal sacrifice. I testify that the time to prepare and
repent is NOW. The Lord loves all of his Children and wants them to
come unto him! I encourage all of you to seek out those who may be
suffering and share with them the happiness of this gospel!!

Thank you for all of your love and support!! Thank you for your many
prayers, they often carry me and uplift me each day. Please pray for
the hearts of the people to be softened and that missionaries will
have the opportunities to teach and testify! Hope you have a wonderful

Sister Parke