SO. This week was full of spiritual upliftment - is that a word? Probably not, but I'm forgetting how to speak English! It's way more natural for me to speak Spanish and I have to think about it to speak English, YIKES. Anyways, the week started off great! On Monday, Hermana T started feeling sick because she got a back surgery a year and a half ago and she said she felt like the infection was coming back so we went to the doctor at like 10:30 am on Monday and Hermana Woolley and I were just sitting there in the waiting room nervously trying to put a Moses puzzle together but couldn't focus because we were so worried about Hermana T. We were thinking about all of the horrible things that could happen, secretly hoping she would have to stay here another week with us...that's horrible to hope I know, but hey, even our Branch President's wife thought that!! She came out and she was prescribed to take some antibiotics and the doctor told her if it got worse to come back so we went to the BYU health clinic and got medicine then we went home and stayed there for 2 days!! Luckily the other Hermanas in our zone were willing to switch off between staying with her and what not so we could all make some class time. It was hard to stay patient and loving the whoole 2 days because we were in the residence hall for hours at a time and it is so small there. There was a time where I was getting impatient and then I had a realization that Hermana T didn't ask for this to happen for her nor was anything her fault. So instead of being a grump I went in my room and prayed and thanked Heavenly Father for all of the things I was grateful for and I asked Him to help me to be patient and to show support to Hermana T because I love her. Right after I closed my prayer I just felt on top of the world! EH! I wasn't upset or impatient anymore, I just wanted to help her as much as I could so Hermana Woolly and I drew a bath for her and she told me she wanted a super hot bath so I thought, Okay let me just put it on the hottest it can go and Hermana T hops in the bath and all I hear her yelling is "HOLY CRAP MY BUTT!" I guess it burned her when she got in! I felt so bad!! After that I asked her, since we made basically a spa bath for you with bubbles can I paint your nails?! (Shombree sent me SPARKLY nail polish and I love it). She says "no barbie!" She calls me barbie because I don't know… she says I look like a barbie doll! But don't worry, my goal is to paint her nails before she leaves for Texas :)
So yes Hermana T leaves on Monday and I'm so sad! Mi Corrazon!!! (my heart) but I know that Texas needs her so much and I know she will bless so many lives and it's just my selfish side that wants her to stay with me!! I love both of my companions and I never knew I could love them so much in just 5 weeks! She has just taught me so much and she gives the best advice and when she speaks in our lessons the spirit is so strong. I am so going to miss that New Zealand accented Tongan woman. She will do great things.
So a few cool things! I have a quote for you all! "A pebble held close to they eye appears to be a gigantic obstacle. Cast on the ground, it is seen in perspective. Likewise, problems or trials in our lives need to be viewed in the perspective of scriptural doctrine. Otherwise they can easily overtake our vision, absorb our energy, and deprive us of the joy and beauty the Lord intends us to receive here on this earth." There have been a couple times while I've been out on my mission I have felt discouraged or homesick, but in the bigger picture I know that when I miss my family, I think about the huge privilege it is to share the message to people about the gospel and families, that if they partake of the gospel principals and covenants, they can be with their families for all time and eternity. So when I have negative thoughts, I counteract them with something that can happen because of what I'm doing. Does that make sense?
Also something else I thought was cool was something my Branch President's wife said to us. "When someone slams the door in your face and won't accept your message, just enjoy the breeze." That doesn't only apply to missionary work! When something doesn't go right in life, just enjoy the breeze! Enjoy the experience because as I heard in a devotional a couple weeks ago, life is serious, but not that serious. Enjoy life and it's lovely experiences as they comes!! :) Oh guess what?!? M. Russell Ballard spoke to us at a devotional on Tuesday!! And President Eyring is coming on Tuesday!! So cool and we had a speaker on Sunday and her name is Sherri Dew. She reminds me so much of Sherri Ellsworth! She was this strong, ultimate woman who knew who she was and no one better get in her way because she is a focused and hardworking woman! :) And not to mention she looked a lot like her. Oh so funny. When the devotional ended on Sunday, an Elder behind me stood up and said "HALLELUJAH. I've been waiting to hear the word amen!"
Kait and Steve, thank you SOOO much for the cookies! My whole district and I enjoyed them and 2 of the elders said " I wish my sister loved me this much" haha so basi, you're the best and I am so grateful for them! :) Mom thank you for all of the packages for Argentina this week! But thank you so much, I really appreciate it and I think you are so great and I love you with all my heart. I'm going to pick some things to send home to you before I leave! This week will be crazy with all of the packing and orientations and what not. I can't wait to talk to you next Monday!!!! :)
Also, I can't believe Connor comes home...can you say crazy?? Thank you so much for all of your love and support I appreciate it so much! I love you all so much and never forget it.
Ustedes son en my corrazon, siempre :)
I love my companions!
New Hermanas in our district
Sometimes Elder Royster likes to steal my camera...
Drawing a bath for Hermana T.
I mustache you a question… :D
Love these guys!
Last week on P Day
Elder Hammond, our Spanish teacher
Hermana Morris y yo! Hermana Woolley creepin' in the background!