This was quite literally the most ridiculous week of my entire mission thus far.
It started with an exchange with Sister Nelson! Reunited once again in Thomas Lake! We didn't realize it before hand but we both needed a mental health day. Her because she goes home in two weeks and me because normal training probs. We talked a whole bunch and got oli buns (deep fried donut blueberry ice cream thing). A member also took us out to eat and we got to do some spontaneous service. Tender mercies am I right? She also gave me some heirlooms of hers so I'd call it a win.
Then the crazy happened. We exchanged back and Sister Davidson told me she felt really sick. She had been feeling sick since Sunday but tried to push through it, which in the end, made it worse. We called our mission medical person and she had us go to a walk in clinic. Turns out she had influenza. They gave her some pretty intense drugs and an inhaler. They told her to stay down for 3 days because she is highly contagious. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS? We were on schedule D which means we sleep in and don't leave the house at all. 3 DAYS ON LOCK DOWN PEOPLE.
Let me give you a run down of what happened. Day 1: She slept LITERALLY all day. In the morning, I went to a lesson with Elena with Sister Shill while Sister Nelson stayed home with Sister Davidson. (Lesson was good, going back soon). Fun fact though: All 3 of them were sick. Sisters Nelson and Shill even laid in my bed. HOW AM I NOT DEAD YET? (I washed the sheets immediately don't worry) The rest of the day I had to keep myself entertained. I DIDN'T TALK TO A LIVING SOUL FOR 8 HOURS STRAIGHT. This doesn't happen as a missionary. I had ample time to read stuff and write in my journal. (I have attached a picture of a journal entry that describes some of my activities). Day 2: Sister Davidson finally arose and we treated ourselves to a spa day. (Face mask, nail polish, and tanning). The rest of the details for this day don't matter much. Day 3: We lost our minds. Went to one hour of church then back home. Miracle of the day: I got a hangry-kit delivered to me. (shout out to grandma) It was a box full of delicious snacks and it made my life). I'll spare you the details of this day as well. Just know it consisted of puzzles, uno, hours of banana grams, and church videos.
So here we are. Back in civilization. Talking to people for the first time in 72 hours. (Minus the 5 minutes the elder came by to drop off a movie) #blessing. Not gonna lie though, it was a rejuvenating break and I feel ready to go out and work now!
Before Sister Davidson was diagnosed with a flesh eating virus (not really but that's how the doc treated it), we were able to see Shirley again! We talked with her pretty boldly about baptism and just how she feels about everything. She told us she reads the Book of Mormon still because it feels good and she wants to be baptized so she can be closer to the Savior. GO SHIRLEY! She is on date for August 12th and we couldn't be more excited for her! I know as she continues to learn, study, and pray, she will be prepared for that day, I just hope things with her husband don't hold her back!
Max was out of town so we weren't able to meet with him again. Actually, a lot of our investigators were out of town. Summer is the bane of my existence as a missionary. More to update next week.
Since I had to much time on my hands this week. I read a few conference talks. This one stuck out to me in particular:
Think for just a minute about the profound claims we make as a religion. We believe that the same Church Jesus Christ established while on the earth has been restored once again by a prophet called of God in our time and that our leaders hold the same power and authority to act in God’s name that ancient Apostles held. It is called the priesthood of God. We claim that through this restored authority, we can receive saving ordinances, such as baptism, and enjoy the purifying and refining gift of the Holy Ghost to be with us at all times. We have apostles and prophets leading and directing this Church through priesthood keys, and we believe that God speaks to His children through these prophets.
We believe that, through a prophet and the power of God, we have received additional scriptures, adding to the testimony of that in the Bible declaring that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.
We claim that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the kingdom of God and the only true Church on the earth. It is called the Church of Jesus Christ because He stands at the head; it is His Church, and all these things are possible because of His atoning sacrifice.
We believe that these distinguishing features can be found in no other place or organization on this earth. As good and sincere as other religions and churches are, none of them have the authority to provide the ordinances of salvation that are available in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
These truly are big claims we make and I know that the only way to come to know that they are true is through the Holy Ghost. When we pray and ask God about these things with a sincere desire to know, He will manifest the truth of it unto us. This talk also inspired me to not be as causal when sharing this message to others. It is literally a manner of eternal salvation and shouldn't be taken lightly!
Sorry this was exceptionally long. Thanks for reading, if you did. Have a great week! Bye!
Schedule D activities. Sister Nelson has more pics from the exchange I will have to send next week. Sorry!