Date

August 15, 2016

Area

Jarabacoa

Companion

Hermana Hall

Zikaaaaaaa

This past week was a crazy one!

I had Zika and it was terrible. I had a terrible rash, my whole body hurt, my joints were swollen, and I slept a lot! I guess it is just a part of the mission. The only thing you can really do is drink a lot of water, rest, and take tylenol. One day we didn´t even leave the house and it was the worst because I just wanted to go out and preach! Anyway on Wednesday, we went to Santiago for our 4 week training meeting- note, I still have Zika on this day haha. I thought I could do it... Lol that was the day we stayed home because my body hurt so bad. Also we had a zone meeting on Tuesday and I was still hurting so bad haha so I don´t remember a lot. I couldn´t even hold anything. I slept all day after that meeting and then we watched 17 Miracles. Lots of members were calling to see if I was okay and that helped me to feel really loved. I was able to leave the house on Friday and walk around for hours. Thank goodness!!

Anyway, the only cool thing that really happened this week was that we passed by a less-active member´s house. She always told us that her husband was never home, but this time he was! We started to teach them both and they never really talk so it was kind of awkward and he wasn´t really open to our message. The next day we came back and he was more open. We are really working on getting them to pray together, so that they can base their relationship off of their belief in God.

Update on Irkania- she still doesn´t have her marriage papers... BOO. I know she is going to get them soon though. She really has a desire to be baptized. Today we went to Santiago and ate McDonald´s. They were playing American music too. It was so much fun! Yesterday I gave a talk in church again because every 2nd week is about missionary work. Also yesterday was frustrating because none of our teachers showed up so Hermana Hall had to teach all the classes. It is so sad.

Here are a couple of things that I really love that I read while I was dying in my bed from Zika haha. They can relate to both missionaries and non-misisonaries. This is from the talk Ponder the Path of thy Feet by President Monson, ¨Although we are left to find and follow that path which will lead us back to our Father in Heaven, He did not send us here without direction and guidance. Rather, He has given us the tools we need, and He will assist us as we seek His help and strive to do all in our power to endure to the end and gain eternal life...As we examine the path Jesus walked, we will see that it took Him through many of the same challenges we ourselves will face in life.¨ He goes on to talk about all of the challenges that we have to face just like Jesus did. This made me think about what my grandma told me one time. We all have to go through our own Gethsemanes.

Another talk I read was "Lord is it I" by Elder Uchtdorf. Here's a quote I really liked: "But being able to see ourselves clearly is essential to our spiritual growth and well-being. If our weaknesses and shortcomings remain obscured in the shadows, then the redeeming power of the Savior cannot heal them and make them strengths. Ironically, our blindness toward our human weaknesses will also make us blind to the divine potential that our Father yearns to nurture within each of us." We need to realize our true potential and who we are sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves us. He knows what is best for us and He wants what is best for us. Sometimes we may need to change, but that is what is going to help us become more like our Savior. It will help us become who we are supposed to be.

Sorry this is kind of short, but I love you all and hope you have a great week!

I attached pictures of a rainbow that we saw, a wedding for a member, a picture of Camila pushing me in her stroller, and a picture of Auty - Camila´s brother.

Love,
Hermana Maikoski




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