So here's a summary of my week: I got pegged in the eye super hard with a ball and thought I had a concussion, I got another ingrown toenail removed (different toe, ouch! But the podiatrist was WAY better!), and then I got bit by some killer spider on my right ankle and my entire foot/ankle/up my leg has been swollen for 3 days. I originally thought it was just another red ant bite. One of the joys I haven't mentioned much about living in Louisiana if you have sweet blood - I get bites almost every day, year round!!!!! ah! This one has kept me up every night with crazy itching painful feeling, so I did not enjoy that extra hour as much as I wanted to! haha. But Sister Wall is helping me and I'm on a rigorous schedule of Benadryl :) If the swelling doesn't decrease soon I'll get an injection. But!! I'm full time in the Spanish branch again!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yayaya!! With Sis Burns! In my old bed, my old apt, and my old family! Man, am I grateful! I wouldn't have minded leaving BR awhile ago, but for 6 weeks, I'm much happier to stay! We are REALLY really excited about the transfer, I think it'll be my best yet! I have one companion (who speaks Spanish), and one area to work. Different from the many times I've been in trios, quads, or worked multiple areas. And I'm not a Sister Training Leader anymore so all of our energies will be poured just into our area. We know it well, and are very excited!! We teach great together, and have fun. I'm blessed that Sister Burns will be my last companion. :) She and I push each other - I never feel like I'm draggin’ anybody. She's just consecrated and it's a joy to work with her. I met her in the MTC one night while I was brushing my teeth. Oh, if we'd only known then what we know now, haha. Who'd a guessed we'd finish together! (Well, she has one more transfer than I do.)
Unfortunately, I just don't have too much of an update on anybody except for Tanya. She is doing great! She's really letting the gospel change her, and I'm so grateful that the Lord is letting me witness that. She's right on track for her baptismal date of Nov 23, and her baby is due Dec 16. We taught the Plan of Salvation this week, which is my favorite lesson to teach!!! Out of any lesson, that's the one that "rings true" to people, and it's awesome! Everything is so so new to her, but she just soaks it up. And she's becoming a lot more sincere. Before she would say all the right things, but now she's doing them. And those actions speak pretty loud! :) It's awesome.
We went with Marquetta to the Lawyer's on Tuesday. It was a great thing to do on my last day in the English area! We got everything taken care of, and the papers were sent out Wednesday to her soon to be ex in Pennsylvania. There's a 30 day waiting period, and then no matter whether he responds or not, they'll go through with the divorce. Depending on the courts, about 15 days after that it should all be done!!!! So right around when I leave, they should be divorced!! I really want to throw them a little wedding in the church, and a baptismal service the next day, which is a selfish desire, but still :) haha, but I really felt like the Lord used my personality to get things done with them. It took a lot to get everything worked out with the lawyer, and yet the Lord made it all possible. I'm so grateful to just be an instrument in his hands. I know I went English for that family. I met them my first week, and was with them till the last day. They will forever hold a big place in my heart. :) We went and taught them that night, and at the end, Inajah (11) gave me this old stuffed animal to remember her by. It was so cute! His name is piggy :) And when we all knelt and Jonathan (8) prayed, he prayed for me on my vacation. :) That I would be safe, and keep contact with them. Cute!!
Oh! I forgot about Martin! I need to send you a picture of him. He's the lost member that Sis. Burns and I found at Myara and Nino's about 3 1/2 months ago, but then I haven't been able to visit him for the last 2 transfers. Since then he's returned and never missed a day of church! We helped him find some family names this week to take to the temple to do baptisms next week. So cool! And he's preparing to go and receive his endowments. He's just a solid person. More than anything, he feels like an uncle. He's one of those people who's really had an impact on my mission. He works in construction now, he's really good. But he loves biology and went to school in Mexico to be a veterinarian. So when my ankle was so inflamed, hot and swollen the other night and I thought the whole thing was gonna pop, he had no problem helping - haha. The bite site had blistered up so he had to perform a little surgery with a needle. It's gross, so you probably don't wanna hear about that. :) Anyway, he's great!! When his family gets here, he wants to come visit Sis Burns and I in Idaho, so maybe y'all will meet him one day!
We went and helped the LSU missionaries last week set up a table, and then we just talk to everyone! We used pass along cards and scriptures of course. "Have you ever wondered about the purpose of life?" The most common response - "no". Haha! How was your last game Garrett? And is Grandma still there? That's so great she came to see the game and make Erika's dress!! Give her my love!
I send all my love! I hope you each have a wonderful week. Work hard, have fun, smile :)
Lots of Love,