Monday, July 20, 2015

March 9th 2015

Trials are everywhere! I have gone through so many while being on my mission. But i am thankful for them. They help me grow in so many ways.

So the beginning of the week was full and we worked really hard. then came thursday... Thursday we had 2 lessons with our investigators. Pattie cancelled on us again so that was sad. So we had a great lesson with our new investigator, Megan. She has been to church a couple of times already so she knows a little bit about the church and what we believe. She is now on date for baptism for the 28th of March. She practically asked to be baptized. When i asked her about it she said that she thought it would be really cool to be able to take the sacrament on Easter. She is so awesome and ready to learn. After we met with Megan we went to District meeting. It had started at one and we knew that we would be late so we let our district leader know. we showed up almost an hour late because of the lesson with Megan. (They fed us lunch as well). What we were able to hear of the lesson was really good. ii actually learned a lot from the 20 minutes that we were there for. Right when it ended, we had a lesson with Kevin so we ran out of there to head over to meet with him and Michelle. We were really nervous to teach him this lesson because he had mentioned before that all he ever hears about when talking with members is about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. Well, that was what this lesson was about... so i was real nervous. But it actually went really well! He enjoyed it and we helped him understand why we have the Book of Mormon and how it works with the Bible. When we got out of our lesson, we checked the phone and had 20 missed calls from the AP, 5 missed calls from our zone leaders, and 2 missed calls from our Sister Training Leaders, 2 voicemails and 3 texts. We flipped! Sister Migao was scared to call them back because she thought that something was wrong. It turned out that we were supposed to take our car to a church building around 3 to give it to some other elders. We were never told when or where to take the car so we had no idea! We had to drive an hour to get to the building... we felt so bad that we made them wait 2 hours!  So after we got back to our apartment, we ate dinner (We had to cancel our dinner appointment because of the car situation) and then we started to walk to a members home. About halfway there, Sister Migao slipped on some ice (It was dark and she didnt see it) and she sprained her ankle.

For the next couple of days she would limp around on it in hope that it would heal pretty fast. On Saturday at Stake Conference, the mission doctor (He is the old missionary serving in the same ward as us) he took a look at her ankle and it was really swollen and was way too much pain for a normal sprained ankle. so we went to his daughters house (she lives in the stake) and she gave Sister Migao and ice pack and called her neighbor who is a really good orthopedic doctor that Elder Nelson has worked with before. So he came over and checked out her ankle and thought it could be broken. so he gave her some crutches and told her to stay off her ankle until Monday. \

The weekend was tough because Sister Migao couldnt walk very much or very fast. So if we could get rides to appointments and church meetings we were able go get out of the house, but since we no longer had the car, we couldnt go many other places. She also had shooting pains through her leg that makes it impossible for her to sleep. So she rested and i studied most of the day on Saturday and Sunday. I was for a while able to go on exchanges with one of the STLs for a couple of hours and that was fun. 

This morning Elder and Sister Nelson took us to Brother Riley's (The doctor from Saturday night) office in Golden to get some x-rays. Luckily the ankle did not break. She tore the Deltoid ligament that was connected to the Medial Malleolus. so it is just a really really really bad sprain. She got a boot so she no longer has to hobble around on the crutches. 

It has been an interesting couple of days. I am sure that the Aps, and Zone Leaders think that we just really didnt want to give up the car and would do anything to get it back... even tear a ligament in an ankle. Haha but that is definitely not why that happened. 

I am loving it here... I love my companion, the ward, and the work. Despite the difficulties we have had, it has been great and we have been blessed. 

Love you all!

Sister Smithson

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