Friday, June 19, 2015

June 11, 2015

Hey! Thank you for the Birthday wishes you all are soooooo nice! Well I've got a lot to tell you!
Okay first off, so last Pday we went up to Santiago where I was suppose to see the nurse of the mission to get my shot, but just as it happens I "forgot" no but really haha the prescription so she didn't know how much of the injection to give me. However, as luck would have it there was a lady in the ward that my companion knew that could do the job for us. So we set the appointment up with her to have a lesson haha quick spiritual thought and then get the duty done. So we go to the pharmacy, I get the vaccine and medicine in a box kind of like the happy meal without the happy, and we head to her house. We get to the house, sit down, and then she offers to get us some juice which I had to turn down ( I couldn't eat anything acidic or with gluten/flour for 3 days). So this sweet lady goes in to get the juice for my companion and then......I just lost it! My companion turns over to look at me and says "are you crying?" THEN to make it more embarrassing the lady comes out with the juice, sees me and was like "are you okay?" I just wanted to say that my eyes were leaking, but eventually I had to tell her how much I'm scared of needles (this is the part where Lindsey feels bad, Casey is laughing, and Kellie is rolling her eyes saying I'm just like Emmie). At this point she's sitting by me and her little girl comes out asking why I'm crying (seriously a copy cat of little leyton this kid so stinking cute). So her mom told her and then the mom said that I didn't have to get the shot if I didn't want it. As I'm trying to pull myself together I explained the symptoms I was having, gave me some ear drops, and then looks in my ear only to tell me that I'm going to have to get the shot cause it was bad. Long story short, we went into her "office" a.k.a her room, her daughter was by my head talking to me haha, and yeah got the duty an area that's not my arm. Haha yes to answer your question Kellie the shot definitely hurt more than my pride did at that moment. But, Denny is super amazing. She's leaving in a week to go back to live in the states again with her husband. She was finishing her internship up here. 
Anyway that's story number 1 of the week. Number two is about my amazing companion. Well okay there's two stories. The first one I keep forgetting to tell, but my first week here we went to visit this lady who's just like our grandma to all of us missionaries. We went to visit her, and my companion told me that they have a little bit of a background, which wasn't a big deal to me. So She told me that she has a son who is less active in the church and has a drinking problem, and that she's a strong member in the church but she has this obsession with Joseph Smith. So I'm like okay whatever no big deal Joseph was pretty important and a cool guy. We get to their house, sit down, and while we are waiting for her son to get home I'm looking at this table that has a lot of gifts from all these missionaries that served in the ward, and right in the a "bust" (just for lindsey) of Joseph Smith....So I comment on how nice the statue is and she says "thanks this is my Joseph shrine" haha okay.....Then her son shows up super grumpy, we start the lesson, and he calls me out and asks "why are you always smiling?" I just say uhhhmm cause I like to smile. Then my companion gives the harshest lesson on how he needs to get his life back on track of his soul will be lost forever, then turns to me, so I share a sweet smooth things over scripture and bare my testimony. We then invited him to church and he said that there was no guarantees That next week he wasn't at church, but went to a missionary training meeting for the ward members, and then gave the prayer in the meeting. So at this point I'm thinking Oh my goodness they are letting this drunk guy give the prayer and is he wearing garments? What apostasy! Fast forward to mothers day (here in the DR so the next Sunday) we show up to their house to say happy mothers day and give a lesson and I ask the son why he didn't show up to church. And he flat out says "cause I'm in the stake presidency and we had to meet at the other ward". So I thought okay well he's either lying or he's drunk right now. UGH and that's when my companion couldn't hold it in anymore and just starts laughing. It was a total set up. For a week I thought we were working with this less active and he's a counselor in the stake presidency haha. Anyway that was my welcome to the Torre Alta ward...and by the way she doesn't worship joseph haha.
Well the last story I'll make it quick, but my companion wanted to do something crazy for my birthday. However, we are on a mission, so obviously there are rules and regulations we have to follow. So to brainstorm ideas I asked her what she did for her 21. And because she went to school out in Las Vegas she said that she just hit the Casino just to say that she could get in. There is a Casino here, but as you know that's out of the question. Getting my concealed weapons license it out of the question here as well, so the next best thing we could think of was to ask for a trip to the temple. But, being the chicken I am I didn't want to call the mission president to ask. So my companion did, he said no that he didn't have the authority to let us go. Then my companion asked if zip lining was out of the question. So what do you do when you can't go to the temple for your birthday? Ya go zip lining! I forgot to bring my camera so I'll send the pictures next week, but yes we had a blast! It's definitely been a fun week.
Sounds like you guys are all booked for the summer! Send me the pictures of your adventures! 
Love you!
Hermana Van
P.S. I didn't get your packages :( but I'm sure they are coming soon!

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