These past few weeks have been some of the toughest of my life. I've never felt so lost, so hopeless, depressed, self-critical, so worthless. I was able to receive the help I needed through an LDS Family Service counselor. I learned coping skills, I learned that I wasn't alone. I learned that there are some times where you need to step back from carrying the loads of others in order to take care of yourself.
I was emergency transferred to Eastvale! I'm going to miss my dear Sisters in Menifee, but I know the Lord has wonderful things in store for them, and for me as I embark on this new adventure. Sister Mullen picked me up Saturday morning and before we could drop me off with my new companions, she needed to do a bit of grocery shopping. We wandered around the store for a while, and I felt so at home! Here was this woman who loved me (with a big red bag that reminded me of my own mother), doing a normal thing with me! It was so peaceful! And as it turns out, we make a great missionary team. Sister Mullen insisted on buying me ingredients to make strawberry shortcake, and as we were buying the angel food cake, I saw an opportunity to talk to this older woman. I complimented her on her cane (it was covered with butterflies), and that developed into a wonderful conversation! Eventually she noticed our nametags, so we explained what we do, and why we do it. She'd been looking for weekly activities to do with other women, so Sister Mullen explained Relief Society to her, and invited her to a few events! Sister Mullen is a superstar and I absolutely love her.
I'm companions with my darling Sister da Silva and the beautiful Sister Reed! We live in the nicest apartment in the mission, and we live in the wealthiest area. This city is anti Wal-Mart because it's too ghetto. It's crazy! There are some really kind people, there are some people who aren't very interested, but there aren't any straight up rude people. It's so wonderful! There are a lot of Chinese people here, so we have the opportunity to teach English classes every week! The Chinese Elders have a lot of work to do. What a blessing!
Side notes: There is this gated community in Eastvale called Swan Lake, and it is CRAWLING with peacocks. I looooove chasing peacocks.
Also, I dyed Sister da Silva's hair this P-day. No big deal.
I'm so thankful for your prayers and for your love. God knows us. He knows how to heal us. Learn more about our Father's plan for us by visiting followhim.mormon.org
Two shorten the road. - Irish Proverb