But Tuesday was a great day! Sister da Silva and I were so busy! We had a district meeting and a lesson immediately afterward! It was with this woman that Sister Cozzens and I had talked to while we were on exchanges. She told us she knew God wanted her to hear our message, but our schedules conflicted for weeks and weeks, but we finally were able to get in with her! Our plan was to teach the Restoration, but pretty soon, her adult daughter, Coco, entered the scene and we got to know her and learned her story. We switched our plans and focused on teaching them about how God is our loving Heavenly Father and how He's given us families for our benefit. Both Coco and her mom gave heartfelt testimonies about how much they know that families are of God, how they will love Him forever, how they love their Savior. We left it there and set a return appointment.
That's so exciting! A new investigator! We had some dinner and went on splits. I went to teach a less active family with a son who hasn't been baptized and Sister da Silva headed out to teach our golden investigator, Johnny. I had a blast with the family and I learned all of their favorite colors and pizza toppings and had a beautiful lesson on faith and all the ways we can express faith. We set a return appointment and met back up with my companion. The poor thing had been stood up! But that's just part of the missionary game. But we picked up the son from the family! Two new investigators in one day! We were so on fire and we were ready to set Eastvale ablaze with the Gospel!...
But then my body set itself ablaze with a fever. I'll spare the details but it ended up being chest pain that sent me to a super apathetic Urgent Care who then sent me to a rather unfortunate ER where I had the worst experience of my life at 1 in the morning. The doctors brushed the chest pain off as "anxiety," so I guess that's that. All my pain and fevers are gone and I'm definitely taking things easy as I get used to normal missionary service again.
I've lost several pounds, but I'm slowly getting back to eating and drinking normally again! Sister da Silva has been the best mission nurse of all time. She helped me into bed, force fed me saltine crackers and gatorade, and shared the plot from every movie she's ever seen. I love her so much and there's no one else I'd rather be sick with. My zone leaders have been keeping a watchful eye over me as well! My district leader gave me a priesthood blessing early in the week and I'm certain that's what gave me the strength to endure as long as I did.
I had no energy this week at all. I couldn't do anything except sleep and listen to movie plots or watch church movies, so I promise those thank-you cards are still coming!
This is going to be a much better week. I can feel it!
Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. - Mahatma Gandhi