Sister Ogden and I were the only quasi-healthy missionaries on Thursday, so we let our Sister Roberts(s) rest for the day and we tackled our set appointments and walking. I couldn't breathe through my nose quite yet and my chest hurt from coughing, but I sound much more like a human rather than a rodent:)
On Friday, my hija was feeling well enough to go teaching for a part of the day. We received the OK to go and do a little bit of work with lots of napping in between. We started with our walking and everything was great.... For the first three minutes. We had been discussing the magnitude and scariness of the storm clouds swiftly approaching us, but assumed that like all other storms, it'd pass around Hemet and we'd be left with a nice, cloudy day.
We started our walking and noticed a few raindrops on the pavement. "If it starts raining a little harder, we'll go back to the car." We kept going.
Raindrops fell harder and we decided to just walk to the end of the street and then turn back.
Hail mixed in with the raindrops until it was exclusively hail and there was no possible way we could safely walk to the end of the street. Coughing and screaming internally, we ran back to the car and sat in the heat for a few minutes while the hailstorm subsided.
We didn't want to head back home, so we decided to visit one of our investigators, Jade, who hadn't been returning our phone calls. We get to her home to find her front gate locked. We were ready to shoot her a text, "We dropped by but couldn't knock on the door because your gate was locked! Call us when you can!" when I received a prompting to go to her garage door. We cancelled the text and walked up her driveway and knocked on the garage door. We stood there a few seconds feeling pretty dumb, when the GARAGE DOOR OPENED. She was home and excited to let us in! Apparently her phone had been cut off and she was in the process of getting another one. We set up an appointment to return and left very, very happy:) I'm so grateful I was able to be prompted by the Holy Ghost and I'm even more grateful that I followed through with that prompting.
The next day was definitely an adventure... Sister Roberts had relapsed (probably from being caught up in the hailstorm) and after a call to our mission nurse and our mission president's wife, we ended up at an urgent care with the other Sister Roberts who also wasn't getting any better. We were at the office for almost four hours waiting to see a doctor, but there were so many tender mercies! Number one, How to Train Your Dragon was playing in the waiting room. "Thanks for nothing you useless reptile." I swear we were reading our scriptures;) But another tender mercy came in the form of a woman named Khristina. She saw our nametags and immediately started asking us questions about our faith. She's looking for a church to take her children to, and we were able to resolve a lot of misconceptions about Mormons. She was excited to give us her name and number, and though she isn't in our teaching area, I'm so excited that she'll be able to receive the missionary discussions with her family:)
We took our Christmas photos this week! It was so fun and I'm grateful for the Van Jindelt family and all the service they provide for us:)
Update on our dear Jade: We visited her today and invited her to be baptized. She wants to find out for herself that it's true, but when she does, she most certainly wants to be baptized. Lucky for her, helping others to come to the knowledge of the truth is our specialty.
I love all of you and pray that you all are happy and healthy this Christmas season!
To the followers of Christ, Christmas is the greatest festival of the year, for we are told that 'there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved' (Acts 4:12). And herein we remember the central figure of the entire universe, the promised Savior and Redeemer. - W Grant Bangerter