Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Apparently We Are Living in an Epidemic Environment (which I find hysterically over dramatic)

Hola My Lovely Family!

This is going to be an even more scattered email that usual.  I apologize in advance.  I really don't know of anything particularly exciting that happened this week, especially by day like I usually do it.  So I am just going to hit the basics of like random thoughts and things I my have neglected to mention before.

Ok, first thing, since you are probably freaking over the title of this email, is that everyone has been really sick the last couple of weeks.  I really did luck out.  I was pretty sick one day this week, but only during the night, so it didn't affect my classes or anything, just sleep.  It is actually a constant source of entertainment and hilarity to me in a really sad way.  Apparently it is a bacteria (don't know how we got it, don't know why, everything and everyone is fine) and it makes you have weakness, nausea, and explosive, untrustworthy diarrhea.  Hilarious.  Everyone just runs to the bathroom all day long.  So sad. So funny. And the one day she realized it was a serious issue, Hermana Gonzalez started collecting stool samples for testing.  I avoided her like the plaque.  She is a no nonsense, down to business woman when it is a serious situation.  She literally waited outside the bathroom and if it looked like you were having an emergency, you got a sample kit.  I almost died laughing at the peoples faces.  I think I am a terrible person.  In all seriousness, it is a little scary, just because we didn't know what it was.  But now we do and everyone is on the mend:)

Related to the epidemic, apparently it was bad enough to get listed in a letter to the Missionary Board, "The Peru MTC Epidemic".  The is pretty cool BECAUSE Elder Christofferson and Elder Holland and them read that and we know they prayed for us because on Monday, the day after they would have gotten the letter and had the meeting, everyone was soooo happy and healthy.  It was seriously so cool. A huge testament to the blessings for missionaries.

Also random, our roommates that we got two weeks ago are sooooo funny.  We have gotten really close to them.  Hermana Terry is a music major so she sings all the time and it is wonderful. And Hermana Chaparro reminds me so much of Shay P. that it is scary, in a good way.  Also, we call her the Witch Doctor because she has all kinds of oils and it really helps.  She pretty much has saved everyone this week with all the sickness.  We just laugh constantly.  They are both going to Lima Central, so there is a chance we will see them.  I hope we do just once :)

MY DISTRICT. I seriously love them and am going to miss them all dearly.  I have never gotten so close to 7 people this quickly in my life.  And I am so grateful that Bott, Bond and Rush are going to the South Mission with me.  I would die.  They are my favorite people.  I would have died without Hermana Bott, literally.  We are one of the strongest companionships.  I love her so much.  I don't know what I am going to do without her and my district in the field.  To be honest, I am basically terrified to go into the field.  Just because it is the unknown all over again.   Same emotions as the week before my mission, but slightly easier to handle.  I can't believe this is really happening.  It has flown by.  Ah. Ah. Ah.  I just want to take my companion and my district with me.  Forever.  Which probably isn't healthy, but whatever.

Ah. Change. Why.

Today was amazing in the temple.  We went through without headphones again, by choice because we understand the vast majority of the session.  And it was just a really, really spiritual session.  It was just our district and Hermana Rush's district, and we are all really close as a zone.  While we were in the middle, we all looked at each other and started to cry.  Happy, happy, spiritual sad tears.  It was actually  really awesome.  I am so grateful for the experience I have had here at the MTC.  It is unlike any other MTC I think.  I spend all my days studying outside and talking to member tours and going to my classes with my best friends and laughing all night with all of these missionaries who are angels here on Earth.  Having fun and being themselves while slowly becoming the most powerful missionaries I have ever seen in my life.  It is amazing.

Well on a spiritual note, since I am kind of out of things to say (just a typical busy week of classes and Spanish) I love how close I feel to the Spirit here.  I am constantly open to promptings of the Spirit and I feel the comfort and enabling power of the Atonement constantly.  There is no way I could be functioning without it.  It is a beautiful blessing.

I will leave this beautiful place in one week from today.  We will probably leave around 5:30 in the morning.  I don't think (pretty sure not) I am going to email next week.  I don't know when the next time will be, but I am guessing 13 or 14 days.  That is hard, but it will be an amazing email!

2 Fast Sundays down!!!  17 months to go.  I can't even believe that.  I love you.  So much.

This week I have been obsessed with Doctrine and Covenants Chapter 88: 49-50.  Just FYI

Look up the song, I think it is by Faith Hill, called, "That's the Kind of Day I Wish for You."  It's stuck in my head all the time and makes me think of you people :)

I love you so much.

This week, we have classes until Friday, Saturday is proselyting (I think I will be the Senior Companion with a North American so that is horrifying).  Sunday is our Farewell Sunday and we have meetings all day Monday...well Friday too I think.  Then everyone starts leaving throughout the night until Tuesday.  That is all I know.  It is insane.  So incredibly bittersweet.


Hermana Bailey

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