I don't get sick too often and when I do it usually sucks. I hate it! Last week was a different experience for sure! Never have I ever had a stomach virus or whatever bug that was in me get me so bad - it was no fun! For about a day and a half the bathroom and my water bottle became my best friend.
But gaining a greater appreciation for missionary work ends up being one of the good things that can come from illness.
Big change came in those sick days, a metamorphosis if you will. Lots of time to think, and have weird dreams. Last week was transfers, and for me that means a time to self reflect. In an email I received from a friend, it read,
"... this life and next life, we are going to be very similar and have the same desires in the next life that we set here, it's like that for the mission, if we desire worldly things all the time when we are here on our missions that is what it is going to be like after the mission. if we are like oh we will change tomorrow, next week, next transfer, when i get home from my mission, when i get married, we are NEVER going to accomplish the things that the Lord has commanded us to do. The best day to start something was yesterday, the second best day is today."
So I've been thinking about this, and really wondering the why of what I do and who I am. Part of why I came out here was to dare, to try a leap of faith and see what would happen.
It's a funny thing how God ends up working in your life. A Mission Leadership Meeting took place Friday and once that began the sickness ended and as it ended I left having received a gift and answer from on high to the questions of my soul! Filled to the brim with spiritual reboot and restart. Motivations brought back, and revelation for the vision of the South.
Elder Roberts, Elder Bonin (Elder Kelly was transferred last week to Papermill), have been placed together. This new companion is quite quiet, he's been out for... well he goes home in 3 months. Ha. But he is not "trunky", not tired, and still willing to work and follow all the rules. I'm glad we are companions. He's also from San Francisco area. So a Californian friend :)
Well I must now be off, there is never enough time to say all that I'd like. So until we talk again, stay golden.
Love you lots,