Dear family and friends,
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
(This picture was taken right before the Sister we were visiting cut her hand)
Dear family and friends,
Well, this has definitely been one of the craziest weeks of my entire mission. But really. I have a hard time thinking that other missionaries have experiences like Sister Wilson and I have had. So I will tell you the event that has basically changed our lives forever...it's pretty weird.
So on Friday, we had a lunch appointment set up with a less active member. We get there and we begin chatting with her. Pretty soon, she brings out a huge plate of fruit and cheese. We were starving and so excited...so we took a picture to remember that moment. Then after the prayer, the member goes over to the counter and then brings back avocados and a knife. She said that she wanted to give us some avocados too. So as she was about to start cutting them, I grab a a chip and was about to dip it in beans when I hear a slicing noise. The sister had cut her finger as she tried to cut the avocado. She ran to the bathroom and starting running it under cold water. I turned to Hermana Wilson and was like,"Was that bad??" She was like "oh yeah!!!". We tell her to wrap her hand and put pressure on it. We were in shock and I couldn't watch her because I was feeling sick. I ran back out to the living room and was thinking "okay...what should we do? Should we call someone? Who should we call?" Then I thought of our relief society president. She told us she would meet us at the hospital. So Heavenly Father really helped me stay call and directed me with everything I needed to do. I gave directions to the Sister and Hermana Wilson...although Hermana Wilson wasn't looking so good. So I grab the keys, her phone, her bag, lots of towels. and we locked the door and headed out. Sister Wilson was doing so good and was struggling climbing the steps to leave. We finally reach the top and I had my arm around Hermana Wilson and the Sister was behind us. Hermana Wilson kept saying to me, "I'm going to faint". Then I looked at her, and her face was COMPLETELY white and her lips were blue. She immediately fainted. And in this moment, I know there were angels helping us. I threw my hand under her back to catch her and then the Sister behind us caught her head. Everything was so graceful. But then I was stuck there...in that moment..by myself. My companion, who I thought was dead, was unconscious and I had a sister there bleeding. I told the sister that we needed to say a prayer. I lifted my voice to God, pleading that He would help me, that my companion could wake up, and that the sister's finger could stop bleeding. I felt calm. Hermana Wilson soon came to it, but was so weak and coulnd't move. Then the Sister told me that she was feeling dizzy. I sat by her to support her if she fainted too. Then she opened the towel and I couldn't believe it. Her finger had completely stopped bleeding. God hear me. He answered my prayer. Soon members came to take the Sister to the hospital. And other sister missionaries came to help me and Hermana Wilson. After we got our strength back we went home. We tried resting, but we were just in shock with everything. The whole story kept playing and playing in our minds.
So we were pretty scarred by everything that happened and I was just feeling down on it. But we got priesthood blessings and in my blessing it said that God know the experiences that I have to pass through and then there will be other experiences that He will deliver me from. I know that God was absolutely with me in this crazy moment. I know that I don't need to understand everything that happened or why it happened. God knows..and I am learning to trust in the Atonement. I know that Christ's Atonement is the greatest gift of all. I know that everything that is wrong or unjust about life can be made right through the Atoment of Christ.
Well...I wanted to share that story with you...because I learned from that just how real prayer is. Prayer is the most powerful thing. And I learned that God's angels are always surrounding us.
And for Rosa and Raul...they came to church and Raul is working on getting the Preisthood! And then Karla and all of her kids came to church and stayed the WHOLE time!! So many miracles. God is so good and His work is incredible!
Love you all,