I am going to have to break it up because I don't even know where to begin.
1. My health
2. Family time
3. Member missionary work
1. So my health problems and such.. My whole mission ever since I started I have had the worst stomach pains. I told myself that I would be fine and just get it checked out when I get home in December, but the last three weeks have been the worst I have ever had. I would wake up in the morning and just dread eating because I knew that I would be sick. It was effecting everything that I did. I realized that I had to change something so that I do missionary work like Heavenly Father would want me to do. He doesn't want a sad missionary! So I started paying attention to everything I was eating. Monday night I met a woman named Lisa and she told me about her health problems and my jaw dropped. I had the same symptoms she had. She told me to go off soy and see how it effected my body. Then on Thursday I was talking to a member and she let me borrow one of her health books. I read a little bit of it and I think that another problem that I have is that I have bad bacteria living in my digestive system and that sweet foods like apples and honey (aka my staple go to food) were effecting that bacteria making me sick. So I have been super careful this past week and I have felt so good.
Moral of the story, prayer and fasting works. God is aware of even the little tummy aches that we have. He knows how to fix the problem, the thing is we have to be humble enough to ask him for his help to fix it. I'll keep 'yall updated if there is more that I learn.
2. I LOVE MY FAMILY. You all know that. But like who doesn't. We talked last night for what seemed like 30 seconds even though it was an hour. There's just something about the sound of your parents' voices that is soothing and reassures you that everything is going to be alright. We laughed and shared stories, then the Faldmo crew came over to say hello which completed the family visit (wouldn't be the whole family without them #hemmingmoforlife #faldingsenordie) Then Sister Messer and I sang to say adieu. The funny thing is that I didn't even cry when I said goodbye. We ended the call, went right back outside and went to work. #notimetorest There's no time to waste! I only have got 7 months left! The next time I will see the Hemmingsen crew will be at the end of the hallway in an airport. Crazy how time flies. Make the best of it, people.
3. OH MY GOODNESS. I wish I could express how amazing Brother Olson is. He is the Corpus Christi City Manager, aka all of the city departments report to him. Last weekend the chief of the police department, Floyd Simpson, was killed in a motorcycle accident. Brother Olson was asked to say a few words at the funeral. As he was preparing he had the biggest impression that he needed to talk about the Savior. His coworkers were aware that he was a very religious man, but he realized that they weren't sure if he was a Christian man or not. This was his opportunity to share what he believed in an appropriate setting.
As he talked he stood in front of hundreds of people in a crowded event center and thousands more watching it on the news from home. Brother Olson described the interview with Floyd Simpson before he had hired him. He had asked Chief Simpson where his foundation was, looking for a man with integrity to hire.
Chief Simpson responded without hesitating, "My faith comes first, my family comes second, and everything else comes after."
Chief Simpson lived up to that standard, and everyone that worked with him knew it. Brother Olson described how this week seemed dark and gloomy but that the sun would shine again. Why? Because the Savior atoned for us, died, and rose again. Then he closed his talk with a word of prayer.
After the funeral service, a woman walked up to him and made the comment that everyone in the city of Corpus Christi knows that Ron Olson, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a Christian, god fearing man. I just am so astonished that Brother Olson stood up in front of the entire city and bore his testimony of what he knows to be true.
I LOVE MEMBERS WHO TAKE HOLD OF THE SITUATION AND STAND UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE.
See Brother Olson's talk at Kristv.com and search for "City Manager Ron Olson tearful remembrance of Chief Simpson"
One more quick story.
the elders have an investigator named Kate. Yesterday she came to church. It was the funniest/coolest experience. She sat in a wheel chair and was complaining it was cold. So i went back and sat by her and gave her my cardigan. Then bishop got up and started talking about how grateful he is for people in the military and she started yelling about how the military ruins people and i tried to shush her and then she yelled "SHUT UP I AM IRISH I CAN'T KEEP MY MOUTH CLOSED." haha. She continued to talk super loud the whole meeting, but i just would calm her down and remind her where she was.
the intermediate hymn we sang "there is sunshine in my soul" and she stood up and started singing. so then the entire congregation stood up and joined her. haha.
The thing is that the situation could be viewed in a lot of different ways. some people could say, "I'm glad Im not Sister Hemmingsen letting that crazy lady rub her head all over my shoulder. (she kept crying and so she cried on my shoulder) but I learned that God loves her just as much as he loves me. He wanted her in church just as much as he wanted me there. She is his daughter, and he was happy to have her come to his home.
At the end of the meeting, she stood up and said, "I LIKE THIS PLACE, I AM COMIN BACK NEXT WEEK!"
Abby Faldmo for graduatin DV. #represent
Spencer for getting a GREENIE. WAHOO!
Hil for getting hitched this weekend
Sister Messer for turning 23 tomorrow.