Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Doctor Johnson

Hey everyone! This week was definitely interesting to say the least! Last Monday after we emailed, one of our investigators took us to Costco! I never thought I would be so happy to go to Costco in my life! We bought a ton of food and messed around in the store (see pictures) and just felt like we were back in the states again!

 We had a lot of good lessons this week too! We’ve had trouble in the past bringing members with us in this area to lessons, and we had a good amount this week for the lack of members!

A few of the lessons came from a family who we call "the problem children". They fight a lot and have problems sometimes (obviously), but this one takes the cake. The husband (not husband they’re not married but) stepped on some glass about a month ago and didn’t do anything about it. So it got infected and he waited a week to go get it checked on. Doctors look at it to do their thing, and end up cutting his big toe and the toe next to it completely off, bone and flesh and much more. So when they finally got back home for us to visit, they ask me to help them clean the foot and change the bandages. At first I thought they were kidding, and then they hand me a pair of latex gloves, which I snap like a doctor when I put them on, and then we clean it and re bandage it.

My comp has a weak stomach so he stays as far away as possible while it goes on because the foot is pretty nasty to be honest, but they ask me to do it EVERY TIME WE GO. Then they ask us to come back, so I’ve done it almost every day this week. I’ve actually seen changes in the muscle and stuff that’s growing back it’s so blech.

My question to Bryce: So I'm confused why the "wife" isn't changing the bandages?   She is but I guess they like it when we help? We’ve kind of started taking turns doing the different processes.

My question to Bryce: Does it gross you out to change the bandages?  You’re the kid that gets grossed out when we open a can of tuna.  No it doesn’t gross me out because I don’t have to eat it.

Then we had a normal week aside from that. We are trying for a baptism this week and are helping the dude to find answers about baptism, so we fasted with him Saturday and Sunday. I have faith that he will know baptism is right for him, because he really likes the church and he comes and just walks right into the meetings without us and is right at home there. So we are super excited for him!  President Snow is still committed!  I'm hopint we can baptize him on Sunday after church.

Q:  Did you have both prospective members before Preston was your companion? We already had Pres Snow, but we found Nain together. Who’s Preston again? (Bryce tells me his name is Fowler.  Not Elder Fowler, Not Preston, Just Fowler).

OH!!!! It’s been super cold this week so I’ve been wearing sweaters, I bought a jacket at Costco, and I’ve been using my electric blanket! Holy cow it is like heaven!!!
Elder Fowler and Elder Johnson teaching English in sweaters :)

There are a lot of new missionaries coming so there are going to have to be a lot of changes, a lot of trainers, a lot of new areas opened, stuff like that. 

I feel like I’m getting changed this cycle, but who knows what’s going to happen!  I’ve definitely been spoiled from this area with the house and the comps. Fowler thinks I’m getting changed too. He thinks I’m going to be training. Who knows? I’m kind of hoping that if I do get changed and am training that I get a gringo comp, because 15 of the 18 coming are American. Word got around the mission quick that 15 new Americans are coming, because that’s almost unheard of!  One is Elder Fardos right? If I have a gringo then I’m hoping I can continue teaching English lessons wherever I end up.  Our English class went well this week! We had a lot of people show up Thursday which was awesome! I’m sad that I probably won’t get to keep teaching it though.

Q:  Is it normal to change companions after just one six week cycle? Yeah it’s completely normal! Before the Presidents changed, there would be mini changes 3 weeks into the cycle.  
Q: Is it normal to train right when you just get out of training? Yeah it's normal.  My first comp just finished his training then trained me!

Q:  How long have the guys in your district been there? Gibson is about to finish his first cycle in the mission. Harrison got here 6 weeks after I did, Nicoll has 6 months here, so I think we are both gone.

Today was our last zone activity before changes.  We went bowling and had a blast! It was so much fun goofing off and throwing bar for a bit for the last time as a zone!  The bowling alley was closed when we got there so we went and ate while we waited. 


We at at Boston's.  The best burger I've had since being in Chihuahua!

 Back to Bowling 

Elder Johnson and Elder Nicolls

Elder Harrison, Elder Johnson, Elder Nicolls, and Elder Gibson
Question from Bryce:  Who are the missionaries in our ward? Elder Purchase told me a while back that they got transferred out, so I dont know who’s in our ward? Who do we have? Could you send pictures of them? I like to know who is in our ward.

Answer:  We have sister missionaries now.

We have sister missionaries in the ward? Since when? I dont think that’s happened before!

Q: If we send any clothes for Christmas do you want them washed before we send them?  Sure! I would love to smell home again! And fabric softener and machine dried clothes.

I’ve been really happy here the last few weeks! We’re working hard and doing well here.

I hope all is well at home! Love you all and miss ya tons!