Well this week was a little more rough than usual. Tuesdays are usually one of my favorites besides Pdays and Sundays but not this Tuesday. We taught a member over Skype who was actually currently in Mexico and it was just a rocky moment for me I felt super overwhelmed by the technology and to teach a member and felt like I was almost inadequate to teach them because they probably knew more than I did. And I had a melt down for a bit and couldn't understand why at the moment i needed comfort the most i didn't feel it. Hermana Shupp helped me out alot and really was just amazing to have around in my time of need. Then the very next day Wednesday morning we were at our morning 6am aerobics class and we were doing sprints and the last set of sprints i turned to finish and tore my lower back. It hurt so bad I could hardly walk, stand, sit, do anything really without crying so I went to the doctor. The doctors at the MTC for some reason are really against people seeing chiropractors and so when i met with the doctor he said that a study showed that Ibprophen and rest had the same results if not better than visiting a chiropractor which I knew was false. Anyways so i'm explaining my problem to the doctor and he is asking me to move in a bunch of different ways and asking if it hurts and im just like "duh of course it hurts i cant even talk without it hurting" and he said that if i wanted to see a chiropractor then I would only get so many visits before they would send me home from my mission. So im bawling and the doctor asked me why i was crying and i was about to lose it on this guy. But it gets better he then gets on the ground to show me workouts and exercises i needed to do to strengthen my core and i am just like "ok how do i do those when i cant move?" Anyways so Hermana Shupp and i could both see that this guy was no help and asked him to refer us to a chiropractor anyways. We get to the Chiropractor and tell him the concerns we have that the doctor told us and he was shocked at the information this doctor had told us. The Chiropractors dad is on the missionary board for Chiropractics and he explained to me that the MTC had a limit of 5 times and that they wouldn't just send me home and that on the mission field there wasn't a limit, he also said that taking a high dose of ibprophen could actually harm my liver and explained exactly what was going on with my back. So after about 2 hours of extremely painful stretches, some ice and electric therapy and a re-adjustment i left being able to move and function 10 times better than before. He also said I had to do the stretches every 2 hours and ice every so often and I did that for about 2 days and now my back feels like i have a sore muscle after working out. Like its awesome. I see him again Monday for a final appointment to make sure everything is in line properly. So that was the downs now for the ups!
Did you guys know that a pony wasn't a baby horse? Its actually like a breed of short horses i didn't know that. Also when we asked Sister woodmansee what a pony was she said a baby horse like i did and when we told her what it really was she was like "oh ok so then a baby horse is a calf right.......no wait thats a cow. Uh a fawn!........no wait thats a deer." Haha it was really funny it took her like 3 tries before she actually was like "oh its a colt or a foal" We had a good laugh about that. Also this week we were doing some homework in Preach my Gospel and we were reading out loud in english and I had to sound out how to say the word "thought" even then i couldnt do it Hermana Shupp had to eventually help me out and tell me how to say it hahaha we laughed afterwards for a good 5 minutes about that. Also I fell threw a chair and practically flashed everyone my under garments, because the chairs we sit at fold really easily and i was using it to support myself as i grabbed something and fell right through it and smacked my face on the desk and then all my stuff fell off and we laughed really hard again.
We are teaching Jorge, Andres, Maria, Leah, and sort of Olga through email. Jorge is our teacher hermano Rios but he plays an actual investigator from his mission so it feels super real, and his family is like his life. Anyways so we taught him about the plan of Salvation and the atonement a little and invited him to baptism and he accepted and is super excited about the gospel. Then Andres is our other teacher Hermano Berritt who also plays an investigator from his mission and he is enjoying the discussions and seems to really be progressing with the lessons, also we had a 3rd sister come to our last lesson and pretend to be a member and she bore testimony about going to church and afterwards Andres asked us if he could come to church with us this Sunday so that was super cool. Maria is a college student who is a Baptist and her dad is Mormon and crazy apparently and she is tough because she isn't very interested in anything we say and just seems super bored with everything we try to teach her so its been difficult to get to know her and her needs so we can help her. Leah is my favorite lady. She is an Evangelist and after a traumatic experience in her life she stopped and lost faith in Gods existence. She isn't an assigned investigator like the others are and she is actually a legit investigator of the church. She comes to the MTC and gets taught by missionaries often but she said last night that not many of them will share anything with her because they just want to talk about her life and be friends kind of.Leah, because she isn't an assigned investigator like the rest, we have to visit her after our long days so about 3 times a week after all the classes we meet with her at 9pm for about 30 minutes. And last night we were over there and chatting with her for a bit about her life and I had the impression to open my scriptures. I opened up to D&C 31:11-13 and I could have sworn i had never read this chapter before but yet the verses were highlighted and as we shared that scripture with her she suddenly got very quiet. After I bore my testimony about the Holy Spirit comforting us in times of temptation she was quiet which is peculiar for Leah. She then thanked us and told us about how earlier that day she had had a major anxiety attack caused from her trauma and all the missionaries that came that day had just come, chatted, and left and she said when she heard that scripture she needed it at that moment and really was about in tears as she thanked us for the message we shared and for us visiting her as often as we did. I learned something incredibly valuable from this experience that we have to make ourselves instruments to the Lord and if we are whiling to let the spirit speak through us then miracles can happen and peoples lives along with your own will be edified and uplifted.
I love you guys so much and hope everything is going well at home!