So I went to the Doctor. I was diagnosed with lots of fancy things- one of which is a throat infection and sticky fluid buildup behind my ear resulting in lots of pain and discomfort. So I was put on these nose sprays and antibiotics and an antihistamine. So here i am taking my meds trying to finally get better after the constant cycle of infections. I woke up on the third day of my antibiotics and could barely open my eyes. I go to the mirror and MY FACE WAS COMPLETELY SWOLEN! I have never experienced it before so I thought I was just fat, but the more I observed, the more I realized my lips had never been so big, and I couldn't fully open my eyes. My cheeks looked like a chipmunk.
So I had MLC (leadership meeting at the mission home) so I just decided to ask sister fife about it there. When I finally got around to it, we called the DR and she said to STOP TAKING the drugs, and just take the antihistamine. She was very dramatic because I'm foreign. So I did just that but now I have to go BACK to the doctor (which takes an hour of our precious time to drive to) to get more drugs. HAHAHA. Only me. So inconvenient. I think I'm just going to stick to yoli, though. I feel fine. My face is finally back to normal today!! Blessings!
I feel it could have been a lot worse than it was, so I am sure I was being protected. If i hadn't talked to sister Fife, I probably wouldn't have realized I was having an allergic reation and continued to take the medicine. LOLOL. So thankful, honestly.
|Sister Collins zoned my feet and I think it helped.|
Now for the story you've all been waiting for...
Adnan. He is the coolest guy ever. He moved into the ward 3 weeks ago. Him and his wife (who is a returning member). On the first day they were here, when Adnan was introducing himself in priesthood, he announced his baptism for the 27th of January. So we started teaching him. And he came to us last week and asked to move his date up. He wanted it to happen the next week (yesterday) but we compromised for the 23rd of January.
This is also when I had puffy lips. and Sister Bisogno's 1 year mark. I pretended like I forgot and surprised her in the car... was testing her to see how long she'd go before she told me... HAHAHA love this girl. classic Adam/Lauren face
I've felt that. Sometimes I feel that I am too far gone, I've sunk too far down, but the only one stopping me from rising out of the water is me. My pride and my self pity. He's standing there waiting for me to make the effort. He'll never leave, and the hardest part is up to Him. To rise above is easy when we're committed to look to Christ in Faith.
So we are having a 7 week transfer next transfer because the MTC is changing it's cycle so that missionaries get a bit more training (really good!!!). But that means my date of release is 7 days later. The problem is my visa may or may not expire on the 15th of June (mom do you know for sure??). In that case I MAY be coming home a transfer early. Which is totally not okay and gives me great amounts of anxiety. That would be the second week of April. I'm going into the office today so we'll find out for sure if my visa expires. LOTS of missionaries are having a similar issue because of the extra week so president MIGHT let us stay and do 2 transfers that transfer so we can come home just a week or two early (pray for this pls) but we'll have to see. I know what ever happens is what needs to happen and I'm actually not sure if it will even effect me but it's just a heads up - especially to Austin and Dad because you might just get to stay in DR hahaha.
|The Sisters in my Zone!|
Also if I get home a bit early I might be able to greet Karli at the airport but who knows...? :D
I'm so happy. There are so many blessings happening back home, and I am so thankful to hear all about the miracles and tender mercies of the Lord.
LOVE, Sister Falter
PS) What's Emmie's new email address??
MOM...I am so happy you were able to serve as SYW president. The growth that you felt really influenced us and our family. Specifically me. I loved hearing the way you felt about your calling and the young women, the way you received revelation and how you put christ like attributes at the top of your priorities when hard times arose. That's so amazing. You've left a legacy and I'm sure The Lord has great things for you in store, yet!