Monday, January 18, 2016

January 18, 2016 - Come Home Early and PUFFY lips!

I love these glasses! Me and Sister B.
Note to self, if you're not sure, don't ask if they're from England, the typical Irishman wont like it. #accidentallyoffended 

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
His story: His biggest obstacle was smoking. He's been smoking since he was a teenager, so for years he's been addicted. He had a pretty good understanding of the basic principles of the gospel, but the first lesson we taught him, when we started meeting with him was the Word of Wisdom. I've always known this commandment is important physically but i never truly understood what it meant for us spiritually, or at least I'd never seen a transformation. We have this amazing quit smoking program that we can use to help people quit in 7 days. It's a change of lifestyle and takes strong commitment, but helps to form good habits of prayer, scripture study, and healthy eating. We taught the Word of Wisdom, and he committed there and then to quit. He was ready to make the change. 2 years of being taught by missionaries and for some reason NOW he's ready. He quit cold for 2 days before we introduced the program. It was a rough week for them because both of them were quitting together, but he made it 7 days. The physical change is amazing, their eyes are brighter, they look a lot healthier and happier. The physical change even after 48 hours was obvious, but it's amazing to see how they have progressed spiritually. Adnan has progressed spiritually more in the last 2 weeks than almost 2 years! He has made dramatic changes, and has a gift of being able to recognize the subtle promptings of the Holy Spirit. His desire to do what is good and right has been strengthened a hundred fold and the relationship between him and his wife has been strengthened so much. They have goals together. Temple goals, and career goals and spiritual goals. It's so lovely to see how the gospel, and keeping the commandments has completely changed their lives into something natural to something wonderful and spectacular. In relief society we were told of the story in Matthew 14, when Peter walks on water. We closed our eyes as Sister Meurs recounted the beautiful telling of the story, as found in the scriptures. I felt like I was Peter, catching the vision of Christ and jumping out of the boat. I wonder if he felt the coolness of the ocean as he stepped. It made me think about the natural frame that we are in, about mortality. We all sink. That's actually the natural thing to do. We can tread for a while but in storms like the ones described in the scripture or in stories, any one of us would drown. We live in a natural world where we sink. We sink on stormy nights, when the world caves in and the adversary drags us down. The only way to ever rise above is to look to Christ. Doubt not, Fear not. It's a process but in the process we learn. He's there to catch us and to pull us out. To embrace us warmly and to comfort us when we believe all is lost. 

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.

The Sisters in my Zone!
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.

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! 

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