Laryngitis, Pneumonia, and Pink Eye, Oh My!

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

This week was CRAZY but good! For starters, I’m sure you’re all probably wondering about the title. Don’t worry, I don’t have any of these awful illnesses, but Hermana Read had all three this week! Poor thing! We found out she had all three illnesses on Wednesday, so for the next two days after that we stayed in the residence halls to let Hermana Read sleep while Hermana Nieves and I studied on the couches for about 12 hours each day. That was kind of rough because it was so hard to focus with no teacher around, but we got through it! After about two days of resting all day, Hermana Read felt good enough to stay for two classes (8 hours), and that was great because we got to be with our teachers again. Hermana Read is doing a lot better today! Her voice is completely normal and it seems that her Laryngitis and Pink Eye have completely cleared up. Hermana Nieves and I managed to avoid contracting any of Hermana read’s diseases, thank goodness!

The other big thing that happened this week is I’ve found out where I’ll be visa waiting if my visa doesn’t come in time! I will be serving in… *drumroll*

The Idaho Idaho Falls Mission! I found this out on Sunday when I logged into my missionary portal page and noticed that my mission flag was no longer the Argentina. So what does this mean for me? Well I’ll most likely be going to the Idaho Falls mission next week, and stay there for about six weeks while my visa goes through, maybe longer depending how long it takes.

I’m sure some of you are thinking it, but I’m not disappointed to be visa waiting! I’ve been kind of expecting something to go wrong with my visa ever since I got here. When I got set apart as a missionary on October 5th, my setting apart blessing mentioned that I was “initially” called to Argentina. What that means exactly, I have no idea. I think I will get to Argentina eventually though, because I asked for a blessing a few weeks ago from one of the Elders in our district and in that blessing it mentioned that I would be able to go and touch the lives of many people in Argentina. I guess we’ll see ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, I met a Sister last night whose mom is from Idaho Falls and she told me to check out an Ice Cream place called Read’s (Or Reed’s?) Dairy. She told me it was the best ice cream ever. So there’s that to look forward to. Nothings better in the winter than a cold bowl of ice cream ๐Ÿ˜‰ No but really, I’ve heard lots of good things, it’ll be great! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, we got to add one more state to the class flag, so that was fun ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have a funny story that just happened last night! The Elders were all lamenting over the fact that they had to get their hair cut tomorrow, especially since that meant we could no longer bounce stuff off of Elder Forsburg’s thick hair (I’ve attached a picture of him for your own personal enjoyment. You’re welcome ;))

So, we all took turns bouncing things off his head one last time (don’t worry, he thinks it’s hilarious and he can’t feel any of it. It’s a much beloved pastime of the Elders in District 24F :)) We started off with small things, like erasers, pens, and empty mint containers. We were all just laughing and having a good time when Hermana Read threw a soft-covered dictionary at him! It wasn’t super big, but way bigger than anything we’ve ever thrown at him before. And you know what? It just bounced off! We all died laughing! What a way to end such a funny and weird tradition! Don’t worry, Elder Forsburg wasn’t hurt ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m going to end this email with a spiritual thought. This week, we watched a video called “The Savior Wants to Forgive”ย and it’s honestly one of the most touching videos I’ve seen, I love it so much! It’s a great reminded of how much the Savior loves each and every one of us, no matter what. If you haven’t seen the video, I strongly suggest you watch it!

I know that Jesus Christ loves everyone! He and Heavenly Father are waiting with arms outstretched for us to return to be in Their presence! No matter how many mistakes you make, how far down the wrong path you go, you can always turn around and repent.

That’s about all I have for this week! Thank you to everyone who sent me Dear Elders this week! I really appreciate them!

Hasta Luego!

Hermana Wilsted



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