Wow, what a week! I'll start from the beginning: Monday night, I slept hardly at all. I felt like someone had my head in a clamp and was slowly boring holes in my skull. My body felt cold and hot at the same time, so really I just couldn't be comfortable. Tuesday came, and I couldn't leave my bed. My head already hurt, but when I tried to sit up, I just about passed out. I thought maybe it was just a migraine of sorts (I had never experienced anything even remotely similar in my life), so I took some tylenol and hoped for the best. To make a long story short, I had lots of diahrea and was throwing up anything I tried to put down. Fortunately the migraine faded, but all of the other symptoms persisted.
Tuesday night, I woke up about 7 times needed to go to the bathroom (I will not explain details on that). On time number 6, I was SUPER thirsty, so I drank a glass of water. Bad idea. 30 seconds later, it came right back up. Tons of water and stomach acid. Very uncomfortable. *shudder*
Wednesday I went to the doctor, and she basically said, "Well. You're sick. Here's some medicine and a nasty powder stuff we give to babies when they can't stop throwing up." Thanks, doc. I just have to say, poor babies. The powder stuff is call Suero, and it only made me throw up more because it is NASTY! I figured it wasn't worth it and stuck to regular medicines and time.
Wednesday afternoon, I still wasn't feeling up to work, but we didn't want to go 2 days in a row without being able to visit people. So we called some members to take care of me, and Elder Gallegos went out with their son. For those of you who don't know, this is a VERY risky move for someone who has about a week in the mission field, but Elder Gallegos was up to the challenge... and he totally nailed it. He found 4 new investigators, invited all of them to baptism, and got 9 lessons without me. Yep. He doesn't even need me anymore.
Anyways, I'm doing much better now, and we even had a baptism this past weekend. His name is Lauro, and he was SO prepared to receive the gospel. His family is (almost) all recent converts, and when I got here, I found out about him. Elder Niro and I talked to him, put a date on him, and here we are. The change in him has been insane in this past month, and during his baptism and confirmation, he was crying. He could hardly get up from his chair after the bishop confirmed him and gave him the gift of the Holy Ghost. He came up to us after Gospel Principles class and said, "I didn't even know it was possible to have such happiness inside of me all at the same time." And boom goes the dynamite. Now all we have to do is work with his son Fernando, and we'll have the whole family ready to be sealed in the temple. That was the other thing Elder Gallegos did without me: he had a super powerful lesson with Fernando (who's had a problem with alcohol and cigarrettes) and got him to commit to the date for September 12th. His attitude has changed completely, and he really wants to do this now. He's on his way, and that family is going to be eternal if it's the last thing I do!
I've also started studying in the missionary library (I have no idea why I didn't do that before), starting with True to the Faith. I didn't know this before, but it's basically a really awesome dictionary of gospel terms. The thing is, they're the basics of religion, but at the same time, they have some pretty profound stuff in their definitions. I'm in the middle of reading about the Atonement right now (it's a bit of a long definition), but I'm studying it, not just reading it. I'm diving into the scripture references it gives and everything. It really helps to understand exactly what the Atonement is and what it does to get us to salvation. I recommend it to anyone and everyone!
And that's really all I have time for today. We're just going to keep on going strong out here in Presas and see what miracles we find this week.
Iré y haré,
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