Hi viewers! This is mom speaking. I have struggled with even having the desire to post this week's email. Why? Because it was a reality check! Because it is so hard to not be able to reach out to your kids when you know that life is especially trying for them. Some of us new mission moms have this grand illusion that their son or daughter will have the time of their life! Baptisms every week, lots of warm and fuzzies from everyone and of course not dangerous! Well new mission parents, get over it! Missions are, yes, dare I say?, HARD! There was such flooding from the Typhoons in Manila that around 19 people died! One of my friend's sons has had his apartment in another area flood twice in the last couple weeks, now they are being invaded by rats! He has not been able to sleep and is exhausted! And with the water comes...the mosquitos! With the mosquitos comes the Dengue fever among other disease! But they convey very little to you and there are several HaHa's! following sentences including the words fever. Yes, my nails are shot, I've gained 10 pounds and am now a regular on the mission mom website! But here is the weird thing. I feel at peace. I am comforted beyond what I deserve to be. I get feelings about things to send and find out the next week that oh and I could sure use whatever it is I sent. Crazy?, Maybe. I am absolutely happy that my son gets to see another part of the world and live as they do and be strong and empathetic. Despite a small quip here or there about the rain or whatever, his letters always include things like "I love it here!" "I love the people" "Wading in knee deep water is fun!" "mangos are my new favorite fruit" "I'm so happy for or thankful for..." "And always, always..."I love this Gospel, I love the plan of salvation." And hope and prayers that those people he has grown to love will receive it, and almost every letter, "I'm happy!, don't worry about me!" Hopefully within the next year and 1/2 I will learn to take his advice. Thank you to all of the missionaries out there in the world! And just for the record, they could be assigned to Disneyland and parents would still worry!
Here is the email!
hey family let me start out with the bad news first!!! I have nine blisters total on my feet yeah it hurts....also I had a 102 fever for two days but I still worked hahaha freaking rain is killing me out here! Just kidding, but I did have a 102 fever I'm just fine now though!!! When will I be getting those pics of Powell, in the package???? I'm very glad you guys went to Ben's farewell that is very important to me and to him!! I'm sure he did great!!
As for here, yes it has rained a ton!! I have walked through knee deep water like five times now!! haha but its all for the work and its a fun experience its a lot worse in Manila, look up baha sa maynilla on youtube its crazy!!! But I'm doing good now. I'm not sick or anything so don't worry about that!!! I'm glad C Will (his friend on a mission in Spokane) is doing good. He emailed me so I need to email him back. But I hope your doing good. I'm going to try and write you guys a letter so I can express some things to you guys in more depth.. But as for the area its good. We need more investigators but we have two ibds right now for Sept 28. Their faith is awesome. I love it! I know they will be baptized!! (in answer to Darin's question about his investigators from his previous area Riley says) I'm pretty sure they ended up getting baptized. Elder Barney hasn't told me yet... I'm happy here. My comps okay. The plan of salvation is awesome!!!! I'm so happy for you two that is quite a long time but imagine eternal happiness with each other!! even better right!!! (talking about us celebrating our 28 year anniversary) I love you guys so much and I'm very happy I'm sealed to you! love Elder Hansen