Saturday, August 25, 2012

fifty years old : )

Okay, first of all, Elder Holland came to speak with us today.  Wow.  It was such a great experience!!  Before the conference started, we all lined up and went up to quickly shake hands with him.  It was supposed to be really quick and we were supposed to say our name and where we were from.  When I got up to Elder Holland, before I could introduce myself, he took my hand and said, "Sister... You have a great smile.  It is all over your face." And said some other nice things. I was so flustered that I could not even say anything other than "Thank you, Elder Holland"  And even more flustered because when I sat down people around me were asking me what Elder Holland was talking to me about.  It was really nice of him.  And then he spoke about missionary work.  It was simple, but so wonderful.  I will tell you about it when I have my notes with me.
Next, my heart.  I got a Heart Holter, as seen in one of the pictures (do not judge me, I just woke up when I took that). (Stacia does NOT look like that when she wakes up in the morning!)  It monitor my heart for 24 hours, and we got the results on Thursday.  Unfortunately, they are all in Spanish.  But what we would make out of it was that my heart is slow, and it paused... Which is not good, apparently?  People keep making jokes that maybe I just need to go home and find a guy that makes my heart beat faster.  That can wait until November 2013, though.  We sent the results to the mission doctor, Dr. Henderson who is in Columbia, and he sent them to a cardiologist in Salt Lake, so we are waiting to see what he has to say.  It should be interesting.
Next, we have been contacting a lot.  And contacting is my favorite.  I like it more than I like teaching lessons.  We have been contacting 25+ people everyday and it is the best (even if no one wants to listen to us - planting seeds).  Anyway, one night, all our appointments fell through, so we were just contacting.  We finally said a prayer about what we should do, but felt like we should still contact.  So we did.  And what do you know, we found Rosa and her 30 something year old son Jorge.  And of course they did not want to listen to us, but being the charming sister missionaries we are, we kept talking to them about the gospel, and I am not sure what was said, but at one point in the conversation, Jorge changed and he said we could come by next week.  And when we turned to Rosa to see if we could visit her sometime, she asked if we had time right then to teach her and her husband, Jorge Sr., and of course we did.  So we walked into the house, and Jorge Sr. says, "I have a question for you - right now, does Jesus have a body of bones and flesh or just a spirit?"  We answered that he has a body of bones and flesh and he said, "That was a test.  A lot of Christians do not believe the Savior has a body of flesh and bones and I believe that he does."  Rosa and Jorge are really great.  They had a lot of questions and seemed to accept our message.  We have another appointment with them Tuesday. 
We have had a lot of other amazing experiences as well.  I just love being a missionary.  Even though my Spanish is not perfect, and even though I am not perfect, I just love this more than anything.  I would not want to be anywhere else right now.  I love my companions, Hna Morris and Hna Cantos so much - they are so wonderful!!!!  Even though things have been really kind of hard with whatever my heart is doing right now, I have never had the Atonement of Jesus Christ mean so much to me, because I am here, alone, without my friends and family, but it is okay because I am doing the work of the Lord and he is constantly with me.  And never before have I felt so strongly about sharing it with other people.
Also, I got the package!  It came on your birthday, Mom!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY yesterday!!!  I hope you had a great day!!  I ate some oreos for you!  Thank you for all that you do for me.  One day, I am going to be a great mom like you!!  I love you very much!!
I love you all and hope you are all doing well!!!
Hermana Ellis
P.S. you can put this on my blog.

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