That definitely was not something I was expecting to hear this past week.
I know some of you are wondering what exactly happened... I am wondering the same thing. But, here, I will tell you just how the past few days have been.
Wednesday, I got a phone call from my mission president, saying that I was going home. After nearly a month of every day migraine headaches to the point of not being able to stand or sit up strait along with a few other things happening, and the doctors in Ecuador wanted to do some risky exams, the decision was made to send me back to the United States to get everything figured out. I called my mom to tell her exactly what was going down and she said, after she had sent some of my results to my doctor here in Utah that, "Stacia, you are sick and you need to come home and get better."
Thursday was a full day of travel.
Friday, I met with my Stake President and was released as a missionary, and then had a doctors appointment shortly after. When we got to the doctor, we started talked and then she asked, "What are you doing here? You need to go the ER right now." So I was promptly driven to the ER where they did some blood work and a spinal tap and confirmed that I did not have spiral meningitis or cancer (two things that some dramatic doctors thought that I may have had). And, after that, I was brought back to my house wondering why I am in Utah and not in Ecuador.
We have some other doctors appointments lined up, and hopefully can figure out what is going on. Right now, I am thinking that I just have some horrible parasites? That is what I am hoping for at least... We will see.
Right now, I have no idea what I am doing with my life. Maybe I will go back out on my mission once I am healthy. Maybe I will run away to Grenada. Maybe I will stay here and continue with my life. I am just not sure at the moment... We will see what the doctors say.
But thank you so much for everything you all have done for me!!! I really appreciate it. I have been so blessed with such great family and friends. And I really have seen miracles in my life during this time. Everything is going to be okay.
I will keep you posted.
(It is weird saying that)
P.S. It makes it all worth the blood tests, spinal tap, and doctors appointments to hear my niece say that she is glad that I am home. She is the best.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Stacia is coming home. She'll arrive in Salt Lake at 11:05pm tonight. She'll meet with President Kenison tomorrow morning at 8:00am and then she's off to the doctor to find out what's wrong. She doesn't want anyone to know yet, so please don't say anything. If you want more details, call Susan at home.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I am so thankful right now. I have seen in this past week how much I have grown and I have all the trials to thank for that. It has been rough, but I can honestly say that there is no other work in the world that I would rather be doing right now than missionary work right here in Calderon, Ecuador. I am also thankful that Hermana Norton is my companion. She is so great, and, let me just tell you, that even though we are not native Spanish speakers, we have some of the best lessons that I have ever taught together. She is really such a great missionary and just a wonderful person. We just love the people we are teaching so much and want them to progress so when we are sick, it is not only hard physically, but mentally knowing that we are losing so much valuable time to be with the people of Calderon. I am so thankful for the Gospel in my life and the knowledge about the Atonement and the Plan of Salvation. I would not and could not make it through this whole experience if I didn't know, with everything I have, that the Church is true. That Joesph Smith was a prophet. And that the Lord is our Father and wants us to return to Him. I want to be a missionary the rest of my life!!... But, at the same time, the idea of November and American food sounds really good right now.
Thank you for all your support!!
Monday, March 11, 2013
This week has gone by so fast. Hermana Norton and I have been a little sick, so we had to stay in a little, but I am going to tell you some things, yeah? Yeah.
First, Hermana Norton and I have been having an easy time getting into houses, we were talking about it the other day, and we came to the conclusion that it is because we are both happy, smiling people. Not that our old companions are unhappy people, but they were really serious. So we have been having more success in that way.
Yesterday, in church, there was a member who was motioning to us to come out of the sacrament meeting. We went out and he said, "there is a young man over there who doesn't want to enter with me, he wants one of you to come and be with him." it was one of our investigators, P. He is A´s brother and is 13 years old. We went out and spent like five minutes trying to convince him to come into the meeting... By "convince" I mean we spent five minutes pulling him into the meeting. He is progressing along just fine.
We are also teaching a young girl named R who is really great, her mom, uncle and grandmother are members too. She knows that the Church is true, but with her schooling, it is hard for her to have time. They do school activities and stuff on Sunday here.
We also had a lesson with a girl named M. She is really funny and really passionate about religion. In the lesson, there were a few times that things got a little awkward and heated. She is Catholic, but doesn't believe that the Catholic church is true because she says it has a lot of things that go against the teachings of Christ. But, at the end of the lesson, she told us, "Regardless of if I join your church or not, will you guys continue to visit me?" And of course we will. We also made friends with her mom - she is very Catholic too.
Let's see... What else. Sundays are the worst day in the mission. But I love Calderon so much and the people here that I just love going to church in this sector. It is still stressful trying to get all the investigators to church, and disappointing when some of them do not show up, but I just love the members and the feeling in this ward.
I don't know what else to say.
I love you all!!!
Have a wonderful week!
And HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EISLEY GWEN!!!!!
Monday, March 4, 2013
Hey!! Family, how are you?!
So, this week has been good. Apparently, two gringas is just what Calderon needed. We started the week with no progressing investigators, and now we have a few investigators with baptism dates. Wow. I am just so impressed with Hermana Norton. She has grown so much and is just such a good, organized missionary. She really is the best and the people here just love her. We laugh too much and joke around with all the people, and I think that is what brings them to us. I had forgotten why I wanted to be here on my mission, it was just so hard and horrible for a while, but now with Hermana Norton I remember how excited I was in the MTC and it has just changed everything. And I even think my Spanish is getting a little better. That is weird.
I am thankful for your emails and letters!! I just like getting mail sometimes. I don't know what is wrong with me, but I hate writing letters lately more than ever. I just cannot think of anything to say.
Bueno, yesterday, we called Ana and she said, "Hermanas, please come by tonight at eight, I really need to talk to you." We were freaking out a little. We showed up and she told us her story. Her husband has been in Spain and he just got back because his sister just died. Well, apparently, he has another lady in Spain and they are expecting a baby and he wants a divorce. She was so broken up about it and just needed someone to talk to. You know, I am so thankful that we found her when we did and that she has the gospel in her life at this time. I don´t know how she feels, but I know it is hard for her. And I also know that it is for the best. If he isn't going to follow the teachings of Christ in his life, she is better off working towards the temple with someone else.
Man, all my mission I have seen the effects of marriage. And now I just realize how extremely important it is to marry the right person, in the right time, and the right place. Your whole life depends on it. There are so many good women and men who love and live the gospel and their spouses don't and it kills them.
I love you guys so much and I pray for you all the time. I am so thankful for the gospel in my life and that I have a good family. Hna Norton and I were talking about this, we both just have such great families. We have seen how the family is being attacked down here and it scares us, but we know that everything will be okay because we were raised in the church where families are important and where we have programs to protect them.
Uhmm... What else can I tell you? We have really good leaders here in Calderon. Our district leader, Elder Russell from Sandy, Utah is really great other than the fact that he makes fun of my Kearns background. During the week, we had some awesome, hard worked days, and he would just said, "Hermanas, you are doing so great! You are beating us all out every night." We were super proud of that... But then some stuff came up that made us slow down. But everything is good. We are going to have a great transfer.
What else is going on at home? Give me details. I have heard of some engagements.... My goodness everyone is getting married!!! Ha, and everyone keeps reminding me of how much time I have left. Stop it. I am so scared to come back into the world - I have actually already talked to President Ghent, and we decided to extend my mission. So I will be coming home just before Christmas instead of early November. I hope that is okay with you guys. I just like being out here so much.
Everything is great here in Ecuador!! Everyone keeps telling me how happy I look this past week. I don't know if I looked miserable before or what. So, everything is wonderful and I am loving being a missionary. I love seeing the change in people's lives and I just am really excited for the next few days and weeks.
I love reading Chey's emails because she sounds like a little high school girl in love. If she really wants to see some Latin dancing, send her down here.
How are Erica and Jaren doing?
Well, I love you all!! I hope you are all doing well!!!