Today we are starting with an EPIC tale. One of hopes and dreams, terrors and nightmares. One of failure, but ultimately…victory.
It was a Monday night. As a P-Day celebration, we went to Texas Roadhouse to eat. But unfortunately, one member of our group got, as we put it lightly, cheesed. His stomach chossed and churned as he tossed and turned all night. The next day, he was still feeling the same. We were advised to contact the mission office. This poor Elder had…to get TESTED. And for the rest of us, it meant QUARANTINE. We started the quarantine on Wednesday. It was…an experience. A good one? Not really. But an experience? For sure. It’s absolutely insane how terrible our apartment can be when there’s nothing to do but sit on your phone and be a missionary on Facebook. Our supplies were running low. Toilet paper was scarce, snacks even scarcer. We almost had to use our hands for both. But, typical of Elders, fruits and veggies were as abundant as ever but we don’t wanna eat that. Blech 🤢🤢🤮. It was excruciating and painful. Blood was almost spilled as tensions were as high as a cumunolimbis cloud. It was a dark time in apartment 1. But Friday morning… the sun came up and we got word that the covid test…was negative. We rejoiced and went outside and felt the fresh air. What an exhausting 36 hour quarantine it was.
It was a fun time, for real. We also had great success on Facebook this week. We probably spend the most amount of time on Facebook doing effective work than any other people on that forsaken app. Lots of people telling us to “F off” as the cool kids say it. But there were some people who were open to our message. We are killing it as a companionship. Going through quarantine was a great way to do inventories of our relationships. Cindy is doing well. So is DJ. We are thinking of baptisms in February for them.
I want to thank you all for being so open about your own experiences with mental health. It was great for me to see your own experiences and how you have adapted and become stronger through them. I am still learning as I’m sure we all are. But its comforting to know that Jesus Christ knows EXACTLY how we are feeling because he FELT exactly what we were feeling. What a comforting thought. In grateful for all of your emails that made us feel closer together even if we are half a continent apart. Thank you again.
I’d like to leave you with a giant quote from ‘Jesus The Christ’. It reads:
“These unbelieving scholars, who incessantly wrote and talked of the coming of the Messiah, yet rejected Him when He was there present, murmured in silence, saying to themselves: “Who can forgive sins but God only?” Jesus knew their inmost thoughts, and made reply thereto, saying: “Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?” And then to emphasize, and to put beyond question His possession of divine authority, He added: “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.” The man arose, fully restored; and, taking up the mattress upon which he had been brought, walked out before them. The amazement of the people was mingled with reverence, and many glorified God, of whose power they were witnesses.”
Let’s not deny Christ. He is opening His arms to us. You just need to accept Him and go to work!
I love you all. Have a good Week!
1.) Found out we were quarantined while at zone council. This is the pic we took
2.) Some kid in our ward made this during sacrament meeting
4.) The fellas during quarantine
5.) Shaving my head. Elder Windmiller is fascinated by my bald head.