Friday, August 24, 2012

Nerves and Apostles

So update on my siatic nerve. Things are still the same. =/ I went to the MTC health center on Monday and after waiting for the doctor for 30 min (even though I had an appointment. rude.) he told me that he couldn't do anything and wants me to go see a specialist. So I go to the appointment lady with my referral and she has me fill out some paperwork. And then she calls Mom. RIGHT IT FRONT OF ME. I was literally freaking out. My mom is on the phone, a phone that is sitting right in front of my face, and I can't even talk to her. I was not really a fan of that moment. But anyways, she tells Mom that they are going to make an appointment and then she calls the hospital and the soonest they can see me is this coming Tuesday. Hopefully I'll be able to get things figured out because it's not super fun. And I have to carry a pillow around or else I want to die. But it's ok, I'll actually live. However, please don't hang around the hospital on Tuesday if you live in the Provo area. Because if I see you, I'll just run away from you.
Elder Anderson came and talked to us at the devotional on Tuesday. It was also Pres. Monson's birthday that day so he told us 10 things that Pres. Monson would say if he were with us. It was 10 things about how to be a good missionary. It was really awesome because not once did he talk about knowing everything there is to know about the gospel or knowing how to speak your language fluently. It was all about making sure that you are a good person and love the people you serve.
I had a pretty cool teaching experience the other day. We were practicing teaching the third lesson one on one and I was assigned to teach repentence but since there are an odd number of people in our district now, I had to teach my teacher, which sort of freaked me out because I didn't have a companion to rely on if I started to suck. But I started teaching him and the investigator profile was this grandpa that babysits his grandkids everyday and really loves them and tries to teach them how to be good people. So I tried to compare the love he has for his grandparents and the love God has for us and why he should repent because of that love. And I thought it went ok but I definitely thought I could do better. But at the end, my teacher literally stood up, while the rest of everyone was still discussing how things went, and was like "Hermana Parkin! That was awesome!" It was pretty embarrassing but it was definitely a confidence booster that I might not be the stinkyest missionary ever.
Those are some of the more exciting stories. I wish time allowed for more, but I'm still doing great. I can't believe that tomorrow I will have been in the MTC for a month! It has flown by. Hopefully I learn a lot more this next month so that I'm really prepared to go to New York.
Love you all!
Hermana Parkin

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