This week has been so crazy!!! We found out transfer news this week and I am staying in the Severance Ward. But Sister Sorenson won't be with me. She has actually decided this last week to return home. It has been a hard 6 weeks for her and it is the right thing. I am so sad she is leaving though. She has been an incredible companion and has given her all to serving the Lord. I couldn't be more grateful for her and all she has done for me these last 6 weeks. My new comp is Sister Manning. I don't know much about her except that this will be her 4th transfer (I think) and she loves lipstick too. That is exciting!
I don't even know where to start about this week! I guess with the unfortunate event that occurred in my life this week. That is having a freak allergic reaction to ICE CREAM! And not just any ice cream but CHOCOLATE BROWNIE FUDGE ICE CREAM! How awful is that??? It all started out on Wednesday morning when I woke up with my eyes swollen shut. I should also mention that I was on exchanges with Sister Barlocker so she was having to deal with me during all of this. Poor girl! During studies that morning I looked at the scar I have on my arm and noticed that is was super red and swollen and it hurt so bad! Then I looked at my knee scars and it was the same thing! I decided it wasn't too bad though and we went out to go see some people. It progressively started getting worse and I was getting itchy all over. We still had no clue at this point what I was reacting to. I decided to go get some Benadryl to see if that would help. And anyone who knows me knows that that is a terrible idea because I am a hot mess when I take Benadryl. Well I went to the mission office after I took one to talk to the senior sisters that serve there and see if they could give me some advice. They all gave me their motherly opinions and one of the senior elders serving there freaked me out by telling me he thought I had shingles. I AM 20! I cannot have shingles! Well at this point the Benadryl was kicking in and my brain was going around in circles. Good thing I don't drink because I think I would be a wreck if I ever did. They whole mission office was telling me that I was a lightweight. I called the mission nurse and she was awesome and although we didn't figure out the reason for the reaction, she told me it would probably go away. Then sister Barlocker and I went out to work again. Terrible idea. I had her drive because I was in no position to be operating a vehicle. I tried to give her directions places but kept falling asleep mid sentence or I would just say random things. Then the weather turned nasty and we got an ice storm (Arkansas winters) and we all had to go home for the night. We waited for our comps to come back to Windsor so we could exchange back, at that point I had gotten a second wind and was feeling much better. The weather was way bad and the other sisters had to crash with us for the night. So they came to our house and we made dinner, and then we had chocolate brownie fudge ice cream. I kid you not, 20 minutes later I started to itch and looked at my arm and I looked like a freaking leper! So I ran to the bathroom and took of my shirt and I was COVERED in a hive/rash thing and it itched so bad I thought I was going to die. It was even starting to come up on my neck and face! So I popped another Benadryl and then headed to bed. It was quite the wild and memorable adventure. The good news... we have gotten rid of the poison and I have made a full recovery! I am just eliminating ice cream from my diet for a while.
We also found out this week that our stake and the Fort Collins stake are getting realigned which means some major boundary changes. Our ward is getting cut in half and we will probably be losing some of our teaching pool which stinks.
We saw the Jensen's this week and they are doing good! I just love that family and how much they love the gospel. They are continuing to progress, but it has been a slow progression. I have faith that they will choose to really commit to the gospel and that makes me so happy!!
Today is a bitter sweet day since I am losing Sister S as well as some of my best mission friends. It is a sad reminder that 6 weeks from now, I will be heading home. So crazy. I am immensely grateful for this experience. I wouldn't give it up for anything. I love this gospel and I know it is true. I hope you all have such an incredible week!
Scrabble with STL's during our lockdown
Fun pictures from through the week, including me in a very fantastic mustache