Monday, September 14, 2015

A trip to the ER and the CAR! :D

Caught in a rain storm

Hello family and friends! This week was a little weird.. but it was a good week!

So.. we had to go to the ER this week.. luckily it wasn't super serious. Monday night we had a great start to the week. We were able to talk to a lot of people and teach three lessons on the street. We were so stinking excited because if you have a good Monday to start, you are going to have a good week. We go home that night, eat dinner and go to bed. 

The next morning it is time to wake up and workout (I usually do really intense stretches on the floor.) and Elder Robards jumps up out of bed and says... "Oh man, I don't feel good, I want to throw up." At this point I'm pretty calm because sometimes you wake up and just feel like you want to throw up. So Elder Robards is just pacing around the apartment but then runs to the bathroom and starts vomiting in a violent manner. 

Elder Robards in the ER
He comes out, and say..."Wow! I feel better! I feel a lot better!" He jumps to the floor and starts doing push ups, working out hard but within five minutes he realizes that isn't a good idea and is like..."Oh, I don't feel good.” before running into the bathroom for a second time except this time it is out the other end... AND then the front end again. 

At this point I'm starting to panic because I realize we are stuck in the apartment all day… Our tiny, tiny, apartment... with a sick missionary. Maybe it was just so selfish reasons but I really did not want to have to stay in our sardine can of an apartment all day. 

Elder Robards lays down and goes to sleep... but every time he wakes up he can't keep anything down and has to run to the bathroom. This goes on for several hours, maybe every 30 minutes he would be in the bathroom. We called Sister Brown and she said to go buy coke and ginger-ale and crackers. Well, he didn't keep those down either. And he started having super intense stomach pain which eventually made us go to the ER.

So, we have a member drive us to the ER and there we wait for about 30 minutes before Elder Robards goes back and then we are there for like three hours until the doctor invites us back. They had him hooked up to an IV. They said it was either a virus or food poisoning.... DUH. Thanks for the insight. But the stomach pains were caused by his extreme dehydration. 

And that was our trip to the emergency room! I've only had to go there three times on my mission! And only once for me! 

This Sunday there were only 14 people at church, including the 5 missionaries that are assigned to the branch.. Hahaha. It was pretty small. It was cool though because we were still able to do all of the hours of church. Elder Omohundro gave an awesome talk which he prepared for the morning of but he made it somehow last close to 25 minutes long. I was extremely impressed by his talk and a lot of the members (all 9 of them) made comments on how they liked it. 

We all ate at the church after the meetings were over. Patrick, a recent convert from Rodez made a super good ratatouille pizza and we had some fresh figs because they grow everywhere here. 

We found some cool Americans this week! We aren't teaching them but they are still pretty cool quand meme. We were walking through Albi looking for people to talk to (which most missionaries call contacting.. but our equipe calls it "missionary fun") and we pass by three girls who are speaking english but with american accents! We say hi and then just keep on walking but then we pass them again and we stop them this time and they think we were French at first. We asked where they were from and said “Pittsburg, do you know where New York is?” And then we told them that we were American. haha They are studying here for a couple of months. We took a picture with them so they could post it on their social media or whatever. They were nice and had never met mormons before! :) 

Americans from Pittsburg

Before we saw the group of three the second time we saw a huge group of like 15 people walking by and I told Elder Robards and Elder Omohundro that they were American. They were like.. yeah, maybe... and then they totally were! I can spot them from so far away. I don't know why it is so easy to tell. I think it is because we are loud, look around like we are lost all the time, and generally a lot bigger than french people. haha 

We saw the Famille Leroy! It was so good to finally see them. They are doing good and now that it isn't summer we should be able to see them more often, even though it is harder than before with the baby.

They told us that baptism "is far away" but they they are ready to start keeping commandments, like keeping the Sabbath day holy and other things like that. I know they are going to be baptized. It is just a matter of time. But I know that as they start living the commandments they are going to realize how good it is to be in the church. 

I'm just praying hard that they have a really spiritual experience or something that pushes them to really act. She is just afraid that of not being 100 percent with her decision after she makes it. Which is good that she wants to be fully committed to the gospel but at the same time I don't want them to keep waiting. They know it is a good thing but they are kind of procrastinating it. It is hard but miracles happen and I know the Lord is aware of their situation. 

We got the car back! As of this morning, which means we can finally go see Brigitte! :D I'm so happy! Haha. It will be good. In the end it didn't cost us any money.. but man, it did cost us time. 

So! That is it for this week! I love you allll! 

Combien que je vous aime! 

Elder Johnson

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