Love, Sister Arbon
[Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech, 1977.]
My week was pretty good. I had a really terrible migraine for 3 days and so I actually was sitting on a member’s couch for 2 of those days. As per Sister Tilleman’s orders. I have not been sleeping good so it’s been a really rough thing on my already recurring headaches. She’s making me go to a doctor again this week to talk about my migraines and see if there is something I could be prescribed that would help, because no over the counter stuff is working anymore. But I’m good! I’m happy and mostly healthy! =]
Transfers are next week. I am in Port McNeill for the last two weeks of this transfer, so I am happy about that! I love it here! Don’t send any mail later this week, I may or may not get it. I hope to still be here in Port McNeill. I love it. Logic dictates that I will stay, but logic also dictated that I would be with Vallejo for my first 12 weeks, so who knows. There are 15 sisters in the mission right now. Two are going home next week, and four new are coming. Then next transfer, 11 new sisters!
Well, I hope you all have had a great week, and look for the miracles in every single day!!!
I was having really awful dizzy spells for most of the week. I didn’t know what the problem was, and so I tried to just work through it, but I couldn’t even walk after awhile. I was SO dizzy! So I talked to Sister Tilleman and she had me go see a doctor, and I had what he called “vestibular neuronitis.” He gave me a prescription which I’ve been taking, and I’m almost better. It was really hard though, because I felt VERY useless, and I didn’t like that. At all. I wanted to go out and work, but Sister Tilleman lovingly reminded me that just one fall…. could result in a spinal cord injury. (That’s the story of President Tilleman, for those who don’t know…) Needless to say, as soon as she brought that up, I couldn’t argue. I’m so grateful to the WONDERFUL Port McNeill branch members, the Neilsons and the Terrys, who watched over me while Sister Brown and Sister Vallejo were out working.
Spiritually speaking, this was a hard couple days. We had to put Betty Lou in the reflecting pool. It was a VERY difficult thing for me to do. I love her SO much, and she’s progressed so far, but she just won’t read the Book of Mormon with enough diligence to help her continue progressing. She hasn’t come to church in about a month, and there was just nothing we could do more for her right now, so we called and her let her know that we can’t meet as often anymore. I just cried. It’s so hard. Sooo hard. I was reading in the Book of Mormon today, in Mormon actually, when EVERYONE died. Mormon just cries out “O, ye fair ones!” and then laments their wickedness and their death. That really spoke to me this morning and I just cried. That’s how I feel about Betty Lou. Just so hard. So so hard.
Susan has postponed their dates for right now. She’s just very overwhelmed with work and things right now. She still WANTS to be baptized, she just isn’t ready for it yet. We’re trying to help her though. She really is wonderful. It’s a matter of time, honestly. We love her so much!!! Her kids are adorable as well.
I LOVE my companions. With all my heart. They are both so wonderful. I love the good time that we have together. It really is awesome. Missionary work is amazing, period, but when you have 2 amazing companions to do it with, it just makes it even better. I’m loving every second of being with Sister Brown and Sister Vallejo.
So I was listening to general conference on cd (best investment I’ve ever made) and I looved L. Tom Perry’s talk. I just want to let EVERYONE who gets this email know, that my Mother is THE greatest ever. I’m so incredibly grateful for her and the wonderful example she is, and always has been, to me. She’s amazing.
I hope you all have a fantastic week!! And stay warm!!!! I’ve heard it’s cold there. I’m freezing with ya’ll in spirit. =]
OH!!!!!! AND!!!!! Congrats to my most AMAZING MTC elders on all their success. I always love it when I see your names in President’s emails talking about your baptisms. I’m so proud of you all. You’re all just the greatest ever!!!!!! I can’t wait until we can serve in the same zone or district one of these days. That’ll be fun. Elder Day and Elder Brown, you rock too! And Sister Stones, Pyle and Mansfield, you are GORGEOUS and I LOVE you!!!
Just a few lines from my email from Mandy this week, so you can get an idea how she is, where she is etc.
Oh, yeah I got my hair trimmed again. It’s weird, because there is only a little bit of blonde left. Right at the tips. So it’s funny looking at the moment, hahaha. I look like a leopard. But in a month or so, I can trim them off and I’ll be au naturale! I’ve never had my hair 100% natural since I was a kid… it’s weird. I really like it though. the cut, the color, I was gonna grow it out before I get home, but I may leave it.I like it.
I will be here in Port McNeill at least until the 30th. If I get transferred on the 30th I will leave then. (pray that I don’t… I don’t want to)
It sounds like you had an awesome new years! I’m glad. =] We were…. asleep by 11. hahaha. Boring old us. But we bought some martinellis and had a toast before we went to sleep. haha
I rap hymns a lot… how firm a foundation is rapped a LOT! =]