Sunday, December 15, 2013

December 9, 2013

Okay, last P day was basically the best p day there ever was. We got up early to do our p day stuff like write our families and buy food and stuff. We then went to the mission office at noon to meet up with President Warne. We left with him and Hermana Warne to Santiago. It was SUPER fun! Not many people can say they spent an entire p day with their mission president. First we stopped by the MTC to pick up Elder J. He is the doctor for all the missions in Chile. He also doesn't speak a word of Spanish so my poor colombian companion was stuck in a car with 4 Americans, but she was a good sport about it. We went to my appointment at IsaMedica and spoke with the Doctor who was super nice! Also he spoke a bit of English so that helped a lot with Elder J.The best part is that he was actually trying to help us with our situation and not prevent us from doing what we need to do. We also found the light at the end of the tunnel. So this is the news:

The chileans all recieve a vaccination for TB. Because of this Vaccination, all of their PPD tests come out positive. So with just a positive PPD test alone, we get a prescripcion for INH, the drug that the church wants us to take. They obviously want to avoid drug abuse and drug resistence to INH. But, there's is a test we can take, a blood test, to find out if we have TB that is more difinitive than the PPD test. It has a weird SciFi name like Introfusion or something like that haha. If this test comes out positive, from my understanding, we can get the okay from the government to take INH. 
So Wednesday, we got the band back together and went to Santiago.....again. I've been out of my mission boundries 4 times within 6 months of being in the mission field. We did the blood test, but we have to wait until December 17th to get the results. Obviously, I will tell you what happens. The best part of this test is it's more difinitive so we will know for sure if we have TB or not (which is better than 12mm...which doesn't mean a blasted thing). There are a lot of problems with the PPD test. For example, Elder J told us that if someone takes the test and it comes out positive, they shouldn't take it again because the sore on their arm will actually get worse and worse every time they take it. So right now we're in limbo, waiting for the test results. 

Okay, but other things happened this week too!
So I lied when I said last week was the worst week of my mission. THIS week was the worst week of my mission. We did not have very much success this week. It was super hard, but we're pressing foward because there isn't really anything else that we can do.

So we had two really stupid moments this week. The first one was on Wednesday in the afternoon. This woman stopped us and told that she needed our help. She then started telling us that she was pregnant and something about her son and something about how she needed to go to the doctor for her mental health and something about how she wanted to go see her mom. We finally asked her what she needed and she told us she needed money for bus tickets to go see her mom. We offered to call a member and have them take her to the bus station and buy her tickets for her, but she said all she wanted was money. She started telling us something about how her daughter was sexually abused as a child and wouldn't get in a vehicle with a man. We said his wife could take her, but she said her daughter wouldn't do that either. Yet her daughter was perfectly okay with getting into a bus-ful of strange men. When she realized we weren't going to give her money she started saying that she had been thinking about investigating the church but now she didn't want to. Then she asked to use our phone to call someone to give her a ride. When she got off the phone she said the guy didn't have money and wouldn't come get her. We gave her money for a taxi and left. When we looked at the recent calls on our phone, there wasn't anything except the last call we'd made to our District leader. 

The second stupid moment was last night. We have a list of members that we're updating. We went to an address and asked the woman if the members lived there. She told us no and then started telling us that we were wasting our time as missionaries of a church of lies and that we invented names just to get into peoples houses. And that the only reason we were missionaries was to see the world. I really really wanted to say that if I was a missionary just to get to know the world, I wouldn't have come to Chile. But I held my tounge. It was actually really funny. After we left, my companion was kinda mad, but I was just laughing.

Okay, baptisms!! M is not getting baptized unfortunately. He doesn't want to keep the Word of Wisdom. But J is still getting baptized! She is super excited about it. I haven't seen such a big change in anyone before. She has seriously experienced a change of heart. It makes contacting all day in 90° plus weather completely worth it.

My companion and I are super excited for Christmas! We're excited to talk with our families :)

I love you all!!!! Keep being awesome!

Hermana Hutchinson

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