Saturday, December 3, 2016

Thanksgiving of Ice Cream and Crackers

November 28, 2016
Hello friends and family!!!

So this week was Thanksgiving week!! We, the missionaries of the Wichita Kansas Mission were told last Monday that all holidays were p-days so we could do whatever we wanted (other than
emailing that had to be done on Monday). That meant that Thanksgiving Day would be a P-day.  Hooray!  The cruddy thing was that last week Sunday I started to feel really sick and on Monday it got worse. So, I went to bed early taking Nyquil to help me sleep but it only helped for three hours in the night the rest of the time I was awake and coughing like crazy with chills and a fever. Then on Tuesday we went to district meeting and I was still feeling so sick but I was hoping it would just go away and I could go out and see people.   Well, not quite. I ended up sitting in the car because I couldn't move. We went to dinner with a member that night to Pizza Hut and all I could think about was how badly I had to cough and how I felt like they could bake a pizza on my face. We then got home right after dinner and I attempted to get some sleep but ended up coughing the whole night and passing out a few times.
This lovely Sister is waiting in the car as her companion and my companion go shopping.  I am not allowed out into the cold!

That did it.  I had to call the mission nurse. She gave us options of medicine and our lovely district missionaries were kind enough to get them for me and bringing us ice cream and crackers. THEY ARE THE BEST. My companion and I also had members bring lots and lots of medicine—the Kaw Valley Ward is amazing. Thanksgiving day I spent sleeping on the couch at the church until 5pm. We went to dinner at the Fruen’s house and they had an amazing Polynesian Thanksgiving but sadly I was not feeling well enough to eat it and had to leave early because I had a fever. The rest of the week is the same. I was stuck at the apartment very sick, and today went to the doctor and found out I had Bronchitis and must stay inside for another 4 days.... HELP... can’t wait for this to be over!!! so I can go back to working haha :D I miss seeing people and teaching !!!

Love you,

Sister Magda

Changes and more Changes!

November 21, 2016

Dear family and friends,

This email is going to be a little rushed, sorry. So, this week has felt like a short week!! Last Monday we found out where we were being transferred... and I got transferred to... Kaw
Valley Topeka!!! and Sister Goff went to Harrison park Derby. This means we were officially “whitewashed” out of Abilene, KS. (To be “whitewashed” means both missionaries are transferred away to other areas leaving two brand new missionaries coming into that area at the same time.  Neither will know the area or any of the people.  It will be completely new.) It was so hard saying goodbye to all those I loved in Abilene especially Ibet, Kala, and a whole lot more people.
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Abilene has a huge part of my heart!
It is where I came closer to Jesus Christ. We had only a day and a half to say our goodbyes and it was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.
We then Had to pack ALL our stuff plus clean the whole apartment and then fit everything in our little Toyota Corolla plus Sister Goff’s bike on the back. But after playing a little “Tetris” with our stuff, we got everything fitted nicely. Wednesday, we had breakfast with the Salina Sisters before we all headed up to Wichita to the mission home. 

While we got on the freeway I of course got lost for a second but it was all good and I found my way haha!  I told Sister Goff to keep an eye on her bike which was strapped to the bike rack on the back of the car because I couldn't see it in the rear window. We were by then half way to Wichita when I asked her if she could still see it and she just went white.... It had completely fallen off the car while we were going 80 on the freeway (speed limit was 75 just so you know)!!!!!!!  So... we quickly called the Salina sisters and asked them if they saw the bike.   We were so relieved when they told us that it fell to the side of the road. Thank goodness it didn't hurt anyone!

 When we got to Wichita I got to see all my favorite people! I even got to see Sister Tafua for first time since training which was so nice to catch up with her. I also got to say goodbye to Sister Petersen before she went home completing her mission. She has been one of the most amazing missionaries I have ever met!
Yaaaaaay!  My Mission Mom--Sister Tafua!
My Mission Mom (Sister  Tafua) and
Mission Grandma (Sister  Peterson).

We finally got to Topeka and I met my new companion Sister Gillespie. She is from Layton, Utah and has been out for 10 months. She and I get along so well and have had so much fun and have seen so many miracles in the last 5 days. We had a baptism on Saturday that we had just found out about two days before I got to Topeka! Right away we went and taught her.  Her name is Kaylee G. and she is nine years old. She is a part of the most awesome family in our ward. Kaylee was baptized with her 8-year-old sister Payton, it was so cute!!
Baptism Day with my new companion,
Sister Gillespie
Then on Sunday we had stake conference and a member of the Quorum of the Seventy was there—Elder Anderson and his wife! It was so such a good stake conference! I also got to see my Aunt Teresa as well which was one of the highlights of my mission :D !

After stake conference, we had another zone conference with the Manhattan, Topeka, and Lawrence zone to hear from Elder Anderson and our mission president.  The neat thing was that we got to have two hours of asking Elder Anderson questions about missionary work. we then had a mission president devotional which is where our recent converts come and bear their testimony. So many people bore their testimony and almost all of them bore it on how the Book of Mormon changed their life. It is so true—reading the Book of Mormon is the way we can truly come to know our Savior and of His restored gospel It is the keystone to everything! I have loved being blessed with seeing how by reading and studying it that it has changed so many people’s lives including my own life.  Studying the Book of Mormon has shown me how much our Heavenly Father and our Savior loves us and how we can return to Him and be with our families forever. Every day I read it and every day it changes me. I love my mission more than words can describe and I love my Savior even more!  I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving !!!


Sister Magda