Monday, September 1, 2014

Missions have The Highest of Highs and Lowest of Lows

Hello Family! 

Congrats to Alicia for her baby, congrats to Blake for entering the MTC, and congrats to all my friends who are now pregnant, dating, engaged and married! Wow, that's so weird to think about! What is going on back at home? I can't believe that life is moving on with out me! I just keep expecting everyone and everything to be right where I left it, but the exciting news is that life moves on and I have many things to look forward to! (New cousins, so on) 

I had a really, really great week! I wrote in my journal recently that missions are unlike anything else. You can have the lowest of lows and the highest of highs all in one week and enjoy every minute of both experiences! 
My lowest of lows is definitely lice. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. (Not that I actually have one... haha.) I HATE lice. I know hate is strong word for a missionary, but I feel that in this circumstance, it is very fitting for my emotions toward those little bugs. At the beginning of the week, I was hopefully that after three days, my lice problem would be gone. Little did I know that lice is a two week ordeal! Ugh. But cross you fingers for me! Maybe by next email, I'll have some good news. For the first few days, I had a Professional Lice Picker, my companion. But then, once someone told her that she ran the risk of also catching lice, she quit. Haha, none of my combs are big enough so I just have to hope that through two lice-killing shampoos, rigorous cleaning and laundry, and a whole lot of praying it will go away soon. 

But those have been small details in comparison to our wonderful week! 
Our investigator from the part member accepted a baptismal invitation! We were over joyed! We were nervous about extending to him, because he has turned it down twice. But then in the lesson, we both got the very strong impression to extend. I held my breath, and spoke the words, "Will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by one holding the priesthood authority of God on Oct. 4th?" As we waited anxiously in silence, I looked around the room. All his children were staring intently. I felt their desires for his answer as well as mine. I smiled. "We are all praying, Heavenly Father! Please help him to say yes!" HE DID! YAY! And despite his swollen feet because of rheumatism he came to church! Life is too good! 
Our other investigator, the potential member referral is also going to be baptized Oct.4th! Yay! Yay! I love when investigators accept a baptismal date! 

Anyway, that's all I can write right now. 
Mahal na mahal po kayo, sa walang hanggang! (I love you very much, for eternity!) 
-Sister Beaumont  

1 comment:

  1. Sister Beaumont. Kumusta na! I feel like I already know you like a friend. I've been reading your blog. My sister is in your stake. My name is Sister Celeste Galbraith. I live in Orem Utah, but I was born and raised in Tarlac, Philippines. My husband, a Utahn, and I have been called to the San Pablo Mission, him as an office specialist and I as the mission nurse specialist. We are scheduled to arrive in the Philippines on the 20th of Sept. I have some good news for you! I will help you get rid of those nasty little things called LICE!!! I was a school nurse for 20 years, so I have plenty of experience with these critters. Please don't get too stressed out about them. Keep calm. Lice don't jump, they don't fly. The only way you get them is a direct head to head contact with somebody who has them. Or sharing combs and hats. The trick is get rid of EVERY ONE OF THE NITS, OR EGGS. The special shampoo will kill the lice but not the nits. If you don't get rid of the nits, the cycle starts again. Also, cleaning the whole apartment with pesticide and throwing beddings is overkill. After 24 hours off the head the lice will die. They need that optimum environment on the head. So it is not really that easy to get lice from others. One advice: Don't head butt with others! I hope I get to meet you. I've enjoyed reading your blog. Take care Sister.

    Sister Celeste Galbraith