-There has been a measles outbreak here... and I went up and give a kiss to little girl that had measles (it´s normal here). After that I found red spots all over me... and we thougth that I had measles. But don´t worry! Turns out that they were bites from the flea infestation that we have in our apartment! Hahah we are fumigating soon. Don´t worry... they really aren´t that bad.
We have been doing lots of divisions with hermanas from all over the mission. And this last week I got to go to Rosario and I was serving in the area that was right next to my last area. And guess what? I got to go to lunch with one of my best friends from my last area! She called at night and invited us... and we didn´t have lunch and had permission to go. It was one of the greatest things in the world... because when I left she and her daughter and her mom had just started going to church again. And they are now going everyand are preparing to receive their endowments! I learned that the family that was baptized in my last area is still going every ... and that Jesus received the priesthood and is passing the sacrament! I learned that a couple we taught is going to be married and baptized this next week! And that the single mother and her two daughters that we taught are all going to church in SKIRTS!
I contemplated over all of these things... and I truly feel that I am the richest person in the world. I am so happy and blessed... Heavenly Father is taking such good care of all of the people I love. And I am seeing miracles in my area as well. Guillermina is going to be baptized! Her mom started going to church again and is going to get married to her dad, Matias, in January (it is the soonest date that is available to get married here because every day is booked already). I found myself crying three days staight... in the bus and as I gave massages to my companion (she has a hurt back) and as we studied. It was actually funny... I laughed at myself while I did! It is a feeling of peace and saddness and hope and excitement all at once.
These next weeks we won´t be able to work much because my companion has a hurt back caused from stress. We went to the hospital today and she needs physical therapy for ten days and lots of rest. I have been trying to look for things to do to keep me busy in the apartment... there are many things to do. Cards to write, things to clean, clothes to wash, scriptures and talks to read... but I will be honest it is hard for me to be inside so long. I have such a strong desire to be out and serving... but I know that now I am called to serve inside and help my companion.
My heart is just so full. I can´t think of another way to describe this feeling. In stake conference yesterday, the chorus sand "Army of Helaman." And the words, "We will be the Lord´s missionaries to bring the world His truth," touched me so much... for the last time as a full-time missionary. And I looked up at the stands where the leaders were sitting, and Presidente Zanni was looking at me and we smiled and cried together. It was a sweet and hard moment.
I love you so much. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and that through Him I received the strength and grace and mercy I needed to be able to serve a mission and help others feel happiness that comes from living the gospel. I know that our relationship with God is the most important thing in the world. And that He has a perfect purifying plan for every one of us... and we can choose to follow or not.
I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost so much. Love you all
Hermana Eleanor Briggs