Surgery Day Update

Hello all,

Well I just received a call from the doctor in Guatemala City and he was calling to give me an update on Alyssa. He said that she does have an acute gallbladder attack (the walls are thickening and the gallbladder is enflamed with several stones) and they feel very strongly that it needs to be removed to prevent other complications. He needed to call to get permission from Jeff and I to proceed with the surgery this afternoon.

The doctor was very kind and he was there with his wife sitting bedside with Alyssa. At the suggestion and a little pressure from his wife ­čÖé – he let me talk with Alyssa for minute. ­čÖé She sounded great and at ease with the diagnosis and surgery (better than me) although I have complete faith and confidence in her doctors. She said not to worry and that she is hoping to save the stones to send home to us as a souvenir. She was even very proud of herself because she already had the IV in her arm. I asked if she passed out and she said almost but then the doctor reminded me to breath.

Dr. Cameron is a great doctor and we know his brother and sister here in Las Vegas, she has another specialty doctor that was trained in the U.S. that is doing the surgery and a final doctor that is an internist and he is making sure that there are no complications affecting her system from the dengue fever that she is just getting over and didn’t know she had until last weekend. So, they have a strong team in place taking care of and watching over her.

The doctor anticipates that she will be in the hospital for 3 days and then stay in the capitol for a week and work in a three-some until she has her follow-up with the doctor. If all goes well, which he thinks it will because she is so strong, they will send her back to the coast. I am very grateful that they are keeping her in the city for a week to observe her and keep her close to the doctors.

The doctor did tell me that she is in incredible shape and looks strong and healthy even though she has had the underlying ailments. He told me that he has heard of the work that she is doing in her area and the fact that she is opening her 3rd new area in 9 months is incredible.

Since starting this update – I have heard from Sister Watts twice and they have scheduled the surgery for 6:00 p.m. Guatemala time today. She had sent 2 Elders to the hospital to give Alyssa a blessing and she will be going to the hospital this afternoon with Pres. Watts to see Alyssa prior to the surgery. They will send me updates later today when the surgery is complete. She also confirmed that they have received all of the tests/blood work back and there are no complications from the dengue fever and she is in fabulous shape.

So, there you have it – until later, we will wait and we are so grateful for the care that she is receiving and for Alyssa’s faith and willingness to serve Lord. I don’t think she has even had a sick day down while in the mission until Sister Watts made her rest a day. ­čÖé

Thanks for all of you that expressed concern and kind thoughts since Monday’s e-mail.

Marci

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New comp, New area, New case of dengue fever

Hi Friends,

One things that I have learned this week is that everyone has a purpose here in the misión. Some people are supposed to be the leaders, others the problem causers, others the problem solvers and me the opener of áreas. This past week we got the call for changes and I was told I was staying outside of the capital. I was kind of bummed because that mean I was going to áreas that I did not want to go to. But then I got the miracle call that told me I was going to open an área in Santo Tomas. Now Santo Tomas is a branch that is in the same District as Puerto Barrios (my old área). When my leaders told me this I was sooooo happy. What a blessing that I do not have to leave my Barrios family yet. And about opening this área, that is nothing. I now have about 10 months in the misión. In that 10 months I have 4 áreas. Out of those 4 áreas I have opened 3. ANd with those 4 áreas I have had 6 companions, 4 of which are from Honduras. I think I have found my purpose, work with Catrachas and open áreas.

This past week was my first week in my new ├írea. I was so excited the first day we were just going and going and going. And in the matter of just one night I got hit with Dengue….. or in other words the bone breaking disease. Now I always questioned why it is called the bone breaking disease, I just thought people were being dramatic….. but no they arent…. it literally feels like your bones are going to break. I was hurting needless to say. But our President for our misi├│n came out this past weekend and his wife told me I had to go to bed and today she sent me to a hospital to get checked out. Now, hospitals and doctors in the States are not my thing….. hospitals and doctors in Guate and in Spanish…. worse. But all ended up okay and that doctor found out why I have so many problems with my stomach so I guess that is a blessing……

Also this past week I recieved my new name tag. My poor name tag has been through some rough times (just like my stomach) and I had to ask for a new one. And after months of waiting I finally got it only to see that it says Elder Edwards….. I guess I have the Priesthood now….. Apostasy I know. Maybe I will get a new nametag before I finish my misi├│n…… I don’t have too high of hopes.

This week has been a good one, I got a new comp and a new área. I have the chance to know new people. I learned that exact prayers bring exact answers. I prayed that I could find an opportunity to serve and that same day I found myself shoveling dirt for an hour. I love to pray what a blessing that is. I do love Guatemala. I love the people here a lot. They are special. I know that Christ himself visited this very land. Anyways, thanks for all of the prayers it means a lot. I know that I get a lot of the strength I have from the testimonies of you all. I hope you all have a wonderful happy week! Keep on hoping on!

Con Amor
Hermana Edwards

Change is coming…..

Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:32:19 -0600

Hello all you sweet people!!!

This week has been such a wonderful week, I can not help but to smile. Hermana Flores and I have worked very hard to do all that we could do and…… we have changes….. I think they are called transfers in the states. I will be changing areas but will still be out of the cap in heat that I can hardly describe. My heart hurts soooo bad to leave but I am so grateful that I can leave this area knowing that I have done some good.

This past week we had a conference with Elder Ochoa, and what an amazing conference it was. Always after those conferences we just have the desire to work a little harder, to work a little better. We were pretty darn tired after traveling for 8 hours for the conference but it was so worth it. After getting the pep talk from the our leaders we spent this week looking for people that are ready and we found 51 new investigators in one week. That is 51 people that want to listen, that want to learn. What a blessing that is.

This past week we also had a baptism. This sweet boy that I had the oportunity to teach is one of a kind. I know that every missionary says that about their baptisms….. but they don’t know me….. But this sweet boy is in the capilla 30 minutes early every Sunday to help whoever needs help. He loves to read his scriptures. And he does all of this without any support from his family. I love this boy a lot. When we were talking to his grandma and aunt about baptising him they asked me if I would be his Godmother….. well we do not really do that as Mormons…… but I was flattered nonetheless. I am so grateful to know Klevenson, He is so special to me.

But really this week was such a good week. We had a lesson in a house boat, I caught a chicken, we sang with a mariachi band, we learned more black people language, we baptized some one who is more prepared than anyone in the whole world, Elder Ochoa taught us. I am so grateful to be a missionary. I love my life, I love Guatemala, I love chickens. I love Garifunas, I love being a missionary. My heart hurts that I have to change areas, I have been here in Puerto Barrios for almost 6 months. But I have done what I need to do here and now I have the chance to learn from other wonderful people! I hope all of you have a wonderful week. Hope on kids!

Con Amor
Hermana Edwards

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Week 41 from Puerto Barrios Guatemala

Hey ya’ll!!!!

Well I hope that you all have had just an excellent week because I certainly had one with a lot of sun. This week has been another week of high goal setting and finding another set of 20 new investigators. This whole juggling new investigators every week is kind of hard but we are getting to know a lot a lot of people. We have friends on every corner these days. Some drunk and others not. But it really has been such a blessing for us to get to know so many people.

This past week, we went out with a member to find an investigator and well he was not home so we were talking with this member when a girl came up to us and asked if we could answer some questions that she has with the Bible…… we should have known right then that she wanted to Bible Bash with us. But if some one wants to asks questions I am all over answering their questions. Well she started asking us about the name of God and she just wanted to fight our Doctrine. After we answered a few questions she just kept bickering and bickering. My comp looked at her and said do you want to fight or do you want to listen. She sat quiet for a second and then started going off again. I just bore my testimony to her and told her to have a good day. My comp left ticked and well I was not so happy either. But it was just another experience for us to learn that the Spirit will not be with us when we are fighting.

This week has really been quite the week. We went to areas that we have never been to. Fought with a Testigo de Jehova, had some threaten to dismember our bodies, got lost in who knows where, and on top of it all we found people that are ready to receive the Gospel. After months and months of praying for people who are ready we have found some one who is ready. This boys name is Cleverson and he is 12 years old and will be getting baptized this week. I am so excited to see the work moving along here. To see more and more people in the capilla on Sundays.

Sorry I have not got much to say….. that is a first……. But i hope that you all have a wonderful week. Do good work, be happy, don’t fight with people, take pictures, eat waffles, and hope on. I love you all so much and hope that you can feel my love for you!

Con Amor
Hermana Edwards

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Over the Hump……

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Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2014 17:40:00 -0600

HOLA!!!!!

Hey kids – how are all of you doing? I hope super well! Well if not maybe I can give you a good smile from the happenings of this past week…. here we go.

First off, I do not have to travel in a diaper. Second I have been in Guatemala for 9 months. Third off, my District President’s cat died….,.. yeah heart breaking, I know.

But for the real news. Yesterday I had the grand opportunity to be the teacher for the primary….. what a chaotic, Spanish mess that was. I have never had so much fun. I love my primary kids a lot. I can hardly put into words my love for them. I had to teach them about Abraham and how he was almost sacrificed. How cute is that lesson. Definitely not a popcorn popping on the apricot tree sort of lesson. But it was fun. I do not know if I will ever be allowed to teach Primary again because – well we were not exactly quiet.

But my time with my primary kids got me to thinking. I know each of those children very well. I have had 5 months here. I have had more than half my mission here. I love these people very much and I am afraid that I will be leaving them in just a few weeks. It breaks my heart. This area that I am in is special. It is very hot here and so all of the people are always outside. Contacting is a lot easier here than in the capital. We do not have to knock on doors. We just have to go up and people automatically offer us seats in their hammocks or bring out chairs for us to sit in. The people are so welcoming and so loving. Of course there all those that well just dont want to be my friend but for the majority they are just a wonderful people. It is going to be hard to leave here because I have a family here.

Well today for p day we went to some ruins in Quirigua. I have been there before but it is so cool to see these ruins. Today we were walking in and this tour guide stopped us and looked at his tour group and said these are the Mormons that I was telling you about. The people were so excited and took some photos. He then spoke to us about how he has read the Book of Mormon and that he knows the Lamanites and Nephites were here…… but he is not a member. But it is true that these places that I get to see in these areas that I get ot live in used to be the homes for some of the greatest Prophets. Later I was talking with another tour guide who was impressed by the way I am am ( I do not know if that even makes sense in English…..) He told me that if my family was ever in the capital to call him and he could help us get around the capital and we could stay with his wife and kids in the capital. I just love how people are so trusting and loving here. What good people. But when we left we got on a bus to come back to Puerto Barrios. Usually it is 20 quetzales to return. And this guy told me I had to pay 25 quetzales, some how the price got raised between him talking to the Latinos and the gringos…… chiste (that means joke) I told him that I didn’t believe him and that the price is 20 and that is what I would pay. Well he accepted the offer. I sat back content that I stood up for my white self and I looked at him and realized he is a menos active from my ward……. que verguenza…….. But when I got off the bus I told him good bye and I can’t wait to see him at church on Sunday…. mala onda……. but all is well.

Well anyways this week was great despite the dead cat…… but great nonetheless. I know that I have a purpose here….. what exactly it is I do not know… but I got another 9 months to figure it out. I am grateful for the chance to serve here in Guate I love this country with all that is in me. I hope you all know I love you and I hope you all have a wonderful week. Hope on kids.

Con Amor,
Hermana Edwards