Final Word from Guatemala…..

Well she sums it nicely and we can hardly wait to see her tomorrow and work on getting her back to 100% and feeling good.

Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:54:20 -0600

Well folks this is my last letter from Guatemala…….

My heart hurts a lot a lot to say this but I have seen many miracles pass in just the past few months but I would like to share some of my last thoughts with you all.

This last Friday I recieved a call from my mission President asking me how I would feel to go home early….. I told him that I have gone 1 year with these pains and problems that 6 more months was nothing…… I was told that is not how it works. That night I could not sleep I spent the night praying and pleading, we are told that if we ask having faith that we will receive…… well the key for that is we have to ask for what God wants for us. I started to pray for peace and to understand the will of God because I kind of knew what was going to happen.

The next morning we returned to the hospital where they sucked more blood from me. The test results came back and the doctors told me that they could not do anything more for me. Now that is hard to hear that the best doctors in Guate could not help me anymore. I started bawling right then and there in the hospital….. people probably thought that some one died in my family.

I have had some time to think what has happened during this past year, I am so grateful for my mission, I am grateful for the pains and the successes. I truly have been blessed to have served such a full mission, in 1 year. It is still hard for me to think that tomorrow I will be getting on a plane, but I have so much peace in my heart that this is what God wants for me. I am a little lost but it is okay because at times we have to take a blind step into the dark and then we will start to see the light. I know God is leading me, and I know He won’t leave me. I know these next few weeks are going to be hard, but I was taught a few years back that I can do hard things, I do not doubt that for a minute. I can live in Guatemala with health problems that have really tested me. But is por medio these things that my faith has grown a ton and my hope. More than anything I have hope. I have hope that all will be okay. I have hope in Gods plan for me. I have hope that I am leaving the people I love here in the hands of missionaries that will take care of them and love them as well.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to share my testimony one last time. Of course I cried through the whole thing, but I talked about understanding and having faith in the will of God. I looked at this sweet ward that I have come to love and it was hard to think that I will not be with them, but I am so blessed to know them and honestly I would not change these experiences that I have had for anything.

Well for all of you that have been praying for me thanks a bunch, and I plan on continuing my little blog with the next ventures of faith that I will be having. Guys I know that the Church is true. I have given everything I have got to share that message. I have definitely been through the refiners fire and I have come out better than I when I entered….. and without a gallbladder. I LOVE Guatemala, even the hot days, monkey uterus, dengue, yellow eyes. What a blessing it has been to serve. Christ lives, and through that we can overcome whatever trial that passes in our lives. I love you all and cannot wait to see you all!!!!! Siga pilas mis patojos! Hope on!

Con Amor,
Hermana Edwards


And then some miracles happened…..

Well for those of you have not spoken to my mother this past week has been quite the trek for me, here we go.

Just a little over a week ago I was started to hurt but pain is just apart of life so I didnt say anything. It was Wednesday when we went to lunch with the Elders and one of them looked at me and said Hermana Edwards you just went paper white what is going on. My comp just told him my color was ocming back, but the ELders woulod not take that for an answer. I then received a blessing from them and called the nurse and had orders to get some tests done.

Exactly my full year mark in Guate I was in a doctors office getting blood drawn. THe following day we got the results and I was sent right into the hospital where they hooked me up to an IV and started taking blood out of my body like it was a sport. My comp still didnt believe me that I wasnt feeling well. THe doctors kept talking about me going back to the States because they could not help me here……. that sa joke. Friday night was a rough night in the hospital but Saturday came and I woke up real early and started to study. The assistants to the President showed up to give me a blessing and they told me through my faith I would see miracles…… and that is exactly what happened.

All of the things that they were woried about on Friday kind of just disappeared and they only had to focus in on the procedure of the day. Now, remember 2 months back when I got my gallbladder taken out….. I guess some of those stones escaped and made their way down. FOr the procedure they put a tube down my throat and worked away basically having a war with my stomach. After 2 and a half hours of the procedure I was done. And I guess I was pretty darn funny when I woke up, I was contacting the doctors and nurses in Spanish….. the Church is true.

Current update I am out of the hospital and I think my comp finally believes me that I was a little sick…… But i have some members that are really helping me out and trying to take care of me. I am doing a lot better, my stomach is sore but I guess that is what happens when WWIII takes place inside your body. also my throat hurts…… but they did stick a tube down it so allis well. THe doctor that was heading my procedure told me it was the hardest surgery that he has had to do. He told me that he didnt know that he could do the things he did. Miracles.

More than anthing I know I have apurpose here. THis is 2 stays in the hospital, and 2 times that i have been given the chance to stay and finish my mission. I am grateful for trials, I am grateful for faith, I am grateful for the prayers of my mom. Well I hope you enjoy the fotos. We have pre operation and post operation……. THanks for your thoughts and prayers I love you all! Take care!

Con amor
Hermana Edwards