Untold Stories of the ER/MTC Health Clinic
10:35 AM (3 hours ago)
Goedendag mijn familie!
Over the past week I have become quite familiar with the MTC Health Clinic and the staff therein. haha
Story one: Last week we had quite the experience with what is known here as Magic Tuesday. We had heard the hype and how terrible it was and discovered it to be severely underplayed. hahahaha for our visa to Belgium we have to pass tests to obtain clearance for entry. We arrived as our district of 12 and the nurse came in and told us about the samples she would have to take and that we would begin with a blood test. Might as well have killed me then and there hahahaha but it really wasn't funny. Elder Cook and I start flipping a lid and were scared out of our minds. (For those of you who do not know, when I had to get my blood drawn for my mission papers I passed out then and there with the nurse hahaha) So Elder Cook and I go in together to the room basically hyperventilating until we see this nice red teddy bear and a fluffy baby chick to comfort us on the chair. So we both held the bear, still scared out of our minds and basically talking to each other in the process like we were giving birth. hahahahaha the nurse was so awesome though and as we would hold the baby chick in the hand with the arm she was drawing blood from she would tell us that it is the last chick we would squeeze for two years HAHAHAHA we were dying and given this nurse lady was like 60 but she had her share of Elders and blood I'm guessing haha so that was the inaugural meeting in the MTC clinic
Story two: I stated before how I was a killer forward in soccer last week. This week I basically went from the killer to the killed hahahaha we took on the Swedes which are basically our best friends so it was an intense match of professional 9 on 9 soccer. Somehow someway I had ended up in the backfield for defense after a couple goals and committed to a ball in a breakaway across midfield. From nowhere come Elder Van Alfen a Swede slidetackling the schmuck out of me and before I know it my ankle is under him with my body sprawled out as an airbourne projectile about to target the field head on. hahahahah I laugh but it's not funny. I was then serenaded by several "OOH"s from all of the elders but this is when the story gets good. Too often I have seen in the World Cup players FLOP and it makes me so incredibly angry and furious and frustrated when they have a country on their back and they FAKE. So here I am with a mutilated foot jumping up and saying let's go let's go as I take this Dutch pride on my back. I wasn't going to be a hypocrite so I played on and we won 6-3 in a sore matchup. We really are the best and I will argue it everytime. I lived with it all day Monday but went in Tuesday as it killed all day but I only have a Grade 1 ankle sprain alongside a torn tendon above my foot. All is well. All is well. Moral of the story: don't flop. You be able to be on a first name basis with everyone in the clinic if you simply plan on.
I found Hermana Cambron! She is on West Campus but I saw her last Wednesday and at devotional when they are shipped up here to main. The handshakes we share are great hahaha and big PLUS Sister Allison Thomas gets here today and I can't wait for her to meet my district because we are the biggest trolls ever.
P-day is Christmas here. Our zone is Scandinavia and we own this place. To pose the inverse lifestyle we live here in the MTC, our Saturdays are the absolute worst and longest day of our lives and Wednesdays save our souls. I'll leave a moment to let that sink in.
The Dutch is so great. In reality the language is a piece of cake. This last week Elder Hirsch and I have taught new onderzoekers and our first appointment with our onderzoeker Andy lasted over 45 minutes and we taught the entire first discussion in nothing but Dutch. And it has become so natural. So much so that Elder Morrell and I had to say the opening and closing prayers and district leadership meeting last night and it was a struggle in English. I kid you not I can only pray in Dutch. Coolest feeling in the world. Our old onderzoeker Pascal becomes our teacher this week too so that's real neat.
Last night we were able to hear from the General YW President Bonnie L. Oscarson at our devotional and it was really cool. She told mission stories the whole time which has made me so excited. She was in Sweden so our Sweeties (what we call the Swedish elders) were pumped.
Brother Eggett our choir director told a cool story I would like to share real quick. He likened our trials and affliction like unto a blacksmith and sword. As you place the scrap metal into the heated temperature it becomes vulnerable and able to be shaped. Then as the blacksmith desires, he pulls the soon to be sword from the intense heat and shapes it into what it's best potential could be. The heat also purifies the metal of any impure or lingering elements so that the sword will be the best. He then shapes the incredibly valuable sword. The same is true for us. Christ places us into heated times and affliction so that we will humble ourselves and become vulnerable. It is then that he will pulls us from it as we recognize His will and he will shape us and purify us to our potential that only He has seen all along. Our trials are a blessing. Look to Him and you can know that for yourself. I have lately and it is the best.
Reasons MTC choir has changed my outlook on singing forever:
A) the sisters always need more help than the elders which I am not used to
B) everyone here sings in tune. every elder and every sister. which I am definitely not used to.
C) we learn a song in 2 rehearsals with telling stories in between and we sound great.
If only choir was done like that everywhere. And language study. Heck too bad the MTC isn't like the world haha
I hope each and every one of you the best as you head off to college this week. Can't wait for y'all coming to the Y to partake of this great Spirit that comes here. Have fun on Saturday! And the rest of you headed anywhere else you will do so well. Acknowledge the Lord in all things and He will lift you. That's a scripture somewhere haha D&C probably I don't know I'm on medication so don't judge me haha
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Those headed to high school. I know you're dreading it. But live life. Forget the haters haha listen to that new Taylor Swift song about forgetting hater or something. I told you I'm not dead here, we know. hahaha my advice in high school is that the best thing you can get from it is a large sense of vocabulary and an eloquent way of speaking. You can use that anywhere. Forget calculus and government, I am a living witness that they are of the devil. But English is very important. I know because it has made my language learning here so much easier. And I can use good English skills anywhere I walk in life. Good luck. I really wish you the best.
I know with all my heart that the Church is true. Now let us all be completely true to the Church.
Ik weet dat de Kerk waar is met alle mijn hart. Nu, mogen wij alle worden beloven te de Kerk.
Met mier liefde,