So I'm sorry about no email last week. But Christmas was good, this member really took us under their wing and took care of us all day! We had a bomb feast with a roasted pig and crazy stuff like that. They fed us really well and really showed us love for the holidays. New Years was fun too. They do the same thing we do and wait up at midnight and do fireworks but just not as big as anything in America.
We had two elders stay a couple days with us because their water was shut off. Luckily one of the elders was a Palangi (American) from Salt Lake. He's been here about six weeks longer than me and it was cool to hear his tongan cuz it was still rough, but also gave me hope that mine will get better. It was great to have a fun time with him on New Years and those couple days to be able to just talk and chill. And he helped me through some of the things that I was going through this past week or so.
So a lot of things of happened to me these past two weeks... on Christmas morning I blacked out and collapsed. I had either hit my head on the ground or the wall when I fell because it hurt really bad once I came to. Now headaches and migrains are coming 2-3 times a day and it makes things very hard to deal with. I've had a lot of stomach pain and some nights spend the night on the toilet. Friday morning we get up to play volleyball for our morning workout and it had puddles on the court cuz it had rained the night before. Well after about 30 minutes of running, jumping, and playing, I slip in one of the puddles and kinda do the splits. But the thing was that my body went one way, and from my left knee down it went another...I have never felt anything like that before in my life, it was just like a pop and then just like shooting pain!! We called the mission nurse, but she couldnt really do much because there's no ice here. so she could only put an ACE wrap on it and told me to elevate it. This is where I told her everything else that was going on and she just looked at me and asked, "what did you do wrong?" she just laughed a little and I started thinking to myself the same thing!
I feel like I'm in deep water struggling to stay afloat. I don't know what lesson my Heavenly Father is trying to teach me, but I'm trying so hard to make it and push through everyday. I can not thank ALL OF YOU for your prayers and fasting enough because I know it is because of these that I have been able to press through these trying times so far.
Love, Elder Taylor Larsen