I fell down some stairs Thursday morning and injured my back. They were wooden, outdoor stairs at the Rockhill Sisters' home. (Picture is attached.) Sister Olsen was at the top, and she said I didn't really fall or slide...My feet just came out from underneath me and I landed on my back. I hit three steps. One was my lower back, just to the left of my spine. I had an abrasion and small lump that's mostly gone now. That's where most of my pain has been. The next step hit my right shoulder blade, and it's only sore when I stretch too much. I bumped the back of my head, right where my neck and head meet, on the third step. My neck has been very stiff the past few days.
It didn't hurt immediately, and I feel like I was especially protected because of my temple covenants/garments. On Friday, I was in a lot of pain. It hurts to stand for too long, and it hurts to sit unless my back is properly supported. The only comfortable chairs are the church pews and the passenger seat in our Toyota. I got a blessing from the Accokeek Elders on Saturday and I talked with the mission nurse. I'm supposed to ice my back three or four times a day and take a lot of advil (anti-inflammatory). It's not as painful now, just sore and uncomfortable. Especially in my hips and lower back. I am still able to perform all of the work normally, except I just go to bed earlier and I ice my back instead of exercising in the mornings. And it's a little more difficult to sleep at night. Sister Olsen said she wants me to see a chiropractor this week. I tested positive for scoliosis in 8th grade, so I'll probably give in and go;)
I can just imagine what Grandma Crandall would be telling me if she were here right now. Don't worry, Grandma, I remember how to eat an elephant. And I'm sorry for taking hot showers at night. And I only went running once since the accident. I'm sorry to hear that Grandpa Crandall also took a fall this past week! He's actually been on my mind a lot. When I received my blessing, the Elder said that my family is mindful of me and that I am in your prayers. I want you to know that you're in my prayers too!! I wrote letters this past week that I am mailing to Nephi and Santa Maria today!
*Also, read Psalms 145:14.
Here's an interesting service that Sister Olsen and I were able to do:
We had a potential investigator named Veinza. We offered to do service, but she said it was a bad time. She was walking slowly, and looked like she had a back injury. When we went back, her sister had just arrived with groceries. We helped the sister carry in the groceries, and she explained that Veinza had been in a car accident. We came back a third time, and Veinza was just leaving. She invited us in and took us to the cutest little pink princess room in the world. She asked us to bag all of the clothes in the closet after separating it into winter and summer clothes piles. Veinza said she had been trying to do it earlier in the day, but that it was too emotionally difficult. She said that we can help her move out the furniture and paint the walls in the future. She then left to run other errands. Her daughter probably died in the car accident. The Spirit was so strong in that room. It took everything in me to keep from crying as we packed away little dresses and shirts and skirts. The girl was probably 10 or 11. Veinza invited us to come back, and we're hoping to see her later this week!
On Friday, we did a "blitz" in the Rockhill ward, where our district meets together to tract one area. Sister Olsen and I came to a door where the screen was shut, but the door was open to the inside. The walls were covered with hunting knives and guns as decorations. There were three bearded men in the room. I felt like Rapunzel when she enters the Snuggly Duckling bar with all of the ruffians in Tangled. We knocked on the door and one answered. We introduced ourselves as representatives of Jesus Christ and he immediately said, "Sorry, we're devout atheists." Sister Olsen and I didn't really know how to respond, so we told them goodnight. Then we laughed really hard all the way down the driveway.
A few doors later, we were stopped in the middle of the street to check our voicemail. It was really dark outside and the street wasn't well lit. I looked behind us and saw three men in the dark coming towards us...it was the devout atheists!!! Needless to say, we got to our car as soon as possible! On that tracting trip I also got my first real door slam. I've had people say or do rude things, but this one woman yelled and slammed the door. There's a first time for everything, right?;)
*Here's an update on our investigators:
Alex canceled his baptism. He's still struggling to accept a modern day Prophet and that this is the only true church on the earth. He came to church on Sunday and he's been listening to a lot of conference talks. Tonya has stopped progressing. She's back together with her boyfriend. Dean hasn't kept two appointments now, and we think he purposefully planned them when he knew he wouldn't be home. Latrice texted us and said to not come back.
Sister Olsen said I'm not allowed to pray for humility anymore, because things like this happen;) I'm doing the best that I can, but people still have their agency. People that I love love love. Isaish 61 talks about the Savior and the work that he does, but I think it also applies to missionary work! I'm really happy because I know that I'm obedient and faithful and that I have my family supporting my 100%. Except Lindsay is supporting me 200%... :)
Speaking of which, congratulations to my sister Lindsay on her pregnancy:) I am happy beyond words. I found out from Darci's email about an hour ago, and the people in the library think I'm insane. I am so excited to be an auntie:) I have been praying earnestly for this to happen. Robert and Lindsay will make excellent parents!! I love you both SO MUCH. I look forward to receiving the letter that I was supposed to get;)
For Thanksgiving I'm eating dinner with a member family, and then helping another family decorate for Christmas. It's an exciting time to be a missionary!:)
I love you. Have a happy week:) Sister Crandall