There she is, almost there, coming around the corner and....WOOHOO Hermana Simonson finishes mile one and she's looking strong!!! Two more to go. Woo! That's right. 6 MONTHS IN THE MISSION!!!!!!!!!!! It's not that I'm excited because I'm less than a year from coming home, more than anything it's realizing what an accomplishment this is!
SO, I wake up on the big day, pumped to have completed my 6 months and everything is just normal until the phone rings. I was in the middle of praying so my companion answers it and I hear this panic in her voice. I'm a little stressed out. I end my prayer and look up at her and she informs me that I had received an Emergency Transfer and had to be ready to go in a manner of minutes. I got up numbly and started taking the sheets off my bed. I just started thinking about the converts I wasn't going able to say goodbye to and how I was leaving Shilcayo after so much time and how could I be ready in minutes and I didn't even have letters to leave for the people. Yes, I broke into tears just as my companion started bursting into laughter. Oh wow. I totally fell for it! She never jokes about anything. Those mischievous Zone Leaders talking my companion into tricking me!
Later that day, we had interchanges again and this time I got to be with Hermana Reategui, the member that is living with Hermana Ryder right now. It was a lot of fun and watching her really made me realize how much I've grown. I watched her stand in the plaza shaking because a few Catholics had yelled at her and she didn't want to talk to anyone else. For a moment, I remembered being in the same place doing the same thing and Hermana Vasquez (I don`t know how she had so much patience for me) talking me into going out and talking with more people or knocking a few doors. It made me think of how scared I used to be and how much I've grown! It also made me start to miss Hermana Vasquez all over again.
That night, I was just getting ready for bed when the phone rang and a brother from Morales told me he was outside waiting to give me something...okay? I was a little weirded out because I haven't touched the Morales area since we got more Sisters here. I opened the door and he had a big smile and was holding Inca Kola and a box of pizza (which in the jungle is just bread with cheese and bologna but I still love it) and he told me it was "a gift from Hermana Vasquez and her companion in Pucallpa. HAPPY 6 MONTHS IN THE MISSION!" I laughed and maybe even cried a little bit imagining Hermana Vasquez and Hermana Price celebrating Hermana Price's 6 months and thinking of me and knowing I wasn't doing anything. It was so sweet.
I also got to watch the Relief Society Broadcast this week and it was great! Hermana Ryder and I were able to watch it in English and we were just two women there together, but we were a powerhouse singing at the top of our lungs and rejoicing with sisters around the world. I imagined how many of my friends and family were doing the same with us around the world in missions and in normal lives. I LOVED what they shared about the new Provo Temple.
How God let the Tabernacle burn so that it could be a Temple. It made me think about the Refiner's Fire thoughts that I had had. God sure has let a fire burn in my life these last 6 months! I also thought of how my life before was like the Tabernacle. I remember that when the Spirit prompted me to give up my opportunity to run in college, how sick I was, how hard I had to work to make up for the scholarship that, for some unknown reason, God had informed me I was not to take. I didn't understand anything. I felt my life was in flames until, one year ago, God told me that He was changing my Tabernacle life to be a Temple!
He was making normal, spoiled Meghan learn to become Hermana Simonson. I also loved the focus on covenants. It made me think of the Covenant I made six months ago when I stood in the MTC, scared to death, shaking, already missing my family and friends, felling completely incapable as a sister stood before me and asked "Have you been endowed en the Temple of the Most High? Have you been set apart as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by your stake President?" and as I answered yes, put a tag on my chest. I had no idea what I was getting into, but it was a covenant with my Heavenly Father and I am really trying to focus on what more I can do to keep this covenant for just a little less than one more year!
Lots of Love,