This week was the craziest week in the world 4-16-16

9:09 PM

Holy Cow. This week was the craziest week in the world. So Tuesday night I was eating dinner and my name gets called to go to the information desk. So as soon as my companions and I are done eating we head to the information desk. They gave me a note saying that I was getting a new companion the next day. She had been to the MTC before but was returning and only needed to finish the last three weeks with us. So we were all nervous and wondering what it was going to be like splitting up and what the new sister was going to be like. Well that night we met with the Branch President and he said she didn't have to be my companion she could be any of ours. So we said a prayer together and went to our district meeting. When the meeting was over Hermana Dickson said she needed to be her companion. 

The next day she arrived (her name is Hermana Clausen) and she is awesome! She is from Canada and is going to the Mexico Puebla Mission. We have had a ton of fun. So it became Hermana Dickson and Hermana Clausen as a companionship and Me and Hermana Tracy as a companionship and it was perfect! Mine and Hermana Tracy's lessons went so well! We taught Sophia and she is getting baptized so that was good news! It's crazy how perfect the companionships are! Then Thursday came... that morning we found out that one of our Elders from our zone went home and it broke all of our hearts. We were so sad to see him leave and it changed the mood for the entire zone. We went to lunch and it was just kind of a downer feeling. When we came back to class Hermana Litster asked me and Hermana Tracy to practice our lesson for her. I talked the entire time and I could tell something was wrong with Hermana Tracy because she wasn't saying anything. I stopped in the middle of the lesson and asked her if she was okay and she ran out of the classroom to the bathroom. She was sooo sick. I thought she had the stomach flu because she was throwing up so much, so we decided to go back to the dorms. She slept for the entire day and I studied for the whole day. 

We finally went and got a sack lunch that night for dinner and we brought it back to the dorms to eat and sure enough she started puking again. So the Elders gave her a blessing and she came back in and slept some more and I studied for the rest of the night. Friday morning we got up and got ready for the day and she was feeling okay. So we went to class. After an hour we went to breakfast and sure enough during breakfast she got sick again so we went to the doctors office. We spent half of our day at the doctors office and then we went back to the dorms where she slept some more and I studied some more. I was studying out in the hall and the sister training leaders found me and said someone needed to meet with Hermana Tracy so I went and woke her up and we went and met with the guy. I waited in the waiting room for an hour and Hermana Tracy came back out and we started to walk back to the dorms together and she stopped me and said, "I don't know how to tell you this, but I'm going home. My mom is coming to pick me up in an hour and a half." 

We found the other sisters and went back to the dorms and helped her pack. I guess she had stomach problems before she came out here and they were never able to figure out what was wrong with her and it just got worse here so she's going home to figure out what's wrong and then she'll be back out! But last night was awful. We were all crying, and hugging, and sobbing, and packing, and then we had her all ready to go. Her mom came and got her and we said goodbye! It was so sudden and I am so sad because we got so close, but it's the best thing for her! She needs to get her health back! 

But other than Thursday and Friday, this week has been really good! We got to host again on Wednesday and it was so fun! I was waiting at the curb when two sisters walked behind me and right as they were walking by the one asked the other where she was going and she said... KENTUCKY! I ran at her and screamed and gave her the biggest hug in the world. I'm pretty sure she thinks I'm the biggest freak. She's English speaking so that means we get to fly out together! I was so happy to see her and I see her around every now and then and it's so fun having another person here coming to my mission! Also, I escorted a girl who is going to Sweden! It makes me think of Dad every time. I got to walk her to her class and the classroom was decorated with the Sweden flag and there were pictures of Sweden hung up all over the room! It was fun to hear them talking in Swedish too! 

This week in gym was so much fun. My district has just been playing basketball and trying to make these ridiculous shots that no one can make and even though we're not supposed to bet we make bets on bags of cookies. My NBA play is Steph Curry. I have to represent Payts. So every time I shoot I have to yell Steph Curry and Cookies to make sure everyone knows who is placing the bet and what the wager is. I thought Payton would be so proud, I represented Steph Curry well. Also, Daniel Willett. Who the heck is Daniel Willett? I cried ten tears when I found out Spieth lost the Masters. All I'm saying is he better win the US Open. 

But just a little fun fact for you, every Sunday night we watch "movies" which are just devotionals that have happened here. And most of the devotionals we get to watch you can't find anywhere else except for the MTC and they're amazing!! I wish everyone could watch them. We watched one by Elder Holland this Sunday and it has seriously changed my life. I have never wanted to work harder, I have never wanted to be more Christlike, and I have never wanted to serve more in my life than I do now after watching the video. It was incredible. The whole talk he said when you signed up to be a missionary, you didn't sign up for just 18 or 24 months. You signed up to be a missionary for the rest of your lives. And he ended by saying, "For as long as I can breathe and as long as I can move my lips I will be a witness of Christ." It was amazing and it was exactly what I needed to hear. 

I love you all so much, and I'm glad you're doing well. Keep me updated and know that I am so grateful for every single one of you and I'm grateful for all of the support. 

Les Amo!
Hermana Swapp

 Saying Goodbye to Hermana Tracy. I know we all look funny, we were bawling our eyes out. Also, Hermana Clausen is on the end! She is awesome!

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