Mauri! (hello) Dear family and friends,
Not a whole lot to report on…
3 weeks in bed with a very bad respiratory viral infection…
It got scary there for a few days and then I made a turn for the better.
The Holy Ghost is truly an amazing gift! I was calm and steady, for a first timer. It was not a clean cut... There were pieces of his skin that were missing and other parts that were jagged. It was just like putting together a puzzle!
Elder Youngberg was a real trooper. I don't know who was worse - him or Sister Youngberg. They were both pale and she had to walk out of the room a couple of times.
When I opened the kit, which consisted of an old sheet with, (what I hoped were stains all over it), I assessed his hand movement to make sure that he could make a fist and move all the joints in his left middle finger. Yea! That was a blessing! But more than that, it was a miracle! After I numbed it with lidocaine and pulled back the skin, I could see the tendon. There were cuts and tears on both sides, up and down his finger, but there was not even a nick in the tendon.
Here is what happened. Elder Youngberg was working with another young man and they were trying to move a large metal corrugated door. It slipped and the weight was too much for a bare hand. He's lucky that it didn't cut his fingers all the way off! Elder Rasmussen gave him a wonderful blessing and he was told that he would not have any pain. God truly is a God of miracles! I love Him!
I love being a missionary! It's the best! The Spirit is so strong and wonderful. There are hard days too, and on those days, I just have to say what my best friend always says: “One more Day!”
Have a wonderful day! I love all of you so much more than when I left on my mission. My heart is changing for the better and that is because I know each one of you. Thank you for all you love, support and encouragement!