Sunday, February 16, 2014

Health Issues and Surprise Transfers

We received an email from our missionary last week letting us know that she has been having some health concerns.   She's been losing a lot of weight and has been having a problem eating.  She's been to the doctor and has been put on medicine for some of these issues and has had to change her diet.   About a year before going on her mission she found out that she has a severe allergy to gluten (wheat, rye, oats, barley..etc).  She had to eliminate all gluten from her diet. This was hard because everything seems to have some sort of gluten in it, but she adjusted to her new way of eating and was doing very well. She also recently discovered that she is lactose intolerant.  Once in the Philippines within a few weeks she started to feel sick again.  Her diet in the Pines consisted of meat, veggies, fruit and lots and lots of rice.  For a person with gluten allergies rice is usually okay to eat, but she recently found out that the reason she's been getting sick is because the rice she's been buying and eating in the Pines undergoes a flour bath to help with the drying process before it's packaged.   People with a gluten allergies can't consume anything with flour, it makes them very sick.   She assured us that she is doing fine and will be okay, and says that she has to eliminate rice and dairy from her diet.  So, her diet mainly consists of meat, veggies, fruits and nuts.  Needless to say we are concerned for her, but we also know that she is being well taken care of by her Mission President and his wife.  The President's wife, Sister M. has truly been a guardian angel and we are so grateful for her.    We know that our daughter will be just fine and that the Lord is taking care of her. 

Sis. Carr and Sis. S.  her new companion

Sending birthday wishes to me.  I love that smile!!

From Mexico:

Hermana Carr was recently transferred to a new area.  She said it was a bit of a shock to get transferred because she was supposed to remain in her area for at least another week and she and her companions Hermana C. and N. had been teaching some people and were preparing them for baptism.  She was loving her area and had built some good friendships.  When she got the call that she would be leaving and that she had to report to her new area the very next day she said her heart sank and she started to cry.  She was really going to miss her companions and the people she had met there in that small Mexican town.  She was comforted when she thought of the words to the hymn, " I"ll go where you want me to go dear Lord"

 I'll go where you want me to go dear Lord,
Over mountain or plain or sea;
I'll say what you want me to say dear Lord,
I'll be what you want me to be.

Hermana Carr in her new area with her new companion Hermana H. She says that her new companion doesn't speak much English so she will be getting really good at speaking Spanish.   She had her first baptisms there this past week and she is learning to love her new area and the people she has been sent there to serve.

Hermana Carr and Hermana H. with one of the newest baptized members of the church in Mexico

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