Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Broken Glasses & Transfer Frustrations

First off, last week, my pair of glasses broke.... I am using my old pair that has a very similar prescription and I can`t tell the difference. I am doing well, but not great.... Things are a little crazy for me right now.... Normally, I would write on Monday, but our mission just changed our preparation day to Tuesdays. Also we have changes going on in the mission and last night they called after my companion just went home ending his mission. They called and told me that I have changes, but that I am staying within the Zone of Melipilla. That could mean going to almost any part right now because 5 sectors are getting completely different missionaries or being closed and there are only 7 missionaries staying in Melipilla of the 18 that were here. They might lower the number of missionaries to 12 or 14 or 16 depending on the sector cuts, but it is going crazy right now. Tomorrow, I will have a meeting on changes which is so different for me and I don`t have to take my bags, thank goodness, even though I was up until 12:30 last night packing to switch houses and sectors tomorrow.

I am so exhausted right now. I am excited, but still stressed. I have gotten to know almost all of Melipilla, so I will be going somewhere that I know a little of. I had an investigator with a baptismal date set for this Sunday and I am leaving tomorrow..... So frustrating for me..... I will still be verifying her progress, because I am going to be in the same zone, but it could cause problems with her progression, because of the change. I am really stressed and was sure to have success in the weeks to come, but the Lord apparently has another plan for me.... The change meeting will be tomorrow, but I should still be in Melipilla because they told me that I am not leaving, which means a sector change here. I am really excited, but sad. It is hard to leave the people and with those that were beginning to progress so well.

I don`t know what else I will need. I have been looking into things and I don`t know what you think about the whole glasses situation? They broke in the nose piece and I don`t know about getting others or the costs or anything but that will be a concern for the future, is my glasses. I am doing fine for right now though.

Hi!  About the glasses.  I will call and see what I can find out.  I know they are under warranty, but I suspect we have to return the broken glasses in order to get them repaired.  See if you can do these two things.

1.     Go to an optometrist place or somewhere that sells glasses there and take both pair of glasses and see if they can swap the lenses from the new glasses into the old frames and the old lenses into the new frames. 
2.    Go to a post office and package the broken frames up and your SD card and send them home to me.
I will see if I can order you a new pair of glasses.  Let me know next week if you were able to do these two things.

I am sorry that things are stressful for you, but you knew this would be a change with lots of changes because so many missionaries are going home.  Just make the best of it.  Hopefully they will let you finish up the baptism and someone will be able to help her and the rest of the people you have been working with.  Change is good.  It is an opportunity for growth.

I have not heard back from Soley on Facebook, so I do not have an address for you today.  I will try again this week.  Maybe Curtis can message her.

I am doing really well, but I am honestly shocked with the changes, because so much is going to happen and I honestly thought that I would be staying to help these people here right now.... It entirely caught me off guard, these changes and I am hoping for the best. I will let you know where I end up next Tuesday, because those are supposed to be our days for emails. I hope that everything goes well and that you are able to enjoy all of the opportunities available to you. Thanks for being so supportive and always doing so much for me. It means a lot to me and I appreciate everything that you do for me. Love you. I only have a couple minutes left.

Is the Preparation Day change a permanent thing or just for this week?

As far as I know, it is permanent and that is how it sounded from the mission. We never know for certain, but it appears to be a permanent change.

I will see what I can do about the glasses this week, but I will have to work on it gradually and will let you know what I was able to do next week. I don`t know the best way to send them home. I also will need to take all of my photos and format them to send as well. I don`t know if I can do all of that in a week.

Why the change in Pdays?  It really doesn’t matter to me.  I am just wondering. 
Things always work out for our best good in the Lord’s eternal plan.  Be happy and excited about what is to come.  Maybe you will get a better bike to ride!

I doubt that I will be on bikes with the change and I can`t explain the change either. I wasn`t able to say goodbye to Elder Correa or Elder Argyle, because of this change and they are all in their houses now.... It is frustrating for the entire mission....

Who is the sister that is ready for baptism?  I am sorry that you didn’t get to have the baptism before Elder Leyva went home.

The sister of the couple that have attended. The husband isn`t progressing, because of his head issues and will take more time, but the sister is ready. 

Just go to the nearest post office and they should have a small box you can purchase or even get free to put the glasses in.  Why do you need to format the photos?  I don’t understand. 

I have my photos on several cards, but moving the pictures around and putting copies all on 1 card to send home. I haven`t gotten them prepared and would have to copy everything to one card to send home as well which I haven`t gotten around to yet. I would want to put all of the pictures from my mission on one and then send them all to you, but right now all of my pictures are on my 2 64 gb cards.

I called West Point Eye Center.  I will have to take the broken glasses in to get them replaced under the warranty.  So you will need to send them to me.  It would be best for your eyes if you could try to swap the lenses before you send them home, but either way, try to get them sent as soon as you can and then I will take care of getting them replaced and back to you. 

I thought you had been copying your photos to your external hard drive so you would have a backup of all of the photos.  I know it is frustrating.  I guess I will just have to wait till you get home to see them. 

I am happy for you and for her.  Hopefully her example and excitement will help him to progress.  Hopefully the branch will be supportive and help them.  I suspected that your sector might get shut down again with these changes, since it was closed before and it doesn’t seem to be a very productive area right now because of the transportation problems.

The branch is not very supportive and there is the slight possibility that they tell me I have changes and then I end up back in Bollenar in 1 companionship.... They told me that I have changes, but I am not certain that I am out of Bollenar yet, because they told me I am staying in the Zone, but the changes are uncertain and it is stressful.... I don`t know and I will let you know in a week. Thanks for everything. I am out of time and I still can`t move my pictures to one card. I was looking into it and they aren`t reading my cards, so I can`t copy things over yet.

I might be able to get the pictures sent to you later on, but I still can`t copy pictures over often and I don`t have all of them copied over yet. I need to do more, but I can`t yet, but getting the glasses sent off I can probably do, but I don`t know about getting my prescription on my eyes checked. Would that be important to have done right now and then take the eye exam and use that to make a change to my glasses? I don`t know, but I can probably get the frames sent off next week. I tried taking the lenses out of the broken ones, but haven`t been able to yet and don`t want to break the lenses. The difference in my glasses isn`t gigantic right now, but I am getting by and I don`t know what would be the best option....

It will have to wait until next week before I can get them changed and sent in the mail and I don`t know how long that will take for them to get there. It will most likely take around a month and a half with the mail system. 

Okay.  Have a great week and stop stressing!  We love you so much and we are very proud of you and excited to hear what is going on in your life down south.  Focus on getting the glasses back to me and I guess I will have to wait on the photos.  But I really would like some soon.  Try to get on the good computer next week.  If you stay in Bollenar then you get to cover twice as much area!  Won’t that be fun!

I know and it all depends on what happens, but all of my stuff is here in a house in Melipilla right now. I have mixed feelings about both being in Bollenar and leaving.... Oh well thanks for everything and I`ll let you know next week what happens. Thanks!

You mean they sent the going home missionaries home yesterday?  Don’t worry about not getting to say goodbye.  You will have Facebook to keep in touch with them in the future.  That is a blessing of your generation of missionaries.  I can see how it would be frustrating though.

Yes, I am with Elder Ludeman and I have been since Sunday afternoon and we will be together until changes because our companions just went home and are home now....

No, you don’t need an eye exam.  Just have the optometrist use their tools to swap the lenses, so you have the prescription that best matches your eyes for the next few weeks while we get the frame fixed.  Then you will have to swap them back when you get the new glasses back.

Is it possible that an optometrist could fix the glasses down there?  You said it is the nose piece that is broken.  Could someone down there replace the broken part?

Not the nose piece, but the metal frame broke in the middle between the lenses so my glasses are 2 separate pieces.

Okay.  That is not supposed to happen.  If you can’t get someone to swap the lenses, then just send the broken pair home and I will get them back to you as soon as I can.  There was not a lot of difference in your old prescription and your new prescription so you will be okay for a month or whatever it takes to make the change.

Ok.  How is Elder Ludeman doing?  His mom mentioned something on FB about his health problems.  Not a lot of details, but said he might be going home because of his health issues. 

Right now, he is doing fine, but we are thinking that he might be diabetic or that his thyroid might be acting up. He has a hyperactive thyroid, so that could cause problems.

The little bit his mom said on FB made me think he could be diabetic, but lots of other things can mimic symptoms of diabetes.  Thyroid problems can also cause lots of weird symptoms.  I will pray for him and hope that the two of you have a great few days together.  Have him take a photo of the two of you and send to his mom and have her post it on FB.  I would at least get to see you that way.

I love you.  Have an awesome and amazing week.  You are marvelous and magnificent!

Love always and forever,

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