Monday, September 17, 2012

September 17, 2012

Hey everybody!!!
     Hey hows everyone doing up there! I hope everyones happy now that schools started, well at least i know mom is haha! The school system here in Mexico is alot different but most of the kids have started school, which makes it a little easier to find parents with nothing to do but listen to us preach the gospel :) This week we learned a whole ton of new stuff, stuff that we probably wouldnt have learned if we didnt go through what we went through this week. On Tuesday, we went to a members house to eat at 2, me and my new companion found a new person to teach on monday so we planned to visit them after we ate. As we were walking to our appointment Elder Jimenez told me that he had a headache and wanted to stop by our apartment to take some pain pills. When we got to our apartment, we started walking up the stairs to the house ( we live on the 2nd floor ) I went inside the house, but Elder Jimenez just stayed at the top of the stairs to rest ( i just thought he was tired ). When i came back out with his pills, i asked him if he still wanted to take them, but he didnt answer me. Then out of nowhere, Elder Jimenez passed out and fell backwards all the way down our cement stair case ( about 20 steps ). When i got down to him he was completely unconcious but his eyes were open, and his jaw was closed so tight that he was almost biting off his tongue. I gave him a blessing as fast as i could and then called the mission president. Then i called some members that helped me drag him into the back seat of a truck to take him to the hospital. When we got there, the doctors told us that he was having an epileptic attack and that they couldnt really do anything for him ( the hospital in Catemaco is pretty small ). So i called the mission president again and he drove the 3 hour drive from Veracruz to take Elder Jimenez to a better hospital in Veracruz. Right now im staying with some other missionaries from a different area, but we still arent sure if Elder Jimenez will be coming back to Catemaco or if he will be going home to the Dominican Republic. Also this week on thursday night from the members in Hueyapan that Valentin Valdez Hererra, the man we baptized 2 and a half weeks ago, passed away.  :(  The members said that for about two days he was having alot of trouble breathing, but they couldnt take him to the hospital, and then on thursday at about 5, he was laying in his bed with his family and asked his nefew ( who is a member ) if they could say a prayer. Valentin closed his eyes and said the prayer, but when he finished, he didnt open his eyes again.
       For me this week has been pretty tough, but im sure everything happens for a reason. I will write you next week to let you know who my companion will be, with love
                                                   Elder Snow

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