Friday, February 5, 2010

The unthinkable has happened!!!!

*So...sorry if the toes thing is TMI but...I decided to leave it in. You want to know what she's doing right? Well...*

So...the right side of the big toenail on my right foot has been bothering me for the past month or so. After seeing Irmao Smith's mission pictures, which included ingrown toenail pictures and stories or pain and anguish...I realized my toenail might be heading in the same direction. This was NOT okay with me!

I had been meaning to stop by the health clinic to ask them about it. It seemed very beginning stages, but its better to prevent than let it become terrible, so I finally stopped by this past Monday to ask them about it!

First, I visited with the nurse and she said since I could get my visa anyday we should send me to a doctor now to check on it. So I went into the scheduling area, and they asked me about insurance. That is when, RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, she calls Papa and asks him about it! Unfortunately, I couldn't hear his voice, but it was exciting to know she was talking to him right there!

They told me they would call me to the office once he called back and they could schedule my appointment. Sister Riggs and I left and went back to class where we found out that some people in other districts had received visas! Woo! Always good news!

THEN...Our dear Brazilian friend from the travel office walks into OUR ROOM...with a HUGE stack of travel plans in her hands...DUN DUN DUN!

She starts saying names...Elder Athans...Elder McQuivey...Elder Floyd...Elder Webber...Elder Armitstead...and last but not least...








Two of my Elders and some of my adopted district Elders and my campanion!!!! Leaving the next morning!!!!!!! AHHHHHH!!

It was so bittersweet!! So the rest of the day was very crazy! Especially when I get called back to the health clinic and my appointment is later that day! So we went to the doc, and decided the best option for me would be to perform a little surgery/chemical burn on my toenail so that it will stop growing out the wrong way. Because my toe nails curve so much already, they are high risk of ingrown toenails. Since my left foot hasn't bothered me yet though, he doesn't think it will be a problem at all. But the right side was already heading in a bad direction, so we took care of the problem!

So for the next week I get to soak my foot/toe for 20 minutes morning and night and then return to him on Monday for a check up. Other than that I can go about normal activities and it doesn't hurt really at all. Pretty painless, but now I can say I have been CHEMICALLY BURNED! Kind of cool, no? we get Sister Riggs all packed and ready to go and take pictures with our Elders and cry a little and all that jazz. The next morning at 6, we go say goodbye to our other sister (Sister Smith who is incredible!) and elders in our branch that got their visas and pick up Sister Smith's companion, Sister Simpkins (also so very amazing!!) who would be becoming my companion after Sister Riggs left. At 8, she had to be at the travel office, so we sadly took her and all said out good byes. I lost it just a little because I love Sister Riggs so dearly! We have been together 24/7 for almost 3 was really hard to say bye!

It was a strange couple of days after that! The Mega District has slowly started dissolving! Our classroom because the last one! Sister Simpkins and her 3 Elders that were left came into our room where there was now only me and my last 3 Elders and 3 more of my adopted district Elders! All the rest have been reassigned or received their visas! CRAZY!



Some more visas came in...

and halfway through the day...

Another travel office lady came in and annouced four more names...

Elder Teichert...Elder Edlund...Edler Lew...SISTER KNUDSEN!

My and my Elders (all of us going to SP NORTH) received our visas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We leave together on Tuesday at 11:30!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It has happened...and I am in shock still! It is so crazy!!

**********So here is the good news: I get to call home later today for 5 minutes. I'm calling around 5:45 Utah time...I'm leaving a little time on my email so I can check back if that is good, so write back just writing in the "subject line" YES or NO (If NO write in the better time for me to call in Utah time because i don't know if its different or the same right now) OKAY? I'm so excited and I will talk to you all then!!!!**********

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sister Erin Knudsen


  1. YAY Erin!!! I have 2 letters for you, I am an awful friend, sorry!! I will send them to Brazil!! Love you :)

  2. Yay for Erin! What is her address in Brazil going to be?

  3. I don't know yet! As soon as she emails us I will let you all know!