Monday, February 7, 2011

Elder Bolliger - San Bernardino, CA Week 24: A new companion and a car / Sickness on a mission sucks

Hello from San Bernardino California where this past week we had
transfers and I found out that I am staying here in San B and have got a new companion, his name is Elder Southworth from Cedar Hills,Utah and he has been out for more than 20 months and also brought a car with him. I am so thankful for that because now I won't get super sick anymore like I have in the past.

Well I am really looking forward to this next transfer with him as it is good to get some new blood in the area and things are looking good for the next 5 weeks here.

This will probably be a much shorter email as we really did not do all that much this past week as he can't bike and we didn't get a car until Saturday.

A Missionaries drive to work. Well this past week I was at a doctors and he recommended to me that I rest and not bike around with some of these respiratory illnesses. He is not LDS but we are working on him and he was saying truthfully to me that missionaries make it harder on themselves as even when they are sick and its raining and everything, they still have that drive to work work work nonstop and actually make it harder on themselves and push themselves deeper into sickness. I can see that this is very true for one as the best way to pass the time on a mission is to love the people and work hard, since we don't have things like video games or movies etc to pass the time as we used too back home when we were sick and also back home we weren't constantly on the go from place to place all of the time and always trying to get stuff done.

But one of the most important things that comes to being sick on a mission, and it seems like missionaries have flipped the normal reaction is to " Fix yourself then get to work". This statement is very true as we need too fix ourselves first and not try to go on and on while we are sick and then digging the hole deeper and deeper, it also tells us that we need to fix things as soon as they come up and not let little sores get bigger and bigger until it becomes harder and harder to fix it.

But as a missionaries we do not like to get sick as it really is hard to have that drive and reel yourself back and get better.

Elder John Bolliger

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