Unfortunately, we learned that Kate has been sick in the MTC. In her first email last week, she mentioned that she was starting to feel sick on the plane to Manchester. She could not sleep Monday night, and went to the MTC president’s apartment because she had been coughing all night and was starting to wheeze. He first gave her a blessing and then Kate mentioned she had a sister who is a doctor so he got the phone and dialed her number. Kate was able to talk to Emily and get her opinion about what her illness was and what she should do. She has an appointment with a doctor today so we will not know what the diagnosis is until next week, but hopefully she will be recovered by then. As you will see from her email, she has a great attitude despite all this. She’s amazing!
If you would like to write to her, use this address:England Leeds Mission Lister House, Lister Hill Horsforth Leeds England LS18 5AZ
It’s really hard to organize this email because I almost feel like I have to start with today and summarize the past week going backwards, so I’ll do my best. Everyday I have been here I have had the urge to come and email you, and I have simply had to keep a running list of things I wanted to tell you in my head and in my journal. Let me just start with day one. When I got here, like I said, I was already feeling sick but adrenaline kicked in with the excitement of the first day. After I emailed you I went upstairs and unpacked some stuff and met my three roommates. We knew at that point that one of the three would be our companion, we just didn’t know who. I already knew who I wanted it to be. Later that evening we finally found out. My companion is Sister Sorge, and I just love her. We kept joking that they put us together because we were both sick (she had had a cough the week before she came and still had a residual cough). She is from Southern California, her dad is a dentist, and she has been my support through this whole thing. Luckily we have a similar sense of humor and we’ve been able to take everything in stride. Also that night, Sister Sorge and I were made the Sister Training Leaders over all the sisters at the MTC. They don’t really break up the sister leadership positions like the elders with separate zone and district leaders, so we are just over everybody. Basically in this calling, we have to get to know everyone, attend leadership meetings and bring up any concerns among the sisters, and conduct Relief Society. Not too hard, but it’s made a bit more challenging with being sick. Everyone has been so nice and so concerned though. There is a sister from Scotland that got up with me two nights in a row because she heard me leave my room and go to the bathroom to cough. She just sat with me for a while and talked until I got tired and my cough had calmed down a bit. She is lovely. She is going to Leeds as well, which makes me happy.
Here is something that I have gained with all of this though. Nothing will make me give up. I haven’t ever felt with any of this that I just wish I didn’t ever come or that I just wish I was home. I’ve missed home for sure, but it’s almost as though it has strengthened my resolve to see this thing out. I want so badly to be able to get better so that I can learn everything I need to learn and become the best teacher I can. I know that there are people here that are desperately seeking the truth, and for some of those people, only I will be able to get to them to understand it and accept, and that is a big responsibility, and one that I accept gladly. I just need to get better! Ha. Also, I have felt the power of your prayers for me. President Edwards mentioned that missionaries are some of the most prayed for people in the world. They are prayed for in every temple in the world, by strangers, by friends, and family. I have definitely felt that sustaining me so thanks for that, and know I am praying for you as well. I love you all so much!!
Also Mom, I don’t know if the missionary plaque is something they still do in our ward, but if it is, I would like Proverbs 3:5-6 on it. Such a fantastic scripture.
Love, Sister Zurcher
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” —Proverbs3:5-6