Week 93: August 17, 2015: Heat Exhaustion

So this week has been one of the most interesting of my mission. It’s been a reeeeally long week.

Now with that said, here’s what was really good. So Monday, we had a lesson with the Majer’s again and we read 1 Nephi 1 with them and just read and explained verse by verse with an emphasis on the principles from the Restoration lesson (Gospel Blesses families, Prophets, Dispensations, Apostasy, Christ setting up church, etc.) So it went pretty good. She brought up some more concerns about the church and about the Book of Mormon. She’s always grown up hearing different things and being taught different things about this church and about the Book of Mormon that it’s hard for her to get past that a little bit. But she is at least willing to try, which is nice. She asked how she could “know if mormonism is correct,” because she was always taught it was wrong and things like that. So we explained that we, as missionaries, can talk and talk and talk and use scriptures and facts to try and prove our point, but ultimately the best way to find truth is to ask God Himself. So we told the story of Joseph Smith’s youth that led him to pray and receive an answer. Then I asked her, growing up Christian, what her experiences with prayer have been and how she has felt her prayers answered and she shared a really cool story about how her prayers always get answered – even if they are not necessarily the way she wanted them or the time she wanted them, but they do come. And so we did that so that she can get a clear vision of what she can expect from receiving answers to prayers and we brought it back to the Book of Mormon and the importance of praying to know if it is true. We also invited them to attend church. They said they couldn’t this Sunday (yesterday at the time of writing this). but that they might the next week. So crossing our fingers.

Tuesday, we went over to Quinn at 6:30 to have a lesson and he and the Thelin’s have been having a hard time with a relative in a difficult medical condition. And so it was a very emotional time for them, so we kept the lesson brief. But we taught the basic doctrine that God is our Loving Heavenly Father and that he knows us more than we can comprehend and that he has a plan for each and every one of us. And the center of that plan is Jesus Christ, and through Jesus Christ, it allows us to return to God’s presence after this life with our families for eternity so long as we remain obedient to His commandments. We talked about the importance of prayer and praying to God and had some of the members of the Thelin family bear testimony on the Gospel and the blessings that come from having it in their family. It was a very emotional time. But the cool thing was that yesterday on Sunday, we talked to Quinn who was outside in the foyer and found out that the relative is doing much, much better now (he was in a coma, but is now awake and is going through physical therapy) which was good to hear.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday was completely packed with doing service for a part-member family in Santa Rita ward that is moving out. So we’ve been doing things such as painting, packing, moving things in trailers, garages, etc. It was busy. And all in the middle of Summer.

Friday was our zone’s time to go to the Temple for the 7AM session. And you know how some members will have these weird experiences where things will just go wrong right before going to the Temple? Well, Thursday night we come home and we see the AC unit says 85 degrees. What?! We come to find that the AC was broken. We were thinking at first that it might have frozen over and that it would just take time, but that wasn’t the case. So we roll down all the windows and get as many portable fans as we could and slept through it (it was late, we really couldn’t do a whole lot, but man, it was IMPOSSIBLE to sleep).

So we go to the Temple and it was good and everything. Then we had a Weekly Planning session which lasting until 1:30 in the afternoon. Then we went back home to find it at a good 89 degrees. So we called the housing coordinators and they said they would have AC guy come to fix it the next day. So Friday night, we spend the night over in the apartments where Elders from the other District live. But we all had to be back at the house when the AC guy came, so we just spent the night and then went back to the house first thing in the morning on Saturday. So we were inside the house from 7:30 AM to 12:15 PM. The AC guy comes and it turns out the Compressor is broken and so they aren’t able to fix it until Monday or Tuesday. Then at 1:00 PM, we had to go back to the part-member family to do more service. And I was sweating hardcore in the house, it was ridiculous – especially when having to go to the restroom, it was insane. It was about 96 while we were in the house and we were in the house from 7:30 – 12:15. And I drank plenty of water as a result of it, but after having that and then needing to bike 4 miles to our area in the heat and not having any air conditioned areas to rest in, I just went completely out of it. I don’t even remember what was going on, but according to Elder Grayson, I was starting to swerve on my bike and I was starting to slowly close my eyes, so we got off the bikes and then walked to the service. Turns out I ended up getting pretty bad heat exhaustion and so they had me just lay down on the couch of the family’s home with the fans blowing right in my face with a wet rag and lots of water to cool me down. I felt bad because I couldn’t help out with the service at all, but it was just insane.

So Saturday evening, we made arrangements to stay in a member’s home in Elder Spencer and Martin’s ward for a few days until they can get the AC fixed. There was no way I was going back to the house after what had happened.

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So it’s been a really interesting week. The highest we saw it go was about 99 degrees… inside the house. It was just insane. And it was during the hottest days of the year, so that was perfect timing for the AC to go out. Really crossing my fingers that this all gets fixed and settled with ASAP. It really felt like not a whole lot happened this week, but maybe it’s just because I can’t remember doing much else besides service and dying in the heat. I’m ready for summer to end needless to say, haha.

Apart from that, it’s been a good week, hahaha! And I guess I wouldn’t be serving a mission in Arizona until I get a really good heat exhaustion story, haha! Anyway, hope you all have a great and safe week!

Love you all! Elder Foxx

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