I didn't get to email last week because we were in the hospital. But not for me this time. Elder Pamaran had amoebiasis and so he wasn't doing to hot. But now everyone is alive and well. My whole week was just sitting in the hospital, until saturday, so we'll talk about that one (:
Saturday is the day that David A Bednar was going to show up to the Laoag Stake Center for a meeting with the missionaries from 1 to 4, and then with the YSA from 5 to 7. We had been told on Friday that we weren't going to be able to be discharged from the hospital on Saturday, but they would give us a 'check out' slip so that we could attend the conference. Sister Andrada wanted Elder Pamaran to be discharged, and was pushing for it, so on Saturday at around 10 o'clock they informed us that they would just discharge us, as soon as the doctor could get in to have one last look at Elder Pamaran. The doctor didn't get in until around 11 o'clock, and by that time I was feeling a little bit nervous about getting there on time because we were supposed to be there at 12 to prepare for the meeting.
The doctor said that we were all set to go, but before we left they wanted to give Elder Pamaran one more dose of antibacterial something or other through his IV, and that didn't get done until 12:05. After that I thought that we were clear to go, but it turned out to not be so. We still had to get billing all taken care of. So I ran Elder Pamaran's medical insurance card down to the billing section and they told me to just go wait in our room and that they would call the nurses station when they had contacted the provider and everything was all taken care of. So I returned to the room and we waited. 12:30, no call yet, so I went down and talked with them again, and they informed me that they had called the provider, but they were waiting for a call back, and it would probably be around an hour until it was done. I was really nervous by this time. I asked if we could just come back for it after the meeting, but they told me it couldn't be done like that. We weren't allowed to leave until everything was all paid for.
I went back up to our room and knelt down and prayed. An Apostle of the Lord was coming and I really wanted to be able to make it to the meeting on time. After I prayed, I got the feeling that we weren't going to make it on time, but that also came with a feeling of peace that everything would be alright. So we kept waiting. Finally at around 1:30 I went to find the Chief Nurse of the hospital. He had been our friend and helped us out a lot, so I figured that he would be able to help again. It turned out that I was right. He talked to the billing people and got everything all squared away. The insurance still hadn't been cleared, but the Chief nurse just got our number and said that he would call if there were any problems, and he also got us an ambulance to take us over to the stake center, bless his dear heart.
We went to the stake center with lights and sirens on (which was a good thing because there was a lot of traffic) and by the time we finally walked into the meeting it was 2:00. When I first walked in to the meeting, I was stressed and a little bit dissapointed, but after we sat down, I looked up at the podium and saw the face of David A Bednar standing at the pulpit, all of the stress melted away and I couldn't just help smiling. The spirit was so very strong in that room.
I learned so much from Elder Bednar that day, but one of my favorite learnings was about learning. He talked about how the spirit and the great blessing of knowledge we were feeling was not just because there was an apostle in the room. He said that we do not need and Apostle to learn like that. He reminded us that each and every one of us had been baptized, and because of that, we had the right to constant access to the third member of the Godhead. The very Holy Ghost would teach us, if we just would open our hearts and prepare ourselves to receive it. Elder Bednar promised that if we really prepare ourselves, we would have access to that power every day of our lives. Every time we need to learn, the spirit would be there, and we could have great blessings of knowledge every time.
Afterwards, Elder Bednar announced that we would all now get to go shake his hand. This was also a tender mercy of the Lord because I had assumed that that had taken place before the meeting started. I cannot begin to describe the feelings of gratitude and joy that I felt as I had the opportunity to shake Elder Bednar's hand, and look him in the face. It was a wonderful day.
I would just like to bear my testimony, that after being in the same room as an apostle, and hearing him speak, I know that the leaders of this church are called of God. They are inspired and they love each and every one of us personally. I know that President Monson is the prophet of our day, and the 12 Apostles act under his direction, and are also inspired of God.
I love you all,