Dear Elder Slavens

Dear Elder Slavens

Elder Dallin J Slavens Cambodia Phnom Penh

Elder Chancellor J Slavens Idaho Twin Falls

Monday, November 10, 2014


That means 'bittersweet' in Spanish - word of the day! It also describes my week somewhat. Let me explain.

This was like the best week every for a few different reasons. But I made some decisions this week which are affecting me negatively, now that I look back on them. Check it.

First dumb decision - I had my warts frozen off by a member with the hook-ups. This guy is a chemical distributor for dairies, and as such, he has a large supply of liquid nitrogen. I've had a wart forming on my hand, and two on my foot, for the past little while. You know how much of an eyesore warts are, so I heard about this liquid nitrogen and I was like sign me up burr. Well he got a hold of the goods and stuck a Q-tip down there and put it on the wart and holy moly you have no idea how much it sucks to have a wart frozen off from in between your toes. I thought I was gonna die. But long story short, the huge blister that formed burst and now it's all infected and I can't like walk properly. But fear not! My companion went to Berkeley and knows everything so he taught me how to fix it!! I guess I should be fine soon.

Well actually, that was pretty much the only dumb decision I made this week. However I did make another decision that will probably change the rest of my life as I know it.

We were having dinner with a family in one of our wards and I asked the dude what his profession is: he's a chiropractor. In discussing this, we eventually hit the topic that he does some funky technique to get rid of people's allergies, 'cause I mentioned to him (as I do at like every dinner appointment) that I'm allergic to raw fruits and vegetables (by the way, nobody believes me here, either). He was all like "Oh, I can fix those, easy." And I was like yeah right man, like 4 weeks ago I met some other chiropractic genius that said he could do the same thing, and I'm still a mess (true story). He was like "Naw, I'm legit." So last Monday we went over to his office and (once again) long story short, he did a bunch of freaky voodoo tests on me and determined that I'm not actually allergic to anything other than fruits and vegetables. So he had me lay on my belly for a moment and he like poked my back in a bunch of random spots and said "Aight, you're fixed brudder." He said not to come into contact with any fruits or vegetables for 24 hours, and then I'd be good to go. So I did just that, and the next day I ATE 3 WHOLE BANANAS AND A SALAD AND CUCUMBERS. And I yet live! So as far as I can tell, I'm no longer allergic to fruits and vegetables. I even find I'm sniffling my nose a bit less, which will really throw off those of you who know me well. So yeah, that was pretty chill.

It was also my birthday this week, which goes pretty uneventfully on a mission. I'm 21 now, so that's cool.

ANNNND Kino got baptized this weekend! Holy heck it was so great to see him make that decision! It's been a long time coming, and I was so blessed to be a part of plucking the fruit or however you'd put it. That was some dang low-hanging fruit man. He's such a great kid and he'll make an amazing addition to the branch. So pumped.

So that was pretty much my week. Not really all that bittersweet, now I look back on it. But my foot hurts. But life is good. I love you all! Give each other hugs for me. You rock.

Elder Slavens

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