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Date Archives: May2019

Monday / May 06, 2019 /

April Update

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I realize that I have not posted an update on sister von Mayer for some time. A lot has happened and God continues to bless and protect our family. I will try to keep things in order as much as possible.

Entering the Field

The adversary is hard at work in the von Mayer family. When Kayrin first entered the field from the MTC she was struggling. The adversary gave her the gift of nightmares, her worst fears in the form of nightmares.

Karyin told her companion about the nightmares and their subject matter; she even mentioned that she wanted to come home and did not feel like a missionary because of these awful nightmares. Her companion told her to wait until the next zone meeting and ask for a blessing. Fortunately, because we are able to talk to our missionaries on a weekly basis Kayrin also told me of the events that were happening and how awful she felt.

In her tearful state I reminded her that zone leaders are not the only ones who hold the priesthood and she could ask anyone who has the authority to give a blessing for a blessing. I also reminded her that her companion is her age, she too is also learning to adult and she does not yet know everything. After we finished the phone, less than a half hour later I received this text:

Chatting with Family

I really wanted to make sure to make Kayrin smile on our next chat so I decided to add some company! I did not tell my dad that we would add him to the call but boy did we get a bigger laugh than we thought. We had so much fun chatting and laugh so hard. What made it funny? See for yourself:

I don’t know if they just cannot see what is on their phone or if they don’t know how to hold it where they are not close enough we can see the pores on their face. We can even see up Emma’s NOSE on the left! Most of the conversation with grandpa was really a conversation with the top of his head! Gotta love the rents!

We thought it was funny enough that I decided we all needed to squish up to the camera so we could be like them. Kayrin ended the call on a super happy note setting a good tone for the week.

New Way to Count

My mom came to town the weekend before my birthday and bought me a solar flower. I never really noticed them but I love them! I love them so much that I decided to start a new way to count the months Kayrin is away. I plan on placing a new solar flower in our rock mess for every month Kayrin successfully serves in the field. My mom purchased my first flower, Jo and Kayrin love them too.

Flower a month

This month’s flower goes out in a week!

Birthday Call

I was very surprised when my phone rang on my birthday and my beautify missionary was on the other end. She was so happy and had a lot to talk about. She even reported her first investigator.

First Investigator

Kayrin told me how her and her companion thought they were going to go pick up their bikes so that they could ride them to their next appointment. However, when they got to the bikes they noticed that one of the tires were flat and they were not going to be able to ride.

During their walk to the next appointment they met a woman on the streets who was blissfully unaware of the gospel and the Book of Mormon. The sisters were able to bare testimony and set an appointment to meet with her again. Kayrin was beaming with delight. I loved seeing her so happy.

Surprise Text

I was having trouble sleeping last night and then I received a text from a number I did not have programed in. To my delightful surprise this picture was on the other end from a sister in Utah who was kind enough to send it to me. Thank you Diane!!

My Testimony

Regardless of the trials and burdens we are faced with while Sister von Mayer is on her mission, I know that the Lord is taking care of us. I am thankful that we have been given the privilege to allow our daughter to serve the Lord. I will endure anything to serve the Lord and allow my children to serve him as well.

Monday / May 06, 2019 /

Bill’s “story”

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I cannot remember if it was before or after Kayrin’s nightmares but one day Mr. von Mayer called me very light heartedly to tell me a story of what was going on. He calls and the call goes something like this:

Hey wifey, I have a story for you. I was holding a pencil in my mouth at my desk and it fell out. So I put the pencil back in my mouth and it fell out again. After doing some research I thought it would be best to go to the hospital, so now I am on my way to the VA hospital. Nothing to worry about, I will keep you posted.

With his light hearted story I was not to concerned but I was suspicious. Right away I thought, it could be a mini stroke. Less than 30 minutes later I get another phone call from Bill explaining that the VA hospital he went to did not service “new” patients. Excuse me? Again, light heartedly, he explains that he was driving himself to another VA hospital that was 30 minutes away. I told him to call me when he got there.

He sends me a text message asking for Johanna’s social security number and was filling out paperwork. I supposed the VA hospital was not too concerned of what was happening so…I provided the information and shortly after I get another light hearted phone call:

Hey wifey, they are sending me over to St. Louis University Hospital, can you come get my car? I parked it on the street but you can wait if you want, I paid for it to be there for three hours.

Then the panic starts in…why are they sending you to another hospital? Bill explained they did not treat stroke at that facility. Fortunately, STLU was just down the street. Everyone at the hospital was very confident that he was having a stroke and administered tPA meds to help get oxygen back to the brain.

Bill ended up staying the night in the hospital with restrictions to the bed. He was not even allowed to get up to pee because of the medication. I waited until the next day to return to the hospital with the kids in hopes of bringing him home.

Proper Diagnosis

Before I could pick up the kids from school Bill called me again. The doctor did an MRI to discover that Bill did not have a stroke but that he has Bell’s Palsy. Bell’s Palsy is often misdiagnosed as a stroke.

Bill still had to stay in the hospital because of the medication but as soon as the 24 hours expired he was released to come home. He took it lightly giving himself the new nickname of Popeye.


Bill has almost all of the use back in the right side of his face. He is happy to have his wrinkles back on his forehead and is able to almost smile completely again. The Bell’s Palsy has been more of annoyance than anything, but we are thankful.

My Testimony and Take Away

I know that Heavenly Father truly played a part in this trial. This could have been so much more than what it was. In addition to Bill not having a stroke, Bill was able to go through the VA so our cost for his hospital stay may be minimal. 

The Lord is taking care of this family 100% and he is carrying the burdens we are enduring making them light. I love the gospel and am grateful that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.