So, let's start off with the comparably boring news. I got transferred to Carlsbad, California and my new companion is named Elder Blomstedt. It's a really nice area, and almost anywhere you go you have a nice ocean view. Also, the weather here is awesome so far. It has never gotten extremely hot or really cold. It has been great.
But that is less important.
The main thing that happened this week was that I got into a bike accident involving me, a downhill slope, and a loss of stability on a bike. To make a long story short, my companion and I were going down a fairly large hill in our area, and when we got to the bottom I lost control of my bike and went flying...until I landed...on the road...it hurt. So, I got quite a bit battered, bruised, and slightly broken, but I am a lot better off than I should be probably.
I attribute my relative lack of injuries to two main things:
1. My helmet. No matter how ridiculous wearing a helmet looks I will forever promote the use of helmets in the future. Without the one I was wearing I would probably just be a splattered missionary on some road in Carlsbad. Unfortunately I will not be using that helmet again, as the impact broke it.
2. My Father in Heaven. It is really clear to me that I should be a lot more injured than I am. Since the only protective equipment I was wearing was my helmet, and I obviously would not just land on my head, the rest of my body should be a lot more injured than it is, but other than my knee (which did get fairly road rashed) and my shoulder (which was dislocated [then I somehow relocated it without knowing it]) and a few other small scrapes and bruises, the rest of me is perfectly fine. And I don't think it should be. So I know that there was some divine preservation involved in this whole accident. And I am extremely grateful to know that this came from my Heavenly Father who loves me dearly and wants the best for me.
So now I have spent the last few days visiting hospitals, a couple specialists for some of my more severe injuries, and being taken care of by Elder Blomstedt. He has been absolutely great these past few days, doing everything he can to help me out. Which just shows more of God's love for me, assigning me to Elder Blomstedt just a few days before this happened.
During this whole thing, there has been one scripture that has been going through my head very often. This scripture is D&C 122:7. In the scripture it lists off many trials and tribulations, but it is the last line that really sticks out to me, "all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good." Even though at this time I may not be able to see why, I find comfort in the fact that this whole crazy thing that has happened to me will, in the long run, be for my good. And I know that I have already gained some experience from this, and I hope that I will be able to share this with others in the future.
I am so grateful for all the support and love that I receive. It has really been a great help for me these last few days. Thank you all!