Serving as the first aid senior missionary at the PCC has been a relief for Sister Debbie Day, who said the culture and themes here make her mission peaceful.
“Working here is very much what I needed because I used to work in a hospital,” said Day, originally from Washington. “It just gets real hard when [patients] don’t care. They don’t do what you ask them to do, and they become kind of entitled. Even though I only want what’s the best for the patient and take care of them with all my heart, that’s the kind of attitude I used to deal with.”
Day said she thought of serving somewhere in the middle of Africa where she could give shots, take care of missionaries who got really sick, or sit in the office taking care of insurance. “Those were all the things I thought I’d be doing,” she added. However, she said she didn’t know there was a first aid station at the PCC and signed up when she found out.
“When I read that I would be going to Honolulu, Hawaii mission, the first thought in my mind was about Joseph F. Smith. I [thought about] what he would have felt when he got called in the Hawaiian Islands mission,” added Sister Day.
“I only spent five days in the MTC and it was amazing. Coming to this mission as a senior missionary is not about Preach My Gospel, but it’s about using ideas and thoughts to build upon having good relations with people.”
The most common challenges Day said she encounters as a first aid person are “heat exhaustion and dehydration… I thought that I could help with that. The very first thing I wanted were ice jugs filled with water. Wherever I go, if someone needs it, I offer it to people.”
“I just want people to know, if they need ice water, Sister Day has it and I would be glad to give it to you,” she continued.
Day shared an excerpt from Elder Ronald A. Rasband’s April 2017 General Conference talk “Let the Holy Spirit Guide” about people being spiritual responders and compared it to what she does. “We’re spiritual first responders to let them know that there’s someone who loves them more than they can imagine, someone whom they can trust.”
First aid professionals are physical first responders, Day said. “We’re not here to perform any operation, but we’re first responders to help them and say, ‘Let’s call 911 and we’ll get you to the hospital,’ or, ‘Let’s put this under cold water. It’s not too bad, we can take care of it here.’ We also give them ways on how to take care of it. That’s what we’re supposed to do.”
Lau Niumatalolo, a security officer from Samoa, said, “I know that Sister Day is very excited about her duties and her job here. She pushes to do better and she likes good changes.”
Day explained the previous sister missionary in her position had a different way of organizing than Day; however, she said she’s blessed because most of the students working with with her have already been there for a year. “They all can help me with what everything is. We’re working on a step-by-step procedure of what they need to know when a new person comes in, so that we can all be doing it the same way.”
Day is patient and knowledgeable about people’s health because she’s been in the field for a long time, said Madeline Bashore, a biochemistry junior from Utah. “I’m planning to go to a medical school, and Sister Day helps me understand the opportunities I need to know about, my future plans for medical school, and career opportunities.”
Bashore continued, “She helps and picks up a lot of stuff and she’s good because she connects the two days. So, we work either Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and she’s able to work in between. She’s able to help us communicate better.”
“We’re grateful to have her and we desperately need her,” Bashore said while laughing.