We called Elder Mackay bright and early Christmas Day (7 a.m. our time—11 a.m. his time). From the get go, our conversation wasn't what we had hoped it would be. Elder Mackay informed us that he was very ill. He had been rushed from the Mission Christmas Conference to the Emergency Room (Brazilian equivalent) with numbness in both his hands and face. Due to his numbness, high temperature, and other symptoms, the doctors indicated he may have malaria and/or dengue fever. As one might imagine, we became extremely concerned for his health. He informed us that he would get the results of his tests on Friday (Dec. 26th). What a great way to spent Christmas, right? He sounded very miserable and despondent.
The good news he mentioned was that he and Elder Rocha would be spending one last transfer together. Since this is Elder Rocha's last transfer before going home, President Jayme asked him where he would like to serve and who he would like to serve with. He responded Compensa with Elder Mackay. Elder Mackay was honored to be chosen to serve with Elder Rocha one last time. They are a great duo and have worked extremely well together with much success. Besides having their usual meal at Marianice's home, they were going to reduce their schedule, so Elder Mackay could get some rest. If he was feeling better, they may keep an appointment that they had scheduled for later in the evening. After three times of the line going dead, we concluded our conversation with him. It was very difficult saying, "Goodbye." Mother's Day can't come soon enough.