Sunday, August 17, 2014

I'll miss you my beloved Guatemala

What's up mucha... This week was awesome. 
Last Monday we had P-Day and I got to see my best friend Elder Linford on his B-Day so that was dope. 
Tuesday we went to changes meeting and I took pics and said bye to everyone. That was crazy. My bros the Sican Family from Omnjas made the 3 and a half hour drive to see me so shout out to them. I also gave my testimony. I have never been so scared in my whole life, but it was awesome. After that we went to Las Lomas and I said bye to the homies. I then decided it was too sad so we didn't go to my other areas. I just went with another missionary to his. Wednesday we ate breakfast in the Presidents house. I love that man and his wife with all my heart. I wish they would have come two years ago. But that wasn't what God wanted to happen. We also went to Central Market and bought stuff. 
Thursday I said by to everyone way early and came back to La Justo. We worked well this week. We should be having two Baptisms this Friday so we will see what happens. 
I want to tell you guys some things I have learned on my mission.....  I have learned how to live in another country, a different culture, Spanish, how to dance bachata, how to love people. How to serve, how to be humble, patient, obedient, loving, cheerful, hard working, valiant, how to eat food I hated at first, how to get along with all kinds of people, how to treat everyone with love and respect.  I've learned more about the Gospel, how important it is to live it, how important it is to share it, how it can bless me, how it has blessed me, how it will bless me.  I have learned that there isn't anything more important than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I have learned how to lead, follow, talk, be quiet, and so much more. I've learned that God always answers prayers, but sometimes the answer is no. I have learned too much to fit in this email. I want you to all know that I know this is the Church of Our Savior Jesus Christ. He is at its head. Thomas S. Monson has been called as  a Prophet to lead us in these days. He tells us what to do so that we can return to God's presence. I know that this Church has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know he saw our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ in the Sacred Grove. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I don't know where I would be if Bishop Cook never would have challenged me to read it that day that seems like it was yesterday. I know that missionary is the most important work that there is. I know that every blessing I receive from here on out was earned in these years in Guatemala. I don't feel like I have given the Lord these years. I feel like He has given them to me. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that He lives. I know that He suffered and died for every one of our sins so that we could have the chance to repent. I love him and I know that He loves us. I will never ever ever ever regret the decision I made to leave you all behind for awhile and come here to Guatemala to serve the Lord. I know that we can all return to his presence. If we mess up it's fine. Jesus already payed for it. We can repent. I love the Atonement. I think it is incredible how someone as imperfect as I am could have the privilege to wear our Savior's name of their chest for two years. I know that the Priesthood is the power of God and that it has been restored. I love this country. I never thought that there was a place I'd love as much as Utah, but I love Guatemala with all of my heart. My heart is broken, but my soul is full of joy. I don't want to come home. I don't want this to end, but I'm super stoked to see you guys. I love each and every one of the people I have met. I've learned so much from all of them. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be able to learn so much and experience so much. I love you all with all of my heart. What I'm about to say... I don't know if it is with happiness or sadness... All I know is that there are tears in my eyes right now.... I love you all.... See you next Monday....... With much love from my beloved Guatemala.... 
        ELDER Nicholas David White

Goodbye Zona 1

Monday, August 4, 2014

If Russ and Brooke's marriage were a kid it could have gotten baptized last week......

What up family.... How have you all been. This week was pretty good. I hope Russell and Brooke had a solid anniversary. I'll always remember how they tried to jack JD's birthday swagger by planning a wedding two days rude... but I'm over it. Happy Birthday to one of my heroes and best friends today!! I love you J!!! You're now super old.... This week was good. We just had a normal week. I bought some cool stuff in the market last Monday. 
We also had some solid new investigators this week. We found an awesome family. And we finally put a fecha with a mom of these members for the 15th so we will see what happens. Our Baptism also just went to visit his wife and got super sick and couldn't come back home yet. But he is coming home today. So it is likely that he gets Baptized on Saturday. We also had our interviews with President Caffaro. Can I just say that I love him and his wife. They are awesome.  I felt something incredible in my interviews with both of them. I felt the true confirmation that they have been called by God to preside over this mission. The bad thing is that I don't have much time with them so it won't effect me that much, but they are awesome. I'm pretty sure the conversation I had with President changed my life for forever. But other than that it was just a normal week. I have to give my testimony tomorrow in changes meeting.... I'M SO SCARED! But it's chill. 
I know that Jesus Christ lives and that he is our Savior. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only Church that can lead us back to his presence and that the only way to be saved is by obedience to the commandments.
I love you all and desire that you have a swell week. Next week will be my final email and it will have to be the best I've ever written as well. 

Love you guys! Write me! It's my last temple for heavens sake!!!! 

Love, Elder White 

Elder White & Elder Evans

Elder White & "Chef" eating chuchitos

Killin' it!

King of La Vasquez

Hay que tomar... pero las cosas enserio... QUote form my boy sergio to a drunk in the street

Hey guys! What's up? How was your week? Mine was good. We had a solid Monday we went to the mall and we also found a new family, but even though they appeared super pilas they are crazy.... 
Tuesday we taught our boy Neftali. He is about 72 and the dad of a member he was going to get Baptized in 1985, but he wasn't married and living with someone so he couldn't. He has been awesome and is getting Baptized this Saturday. We also taught this girl we have been teaching and she was actually super pilas this time, but on Wednesday and Thursday she failed us so we had to drop her. 
Wednesday I had divisions with my boy Elder Chavez we killed it. It was classic. He's super dope. 
Thursday the family from Monday spoke pure apostasy to us and we made them look dumb with scriptures from the Bible and then we decided they aren't really going to progress too well. So they have one last chance this week. We also have left with Oscar like everyday. It's sweet to see his excitement while getting ready to go on his mission. Great guy.  
On Saturday we taught the Dad of our boy Dorian who goes with us like everyday. He is cool. He just has some problems, but he can progress.  
Sunday was a good day. We found a new family. We also had our boy Neftali super excited at Church when they announced his Baptism this week. He stood up and everything. It was classic. He's one of the coolest people I've ever met. I honestly think that the reason I am here in La Justo is to meet these awesome members and investigators that have helped me to keep the spirit of work I've always had here in the mission. 
We also gave our investigator chicote with Alma 32: 16 and 19 and D&D and it worked. He's actually progressing and went to Church now.  I love you all. The Church is true. 

Elder White