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

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