Monday, July 22, 2013

 This photo is for Savannah. One of the members had fafaga one night and gave us take out and a Smart water bottle! I was so excited and knew Savannah would be excited for me. 

This was from the wedding. I don't know how well you can see it, but that little boy in the front--he was probably three or four and knew all the dance moves. It was so cute! Very impressive.  

 This is a super thick, super confusing book for missionaries to learn Samoan. It was from the eighties.

This is the inappropriate part of the book. Shirtless men in a missionary book. Plus, Samoans definitely don't look like that. At least not the Samoans we've run into so far. 

 This little girl was about eight. So cute. She told me before that she was really nervous, but she did great. The children are seriously so cute. I love them! 

 This was my favorite dance from the wedding. 
We always decorate our board. 

Talofa Family!

How is everyone? Send me pictures. I wanna see Savannah's efy pictures and hear all about it. It sounds like everyone is doing pretty well. You are in my prayers everyday. 

This week was great! So great! Many miracles. We had our first lesson with Thao. She's the one married to Nepo who is less active and has the son Trey who is very active and wants to serve a mission in a year. She's had the lessons a few years ago but felt like the missionaries were pushing her too hard. Anyway, we had a good lesson on the Restoration and Nepo expressed his desire to go to the temple but told her he wants her there with him. The Spirit was strong. We're going back in a few days. Nepo stayed to all three meetings again! Having him have a solid testimony will really help. It's great when Nepo and Trey bear their testimony to her. 

We had a couple lessons with Sasa about the Restoration and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She said that she believes that Joseph Smith was a prophet and she believes that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. So neat to watch her begin to grow a testimony. She's concerned because her husband is a deacon in another church and she doesn't want any contention between them. She's so sweet though. She's in her fifties. I just love Sasa so much. We just have to have faith that everything will work out for the best. 

Guess what?! Sina came to church! Sina was the one who was ready to be baptized and her husband told her no. He threw away her Book of Mormon and wouldn't let us meet with her or let her go to church. Anyway, we were leaving church yesterday when we see her car in the parking lot. We went up and talked to her. It was so good to see her. We hadn't seen her for a few weeks. Her husband was in the car with her along with his cousin. They were going to the one o'clock ward because there are some Chukeese members there (that's what he is--also probably just butchered that spelling) Anyway, they left after the Sacrament so he didn't really talk to any Chukeese members, but it was such a miracle that they came to church. I have no idea how he agreed to come, but so grateful he did. We're going to go over there later this week with a Chukeese member to meet with Sina and hopefully Amwuch too. Really pray for them! 

Valerie and Rona are the nieces of one of the ladies in our ward. They just moved here from Samoa two months ago and we're going to start teaching them this week. Valerie is 21 and Rona is 15. I didn't really get a chance to meet with Rona, but Valerie is so sweet. I'm excited to teach them! 

Do you remember Kenny? He's the one who pretty much hates Mormons but he felt really conflicted after he met with us a few weeks ago. Anyway, we went to the young adult discussion for his church. Not nearly as scary as I thought it would be. It was actually pretty great. And then he texted us and wanted to meet with us yesterday. We had a really long lesson. He had lots of questions. Some very hard questions. But we continued to testify that we know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. He said again that he's confused because we have a lot of great values and have such strong faith but it's in a false religion. Anyway, he committed to read the Book of Mormon and pray to see if it was the word of God! Such a miracle. Amazing. He wouldn't even touch it the first time we met with him until the very end but he had said that he would never read it. The Spirit definitely touched him. Lots of prayers for him. He's so ready for the gospel. The gospel is so incredible and blesses people's lives so much. He made a deal with Sister McBride and me that he would read the Book of Mormon and pray if we would pray to know if we were wrong. We prayed last night. The church is still true and the Book of Mormon is still the word of God. Good thing, too. 

We've been doing lots of tracting this week. Handed out so many copies of the Book of Mormon. I actually really like tracting and street contacting. It's amazing to see how God has prepared certain individuals. I just love being a missionary! 

I had my interview with President Choi this week. I wish you guys could meet him. He's so great! i just love him. I'm so excited to get to work with him. We're going on a Samoan hike with the YSA from the ward later today. A Samoan hike probably means that we will walk ten feet and then sit down. But I'm still super excited! And Valerie is coming so that will be great! 

We went to a Samoan wedding this last week. I have pictures that I'll send. It was so much fun! I love the Samoans! I'll try and send a video of one of the dances that was performed. They always perform dances at events like this. 

On a side note, Sister McBride and I decided palagis should NOT be allowed to put lavalavas in their window or hang leis from their car mirrors. It really throws us and our Samoan stalking off. Yesterday we hit a house that we thought was for sure a Samoan house--three lavalavas. What more could you ask for? And then it was a palagi man. haha. 

Anyway, great week! So many miracles. Missions are the best! God is amazing and so, so, so good. He loves us all so much. The church is true. We have a prophet today. It's all just so incredible and I LOVE it!

Have a good week. Thanks for all the letters. Keep them coming. Alofa atu! Choose the right.
Sister Veronica White

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