Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November 12, 2013

 My Samoans are very patient with me and my lack of volleyball skills. haha.
Seka was having struggles with her umbrella.
 At the temple with Val.
 It was very cold and wet, but really fun.
 My companion in deep thought.
Me and beautiful Seka.
Talofa family! This week was good. On Thursday we took Val (just baptized in August) to the temple and did a tour of the temple grounds. It was really neat. And then we sat in the waiting area or whatever it's called at the front of the temple and had a prayer with her. The Spirit was so strong and she's so excited to get her temple recommend and go do baptisms for the dead. It was amazing to see her in the temple even if it was just at the waiting area. She's doing well but she just got a job at Walmart that has her work most Sundays and usually during the time of church. So pray for her that everything will be able to work out so she can start coming to church every week. She was there this last week and was talking about how much she missed it and how she was really glad she was able to come. Church is so important.
This week we had Zone Conference. It was incredible. President Choi started out by calling us all to repentance and had us all kneel right there and repent. It really invited the Spirit and it was so good. I'm so grateful for the opportunity that we have to repent. I'm so grateful for the Atonement. It is such a blessing in our lives and we need to apply the Atonement every day and use it so we can become better people. The Zone Conference was really good, but not gonna lie. I pretty much felt like the most horrible person ever during it. There's a lot I need to do so I can become a better person and a better missionary and so that I can be the means of bringing more souls unto Christ.
So do you remember Sulu? She's on date for November 23 but we can't get in contact with her. We're trying again today but it's just sometimes really hard to know when and how often to try people because their family gets annoyed with us. And Casandra moved and we can't find her anywhere. Her phone is disconnected. We just really struggle to keep in contact with people. But all is well. We continue to work hard and I know the Lord blesses us. We're really praying to be able to find a family that we can teach the gospel to and I know the Lord will bless us. He wants His children to come unto Him and learn about the gospel even more than we do.
I'm so grateful for commandments. This last week we've talked with two different people who were drunk and in so much despair. It just breaks my heart. And makes me so grateful for the word of wisdom and all the commandments that our Heavenly Father has given us. He really does give them to us because He loves us and He knows what will make us happy. And those two individuals that we spoke to were not happy. The gospel brings so much joy and peace. It makes me so sad to see how much some people suffer. Everyone needs the gospel!
Seattle is an incredible place. We meet so many different people from so many different places. It really is pretty rare that we talk to white people. The other day we met someone from Iraq who just moved here after serving in the military for the US. He was Muslim but we sang him I Am a Child of God and he really liked it. He also kind of sounded like Mehmet so it made me really happy to talk to him .
I gave a talk on Sunday. It was just short but at the end I bore my testimony in Samoan. Oh my. The ward was so proud of me. It was so cute. I love my ward!
Well I hope all is well with all of you. I love you so much. Thanks for the rain boots Mom. They're wonderful and keep my feet much warmer!
Alofa Atu!
Sister Veronica White

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