This is Elder Strawmen. Sister Whetten and I made him. Isn't he just the cutest? I love him!
Well I was transferred. After serving a solid seven months in Samoa, I'm gone. I'm really sad to leave my greenie area. I was there so long. And things were really starting to pick up in the work. I worked my brains out. But all is well. Heavenly Father has something else in store for me.
I'm in the Carkeek Park ward. In the Shoreline Zone. I am sad to leave the Seattle Zone. But there are definitely miracles to be had here in this zone. I'm excited to work with my companion. Her name is Sister Salabao. She is from the Philippines. Her English is pretty good, but it's a little hard for her. It'll take a little getting used to, but I'm really excited to work with her. She is so sweet! She is the only active member of her family and her dad and younger siblings aren't members. I can already tell that I am going to learn so much from her. This is the beginning of her fourth transfer. She's served in this ward her whole mission so far. The sister that I'm replacing was here for just as long as well so I'm sure the ward will really miss her.
It'll be very different to be in a palagi ward again. No more fafagas every night! No more Samoan food. And hopefully no more fried chicken! We had fried chicken two or three times last week. I will really miss some of my friends that I made in that ward and Jubi and AJ, two of our investigators. But I am ready for this new start. A completely new area with new missionaries, new challenges, new miracles to find, new everything. It'll be good. I'm ready for growth. That's one of my favorite things about being a missionary... the growth that we get to experience. You grow so much spiritually, temporally, and even physically (at least when you're in a Samoan ward for seven months :) haha.)A funny story really fast. About how much I hate dogs. Last week we were visiting a less active, Lepe, who has a big, mean husky named Demon. Yep, his name is Demon. And I'm terrified of him. Anyway, she told us that she was busy and to come back another time, but as we were getting ready to leave Demon tries to bolt out the door. Luckily Lepe caught him but I was still terrified so I hurried and turned around and told Sister Whetten to help me. It was really slippery because of it was raining and there's a little hill to get to her door with overgrown stepping stones so I was trying to walk away fast and I totally slipped and twisted my left knee and landed on my right let and arm. They were twisted in weird ways and it was so funny. I was dying laughing. And also kind of crying because it hurt. But mostly just laughing. The whole right side of my body was covered in mud. My gray tights looked gross and my glove was so dirty and my coat and my skirt. It was so funny. Did I mention that I really don't like dogs.
I love it so much and that is why I'm out here. I want to share the blessings of the gospel with others. I'm so excited to be in this new ward and to meet these people. I'm excited to preach the gospel. I know, without a doubt, that it was restored by Joseph Smith. It is the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is real and He lives and He loves us so much. The way has been provided for us to be truly happy in this life and that is through the gospel. Read your scriptures everyday. The Lord has asked us to. It brings peace in our lives. Pray everyday. Make good decisions and kick Satan in the teeth! Love you all so much. You're in my prayers.
Sister Veronica White