Tuesday, October 27, 2015

My Crazy Week

So this last week we had tranfers. President calls people to train that have to travel on mondays instead of tuesday so that they can travel on tuesday. I live in Huanuco right now so I am about 6 hours from Huancayo.  At 10 at night on monday I got a call from President Henderson to train a new sister.

 Tuesday morning I met the other missionaries that were training from Huanuco at the terminal so that we could travel together... turns out I was the only sister out of six missionaries that were training so I have to travel to Huancayo with two elders: Elder Checkets and Elder Lechuga. We made it to Tarma, a city about two hours outside of Huancayo just fine and then, about half an hour out of tarma our driver lost control of the car and we crashed coming around a turn into the guard rail. I am so grateful for seatbelts. Elder Checkets said that we were lucky to be alive so we said a prayer and then Elder Lechuga and I were hurting so we got blessings. It was actually a very cool experience because Elder Checkets just finished his training but was still able to give a blessing in Spanish. After an adventure we finaly made it to Huancayo at about 10 at night. I spent the night at President's house.

In the morning, before the training meeting, I talked with the new sisters that were coming in. There were two gringas and 4 latinas in the group that came in. When I asked one of the gringas where she was from she said Riverton Utah... turns out she's from the same ward as Sarah and Chris.

At the training meeting I'm pretty sure I made a fool of myself when she was called as my companion. So I'm a mom now :) My companion is Sister Petersen and I love her. I'm super excited for this transfer and the opportunity to teach Spanish and train my comp.

On the way home Hermana Petersen and I were the last people to climb into the bus. Guess who we saw when we climbed in: Elder Checketts and his son and Elder Lechuga and his son. My first words were: We're gonna die. We made it to Huanuco just fine. My poor comp, she's been eaten alive by mosquitos but she loves to work and she doesn't complain. She's probably the most chill person I've ever met.

That's all for this week. I love you all!!!!!

Love, Hermana White

Monday, October 19, 2015

Zoe Hastings

Many of you may have read or heard news about a tragedy to a young woman named Zoe Hastings. Zoe was suddenly taken from this life to the next a week ago. Tara served with Zoe on the Dallas Texas East Stake Youth Council. We contacted her mission president to relay the news. These are Tara's comments about the experience and Zoe.

So this morning I got a call from President Henderson. He said that he had received an email from you about Zoe Hastings. I wasn't quite sure how to feel since the last time someone passed away that was close to me it was grandpa. I knew Zoe from youth committee and she has always been a good friend. There was a group of us in the stake that were pretty close and we would hang out a lot. I'm not sure why Zoe had to go when she did but I do know that our Heavenly Father did not need her here any more. Someone else on the other side needs her more. I'm so grateful for the time that I had to know Zoe. Thank you for letting President know before internet.

I was really hoping for a call from President Henderson today because he calls the trainers on monday. I really want to train. Ususally he calls in the afternoon though so it was weird when I got the impression to take the phone out of my bag at 8 this morning because I had the feeling that President Henderson was going to call. Sure enough I said "dear Heavenly Father" to start my personal study prayer and the phone rang. I was not sure how to take the news and I'm pretty sure that my companion thinks that I'm crazy because all I said was "I'm going to brush my teeth" I was doing fine until internet... like 5 minutes ago. It sounds like the funeral was beautiful. She deserves that. 

Monday, October 12, 2015


This week was a blast. Monday for pday we got all the hermanas together and we made tacos! After rice and chicken and potatoes for eight months now tacos were super welcome. We went and played sports with the elders afterwards. We can't play futbol with them, that's a rule, but one elder brought a frisbee to the mission and we started a game of ultimate :)

The highlight of the week was a huge service project. All of the members and missionaries here in huanuco (there's two stakes) got together to clean the river. I have never seen more trash in my life. We all met together in the morning and they gave us our "helping hands" vests. We sang a song, said a prayer and then off to the river we went. We spent a good 3 or 4 hours cleaning up trash. People also came by to interview us and the governor of Huanuco took a picture with us. We're pretty famous here now :) The church publicity people here also interviewed us. Can anybody say Liahona? :) I really felt so special to be a part of the project. Everybody pitched in..... and if they couldn't come they sent food. I love Peru :)

That same day it rained.... actually poured. We went to the church to teach our english class and no one showed up. We had a couple of minutes before we had to be at the pension to eat dinner so we played in the rain. It was super funny because the elders got caught in the rain by the chapel as well and one elder ran under the shelter of the chapel while the other elder looked like a little kid with his giant smile and just stood in the rain and got soaked. I love this area.

Our area is really focusing on family history. We had some training for the missionaries and then training for the stake on how to keep people going to church by focusing on the temple and helping them with their family history. I'm really excited to start focusing on and working with this. It's making me excited to work on my own family history.

I hope you all are focusing on what you learned from conference and rereading or relistening to the different talks. Remember to ponderize!

Love, Hermana White

oh vosotros que os embarcais en el servicio de Dios mirad que le servais con todo su corazon, alma, mente y fuerza para que aparezcais sin culpa ante Dios en el ultimo dia

DyC 4:2

(the scripture I'm ponderizing) My goal is to memorize all of DyC 4. I really hope I got all of that right

Monday, October 5, 2015


So I'm pretty sure that this is everyones new favorite word.  I encourage you all to find a scripture every week and ponderize it. 

This week has been terrible and fantastic both at the same time.
Just about every appointment that we've had this week has fallen through and when we went to knock doors just about no one was home. It's been pretty rough but I've been blessed with a companion that is very upbeat and deffinitely a blessing to me.

We did have a baptism this week! The missionaries have been working with the Gamarra family for about 6 months now. The kids have been baptized one by one and we just baptized the youngest baptizeable child in the family: Dietmar. I've learned a lot in other areas about how to get people from the ward to come to baptisms and support the new member and this area has had a problem with that but we really worked with the ward this week and were able to have about 25 people show up. (the elders literally only wanted to set up 10 chairs when we were setting up which really made me quite sad but it was a good turnout). We love this family so much. The mom has already asked to pay tithing and she's not even baptized yet (she needs to get married first).

Also, in this area we've got two rooms right next to eachother in our apartment place. We have one room and another companionship has the other room. This week we helped one companionship move in and the other move out. With the new companionship we've gone running in the mornings (yes, it's ok to be shocked) and Hermana Patiño, who's Columbian is going to teach us to dance!!! I'm super excited!!!!

Conference this week was awesome! The gringos always have the opportunity to watch it in english and it's almost better than Christmas! I always learn so much from conference but in the mission it's like I just learn so much more. 

I love you all so much and I hope you really apply what you've learned and not just brush it off to the side. Pray for the prophet and the new apostles. Prayer really works.

Love, Hermana White