Monday, May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018

This keyboard I'm writing on is awful so I will keep this one short. Also cause I'm gonna be seeing so many of you soooo soooooon! 

This week we had a baptism! It's been so great to see how the new youth converts have helped this branch come alive. Sundays are more exciting. the young men try to get to church first to be the ones to bless or pass the sacrament. They love giving their testimonies on Sundays, and it's just so fun! 

This is the Lord's work and it's amazing. The gospel is true. Truer than anything! 

Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018

Some quotes for you all this week!
A little 6 year old boy on the street ¨Are you albino?¨

We are reading about the story of Joseph Smith seeing Moroni in his room, and its explaining how white Moroni and his robe and the light were, and my convert Yoaly says ¨Ya it was more white than you, Hermana White.¨
The same convert on a different occasion ¨Even when I'm famous...O'll still be Mormon.¨

Guy on the street ¨I didn't believe in love at first sight until I met you.¨
The primary president left in the middle of class and so she asked us to take over (that happens on a regular basis) so we are teaching the few kids that are there and we start talking about how if Jesus had a pet, what would it be? The answer from a lil boy ¨a prophet¨ haha what? 

Monday, May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018

My mission is ending....and I know it, cause everything I own is breaking. 

BABY. I'll miss her. 

The DR is a weird place. We walked past this poor pig and then I turned back around to ask if I could take a pic. I asked what they were going to do with her, and he said with too much happiness "vamos a matarla" we are going to kill her!!

This week we had a classic encounter with the creepy men who are the same age as my father. They started trying to speak English to us, and then they asked us if we are married. So i was like "actually hermana Taylor here is getting married real soon" just to get them to shut up. and then Hermana Taylor was like "yeah, me and Hermana White are going to get married" and the way she worded it in Spanish just sounded completely like we are getting married to each other. haha We got a good laugh out of that, but they stopped asking if we are single. 

This week I went on splits with an hermana who;s having a hard time. She's in her training, and her trainer is hard. Anyways, we were at the end of our night and I was trying to understand how she was really feeling. She's like a way too positive person, to the point where no one knows how she actually is. So I wasn't getting anything out of her, but then I saw a blank planner on her desk, and I just causally said "Hey, give me your planner and I'll decorate it for next transfer." Honestly the most casual thing, and I did it as much cause I like decorating the planners. But then she started crying and just saying "'Thank you, no one has ever made me a planner." and that's when she opened up and just started telling me about everything that had been going on. I gave her a hug and she started crying even  more saying she hasn't hugged anyone in so long. Anyways...I learned a lot in that moment. The tiniest acts of service can mean so much to someone! LETS GO SERVE! 

Monday, April 23, 2018

April 23, 2018

Starting to get rid of all my clothes. Oeshly lookin good in one of my dresses haha

A new RM works in the fire station, so we are teaching a bunch of fire men ha. 

I Love Ocoa!


So I'm staying and ending my mission here in Ocoa. I was kinda hoping to have one more area, but I can't complain cause I'm getting an American! Which will be great cause I will be able to relearn English haha. I'm excited to see what else God needs me to do here in this area. I plan to eat lots of mangos, drink lots of coconut water, kick it and teach lots more Dominicans! It will be a good last transfer!
We had the miracle of a baptism! Anel is the smartest kid I know! He's great! His grandpa died several weeks back. His grandpa was a very strong member of the church. When that happened Anel wanted to learn more about the church of his grandpa, and was baptized exactly three weeks later! He's great. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

April 9, 2018

We went to the caves and waterfall. Again.

So I'm pretty sure last week I did something amazing. I think I helped make an eternal marriage happen! I told one of the single male members here in Ocoa to talk to one of my converts in my other area. So they are now chatting almost every time i see this member. Jokingly, but maybe talking real talk, he told me I might have to come back to visit to be a witness at their wedding!!! And that he really likes her!! So that was probably the highlight of the week!  because I can't say we had the most successful week. We had four baptismal dates planned for the next two weeks, and they all fell through. which is too bad, but we are contacting like crazy to find new people to teach. 

Life is super fun these days. I'm just trying to live it up as much as possible with the time I have left! I've been rereading old journal entries and just thinking about how amazing the mission has really been. It's amazing how much I've grown. Reading my first entries until now. wow haha. I feel so blessed for what I've learned and the testimony that I now have. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

April 2, 2018

You may be asking why I'm a liar. Well.. it's because everyone thinks I like habichuelas con dulce. What is habichuelas con  dulce? The direct translation is sweet beans. Pretty much it's like refried beans with milk and sugar and cinnamon. You can eat it hot or cold but whatever way you eat it, it's terrible. At least I think so. The Dominicans love it, and the week of Easter, it's tradition to make it. So just about every house we went to they gave us some. I'm feelin pretty good that I'm in a new week that doesn't have disgusting traditions.!!

Conference was great. Well the parts we saw...the power went out several times. But our new prophet is starting with a bang! woohooo for revelations from God. 

This week our convert Luis asked me how to pay his money to God. We pulled out the tithing slip and he paid his very first tithe!!. 

There's no better way to spend Easter than as a representative of Jesus Christ. Here on the mission, I've come to love Him so much more. I've come to know Him so much more. I truly stand all amazed at what he did for us. I'm so thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ. He lives, which makes it possible that we all will live again. What joy and what peace He brings. 

We had a dope service project making bread and building rabbit cages. What better combination.

Monday, March 26, 2018

March 26, 2018

I just have to say God works in wonderful ways! It was a truly an inspired thought when about a monthish ago we felt like we should start mutual for the youth. Ever since then we have been doing our best to get the youth programs going. We have been working lots with young men and young women. And this Saturday 5 youth were baptized! Two young men who dress like punks, but who are the best kids ever. Wilson and Yafer. And three young women. Davierica, Estefani, and Rimi. 

They are so great! And the number of attendance on Sundays has grown sooo much with all these wonderful youth, and them bringing their friends! It's so great. They are definitely some future leaders and missionaries!