Dear family and everyone else,
The news...Well...Total stress bomb for me, but...I...Will be
Training! I have no idea who my next companion will be until tomorrow
morning when I am at the mission office. There you have it folks. I,
Elder White, have officially given the last of my will for the Lord's
will. Not that I haven't given my all, I HAVE. I'm still out here,
right? Anyway, I'm very nervous and also somewhat excited to meet
this/these new elder(s).
In other news, Sally Ann Molinari got baptized as planned Sunday-
August 28th, 2016. She waited for 4 years for this moment to finally
happen. She finally came up with the courage to give up smoking for
good. After all, this is Elder Shepherd's last baptism before he
leaves the area tomorrow. He then flies home Wednesday and gets home
Thursday morning at about 1 in the morning. His stake president will
also be there to release him immediately after he gets off the plane
so he can go to bed and not worry any more about being a missionary.
His stake president gets up that early anyway for work, so it all
works out for both of them. He has enjoyed much of his mission. I
say farewell Elder Shepherd, until we shall meet again.
The only other thing worth mentioning is that I had dinner last
night with the Hokanson's, and then we had dessert with the Nate's. It
was a good dessert of bun cakes with icing. It was a night to remember
right before transfer calls came. Brother Nate was the first to know
before I let anyone else know. These last few months have been the
time to prepare for this final event. I think about this one video on
mormonchannel.org about: "The Will of God." I ponder those words that
Hugh B. Brown and Elder Christofferson have said and what they really
mean for me. It really puts things into perspective every time we are
cut down, only to bear greater strength and more fruits for our labors
called spiritual growth. May we all remember what it means to be
brought to humility to serve the Lord and give up ourselves for the
benefit of others growth. As we help others, we not only help them, or
the other person, but we also help the Lord.
I bear witness of the love that Heavenly Father and his beloved
son Jesus Christ have for each of us. They will always hear our
prayers. They will always help us when we are in great need.
Dessert with the Nates