Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Dear Mom and Family,                                                                                                   July 9, 2013
My first day here was one thing after another. since the fourth celebration was the next day we had to do all of our orientation in that first day when normally it's done in two. the hardest thing was the fact that my shoes, new with heat and sweat combined together...gave me blisters. and i've never had blisters before. which i thought honestly was funny. until i actually looked at them. those things are gross. bleh.  The girls in my room {S Hauet - meu companhiera, S Mills e S Cotton} all helped me figure out the best way to make it so i could walk because i was literally limping by the end of the day. the next day was so bad i cried. then i prayed and i don't know why but i thanked God for my blisters, because i felt so weak and humble because of them. it was a beautiful experience.
My district is WONDERFUL. E Carney is the district leader and SO incredibly smart. he's blond but has a red patch of hair. he and i bounce off a lot with spiritual comments, and i absolutely love it. he's from Colorado. E Thomas is E Carney's sr comp and is also from Colorado. He's hilarious and acts like all of ours little brother {although he didn't like it whent i told him that ha} He has a sense of humor too. Then there is E McLaughlin and E Wilson - they are both very quiet honestly but great guys. i don't know them very well but E Wilson kind of reminds me of how dad would have been on a mission and E McLaughlin is just... nice {as S Cotton who is from the south would say - Bless his Heart}. E Turk and E Frazier are amazing too. E Turk and I kind of have a lot in common - we spent quite a while talking about plays before one classroom time, he's also the oldest at 21, he was in the army and has a very sweet spirit. E Frazier sounds like one of the ninja turtles although no one but me can hear it.  He's also very interested in politics and likes to sing {oh as do Es Carney and Thomas and Turk}. S Mills is like mom with no comfort zone at all and twice as friendly ...i love her so - she's also very uplifting to be around and a VERY distinct laugh haha. S Cotton is probably one of the sweetest girls i have ever met. she looks kinda like Megan but acts with the grace of gramdma A haha. we all love her accent especially "water". (: she was the one who helped me the most with my blisters. she's like the quiet mom of our group, although S Mills is definitely the "leader".
my compy gets her own paragraph! (: tall beatiful red head who i have never seen unhappy, although she tells me i am usually the external manifest of what she is feeling {overwhelmed, scared, sick to my stomach, confused...etc hahaha} although i can't say either of us have been homesick yet. she's from logan and did swim, and she thinks she may know seths' family up there - the Pecks. could you add us on facebook Lo? her name is Rachael Hauet and she went to Logan high school. she also wants to be a marine biologist and i told her since seth didn't teach me how to swim that she needs to (: but obviously not for another 18 months. we love each other - we seriously have more things in common than you can possibly imagine. she is also a 19er, loves musicals, dr who, humor, cello, music....gah. it's awesome. we really get each other. she also reminds me of a mix of Kels and Lo. (: probably why i love her. 
Anyway i better finish up yikes!
Everyone here is so beautiful, the devotionals and meetings are all so life changing. i've probably cried every single day but because every day is so long it doesn't really feel like that. :P i love having elders and sisters in my district as well, young and old {Es McLaughlin, Wilson and Frazier are all 18, the other two are 19 and turk is 21} S Mills' family i believe will be posting pictures she sends and you can see them then {sorry, i didn't have time for pictures today but i will try next time, it's hard to find a computer fast enough to do it and still write an email and still do everything else needing to be done. it may take a while.......} my teacher Irmao McGill is inspired of the Lord. I don't know how it's possible but i feel as though i have learned a third of what i learned those three months in spanish in only one week with him. if not more. it's crazy. he also talked to S Hauet and I yesterday and we discussed some of the difficulties we've been having and he left a note on our desks this morning and it was just very uplifting and inspiring. each and every teacher here is the right one for those people in that district, it's so incredilbe how things just work out like that here in the MTC, or i guess...anywhere.
so much to tell you! I thought i had bed bugs but no, we checked and it wasn't and i'm okay now. just a small rash. i have also learned to take even faster showers than i was expecting. there is a whole floor of girls to only eight showers every morning. talk about stress to wake someone up haha. Lo if you can take a shower in 5-10 min you will be set though. S Hauet and I have been running and doing core. mom if you could maybe explain a workout? we need more ideas, things that don't include stress on the shoulders because S Hauet had an injury and can't do those. i will be VERY in shape by the time i leave ha. it's beautiful here as well. oh and send me a frisbee! we can't play ultimate but we can toss it and i miss it (:
i love you all so much! next time i will try and do better to tell you what spiritual things i am learning. also let everyone know DEAR ELDER is amazing and it's the best way, because then i can also write you a handwritten letter {i get those in person the day after you send them i believe, and keep dating them because they don't. in fact tell dad to do it, i would LOVE that} also i need Kaytlyn's PHYSICAL address and email. thanks!
I love you all so much! The phrase that keeps going through my head today is that "I can do hard things" i don't know where it's from but it is so true! I love you all, thank you for your love and support and if you write me I WILL write you back. it's like in the Joseph Smith film where and he says to one guy, the Lord brings us low so that we can rise higher or something to that effect. I hope and believe that is true with all my heart. I have learned the beauty of humility this week.
Love and Safety to you, m beautiful family {and HUGS! lots of them}
Sister Kaylla White

FAMILY!!!                                                                                                                                         8-19-13

Heavens, do you know how much i love you!? please always remember that i love you, each and every one of you more than you can ever imagine.

Arizona is hot!!! most days it is about 105-115....and that 105 is a good day. it is so hot that their fire hydrants are silver so they don't explode. crazy right? My first day here at least three people told me that in Arizona "everything is dead or wants you dead" and it is so true! and then the worst part of it is that everything is brown. my first day here it was so bad that i wrote in my journal "the ground is brown, the trees are brown, the people are brown...the houses are brown and even the sky is brown!" ps i wasn't trying to be racist - it's true. and you'd think that somewhere so ugly the houses wouldn't be brown but they literally try to match the ground in all their coloring. it's horrid. and then they don't have grass. everyone landscapes with gravel. different colored gravel is about as creative as you can get. and just wait till i tell you about the cacti! {ps cactus = one poky weed and cacti = more than one poky weed!}

so my companions are Sister Foss from Burlington Washginton and Sister Magallanes {mag-ah-zsh-ahn-ess} from Taylorsville utah but her family is from Venesuala and she is fluent in Spanish. I LOVE THEM TO DEATH! we seriously get along really well, like 97% of the time we are rockking the tri-panionship! S Mags and I have a ton in common too - in fact we have a plan to go on a road trip when we get back to go visit s Foss in Washington and see seattle because it's awesome (: i'm so excited. i love these girls. we made dinner and it was the best. i wish i had enough time to tell you everything about it! gah.
In our companionship we have this joke {that i started yay!} where one of us will say "how many sisters does it take to -----" it's kind of based off of the how many something does it take to screw in a light bulb joke- anyway we replace lightbulb with whatever we're doing whether it's easy or hard and then the other two will shout "THREE!" because we all love our three-some.

also in Arizona it's a big thing to know your cacti so they were teaching me. suhuaros take 90 YEARS to grow and arm and are illegal to cut down here in AZ. you have to landscape or build your house around them. i don't know why but some people even plant them. yuck. they're the creepy ones too....S Foss thinks they are beautiful in an odd way and i can kind of see it but then...NOT. then there are Prickly Pears! MOM! you should try and get some prickly pear syrup! i had it at my first breakfast at the mission home and it was the BEST SYRUP i have EVER HAD. it's just as sweet but much lighter than maple and not gross like fruit syrups. i'll bet money that it's healthier too. in order to make it they have to peel away the prickles to the fruit and because it's so hard it is expensive so don't buy a lot but just enough to try it. it's WONDERFUL. then there's paddle cacti which are ugly and flat. then my LEAST FAVORITE THAT I AM TERRIFIED OF: Choyas....i don't know if that's how you spell it but they SHOOT POKY BALLS OF HECK at you. no joke. and they are ALL OVER THE PLACE. worst thing ever. S Foss says that AZ is Heavenly Father's TIME OUT place for his children....i'm willing to agree. oh and as a mental image: TATOINE from star wars!!! (:

One of our investigators named Virginia we're trying to get her to stop smoking. she has this adorable 9mnth baby and we love them both so much. she didn't come to church though and she wont stop smoking so if she doesn't keep her commitments this week we will have to move on.......that makes me sad. but she's been responding more to our messages. i think they are helping and i think that after last night {we are now all reading the BoM in two weeks! and me in Port. so pray for me !!!}she will begin to realize the truth and how she needs now to act. she has faith...she just needs action. it's incredible to be doing this for real now. it's crazy.

Also we have a baptism this Saturday! hopefully.....hopefully she won't get worse.. she's about 45 but looks 70 and she's been in the hospital. i've only met her once it's that bad. we're praying for her though and i know the Lord will bless her for her faith.

oh funny story (: on our way to the Mission Home I asked the APs which way was North and they couldn't figure it out...We're in the middle of nowhere! they've been here 17 and 22 months. hopefully i'll be able to find my way around soon. i get lost a lot. also i am in an area called Sahuarita(sp?} it's about 30-45 min from the border on the southeast end of AZ. and my area is Midvale. just in case you were wondering.
You met elder wilson!!! haha he would say that. [He told Aaron and Megan that Kaylla was very opinionated] good. glad i made an impression. its true though. oddly enough. if you see any of the others tell them i say hi!!! and that i am ROCKING IT IT AZ!

Woot Woot for Meg's pig! [Megan's pig won in the state fair they attended] that's awesome and the pictures are adorable! i love the one of Halle (: she's so adorable! and i love the picture of all three of my big brothers (: i have some DARN HANDSOME brothers. (: we must be related ;P hehehehe. and yah! kakakaka is how brazilians spell laughter (: it's awesome. S mags (Sister mags) wants me to teach her Portuguese (: i love her!!!

oh! my address is:
Sister McKaylla White
Arizona Tucson Mission
939 W. Chapala Dr.
Tucson AZ, 85704

PS - You thought Utah construction was bad? come to AZ and you will be thankful.

and now for a spiritual thought! (: I think that maybe the reason that the Lord has sent me here is to learn something that i can only learn here. personally i think i am here to learn to be more courageous. to learn how to talk to everyone. Already S Mags is an incredible example. she is fearless! i want to be better than her by the time i leave. ALSO because of that thought...i think the Lord will keep my VISA waiting until i have learned that. so i'm going to make myself learn my lessons quick!!!

i came at the perfect time btw. zone conference this week and temple trip next week. so blessed. God loves me. (:

ANYWAY. gotta go. I love you all! thanks for all your love and prayers and the pictures!

all my love (:
Sister {Kaylla} WhiteFAMILY!!!