Angels on Errand

Eishelle and Danielle: ANGELS ON ERRAND – MTC 3rd and 4th week (Eishelle)

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I love Tuesdays.  This is the day when our girls email us good stuff and some more.  Tuesdays are their Pdays.  When this day comes, I sit and watch my inbox and then I get very excited when I see their emails.  I am just really a simple mom.  Things like this makes me really happy.  I cry as I read.  It’s happy tears.  Here are Eishelle’s 3rd and 4th emails with personal editing of course.

My Dearest Familia,

                   I just want to start out telling you all how much I love each of you. I think about each of you often.. I really do. Then there comes the times and the days when I am very busy, and don’t really have the time to think about anyone or anything else because this work requires my all. It’s a busy life here at the MTC and I am loving every minute of it.
                   Last Tuesday night we have devotional. This time Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis came and spoke to us.. his wife as well. I don’t know if you guys remember him but once I saw a picture of him, I remembered right away who he was. I’ve seen him at conference before. I remember him because he has an accent that I could never forget. He’s from Brazil and a member of the Seventy. I want to tell you guys what I have learned from his talk.
                   First his wife spoke and bore her testimony. She’s such a sweet Sister. She’s a convert to the church and her husband (then boyfriend at the time) baptized her. She said to us missionaries to open our mouths and don’t close it ’til you find them all. Because Elder Aidukaitis opened his mouth, his wife and family are SO blessed. She said Heavenly Father knows our heart and He knows the people I am going to meet on my mission and He’s prepared me for those people.
                   Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis gave a bomb talk. He spoke about several things. He knows what we’re going through at this time.. somewhat. He didn’t have to leave his country to serve a mission and learn a new language. But every missionary goes through the same thing whether you’re learning a new language or not. He told us to trust the Lord and our fears will leave us. He also said that we have been prepared by God to lay the foundation of the church in these days because of our faithfulness. What a blessing and a privilege! He then spoke to us about Section 76 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Nobody has ever broke it down to me the way he had. He read the scriptures to us as we read along on the big screens. Bruce R. McConkie said that to be in the Telestial world, it’s not a matter of what you have done, it’s more what you HAVEN’T done. Elder Aidukaitis told us to write in our journals in BIG letters the kingdom that we want to inherit after this life. He didn’t tell us which one to choose of course. But I’m pretty sure we all have our eyes on the same prize 😉 He wanted us to write these things in our journals so our children, and our grandkids, and generations after us will see this and they’ll want to inherit that kingdom with you. We must vote as HE would vote, Elder Aidukaitis said. The kingdome of glory that we choose is the biggest decision of our lives. And after we make that big decision, all other decisions are made easier. You already know that you want to come to church.. you don’t have to make that decision every Sunday morning. The fact that you made your decision about that a long time ago, makes it easier for you (that’s my analogy).
                    Towards the conclusion of his talk, Elder Aidukaitis said something that I would never in a million years forget. He specifically said, “If you don’t want the Celestial Kingdom… then you’re really doing too much.” I have been here at the MTC for three weeks now and I have NEVER, even during other devotionals, heard that much silence here at the MTC. Elder Aidukaitis let that seep in for a bit. The Spirit was there. He put things into perspective for us. We can’t allow our hard work here on earth be let go for another kingdom of glory that isn’t the Celestial kingdom.
                    My dear family, if we want to live together after this life, try a little harder. And if you see others running faster than you (spiritually) then that’s okay. The ONLY person you should be better than is the person you were yesterday. Please remember that. I love you guys very much. EACH of you give me a reason to try hard in this life to look forward to what’s to come after this life.
                    Danielle is doing wonderfully! Everyone loves her of course and adore her. My zone is very excited for us and happy to see us together. We have a lot of friends here and making the most of our time together here. I had a few friends leave for the Philippines yesterday! They were so excited. I’m having them write me haha. I’m out of time but I sure do have a lot of love for you all. Keep writing DearElders to me! I love it. Remember to try hard. And keep the faith.
Love Always, Hermana Whitney
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Hola, familia!!
 How’s everyone doing?! Things are going very well out here. Spanish is coming along well. Sometimes I can’t even believe that I am speaking Spanish. I surprise myself sometimes whenever I just speak it. Still learning though!
Last Tuesday Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy came and spoke to us for devotional. His talk was about submitting ourselves to the Lord. It was a great talk. As usual, I took a lot of notes. A few things I wrote down was that when we humble ourselves to Him, He will make us stronger. And when we lose ourselves in the work of God, that’s how we can find ourselves and who the Lord wants us to become. His blessings will be mine as long as I do His will.
Last Sunday we had another devotional from the Director of Missionary Services. Brother Robert P. Swenson. He has sat knee to knee with Apostles of the church and seen the process of how missionaries get called to their mission. He says it’s pure revelation of how we get our calls. And they are calls from God. He spoke about several things… great things actually. He told this one story about a family. This couple had nothing but 5 kids and a van. They lived in a shack for 6 years. They went to church not for help but to worship. They paid tithing. And had 1 bedroom for all 7 of them. They had to climb over each others beds to get to their own. They eventually finished a beautiful and gorgeoud home that they had built themselves. And now that couple (the parents) are serving a mission together. When they get back, they’re going to visit their children and grandchildren, then set off to do another mission. Serving missions is what they are going to do for the rest of their lives until they’re too old. Isn’t that something? Look at the blessings they have for enduring to the end and sticking to the gospel. One of the last things Brother Swenson had said was to choose who’s side your on, righteous or unrighteous, but remember that the gospel and the Lord’s side will win (Mosiah 5:15). He is the cornerstone of our lives and the cornerstone of our salvation.
Yesterday my district and I had a good disussion about recognizing the spirit and teaching with it. When you’re in the right place at the right time and doing the right thing, the Spirit is with you. Brother Pitcher told us to love our investigators and don’t get prideful. If we’re teaching them to prove a point, then that’s pride. Heavenly Father loves that person in front of me so much, that he won’t allow me to mess it up. I have to love my investigators.. to the point where I would feel SO bad about the fact that they don’t want to hear the gospel.. so I have to keep trying. When I will love my investigators, they’ll see that.. and they’ll have the desire to hear the things I must say.
We had TRC last night and it was quite the experience as always. We teach gospel principles and doctrine for 20 mins (my companera and I). The first guy we had was Brother Schumway. All these lessons are in Spanish. He first asked us why we were here.. why we were on missions. I told him because I wanted to be here. He asked why. I said because I feel like I owe it to Him. He asked why again. I said I’ve done some things in my life I’m not proud of in life and I feel like this is the least I can do..and on top of that, I want to be here. He asked me how I recieved my testimony. I said it was a whole bunch of experiences. He asked for an example. If you could tell, he was really digging, searching for the type of missionary I am. I said in high school, I found out that family is a lot more important than money. I balled. I explained to him how I came to find this out. He thanked me for sharing. And then the last thing he asked me was what is the most important thing that I’ve learned since being here in the MTC. I told him about the Spirit and how my companion and I have found that we need it more than anything in our lessons for us and also for our investigators. I said I love when I see the Spirit testifying of truth to my investigators. Especially in silence.. those are literally the best. Silence is needed for the investigators to feel the truth of what’s being taught. Last last night, I found out Brother Shumway used to be a Branch President here at the MTC. I could tell! He’s not stoic, but he means BUSINESS. But at the same time has the sweetest spirit.. I could see it in his eyes.
You guys, I am having the best time here. Never relied on the Lord more so til my mission. And never felt the spirit this often til now either. I’m glad I’m going now because I see some 19 yr old girls here who have a hard time recognizing the spirit.. and I was the same way when I was 19. I’m greatful for everything.. EVERYTHING. you guys should look up the song Savior Redeemer of My Soul. SO GOOD. Also, Mom and Dad, the Branch Presidency wanted me to tell you both thank you for sending 2 of your girls here. They’re asking for more sisters from the family and I said not for a few more years haha. They love us just as much as we love them. I love you all! Mom, lookin good with your haircut! I love it! I express my love to you and Daddy. I think about you both often. Big kisses to the kids. Keep the faith. Til next time.
Love Always, Hermana Whitney
"I am going to Chicago."

“I am going to Chicago.”

I am out of words.
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Author: jubwhitney

I stopped writing for a little bit and now I am back. Personally, I am happily married to a man named William and has 5 children, namely: Eishelle, Danielle, Noelle, Chantelle and Michael. We are a family that love superhero movies and has never missed any of them. I work as a Registered Nurse in one of the hospitals here in Long Island, New York for about 27 years. I am from Davao City, Philippines.

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