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Heyy heyyy heyyyy, It’s Hermana Whitney!!!!! *cheer* (Danielle)

 Danielle left the MTC and now in her first area, Brigham City  … what in the world???  Eishelle and Danielle’s roommate Whitley Hunsaker who is a missionary in South Korea at this time is from the same place and they use to hang out in there when they can on weekends and holidays while they were at BYUI.  The Hunsaker’s .. my girls’ other family, their home away from NY home is Brigham City, Utah and she is assigned there.  Must be something special for her there.  Well, here with personal editing is her first email:
 
 Well the first week in the mission field was something else! My assigned area is Brigham City!  What’s the chances of that happening? When my companion told me that, Tami and the Hunsaker Familia came into head right away and I got really happy!  I really think that Tami was praying really hard for me to be in her area! hahaha jk.  But my first day I had a good feeling about about the area!  It took me back of when we would drive down to Utah from Rexburg. It brought back good memories 🙂 My first day I went to Walmart to buy my food and and I was at the register paying, Tami was like,”Is that my Danielle!?” I recognized her voice and I turned around and I like, “TAMI!” It was such a nice reunion! She also brought me and my companion, Hermana Murillo, to see her mom. It was nice to see her again too. I only saw her once before but we remembered each other. I went to have lunch with them yesterday. The moment went I went into her home it felt like I was I home. 🙂 It was a good get away from the work that we do. They’re my Utah family. haha. The sweet smell of her house brought me back to when we had Thanksgiving there and  when we had a Christmas for Whitley.
 Okay soo I can say that I saw a chicken cross the road! WHAT!? hahaha Brigham City! There’s cows everywhere! haha. Also almost everyone has a cat and a dog.  All is well. Ooh also I got Bible bashed! When it was happening I was like “omgsh I’m getting Bible bashed!”  It was something else!  It ticked me soo badly but I didn’t show it at all.  But it bothered me for the remaining of the day and little into the next but I got over it.  It hurts me when people think that way about our church because this church means soo much to me.  The only thing that you can do is testify and walk away.  But ooh how I wish that I can give that man a piece of my mind but it wouldn’t do anything.  No one wins when you start bashing, it’s a waste of time.   All he wanted to do is argue.   Smh.   All is well though.  My companion did most of the talking and so I talked too but I just testified and she ended the conversation.  We were both bugged but shrugged it off.   At the end of the day we were able to laugh about it.  That happened in early afternoon.  Then something amazing happened!!… We went to knock on the door that we previously meant to knock on first,  we saw someone come out.  Then we knocked on the door and a woman opened the door. I started talking and everything and she started to become more open.  I shared a scripture with her and the she totally opened up.  When she heard the door knock she wasn’t going to answer it but she had the prompting to.  She first thought that we were Jehovah’s Witnesses and then she saw Sister Murillo’s name tag and then she got relieved.  She invited us in and she was crying because she felt that God was watching over her.  She was like there was no way that this was a coincidence.  It was soo nice.   It was a good spirit uplift after what we experienced moments before.  Tender Mercies of the Lord. 🙂 We were able to also make a little 15 year old girl happy. Only 2 out of 10 girls came to her birthday party so we were just talking to her and cheered her up. 
 
Love you always! Keep the Faith! The church is true!
Hermana Danielle Whitney
 
ps. sometimes I miss hearing my first name haha
Here are some of the pictures she sent:

Her district at the MTC

Her district at the MTC

Her companion Hermana Murillo

Her companion Hermana Murillo

Tombstone of Pres. Lorenzo Snow

Tombstone of Pres. Lorenzo Snow

With Ross and Tami Hunsaker

With Ross and Tami Hunsaker

I am posting Danielle’s address here:

Hermana Danielle Whitney                                                                                                                                                                                                               Utah Ogden Mission                                                                                                                                                                                                                           4380 So. Orchard Ave                                                                                                                                                                                                                         South Ogden, UT 84403

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Emails from Chicago!!!

Eishelle's district on their last day at the MTC.

Eishelle’s district on their last day at the MTC.

Monday, the 1st of April at 7am, after teaching early morning seminary, I started to make lunches for everyone, my phone rang.  It says Salt Lake City, UT on the caller ID.  I said, “hello”, the other line said, “MOM!!!!!”  “It’s Eishelle”, I yelled out.  In her last handwritten letter, she said she was allowed to call home while at the airport if there is time but she was not sure but she did!!!  We all were able to speak to her starting with Noelle since she was the first one to leave for school, then Chanelle, Michael, then me for awhile and then Bill was the last.
Eishelle had so much to say.  How she only had one and a half hour of sleep since she has to be at the travel office at 3am.  That she was sad that she was not able to get to Danielle’s floor  that very early morning to say their goodbyes since all the doors were locked and so on and so forth.  It was about 30 minutes.  Precious 30 minutes… then she has to leave.  We will hear from her again on Mother’s Days,  Danielle too.  So Eishelle safely arrived in Chicago and this is her first email from her area.  Again with personal editing and name changed, here it is:
YOU GUYS!!! Guess what?! Just got back from sharing a message in SPANISH with a Mexican familia! It went well! They’re the Fernanadez family. We had a dinner appointment with them but before we went in, Hermana Milliron (Milli) and I said a prayer. She then asked me if there was a scripture that I wanted to share with them in Spanish. The parents only speak Spanish and the kids can speak both English and Spanish. So it was obvious that I had to share a message in Espanol. I thought, “I should do it because it would be good experience for me, esp for the first day out here.” I was afraid, but I said I’d do it. Now that I look back I was at peace and not afraid, thank goodness. I shared with them Alma 32:34 & 35. It’s about faith. We had a good conversation about praying with faith and having faith in our Savior. I was suprised at myself because I actually did it! But at the same time I knew I had it in me. And I’m pretty sure I surprised the Mom because I didn’t say much at the dinner table and then all of a sudden I’m whipping out Gospel Espanol hahaha. Her husband was at work and it was just her and her two kids at home. She made good Mexican dinner for us by the way. After we left, Hermana Milli told me how great a job I did and she said all she was thinking about when I was teaching was, “She’s gonna be a bomb missionary!” I know she meant it. And she said that we’re going to work great together. And she said that I speak really good for a beginner. I remember my high school teacher telling me the same thing. Before them, we visited another home of a mom and a daughter and a son’s gf. They said they’ll come to watch conference with us on Sunday. We clicked. The gf  is 20 and the little girl just turned 13. She reminds me a lot of Chantelle. Hopefully we see them Sunday.

At the transfer meeting today, I met a whole bunch of Elders and Sisters. There was a Sister that walked up to me and introduced herself. She’s very pretty, but I forgot her name. She then said “You’re going to be a great missionary.” I said thank you but asked her how she knew that. She said “It’s just your countenance.” Now that I think of it, that’s one of the greatest compliments I think I’ve ever gotten. It was nice to hear that from an experienced missionary.

I love my companion! She’s great. My trainer 🙂 I heard a lot of missionaries here knew that we were going to be together. And a lot of them keep telling me that she’s great and that I’m blessed to have her. I already believe it.

Yesterday we toured the city. Took the train and straight into the city. Did you know Chicago is 3rd in population in the U.S. I didn’t know that. They have a beautiful city here, but nothing like NYC, you know what I mean? 🙂 

Welcome to Chicago!!!

Welcome to Chicago!!!

I met with my Mission President, President Fenn last night. He wanted to interview all the new missionaries (all 23 of us) to see which trainer he could pair us all up with. He’s hilarious! He’s also pretty strict as well. He asked me a whole bunch on questions. So he knows A LOT more about me than I ever expected anyone to know that hasn’t met me before. But he said he has a file haha. He asked if I had any questions for him. I asked him what does he specifically expect from his missionaries? First thing he said: Baptize. And be strictly obedient. Just so everyone knows, I never really knew strictly obedient before I came on my mission. It’s like WHOA! A whole new world. This is one of the reasons going on a mission is so important because you can’t learn the things you learn on a mission else where. You just can’t. Not possible. You don’t have time to outside of the mission.
Saying goodbye to my district was the hardest thing. Sunday was such an emotional day. I love those Elders and Hermanas. There were 11 of us and 8 of them went to Dallas. I love Hermana McDaniel. She was hysterical crying when I had to leave. But we’re going to keep in touch. Danielle couldn’t say bye to me the morning I left. Bummer. I tried getting to her, but couldn’t. It’s like there is a weird lock on the doors on certain hours so I couldn’t get to the 3rd floor no matter how I tried to get down there. But she’ll be fine. I love you, Danielle. I wanted to cry a couple times because I didn’t see you that morning. But please write me.

Love, Hermana Whitney

Whatsup peeps?! It’s officially been a whole week that I’ve been here! Conference weekend was amazing.. am I right?? I think it was probably because I was taking notes as well. Good stuff.. and so much about families. 

Well my first area is pretty sweet. It’s called Woodstock. There’s a lot of Corn fields and Mexicans haha. I’m about an hr away from the city but I definitely want to end up there eventually.. hopefully!  The Houghtons, I found out yesterday are doing to be in the Chicago West Mission. I’m not sure if I will end up there but I will see. 

The children are gorg! Lookin fine 🙂 I’m happy I got some pictures of Chantelle and the hair that I left her with. Her and Noelle are just too pretty. Daddy better be shinin’ those shotguns. Seriously. The pictures of Noelle are very pretty. I met a guy I think it was Wednesday that had Michael’s hair. NEVER in my life had I met any man with Michael’s exact hair. And this guy had a full head of hair. JUST LIKE MIKES. I had a strange experience. His father-in-law looked familiar to me. More so, it was his eyes that looked familiar to me. It didn’t take long until I realized that his eyes look like Lolo’s. I KID YOU NOT. I mean, I know I’ve only seen pictures of Lolo, but this guy looks a lot like him. Mom, I know you have your fathers eyes and this Hermano got it. His wife and him are amazing members. They care for everyone and just have that love towards everyone too. True Christians they are, with big hearts. I love them both a ton. I’ve eaten a few Mexican meals and they are just SO GOOD. Mexicans that give out food means they’re giving out love. That’s why it’s a big no-no to reject it. Luckily, we have some meals set up for this week, tonight even. SO excited 🙂 I met a few members yesterday that came to watch Conferencia General 🙂 All I hear everywhere I go are the Hispanic ladies say “Que bonita!” Meaning how pretty. I’m having a little bit of a hard time with the language but I’m positive about the whole thing. I’m able to speak to some and this past week I think I’ve realized how badly I want to have this language under my belt.. and it’s gonna be there. 

Lifestyle for people around here in my area is pretty sad. There are a lot of Mexicans that are here illegally and have a very poor lifestyle. There was actually a Sister that I met. Her family and her are members and her father was actually Branch President when she was a young girl. Now that she’s older and has her own family, I believe they were offended and don’t come to church anymore. Her daughter, Eliza, who’s 14 loves the church though and my companion and I (who I love, from Oregon) dropped off the YW Recognition for her. Her mom was kinda cold.. didn’t really open up. It wasn’t until I started telling her that I know that children grow up a lot differently than those in other countries. Life alone is different. She was curious to how I knew that and I said my mom is from the Philippines. So she knew that I knew. I talked to her about my parents and even brought out the picture I had of them. It was then that her and I clicked. Then she realized that my moms background and her background were quite similar. She said I look like both my Mom and Dad 🙂 

There’s another girl here.. Maria. 20 years old. Went to jail at 16 and had her first child in jail at that age. Has two kids. My companion and I went to her house and she was having a party where.. under aged drinking with her little 4 and 2 yr old kids there. Saddest thing I’ve seen in a while. She knows right from wrong. Never in my life have I seen anyone call someone out on the spot like that. Hermana Milliron, my comp, did. But she did it out of love. It was amazing to see that. And Maria felt it. 

I have to go now. Pres. Fenn’s taking out my zone for lunch today and I’m staring at the moment! I love you all. Please take care of yourselves and pray for me!

Keep the faith. 

                                                                                              Love Always, Hermana Whitney

Woodstock, Illinois

Woodstock, Illinois

So Eishelle’s first area is in Woodstock, Illinois (51 miles NW of Chicago).

This is her address if you want to drop a line or two:

Hermana Eishelle Whitney

Illinois Chicago Mission

                                                                                1319 Butterfield Rd., Ste 522

Downers Grove, IL 60515


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

Another Tuesday is here and I love it.  Here are Danielle’s emails from her 3rd and 4th week at the MTC.  I just really love Danielle’s upbeat spirit.  It is very contagious.  We all miss her and hearing from her is such a joy.  With personal editing here are her emails …

Hey My Dearest Familia!!

 This is my 3rd P. Day in the the CCM (MTC in Espanol). We’re going to be the oldest soon! Hermana Whitney leaves next week! WHAT!? It’s going to be bittersweet to leave the people here and I love all my teachers! They are bomb!  Well, anyways…I went to the temple this morning as in every Tuesday morning. I learned two new things today in the temple…it’s amazing how simple the things you learn in the temple but at the same time it takes people a lifetime to understand. I’m soo grateful for the opportunity I have to go to the temple and to be serving at this wonderful and exciting time! What a great time to be a missionary! I really can’t wait until I get out in the field! That’s when the real work begins! haha…name that movie…(Mulan). I heard in the mission the people always speak Spanish so I’m not that nervous anymore of not learning it quick enough and not being completely submerged in it. All is well. It’s amazing how many people especially young women took the call to be a missionary. I’m meeting a lot of 18 year old missionaries too! It’s soo cool! It’s like a fast track to maturity for men and women but more for men haha. 😉
      Hey I received a letter from EVERYONE in the family this week! OOHHH YYEEAAHHH!! I loved it! Your letters are much appreciated!! Really. I love to hear how everything is going! Daddy is was soo nice to get a letter from you! 🙂 When I read the greeting I was like, “only my daddy calls me that” 🙂 Love you!
        I’m soo happy and excited for you all that you were able to see Elder L. Tom Perry! He’s like a bottle of sunshine! Hahaha! I heard for Easter Sunday that the quorum of the twelve come and speak to us. Everybody is hoping for the prophet. Hahaha! I really hope soo! I think that I would be star struck haha! I hope that you have a nice Easter! It’s not about the candy or the bunny rabbits or the easter eggs…that’s just how the world looks at it. Remember that through the Atonement of Christ that everyone can be made clean…no matter how deep the hole may be. Also through the Atonement of Christ that be can be perfected in Christ! I never really understood what “being perfected in Christ” is until someone spoke about it in devotional. Then that’s where it clicked. I was like “ooOOOhhHH!!” in my head. haha. And because of Christ we can live again! Together forever with our families! In a state where it’s everlasting happiness! When we will be making our own worlds! There are soo many things to look forward to! Have a eternal perspective on everything because it makes everything a lot easier to handle and it makes the pathway bright. It’s all going to be worth it! Let us try to be a little better everyday because I want to live you all in the eternities! Just thinking of that makes me really happy! Keep the faith, Persevarar hasta el Fin (Endure to the End)! Yo se que la iglesia de Jesucristo de los santos de los ulitmos dias is verdadera!
 
Love you all until the end of eternity and then some,
Hermana Whitney
map of the world

map of the world

 

Dearest Familia!!

 
       Hey I read your email mommy and I saw the beautiful pictures! You all are growing up beautifully! 🙂 It makes me smile when I get pictures! All of you look great! I’m very happy that everyone is just succeeding in their lives at this point.  So it was weird without Hermana Whitney here. It’s like a part of me left. 😦 I always look for her in during our meals and then I was looking for her the day she left and I was like “wait…” It was sad. I played the piano for her district when they sing a musical number. It was God be with you Til we meet again. It was sad and I cried but I know that she is where she needs to be right now.  We only have 2 more weeks here the MTC. It’s kind of crazy. I’m soo excited to be in the field already! Woohoo!
       My Spanish is coming along. It’s doing okay and gets better. I went to the temple today and it was great. Ooh I received all your letters! Thank you for that! I’m happy you guys had a nice Easter! I sure did! Somebody from the presiding bishopric came and spoke to us and then for Devotional we had Sheri Dew speak to us. Sheri Dew’s talk was really good! I love it! Then we saw a film called the “Character of Christ” by Elder David A. Bednar. That was the best of the day!! It was a recorded devotional that he gave on Christmas here in the MTC. I don’t know how many years ago. I learned soo much! 
       This week for me had been the most difficult for me but then again the most rewarding. I hit a wall here. I was thinking that “oh my goodness I’m going to be doing this for 18months!?”   When you’re lessons don’t go well it’s soo discouraging. You feel like you failed…because if you think about it…peoples’s salvation is legit on my shoulders. So you don’t want to mess up. Also thinking that the time to make and realize your mistakes is here in the MTC but not in the field.
 Don’t worry about me, all is well in the MTC. It’s full of humbling moments, the greatest times, and experiences that last a life time. I trust in God forever and you all do the same. Endure to the End! Keep the Faith! The church is true.
 
                                                                                               Love always, until the end of forever,
                                                                                                                Hermana Whitney
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sisters forever ...

sisters forever …

laundry room

laundry room

temple day at Provo Temple

temple day at Provo Temple

Yesterday,  Eishelle left the MTC bound to Chicago.  It makes me sad when  Danielle said, “… it’s like a part of me left.”  It will be long for them to see each other again.   Eishelle and Danielle have really been tight since they were babies.  It must be hard for each of them to say their goodbyes.  I love and miss my girls!!!