I miss the primary children in Plainview Ward and working in the primary! Tell them that I said hi! I miss the ward soo much!! I love how the ward was soo nice and welcoming and always talked to new people and was always missionary minded! You have no idea how much of a help it is when the members are into it! You make the missionaries job soo much easier. I feel that as I’m learning how to become a better missionary, I’m also learning how to become a better member missionary of the church. Because members have a purpose too like missionaries.
I love tracting, it’s something that I thought I would never get used to, but I love it. I love tracting with a Book of Mormon in my hand. It’s a constant reminder to me that the Lord is always with me and that He’s got my back. I decided to re-read it again so I started last week. I see it from a different perspective now that I’m on a mission.
So yesterday, Memorial Day, was the most UNproductive day of my mission thus far. I hated it. Nobody was home and it was hard to keep some appoinments, but we got 2 lessons in. Our first was with Hermano J___. We brought a friend over and her two little girls (one of them being 8 days old). We ate pizza then taught el Plan de Salvacion. It was a good ‘member present’ lesson. Afterward we went to visit this lady named B___ and her abusive husband. We’ve been wanting to meet with him forever and this time he was actually home, but he said he wasn’t feeling well. So we decided to change up the lesson plan for her and share a scripture. Hermana Madsen told me on the spot that I was taking the lead. So I took the lead and taught her that this life is the only time for us to prepare to meet God. It was a good lesson and she said and knew the things she needs.
This is a super short letter, but before I end: EVERYONE WHO HAS TV, WATCH THE CUBS GAME NEXT FRIDAY THE 7TH! CHICAGO MISSION WILL BE ATTENDING 😀 That’s baseball for those who didn’t know. And that Friday will be my P-Day as well. So I can’t email again until then. Kay, love you guys! Hugs and kisses.. Keep the faith.
<3/ Hermana Eishelle Whitney
PS. How could I forget, I GAVE A TALK ON SUNDAY! IN SPANISH! I relied on the Spirit big time. The Lord carried me through it. The church is true hahahah. Up there for 15 mins no big deal hahahaha 😉 Okay, I’m done. Bye.
Hermana A___ has been called as a member missionary. Her new calling to help us out with anything we need, more so if we need a member to come out with us in lessons. She needs to study a little more doctrine. She shared her testimony with me saying that she feels that she has to know these things now before she dies. She has a tumor in her brain and she has the idea that whenever God takes her, is when He takes her. So she wants to be prepared and gain more knowledge of the gospel for the next life. Broke my heart. She made me cry. I love this Hermana.
Later that day (Friday) we had an appointment with H___ and his wife. We met him for the first time a few weeks ago while we were knocking. He’s trying to get his wife on board and see if she’ll budge. So we met with them and shared some scriptures and had her commit to read the Book of Mormon. She said a prayer at the end. She wanted me to say it first so she knows how it goes. So I said it and then she did. Most or almost everyone that prays with us if they’re investigators says it some wrong way. She did it the right way though. She said it and it made me cry. I know, it was an emotional day. But think of it like this, just imagine how long Heavenly Father has waited for His children to speak with him? SO LONG. The Spirit was so strong as she prayed. I’m praying for M___, that’s her name. Hopefully we get to see them again tomorrow, unless she needs more time. H___ walked us out the door afterwards. Hermana Madsen ran across the street to the car to get Proclamation to the Family. H___ told me that him and his wife are good.. they’re not great but they’re okay. He said he’s trying to explain to his wife that this isn’t an obsession that he’s going through and that he wants this all to work out with the church and with her and with their little girl, Z___. He’s a man who loves his family. He said he could tell that she was about to cry after her prayer and that he knows that look haha.. so we’ll see where this goes.
Well that’s about it for me. I need some prayers because we need this week to be good! We’re workin but we know we need to work harder. I love you guys! Take care and keep the faith.
Love Always, Hermana E. Whitney
Hey my bonita familia!
Note: 5 pictures added on the bottom. Eishelle is still in her first area: Woodstock, Illinois.
I want to tell you guys about H___. My two comps and I found him through missionary contact. We were knocking. He has such a BIG HEART! He’s a Christian and his wife’s Catholic. He’s trying to find common ground and after explaining what the Book of Mormon is and the Restoration, he said that this is probably what he’s been searching for. And he wants us to speak to him in Spanish even though he can speak English as well but he knows that we want to practice. His family means the world to him. Hopefully him and his wife realize that this could be the glue for their family.
Elder Nelson of the Twelve came to visit us on Saturday! I shook his hand and I could just see the love in his face that he has for the missionaries. I actually want to tell you guys something interesting that he pointed out. He was talking about a story in the book of Judges. I was reading parts of it in the car today there were two groups of people that were going to fight.. I forget their names. But one group had 22,000 so they lessened the amount of people by having those that were scared to fight to be sent home. 10,000 was still too many. So the Lord said to have a drinking test, that whoever drinks a certain way will go home and those who drink another way will stay and fight. They were then down to 300. These 300 were going up against 150,000. The Lord was trying to make it a point that they will win through the Lord’s strength and not theirs. The 300 won. They sounded their trumpets and scared the 150,000 away. The ratio for 300 to 150,000 is 1 to 500. There are over 14 million members in the world today and 7 billion. Ratio for that is 1 to 500. The work missionaries throughout the world is doing right now is NOT impossible.
On Sunday, My comps and I taught a drunk party of men! I haven’t laughed this hard since I been out here. One of these guys was DRUNKKKKK. He asked me to dance and spit out some compliments to me. The guy that we’re friends with had to explain to him that we’re “Jesus” people. SUPER FUNNY. All of this guys words were slurred whenever he spoke. Hope our mission president doesn’t get mad ahah. But we taught them about the Book of Mormon. It was pretty fun and we were the only ladies there.
Well that’s it for this week. Life is good. Hard, but good. I love you all. Keep the faith.
Love, Hermana Whitney
Note: As with my other published blogs, names of people mentioned in here except her companion, her mission president and our names are changed for privacy reasons. 7 photos attached on the bottom.
Well, Last week we had a family of four come to Conferencia General.. investigators! We visited with them last week and they’re quite interesting. I want SO bad to tell you their situation but because I’m a missionary and the fact that I can’t send anything weird, I don’t think I can haha. It’s funny but sad. Hopefully we get to see them this week. They’re pretty legit. Lemme just say, that Illinois was cursed at one point because this was the state that they killed the prophet, Joseph Smith.
I think the highlight of my week was Saturday. The English missionaries go tracting a lot and they sometimes run into Hispanics that can’t speak any English. So those people that seem interested and are Spanish speaking become our (Hermana Milliron’s and my) referrals. We received a ton this past week. The most that I’ve ever seen. We went to contact several of these addresses.. some being young teenage girls- whose parents answer the door saying nicely that they’re Catholic so… haha. Then I begin to think that those girls were probably crushing on the Elders. Quien sabe (Who knows) haha. Anyways, we went to this one address which was in an apt building. We knocked. We heard noises behind the door and I saw someone looking through the peep hole twice after each knock.. because we knocked twice. Hermana Milliron, with the door still closed, asked if Nancy lived here. An older man opened the door and said she does live here. Then Nancy appeared right behind him. She had a jacket on as if she was about to go somewhere. We told them that we have a message to share with them and brought up the Book of Mormon and told them of when Jesus Christ had come to the America’s. Gustavo (the older man who had opened the door), says “He came to the America’s? I heard that he lived in the Middle East but not that he came to the America’s…?” I LOVED that this was news to him and it intrigued him too. We got his attention. We asked them if we could share with them about the Restoration if they had 5 mins. They were unsure but we got them to say okay. This entire visit was at their doorstep! So Nancy took off her jacket, Hermana and I get our folletos (pamphlets) out and she asks me in a whisper if I would lead the lesson. Slightly freaked out but I’ve realized on my mission fear can’t take over me. They each grab a folleto and I start. It was a bit nerve racking because we told them this would be quick. We go though the whole lesson and they got into it and wanted to hear what we had to say. They’re Catholic but their believers.. in other words they just believe, they don’t practice it (like go to church). Carlito said he had a question (I personally love it when the investigators have questions.. they’re learning 🙂 ). He asked who governs the world right now? Satan or God? He looked at me as if he wanted to hear my answer. I said God ALWAYS wins. Hermana said the same thing. He looked skeptical, as if he wasn’t sure. I’ll have an answer for him when we see him again… THIS SATURDAY! His wife told me that it’s nice that you both are learning Spanish to preach to others about your church. That’s one of the nicest things I’ve heard from someone. I appreciated her comment, I guess because this language isn’t easy! Haha. But yes, Saturday we’re seeing Carlito y Nancy. So excited. They’re both very nice too.
Yesterday we went to visit this lady named Martha and her daughter Maria, and her son’s girlfriend Juana who lives there as well. Her son actually gets out of jail tomorrow. But we went there yesterday, nobody was home.. or atleast nobody answered. We asked the neighbors at their door and He said he saw them earlier that morning. We got a big wiff of weed from inside his house when we asked him that too hahahahaha. Ahem, anyways, it was kind of a relief that the neighbor had seen them because we honestly didn’t know if they were even alive. We’ve been calling and texting several times and no answer. We went back to visit last night and Maria opens the door. Martha who I never met was sitting on the couch talking with their landlord doing some leasing stuff. Maria looked sad.. tired. She smiled at me a couple times but both times.. her smile never reached her eyes. Killed me because she reminds me of Chantelle. Same age, same body type, same eyes. I want you all to know I’m not weird over here! The fact that some people out here remind me of family just comes to me.. it’s not like I’m searching for people that look like family hahaha. I know there’s a reason for it all. Anyway, the look in her eyes was a killer. I just wanted to take her home! Her mom’s a meany when she’s grumpy and tired I heard. Pretty sad. We’re going to get them back to church though.. it’ll happen.
I met our Branch President yesterday! He’s a white man that knows how to speak Spanish. Super sweet older man! Has a big heart and loves the people of his branch. I’m going to have fun working with him. I love you all and I hope you’re doing well. Hugs and kisses. XOXO
Keep the faith.
Always, Hermana Whitney
P.S. Prayers are appreciated! I won’t be mad if you pray for me.
The same family that came to General Conference… we taught them the Restoration this past week. Arando and Somia are the parents to two kids, Darwin and Reyna. Darwin is 14 and Reyna is 7.. or 8. Cute little girl. So we taught them the Restoration and in the middle of our lesson, Darwin (keep in mind is 14) said he had a question. He says.. “I’m learning with the Jehovah’s Witnesses too so is this okay? Which one is better or right?” So this 14 year old, Irwin is trying to figure out which church is right. Sound familiar? 🙂 We went on about the Restoration and compared his questioning to Joseph Smith’s questions when he was his age. The lesson went SO well and they’re going to pray about it all.
On Saturday, Hermana Milliron and I wanted to go visit Martha and Maria. They haven’t been to church for months and I never had met Martha until this visit. She got some visits from other members of the ward (she goes to the English ward) and she was really thankful for that, even though she never answered her phone or her door FOR EVER. We knocked and she opened the door. She was so happy and very warm to me. She said she was making some bad choices and didn’t want to come to church and was just having a hard time with her life. Now that her son’s out of jail and all the court stuff is over, and the fact that she’s finally moved into a new home, she’s happy. And she’s ready to come back. I can’t explain into words the feeling I felt when I was listening to her talk. I felt the love God had for her because she wanted to make a complete change in her life and go toward the direction that she knew she should be on. She said she couldn’t wait to come to church.. and I knew she meant every word. Yesterday she came! With her daughter, Maria.
Earler this past week, Hermana and I visited a Sister who is currently Excommunicated. And this is her second time being excommunicated. We had to get permission from her bishop to visit her, but he gave us the ‘okay’. She brought a friend over, Sonya, and we spoke a little about the church. Sister Williams (who’s house we went over) was very nice. Very open. She talks alot! haha. I forget how we came about this but she said she wanted to sing a song. She sung and it I couldn’t help but laugh cuz she wasn’t very good. It was Sonya, me, and Hermana Milliron dying laughing in our seats. I couldn’t hold it in. I got the biggest kick. Last night we visited with Sonya in her home and she had her boyfriend over (Jaime) and her niece, Daria. We taught the Restoration and the Spirit was SOOOOO strong…
Friday and Saturday.. most physically hurtful days of my life. LITERALLY. This past week it’s been raining like crazy. It’s flooding a lot out here. It hasn’t flood this bad out here since ’07 they say. They use bags full of sand to block more water from coming in and then pump the water out.. either out of the house or of their yard. It’s really sad. Friday for 7 full hours, some peeps from my zone made some sand bags and they’re HEAVY. They weigh probs 60- 80 lbs. The physical labor for this was rough. I couldn’t move the next day but we went right back to it on Saturday. It was fun though. It’s for the people of the community. I loved it.
I have to go but I love you all! Keep the faith. xoxox
Love Always, Hermana Eishelle Whitney ❤