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Okay soo this week went better!… (Danielle)

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.

Yeah KB sent me mail…but the funny thing is I NEVER knew who she was even when I was home. I always saw her on facebook but I never knew who she was. I just saw that you and Eishelle were the mutual friends we had. So I just wrote her back. I’m soo happy that I came to church though! 😀 Bien Hecho! 🙂
I miss the ward activities! The Sycamore Branch (Spanish) that I’m in don’t have any activities! 😦 sad story. They did something for modder’s day but that’s pretty much. It’s hard for them to do them because they work a lot, and/or illegal, and/or don’t drive.
okay soo this week went better!…
soo we have limited miles on our car for the month. So we had to start walking. We were thinking that it’s going to be really good because it’s a weekend and memorial day is on Monday and then we walk an the streets are bare! No one is here!! Everybody either goes camping or somewhere else that’s more fun than Brigham because there is nothing to do here. So we thought that it was funny because we thought that everybody will be outside and here but nothing. Like it was soo quiet that you were able to hear the crickets! hahaha
So the mom of the T___ family that we’re teaching decided to be baptized!!! Woot! woot! She was like I don’t know what it is but she knows that it’s the right thing. And then we explained to her that it was the spirit working with her. We are having a lesson with them tonight and we are trying to get commit them to baptism tonight! hopefully all goes well! Prayers is what we need. haha
I survived a transfer! haha I’m staying in Brigham and I’m getting a new companion for this transfer! We are both still training and we both don’t really know the language either and most likely we will be walking. Also I became senior companion! (it’s a good thing) only for my 2nd transfer! (Don’t ask me how that happened because Idk)…my companion is a VISA waiter for Argentina soo maybe that’s why I’m senior? idk Everybody was congratulating me and said that woow! My zone leader said, “You’re going to be someone up there is in the mission.” hahaha I wish! haha. My zone leader is really cool. But it’s all good though but we don’t know the language! 😦 at least we know the area though. I just know that if we do our best everyday then the Lord will provide. I’m still living with Sister Murillo but she’s training a new Sister coming in. I’m going to miss being comps. with Sister Murillo. These changes are all going to take place tomorrow morning!
So we have an investigator named A___. He’s about 40+ or something and he promised that he would go to church with us last Sunday. So on Sunday we went by his house to see if he was there and the guy that lives with him said that he left already. So we go to church and we look for him and he’s not there! 😦 so we say a prayer that A___ would show up and then we look one more time and…no show.
 So we have reversed church and then the last meeting we see that another investigator we have is there. The thing about the investigator that came is that he was never really interested in the church but we went to his place a couple of times to see his son and the son’s family because they were less actives. The man is really old and only works and then gives ALL the money to his family in Mexico. He only speaks Spanish. So the son’s name is H___ and we thought that the father’s name is H___ too because usually the father’s name becomes the son’s first name but his name wasn’t! Everybody was calling him A___ and we’re like what?? Then we realized that his name is A___!! hahahahahahaa I’m not sure if you see the funny in this. hahaha
Okay soo we prayed that A____ would come to church…like our real investigator but instead A____ the old man came to church instead….
and then I was like hahaha God has a sense of Humor! hahaha because our prayer was answered because A____ came to church.
but i’m happy that he came to church. We set up an appointment with him on Saturday.
We were laughing about that on the walk home.
I’m loving it…being a missionary is the best. You literally have the best and worst times the good times make the bad times disappear. Whenever we run into a basher or someone that does not like the church…it just strengthens my testimony that what I’m doing is right and that the church is true! It weird because people thinks that it’s bad but it strengthens me and at the end, I just pity them. With those kind of people, I realized that you can always use their words against them to prove that they’re wrong. They contradict themselves all the time. haha we end up laughing about it.
Keep praying for me and because I will always need them. Pray for me and my new companion, Sister Scheiss. Ooh if you can all pray for my left knee and my middle finger and ring finger on my right hand that would be GREAT! Don’t worry…BE Happy!
Hey Father’s Day is coming up soon! too bad we can’t call! 😦 Bummer! I’ll send you a pretty card Daddy! I’ll make sure that it is manly enough. haha. I brought cool stamps and I’m waiting for letters to use them. They’re Disney! Pretty legit!
Love you always and forever!!!!!
Hermana Whitney
Love you forever and always,
Hermana Whitney
New companion Hermana Sheiss waiitng for her visa to Argentina.

New companion Hermana Sheiss waiitng for her visa to Argentina.

Former companion Hermana Murillo

Former companion Hermana Murillo

"I'm beautiful" barbie shirt

“I’m beautiful” barbie shirt

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with the big sock monkey

with the big sock monkey

Hermanas in Brigham City

Hermanas in Brigham City

with my zone leader

with my zone leader

my zone

my zone


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Life’s good … the church is true! (Eishelle)

Hey, hey, hey! So… I was thinking last night of what to write everyone today. And now, of course, my mind is blank. The highlight of my week was last week on Thursday when we had Sister’s Conference! It was a big deal because to have a Sister’s Conference, you know there’s a good amount of Sister’s in the mission field. Man that meeting was quite rejuvenating! Whenever we have a big get-together or a Zone Conference meeting, it’s always from 9am -3pm. Long, I know but they’re the best. Always look forward to it. I learned A LOT too. But I want to tell you guys that the BOM is the true word of God. If we had nothing in the church but that book, I know the church would still be true. I hope you all believe that too.

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 Bastian! I love this girl! A LOT. We came in the same time and met on the plane. I love her.

Hermana Bastian! I love this girl! A LOT. We came in the same time and met on the plane. I love her.

Hermana Madsen (my comp now), me, Hermana Milliron (my first comp), Hermana Toney (Hermana Milliron's new comp.. Hermana Toney just came in this transfer from Lehi, UT

Hermana Madsen (my comp now), me, Hermana Milliron (my first comp), Hermana Toney (Hermana Milliron’s new comp.. Hermana Toney just came in this transfer from Lehi, UT

 


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Hey everybody in the east coast!!!

Hey everybody on the east coast!!
How are you all doing? This has been the hardest week so far. Soo I don’t have a lot to say because I can’t tell you most of it…I wish I could though. NO worries I am not hurt physically in anyway. haha
But…
the good is that we’re still teaching the family of 4 boys…14, 13, 12, and 5yrs. We extended baptism to them and then they kind of shy(ed) away. But they are still willing to learn. We invited them to a zone activity that we had and they came!! They had a lot of fun and  the 13 yr old one is really good at basketball! hahaha there is still hope. but they 14 yr old one is really good! he’s the one that is really into it. he keeps all of his commitments. it’s soo awesome!! we’re teaching the family today about the plan of salvation. they are going to be baptized…I can see it! I see them in white!! haha
it’s crazy how much I am learning! it’s either that I learning or I am just refining what I know. It’s great. The work is hard but it’s all for the Lord which makes it all worth it.
Love you always and forever, then you add a day!
Hermana Whitney
exchanges

exchanges

heeeyyy

heeeyyy

more exchanges

more exchanges

MTC BFF

MTC BFF


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“MISSION LIFE IS TOUGH, not going to lie.” (Eishelle)

I need some prayers because we need this week to be good!
This past week has probably been the most challenging for me. Life’s tough, not going to lie. Hermana Madsen and I, as new and as faithful as we are, haven’t been getting a lot of success this past week and it is very hard. She’s only been out in the mission 6 weeks long than me (a transfer) so we’re both pretty new at all this. But we’re learning a lot. We really have no choice but to speak more Spanish and we’re learning a lot from each other too. My zone and I had a meeting with President Fenn this past week on Thursday. In my interview with him he said, “I know I threw you both in the fire, but I don’t feel bad about it.” I loved that he said that ahahah. He’s as confident in us as we are in ourselves. Our Spanish and our companionship has nowhere to go but up from here. He asked if I got distracted from the Mother’s Day phone calls and I said it was nice to hear from them, but I’m focused. I also explained to him that I felt the Spirit very strongly every time I would go home after every day and I knew that it was bc Heavenly Father is telling me that he’s well pleased with my work for that day. President Fenn told me not to underestimate that feeling.. he said that that feeling is really because your life is in line with God’s will. Such a powerful thing to know.

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

train track 1

train track 1

train track 2
train track 2

train track 3
train track 3

2nd companion Sister Madsen

2nd companion Sister Madsen

with a little doggie named Cookie
with a little doggie named Cookie


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Fabulous day to be a missionary in the Utah Ogden Mission!

Hey my bonita familia!

Ooh okay I don’t have enough time to email you a nice letter but it’s okay we’ll see each other on sunday!! via SKYPE!!  woot woot!
Eishelle I will send out your letter sorry! it’s been soo busy! Hopefully you’ll get this week.
Love you all! I can’t wait to tell you all my stories and everything! YEAHH BUDDY!
Love always and forever,
Hermana Whitney
the language is throwing me off
hey just saying that it was soo nice to talk and see you guys finally! you don’t understand how long i was looking forward to it for weeks! i wish that it was longer! i got a little trunky. haha (its a word that missionaries use when your mind is somewhere else, rather than what it is suppose to be on…for example my mind was on home and not on missionary work or in other words my investigators.) But I knocked myself out of it and it was all good.
the language is throwing me off. Somedays are really good and other days it is like what’s going on? It’s weird like that. and here in Brigham City the hispanics here are like a needle in a haystack so learning spanish is kind of hard but it’s coming little. by. little. I’m looking forward to that one swweeettt day when the language is no longer a barrier!
Hey Chantelle the boy that I was telling you about just turned 13 on mother’s day.
Yeah? Maybe? he’s a good looking boy. hahaha. i only approve if he gets baptized though…if he doesn’t forget about it. hahaha. most likely though. hahaha jk about the whole thing. We’re teaching the family today! most likely we are going to give them up to the english elders because we need to focus on the hispanics. sad story! i don’t want to give them up. 😦 but it’s not about us, it’s about them.
Transfers are soon! May 29th! Most likely I’m going to stay in Brigham but who knows?…God knows 🙂 haha. I just hope that I’m still with my companion now. She can’t leave me! 😦 but if that’s how the cookie cumbles…let it be…I hope not though.
Anyways it’s a fabulous day to be a missionary in the Utah Ogden Mission!
Keep the faith
Love you forever,
Hermana Whitney
Hermana Whitney and Hermana Murillo

Hermana Whitney and Hermana Murillo

Brigham City Utah skies

Brigham City, Utah skies

Brigham City Temple

Brigham City Temple

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with a pretty girl

with another cute girl
with another cute girl


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5th week and the Mother’s Day Week (Eishelle)

Note:  5 pictures added on the bottom.  Eishelle is still in her first area: Woodstock, Illinois.

BUSY

Hi all! I have no time to write but I’m doing wonderfully out here! I’m in a trio right now ever since Tuesday for about 3 weeks and then she’s off to somewhere else. I’m working hard on this language and I have to be patient with myself, but it’s coming! In ways I never thought. Im going to a Cub’s game on June 7th so turn your tv’s on on that day. The whole mission is going. Elder Nelson is visiting our mission this weekend too! SO EXCITED! This is a rare opportunity so it’s going to be a pretty big event. I want to let you all know how much I love you! Life’s hard, we all know.. but with God on our side, it doesn’t matter who’s against us.
 5  weeks in … I think …    
Well, well, well. Sure am a happy girl knowing that I have about 15 months left on the mission. I love this and am so happy. I don’t want to leave this work! I can see and understand what people mean by the fact that it was the hardest thing they’ve ever done, but the greatest thing that they’ve ever done as well. Ugh, my heart is so full.

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

REEEAAALLLYYY …  TRUUULLLYYY …  HAPPY
Yup, that’s me. That’s how I’m feelin. I haven’t been able to really mean that until just recently. I went on my first exchange this past week on Thursday to Friday with a Sister Trainer leader which was amazing. We taught, we sang, we partied (Missionary appropriate party of course 😉 ) I went to Arlington Heights for the day which is about an hr and a half away from my area. This is actually where Hermana Madsen was before she came to Woodstock.. who actually is going to be my new companion/trainer for these next 6 weeks at least. Anyways, we got S___ to say yes to baptism! He’s very ready. He’s an older man. To the lesson he brought his Libro de Mormon and the pamphets that the missionaries gave him. He cancelled the baptism a few days ago though. He keeps getting dreams from his parents that he shouldn’t be baptized. He completely dropped the missionaries. It was a bummer because that would’ve been my first baptism and Hermana Madsen’s as well. But hey, esta bien! (That’s my motto btw hahaha) We taught him with la familia F__. They’re a couple probably in their 50’s and their son V__. They just lost their only daughter about 2 years ago to something that happened in her brain and she died instantly. They’re still affected by it.. the Father is at least. He doesn’t come to church meetings since the death of his daughter. But he told S__ that if it wasn’t for the church, he wouldn’t be comforted as he is right now because he knows he’ll see her again. His eyes started to tear up and his wife was saying the same thing. V___ had a hard time keeping it together too but the Spirit was very strong as they spoke about the Plan of Happiness and the knowledge that they had of seeing their daughter again. We ate and laughed and had a good time afterwards. They’re a wonderful family.
Afterwards we visited this older woman I forget her name but she’s about 97. Very brittle. We went there to sing Himnos to her and she loved it. She sat on her bed the whole time in a corner with her legs leaning against the nightstand to hold her up. Some little girl ran her over with a bike and then this older lady had to get stitches and she’s in SO much pain right now. We (Hermana Day and I) sang beautiful Himnos to her and she loved it. Her daughter and her husband (Hermano y Hermana N___) came in and they continued singing with us some of their favorite Hymns. They Spirit was once again very strong.
After that we went to the wards Mother’s Day Party because in Mexico Mother’s Day was on Friday. I loved the ward, the ward loved me and we all just had a good time together. Time flew because before we knew it, we had to go so I could exchange back to Woodstock. What a day.
Yesterday I spoke with my FAMILY!!!!!!!!!! Over two hours no big deal 😉 Woot woot! I love each of them and it was soo nice seeing them, sharing my testimony with them, the things I’ve learned, what’s new back home with them and all. Gosh I love them. Til Christmas is when I’ll see speak with them again. Danielle and I got to Skype at the same time and it was SO NICE TO SEE HER. And seeing her in front of Whitley’s home was just breath taking. Saw Tami and Ross, Brady and Zoey! I love them ALL SO MUCH. Big thanks to them for having Danielle over.
Well that’s all for today. I love you guys. Keep the faith.
Always, Hermana Eishelle Whitney
3 some: Whitney, Madsen and Milliron

3 some: Whitney, Madsen and Milliron

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threesome

First companion Sister Milliron

First companion Sister Milliron

Hermana Whitney called us from Wisconsin on Mother's Day

Hermana Whitney called us from Wisconsin  (an hour and a half away from her area) for a missionary exchange for 3 days on Mother’s Day

Wisconsin welcomes you ...

Wisconsin welcomes you …


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HOLA!!! (Danielle)

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.

HOLA!!!

 Its great to hear about you guys! Noelle you’re doing soo good with your missionary work! woohoo! The Lord is very happy about what you’re doing. You’re getting those lost sheep and bring them back into the fold! Yeahhh buuddyyy!! hahaha. Mommy how is your friend that you’re helping with at church? Is she still going to church?
 Well I don’t have enough time but…I’m going to iFly with my companion and Tami! It’s a indoor skydiving thing. I’m not doing that but Sister Murillo is celebrating her 9 months. Tami is taking us there. I had dinner with her and we dropped off cookies at ward members houses and shared a spiritual thought with a nice family. They’re were a bishopric family. The dad is the 1st conselor. We asked for referrals and stuff. Well anyways, all of our appointments cancelled yesterday! hahaha. Sister Murillo was like, “It’s apart of missionary work.” The the miracle of day was that we had an unexpected lesson with the Guttierez familia! It was soo good! The women cancelled her plans so that she can stay with us. she was like God sent you here for a reason. haha. They’re soo good. They just need to be baptized now! haha.
 the people here are really nice. I thanked them for their time and their patience with my Spanish and then Brother Gutierrez was like, “don’t worry, I’m still working on mine.” they are soo nice because they understand. I’ll send you a text on mother’s day to tell you before hand what time is good to skype.
Love you always and forever,
Hermana Whitney
I can’t wait for Mother’s day to come!  It is like Christmas!!!
So the reason that people usually fall away is because they don’t understand the “why” behind things.
Do they understand the “why” we go to church? Why do we get baptized? Why do you keep the commandments? Why do we pray? Why do we read the scriptures. What’s the purpose behind all of this?
They need to understand the “what”, the “why”, and the “how”. If they undersatnd all of those then they will have a lasting conversion, and not just a testimony of those things. For example…
What is prayer?
Why do we pray?
How do we pray?
Mommy you should read preach my gospel! That book is making me a better missionary. I know that the book is inspired of God! It will really help you in the missionary work your doing. I challenge you to read it all. You will learn so much from it. I promise you.
Ooh can you ask the missionaries if they have any games or object lessons that they teach families for lessons or something. We’re teaching a family and the boys are really shy and my companion and I want to play a game with the family that can break the ice but talk about gospel things. So if they have anything let us know! Gracias 🙂
I trying to keep my weight under control. haha. I don’y think that I gained anything. I’m pretty sure that I lost weight in the MTC.
Okay soo when is a good time for you guys to skype on mother’s day!! I SERIOUSLY CANNOT WAIT!!! I GET TO SEE ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACES AND HEAR YOUR VOICES!! IT’S LIKE CHRISTMAS!! WOOT WOOT!
Love you always and forever!!
Hermana Whitney
I’m getting soo lost in the work it’s crazy!! and I love it!
Hermana Whitney with Pres and Sister Hiers

Hermana Whitney with Pres and Sister Hiers

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district

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zone activity

zone activity

zone activity

zone activity

zone activity

Hermana Whitney and companion Hermana Murillo

Hermana Whitney and companion Hermana Murillo

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zone activity