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.