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I’m doing the work of the Lord and I’m very Happy :)

Mi familia! How’s everything going with all of you? First off, I LOVE and MISS you all!
So I been having the same dream a couple of times. once this transfer and once in the last transfer…it’s different situations but the same lesson. Weird…right? The main idea of my dream is that the time on the mission went soo fast that I was home from my mission already. So when I was home I got a bitter feeling because I wanted to go back on the mission soo bad and serve more! I felt that the time wasn’t enough. I took those dreams and the bad feeling I got from it and it makes me not want to waste time and serve every moment I have. It makes me want to be better because at the end of all this I want to say that I did my very best everyday.
So just have to say, the past Sunday was the BEST Sunday in the field. It was BOMB! So my comp and I had the opportunity to talk to the young women about missionary work and how the priesthood blesses our lives. The spirit was soo strong when we were talking. Then we had the WORLDWIDE LEADERSHIP TRAINING!! They called it the “Greatest Training of this Dispensation” hahaha. In my branch they invited everyone not only leaders. I wish that everyone saw it! I had goose bumps almost the whole time watching it. The world is changing big time! It’s soo exciting the changes happening. There’s a pilot program and they’re piloting the iPads and the iPhone 5s. For 3 weeks they taught about 50 lessons through Facebook and they had 2-3 Facetime lessons! The Lord is hastening his work and it’s awesome! Also I hope that you realized how important members are. Missionaries have a purpose and so do members. It says that missionaries are only really suppose to assist members in the work. It’s our responsibility to share the gospel. It’s inly a blessing in our lives. Then after the training we had dinner at a member’s home and then went to a youth fireside at Bishop Grover’s (son is serving in the NY, NY South mission and I believe that he’s in Patchogue. Our stake!) house to talk to the youth about “how we prepared to go on a mission and anything else as the spirit directs”…those was his words. So I say that I don’t think that there was a certain time that I started preparing myself…I think that it was everything in my life that brought me to this moment. I said that my whole life I was preparing and I didn’t even realize it until now. And then we talked about missionary work and all those fun stuff. The spirit was really strong too. They were happy that we came.
So the missionaries are doing a fireside and I’m playing the piano for the choir. I wanted to sing but I didn’t have a song but next time I will. I’m playing “When You Believe” from the Prince of Egypt. It’s going to be soo Epic!! it’s next Sunday. Just pray for me and that I’ll do well.
We had mission conference on Thursday an it was soo much fun! It was nice to see my friends in the mission. Our mission is getting split too. But hey all is well. I think that everyone I know is staying in the Utah Ogden Mission. But for the general authority it was Elder Callister from the seventy. He talked about the Atonement and you know that you can never go wrong with that. So solid! He also wrote a book called “The Infinite Atonement.” I want to buy it and read it soo bad. I just love conferences or the meetings we have as missionaries because you walk out soo inspired. It’s an awesome feeling.
So from the Leadership Training and how they want us to change the way we look at missionary work…I realized that if we really understood the Atonement, if we really knew Jesus Christ, if we really understood how this Gospel can bless another person’s life and even our own, then there should be nothing holding us back from sharing it. As a missionary I’m just sharing what I know to be true and inviting others to change they’re life for the better. Knowing how better their lives can be with God in the picture. It’s like you have something soo precious or you experienced something that was soo good and you want to share with everybody. or like a weight loss program that works and you’re telling everybody about it. hahaha it the same thing almost but 1000x better.
I love being a missionary even though I can get scared sometimes with talking to people and I don’t even know half the words they’re saying hahaha but I’m doing the work of the Lord and I’m very Happy 🙂
I love you all forever!

with polynesian sister missionaries

with polynesian sister missionaries

Hermana Whitney

more sister missionaries

more sister missionaries

sisters ... friends ... missionaries

sisters … friends … missionaries

a couple of elders in the mix

a couple of elders in the mix

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“The pursuit of easy things makes men weak”

Witnessed my first baptism this past week on Saturday! It was such a pleasure to see. There were 7 of us Hermana’s that took some part in teaching this man, and it was amazing to all come together and witness this baptism. What a joy. We all sung a beautiful hymn acapella too. I didn’t get a chance to tell him, S___, congratulations until I found him in the parking lot. I told him I was very happy for him and good luck! He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Estoy muy agradecido para usted”, meaning he’s very grateful to me. Such a humble man.

Saturday night Hermana Madsen and I went over to this one house of former investigators to see if anyone was home. We’ve stopped by twice and sometimes nobody would be home or it would just be a bad time. We finally met I___ who’s one of the people who lives in this house and she allowed us to come in. I asked her why the missionaries from before stopped teaching her and it seems like she’s just a very busy person and hard to get a hold of. We taught her of the Book of Mormon and by the end she said it’s funny because one day she was cleaning her house and the Book of Mormon was on top of her kitchen counter. She was going to throw it away and thought “ehh, maybe not” and put it in a drawer. A week later she gets a knock on the door from Hermana Madsen and me. I specifically told her, “I promise there’s a reason you still have that book.. that’s no coincidence.”

Transfer calls were this past weekend and Hermana Madsen and I are staying together another transfer in good old Woodstock! 🙂 Two people asked me how long I’ve been on the mission and I don’t ever think about it until I’m asked. 4 months people! That’s really young but at the same time I think where has the time gone? I’m officially DONE being trained tomorrow! The mission is being split this upcoming week which was another reason that transfers were a big deal because where you were called this transfer effects that mission that you’re going to be staying in. I knew I was going to be in Chicago mission. City is just my thing 😉 I have many friends that are in the Chicago West mission, but hey, that just means we can all email now haha. I love you all. The Spirit puts some fire in my behind every single day to go out and work. I realized super early out here that I can’t really afford to be a lazy missionary if I want success. But now I realize I can’t be a lazy missionary because that’s just not who I am.

Keep the faith. And keep it fresh!

I love you ALL.

<3/ Hermana Eishelle Whitney

Hermana Whitney and Hermana Madsen got caught in the rain.

Hermana Whitney and Hermana Madsen got caught in the rain.

 


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DIARIES OF A BISHOP’S WIFE (Jacinta) #ldsbishopswifediaries

My husband and I

My husband, Bishop Whitney and I

I remember July 15, 2007 the stake executive secretary came to the Relief Society Room with my husband to pick me up to go to the office of the stake president. Pres. Robert Derosa said, “As you know, Bishop Margiotta will be released and your husband will be called as the new Bishop of Plainview 1st Ward”. Bill already knew what was going on it seems and I was not sure if I was supposed to say anything or to ask any questions or to say thank you. I was just totally dumbfounded. In my mind, I was like my husband will be the father of the ward. A very big responsibility. Can he do it? Pres. Derosa was still talking and my mind was thinking about my husband’s long hours away from us. I will be left to take care of these 5 children. How long will this take? … my mind was still thinking? Then I heard Pres. Derosa saying, “ …3 to 5 years usually.”,  like he heard my thoughts. He said more things that I do not remember anymore, he shook our hands, I gave my husband a hug and off we went back to our classes. I played it cool, but I was very humbled and overwhelmed. I remembered I was told not to say anything about it until it happens. And you know what was cool that I never knew before, when bishops are called they get a letter from the prophet telling them they are called to serve as a bishop … like how missionaries receive mission calls.
Then he was sustained and ordained as Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Plainview 1st Ward. I was there and my children. I felt very tender. I am not sure what my children were thinking but they were very quiet. Then they were spoken to by our Stake President also. That, as bishop’s children/family, we will be looked into like a fish in the fish bowl. That we all need to behave and be good examples to the other members of the church. I really have very behaved children (it was a process to make it like that) but this time they were extra behaved.
I never thought my husband will be called as a bishop. I knew he was always a very devoted member of the church, honors his priesthood so dearly and he always wanted to serve in the church. Bill joined the church when he was 26. He never served a full-time mission, he is not a scripture scholar and he has no professional training for this position, though he was a counselor in the bishopric for about 7 years. If he needed something from the scriptures, he always asked me. He always thought I knew since I went to seminary and institute and I served a full-time mission. My best resources though were the topical guide and the bible dictionary. With this, I learned that God calls who He wants. He doesn’t call the qualified but He qualifies the called.
2 of my brothers in the Philippines were serving as bishops at that time. I always wondered how their wives are. Really. Are they lonely? Are they overwhelmed with the children? Is there anything I have to know to give my full support in this very important calling? The Stake Presidents’ wife at that time, my friend Vivian Derosa spoke to me on what to expect and told me to just be a good wife and really support him in this calling. “It will be very rewarding”, she continued. Another former bishop in our ward tutored me on how to be a good bishop’s wife. He specifically said, “Don’t be jealous when women speak to your husband … sometimes for hours and forever. He is in the Lord’s errand”. I took all of what they told me into my mind and open up my heart to accept that my husband was called as the BISHOP of Plainview 1st ward (NY). Indeed, he is in the Lord’s errand.
Then the journey began … I do not really remember everything but I will try to share some experiences so dear to me … my experiences as a bishop’s wife.
We had a special meeting as a family. He told each of us to support him and that we’re all in this together. Except for all confidential matters, we are.
One Friday morning, I laid all his dressed down clothes (jeans and kicks) to go to work. As he was drying himself after shower looking at the clothes I laid for him, these were the content of our convo:
Bishop Whitney: “I feel that I have to wear my suit and tie this morning.”
Me: “Honey bunny, it is Friday, did you forget? You will be overdressed, I’m telling you.”
Bishop Whitney: “How can I forget that? I do not know why but I have to wear a suit and a tie.”
Then the phone rang and … I couldn’t share to you the rest of the story. All I can say is that with this calling he do not get a day off as long as he is in office.
Several occasions, on Monday nights, I have to finish family nights with my children ourselves for him to fulfill his responsibility. Sometimes I ask: “Do you really have to go?” Most of the time, the answer is yes.
I have countless evenings when I have to read the scriptures with my children. Sometimes, I would silently murmur and say, this is not a family scripture study… my husband is not even here. Every time, I think like this, the feeling is accompanied by a silent shame, and a subtle regret. So since my children’s eyes can’t wait until he comes home late, I have to do it. And try to do it cheerfully. It is not easy but the thought that he is doing the Lord’s work equalizes the whole thing.
Don’t ask me why, but I don’t drive. This means we have to go to church when he goes and leaves when he leaves and sometimes that is forever. We are blessed with good children. Alot of good samaritans in our ward offer to bring us home but all of us wants to stay and go home as a family. Our van is packed with food, pillows, blankets and games. Sometimes it has become a joke like our address has moved to 160 Washington Ave., Plainview NY 11803 instead of 1 Summit Lane, Levittown, NY 11756. It is pathetic but unless it is a fast Sunday, nobody wants to leave the church. One thing we do, we always break our fast with a prayer in the bishop’s office when everyone is gone.  Very special.
My husband’s first ward conference had a lot of preparations on his part. Usually if he wants to go to the church, and if it is a week day and I am off from work, he tags me along. This time, he got me to go with him and he did alot of things. We were in the church from 10pm Saturday till 3am, Sunday and we have to be in the church again in 4 hours. I was just behaving like a good wife, trying to help, print papers, sort some papers and bind them. Deep in my thoughts, I was like I am glad Ward Conferences are only once a year. On later years, he has become better with delegating and life for him was alot better.
One wintry night, he needed to go to the church, he did not come home until after the next day. The snow was bad. I was just happy phones were working. If this is not dedication, I do not know what this is.
When hurricane Irene hit Long Island, it was a possibility that people might need shelter. With the stake president’s permission, we packed our basic needs and slept in the church. The floors were hard, no wonder in the morning I lost all my children from where we were that night finding them in padded couches in the church lobby.
Graciously, I learned to patch holes when needed. Several Saturday mornings, he will tell me to prepare a talk for the next day. It is either the assigned speaker copped out, sick or whatever. I do not ask questions. I just have to prepare. This happened about over a dozen times.
I have seen a very distressed sister calm down and comforted after my husband gave her a blessing in the middle of the night. This was like magic to my eyes.
When hurricane Sandy devastated our Long Island, we did not have power for 13 days. Instead of focusing the predicament our family had, he focused on giving service to the community and his enthusiasm was very malignant. Our children happily came to serve too. We had a lot of family fun time together, precious.
Christmastime were always fun, I hooked him up with TOYS FOR TOTS and we got truckload of toys for the children. As a family, we would pack our van with toys and go to each of the children in our ward boundaries. Watching these children light up with a big smile, priceless.
Every Saturday night for the past 5 years and 11 months,I would say 99+% he goes to the church to bring the bread for sacrament, make sure the church is clean and garbage are out.  Sometimes he comes home around 12 midnight or later.  I tell him he has a special spot in heaven doing what he does.  His good examples has echoed to me and our children’s attitude toward service of which I am eternally grateful.  Indeed, “And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17)
Last week June 16, 2013, my husband came to get me from Relief Society class. Outside with him was our stake president, President Mark Hardman. He escorted me to his office and had a visit with me. He told me my husband will be released as our bishop next Sunday, June 23, 2013 and a new bishop will be called. He thanked me for the support I gave to my husband while in office. My eyes flooded and I had a lump in my throat. I tried to hold the emotions back and I told him I am happy my husband was able to serve. He was transformed into a man who God wants him to become.
Now I could say that he knows scriptures more than I do, He has touched more lives than he could imagine. We were really blessed and that if I will be given another chance to serve, I do not know about how my husband feels, but in another time, another place, I would be love to be a bishop’s wife again.
 
 
Jacinta B. Whitney
     


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Lost 2 investigators but gained 2 families … ahhh tender mercies (Danielle)

June 4, 2013
This week has been an emotional roller coaster for me! Like seriously… but saying only the good
So last Tuesday…it was a hard day but it turned out to be good. We lost two investigators! one moved outside the stake and the other one we had to pass off to the Elders because he decided to go to the YSA Ward and we’re over the Spanish ward. So me and my companion were soo sad because they were our only investigators that were actually progressing. We started to get a little discouraged. So after we pass our investigator, D___, to the Elders we were going to see our investigator, C___, and say bye to her again. But my companion and I felt that we were needed somewhere else and then when we turn around and right we we turn we see the first counselor of one of the bishoprics in his car and says that he has referrals. He gives us 2 referrals and they just happen to be next door neighbors. So we had 10 minutes before we had to start walking back home. So last 10 minutes= last 2 doors to knock.
So the outcome of the story…we lost 2 investigators but gained 2 families to teach!
Ahhhh the precious tender mercies of the Lord! I know that He’s there without a doubt in my heart! We were crying tears of joy and gratefulness on our way home and said a prayer of gratitude. It’s amazing how the Lord works. I felt that he filled me with a blessing that I did not have room enough to receive…literally.
Another cool story…
We have been trying to find this investigator that ditched us the last time that we went (really story of our lives)…so we realized that when you just show up at their house, their home. So that’s what we did yesterday. So we were talking to her and we realized that she is a member!! and I was like why didn’t you tell us before!? but everything happens for a reason right? Soo we were like why aren’t you going to church anymore and all these things…and she was like I don’t know…the common answer. She is really shy and mumbles when she talks and it was kind of hard to understand but I promise that the spirit told me exactly what to say. Like during the lesson at times I felt that it wasn’t me speaking. The Spirit gave me the Spanish words of what to say. Amazing!
So she was iffy during almost the whole lesson and I could tell that she didn’t really want to talk about God and church but I really didn’t care but it’s kind of her SALVATION on the line. nbd right? Soo we continued.
The outcome of the story…the spirit was there, strong. We all felt it. We invited her to church. And gave her a Book of Mormon. She said that she would read it. And we asked her to say the closing prayer. She was like no, you guys say it. So I was like I’ll say the first one and you say the 2nd. She was still resistant. So I said the first one and we just waited in silence for her to pray. I said that God wants to hear from you. He’s waiting for you. and then I got in the praying position and waited. She said the prayer and cried! I asked how does she feel and she said good.
She needed that prayer and it’s been 6 long years of her not going to church or doing the things that bring you closer and more in harmony with God. She felt something when she prayed. We all did. It was the spirit. Hopefully that motivates her to go back to church and everything.
The work is good. It’s soo hard. I stress soo much for these people here when they’re not doing what you ask. I go to bed thinking about them. I wake up thinking about them. Everything is about them. I literally feel the weight of people’s salvation on my shoulders. Even though it’s hard…I’m super happy! I love the work! It brings a happiness that nothing on earth can bring.
We have an investigator that says I don’t think that I’ll get baptized into your church because I was baptized already in my church when I was a child. Even though we go over and over again about authority and how we are the complete church and all of that. She feels the spirit strongly because it’s always there for the lesson. When she said that, I bore testimony of what I knew to be true. The spirit was there. it broke my heart again when she said that even after my comp and I said that. It was a hard couple of days just thinking about her.
I know this church to be true. It’s only through baptism that we can fully access the Atonement to our lives. Never fall astray…it’s not worth it…it just leads to unhappiness. Stay strong even when times get rough. I love you all!! I miss you all!!
Do what is right, Always!
Hermana Whitney
Hermanas in Brigham City (spanish)

Hermanas in Brigham City (spanish)

feeling happy

feeling happy

June 17, 2013
Okay soo this week tops all my weeks soo far in the mission that I got bashed! hahaha. Like seriously…it was bad! hahaha I can seriously laugh about them though. They are all funny and confused and they ALWAYS contradict themselves. You just feel sorry for them. The Lord is trying my patience…and it’s working. It was funny because we were talking to the other sisters about it and we realized that we got bashed by the same women! We were laughing so hard. There’s always joy in your hard times. You just have to find them and once you do…just chill.
Okay so we’re teaching another family…the C___ family!
They had missionary lessons before but they stopped taking them for some reason. So it’s been like a year. I think they went to church before, like a couple times. So we had dinner and a lesson at the Bishop’s house. The bishop and the family are good friends which helped out a lot. It was a nice dinner and lesson.
So we committed them to baptism and they accepted!! Woot woot!
It was like the dad was waiting to be asked. It was pretty legit. Everybody was shocked because he answered soo quickly and usually he’s been resistant to it. He’s soo ready!
After that experience I realized that people are waiting for people to extend commitments to them, waiting for the invitation to be baptized. I knew that it was true but like I really understand now.
We sang in our Branch for Father’s Day. The members were really excited because they haven’t had a musical number in… well a SUPER long time. It went well and they were really grateful for it.
So for the Worldwide Leadership Training…I heard that it is going to be something BIG! They’re making a big deal about it over here. Idk what to expect. I’m excited for it.
We have mission conference on Thursday and I’m super excited!
I miss the ward and the primary children! Tell the ward that I really miss them and love them! I miss how close the ward our ward is and all the activities they do. I haven’t seen a ward like that yet here. One of a kind. Good work daddy! 🙂
Loving and missing you all!
Choose the Right!
Hermana Whitney
Brigham City Hermanas

Brigham City Hermanas

cowgirls

cowgirls

Smiles for the camera

Smiles for the camera


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I couldn’t stop laughing even after we walked away. (Eishelle)

June 10, 2013
Granted it’s been three days, but I wanna write everyone anyway… First of all, Cubs game was SO MUCH FUN. I would send pics but I can’t find the thing I need to send pictures. I’ll send some next week. We stuck out like sore thumbs because we were overdressed for the game hahaha but we loved it. Got a lot of attention from everyone regarding it. It was pretty sad because this was the last get together for the whole mission before we all got split. July 1st is the day the mission gets split officially. And we didn’t know who we were officially saying goodbye to or not because there’s one more transfer before the split. It weird, sad, and depressing. But hey, esta bien.

These last two days have been… TOUGH. I’m going to leave it at that. The Lord is trying to humble me, I know He is. And it’s working 🙂 hahaha

I finished the whole book of Matthew! I’m making it a goal to read the entire New Testmanent. Also reading the BOM everyday bc I feel like I need to have a better knowledge of it. Anyways, life’s good out here.. working hard and trying to focus our efforts on members and their referrals and our investigators. We want to baptize this month because we have a handful of investigators that have great potential and could get baptized. Prayers are welcome!

Love you ALL. Keep the faith.. and don’t waver! 😉

<3/ Hermana E. Whitney

*******Since this email she sent was very short I am posting her email the week after ******** JJ the mom
June 17, 2013
So, I wanna start this email off with a funny story. Hermana Madsen and I were looking for PNI’s (Potential New Investigators) from year 2011. We were looking for a man named I___ and he just happened to be sitting outside. Can you imagine?  We taught him the Restoration outside in the shade and he said he would read the pamphlet and the Book of Mormon that we gave him. Hermana Madsen had gotten up out of her chair as if we were about to leave and I just sat there thinking that we can’t leave without a word of prayer, otherwise it’s not considered a lesson. I asked him if we could pray before we left. I’m going to write my questions in English so you can understand.

Me: Before we leave can we say a prayer?

Him: Si!

Me: Would you like to say it?

Him: Si!

(We bow our heads and close our eyes. Nothing is said. I look up..)

Me: With us?

Him: Si!

(We bow our heads and close our eyes again. Nothing, so I look up again)

Me: Right now???

Hermana Madsen clarified for me and he ended up saying that it was better that one of us do it. I couldn’t stop laughing even after we walked away. Hermana and I didn’t know what he was thinking because I was very clear hahaha. It’s funny just thinking about it.

Saturday we went out tracting. This past weekend was a bit difficult because a lot of people were busy with their parties for Father’s Day. We tracted a whole street since one of our appointments fell through. My district leader actually told us something this past week, “If you have a set appointment to go to and nobody’s there, then there is someone else that needs to hear from you on that street.” I told Hermana that we needed to knock this one street since this lady and her husband weren’t home. Knocking a whole block takes about 40 mins to an hr. We knocked and knocked and knocked and nobody was sticking.. until we knocked the VERY LAST HOUSE on the block. V___ was who we met. She’s a young girl probs about my age and said she doesn’t know anything about religion but would be willing to hear from us and try it out. We’re going to see her manana. The church is true! 😉

Last Monday we had some good dinner with the C___ family. They’re in Wisconsin, where we called home for Mommy’s Day. They have some extended family over at their house. I could tell that the children weren’t very happy. The kids were out of their comfort zone and I wondered why.  We ended up teaching the family about the Book of Mormon and told them stories in it. We said we had a children’s Book of Mormon with pictures in it. I said it’s our gift to you and the child’s face lit up and he broke a smile 🙂 I love  little kids. Hopefully we can keep teaching this family.

But that’s all for now folks! I’m about to go bowling now and I’m in my skinny jeans and kicks just to go bowling. We got special permission to wear regular clothes so I’m taking advantage and dresssin up in my skinnies 😉 haha. Well I love you all. Keep the faith and the Lord in your hearts. I’m learning A TON and my companion teaches me so much. We’re best friends and I’m so grateful. We have deep doctrine convos everyday haha and I love it.

Always, Hermana E. Whitney

Bishop W: Eishelle, why are you so pretty? Eishelle:  It's normal life Daddy. Me:  I have a vain missionary

Bishop W: Eishelle, why are you so pretty?
Eishelle: It’s normal life Daddy.  JK!!
Me: I have a vain missionary!!!


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Regardless of how dim a man’s faith is, he is still a child of God. (Danielle)

Hey familia!! How’s everybody doing!!

Our investigator is leaving tonight for Washington! She was our only investigator really. We have others but we count people as our investigators only if we extended a baptismal date for them. We’re teaching two other people but we still need to extend…hopefully we find potential investigators though.
Yesterday I spoke to a guy…his name is V___ and he’s 17 and extremely inactive. Yesterday was the first time that I introduced myself because I saw him before but we didn’t meet. He lives with his grandma who is extremely less active too. A___ (the grandma) invited us over for dinner and then afterwards we shared a spiritual thought. V___ came in when we were eating dinner. We were eating outside but we shared the spiritual thought inside. He came in and listened and I don’t think that he usually does that. We started talking and he opened up soo much. He told me things that the other sisters didn’t know. He was just talking about life and how it’s just hard for him to see God in his life. Also that he doesn’t think that he has any faith. So I was answering all of his doubts and concerns with what I knew to be true. He says that we have good ideas but he feels that the 13 year old boy that was baptized is no longer in him anymore. but I know that the little 13 yr. old boy didn’t die in him…he’s still in there, deep down. I felt that he was still in there, no matter how dim that fire was in him. There still lived that 13 yr. old boy that wanted soo badly a temple marriage, to go on a mission, i know that he’s still there. He said that he really doesn’t think that he’ll go back to church but I guess what we said made him think…he was like you guys got me thinking. Haha. but I got him to try to read a little from the book of mormon everyday…he agreed! woot woot!
my knee and fingers are feeling a lot better…like nothing happened! thank you for all your prayers!  thank you for your support!
Les amo Muchisimo!!!
Hermana Whitney
Hermanas in Brigham City (spanish)

Hermanas in Brigham City (spanish)

Water fight

Water fight

our investigators

our investigators

***Danielle fell on her first day in Brigham City and sprained her fingers.  She also slammed the car door before her leg was in… ouch!  She said she is feeling better.***


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“Feed your faith and your fear will starve to death”.

June 7, 2013 It’s Friday!!!! That means Cubs game in just a few hours! Woot woot!
SO… it’s been a nice two weeks. A bit rough on the edges, but hey, esta bien. Hermana and I met this one guy knocking a few weeks ago and so we went back to visit him this past Monday and he wasn’t home. So we left and while walking I had remembered that we skipped one house when knocking this street named Quail St. (I remembered that we didn’t knock this house because we were speaking with the neighbor and I ended up giving her a “I’m a Mormon” card and she said that her neighbors weren’t home because she saw us going door to door). So I tell Hermana that we should knock this door and lo and behold the people that live there is a famnily we’ve been dying to look for for like ever. We never would’ve thought that they even lived on that street! Let alone that side of town!! R___ was the father’s name and we knew his young son too. They’re all friends with good people we know. Hermana Madsen said that was straight up inspiration that I had received. Truly a blessing.
Hermana M___ is a highly less active member who I’ve come to love so dearly.  She can’t come to church because she has only one car and her daughter who’s my age is always using it. Hermana Madsen and I are teaching our members the lessons we teach to our investigators and you guys would be surprised how much the members DON’T know. She fed us last Tuesday and wants us to come every week for her to feed us. For that I’m very grateful because she doesn’t have much.
E___ is one lady we just started teaching this past week. Here’s the thing: she has family that are members and has heard a lot about the church and is very open for us to come and teach. The lesson went to well as we taught her and her two children (third one sleeping on the couch right next to me). I wonder if there’s a catch…
And R___…. oh, R___.. bless her heart. We were hoping she would get baptized tomorrow which is the date she has had FOR EVER. But she decided not to. We visited her last week and to my surprise, I understood a lot of what she was saying. It all comes down to her being offended. Peeps, don’t get offended. It’s not worth your time or energy… or your SALVATION. So please, do yourself a favor and just don’t do it.
Spanish is coming. I’m not all the way there yet, but I know I will be. I’m surprised at how much I understand sometimes though. I’m faithful it will come and I’ve seen the Lord bless me EACH passing day with my teaching skills, with my Spanish, and just being me. I feel like a different person sometimes. And I know it’s the person God wants me to be. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to have fun and laugh and all, but there’s a time and a place for everything and I’m on the Lord’s time.
I love you all. Thanks for reading. Keep the faith.
❤ / Hermana E. Whitney
Hermana Eishelle Whitney

Hermana Eishelle Whitney with her beautiful smile!!!