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“How great shall be your JOY!!!”

My top is almost the same color as the wall

My top is almost the same color as the wall LOL

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Baptism

Baptism

Hermanas

Hermanas

Our new ride. NOT.

Our new ride … NOT.

My Dearest Familia all over the World…. How’s everyone??

Well, Big News….I HAD MY FIRST BAPTISM ON SUNDAY!!! ūüôā

They were a mom and a son. We have been teaching them for 2 weeks and they’re really GOLDEN! Just the fact that we only taught them for 2 weeks makes me realize of how much I don’t do. It’s all the Lord and His spirit. We almost did nothing. Just guides really. They’re absolutely BOMB! I love them soo much! My heart is full. Knowing of everything that she and the son went through, makes her a hundred times stronger. The family loves me and I LOVE the family. We connected. And she gets confirmed next week with the son. She has 3 kids all together.

So talking about our other GOLDEN investigator, ¬†we met him while tracting. He is next door neighbor to the 2 baptisms we had. We started walking and I had a very soft prompting that we should knock on that house. We were passing it and I just kept looking at it and then when we were just about to pass it I was like let’s knock at this house. My comps were like okay. So we knock this house and meet him and then he had the same questions as Joseph Smith. He had all these questions and we had all these answers. We had a lesson on his porch that day. We gave him the folletos (pamphlets) on the Restoration, Plan of Salvation, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. the next appointment we had, he read all of them! and he found our website lds.org! Then we gave him a BOM and he read the first chapter and underlined the key points and then he got the scripture app on his phone! He likes when the guy reads the chapter for him (audio). haha. We asked him the baptismal questions and he passed! We just need to commit him to baptism. he feels that he doesn’t know enough. So our goal this week is to make sure that he understands that it’s okay to make mistakes because we have the Atonement and the sacrament every Sunday.

When I was younger and I make goals for myself that I had to keep that goal and not mess up. Then when I messed up I used to wait to start again until the following week to do the goal again. I didn’t realize that I was wasting SOO much time! When you mess up, just keep doing the right thing and don’t wait to start new again. Don’t wait to be better. Just be better. Don’t waste time.

I’m realizing how important time is and how short it is. An Elder here taught me (Elder Barretto, he’s from LA, California and half Filipino! he’s BOMB) that one of the things that he’s learned on the mission is that we should be becoming better every day and if we’re not then God is not in the picture. God is Eternal Progression and if we’re not progressing then we’re not doing our job. Time is a man-made thing, and it doesn’t matter how much time you had on the mission…if you leaving soon or half way, you should always be progressing.

Oohh soo another cool point that I was thinking of…

soo you know how for the resurrection everything will be made perfect?? So I was wondering…everybody has their own view of what their “perfect body” is. So would we be perfect in the way that we see perfect or perfect accordingly to something else? So me and my companions were talking and this is what Sister Gaines’ opinion..we will look the same…just perfected with the promises of the resurrection. But the thing is that when we see God we see perfection in every way. So instead of our worldly eyes being open, our spiritual eyes will be open. We will be truly beautiful spiritually at the time of resurrection. That’s true beauty.

Ooh soo in Utah they have a Pioneer Day parade and the missionaries of the Utah Ogden mission are in the parade! Woot woot! It’s tomorrow and I’m excited!

I felt on top of the world when I saw the baptism and the night before when we talked to her. Like really. How Great was my Joy, when I brought those souls unto him. But at the same time I can’t even take credit for it. It was the spirit, not me.

I love my companions Sister Gaines and my “daughter”, Sister Arnell! They’re awesome! We die hard laughing everyday! Like legit! Having fun and working hard. Perfect combo!

LOVING and MISSING you all!

Keep the faith! Peace ‚̧

Hermana D. Whitney

July 23, 2013

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“Lo, I am with you …” (Eishelle)

cornfields

cornfields

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This week was the hottest it’s been all summer. Some heat wave! It lasted 4 days. Tuesday was the hottest of all the days. It was going to be a good day with 7 set appointments so we wouldn’t have to be outside tracting and such. FALSE! To our surprise, 4 of those 7 appointments fell through. We tracted the entire day in 95 degree weather with probably 100% humidity (if not 100% I say 99.9% humidity haha). What a rough day it was. A day I’ll never forget because of how hard it was but also what I felt. In the middle of the day while still tracting I was feeling weak, and so was my companion. We couldn’t believe that this was happening with all these appmts falling through and working hard in the scorching heat. I thought to myself, “Wow, this is tough.” I wanted to change my attitude (not that it was bad), but I wanted to be a little bit more happy doing this. I had a prayer in my heart. While I was walking my fast pace when knocking, I felt the the Lord with me. “Lo, I am with you” is what He whispered to me. Those five little words are all I needed and I was good for the rest of the day. And that’s all I needed to hear. Just a sweet reminder ūüôā
I love tender mercies. Remember, you are loved more than you know by someone who died for you.Take care, stay fly, keep the faith, stay true!
Off to play volleyball with my zone today! Yeahhh buddy.  And I love you all too.
Always, Hermana E. WHitney

 


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I am FAR from perfect, but we can all be perfected in Christ.

Cute boy

Cute boy

with Hermana Gaines

with Hermana Gaines

my zone

my zone

Heyy mi familia!

it’s soo nice to hear from everyone. It makes my P. Day. ūüôā
So I want you to know that training is going very well! I love training. i feel like my trainee is already trained. She’s soo good!
Ogden is soo good! There are Hispanics everywhere!! it’s lovely. My area is not ghetto..well to me it’s not. they said that if you go farther south then that’s when it gets sketchy. but my area is lovely! Our neighbors LOVE¬†us. (Smile, ting*)¬†The field is white already to harvest! It’s soo legit! I’m walking again, we don’t have a car. I like it because it keeps me fit. ūüėČ
There’s 11 missionaries in the Spanish ward that I’m in! The area for the spanish misisonaries are huge because they’re all over the place. 11 MISSIONARIES! it’s legit. there’s 3 sisters and 8 elders. Ohh I’m in a trio btw and co-training and co-senior companion with Sister Gaines…she came out with me out of the MTC. She’s from San Francisco.
Our companionship has soo much comp unity! We are soo united and think the same things sometimes. We¬†BOMB together! it’s sickk!! So one of the things that we started as a companionship is that we started a musical group! hahha. So let me explain…WE SING to people on the street! I had a blessing and it said that I have talents for a reason and that¬†my talents are going to bless the lives of others. and then I had another blessing and it said that I need to make full use of my strengths, talents, and abilities. So we see people on the street and then we talk and start by saying, “estamos empezando un grupo de musical”/”heyy we’re starting a musical group” ( I say that with¬†a smile) and then one of my companions asks if we could sing a song for you? and then they look at us awkwardly and then they say if you want o_O…we laugh and then I give them the starting note and then we start. All the time without fail it’s noisy in the beginning with everything happening outside and then there’s always a point in the song where it becomes dead quiet and the spirit can just testify.¬†The spirit is¬†super strong and it’s highly effective and then at the end of the song it’s noo longer awkward. ūüėČ Some people say, “That was very good.” “I totally think that you should start a group.” “I felt something there, good job.”
You really, really can’t deny the spirit there.” There was someone who invited us back and he said that he’ll bring his four friends. WHATT!!
We have to use our talents too farther the work and the build the kingdom. I’m soo happy of this talent I have to help and bless the lives of others.
I feel that I doing my best ever on the mission. I’m super happy and it’s crazy how many people are just waiting for the gospel in their lives. Or just waiting for that change. I love my new area.
I received a blessing for my knee because it’s still hurting and it’s not helping that I’m still walking. Soo I love blessings because it’s literally the words of God. Like God is really talking to you soo I get really excited when I get a blessing. So in the blessing it said that people are waiting for me here and that the Lord is proud of the life I lived and the work I did in the mission thus far. Also that my knee will get better. It said more…but anyways… when I heard these words my heart smiled. It motivated me even more to become better and better everyday.
I want you to know that I am FAR from perfect. but we can all be perfected in Christ.
A lot of spiritual experiences. God is there. He lives. Miracles still happen because he is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Lots of Love! Stay Beautiful/Good Looking!
Stay True,
Hermana D. Whitney
July 16, 2013


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Don de Lengua (Eishelle)

Princess of Bellair

Princess of Bellair

I’ve got a huge, fat testimony of Don de Lengua (Gift of Tongues). I can’t tell you guys how many times this week I wouldn’t know what I was going to say but I would literally just open my mouth and words would just flow in lessons. Remind you of a scripture, anyone? ūüôā The Lord’s got my back, He always does.

This past week Hermana Madsen and I taught a group of 15 kids aged 14-17 all from Spain. They’re kind of like exchange students and they’re here in Chicago area for about 3 weeks. Pretty ritzy kids but all very respectful. We taught them in English because they’re trying to learn English so we had to be careful with our words so they would understand. I never thought I would be in a high school teaching religion.. on a mission. In Spain there’s no question about what church is correct, they believe it’s the Catholic church. So we were there to teach them what we believe to be true. It was an interesting discussion while talking about our differences and so forth. They didn’t know young missionaries existed.. they know “missionaries” to be older people. And they were shocked to find out that there is a temple in Madrid and missionaries and members. Light bulb ūüôā

I had my first interview with my new Mission President, President Woodbury. I loved it! I cried the whole time. He asked some deep questions that really got me about my experiences of the Atonement and such. He’s taking this mission to higher places.

Hermana and I taught this guy named J___ who we met the week previously. He used to be taught my missionaries but they dropped him so we’re here to restart that again. I had a hard time keeping myself together and NOT laugh. He is SO scatter-brained and just all over the place physically and mentally. He puts on a show, unintentionally hahaha. We got him a big Libro de Mormon so he can read it. Hopefully he does!

Almost forgot! You guys remember when I wrote a couple of weeks ago about us knocking a street and the very last house we knock just happened to be the only person interested in hearing our message?! My comp was ready to drop her because she was never home but I felt that we needed to. Didn’t know why exactly until we met her on Tuesday. V___ her name and she told us about a boy who had drowned in a 22 ft. deep pond this past Monday. He was only 12. His name is C___. He was boating with some friends and the canoe tipped. C___ was the only one that drowned. We went to see his family yesterday (even though we never met them before) and it’s still so fresh and they can’t understand why God would take him away. We wanted to teach them the Plan of Salvation so we did. Broke my heart. The entire Hispanic population out here went to support them when he was buried. Michael shout out to you, bud! Been thinkin about you this past week with all this going on.

V___ also told us about her best friend that had passed away. She said his name was I___ and she told us this whole story about how he died because of brain cancer and couldn’t last any longer. You guys, I can’t tell you the last time I cried this hard. This was another heart breaker. I asked what I___ last name was. She told us and I looked at my comp and look and V___ and told her that we had done a Car Wash to raise money for him after his death! We didn’t know the kid but we know people who knew him. We’re teaching her Plan of Salvation tomorrow as well.

Needless to say it’s been an emotional week. But it’s been a good one, as well. The Savior makes up for everything that isn’t fair. He makes life fair. Nothing better than that. Keep that in mind. I love you all. Stay fly.

Always, Hermana E. Whitney

July 15, 20113


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Odgen they say is the “ghetto” of Utah… come to New York and I’ll show you “ghetto” … LOL (Danielle)

temple in Brigham City

temple in Brigham City

 

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Missionary fireside Missionary fireside

Okay soo I’m co-training with Sister Gaines and we are being WHITE WASHED!!…she came out of the MTC with me and we are being moved to OGDEN!! and we’re in the Spanish Central Zone and I believe that I cover all of Ogden. They say that Odgen is the “ghetto” of Utah. hahaha and then I was like come to New York and I’ll show you “ghetto” hahaha. Anyways…back to business…
So the people who are in any position of training, had a training meeting. So I went and the training was soo good!! It just wanted me to be the¬†very best for my baby coming in!¬†It was humbling. I want you to know that I am not “better” than any other missionary because I am training, neither am I perfect. Like c’mon this is going into my 3rd transfer. I just came out of training…literally! I feel that I don’t know what I’m doing yet but according to the Lord I know enough.¬†Training is not about power or that I have more authority. Training is when you can learn from each other. I was kinda shocked when they asked to train. But in the training they told everyone that the Lord needs you. You have skills and talents that the Lord needs to help hasten his work.¬†I felt emotional during the whole time. I didn’t cry though. ūüôā Also…at the end of each meeting, they feel inspired to¬†put some¬†missionaries on the spot to bear they’re testimony. This time I was one of those people! The Elder that was conducting, Elder Key (my first zone leader…he’s soo BOMB!), said my name and I was like :O hahaha. He was looking right at me too and I felt it! A cold chill ran through my body. At the end of the training people¬†said nice testimony and¬†was like, ” Are you ready to train?” “Are you excited?” and I was like YEAH! and then they were like “I guess you came out ready.” and I was like “uhhh…no.” hahaha. “I have to be ready.”
No matter how scared and excited and nervous I am and sometimes I don’t see my full potential but I know that the Lord does. He sees the person that I can become because I want to see the same person that God sees in me, in myself when I look in the mirror. I have to be FEARLESS and step up to the plate again. This transfer I stepped up soo much since my companion came out only 3 weeks before I did. Now I have to raise the bar even more because I’m training and white washing! I have to be the BEST example for her. How badly I want to be the best trainer that The Lord needs at this time and the trainer that my trainee needs. So I accept this calling very humbly. Very humbly. I cannot do this alone. I have never ever studied and tried to understand the Christlike attributes more ever in my life! Because Christ is who I want to be forever. I want to serve Him forever, even after I die.
So I bought a book by Elder Callister (of the seventy) and it’s called the Infinite Atonement. I totally LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I’m learning sooo much!! And I’m loving how much I’m learning. it’s crazy how much I’m changing for the better. CRAZY! So I totally recommend this book.
Ooh we’re having a pioneer days devotional and guess who is speaking…..ELDER L. TOM PERRY!!! He visited my stake!! I’m going to see if he remembers if I’m able to talk to him. Who knows?
I’m going to miss Brigham! Soo much!¬†I can NEVER pay back the people of what they have done for me. NEVER. I’m in “debt” to soo many people here. I’m soo overly grateful for them. It was soo nice to see the Hunsaker Family! it was like a home away from home. Thank you soo much for everything!
My heart is full. I want to be the best trainer that I can be because I remember coming out of the MTC I was dying for a good trainer. I prayed for someone who will help me and I please send me the best you got. And lo and behold I received Sister Murillo, my trainer. She was soo good to me. I have soo much respect and love for her. She is one of my best friends on the mission soo far. I wish her only the best. I want to be that someone who Sis. Murillo was to me.
The four of us¬†Hermanas¬†are getting split up! It’s soo sad. We all got really close.¬†We all lived together and¬†it was a party every night! haha just kidding! but we seriously have grown such a special love and respect for each other. We are all getting split. My companion that is the VISA waiter, might get her VISA soon…well we’re hoping¬†but not at the same time¬†because she is legit leaving if she gets her VISA.
Ooh the fireside, btw was all about¬†“the miracles of Jesus Christ”¬†and so they were bearing they’re testimony of how they seen miracles. preetttyy legit. Have to say.
oh okay anyways…So prayers are always welcome. hahaha. I will really need them this transfer. Thank you for all the love and support that you give me! It never goes unnoticed. I LOVE you all. I¬†MISS you all dearly.
When times get hard, I just remember the shoes that I’m¬†walking¬†in.
Stay Strong. Choose the Right, Forever,
Hermana D. Whitney
 July 9, 2013


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“Mi Espanol es no perfecto, pues escuchan a el Espiritu.” (Danielle)

with Herman Murillo

with Herman Murillo

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Hermanas

Hermanas

with Tami Hunsaker

with Tami Hunsaker

our investigators

our investigators

Heyy how’s everyone doing!? I ¬†M.I.S.S. you and L.O.V.E. you ALL!

Okay so the Missionary Musical Fireside was a SUCCESS!! So many people came!! The spirit there was soo strong it made me cry a couple of times. The icing on the cake was the last song “When¬†You Believe”¬†and people said that it was very powerful. My former investigator came and he said that it was very good! It was a full house and it was soo AWESOME!!
Ooh soo in the fireside we also heard testimonies from Elders and Sisters. One Elder, Elder Morales is leaving this transfer, and he¬†was saying that he doesn’t have anything. He doesn’t have a car, money or a girl waiting for him back in Mexico. But he said, the only thing I have is Jesus Christ and my testimony of him. And he says that is¬†enough. it was a good testimony. Then one of the APs got up to announce more of the program and then he said, “Well I from the¬†rate that we are going now, I don’t think that any of us will have a girl waiting for us when we get back home.” hahahahahahaha!! it was soo funny!!! hahaha. Soo true!! ūüėÄ
Ooh I also gave my first talk in the¬†field. The only talk I gave in Spanish¬†was in the MTC. On Sunday the talk was really good. I said, “Mi Espanol es no perfecto, pues escuchan a el Espiritu.” (My Spanish is not perfect, so listen to the Spirit. haha :P) They laughed and talked about missionary work and how we are supposed to work together in this work and I testified how this is God’s work. Everybody has the responsibility of sharing the Gospel. Everyone is important to the work. It was only for 7 minutes, it was supposed to be 15 minutes. I was like¬†forgive but sacrament meeting is going to end early and they laughed again and weren’t complaining about that ;P. But Presidente Encarnacion picked up my slack. haha.¬†At the end, people said, “I understood everything you said!” and they thanked me for my testimony and the words I said. They were like you almost made me cry. I felt the spirit when you spoke. Short, sweet, to the point…that was my talk.
Overall that was a¬†Great, Spiritual¬†Sunday. Better than last Sunday. it just keeps on getting better. ūüôā
Soo I found out that I’m getting transferred out of Brigham!!! NOOOO!!!! I love Brigham sooo much!! It’s such a cute small town full of all these different personalities that you just have to love! I never knew how attached I would get to the people. Like seriously!! The work is hard here but I would love to stay but they are blue washing the area. There’s only going to be one set of English sisters in Brigham I think. There’s 31 or 32 new missionaries coming in!! WAAHH!! So exciting!
It’s going to be sad leaving my birth place: BRIGHAM CITY! but it what’s the Lord wants and I think that it will be good for our investigators. Can’t fight against the Lord because it ‘s like asking to be struck be lighting…you’re going to lose.
Thank you all for all your support! I miss you all dearly!
Do What is Right…Always!
Hermana D. Whitney
July 2, 2013


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… easy to say hello, hard to say goodbye … (Eishelle)

At the cubs game with MTC friend

At the cubs game with MTC friend

MTC batch

MTC batch

Former Mission President and Sister Fenn now presiding Illinois Chicago West Mission

Former Mission President and Sister Fenn now presiding Illinois Chicago West Mission

Hey, everyone!!!!!! Another week down in Chicago. Today’s July 1st! That means the day that all 58 missions are activated! Woot woot! haha. Mission got split into Chicago and Chicago West Missions. President Fenn is over the West and I have a new Mission President as of today: President Woodbury! I’m meeting him tomorrow. SO EXCITED. Friday was the last time that we saw President Fenn. And let me tell you, that was the hardest goodbye I’ve had in months. We had a testimony meeting and he spoke to us twice. Was a long meeting but I love these meetings. By the end of the day he gave my comp and I a hug and told us he loved us. It was hard for both him and I to hold in our tears. Couldn’t do it. They expect the next time we see them to be in their home at SLC introducing to them the person we’re going to marry haha. I love them both. It’s easy to say hello, but hard to say goodbye.

It sometimes never ceases to amaze with how confident I’ve becoming in talking to people. I mean, I was never intimidated to talk before the mission, but I guess approaching people about the gospel is the difference. I talk to every single person I see on the street. My comp said to me this past week, “I don’t know how you do it.” I look back at how I was 12 weeks ago (when I was bran spankin new to the field) and I was nowhere near who I am now. It’s all thanks to Him who’s made me grow.

I think everyday about the Atonement. It’s something for me to always think about and just ponder about it all. Jesus Christ made up for ALL of my shortcomings, faults, and failures. Never ceases to amaze me. I’m doing the best I can out here and I expect myself to keep it up even after the mission. As long as I’m doing what I should, with all I’ve got, He makes up for the rest. Beautiful, ain’t it?

To my three little ones back home: I want to let you guys know that I was thinking of you all last Sunday while watching the Missionary Broadcast. When I saw a young boy passing the sacrament I thought, “Hey, that’ll be Mike next year!” That’s my bro ūüôā Kinda got sad knowing I’ll miss that. And also seeing that young kids are going to be going on missions when they’re older and that there will be even more missionaries out than there are already today. All I hope for you three is that you’ll each serve a mission. The Spirit hit me when thinking of this and seeing all of that. You three are wonderful kids and I love you all not small time but BIG TIME ūüėČ

I love my branch. I LOVE THE INVESTIGATORS. I love my companion. I love myself. I love my Savior. I love God who has given me this wonderful opportunity to serve in Chicago. Nothing like it…

I love you all. Thanks for reading. Keep the faith. And stay fly!!!! ūüėõ

Love Always,

Hermana E. Whitney
July 1,2013