Heyy Familia all around the world!! So this week was completely BOMB bc we received soo many blessings this week! God is GOOD! Amen to that!
So remember how we called ourselves the “Trifecta Tremendas”? (Which doesn’t make sense in Spanish or English hahaha. Tremenda is like a tornado in Spanish though. So the name that we came up with recently is “Las Chinitas” bc we both have curly hair 🙂 translation…little curly haired girls 🙂 *ting! cute right? Well we think so…
Okay so cute story…
We are teaching a family. 🙂 the parents are getting married and have 5 children! The children are 8 years and younger. We came by for a lesson but the boyfriend was a work and so it was with the mom and the kids and the mom’s cousin. So we were reading in 3 Nephi 11. The little girl was reading and then she had a question. She was like what does “Father bear” mean? And the continuation of the verse was “the Father bear record of me…” (verse 35) and so I was explaining but it was soo cute because when she read “Father bear…” she literally took it as a bear that was a father. Hahahaha! She is soo adorable!! Very intelligent for her age and she reads the scriptures very well. Love that family!
Friday after we were walking out of the family history center (we use the computers in there for facebook) there was a picnic going down at the park. The motorcycle people were there. We know a couple of people in there and when were were walking past they called us over. They were like “Get Over Here!” Let me remind of that these people are like the big, cool/bad boys on the block. So we go over there and one of them was like, “sorry I yelled at you like that. I’m not really like that. I just had to yell for you to hear me.” haha and we were like no it’s all good! They offered us food and i couldn’t resist because I was SOO HUNGRY!! Also these are the people who are also trying to stop drugs and alcohol. They were having a fundraiser bc one of their friends died of an OD, I think, but they gave us the food for free! The motorcycle dudes love us! haha.
Also later on that day, a woman that we met a couple of weeks ago gave us all her music of when she was on her mission and a member. She no longer is associated with the church anymore, sad, but she still remembers what the mission was like so she hooked us up with groceries and music! Home girl knows what’s up with missionaries like us. Then later on that night she drop off more groceries! It’s good that she did bc I was on empty for everything. hahaha !!! She loves us!
Then later on the night we had dinner with one on the counselors of the mission presidency! Always a pleasure with them!
Soo many blessings!! I know that the Lord is watching over us. He looks out!
Okay so I realized that the celestial kingdom does not seem that far away… let me explain.. When I was younger and just recently I always thought that the celestial kingdom is a kingdom that is very hard to get to after this life because it says that we have to be spotless. So it’s always something that we aim for but something that is really hard to get. But as I learn more of Jesus Christ and His character, the celestial kingdom does not seem unreachable anymore. Because there are so many opportunities to repent of our sins, to be perfected unto Christ, and the mistakes that we make for example through bearing our testimony and praying for forgiveness. You always will have time to change and repent if that’s what you want to do. The celestial kingdom is soo obtainable. It’s within our reach.
This church is true. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. I know it just as much as Joseph Smith knows it. I am a witness of Jesus Christ that He lives. He gave His all and for that I will praise His name forever.
Stay strong! Stay True!
August 27, 20 13
Hello everyone! First off, I just want to express how much I love being a missionary. It’s something I can’t explain in words I just love this. I reeeeallly, truuuuuly do 🙂
Thursday was Sister’s Conference and that’s when we had all the Sister’s serving in the mission come together. There were at least 50 of us! At least. Such a beautiful sight. They talked a lot about homesickness and missing your families back home. Something that I got from that topic is that as we serve, the Spirit of the Lord draws closer to our families. The best thing that we can do as missionaries for our families is to STAY out here and WORK. I loved it. Thanks to college, I don’t get very homesick but we all know that I love my family very much. And to have this drilled in my mind was awesome. After this I went on Exchanges with my very first companion, Hermana Milliron! Gosh I love her. She came over to Indiana with me and so I took over the area. I’m always learning from her and something that she has that I could never forget is her boldness. We visited a less active family and we wanted to share a scripture with them. Hermana Milliron said, “One of the best things that I love about the BOM is that it can answer any question. So if you could ask God any question, what would it be?” She asked this knowing that the answer would be in the BOM. I was shocked. It made me want to learn more and REALLY know my stuff especially when it comes to the BOM.
I’ve realized that the best things for me usually happen on weekends. It’s like the Lord telling me I could still look forward to the weekends… but in a different way haha. On Friday Hermana Milliron and I were knocking this one street in Chicago Heights. As we were knocking we saw this car drive by and inside all we saw was this one guy with muscles and a dew rag. We reach his home by the time he stepped out of his car and approached him. Let me just say, there was absolutely NO coincidence in meeting this guy at the time we did. He’s wanted to change his ways for a long time but he just can’t get away from whatever he does. He’s from Chicago Heights and said that this is all he knows he said. He’s a 25 year old guy and the gym is CLEARLY his best friend haha. I felt the Spirit so strong as we testified to him of the gospel. He’s definitely a thinker. It’s so funny because we all know how everyone thought I would have a hard time not flirting with boys on the mission but let me to tell you! When on the mission you start to think, “Wow, he’s really good looking, he needs the gospel!” Hahaha! Other times if they’re TOO good looking, I think to myself, “One time (of visiting them) was enough no more.” Hahaha!
Saturday we met with some other Sister missionaries in our zone and had dinner with some of their members. All English speaking. We kind of had a Family Home Evening after dinner. Brother F is in the Presidency at these Sister missionaries’ branch and this was his home and his wife invited us over. He shared a little message that touched my heart big time. He read in
2 Corinthians 4:7-9:
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
He then said that if there is anything that will save the world, it is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And this wouldn’t be anywhere near possible without the missionaries. Us four Sisters looked at each other with humble smiles. He related this scripture to us missionaries and our lives in doing this work and how it’s not easy and that a ton of other people wouldn’t agree with the things we do but the gospel never fails. The room was burning with the Spirit. I felt it and I know every single person in that room felt it as well.
I gave a talk yesterday again about prayer and I actually spoke and didn’t read a whole lot of the time like my first talk in Spanish haha. I thank Heavenly Father everyday for this Gift of Tongues. My companion and I were talking about it last night that no way would we EVER be able to do this without it. Just no way.
This church is true.
Love Always, Hermana Eishelle Whitney
Missing and loving you all!!! I hope that everything is going well with all of you. it’s soo good to hear from all of you!
Well, this is the last day of the transfer and I am STAYING in Central Ogden! ”The ghetto of Utah”…yeaahhh right! Not ghetto! Yeah I’m staying with my baby (trainee) Sister Arnell and Sister Gaines is leaving to Logan. The Trifecta Tremendas are being split up! But it’s all good because we are where the Lord needs us.
So 2 miracles!!
We were looking for someone and we were directed to the back house and then we met a group of men that are smoking and drinking. Yeah well the good thing from that story … we got two new investigators from that group! One wants to change his life because he knows that there is so much more to life than what he is doing. So he’s going to start taking the lessons because he wants to change for himself and not for anyone else. Then while we had a lesson with the first one, someone who is related to him wants to listen to us too! He’s done with drugs, drinking, and wants to get rid of his attitude. SO it’s pretty legit that he wants a new life. I love both of them! We see them through God’s eyes. They’re both legit.
SO excited for this transfer!!! Sister Arnell are going to have soo much fun!! We laugh all the time!! it’s like 90% of our conversation…just dying laughing!
I love you all and miss you all. Remember God knows what He’s doing. He’s perfect. I love Him and He loves me.
Hello everyone! I want to thank you all for the emails that you’ve sent and the mail that I’ve received! You guys are awesome and I love each of you big time.
Zone meeting was this past week and I just LOVE our mission president and his wonderful wife. They taught us a whole bunch of things of course. The Lord says, “I stand at the door and knock.” Us missionaries are literally his hands knocking. Every time we contact someone or speak to anyone about this gospel, that’s what we’re doing.
Without any detail these past few days have been very hard. And I know what you’re thinking… that we go through things to become stronger people and feel closer to God. Sounds cliche, doesn’t it? I tried to convince myself that that’s why I’m going through hard times in this missionary work. I thought those words but I just didn’t feel it. But I honestly felt it when I was kneeling down to pray before bed. It was the first time I’ve teared up because the work is so hard. I think I took a lot of pride in the fact that I haven’t teared up because the work was so hard, but guess what? The mission breaks you!!! I lead the music in my branch for sacrament meeting and the closing song hit me yesterday like a ton of bricks. ‘Mas Cerca Dios a Ti’ is what we sung. That’s ‘Nearer My God to Thee’. The Spirit testified to me that this really was for me to feel closer to Him. It was more than just words, it finally had feelings.
Big hugs and kisses,
Hermana E. Whitney
August 19, 2013
Thank you for all your emails. I love hearing from all of you! I hope that everything is well.
This week was a good week and yesterday we had a sister training and guess who came…”SISTER ELAINE S. DALTON” !!!!!! It was soo amazing and the spirit was super duper strong and I was crying! She had the spirit that Day! (Like always) Loved it! Sister Dalton’s talk to us was S-O G-double-O-D GOOD!!
She shared and spoke about a whole a lot of things but I would love to share with you this story that she shared:
Here was her story… she and her husband loves to run. Brother Dalton always wins and she was soo wanting to beat him. SO they went running one morning and then they were going up a hill. She was, “I’m going to beat him!” then she saw him slowing down and she was like this is my time to shine! haha so she passed him and then out of nowhere he gets this abounding energy and passes her. She was done. haha. She was like “Honey i’m going to the car now. I ran enough.” and then he runs back down to her and takes her by the hand and says, “Elaine, don’t you know, you never make the decision to turn back when your in the middle of the hill?”
I love that! When times gets hard, let’s not turn back and not finish. The reward is in the end. She talks about how when she got to the top of the hill, the sun was just rising and the sight was soo beautiful! She would have never saw it and missed it if she turned back. Never give up. We can do it. The Lord trusts us. Always remember that when times get rough. I love you all.
So in my personal study one day this week I was reading in Mosiah 25. And in the chapter it talks about how the people were taught the word and got baptized because they believed. They felt that it was right and were baptized without complaint / stubborness. And then how I was comparing that to the world’s perspective on things and God’s perspective.
The world’s (perspective on baptism): “I have to think this through”, “I have to know everything”, or “I’m not ready”
God’s perspective: “when you feel that it’s right … you get baptized.” THAT SIMPLE!!!
I just love how that they took no thought about it. They just did it because they felt it was right.
I love the Lord. I know Him and He loves me. He knows my heart. He’s there.
Love you all,
August 13, 2013
PS. Here are pictures of my district and my companions one pday when we hiked the mountain to the waterfalls.
Hey everyone! As always it’s so nice to hear from all of you again. I hope you all are doing wonderfully. What a wonderful week it’s been for my companionship and for me individually.
First off, since I was leaving Woodstock area, Hermana Madsen and I decided to go to this car museum that we were talking about for weeks. We went on Monday for Pday. What a blast! Such a good time we had. I miss her.
So this week I’ve realized how prideful I am. I mean I always knew that I had pride in me but this past week, the Lord has really been trying to humble me… I can see it here and there. Pride is something that I’ve been trying to work on since in high school and I’ve been focusing myself this past week on humility. As I was going through some of my papers last night and organizing and trying to get myself settled here, I found a talk that was given to me (I asked for it, it’s not like someone thought it was a good idea to give it to me haha), “Beware of Pride”. Studied it this morning and I realized how much I have to work on for myself! That talk cut me up. If you haven’t read it, please read it. And if you’ve already read it, read it again. Seriously. Pride can come in all forms.
Hermana Russon is my new companion and we get along so well! We’re alike in a lot of ways and we have such a good time. We live in Groundpoint, Indiana and a good part of our area is in Indiana but the problem is.. there’s nobody here, at least no Hispanics. So we spend a lot of out time in Chicago Heights which is more than suburbs but less than city. Tight area (literally). Kinda like Brooklyn area for any of you that are familiar with NY. A lot of black and Hispanics out there which is what we need. So my new area out here is the most run down place I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot of run down places back home. But this out here is pretty sad. I love the people though. Hermana Russon told me yesterday that the ward members were asking her where I’m from and that they love my hair hahaha. I get ‘where you from’ a lot and ‘where my parents are from’ too haha. That’s something I’ve always enjoyed growing up is watching people literally try to figure out what I am haha. It’s like watching the brain work through their eyes hahaha.
Anyways, when first coming to the area, Hma. Russon was telling me about the area and the struggles of it. I asked her how many lessons they get a week. She said, ‘one…maybe’. This past week we got 6 lessons in. I honestly owe it all to the Lord. We planted a lot of seeds just meeting people on the streets and knocking some doors. Spirit works! That’s all I can say. This is the first time I have had an investigator with a drinking problem. She can’t put the bottle down and she has two beautiful children. I’ve never wanted SO badly to help someone in their misery… I think because this issue is pretty heavy. First time I met her was on Wednesday and she was going through a hangover. I felt really bad for her because she felt horrible about herself and I felt this great love towards her. She invited us again the next day and we planned on teaching the Plan of Salvation and focusing on the Atonement. I told her you can fall over and over and over again and the Lord will NEVER say “aww man, she did it again” but He would say,”We’re going to pick you back up and we’re going to get through this together.” I felt that that’s what she really needed to hear. And I can honestly say that her faith in Christ was strengthened. And that’s what us missionaries are about.
Stay true to yourself. Remember you’re a child of God. We hear it all the time but actually think about it. You’re capable of doing it, whatever “it” is.
Loving You Always,
Hermana E. Whitney
August 12, 2013
Well, my companions and I had a fabulous week, this week. We found soo many people ready to hear the Gospel! It was soo awesome!! The funny thing is, is that we all found them all in one day! It was like one after the other. It was BOMB!
Friday was when all the magic happened. 😀 We had a lesson with a less active member. The father and the daughter are not members. So we talked to the daughter about the lessons and invited her to baptism and she accepted! She looks the most promising out of the people we found. The next one were two guys. 21 and 23 years old. Cool and legit people. We invited both to baptism too and one accepted. He had the same questions as Joseph Smith with “why are there soo many religions?” “if there is only one God…should there be only one church?”…a lot of people have those questions. But yeah, he’s gold.
We were walking down this street close to our house and we meet this older couple. They’re from El Salvador. They want to learn English so we take down their information and everything. They’re a cute couple. So we still have some time and then I look at my planner and I see a referral and it was on the same street that we are on and so we go. We found this woman (Hispanic) telling us she’s been waiting for the missionaries to come by! She been talking to the English Elders and she was really excited that we were Spanish missionaries because her boyfriend/future husband doesn’t speak English. So we are teaching her family on tuesdays and thursdays. They are also getting married! So after the wedding they are getting baptized! She’s really soo BOMB!
I can honestly say that we are having this success because of our obedience. We realized that missionaries are set apart from the world and sometimes we can put ourselves back into the world by talking about things not really centered on Christ. So we have a thing that only Christ centered things that we talk about, listen to and hear. And we realized that we are more happier because of our obedience. I love it!
I know that Jesus is the Christ. He watches over everyone of us closely. He notices the fall of every sparrow. He’s there and He lives!
The church is true! I LOVE you all!! Stay clean,
Hermana D. Whitney
August 6, 2013