Hermana Milliron (my trainer/mom in the mission) and I went on exchanges for the last time this past week because it’s her last transfer before she goes home. But my goodness did we have a blast! Some things happened that I shouldn’t share (shoutout to Hermana Milli) and we just made the most of our time together that day. So much success! I love her and I’m going to miss her a ton 😦
We visited a less active family this past week. We had a beautiful lesson with them about Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon. By the end of our visit we asked if there was anything that we could do for them. Right off the bat, the mom says, “Yeah, I want my son and niece baptized.” I was surprised.. definitely didn’t see that one coming. We taught those two kids this past Saturday and my goodness they’re so smart! They understood a lot more than some adults even understand. I loved it. And they accepted to be baptized 🙂
This past week I have really felt the love that God has for me but more importantly for those that need to know of this gospel. I’ve said it before in previous emails but He wants us to have a heart like His and know and feel the disappointment, the joy, the sadness, the excitement and the unsurety that many people have. And I feel it. I know people look up to the missionaries but I honestly look up to the members that aren’t missionaries as well. It’s really because they are living out in the real world and still keeping strong. That’s something truly amazing to me and something that has blown my mind even more so in the mission.
In case you were wondering.. the city is the best! 🙂 I wish some of my friends and family that are serving could come out here with me and serve. Y’all would love it!
Love, Hermana E. Whitney
Nov 18, 2013
On Saturday we taught our investigator who’s on date. He’s from Cuba and has THE BIGGEST HEART. I love him. He’ll be getting baptized a week from today. Something that touched my heart when we visited is when he took out his pamphlets that missionaries have given him in the past with The Book of Mormon and he also had this piece of paper with the calendar in the back of it. There was a golden star of the 18th of November (the day of his baptism) and on the back of it were the baptismal interview questions. He wanted to go through it with us. I have never seen anyone study those questions as hard as he had. It touched my heart to see how badly he wanted to be baptized and how badly he wanted to pass 🙂 It was a testimony-builder-moment! Haha.
On my way to this university (we email at Northeastern Univ), it started snowing! And that’s how cold it’s been lately! I love it. It’s kinda weird that it’s that time of year already though. I want you all to know that I’m very happy. Mostly because of the privilege I have to be a missionary for the only true church. It’s seriously so awesome! XD SHOUTOUT TO MIS PADRES: HAPPY 24TH ANNIVERSARY TODAY!
Hermana E. Whitney
Yesterday the English ward and Spanish branch combined sacrament meeting so that we could watch the Primary Presentation for the year and the youth from both congregations share Primary together. I just LOVE Primary Presentations. The Spirit is so strong and you could really feel the love that Heavenly Father has for His little ones. Their testimonies are just so precious! Not gonna lie, got close to tears a few times when they sung my most favorite Primary songs like ‘When I am Baptized’ or ‘I’m Trying to be like Jesus’. Those songs always get me! Especially when the children sing them. The gospel is so simple, and so pure. Simply beautiful.
Hey so when Facebook came for us… we are also allowed to use Skype and Facetime! I don’t think that I told you guys that. Also when that came out that didn’t want us to tract anymore. So we became a non-tracting mission too. WHAT!? Times are changing!
We’ve been having soo many miracles lately! So do you remember when I told you guys that my companion and I were in a hole and we were working hard but nothing was coming out from our hard work. But then I said that I feel that the Lord is preparing us for something much bigger…. is this all sounding familiar?? Now we actually see the big things that God is planning for us! 🙂 Miracles baby!!
We had a baptism on Sunday!! This guy, he was super ready, super Golden! He was soo happy on his baptismal day! He was smiling the whole day!! How great was my joy… I can’t describe the joy of a baptism… I really can’t. I think that was the BEST baptism that I ever experienced as a missionary. Everyone was soo reverent. The spirit was soo strong. Loved it! Miracle!
Also we had a lesson with a family yesterday… and let me tell you about this family… Sooo the father was like yeah I don’t believe in the Mormon religion and in the Book of Mormon and he said that he would never read the Book. I didn’t like going to this house because I never felt the spirit and he always fought about what we taught. I really, REALLY didn’t like going to this house, haha but the miracle that happened… We READ THE BOOK OF MORMON TO THEM! WHAT!?!? He said that before we started that he believes all the things we will say because we don’t have a reason to lie to them. So we read 3 Nephi 11:1-15… he was fascinated that Jesus Christ came to the Americas. And when we were reading it… it was the very first time that I felt the spirit in that house! Because they were just listening to us read the words of the Book. I never felt the spirit so strong reading that chapter. I loved it because it talks about the marks on Jesus’ hands and feet. We asked how do they feel about it and the father said, “That was beautiful.” This is the same guy that said that he doesn’t believe and would NEVER read the Book. There’s a special spirit in the room. They invited us over again and they told us that the next time that they would pray for us because we always do it. They offered, we didn’t. All that was definitely a miracle. We drove not to far off to say a prayer of gratitude. I know that the spirit soften their hearts.
My dearest family and friends, this week has strengthen my testimony of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know that He is so aware of each of our circumstances. I know that I am just as important to Him as He is to me. I need Him every moment of everyday. I need Thee every hour. For the Lord is my strength. I testify that weaknesses are strengths, you just have to dig deep to get it. That’s something that I learned this week.
Be a little better. Act a little nicer. Love a little more.
Hermana D. Whitney