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Good Things to Come

It’s been pretty crazy here in Hyrum!   A lot has happened.  The sad news is that we have 6 investigators in which we were dropped by one and then we are going to drop the other 4. Now we are left with one investigator.   So it’s been rough.  But I am holding on to the feeling that my companion and I first got in the area.   I felt good about the area and I felt that we were going to baptized.   So I’m trusting in God and pressing forward.

We picked up a new investigator yesterday but the only thing with her is that she is comfortable with her religion and is not interested in changing but she likes to listen.   We can work with that.   The spirit was there when we invited her to be baptize so hopefully she can recognize the Spirit more and know that baptism is the way.
Good things are happening on Facebook!   I have been teaching an old friend from Middle School & High School!   I had the opportunity to tell them what I’m doing right now and share what I believe.   Also, I’m teaching a friend of Brother Weyhreter.   I taught her a little about the Restoration, that God is Our Loving Heavenly Father, the Gospel Blesses Families, and a little about prophets.   She was interested in how she can receive more blessings.   She’s very sweet and I got her to meet with the missionaries that are in her area!   At that moment I felt that I was an answer to a missionary’s prayer… I felt that the missionaries were praying to find new people to teach.   I felt that God was working through me to give the missionaries a new investigator.   It was an awesome feeling 🙂
I feel now that I have been more effective on Facebook than I ever have been before because my posts are helping people because they are all about our Savior Jesus Christ and about His Gospel.   This Gospel is what the WORLD needs.   I know that to be true.
Zone Conference is tomorrow!   So excited! 🙂   AHH!!
Love you all!
Until next time,
Hermana Whitney
Jan 21, 2014
A member twin in Utah.  She used my nametag too.

A member twin in Utah. She used my nametag too.

twins

twins

3 of us are back!!!

3 of us are back!!!


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HUMBLED

 Gosh, I love being a missionary 🙂   I really do.   Ever since about my
half way mark on my mission I’ve had that attitude where I think, “I
don’t want this to end, nor do I want to leave this…   Ever.”   I know
I’ve said this before but I’m having the time of my life.   President
called on Saturday for transfer calls (we didn’t even know one of us
was getting transferred) and tells us that Hermana Woolf is going to
take over the area and I’m going to a different part of the city,
Midway.   I hear it’s a bomb ward, much like the one I’ve been serving
in for the past two transfers (Chicago 5).   So that’s half the story.
I’ve been called to serve as a Sister Trainer Leader.   There are four
Sister Trainer Leaders for the English Sister’s and now there will be
four for the Spanish speaking Hermana’s.   My new companion and I,
Hermana Jones, will be the new companionship since there was already a
companionship for the Hermana’s.   I feel so blessed but I’ve also come
to realize how imperfect I am, not in a bad way, but I am humbled.
Luckily, it was a tearLESS ‘see you later’ to Chicago 5.   Bishop asked,
“what can we do to have you stay?”   I’m the only one in my district
leaving too!   Bummer.   After church there was a line to take pictures
with me.   I love this ward so much and I’m so grateful for the things
that I’ve learned from them.   They made me promise to return and I
will.   Sweet things were said that I would never forget and I could
honestly call them some of my closest friends.   We ate with a member’s
family last night (I have pics), another family  wanted to take us
out for lunch today and they left it up to me wherever I wanted to go
to eat 🙂   It reminded me of when Daddy would take the missionaries out
with the family.   Let me tell you, being in their shoes, it sure does
make you feel special!  One of the things The Lord wanted me to learn is week:   He always keeps
His promises.   The subject kept coming up whether it had been in
lessons with members, investigators, less actives, and when I read the
Book of Mormon this morning.   The blessings that He promises always
come, just do your part and they’ll come.Love Always, Hermana E. Whitney
January 20, 2014
P.S. Today= my 11 month mark. (Shake my head)These pictures were taken before I left Chicago 5th Ward.  With me are members of the ward and my companion Sister Woolf.20140127-185631.jpg20140127-185612.jpg20140127-185540.jpg20140127-185504.jpg20140127-185448.jpg20140127-185425.jpg20140127-185349.jpg20140127-185643.jpg20140127-185555.jpg20140127-185407.jpg


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TRUST is the key.

Okay soo this week as you all know mi chica Hermana Vergara came back!!!!   “Ooh happy day!”   I will always admire her strength to return because it’s not easy for her but I know that she knows that she made the right decision.   She’s a great example for me! #loveher
 This week… since my companion was down, I was able to go out with some members.   The members that came out with me were very sweet.   We were able to see our investigators and have lessons with them.   When I met them I seriously felt soo much love for them.   One of the members, Hermana Flores, introduced me to one of her friends that she was thinking about sharing the Gospel with.   Her friend’s name was D__ and we had a lesson with her last night that went really well. She felt the spirit and was amazed of the love the Lord has for her.   We were talking about the Atonement and you know that you can never go wrong with that. 😉   Then we went right into the first lesson.   I was soo grateful for Hermana Flores for introducing her to me.   I know that takes a lot of trust in the missionaries when they tell you about their friends.
We’re working with three families that are less active and want to enter into the temple.   They still have their small hold-ups but they are on the right track.   We had a lesson with one of the families yesterday and we taught about tithing and the husband committed to paying his tithes and offerings!   The way he said it was soo convincing and I know that he will because he said it with conviction!   He even repeated the commitment I gave him, back to me, looked at me and he said, “I will!” Of course a huge smile came to my face when he said that. 😀   I felt that after that lesson, we’re on a higher level of friendship and that he trusts us more.   It was a great way to end our night. 🙂
Michael!!!   Happy 12th Birthday!!!   Im soo sorry that I didn’t send a card but it’s coming!   You’ll get it this week. 🙂   I love you!   Congrats on the show and also Chantelle!
I love you all! Never stop doing the right thing!
Loving you always,
Hermana Whitney
Curls gone?

Curls gone?


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The look in their eyes.

I am in love with the look in a young adults eyes when they watch
their parents talk about the gospel and how important it is to them.
Little did they know how important it was to their parents.   They
really listen. That’s something I noticed this past week that I’ve
seen a lot on my mission.   I saw it again and came to this realization
all at once when we visited the a family. L__ heard her mother
talk about the gospel and how she came to know it was true for herself
and the role it has played in her life. Sadly, some families don’t
talk about the gospel as much as they should in their homes. But when
the missionaries come… obviously that’s the reason we’re there. And
when the parents speak of it, their kids listen. Almost as if they
were new words never said or a part of them they didn’t know was
there.
It happened again on Saturday when we visited the another family,
except the parent (active member) was the one listening to the kid
(inactive). Again, beautiful words were spoken about the gospel that
not even the parent or siblings knew was in him. This just made my
testimony grow of how missionaries really are representatives of Jesus
Christ. It touched my heart when I came to this realization.

So I’ve had some interesting experiences with some people at the
library and the trains this past week.. Some more dangerous than
others… Hahaha.   One of my experiences this past week was at the library
on Facebook and this handsome, young, black kid sits right next to me,
faces me and just stares.   I recognized him because I’ve seen him at
the library before.   My comp didn’t like the situation at first because
he clearly had a different agenda.   Turned out his name is P__, 20,
living on welfare, lost a good paying job a year ago and lost his son
to a heart defect and got kicked out of his home all within a few
days.   His life turned upside down and couldn’t handle it and so he
dropped out of college.   This all happened a year ago.   We had a deep
conversation about life and the purpose of it.   I pulled out Ether
12:27 and asked him what he thought.   “It sounds like the truth.”   I
promised him we would have a Book of Mormon for him next time we saw
him at the library.

Michael, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DUDE! I thought about you a lot because I
felt super bad I didn’t get you a card yet…  It’s coming, I promise!
And because you’re going to be passing the sacrament soon!!!   Ahhh!   So
every time people ask me how old the youngest one in my family is, the
fact that you’re going to pass the sacrament always comes up 😉   You’re
my main little man.

With love,
Hermana E. Whitney

P.S. I love being a missionary.

 

Hermanas

Hermanas

With a member in Chicago

With a member in Chicago

 

 

Reunited with my first greenie, Sister Boushka

Reunited with my first greenie, Sister Boushka

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Keep calm and trust in the Lord.

So sorry that this email is super late but it’s the only time that I had all day to email so I’m doing it now.
Okay so my companion had her surgery on Friday and the surgery went really well.   She stayed two days in the hospital and she came home on Sunday.   She wasn’t feeling good after the surgery so we went to the doctor today to see what was the matter.   The nurse that checked her said that she might have the stomach flu! -__- ughh not something that we wanted to hear.   She has a double whammy.   I feel so bad for her!   It kills me that I can’t take away the pain that she feels!   We are not sure if it’s that though but, we’ll see in a couple of days.   This is some trial that we are facing.   Like legit.   It can get way stressful but it’s a good stress.   I’m excited to see the person that I will become after this though, have to say.   Haha.
THE BEST NEWS THIS WEEK!….
Hermana Vergara is COMING BACK!!!!   President called us today!   She’s coming back on Saturday!   Hallelujah!!   You don’t know how badly we need her here!!   I felt that she was going to come back.   I knew it.   But when she didn’t, I didn’t understand why the Spirit told me that she was.   But now I understand.   #keepcalmandtrustintheLord
The relief society are really looking out for us!   There are over everyday to give us food and to take care of my companion. Bless all their hearts! I’m so grateful for them.
We had a lesson with a less active family!   I love that family soo much!   Their goal is to go to the temple and be sealed! They are super cute and the spirit was super strong when we taught them the Restoration.   They both shared their testimonies and they were reminded why they were baptized.   Good reminder!
Keep your eye on the temple and you will NEVER stray.   If you focus on the things that matter most like reading your scriptures, praying, attending church, etc.   It will all lead you back to our Loving Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ.   I know that to be true.
I love you all!! More than you know!
Hermana D. Whitney  01/07/14
Translation:  Merry Christmas!!! We love you so much!!! Love from your favorite missionaries in the Utah Ogden Mission

Translation: Merry Christmas!!! We love you so much!!!
Love from your favorite missionaries in the Utah Ogden Mission

toys to give away

toys to give away

we gave them toys/gifts for Christmas

we gave them toys/gifts for Christmas

Three in one

Three in one

The trio will be back in business this week

The trio will be back in business this week

With Sister Heirs (missiona pres' wife) in SLC, UT

With Sister Heirs (missiona pres’ wife) in SLC, UT

Lunch  with Sis Heirs (mission pres' wife) in SLC

Lunch with Sis Heirs (mission pres’ wife) in SLC

New Years eve with my comp

New Years eve with my comp

With the Stevenson's.  Doug Stevenson was a missionary in Philippines Davao Mission 32 years ago.  He knows my mom.

With the Stevenson’s. Doug Stevenson was a missionary in Philippines Davao Mission 32 years ago. He knows my mom.

Before my companion's surgery

Before my companion’s surgery

my companion and I

my companion and I


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Chicago Wind Chill XD

It’s SO COLD HERE IN CHICAGO!   The entire mission has been told to stay in our apartments for the past two days. Yesterday and today.   Our apartment has always been cold and yesterday was supposed to be the coldest day Chicago has ever had in history.   We were so cold that we were able to see our breath QUITE clearly in our apartment.   I stayed home and wrote letters the whole day as sirens were going off the entire day.   Someone in the mission got frostbitten yesterday after being just 5 minutes outside,  shoveling the snow.   No worries though, my district leader made me promise to call the landlord and someone came today to fix it and the furnace is all fixed!   We’re hanging out with another companionship of Hermana’s and having a sleepover because we just needed to leave the apt… we’ve been cooped up in there since Sunday night.   And we just left this afternoon (Tuesday).
Anyways, besides the cold weather, it’s been fun!   We had New Missionary Training Meeting this past week.   All the trainers and trainees come to this meeting.   The topic was the Consecrated Missionary.   I’ve decided that being a Consecrated Missionary will be my goal for 2014.   It’s always been hard.   But now that I’m focusing on it it’s like EXTRA hard.   But I’ve already seen the blessings that come from trying to be a Consecrated Missionary and putting all unnecessary things on the alter of sacrifice.   So this will be quite the journey 🙂
Another thing that was mentioned in this meeting was the angels that watch over us as we work.   They could be the relatives (on the other side of the veil) of the people that we meet on the street (because they know what’s going on), the missionaries relatives (on the other side of the veil), and even our own future children.   When one sister stood up and said that our future children are some of the angels watching over us, the chapel went silent.   And you could feel the Spirit so strong.   Its crossed my mind before but not to that point where my future children are supporting me and are proud of me in every good deed that I do.   The thought just touched my heart and I was so grateful.
I’m so happy to be serving a mission out here.   It’s not too far from home but I know it’s where I need to be and there are so many blessings I’ve received from being out here.   I love you all and I appreciate you guys reading my emails home!   Here’s to a fantabulous year!  Stay Warm!
Love Always,
Hermana E. Whitney  01/07/14
Chicago is very cold

Chicago is very cold


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#bestweekever

Heyy Happy New Year everyone!! I can’t believe that this year is ending.   A couple of weeks ago I forgot the year and another person was like, “2013” and I was like, “Ooh right!” and then she was like, “only for like 2 more weeks!” hahaha and then I was like, “aww man I was just getting used to it.”   Hahaha.   We were kidding.   It was funny though.

Okay so this week, Hermana Puig got really, really sick.   She’s going in for surgery on Friday.   She has a cyst and it’s giving her a lot of pain.   😦  I feel soo bad that I can’t do anything to relieve the pain for her.   It really hurt for her to walk and stand.   She was in the worst pain ever!   So she was too sick to walk so we had to stay home.   This happened on Wednesday and we stayed home almost the whole week.   I felt bad because we couldn’t work.   😦   I remember when I was going to say my personal prayer I said, “I want to serve Thee the best I can.”   Then the thought came in my head right after I said that and it was, “Serve your companion.”   Then I realized that my companion needs me more than ever right now.   Also when you’re in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of your God.   I knew that what God wanted me to do because it was Him talking to me through the spirit.
Hermana Puig and I were talking one night and we were talking about all the spiritual experiences we had on the mission. So I was thinking of how the spirit talks to me while we were talking.   Everyone is different but, I realized that the spirit talks to me through my thoughts and feelings, mostly my thoughts though.   Then I was thinking lately of that that the voice that I hear in my head, has been my voice lately.   It wasn’t like that before.   But then I recognized that my thoughts are becoming His thoughts.   And with my words and actions are becoming His words and actions.   When I put it all together I felt the Spirit very strongly.   That was probably one of the most spiritual experiences on my mission.
So yesterday Hermana Puig and I were able to spend the day with Sister Hiers (President Hiers’ wife) in Salt Lake!  😀   It was soo much fun.   We had to go to SLC because Hermana Puig got her VISA and she’s leaving on the 3rd of February.   It was soo much fun because it was only us 3.   Afterwards, we went to the grocery store with her and then she treated us out to lunch.   It was super good.   Super fun.   Love her soo much!
So on Sunday, there was a Sister that came home from her mission early from Virginia because she needs to be on physical therapy but she’s going back when she doesn’t need the therapy anymore.   She offered to take us everywhere that we need to go and she drives!   🙂   So she’s going to be with me a lot when Sister Puig has her surgery.   The Lord provides! 🙂
Sorry that this letter is so long for all the missionaries that have no time to email!
I love the mission soo much!   Nothing can ever replace it!   That’s impossible.   I love my Lord and I know that He watches over you and me everyday.   He’s there and He Lives.
Loving you always and forever!
Hermana Danielle Whitney
from Eishelle's view in skype

from Eishelle’s view in skype

from our NY household skype view
from our NY household skype view