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#you’llneverbelievewhatididtoday (Danielle)

 We went to the temple today.   Ahh it’s so refreshing to attend the temple.   You feel the presence of God there so strongly. After the temple session,  we saw a sign that said, $3.99 haircut!   Hermana Vergara wanted a trim, so we checked it out and it was a legit thing.   I was not planning on getting a haircut … that was not in my plans today.   But for a wash, massage, and haircut it was $8.99 altogether!  (only in Utah).  That was probably the best price for that!   So I was like, “why not!?”   I was like all or nothing soooo ….. I CUT OFF ALL MY HAIR! and so did my companion! 😀   K bye….(pictures to come but not today! I love it though.) #hatersgonnahate
Last Thursday was the funniest thing.   Everybody cancelled on us, and when I said everybody I mean EVERYBODY!!!   Like even our Ward Mission Leader cancelled.   We felt hated that day because nobody wanted us.   Hahahahaha.   Looking back Hermana Vergara and I always say, “hey remember that day when nobody wanted us?   When everybody cancelled…”   And we just start dying laughing!   #laughteristhebestmedicine
I really do LOVE my district!   They’re super legit.   This is the second time on my mission that the district didn’t change for the second transfer together.   I love when that happens!   We are all here for each other.   #districtunity
So funny thing … Utah over here is praying for snow and it snowed/rained for a week straight!   But now almost all the snow is gone but they still need more.   We are having warm weather, like we don’t need coats or nothing!   It’s like hot spring over here ….  I realized the reason why we don’t have the snow because …. ALL THE SNOW IS IN NEW YORK!!!!!! hahaha.   You guys need to stop hogging all of the snow!   Share a little please! hahaha 😉   #alljokes
I’m not sure if I told you this but whenever I teach the Atonement and the Restoration there’s a sacred gratitude that comes to my heart.   Whenever I watch the Restoration video, the part of the First Vision, my eyes are filled with tears!   Almost all the time!   We taught the Restoration lesson a less active family slowly coming back to church.   With that, we focused more on the Atonement and the First Vision.   The spirit was super strong.   Those two events are the GREATEST events that ever happened in history.   So if anyone asked you that question, you all know the answer. 😉
Hey shout out to mi Hermana  Eishelle Whitney HAPPY YEAR MARK AND HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
Thank you fam bam for the package and everything in it!! I love you all!! Thank you for the cards!! They made me cry! 🙂
Stay strong! Stay beautiful!!
Hermana D. Whitney  2/25/14
it's legit like summer outside

it’s legit like summer outside

Before out temple attendance.

Before out temple attendance.


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Put to The Test (Eishelle)

I went back to one of my old area’s this past week.   Remember when I
was serving in Indiana?   I was there on my year mark!!!   Tender mercies,
I tell you.   I recorded myself that day just expressing how I felt.
Hopefully it works so you all can see it.

We had zone meeting this past week and something that I heard that I
loved and that I’ll always remember and apply is that I will never be
one of those RM’s that go inactive.   I love this.   I love what I have
and I’m going to keep it.   I’m not going to change and if there is a
change in me, it’ll be for the better.   Decision made 🙂

On Monday my zone and I made a trip to the zoo.   AND THERE WAS A SNOW
STORM!   Believe it or not, that’s what made it so epic and memorable.
It was kind of like Night at the Museum.   Nobody would go to the zoo on
a Monday out here in Chicago while there’s a snow storm except for a
group of missionaries 😀   This zoo is open 365 days out of the year AKA
all year round 🙂   We had a blast.

My companion and I have learned MUCH patience and humility.. not
because of each other but from situations that we run into.   She’s the
greatest!   I couldn’t imagine going through this transfer with anyone
else but her!   Laughing is what gets me and her through anything.

Yesterday I felt like my testimony of our prophet today was put to the
test… and TWICE!   In two different lessons.   I have absolutely no
doubt that President Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today.   When I
hear him and his counselors speak at conference, there’s absolutely NO
WAY I can deny that they’re truly men of God.

Love, Hermana E. Whitney  2/24/14

 Hermana Hatch and I. She's my granddaughter. Hermana Boushka trained her. She's honestly one of the greatest people I've met in my mission. Talking to her just made me want to be a better person. Whitley, she reminds me a lot of you.

Hermana Hatch and I. She’s my granddaughter. Hermana Boushka
trained her. She’s honestly one of the greatest people I’ve met in my
mission. Talking to her just made me want to be a better person.
Whitley, she reminds me a lot of you.

My first cupcake and card for my 22nd from Pres. And Sis. Woodbury :)

My first cupcake and card for my 22nd from Pres. And Sis. Woodbury 🙂

Sister Hone made me breakfast, before our exchange ended. Sweet girl. This is all the food I need in the morning :) Including the word.

Sister Hone made me breakfast, before our exchange ended. Sweet
girl. This is all the food I need in the morning 🙂 Including the
word.

Pulled over cuz a head light was out. But hey, we gave the cop a Restoration pamphlet. Who can honestly say that??? Best picture ever.  No the cop did not give us a ticket.

Pulled over cuz a head light was out. But hey, we gave the cop a
Restoration pamphlet. Who can honestly say that??? Best picture ever. No the cop did not give us a ticket.

Sister Hone!!!!!!! I just love this Sister. She's English speaking. Being with her was very refreshing because we've known each other for a while. Happy day with her.

Sister Hone!!!!!!! I just love this Sister. She’s English speaking.
Being with her was very refreshing because we’ve known each other for
a while. Happy day with her.

Jose Luis!!!!!!! The missionaries haven't seen him since I left... And that was about 5 or 6 months ago. I was in Indiana for 24 hours and I spotted him. I called his name, he dropped his bag, and ran towards me and started to tear up. I love this guy.

Jose Luis!!!!!!! The missionaries haven’t seen him since I left…
And that was about 5 or 6 months ago. I was in Indiana for 24 hours
and I spotted him. I called his name, he dropped his bag, and ran
towards me and started to tear up. I love this guy.

The Arevelo's! A family in Indiana that wanted me to come over their house for the longest time when I was serving in Indiana. Lo and behold, it happens on the exchange (our long awaited meal together). I love laughing with this family. They're the best. He watched us drive off until he couldn't see us anymore. LOVE THEM.

The Arevelo’s! A family in Indiana that wanted me to come over
their house for the longest time when I was serving in Indiana. Lo and
behold, it happens on the exchange (our long awaited meal together). I
love laughing with this family. They’re the best. He watched us drive
off until he couldn’t see us anymore. LOVE THEM.

Me in a kangaroo :)

Me in a kangaroo 🙂

Hna Jones, yo and a polar bear!!!

Hna Jones, yo and a polar bear!!!


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You Prepare the Speaker Not the Talk.

Heyy soo sad news, we didn’t have the baptism on Saturday! 😦 Just one thing was holding that brother back from being baptized.   So we rescheduled his baptism for this Saturday.   We are hoping for a miracle that he can find another place to live.

So something that I found out this week…

To be baptized—> live the word of wisdom for a week,
Live the law of chastity for 24 HOURS!
I thought, “what the?!”….”wow. okay”….
Anyways, Hermana Vergara and I are doing S-O G-(double O) -D good!!!   We just moved into a new apartment today. Well, a basement.   We had our own apartment and now we live in the basement of members.   They are the G___ and they are the sweetest, nicest people!   They do a great job with spoiling us!   Hahaha.   We are super excited to live in their home.   They want to serve a mission after he retires which will be a 2 or 3 years.   They’re super cute!
I know that the Lord hears and answers our prayers.   My testimony of that is strengthening everyday of that.   I was praying for specific revelation for my investigator.   Then in district meeting we did something different.   Instead of being lectured, we each went up as a companionship and talked about an investigator that we’re having trouble with.   Then the district would ask questions and give suggestions of how we can better help our investigator.   Then from what we receive, we role-play that in front of everyone.   So when we they were giving us suggestions I started to get revelation of what my investigator needed.   Then for the Role-play I was thinking, “why didn’t I do this before!?”   It totally worked in the Role-play.   I’m excited to use it for my investigator.   I know what I need to do.   I’m so grateful for my district and their input!
We gave talks this Sunday, my first talk in English in the mission!   It was super good.   My companion was complaining that it would be in English and I was like, “now you know how we feel trying to give a talk in Spanish!” and she was like, “-__- whatever.”   hahahaha it was super funny!   But she did really well.
My mission president told us, “You prepare the speaker, not the talk.”   So that’s what we did.   We didn’t write anything down, we didn’t have any notes.   All we had, was our iPad to share a scripture/quotes.   All I did was prepare myself by feasting upon the scriptures, my purpose as a missionary, etc.   As you do that, the spirit will guide your words and your thoughts.   And you will say things that will touch the hearts of the people your speaking to.
The whole time, I was asking Sis. Vergara, hey what are we going to say!?  Because we both tried not preparing our talks. And she’s like, “i don’t know!”   hahaha.   It was a joke.   Also she was like, “I feel that you are going to be talking for 40 minutes.”   We were the only speakers and she didn’t want to speak in English.   Hahaha.   I was like, “if I’m the first speaker, then I’m ending early and saving all the time for you!” hahahaha. She’s like, “whatever!” but she was the first speaker and we both spoke for 15 minutes. 🙂
I’m loving it here with my companion soo much!! I love the work, through its ups and downs! I know that this is the Lord’s work. I’m the happiest that I’ve been! and I know it’s because I’m doing the greatest work on earth!
Loving you always and forever,
Hermana Whitney  Feb 18, 2014
So this is a llama in front of a house! it was a church building but now it's a house. Things like this happen when you're in Hyrum, Utah. #noplacelikehyrumutah

So this is a llama in front of a house! it was a church building but now it’s a house. Things like this happen when you’re in Hyrum, Utah. #noplacelikehyrumutah

Happy Valentines' Day!!!

Happy Valentines’ Day!!!

Feliz Dia de San Valentin!

Feliz Dia de San Valentin!


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Trusted By Me.

If I could say one sentence for this past week to sum everything up it
would be, “It has been a struggle because He knows best.”   I have
learned SOOOOOO many things this past week and I am so grateful.   I’m
grateful that I am able to see that the struggles that I have been
through this past week as blessings and as opportunities to get closer
to my Father in Heaven WHILE in the hard times.   For me in the past it
has always been after it all that I would see and recognize that hard
times are blessings.   I’ve seen the growth in myself now as I see,
recognize, and accept that trials that I am going through at that
moment is because He knows best.

The reason that we are taught to do the simple things like pray, read
your scriptures, go to church, etc. is because doing simple things
makes ALL the difference.   Doing the simple things makes you become
better over time and helps us to do the very best we can.   How are you
going to run if you don’t know how to walk?

I just want you all to know that this Hermana in Chicago is learning a
ton, more than she ever thought she could in one year.   Yup, she’s one
HAPPY girl.

Love Always, Hermana E. Whitney  Feb 17, 2014

 I found these Hermana's at the party and I know these ladies from the branch I served in in Indiana! It was such a pleasant surprise to see them! I just love these Hermana's!!!

I found these Hermana’s at the party and I know these ladies from
the branch I served in in Indiana! It was such a pleasant surprise to
see them! I just love these Hermana’s!!!

Us this morning. We share the car so we are always together. Hermana Meanea, Black, me, and Jones. I love these Hermana's! All studying from the Book of Mormon, taking on the challenge that President gave us :) I'm half way there!!! 5 AttachmentsView all

Us this morning. We share the car so we are always together.
Hermana Meanea, Black, me, and Jones. I love these Hermana’s! All
studying from the Book of Mormon, taking on the challenge that
President gave us 🙂 I’m half way there!!!
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Feliz Dia de San Valentin! There was a party for Valentines Day at the church for my ward and a couple brought this pizza to the party. They shared it of course. Giordano's pizza is the best... out here.

Feliz Dia de San Valentin! There was a party for Valentines Day at
the church for my ward and a couple brought this pizza to the party.
They shared it of course. Giordano’s pizza is the best… out here.

Sis. Aston and me! She's English speaking and we've been friends for a good while. It was crazy that we had the opportunity to go on exchanges together. My comp and I cover a few companionships of English speaking Sister missionaries because there are just so many. I love this Sister!!!

Sis. Aston and me! She’s English speaking and we’ve been friends
for a good while. It was crazy that we had the opportunity to go on
exchanges together. My comp and I cover a few companionships of
English speaking Sister missionaries because there are just so many. I
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Having Fun!!!

Hey sorry for not writing last week!   It was transfer PDay every transfer P. Day I have to go down to the office and help the greenies with their iPads.   I love doing that because I get to meet the greenies but at the same time it can be very time consuming. :/   Ooh I’m staying in Hyrum with Hermana Vergara!!!

Well thank you for all the emails I received and the birthday wishes too!   This Hermana is 20 years old!   How did that happen??   Haha.   The members were super sweet!   Some of them called me and some sang to me happy birthday!   It was very sweet!   A less active in the Branch made me a Tres Leches cake!   It’s a Mexican type of cake!   It was super good!   So grateful for her and the members in the branch!   Also our district went out for lunch for my birthday too!   We went to a Brazilian place and the food was the BOMB.COM!!   Also missionaries has a 20% discount there.   Utah, they take care of their missionaries!   😀   Also Hermana Vergara made me breakfast!   Sweet girl!   She’s a really good cook!   Love her!
So we have a baptism scheduled on Saturday!   After a year or two of not having a baptism in the area!!   YAYYYY!!!   His name is J___!   We have a lesson with him tonight so hopefully all goes well.   We still need to find soo much more people to teach.   So we are in that stage right now in the area.
Hermana Vergara and I are really enjoying ourselves though.   I thought about it yesterday…if we were in a cardboard box together with nothing inside of it, we would still have something to die laughing about!   Hahaha.   We also die laughing that it hurts and tears form!   hahaha.   She was like, “thank goodness we have a car because if we were walking people would think that we’re crazy!” and then I was like, “That was the story of my life with Sister Arnell and I!”   I love my companion soo much and I’m so blessed to have her as a companion.   We are trying really hard to find, teach, and baptize!!   You know, just doing our purpose as missionaries.
Keep smiling! Love you all,
Hermana D. Whitney  2/11/14
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we put an address in the gps and it said Hawaii!! We were like Yayyy!! but I don't think that car would make it! hahaha so we didn't go ;)

we put an address in the gps and it said Hawaii!! We were like Yayyy!! but I don’t think that car would make it! hahaha so we didn’t go 😉

my birthday cake !!!

my birthday cake !!!

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we were having a snowball fight. she goes and hides behind the car but she slips flat on her back. I didn't see it happen because I was getting my snowball. So I was like where you go? And she mutters out Whitney! And I go to the other side of the car and I see her like this! I about DIED!!!

we were having a snowball fight. she goes and hides behind the car but she slips flat on her back. I didn’t see it happen because I was getting my snowball. So I was like where you go? And she mutters out Whitney! And I go to the other side of the car and I see her like this! I about DIED!!!

Last week, all of Utah fasted for snow and it snowed everyday of the week. because Utah needs it! In the weather forecasts said that it wasn't supposed to snow. The Lord hears and answers your prayers. He's the Powerful Almighty. Always remember that!

Last week, all of Utah fasted for snow and it snowed everyday of the week. because Utah needs it! In the weather forecasts said that it wasn’t supposed to snow. The Lord hears and answers your prayers. He’s the Powerful Almighty. Always remember that!

Hermana Vergara y yo!

Hermana Vergara y yo!

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Ooh something I forgot to put in the letter...sinced it snowed soo much, hermana and I shoveled soo much that we were exhausted the next day. It was soo much funn!! We played in the snow little bit like we were little kids. Hahaha

Ooh something I forgot to put in the letter…sinced it snowed soo much, hermana and I shoveled soo much that we were exhausted the next day. It was soo much funn!! We played in the snow little bit like we were little kids. Hahaha

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What More Is There?

Hna Wilkinson y yo! We've been dying to get a pic together because we're the only black Sister's and Hermana's in the entire mission. #History

Hna Wilkinson y yo! We’ve been dying to get a pic together because
we’re the only black Sister’s and Hermana’s in the entire mission.
#History

Hna's Walton, Buys, me, and Woolf. Like old times :)

Hna’s Walton, Buys, me, and Woolf. Like old times 🙂

All my companions but Hna. McDaniel and Hna. Milliron. Shout out to you both! I've honestly learned wonderful and great things from every single one of these Hermana's. Things I'm taking with me for the rest of my life.

All my companions but Hna. McDaniel and Hna. Milliron. Shout out to
you both! I’ve honestly learned wonderful and great things from every
single one of these Hermana’s. Things I’m taking with me for the rest
of my life.

Posterity haha. Hna. Madsen wanted to take her posterity photo. She trained Hna. Izu and me. I trained Hna's Boushka and Woolf. Hna. Boushka trained Hna. Hatch. And Hna. Izu is training Hna. Mansfield.

Posterity haha. Hna. Madsen wanted to take her posterity photo. She
trained Hna. Izu and me. I trained Hna’s Boushka and Woolf. Hna.
Boushka trained Hna. Hatch. And Hna. Izu is training Hna. Mansfield.

Sister's of the Illinois Chicago Mission :)  Plenty!!!

Sister’s of the Illinois Chicago Mission 🙂 Plenty!!!

I love both these quotes. We stopped at a Taqueria and this is what was hanging up. "Don't complain about what you're missing, rather give thanks for what you have."

I love both these quotes. We stopped at a Taqueria and this is what
was hanging up. “Don’t complain about what you’re missing, rather give
thanks for what you have.”

Hello, everyone!   This past week was another adventure as always.   I
just love looking back and thinking of the great (and not so great)
things that have happened in the past week.   My companion and I gave
our first presentation as Sister Training Leaders this past Thursday
at the Sister’s Conference.   This was the second time that the mission
has had a Sister’s Conference and I’ve been there for both thus far!
Getting together with all the Sister’s in the mission is such a treat.
Hermana Jones and I spoke about Accessing the Atonement through
Prayer.   When reading and studying and preparing for this, we figured
that in order to access the atonement through prayer, one would need
to submit Heavenly Father.   Needless to say, the life of a missionary
is not easy by any means.   We constantly are learning to rely on The
Lord.   And when all things are endured faithfully, God promises us that
He will give us all that He hath.   What more is there?

One of my most favorite/hardest things about being a missionary is
feeling the love God has for His children as we speak with them and as
they cry and tell us of their problems and see they are struggling.
It’s hard to see but my heart reaches out to them.   It happens often.
This past weekend we taught one of our investigators a commandment.
And this commandment is one that the Lord delights in.   One of high
importance.   But she didn’t want to comply.   She kept asking what I
thought and wanted to know my point of view.   “I want to tell you that
we understand… and that God understands… but He doesn’t.”   When we
choose not to comply to the will of God, as much as you think it’s
okay this one time, or that we’re human (true), or that we’re
imperfect (also true), don’t ever think that God understands where
you’re coming from.   God knows what it takes to be like Him.

Sometimes, all missionaries can think about is home.   And when they’re
finally home, all they can think about is their mission.   Let’s be
honest, everyone misses home.   But home will always be there and is a
temporary home.   In the mean time, I’m working on something better.
While on earth we are building our very own mansions in the heavens.
Something that is the complete opposite of temporary.   If I don’t build
it, it’ll never be built.   This is why salvation is personal.   It’s all
up to you.

Yesterday was one of the hardest days of my mission!   If not, the
hardest!   Hermana Jones and I got stuck in the snow for an ENTIRE HOUR
and of course we were late to church, late picking up the Hermana’s to
come to church with us, and we made all four Elder’s late so they
could get us out of the snow.   They all really, truly didn’t mind
either hahaha.   I pushed the car front and back for an hour! We were
super great at holding up ALL 6 missionaries from our ward to get to
church yesterday, including ourselves which makes 8 missionaries.   My
back and arms are so sore now.   Lesson re-learned: Patience is a virtue
🙂

Love, Hermana E. Whitney  Feb 10, 2014


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It’s Evident

What a week.   I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired by the time I get
home.   Hermana Jones and I just crashed last night on the couch and we
could barely get up.   By the way, I love my new companion!   She’s so
funny and we laugh about everything, and we all know how much I love
to laugh.   So we’ve been having a blast.   It’s really good though
because we’re going to need it this transfer.   We had our first
exchange last week on Thursday to Friday.   I went to the area of
Hermana Izu!   And her companion came out to my area with my comp.   We
were having a blast and then…  This is where it gets complicated:
there were two other Hermana’s that live close to Hermana Izu’s area and
one of these Hermana’s was sick.   They had appointments to go to though
so we had to help me out.   Hermana Izu went to take care of the sick
sister at the sisters home and Hermana Mortenson and I (we’ve been
dying to serve around each other and for exchanges haha) went out to
take care of her area and Hermana Izu’s area.   There were appointments
left and right in both areas and Hermana Mortenson and I had a BLAST.
All over the place, teaching.   What more could you ask for?   We were
pretty busy.   And it felt REALLY good to teach with someone that came
out with me at the same time.   It was SO easy to teach and bounce off
each other.   Hermana Izu said, “Classic Hermana Mortenson move…
Stealing my exchange with Hermana Whitney”.   Haha.   It was quite the day
and had some beautiful lessons.   Later that night I had to call
President for something and he says, “I’m getting phone calls about
you and from you from all different phone numbers, I love it!”   That
was because the Hermana’s needed to get permission for us to switch
earlier that day.

Saturday we went to two baptisms. Hermana Mortenson and I actually
visited both these families the previous day.   The first was a family
man and his wife has been a member and they have a son.   The
missionaries from his ward sung ‘Families Can be Together Forever’.   I
thought about my family back home and at song never hit me like it did
then.   The Spirit was so strong.   Shoutout to my family back home:   We’re
a ‘forever’ family! 🙂   And then there was a second baptism with two
kids getting baptized.   The same missionaries sung ‘Baptism’ and again
the Spirit was very strong.   That’s one of my favs 🙂 by the end of the
day, the Hermanas agreed with me when I said that I feel like I just
came out of the temple.   That’s how strong the Spirit was that day.

On our way home from these baptisms I was thinking about how strongly
the Spirit was felt.   And how at those exact times other people even
throughout the world felt that SAME SPIRIT.   I was telling my companion
that that’s perfect evidence that God is everywhere and pays attention
to EVERYTHING.   It’s sad some people think that they’re forgotten in a
crazy world like this.   But He’s present. It’s evident.

The Lord’s name is engraved in my heart. Never to be blotted out.

Love Always, Hermana E. Whitney  1/27/14

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