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God’s Will and Timing (Danielle)

Heyy heyyy heyyyy!!

So the O_____ family had a date for the 26th of April but, the sad thing is that they will not be getting baptized on that date.   The issue was that they weren’t married and they haven’t come to church because every weekend they go to Preston, Idaho because her parents live up there.   We had a lesson with them yesterday and in the beginning of the lesson they told us that they think that it’s too early for marriage.   At the same time they have 2 children together and have been together for 6+ years.   So we read the Family Proclamation with them and they understood marriage and the importance of it.   By the end of the lesson they told us that they will be married.   They all still want to be baptized which is good.   It seems that the boyfriend wants to be married more than the girlfriend.   We did everything in our power to help them be baptized this month/transfer.   Even though we didn’t see the fruit of our labors this transfer, I know that we will see it next transfer.Something that I realized in this area was that the people who were baptized when the former missionaries were here are all less active and a lot of them are nowhere to be found.   Also the former investigators…on the progress record it seemed that everything was going good and then everything just stopped.   Weird, right?   So when we see these people they are like, “it’s been a long time that you came by.” They are saying *you as in missionaries.   Then we asked what happened and why did the missionaries stop coming by and then they say, “I don’t know, they just stopped coming by.”   So we are meeting those people and hopefully they are ready to receive us.   Hopefully when the missionaries stopped coming by for some reason it gave them motivation to have them back. So there’s a lot of hope there.

I’m striving to have more faith in God’s timing.   Sometimes I get down because we were so close to getting a baptism and we worked so hard this transfer but I have to remember that everything is the Lord’s will and timing.   The Lord knows what’s best and He is God and I am not. 

Love always and forever, 
Hermana Whitney

Just chillin' in our car before the lesson

Just chillin’ in our car before the lesson

Like our stache?? :)

Like our stache?? 🙂

Hermana Garcia LOVES that picture of her! Hahaha. Doesn't she look like a clothes line model??

Hermana Garcia LOVES that picture of her! Hahaha. Doesn’t she look like a clothes line model??


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To the airport? (Eishelle)

My companion for the past two transfers, Hermana Jones, was the only
Sister going home out of a group of like 10 (mas o menos).   Hermana
Smith and I had the privilege of staying at the mission home with her
and the rest of the missionaries the night before they headed to the
airport.   My goodness, what an experience!   There was excitement,
stress, rushing, sadness, tears, smiles, broken hearts, etc.   All
because this was the end of their missions.   I haven’t felt that
stressed in a long time and I wasn’t even the one going home!   To see
the tears of the missionaries going home while singing the closing
hymn of the meeting (for only those that were departing) at
President’s house that night, ‘I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go’ was
one of the most heart felt experiences and one that I’ll never forget.
It was then that I realized once again how precious and beautiful my
time really is out here in Chicago.   It hurt knowing that this was it
for them and it hurt even more so knowing that this would be me in 4
months.   We, Hermana Smith and I, had the privilege of being at that
meeting and then taking Hermana Jones to the airport the following
day.   It was weird!   And I hadn’t been at that O’Hare airport since I
came into the field.

I love my new companion Hermana Smith!   We came out together and we had a bit of a freak
out in the beginning of our companionship knowing the little time we
have left.   We actually really had one of the best starts I’ve ever had
with any of my companions.   She’s awesome and we’re way open with each
other.

I love you all and I want you all to know that I’m praying for you.

Love Always, Hermana E. Whitney

 

Most beautiful day yesterday. My comp wanted me to take a picture of an airplane close by because the Midway airport is in our area. Took a selfie instead. Yup.

Most beautiful day yesterday. My comp wanted me to take a picture
of an airplane close by because the Midway airport is in our area.
Took a selfie instead. Yup.

Hermana Smith wanted to introduce me to her family. I wanted this picture too to introduce her to mine.   So here's Hermana Smith!   She's AMAZING.

Hermana Smith wanted to introduce me to her family. I wanted this
picture too to introduce her to mine. So here’s Hermana Smith! She’s
AMAZING.


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Lovin’ life (Danielle)

Dear President Hiers,Sister Garcia and I are really hastening the work in this area.   I love this area with all my heart!   The leaders in the Stake are really helping us a lot.   We had a correlation on Sunday and it was probably the most effective and productive correlation I have ever been to in my mission.   It was just focused on how we can hasten the work for the Spanish missionaries.   The work is seriously exploding in the area.   Everyone is on the same page and is focused on what we have to do.

The family that we found, the O_____ family, are doing really well.   The fellowship that we brought clicked really well with them. That family deserves the best and I’m so grateful for them.   Whenever we meet with them, my testimony is strengthened.   Also the family is really warming up to us.   So the last time that this area had a baptism was in September and then 2 weeks later he got confirmed in October.   Then he moved to Tremonton.   So it has been quite sometime that this area hasn’t had a baptism that stayed in the area.   I’m working hard everyday that we will always be worthy of the spirit, to guide me and direct my thoughts, actions, and words.   I know that we are having great success because of our obedience.

So we met a family, the M_____ family, and the mom is a less-active member and everyone else are Catholic.   They have a huge family.   They have 6 children. 9 years old and older and they all live at home.   We talked to them and in the beginning the children and the dad had the look like, “I don’t want to be here.”    Then by the end they loved us!   The father thanked us for coming by and everything.   The children warmed up to us too.   I knew that I was directed by the spirit on what to say.   I felt that it was me but at the same time, how smooth it went…it was definitely the spirit that was guiding us.

I surprising myself everyday of how much I could love.   I’m grateful for my Heavenly Father and my Salvador Jesus Christ for showing me and having me feel their love for everyone.   I know that God is love.   It’s amazing how my I care about these people here and just knowing that it’s really crumbs of the amount of love that God has for us.   I love being a missionary. I never want this to end!

Shout outs!
Thank you Tami for the sweet package! I loved it!
Thank you fam bam for the package too!! Loved it!
Love you always and forever,
Hermana Whitney
SISTER MISSIONARIES SELFIEs
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FIRST (Eishelle)

We like to say that there’s a first for a lot of things.   As I was
going through my calendar of things that happened through out this past
week, I actually saw that there was written “First” quite a few times.
I did a lot of different things for the first time on my mission this
past week.   It’s been a fun week as well as Hermana Jones’ last on her
mission.   We’ve had a good time!   As I see her leaving me I constantly
think that time just flies.   And it’s so true.   A member of the
bishopric asked me yesterday how much time I have left and I replied
“4 months”.   It killed me because I didn’t realize it until then.
There was an Hermano that bore his testimony yesterday and mentioned
much about the youth and the missionaries.   He said he absolutely LOVES
seeing the missionaries- the beautiful Sisters with their tags as well
as the Elders.   He said they’re living the best time of their lives
right now.   I teared up because I know it’s true.   This is my first
mission and I decided it will be the first of many 🙂

Love Always, Hermana E. Whitney  4/14/14

 

District Photo

District Photo

District photo

District photo

 

P.S. To my kiddies at home get ready for some Spanish Speaking
Hermana’s!    Hahaha.   I decided Danielle and I are going to speak Spanish
to ya’ll to get ready for your future missions.   I have a friend out
here that actually learned Spanish because his older siblings served
Spanish speaking missions and brought it into the home 🙂
(hehehehehe…)

 

 


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Patterns … (Danielle)

Heyy familia! Que pasion!?Conference was great!   Wasn’t it?   My companion also went through with what we learned that night after conference on Sunday.   We were like, “danng!”   All the talks were inspired!   Also something that was mentioned many times was, “Patterns.”   Then on Wednesday we had our Zone Conference and President Hiers talked about Patterns and shared a scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 52:14

14 And again, I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations—
then we made a list of the patterns we have with being members of the Church. some of them were -Family Home Evenings
-Scripture Study
-Going to church
-temple attendance
and etc.
but we have these patterns so that we don’t be deceived by Satan! That’s why we do those things.

We went to contact the former investigators we have and see what happened.   From their progress records it seemed that everything was going good and then it just stopped.   So we went to do that and from that we found a lot of families to teach! Families!   Ahhh!!!   The area is really picking up.   I don’t necessarily know what happened to them but we found them and we’re teaching them. 🙂   The patience is paying off!! hahaWe went on exchanges with Sister Rickett, our STL and it was really fun to have her with us.   She helped a lot with our investigator and I’m happy that she was with us that day.   We resolved M___ (our investigator’s) concern about baptism.   Hopefully now she will start to progress. The area is really seeing miracles and there is so much work here!   Even in Utah.   It’s so sad when the people ask us if there’s work here.   The first thing that comes to my mind is that, “do you not see the less-actives or the non members? There’s a ton of them!    This mission would not be necessary if there was no work here.”   There’s work everywhere. Keep being member missionaries because members are one of the most important keys to the work.

I love you all always and forever! 
Hermana Whitney 4/8/14
Conference tickets!!!

Conference tickets!!!

Gen Conference was awesome!

Gen Conference was awesome!

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With Elder Levi Ostler (from same stake in NY)

With Elder Levi Ostler (from same stake in NY)

with Ismael Martinez former missionary in NY NY South Mission

with Ismael Martinez former missionary in NY NY South Mission


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The ice cream man or the cop? (Eishelle)

I feel like I’ve learned so much and in so little time… part of the reason probably being because of conference haha.   It was truly amazing.   As I was looking over my notes this morning with my companion, I felt the Spirit so strong as we shared what we had heard that we loved and what inspired us.   The feeling reminded me of being in the temple.   That’s how strong the Spirit was.
 
Friday was an amazing day as I was on an exchange with Hermana Mortenson.   It was probably the most successful day I’ve had in my area since being here.   It was a day dropped straight from heaven.   She’s a blast.   One of the lessons that we had that day was with 3 childen (14,11,9). We taught them Restoration. Since they’re young girls we had to break it down for them and we used the “Ice Cream Man and the Cop” analogy.
[For those of you who don’t know that analogy, this is what it is:   If you’re speeding down the road and the ice cream man pulls you over you’re obviously NOT going to pay the ticket he’d give you, let alone pull over because he doesn’t have that AUTHORITY.   But if the cop pulled you over you would definitely pull over to the side and pay that ticket because of that authority.]
This is how we taught them the Priesthood and baptism and all.   THEY UNDERSTOOD SO WELL!   It was amazing and we took that analogy throughout the rest of the lesson.   We invited them to be baptized at the end of the lesson and they said they were already baptized when they were babies as they pointed at pictures on the walls in their living room.   We then brought the analogy back into play.   V___ then says, “Was I baptized by the ice cream man?” Hermana Mortenson and I thought it was the cutest thing! Hahaha. We promised her and the others that they would find their answer through reading the Book of Mormon and praying. And then V___ said, “I really want to know if I was baptized by the ice cream man or the cop!” The funny thing was, she was serious about the whole thing. I loved it and I love being a missionary.
Love Always,
Hermana E. Whitney  4/7/14
I promised Hermana Izu I'd eat a Pambaso next time I would be at this taqueria. It was quite delish :)

I promised Hermana Izu I’d eat a Pambaso next time I would be at this taqueria. It was quite delish 🙂

 1. Once again in my old area in Griffith and we went to Gary, Indiana to pick up Hermana Arrevolo for a lesson they were going to have after we switched back. I went up there and realized that's where Michael Jackson is from! Also, Hermana Escobar's birthday was that day we were together. I asked her what she was going to do for her birthday. She replied with a sweet smile, "Be a missionary." She's truly one of the greatest missionaries this mission has. She gave me a had too haha. AND side note, she has a first cousin in the mission who's pretty bomb and they're the only first cousins in the mission!


Once again in my old area in Griffith and we went to Gary, Indiana to pick up Hermana Arrevolo for a lesson they were going to have after we switched back. I went up there and realized that’s where Michael Jackson is from! Also, Hermana Escobar’s birthday was that day we were together. I asked her what she was going to do for her birthday. She replied with a sweet smile, “Be a missionary.” She’s truly one of the greatest missionaries this mission has. She gave me a had too haha. AND side note, she has a first cousin in the mission who’s pretty bomb and they’re the only first cousins in the mission!

 


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Obedience (Danielle)

The week was going bad and then on Sunday was the light at the end of the tunnel!   Yeah buddy!   So Sister Garcia and I are trying really hard to hit the Standard of Excellence.   We were working really hard and it wasn’t showing in our numbers.   The Lord was trying my patience.   Patience is something that Sister Garcia and I are working for this week.   Well, we’ll be working for it until we get it down.   So we had a lot of “fall through” appointments and I started to get frustrated and impatient.   Then I was thinking that the Lord is so patience with me and why can’t I be patient with Him?   There’s so many times that I mess up and sin and when I pray for forgiveness, He forgives without hesitation.   Then also in my personal study, I was reading in the Book of Mormon about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.   It described how He opened not His mouth.   Then I was thinking of how much patience that is.   So I got better this week and I am still striving to be better.   So I’m having more faith is His timing, more hope for a better day, and more patience with the area.

So the amazing story on Sunday was that Sister Garcia and I almost died!   We were at an intersection and we didn’t see any cars and then while we were still in the intersection, we slowed down for some reason to turn on the heat.   A second later we look up and look out my window on the passenger’s side and we see this red truck like about 2, 3 feet away from us.   Sister Garcia then pushed on the gas and we weren’t hit.   The car was super close to us.   The car wasn’t speeding, it didn’t even slow down or honk; it was going the normal speed for the road.   We didn’t speed either to get out of the way.   But how close it was to us and the fact that it didn’t even touch the car at all, not even the back of the car is a miracle!   My first thought of when I saw the car was that, “If the car hits us, I’m going to die.”   Then right after we move out of the way, we look at each other and I was like, “we almost died!” and she said, “I know.”   The amazing thing was that we both had so much peace during the whole thing.   No one screamed, it was silent and we were at peace.   We were in amazement of what just happened.   No one could tell us that God’s hand wasn’t in that.   I know that the Lord is protecting us with His angels on our left side and on our right.   God lives!   From that experience I also realized that I was ready to meet my Maker, my Creator.   When that hit me, I cried.   I was like I always want to feel ready, prepared and at peace.   I just know that my purpose here on earth is not done, that’s why I’m still here. 😀 *ting.   God lives!

Also later that night we were fasting to find more people to teach because we really need it.   Then we found a family!!   They invited us in!   When people do that, it’s not really rare but not really common.   So before Sunday we met the little sister.   She passed our car, riding her bike like 5 times.   So we go talk to her and she told us that her mom passed away 3 years ago so we share a little of the Plan of Salvation with her and we asked if we stop by sometime and she was like, “yeah sure.”   So we stop by and contact them. When we left Sister Garcia was almost about to cry after the visit.   She was like, “I never felt the spirit so strong before about where we needed to be and what we were saying.”   She said that the spirit in there was super strong.   Also when I was talking, the guy was looking at me so intently!   His face was like we were an answer to His prayer that he was waiting so long for this.   I don’t know exactly what I said but it was what they needed to hear. 

Obedience brings blessings and exact obedience bring miracles!   I know that statement to be true!   I know that it’s through our exact obedience that we are seeing these miracles!   The Lord is so merciful and full of grace.   I have come to know the Lord in my mission.   I’m so grateful for my mission and everything that comes with it. I love it!

Loving you all always and forever!
Hermana Whitney

April 1, 2014
My Companion Hermana Garcia and I.

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Faith feeds your hope. (Eishelle)

Last night we had a beautiful lesson about Temples and Covenants with R__ and C__ and we were teaching them how Families are Forever. La Familia G__ was with us (just married within the past year) and it was their idea to sing Families Can Be Together Forever with them before we left.   So we did.   Hymns and Primary Songs are almost always better in Spanish.    The words are very touching.   The Spirit was there.   I KNOW that my family is a forever family.

Something I learned this past week was the difference between hope and faith.   I knew that they went together but I had a hard time differentiating the two.   Hope is something far-stretched.. something in the future, as in I hope for eternal life.   Faith is something that is in every single day of my life.   It feeds my hope.   And because it is an every day thing, it makes me sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works.
Ether 12:4   Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety  hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.
Love Always, Hermana E. Whitney  3/31/14


Hermana Eishelle Whitney (selfie)
                                                                                           Hermana Eishelle Whitney (selfie)

IL Chicago Mission  missionaries selfie. Hermana Jones on the left is my companion.

IL Chicago Mission missionaries selfie. Hermana Jones on the left is my companion.

Me and Emily :) She's the granddaughter of an Hermana we were helping to paint her home. She's so cute! I changed my clothes into regular clothes- sweatshirt and jeans and she says, "Que Bonita se ve!!!!" In other words, "You look so cute!" Haha. She's only 4.

Me and Emily 🙂 She’s the granddaughter of an Hermana we were helping to paint her home. She’s so cute! I changed my clothes into regular clothes- sweatshirt and jeans and she says, “Que Bonita se ve!!!!” In other words, “You look so cute!” Haha. She’s only 4.


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Eternal Progression (Danielle)

Heyy so the word got out in my branch that I didn’t email my family and they were like, “WHATT!?!?   Your poor mother!   You are not the golden child!!”   hahaha   It was all jokes but they weren’t happy that I didn’t email so they did it for me! 🙂   The branch members got my back.   Haha.   They were like it’s okay I’ll email your mother so on Sunday they took pictures and sent it to mom. 🙂 They’re soo sweet!   Love them!   Well, I stayed in the area and I got a new companion!   I miss Hermana Vergara dearly though but Hermana Garcia is BOMB as well!   I love her soo much.   We get along so well!!   I’m greenie busting her and I adopted her!   So she’s my daughter.   She came out of the area that I was in before Hyrum.   She was in Central Logan, the Monte Viste Ward, were I was.   We’re so happy that we’re companions!    Hahaha.   We have 3 temples in our mission and we can’t go to any of them!   So the new rules for our mission is that we can’t go to the temple anymore! 😦   So sad!   It’s unless we have a recent convert or less active entering into the temple.   They told us that we are here to do the work for the living, not the dead.   So they took away our privilege completely!   It makes sense so I’m not complaining but it is sad.

I’m learning that you never stop learning.   The moment when you say that you know everything and you can’t learn anymore, that’s when you stop progressing!   Once you choose to stop learning to stop growing and start regressing.   I’ve been a missionary for a long time and I know a lot of what to do and how to handle situations but still learning of how to be better and learning new ways to do things.   Always remember that we have to become like God and He is Eternal Progression.   Thank you for your prayers and your support!   I love you all soo much and I hope that you’re all doing well.   I would love to hear from you!

Love always,

Hermana D. Whitney 3/25/14

 

Hermana Whitney and Hermana Garcia (new companion) still in Hyrum, UT

Hermana Whitney and Hermana Garcia (new companion) still in Hyrum, UT

 

Hey shout out to my family!   I just want you all to know that I miss you all soo much!!!   In my letters I don’t really say I miss you because I don’t want you to think that I’m homesick or my mind is not on my mission.   I love my mission!!   I really do.   Everything about it but yesterday I was super homesick.   I haven’t been homesick in super long time.   Ever since my first transfer I NEVER got homesick but yesterday was super hard for me.   My companion was like, “Sister Whitney are you okay?   Are you happy?”   And I was like, “Sorry I was just thinking about my family and it’s not that I’m worried about them but it’s just that I miss them.”   She totally related bc she’s super close to her family.   The thing that made me think about you guys was the fact that we were with 2 big families for dinner yesterday and for family night.   We left and then came back to their home and I really had to say a prayer and my companion wanted to say it.   After that I was good.   I’m happy! 😀   So my point in writing this letter was to say that prayer works hahaha and that I LOVE and MISS you all!!!   I can’t wait until we are all together again! 🙂   One sweet day!   I’m focused on my mission because this time is limited for me and I’m working my hardest so that you all can receive only the best blessings!   I really feel Heavenly Father’s love for us because everything He does is for us and everything I do right now is not for me.   #truelove

I love you Daddy.   I love you Mommy.   I love you Eishelle.   I love you Noelle.   I love you Chantelle.   And I love you Michael.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. (Remember when our testimonies were like that?   hahaha   #throwback)
MICHAEL!!! WHERE”S YOUR EMAIL!?! GET TO IT! I only have 6 months left!
Love you forever,
Your favorite missionary in Utah,
Hermana Danielle Whitney
3/25/14


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Learning to Progress / The Natural Man (Eishelle)

St. Patricks Day in Chicago.

St. Patricks Day in Chicago.

Right alongside the Trump Tower w/ Chicago River. They turned the Chicago River green for St. Patricks Day.

Right alongside the Trump Tower w/ Chicago River. They turned the Chicago River green for St. Patricks Day.

LEARNING TO PROGRESS

These past couple weeks I’ve been trying to figure out what I’m
learning because on the mission you’re ALWAYS learning new and
beautiful things but I’ve been struggling a bit when writing emails
home because I come to think “What did I learn this past week?”.   My
companion, Hermana Jones asked me one night this past week how I’ve
REALLY been lately.   That was the first time in a long time I thought
about myself and how I was doing and I expressed that to her.   I was
grateful she asked not only to know how I’m doing but because I
realized that I’m doing what I should- Thinking about others and not
about myself.   I also told her that I’m trying to figure out what I’ve
been learning lately.   The next day I woke up and the first thought in
my head was what I had said the previous night and the thought came
into my head that I’m learning how to progress and how to continually
have the desire to be better.   That’s why I’m wanting to figure what
I’m learning so I can be better!   It finally made sense.

This church is so true. I know it.

Love Always, Hermana E. Whitney  March 24, 2014

 

THE NATURAL MAN

I had the wonderful opportunity to go to two Zone Conferences this
week!   One in good old Valpo and the other in my zone, Chicago.   It was
definitely a week of learning for me.   Something interesting that I
learned: so we’re taught as missionaries that silence is where the
Spirit can testify of the truth.   The natural man is an enemy to God
and it is the natural man who wants to avoid silence.   Killing silence
or using ‘umm’ or ‘so’ for us is being the natural man.   I loved it.

I have been trying my hardest to read the Book of Mormon a bit faster
and my goodness does reading that book give me a rush!   President
promised that those who read the Book of Mormon by conference will be
better missionaries as well as better mother’s and father’s 🙂   I’ve
seen the better me as I’ve read it again.   It’s truly amazing.   By the
looks of it I’ll finish this month.

We had two exchanges this last week and I left the area for both.   I
learn so much from all of these Hermana’s and from the different
members of the church.   There are lots of strong members out here in
Chicago, very impressive.   A lot like home even, you’re either with it
or you’re not.   But when you’re with it, you’re pretty strong.

I know that Satan is real and he’s still working super hard towards
his goal.   Thing is, he already lost when Christ did the Atonement, but
he’s still trying (go figure).   I love this gospel with all of my
heart.   I love my Savior Jesus Christ.   I LOVE teaching and testifying
to others about Him, my Elder Brother.   And I love Chicago 🙂

Love Always, Hermana E. Whitney  March 17, 2014