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Hermana Noelle Whitney Tempe AZ Mission (Spanish) weeks 67 and 68

January 7, 2019

Week 67: 15 Year Old Champ

During this time of year, it gets super cold and super dark really early. My 6pm it looks like it’s 10pm. We always get asked, “What are you doing out here so late at night?” when it’s only 6:30pm haha. People say that when it gets dark outside, people don’t want to open their doors and talk to you, but that’s totally not an accurate statement because there ARE people who will open their doors and talk! There’s no “dead” hour. There’s always someone who’s ready to listen and talk to you at every moment of the day. We just have to find them 🙂
On Friday, Hermana Leavitt and I were out and it was almost time for us to go back home but we both knew that there was someone else who needed us before we went in. It was about 8:45pm and we had to be home at 9pm. We find the address to someone named Anthony who has been taught by missionaries forever ago and so we decide to stop by and meet him. We knock on the door, and a woman answers, assumes we don’t speak spanish, and through a lot of gestures, communicates to us that she is getting someone else in the house who speaks english haha. That’s alright. Someone named Mario comes to the door! He’s a 15 year old kid. Kind of shy but was super interested in learning about our message! (turns out that Anthony is his brother but had moved a while ago). He said he was going out of town but was would be available to meet on Wednesday! So awesome!We text him the next day and follow-up on how he’s been doing and if he had a chance to read the pamphlet we left him and he said that he hasn’t been able to do it yet but that he will, and also that he stayed in Yuma and didn’t leave town like he thought he would. So we invite him to church and he says YES! He woke up early the next day and came to church all by himself! Only a 15 year old kid! He’s the man! His favorite part of the whole thing was hearing everyone’s testimonies in church. He really enjoyed that!
Life as a missionary is the best. And it is the most comforting feeling to know that God will never cease to amaze me, even after my mission! So life will always be getting better. I love that I am able to focus 100% of my attention and energy on someone who I love so much- Jesus Christ! I hope you have the best week 🙂

Love,Hermana Whitney

-the day before transfers! sis conlee (the one in the mexican dress) moved to my phoenix home!
-sis ramirez is the new missionary- she’s the bomb!!!!! i LOVE her.
-my district before tranfer day
-DND Co. : the girls that i spoke about last week! 

January 14, 2019

Week 68: Let’s Teach Him

We had the craziest miracle everrrrr!
So there’s a Pupusa Shop that we go to for dinner sometimes and there’s always people to talk to there so it’s a good spot to be able to share our message. This time, we didn’t have too much time to talk to everyone because we had to pick up the food and book it to meet with other missionaries who had appointments to go to and we didn’t want to make them late. So Hermana Leavitt and I try to talk everyone that is there in the time that we have while our order is being prepared. One guy comes in and is on his phone, doesn’t really seem like he wants to talk to us. We exchange pleasantries but that’s as far as that went before time ran out and we had to go. Once we left, he also left but he kept looking at us. We waved and then headed for the church building where we were to meet the other missionaries (6 missionaries in total). By now we are driving for about 10 minutes and I turn to Hermana Leavitt’s side and I’m like, “Wait isn’t that the guy we saw at the pupusa shop?” The guy and I make eye contact and he smiles and waves. Hermana Leavitt starts getting super anxious because he kept going behind our car and then moving to the side of our car and then back behind our car. Hermana Leavitt says, “What if he’s following us?? What do we do?” And I said, “Let him follow us! We’re going to the church building with 6 missionaries. He can’t do anything. Let’s teach him!!” Hermana Leavitt was like, “WHATTT IN THE WORLD HERMANA??” I couldn’t stop laughing but I was dead serious. So she continues to try to lose him and she eventually does, but he’s quickly finds us again and then circles the church building.We pass the food to the missionaries and then Hermana Leavitt and I and 2 other elders go out and talk to him. The guy’s facial expression was basically like, “I don’t really know why I’m here, but I’m here.” I asked “Did you get food?” and he said yes. And so we were like, “Well then park your car and come in and eat with us!” He parks his car and walks in the church building with us.He sits down with 6 of us missionaries around him!! We spoke for a solid 45 min to an hour and it was THE CRAZIEST CONVERSATION I’VE EVER HAD. He said, “I never thought I would find myself in a church building, let alone talking to 6 missionaries.” He continued and said, “When I saw the 2 ladies (us) I had the strongest feeling in my chest that they had something to teach me and I had to know what it was.” He opened up about how he wants to change and he knows that this message that we have as missionaries will help him do that. WHAT. We had a kneeling prayer at the end and he said it. It was the most beautiful prayer ever. 

PEOPLE ARE SO RECEPTIVE TO THE PROMPTINGS OF THE SPIRIT. I love being a missionary and being able to give people what they need, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Life is sooo good!
I hope you have the best week ever! Love you!!

Love,Hermana Whitney

We went to a service project and taught the woman (Estrella) a message!
This is Rachel. My other “twin” haha
I’ve never seen so much  cookie dough in my life…

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Hermana Noelle Whitney – Tempe AZ Mission (Spanish) weeks 65 and 66

Dec 24, 2018 at 11:10 AM

Week 65: La Navidad

Merry Christmas! I hope you have the greatest Christmas and really focus on what’s important 🙂 I’m blessed to have 2 Christmas’ on my mission! It’s the best!

I know that Jesus is the Christ and He was born so that we could live. Now during Christmas, the attention of the whole world is on Him! It’s been the greatest honor to be a representative of my Savior, Jesus Christ and bring this message of hope and joy to others.

Mosiah 3:17″And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent”
I love you all!

Love,Hermana Whitney

Dec 31, 2018

Week 66: FAMILY

Speaking with my family through a video call was so sweet! It was good to see and hear from them 🙂 I hope you all had a great Christmas as well!
Hermana Leavitt and I are staying together for another transfer here in Yuma and we are SO HYPED! I love that woman. She’s ending her training this coming transfer but she seems like a very experienced missionary. Her progress from the beginning of her mission and now is incredible!! She takes all the calls in English and Spanish and I stand there with a huge smile and two thumbs up. She’s a great missionary!
We found the most amazing kids ever who have the greatest desire to learn about God. It’s actually insane! The amount of kids that we’ve met that want to know more and be in accordance with God is unbelievable. We passed a few kids off to the english missionary and had the most fire lesson. We taught about the Plan of Salvation and it answered their questions about where they are going after this life and why families are so important and they loved it! Their names are Destinee, Esiquio, and Nora. What a team! They are all just neighborhood friends. They have a hot business of selling slime haha. I don’t have the pictures with me today (sorry!!) but next week I’ll send it- it’s a picture of all them holding up their flyers that they made. They all want to have their families forever and we were like, “Well let’s make it happen!” and they got sooo happy! They taught everything we taught them to their families and other friends haha they are awesome!
The entire year of 2018, I was on my mission! And I have more time to go!! I love being a missionary and love being able to recognize God’s influence in everyday life. I love bringing this message of hope and joy to those that are truly seeking it. As one of my dear previous companions once said, “There’s no such thing as a dead area. Just a dead missionary.” There are people EVERYWHERE who are diligently seeking truth, and my companions and I were led to them and are continually being led to them everyday. I love you all! Happy New Years 🙂
Love,Hermana Whitney

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Hermana Noelle Whitney – Arizona Tempe Mission (Spanish) week 63 and 64

  • December 10, 2018

  • Week 63..? : 4 Prayers and ALL Your Faith
    I’ll share one of them with you. One night, we were driving back to Yuma from a lesson out in Somerton and it was getting pretty late so we were most likely going to just head back home. The elders text us and say, “Hey where are you guys right now? We’re at a carne asada and we have a family here that you can teach!” We responded, “BE THERE IN 15.” MIRACULOUSLY we got there in 15 minutes, Somerton is pretty far.We arrive and there’s a group of people just hanging out with in the open garage, all eating carne asada, all super nice and awesome. The elders are there with the biggest smiles on their faces, saying that this family is SWEET. The family, Edgar and Ana are the parents, tell us to go get a plate and fill it with food. We soon sit down and start talking to everyone. The elders and us are smoothly directing the conversation to gospel things and the family follows. They want their kids to grow up having faith in God and having good moral standards. YES. PLEASE. So we teach them a few things and they like it. We schedule another visit with them and they originally said next week, but then the dad thought about it and decided to move it up to Sunday (yesterday)! So we’re like “AW SWEET!” He said that he would also make food for us again and we can have the lesson at the same time. We promised them that we would bring dessert too and they were super excited.SUNDAY ROLLS AROUND and we’re about the start our day, UNTIL WE REMEMBER THAT WE SAID WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SOMETHING BUT WE HAD LITERALLY NOTHING. Hermana Leavitt and I are like, “man they are definitely going to remember we said something about dessert though so we HAVE to make something.” We couldn’t go buy anything either because it was Sunday. We go over to our neighbors and ask all of them if they have cake or brownie mix or something and they all said no. By now, the other hermanas that live with us (Hermana Moulton and Hermana Conlee) are in it too, trying to help us out. We start opening up all the cabinets to check if we had stuff to make SOMETHING and there was nothing. So I was like, “Alright ladies, everyone close the cabinets and fridge. We are about to exercise our faith like we’ve never done before and say the strongest prayer ever!” We closed all the cabinets and went around and each one of us said a prayer for DIVINE HELP so that we would be able to find what we needed. After the prayer, we opened all the cabinets again and STARTED FINDING THINGS EVERYWHERE. None of us had a recipe so we decided to go in blind and make something from scratch. As we started making it- when I tell you that the brownie batter smelled like Betty Crocker status… IT LITERALLY SMELLED LIKE BETTY CROCKER STATUS. It was the craziest thing! We put them in the oven and they came out PERFECTTTT. Literally tastes like Betty Crocker- but better because it came straight from heaven.We bring them to the family for the lesson and they all loveddd them! It helped us to start teach the kids and extended members of their family!!! NO WONDER GOD MADE US MAKE THESE. The only thing is, Edgar and Ana asked if we could come back and teach the whole family how to make these brownies and Hermana Leavitt and I calmly look at each other for a second and then look at Edgar and Ana and say, “Yes of course!!” We dug ourselves in the most heavenly hole. But we tried writing down the recipe afterwards and we think we got it. We just have to remember that these brownies call for 4 prayers and every ounce of faith you have in your body. We had a greatttt lesson with them on the Restoration and they really enjoyed it!! GOD IS SO GOOD.#WaterIntoWine
    Life here is so beautiful! There are too many things to be joyful about that there’s no time to be sad, especially because we get to spread the message of hope to everyone, not just this Christmas season! I LOVEEE BEING A MISSIONARY.
    I hope you all have the BEST week ever!
    Love,Hermana Whitney

    -my “twin” Nautica 💗 every time we are in the same room, all the kids say “Nautica!! YOUR TWIN.”-we all went hiking this morning before the sun came up!- THE MIRACLE BROWNIES-Gilbert Temple 💗💗

December 17, 2018

Thank you for all the birthday wishes! It was SUCH a beautiful day! My roommates woke up 5am in the morning and made me a cake! So cute!

We’ve been teaching our girl Maya (10 years old) and she is SO awesome! She so badly wants to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be the best person she can be. This past weekend, she was baptized and then shared her sweet testimony with everyone that came. Her grandma shared a story about Maya- the day of her baptismal interview, Maya also had a clarinet performance. She plays like every instrument but she loves the clarinet. When they found out that it was on the same day at the same time, people in Maya’s family were telling her that she needs to cancel the interview because she’s been working her hard for this performance. Maya said, “No, I’m going to cancel the performance. I need to be baptized!” She’s so young but she’s such a good example for her family and friends. We love her!
I love teaching kids and it seems like most of the kids we’ve met are wanting to strengthen their relationship with God! We went to an apartment complex that we’ve never gone to before and it’s so awesome! The people there are so ready to here the gospel and learn with the missionaries! There was this one kid with whom we had a lesson about prayer and she sincerely asked, “What do you have to say in your prayer to receive forgiveness for your mistakes?” WHAT?? LET US TELL YOU. After explaining it, she said, “I’m so excited to try it! I’ll do it today!” Hermana Leavitt and I looked at each other like, “..where in the world did you come from??” Her name is Analia. I’ve never seen a kid so excited about being cleansed from sin.
I love being a missionary!! I hope everyone is feeling the Christmas spirit! Hope you have a beautiful week!

Love, Hermana Whitney

Maya’s baptism! Her grandpa baptized her :)- bday :)- hermana lazaro saw my dress and said, “we HAVE to take pictures! that’s a true mexican dress!” haha- we’re currently in a trio for a week! Hermana Conlee, Hermana Moulton, and I- i dont remember if i’ve ever sent the english and spanish thing to you guys but i just think it’s so funny

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Hermana Noelle Whitney – Tempe Mission (Spanish) weeks 59 and 61

11/19/18 at 12:50 PM

Week 59: Miracle Video

 Puro craziness happened this whole week! We were saying, “If we survive this week, we’re making a miracle video.” It was a joke but as the week went on, it actually became a real thought haha. So my companion got a call that they needed her up in the valley all of a sudden! It was so sad because she lovesss the area and the people so much. She’s such a good missionary and she’s still so new! She and Hermana Huefner went up to the valley together and so Hermana Leavitt and I were together covering everythinggg! If you look on the map, we covered San Luis all the way to Wellton. I don’t expect you all to look that up but if you wanted to see, that’s what we had. There was so much to do everyday and there was literally no down time. But being busy is the best!
We got transfer news and Hermana Leavitt and I are actually staying together! I’ll finish training her and we’re so pumped! She’s sooo awesome! President called last night and told me, “I won’t tell you who will be living with you, but I will tell you that you will be dancing in the rain all the day long when you find out!” He leaves me on cliffhangers all the time. I got the call this morning that HERMANA MOULTON AND A NEW TRAINEE WILL BE LIVING WITH US!!! MY EXCITEMENT WILL NEVERRR GO DOWN. Hermana Moulton is the missionary that I trained and LOVEDDD. It’s going to be pura pachanga (partayyyyy)!!!
Margarita got baptized and confirmed this week! I taught her when I first got here to Yuma and she has a testimony that will never die. Her faith is the most inspiring thing. When trials come (she always has something new to worry about), she neverrrr ever doubts her faith and has zero fear when it comes to hardship. The more she listened to the missionaries and applied the teachings of Jesus Christ in her life, the more happier she felt and she now smiles all the time and laughs all the time! Wowow I love Margarita!!!
I hope you all have an awesome Thanksgiving and stay safe!! Love you all!!
Love, Hermana Whitney

Nov 26, 2018

Week 61: A Year in the Making

I hope that everyone had the best Thanksgiving this week! The new hermanas that we are now living with got here Wednesday!! You best believe Hermana Moulton and I had the biggest reunion. Ahhh it’s so good to serve around her. She and a new missionary- Hermana Conlee came and Hermana Conlee is also lit. She’s not afraid to speak to people and that’s the best! My lovely companion- Hermana Leavitt is the best! She also is not afraid to speak. Once it’s her turn to say something, she just goes!
Thanksgiving was so beautiful! We played sports outside for hours with other missionaries and we played football with a family that we all met at the park. We ate with the Galvan Family and the Pineda Family later that night. We all went around the table and basically bore testimony of Jesus Christ and how important it is to share what we know with others so that they can also feel of this joy. The spirit was so strong! I almost cried like 5 times. I’ve improved since last year’s Thanksgiving and finished my entire Thanksgiving plate. #progressThrowback to last year’s Thanksgiving prayer: “Heavenly Father, if you find a place to put it, I will eat it.” I’ve made a lot of improvement since then.
We have been doing pass-off lessons with the new hermanas. (pass-off is just that the new hermanas join a lesson and we pass our people that we’re teaching off to them so it’s a smooth transition) We went by Octavio and had a pass off lesson with him. He’s sooo prepared and he came to church yesterday and really liked it! He wants to be baptized so badly AND HE WILLLL very soon! It’s been difficult getting to meet with him because of his busy schedule but when we came by, his dad said, “Yeah I see him reading that Book of Mormon every night outside after work.” WHAT. wowow Octavio is the greatest. The hermanas are going to take the besttt care of him! I have no doubt.
I hope you all have the greatest week!
Love,Hermana Whitney 
– Thanksgiving morning with the missionaries in Yuma! With Hermana Moulton and I there- we wouldn’t dare leave until we played Ultimate Frisbee.- Margarita’s baptism! We visited her this week and she is the most SMILEY and LAUGHY person now! Life is sooo good for her.-Thanksgiving dinner 💛🔥-President Colvin (President of YSA branch) and I are besties. He let me have his eggnog 💛-President Colvin is fighting cancer but is also helping another young kid fight cancer too. We made this “Never- give up the fight” book for him. Every page says “never” and it’s sooo beautiful.