We decided to stop by on Tuesday and no answer. As we’re heading back to the car an old lady came out of the house to see who was knocking and it happened to be P___! We started talking with her and taught her Restoration. She wasn’t focusing in the beginning but something caught her attention (not sure what it was) and she changed right then and there! We gave her a BOM and she lit up and hugged the book. She accepted a date next month to be baptized too. She’s probably the cutest 74 year old woman I’ve ever met. I have absolutely no doubt that I’m supposed to be here AGAIN. President Woodbury said I have unfinished business to take care of out here and I’ve seen that every single week I’ve been here so far. It’s been amazing and my blessing.
I have no doubt you are where you need to be.
Love Always, Hermana E. Whitney
The beginning of this week was quite painful when it came to my back. Tuesday we had Zone Meeting and as I got into the car and sat in there for the drive, I just thought to myself, “This is starting to be a battle” as I held in my tears. I wondered why and how it had gotten this far to the point where this pain had taken me over.
There was one point in the meeting where President said he had prayerfully asked Heavenly Father what he was going to teach our zone that day. It was The Atonement Can Heal ALL Pain. A good part of what he was talking about was about physical pain. I never felt as if the Lord was talking to me through someone else before until then as so many beautiful things were said. The Lord can take away all my pain. He’s refining me. I need to learn faith in Him and be humbled. Tears flowed down my cheeks because I KNEW and was and still am SO sure Heavenly Father was mindful of me and my needs.
I had a beautiful week with many different people this past week. Miracles and tender mercies everyday. One person we met is Ramon. I met him on an exchange in Feb when I came down here. He hasn’t been found since though he’s always asked for ‘Hermana Whitney’ and we finally taught him on Tuesday! I have no doubt in my kind that I was supposed to meet this kid. We put him on date to be baptized for next month. Such a good kid!
July 15, 2014
I was coming back they were shocked and some even believe this is the
first time this has ever happened in the branch where a missionary
would return. Some even thought I was already home. I explained to the
branch President that President Woodbury asked me where I thought I
needed to serve for my last transfer. President Arguedas said to me,
“Thank you for choosing Griffith.” I said, “It’s what I wanted.” Big
hugs, smiles, welcomes, and just being reunited again with the people
here has been the highlight of this past week. This past week I’ve
truly enjoyed visiting with the members and SEEING HOW FAR THEY’VE
COME. This past year hasn’t been easy for anyone but to see their
growth through the decisions they made, the faith they had, and the
courage they had to take… it’s a beautiful sight and has really
touched my heart. They’ve all come so far as a branch, in their
families, and as individuals.Investigators I had found when I was here a year ago haven’t been
found since I left and we found a number of them again all in the same
trailer park and all on Saturday. It was a miraculous day. I’m not
going to lie, my back’s been killing me these past couple of days and
thankfully it hasn’t been stopping me from working. It’s kind of
interesting… I’ve never put so much faith into the blessings I’ve
received and I know that with every single pain I feel, it truly
brings me closer to my Father in Heaven because I just think to
myself, “Put your faith into it.” I’ve learned to be grateful in my
circumstances, whatever they may be. I’ve learned to have a thankful
heart. I just LOVE THIS! And it’s crazy because I know it doesn’t make
sense, but it does. I love my life, love being a missionary, and I
love the Lord.
Love Always, Hermana E. Whitney