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Loved. (Eishelle)

So, there were a few days this past week where my companion was sick and so we stayed home. President Woodbury gave the mission a challenge last weekend to start studying the doctrine of Christ in the Book of Mormon highlighting all things related to faith in Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. IT’S ROCKIN’ MY WORLD studying those things in the Book of Mormon. I couldn’t put it down and I read and studied about 70 pages in it in those 2 days that we had to stay home.

On Tuesday we had a dinner appointment with a member so we went over and she tells us that she had sent us a text saying that she wouldn’t be able to meet tonight. Oops. Turned out she sent that text to the Elder’s thinking that we shared the phone haha. But she let us come in anyway to share a message though she felt bad she hadn’t made anything for us to eat. We had a beautiful lesson about Christ and His Atonement. I KNOW that we needed to be there for her to know and be told that she was loved by our Heavenly Father. She teared up and the Spirit was very strong. It was meant to be… just like everything else.

 

I know that there is a God in the heavens that loves us.. every single one of us. We don’t understand that love because it’s just too much for us to handle. But we’ll understand when we’ll live with Him once again.

 

Love Always, Hermana E. Whitney

August 11, 2014

Chicago Riverwalk. LOVED IT.

Chicago Riverwalk. LOVED IT.

Trump Tower

Trump Tower

Biggest library in the world. Emailed there last week. Forgot the name of it :) takes up a whole block! And has 10 floors!

Biggest library in the world. Emailed there last week. Forgot the name of it 🙂 takes up a whole block! And has 10 floors!

Cool building I do not know the name. Chicago Tribune below the tall building on the left

Cool building I do not know the name. Chicago Tribune below the tall building on the left

P.C. She can now read because she can see the letters. Thank goodness we had that book in our trunk!

P.C. She can now read because she can see the letters. Thank goodness we had that book in our trunk!


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Ogden Temple is beautiful! (Danielle)

Heyy everyone!!! I hope that everybody is doing well!

So for my week…
The Temple Open House is amazing! That is one beautiful temple, inside and out! You really do feel something different. So the tours actually started on the 28th of July and those were for the VIPs. I met Elder Ballard and his wife! He’s a funny guy. He told me to be nice to the non-members that come and like don’t scare them off, they’re good people. Hahaha. I kept my promise 😉 Also I met Al Fox yesterday!! If you don’t know who she is….she’s the tattooed Mormon…look her up on facebook, she’s awesome!! She’s a LDS motivational speaker. I have also met and talked to one of the seventy…is the tall African guy. He’s really wise. I talked to him and his wife. They’re sweet people. So the temple tour is that you first watch a video about why temples are so special, the sister missionaries do that, and then you take the tour…it’s huge! Then there’s an exhibit tent where there are sister missionaries there to answer any questions that you may have and also there are displays of Jesus Christ. Also there’s a Cristus (I think that is how you spell it) in the tent…So anyone who is not sure of what that is…its a statue of Jesus Christ. They have one in Temple Square. There is also music playing in the background. The piano plays by itself and everyone is amazed! Haha it’s cute. So people take pictures with them and the Cristus and something that I love is that the children recognize that He is Jesus Christ and they touch His hands and His feet. When I saw that, the spirit was really strong because that’s how the Nephites were when He came to visit the Americas! My favorite part of the Book of Mormon. Some children hug it and say, “that’s Jesus!” It’s soo cute! It’s just reminds me of the day that we will actually get to do that but it won’t be a statue but a Beautiful Glorified God, that died and lived, and lives for us. It’s a Beautiful thing.
The temple is somewhere where we can feel close to God and really feel how close He is. You can feel the love of Him. The temple is a symbol or a representation of who God is because God is Love. I love to see the Temple.
Our investigators are great! They came to church on Sunday! Woot woot!! I love being back in the area because I get to see my recent converts!! I had a lesson with my first recent convert and it was super fun! I love them soo much! I missed them a lot. The kids grew up a lot! So many things happen in a year!
Okay I got to go now! I love you all! I’m ending strong! God lives and He loves you!
Love always and forever!
Hermana Whitney
August 5, 2014
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“…none have felt like this.” (Eishelle)

Sister’s Conference for the whole mission was on Thursday which was all about being Perfect in Christ. It was a pretty good title to hear because everyone always thinks that RMs are ‘walking on water’ type of people. I even thought that before but actually coming to the end of my mission I realize, “Oh, just kidding.” I’ve come a long way but have MUCH MORE ahead of me. Unfortunately I had to say goodbye to some Sister’s and Hermana’s that knew they weren’t going to be at transfers. Heartbreaking.
One of the best things that happened was on Saturday. We had a mini missionary with us from Wednesday to Sunday night and so because she was with us we were able to get in a lot of single men’s homes. We met with S.P.  Little did we know before when we had met the guy about a month ago how elect he is. He’s a28 year old guy from Mexico, doesn’t know much English, tatted up, and goes around town on a bicycle. He didn’t seem too interested when we first contacted him but we gave him a chance. We went over the Restoration with him and I could just see that the Spirit just struck him. Everything made sense to him and he could feel it. After we went over the First Vision he couldn’t stop looking at the painting of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and he said, “This is real.” Melted my heart because he knew it. He said he’s “looked into a lot of other churches in the past, but none have felt like this.”Love Always,

Hermana E. Whitney
August 4, 2014
Pictures from sisters conference with former companions:
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With our mini missionary:
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Visiting the Willis (Sears) Tower in Chicago:
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I Love To See The Temple (Danielle)

Heyy!!

So a lot has happened this week! I hope that all of you are doing well! And the week begins…
I said bye to Hyrum…one of the hardest goodbyes ever! I haven’t cried like that in a long time! Now I’m in Riverdale…in the Buenaventura Ward! The ward has changed soo much! It doesn’t even feel the same but the people were happy and so was I to see each other again. Sister Smith is my companion and we love each other! We get along great! She probably my fastest companion that our teaching together is so smooth.
So we had the Pioneer Day Parade again. Remember from last year? That was fun. It was good to see a lot of my friends on the mission.
Then on Sunday we had the meeting for the Temple Open House! It was super good. They spoke to us for a little bit. When they were speaking to us I felt like a Temple Square Missionary. Hahaha. We can’t proselyte a lot! Which is a lot harder than I thought. I had to learn how to continue a conversation without asking, “have you met with missionaries before?” Like bringing up things you would bring up in a contact like baptism, the next appointment, etc. We really just have to look really pretty and have our spirit touch their spirit and our light reach out to their light. It’s really cool. Then after we had a tour of the Temple…OMGOODNESS!!! That was probably the most beautiful temple that I have ever entered! To all my friends that live in Utah or by Utah…come to see the Ogden Temple! I felt the spirit the most in the Celestial Room…tears were in my eyes when I first saw it and when we walked in it. Speechless. Beautiful. You could not deny the feeling a lot. I love to see the temple.
I know that I am where I need to be at this time. I know that this is not a coincidence that I’m here with Sister Smith. I love her and I love the Lord. I know this work is the work of the Lord. I am so grateful for Temples! They are literally a piece of heaven on earth!
Be strong! Keep the faith!
Love always!!
Hermana Whitney
July 29, 2014
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A Year After (Eishelle)

These past couple of weeks I’ve realized that old people are my favorites! haha. As weird as that sounds they really are. I just love them.So let’s take it back about a year. When I was in this area with Hermana Boushka we received a phone call from some members in South Chicago telling us about this one lady they ran into when in Chicago Heights (my current area) and long story short they gave her a blessing for her health because she was very old and was expecting to die soon. The Spirit was very strong. She wanted to know the name of our church and said she wanted to be baptized soon because she didn’t have very much time to live. I never had the chance to meet her because she was never home when we tried stopping by and I got transferred to the city soon after that. Nothing ended up happening with her after that though.
Fast forward to now…

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.

A lot of wonderful things have happened this week but I’ll just keep it there and save it for story time another day 🙂

I have no doubt you are where you need to be.

Love Always, Hermana E. Whitney

July 28, 2014
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This Hermana Whitney returns back to … (Danielle)

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This hermana is going back to the Buenaventura Ward!!!!! In Ogden!!!! So recap…I whitewashed one of the areas in the ward a year ago and I trained Hermana Arnell with Hermana Gaines and then Hermana Gaines left and it was just Hermana Arnell ❤ So now I’m going back to that ward but I’m in another area called Riverdale!!!!!! I’m soo excited and grateful to go back to the ward, I know that Heavenly Father knows all the desires of our hearts and my true desire for my last transfer was to go back to Buenaventura because I felt that I needed to go back there. I didn’t want to say anything because I knew that the Lord knows all things and he knew what I wanted and where I needed to be and what would be best. I know that He knows me personally.


Since I’m white-washing Riverdale…I know and have a firm testimony that there is someone who needs me and is waiting for me and I’m so determined to find he/she/them! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to white-wash! That shows me that there’s a lot of trust and I won’t let the Lord, my President, and my companion down. I’m so happy that I’ve never left an area that I have said, “I could have done more.” I’m so happy for that. My new companion will be Hermana Smith. I never served with Hermana Smith, I never even served around her but I’m excited for what thing transfer can bring. I know that we’ll see miracles. I have a perfect hope for that.

Spanish Hyrum is doing well. They have a baptism for August 2nd. I will absolutely miss that area. In that area, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. I grew the most as a missionary in that area and because of that Hyrum will always have a special place in my heart. I love the members there! They are some of the best people in the world to me.

I love you all!! Keep the faith!!

Love always,

Hermana Whitney 
July 22, 2014
PICTURES of members of our ward, Hyrum, Utah and my companion and I:
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Being Refined (Eishelle)

Hello, everyone! I just want to thank everyone for your emails! I LOVED all of them and I’m very grateful for the love I receive from all of you 🙂 Muchisimas gracias!!!!

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!

I love you all and please know each of you are in my prayers.

Love Always,

Hermana E. Whitney
July 21, 2014
 Valparaiso Zone!!! Right after we sung a song for all visiting us missionaries :)

Valparaiso Zone!!! Right after we sung a song for all visiting us missionaries 🙂

Hermana Meanea taught me how to make Tres Leches cake. Noelle, you're going to love this.

Hermana Meanea taught me how to make Tres Leches cake. Noelle, you’re going to love this.

I decorated it! It was for an investigators birthday. We should make a business.

I decorated it! It was for an investigators birthday. We should make a business.

You were supposed to see all the boxes we gathered from different places in the back seat all for a family that needed them to move. There was a ton!!!

You were supposed to see all the boxes we gathered from different places in the back seat all for a family that needed them to move. There was a ton!!!