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Hermana Noelle Whitney- Tempe AZ Mission (Spanish) weeks 31-40

Week 31: Humble Place, More Humble People
Apr 30 at 4:14 PM
I love Phoenix but I also love Chandler! I’ve met the greatest people.

My new companion is Hermana Rino (Reeno, not Rhino)! She’s about to end her mission in a month. And we were both so excited for our companionship! She said that she was ready to put in all her effort and heart into her last transfer so she get hyyyyped every time we leave the apartment hahah!

Even though Chandler is one of the richest parts of my mission, we have the poorest part of Chandler (trailer parks for dayssss- my favorite place!). We’re teaching this one little boy who I’m so in love with! He’s a 9 year old who seems to be the king of that trailer park. His name is Camry! I started calling him Cam Jam but now I call him Space Jam. He’s really a good boy but he gets in trouble lot and fights the kids at school. But he tries to be good. He’s made a lot of progress though! He has a baptism coming up too!
AND THEN THERE’S PABLO. I just love him so much! He lives in the same trailer park. He’s such a great person who also tries really hard to be good and do the right thing. I was able to have his first lesson with him the day I got here! He has a drug addiction and is trying to stay away from it but it’s hard. He asked if there was anything that we could give him to distract him and said he loves reading. He’s reading the Book of Mormon and praying a lot! Yesterday he was supposed to come to church but he didn’t. He didn’t answer our calls. So we went by and it took a while for him to come out but he finally did. He was so embarrassed to face us but he was admitted that he fell into it again. He told us that he just wishes that his craving would go away over night. After our visit he felt a lot better and scheduled an appt tomorrow. He’s suuuch a good person! I have full confidence that he’ll be able to change and improve his life.
I hope you all have the greatest week!
Love,
Hermana Whitney
1. Hermana Rino!
2. We helped Brother Jones (we lived in their house in Phoenix) with his garden!
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Week 32: SHHHHH
May 7 at 4:55 PM
Space Jam came to church yesterday! We passed by that morning to see if he was coming but he wasn’t having the best morning and said he didn’t want to come. He didn’t budge after trying to convince him to coming so we just set up another appointment with him and said we’d see him the next day. Hermana Rino and I sat in the back during church and she turned around and I heard someone hush her. I turned around and Space Jam was right behind me with a big smile! HE CAME! I was so happy haha he knows how much I just loveee him!

Cinco de Mayo was so fun! The ward had a Carnival and they were fundraising for Scout Camp and so tons of people came! The dance performance were so good. The adults did a number and then the children did one and my heart melted! Carne Asada tacos is my absolute favorite thing. I was watching them make it and I feel like I learned a new life skill. They’re sooo good!
We went to visit this one elderly couple in our ward and they are the cutest. They can talk forever if you let them. But the wife plays the piano and wants us missionaries to sing a musical number in church so we went over and practiced with her. The husband has the greatest facial expressions haha after we sang, he gasped the loudest gasp I have ever heard and says, “Wooowww… just like goddesses…” he’s so cute hahah.
There’s also a native New Yorker that lives in our boundaries! He and his family are really strong members in the church. We bond over east coast things haha it’s nice to have a piece of home here.
I hope you have the best week!
Love,
Hermana Whitney
1. The primary kids who danced at the carnival!
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Week 33: My Boy Jose!
May 14 at 4:55 PM
Forever thankful for Mothers Day when I get to Skype my family! I spoke to them in the home of a member and afterwards the members said, “There was a lot of screaming and laughing! Your family seems so fun!” Lol… they weren’t wrong. It was the best day ever!!

Most of the people we are teaching are kids and they are so sincere and have the greatest desire to learn. We have this one recent convert who’s super strong and has 3 kids they we are teaching. His kids (Jose 14, David 9, Charlyn 8) didn’t have much interest until only about a week or 2 ago and they are amazing! There has been the greatest difference especially in Jose. He’s SO happy now when before I never EVER saw him smile or laugh. His dad texted us a few days ago and said that Jose told him he wants to be baptized!! So we spoke to Jose and we asked what happened and how he decided to be baptized. He said, “It was our last lesson that you told me I had to pray about it to know if I should be baptized. So I prayed. And the next day at church, I was just so happy! I can’t really explain it but it was a feeling that I got and I just knew it was good.” And then he asked at the end of the lesson, “Everyone says ‘strengthen your testimony, and if you don’t have one, then get one.’ How do I get one? Do I have to pray for it or something?” We explained how you get a testimony but he was still not super understanding. So I asked him if he knew what a testimony was. And he said “No, not really.” So I asked him if he knew that God was his loving Heavenly Father and he said yes and talked about his experience with prayer and then I said “Jose, that’s your testimony.” He looked sooo surprised! I was like “you didn’t know you had a testimony did you? Hahha” and he said “No! This is news to me!” He was sooo happy I can’t even describe it in words, but his face just lit up.

I love what I do and I’m so grateful for this time to share the gospel with others.
I hope you have a great week!
Love,
Hermana Whitney
1.  Sister Cruz and I on exchanges!
2. SPACE JAM and I
3. We found this AMAZING restaurant called EvenStevens and I was in heavennnn. I don’t even like sandwiches but these were sooo good
4. One of the nicest murals I’ve seen here in Chandler!I 💜
5. Mother’s Day video call!
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Week 34: Space Jammm
May 21 at 3:30 PM
GUESS WHO I SAW?? MY BEST FRIEND HERMANA PRABHUDAS! We saw each other in a parking garage and you can only imagine the loud echo of our screams hahah it was the best day ever!!! Our mission president saw us and he goes, “Aww look! The twins are back together!”

For the majority of this week, we were with Space Jam! We had his last lesson, and then his interview, and then his baptism!! And something that was super cool was that his dad who is a very less active member came to his baptism! And then Space Jam came to church yesterday wearing a tie haha I’ve never seen him with a tie! He got confirmed and he had the biggest smile.

I hope you have a super great week!!
Love,
Hermana Whitney
-Hermana Prabhudas
-Camry and his baptism
-i found a NY Knicks bear!!
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Week 35: Beautiful in White——
May 28 at 3:56 PM
YOU GUYS! God is so good! And I can tell you the the Lord is in the details of literally everything.

We’ve been teaching our recent convert’s 3 kids, Jose Jr, David, and Charlyn. And this past Friday, they were BAPTIZED AND CONFIRMED!! All 3 of them! Everyone in our ward love them and changed their schedules and delayed their vacations to come to the baptism. It was such a beautiful feeling when we saw them in white and to be able to witness Jose (dad) baptize his kids was just amazing. I couldn’t see very well though because my eyes were just filled with tears BUT still just be able to be there was awesome.
Then we spoke to them all a few days later and it hit me that everyone in that house has the Gift of the Holy Ghost and once we got there, everyone was just SO happy! There’s just a ton of love in their home.
I spoke in church for the first time since I started my mission and it was about the Book of Mormon. I honestly am not a super fan of reading but seriously once I started studying the Book, I haven’t been able to put it down. There’s so much that I missed the last time I read it. But I invite you all to read it for yourself. Even just the introduction. It’s been a life changing experience. I promise you that there’s a bunch of precious blessings waiting for you.
I love you all! And I hope you have a great week!
Love,
Noelle
1. They don’t look the happiest in this photo but I promise they were!! Hahah
  • Week 36: Sneaky Pres
    Jun 4 at 4:32 PM
    It was a crazy week but it was really great!

    Only about 2 hours ago, Hermana Rino left to go back home! She’s done with her mission. But she held it out and was really focused in the work until the end. It was really great being companions with her!
    We went by Cam Jam and he couldn’t believe that he wasn’t going to see Hermana Rino after this. He kept saying “Wait what do you mean you won’t come over anymore??” So he wanted to take like 5 million pictures haha. He’s the cutest.
    Our investigator Rosario is making progress with The Word of Wisdom and is trying really hard to stop drinking alcohol and he’s been doing so well! When he found out we address God as our Heavenly Father, he started saying “Heavenly Father bless you” instead of “God bless you” and I laugh every time hahah he’s the cutest.
    We had interviews with President this week and he just makes every missionary feel so great about themselves. He’s AMAZING. Leadership calls were last night and he called from another pair of missionaries’ phone so we wouldn’t know it was him. And some news came! I’m first half training a new missionary and I got called to be a Sister Training Leader. It’s crazy but I’m looking forward to this coming transfer! President heard how shocked I was and said his classic line, “Smile! Life is getting better all the time!” Lots of prayers please 🙂
    I hope you have the greatest week!
    Love,
    Hermana Whitney
    -Cam Jam 💜
    -We found a Cracker Barrel and I was so happy!
    -Hermana Rino and I 💜
    • WEEK 37: “NOPE”
      CRAZY CRAZY WEEK, BUT IT WAS AWESOME.

      On Monday I said bye to Hermana Rino! She’s was awesome. On Wednesday I met my new trainee and when I say she’s a pre-trained missionary… She’s a PRE-TRAINED missionary! She’s so fearless and eager to share our message to everyone! She’s also advanced in her Spanish so language isn’t much of an issue. We’ve had some amazing experiences already and we have a whole transfer left to go! Her name’s Hermana Moulton, from Ohio, and probably the most energetic person I know.
      On every missionaries’ first day, they commit themselves to inviting one person to be baptized by the end of the day. I knew that the people that we were working with weren’t superrrr at that point yet so I was praying so hard that we would find SOMEONE to invite. We met some nice people but none were too interested. So we walked back to the car to get going to our next appointment, and we see a guy standing outside. We say hi, and he says hi back. I look at Hermana Moulton and I see that she wants to talk to him and by now we are already in the car. She says to me, “Hermana, that guy has been taking laps around his house and he keeps looking at us.” I’m smiling the whole time because I know we’re going to end up talking to him and I ask, “you think it would be weird to go talk to him?” And she says, (grabbing her bag) “NOPE.” She basically jumps out of the car and I have the biggest smile on my face hahah. We start talking to him, and amazing things happened! His name is Jim, 17 years old, and I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone so prepared! His concern is basically why to bad things happen to good people. He said he’s prayed before when he was having a hard time but didn’t see God make any changes in his life so he gave up trying, but was super interested to know about our message of God and Jesus Christ. We’ve been meeting with him almost every night since Wednesday!
      There are people everywhere who are ready to hear this message and it is AWESOME!!
      I hope you all have a great week!
      Love,
      Hermana Whitney
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      WEEK 38: The Greatest Q&A
      There is NEVER a dull moment in our companionship! Hermana Moulton is so amazing! She has been preparing to be a missionary for nearly all her life and she just loves serving. Her mom is the choreographer for the Hill Cumorah Pageant so she and her family go to Upstate NY every year.

      There’s a miracle every single day and it’s amazing to see where we’re guided to throughout the day. Just last night was an awesome miracle. We’ve been trying to find this one person for the longest time and we kept going back because we heard that he’s interested in learning about our message. Last week, when we went by again, we waved at his neighbor. His neighbor doesn’t have great vision but he waved back anyway.
      Last night when we went by again, we started talking to this one girl outside. Her name is Rosie. She was super cool and it turns out that the missionaries are meeting with her brother! Rosie has sat in some lessons but didn’t know what to think about it. She opened up to us about her life and said how she doesn’t like school because she gets bullied a lot, and her family has had to deal with their lose of her mom, and life has just gotten harder and harder. The spirit guided our thoughts and our words and she was comforted. She’s moving to Phoenix today so we told her to remember to take her Book of Mormon with her and stop the next pair of missionaries she sees and talk to them! She agreed 🙂
      Then she pointed out the apartment that her dad and brothers lived in and said we should go talk to them. So we did! And it turned out to be the neighbor that we waved to! He was Rosie’s dad. And the brother that’s taking the lessons from the missionaries was outside with him. The dad waved at us to come and he asked, “You ladies are the ones that waved at me the other day right?” We said yes and he said, “Yeah I thought so. That was nice of you to stop and wave. You girls come around here a lot. What are you doing?” We smiled and said we’re missionaries! He had a ton of questions that he wanted us to answer and we answered ALL his questions with The Book of Mormon! It was so cool! He had a lot of questions about death and what happens after this life. He didn’t say anything about his wife’s passing but Rosie told us earlier that she had lost her mom so we knew how to better teach him. Rosie’s brother (who is taking the lessons) had some doubts and questions and they too were answered by The Book of Mormon. Before we left, the dad thanked us and said, “You made me open my eyes by using that book. Thank you.” We gave him his own copy and they were both really comforted.
      I can never say it enough, The Book of Mormon is so, so precious. I completely took it for granted before my mission! I’m making up for it now and telling everyone I meet about it! It answers so many questions and gives so much comfort to those who stand in need.
      ALSO: President gave me permission to ONLY dance when it rains.
      GUESS WHAT. MONSOON SEASON IS HERE. It rained this week and dancing in the rain was literally our morning exercise.
      I hope you all have a great week! Pray for more rain please 🙂
      Love,
      Hermana Whitney
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      I love you all!! I will send these emails and next week’s emails with pictures next week to everyone else 🙂
      love,
      noelle
    Week 39: “What do you mean .5?!”
    Jun 26 at 5:00 PM
    Ahhh I can’t even explain all the crazy things that happened in such a short time so I’m really sorry if this email seems jumbled! And it’s a long one so… sorry.

    Let me just say that I LOVEEE HERMANA MOULTON. We are working so well together and we are praying so hard for another transfer together! We can’t get switched yet! We have found a lot of people who are so ready to hear the message that we bring and they are progressing so well!
    We came home last night with our testimonies on FIREEE.
    We had scheduled a lesson with one of our investigators, Enedina. She is the mom of Jim- he moved out of our area but he is going to continue with the lessons with another pair of our missionary friends so it’s all good! We invited the Relief Society president to come with us to the lesson. Hermana Moulton, the Relief Society president, and I get to Enedina’s house and Enedina comes out and asks if we could come back at 7pm. So we had time to go visit our other investigator, Roy.
    The address number that Roy gave us was “328.5”. When he gave it to me, I didn’t ask any questions because I thought the “.5” was a house in the back of another house. We get there and the house is boarded up. Confused, we go see if there’s a house in the back. And there is! There was no house number but we figured it would be the one. So we knock and there’s no answer. So we go back to the boarded house and knock on that one. We looked so dumb to all the neighbors hahah oh well. There was a lady across the street who was on the phone and shouted over to us that it’s obvious that no one lives there… thanks.
    Roy is someone that had a ton of interest in the Book of Mormon and we asked him to read part of it and he was amazed to see how the Book of Mormon could answer all of his questions. So we reallyyy wanted to find him!
    We decided to ask the neighbors to see if they knew where “328.5” was. We asked the lady that yelled at us if she knew, and she just looked at us all confused and said, “what do you mean .5?!” I don’t know! It’s just the address he gave us! She asked who we were looking for and we said “Roy”. And she looked even more confused. Then she asked what branch we are from. We said “We’re from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” because we were thinking that she was asking what branch of religion we are. But she answered, “Yeah I know but what branch to go to?” She explained that her ex-husband was a member and she had been looking to go back to the church and have her kids baptized (all 6 of them! and herself!). She hasn’t been in a while but has been looking for the church building to go back! HOW AWESOME IS THAT??
    She then apologized for calling us dumb when we were knocking on the boarded house haha and then said that “.5” might be the house in the back (the one we already tried). So we go back to that house in the back AND THERE’S A CAR THERE. Hermana Moulton and I look at each other and almost fall to the ground because we knew it HAD to be Roy. We knock, and he answers!! We ended up having a BOMBBB lesson with him and he invited himself to church and to read the Book of Mormon before we even got to it.
    At the end of the lesson, we rushed over to Enedina and had another BOMB LESSON with her! The Relief Society president shared her sweet testimony and invited Enedina to their activity this week on Family History and to church! They left being the best of friends. We were crying tears of joy on the car ride home.
    We had another lesson that night but had to cancel it because we wouldn’t have enough time to teach him. He called back later and said that he wasn’t able to meet either and set up another appointment.
    Long story long: God’s timing is absolutely perfect.
    ALSO, THE CHURCH CAME OUT WITH A NEW “PREACH MY GOSPEL”!! I’M ON THE VERGE OF TEARS… AGAIN.
    I love you all.
    Love,
    Hermana Whitney
    -my missionary besties and their trainees!
    -the sisters that we live with!
    -we went out to go visit families with the primary president and her daughter. ended with icecream.
    Week 40: An Apostolic Promise
    Jul 2 at 5:12 PM
    Life is just so good! And it keeps getting better all the time.

    We had a training meeting this week for the new missionaries and our Mission President told us a story of an apostle stating a promise that if we spoke to at least 20 people a day (not just pleasantries but really trying to share parts of our message), we would double the number of baptisms- meaning a ton more people would be able to see and have the blessings of living the gospel! The next day, Hermana Moulton and I started to set that as our goal: everyday speak to at least 20 people. AND IT WAS AMAZINGGG!! We spoke to everyone we saw. Even the mailman! He was putting a ton of mail into the apartment mailboxes so he had time to listen and talk to us 🙂 it was just so cool to see how many people are in your path when you’re diligently seeking them. The Lord provides! There’s always something to look forward to when you’re doing the work of the Lord.
    Sorry, not a much today! But I promise you that life is awesome!! Hermana Moulton and I are killing it and the Spirit is always so strong every time we bear our testimony. It’s amazing to see the Spirit work through people and little by little they themselves start developing a testimony and then their whole life is changed for the better. LOVE IT.
    I love you all!!
    i just sent this one to the family because i just felt like talking to you guys this week haha sorry to everyone else. LOVE YOUUU.
    i’m really sorry about pictures! it won’t let me attach them. next week!!
    Love,
    Hermana Whitney


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Our Family Here and There (cont.)

May 6, 2018

Thank you all for your nice words / comments for my graduation on April 27, 2018 and birthday on May 2. To my husband Bill, thank you for the heartfelt post of how you see me as your wife and letting me stay in course and not quit when I wanted to, more than several times. Thank you for cooking dinners, when I can’t because i have to finish a paper many Wednesday nights. Thank you for the patience when I become so impatient, for putting smile on my face when everything was gloomy with so much homework. For looking and explaining words for me when I do not understand. Thank you for staying up in the couch until you fell asleep the last night I have to complete my final project. This was not an easy ride but with your support the impossibility of graduate studies became possible and attainable. To all my children, you know what you each did for me. Eishelle and Danielle for showing me how to do APA when I did my papers for school and for the nice ride with both of you from UT to AZ and back for my graduation. Noelle, helped me in one of my papers, Chantelle and Michael for not complaining when you have to eat cereal more than a couple of times for dinner because I was too busy with homework. The list goes on and on. We did this together and I share with you what I accomplished👩🏽‍🎓 (57, not bad at all). I love you all!!!
❤️💙💜💛💚🧡💙

 

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Eishelle:    Wonder Woman (as Daddy calls her) graduated with her Master’s Degree today. I’ve heard her say COUNTLESS times “I’m doing this for my kids.” 🎓#MyExample #WonderWoman #ThatsMyMomma #ThisHowYouDoIt#StraightGoals #PhoenixAZ #MastersDegree #NursingEducation #GCU2018#GirlPower 💪🏽

Danielle:    You did it mommy! My heart is full and you deserve all the praise. From teaching early morning seminary, to working a full time job (night and day shifts), and being a mom to your five needy kids💁🏽‍♀️💁🏽‍♀️💁🏾‍♀️💁🏽‍♀️🙋🏾‍♂️ of course with the help of Daddy coming in clutch! I always wondered , “How in the world…?”

You make me more proud to be a woman and your daughter everyday. Also, because of you I say, “If my momma can do it, so can I.” ❤️ #mastersdegree



You just need to stop showing off and making your act harder to follow.
Hahaha jk…not really…what?

I love you mommy!

 

 

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MOTHER’s DAY 2018

To the our dear Mama Epifania, 🌺🌸🌼the woman that gave us life with Papa, in partner with God – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! Thank you for everything you did and still does for us. Thank you for the genes that provided us these crazy good looks and got carried down to our children. 😊 No matter what we did in our younger years that might have gave you headaches and sorrows (not from me though) 😊, we all turned our to be awesome citizens of the world. Thank you for giving us life’s lessons, for being our best friend, for being our beauty consultant and for being an example of a woman full of faith. The list goes on and on forever. We would never be what we are without you. You are a LEGEND.
❤️❤️❤️

 

 

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May 16, 2018

It is Wednesday night and I am still so overwhelmed and still pumped up with what mother’s day weekend brought me. Danielle with her jolly self came home, Eishelle surprisingly showed up in my kitchen unexpectedly and danced hula for me on Mother’s Day! Chantelle gave the best Mother’s Day talk at the church and Michael made me some yummy breakfast. Speaking to my Mama over the phone, the gifts, the orchids, roses from Bill (William) were all beautiful and to video call with our missionary Noelle was the icing on the cake. I feel beyond blessed. I am very thankful. HAPPINESS IS BEING A MOM.
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Father’s Day 2018

Before midnight strikes and change the date to another day, I want to greet my husband and all the fathers a HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY!!! Eternally thankful for a husband that leads our home the way God wants it to be. He works hard to provide, corrects and forgives and acts as a drill sergeant on Sundays when needed. My children are the way they are mostly because of him. More power to you my love!!!
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💖

 

 

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June 16, 2017

Child #4 graduated high school today. Congratulations Chantelle!!!
#byubound in the fall ❤️

 

 

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July 24-27, 2018

Serving as the camp nurse and speaker once again on my 14th year was a blessing. Bill came as the Priesthood leader/speaker. Gigi and Jonathan’s family came to see us.

 

July 29, 2018

Our former Bishop Frank Margiotta now in the high council came to our house to let me know that I am released from my most beloved calling – Daily Seminary Teacher.  I completed 8 years of this calling. I started teaching seminary when Eishelle, our oldest went to college in 2010. I had Daniele for 2 years, Noelle and Chantelle for 4 years and 2 years of Michael. We started our class 5:45am to 6:30am. My students came back from their missions, still on missions and going on missions. Teaching seminary early in the morning was always the highlight of the day.

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August 4, 2018

Bishop Derek Anderson invited me and my husband to visit with him. He gave me a new calling which I thought was a joke. I was like, “WHY ME?” I have so much limitations and I don’t think I can lead a group of women in the church. I accepted it anyway and prayed hard that I can do this. My husband is so sweet. He will be there along my side to fulfill this calling he said. I prayed for counselors and God gave me the most amazing ladies in the ward. With their help, “I CAN DO THIS!”  We were all called and set apart August 12, 2018.

L to R: Betty Marshall; Janet Srinivasan, Me and Keri Sudweeks

 

 

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September 6 2018

The Whitney Family reached another milestone. Child #4 (Chantelle) has gone to college. First time in a very long time that the male species of our home dominates. We are missing Chantelle but thanks to phone calls, text messages and facetimes, it seems like she is just around the corner. Michael will go to school by himself in the morning 😞

 

 

 

 


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Our Family Here and There

Our thread of birthdays late last year (December) and this year. Noelle was December 12. She turned 20 on her mission.

noellebwMy post on facebook this day Dec 12, 2017:

I beat myself up yesterday for not doing my due diligence in posting something nice here in facebook when someone in my family has a birthday or a milestone. Yesterday, December 12th, our NOELLE turned 2-0 and we are so proud of her serving as a missionary. After finishing freshman year in BYU, she put in her mission application papers. When summer was over she received her mission call. She left NY September 26 to Mexico for training and back to the US to serve where she was called – Arizona Tempe Mission (spanish). I miss her in the kitchen. She always had something baking in the oven when everyone comes home. She is now doing big things serving the Lord. We love you Noelle. Continue to do what God expects of you to do. We as a family have been blessed because of what you are doing. We all hope your birthday was happy. See you over skype on Christmas Day!

 

 

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Next comes Michael on Jan 10th. I posted this on facebook:

Few more minutes and it will turn into another day. Someone turned 16 today (January 10). Shout out to Michael, our most favorite son and the most favorite brother to his sisters!!! May all your wishes and dreams come true. Thank you for your good examples of kindness, humility and obedience. You are one of a kind. We love you and will always be there for you! HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!
🎂💙🎂💙🎂💙🎂💙🎂💙🎂💙🎂💙🎂💙

 

 

danielle's bdayNext birthday is Danielle’s on Feb 10th. Here’s what I posted on FB:

This is a shout out to our daughter Danielle who turned 2-4 today. She is blessing to our family from the day she was born. When I feel tired and sad, this girl’s presence is a whiff of fresh air. Her bubbly personality and her music (piano) brings a dash of color to our home. Thank you for all the help here at home. Danielle, sometimes I couldn’t believe how you’ve grown up so quickly. Time has really flown. Now I see you as a woman, all mature and beautifully grown. We love you and eternally thank God for giving us YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
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Eishelle's bday

Next birthday is Eishelle’s on Feb 28th. I posted:

After 2 miscarriages, we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl with a head full of long curly hair. Bill and I became parents for the first time 26 years ago today. EISHELLE, you mean so much to us. Your siblings look up to you. May you be blessed with all of the righteous desires of your heart. ❤️Uforever!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 🎂🌺🎂🌸🎂🌼🎂

 

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Bill’s birthday came next on March 2nd and I posted:

29 years ago and before I left the Philippines, an American asked me where in the US was I headed to, to work as a nurse. I proudly answered, “New York”. His response was, “Be careful, there are many black people there.” I answered back, “Thanks for telling me, I will be extra careful”. I told my Mama that, and she was worried. And just to make her worry more, I told her, “ I will go to New York and marry a black man.” Then she gets upset and more upset as I told her that, again and again every night, the last week I was home. One of my sisters said, “no”and the Filipino friends I gained here in NY said, “no”, because I will have black children. I was confused. I prayed hard and the answer was, “YES”. So against all odds around me, but with God’s approval, I married the man of my dreams: A black man named Bill Whitney. Not just a mother adoring my own children, I think, I did pretty well. Sometimes, I think what did I do to deserve such beautiful children (inside and out). Today though is not about them. Today for me and our children is all about BILL WHITNEY!!! It is his birthday!!! Shout out to him!!! He is the man that my children and I first fell in love with! HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
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chantelle's birthday

April 4th was Chantelle’s 18th birthday and I posted:

To our youngest daughter Chantelle. HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY today!!!
🎂🎂🎂 Soon you will be leaving the nest and will be on your own. Always remember that you are loved and we all want the best for you. As you will be away and life’s rollercoaster will find you, remember to climb into the front seat, throw your arms in the air and enjoy the ride. Always find yourself lifting others up and you too will be uplifted. We will truly miss you when you go college bound but the thoughts of you progressing in life will inspire us too. That will still be in the fall. For now let us all enjoy YOU!!!❤️🖤💛🧡💜💙💖#byubound

 

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My birthday was May 2nd. It is the last in the thread of birthdays. My dear husband Bill posted:

I want to take this time to wish my lovely wife, Jacinta Usares Barrizo Whitney, a happy birthday today. When I was younger I used to love reading Marvel & DC comic books about my favorite heroes. In the real world which I live, I was fortunate to marry one of them. My wife is truly one of my special superheroes I truly admire. I know she is my Wonder Woman. Her strength is her faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Her powers is to focus and accomplish all that needs to be done without complaint. Her legacy will be passed down from generation to generation. Her influence is effecting our children to become more than they are. Her weakness, I am still trying to figure that one out (I need a little more time). I am proud of all of her accomplishments and the wonderful support she offers to me in my time of need. She never bailed out on me when I needed her the most. I hope you have the best birthday ever knowing you are loved from everyone, especially me. Thank you for making my life a living heaven. Stay awesome, honey. I love you always.

 

Early in April, we were in Utah to attend our church’s general conference (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We stayed at the Marriott at downtown SLC.

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Hermana Noelle Whitney – Tempe AZ Mission (Spanish) weeks 21-30


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Hermana Noelle Whitney – Tempe AZ Mission (SPANISH) weeks 11-20


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Hermana Noelle Whitney – Tempe AZ Mission (SPANISH)

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10/05/17  Week 1

Hola!! I made it safely to Mexico late last Tuesday. I missed my connecting flight in Miami so my 1 hour layover ended up being a 7 hour layover haha but I still made it safely so all is well 🙂

Everyone at the CCM (Centro de Capacitación Misional – Missionary Training Center) is so kind! I love the people here. And Mexico itself is such a paradise- palm trees and parakeets! The first day, me and my companions were looking up at the green birds and were saying how pretty they were but then they swooped down (too close for comfort) and we sprinted in different directions haha, so they are pretty from a far!

I finally understand what people mean when they say “the days are long but the weeks are short”. I did not realize how full-time this full-time missionary thing was! But I am loving the work!

My district (the other missionaries that i am always with) is great! We are all going to the temple today. My companion is Hermana Poulsen! She is from Nebraska and is so awesome! We work really well together. We taught an investigator (someone who is learning about the church) and it has been going so well! Her name is Samantha Vasquez. The Spirit is so strong whenever we teach and her testimony has grown so much! She is such a beautiful soul. I have been understanding way more spanish than I ever have. And I am able to respond fairly quickly! I am in no way fluent but it helps to be in a place where everyone speaks spanish so we are forced to speak it too. I am slowly getting into this “language limbo” where I can not speak any language fluently haha my english grammar is so poor when I am speaking. And I am listening for both languages so sometimes it takes me a minute to know what language someone is speaking.

General Conference was amazing! It was literally the best weekend ever. All the questions I had prepared were answered in one way or another. If you missed it, I highly recommend watching it (lds.org).

My testimony gets stronger everyday. God is so aware of us. The Atonement is Jesus Christ works wonders. The gospel is true, and I can not wait to share it with the people is Arizona in a short 5 weeks!

Love,

Hermana Whitney

 

10/12/17 Week 2

 

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MANY THINGS HAPPENED IN BETWEEN THE LAST ENTRY I HAD in 2013 WITH THIS BLOG AND NOW

After Eishelle and Danielle completed their missions, I stopped blogging. I caught myself between busy and lazy and I am beating myself up right now thinking I shouldn’t have stopped.

These are among the many things that happened in between:

  • Eishelle and Danielle came home August and September of 2014, stayed until the end of the year 2014 and then went back to college. Danielle continued to attend BYUIdaho and Eishelle moved to SLC, Utah to attend LDS Business College.
  • November this year of 2014, we all went to attend my nieces’ temple wedding in the Washington DC Temple. Jet my sister came and we drove to Maryland and attended the temple ceremony. Since it was our 25th wedding anniversary, it was fun to go back to the temple to celebrate the day with our children.
  • We went to Utah April of 2016 to see Eishelle and Danielle and attended the General Conference of the church.
  • Noelle graduated from Division Avenue High School June of 2016 and prepared to attend BYU in September.
  • The same year (2016) Michael graduated middle school and is now ready to join Chantelle (junior) at the same high school.
  • Beginning in 2016 I decided to pursue higher education and started my Master’s degree in Nursing (MSN) with an emphasis in Nursing Education online with Grand Canyon University. Young nurses from work inspired me to do it.
  • Bill and I continued to co-teach seminary (religion class for high school students) from 5:45 am to 6:30 am We are going on our 6th year in this church calling.
  • Bill and I continued to work to support the family. Night shift has gotten into my health and well-being. It has been 27 yrs of night shift for me. I am hoping there will be some opening for day shift.
  • January of 2017, I was called to work with Infection Prevention and Control Department of this hospital I am working for. God has heard and answered my prayers. I started working days shift.
  • We planned our Philippines vacation for the summer. We bought our tickets, updated our passports and went on this long-awaited trip. We have not been back since 2004 when my youngest brother Harold got married.
  • June of 2017, my brother Ruben graduated mortality. He has been sick for awhile and now in a better place where there is no pain and suffering, but peace and love abound. Alone, I traveled to the Philippines and stayed there for only about 2 days to pay my last earthly respects to my dear brother Ruben.
  • July of 2017, Noelle received her mission call to serve in Tempe Arizona Mission (Spanish). She is scheduled to leave Sept 26th, 2017.
  • Our Barrizo Family Global Reunion came about- August 2017. Our family from the Philippines, Dubai, England, Japan and us from the USA came together to share moments that will last forever. (See my the CHRISTMAS 2017 blog).
  • September 2017 – Noelle left NY bound for Mexico for her missionary training. Came back to the US November and went to the mission she was assigned to serve – Tempe Arizona Mission (Spanish).

From here I will be posting Noelle’s mission letters and pictures she sends us every week just like how I did when Eishelle and Danielle served on their missions. Pages of the Whitney family history, activities, milestones and etc will be available on this website again.

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Eishelle’s homecoming announcement

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Welcome home Eishelle JFK

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Danielle’s homecoming announcement

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Welcome home Danielle JFK

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Happy 25th anniversary to us.

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Not so light anymore.

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We came back to the temple for my niece Gigi’s wedding and to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary

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We were in Utah to attend general conference

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Noelle graduated HS

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Michael graduated middle school

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Our passports ready for our Philippines trip

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My brother Ruben graduated mortality

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Went to attend Ruben’s funeral. This photoshopped picture of Mama and all her 10 children, Ruben added.

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Noelle received her mission call to Arizona Tempe Mission (spanish)

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skycycling in the Philippines

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Barrizo Global family reunion

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Noelle leaving for the Mexico MTC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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CHRISTMAS 2017

CHRISTMAS … it is around the corner and the Whitney Family is here to report how 2017 treated us. From the beginning of the year it has been in our heads to prepare for our big Philippines vacation. The matriarchal order was that nobody gets serious with boyfriends and gets hitched for Eishelle and Danielle who are almost done with school and Noelle who completed freshman at BYU has to be available for her mission when summer is gone. And so it was. Halfway the year though, Jayjay’s brother Ruben who has been sick for awhile passed on and as much as we want to see him, God needed him more. Jayjay alone paid her last respects and promised to see him in the ‘morning’.
August 16th, the 7 of us found ourselves comfortably sitting in the plane prepared for a long flight to the other side of the world . Destination: Davao City, PHILIPPINES flying over the Pacific Ocean layover in HongKong then to Manila and finally August 18th – reached Jayjay’s hometown. We were all tired but seeing happy faces that day kept our adrenalines pumping. We went island hopping, swimming and sipped coconut juice. We also went zip-lining, gathered alot of courage to go sky-cycling, fed crocodiles and ate crocodile meat. Lastly, we visited graveyards, visited family members and had our BARRIZO FAMILY GLOBAL REUNION. Family from Dubai, England, Japan and our USA came together to gather and build memories to last forever. So much talents were shared, food galore, games and dancing. It was alot of fun. Our 2 weeks vacation was worth every penny saved. Every minute was all worth it. 85 year old Lola (grandma) Epifania Barrizo couldn’t stop smiling. We hope to see her and everyone again in 2 years.
Then summer was gone. Noelle was called to serve a a full time missionary for our church. Went to Mexico to train and back to the US and serve where she was called to – Tempe, Arizona Mission (spanish). We all miss her but this is what she wants to do and we have to support her.
Chantelle, 17, flew to Utah in June to attend SOAR, a college prep at BYU. She is now senior in HS, captain of the track team and was in the homecoming queen court this year. Michael, 15, our spiritual giant is obviously taller than all females in the family is slowly creeping up to beat Daddy vertically. He made it to JV basketball team again. Bill and Jayjay continued to work hard for the family and continued to faithfully serve in their respective church callings.
Thanksgiving this year was in Florida – a million of things to be thankful for, yummy food to digest and just being with family- PRICELESS.
As what we said in the beginning, CHRISTMAS is around the corner. “Christmas is that rarest of seasons—when we see others with new eyes, when we open our hearts a little more to the beauty around us and reach out to others with a little more kindness and compassion.”-Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
May we all do the same and even more.
From our family to yours: MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!
Love always,
The Whitney Family 2017
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The Last Letter (Danielle)

Heyy everyone…The Last Letter as a full time missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

So the departing missionaries for their last Friday in the mission, they go to the Salt Lake Temple. The temple trip was beautiful. It was my first time to go inside. That temple is amazing and the spirit is strong. So we go there to feel if the Lord accepted our mission or not. We say a prayer in the Celestial Room and President said that we will have a feeling come upon us. It was one of the most beautiful feelings. I know that the Lord accepted my mission. He made that manifest to me. ❤

The Departing Fireside was really good. For the people who are not sure of what that is…it’s a Departing Testimony Meeting for all the missionaries that are leaving! It was a sad, but I got to see a lot of people who I haven’t seen in a long time! It was really good and I received a lot of support and love too. I LOVE the mission!

Thank you everyone that supported me on the mission! I love you all! ❤

I am beyond grateful for my mission. That sentence is a complete understatement. The mission helped mold me into the person that I always wanted to be. I know that I still have a lot to learn but I’m on my way. The Lord is my life, my salvation and my song! He lives! He’s there! I will testify of Him and His grace forever!

Love you all always and forever!
Hermana Whitney

Matthew 25:23
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant;…

PS.  Now I have to reteach myself how to wear heels! Hahaha

 

 

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our zone

The Warner Family

The Warner Family

The Busdicker Family

The Busdicker Family

My companion Hermana Smith and I.

My companion Hermana Smith and I.


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What happened was …

Heyy soo everyone…have to say, everyone and their mom thought that I left the mission because of Eishelle’s homecoming video! Everyone thought it was me! So when members saw me they were like, “I thought you left without saying goodbye!” And one Elder was like, “Hermana Whitney is home? She’s definitely still in the mission. o_O”, he thought.  Hahaha. Some sisters knew that it was my sister  but still….DANNGG! So, “I was like so what happened was….remember my sister? Yeah she returned from the mission.” 😛

So weird…I got my itinerary! It was weird  to look at it.
We reached the Standard of Excellence again this week! Woot woot! It was seriously a miracle that we hit it! We prayed really hard and worked really hard and the Lord provided! So we have an investigator, his name is A__. He’s legit! He moved here from Arizona. He’s been through a lot and he’s only 19! He’s turning 20 at the end of the year. When we first met him he told us that there was a reason that he came to Ogden and that he’s here to figure it out. The other day he told us that he’s coming closer to knowing why. He was like, “maybe I was supposed to meet you two and we were like, that’s exactly why you came here. Then he wrote a rap and we were in it It was seriously one of the realest raps I ever heard. He’s a cool dude and wants to change and he’s doing everything he can to stop his addictions.
Funny story… we told our investigator F__ to read the next chapter of the Book of Mormon and she agreed. It’s 1 Nephi chapter 4. We read chapter 3 with her and we left it on a cliff hanger and it was exciting. Then we have the lesson and we asked her if she read and she said, “No I wanted to wait for you. It will be better with you.” Hahaha. i couldn’t even be mad  that she didn’t read because she wanted to read it but she waited patiently for us to read together. It was the cutest thing ever! I love her soo much! I DIED laughing and she was like why are you all laughing? hahahahaha. She was serious. Hahaha.
I know that the Lord is so aware of all of His children. He loves each of us.
This week is my final interview with President and we go to the Salt Lake City Temple too. I’m excited for the temple trip. This Sunday is my departing testimony meeting. Keep me in your prayers because I will be needing all of them! 🙂
Peace and Love!
Hermana Whitney
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