Starting 2018 with BAPTISMS!

HEY PARTY PPL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These past couple of weeks were AWESOME!!!!!!! So the Salazar fam got BAPTIZED and MARRIED AYYEE!!!!!! Seriously this week has been full of sooooo many miracles.! I love being a missionary! I dont have a super whole lot of time, BUT TRANSFERS HAPPENED AND YA GRILL is gonna stay here in BAPTIZERVILLE (Farmersville). I am excited for this new year. #newyearnewme!!!!!!! We can’t look back behind us, only forwrd with faith! That’s my invitation to all of you! LOOK FORWARD WITH FAITH! GOD HAS SOMETHING BIGGER AND BETTER IN STORE FOR YOU THAN YOU COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOve Hermana Whitney

PICS:

1. All white everything
2. candid- everyone 2 busy looking @ Jesus
3. MR AND MRS> SALAZAR AYYYEEEE

 

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WISHING YOU A BERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS

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What a WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow I know I LITERALLY say this every week… BUT I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!!!!!!!! I am so grateful to be a missionary ESPECIALLY during this Christmas season. I love this paragraph from the Living Christ:
We solemnly testify that His life, which is central to all human history, neither began in Bethlehem nor concluded on Calvary. He was the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world.

Jesus Christ is our savior and redeemer and we celebrate Christmas to remember the start of his earthly ministry. I KNOW WITH ALL MY HEART that it is ONLY through him that we can find peace and joy in this life. I CHALLENGE all of you to read “The Living Christ” ( Here is the the link for all you lazy ppl

http://jesuschrist.lds.org/testimonies-of-him/articles/the-living-christ-the-testimony-of-the-apostles-of-the-church-of-jesus-christ-of-latter-day-saints?lang=eng&_r=1

I promise that Christmas will take on a special meaning for you personally as you come to understand the role of our Savior Jesus Christ in LITERALLY aspect of our lives.

Thanks for your love and prayers!!!!

Hermana Whitney

1. Christmas Party with the Angels AKA SISTER MISSIONARIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2. The BEST DISTRICT EVER3A99B486-06C3-49DC-965C-00E64E095DA4AC9789CE-F1A9-4D37-9D48-9CD76490A8E5

Wut kind of motorcycle does $anta ride?!?

**A HOLLY DAVIDSON** 🙂

OK LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IT HAS BEEN A HOT MINUTE SINCE YOU HAVE ALL RECEIVED MY EMAILZ!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS because I have been a berry busy missionary grill!!!!!!!!! LIFE IS SO GOOD here in Visalia CA I CAN’T EVEN TELL YOU!!!!!!!! K JUST a quick update on my life!!!! My companion is bomb, I love her… she is the coolest!!!! I still stink at taking pics so sorry fam!!!!
PSA: THE SALAZAR fam is getting baptized on the 23rd & MARRIED!!
Literally it’s like a Christmas love story.  So hallmark wow!!!! They all came to Stake conference this week and during the lesson after Marcela TOTALLY just was like filled with the spirit. SHE WAS SO EXCITED and she said that she finally recieved her answer about baptism SSOOOOOO COOL! I am so obsessed with them!!!!!!!! I pretty much just love my life and I love being a missionary. WE HAVE had such a busy week hahah. We had Interviews with president and I got approved to extend my mission BLESS UP!!!!!!! I will be blessed with the opportunity to serve for 30 more days:’). President Mackay told me and I just started crying, it’s fine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We also got 2 go to the temple so that’s fun!!!!!! I love the temple.  I love my mission and I love the Lord!!!!!!

OK THAT’S ALL I GOT!!!!!!!
Hermana Whitney

Peace, Love, Seasons Greetings and BAPTISMS from the Visalia ZONE

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Except from letter to mom…

MOM!  SOS… PRESIDENT  MACKAY TEXTED US THIS WEEK AND HE WAS LIKE ” Hey Sister Whitney,  Elder Echo Hawk (a general authority that is coming on a tour to our mission… NO BIGGIE) has requested to interview a sister missionary from the mission before zone conference. will you accept that assignment?”

PLEASE PRAY 4 me! That will DEFINITELY  be interesting!!! This week I am just really thanklful! I love my fam, I love Jesus, and I love being a missionary! Thanks for the love and support. BIG LOVE FROM FRE$NO CA!!!!!

PICS FROM A RECENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE:

I’m alive! I promise LOL

HEY PEEPS WOW WHATTA CRAZY LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OK so I know its been a while and I am NOT trying to make excuses here but literally LIFE HAS BEEN SO CRAZY HAHAHA Let’s see what I can even remember

So ya I am training a new missionary, Hermana Fjord, and she is SO cute!!!! I got my third companion from TX and WORDS DO NOT EVEN DESCIBE how much I LOVE this GIRL!!!!!!! Srsly- she might be the coolest person I know. Also- she is a babe
OK so I picked her up and said dueces to EVERYONE I LOVE IN LOS BANOS SOS MY SECOND HOME- and lemme tell ya THAT HURT LIKE A MOTHER. BUt it was good.
WE ARE NOW SERVING IN FARMERSVILLE!!!  It is in the Visalia stake (so pretty much on the OTHER side of the MISSION). ALSO We were doubled in (meaning we were both new to the area) AND we opened it up (meaning there HADN’T been MISSIONARIES there in QUIET a while) lol it gets better!!!! BECAUSE THEY HAVE NEVER HAD SISTERS BEFORE the ward (which isn’t even in our area haha) was like SO happy to see us!!!! #justsistermissionarythings. UMM we share a ward with 5 other missionaries (elders bleh) jkjk they are nice BUT I HAVE NEVER BEEN GOOD AT SHARING!!!!!!!!! HAhaha but I am learning alot, so it has been good!!!!!
So our first week here 1 of my investigators in Los Banos got baptized and so I got to go back. LITERALLY EVERYTHING THAT COULD HAVE GONE WRONG WENT WRONG> Ride canceled, almost crashed, WE WERE LATE AND MISSED THE ENTIRE BAPTISM, and WE got lost on the way back and were not going to make it home in time for curfew LOLOLOL SO we had 2 crash at some Sisters apartments in Visalia. S/O to Sister Rodriguez who brought me a tooth brush. ANGELS ARE ALL AROUND US I AM TELLING U!!!!!!!!!!
OK MAYBE THIS ONE IS THE FUNNEST ONE OF ALL!!!!!!!!! Last Monday, After the emailz we got in a car crash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)))))))))))))!! So Hermana Fjord is driving (because we all know I stink at driving) and she goes to take a uturn AND THIS GUY TBONES US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our car has like over 4500$$$$ worth of damage BUT IT WAS A SERIOUS MIRACLE bc EVERYONE was safe and no one was hurt. My back just cracks even more now ahahah!!!! Really scary but luckily we had just left a meeting and our Zone leaders LITERALLY came and did everything for us. So ya I guess its a blessing to serve around other missionaries!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m gonna take a quick minute here to bear my testimony on the power of the priesthood. I am SO grateful that we have the priesthood here on the earth today and that it was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. Both Hermana Fjord and I recieved blessings following the accident and I JUST KNOW that we have angels all around us watching over us!!!!!!!
ALSO THIS WEEK!!!!!!! We had trainer and trainee meeting so we got to go up to Fre$no and see The Mackys and everyone else that is training new missionaries, So that was Fun!!!!!!!
ALSO I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT I AM STILL A SISTER TRAINING LEADER!!!!! I GOT to go on exchanges with HERMANA Vergara and Hermana REED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY ARE BOTH SO CUTE and we just had SO much fun together.

BASICALLY I JUST WANT EVERY1 2 KNOW THAT I AM VERY GR8FUL FOR THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. I KNOW THAT IS IS THROUGH HIM AND BY HIM THAT OUR FAMILIES CAN BE TOGETHER FOR FOREVER. I AM GRATEFUL 2 BE ALIVE AND I AM GRATEFUL 2 B A MISSIONARY FOR THE LORDS TRUE CHURCH.

PEACE, LOVE AND DON’T FORGET TO COUNT UR BLESSINGS

hERMANA wHITNEY

**Hermana Whitney’s trainer Sister Jeffries completed her mission and came back to tour the mission with her parents.  Here are some pics Sis. Jeffries sent to us of the happy reunion

Excerpt from email to mom

Sorry about no group emails lately.  It’s been HECKA stressful with all the different changes! Also I’m still a sister training leader but it’s just me… flyin solo! I have four sisters in my stewardship but they live far (like they are in a different zone even) So ya it’s just hard to try and magnify my callings and juggle the different hats that I wear, but I pretty much told myself to get over it because I only wear one hat…. The disciple of Jesus Christ one. So we r all good now!

*** Got to return to Los Banos for Elisa’s baptism. So great to be reunited with dear friends!!

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TRAINING IN FARMERSVILLE

I guess Hermana Whitney was too busy to write a letter this week as she got sent to a new area training a brand new missionary. But we did receive this nice email from her mission president:

It is with great pleasure I am writing to inform you that Sister Whitney has been called to serve as a trainer in the California Fresno Mission. We deem this to be the most important leadership calling in this mission because of the significant and lasting effect it will have on a newly arrived missionary to our mission. Consequently, under inspiration from the Lord, we choose our trainers before we select any other leadership positions each transfer. Only the most prepared, diligent, obedient, humble, and best teachers are called to this position in order that our new missionaries become powerful missionaries and trainers themselves in as short a time as possible. This calling has an initial 12-week (two-transfers) assignment during which trainers remain with their newly arrived missionary companion.

I must share with you that when trainers met their trainee companions for the first time this past week, there was an incredible confirmation of the Spirit that they are called to be together and the area they are assigned to has been chosen by the Lord as well. Attached is a picture of Sister Whitney and her trainee, Sister Fjord. As they consecrate and dedicate themselves to missionary service, they will be led to those who are prepared to receive the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sister Whitney and her companion are blessing our lives and the lives of members and non-members in their areas. I trust that you will feel blessed by their service as well.

Thank you for supporting Sister Whitney with your prayers, love and sacrifice. As she consecrates herself in the calling to be an ambassador of the Lord Jesus Christ, she is becoming a true disciple of Him whom she has been called to serve. It is nearly impossible to replicate the spiritual growth experienced on a mission and its lasting effects lay the foundation for their next best two or four, or ten or fifty-years as she becomes a wife, mother, and servant in the Lord’s kingdom.

With much love and appreciation,

Bart P. Mackay
President

California Fresno Mission​

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Also a member of her new area sent us a text with these pics from their stake family discovery day… (texts with pictures of your missionary make your day!!)

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THE EAGLE HAS LEFT THE NEST

PPL SOS IT’S TRANSFER WEEK!!!!!!!! Can y’all believe it has been 6 weeks already??????????? YA me either. BUT here’s the 411-  The #dreamteam is parting ways!!! She’s the elote to my chile and imma miss her more than words can describe!!!!!!!!!!! But YA pretty much opening up an area called “Farmersville” (s/o to all my rednecks) and I am gonna train a new missionary there!!!! YEET!!!!!! Lemme tell ya how that went…

We were at our Missionary Leadership Council Meeting (for Sister Training leaders and Zone Leaders) and during lunch because I am nosey I’m all like “Hey Presidnet Mackay can we like get hints on transfers or no??” He was all like “see me in my office after” LOL We weren’t in trouble but he GENUINLY FELT SO BAD about breaking us up and taking me from LOS BANOS  that he wanted to tell us before we even got transfer calls!!!!!! Pretty much a tender mercy because I needed that time to reflect, process, and prepare for what is coming next. I have left a piece of my heart in every area I go and I always think it will get easier, but it doesn’t!

As I have reflected about the experiences I have had here, the people I have met, the companions I have had, and the miracles I have seen I just feel extremely humbled and blessed. TO be honest,  my WHOLE mission I have NEVER wanted to train- I don’t know if you knew that or not. I had the BEST trainer ever and I know how much a missionary’s trainer influences the rest of their mission. It is a very big and sacred responsibility and I am nervous, among other emotions, but nothing is stronger than my desire to serve the Lord. SO I’M JUST GOING TO DO WHAT THE LORD WANTS ME TO DO- They call that Faith Right????!!!!! It will be gr8!!!!! I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!!! SOS PLS KEEP ME IN UR PRAYERS!!!!!! Also sorry!!!!!! No photos this week!!!! Next week tho 4 sure!!!!!!!

LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE, LOS BANOS
Hermana Whitney

 

***PICS THAT WERE TEXTED HOME TODAY FROM SOMEONE. NOTHING MAKES A MOM’S DAY MORE THAN RECEIVING PICS OF MY FAV MISSIONARY! ❤️

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THE BOOK OF MORMON- read it!

Another FABULOUS week here in Los Banos/Mercy Springs. What a privilege and a blessing it was to view conference this past weekend! I received SO much inspiration, and I am SO excited to study the individual messages in greater depth and detail! I would encourage each of you to seek the individual council that Heavenly Father has for you in these inspired talks!
We got to go to Madera again this week and do some studies, and work in the Valentine/Madera Sisters area. It truly is such a blessing to work closely with these awesome Sisters.
My miracle of the week was our lesson with Jeorge yesterday. He is living with his Girlfriend (a less active member coming back) and has been taking the lessons. Our original appointment for 7 fell through, so we set up a time to go meet with them. As we pondered what to share, a general conference address from last April came to mind. It’s titled “To Investigators and Friends of the church”. THIS TALK IS BOMB!!!! 2 all MY MISSIONARY FRIENDS SOS PLZ SHARE W/ UR INVESTIGATORS!!!!!!! We showed the video, we followed up to see if they had read in the Book of Mormon, and they read a chapter together! He said “It was crazy! The things it was talking about are going on in the world today, and I didn’t want to stop reading”! The Book of Mormon has SO much power, and the sooner we can get our investigators to realize that, the better off we will ALL be! How much do you prize the Book of Mormon?!

LOVE Y’ALL #BESTFANZEVER

HERMANA WHITNEY

 

Ball is life

HEY I HAVE NO TIME TO WRITE ABOUT ALLLLL OF THE MIRACLES I HAVE SEEN DIS WEEK BUT I HAD 2 SEND HOME THIS LIL MIRACLE!!!!!!

ON EXCHANGES( lol I WENT 2 A YSA WARD, MORE ABT THT FUN TIME NXT WEEK) I FOUND THIS LIL GEM AT THE CHURCH NEXT TO OUR CHURCH BUILDING!!!!!!!!!

JUST A CASUAL REMINDER TO ALL THAT BALL IS LIFE. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THE GOSPEL IS LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALSO WOWOWOWOWOWO WASNT THE WOMEN’S General Broadcast LIT!!!!!!!! It always gets me PUMPED for general conference!!!!!!!!!!

WISHING U PEACE AND BLESSINGS FROM FRE$NO CALIFORNIA
Hermana Whitney

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