I’m so sorry that I say this every week but LITERALLY THIS WAS ACTUALLY IN REALITY THE MOST FUN WEEK OF MY ENTIRE LIFE AND THE BEST AND SWEETEST AND MOST REWARDING WEEK EVER.
1. THE JUAREZS WERE BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2. I AM STAYING IN LOS BANOS WITH SISTER JEPPESEN.
It was the best week of my life I can’t even explain. The Juarez family is LITERALLY my family like I must be somehow related, they are my best friends. I KNOW I met them in the pre-mortal life and we like practiced this whole thing.
Their whole story started with their brother and sister that live in sacramento- and the elders knocked on their door RIGHT WHEN THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY WANT TO JOIN A CHURCH LOL
anyways- they got baptized 2 months later. AND THEN WE GOT A REFERRAL FOR THE REST OF THE JUAREZ FAM.
ANYWAYS. Their brother and sister from Sacramento drove down here for their baptism! IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. Their brother is so cute.HE GOT US FLOWERS AFTER THEIR CONFIRMATION. I was just like thinking ” WOW okay but I LITERALLY DID NOTHING” They were just SO PREPARED. They crack me up. They always try to teach me and Sister Jeppesen Slang Spanish- they call me Chaparita (lil shawtie)
It was THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BAPTISM EVER. They wrote their testimonies and bore them after they were baptized. LATER that day Maria was like” Hey is there I book that could help me prepare to be a missionary” and Elisabeth ” Hey can we come knock doors and like have our friends come to our house to have lessons with you?”
UM YES R U KIDDING????
3. New investigator- Robert Fargo. WHAT A MIRACLE. Was taught like everything 1 year ago and then his records were lost or something when the missionaries got transferred? Anyways. We asked him if he had kept reading in the Book of Mormon for the last year and he looked down in SHAME, and said “I won’t lie sisters, I haven’t read in three days, but I really try”.
hahah THE LORD IS BLESSING US SO MUCH I FEEL GUILTY
so yeah he’ll be baptized.
FAM+ FRIENDS. The blessing of missionary work never cease to AMAZE me. I encourage you all to do a lil something more this week to open your mouth and share the gospel. You WILL be blessed. I love Alma 36:24-30. IT PUTS INTO WORDS WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY SO PLS READ IT AND APPLY IT. ILY.
On Monday we met our investigators Elisabeth and Maria in Merced to go shopping during Preparation Day!!!! We also got to go to their house for dinner and took a less active YW with us. After the lesson the less active young woman was like ” wow I should go to seminary with y’all, let me get your number”. WHEN YOUR INVESTIGATORS REACTIVATE YO LESS ACTIVES #WIN.
On Tuesday we got to go to the Temple. Seriously #blessed to be able to attend the temple in this mission. I LOOK FORWARD TO IT SO MUCH & I always leave feeling peace!
On Wednesday we went to see Sister Stenberg. She is SUPA old and has lots of health probs so she doesn’t get out to church often. But, SHe called us and asked if we could come over, and when we came SHE BOUGHT US CHOCOLATE BUNNIES FOR EASTER!!! SO CUTE. She is literally SUCH a firecracker. Her IPAD background in Matthew Mahoney lol I can’t spell to save my life BUT it’s the actor in “How to lose a guy in 10 days” OK IT WAS FUNNY.
Thursday & Saturday. Um well I literally remember nothing from these days. BUT I’M SURE THEY WERE FAB BC being a missionary is fab!!
Friday We went to a Brother Guzmons house and HE IS SO NICE. He has been trying to come back to church and he gave us a BUNCH of food and asked if we could teach him and his Sister’s fam the discussions. SO CUTE
OK OK SO SUNDAY WAS EASTER AND IT WAS AMAZING!!!! We focused on WHY we celebrate Easter in like ALL aspects of the work this week. Whether with members or contacting folks off the street. YOU WOULD BE SHOCKED HOW MANY PPL DO NOT KNOW WHY WE CELEBRATE EASTER. I just want All y’all to know that I have a testimony that Jesus is the Christ. And that he LIVES. And because he LIVES, we can live this life in JOY and HOPE. We can belive in the Savior and his Promises. OKok I’m done. BUT Y’ALL DAVID A BEDNAR SPOKE AT STAKE CONFERENCE. I MET AN APOSTLE OF THE LORD. So at 8:30 we had a meeting for all recent converts & Investigators ( We had 4 Recent converts and 5 Investigators go). AND HE SPOKE AND IT WAS AWESOME. He did Like a Q and A sort of deal. After the meeting everyone got to shake his hand. It was a SUPER small meeting- very exclusive. haha jk but I got to shake his hand too and this is how it went.
Me: Thanks so much. Nice to meet you.
David A Bednar Apostle of the Lord: Sister Whitney where are you from?
Me:* Stutters* ahhhAHH Texas.
David A Bednar Apostle of the Lord: No. your ancestry.
Me: Oh. Well I am related to Newel K. Whitney.
David A Bednar Apostle of the Lord: We are cousins then! *Gives me a fist bump.*
LITERA:LLY so cool. His Talk in Stake Conference was AIMED at people not of our faith… it was SOOO Cool.
I also really enjoyed our Stake President’s Talk. He challenged us ALL to read the Living Christ as individuals and families and to pray about it. SO I WANT TO EXTEND THE SAME INVITATION TO ALL Y’ALL AS WELL> I know that as you do this, you will be so blessed. The testimonies of our modern day prophets, seers, and revelators, will help those who are struggling with their own testimonies to recognize the miracle and gift of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ok well, I think that is all!! Stay Classy.
Love, Hermana Whitney
OK sorry I missed all yall last week week!! I went to YOSEMITE!!!!!! So, I didn’t have time for emails:(
BUT HEY NO WORRIES I’m BACK AT IT AGAIN THIS WEEK AND I GOT LOTZ TO SAY!!!!!
So basically there is nothing greater than being a missionary in the California Fresno mission and there were SOOOO many miracles that happened this week imma have to do this bullet point style:
Yosemite- Yosemite was GOURGEOUS. A bunch of missionaries got to go and we even got to hand out a few pass-along cards:) Woke up at 5:30 #worth it!
Zone Conference- I LOVE ZONE CONFERENCES! I always just come away and want to be better! 1 thing I took away was the Law of Sacrifice vs. the Law of Obedience. It goes back to the quote ” Obedience brings blessings, EXACT OBEDIENCE brings MIRACLES”. What are YOU willing to sacrifice to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ?
The Harris Family- We have been trying to visit all the Less-Active on our Ward directory and so We went to visit a less active Sister and ended up meeting a Lady that’s a member and hasn’t been to church in 30 years and she wants to come back to church and she has a 15, 12, and 31 yr old!!!! WE HAVE MET WITH THEM EVERY DAY THIS WEEK AND THEY HAVE ACCEPTED A BAPTISIMAL INVITATION AND THEY LOVE THE GOSPEL!!! IT IS SO COOL.
Jenny- We were visiting another name on the list and came across 20 yr old Jenny (Sister of a less active that actually moved). She was almost baptized 2 yrs ago and then she moved. She said “all that was left to do was get in the water” AND SHE WANTS TO MEET WITH US!!! SO COOL
Andres and Oscar- So we were walking and we started talking to this guy named Andres. He has recently come to believe in God and was so excited about the Book of Mormon. We had an app. to meet with him after Church and HE BROUGHT A FRIEND NAMED OSCAR WHO KNEW OUR OTHER INVESTIGATORS, THE JUAREZ GIRLS!!! So ya we had a lesson with 4 investigators at church!!!!!! It was lit.
THE JUAREZ family- Ok BUT LIKE 4 REALZ. Maria and Elisabeth Juarez are the MOST prepared people I have ever met. Elisabeth(17) and Maria(20) have been going to SEMINARY and they bring Non Member friends to like all our meetings. They are so awesome.
General Conference- We watched the SUnday afternoon session of General Conference and had an investigator with us!!! His name is Aaron (16) and he is the nephew of a recent convert! There was a SUPER COOL talked aimed at INV. By Elder Costa and Aaron LOVED it.
So ya basically LYFE IS AWESOME & I have never been happier. I got pics on pics from this week so I’ll send them all in another email!!!!
Keep it 100,
1. $elfies 4 dayz
2. ME AND MY TRAINER IN YOSEMITE. Which view is better idk
3. Nature PRETTY NEAT
4. Missionaries trying to be cheerleaders?????
5. We still Ghetto tho
6. THE JUAREZ FAM
7. Bird poop, Bom, and TANLINEZ
8. ELISABETH did a project about MORMONS for School!!!!
9. Tostito LOCO from a Hispanic Less Active Fam. #GRACIAS!!
10. straight cheesin
11. ADAM (our 11 yr old inv) drew a portrite of us!!!
12. What Andres said when he read the BOOK OF MORMON!!!! #prepared
The following is stolen from President Clark’s CFM blog:
How do you have the best Mission in the world? Fill it up with the best Missionaries in the world. Every six weeks Sister Clark and I love the time we spend with all the Missionaries in personal interviews (President Clark) and training (Sister Clark). It never gets old being with these wonderful Elders and Sisters!