FIND THE LAMBS, FEED THE SHEEP

AYE!!!!!!!
This week was awesome. THE JUAREZ’s SISTER MARCELA and her daughter EMILEY came to church on SUNDAY and it was lit!!!!!! Other than that things are just same old same old. Spreading salvation like it’s my name and inviting ppl to repent like it’s my game!!!!!!!!!!!! No,but rly LIFE IS THE BEST when you just focus and center in the gospel. I feel inspired to share this talk with all y’all about missionary work bc IF I KNOW ANYTHING IT IS THAT YOU DO NOT NEED A NAMETAG TO BE A MISSIONARY. AKA U R A MISSIONARY. I LOVED this talk from Gorden B. Hinckley and invite you all to read it!!!! It’s called “Find the Lambs, Feed the Sheep”
https://www.lds.org/ensign/1999/05/find-the-lambs-feed-the-sheep?lang=eng

OKAY I LOVE Y’ALL SOOOO MUCH!!!!!! MI$$ you keep me updated on y’alls lives!!!!
Hermana Whitney💪

QUE PASA CALABAZA

WE HAD SUCH A FUN WEEK THIS WEEK!!!!

*We were out running for morning exercise #getgainz and this guy called us over and asked us for directions. We were like “lol don’t know, we are not from here but here is a picture of Jesus!!” BUT ANYWAYS we kept running and we ran into him AGAIN. He was like, ayee are you guys following me??? and we were like lol no and he was like well can you say a prayer with me and we were like yeah sure and we talked about REPENTANCE… LONG STORY SHORT WE TAUGHT HIM ON THE STREET @7AM and it was rly cool. HE said ” yea at 1st I was just talking to y’all bc I thought y’all were cute (hahaah that’s how we knew he was hungover.) It was hilarious but hey. He shall be baptized.
* CAVESUELAS ARE SO CUTE. they came to church this week!!!!! WE asked Sister Cavesula what she learned and she was like ” I learned I had a testimony but it was just buried really deep”! SO AWESOME!!!
* This LA woman cracked open her window after rolling her eyes and started to say she wasn’t interested and then we were like HEY YOUR DECORATIONS ARE SO CUTE THEY REMIND US OF TEXAS WE ARE FROM TEXAS. THEN SHE LET US IN AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE DINNER OVER THERE!!!!!!
*WE ARE TEACHING MARCELA AND EMILEY!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THEM SOOOOOOO MUCH!~!!!!!!!! THEY ARE GONNA BE BAPTIZED !!!!!!
*We also got a referral from an LA and so we went to this lady (Dolores)’s house and she ended up driving us to 3 of her friends house because they “need church in their life” hahahaha
*NEW INVESTIGATORS MARGARITA JORGE AND TONY ARE LEGITNESS. It turns out I gave him a passalong card on new years day and he was like wow I hope they come back I started my year with Jesus…
and then WE FOUND HIM AND ARE TEACHING HIM AND HIS FAM!!!!!!
* Also all the mexicans here think it’s hilarious to pretend they only speak spanish until the end of our convo and then they’re like
hey I actually speak english hahaha\
isn’t that rude???????

HEY ALSO
I loved this quote from zone conference:

“Since Joseph Smith was younger than most of you and not nearly so experienced or well-educated as any of you at the time he copyrighted the Book of Mormon, it should not be too much to ask you to hand in by the end of the semester (which will give you more time than he had) a paper of, say, five to six hundred pages in length. Call it a sacred book if you will, and give it the form of a history.

“Tell of a community of wandering Jews in ancient times; have all sorts of characters in your story, and involve them in all sorts of public and private vicissitudes; give them names–hundreds of them–pretending that they are real Hebrew and Egyptian names of circa 600 b.c.; be lavish with cultural and technical details–manners and customs, arts and industries, political and religious institutions, rites, and traditions, include long and complicated military and economic histories;

“. . . have your narrative cover a thousand years without any large gaps; keep a number of interrelated local histories going at once; feel free to introduce religious controversy and philosophical discussion, but always in a plausible setting; observe the appropriate literary conventions and explain the derivation and transmission of your varied historical materials.

“If they seem over-skeptical, you might tell them that you translated the book from original records by the aid of the Urim and Thummim–they will love that! Further to allay their misgivings, you might tell them that the original manuscript was on golden plates, and that you got the plates from an angel. Now go to work and good luck!” (Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, vol 8, pages 221-222)
LOVE YOU ALL

PEACE AND BLESSINGS!!!!!!!!
Hermana Whitney

PICS FROM ZONE CONFERENCE

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! AND ALSO 9 MONTHS???

S/O to all da MOMS up in here!!!!!!! I am SOOO thankful for all of the righteous and Christ-like women I have had as example in my life… ESPECIALLY MY MOM!!!!!!!!

Highlight of the week was probably getting to skype with my fam they are SO stinking adorable.
We were able to teach a BUNCH of Less-Active/ Part-Member families this week, just by going through the Ward directory!!! In fact we invited ourselves over for dinner at a couple of their houses- It was awesome!!! One of them,Hermana Campos, invited a friend to come to dinner as well!!! His name is Benji and he ended up becoming a new investigator!!!!
We also brought out a Less-Active Sister to teach an investigator with us and it totally strengthened her testimony.
WE FINALLY got a baptism font key so ya girl doesn’t have to pick the lock with a butter knife lol
We met a sister that I’m pretty sure was schizophrenic- we were in this apartment complex and I TOLD SISTER JEPPESEN “Hey I’m pretty sure this is a like assisted living center” buuuttt we went anyways. Well she was just a little nuts and she told us about the witches that had been hunting her family for centuries and are trying to kill her, and about the girl that stole her life in North Carolina, how God wanted her to be a famous and rich singer etc… SO YA that was quiet the experience!!!!!
I also have some fun and exciting news!!!!!!! I HIT MAH 9 months!!! So imma send y”all the best pics from my honorary 9 month photo shoot!!!!!!!!! You are welcome.
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Hermana Whitney

B-DAYS AND BAPTISMS

OKAY THIS WEEK WAS AWESOME!!

PRESTON DIANA AND ADAM GOT BAPTIZED :-))

They are the cutest kids on the planet. Their families all really struggle, so it was a HUGE blessing to see them all enter the waters of baptism this week. Sometimes the thought of these peoples or new members future keeps me up at night. What will happen to them when I (or any other missionary) leave?? I would like to challenge ALL of you to get involved in your individual wards and FIND people you don’t know and REACH out to them. Read the talk ” To the Rescue: We can do it” by Mervyn B. Arnold. Literally helped me so MUCH to understand that PART of bring souls to Christ MEANS helping to KEEP these souls active in the church and STAY centered on Christ. That is why MEMBERS are the most important part of missionary work!

So we have been trying to do this in our own area and just pick out all the names on the directory that we do not know. While looking through the Mercy Springs ward list, we found a family and went to go see them. When we knocked on the door, the man told us that the Sanchez family had moved a long time ago, and wasn’t interested (he was like, in his 30’s). Later that week we saw this hooligan teenage boy walking down the sidewalk and ran to talk to him. He was SUPER NICE, and told us that he didn’t understand how he received answers to prayers when he “never got the answer he wanted”. We shared with him the plan of salvation, and gave him our phone number and drove away. After realizing we didn’t get his address, we speeded back ( pretty much stalker style lol) and asked him if we could come to his house, and he said of course! A couple of days later, we went to his house, and it was the same house as the guy that had told us that the Sanchez family had moved! A different man opened the door, and said “Sisters!!!!”. We were so confused. He had moved here a while ago from Atwater, and is a less active member!!! THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES!!! His step-son was the boy that we had stopped on the street a couple of days ago! His step-dad told us that he knew he had to get back, but he just felt so unworthy. We talked about the Atonement with him, and he cried and told us to come back and teach his family! He has another son, and is living with his girlfriend. SO COOL WE ARE PUMPED.
It was My cute companion SISTA J’s birthday this week, so we got to celebrate and it was AWESOME!!!! I LOVE HER SO MUCH. This is your bday S/O @ sisterjeppesen…

The Juarez’s threw her a lil surprise party and it was ADORABLE!!!! We also got to peel onions and talk about the plan of salvation with our investigator Jenny and her mom! Call me self reliant!!!!!

I think that’s all!!!! Peace and BLESSINS

Hermana Whitney

BAUTISMO BOI Preston & Diana)

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ADAM!!

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Wendy’s 4for4 4 da Birthday GIRL

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PEACE, LOVE, LOS BANOS

HEY PARTY PEOPLE!!!!!

This week has been LIT!!!! President Clark was right when he said SISTER JEPPESEN AND I WOULD BE A LETHAL TEAM! We are too similar sometimes it kills me. We will start with the lows for this week- We ran out of food and survived on bolli-          (Mexican popsicles) this week. We also got locked out of the apartment (LOL THX 4 FORGETTING THE KEYS SISTER JEPPESEN GEEZE) . BUT RIGHT AS I WAS ABOUT TO CLIMB THE BACK OF OUR FENCE- we discovered a fence door that we didn’t even know we had ahah.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
THE WILLIAMS FAMILY CAME TO CHURCH THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!! They are an amazing example of living the gospel! Chyna- the 15 yr old- gave a book of Mormon to her friend! SO CUTE. Keep them in your prayers though, they are going through a lot in their family right now… Their date is set for May 21st.
We were able to find so many cool new investigators through less actives it was so awesome!  PEACE LOVE Part Member FAMILIES!!!!
I think that’s about all! THX 4 all YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT

HERMANA WHITNEY

LOOK @ THIS MAGNIFICENT GARDEN SCULPTURE. I MADE sis. Jeppesen Turn the Car around so I could get a pic.

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2. To all my haters

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3. Do y’all think it’s gonna rain today bc I sense THUNDER & LIGHTNING. oh wait that’s just sis Jeppesen lol.

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