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Monday, December 30, 2013

The church is true in English and the church is true in Portuguese!


December 30, 2013
Mom,
Tathy´s family looovvveeddd you guys! They thought it was hilarious how loud and burpy Michaella and Elena were. They love the fact that they have American friends. That´s apparently a pretty cool thing here.
It was so good talking with you. It totally recharged my batteries. Knowing that you all had a great Christmas and that everyone is happy made my year. It also makes me want to work harder so other families can have that happiness too:)
I wanted to tell/ask a million things too, but I don´t mind at all that I forgot. It was just like old times, talking with my family about random things while Michaella plays the recorder. Oh, how presh:)
I love you so much! Have a great week!
Love, Sister Whitney

This week was probably the best of my mission!!!!!!!!!!
First off, it was a good Christmas. We got to sleep in until 8:20. Oh my gosh was that heaven. I almost cried I was so happy when I found out we could sleep in on Christmas. After blissfully waking up well rested, I opened my Christmas presents from mom and the fam. Can I just say that it wouldn´t have been Christmas without the AWESOME cat shirt mom gave me. Seriously, best Christmas morning ever :)

 For Christmas lunch (which is like Christmas dinner here) we went to a member´s house. It was a super fun atmosphere with a boatload of people, together for the holiday. Also, they had my favorite dessert, Puddin (pronounced "poo dee n"). So, I was in heaven.

 After lunch I got to talk with my Family! It was so great to see and hear everybody. I almost cried, but I wanted to talk more so I didn´t :) It was a recharging of my batteries, talking with my family. I feel all fresh and ready to get back to missionary work :)

 And speaking of which.... WE HAD OUR FIRST BAPTISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It was so amazing and probably one of the coolest moments in my life. We’ve been working with David, our investigator, for about 6 weeks. He was a referral from a member and the elders before us taught him for about 2 weeks before we arrived here. It has been the best experience ever teaching David. He loves learning about the gospel and has really great questions too. I know without a doubt that the Lord prepared David to hear the message of the Restored Gospel.

 These past 2 weeks, we´ve been working a ton with him. He was afraid of baptism, because he knows that he´s going to make mistakes after. We ended up having a really great lesson on repentance with him. The Lord with ALWAYS forgive us. Always. I shared my favorite scripture on repentance, Moroni 6:8. I don´t know it  in English anymore, but it essentially says that if you truly seek forgiveness, the Lord with give it. (Moroni 6:But as oft as they repented and sought forgiveness, with real intent, they were forgiven.) After that lesson, David firmly committed to baptism.

 The actual baptism was so amazing. Our zone leader, Elder Castro baptized David. I could tell that David was a little nervous, but he walked into that font like a champ. It was so amazing seeing someone I had the opportunity to share the gospel with, accept the happiness of the gospel and be baptized. There is nothing like it. I had the same feeling when David was confirmed and received the Holy Ghost the following Sunday. Looking back, I can see the difference the gospel has made in David´s life just by looking at his eyes. I wish I could express better how amazing it is to see that change. It´s definitely a testimony to me that this is a gospel of happiness and truth.

 I am so grateful that I had the chance to teach David. Seeing the happiness he has makes me want to work extra hard. Missionary work is the greatest!

 I love this gospel and I know that it is true. It makes sense in English and it makes sense in Portuguese. This church is true and I am so grateful that I get to share the happy message of the restored gospel!

 Com Amor,
Sister Whitney
Christmas eve. We´re sitting in "santa´s chair" . Brasilians really like tacky things, but I love it :)(Sister Whitney and her companion were standing on the sidewalk passing out card earlier that day and because it was cloudy, she mistakenly thought she didn't need sunscreen.  I talked to one her of ward members about it and she was so cute. She told me that Sister Whitney's skin was like a baby's bottom and that she is the sunscreen police helping her to not get burned.. haha)

Our Christmas tree. totes preesh. (totally precious)
A lizard, sadly free. (Sister Whitney has been trying to catch one since she arrived in Brazil. Apparently they are super fast. I'm still holding out hope she'll get one!)
                              Classic baptism foto. There were like a billion cameras going off. 


 

                                                              My favorite picture:)
 
 
Another. I can´t tell if it´s a good one. I have a billion
 
 
 


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Joy in Brazil!




Lauren Whitney < lauren.whitney@myldsmail.net>

Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 8:11 AM

To: Pamela Whitney <p.whitney.baird@gmail.com>


 OH MY GOSH I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!! AND I GET TO SPEAK WITH YOU IN 2 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!! HORSES ARE AWESOME, I LOVE HORSES!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Lauren Whitney < lauren.whitney@myldsmail.net>

Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 8:34 AM

To: Pamela Whitney <p.whitney.baird@gmail.com>


I had a fantastic week!!!!!!!

First off, we’ve been able to find a boatload of people to teach. It is seriously the best feeling knowing that there are people to teach the gospel to. Argh! Merry Christmas to me:)

Second, we had a huge Christmas conference with all the missionaries in Missao Piracicaba. IT was so much fun! I was able to see my bffs from the MTC and my new bffs here in Brasil. Also, I understood way more than when Elder Mazzagardi came. Woot for the gift of tongues!!!

The first part of the conference was great. President spoke to us about Christmas and showed some really great clips from the church (one of them was the one you were talking about, Mom. With the kids fighting over the presents. that was my favorite). Then Sister Canuto shared a talk about some more Christmas stuff. From what I understand, the general theme was Christmas.

We had lunch after. I don´t know what it is, but being around a boatload of missionaries is the best. And for some reason, they are all hilarious. It´s probably the Spirit or something, but I was laughing so hard. Actually, it´s probably the Guarana. There were gallons of that stuff there. It is so good and I think I´m addicted (just kidding, I´m a missionary).

After lunch, each zone performed a Christmas musical number. They were good for the most part. I´m pretty sure the general population of Brasil is tone deaf, but I really admired their spirit. And I also felt the Spirit, so it was good.

I played the violin for my zone. I can´t remember the name of the song in English anymore, but needless to say, it was pretty and we did a good job. I also had to play silent night by myself. That was really scary, but it went well. Luckily nobody plays the violin here so they don´t know if I did a good job or not. Whew, what a blessing.

The rest of our week was pretty dang good too. The Elders from another ward had some baptisms on Saturday, so we took one of our investigators to it. He loved it and most importantly he felt the spirit. And.... HE IS GOING TO BE BAPTIZED ON FRIDAY!!!!!! I am soo dang happy for him!!!!!!

When I was in the MTC, our teachers always talked about knowing when an investigator is ready for baptism. I was always skeptical about really knowing when someone is ready. Well, I totally need to repent, because it is really apparent when an investigator is ready for baptism. They just get this glow, for lack of a better word, and you just know. And with David, our investigator, he is totally ready. And the reason he wants to be baptized on Friday is so that he can good to a YSA activity on Saturday. How great is that?!? So great! Missionary work is the Greatest!!!!!!!

Overall, this week has been the best! And I get to talk with my family on Christmas! Woot!

I love you all so much and I wish you a very merry Christmas!

Felize Natal! Eu sei que Jesus Cristo vive! E eu sei que esta Igreja e verdadeira!

Eu amo Voces!!!!!!!!!

Sister Whitney

 
We went to Wal Mart last Pday. It was totally Ghetto, but they had oreos, so I´m not complaining:) That´s pretty much heaven to me:)

Sister Lopes and I made dinner one night for us and some elders. I rock at being a woman in the kitchen.

 

Besties

Only american sisters in the Mission. Woot!

 

This is sister sargent, from my MTC district. I love her so much! seriously she is the best!

Christmas Conference with all the missionaries serving in Priracicaba Mission. Lauren is in the front row, third from the right in the blue shirt.
 
 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tough week in Piracicaba.


December 16, 2013
 
Ok, so this week was a little tough. 

We found this awesome lady at the bus stop a couple days back and we started to teach her. Our fist lesson went really well. We taught her about the restoration and the book of Mormon. She was super open and accepted everything we told her. We asked her to pray about the book of Mormon and the church. We also extended a baptismal date for the 28th. She totally accepted! That was awesome.

I was really excited to go back and teach her the next day, and our lesson started off really well. Her husband died a few years back and she´s been pretty sad about that. So, we taught a little bit about the plan of salvation. Eventually we asked her about the book of Mormon and if she had received an answer. She told us that she knew that the book of Mormon was true! I was so happy! We asked her if she was excited for baptism. This is where our week got hard. She said that she knew the BOM was true, but she didn´t want to be baptized. I couldn´t believe it. Here this woman had a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, but she didn´t want to be baptized. Basically, she knew that the Church is true, but didn´t want any part of it. She gave us back her book of Mormon and asked us to never come back. I honestly don´t know what happened. 

Well, I was struggling with this idea, that someone could reject the gospel after knowing it was true. I was kind of having a struggle with my faith. I´ve always had this idea that once someone gains a testimony of the Book of Mormon that they´ll want to be baptized. I really couldn´t see how this had happened. I had done everything right, we taught the lesson with the spirit, she gained a testimony, but she didn´t want any part of the church. 

But, during personal scripture study I came across a scripture that really helped me. It´s in Mosiah 23:21 and it talks about the Lord trying the patience and faith of his people. Here, these people were doing everything that they were supposed to, living righteous lives, but they still had burdens and struggles. This scripture helped me realize that even when we do the right things, when we live righteous lives, we´re still going to have struggles and hard times. We just need to have patience and faith that the Lord knows what we need. 

I´m still really sad for that lady, but I know that I did everything that I could. And from this experience, I think that my faith is stronger. Sometimes it really sucks having to grow and learn more. Trials are the worst, but once we´re on the other side of them, I think that they make more sense. They still suck though, haha. 

The rest of my week was pretty great. We had a ward Christmas party that was pretty fun. I got to play the violin too. Not my favorite instrument, but it was neat to play Brasilian Christmas music. One song was by this guy named Roberto Carlos. I liked it. Foi legal:)

Also, we had a bunch of investigators at church. That always makes me super happy, because the Chapel is a great place to feel the Spirit. Church is the best.

Well, I hope that you all have a fantastic week! I know that I will:)

Eu amo voces!

Sister Whitney
 
We found this snake walking home one night. I´m pretty sure that it wasn´t dangerous. The Elder in the picture is Elder Castro. He is one of our Zone Leaders.
(Isn't she so pretty! Looks like it pretty humid even later in the evening and she is so skinny! Must be all the hills she's been hiking! Sweet hipster glasses Elder!)

One of the ways I am learning Portuguese. The yellow ones are verbs and the blue are words I don´t know. It´s actually super helpful. (I'm glad its helpful to her because it's Greek to me! hahaha)
 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December 11, 2013


December 11, 2013 From Lauren

Oh, Mom! You have no idea how happy it makes me to know that our family is doing so well. I can tell that you are all growing closer together and loving each other more. I can’t tell you how much easier it is to do missionary work knowing that my family is ok. It is the best feeling!
Anyway, I need you skype number. I really don´t have a clue how this is going to work out. We are going to go to a member´s house on Christmas and use their computer. I´m not sure what time, probably in the late afternoon here, so maybe morning there. And if skype doesn´t work, I don´t know about the telephone. It´s all a little iffy to me,  but I have faith:)
Also, I have some random requests. Can I have some recipes for Cookies? Brazilians love cookies here (American style) but they don´t know how to make them. The less ingredients the better. Also, what is the story behind the song Danny Boy? An elder in my district really wants to know and I know that you know:) That is al l:)

 Love you :)!!!!!

 This week I am going to keep it short so I can send pictures.
I would say the highlight was that Elder Mazzagardi (area 70 over Brasil) came and spoke to our mission on Wednesday. The parts that I could understand were pretty dang great. Basically, he challenged us to talk more and to not be ashamed of the gospel. That really helped me because sometimes I am afraid of talking to strangers. It also doesn´t help that I don´t know how to talk with the strangers, haha. Anyway, this week I´ve been talking more to people on the street and in our lessons. I´ve just been telling myself that everyone needs the gospel and who am I to not share it? It´s been quite helpful l:)
Also, the work in our area is really picking up. Usually we teach 4 solid lessons a day and then have other "random" encounters with people. It´s awesome! And this week we really focused on lesson 3 in preach my gospel, The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sister Lopes and I got really good at teaching it. I actually taught half of the lesson. How great is that! I feel like I can finally contribute to our lessons as a teacher, not just a testimony bearer (which is important, but I really like to teach).
Another cool thing happened this week. I had my first fast for an investigator. She has been having trouble with quitting smoking so we decided to fast with her. We taught her a lesson about fasting and then right after asked if she would like to fast to quit smoking. She said yes and we said a prayer and started right then. Now, fasting is super hard here. It´s not the food thing that gets me, but the water thing. For fast Sunday, I almost died, haha (not really). But for some reason, this fast was really easy and I know it was because we were doing it for our investigator. Also, she made it too! And so far she hasn´t smoked! So awesome! I definitely have a testimony of the power of fasting. If you´re struggling with something need an answer, or you just want to thank Heavenly Father, fasting is the way to go. I love it!
Well, I love you all and I hope that you have a fantastic day, week, and month!
Sister Whitney

 


Just out walking around our area, going to an appointment. It´s so dang beautiful here. Though, I do miss snow. A little.
 


A member that I love to death. The only words in English she (Elianna) knows are from the Titanic. So, she calls me Rose. So precious:)


My zone:) They are pretty dang awesome. We were all together to clean the chapel for our conference with Elder Mazzagardi. I am the only american sister. Total in our mission I think we have 5 american sisters, four of which (counting me) are from my MTC district.


Sister Forsyth and me. Sister Forsyth is from my MTC district. She is hilarious and we usually make cat puns together. I love her! All these pictures are from our conference with Elder Mazzagardi.


Me and my comp. I love her to death. She´s from Santa catarina (Not sure about that spelling) which is in southern brasil. She is the oldest of 3 and has one sister and one brother. Her parents are converts and from what she has told me, they are pretty dang awesome.


Yes I have frodo hair. This is Sister Tolentino. She´s basically my bff here. She doesn´t speak english, but she is so dang funny. I love her to pieces.



 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Feliz Natal!


DECEMBER  2, 2013

Yay for my family! I love you all so much!

Anyway, this week was pretty dang good. I´ve been speaking more and for the most part, I can understand what people are trying to say to me. I still need them to explain it a couple of times, but it´s coming! I love it! And when I talk with my companion, I would say that I understand about 80% of what she says. This past week she would say stuff to me and without even thinking I would respond in Portuguese. How cool is that?!? And it is all totally form heavenly Father. There is no way I would be able to learn this fast without His help and your prayers. Thank you so much.

So, a request has been made to know what my days are like. The general routine begins at 6:30am. We get up and "exercise", but not really. Mostly we just stretch, and we definitely need it from all the walking we do. After that it´s shower time. The shower is super sketchy, but I´m slowly getting used to it. 8am is personal study, 9 is companion study, 10 is training, and 11 is language. I love studies! They help so much with lessons. We have lunch at 12 and it´s kind of a big deal. It´s like thanksgiving everyday (which btw, we didn´t celebrate at all here, so I got no turkey). We usually have it at a member´s house and we eat a ton because they´re all offended if you don´t. Oh yeah, I eat tomatoes now. Yuck, but i love these people so much that I do it for them.

Then it´s time to go out and work. I wear a ton of sunscreen because it is so hot here and we are always outside. I love it though! The neighborhoods in our area are awesome. And we have government housing in our area so the people are really humble. Plus, I get to walk everywhere and back. Awesome!

Usually, we see 4 people for lessons a day and then have unexpected encounters. Usually with less actives. They are my favorite because we get to help them rediscover the love they have for the church and the knowledge that this is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

This week was really awesome with lessons. My favorite was with one of our investigators, Joel. He has a million hard questions and I´m so grateful that Sister Lopes has an awesome knowledge of the gospel, because I don´t understand everything yet and sometimes it´s hard for me to talk. I really like Joel though because he is searching for the truth and he knows that God will help him find it. Anyway, we were talking about the plan of salvation and his son came it and started asking questions in a hostile way. Sister Lopes answer each of his questions, but he wasn´t satisfied. He turned to me and asked how I could prove to him that Joseph Smith saw God. I don´t know what happened, but i just started talking. I told him that I knew for myself that Joseph Smith saw heavenly Father and Jesus Christ because I had prayed about it and had received a powerful witness from the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith DID see God the father and the Son. It was super simple, but the Holy Ghost was definitely there, helping me speak and bearing witness of the truth.

Afterwards, it was quiet and Joel´s son didn´t have any more questions. I think they were kind of shocked that I could talk. I was a little shocked myself. And the best part was that Joel was crying and I know that he felt the Spirit testify of the truth.

From this experience, my testimony that God makes weak things strong grew. I can barely get points across in lessons sometimes, but with the Lord´s strength, I was able to say what Joel needed to hear. How amazing is that? I am so grateful for my mission and the change it has rendered on me.
 
Anyway, I hope that you all have a great week. And if there is ever a time when you feel that you can´t do it, school, relationships, life, just remember that the Lord makes weak things strong and with His help, YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS!!!!
Com amor,

Sister Whitney

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

November 25, 2013:2nd week in Brazil



November 25, 2013

I had a pretty good week. Portuguese is still hard, but I´d say that I understand about half of what is going on. I´m speaking better and I actually got to teach a part of a lesson this week. It was pretty cool because I usually just give my testimony. I struggled a bit, but our investigator totally understood what I was saying. So neat! I feel bad though because Sister Lopes pretty much does all the talking. But nevertheless, I keep trying, haha. I´m excited for this week because I started reading and marking up a Livro de Mormon. It´s actually been super helpful, so that´s another neat thing.

I love Brasil. The people are amazing, the country is beautiful, and I get to be a missionary here. So amazing. To put my love for these people into perspective, I willing took and ate tomatoes for a member during lunch. They were disgusting and awful, but I love these people so much that I didn´t care. I LOVE BRASIL!!!

Aside from tomatoes, the food here is amazing too. Food of the week was definitely this pudding stuff. I have no clue what the name is, but it tastes like if someone took a bunch of hostess snowballs and made them into a pudding. I was in heaven! Also, the meat here is pretty dang good too. Needless to say, I don´t go hungry.

The work here is going pretty well too. We have a couple of investigators that are preparing for baptism, so that is pretty exciting! Talking with people here is super easy because they love to talk. Even if they´re not interested in the gospel they will still talk with us about it. It´s pretty cool.

My favorite thing though, is talking with the members. They think it is hilarious when I speak Portuguese so they make me talk a lot. I really love them too, because they help me with my pronunciation and learning new words. And when I do mess up, they think it´s even funnier. Like the other day we were having lunch with a member after church. I was helping 2 of the ladies with the dishes and they asked if I was going to get married after my mission (Utah Mormons would do really well here because it´s the usual to get married at 18, yuck). I was like, in Portuguese, No, I’m afraid of marriage, which I thought was a good response. Unfortunately, I said something along lines of No, I don´t give a `swear word’ about marriage. They almost died they were laughing so hard. Oh, gosh.Obviously I am still learning:)

Well, I love you all and I hope that you have a fantastic week! Peace and Blessings!

Sister Whitney



 

Minha Companhera! Sister Lopes
(Notice the graffiti as well as the spiral barbed-wire on top of that wall!)

(Looks like Lauren gets the baby bed! Good to see a fan in there cuz its H.O.T.!)


The Bathroom (totally leaves something to be desired).


The front room where we study and plan.

(She has lost a bunch of weight and someone needs to help her with that hair! Can't wipe that smile off however! Just what a Mom needs to see!)



Monday, November 18, 2013


NOVEMBER 18, 2013

Brasil!

Ok, so there`s about a million things I want to talk about so I´ll try to type fast. First off, I LOVE BRASIL!!!!!!!!!! California was great and all, but I can tell that I was meant to be here. It is so comforting to know that I was set a part to teach these people and that this is where I am supposed to be. I truly never felt that way in California. I thought I did, but now I know I didn´t.

Anyway, the plane ride here was so long, but incredibly worth it. And, I met up with three other sisters from my MTC district in Sao Paulo! I missed them so much and it was so awesome to have them to talk to while we drove 2 hours to Piracicaba. The weather here is so hot and I always have frodo hair. Always. My stupid straightener and blow dryer don´t work here, so feel free to send hair suggestions :) I don´t mind too much though.

So the first day here we had our interview with President Canuto. It was really short because he doesn´t speak English, but it was also good. It´s kind of weird being around a bunch of people who are talking and not be able to understand them. IT gets better every day though. I still can´t speak very well, but I understand more and more each day.

After our interviews, we went and met our trainers. We went to the church, which is dang pretty, and sat down to talk about stuff I didn´t understand because it was in Portuguese. We sang a hymn next and while we were singing, our trainers came in. It was so cool! Then President called our names and suspensefully called out our trainers name. I was second and I almost died I was so excited. MY trainer´s name is Sister Lopes and to say that i love her is an understatement. SHE IS THE BEST!!!!! Also, she doesn´t speak a word of English, so that´s been really fun as well:) Now, I love the trainers I had in California, but Sister Lopes is my real trainer. I love her so much and she is such a great missionary. Que Bom!!!

The rest of the week has been simply amazing. Our casa is nice, we spent all day cleaning it so it´s also clean, which is good. I don´t ever go bare foot though. Too many yucky things. Also, we have lizards that live in our yard area. I love them and sometimes I get anxious to hold them.

The food is amazing here. They have lunch as their big meal, so we usually eat that with members. I´m pretty sure if you don´t eat a store full of food then it´s considered rude. So I eat a boatload. I would feel bad about eating a truckload except our area is all hills and we walk everywhere. I am convinced my 8 half marathons and the whole marathon were to prepare me for these hills. They are awful, but I love it:)
I adore the members here. They just come up and talk to me and keep talking to me even when I have no idea what they are saying. The people we teach are the same way. IT was so hard to teach lessons in California because no one would talk to us, but here everyone talks to us. They may not be interested, but they still listen. so dang awesome.

Not knowing Portuguese is a little frustrating (actually a lot), but it´s getting there. I probably sound like a dang fool, the people here don´t care and love that I´m trying to learn.

I love you all, and I am so grateful that I get to serve in Brasil now. Thank you for your prayers. They worked!

 

Te amo!

Sister Whitney

 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hey, keep your pants on:)
We had P Day on tuesday this week because we got to go to the temple. I'll talk more about that later. But for now, I GOT MY VISA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S TOTALLY OFFICIAL AND I LEAVE ON THE 11TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS MY BEST DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On friday we went to the mission office because it was sister Grant's birthday and she had some packages to pick up. I didn't really want to go because the zone leaders were going to get them anyways and I didn't want to waste time. But we ended up going down anyways and chatting for a few minutes in the office. We were just talking with the secretary, Sister Wade, and all the sudden she was like, "you know that you got your visa, right?". I thought it was a joke so I laughed it off, but she was like "no really, look at this paper". And much to my surprise, she wasn't pulling my leg and I really had received my visa!!!! I couldn't speak for like 15 minutes I was just so happy and then I cried a little bit in the bathroom, but that's not important. The take home message from this is that I got my visa and now I get to go teach people in God's language:)
It could not have come at a better time too. I love Anaheim, but I've had a hard time focusing on working here. Thankfully, now I get to be a missionary in my mission and teach people I was set a part to teach. Thank you so much for all of your prayers in my behalf. They totally worked:)
Now about the temple. Every other transfer the missionaries get to go to the temple and I was lucky enough to catch one of those trips. The Newport Beach Temple is incredible, definitely in the top 5 of the prettiest temples I have been in. I really needed this trip too. Since I received my endowments, I've gone to the temple at least once a week. But since entering the field, I haven't been able to go. I'm ok with that though, because it's my job to do missionary work among the living, not the dead. However, that doesn't mean that I haven't missed it.
This trip totally recharged my batteries and gave me a feeling of peace. So this is my plug for the temple: if you haven't been in awhile, go now. I promise that it will bless your life and that you will be able to overcome the hard times in your life.
Ok, I'm done being preachy:)
Other than those two major events this week it's been pretty low key. Actually, just kidding. With halloween and sister Grant's birthday, there was a ton of partying missionary style (mostly frozen yogurt parties). Also, the Elders in our ward baptized a man named Will. It's actually an amazing story. 2 weeks before I arrived in anaheim, the ward had a special fast for the missionaries so that they could find people to teach. Then, after general conference, 2 guys, Will and Daniel, just showed up at the church and asked to be taught. Will was baptized on saturday and Daniel is scheduled to be baptized next saturday. Talk about a miracle. It has definitely strengthened my testimony of fasting. I love food, but miracles are so much better:)
Well, the next time we chat, I will be in Brazil:) I leave the 11th at 8:15 am and don't get down to Brazil until 8:15 am the next day. Whoot!! I love you all so much and I appreciate all the support and love that you have shown me.
Eu amo voces!!!!!!! Eu estou indo a Brasil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sister Whitney
 
(from Mom) yayayayayay!!!!!! HOOOORAAAAAYYYYY!!! Its my best day too!!!! I am so dang excited for you!!!! I just mailed you a package that should reach the mission home on Thursday and mailed a couple of letters too. Watch for those before you  head out!!!!!!
HOLYYYYYYY COOOOWWWWWWWWW!!!
I LOVE YOU SO DAQNG MUCH!!! MOM
 
(from Lauren) love you so dang much too, mom:) you are the best and I miss you.
 
Classy Halloween costume I found outside in a free costume bin.

These are all the sisters in our zone. Sister Grant, me, Sister mulitalo, and Sister napigkit. I adore Sister Mulitalo and Sister napigkit. They are the best missionaries ever. Plus they like taylor swift
                                    
 
Sister Grants birthday, we may have had an icing fight....

Yeah. I'm the only one doing a dorky face!
 

Wills baptism! He is golden!
 

This is Sister Ames. She's basically my bff out here and she was also a visa waiter. Luckily, we both got our visas so we get to be travel companions again (we flew out here together)! I love her so dang much!
 





Triplet Sister Missionaries!

Santa Rosa Temple
 
 
Ward halloween party. We set up a spook ally for the kids. Do you recognize the mask? haha
When Lauren was about 3, she discovered my mask that is exactly like this skeleton. She was terrified of it and it also glowed in the dark. If you know Lar, you know that she doesn't let anything frighten her. She wore that mask for days until it wasn't frightening anymore. Here are some previous Halloween costumes that I found down memory lane.
Joan of Arc, 5th grade

Hula from Aunt Jenny in Hawaii, Age 4

Oh Jafar! This was everyday, not just Halloween.

Witch costume I made for all 3 girls age 9.

Zena the warrior princess age 3
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 28, 2013



Weekly update Oct 28 201

FROM ME TO LAUREN:
So this is the update on Adler: p.s. he was baptized yesterday!
“Adler is doing well.  We are moving through day by day.  Hopefully Adler will make counts on Tuesday, and so it will be his last chemo!  Three weeks after that will complete his treatment.  We will do more scans and testing, we hope to hear that he is in remission at that time.  Adler's hair is a funny thing.  We didn't know why it started coming back in, his doctors were stumped as well.  Yesterday, for no understandable reason, it started coming out in big chunks.  We are pretty sure he will be a bald eagle again soon (Adler means eagle).  He turned 8 last week and we have had a wonderful week of celebrations.  Thank you so much for all who have helped us in so many ways and continue to pray for us.  We are blessed to be loved so well.”

Ok, So I've written you a bunch of letters to catch you up on stuff, so look for those in the mail. Can you send me more pictures???????? I also need your address so I can google earth your apartment. Is there anything that you need darling? I have a package coming your way this week as well. I haven't mailed it yet, so let me know if there is anything else I should put in it that you need.
      


 
Lauren Whitney < lauren.whitney@myldsmail.net>
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 11:49 AM
To: Pamela Whitney <p.whitney.baird@gmail.com>
That's great about Adler!! Yay yay yay!!
Here is my apartment address. Feel free to send mail here as well. Also, if you do write me, make sure you put Sister Lauren Whitney because there is another sister Whitney in this mission. Crazy right?
 
Sister Lauren Whitney
160 W center St.
Promenade #208
Anaheim, CA 92805
 
I would send you more pictures, but I really don't take that many. I try and do better.
 
 
Love you!!!

 



 
 
 
 
Lauren Whitney < lauren.whitney@myldsmail.net>
 
 
 
 
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM
To: Pamela Whitney <p.whitney.baird@gmail.com>
Two months down.
So, we're supposed to only share the spiritual stuff in our letters home, but I think this is a pretty dang great story. I went on exchanges (i was with a different companionship for 24 hours) with my sister training leader, Sister Napigkit, and her companion, Sister Mulitalo. We had a great time and I learned a boatload of stuff, but the great part of this story happened during morning exercise. I was doing some strength stuff and then I got it in my head to challenge sister Mulitalo to an arm wrestle. Ok cool, what's the big deal is probably what you are thinking. Well, Sister Mulitalo happens to be an amazing volleyball player. She's also a poly. Well, we gripped hands and braced for the combat of strengths. It was touch and go for a good minute or two, both of us at equal strength. I was starting to lose hope and thought that it was surely the end of my undefeated rein, but then a miracle happened. Sister Mulitalo gave in and I totally crushed her in our arm wrestle. That's right, I beat a poly in arm wrestling :) Haha
The rest of my week has been almost as blissful l:) Our ward had a Halloween party on Saturday and we were able to help set up a spook ally and decorate for the party. For food, we had a chili cook off between the wards. Our ward actually got the prize of best chili. It was so righteous. Also, we had some investigators show up and they had a great time. So, hurray for the work:)
I love being a missionary, even when it gets hard. Two months have flown by and I’m really sad to see them go, but I am so excited to see what the next 16 months have in store. I love you all and I'm sorry this week is so short. No time:(
Peace and Blessings. Happy Halloween too
 
Love Sister Whitney
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