I love where I am serving. I love reading The Book of Mormon, this week we are in Alma 37. It’s about Alma talking to his son Helaman. God has commanded Helaman to take the plates. They are sacred and special in that they have a purpose which Alma didn’t fully understand, but God commanded him to write in them. Now we know it was for us in our day. It made me ponder how like the plates we are saved and are sacred—We all have a special purpose in this life. I especially love verse 14. It says, “And now remember, my son, that God has entrusted you with these things which are sacred”. Will you trust in God’s plan that he has for you? Which is very, very special and no one else can fulfill it, except for you. 🙂
Any ways, I am glad that you are doing great. I have never been happier in all my life as I have been while serving my mission. It is one of the hardest things I think that I have done, but it is so rewarding to see the light of the Christ change someone’s life. It brings me so much happiness. I love all of the people that we are teaching. Well I better go, but I love you and thanks again for your prayers and support. I am so excited to see what God has in store for the people in my mission. Take care!
The blooming has just begun here in the Hunter Copper Hill Stake! Yesterday we had fast and testimony meeting. One of our less active members Brother McDonald said his testimony. It was one of the sweetest testimonies I have heard in my life. Brother McDonald said many years he tried here and there to quit smoking, but it has been better since he has been reading the Book of Mormon and has the strong desire to be sealed with his wife together forever. He said how grateful he was to have his “girls” (Sister Joseph and I) to never give up on him. He was grateful for God not giving up on him as well. I am so happy for Brother and Sister McDonald having the desire to go to the temple. I know that he will be so blessed. It amazes me how the Atonement can really change someone. I have seen Brother McDonald before and who he is becoming now. The Gospel is so beautiful. I am so excited to take them to temple square this week!
It breaks my heart when Satan is trying so hard lead God’s children away. Yesterday Mike and Wendy (less active) came to church and I couldn’t help, but notice Wendy was really upset. So I came up to her and asked her what was wrong. She told me that her dad wants her and Mike to move out. They were both sad because they love our ward and they love us. I didn’t know what to say or do. So I prayed to God to help me know what to do. I gave her a hug and asked her if there was anything we could for them. She said no. So through during sacrament meeting I felt prompted to put my arm around her. She was grateful that we sat by them and that I put my arm her. She felt like that’s what Our Heavenly Father would do. We have an FHE appointment with them tonight. Hopefully everything is a lot better! Lastly, Amber (returning member) got her patriarchal blessing yesterday. Sister Joseph and I are so happy that she is progressing and has a stronger desire to know what Our Heavenly Father has in store for her in life.
Well I better go, but I love you all and thank you for all your prayers and support like I said the blooming has just begun here and I am so excited for what God has in store for us missionaries and these great people.
This last week has been really busy. This last P-day we went to the zoo with a member family. It was really fun and Sister Joseph and I were able to meet new people. I meet a girl that got her mission call to Orlando Florida and reported to the MTC last Wednesday. Last Wednesday we had the opportunity to go with member to do baptism for the dead. Our plan was to go to the Salt Lake City temple, but as we drove by, it was closed. So we decided to go to the Jordan River temple. The Spirit was so strong. I have learned to really enjoy going to the temple to do baptism for the dead. One thing that my mission president has taught me is “if you hate doing something, keep doing it until you start liking it”. Friday we had a ward activity it was so much fun. All the little kids started running towards us and said “hi missionaries” and gave sister Joseph and I hugs. It melted my heart! We played soccer with them; it was so much fun. After that we talked to all the inactive members and scheduled our appointments with them. The mission field is so busy we are mostly doing FHEs. I have learned to really enjoy FHE. Please always do FHE with everyone. It so important and it is commandment of God. It will help us to be strong with our family and get to know them better. As well as it brings many blessings. What we do in FHE is we ask a member to ask a non-member or inactive member to come to their home and we teach the lessons. After the lessons are we ask if we could come over do another FHE in their home sometime next week. I am so glad that you all went to Alaska. I hope you all enjoyed it, especially grandpa. I am working my hardest and my best to do what God what’s me to become and be the best missionary He has always knew I could be. Thank you for all of you support! I love you all. Take care.Love, Sister Whitney
I hope you had a wonderful week so far! This week for us has been great! We had Katheryn Turner, an inactive member come to church this Sunday! Yay! We are so happy for her! We also had Natalie and her son Payson go to church with us for the first time in many years. She shared her testimony and life story during Sunday school. The Spirit was so strong. Sister Joseph and I are so excited. Another cool experience was on Friday I had the prompting to go visit a lady we have seen, but isn’t ready to go back to church. Anyways we went to her home. Sister Jordan was very depressed. We asked what was wrong and she told us that she just found out that her daughter went to jail because of drugs and her grandson doesn’t have a place to stay because of his mom going to jail. Sister Jordan told us she wished she could help him, but she felt hopeless. After listening to her, we asked if we could share a spiritual message. I shared D&C 121:7-8 the Spirit told me that the trials we have in life are just a small moment compared to heaven, and that God is fully aware of what you are going through. And if you put your trust and faith in Him; He will lead you and guide you through these hard times. The Lord loves you Sister Jordan. God knew this life wouldn’t be easy, but as you go to the Lord I promise He will make your burdens light. Today we went to the temple and found out that the video that they have been showing for years was finished and they released a brand new one today.! We were the first ones to see it! You have to see it! It is wonderful! Dad I’m so sorry you have to go back to Kotzebue I will keep you in my prayers. I love you and thank you so much for supporting us for many years, including now when you hardly see us. Mom, keep up the good working by inviting inactive or investigators to participate in the activities of the church. I love you and I am grateful for you example. Tell grandma Peterson thank you for the letter and the $20, I will try to write to her sometime this week. I just have been very busy, but I really appreciate it. I hope you are excited to go back to school Celeste. It is a very exciting time in your life! Please always set a good example to others. Try to think what would Jesus do. Well that’s what is happening with me. I hope you have a wonderful day/week. I love you all! 🙂