Monthly Archives: June 2014
Sister Whittaker’s 5th Week at the MTC
June 26, 2014
This week has been extremely busy, many bittersweet moments and incredible events. The Finns and Albanians left this week to go into the field. It was hard to see them leave but they left a huge mark on all of us. It’s just us – the crazy Hunns left. We got new Finns this week and they are awesome. There is 9 new elders and just 1 new sister.
This week was absolutely incredible and busy. The highlight of my whole week was our devotional on Sunday, hearing from our incredible speaker, Janice Kapp Perry. She composed, I Feel my Saviors love, Army of Helaman, As Sister in Zion and many many more amazing primary songs. I LOVE her! She told the sweetest story about how she met her husband. While she was preparing for a clarinet performance and softening up the clarinet with her lips, he said, “you know, those lips were definitely made for more than just playing the clarinet.” All of a sudden her adorable, 80 year old husband gets up and gives her the biggest kiss! All of the missionaries went wild! To top the night off we watched The Restoration movie. The spirit was incredible, and as I look back at all that Joseph Smith went through, I am incredibly humbled. I am so blessed to be apart of this amazing church. I know with all my heart that this is the true church and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. I know that Heavenly Father answers our prayers whenever we ask. It may not come when we want it to but it does. We are never alone and God will always send someone to help when needed. I know that we have angels walking with us and watching over us. Being a missionary, you are so close to the veil and everywhere you go you feel a sense of love and peace. I am so blessed to be apart of this church. It has brought me so much happiness and peace.
Thank you all for the love and support. It has been a humbling week, especially because I was able to see Elder Bednar, Elder Oaks, Elder Ballard, Elder Anderson and Elder Nielson. I know that they are angels for us here on earth. I know they are true Servants.My best friend, Hermana Dalrymple left on monday to Mexico. It was so hard to see her go but because of who she is, her sweet spirit and the love she shows to everyone I know that she will be an incredible, spiritual power house. I love you McKenzie Dalrymple, thank you for your example to me and so many others.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. Be safe and know that you’re always in my prayers!
Sister Whittaker’s 4th Week at the MTC
June 20, 2014
It has been a hard week but incredible! The MTC has been great. I can’t believe that in just three days I hit my half-way mark and then I am off to Hungary. The Hungarian language isn’t getting easier but I believe that if I’m doing everything I can, by being obedient, diligent and having A LOT of faith, then He will bless me on his own time and fill my mouth with Hungarian right when I need it. I have a new companion! Her name is Sister Bedgisoff, she is a solo missionary and wow, I am so lucky to have her because she is an absolute sweetheart. You are all probably wondering why she is a “solo” missionary. That means that she is the only sister going to that mission. She really is incredible and I’m lucky enough to be her other half. I’m still with my great trio, but only in class. I sure love them too
I want you all to know that I love you and I’m praying for you. Thank you for your continuous love and support, you will never know how much it means!
Love, Whittaker Nover!
Jo Napot! | Sister Whittaker’s 3rd Week at the MTC
June 12, 2014
It has been an incredible week! I have truly felt the saviors love and guidance. Last thursday after our P-day ended we headed over to TRC – where volunteers come and we teach them a short message to get practice. I can’t tell you how nervous I was..I felt like I was going to pass out but luckily I stayed on my feet. Our first volunteer was absolutely DARLING! Her name was Kirsten and she served in Hungary 2 years ago. We weren’t aloud to speak any English, but Kirsten made my companions and I feel extremely comfortable! I was having the best time until I found out we had to teach another lesson. Again, I started to feel weak in the knees. To meet our next volunteer we had to do a door approach. I look in the window and its two men! One was FROM Hungary and the other served in Hungary a few years ago. I was horrified!! I knocked on the door and smiled extremely big and waved and they really got a good laugh from that. Let me just tell you, I didn’t speak much but I loved hearing them go off together in Hungarian. They spoke incredibly fast and I only understood two words but the spirit was definitely in the room. After I left TRC, I was on an extreme language high and the rest of the night I spoke Hungarian. The love I had for them during the lesson was like nothing I can explain. It made me want to work even harder with the language so I can talk with the amazing Hungarians. I can’t wait to go there!!
This week, Elder Aintablain got fake mustaches from his family. Before class we planned out the perfect prank to pull on our teachers, Sister Skiba and Brother Runnells. When our teachers turned around to write on the chalkboard we immeditely put on our staches, We got them real good Especially Brother Runnells.
I can’t tell you how much I love it here! Everyone is so friendly, the spirit is incredible and I love my teachers. We got a new teacher, Sister Christensen!! She is an absolute sweetheart and always helpful. Also, the Albanians and the Finns leave in two weeks. It will be extremely hard to see them leave but I know they will bless so many lives wherever they go.
Every time we have gym, our whole zone gets together and plays volleyball. We have the best time and it’s defintely nice to free your mind from studying Hungarian all day.
Guess who came to speak with us on our tuesdays devotional? Quinton L. Cook! AMAZING. While he was wrapping up his talk he mentioned something to all of the missionaries. He put a blessing upon us that we wouldn’t feel incapable or discouraged. Wow! There was such peace throughout the devotional, AND I was 15 feet away from Brother Cook.
Yesterday I had the oppurtunity to host. The first two sisters I hosted were international, meaning they’ve been here for a day and we had to move them to a new room. One of the sisters was from Switzerland and she was the cutest. She spoke great English. The other sister was from Aulstralia, and she spoke no english! That was a big struggle! We couldn’t find her luggage and the poor thing didn’t know what we were saying. Luckily Lance Oldroyd (coolest guy I know) saved the day and figured it out. We were able to find her bags and get her to class.
As I was hosting, I was walking up the sidewalk and guess who was getting dropped off!? Nicole Nielson! It was so great to see her. I was lucky enough to be her host and help her out. She looked so happy and ready.
I absolutely love it here. I wanted to thank you all for your love, support and prayers! The language is still a huge struggle but I know that will faith, obedience and diligence, the Lord will bless me at the exact moment I need it. It’s all about baby steps, right!?
I love you all and just know that you’re always in my prayers! Have a wonderful week!
Love, Sister Whittaker (Whittaker Nover)
Sister Whittaker’s Second Week at the MTC
June 5, 2014
This week has been difficult, but it’s been an amazing learning experience. I have never prayed more to the Lord and relied on the spirit than ever before. You definitely learn humility learning a different language. The language is coming along slow but I am so blessed to have a district who is getting the language down and can help me anytime. We have all become best friends and my zone couldn’t be better.