Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sister Whittaker’s 5th Week in Hungary

August 26, 2014

Szia friends and family!

The people in Hungary are still hungry for the gospel! The work is going great and each day we find someone ready to recieve the gospel. We had an incredible week full of hollidays, new investigators and I witnessed my very first baptism. August 20 was St. Stephens day, one of the biggest hollidays in Hungary. To celebrate we headed over to Gyula, this beautiful, quaint town about fifteen minutes away from Békéscsaba. Its a tourist city with wonderful food, ice cream and a castle from the midevel times! It was beautiful and we all had a wonderful time. They ended the night with a big firework show. We didn’t get to see them, but they sounded great :)

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We put on a talent show for our members and passed out flyers to people on the street. It was quite the big hit and we had many wonderful acts. The missionaries sang, “Let It Go”. It was quite attrocious but at least we were able to get a few laughs from our crowd.

I witnessed my very first baptism this week and what a beautiful day it was. As I said in my previous email, we recieved a portable baptisimal font but satan worked his magic and we werent able to use the font because of plumbing reasons. We called everywhere and everyone to find any pool for Hajni to get baptized in and they were all turning us down. just a couple days before the baptism, we found a lake about ten minutes away that was absolutely perfect. After, we had a delicious lunch together and enjoyed the special day with our newest member, Hajni.

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We have a new investigator named Rosza and she is an absolute dynamite! She read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was true and she said that all of her questions were answered. She LOVES the Book of Mormon.

Also, you know you’re teaching the gospel too much when you start preaching what you know is true in your sleep, in Hungarian no less.


This week we have mini transfers and sadly one of my amazing companions, Simons Nővér (on the right) is leaving tomorrow to a different city. Simons Nővér has truly changed the way I see missionary work. She is someone who gets up with a smile on her face and is ready to get on her feet and work. She is been my biggest example and I know she will bless many lives wherever she goes.

week_13_hungary9I have learned this week that missionary work is not easy, and life isnt easy either. That is why we are given the gospel to get us through it all. We are nothing without His help. I sure do love this gospel and I know with all my heart that it is true.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Be safe and always know that you’re in my prayers.

Sister Whittaker’s 4th Week in Hungary

August 18, 2014

This week has completely flown by and each day seems to go faster and faster. The work is going great and we are finding new people everyday who are interested in the gospel. I truly love it here in Békéscsaba and I marvel everyday of how beautiful it is and to be able to serve here. This week I dont have much time but I want to tell you of an incredible experience we had.

As we were having a language study with our district at the church, a big truck pulls up at the front. A man comes to the door and has some paperwork for us to sign for a package delivery. He wheels out this huge box on a crate and leaves it for us to open. Turns out it was a portable baptisimal font! Apparently they ordered the font about two months ago and it wasnt suppose to get here for another four months. At that time, we had a sceduled lesson with our investigator, Hajni whose baptisimal date is August 23rd. She was there when we opened up the box and she was beaming. I have never seen anyone happier. It was such a bittersweet moment for all of us and I know that Hajni will be the first lucky one to use it. It was just for her right at that time.

God sure does work in mysterious ways and he is so aware of each of us.Thank you all for your love and support. I pray for each of you every day. Have a wonderful week and be safe. God be with you!

All my love, Whittaker Nővér

Sister Whittaker’s 3rd Week in Hungary

August 12, 2014

Békéscsaba is the place to be and each day I find miracles. The work is going well! Many progressing investigators, language is coming along slow and steady and I am loving the culture. I feel right at home and there is no place I would rather be.
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Our days are quite busy here in Hungary and the only time I really get to be away from it all is during personal study, which is my favorite time of the day. A time where you forget and push away concerns or fears, and focus becoming and learning more about the Savior. The first week being here, one whole hour seemed like a lifetime. As weeks went on, I find myself so excited to read and to find out what happens. I have truly learned to love the Book of Mormon and each day I try to apply everything that I read to my own life. I have already developed wonderful habits that I can take home with me and continue for the rest of my life.


week_11_hungary13Our investigators are champions. We have an investigator named Robert who is a complete hoot. He speaks English great, he loves fitness and he is obsessed with old Volkswagen bugs. He loves saying the word “absolutely” and that gets repeated quite often. Our last lesson with Robert, he gave us each a ping pong paddle key chain. We have another investigator by the name of Irén. She is the sweetest lady and we invited her to church and she came! That was the sweetest miracle. Laszló, another investigator who we met from Engli class, told us that since he has been coming to our church building his life has changed and he wants to learn more. WOW! That was another miracle. You can find miracles everywhere you go and sometimes you don’t even know it.



On Sunday. my companions and I hopped on the train and headed to Buda for my new missionary training. We got in late to Buda but luckily we were able to sleep over night in the mission home. The next morning I had training, I learned how to be a better missionary and follow mission rules with exact obedience. That same day we headed back to Békéscsaba and got right back to work.

week_11_hungary2A funny fact: Back in Utah, the worst fast food is Burger King, but here in Hungary – the best fast food is Burger King.. WHA? I had my first whopper and I was in heaven. Also, the ice cream here is incredible. Also, since it is incredibly hot here, everyone tries to wear as little clothing as possible. Speedos are quite the popular clothing.
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I am loving Hungary and I feel right at home here in Békéscsaba. Missionary work is hard, and sometimes you feel your worst, but there are things that make it all worth it. You just have to remember to not let the little things get in the way. I have learned that even if there is a language barrier, the spirit is the teacher. Never forget that.
Thank you all for your prayers and support back at home. I hope you all have a wonderful week! God bless.
All my love, Whittaker Nővér

Sister Whittaker’s Second Week in Hungary

August 4, 2014


The work is incredible over here in Hungary. This week I have seen many miracles everyday and I know the Lord has been with me every step of the way. We are never alone. 

We have the most amazing investigator named Náni who I talked about previously before. We met with her twice this week and I dont think I have met anyone more tender. Everytime we come over she has a cold beverage, crackers and cookies all layed out on the tray and beautiful china for us to use. She is just tiny and no family or friends to be with. We taught her about the plan of salvation and the restoration which she enjoyed. At the end of our lesson we asked her to say the prayer and as she began to pray she just burst into tears. She thanked Heavenly Father for sending us to her and for changing her life. Edít told us that she knows exactly why she needs to be here on earth and she loved reading the Book of Mormon. After our visit with her, she always makes sure we are leaving with some kind of gift. She is my angel.

Wednesday was quite the day. We streeted for a total of 5 hours and didnt have much success. I couldn’t feel my legs at the end of the day but I did sleep very well. :)

On Thursday we headed to Buda to get personal interviews with our Mission President. Our train was running 30 minutes late and we didn’t want to be late so we ran all through the train station and up the longest escalator that is seriously a mile long. Well, at least it felt that way when we were trying to run up it. On our train ride back we gave out four pass along cards and met wonderful people. 
Saturday we had our Kecskemét party with about 4 different zones. Many people were there and it was great to meet all the different members from different areas. We played sports, ate watermelon and got to know investigators and members.

Békéscaba is full of miracles. They have the most charming outdoor shopping area with tree lined streets, biking lanes for the Hungarians because EVERYONE is riding their bike. Everyone always has an ice cream in their hand and the weather is beautiful. I sure do love it here and I never want to leave.

I love this gospel with all my heart. It has changed my life forever and to be able to share it and bare testimony of it is indescribable. Yesterday was my first fast sunday here in Békéscabe and it was truly a blessing to hear all the members testimonies. It made me think to myself, “am I doing enough?” Because I have never seen such dedicated members.

I love this work and it is a blessing to be apart of it. I dont know where I would be without this gospel or the many people who are back at home praying for me. Thank you for all your love and support.

God be with you all!

All my love, Whittaker Nővér