Monthly Archives: May 2015
Sister Whittaker’s 51st Week
May 27, 2015
Hello Friends and Family,
This week I officially hit my year mark!! It has been a year I will never forget and I have learned and grown in so many ways that I can’t explain. My love for the Hungarians has grown, for the gospel and for the Lord. How blessed I feel to be serving in such an incredible country doing the Lord’s work.
Many wonderful things happened this week and we have the most amazing investigators. We met with the coolest guy this week and he told us how his mother passed away about 5 years ago and how much he misses her. I feel so grateful to know that death isn’t the end and soon we can live with our loved ones forever. Sister Wilson and I are so excited to teach him about God’s plan and how he can see his mother again.
We had family night this week at a member’s home and it was a great turn out. We baked pigs fat over the fire and spread the juices over bread. If that doesn’t sound appetizing I don’t know what does! Later we had dessert and ended with a beautiful testimony meeting. The spirit was so strong and peaceful hearing others bare testimony of what they know and love to be true. I love this gospel; I love the happiness I get from it everyday and knowing that I have a loving Heavenly Father up above who knows me individually.
Thank you all for your love and support. I love you all so very much. Have a great week.
All my love,
Sister Whittaker’s 50th Week
May 27, 2015
Hello Friends and Family,
Holy smokes, this week was full of all kinds of miracles. One of the greatest miracles this week was our that our investigator, András got baptized this week! I will never forget the first night we met him on the street and gave him an English flyer. Sister Nybo and I had been out streeting for a couple hours and were having no luck. We saw a man walk around the corner and we both felt very prompted to talk to him. We met with him, taught him about the gospel, and about two months later he decided to be baptized. It has been the most incredible journey with András. Zoli was also baptized the same day! He was taught by the elders and is such an amazing person! I’m so happy for them both! There is nothing more beautiful than to see the ones you love in white. It is an experience I will never forget.
Early one morning, Sister Wilson and I get a call from a random number. It was a man that had a received a Book of Mormon card and wanted to meet with us to talk about it. That morning we set up a time with him and had a great program. We ended up giving him a Book of Mormon and a few days later we get a text from him thanking us for this incredible book. He came to church this Sunday and loved it, also said he wants to get baptized!
We had another miracle this week as we were walking to the bus stop. We see a man staring at us while standing in a bar. He walks out and starts to follow us. We finally make it to the bus stop and he stops right next to us, then a few seconds later he asks if he can talk with us because he noticed our name badges. We start talking to him and he tells us how he has looked at many other churches and all he wants is to find the truth. In the past he has met with missionaries, they exchanged numbers but the missionaries never called him back. We had a great talk on the bus and gave him a Book of Mormon. He was so happy and thanked us for our kindness. We set up to meet with him this week and are excited to see what will happen. It was truly a miracle.
I know this church is true, and the gospel changes live everyday. There are people all around us who are longing to find the truth; we just need to be receptive to the spirit to find them. God will never leave us astray, he loves each of us and knows us perfectly. There may be people who are not quite ready to accept the gospel, but hopefully in time they will. As members of the church, we just need to live our lives so we will be great examples and show them the happiness the gospel brings into our lives. It may take months or years, but by small and simple things, great things are brought pass. Be the light of Christ this week. Do something nice and never forget that you have a loving, magnificent Heavenly Father who adores you. I love being a missionary. There is no better work. This week at zone conference, I heard an analogy that I loved. “Missionary work is like a rose field. As you begin to walk through the field (begin missionary work) you see all the beauty that the roses bring. But with all that beauty, it has thorns and there does come hardships and trails. Once you get to the end, you look back and see all the beauty, all the miracles and it is all worth it in the end.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. You are all loved!
All my love,
Sister Whittaker’s 49th Week
May 11, 2015
Hello friends and family!
I can’t believe how fast this week has flown by and yet again its Monday. We had such a great week full of all kinds of miracles. This week I was able to watch, Meet the Mormons and I loved it. I recommend you all to see it. Last Monday we started off the week right by going to the zoo with one of the sweetest, cutest ladies that I know. We had a great time looking at all the animals and she even brought a big box of chocolates for us to eat in the middle of the forest. I just love her.
Our investigator who has a baptismal date is still on board for baptism and is doing amazing!! I think the biggest thing I noticed is the change in him since we first met him. Truly the gospel changes people and slowly opens their hearts.
Have I mentioned how wonderful the ice cream here is? Oh happy day!
This week in Nyiregyháza they had a big concert celebrating the birthday of the shopping center in the square. They had all kinds of music, folk dancing and food. To top the night off, one of Hungary’s most famous singing groups, “Csik” came and sang. As I looked around at all the Hungarians singing and dancing along, all I could think about was how much I will miss them and serving in Hungary when my mission is over. I have loved every second of my mission. There have been hard times, good times and times that I have never felt happier. You grow to love the people more then you could ever imagine. I feel so blessed to be here as a missionary.
I have a testimony of this gospel and I know it’s true with all my heart. I have seen so many lives transformed because of the gospel in their life.
I want to wish all the mothers I know, Happy Mother’s Day! I want to thank my mom, my sister and my grandmother for their perfect, loving examples.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. I love you all so much. God bless!
Sister Whittaker’s 48th Week
May 4, 2015
We had a great week in Nyiregyháza and everyone is just dandy. Our investigators are still doing great and progressing slowly. This week we showed the “Faith in Jesus Christ” video to our investigators, and it sure brings a special spirit. There is nothing better than talking about our loving Savior, Jesus Christ.
It was a normal week full of small miracles. Missionary work is absolutely incredible, and it breaks my heart that it is going too fast. It’s hard to believe it’s almost been a year. I honestly feel like I just got here, back when I was a newby and didn’t know one word of Hungarian. Not only do you see others grow, but you see yourself grow and mature in many ways. I love Hungary, and I love the people. I especially love this gospel and the joy it has brought me. During this week we walked into a store and the woman cashier asked us why we are always so happy and smiling. It is truly because of the gospel, and knowing that there is much more purpose in our lives than we think. It is not the end, and someday all our trials and troubles will be gone and we will be with our loving, Heavenly Father again.
God bless you all. Do something kind for someone today. Thank you all again for your love and support.