Monthly Archives: July 2015
July 27, 2015
That night we both bore our testimonies and we felt the spirit work through us as we looked them in the eyes. The room was quiet and hearts were opened. They all asked us in the end what that warm, peaceful feeling was. It may take time for them to accept the Gospel, but something I have learned is that the Gospel changes people. It stirs something in them, brings them to a new light and closer to Heavenly Father.
I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know the atonement is very real. I am so grateful for my Savior who has brought more hope, more truth, more mercy, more love than anyone else who has ever walked on this earth. He died on the cross and suffered for each and everyone of us. I know God will help us, he will bless us and comfort us. He will help us to do more, and be more, than we can ever accomplish or become on our own.
I love you all. I hope you have a wonderful, safe week. I would like to give a shoutout to my grandma who just had a birthday! Happy, happy birthday to someone who means the world to me. Who was always been there when I needed her and who is my best friend. I love you grandma. I can’t wait to give you the biggest hug.
Sok Szeretettel, Whittaker Nővér
P.S. I ate cow liver this week. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Have a great week
July 20, 2015
Hello Friends and Family!
It was another great week and by far the fastest week I’ve had on my mission. It reached up to 105 this week but yet again we are still finding all kinds of miracles around every corner.
On Thursday we had a program with a family we have been teaching every week. This time we wanted to prepare a special, unforgettable lesson that the children would love. We started off singing “A Childs Prayer” from the childrens hymn book, which songs always bring a special spirit. We read out of the book, “Értékes Vagy”, the “You are Special”, one of my favorite childhood books my sweet mom would read to me. It represents how we are all Gods children, and how we are all perfect in His eyes, no matter what others think of us. It talks about how we can always communicate and He will always be there. It’s a special book. The kids loved it and after we brought rocks to make “prayer rocks” to put on their pillows so they will never forget to pray to their Heavenly Father.
We had a great program with one of our investigators that is slowly progressing. We followed up on her reading in 2 Nephi 31. It’s a beautiful chapter that talks about Christ being baptized and recieving the Holy Ghost. It goes into the Gospel of Jesus Christ perfectly. Once we got talking about it, we felt like she was ready to get a baptism date. We confidently asked and she sadly turned down our commitment, replying that she is a Christian and was already baptized as a child. We get this concern here a lot in Hungary. After explaining the difference she still wasn’t understanding, but I don’t think her heart was open as well. You learn as a missionary that people learn when they’re ready to learn, not when we’re ready to teach them.
You have a lot of hard days on the mission. A lot of people turning you down, investigators not doing what you asked them to do or even having to find for hours in the hot sun. When times get hard, God always sends you something so sweet and amazing in return. A little taste of heaven just to show that the whole time he was with you and never left you. How grateful I feel to experience the good and bad. I’m so grateful for my Savior, who suffered every pain, heartache or sadness we’ve ever felt. I’m so grateful for His infinite love and open arms in times when I most needed Him. I’m so grateful that through His sacrifice, I can live with my family forever and live in the presence of my Heavenly Father again. All mankind is saved through the redeeming power and mercy of the Savior.
I love you all and I want to thank you again for your prayers and support. Have a great week! Don’t forget to do something nice for someone and brighten up their day. Make the world a little better by small and simple things.
July 13, 2015
On Tuesday, while sitting on a bench waiting for the bus to come, I feel something wet and heavy drop on my hand. I look down to see a big glob of bird poop on my hand and without much thought, I flung it all over Elder Martineaus new backpack. I guess there is a first time for everything.
Every Sunday we have been going to visit the most incredible family. They always have a delicious dinner prepared, we practice english and talk about religion. Yesterday we had the most amazing experience. We spoke of the restoration, and at the end bore our testimonies. I can’t explain the feelings I had, but I felt a rush of warmth all throughout my body that I have never felt before. I look over at the wife and she had tears in her eyes. I know she felt what I was feeling. The spirit is so real and can touch anyones heart. I love and adore that family! I know the Gospel is true.
Do something nice for someone, and make their day even better.
July 7, 2015
I don’t have much time this week but I want you all to know that I love you and I want to thank you for your support and prayers. I love being here on a mission and I love this Gospel.