November 18, 2015
My post this week is for my good friend Sean who is battling cancer back home. Greetings all the way from Hungary! I just want you to know that I have been thinking of you and praying for you. My companions and I are sporting your bands and everyone here is praying on your behalf. Sean, I just want you to know what an incredible person you are. I was thinking back to the days we hung out and how much I loved being with you. You have such a way of making people feel loved and important. I always admired how positive and outgoing you were. You are amazing Sean, you will never know what an impact you made on me and everyone else. I love you Sean. #seanstrong
November 10, 2015
Hello Friends and Family,
It was such a rewarding, eventful week!
We had one of the most amazing programs this week with our investigator, Helga. We had planned to give her a baptismal date and felt very good about it. During our program she mentions how she has been praying for the perfect date to be baptized. December 5th will be her special day. We couldn’t be happier. I’m especially excited because I will still be here! We got the sweetest text from her this week telling us that one of her conferences had canceled so she decided to sit down and read 40 pages from the Book of Mormon. She is truly the most amazing person I know.
While out streeting we walked past this couple who was speaking English. Quite surprised, we turned around to ask them where they were from. Turns out, the women is from Cleveland and was visiting for only a week. Before she previously came, she had talked with a girl who had served an LDS mission in Hungary. We got talking about the Mormon church and exchanged information. What a coincidence!
We pulled out the soccer ball and had an aggressive game of futball with the elders and some of our investigators. We had a great game and in the end no one ended up getting hurt. Unfortunately, the next day we were too sore to walk.
Something amazing happened this week while out tracting. It was cold and freezing, we weren’t having any luck and everyone was telling us no. Feeling a bit disappointed, we said a prayer. Heading home I look over at a pink house and have the thought to cross the street and ring the bell. Following the promptings of the spirit, we rang the bell and no one answered. Feeling even more disappointed, we decided to head home for the night. As we were walking, we see this women walking up along the street. We stop her and get talking to her. She knew who we were and had met with missionaries awhile back. She was so happy we had stopped her! “You are always so welcome to come and visit with me. I live just in that pink house!” What a testimony builder it was for me to know that God does answer our prayers and all we need to do is listen, and through the Spirit, we can receive guidance and direction. God is so aware of us and our lives.
We have had so many incredible miracles this week. Even though we found ourselves doing hours of finding, we found new people ready for the Gospel.
I am so grateful to be on a mission and to be apart of the Lords work. I hope you all have a great week.
Sok Szeretettel, Whittaker Nővér
And a big shoutout to my cousin Talon and my best friend Kenzie who get home from their missions this week. I love you both!
November 2, 2015
Hello friends and family!
Happy Halloween! It was a wonderful, exciting week here in good ol’e Szolnok! We went up to Budapest for “greeny” training and we got a wonderful training from the AP’s, and from President and Sister Szabadkai. After we hopped on the train and headed to Kecskemét for splits with the STL’s. It was great to be back in that beautiful city, seeing some of my old investigators and meeting the members. I felt so lucky to serve again with the one and only, Sister Sholly. We started off the morning with a nice morning run, and had all kinds of programs planned for the day. We were able to set up for an upcoming wedding and we made over 600 chocolate balls. Love was definitely in the air.
We had a great program with one of our investigators who is a 65 year old fisherman. He has the sweetest heart and a rockin’ ponytail. During our program, we felt impressed to ask him to be baptized. He said YES! “I guess I’ll get dunked…can I trust they’ll pull me back up?” What was even more special was to see him walk through the chapel doors to come to church. He showed up in the cutest fisherman outfit, with his fisherman’s hat.
This week, all of the missionaries and a few members put together the perfect Halloween party, since they don’t celebrate it here. We provided food and treats, scary decorations, carved pumpkins, bobbed for apples and played all kinds of games. To top the night off, the elders set up a “haunted house” in a cellar in the pitch dark, having to dig for bones with only a few candles for light. It was a big hit and everybody loved it.
During November 1st, the Hungarians celebrate a holiday called Halottak Napja, All Souls Day. It is a holiday in remembrance of their loved ones who have passed away and they go and decorate their graves. I recommend everyone to look up pictures. It is beautiful. On Sunday, we spent the night walking through the cemetery looking at all the beautifully decorated graves and crypts. I am so grateful I have the knowledge that families are eternal, and after this life it’s not the end. We can be with our families, and the people we love forever!
I love you all so much. Have a wonderful week. God bless!
All my love, Whittaker Nővér
October 27, 2015
Hello Friends and Family,
I don’t have much time this week but I want you all to know that I love you! We saw all kinds of miracles big and small and some huge changes throughout this week.
This week Sister Withers and I were out finding some tights and we got talking to the sweetest lady that worked there about the gospel. While we were talking, I get this call from a random number. I ignore it and soon after, they start to call again. After our conversation with the lady, I call back the number and to my surprise it was our mission president. He said to get ready because we would be getting one more companion, Sister Csolity. She is from Debrecen and has been called to serve in Mesa, Arizona and wasn’t able to get her visa in time. She will be serving with Sister Withers and I for only one month in Szolnok. I feel so blessed to serve with them both, and wish we could have her longer with us! I couldn’t have asked for a better last transfer of my mission.
This week we taught the sweetest, 14 year old girl. Every week she reads from the Book of Mormon and says her prayers every night. We felt like we needed to give her a baptism date. She accepted it and said she will pray about it. We are seeing all kinds of miracles.
This week we went up to Szeged for zone training. Let me tell you, we have some great leaders in the mission. We all left wanting to be better people and feeling motivated.
I am so grateful to be here in Szolnok. I know this is truly God’s work. I know it’s true and I love being on a mission. The mission is the best thing you will ever do and the best thing for you. I hope you all have a great week. God bless!
All my love, Whittaker Nővér