Monday, September 16, 2013

September 16

Jesse – Phone Call – September 16, 2013

I had the opportunity to talk to Diana last night and Jesse this morning as we shared the news of the passing of their Mema.  Jesse was very much at peace and said that it never felt bad, just peaceful.  I am so glad that he had that blessing.

He was able to talk to me a little about his mission, and it was interesting that he slipped into Spanish and had to think about words in English.  He said that there is one person in their ward who speaks English to him and that it is really strange to hear it.  It is really cold there this week,  it has rained for 6 days straight.  Which is a lot of rain for an Arizona boy. It is cold enough that when you sit in someones house and talk to them you can see your breath.  The people there are amazing.  The young men in the wards teach every Sunday - they teach 30 minute lessons.  The people are very strong in the gospel. But the living conditions are hard which makes him very grateful for the blessings we have.  He only really eats one meal a day - the members usually feed them lunch, which is the big meal of the day there.  They make the lunch and then give it to the missionaries to take back to their apartment to eat.  They drink a lot of Coca-Cola - that is what all of the members give them to drink, Coca-Cola or juices.  They ride the bus everywhere they go, ride the bus and walk.

They brought an investigator to church yesterday and she wants to baptized.  He was excited about that.

He said that is true what they say about missions; "The days are long but the weeks are short".  The days seem long when you are out tracting, but then the weeks fly by.

Diana e-mail - September 16, 2013

Well hello everyone!!
You know grief is a funny thing, it comes in stages sometimes i will be laughing about a happy memory and then all of a sudden i will be in tears. but i am ok i know that families can be together forever. Last night when i found out i cried and when i was going to bed i cried some more but I could feel mema there telling me she was ok even though i was sad and all i was doing was crying i never once thought "i want to go home" I wish i could be there with everyone but being here in Washington is where i am suppose to be and i know i just have one more angel on the other side looking out for me. 
I know that Mema is on a mission and she is probably really busy right now. I am so proud to be in this family!!! Everyone I meet the first thing they hear about is my family because on a scale from 1 to a 100000000 my family is 20000000000000000 on the totally awesome scale and i know Mema feels the same. I know that families can be together forever. I was asked once ' why would you want to give up 18 months of your life for this?" and the answer is because this church is true and it makes me soooooooo happy and i want other people to feel the same happiness i do. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is once again on the earth and i know that My family will be together forever. I am going to be the best missionary i can and i will work hard because i know that's what mema is doing. and i feel better about my future husband because mema is going to help me find him when i get off my mission she is going to pick a good one. well the church is true i love my family and i will keep working hard!
i love you all so very much stay strong and know that the Lord loves us.
love sister whetten 

Diana email - September 10, 2013

Well hello family and friends!!!
 This week has been a good one. We had exchanges on Tuesday and i went to another area near the ocean and  it was beautiful and the people we awesome!! while i was there we tracked into this lady and we hit it off really well and i was so happy to meet her and she wanted to here more about the gospel. well after everything sister Goodrich who has been in that area for a whole year has not been able to get a hold of her the whole time she has been there, so it is intestine that God knows where we need to be and when.
Well transfers are today and I am leaving the Cottage Lake ward =( I have really loved it here and I love my district leader and zone leaders and the people the ward has been so amazing and when I found out i was leaving i started to cry because we just got a new investigator and i really wanted to stay. but i realized because i don't like change the Lord is going to open my eyes and make me like it lol but yeah we go to the mission office today at 2 and i find out there who my new companion is and where i am going.
so back to my week and being where i needed to be sister Nelson and i were companions for a day. Sister Nelson was one of my MTC companions she was the one with the red hair. That was the best day ever we just really needed each other and it was so much fun. we made banana bread and it tasted so good!!!
It is so amazing that the Lord doesn't just listen to my prayers but to his other kids too. lol I get so caught up in my little Diana world that sometimes i forget that i am not the only one. I was able to be the answer to someones prayers and i was blessed to be able to see that, some times the Lord lets us see how he is directing us to help others. and other times we don't need to know.
Heavenly Father is so amazing. The people of Woodinville have left there mark on my heart and I really was and am heart broken that i have to leave. but what that shows me is that i am doing what i am suppose to be doing. Loving the people of Washington and letting them into my heart, because if i didn't care it wouldn't hurt. So Heavenly Father is showing me that love has no boundaries no limits no race or color. my heart is not limited and sooner or later i will learn.
I love you all and I really do feel your prayers on my behave. It gives me so much joy to know that i have such an awesome team of people in my corner backing me up. I hope all of you are able to have missionary experience and remember you don't need a name tag to share the gospel. the gospel is what make you, you and just be yourself, and let the missionaries handle the awkward part lol   Well have a great week and dont forget the Lord will bless us with opportunities to share the gospel when we ask. We where taught once that we as missionaries need to talk to everyone because everyone we meet is a referral from God.
love you lots!!!!
Sister Whetten