February 26th 2018

Hey Everyone,

this week has been a blast we have been working with some amazing people and doing our best to push forward the work while all the time exploring the amazing place we call Detroit… i cant even describe what its like because it sounds like i do the same thing everyday but it is really never the same it is an adventure in itself leaving the apartment and coming back later that night, I LOVE THIS PLACE! there is just never a dull moment and the people are the best. this week was filled with exchanges running around and meeting with some of the amazing people we are working with and they are working towards baptism in the beginning of March! Also it was my comps birthday so we had to party Elder Peterson hit the big 20. OVERALL another Excellent week in Detroit!

 

February 19th 2018

Hey Mom,

This week was good not to cold but really cold at the same time but all is going well.  Besides that the week was great we had tons of meetings but we have been meeting with that family they are amazing and its been a great week. The good has just been all the miracles and the bad is how tired i am but all is well love ya!
Every week I ask him to tell me a good thing and a bad thing about his week.  This week he sent pictures of his area and of the family that they are teaching. This family looks amazing and loves having them over.

February 12th 2018

In my email to Zane this is what I said.

So what is up with this letter I got on Thursday saying you are an AP.  What ?? what?? Were you going to tell us or just let it be a surprise?  You are an AP is that why you needed your phone so soon.

This was his response:
hey mom how are you?

yup so i became an AP i guess it kinda just happened and that is why i need the phone so quickly it hasn’t delivered cause i needed to sign for it and i wasn’t there so i just signed the slip they left but they weren’t able to deliver because of the storm we had. it is basically helping president out in lots of stuff like meetings and decisions and doing our best to help him with the overall function of the mission, we have not to much daily stuff just calls from other missionaries when have questions but mostly just weekly stuff but we are in the office alot it might be better to send packages there not sure though. and we still do exchanges and are in charge of our area so lots going on. went to the temple this week as well for the 1 year trip just a little after but it was awesome and we are working with some amazing people its going well but the snow has been crazy like a ton.
love ya
Then I asked him if he was surprised and he said
i was surprised it was definitely not anything i was expecting,  there is alot more work and we still have an area that we are over.
I know he is being blessed by everything that he is doing right now.

Transferred???

I asked him so many questions this week and all he had was one sentence answers.  I asked him if he was still a district leader or did he become a zone leader and he said no.  I told him well that works now you have more time to go out and teach.  These were his answers this week.

So im back in south field ward but serving in the south area so detroit and my new companion is elder peterson.   yeah he is great he is from utah and served as my zl when i was in south field before, we do have some investigators this man named ralph and a really cool family we are working with

He let me know he needed a phone as soon as possible.  Most U.S. missions have smart phones now.  Still only access is thru email on p-days but they can get on Facebook and Instagram as they share their testimonies.    There were no pictures this week.
On Thursday of this week, we received a letter from the Detroit Mission Home.  In the letter it stated Dear Elder Whiting, Thank you for accepting the call to serve as the Assistant to the President.  We appreciate your willingness to serve.
I about died.  This kid is A.P. and didn’t even tell us anything.  He is so humble and willing to serve.

Jan 29th 2018- Transfers

hey mom how are you?

it is crazy that this month and transfer are closing up but we arent getting any warmer we are actually getting a bunch of snow today. but overall the week was pretty good no miracle baptism but lots of new investigators. i still dont know if i am getting transferred but who knows but the roseville area is getting a new apartment so either way i will be moving. we definitely did have miracles though but just got to keep working. the weather was real nice last week got all the way to the 50s for a brief moment but like i said cold and snowy again. the hives rarely come around and not to many headaches anymore. but overall i have been feeling pretty good. the craziest thing this week was the people we meet. the thing i didnt like the most is one of our investigators kind of dropping us and going mia.
Weather looks a little colder than AZ.

January 22nd 2018

so overall this week was sub par besides interviews with president which went fantastic! but things are going as good kinda frustrating a times no joke its tough hitting the hump i feel like dad old but not quite an old fart.
WORK OUTS ARE GREAT! sad but sometimes the highlight of my day, dad isn’t that old i’m over 50 in mission life but everyone tries to make it to a 100 out here. President was just very reassuring that the lord is pleased with what i’m doing even though sometimes i think i’m not so good or get frustrated or irritated with how things go. it was subpar because we had a lot of potential success fall through especially for the month of January and i’m just kinda disappointed but we set a goal to baptize this weekend but we have no one on date right now so we need a miracle.
They got to go to the international car show so there are lots of pictures this week.  I told him at least they chose a girl that was dressed nicely to get a picture with.  He said it was kind of funny because she is a member and from Salt Lake City and was so happy to see the missionaries.

Jan 15th 2018

 

 

hey mom

Our week was good just a little slow but thats alright a little warmer but its dropping again so… we did get the groceries i was there and got them from her so it was good. im feeling ok real tired but its the usual on the mish.
i  might need better socks but my toes weren’t as bad this week. the investigators are doing good and we are working on a few things but it looks promising, and unfortunately Deangelo couldn’t make it to church this Sunday.
i did get the package the cookies weren’t to hard.  tender mercies one that i havent gone crazy um and this less active we are working with coming back to church is already reading 2 hours from the book of mormon a day and one of our investigators got the ok to walk on his boot which he hasnt been able to for like 3 months.
Some more pictures of the cold.

January 8th – Freezing like a popsicle

i was a frozen Popsicle this week man the high was like 10 before today jumped back up to 30, we had a relatively good week and stayed pretty busy so thats all i can ask we did bike in the snow but im not as sore as i was but the workouts have been going good. our investigators are great but have been going through some tough making tings a little tough but i love em. i didnt eat at any members home this week but its ok our apartment is warmish and we do alright at night. all the elders are doing pretty good and nobody is sick so thats fantastic! the best part of the week was Deangelo coming to church it was awesome  AND BIGGEST BUMMER WAS LOSING FEELING IN MY TOES. sound like a crazy week but thats awesome. love ya
We were freezing is was -3 one day.  (Look at the frost on his eyelashes on the one where he is working out. )
Only 32 degrees so why would he need a jacket or anything.  It was warm outside he said.

January 2nd 2017- 1 year mark

hey mom how are you? its great to start a new year, i have some goals to help 10 people be baptized and read the bom everyday and get back in shape. the week was good but it is super cold but thats alright we met lots of cool people. our investigators are doing well we have 2 who are working towards baptism this month i did get the packages thanks so much im super sore the workouts have been kicking my butt, i did get the groceries, this weeks plans is to help our investigators as much as possible. Elder Cook is doing well i love the kid  but we re doing good. we have the giraffe in the yard now! also i burned my shirt for the 1 year..

 

 Working out .

1 year down 1 year to go.  It is all down hill from here.

December 26th 2017

hey mom

it was great seeing you yesterday and winter has been brutal it is like 5 degrees right now, the stuff was great the extra blanket saved me last night and its awesome it was super weird being out here it didnt feel like christmas at all but it was great!
it was super weird talking to you guys it felt like i was in the living room,
love ya lots.
A little cold in Michigan.  This is the blanket we got for him for Christmas he said it saved him Christmas because it was so cold.