Christmas

The best Christmas gift ever is when you get to talk to your missionary.   We were all here and were able to talk to him for a little over an hour.  It was just like having him here sitting in the living room.  I am so grateful that the Lord allows us to have that little bit of time with them.

 

Eating with Sis Murray, she is the best.

 

Christmas at a members home.  Zane was an angel in the nativity.  I am so grateful for the members in Michigan.  It makes my heart happy to know that he was taken care of.

December 17th 2017

hey mom love ya lots im excited to skype to transfer news comes tonight so im hoping i stay or maybe get sent out by uncle Clint and visit him for Christmas otherwise i dont want to leave. but we do get to text you info if we get transferred but as of now im feeling better a little congested but good, we got lots of snow but its melting today because we got rain i got all the packages and pizza but no groceries were left  so im not sure but this week was good we had another baptism and have been having a blast

Twelve mile bike ride in the snow then they made snow angels.

 

Twelve day of Christmas socks.

Baptism 

Santa

December 11, 2017

hey mom this week was good lots of craziness the snow started falling and so did my health i haven’t been feeling to well the last few days but its great we have 1 to 2 inches on the ground right now and still snowing but are car broke down again so… she did show up to her confirmation so all is good and have been able to get some new investigators and see some crazy cool miracles and are planning a baptism for this week so all is good just not feeling to well. weight lifting is going decent bike riding stinks in the cold and the ice is very slippery and stinks cause im sick. elder cook is doing good and im not to sure about transfers im just hoping im staying.

 

Letter to everyone (he doesn’t do this every week probably just the same stuff going on)

Whats up!

 This week was crazy filled with lots of cold weather and snow that is finally sticking and of course the great Christmas spirit! we did lots of work helping our investigators take steps towards baptism and it has been a blast! we also went tracting/caroling it was fun but we didn’t always get the warmest reception im guessing it was probably because of my voice but all together it was a pretty great week and i am seeing so many miracles and definitely blessed!
Hopefully you all are having a great holiday season and best wishes from East Detroit!
Elder Whiting

December 4th 2017

hey mom,

everything is going good this week we had a good time no Christmas party though??? i did get the package thank you so much and the groceries elder Austin said thanks. it actually isnt really that cold we have been in the 50s all December so far crazy because we had 20 throughout November. we are doing good and had a baptism but she didnt show up to confirmation so… we are working on it, i did watch the Christmas devotional it was quite short but good president uchtdorfs was my favorite. my clothes keep me mostly warm but it hasnt been to bad the last week. i did get the garments and i think i am good for now. this week was busy busy busy we got lots of new investigators and put a bunch on date so it was good we also had exchanges and interviews with president. we do use the light the world we share pass along cards about it and try to do the best we can to spread the message. your week sounds busy and exciting love ya lots.
ELDER AUSTIN IS ONE OF MISSIONARIES IN APARTMENT, YEAH BAPTIZED BUT THEN FOUND OUT IN DIFFERENT WARD SO SUPPOSE TO BE CONFIRMED THERE BUT DIDNT SHOW BUT WE TALKED TO HER SHE SAID NEXT WEEK AND WE ARE WORKING WITH TONS OF INVESTIGATORS NOT TO MUCH PLANED TODAY GOT MY HAIR CUT AGAIN BUT ITS WHATEVA.
He apologized for writing in all caps.  Then when I asked if his apartment was warm and if he wore his beanie, he said apartment is ok and I don’t wear my
beanie because they are ugly.

November 26th 2017

im doing good, this week was a little rough but its ok i did end up eating at multiple places, and i did play a little football, the weather is about 40 everyday. Elder Cook is ok but unfortunately i have been very irritated with him lately, the other elders are doing good! are investigators are doing good and one has a baptismal date for this upcoming Saturday. the single lady was the daughter of our ward mission leader. sounds like an awesome thanksgiving and you ran under an hour which is great. love ya
After asking what was going on he replied
its just been a little slow we are working with lots of awesome people and do good stuff but i just have lost some fire or just seem a little burnt out basically im just being ungrateful for all the miracles i am seeing, and today is one of the few days on my mission i wish i was back home. Elder Cook is fine we just function very differently he has actually improved a lot in the last few weeks but it just seems we are always working in opposite directions, im really just being a turd and dont know how to change it. food was great for thanksgiving didnt eat anything weird or seemed weird to me you probably would have thought it was weird because i didnt just eat meat and bread would have shocked you all!  just he district a little 3 on 3 i miss it but i dont know if i will ever get back in good enough shape again my body doesn’t seem to be a big fan of me lately.
yeah but it is crazy i can list so many things i am grateful for i dont ever think i have been able to recognize all the blessing i have i just feel i take advantage of them to much or dont respect it, i see more miracles and the lords hand each day then i did probably most my life it is amazing to be out here but right now im getting my butt kicked with frustration.
At the end of the email he sounded much better.  This just shows that all missionaries have moments where they feel like they are not doing all they can.  Satan is fighting hard to make people feel like failures.  However we are on the Lord’s side and he is there cheering us on everyday.  This was his first Holiday away from home and it was hard on both of us.

November 20th 2017

hey mom

my week was good things are going good we have been working out everyday this week is good but i am also hecka tired. the groceries were still good it was like 40 out and they were great, dinners with the members went great it was also great to be in there homes, the weather was cold and we have had a few dustings but nothing to really pile up. i have not been riding my bike solely because we built up miles when the car was broke. but thats about it we are working out details for baptism this or next weekend so it been awesome and we had zone conference this week so thats awesome. have you ever gone on to our missions facebook page? love ya sounds like you had a great week and you could definitely beat me in the turkey trot.
I asked him how he was doing, because he sounded a little down this was his response.    awh you know i should probably be playing in a rivalry game where all stakes are on the line so…… but im in a better game against the big bully satan.
This was my answer to him –

yes and one day you will be playing in that rivalry game, just not yet the Lord is preparing you for that day.  You are learning so much more than that right now.
Pictures from ward members.
They had a clothing drive and dressed Elder Whiting and Elder Cook up.

November 13th 2017

 

MOM!

so me and Elder Cook both stayed and the work rolls on it got really cold this week even snowed for a little bit hecka crazy! the gloves are working when i dont lose them it would really help if you were out here to find all the things i misplace but life rolls on. Queen creek got beat was notre dame any good? thats crazy hopefully Kenzie has started feeling better. sounds like a crazy week! some investigators are still on date not to much bike riding this week luckily we did go give a blessing at 2 in the morning Sunday morning, lets just say i miss Sunday naps
lots happened but i cant exactly remember all of it, worst thing this week was the cold best snow/meeting and getting 5 NEW INVESTIGATORS. food has been good and we actually have 2 dinner appointments coming up! and i am feeling pretty good little tired but good we had a solid work out the other day im getting weak. love ya
yeah its going to be super cold i feel like it gonna be bad. yeah it was a family but only 2 of them were in that because there kids were under 8. YEAH ITS AWESOME WE HAVE DINNER APPOINTMENT  i love being in the members homes but unfortunately the other members dont have any dinners so we will need some groceries.
(I started buying groceries from a company called instacart.  They deliver to his apartment.  It works out pretty well and I know that he is eating.)

November 6, 2017

 

hey mom whats up

this week was good we got the care back on saturday and we be meeting lots of people also tons of exchanges and having fun. we do have transfers this week but we changed the day so we don’t leave until thursday and don’t find out until tomorrow.
the weather is decent its kinda cold or really cold some days and not to much sun. the investigators are doing ok having a few things slowing us down but we are getting them there we have a couple on date for november 25th. i did get the package thank you so much
my RC loved the cd, um no member dinners this week, the groceries were great just showed right up so it was good. best moment this week was when we were teaching this guy this week and he just knew he needed to be baptized he said 100 percent yes it was so cool,
worst was probably biking in cold rain and sinking into a sink hole or just being tired. that sounds like a good week troy actually touches my area and our stake president is President Parsons. that sounds good love ya lots moma. ps as your needy ungrateful child i would like more sweaters or cardigans but not urgent just for more layers in the winter and for me to look GOOD no rush love ya lots.
As a mom I love when he tells me love ya moma.  Melts my heart.

Oct 30th 2017

hey mom

not to much we are working hard and freezing but its legit. i did get my package thank you so much. our week was sweet we had lots of fun and did a lot it started out with 2 different exchanges and lots going on but its been a blast.
so the best thing was just all the mini miracles and worst is biking in 30 degrees and rain. no basketball and the car is not fixed, we are basically out of food. we went to the ward trunk or treat it was really fun lots of people there a couple investigators.
are investigators are good just have to keep working with them. sounds like a lot of good things going on back home. do you possibly have rays email because thats awesome. and no it doesn’t make me homesick. but i did have some unfortunate events happen i ripped a pair of pants and lost my gloves.
um it ripped more across my upper hamstring from seem to seem i believe from the bike seat and yes the gloves that keep my hands warm and they were a pair of banana republic ones i got out here my first transfer, i had some gloves dad had got for me, its always awesome when time is flying and its almost CHRISTMAS.
How many months each have been out.
WE WERE CARVING THEM FOR A MEMBER WHO PUTS OUT ABOUT A 100 A YEAR

Oct 23, 2017

 

WHATS UP,

so this week we had tons of things going on and i am exhausted we have been working hard and having a blast, and i think im experiencing my first real Fall the leaves actually change colors. so this week was full of exchanges lots of biking are car breaking down again, a baptism! some really cool people lots of fun times and being a missionary what more can i say im living the life. one day at a time talking about my savior Jesus Christ and having a blast while doing. love and miss all of you and would love to hear from you.
Peace Out from Michigan,
Elder Whiting
hey, mom his week went well, the baptism was great kinda funny because he was scared of the water so it took a little bit, also funny story the guy who baptized him is his really good friend who served his mission in Gilbert and we meet that one day in the seminary building. the food delivery was great thank you so much. it is getting slowly colder we have a real cold day then warms up again then real cold. the church was hosting a clothing drive and so we were volunteering and sister Murray put me in a dress.