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Elder Whitney is called to serve in the Arcadia, California mission, English speaking. He enters the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah on September 4, 2013 and will serve for two years.

This blog is being maintained by his family to post general updates, pictures from Elder Whitney, and to keep his mailing information up to date. Elder Whitney would love to get letters and emails from everyone!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Jan. 20: Week 1 of Transfer 4

So it is the beginning of a new transfer and I'm sure you're all wondering who my new companion is or if I got transferred. Surprise, none of the above! I'm still in the Creekside ward with Elder Justensen. Doesn't change the fact that I've had 6 companions in 4 transfers, but hey, maybe this will last. Maybe. 

Also, I left my planner from last transfer at the pad, so I have no idea what I did when last week, so I will try to recap as best I can. 

The first few days of the week weren't too eventful. We had a lesson with Efrain last Tuesday where we committed him to read the Book of Mormon (he's actually listening to it and reading at the same time using the app. It's pretty sweet). He also said that if he gets a testimony of these things that he will get baptized! Woot! It was a fairly "soft" commitment but he is taking this seriously right now. 

We found a new investigator, Albert, this week too. He was a referral we got back in November, but lost contact with. He really wants to stop his addictive/destructive habits, and was really happy when we promised him that we would teach him how the Savior will help him stop. I'm excited to teach him again; it is really amazing to see Christ work in the lives of people who want to change. Efrain for example, has stopped swearing of his own accord. We never talked about that, but the Spirit did. Last Sunday he wore a suit to church instead of his usual jeans because, "he wanted to look good for God." When the Spirit is working on someone, the missionaries get to enjoy watching the change happen. 

On Friday we went by the home of an investigator we picked up a few weeks ago, but he hadn't been answering our calls/texts. He didn't want to come out for a lesson, but his less active mom did want to talk to us. We taught her the Plan of Salvation (in four minutes, just saying). Each time someone learns or relearns about the Kingdoms, I see the Spirit hit them really hard. They read that Heavenly Father is in the Celestial Kingdom and they immediately ask, "How do I get there?" This member, Sis. Garcia, had forgotten everything pertaining to the church, but learning about the Celestial kingdom really made her want to return. She wants to be an example for her son, which is fantastic. 

We taught Efrain about the plan of salvation as well this week (Also the 4 minute version). He had really good questions about it as we went through it. His understanding of the Atonement deepened immensely. He also said that he wanted to be in the Celestial kingdom. His only question at the end was, "This is a pretty good plan, where do I sign?" I pointed to where it says baptism under Earth life and said, "Right here." He laughed and asked why we wanted to baptize him so bad. We told him that we wanted to see him in the celestial kingdom, but in order to get there he needed to be baptized by the proper authority. That really made him think. 

We had a regional stake conference this weekend via satellite. President Eyring and Elder Anderson spoke to us from Salt Lake City. It was a really good conference. Both of them spoke of the importance of doing missionary work within our own families. All of us are related to someone who is less active or not a member at all. Part of being saved to be in their family in this day and age is the responsibility we have to try and bring them back into the Fold. At the mission conference a few weeks ago, Bro. Donaldson from the missionary dept in SLC told us, "You have been in training for thousands and thousands of years for your life here on Earth. You have each been trained for every single day of your life at the feet of God Himself." So there's that. 

I hope you are all doing wonderfully, and that you are praying for missionary opportunities. Keep your eyes open, they'll be there!

I love you all, take care!

Elder Brett