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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!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Earthquake! Or, week 4 of transfer 5, Mar. 31

Hi everybody! So first things first. Earthquakes are pretty legit. We
had quite a few this weekend, and while the locals are praying for
them to stop, I have enjoyed every single one of them. The first was
definitely the best though.

Monday 3/24- we had a zone activity in la puente where I learned how
to play tomahawk ball, which is pretty fun. On a basketball court, you
play ultimate frisbee with a football and the goal is to put the ball
in the hoop. It's a pretty fast paced game. In the evening we taught
Adrian again. He had some questions about family, and wanted us to
explain some of why we need to be sealed in order to reach the highest
degree of glory within the celestial kingdom.

Tuesday- we taught Adrian again, except for this lesson he asked that
the sisters take the lead in teaching him the restoration. Which was a
little weird, but it was still a good lesson. We met with a less
active member from Thailand in the evening and we were able to teach
her the restoration as well. She really appreciated us coming by, but
a few days later called us and told us not to go by anymore :(

Wednesday- we were able to find Andre at home. He was pretty sick last
week, but is better now. We talked with him about reading the Book of
Mormon. We saw a few other people throughout the day, but nothing real
exciting to report.

Thursday- district meeting this week was on planning to find people to
teach. Hopefully the sisters got something useful out of it. I often
worry that they won't take me seriously since most of them have been
out much longer than I have. After some in-n-out we met with Adrian.
We read ether 2 and 3 and talked about the three different ways the
Lord answers prayers. He agreed that more often than not, He tells us
to figure it out and tell Him the plan so He can help us grow. Adrian
also took us out to eat as a social experiment. He said he wanted to
know what the stares felt like.

Friday- we had a pretty good weekly planning, then we got some intel
from the sisters that some formers needed some help with yard work. So
we went over there and helped out for a while. They weren't all that
interested in learning again though. Then we went into la puente to
find some people. One less active we found was really glad to talk to
us. She wants to feed us this week, and hopefully we can get them to
watch some of conference. Friday night, just as we were gonna start
planning, was when we felt the first earthquake. It was a 5.1 centered
in La Habra which is pretty close. The whole house has a lot of glass,
and everything was shaking and rocking back and forth for a good 15
seconds. The power got cut out for about 30 minutes too. It was
awesome. We had a few aftershocks that were pretty good too.

SaturdayOn Saturday we were at the church when the second big one
came. It knocked a few things off the wall of the church. Some members
asked if we were okay, and we just replied, "yeah we're good. Just
getting some revelation that's all!" It was a pretty sweet one. Not as
forceful or long as the first though. We taught a couple less actives
in the afternoon/evening. I think we can get one of them to come to
church again.

Sunday- We had Adrian and Efrain (finally back from El Salvador) at
sacrament meeting. It was fast and testimony for us stateside Mormons.
The whole ward was fasting for a member of the bishopric who got in a
pretty terrible motorcycle accident last week. Apparently he flew 140
ft from where the car hit him. So that's pretty scary, but he's in
good spirits and starting the long road to recovery. We taught Virgil
about the Book of Mormon after church and Efrain in the evening. Both
lessons went pretty well.

That was my week, I hope you all had a good one too! I also hope that
you've been figuring out what questions you need answered at
conference. It makes it way more meaningful. Love you all!

Elder Whitney