Monday, September 28, 2015

"I can't describe the feeling I have right now....My heart is torn...."

Hola mi familia y mis amigos,

Well It has been a good week. Since the mission conference that we had last week I made the goal to commit somebody to read the Book of Mormon in a contact in the street everyday for the rest of my mission and I have been doing it. We have seen some miracles and for an area that haves't had new investigators for a while.  We had 5 new people to teach this last week with another couple that we have appointments with for this next week. Im glad to say that I am finishing strong. The other day in sacrament meeting I was praying and talking with God about my mission and I felt a peace come over me, like my heavenly father was telling me that He is proud of me and accepts my work i have done here.

I don´t even know what to say. I cant believe this is my last week and my last letter home. I cant describe the feeling
This sweet little family made a Ty a "going away" cake.  

I have right now. My heart is torn and I will never had my heart together in one place again. I have loved seriving as a missionary of the true and restored Church of Jesus Christ. On my mission I have really come to know Him Jesus Christ). The only way you can come to know him is through serving Him and that is what I am doing. I´m so grateful for the change that He has made in me. I have found who I am serving, my brothers and sisters here in Argentina. I have enjoyed bearing my testimony to everyone of the truth that I know by the power of the holy spirit. I want everyone to know that I know that this message is true. The reason I desire that is because my life has been so blessed and i know it has the power to change anybody´s life. It isn´t a message to destroy the faith of others, it is a message that builds upon what we already have. God still speaks to his children, personally throught prayer, and to all his children though living prophets and apostles. It is a message of love, that God loves us way too much to leave us alone on this world. It is a message of hope, hope that we can change and return to our Father´s presence. It is a message of love, That Christ loved and loves us enough to die for us and because of that we can feel his love everyday. It is a love that is stonger than death, adversity, trials, and sorrow. I am so grateful that I have felt this love and that I have been able to convey this love to my brothers and sisters here. I love them so much. I am so grateful for the Gosple of Jesus Chirst. I am happy because of Him. 

Ty & some of his companions
Well this is it. I have finished this mission, but I know God has more in store for me. I´m excited to see you all again. Im grateful for all the sacrafices that many of you have done to help me be out here. I thank you all and I know that the people here would thank you as well. Im grateful for all the support I have recieved from you all. Im grateful to have such an amazing family. Being away two years really makes you realize how great your family is.  I love you all. See you all next week.

Love, Elder Whitaker

Thursday, September 24, 2015

"I love the people here so much!"

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

I had a great week this week. Im loving the mission to the end. Its weird knowing that my time is running down so i have been doing everything i can. this last week i probably talked with 100 different people in the street. We had a conference with Elder Walter F. Gonzales a general athourity and the area president and he taught us a lot, especailly about the book of mormon. Since then I have been able to give a Book of Mormon to somebody everyday and commit them to reading it. I have faith that even if i dont get to see what happens with them that if they really read this book that some time in the future they will join the Church. 

I have been enjoying my time out here. I have been writing lots of letter to say good bye to a lot of people in my other areas and it is making remember how blessed I have been to have met such great people! I love the people here so much! I know that the Lord will look over them. Im so grateful for my mission.

Well I have short time but i will be writing a good last letter next week! I love you all!

Elder Whitaker

Monday, September 14, 2015

"I got proposed to by the daughter of a family we contacted in the street...."

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

well this week was full of adventures! the time is going way to fast at this point now but im loving it! I am trying to get everything i can out of it! Well i just made a list of some stuff that happened to me this week so here it goes:

well my chain came off my bike while i was on an avenue and when i put my weight on my pedal to go i lost my balance and i body slammed a parked car so that was fun. i almost made it 24 months with out a bike accident.

We are now doing family home evenings with members and having them invite a friend thats not a member or a less active member and we had some good times with that. With one family for the game we had I got to play air hockey for the first time since i left so that was fun! also we had our converts teach the lesson in another family home evening and it was awesome! they are such studs. they have weeks being members and they already teach lessons and stuff.

some lady that is always trying to make us give her 5 pesos called us over like this, "little boys come over and fix my water pipe!" and being good missionaries we went to help her but it was a pipe that we wernt going to be able to attach without shutting off the water. we told her but she was like, "no i have done this like 10 times just push harder!" and we are like, "tranquilo lady" but we kept helping her but finally she gave up and let us go back to work after 20 minutes. 

I got proposed to by the daughter of a family we contacted in the street. Its an interesting story that i will tell you all whe i get back because i dont have time to write it.

This week we also had a bunch of awesome lessons. We were guided to the right place at the right time. Those are my favorite times on the mission, when the spirit guides you and you know you are exactly where you need to be. We were able to help a brother whose nephew had died and was buried the morning we found him, the daughter of a member of the ward who had distanced herself from the church, the bishop when he was passing through a hard time and other families as well just in the moment they needed us. We were able to share a message about christ with them and provide them with the help they needed. Thats what i love about the mission. 

Well that was my week this week! I love you all!

Have a good week!

Elder Whitaker

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

"Sometimes it's not necessary to do what you love, but more important to love what you do...."

hola mi familia y mis amigos!

hows it going? well its kinda weird writing this because I only have a month left now. within 3 letters I´ll be back with you all. the time flies huh?

These lsat two weeks have been good. I have really learned a lot. The circumstances in which I am in are the same as they were 2 months ago, but I am happier and I feel good about what I am doing. I´m not going to lie, this area is hard. I have never had to try so hard to find somebody to teach, but I am enjoying it. Sometimes its not necesary to do what you love, but its more important to love what you do, no matter what it is that God sends you to do.

I have been reading the Book of Mormon with the intention to finish it again before I come home and I am amazed by the missionaries that are described. It wasnt easy for them either but what has impressed me is that they never stopped. That is my gaol right now. I have made the goal to share my testimony and my love with every person that God gives me the chance to speak with and I feel good. If they accept it or not, I want everybody to know that I know that our loving heavenly father has a plan for us, that through Christ we can have peace, that this is the restored church of Jesus Chirst and that it is perfect. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that we have living prphets today. I dont know because I proved it, nor because I´m inteligent. I know because I have felt the holy spirit testify to my heart that it is true.

I know because i have seen the fruits in my life. I am happy. I don´t have time to think about myself and I´m happy. I know because i have seen the fruits in other peopls lives. Mauro and Yesica, the couple that we baptized, they are so happy. They share their testimonies with me all the time. I have seen what their life was and what it is now. I know. 

Thats why Im happy. Friends and family, I don´t have a lot of time left being a missionary, but in this last little time I have, I want all you to know what I know. and because I love you I want you all to at least consider what I am saying. find out for yourself if what I say is true. thats my only invitation to the people here in argentina. I love you all. Thanks for your letters. We will be in touch. Have a good week!

Elder Whitaker

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hola mis amigos y mi familia,

Como les va? Everything is going well down here. I just began my last transfer so thats kinda weird but its like the scoreboard clock in a lacrosse game. I am in the 4th quarter with 3 minutes left on the clock to do something great.

we had a good week! to start it off with some of the adventures we had:

i got to help a family carry 5 dead lambs into their house so that they could cut it up and sell it to their neighbors so that was legit.

A family from peru down here made us serviche which is raw fish cooked with lemon juice and picante. the acid kills the bacteria so its safe to eat and its awesome!

We found some new investigators. The husband is from Ukrain and has a sick story. He doesnt read very well in spanish so we found him a book of mormon in russian so in the lessons we show him what to read in his russian book or mormon and then we talk about it after so the lessons are kinda cool.

I also had to go to the DMV of argentina for the documents that make me legal here with all of my buddies from the mission that finish with me so we had a good time seeing eachother after a while. it was the first time i enjoyed waiting in line in a government building.

well for some of the spiritual stuff:

We had a baptism! XXXX and XXXX  XXXXX were baptized this last saturday! It was so amazing! It was the first baptism in this ward this year. They have 3 kids that arent of age yet that will be raised in the gosple now too. It Is so cool to baptize a family. That is really what the gosple of Jesus Christ is about, making eternal families. They are so excited and so prepared. A cool story about them. They lived on the other side of La Plata next to my old area in romero but for reasons of safety they came to villa elvira. Elder McKean and I began teaching them before a month had passed of them living in their new house. Their house right now has a ton of problems so in 2 weeks they will be moving back to another house back where they lived before. They were sent here to villa elvira to get to know us so we could teach them and be baptized and now they are going back. God Works miracles.

We are working hard and doing our best to find people eve though it is a hard area and God is opening doors. Im grateful for his help. By ourselves, we arent anything special, but with God we are working miracles. Im grateful for all the help He has given me my whole mission. I only hope to keep being a good intstrument in His hands.

I hope you all have a good week!

Elder Whitaker

Thursday, August 13, 2015

"...God puts people in our lives so that we can touch their hearts".

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

Como estan todos? I have had a good last couple of weeks. there has been some tough stuff but really after counting my blessings i realize that i have had a really fun week and a lot of little miracles. 

Well some fun stuff first: well i burned my bum with the bidet on an exchange in another area and i got all wet so that was funny.

I had to get an ingrown toenail taken out and the got out the powersander so i felt like i was in dumb and dumber so that made me laugh quite a bit.

My comp has decided he wants to sing in all of the contacts we do. so its like year round christmas caroling. so thats fun i guess.

i got pretty good at shooting my trash into the trash basket from the balcony so im feeling like a champ.

I had an exchange with one of my best freinds in the mission elder jackson from Encinitas, california this week and it was awesome! We had fun and had some really good talks that insired me for after the mission.

Also I got interviewed by some people making a documentary about technology in argentina so im going to be famous!

For some spiritual stuff:

This last week i got to interview a family to get baptized that I found and taught their first lesson to them 2 years ago when i started in Villa Montoro. They remembered me and everything even though i had almost forgotten about them. It was a blessing from my Heavenly Father that I could be there to complete the cycle. How great of a blessing it is to know that seeds i planted a long time ago, God helped them grow and i could witness it almost 2 years later.

We are having trouble finding new people but the other day i felt inspired to ring s certain doorbell and we found a really receptive family. Hopefully we can begin teaching them soon.

We have been helping a 18 year old kid who was less active come back to church. He has begun to accompany us to appointments and to our P-day activities and he told us today on the way to the activity that he is in the process of filling out his missionary papers to go on a mission!

The work can be hard but God puts people in our lives so that we can touch their hearts.

Spiritual thought: "Finishers Wanted" -Thomas S Monson July 1972 Ensign

Courage becomes living andattractive virtue when it is regarded not as a willingness to die manfully, but the determination to live decently.Have the courage—
“To dream the impossible dream;
To fight the unbeatable foe;
To bear with unbearable sorrow:
To run where the brave dare not go.
“To right the unrightable wrong;
To love, pure and chaste, from afar;
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star.” 1
—and you will thus become finisher.
Its a good thought. have a good week everyone!
Elder Whitaker
Ty and some friends he's met on his mission

Ty with all the missionaries in his zone in Buenos ares East

"...God puts people in our lives so that we can touch their hearts".

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

Como estan todos? I have had a good last couple of weeks. there has been some tough stuff but really after counting my blessings i realize that i have had a really fun week and a lot of little miracles. 

Well some fun stuff first: well i burned my bum with the bidet on an exchange in another area and i got all wet so that was funny.

I had to get an ingrown toenail taken out and the got out the powersander so i felt like i was in dumb and dumber so that made me laugh quite a bit.

My comp has decided he wants to sing in all of the contacts we do. so its like year round christmas caroling. so thats fun i guess.

i got pretty good at shooting my trash into the trash basket from the balcony so im feeling like a champ.

I had an exchange with one of my best freinds in the mission elder jackson from Encinitas, california this week and it was awesome! We had fun and had some really good talks that insired me for after the mission.

Also I got interviewed by some people making a documentary about technology in argentina so im going to be famous!

For some spiritual stuff:

This last week i got to interview a family to get baptized that I found and taught their first lesson to them 2 years ago when i started in Villa Montoro. They remembered me and everything even though i had almost forgotten about them. It was a blessing from my Heavenly Father that I could be there to complete the cycle. How great of a blessing it is to know that seeds i planted a long time ago, God helped them grow and i could witness it almost 2 years later.

We are having trouble finding new people but the other day i felt inspired to ring s certain doorbell and we found a really receptive family. Hopefully we can begin teaching them soon.

We have been helping a 18 year old kid who was less active come back to church. He has begun to accompany us to appointments and to our P-day activities and he told us today on the way to the activity that he is in the process of filling out his missionary papers to go on a mission!

The work can be hard but God puts people in our lives so that we can touch their hearts.

Spiritual thought: "Finishers Wanted" -Thomas S Monson July 1972 Ensign

Courage becomes living and attractive virtue when it is regarded not as a willingness to die manfully, but the determination to live decently.Have the courage—
“To dream the impossible dream;
To fight the unbeatable foe;
To bear with unbearable sorrow:
To run where the brave dare not go.
“To right the unrightable wrong;
To love, pure and chaste, from afar;
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star.” 1
—and you will thus become finisher.
Its a good thought. have a good week everyone!
Elder Whitaker

Monday, July 13, 2015

"God is leading me to where he wants me to be...."

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

Hows life? things down here are going great! I was in a lot of meetings this week because its the start of the new mission Buenos Aires East. OUr new mission president is super cool. He is pretty young. He has 2 of his kids living with him in the mission house. Its kinda cool being able to talk with them between meetings. 

This week really opened my eyes. Im seeing my mission from a different perspective now and im stoked to take advantage of these last 3 months. I ha ve some good goals of thing i want to get done before im back. The area is still kinda slow but we are working hard. I know that not everyone i talk with is going to let me teach them but i dont want to miss any opportunity. I guess from having time in the mission you see somebody and you automatically make a probability that they will be open to talk but i learned a big lesson this week.

we found a man that hasn`t gone to church for years. He lives in a place that looks like a cave and is still under construction. People had told us not to waste our time because he was always drinking but one day we found him and tried to set an appointment with him. He accepted but we were just thinking that it would fall through but we went anyways. To our suprise he was there. Entering i was still kind in doubt that he would be receptive but as i heard his story i grew to love him in those 30 minutes. Yes, he was off track but he had made the decision between going and drinking with his friends and staying home to talk with us. The next day he was in church with us! God is always looking out for everyone of us. We are all lost sheep in a way but how amazing is it that no matter where we stray He is always looking out for everyone of us and is slowly leading us back to Him. Thats what happened with this man and thats whats happeneing with everyone of us.

I have seen God`s hand in my life too, leading me closer to him. These last couple weeks have been tough but Im realizing that these events, just like the events that have happened in the life of this man we met i realize that God is leading me to where he wants me to be. I have learned some important things and am in the process of learning still. It will be great to see where heavenly father is going to take me.

Elder Whitaker

Monday, June 22, 2015

"It's probably the best part of missionary work to hear those words...."

Hola mi familia y mis amigos,

well we had a pretty crazy week this week. W


e had exchanges with the elders in our zone all week so i basically didnt even see my comp the whole week. it was crazy. I was so tired this weekend. It was fun though because there are a lot of cool elders in our zone. Well because my comp was in other areas i was running the area for the first time. it went well but we still need to find more people.

as for the people we do have, they are coming along nicely. We had a couple lessons with Mauro and jessica this week and they are doing everthing right. we showed up on thursday and they told us, "we have been praying together and we know its all true" so thats pretty awesome. Its probably the best part of missionary work to hear those words.

We have started teaching a family that the dad is a member but his kids, that have between 30 and 15, aren´t. we went over last monday to have a family home evening and i pulled out some of my mexican skills i didnt know i had and we made some legit tacos. we had guacamole and salsa and beans and everything which arent things that you can typically get here. They were soooooo good. i had been dying for a good taco. its was super funny though because the argentines think black pepper is spicy. I made one of the kids throw up because he wasnt used to the spice haha woops. but everybody else liked it. but yeah doing that we got the trust of the kids and they started listening to us. we had a cople solid lessons with them.

Well my comp is getting ready to go home next monday. its fun but also makes me a little trunky because he is remembering all the good stuff from the states haha but ill live. we will see who my new comp will be next week! Ill miss Elder McKean though.

spiritual thought of the week:

2 nephi 33:10-12 Its Nephi´s testimony (the first prophet who writes in the Book of Mormon) about the Book of Mormon. This book is the ultimate test. if it persuades us to believe in Christ and increases our faith, then its true. If it is true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet called to restore Christ´s church, which had been lost, again the the Earth. This book has increased my faith and I know it is true.

10 And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believein Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.
11 And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye—for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are his words, at the last day; and you and I shall stand face to face before his bar; and ye shall know that I have been commanded of him to write these things, notwithstanding my weakness.
 12 And I pray the Father in the name of Christ that many of us, if not all, may be saved in his kingdom at that great and last day.
Have a good week everyone. I love you guys!
Elder Whitaker

Monday, June 1, 2015

"There is nothing more precious than peace of conscience that comes from coming unto Christ".

Hola mi familia y mis amigos,

Hows it going? Happy Mothers day to all you moms out there. It was way fun to talk with my family again after so long. Weird that the next time you see me will be when i get off the plane. This last week was amazing! It was a little stressful but very gratifying. 

The Lord has been opening doors for us and helping us so much! The adversary tries to put everything he can between the people we are teaching and baptism but the people I have come to love keep going on strong! 

Eliana was baptized yesterday! she was going to be baptized last week but she got sick, but this week she was good for her baptism. It was an awesome baptisimal service. There was a lot of support from the ward and all of her family came. We have been teaching her brother as well but the rest of the family always kept their distance but them being there yesterday was a huge step for them which went really well.

Sofia also was going to be baptized yesterday but she has an aunt that is a jehovas witness that obligated her to go to a convention in Buenos Aires. It was a bummer when we found that out at the beginning of the week but we had some really good lessons with her and i dont have any doubt that she is going to get baptized this saturday. Also with all this we began teaching the rest of her family so hopefully we can help them as well.

We had an awesome lesson with Maribel. She is an old investigator that we recently were able to start teaching again. She had stopped listening to the elders because in a month her brother and two uncles died and she stopped believing. When we started teaching her again we assumed she already had a testimony of the book of mormon because she read a ton of it and is always reading but fwe felt promted to ask her if she knew that it was true. It was a perfect question because she had assumed that the deaths of her uncles and brother were signs from God that she was doing somehing bad, even though she told us she feels an undescribable feeling everytime she reads. We were able to help her understand her answer and now she is super solid. we only have to help her get married.

Elder DeYoung and I have been having a great time out here. We have been having ping pong fridays, where we go to the church and play ping pong during exercise time. Its pretty fun because we almost always go into overtime. Its been getting pretty cold down here so i hope you guys are enjoying the warmth.

spiritual thought: 2 Nephi 33:6

 glory in plainnessglory in truth; glory in my Jesus,for he hath redeemed my soul from hell.

Of all the things that I teach as a missionary the most important is testify that Jesus is the Christ. I am personally grateful for the debt he paid to free me from my sins and from death. There is nothing more precious to me than my testimony of Christ and the knowledge I have that for following Him I can be redeemed. There is nothing more precious than peace of conscience that comes from coming unto Christ.

Elder Whitaker

The key to happiness I think, is just finding out the will of God, and accepting it...."

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

Gracias for the birthday wishes! Its nice to see that people still remember me haha ;) This week was the best! We have been seeing a lot of miracles here in romero and we are passing it good down here!

Its been way fun yo be with Elder DeYoung. He reminds me of a combination of my buddies Zak Morgan and Jared Barton. We have a good time while still working really hard. We quote napoleon Dynamite and Nacho libre daily. its pretty funny.

Our investigators are making a lot of progress. Eliana, a 17 year old girl who is the grandaughter of a member, will be baptized this sunday. She passed her interview and she is ready. Its been amazing to see the change that she has made in her life. Her brother, Jonny, who is 15, had some doubts and some things to work on but we could help him resolve his doubts and he has changed a lot since. He took out his expander earing and is a lot more attentive. he will be getting baptized on the 10th. Sofia is a girl we found on the bus that was definitely put on our path. We started talking to her and it turns out her good friend is a return missionary from the ward that just got back from bolivia. We have been teaching her together with him and she told us the other day after church that she feels that this is the truth. She basically is living all of the commandments already. she was definitly prepared for us to find. She also should be getting baptized the 10th. Also the familia kallus that i have told you about. They finally got there papers done so they can get married! they will be getting a turno this week. I hiope they get married before i leave romero so that i can be there. after the wedding we will have the baptism for the hermana as well. If im there or not i will be so happy that they can finally take this important step. I have been working with them for the last 4 months. they havent missed a day of church since then. 

i really feel so blessed to be a part of this work here in Romero. This time has been a fruitful time of my mission but im no less grateful for the more dificult parts i have had to face. All the trials and joys that i have had have made me who I am now. I have truly changed so much out here on my mission. The other day I was thinking about what I was grateful for and more than anything I thank my heavenly father that he has been watching be and shaping me though the things he has been putting in my path. The key to happiness i think is just finding out the will of God, and accepting it. God can make a whole lot more out of us than we can make out of ourselves.

I hope you guys all have a good week. Write me!

Elder Whitaker

Just because you are educated doesn't mean you are wise...

Hola mi familia y mis amigos,
We had a pretty good week. Im still adjusting to the new area but im starting to get into it.Its a hard area because there are a lot of wealthier people and educated people. Something I have learned, Just because you are eduacated doesn´t mean you are wise. Some of these supposedly learned people have the narrowest and most incorrect vision of life. I have met many simple people in my other areas that didn´t have more than an elementary education that understand so much more about life. It isnt always the case, because i have met many amazing people here as well, but I have been getting used to a new type of people.
We have been having to look a lot because there arent many people to teach but we have had some amazing fruits! We found a young family thats married (that NEVER happens) and we taught them about the restoration of Christ´s church there in their doorstep and the husband asked us what he has to do to be a missionary like us. We invited them to the ward activity that we had on saturday and they came and were in church on sunday! it was a miracle finding them.
Also there have been some days when nobody lets us in and we are in the last hour of work when we could have gone back to the pench to do some paper work or buy stuff for breakfast, but we decided to just walk around and doing that we met some promising people in the streets that hopefully we will be able to teach this week. It should be good.
Im having a good time out here. Its kinda weird because i have a comp that will be finishing the same day as Zak and Max. Its crazy that as my comp is getting ready for home some of my best buddies are as well. Its fun working with Elder McKean though.
Well have a good week yáll
Elder Whitaker

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"God can make a whole lot more out of us than we can make out of ourselves..."

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

Gracias for the birthday wishes! Its nice to see that people still remember me haha ;) This week was the best! We have been seeing a lot of miracles here in romero and we are passing it good down here!

Its been way fun to be with Elder DeYoung. He reminds me of a combination of my buddies Zak Morgan and Jared Barton. We have a good time while still working really hard. We quote napoleon Dynamite and Nacho libre daily. its pretty funny.

Our investigators are making a lot of progress. Eliana, a 17 year old girl who is the grandaughter of a member, will be baptized this sunday. She passed her interview and she is ready. Its been amazing to see the change that she has made in her life. Her brother, Jonny, who is 15, had some doubts and some things to work on but we could help him resolve his doubts and he has changed a lot since. He took out his expander earing and is a lot more attentive. he will be getting baptized on the 10th. Sofia is a girl we found on the bus that was definitely put on our path. We started talking to her and it turns out her good friend is a return missionary from the ward that just got back from bolivia. We have been teaching her together with him and she told us the other day after church that she feels that this is the truth. She basically is living all of the commandments already. she was definitly prepared for us to find. She also should be getting baptized the 10th. Also the familia kallus that i have told you about. They finally got there papers done so they can get married! they will be getting a turno this week. I hiope they get married before i leave romero so that i can be there. after the wedding we will have the baptism for the hermana as well. If im there or not i will be so happy that they can finally take this important step. I have been working with them for the last 4 months. they havent missed a day of church since then. 

i really feel so blessed to be a part of this work here in Romero. This time has been a fruitful time of my mission but im no less grateful for the more dificult parts i have had to face. All the trials and joys that i have had have made me who I am now. I have truly changed so much out here on my mission. The other day I was thinking about what I was grateful for and more than anything I thank my heavenly father that he has been watching be and shaping me though the things he has been putting in my path. The key to happiness i think is just finding out the will of God, and accepting it. God can make a whole lot more out of us than we can make out of ourselves.

I hope you guys all have a good week. Write me!

Elder Whitaker

Ty and his "ladies"

We think Ty likes Argentina so much because he is a "giant" there.

Ty & Ian












Monday, April 13, 2015

"I'm loving being a missionary out here in Argentina...."

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

Como están? Its fun hearing about all your spring break and easter plans! Im not jealous at all though because I´m loving being a missionary out here in Argentina! (also next spring break and the next year in general I will be in Hawaii ;)  haha) But seriously this week went really well!

We have a bunch of people we are teaching that are getting close to baptism which is awesome! Jonotan and Eliana are awesome. They are only teenagers but they have been super responsible about getting themselves to church every week and reading the Book of Mormon and all of that stuff. They received their difinitive answer that they want to be baptized during the general conference. Its been awesome to work with them. We are going to have the interview for them this week im pretty sure.

The other day we also found a family while we were in the bus. The 2 youngest daughters were singing so i turned around to comment that they are really good singers and we started talking. It turns out that one of their friends is a return missionary that just got back from Bolivia and is from our ward here so we set up a day to visit them. We only got to teach the daughter that has 18 years but we invited her to be baptized and she accepted and came to church this sunday and like it a lot!  Hopefully we will be able to talk with the rest of the family this week. It helps a lot that the return missionary always comes with us to help us out. 

The familia Kallus should have their papers in order so that they can get a turn to get married (sacar un turno?? i dont remember how to say that). so as soon as they get married they will also be able to get baptized. They are so awesome! it doesnt matter when we call them but if we call them they make time for us to visit them.

I´m loving working with my new companion Elder Deyoung. Hes super cool. Its my first time having an American comp in a long time, actually since i started the mission. Its pretty fun. 

Spirtitual thought for the week :

I believe that as we deepen our understanding of the Savior, we will have an increased desire to live joyfully and a conviction that joy is possible. Consequently, we will have a greater ability to go about each day with more enthusiasm for life and for keeping the commandments of God, even in challenging circumstances.

José A. Teixeira from this last conference

Elder Whitaker

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"It has been so cool to see the changes in them".

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!
¿como están todos? I hope you guys are all having a good spring break! Im enjoying fall down here in Argentina. It definitly cooled off a bunch. Im going to start freezing in a bit!
Well this week was awesome! we were able to have the baptism of norma and Ian! it was sweet. WHen they came out of the water Norma said, " this is the best choice I have made!" It has been so cool to see the changes in them! 

Well im beginning my last week with Elder Altamirano. He goes home to chile next week because his 2 years are up. It is weird to see that. Its crazy that now i only have 6 months left. Especially knowing that I´ll be attending BYU Hawaii and kinda knowing what will be happening after the mission its kinda weird!
Well I hope everyone has a fantastic Easter this weekend! I hope everyone can take the time to pause and remember why we have Easter.  The Church made a video about Christ and what he did for us. Its short, like 3 min but its super good! watch it! This message has changed everything in my life for the better. I know its true. Here is the link.

http://www.mormon.org/easter
Have a good week!
Elder Whitaker

This sweet boy's face is so precious.  It makes me so happy Ty is in Argentina, serving the people there!

"...I know this doesn't happen because of me or my companion, but because God is helping us out".

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

Todo tranqui aqui en romero. The work is going well. We have been having a good time down here. This sunday Norma and Ian are going to get baptized. They already had their baptisimal interview and everything. It has been such a blessing to have been able to find and teach them. They are examples to me. They are so ready to believe. Our only stuggle with Norma was that she didnt want to bother asking God if this was His church because she already believed it was and didnt want to bother Him. We taught them the word of wisdom the other day (the commandment from God that we shouldn´t drink, smoke, use drugs, or drink coffee or tea) and the next day she had donated all of her tea to her job. How awesome is that?

As we have been watching the conversion process in them we have also been able to see other people make changes in their lives as well! We have 5 other people committed to be baptized and a bunch of new people that we are going to begin teaching this next week. It has been awesome to see the growth of this area. I love being able to be a part of it. I kow that this doesn´t happen because of me or my companion, but because God is helping us out. 

Well the 19th was one of the hottest days i had had all summer, and the 21st was one of the first times i have been cold since i left La Costa. The 21st fall started and it feels like it jumped from summer to winter in a heart beat. It made me get sick. i was super congested and i didnt have any decongestant medicine so I had the idea to eat a super hot pepper to loosen everything up. It worked but it killed me in the process. I think my mom will put up the pics. at least it worked though haha.

spiritual thought for the week: Mosiah 16: 6-9


6 And now if Christ had not come into the world, speaking of things to come as though they had already come, there could have been no redemption.
7 And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection.
8 But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.
 9 He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.

We are getting close to easter. Its a great time to remember the sacrafice and resurection of the Savior. Without Him we would be without hope but because of Him we can overcome all things.

Que tengan una buena semana!

Elder Whitaker
Ty & his Chilean comp, who will be going home next week, having completed 2 years.

from Ty "we made a wall of cockroaches that we have killed so that the other cockroaches that try to enter have to climb over their comrades".

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!
I got to capture an eagle thanks to my ealge scout and half mexican powers.

hows it going? we have had a solid week out here in romero. its been super productive. We have a lot of perople progressing towards baptism. we have two investigators, Norma and Ian that will be getting their baptisimal interviews this week! hey are awesome. In our class on sunday we were talking about prophets and she bore her testimony about how she knew that God had sent us because when we found her she was in a depression and since she met us her life has changed. It was touching to hear her testimony. She and her son should be getting baptized the 29th.

We were going downtown to get a training about doing an open house for a church down here and we got there early. We found some guys that werent members of the church behind the church playing on the churches basketball court. my comp is from chile but he knows how to play so we went and played with them for like 15 min before the training and it was super fun and we got 4 new people to teach out of it. Its for another area but hey you got to play basketball for a good cause. It was also way fun because i havent played basketball in a ton!

Well a lot of people in our ward down here are passing through some tough times and I was thinking the other day about how I can help them. A scripture came to my mind that i was able to see in a different way.
 its in 2 nephi 25 verse 26

 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for remission of their sins.


as i was thinking i relaized that christ is the source to which we may look in everything, not only for remision from our sins. I know that it is true. through christ we can really solve any problem we have and recieve the consolation and comfort that we need. If we can take time to pause, look at or situation and look for the way we can move closer to chirst i know that we will have the strength we need to overcome our trials.

well i hope you all have a good week!

Elder Whitaker