Monday, December 28, 2009

New Area

Yesenia and Angela - baptized 27 Dec 2009

We are working out in a place where the missionaries have never been to right now called Los Magueys it’s not a really fruitful place but we have gained two baptisms from the colony. I put a picture of them on photobucket. Unfortunately it’s the only picture. I filled up my last card and I’m now working on a different one and I forgot to bring the other card. So when are you going to send me my a card?

Well something really interesting really happened to us last week. My companion and I were just walking home from our last appointment and all of a sudden we hear a girl of five years crying and chasing a car yelling mommy mommy. I knew what had just happened at the moment and went to help the girl. She told us that her mom had just told her that she doesn't love her anymore and left her in the middle of the street and drove off with her husband. the little girl wanted to keep pursuing the car in the direction in which she saw the car go so we followed her and called the bishop to see what we could do. We stopped at a corner where there was a video store so that the bishop could come and help us out. The lady in the video store seeing that the little girl was distressed came and took the girl into the video store as we were waiting. And then the police showed up. I guess a guy who came into the store to buy a movie told the police everything that the lady told him that we told her. So the facts were a little messed up but we were the original witnesses so the police got everything right. But then the dad showed up and all of his family. The police were going to arrest him but a lot of crap happened and they had to let the girl go back with her family. It was about 11:30 at night at that time and we were really angry and mad and tired so we just went home, prayed for the girl and tried to get some rest. But that was about the biggest event that happened to us this last week.

Nothing much else to tell. Except that this New Year is going to be a little dangerous for us because its the 200th anniversary of the founding of Mexico and the 100th anniversary of the revolution of Mexico, which means that there is going to be a lot more alcohol and drugs and fireworks. But i'll be fine.

Everyone have a safe new year!

Elder Whetten

(Some of you know about my situation at work where a woman was asked to remove a nativity scene from her desk because another employee was 'offended'. The whole thing was very disturbing to me and this is Jay's idea of a resolution. It's good to know he hasn't lost his sense of humor.)

I just wanted to send a quick E-mail because I have been thinking about your situation at work and I wanted to tell you my thoughts about it. Well It kinda reminded me about an episode of the office when Michael was learning about how to resolve problems in the work place. There were a couple ways to solve things: Lose Lose. Lose Win. Win Win. And Win Win Win. The situation was that the cat lady had a poster of babies in costumes and the gay guy didn’t want her to put it up because he thought it was sick and wrong.

So what Michael did was he put a picture of the poster on a shirt and his idea was to have the gay guy wear it. In this way it was a win win win situation. Win because the cat lady could see the poster, win because the gay guy didn’t have to see it, and win because the boss didn’t have to deal with the problem anymore. Maybe your boss should apply this concept the next time something like that comes up. I just thought that was funny. I’ll write my letter now.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas to all!!!

Well I got changed if you can tell. I had to go to a city called San Luis Potosi. It was a six hour bus ride or a three movie bus ride. (They always show movies on the buses.) None of which were really good at keeping the spirit with you so I kinda felt a little bad when I arrived. But my new companion is named Elder Gartner. He is from Payson Arizona and has one change less than me. San Luis is a very strange place when it comes to weather. Here it can be hot in the morning, rain, be hot again, and then snow.

I was kinda sad to leave my last area. We had a bunch of really cool investigators and I didn’t want to leave them. Like we just had a huge family where one of the members of the family gained fractures through almost every disk of his spine. We came and taught them about the restoration of the priesthood and asked the guy if he wanted a blessing and he accepted. But the thing is I want to know how he is doing right now.

I talked with the family here who is going to let us talk with our families this Friday and I want you guys to call at 530 your time 630 my time. (if I am not in a different time zone right now) Just call me at 530 your time. the number is 01 444 813 47 49. If there are any changes I will call you.

Nothing more to say except Merry Christmas!!! and thanks again to the support and thoughts of everyone. I really didn’t expect to experience Christmas this year, but I have learned that wherever you are and whatever your situation, the spirit of Christmas can find you in any situation. Even if you millions of miles away from all your family.

Merry Christmas to all!!!
Elder Whetten

Monday, December 14, 2009

What do I need to do to get to the Temple?

Well our division with the assistants went well. It was with Elder Hatton. We just visited the baptisms that we have coming up and looked at what we could improve on.

Christmas is coming up. We have a family here that is willing to let us use their phone for the day. I think it would be better if you bought the card. I really don’t know if I am going to be changed next Sunday or not so I’ll probably call you the next Monday or Tuesday to let you know on the number you need to call and what time. Is there a specific time that you would like?

This last conference with the president was pretty cool. President gave us all a bottle that can purify the worst water in the world. The directions say that you can even drink your own pee with it. (I think the president should have thought twice before giving these to missionaries) But now we don’t have to spend money on water anymore, we can just take it right from the faucet. He also gave us each one of the new bibles. Kinda stinks that I already have one.

I got your packages and one from Sister Peck In the meeting too. Thank you for the alarm clock and the cd´s. They get me a little more animated about getting up in the morning. My companion says thanks too. Also thanks Sister Peck for the package and for the letters. Daniel made me laugh. Also give Grandma and Grandpa thanks for the card in Spanish. Also Grammy for all her letters of support.

We encountered a woman through a member that wanted to investigate our church. She said that she has cancer in her brain and is going to die in eight months. She has a family with two kids. We taught her about life after death and temples. After we were done talking about temples she asked us what she needed to do to get into this temple and that she would do anything to be with her family again. So we are going to baptize her with her children next Sunday, hopefully with her husband, we haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet. We also talked with the bishop and he is going to see if there is a way that she could enter the temple sooner than a year because after someone is baptized they have to wait a year to enter the temple. But we gave her a blessing and I am sure that if she really wants to enter the temple that the Lord will provide her a way.

That’s about all for now. Be safe and enjoy life.

Elder Whetten

Monday, December 7, 2009

Busy with 1,000 Baptisms

Well we are going to have a meeting with the president tomorrow so I don’t think I’m going to get the packages until the next one.

I really don’t know what to talk about today. I saw the message of the first presidency yesterday about Christmas. And I thought it was really great.

We are all really busy with these thousand baptisms that we are planning to have this month. Two of the assistants have just called me and are arriving at three to come work with us today.

I’m going to need more contacts soon. I have about two boxes of six left.

I really don’t have that much more to talk about. Nothing really happened this week. Just thanks everyone for your love and support.

Enjoy life.

Elder Whetten