Sister Madison Whitney

Columbus Ohio Mission
January 27, 2010 - July 15, 2011

Well done thou good and faithful servant!!!







Madison returns home on July 15th, 2011. Her home coming will be July 24 at 11:30 a.m. in the Bloomington Hills Stake Center.



Sister Whitney, Sister Lillywhite, and Sister Szymanski. A trio and still in Newark, Ohio.

Monday, May 3, 2010

May 3, 2010

Hello family!
It's so good to hear from you! I love getting letters and emails! It's been another good week! Kind of Crazy! But good! It's has been raining like crazy! I am so glad I have boots! I wish I would have bought that rain coat at Burlington Coat Factory but I will find one here.

Brittany is still doing amazing! She came to church yesterday and she loved it! It is just hard to get her out because she lives in Lee’sburg and there are no active members that live out there and she doesn't have a car and her dad is not supporting her and so he won't drive her out. But she is still on for May 29! Just pray that she will be able to quite smoking! She is working on it but it is just hard! Misty is doing pretty good. It is just a really hard situation. She knows that the gospel is true and it makes her really happy but her husband is not supportive at all. They were having some marital problems before and they are just getting worse. We may have to drop her but we are going to talk to the mission president and get his advice. We just don't want to come in-between the family. But at the same time. She loves it and really has that desire to be baptized! It is just a tricky situation!

Transfers are on May 13 and so I am not sure if you want to send anything after this next week. Well, you could to the mission home. But maybe not to the Jefferson address.
I do have a few favors to ask. So first of all if you would send me 2 General conference Ensigns that would be fabulas! I am not sure how much they would be at Deseret book. If they are to much don't worry about it. I would just love to have one for myself and also Brittany really want's one.

Thank you for the cafe rio recipes! One of the members in the branch is going to make that for us sometime this week or next! I am excited! Trish, If you could send me your Taco Soup recipe that would be awesome! Also, I would love some colorful undershirts. Maybe from shade. I want to wear them under clothes to add some color. It doesn't have to be soon. Just if there is a sale or something. They just need to be high enough to cover my garments. Also there is a sale at JC Pennies right now and we are not allowed to go shopping at the mall. There was a really cute skirt in the sale catalog that looked long enough. I believe it was spandex. But it was only $14.99. If you wanted to maybe go by and look at it. But these are not necessities. Just maybe for next Christmas or something.
But anyways... So on mother's day I will be calling around 4-5 your time. I will probably call at four but if you are talking to Zack I can call back at 5. It just depends what is best for you. I can only talk for 45 min though! So it would be best if you had a list of questions ready that I could answer! I am super excited though! I love you very much! Sorry I didn't really answer any of your questions. I will try and write a short letter home answering them. There were just a lot today! But I love you all very much! I miss you! I hope you are doing better dad! Have a good week and good luck with everything!
Love, Sister Whitney

P.s. Good luck at the Track Meet Caleb! And remember that goal you made, the one where you said you would write your favorite sister monthly! Hmmm... why haven't I gotten a letter or even an email.

p.s. Can I get Zack's address and how to send him letters. I want to write him.

p.s. I also need to get the Bishops address so I can write him a letter. I know that it is on Sweetgum but I am not sure what the house number is.
Thanks for all that you do! I love you very much.
April 26, 2010

Hello!

First of all my wrist is doing a lot better. I got the results back and it was fine! I just bruised it. It has been sore and I have been wearing a brace for it. But it is doing a lot better. I haven't gotten the results back for my thyroid and probably won’t have them for another 2 weeks. I called and asked for them and I guess they just mail them to you. So... I just get to wait anxiously, but I know everything will work out. The lord is truly blessing me! Also I wanted to ask for some recipes. Mostly just the Cafe Rio ones. If you could just e-mail them or send them. I would love them! Mom, I also wanted to see if you have gotten a chance to take my clothes over to that coyote threads place. I bet they would buy some of them. It is on the opposite side of the mall past the freeway. I am not positive of the name but it is coyote... something. Also don't really worry about me calling on Mother's day. It will be sometime in the afternoon and I will just call you. But I will give you a more specific time next week.

But any who... this last few weeks has been amazing! I can't even explain how well things are going! We did so many great things this week! First of all we found this "golden investigator"! Brittany Allen, she is amazing and she knows that it is true! She told us the last time we met with her that even if she wanted to deny it she couldn't! We committed her to be baptized on MAY 29! She want's it to be sooner but she has to go to church at least 3 times and so that is the soonest we can do it! But it is way exciting! I hope I don't get transferred before then.

We also had a Sister's Conference this weekend! It was so cool! Friday morning we drove up to the temple. We met Sister Jensen and all the Sister's there. There are 11 sisters in the mission right now. But we did a temple session and then we went to the mission house. We all had prepared 30 min presentations on PMG topics. We were able to spend all day with the President and Sister Jensen. It was really such an amazing experience! The spirit was so strong and we were able to learn a ton! We also got to watch Another Testament by Mark Marby. It was such an amazing video! If you ever get the chance to watch it I would! It was so spiritually uplifting! I loved it! But we were also able to just have fun as Sister's and get to bond! It was really great for me because I haven't had the chance to meet all the sister's until then! And I was able to get to know each of them better! And I would love to serve with anyone of them!

We also had stake conference this weekend! We were able to go the adult session and the regular session. But it was really great! The theme seemed to really revolve around missionary work and having the light of Christ! We were able to take Misty Posey one of our amazing investigators with us to the adult session and she loved it! And it was awesome because she drove us there and back! It was an 1 1/2 hour drive both ways and so we were able to really get to know her. We were able to answer a lot of her questions and help her! It was so great!

I don't remember if I told you but June 12 is going to be amazing! Todd C. Christofferson is coming to our mission! He is going to be talking to us for a few hours that morning! Then later that afternoon they are having a quad stake relief society meeting where Sheri Dew and Russell M. Nelsons wife are coming to talk to us! I am so excited! It is going to be great! There is just so much going on!

The work is still progressing in Greenfield! We have so many investigators that are just sitting on the edge of the fence! They just need a little push! I am just so thankful for all the blessing that are being poured out! I know that this is the Lord's work! I love it and it makes me so happy! I have to get going but I pray for you every night! I hope things are going well at home! I love you all so much! Have a great week! Remember Always to Smile! We are supposed to stand as representatives of Christ at all times and in all things and in all places! I love you all!

Love, Sister Whitney
April 19, 2010

Dear family,
This is not going to be a very long email today. I hurt my wrist. I went to the OSU medical center today and got my thyroid looked at. But I was walking down the stairs of the parking garage and I slipped and landed on my bum and wrist. We went and saw my doctor and since I fell on the premises they had my arm x-rayed. I won’t know what’s wrong with it until later this evening or tomorrow. but it is making me type a lot slower and now I can’t write letters. blah... so sorry to disappoint anyone that had a letter coming. I was going to write a bunch today but that’s not going to happen now because it is my right wrist.

But mom I need to have you fax my insurance card to the doctors office. the number is... 614-293-0189. If you want to call and talk to them the number is 614-293-2100 or 800-678-8037. If you need my medical number or something it is 908206015, pt# 337230981. My doctor is Khawaja. It went pretty good. I just got my blood drawn and she said to just continue to take 4 mg a day. She will send me the results but she said to come back in 4 months. But she will have me get my blood drawn in two months.

Don’t buy anymore herbs until I can talk to you on mothers day. I have something really amazing to tell you and the family. But besides all of my medical problems everything is going really good. I am still loving the work! It’s amazing! Thank you for the package. I really liked both shirts except I am not sure what I can wear the brown shirt with. The white skirt is a little tight I have not been able to wear it. But I really am doing a lot better at eating healthier. I might just have to send it back. do you fit in it? My goal is to lose enough weight to fit into it. But I have to go. Sorry it is so short. I love you! I will update you on everything soon. bye

Love, sister Whitney
April 12, 2010

Hello Family!
How is everything! Sounds like a lot is happening at home! Crazy! I can't believe Dad had skin cancer! I am glad everything worked out! I can't believe Kiwi died! So sad! Will you send me a picture of her! I have told her about a few people and I want to show them what she looks like. I am sorry about the taxes. How did that happen? Shouldn't you usually get money back? I don't really know how it works. Probably something I should learn when I get home. I usually email the same time every week. It is from about 10:15 - 11:00 Ohio time. So I believe it would be 8:15 - 9:00 your time. That would be really cool to be able to email back and forth! I also didn't get Tyler's email. You said you forwarded it to me but I didn't see it. I can't believe he had to kill a pig though! All I have to say is that I am glad I am in Ohio!

So some updates in Greenfield. The trio is still great! I love both of my companions:) sometimes things are a little more difficult but we get along really well most of the time. Teaching is just harder and being able to all agree on the same thing. But we have a lot of fun! The work is still progressing! We have so many people on the brink of baptism! They just need a little push over the wall! Misty Possey one of our amazing investigators! I can't remember if I told you about her. But we have been teaching her for a few weeks and she is really progressing! We even taught her the word of wisdom and she handed me her cigarettes and we went and threw them away. It was really weird! First time I have ever held cigarettes in my hands, and I was a missionary! But we walked out to the trash and dumped them! She is 8 days smoke free today! She has been coming to church and she really loves it! We extended a baptismal date to her and she said she wants to be baptized but wants her kids to be baptized first or with her. And so now we are going to start teaching her 4 kids! One is only 7 though and so she will have to wait! But it is super exciting!

Also we have Sam Camp! She is still progressing! She is coming to church and keeping all of her commitments! She want's to be baptized also she just isn't sure when. We extended April 24 as her date! So now she is praying about it and will tell us tonight at her lesson! We also taught 20 lessons last week! So awesome!

Also my mouth is doing pretty good! I have all of my cavities fixed! And I didn't even have to get a root canal! Thank goodness! But we did find something else wrong with me! So I guess I grind my teeth and that has been what is causing the back pains. So now I am going to be getting a mouth guard to sleep with at night! Super exciting! But it is just going really good here! I love Ohio! I am loving serving a mission! It is such an amazing experience! Thanks for all the love and support! I love you so much and appreciate all that you do for me!

Love, Sister Madie Whitney
p.s. ALWAYS SMILE!
April 5, 2010

Hello Family,
How is everyone doing back home? I am doing awesome out here in the GREAT OHIO COLUMBUS MISSION! I really love it! We had transfers this week and they were really great! I am still in Greenfield with Sister Seibel but we got another Sister! Her name is Sister Eves and I love her very very much! She is so funny! We are always laughing! It's just crazy! I can't believe I am already in a trio! I went from a trio in the Mtc and then training to another trio! But I am really excited! I think it is going to be a very fun transfer! Sister Eves is from Southern California, she is the youngest of 5, and yeah.. I don't know to much about her yet. But we are all getting along really really well.

The work is still progressing! We are teaching a lot which is awesome! We have a few very solid investigators! My mouth is doing alright. It hurts just because it is sore from all the work! I think I am going to have to get a root canal on Friday but he is going to investigate! But it really doesn't bug me that much! When it hurts I just take a couple of Ibuprofen and the pain goes away. I did get my Easter Package! Thank you very much! I loved everything in it! And I am not upset you didn't send me any candy. My comps and I are trying to eat healthier anyways. I do love the skirt! It is super cute! I also got the Avon package a while back! My companions also say thank you for the card! Thank you Trish!

Easter weekend was very good! I loved watching general conference! It was so amazing! I just couldn't get enough of it! I think it was my first time watching general conference without falling asleep! It has such a new light to it when your on a mission! It was very good! I had a few talks I really like I would have to pull out my notes though to tell you which ones I liked the best. I really like the one that talked about mother-daughter relationships! It made me miss you mom but it was really good! But all of conference was really good! It really stressed the importance of families and the youth of the church!

We watched conference at the Hall's for both Saturday Sessions and we had Easter Dinner in-between the two sessions. The sessions were 12-2 and 4-6. It was weird not watching them in the morning! But it was cool! Easter dinner with the halls was very good! I loved it! Then on Sunday we watched the first session at a less active members home and had Easter dinner with her and her husband and then watched the second session at the Snaveleys, the branch presidents house. Then we watched the Lamb of God video at a members house with them later on in the evening. It was really good! I loved it! Great Easter! The weather was even perfect! I am so happy the spring is finally here!

Mom what are you speaking about at church next Sunday? I bet you will do very good! You should send me your talk! I would love to read it! I haven't had to talk in any meeting yet. They really try and get the members to do that. Did you get to go to Brian Head? How was it? I also email at a library. I think for mother's day we just call from members houses. So you don't have to worry about anything. I will find out for sure though. I know we don't use a calling card or call collect so it will be all good.

Anyways I don't have a lot of time left. But I wanted to ask if you would send me some c.d.s I can listen to any LDS author as long as it invites the spirit. There are a lot on I tunes I would love if you could burn me some or if Brigham could. I have enough MO-TAB just the other stuff under my name. Maybe like Michael McLain and Hilary Weeks. That would be great!

Also I am sending a big package home this weekend. It has letters in it and some mission stuff I just want you to keep for me. It also has a little present for Cassie in it and some clothes I am not allowed to wear on the mission. I realize I don't have that many summer shirts I can wear. But we are going to Wal-Mart today so hopefully I will find a few. But everything is still going well! I love this area! And I love serving! I love you so much! Have a wonderful day!

Love, Sister Madison Whitney

p.s. Thank You for all that you do for me!
March 29, 2010

Dearest Family,

How is everyone doing? Hopefully good! I am doing really good! You shouldn't be worrying about me that much! My mouth is hurting a little but only because he filled 5 cavities yesterday! And I go back for more today! Ugh! I hate the dentist! But he is so amazing! Best dentist I think I have ever had! I love the Halls! I don't think they really need anything. They really are in a good situation. But I just think a Thank You card and a picture of the family would be nice. I am planning on making them a little treat and giving them a Thank you card. But they eat pretty healthy so I don't know what to make them. They are always doing so much for the missionaries! But I know that they are being blessed for it!

My back is also doing a lot better. I think that the problem was that I was doing push ups. I was doing as many as I could and I think it was just straining my back. But Sister Waltz worked on it and it has been doing a lot better. She is just going to keep working on me weekly until I leave the area. I also have another chiropractic appointment today. He will probably be adjusting me weekly also. The members really are just so generous here! I love them all!

Mom, I will probably send you my SD card next week after this transfer. I do have another one and so we can just trade them back and forth. I have my thyroid doctors appointment on June 14. It is kind of far away but I called the second week I was here and that was the closest date they had. So that’s what we are working with. They did put me on the cancellation list and so they will call if anyone cancels. But I really am doing fine!

I haven't colored my hair yet. It really isn't even that bad yet. But Skyee the one who face booked you can do hair and will do it for me. But she is moving in April and so we need to do it before she leaves because Sister Seibel doesn't want to do it!

I was not able to attend the Young Women's conference on Saturday! We had plans to go to a baptism with one of our investigators but it fell through and the conference had already started and so we just ended up staying in and studying. I don't remember if I told you but we are not allowed to be out after dark unless we are in an appointment and so a lot of the time we go back to our apartment early and study. I really like it on some nights because it gives you and extra hour to read the Book of Mormon or whatever else you want to study.

I really hope that Sister Seibel and I will stay together this transfer but I am not sure. I really think we will because we are both getting dental work done. But who knows... we find out tomorrow. Maybe I will have Skyee face book you and tell you if we are staying or going.

You asked me about taxes and if I had received a stimulus check last year. I am not sure what a stimulus check is but if it is were I got money back I did not. I had to pay like $50 to them because my taxes were messed up. Also thank you for the addresses!
I am so excited for general conference this week! I can't wait! I hope that our investigators are going to be able to come! By the way! This area is doing amazing! The lord is totally preparing the work! We found 7 new investigators this week! It really is just coming along! I love seeing the progress! But I hope everything is going good at home! I love you so much! Thanks for all that you do for me!

Love Sister Madison Whitney
ALWAYS SMILE!
March 25, 2010

Hello Family!

How are things doing back in Utah? Hopefully good! Man because things out here in Ohio are crazy! I don't know where to start! I have so much to tell you and not enough time! Well first off! The reason why I am emailing today is because we switched our
P-day to Thursday this week so we could go to the temple. So you will get another email on Monday. But that’s why you didn't get one on Monday! So pretty much insane!

I actually just got back from the temple! It was so amazing! I love the Columbus, Ohio Temple! It is so small but it is beautiful! I will hopefully send some pictures soon. Or I might even send my SD card home soon so you can get the pictures off of it. But it was so cool. We left this morning and drove an hour and a half then did the 11:00 session! A member drove us out there. It was so awesome! I loved it! I don't know if I told you but we get to go to the temple quarterly in this mission. So I will get to go once every three months! I am so happy! It was just amazing!

I also got to hear from a general authority last week. Elder Evans! It was a wonderful experience! I got to shake his hand a few times and I sat right next to him during lunch. Of course him and his wife wanted to sit with the Sister Missionaries! But it was so amazing! He taught us so many things! We even got to watch part of the new District 2 movies. Probably only Lance and Zack will know what I am talking about. But we were the first missionaries to ever see them so far! It's pretty exciting! But he was just amazing! And he just was very cool. We just talked back and forth with him. He would ask us questions and expect answers and input! It was just such an amazing experience! He even told us that we had one of the best mission presidents he has ever worked with and we should be very happy! It was all just great! We ended up spending almost all day with him. We were at the stake center from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

But besides all of the amazing spiritual experiences I have been able to have over the last week and a half I have also had a lot of stressful moments! Like finding out that I have 12 cavities! O my goodness! I started to flip out! Not even cool! I totally brush and floss every night since I went into the MTC. Well before too. But I have been doing really good! It just kind of bummed me out! But Brother Hall and his wife are such amazing people! They do so much for us missionaries! I know they will be blessed! But they feed us every Friday night, we are staying in one of his apartments, he is going to fix all of my teeth for free! He is just amazing! He even comes out with us on appointments all the time! There family is just amazing! I really love him and his wife!

All the members here are just so great! They take such good care of us! My back was actually hurting really bad last week and we have a massage therapist and a chiropractor in the branch and so they both worked on me and my back is feeling better. It still hurts and I am going to go back a couple of times but it was hurting really bad. I wasn't even able to work out in the morning or hardly write in my journal ( which I write in every night)! But they are all just so willing to do anything for us! I love them already! I actually have a really funny story about Brother Borsini! But I am running out of time and so I will probably tell you in my email on Monday since I won't have as much to tell you because it is only in a few days!

But the work has really been progressing out here! It is insane! I love it so much! We went from teaching 6-7 lessons a week when I first got out here to teaching 16-17! It's just amazing! Sister Seibels tells me that what we are doing now she would have never thought possible! We have a ton of new investigators we are teaching! A few really promising ones! I will try and tell you more about them on Monday! But I just really love doing this work! I know that is it true and I am supposed to be out here in Greenfield! I know that as long as I am obedient and working my hardest the work is going to keep progressing! I am so glad I am able to serve a mission! I know that I will never regret it! It's so amazing!

By the way transfers are on April 1st! Can you believe it! I have almost been out 2 months! It doesn't even seem like it to me! That time has flown my! Crazy! But I need some address' from you! I would like Chari's, Michelle Covington, and Barbara Whites! I want to write them! But Trish and Mom, Thank you so much for the packages! I loved them! It is so great hearing from you! I love you all so so much! Thanks for all the love and support! I hope all is well! I pray for you every night! I love you so much! Have a great day! I will talk to ya all on Monday!

Love, Sister Madison Whitney

P.S. ALWAYS SMILE! It's what keeps me going on those tough days!
March 15, 2010

Hey Family!
How is everything been going? How was the trip to Florida? I totally forgot you were going until I received the post card! I bet you had lots of fun! Make sure you tell me all about it! I don't think I got your email last week. I am not sure what happened. It's been really weird with all of the stuff going on. I had to change my address because the old myldsmail wasn't working or some weird thing. But it is all good. And I don't have lance's current address with me. I have not gotten the Avon shampoo yet. I have just been using some cheap Suave from the Dollar store. It has been working pretty good not amazing though.
But this week has been so amazing! It has flown by! Just insane! CRAZY! We have been working so hard and just trying to do all we can. But the work has picked up and we have 2 Baptismal Dates for April 10! I am so excited! I just hope that everything will work out! They are Joe Matlack and Tori Allen! I think I told you a little about Joe last time! Well we have been meeting with him twice a week. And he has a testimony of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. But he is having a difficult time accepting that the Sabbath is on Sunday. He thinks it should be on Saturday. And we have tried to connect the dots for him that if the Book of Mormon is true then it's all true. But he doesn't quite get it. And we can't argue with him because he is very knowledgeable and we are not supposed to. But he also smokes and so we are going to teach him about the Word of Wisdom on Wednesday and so we will just have to see how that goes. But keep him in your prayers because I know that he can be baptized and he defiantly wants to know the truth.
Tori is just amazing! She is Golden! We were looking up potential investigators one day and her mom was on the list and so we went over to her house and knocked on the door. She answered and then let us in. We were actually very surprised. But I guess she was home with a migraine from school. She is 15 years old. But we got talking to her and found out that her friend had died last year. So we talked to her about death and what happens after. It was very spiritual. We asked her to pray to her Heavenly Father. And then told her we would come back if we could get permission to teach her. Well her mom said that it was fine and so we went back and taught her the part of the first lesson about prophets and Christ’s earthly ministry. Then we left her with a Book of Mormon and told her to read the Introduction, but to pay attention to the last 2 paragraphs. So she did and if you read the last 2 paragraphs it talks about asking in pray if these things are right. So she did. And when we asked her how she felt when she did it she said that it felt like a weight had been lifted off her shoulders and she felt happy. We explained to her that that feeling was the Holy Ghost testifying the truth of the Book of Mormon. We also shared with her the Restoration and after the first vision she said she got chills. We then ended up inviting her to be baptized. She said YES! Now we just need to talk to her parents and get permission. Her dad is a little anti but she doesn't live with him and so we really only need her mom's permission. But her dad also believes we still practice polygamy and lots of other interesting things. So we are going over there tonight to talk to her about it. So keep her in your prays!

Also I get to see a generally authority tomorrow! We are going to Columbus to have a meeting with Elder Evans. He is in the Quorum of the Seventy! But it's going to be him with just our Zone! That's only like 18 people. Crazy! I am so excited! So I will get to write you about how that went next Wednesday. I guess he is doing a mission tour! But it's pretty exciting!
But my time is pretty much up! So I better get going but I hope all is going well at home! I miss everyone and I am very excited for you guys! I love you so much!

Love, Sister Whitney
March 8, 2010

Hello Everybody!
How has everything been going lately? I have been just great here in Ohio! No big earthquakes or anything! I am glad to hear everything is going well with Zack! I actually got really scared one night at a members home but he looked it up and said all missionaries were safe! So I knew that he was safe! Plus he is doing the lord's work I know that he is protected!

Mom, How is the banister coming? Did you get the kitchen table yet? You should send me pics! I would also like some pictures of the family and maybe St. George area to show members and stuff. Has Caleb taken over my room yet? Just tell me how things are going at home. I haven't really heard from you and dad much. Just little notes here and there. Caleb remember you made a goal to write me once a month! But anyways...
Everything is going really well in Ohio! We had such an AMAZING week! First of all the weather is getting warmer! Which makes me very happy! Soon enough it will be spring! It has been in the 50's here! It makes a lot better weather for tracting! But we have 2 Investigators now that I found! Well that we found together tracting but they weren't already investigators! They are doing really well and we have been going over there teaching them twice a week! I love it! The spirit has been so strong in each lesson! It's just going great! There names are Joe Matlack and the Camp family: Jana (mom), Samanatha (18 daughter), and Cole (8 son). I even extended my first baptismal commitment to Joe. We weren't planning on extending one. But I got this very strong impression that I needed to extend one and so I did. He didn't say yes, but he didn't say no either. He just told us that he had already been baptized but we explained that he needs to be baptized by the proper authority and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. He did come to sacrament meeting on Sunday though! But we are going over there to teach him another lesson tonight!

But Sunday was such an awesome day! First of all it was fast Sunday! And I love being able to fast for a purpose! Especially missionary work! But we had Joe come to church and the Hackworth’s ( a less active family), and Misty and her four kids (a potential investigator). She actually lives a street outside of our area and so we are trying to get permission to teach her. But she wants to be taught the lessons and she really enjoyed church! It's just so excited because I guess they haven't been able to get any people to church for the last 3 months here and the day that the Stake President was here a bunch of people showed up. The stake president even said that he was very impressed with me to the Branch President! I can totally tell that us working hard and keeping a positive attitude has already helped picked up the work here! When I first got to Greenfield everyone told me that this was the dead zone of the mission. But I didn't believe that and I just work my butt off! I know that there is so much potential here! Sister Seibel even says that she has seen the work progress since I got here! I love it! And I have such a strong testimony that the lord prepares those people for us we just need to work hard, be obedient, and try to find them! I know that this is the restored gospel on the earth today! I know that Joseph Smith was called of God. He saw God the father and his son! When we tell the experience of the First Vision with people the spirit is always so strong! I am so thankful to be serving out here! I know that it is where I am supposed to be and I am so thankful for this opportunity! I just want you to know I know that we are children of our Heavenly Father and he really does know and loves each and everyone of us!
But anyways... I guess I will tell you a little about my week. So I decided that If I ever get lung cancer and die it's going to be because I served in Ohio on my mission! O my goodness everyone smokes here! It's ridiculous! People just smoke right in front of us during our lessons and stuff. At first I thought I was going to die. But sadly I am kind of getting used to it! When you walk into people's houses they just reek! Ugh! But o well... Hmmm. Something interesting we had at someone’s house this week was a dip. It's called Crack-cocaine dip. When she told me the name I was like um... I don't think I should eat that. But she told me that it only had sour cream, cream cheese, cheese, and ranch mix in it! It was only called crack-cocaine dip because it is super addicting! Which is true! It is so good! :) You just eat it with crackers. Louis, you would love this! What else... nothing super exciting. We just have been working hard and trying to find as many people as we can! I sure do love this work! And the branch members here are amazing! They do so much for us! Except they keep sending us home with chocolaty desserts! But anyways... I better get going! Time is up once again! I love you all so much! Thanks for everything that you do for me! I pray for you every night! Love you!

Love, Sister Madison Whitney
p.s. Congrats Shanan! Parker looks so cute! I wish I
March 1, 2010

Hey there family!
How is everything going back home? Hopefully good! Thanks for the card mom and the cards! I just got it when we were walking out the door to come here. It has been a crazy week! We have been working hard! We have been looking up people all this week and tracting a bunch! I even shoveled snow for a couple hours on Sat. My first time shoveling snow! And it was in a skirt!

But it has been a really good week. Sister Seibel and I are getting along really well! She is a great trainer! She teaches me a lot and keeps me on track! But we were able to have a lot of fun this week. We actually drove into a ditch which was really funny! We had to get some people to get us out. It was just very interesting. That’s why you don't go up snowy hills in a Toyota. We are driving a 2009 Toyota Corrola. It's pretty nice. And I get to back it up every time! It gets kind of annoying sometimes. Mostly when we go down a wrong street and we have to do a three point turn because U-turns are not allowed in this town. Or state...

We were able to go to an Amish store this week. It was so cool! It's this bakery called Country Crust and another little store called J.R.'s the bakery was so yummy! The food was super cheap and there was so many good things! I bought some cookies and a loaf of homemade white bread! It was yummy. They also have fresh churned butter and just a bunch of things. The other store was really cool to. They had a bunch of homemade things. From woodworks to awesome bonnets. Then they also had a bunch of homemade candy and chocolate. We bought some buckeyes! This candy is so good! I love them! They are peanut butter and chocolate. Almost like a Reeses but so yummy! I will try and send some home soon.

But did you get to here that the Cincinnati Mission is being dissolved and my mission is picking up 3/4 of the mission. There are four stakes in that mission and we get three of them. So there is a chance now that I could serve in Cincinnati, Kentucky or Indiana! Its pretty cool. That will take effect in July.

Something fun that happened this week is that we get to sing in the nursing homes here. And we sang for an hour in 2 different ones. All of the elderly people are so cute! They love having us there.

Mom, I could use some more shampoo and conditioner. I also wouldn't mind another towel. And I need another pair of sheets. I don't know if I should just buy them out here or if you would rather send them. I don't know how much money I have on my Visa Card. So if you could let me know and tell me if I should buy them with that money or not. But thanks so much for all the support and love! I love hearing from you! I hope that you get the table sometime this week! I keep you in my prays and I love you so much! I hope that all is going well at home! I Love you! I am going to try and send a couple pics home. How many pictures were on the C.D? I am not sure if it worked out right. It should have had about 350-400. So just let me know. I might just try and send the card home soon. Maybe after this transfer or something. I don't know. We will just have to see how everything works out.

But I have to go. Time is running short. cBut if you could let everyone know that I have a new email address that would be great. Remember madison.whitney@myldsmail.net

I love you so much! Remember to Always smile!
Love, Sister Madison Whitney

P.s. Have a great week!