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, June 28, 2010

June 28, 2010

Hello Family! Great News! I am still serving in Greenfield! I am only in a companionship now! I am serving with Sister Parry still! I love her so much! She is a wonderful companion and we have so much fun together! I am super excited for this next 6 weeks in Greenfield! I know that we are going to accomplish so much! We have been doing really good in the area. I can't even remember what I have and haven't told you about! I am pretty sure I told you about Sandy and Shelby. They both got Baptized on the 18th of June! They are doing really great! We are teaching a few people but not a lot. You know what they say about your teaching pool after you have baptisms. Your teaching pool drains with the font! But it is well worth it because instead of Investigators to teach we have recent converts! But we are working a lot with Less Actives and we are going to be going through the area book and look up all the former investigators. Hopefully we will be able to get more investigators! The main people we are working with at this point is Megan Southward, Beulah Hales, Dawn and Shawn Smith, and well a few others. Beulah is 83! She is so cool! She even feels drawn to the Mormons but is comfortable at her church and so she doesn't want to leave. But we are really working with her. Dawn and Shawn are great! They just have a hard time coming to church because her husband is a truck driver and he is only home on the weekends and so she want's to be able to spend time with them.
The Zoo was so much fun! It was just cool to get out of the area! And everything is just so much cooler when you're a missionary! We were able to go with our District and Zone Leaders which made it way fun! I took a billion pictures! I am actually going to be sending a package home in the next week or so with some stuff I don't need to carry around with me. It will have me S.D. card in it and so if you will make a couple of C.D's of it and then send it back that would be great! And my companion want's one of the C.D.'s and so if you could make an extra one for her that would be great! So if you haven't sent the package you are going to be sending me don't send it yet. Until I can get you mine. Also I might need a few more garments. I would like 2 more mesh bottoms and 2-4 tops. I am not sure what size or anything and so I will let you know in the package. I am also out of hairspray if you have room in the package. If not I will just buy some at Wal-Mart next time that we go. Not a big deal! But I will definatly try and send that package on Wednesday or Thursday when we get more money for July!
I talked to the doctor and she called me when I think that she was supposed to call you. The reason she said she did all the test was because I was a new patient and since I hadn't been to the doctor in a while I needed to get them all checked or something. I have the number. I will give it to you and you can call and talk to her assistant. The number is 614-292-3800 ask for Wendy. Then she gave me Liz Lantle's number she is the medication assistant. If we need help with money I think. The number is 614-293-0993. They should let you get a hold of my information. I faxed something over to them and so just call them. The weather out here is insane! It is in the high 90's and it's so humid! It's crazy because they have the most random rain storms ever! Yesterday it was sunny and then we were eating dinner and this crazy hurricane rain started falling and then in an hour it was all clear and sunny again! We did get a little window air conditioner on Saturday! It is so much nicer! It was getting to be 87 in our apartment. Now only the bedroom is cold but that's just were we do everything now. I can't believe Brigham is driving! That's scary! Ha-ha... Alright... I have to go. But I love you so much! I hope all is going good at home! I love you and miss you all so much! Remember to always read your scriptures and say your prayers!

Love, Sister Madison Whitney

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June 14, 2010

Hello Family!
How are you doing? I am doing wonderful! I love serving a mission! These last 2 weeks were amazing! And this up coming one is going to be amazing! So first of all the Posey's baptism was so amazing! The spirit was so strong! They are so happy and it's so cool! You can really see a difference in her countenance! The spirit is so strong! I loved it! And her husband came which was amazing! He was able to watch his wife and three kids get baptized and we were able to teach him and everybody the first lesson during part of the program! It was such an amazing experience! I took lots of pictures and so I will send you my SD card at the end of this transfer! The transfer ends on June 24! Crazy! I could go anywhere or I could stay. I may even end up training. I am not sure what but I will go wherever the Lord wants me to go! Also this last week we were able to take Misty up to the Bishop's Store House and serve there! It was awesome! She was so amazed with all the things the church does! It was funny because they had canned food there and she was so confused! She had never seen macaroni in a can! It was hilarious because at first she asked me about it and I was like yeah it's in a can so what? She just looked at me and was like this is not normal! I forget I grew up a Mormon in Utah. I am used to food storage! HAHA! She is so excited about the idea. Mom you will have to talk to her about it and give her some recipes. I will get you her number or email so you can tell her more about it!

We also were able to go to COSI this week for our P-day and that's why I didn't email last week! It was so so fun! It's this huge science museum place! You should look it up on the internet! It's bomb! They had a titanic exhibit that was so cool but sad! They had a bunch of shows, and just a bunch of cool things. It kind of of reminded me of parts of Epcot and Disney World. Sister Borsini took us for her birthday! It was just way way fun!

Then on Saturday, I was able to see an Apostle! Elder Todd D. Kristofferson came and spoke to our entire mission! It was so amazing! The spirit was so strong! We were able to shake his hand and tell him where we are from! He was just amazing! It was such a cool experience learning from an apostle and feeling how strong the spirit was in the room! We even got to ask him questions! It was amazing! We also had Elder Gonzales from the First Presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy! They had some great advice! We need to really be working with Less Actives and trying to help rescue them!

Later that same day we were able to here from Sheri Dew and Sister Nelson ( Elder Russell M. Nelson's wife)! It was a quad stake relief society meeting! It was a great experience! They are both amazing speakers! We were able to get to talk to them and hug them! Then I also got to see Amy Trumpvine our cousin! It was so great seeing her and getting to talk with her for a few min! I loved it! It brought so much joy to see family! It really was an amazing day! I was so spiritually uplifted! Wow!

Then to keep going we are having a branch missionary baseball game on Tuesday night, having 2 more Baptism's, Sandy and Shelbie, on Friday night at Welmington which is outside of our mission! And there are Sister's serving in that area and so we will get to meet them! And then setting up a booth in the Leesburg Festival on Saturday! Crazy Crazy busy! Not to mention this last 4 weeks we have also taught at least 25 lessons or over! It is really amazing! I can't believe how great this work is! It makes me so happy!

But that is my crazy weeks! O yeah... I forgot to tell you that I am going to the Columbus ZOO on Monday and so I won't be emailing next week! Sorry! But I am so excited for the Zoo! It is the best zoo in America! It even tops the San Diego Zoo! Pretty Sweet! Yeah! I love it! But I have to get going! I love you so much! Thanks for all that you do for me! Have a great 2 Weeks!

Love, Sister Madison Whitney

p.s. I got the recipe book mom! Thanks so much I love it!

I love you Lance! Thanks again for the Large print Book of Mormon!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June 1, 2010

Hello Family,
It was so good to hear from you. I am emailing today because the library was closed yesterday because of memorial day. This week has been going really good! As you heard I have 4 Baptisms this Saturday! I am so excited and happy! It is Misty, Shannon, Brett, and Britney Posey! They are amazing and it is so good to see how much they have changed! We also were able to extend 2 other Baptismal dates for the 18th and 20th of June! The people are so prepared here! We have been doing this 20 day fast in our branch and we have seen a lot of tender mercies come from it! I was also able to give a talk on Sunday. First one in the mission field. It went really well. I talked about Baptism and the covenant that we make. It was awesome! I still love Greenfield and my companions and all of the branch members! They take really good care of us!

And I shouldn't be needing anything or any money. I have everything that I need! Thank you for all that you do! And the mesh garments ended up working out fine. I had them on the wrong way. Ha-ha... blonde moment! But don't worry about sending any more packages or anything I have everything I need and I am doing great!

I love you so much and I am so thankful for all the support that you show me! It means the world for me to be out serving here and I know that it is where I am supposed to be.
There is not a lot for me to say this week. I have just been doing really good. We have been working hard and having fun! I love you!
Love, Sister Madison Whitney

May 24, 2010

Hello Family,
I am doing really well! The work is still amazing! We taught 29 lessons last week! It was insane! I love my companions so much! They are truly amazing! Especially Sister Parry! We are so much a like it's funny! We all love each other and have lots of fun! But I got to go! I love you all! I love you Lance!
Love Sister Madie Whitney

May 17, 2010

Madison told us on Mothers day that she had received a blessing and in it was promised she would be made whole while on her mission. She has graves disease and has been taking 5 pills a day to bring her thyroid levels down. It looks like things are changing for her if they are taking her down to 2 pills a day now. What a blessing. Just thought I would share that little miracle with you.

Hello Family,
This week has been totally amazing! I love it! Just so that everyone knows I am staying in Greenfield another transfer! I am in Another Trio! It's Sisters Eves and Parry! I love them both so much! This transfer is going to be amazing! We all just clicked and have had a blast together ever since we became companions! It's great! I really like trio's! I think they are so much fun! It is a little challenging at time but so is just having two! It's just like having your own little party with three! And it makes cleaning go a lot faster! Hehe... Sister Seibel got transferred to Mound builders, New Wark. Actually it's really close to where Todd and Amy live. She is companions with Sister Le Sueur my MTC companion.
But besides that Misty Posey finally decided she is ready for BAPTISM! Her and her 3 kids are getting baptized on June 5! Yeah! I am so excited for her! We are also teaching Sandy and Shelby and they want to get baptized with Misty but we have to teach them a lot to have them get baptized that soon! And we are also teaching Kayla Wells and she will be getting baptized on June 19! Zack's b-day! It's all so exciting! This area is booming! I love it! We are teaching so much and having such a great time!
I also got my thyroid results back! I am hypo now. The doctor told me to go down to 2 pills a day and then I am going to get my blood work done in 5 1/2 weeks. Just here at the hospital in Greenfield. Do we have insurance for that? What am I supposed to do when I get my lab work done? Just let me know what’s going on. But that was really good news! So I also got your package you sent! I got it right before we left to come email! Thank you so much for everything! It is all amazing! Your the best! I really like the skirt! It's cute! Another style might be cute to but whatever works. I don’t have my measurements but we have a couple of members that would measure me though. Maybe I will have Sister Snavely help me and send you the measurements. We are going over there for dinner so if we get time I will have her do that.
It's sounds like things at home are going really great! That's so cool that Preston is Romeo in the play! That's awesome! That's crazy about Kennedy serving in the Philippines! I couldn't do it! I love Ohio! I am so glad I stayed in the states! I know that Heavenly Father put me where I need to be! I am just so happy and I love all the people here! It's such a great experience! I know that I will never regret serving! Thank you for all of your love and support! It means the world to me! I love you so much! Have a great week!
Love, Sister Madison Whitney

May 10, 2010

Hello again...
I just want to say how great it was talking to you yesterday! I loved hearing from you and being able to tell you about things going on not through letter or email. It is so much faster just to talk. But now I don't really have a lot to say today. You are pretty much caught up on my life.

I didn't really get to tell you about Sandy on the phone. She is a new investigator that we found. It was really funny how we were able to find her to! So we are teaching Misty Posey and her kids. The people that we went to a baptism and the temple on Saturday. But she was having a difficult time because no one was supporting her besides her kids. Last week her husband and her friend stayed up yelling at her till 2 a.m. and told her that she was pretty much a horrible mother for taking her children to the Mormon church. Telling her that we were a cult, and polygamist, and well pretty much everything anti. She was trying to explain to them that we are not. But they just wouldn't listen to her. And so her crazy friend decided she needed to talk to us. She wanted to set us straight. Well we went to answer her questions and now we are teaching her, Sandy. She even came to church yesterday and brought her daughter that is 15. So now Sandy and her daughter Shelbie are really interested! It's so awesome! Crazy how a week ago she was yelling at her friend for going to the Mormon church and now she is going and wanting to really learn! That is actually who we need the large print Book of Mormon for. She can't see anything! And it is really hard to teach her if she isn't reading the Book of Mormon. But if you look for that will you make sure it is just the Book of Mormon. We don't want her to have the D&C (the triple). If you can't find it don't worry about it. We will just have a member order one. But let me know if you get one or if you don't so I can have them either order one or not. Just by next Monday.

I really appreciate all that you do for me! You are an amazing family! Thank you Thank you Thank you! I hope that you had a great Mother's Day! I love you so much!
And I will hopefully have a member email you if on Wednesday if I am leaving or staying in Greenfield! I love you!

Love, Sister Madison Whitney