Sunday, August 2, 2009
On his P day he along with his companion and other Elders in his Distrikt like to visit areas around Dusseldorf. From hiking to visiting old German castles. He loves having this opportunity to tour and visit some of the areas he serves in.
Teaching people in Germany can sometimes be tough. Often many will set up an appointment with them but then cancel out and just not be home. Other times they allow Sean and his companion to teach one lesson and then they do not want to hear anymore of what the missionaries have to say. Sean is hoping to find some people who are more prepared and ready to hear.
Just this last email Sean wrote of an Afrikan man who stopped them in the street who asked to know more about what they believed. This man was looking for truth. Sean and his companion were pretty excited. They are hoping that this man will continue to have the desire to learn more and eventually get baptized. That would be cool!!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
It was great to speak with Sean on Mother's Day. We had a 2 and a half hour long conversation. I enjoyed hearing all that Sean is going through and all the ways he has grown. He shared with us that he now truly understands the Gospel and believes it like he never did before. At one point he told me that if someone were to put a gun to his head right now and shoot him if he didn't deny what he believed that he would have to tell the person to shoot him because he would never deny the Gospel and all the blessings that he has received from it. What a cool blessing and what a great son to have! I am so glad that he is progressing so much in the Gospel!
He is thinking that his companion might be transferred this next week when transfers come up..only time will tell. I guess Elder Hawker has been in Krefeld for some time.
Sean shared with us that each day he studies to learn 50 new German words and then he practices reading preach my gospel outload to put the words to use. He finds that that along with talking to native Germans is the best way to learn the language and pronunciation of words. He says right now he has about 75% of his German down. That's pretty good for a missionary who has been out only 2+ months.
He loves the foods in Germany and told us that he thinks the food there is better than what we have here. I am not surprised as I have tried many German foods and it is good. Sean and his companion are teaching a family from Afrika as well as a young college student. They continue searching for those who are ready to hear the Gospel. I am glad that Sean is enjoying his mission. He writes every Tuesday and it's great to hear how much he has learned.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sean has been in Germany now for 2 months. His German improves more and more each week, which he is glad of. His companion, Elder Hawker is the District Leader, which means Sean and Elder Hawker spend a great deal of time traveling. This week Wes' Mom called us and shared something cool with us. She has found a line on her family side that traces back to the 1300's. The name was Van Bitten or Van Bitter. Guess where this family is from? The city of Krefeld...where Sean is now serving as a missionary. How cool is that!? Sean could end up teaching one of his distant cousins about the Gospel. We will get to hear Sean's voice on Mother's Day...can't wait!
I have included this interesting photo of Sean looking up at the gates of the castle...I have to wonder what he was thinking :) Good times on Pday.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sean mentioned on the bahn ride up he saw many castles as they followed along the Rhine River. Here is a castle that stands still today in Krefeld. It looks really pretty at night with the lights on it. Sean is up to the northern most part of the mission..not too far from the boards of Holland. His missionary life has begun!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
It's amazing how the voice of someone you love so dearly can melt your heart! It's great with all the technology we have today how we can record voices and make videos for keepsakes. I loved hearing Sean's voice, we talked for about 10 minutes. It was great.
Sean was calling because their were issues with his debit card and his Branch President asked him to phone us. It seems like it's been ages since he left and yet it's only been 8 weeks! He told me he was so pumped and excited to leave for Germany and his companion also said hello. Needless to say I will need to phone the bank tomorrow and get his card resolved prior to his leaving next week for Germany. Next week at this time he will be bound for Germany. We are SO excited for him to get into the field!
His MP (Mission President), President Ninow wrote us a couple weeks ago and asked that we send out a letter to him which included information about Sean. His accomplishments, awards, jobs, likes and dislikes. It was fun to sit down and describe our son to a man who has yet to meet him but who sounds excited to soon have him as a missionary working for the people of Frankfurt. Those who know Sean, know that he will give his all to this cause and will want to be not only a good missionary but a great one.
I think the only regret Bethany will have when she hears that Sean called is that she was not here to pick up the phone and say hi to him. She has missed him a great deal. Earlier this morning she was playing one of songs that she recorded on the piano and she began to cry and tell me how much she missed Sean. I am thinking of letting her skip school next week so that she can talk with him on Monday when he will make his phone call from the airport. She needs to hear his voice too and know that he is fine and that will make her happy.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Thanks for so many who have written to Sean while he has been in the MTC. He has really appreciated the letters and cards. And he really appreciates the goodies that are sent his way as well. In his recent email he told us that 17 new missionaries entered the MTC bound for Germany in the next 8 weeks. That brings the grand total to 61 missionaries. How cool is that?! Sean now feels like one of the "older" missionaries in the MTC in that he has been there for 7 weeks now and can't wait to be in Germany soon
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I was hoping to have a picture to post this time but Sean didn't have a chance to send one. He is so busy. He is enjoying the firesides and devotionals as well as learning as much as he can right now.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
in Provo Utah. He has enjoyed his first 4 weeks and I am sure has learned more, studied more, prayed more, eaten more than any other time yet in his life! And he still loves it!
He has been kept pretty well fed by the MTC and he often doesn't feel too great after eating at their cafeteria. As he wrote in his most recent letter: "read Jeremiah 4:19 and that about sums it up." That verse begins: " my bowels, my bowels!" :) Thankfully his Aunt Shelly who lives close by in Orem is able to supply him once a week with yummies that she has made from her kitchen. I KNOW he is loving that. Not to mention the care packages from Grandma Whitnah and Us. We aren't having to worry about Sean shrinking in size any time soon :)
Since Sean has been at the MTC he has had a couple of oppurtunities to attend the Temple there in Provo and he really has enjoyed the experiences. He has felt the Spirit there and looks forward to going each week on his P day(Prep Day). We were glad to hear too that Sean was able to connect to a good friend of his, Cameron Merritt. Cameron will set off on Monday for his mission in Australia. Good luck to you Cameron!!
The People of Germany are really being prepared for missionaries to enter their country. On Monday 14 missionaries left the MTC bound for areas there. On this past Wednesday 24 new missionaries entered the MTC, also bound for Germany in 8 weeks. Right now there are 44 missionaries learning German and getting ready to grace that beautiful country!!! How exciting. And the people of Germany are so ready to have the Gospel.
I am glad Sean is doing well and I am sure things will only get better for him as long as he focuses on what he is doing and will work hard with those he serves. He has been greatly blessed and we are so thankful for him in our family. He's a great guy. Love you Elder Whitnah!!