Monday, June 15, 2015

Shelby's Return Home Flight Plans!

For all of you who would like to track Shelby's route back to the good 'ol USA :-)
Words can't express how proud and amazed I am of my daughter. She is truly courageous and an inspiration to me. The last 18 months have been hard, happy, exciting, and lonesome. YAY!!! Shelby! YOU DID IT!!!!

Your trip Booking ref: 4IDVJ4 Check My Trip Date: 14 April 2015 Baggage Info . . Traveler Shelby Marie Whipple Agency CHURCH TRAVEL CWT 50 East North Temple St SALT LAKE CITY UT 84150 Telephone 801 240-5111 Fax 801-240-5115 . . . Tuesday 23 June 2015 Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras AD 2605 Departure 23 June 04:55 PM Cuiaba Marechal Rondon Intl (+) Arrival 23 June 08:25 PM Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl (+) Terminal: 4 Duration 02:30 (Non stop) Booking status Confirmed Class Economy (Y) Equipment EMBRAER 195 No seats are available to pre-assign Please arrive early and request your preferred seats at check-in . Tuesday 23 June 2015 Delta Air Lines DL 058 Departure 23 June 10:40 PM Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl (+) Terminal: 2 Arrival 24 June 07:28 AM Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Atl (+) Terminal: I Duration 09:48 (Non stop) Booking status Confirmed Class Economy (V) Baggage allowance 2PC Seat 35B confirmed for Shelby Marie Whipple Equipment BOEING 767-300 Meal Dinner . Wednesday 24 June 2015 Delta Air Lines DL 1772 Departure 24 June 11:30 AM Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Atl (+) Terminal: S Arrival 24 June 12:19 PM Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl (+) Terminal: 3 Duration 03:49 (Non stop) Booking status Confirmed Class Economy (V) Baggage allowance 2PC Seat 39C confirmed for Shelby Marie Whipple Equipment BOEING 757 Meal Food for purchase Copyright © 2013 Amadeus v1.3.6.10 Page 1 of 2 . Your trip Booking ref: 4IDVJ4 Check My Trip Date: 14 April 2015 Baggage Info . . . Wednesday 24 June 2015 American Airlines AA 2765 Departure 24 June 03:10 PM Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl (+) Terminal: 4 Arrival 24 June 03:59 PM Flagstaff Flagstaff Pulliam (+) Duration 00:49 (Non stop) Booking status Confirmed Class Economy (S) Baggage allowance 0PC Seat 03F confirmed for Shelby Marie Whipple Equipment CANADAIR REGIONAL JET Operated by Us Airways, US2765 No seats are available to pre-assign Please arrive early and request your preferred seats at check-in . Ticket details E-ticket DL 006-7618611525 for Shelby Marie Whipple E-ticket AA 001-7618611526 for Shelby Marie Whipple . General Information **IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, FLIGHT CHANGES ENROUTE OR SIGNIFICANT DELAYS, IMMEDIATELY TELEPHONE CHURCH TRAVEL (801-240-5111 OR 1-800-537-3537) CHURCH TRAVEL IS AVAILABLE 24/7 MISSION PRESIDENT KEITH RAY REBER RII PH B/011 55 65 3642 1056 H/011 55 65 3027 5934 487678@LDSCHURCH.ORG LDSCHURCH@KONTIK.COM.BR **NOTICE** ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT 1 HOUR PRIOR TO DOMESTIC FLIGHTS AND 2 HOURS PRIOR TO INT*L FLIGHTS WITH REQUIRED STATE OR FEDERAL PHOTO ID AND TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, FLIGHT CHANGES ENROUTE, OR SIGNIFICANT DELAYS, IMMEDIATELY TELEPHONE MISSIONARY TRAVEL (800)537-3537 OR (801)240-5111 EMPLOYEE TRAVEL (800)537-1232 OR (801)240-1000 GENERAL AUTHORITY TRAVEL (800)453-3860 OR (801)240-1000 . Airline Booking Reference(s) AA/XVSZMQ DL/F6UFXF

Final Email From Sister Whipple!!

Hello Everyone,
This will be the last email i´ll be sending out because next Monday ill be in Cuiaba and I don't think we will have time to write emails, since we will be in a training. 
I want to use this chance that I have to express my gratitude for the opportunity to serve a mission. There are absolutely no words to express my feelings. This email will do no justice to the wonderful year and a half I have spent serving the master Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father. 
I have learned so much and have come so much closer to my savior. I still have a very long way to go to become like Him, but I'm farther than I was before. 
Among the many things that I have learned on my mission, I think the thing that stands out the most in my mind is learning to put my trust and faith in Jesus Christ. Trust and faith are such small words and many including myself underestimate the power that they hold. I have learned what it really means to trust in Him. Little by little I have put my life into his perfect hands and have let go of the reins. It takes a lot of courage to let go because He doesn't just take the reins for you, He will never take over and say ``its OK you can let go now``. We have to let go first and trust that he will catch the reins. Its the same principle of stepping into the water before its parted. Its so easy to say just have faith! all you have to do is trust! but when your put before a river full of rushing raging water, knowing that if Heavenly Father doesn't part that water you will be pulled under and drowned, its a little bit harder to have that trust and faith, isn't it. However, I testify that God, our loving father in Heaven will do his part. As we demonstrate courage and step into that raging river, he will demonstrate his power and the water will part. I have seen it, and I have felt it. I know its true. 
I know that to have courage does not in any way mean that we are unafraid. To have courage means that even though we are afraid we stand up, we look fear in the face and we trust. I testify that our test here in life is not something simple nor is it something easy. Our test is the test of faith. Will we remain faithful, despite the influences of the distracting voices of the world? Will we be able to always put God first, despite the opposing opinions of family or friends whom we love? Will we have courage? 
I testify that it is courage not compromise that brings the smile of Gods approval. 
I testify that Heavenly Father loves us more than we can imagine. He loves us with a perfect love. He loves us for who we are but I know that He has established the way for us to return to Him. He cannot lower the expectations. 
I am immensely grateful for repentance. How wonderful it is that we have a way to become clean and to constantly become better. To keep learning and to keep growing. Sometimes its hard to admit we have made a mistake or that we are wrong, but I know that through Jesus Christ all things can be forgiven and made right. If you have a hard time feeling that God loves you, maybe think Little bit about the sacrifice He made for us. He gave his ONLY SON, for us. Those of you who have children can maybe think about how hard that must have been. He gave His son to a world who doesn't even think about him or remember him on a daily basis. A world who sometimes even makes light of his sacrifice. Can we really question that Heavenly Father loves us? 
I testify that Jesus is the Christ. He Lives. 
I testify that His Church, was restored here on the earth once again through a prophet. I know its true, and I cannot deny it. 
These things I testify in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. 
I want to thank all of you for writing to me and reading my emails. Thank you for all the prayers, to say that I have felt them wouldn't say the half of what they have done for me. I love you all. See you Soon :)
Sister Shelby Whipple

Hello! June 8, 2015

Hello everyone,
Heavenly Father is so good to me :) I have seen so many small miracles this week and just little things that helps me to remember that He loves me and is watching over me. I remember when I was in the MTC Sister Barrett told me something that ill never forget she said ``Sister Whipple, I don't know what it is but I just feel like Heavenly Father always takes care of you and watches out for you`` When I first heard that I thought well yeah of course he does, he does that for everyone. And truly he does do that for everyone but I know that its especially true for me. It makes me want to please him and follow him even more. If you really think about all the people in the world, the billions and billions of people sometimes it becomes a little discouraging and it becomes so easy to sink into the thoughts that we don't matter and that Heavenly Father isn't worried about each and everyone of us. But I testify that he is. You matter to him and he is aware of you. 
I'm so thankful for where I am in my mission right now. I'm very excited to go home and see my family but for me it still hasn't sunk in! I'm so grateful to be able to be here in Rondonopolis working along side Sister Andrezzo. Doing the lords work. We have wonderful families that we are teaching. All of them have a strong desire to follow Heavenly Father. I love teaching the gospel and I love the beautiful feeling that comes to my heart as I testify of the truths that are found in the gospel. 
Thank you for all of your prayers and emails! I love you all! 

Hi From Rondonopolis June 1st, 2015

Hello Everyone,
Well this week went by so so fast! We are doing very well and are enjoying being here in Rondonópolis. We are teaching so many wonderful people and we enjoy so much being able to get to know these families and teach them about the gospel. We have been teaching two teenage boys who have already been baptized but never go to church. They are so fun to teach because they are always themselves and always ask so many questions. I love teaching them because they remind me of my brothers. We are also teaching a woman named Adriana. Her husband is a member and she comes to church with him every week and loves it but she has never prayed about being baptized or if its true. We will be fasting with her this week on Saturday to help her receive her answer. Were really excited to be working with her. This transfer we have been going to a neighborhood called Alfredo de castro to work with our recent converts there and it has been quite an adventure. Its a neighborhood really far away that we have to take a bus to get to and its all dirt roads and the houses are really humble but the people are so great to work with. We can only work there one day a week since its so far away but soon they will be opening a group there and missionaries will be called to work in just that area. Its such a great opportunity to be apart of such a wonderful work. and to be so close to God. I'm also so thankful for my companion. She is such a great example to me. She is always so happy and patient! I couldn't have asked for a better companion. I know that how we treat others is so important. Sometimes we teat those outside of our family better than we treat our own family or the people we live with. Everyone deserves to be treated well but I know that the people who deserve the most of us is our own family. It shouldn't matter what they have done, who they are or even how they treat you, What matters is your dedication to demonstrate patience love and kindness. Judging others is Gods business just because others sin differently than us doesn't give us the right to judge them or treat them badly. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to get to know so many different types of people and for the opportunity to feel the powerful love the savior has for each and every one of them. Well I love you all and I hope you have a good week.