Monday, January 27, 2014

Transferred to pasco

Hello everybody!

Hope you all had a great week and saw as many miracles as we did.

This week was really good for us. Even though the weather was pretty hard on our spirits, we found 3 new investigators and taught a bunch of lessons. One of the new investigators that we found asked if he could go with us to our next appointment. His family was out running errands and he didnt really like being alone. He had a lot of really good questions that showed that he wanted some answers in his life. When we walked to the next person we were going to try (didn't have a set appointment) he wasn't there but as we were leaving he pulled up and invited us in. We ended up watching the Restoration video with both of them. We could definitely see the Lord's hand work with the people on that day.

So I'm getting transferred to Pasco 5th spanish. I'm pretty sure my new companions name is Elder Reibero. He is from brazil and is called spanish speaking. It was a little hard to tell on the voice message. I had felt like I would be leaving for some reason and that feeling was right.

Thanks for the love and support. Hope you all have a great week!

Elder Young

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Long Week

Hey everyone!

Hope you all had a great week.

Today was our temple p-day so it had to be switched to today. I just forgot to tell you last week. The temple was really good and always spiritually uplifting. I always love going to the temple. I'm excited to be able to go whenever after the mission. Once a quarter is a little too long sometimes.

This week was a little long. We did a lot more tracting but havent really found many more investigators. A miracle did happen last night. We were visiting one of our investigators and he told us that his friend would like us to come and visit him at his house. We were pretty excited about that. We don't normally get referrals from investigators that have some potential. I guess the Lord has his own way of hastening the work. We just have to have the faith to go out and act. Also something else that was pretty good this week was we had a branch activity to teach the members about home and visiting teaching. Unfortunately a lot of the recent converts were not there that needed to learn about it. Hopefully we will be able to have another activity like that so they know how to do their responsibilities.

Hope you all have a great week and I would love to hear from you all!

Elder Young

Monday, January 13, 2014

Semi-Long Week

Hey everybody!

Hope you all had a great week. I haven't really heard from many of you but I hope everything is going well.

This week was a bit of a longer week. We had zone meeting and interviews back to back this week. We sort of got rebuked at interviews because our work was not matching the goals we were setting. He also told us that we were taking over the role of the wards in the less-active work. Definitely felt rebuked during that time but then again everyone else did as well. It was really good to get some direction about what our purpose really is and what the purpose of the members is.

So we did a lot more tracting this week and ran in to some pretty interesting people. We met a few Ukranians that didn't really speak english very well so that was pretty fun trying to talk with them.
For some reason whenever someone is struggling to speak in english, I revert to spanish, even if they don't speak spanish. It doesn't make much sense but its pretty funny.

So some of the training that we had was about taking the time to ask inspired questions. Later on this week we tried that with an investigator that has been a little hard headed and her less-active husband. We had planned to talk about obedience but one of the first questions I asked was about the sacrament and we went from their and the lesson went pretty good. We have been taught about asking inspired questions before but after time you tend to forget some of the past trainings. I feel like it will help a lot to teach and rely on the spirit more.

Hope you all have a great week and you see tons of miracles! and please write me, I would love to hear how you all are doing!

Elder Young

Monday, January 6, 2014

Week of New Years

Hey everybody! Thanks for the letters and emails! I really appreciate it. Sorry I'm really horrible about writing back.

The work was a little slow this week. We had to go home early on New Year's eve but it was alright. The 4 of us played Risk until it was time to go to bed which was pretty fun.

We found a few new investigators this week. It has been a little difficult to be able to talk with them again but hopefully we will have some success this week in teaching them. Our zone has been setting some focuses and goals to find more investigators to support the mission's goals. Its been a lot of fun because as we get new investigators, we send in their names to the zone leaders and then they update the zone. It makes it seem more like a team effort instead of each companionship being on its own.

So we have been having some success with some of the less-active families that we have been working with. One family has come the last 3 weeks and they keep bringing more people from their family with them. Another family we have been working with has a goal to come to church each sunday this whole year. The mom even got up in fast and testimony meeting and told the branch that if she is not there that she wants them to remind her about her goal. I hope the branch keeps them accountable to their goals. It's been awesome to see the families back in the church.

Something pretty cool that happened this week as we were reading with a less-active was that she figured out was revelation was. We were reading in Helaman 6 which is pretty much just talking about the Gadianton Robbers but as we were reading and explaining what was going on, she told us it sounded a lot like the gangs of today. The look on her face was amazing as she realized that she had just learned something by the spirit. Something also that she liked was that she could listen to the scriptures on her phone. The next day she told us that she had done her morning prayers and listened to the scriptures and that she felt really good. On Sunday she told us she had been reading/listening to the scriptures the whole week. The spirit definitely works in amazing ways to help the people learn and grow.

Hope you all have a great week and that you see many miracles in your lives.

Elder Young