Monday, March 31, 2014

Short Letter

Hey everybody!

Hope you have had a great week!

The weather here has been fantastic. We haven't needed coats and its not too hot with a little breeze. It makes missionary work a lot easier when you aren't freezing or sweating to death, both of which exist here in Washington but its always nice to have a change in weather.

This week was pretty good for teaching. We definitely taught the restoration more than a couple of times but thats alright because it's one of my favorite lessons. It seems like every time that we contact a referral, we get another one to replace and then sometimes another to add on top of that. Hopefully we will be able to see some results from it as we continue to contact them.

Just an update with Isaac, he received the priesthood yesterday and in a couple of weeks he will pass the sacrament for the first time. Right after sacrament meeting, one of the deacons came up to him and congratulated him and said that he will be able to pass the sacrament now. Its awesome to see the progress people can make when the wards really embrace them.

Something pretty cool that our mission is doing right now is we are all trying to read the Book of Mormon in 80 days. It's really cool to see the whole story of it and at the same time find verses that really apply to missionary work. I love to feel the power of the testimonies the prophets have as I read.

May you all see many miracles!

Elder Young

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Hello everyone!

So we had a miracle happen this week! One of our progressing investigators got baptized last saturday. He was supposed to get baptized this coming saturday but because of the womens broadcast we had to move it up. Everything went pretty good but it was a pretty stressful week. I'll send the pictures that we got. Since he had such a good fellowshipper was the only reason that was really made possible. And he really wanted it. The Lord is working miracles!

This week was a little slower for teaching because we needed some time to get ready for the baptism. Now that Isaac got baptized we should be able to start working on some of his siblings. His little brother told him that he wants to get baptized as well. We knew that Isaac would be a great example for his family but we didn't realize how much it would bring his family into the church as well.

I'm super excited for general conference! It will be an amazing time to hear the apostles and prophet speak. I know that as we prepare ourselves in these next couple of weeks that we will be able to receive revelation for the problems that we are facing in life everyday.

I hope you all are doing well and have been seeing many many miracles.

Elder Young

Monday, March 17, 2014

Fast week in Pasco

Hello everyone!

I hope you all have had a great week!

This week was pretty good. The time seemed to pass by super fast this week and I can't believe that I'm writing another letter already. We have someone on date for the 28th and we are super excited for him. He is 13 and hasn't missed a sunday pretty much the whole time that I have been in pasco. He is setting an amazing example for his family and hopefully the rest of his family will follow soon after. A referral that we got a while ago is starting to show some really good potential. He is progressing slowly but there is always some progress each week. It seems like he had a hard past and is wanting to change his life and become a better father. It is amazing to see the spirit work with people to help them change.

So this week I have felt really blessed by the setting apart blessing that my stake president gave me when he talked about my health. The stomach flu has been going around lately and there are a couple of elders that are staying with us right now and they both got it over the weekend but fortunately neither me or my companion got it. It is the worst thing to be sick on the mission.

Something that I have enjoyed as I have been reading the Book of Mormon lately is all the things I notice about missionary work. The prophets in the BoM were great missionaries and their success didn't come until after a great trial of their faith. It has just been a lesson for me to keep working hard and the Lord will give us success.

I hope you all have a great week and I hope to hear from you all soon!

Elder Young

Monday, March 10, 2014

Transfer calls and a busy week

Hello everybody!

Hope you all have had a great week and have seen many miracles in your lives!

This week was pretty good for teaching. We are progressing towards 20 lessons a week and working on having more member presents. We were able to contact a few more referrals and they seemed to have some pretty good interest. Hopefully in the coming visits they will progress and come to church. Unfortunately the golden investigator that we had moved out of our area but that's ok because she still has the desire to be baptized. We are having some really good success with a 13 year old whose neighbor is the 2nd counselor in the branch presidency. We were able to have 3 lessons last week with him and hopefully this week we will be able set a baptismal date for him. He has been a really good example for his family and hopefully they will follow him before too long. He hasn't missed a sunday the whole time I have been here.

So there have been some pretty good sunsets even when it is cloudy and I thought it would be nice to share one.

Hope you all have a great week!

Elder Young

Monday, March 3, 2014

A better week and Many miracles

Hello everyone!

Still haven't heard from a lot of you! Hope you are all doing well.

This week was better for teaching and finding than last week. We have been getting a lot of referrals from other missionaries as well as the members working with the people around them to share the gospel. The big family that we are working with has kind of cooled off a little but one of their sons is still really interested in coming to church and we got permission from the parents to start teaching him at the members house that they are friends with. We also got a referrals for a lady that has been meeting with missionaries for the last year and as we talked with her, she expressed a strong desire to be baptized. After church on sunday she asked if we could schedule a day for her baptism. She put herself on date for the 15th of March. She is golden. She reads the Book of Mormon everyday and she says that it helps her get through the difficult times and gives her comfort. Miracles are happening here in Pasco!

Another miracle that happened this week was we just had an appointment fall through and we decided to go try someone that lived down the street. They hadn't been very solid about keeping appointments or being available but this time they were willing and able. Come to find out the husband had started reading from the Book of Mormon and asked us to share some passages that we liked. We have an appointment with them tonight and hopefully everything goes well for it.

Last miracle I'll share today was we were trying a referral that we got a few weeks ago (we have tried them a few times already) but no one was home. We decided to go visit someone that we have talked to a few times but only his son was there at that time. We started talking to him and it was about to be a great lesson and then his dad walked up from getting his daughter from school. We started talking with and started to tell us how he had been talking to his cousin (who is from a different religion) about us and about helping his kids (which is what we mostly talk about anyway with him) and then he said that he had wanted to talk to us that day. Lo and behold guess who shows up on his doorstep, Us. We have been working with him for a little while but we haven't had a chance to really share the message of the restoration yet but I know right now we just need to build trust with him but soon we will be able to share it with him.

Having tough weeks makes me really appreciate when we have good weeks and it makes it easier to see the miracles, especially when we don't let the hard times get us down. I know this year is going to be an amazing year for growth in the church. Miracles are happening everyday as we exercise our faith to act and help the people use their agency to act.

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

Elder Young