Monday, June 27, 2016

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1. Some of our YSA-ers before institute



2. Picking up my precious luggage <3


5 Months, say what?!

Well this week has been pretty rad.

I love love love my new companion. Sister Davis makes me laugh harder than a pig being tickled.

Fun facts about Sister Davis!
  • Her first name is Kylee
  • She is from Salem, UT
  • She's been on her mission for 1 year this Friday (yes, there will be a party)
  • She's hilarious
  • She's bit her tongue off
  • She played 2nd base on her softball team
  • She was on a clogging team before her mission
  • Her favorite color is purple
  • She sings in the shower and is really good at it
  • She is a bomb missionary. Like for real for real.
  • She can unwrap a Starburst in her mouth in less than 12 seconds
We saw so many miracles this week! The first day, we picked up THREE new investigators in just over an hour!! Two guys were walking past our car and we talked to them for a bit. One of them had a Hulk tattoo on his forearm and it looked like it was tearing out of his skin. He also had a Captain America shield on his calf. So naturally, I had to ask him where his Spider-Man tattoo was (sidenote: I almost bought Spider-Man socks at Target today, but I resisted. Y'all should be proud). He paused... then rolled up his sleeve and sure enough, there was a tat of his skin "ripped" and there was his Spidey suit. We ended up teaching the two of them the Restoration sitting in their driveway.It was so dope.

We went out to find some former investigators in St. Cloud (I'm not sure if I've mentioned this, but we cover the entire Stake here, so we spend a lot of time in the car. And St Cloud is beautiful. We just need to find an investigator there named Charley). We met Collin, who lives in the house one of our formers used to live in. He is 13 and has an incredible sense of humor. We asked him if he had ever been to church before and he said his friend invited him once. It was a bring a friend thing. He said it was super weird because he walked in and it was dark and it sounded like this (he demonstrated, shrugging his shoulders up and down): "N-TS N-TS N-TS N-TS". Sister Davis and I were ROLLIN'. We did not expect this from this kid. He actually reminds me a lot of my little brother, Major. We briefly taught him the restoration and we wrote our number on the back and this kid says "sweet! I'm gonna tell my dad I got these girls' number!" He was definitely the highlight of the day.

So I've been getting really creative with my commitment invitations. We were teaching a guy in our Branch about the importance of reading the scriptures and praying every day. He said he wasn't quite sure when he could fit it in his schedule, plus he just always forgets. I remembered talking to him a couple weeks ago at FHE, just trying to get to know him, and I had this epiphany. I remembered he said he plays a lot of video games (Call of Duty, wud up). So I gave him a sticky note that said "PRAY" and told him to put it on his X-Box. He's prayed every day since :)

We took our homeboy Esteban on a Temple Tour on Friday, but beforehand we went to dinner at this hip new place in Orlando. Your inner 9 year-old would love it. It's a ramen place called "Soupa Saiyan". It's Dragon Ball Z themed. But it was so small and hekka hot. It was an experience. We had a lesson on the temple grounds and you could see a downpour of rain in the distance. We talked for about 45 minutes, then it started just barely sprinking so we wrapped up with a prayer. As soon as we said "Amen", you could SEE the torrential downpour coming our way. We BOOKED IT to the car! The rain was right behind us!! I felt super irreverent because I was bolting across the temple grounds though. There were some people standing in the parking lot waving at us saying "It's dry over here!" and then their facing changed as they saw the storm heading straight toward them. Like something out of a horror film, Esteban yells "IT'S COMING!!!!!" As the pellets of water are just inches behind our heels!!!!




then I had to back the car in the rain. it's cool.



Well, like I said in the title, today is my 5 month mark. That's crazy to me. I've cried a handful of times this week because it's going by so fast and I don't want to go home (sorry fam). This is the absolute best thing I have ever done in my life. I'm so grateful that the Lord changed my heart and lead me to have a desire to serve Him. This is by far the hardest thing I have ever done, but it's also been the most fulfilling. 

Today is also the day in history that Joseph Smith was martyred. I have taken some time these past few days to reflect on my life. I've dealt with a lot of trials, like we all have. But nothing that comes close to what the Prophet of the Restoration had to endure. My favorite part in the Joseph Smith movie is this: Joseph had just been tarred and feathered and his dear wife, Emma is cleaning him off. He says to her "There will always be opposition". She says "how much do we have to endure?" Joseph replies: "perhaps I am meant to swim in deep water". This is how I have felt often times in my life. It seems to be a recurring theme. But I now reflect upon the revelation Joseph received while in Liberty Jail: "My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high" (D&C 121:7-8) Brothers and Sisters, I bear my testimony to you that God truly is our loving Heavenly Father. He knows us better. He gives us trials to shape us into the people he needs us to be. Trials are a part of life. Yes, they're painful. But the Lord has promised "Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction" (Isaiah 48:10). We were chosen to endure the trials we have been given. And as we ask Him in sincere prayer "what would you have me learn from this?" instead of "why is this happening?", we too, will be exalted on high. We will become the sons and daughters He needs us to be. We are His children. He has a divine plan for each of us. This is my testimony, in the sacred name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

All my love,

Sister Yance


Pictures:




1. Sister Davis and I bought matching dresses!


2. Esteban creepin at Soupa Saiyan

Monday, June 20, 2016

Wild Lyfe

So basically I'm such a great missionary that I got promoted to be the Junior STL for the Hunter's Creek Zone.

psyche.

My sweet companion Sister Grover went home this week after toughing out some health problems. She's a warrior and will be greatly missed here in the FOM. 

So obviously I couldn't be left alone, so I've been having a slumber party with the STLs (Sister Training Leaders) since Wednesday night. We've been covering both of our areas the past few days and it has been WILD. WILD I tell you!! A few things that happened during this adventure: 
-I burped in the middle of a lesson. I was yawning and it just found it's way into the conversation. That was cute.
-I tore off half of my toenail. #DancerProblems
-Found out that I'm temporarily companions with my old roommate's ex-boyfriend's sister, Sister Guynn. Small world.
-Leonard. This guy went to Atlanta, GA to audition for The Voice and he found the Book of Mormon in his hotel room. Yes, it was a Marriott. He started reading it and he loved it so much that he just locked himself up in the hotel room for 3 days and just read it. He was praying that the judges wouldn't pick him because this was his life now. He asked the hotel if he could keep it and the lady said "Leonard, if the book means that much to you, you can keep it". So he calls Salt Lake and told them his story and they referred him to the FOM and he's getting baptized this Saturday. This has all happened in a span of less than 3 weeks. Wild. He is so animated it cracks me up.
-Sister Mickelsen is a Spanish missionary and so we have language study for an hour every morning. Surprise I'm still not fluent in Spanish. Yo no puedo. But I am fluent in Sarcasm, so we're all clear there. 
-I learned how to whip/snap my fingers. That was cool.
-We went to the same Panera Bread for lunch on Saturday that I went to my first day in the mission. We sat in the same booth and we were in a trio. Just like my first day. Dejavu to the MAX.

πŸŽ‚My birthday is July 22πŸŽ‚

I feel like there were 10,642 more things I wanted to say but I'm drawing blanks.
My new companion is Sister Davis and she'll be here tomorrow! I'm pretty excited for this upcoming transfer. mostly because it includes my birthday, which is July 22, in case you've forgotten.
So I read 4 Nephi today and just got super depressed. People get so crazy when they aren't living the gospel, man. It's wild. Pride and worldly possessions played a big role in their regression. President Uchtdorf said "Pride is sinful … because it breeds hatred or hostility and places us
in opposition to God and our fellowmen. At its core, pride is a sin of comparison, for though it usually begins with ‘Look how wonderful I am and what great things I have done,’ it always seems to end with ‘Therefore, I am better than you.’ When our hearts are filled with pride, we commit a grave sin, for we violate the two great commandments [see Matthew 22:36–40]. Instead of worshipping God and loving our neighbor, we reveal the real object of our worship and love--the image we see in the mirror”.
Just let that sink in for a minute. When we base our happiness from the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Love our Heavenly Father has for us, then we can be TRULY happy. And #blessed. If only everyone lived that way, the world would be a much better place. Ya feel?

Well, I'm off to window shop at ULTA in preparation for receiving all of those b-day gift cards.
Just kidding, I'm actually going to wallow in self pity over how much weight I've gained on my mission. Excuse me.













okay I'm done.
Thanks for all the love! Miss y'all bunches!!
XOXO
Sister Yance
Pictures!

1.My Sweet Mission President and his wife. We went to 2 church meetings yesterday and we saw them in the middle. We talked to them for a while. President Berry cracks me up. We're gonna be homies when I get home. It's their last week and I'm SO sad. We were talking about ties and President said "who even invented ties? I'd like to shoot him!"


2.We were all matching. And this door was a mirror. So naturally... πŸ“·

Monday, June 13, 2016

I'm alive

Thanks for all the concern, but I wasn't clubbing at 4 am so I am
perfectly fine.
It's weird being a missionary because I only know a small percentage
of what went down in Orlando the other day. It's super depressing. I
don't understand people. Why can't we just all get along and eat a
cake made out of rainbows?

So this week was WILD. We tried to hunt down a bunch of people on our
branch directory that we hadn't met and it was an adventure. We
actually accidentally went out of our area for a hot minute, because
our boundaries changed recently, and we weren't sure what they were. So
maybe we drove right past the "Welcome to Disney" sign. That was cool.

We actually drove right past Universal and Sea World this week also,
but not all in the same day. We had two temple "tours" this week so we
were right next to the parks! Cool thing about my mission is that if I
ever grow up and get married and have a family, then I can come out
here for a vacation and get to visit my mission fam as well! Two
birds, one stone. Ya feel?

🎁My birthday is July 22🎁

One of the people we took on the temple tour was a less-active kid.
What they do is meet at the Stake Center across the street from the
temple and talk about what the temple is and what we do there. Then you
get to walk around the grounds afterwards. They tell you to look for 5
things when you're there: Angel Moroni, the cornerstone, the windows
to the sealing rooms, the location of the baptismal font, and the
front doors to the temple. Fun fact: there aren't any handles on the
front doors because they're reserved for the Savior when He comes
again and He don't need no door handles. He's Jesus for cryin' out
loud. Okay so back to our homeboy (I mean, our other homeboy, because
Jesus is my homeboy, too). He called the Branch President ON THE TEMPLE
GROUNDS and said he wanted to set up an appointment with him so he
could "progress toward his eternal salvation". Then he left his vape
pen on our doorstep so he isn't tempted to smoke i,t so he can really
prepare to go. MIRACLES.

So last Saturday we met this girl, Angela, while we were looking for
another girl, Jordan, in our area book. She told us Jordan didn't live
there anymore. She was interested in learning more. So we came back
this Saturday and some middle-aged dude answered the door. He told us
Angela didn't live there, but Jordan did. He said that they've
lived there for a long, long time. I took a step back and looked at my
surroundings, and I'm thinking "yeah, this is the same house. I
remember that tricycle and that cigarette butt in the flower pot."
Which could only mean one thing... ANGELA IS A GHOST. Sister Grover
and I looked at each other and we're just freaked out. Okay pause.
Where are the cameras. So we informed the dude that there was a chick
here last week that told us she lived there and Jordan used to live
with her and yada yada yada... Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but
sir. You have a ghost in your house.

Just kidding, I didn't say that. He told us that Angela used to live
there a long time ago. OH NOW YOU TELL US. THANKS FOR GIVING ME A
HEART ATTACK. So there's definitely something fishy going on over
there...

🎈My birthday is July 22🎈

Wow this email is really long. So I'll end with this cool story about
our friend Esteban. He's been coming to church on his own for like 8
months. By himself. He's got a ton of friends that are members and
he's not. And he shows up even when they aren't there! He takes us to
lunch just about every Friday. This week we went to Cracker Barrel
(hallelujah) and we taught him about the atonement. Fun fact: the New
Testament only talks about the atonement once. The Book of Mormon
talks about it 39 times. THIRTY NINE. So basically people who haven't
read the Book of Mormon know nothing about the Atonement besides Jesus
died on a cross for our sins. Well He actually did a lot more than
that, including suffering for our sorrows, pains, etc. so we taught
Esteban about the Atonement at lunch. We also talked about the
pre-existence and the council in Heaven and how HE chose to come to
earth! He CHOSE Christ's plan! We all did! He said "guys... I'm
getting this feeling in the back of my neck.. It's like a tingly
feeling..." ESTEBAN!! That's the Spirit! Do you know what the Spirit
does? It testifies of truth! His eyes were about as big as the state
of Texas. When we left, he said he felt really good. Then he texted us
after and told us how grateful he was for us teaching him about God
and everything. Wow. I love being a missionary.

Okay I love y'all! Hope you have a super dope week!

❤️Sister Yance

1. Temple grounds



2. Rex & Philip fireknife danced for us at FHE! So dope.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Reminders

Things Sister Yance loves:

-Makeup
-ULTA gift cards
-Candy
-Cute things
-ULTA gift cards
-Dope snap backs
-Clothes
-Fast food gift cards (holla at dat Taco Bell) (and Chicfila)
-ULTA gift cards
-Target gift cards
-Socks
-Hoodies and other warm things cause my apartment is colder than Antarctica
-Makeup
-Nail polish
-Cute things
-ULTA gift cards
-Prayers for my sweet teddy bear Fluffy to turn up πŸ˜₯


46 DAYS πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ

Last week P-Day!!

Some fun pics from p-day last week!! I love this Branch!!

1. part of the #WolfGang (and my friend Sione--he danced in the "All about that Bass" video. He's gonna hook me up with the M-Train after the mish)

2. Sione wanted to do handstands with Edgar (who is a b-boy) and me, then he forgot to go. Oops.

(It's almost my birthday)

Aloha dear loved ones!

Put down another week in the books for Sister Yance! Or as the YSA
kids call me, "Sister Yaaaaaaaaaaance" (it's like the trendy
"YAAASSSS. I love it.)I don't know how this happens, but as I've said
a million times, the days are so long and the weeks are crazy short! I
never remember what happened in the past week, so sorry if my emails
seem a little lame sometimes!!

I do want to tell y'all about a way cool experience from this week.
Okay well there's more than one, but this is one of the only ones I
remember clearly. So we visited is less-active kid earlier in the
week. He was baptized about two years ago and lately hasn't been
coming to church (due in part to the fact that he doesn't have a car).
But anywho. He's super shy but tall and buff as all get out. He barely
looked at our faces when he spoke to us, but he definitely trusted us
with his concerns and questions (one of the things I love about
missionary work). He said he was talking to a friend-a non
member-about the gospel and this friend told him that the Bible
doesn't mention anything about the Book of Mormon so it couldn't be
true (actually it does, but we're not here to Bible-bash *cough*Isaiah
29*cough*). He was pretty distraught over it. He said he'd been
praying about it but hadn't felt like he'd received an answer. He also
said he wasn't sure how he felt about Joseph Smith and the First
Vision anymore. We asked when he last prayed about it and he said
January! What! Brothers and Sisters, let me just tell ya. Just like I
read this morning in 3 Nephi 18:15, "...ye must watch and pray always,
lest ye be tempted by the devil, and ye be led away captive by him."
Because if we don't, we "are built upon a sandy foundation; and when
the rain descends, and the floods come, and the winds blow, and beat
upon them, they shall fall, and the gates of hell are ready open to
receive them." (3 Nephi 18:13) So we basically told him that he needed
to continually pray and read the scriptures so his testimony can
continue to be nourished. Our spirits need food just like our bodies
do! Did you know that our bodies cannot create H2O? And one of
Christ's names is "Living Water". Coincidence? I think not! Okay so we
watched the restoration video real quick like and BOOM. Spiritual
witness. He said that was the answer he needed and he knew the church
was true and he couldn't doubt it again. Same.

So update on my no-repeat clothes challenge: I've been going at this
for three weeks now and I haven't worn a single skirt or shirt more
than once, and I still have enough clothes hanging in my closet to
dress a small village. #SisterMissionaryProblems

*****my birthday is July 22nd*****

With the exception of the last 3 days, I've been going strong on my
push up challenge. I'll just whip out 300 real quick to catch up. NBD.

Yesterday was Sister Grover's birthday, so of course, me being me, I
stayed up late Saturday night decorating the apartment and wrapping
the two gifts I got for her. Do you know how hard it is to buy
birthday gifts for your companion when they're with you 24/7?? I had
to be super sneaky. I swear I could be a spy. We had break the fast after church and a lot of the members got her balloons and passed a card around during sacrament somehow without us seeing it! These grade-A sleuths, I tell ya. We ended the day at the apartment by watching Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration (its her favorite) in our pjs and I made us some french toast since she had been wanting some for weeks!

Random: my hair is turning red from being in the sun...? And I'm
getting some pretty gnarly tan lines. So that's rad.

Also, had my first nose bleed ever. It was cute. And it was during our
service project so that was embarrassing.

Okay and if y'all haven't yet, you seriously need to watch the Children's Bible Videos on Gospel Library. These kids explain gospel principles and Bible stories and they have stolen my heart. They are seriously hysterical and adorable. Oh my gosh kids are so cute. I want one.

Any hotdog. I think that's about all the random facts I can think of
for now. I'm gonna sign off before this gets awkward.

Okay bye!

Much love!
-Sister Yance

P.S. My birthday is July 22nd.

PICS!
1. These tropical storms, tho. There's supposed to be a gnarly one tonight so this should be fun. We were told on Friday to read the emergency preparedness packet so that isn't terrifying at all.


2. Preachin the gospel by the water with nappy hair.