Wow. A year ago, I was in New York City chasing my dancer dreams. Now I'm in the mission field chasing people down the street. It's a wonderful life.
Y'ALL. My birthday was SO FETCHING GREAT. Thank you everyone for the emails, cards, gifts, and other forms of bday love! It was the best birthday ever.
Oh, what's that? You want the deets? Okay fine, don't twist my arm.
I woke up and said my prayers as usual, then went out to the living room. I didn't even get halfway there when Sister Davis jumped out of nowhere and sprayed me down with silly string! I just giggled with excitement as she yelled over and over "HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAAYYY!!!" My sneaky mommy sent her a package with decorations and she had gotten up at 1 am to decorate the apartment, bless her heart. I am so blessed!
We went straight to my pile of gifts and I went to town! I loved every little thing I received, from the crayloa-covered portraits to the ULTA gift cards. Thank you so so much!
Of course I had to make myself look extra pretty since it was my day! And Sister Davis did my hair so basically, I was a princess.
We got to go on a temple tour at night, so that was the perfect ending to an already perfect day! And I got to continue with my tradition of going to the temple on my birthday! Score.
And the next day, some kids in the branch threw a surprise party so that was dope.
The best part of my birthday, though, was my personal study. I finished the Book of Mormon for the second time in my life, and the first time on my mission. It was really the first time I had really studied it, rather than just read it. And it was AWESOME. As I neared the end of the 10th chapter of Moroni, I was overcome with a confirmation that what I read was true, and it was undeniable. I had the opportunity to pray about it and rather than ask to know it was true, I just thanked my Father in Heaven for having this precious book in my life. It has provided so much clarity, comfort, wisdom, knowledge and much, much more.
I love being a missionary. Hands down, best thing I've ever done. I wish I was an elder so I could serve for 6 more months. Ugh. I can't wait to have a family so I can raise precious little future full-time missionaries.
Hope you've all had a fantastic week and that this one is even better! And don't forget! My birthday is in 362 days 😉😄
I just want everyone to know that my birthday is just 4 short days
away. I'll have my iPad on me all day, so feel free to send me some
love. It's also weekly planning, so I mean, if you want so send me a
birthday gram to my front door, that'd be cool too. I'll be in the
mood for some singin and dancin.
This week has been pretty great!
* One of our less-actives is trying to prepare for his mission but
hasn't come to church in months. We've been having super solid mission
prep lessons with him, and after weeks of inviting, he finally came to
church yesterday! So excited for him to embark on this journey!
* Also, our recent convert finally received the priesthood after like
3 months of baptism. He makes me laugh. We're so excited for him
* Our new investigator, Kit, accepted her baptismal date of September
3! She is progressing so well and we're taking her on a temple tour on
Friday... Yes, my birthday. This is definitely a bonus because temple
tours are only on Wednesdays and Fridays and I go to the temple on my
birthday every year! Score.
* Last Monday at FHE, we had a water balloon fight and I got soaked.
Mostly because Christian, our branch mission leader, took the bucket
that was holding all the balloons and DUMPED it on me. Hello this is
not the NFL and I'm not your coach.
* Dewain, our other investigator, came to FHE and we all played
knockout, or lightning. You know, I actually used to really despise
playing sports. I'm such a perfectionist that if I can't do something
exactly right the first time, I quit because I don't want to embarrass
myself. Well, I had told Dewain that if he came, I would play. I'm a
woman of my word, so I did. And I actually made it to the top 4!
Dewain won that round, so we went to play again and he got behind me.
I was all "Dewain! You can't be behind me! I'm gonna lose!!" (He's
really really good. Like really good) So he puts his hands on my
shoulders and started rubbing them and said "it's okay Yance, I'll go
easy on ya." ...... Well, this is awkward.
* Thursday was our District Leader's, Elder Harmer, birthday. It was
perfect because we have District Meeting on Thursdays. So Sister Davis
and I got there early and decorated and when we walked in, I threw
confetti at his face. It was fun. I love birthdays okay.
* We went to Wild Florida today as a whole zone! It was really fun but
super hot. I'm seriously considering cutting several inches off of my
hair at his point because it just sticks to my neck and I can't stand
it. But Wild Florida was way fun. We saw a lot of cool animals and
just had a grand ole time.
Well, that's about it for this week, folks! Don't forget, the best day
ever is this FRIDAY!
So we were having a lesson on families yesterday in Relief Society and
a recent convert spoke up about how she felt like she was the black
sheep of her family. It was sad. But then she said, "no, you know
what? I just like to tell myself that I'm the rainbow sheep. So I can
be any color I want!" YAS. You go girl.
So moral of the story: be a rainbow sheep.
It's been a good week. This will be a shorter email because I have a
raging headache and I don't want to stare at my iPad screen for too
We had a really good lesson with Dewain on Saturday. Poor guy has a
lot of trials in his life right now. He was asking me some pretty deep
soul searching questions, and I was feeling pretty inadequate to
answer them. Then all of a sudden, my mouth started moving and words
were coming out. And it seemed to be helpful to him. So that was a
My birthday is next Friday (July 22) and don't you forget it.
We had a lesson with a less active member yesterday and he said
something pretty profound that I loved. We were discussing the
scriptures and why it's important to read them, and he said that they
could have been written as essays, but the prophets were commanded to
write them as stories/experiences, so it would be easier to
understand. I mean, Jesus taught in parables. It also made me think of
Nephi, when he said "wherefore, I shall speak unto you plainly,
according to the plainness of my prophesying" (2 Nephi 31:2). The
scriptures were made for us to receive revelation and progress in our
gospel knowledge, so I'm pretty sure Heavenly Father didn't want to
make that difficult for us. Just read them. They're pretty cool.
Okay sorry this one's less than exciting. Have a great week!
July 4th, 2016 Happy Birthday 'Merica!! I love you so much!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🎆🎆🗽
Our district leader called us this morning and sang us America the Beautiful, and it was... Beautiful. Thanks, Elder Harmer.
This week has been seriously amazing. We set goals for our area every week and is week, we exceeded our goals!!! Like a whole butt ton! We wanted 5 member present lessons- we got 11. We wanted 6 new investigators- we got 12. The list goes on. The YSA kids are really getting involved in the work and it is making such a difference. We actually started a competition for the month of July with the Relief Society and the Elders Quorum. Each auxiliary nominated 4 members from the other group. We are keeping track of how long they come out with us and whoever has the least amount of hours will get pied in the face. It will be so sweet. Like pie.
Last Sunday, we called a former investigator named Dewain. It had been a couple years since he had met with missionaries. He actually picked up the phone when we called (a rare occurrence) and said he would look at his schedule when he gets it on Monday. Well, he didn't call us. So we drove all the way out to his house (with a member-shout out Tatiana) and his sister, Tricia, answered the door. She said Dewain wasn't home, so we of course took this opportunity to share the gospel with her. And guess what? She LOVED it. She thought it was so cool that there is a record of people here in the Americas. We left her with a copy of the Book of Mormon and invited her to read. We set up a return appointment for later in the week and BOOM. New investigator. When we got in the car Tatiana, the member, was like "that was so cool!!! Do you guys just feel like this all the time??!" Yes we do. And it's the greatest thing ever.
We texted Tricia a few days later to follow up with her reading and she said it had been going well! She said "there are a lot of interesting and enlightening things in it!" WHAT. She read it. She actually read it. MIRACLES. We were so pumped!!
Saturday, we went on exchanges with the STLs aka my former companions. Sister Guynn joined me in wetherbee è YSA and Sister Davis went to Lake Nona with Hermana Mickelsen. I missed her a lot. We straight up had a member ask us if she could "please" come out with us on Saturday. So of course we didn't turn that down (shout out to Jeneva). She came out with us for 6 HOURS! And we had so many miracles! We literally had a chain of referrals: we taught s lesson to our investigators, and they told us to visit their friends down the street, so we did. Then we asked them for a referral and they told us where to go. It was so rad. It's amazing how many people are down to talk about the gospel and are excited and PREPARED to here the restored gospel of Jesus Christ! We were supposed to see Tricia on Saturday, too, but she had to run an important errand with her mom so she has to reschedule. We decided to stop by the house anyway because we still wanted to meet Dewain. And we did! He is a super chill dude who takes religion seriously. He told us he had left his church because he just saw so much hypocrisy and he was sick of it. After some discussion, he agreed to come to church. AND HE DID. He stated for all 3 hours and Break the Fast. He made a lot of friends, asked a lot of questions and made comments in class. The guys in Elders Quorum told us he is so prepared to get baptized. Dude. We know. It was such a miracle and we are so fetching stoked to keep teaching him and his sister.
Sister Davis taught me her "car dance" and it is seriously so much fun. We turned the music up and rolled the windows down when we pulled in to district meeting this week. A couple Elders came out and danced to the music, and afterward we taught the car dance to them. They were so excited. And it was nice to have an opportunity to exercise my life's calling💃🏻
We got to meet President and Sister Clark on Wednesday! They are really cool and I'm excited to get to know them better. We have interviews with the president tomorrow so that'll be exciting. Sister Clark wears some pretty fresh lookin makeup so I'm sure we'll be great friends. 💄
I just want to share real fast that I know we were able to have so many miracles this week because we were, and are, obedient. God gives us commandments (and mission rules/guidelines) to protect us and help us grow. I've seen a lot of missionaries out here (sadly) and even missionaries from the past break the rules for one reason or another. I'm here to tell ya, that's not cool. As I've talked to other Sisters, I've come to the conclusion that I don't just want to marry a returned missionary, but an obedient returned missionary, because nothing is more attractive than that. Obedience brings blessings, but EXACT obedience brings miracles. Like this week. That goes for missionary work as well as normal life. As we obey God's commandments, He will pour out His blessings upon us.
I love you all and am grateful for all of your prayers. Please keep them coming. And don't forget. My birthday is July 22. 🎂🎈🎁🎉