Monday, July 25, 2016

Birthday Festivities

-party like its my birthday




-Josh is this super dope chef and he left this morning for New York to
compete for best young chef in the world. NBD.


-Clay wanted a picture of us with his Priesthood certificate. So exciting!

๐ŸŽถNo one likes you when you're 23๐ŸŽถ

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜„

✌๐Ÿป️❤️๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป
Sister Yance

๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ



-A sloth and her birthday presents
-It was like Christmas morning, but better
                                                                      -A 23 year old who thinks she's 4.

Monday, July 18, 2016

FOUR DAYS Y'ALL

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!

Highlights:
* 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
though.
* 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!

Love y'all so much!

XOXOXO
Sister Yance
(The Almost Birthday Girl)

Monday, July 11, 2016

๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธPictures for week of July 11!

Elder and Sister Zechiel went home this week. Miss them so much!!


It's a Jungle out there folks!  Or "Where's Waldo Sister Yance"

It was an eventful Sunday.



I like to think of myself as the rainbow sheep.

Hey y'all!

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
long.

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
cool experience.

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!
-Sister Yance

๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ
Happy 4th, y'all.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Welcome, Birthmonth!

July 4th, 2016

Happy Birthday 'Merica!! I love you so much!! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ†๐Ÿ—ฝ

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 รจ 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 calling๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

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. ๐Ÿ’„

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. ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‰

All my love,
Sister Yance

๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ

We got Twistee Treat today thanks to a gift card one of the senior
missionaries gave us! I got a Birthday Cake Twirl since ya know, it's
almost my birthday.

Took a much needed swing break.


Teaching the Elders the car dance!