Monday, October 31, 2016

TURN UP IN THE NAME OF JESUS

^^Semira Mill's reaction when she found out we're having some baptisms

So it's finally starting to cool off a bit down here in Florida. It's feeling like fall and I'm fuh-REAKing out. Holy crap I love fall. πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚

Can I tell you how cool goals are? They're pretty fetching cool okay. Here's some goals we set for this past week:
-two weeks ago, we taught 13 lessons. The week after we taught 17. So I decided that we would teach 22 lessons this week. 
-we wanted to have 4 people on date for baptism. 
-I wanted to teach shorter lessons

Just keep those in mind🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯

Monday was Zone p-day (AGAIN). We had a barbecue and just chilled. I had to say "see ya later" to two of my best friends, Elder Creer and Elder Tracy, and I hated it. Freakin transfers πŸ‘ŽπŸΌ But I'm sure I'll see them in the mish again. Hopefully sooner rather than later! 

We had a lot more time than we thought we would, so we made a pit stop on the way home.. I FINALLY had the opportunity to visit Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona HD and it was beautiful. Biggest HD I've ever been to! It was an adventure. 

Remember how I told y'all I was pumped to go teach with Brother Mangum? Well, I was rightfully so because ☝🏼HE WAS AMAZING. Yo, listen to how crazy this is: we're sitting here teaching a lesson about the restoration, and Sister Anderson had decided we would put an emphasis on prayer and scripture study. But we forgot to tell Brother Mangum that. So we got to the part about prophets, and I asked Brother Mangum how having a modern day prophet has helped him-specifically in this last General Conference. Then he goes off and says (I hope you're paying attention): "one of the things I got out of conference was the importance of personal prayer and scripture study..." πŸ˜³ THE SPIRIT Y'ALL. THE SPIRIT IS REAL. Sister Anderson and I just looked and each other and said in our comp telepathy: "what. Did that really just happen??!" We had two lessons with him that night and they both just went so well. Holy crap, Sister Anderson and I were pumped ✊🏼

Tuesday. The most relaxed transfer Tuesday I've ever had my entire mission. I wasn't going anywhere, and I wasn't waiting on anyone to arrive! How odd. We definitely got a lot more accomplished! ☝🏼 still wore my Transfer Tuesday skirt though (shout out πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ). 

We taught several lessons! We visited a less active and her dog was all over the place. We brought Sister Thompkins, the Relief Society president, with us and she is NOT a fan of dogs. So we occupied the dog while she talked with our less-active friend. We had a photo shoot:

We taught BEN! Ahh he's so prepared. I'm so humbled every time I get to teach him. December 3 can't come soon enough! 

We had dinner with the Kings and their house is seriously something out of Better Homes and Gardens. Aka my dream home πŸ‘ Brother King is my pal. We like to pick on each other. 

We did some biking that night! I love love love to bike. But not so much when it's pitch black. 

Wednesday was district meeting and Baby Anderson and I gave a training on baptism timelines! We're pumped about the success in our area right now. It's amazing.

We were biking in the afternoon and met Brendon. He was just totally comfortable telling us his beliefs and his struggles. I'm thoroughly convinced that he recognized us as servants of the Lord! I'm excited to teach him. 

We taught the Mangums and it was a spiritual overload, once again. Man, I love them. I swear Sister Mangum and I were bffs in the pre mortal existence. 

Thursday we taught our girl Amanda! Man, she is soaring. Leaps and bounds. The gospel truly changes people y'all. I mean, she's not even a MEMBER yet, but she's living the gospel standards and she's so happy. That's how the gospel is supposed to work. Just do what you're supposed to and you'll be happy! It's called "the plan of happiness" for a reason. Du-huh. 

We taught Ben in the afternoon and he asked us about an upcoming event on his timeline. He grabbed it and pointed to the day we had labeled as "missionary work" and "service". With the BIGGEST smile and most amount of energy I've ever seen, he asked "does this mean I get to go teach with you guys??!!!!??!" Oh, Ben. My heart! Haha we told him, not yet, but as SOON as he's baptized and confirmed, he's coming to teach with us, for sure!! I've already put it on our calendar. ✔️

We had Sister Mangum, Brother Brady, and Brother Balazik come with us to see Virginia. She's our sweet 90 year old investigator and she's been having some health issues. Brothers Brady and Balazik gave her a blessing and she was just so amazed. She kept saying "you would do this for me, even though I'm not a member of your church?" Brother Brady aka sweetest man on the planet teared up and said "it's what the Savior would do". Then when we were leaving, he asked if she had a rake so he could knock down the hornets nest by her front door. He said "I just can't stand the ought of a cute old lady getting stung!" My heart ❤ 

Sister Mangum came with us to a couple of other appointments that ended up falling through. But it turned out to be just what she needed. She even took us to Steak n Shake to "celebrate" my 9 month mark (which was that day). I don't see a reason to celebrate. I wore black that day.

Friday we taught Amanda again. She's really trusting us a lot and I love it.

We taught Renate, the one that ordered a Bible from Mormon.org. She was up and down he whole lesson taking care of her boys and ended up having to cut it short because well... she got toddler puke on her shirt πŸ˜– bless her heart.

We also saw Sal! And guess what happened. Miracles. Thats what. He asked us how our day was and we told him how we saw Renate (who lives right across the street from him-she wasn't home the first day we went by, and Sal and the guys were standing outside, so that's how we found him!) he said "oh, you got in touch with her?" 
"We did! But it's a good thing she didn't answer her door that first day, cause we never would have met you!" 
He grinned. Stayed silent for two seconds and looked at us and said "am I really that important?" 

The worth of every soul is great in the sight of God!

Guess what? Sal accepted his baptism date of January 7! Happy Birthday, Brett! πŸŽ‰ 

Saturday we saw Tracy, a less active sister. She's got a lot of health problems as well. She's pretty independent (like someone else I know πŸ™‹πŸΌ) and finally gave in to let us help her. We brought the Gaskins, and her home teacher, Brother Davis. The spirit was so profoundly strong as we visited her. She, too, received a priesthood blessing. I'm so grateful for the restored gospel and that the priesthood came with it. I don't know how people do without it.

We visited Mike and Stephanie and after a long discussion, committed Stephanie to be baptized on January 7 as well! She accepted! So we currently have FOUR people preparing for baptism. So pumped. 
When you put your 4th gator on d8 πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ

We went finding in on of the areas where we did hurricane clean up and before we got out of the car, we asked Heavenly Father to let us be able to teach 3 people before we had to head home in 40 minutes

First door- not interested.
Second door-told us "keep trying!" Rude.
Third door- Josue, Daniel, and David just got back from church band practice and you guessed it! We taught all three of them the restoration. They were very intrigued. I've been dying to teach a teenager for weeks now. #prayeranswered 

While we were driving home, I was just in awe. I can't believe how much success Bunnell North is having right now. Heavenly Father is truly trusting us with so much right now. I am so humbled. It's brought tears to my eyes.

We had the ward Halloween party that night and Sister Anderson and I dressed up! Guess who?  



Just call me Pebbles. Yes, that's paper in my hair. Sister Anderson made her own little poodle and sewed it to her skirt. My little girl is so resourceful. 

Almost all of our investigators came, as well as the Carnlines- family friends of a member family. I've been DYING to teach them. Their schedule is insane right now, but when the time is right, I'll be there!!

Sunday was church of course. Ben came for the first time since he last time he was investigating the church a year ago! He loved it. He even stuck around for Bishop's daughter's baptism! He's just a social butterfly. I'm so excited for him. 

While at Maile's baptism, my head was going crazy. My children are going to be baptized someday. Heavenly Father is going to trust me to raise some of his precious children. How amazing is that? I'm just so excited for the day I become a mom. 

Then we sang "we'll bring the world His truth" for the closing song and I couldn't even sing the last verse because I was crying. No, actually I was bawling. Gosh dang it, I just can't believe I'm here. I'm actually ON a mission. And it's half over. I hate it. 

We had two dinners and two desserts last night... you just can't say no when someone offers you food. It's rude. But man I miss my pre-mission body. Shoot, I miss my pre-college body. When's the resurrection?

Hahahaha I'm dumb.

Okay so!

End result!

We taught 27 lessons!
We have 4 people on date!
We taught mostly shorter lessons!

Yippee!

I love you all! So so mucho! 
Have a safe Halloween! 
πŸŽƒSister Yance



Monday, October 24, 2016

MY CUP RUNNETH OVER

A few things I forgot to mention last week:

We had an emergency Ward Council meeting the Thursday before we did service again for the weekend. Brother McMillan works for the newspaper and he was telling us about all the people that were calling in, saying there were a bunch of angels upon the earth in yellow shirts. Hey, we're doers of the word and not hearers only. 

Then they informed us that the church was delivering a butt ton of generators and chainsaws and all that good stuff, and hey didn't want any of it back. If someone didn't have power, just give them the generator. Member or not. One of the members spoke up and made a comment, and one of the counselors in the Bishopric, with tears in his eyes said "The law of consecration". 

The church is true.

Also, last week (October 14) was one year from opening my call! So that's disgusting. 



GUESS HOW MANY MIRACLES WE HAD THIS WEEK? ALL OF THEM. THAT'S HOW MANY. 

First of all, I want y'all to know that I've been memorizing scriptures! So that's been fun. And it's been adding to our lessons for sure. 

Monday:
We were unloading our groceries and our friend Thomas πŸ± ran into our house. It was like herding sheep trying to get him out of there. 
We carved pumpkins as a district. And also went bowling. I did a horrible job, of course.
We had dinner with the Sanders' and they made burgers! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ well, they were the frozen kind. Brother Sanders said it was probably blasphemous to feed a Texas girl a frozen burger πŸ” . Probably. 
The COOLEST thing happened Monday night. We're working with Brother and Sister Mangum, who have been less active for several years. We shared a video with them and I was prompted to ask how their relationship with their Savior was. they both said "not where I'd like for it to be." Right then, the Spirit overcame me and I could FEEL the precious love the Savior and our Heavenly Father have for each of them. I was reminded of when I was set apart and was given the ability to feel that love of others. I explained that to them, and they both just cried. Shoot, all four of us were crying. So. Powerful. When we asked the infamous "what do you guys need from us?" Brother Mangum said "another visit." You got it dude! 

Tuesday:
We were texting Ben, our solid gator, just to see how his scripture reading and prayers were going. He had been reading and praying every day! And when we asked how he was feeling about his baptism date and he replied "I'm feeling like it's a good date" 
wait WHAT. MIRACLES. 
That night we went to contact a media referral that asked for a bible. We asked her why she ordered the Bible, and she said that she was online, looking for peace and comfort and saw the ad for a free bible. She didn't know it came with free representatives of Jesus Christ! We explained our purpose and the Book of Mormon, and she gladly accepted it. We'll be seeing her soon! 

I took Sister Anderson to Brusters for the first time. Holy crap they have the best ice cream ever.🍦 

President Clark called me that night to check up on me. I had been having a rough time. We talked for about 15 minutes. Have I ever told you how much I love my mission president? Well I do. President told me I'm a great writer and I told him I've heard that a lot recently. I guess it's a hidden talent! Look out for my book πŸ“š 

Wednesday:
I killed TWO spiders πŸ•· within an hour first thing in the morning! One of them was right above my head on the wall when I woke up. CREEPY. NO THANK YOU.

We celebrated Elder Creer's birthday at district meeting. You know me. Call me the birthday queen πŸ‘ΈπŸΌ I threw confetti at him when he walked in the room and this was his reaction:


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#myfriendeldercreer


During Sister Anderson's 12 weeks training time, we watched the district videos, and holy crap. I just want my first day in the field back. I'd give anything to have a whole 18 months of my mission left. I hate that it's half over as of Thursday. πŸ’€ 
District videos... I wanna be that good. I want my first day back again.

So we had a lesson with Stephanie, the care taker of a less-active's father. We brought Brittany, a young woman from church with us.it went SO well. We taught the whole restoration and applied everything we learned/role played at district meeting earlier that day and MIRACLES happened okay. Stephanie knelt down with us, we taught her to pray, and SHE CRIED as she prayed. Oh it was so spiritual. I'm stoked for her.

Then we had dinner with Sarah, the Elders' investigator. She's amazing. She comes to church every week and helped out with service and everything. She's so solid. They've been teaching her for a while but she just wasn't ready for baptism. Last time she fed us, we shared the children's bible video about baptism, and kind of talked about what might be holding her back. She said she had been praying about it, but she just hadn't gotten an answer yet. Then the Spirit told me I needed to share my story of how I ultimately decided I was going on a mission. It's a very personal story and I have shared it with many people. Especially someone that isn't even in my area of jurisdiction... so I was nervous. I'll spare the details, but I shared it and said, with tear-filled eyes "If there's one thing I could share with you, it'd be that God doesn't always tell us yes, but he will ALWAYS tell us no. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith." Then my baby girl shared the story of the brother of Jared (Ether 12) and it was perfect. We committed her to pray about a date.
So we're at dinner this week with her and asked how her prayers were going and she excitedly proclaimed: "I have a date!" WHAT! Oh my heck. She proceeded to tell us how she kept praying, but didn't feel like she was getting an answer, so she thought and my story, and decided to take a leap of faith. Uh.. can you say WOW? πŸ˜³ I'm so glad the Spirit was able to use me as a tool to help her prepare for baptism. She just needed a nudge, ya know? Very humbling experience. 

That night we went on exchanges and Sister Jones came with me to Bunnell! We had a late night, talking and having a hug fest. It's been a while. We definitely helped each other with a lot. I love exchanges and I LOVE Hermana Jones!! 

Thursday:
We saw Amanda first thing in the morning! She told us about how earlier in the week, she had a cup of coffee (we taught her the word of wisdom the week before), and moments later, she was puking her guts out. Then that morning, she took her son to McDonald's for breakfast and she ordered a caramel frappe as her "last one for the road", but the girl said the machine was broken! THE CHURCH IS TRUE. 
We had a bomb lesson with her about the restoration, and at the end, Sister Jones and I sang "A Child's Prayer". I'm not here to brag, but we sounded pretty good, and we hadn't even practiced. Angels definitely intervened. The spirit was so strong. Amanda loves that song-she plays it on repeat when she's stressed out, so it was perfect for her. We all knelt together and had her pray about a baptism date. 

Then we had service at Habitat, and Sister Jones and I repaired a paper shredder πŸ’ͺ🏼 some neomaxyzoomdweeby put PLASTIC in it and it was jammed. Kenny, the assistant manager tried to help us, and I was all "dude, I can unscrew the thing. I did 125 push-ups this morning." He was impressed. We finished the job. 

Then Sister Jones #BLESSED me πŸ˜‡ with the privilege of having STEAK N' SHAKE for lunch! I haven't eaten out since my Wetherbee days! Probably a good thing though.. 

We had a πŸ’£lesson with Ben. Ahh he's so prepared. We had left the Restoration pamphlet with him before and he had read it, marked it, and even did the addition study in the back. Ben, where have you been all my life?? He's so prepared! He's really excited to get baptized. Sister Jones gave him a gold star for reading the pamphlet and he wore it on his forehead the entire lesson πŸ˜‚ 

When we went home for dinner, we took the time to finally put that BLASTED Christmas tree in the attic. I was pushing from the ground, and Sister Jones was pulling from the attic and she yelled "WE'RE HAVING A BABY!!" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I was dying!!! 

We exchanged back and called Sal for our appointment the next day. He told us (in his full-blown New Jersey accent, mind you) this elaborate story about how he went to the doctor because his friends told him he might have cancer. He said "I told them 'come on, are ya kidding me?!'" Oh, Sal. 

okay this is getting really long, so I'm gonna be real brief. 

Friday:
Saw Amanda. She prayed about a date and got an answer. CHRISTMAS DAY!!! #bestgiftever
We called a guy we had contacted earlier in the week, and a man answered that was not Tony. We asked him if he knew tony and he said "No, I am Chinese". 

... oh. 

We saw Bob again, and I was telling him about my successful push-ups (I'm really proud of myself, y'all) and he said "if you got a boyfriend I hope he doesn't try to get fresh with ya" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
I also told him how the gospel helps you. He made a snide face and said "so is castor oil." Oh heavens..

Then we saw Sal and it was awesome. He straight up asked "so when can I be baptized?"

You got a pool, Sal?

Saturday:

We went to contact a referral from some of the hurricane clean up in our area, right along the beach. We were contacted by the lady's neighbor when we pulled up in the driveway, and she told us that lady couldn't live there anymore because of the damage. She wasn't even there. But this neighbor told us how grateful she was for the church for coming to help and there was just so much enthusiasm in her voice! She told us we needed to go talk to this elderly couple a few houses down that was super grateful as well. So we meet Elsa. Elsa is precious. She told us she prays for us every day for the work that we did. We ended up talking to her about the Book of Mormon and she said she'd read it and we need to come back! MIRACLES I TELL YA.

So Sister Mangum has been out of town this week so we've been planning to just "pop in" on Brother Mangum and see how he was doing. We studied for him earlier that day and prepared a video and gave him some conference talks to read. When we got there, we chatted for a minute, and he seemed to be doing well. We shared the video and he said "funny that you guys came when you did. That was exactly what I needed." I TOLD YOU. MIRACLES. He came to church yesterday and afterward we were doing our three day planning and I was seriously struggling to find a member for our lessons on Monday night. Then the Spirit told me to ask Brother Mangum. I shot him a text, and like 20 seconds later he said "so funny, I was about to text you guys. I would absolutely love to!" Do you SEE the genius of our Heavenly Father? I mean DANG! I'm so stoked for tonight. 

Sunday:

Last one, I promise. Last night, we had asked a member if she could come to a lesson with us. She actually misunderstood and she and her 14 year old daughter came to our house to pick us up and thought she was taking us back to her house for us to teach her! They were so worried because they were just in tshirts and sweats and they didn't want to go teach like that! We reassured them that it would be absolutely fine. Most of the time when we meet people, they're half naked anyway, so they were a step ahead. So we had a lesson, but it fell through. We decided to visit a referral we received from the hurricane clean up. He wasn't home, so we knocked the neighbors. We eventually met Selena. She's a feisty one.  She's from upstate New York and made it very clear that she's catholic. I asked her what she's grateful to God for and she paused and said how she had survived going through the windshield of a car in a car wreck 16 years ago. What. I told her he sure does love her!! She then said "get your "preachy ***** off my porch". Hahahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚We told her we were looking for Rodrigo (or were we? πŸ˜‰) and we were the ones who helped with the cleanup service. She said he had told her about us but she wasn't home when we knocked on her door for service. She had a tree in her backyard that needed to be cut, so that was a perfect opportunity to get into her house and get her contact information. She told us how she lost her dad two years ago, and she had recently gone through a rough break up. I asked her if I could read a scripture to her and she said to Sister Ward "she just doesn't quit does she??!" Nope. ☝ I'm persistent. She told me to get moving, so I read as I walked: "My [daughter], 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; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes." (D&C 121:7-8) She said that was beautiful, and made a kissy face at me. Hahah I love this lady. Sister Ward shared a story with her about how her husband fell off of a roof and had to wear a neck brace so he was always looking upward. It helped him to get closer to God. Selena related. I asked how if she would pray to Heavenly Father every day this week, and she said "you know what? I think I will. Cause it always make me feel bettah." I asked if we could say one now and she looked again at Sister Ward and said "there she goes again." I told you so. I am the Lord's servant, ya know. So I said a prayer AND THEN THE MOST AMAZING THING HAPPENED. 14 year old Paige looked up at Selena and said "can I tell you something?" And proceeded to tell her about when her grandma passed away and she was sad, but because of her knowledge of the Plan of Salvation, she knew she'd see her again, and she knew Selena would see her dad again. Selena grabbed her and hugged her, with tears in her eyes and gave her a kiss. It was beautiful. I was so happy they both had that experience. I reached into my bag and pulled out a plan of salvation pamphlet and asked if she'd read it and she said she just might. We're so going back again. As we drove away, Paige asked us "so, like, do y'all get to do this every day?" YES GIRL, YAAASSSS!!!

Heavenly Father is blessing us for our obedience and our hard work, for sure! It's motivated me to work that much harder!

Wow this is really long. Sorry bout dat. Good problem to have though!

Love y'all! Till next week! 
πŸ’ͺ🏼Sister Yance

Oh p.s. transfer calls came. I'm staying here with Baby Anderson πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ