Monday, January 30, 2017

Refocus.

Y'all. So much to tell you.

Monday
Not much of an eventful pday. 
We did some service for an inactive couple that night and it was just flat out awkward.
We met this cool dude named Ron and taught him in the parking lot. He was holding dog poop in one hand so that was fun. Don't worry, it was in a bag. 
So it was SUPER cold and windy this night. It's like it's winter or something. Well, we go to contact this referral and I've got my plastic cups to teach the restoration and ONE OF THEM BLEW AWAY. I couldn't find it either!! It was so embarrassing! I lost of of the apostles.. it's like the great apostasy all over again. RIP. 

Tuesday
We pulled some weeds for a member and felt pretty accomplished. Sister Reid got stabbed by a palm tree. But she's pretty tough. 
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Doesn't she look intimidating? 
Florida why you so bright??

We taught a couple new people then went to dinner with the Elliotts. I. Love. The Elliotts. Sister Elliott was telling us how they met at a fondue fountain. Love at first sight. We went to Tijuana Flats again. Meh. It's a wannabe TexMex place. But it was Taco Tuesday, soo.. ๐ŸŒฎ 

THEN we taught at the MTC!! Sister Collinson in the Young Women's presidency asked us to teach the girl how to teach the first lesson because they're doing this three week missionary experience thing. It was the coolest and I felt like a real love MTC teacher. The dream. One of the girls was totally not into it at all, but afterwards she came up to us and asked us to teach her the lessons. MY HEART. She's a member, and has been her whole life, but wants to be taught as if she were an investigator. It was the coolest thing. Everyone's conversion comes at a different time. After that, these words were on repeat in my head: "And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one asoul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!" (Doctrine & Covenants 18:15)
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So worth it. Look at all those beautiful sister missionaries!!
☝๐Ÿผ Also, Sister Reid and I thought it'd be fun to wear the same outfits we did on our first day at the MTC. I even did my hair the same. It was surreal. 

Wednesday
We had the Worldwide Missionary Training Broadcast and they changed missionary work for the better. They changed our goals and also our schedule which I am super grateful for. Pday now starts at 8:00 am instead of 10! YAAASSS. Can you say MEAL PREP MONDAY??!!? Because lunches are only 30 minutes now ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ it's fine though. I love being a missionary at this time. 
We taught a less active family, then their neighbors that live across the street. This was John, the one who was all MISSIONARIES!!! last week, and his family. We taught them the restoration and it was the. best. Their 8 year old son stroked the cover of the Book of Mormon and hugged it. Same. They are on date for baptism on March 18!! Yaaahhoooo!!! 
Then we had dinner with the Keliiheleuas. And yes, I can pronounce their name. They're Hawaiian, and I was born there, so.. they fed us a traditional Hawaiian dinner: Kalua pig. Probably spelled that wrong. 
Then we had a dance party. 
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I just wanna teach again. 

Thursday 
We did service at A Place for Grace and I bought a BRAND NEW Perfect Pull-Up bar for FIVE BUCKS. Then I found out later that you actually have to screw it into the wall. Bust. I'll just bat my lashes at the apartment manager. It'll be fine. 
We taught some people that day. 
Then we decided to hit up this froyo place by our apartment I've been wanting to try forever. Froyo is my bff. 
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I was a happy missionary that day.

Friday
Weekly Planning, of course. I love to plan. Love it. 
I made us dinner out of the things we had in our apartment. I had to get creative. 
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Sister Reid didn't appreciate the "raspberry blood".

We taught our friend Paul and got him super excited to read the Book of Mormon and come to church. It was awesome. 

Saturday
I was on exchanges with my girl Sister Lamborn!! 
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Isn't she cute?? 

It was cold again that day. What even? All of our plans cancelled that day which was lame, but it's because the Lord needed us elsewhere! We talked with SO many people (and their pet fish ๐Ÿ˜‰) and got three new investigators! 
I was feeling pretty strongly that day that I needed to call Paul, just to see if he had read the Book of Mormon that day. Well, I call and he says that after we left the night before, he fell and broke his ribs! WHAT. So we called a priesthood holder and Brothe Kelly came and gave him a blessing. I'm so grateful for the Spirit. Without it, Paul could've just been sitting there all lonely and in pain. NEVER POSTPONE A PROMPTING. 
The Kellys fed us dinner and it was a ball. I love them. They're this cute young couple with too little kids. They're so #goals. 
We taught our buddy Dennis and then exchanged back with the sisters!
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I wanted to show off my cute shirt I got from APFG for giddy cent. 
I LOVE THESE SISTERS.

Sunday
We had church and that was glorious. I'm so grateful. We had to teach Gospel Principles on the fly which is not my favorite thing, but I sucked it up. It was good.
We had two dinners and taught Lilly and Sydney. 

That's it!

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Here's my desperate attempt to cross my eyeballs. Sister Reid is getting a back massage. 

I love my companion. I love my area. I love my Heavenly Father. I love my Savior. I love this work. I'm never taking my tag off. 

Have a good week!! 
XOXO
Sista Yance

Monday, January 23, 2017

Check your speed.

So. This week happened. It was grand. 

Thanks for tuning in. 

✌๐ŸผSister Yance







^^^^^^^how I would write my emails if I were an elder. 

But I'm not, so here we go:

Manic Monday:
It was my sweet Sister O'Hara's last pday and Sister Guynn (Juliet) decided to show up so that was weird. No one air-dropped me the pics, so I guess it actually didn't happen ๐Ÿ˜

So you know how I've been having some back problems? Well, I've kinda just been sucking it up. And debating whether or not I should invest in one of those lumbar support pillows for drivers seats since that's when it hurts the most. Well, I'm just a broke little sister missionary so I've been putting that off. But Monday night, we had dinner with Sister Johnson and she was getting rid of her back pillow! MIRACLES. She also gave me a baton, so now I can practice my Patty Simcox skills. #greaseistheword

We spent the rest of the night letting Sister O'Hara say her goodbyes. Florida misses her. 

Transfer Tuesday:
I had to drop off my companion at the Wetherbee chapel and pick up my new companion. And guess what? I had this realization last week that the only "living" companions I have in the field now are my current companion, Sister Reid, and my girl Sister Anderson. ๐Ÿ˜ณ That's it. Weird. Weird. Weird weird weird. Literally 4 of my companions, my first STL, and also my first District Leader went home last week. Things are getting real. 
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Well as I left that building, I felt like like something was being ripped from my side. Ah. Mission life is the worst best thing. 

But then I was happy because SISTER REID IS OFFICIALLY MY COMPANION. 

Time for 10 fun facts about Sister Yance's companion!
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  1. Her first name is Whitney. ^^^appropriate, right? We were driving to an appointment and I saw this and pulled over. Couldn't pass it up. 
  2. She's SUPER crafty. ✂️ 
  3. She's a doodle-queen ๐Ÿ–Š
  4. She's a POWER TUMBLER ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿผ‍♀️
  5. She's from Layton, UT
  6. She has a blog: feelmysunlight.blogspot.com ☀ 
  7. She's not short, she's fun sized. 
  8. She never used a vending machine until the MTC. 
  9. She loves citrus fruit ๐ŸŠ 
  10. She's hysterical and always has me laughing ๐Ÿคฃ

And I love her! 

We went to TOASTED for lunch after transfers and it was glorious. It's gourmet grilled cheese, and nothing-absolutely nothing (well, except for candy)- is better than that.
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She doodled my cup. Cute right??

Well we did the grocery shopping thing and unloaded her belongings and went right out to teach! We saw the Kellers (the ones we met who just opened their door for us) and you know what happened? THE MOM HAD A BOOK OF MORMON ON THE TABLE. She said "surprised?" Uh. Yes, a little. We taught the restoration using the cups and it was just the coolest lesson. They're so cool. They're all reading the Book of Mormon now, but we aren't going to see them next week because they're going out of town ๐Ÿ˜‘ Thank goodness for cell phones and follow-up texts. 

Then we had to go back to the mission office to get a bike rack for our fancy car. It's quite the site, two sister missionaries putting on a bike rack. Good thing we got gains for dayzzz ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ 

We had breakfast for dinner with the Leguizamons (whom I love), then did some service for a member. I ❤ cleaning. Who am I. We taught the Elliotts the restoration, again with the cups, and taught the Goodmans the same thing. Eventful day. 

Whaddup Wednesday:
Service at A Place for Grace! My buddy Caleb was there to brighten up our day. He didn't play music that time though. That was weird. 
We went to contact this referral and you know what I saw?? TEXAS, THATS WHAT. BEHOLD:
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I mean, I'm not a Longhorns fan, but I am a Texas fan. TEXAS FOR LYFE. 
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸผGod bless Texas. ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ

We've been meeting with all of our Ward Council members this week to get them as excited for this transfer as we are and to coordinate with them on how we can help. Tip for other missionaries: do this. 

Well we go to visit our High Priest Group Leader, and we had the appointment all set up, and we get there, but he's not home. Poop. But his wife is home, so I took the opportunity to introduce her and the kids to Sister Reid and she informed us the THE CIRCUS IS CLOSING!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ญ I was DEVASTATED. Actually, I still am. I LOVE the circus. ๐ŸŽชWringling Bros & Barnum and Baileys will always have a special place in my heart. R.I.P. I can't believe they'll be closed before I even get home. UGH. NO. WHY. 

I should stop here, or I'll just go on forever. 

Sister Clark came out with us to a couple of lessons. Perks of serving close to the mission home. 
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I love her. 

Throwdown Thursday:
I call it that because it was MLC. It gets a little heated in there sometimes. We could probably be a righteous reality TV show on the BYU channel or something. Remember: the Mission Leadership Council is made up of President and Sister Clark, the assistants, zone leaders, and sister training leaders, so there's a lot to be addressed. I love MLC. It's the most get-hype meeting of them all. 

We had a little finding action then contacted a former investigator. John opened the door and said "MISSIONARIES!!!" Yes. It's us. Now kiss our feet. 

Just kidding. 

For real though, John is so cool and he and his girlfriend have three kids together and they're all adorable. We're going back to teach them this week! He told us "I need to be baptized". You don't say? Well we know who could help with that. 

Then we taught the Pastors from Matthew 5 and 3 Nephi 12 and how the two teach the same things. Then we used a flashlight to teach the kids what it meant to be the light of the world and how our light grows when we do good, and dims when we sin. I love object lessons. Can I just be a mom already and have FHE every week?

THEN. THEN. THEN. Sister Elliott (one of the less-active members we've been working with) picked us up for the Relief Society activity and went and made friends with EVERYBODY. They did this super sentimental thing where we wrote our names on the top of our own piece of paper and passed it around the circle and everyone wrote something nice about you. Then things got crazy and we all played "minute to win it" games. I got a cookie from my forehead to my mouth in 10 seconds, using only my facial muscles. All those selfies paid off I guess. I got a few crumbs in my eye, but it was worth it. Sister Reid had to shake her bum to get all these ping-pong balls out of a tissue box that was tied to her backside and I almost peed myself, it was so funny to watch. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ 

We were on a team with Sister Collinson and we took second place! It was probably because Sister Collinson and I are both Texans. 
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Yes, my medal is made of chocolate. I told you it's the only thing better than gourmet grilled cheese. 

We taught our dear friend Therma, who's son Christian, who was in the YSA branch I served in, GOT HIS MISSION CALL TO EL SALVADOR ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป I. Am. So. Pumped. For. Him. 

Freaky Friday:
We did a lot of weekly planning- new transfer, new sisters in the Zone, new vision, new ward mission plan, new new new. Busy busy busy. 
Did some finding, then had dinner with our Elders Quorum President and his family. And their cats. 
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Have I told y'all that I like cats? ๐Ÿฑ 

We then went to the Browns, our Young Men's President and his family. Their 3 year old daughter opened the door and shouted "MISSIONARIES!!!!!!!!!!!!" and was clapping her hands and jumping up and down and had the biggest smile on her face like she just saw Santa Claus person. Man, why can't we get this reaction ALL the time? 

We did a little finding action and picked up some new gators ๐ŸŠ 

Salvation Saturday: 
Remember a couple of transfers ago when I was on exchanges with Hermana Jones in New Smyrna Beach and we taught a young man named Robbie? Well, it was one of the most spiritual Restoration lessons I've ever taught, and we invited him to be baptized on a date that night. Sister Reid taught him the last couple of transfers, and HE GOT BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY AND WE GOT TO GO!!! 
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It was so cool to be there and see the beginning of his beautiful new life! He and his fiancรฉe, Kim, are planning on getting sealed in the temple one year from now. So. Tender. 

The church is true. 

I forgot my name tag that morning, so I was Sister Reid for a few hours.. nearly one year of being a missionary and this is the only time I've ever forgotten my tag. Oops. 

When we got back, we taught the gospel to all of God's precious children. All of them. Then we went to try and visit Brother Fury. We saw a man carrying a butt ton of groceries up the stairs, so we ran to help and IT WAS BROTHER FURY!! Miracles. After visiting with him for a minute, we had dinner with the Valdes family and the just happened to have their non-member friend there and we taught the Plan of Salvation and it was bomb. 

Then the battery in our car key died so we had to deal with that again. It's so much fun. I love looking like I'm breaking into a vehicle. 

We taught our friend Paul the restoration, again, and it was really good. He hasn't been reading the Book of Mormon, but we got a rock-solid commitment from him this time and I'm feeling pretty good about it. He actually knew what the atonement and apostasy were. No one ever knows what those things are. But he knows the Bible suuuper well. And you know who else knows the Bible super well? My awesome companion. I was just sitting there all ๐Ÿ˜ณ as she told Paul about "the scape goat". That girl knows how to study. 

Spiritual Sunday:
Church. Meeting. Meeting. 

We saw our preacher friend, Sam. Then we headed to the neighborhood where we were having dinner. It's a new development, so we wanted to do some finding. But first, I had to take a picture:
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This one's for my momma. (She's an elementary school librarian-the best one there is)

The whole neighborhood is like being in The Page Master or something. Some of the streets are "Mystery Lane", "History Road", "Magical Avenue"... they also have swings. Sister Yance loves swings. 
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I look like I'm singing like a Disney Princess, but really I was complaining about how badly I wanted sugar, but I'm tryna lay off for a minute. 

Here's how I really felt about it:
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I like candy okay. 

So after finding joy in the work, we saw a guy on the top of "Eco Tower" which is just this giant tree-house type thing and so we ran up to talk to him. He was pretty cool. Definitely glad we decided to go all the way out of our way to meet Anthony. 

Then we had dinner with the Rolons. Good times. 

So, we have these little devils in our mission cars called "TiWi". It's a driving monitor/pain/tattle tail. I'm a really good driver, but I've got a bit of a lead foot. So whenever I go over the speed limit, TiWi says ""CHECK YOUR SPEED". I've been so annoyed to the point where I've just started telling him "yo momma" jokes every time he yells at me. See how he likes it. 

But maybe he wasn't yelling at me because I was driving too fast. Maybe he was saying that because I'm about to hit my year mark and it's going by too fast. He's gonna miss me. 

I love being a missionary so much. I love every bit of this work. I wish everyone would have the opportunity to serve a full-time mission because it's the greatest experience for your life. It just isn't long enough. 

I love y'all! 
❤Sister Yance