Monday, February 27, 2017

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-We were driving to service and look who we saw! I love running into other missionaries! 

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-She's way stronger than me
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-don't look at me.
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-😎
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-I LOVE MY COMPANION
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-She's a natural chicken holder
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-πŸ”
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-"seriously get outta mah face"
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-she was too chicken.. probably just didn't want lipstick on her beak πŸ’‹
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-the Wheelhouses gave us four little chicken eggs! πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š
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Assassin: The FOM's Most Wanted

First things first: I'm following up from my commitment to y'all last week. Have you been looking for missionary opportunities? Been sharing the gospel? I was pondering about it this week. Think about it: what if the gospel was like an apartment complex referral program? Like if you refer a friend you get free Salvation. Sister Reid and I were discussing it and she brought up the verse in Doctrine and Covenants 62:3 which says "Nevertheless, ye are blessed, for the testimony which ye have borne is recorded in heaven for the angels to look upon; and they rejoice over you, and your sins are forgiven you." 
Now if that doesn't give you motivation to share the gospel, I don't know what will. 

It was a pretty deece week here in Lake Nona. Wanna hear about it? Okay fine don't twist my arm. 

Monday:
It was a pretty fun pday! The Zone just chilled at the Wetherbee chapel. I love my missionary friends. I danced in the gym and I was regretting it all week.. I literally had to roll out of bed every morning because I was so sore. But anyway. My friend Elder Hernandez showed us how to do his signature move, "The Gunslinger". Hahahaha it made my day. He's gonna come be a guest teacher in my hip hop class. Here's the advertisement pic:
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Featuring Elder Chipman and Elder Hogan's left leg. 

Also, if you look real close, you'll notice my shirt has Goku on it and it says "Training to go super SaiyanπŸ‹πŸ»‍♀️". Got it at our service project for a buck πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

After chillin with my homies, we went to find our friend Dennis because we haven't seen the guy for a while. We found him by a miracle and got to chat for a bit. Right before that, we met a lady named Lauren πŸ˜³ That's always weird. 

We then went to see one of our new investigators, or so we thought.. we met Amikael a couple of weeks ago in the parking lot and we went to go follow up with him. Well he invites us right in and we sit down and ask him if he read the pamphlet we gave him and he's like "I mean, I've read it before.. I was baptized a couple of years ago" πŸ˜Ά I'm sorry what. Then he pulls out this abundance of gospel books like three copies of the Book of Mormon, a teachings of the Presidents of the church Book, and Gospel Principles.. WHAT. Haha he said he pretended to not be a member the other night so his friend that was with him could learn more! CRAZY I TELL YOU. Ah he's such a cool kid. He said he's been wanting to come back to church. No wonder God put us in his path!

Tuesday:
It was a day of straight finding. So fun. Mine and Sister Reid's fave. We met a lot of people and got several new investigators!! We were looking for a former investigator in this one neighborhood but she wasn't home, so we knocked her neighbors. Each one was very unique.. the first answered with his belt unbuckled, looking like he had just rolled outta bed and kept fake coughing and shook my hand.. I used a whole bottle of hand sanitizer.. the next one opened the door looking like someone had just peed in his cheerios. We asked him if he knew if Betty still lived two doors over and he said "even if I did know, I shouldn't be giving her information to you" I was just super over the top nice and brushed it off and then asked "what's your name?" and reached out my hand to shake his. He looked at me like I had just insulted him, his dog, his pet fish, and his entire family back to Adam and Eve. He said to me, while skating his head "I do not have a name for you" 

Guys. I'm only partly not proud of what I said next. It had been a long day and I was tired of people..

With as much grace as I could muster, and a smile as big as Texas on my face, I said "Oh, that's an interesting name!" 

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha he didn't like that. We told him to have a a lovely day and got off his porch real quick πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Then the next neighbor opened the door, peeked at us through the crack, and shut the door. And locked it. That was a first for me. 

THEN we met his crazy lady that was talking about how we don't need more than the Bible and blah blah and the apostles died for what they believed to be true (she just set herself up with that one) and I pointed out that so did Joseph Smith and hundreds of other early saints. And she legitimately had the audacity to say "and so does Isis". Oh no she didn't. 

Then I took of my shoes and told Sister Reid to told my earrings. 

Then I snapped out of my daydream. 

May the Lord bless that woman. 

We had a bogo coupon for Chipotle, so we figured that was the perfect time to use it. Burrito bowls had never tasted so good. 

We went to visit one of our less active families, but when we pulled up, the husband was doing cross fit in his garage and it just felt like super bad timing.. so we visited a former investigator and helped her move some heavy suitcases. I LOVE it when people actually let us serve them. 

Wednesday:
We did some good work at A Place for Grace. Then we contacted a referral and went to Tijuana Flats with the Neffs. That place is growing on me. Then we visited the Sedas and had a mutual drop conversation. They just aren't progressing and aren't willing to progress right now. But we're still homies so that's good. 

After that we were invited to go to "Munchies at Menchies" with some sisters in the ward to have a visiting teaching social thing. But no one showed up so that was awkward. But I got froyo, so I was a happy girl. 

We visited with our friend Therma for the first time in over a month! I love being in their home. Christian is leaving for his mission in just a couple weeks! AHH.

Thursday:
We had District Meeting and it was the last one for my girl Sister Quist. She goes home this week! 
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My favorite part of this picture is Elder Jones lookin like he's having a revelation. 

Sister Reid and I went through some papers the ward had given us and made some seriously good plans. Ah I'm so excited. 

We taught our home girl Bryanna and her boyfriend Josh!! It was SUCH a good lesson I tell you. We've got some serious potential here. It's amazing what happens when you share the gospel, folks. 
When Sister Reid was reciting the fist vision, Josh was holding a copy of the Book of Mormon in his hands, and a light reflected off of it. That was just a small testimony builder to me. It's amazing how the Lord is so aware and He will always strengthen our testimonies and answer our prayers in the way we will recognize it. He knows us so well. I shared that experience with Josh and he was able to refer to it throughout the lesson. It was really special. And he said such a sweet prayer at the end of the lesson. Y'all. I am so excited to teach him more. 

Friday:
We had a normal weekly planning session for the first time in a while. Then we went out and visited the Elliotts and came to the conclusion that "babies are cool". Haha Sister Elliott is literally my favorite. She's so animated and passionate about everything! 
THEN we had dinner with the Pastors and it was AMAZING. Ed is a chef at The Grande Floridian and he definitely spoiled us. Check it out:
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Lobster and spinach ravioli, with imported bacon and balsamic vinaigrette and some kind of fancy cheese sauce I approved of very highly. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

Sister Pastor and her daughter are recent converts to the church, but her husband and son have not been baptized. We taught a lesson about doing things to help them get closer to God and they each picked something they want to do to improve their relationship with him. It was prime. We're going to be teaching Ed now too!

Then we taught the Vega family the restoration and it went pretty well. They're going to read the Book of Mormon as a family every night. So precious! They fed us carrot cake and then we did pull ups.
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...or tried to. I wish I could work out with Ivonne every morning! 

Saturday:
Another day full of finding. And it was transfer doctrine day too, so Sister Reid and I were naturally freaking out. All day. There were just SO many possibilities. I could go, she could go, we could both go, we could both stay... agh it was killing us ALL day. 

We knocked some doors, had lunch, knocked more doors, then visited the Ortiz Family. We shared a Mormon Message with them. Videos are good for them. John cracks me up so much. He's such a city boy but he always talks about how he wants to live in the country. He doesn't want to have to go to Publix, he just wants to reach his hand out of the window and grab an apple. πŸ˜‚ 
We had John say the prayer and his 8 year old son was guiding him and reminding him what to say The whole time. It was SO precious. 

We went waaayy out to the most southeastern part of our area and I fell in love. It's so stinkin beautiful out there. We talked to a few people then the Zone Leaders called us and said "Sister Reid, you're staying. Sister Yance... you are going to...



...


...


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stay as well." 

😡

Whew! 

Sister Reid and I were so pumped that we went to Chicken Salad Chick for dinner to celebrate. I've been dying to try that place for months. It's pretty dang good! 
We took some selfies, but I was sitting on the wrong side because my left side is my good side, so we fixed it real quick:
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Much better. 

We met some friends that night: the Peacocks, Moneka, Amy, Rob, and the Braithwaites. 'Twas a good time. 

Sunday:
After church, we had dinner with the Wheelhouses and we got to play with their chickens πŸ“ I had SUCH a good time. 
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so did Sister Reid. 

I was determined to pick up the chicken on my own so that took a minute..
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But I finally caught it!
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LOOK HOW HAPPY I AM. 

I CAN'T WAIT TO HAVE CHICKENS

So remember how Sister Reid and I are staying together again? I'm pumped. And you know what's crazy? She will be the FIFTH companion that I've been the last companion for. They call me "the assassin" because I've "killed" so many missionaries... watch out. 

Well folks, that's about it! I hope y'all have a killer week and that you get free rent for referring a friend. 


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Here's to another 6 weeks in Lake Nona! (And probably 6 more after that)

❤Sister Yance

Monday, February 20, 2017

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-THERE'S A FLIPPIN RODEO/CARNIVAL GOING ON IN KISSIMMEE RIGHT NOW AND I CAN'T EVEN GO πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­
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-my hair was trying to be red, apparently πŸ’πŸΌ
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-I like to ride my bicycle πŸš²
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-exchanges!
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-when you're on a mission, on the way to the temple, and you pass sea world.. πŸ³
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-I ❤ MY COMPANION
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-My sweet friends from Bunnell aka the Promised Land! 
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-Trainer Follow Up!
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