Monday, April 24, 2017

So little time, so much to tell!!!

Alright alright alllrrriiiggghhhttttt. 

Here we are again. I'm currently having a very busy pday so forgive me if this email is short and doesn't make sense.. I'm having a hard time focusing.

This week has felt like two weeks. I can't explain why. #lifeofamissionary

Okay so. Monday we had pday. That was productive. Then we taught the Rolon family the Restoration using cupcakes and candles. #mycompanion She's so creative. We lit one candle to represent Jesus Christ and used it to light the other candles which represented Him giving them the priesthood. Then blew it out. Then blew the rest out. Really put things into perspective. 

Then we exchanged with the Buena Ventura Hermanas! πŸ’ƒπŸ» πŸ’ƒπŸ» 

Tuesday I was with Hna Klein in Buena Ventura East! I love teaching with that girl. She is a savage missionary. We went to a lesson with their new investigator, Yary. She just walked up into church on her own a couple of weeks ago and said she felt like she needed to be there. We taught her the Restoration (well, Hna Klein did.. I helped here and there but my comments had to be translated haha) and it went so well! She asked a ton of questions and is excited to read the Book of Mormon! She was asking where she could get one. Milagros! Then she fed us this hispanic ice cream stuff called Mamey that was yummy to my tummy. 

I've been sick all week, and Tuesday I just felt like I got hit by a bus so we got me some Gatorade and chicken noodle soup. After lunch, Hna Klein studied her Spanish while a took a power nap. Hna Hatch has a 5 inch memory foam pad on her bed so that was just like heaven. 

We did some service for a member, Sister Nelson, who just so happens to be mildly famous to me. She is an artist and has this painting of Jesus Christ that I have obsessed over for a year and she gave me my own copy! GOD LOVES ME. And guess what else?? She also took us to dinner at Sonic! God really really loves me!!!!

After that we taught a less active family. The wife taught us how to make cake balls. I'm not as creative as I once was... πŸ˜¬ Anyway, we taught a really good lesson and in the middle of it, the Spirit told me to start talking about dirty laundry.. so I went with it... I said how I have this favorite tshirt and I take good care of it because I love it so much. I explained how my mom would always get mad at my siblings (sorry not sorry) for wearing their socks without washing them. Why? Because they get dirty, and smelly and worn with holes. To prevent that, we throw it all in the wash. Usually on a weekly basis. It's the same with going to church and taking the sacrament. We renew our covenants and are clean again. We just gotta throw ourselves in the wash. How simple. 

Wednesday we had our typical service at APFG. Sister McIntosh and I played a long game of "would you rather" to pass the time as we cut tags off of clothes. It has since become a daily ritual... 

After service, we zoomed over to teach Randy. We taught the Restoration and invited him to continue reading about the Book of Mormon and to pray about it. He said he prayed about it the last time he read a chapter. He said "I YELLED it! I told Him to SHOW me!" Haha... he may be expecting too extravagant of an answer.. but he's got real intent. He is so prepared. Love that guy. 

We had Chinese food for dinner and that made Sister McIntosh a very happy girl. I'm having so much fun with her. She taught me a cool trick using whipped cream and your wrist... I don't know where she gets all of these ideas...

Thursday we had our ZTM where we trained on using the Book of Mormon in lessons. It was a good time.

We taught Sister Pastor afterwards and it was amazing! Sister McIntosh suggested a chapter to read that addressed her concerns perfectly. 

We taught Josh and Bryanna about real intent that night. Josh had mentioned he had his mind closed to the idea of receiving an answer. So we did an object lesson where he was the object and he had to trust fall off of the table. Then we read from Alma 27 and the Spirit was taking over. We made a lot of headway with that lesson. 

Then we taught Nelly with Sister Call and YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT??!!?!  We asked Nelly if she had been reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. She is on page 35 and she said "I've been praying... and it is the word of God." 

Excuse me, Nelly, as I go do the happy dance in your driveway.

Okay I'm back.

WHAT A BLESSING. She is progressing SO well. She told us her side of the story of the night she met us. She had let her dog out to go potty, but she would go.. long story short, Jessie made Nelly walk all the way out to the sidewalk so she could do her business there and so Nelly could meet us! SHE KNOWS. 

Friday we had a meeting with all the district and zone leaders in our zone. So many meetings. I love it. Then we weekly planned and went to dinner. Our day was gone. We went on exchanges with the Pleasant Hill/ Kissimmee Sisters. They had to combine their area for the rest of the transfer. 

I got to spend the evening with Sister Smith and Sister Jamison! Two of my homies!! We taught a lesson to one of their less-active members and it just broke my heart. I had to use my boldness.

Saturday we went out to the Kissimmee Lakefront and chalked out the Plan of Salvation and talked to everyone and their pet fish as they walked by. It was the coolest and we picked up 3 new investigators. 

The rest of the day was FILLED with adventures that I don't have time to write about. 

I'll have to fill yall in on the rest next week! But it was a good week!

Pictures coming next week as well..

All my love!!
Sister Yance

Monday, April 17, 2017


-There was a stinkin turkey outside of the mission home... πŸ’πŸΌFlorida. πŸ¦ƒ
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-I've always wanted to be Sister Mohenoa's companion! (This picture may or may not have been taken right before we fell on our behinds...)
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-Stoplight selfies with our beloved elders.
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-Comp unity game strong.
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-she taught me a cool trick. Grapes in your lips= apes. Except it doesn't work so well with me because my face is already fat so.. πŸ’πŸΌ
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πŸ“ΈπŸ“ΈπŸ“Έ(a week late)

-I have no idea what we were looking at, but it made for a great picture!
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-this is my Breakfast Club. God took all of us humans with such different personalities and made us all bffs! Now we just need to write an essay.
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-Us with the marvelous Masila Fam!!
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-Selfies in the church hall πŸ€³πŸΌ
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-My best bud Elder Reyes! He goes home this week to New York! Imma miss that dude.
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-MY SWEET BFF SISTER REID. I have had such a fun two transfers with her and I'm going to miss her like I miss Football in the off season. HAVE FUN BEING A NORMAL HUMAN BABE.
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Okay everyone, so I have no stinkin clue what happened to my email last week, but it did not want to cooperate. My apologies. My sweet [former] companion, formerly known as Sister Reid sent it out for me, so hopefully you all got it. And if you replied to it, well.. I didn't get it. She did. 

Are y'all ready for some fun fun exciting updates? I'm going to try to keep this short and simple, just in case... 

But first things first.. I HAVE A NEW COMPANION!! 

Let's play the "10 facts about Sister Yance's new companion" game!
  1. We have the same fist name.
  2. We knew each other before the mission! Her brother-in-law is one of my friends from college, and when I posted my mission call opening, he told me his Sister-in-law was going to the same mission, on the same day, and had the same name as me. Crazy! (Shout out to Milo!)
  3. She is an AMAZING pianist.
  4. She is an incredible teacher.
  5. She can touch her nose with her tongue and wiggle her ears. But not at the same time.
  6. She's from Lindon, UT.
  7. She LOVES Chinese food.
  8. She wants Chinese food right now.
  9. She doesn't eat sugar... so I have an entire Easter basket from our members all to myself. 
  10. She went to SVU for a semester.

AND I LOVE HER SO MUCH. We've seriously had a blast together this week. Here's evidence:
Look at how much fun we're having. Just look.

So Monday, Sister Reid and I did some cleaning and some packing and said some goodbyes. We had dinner with the Mackeys and we played this German card game called "Legretto" that got real intense. Brought out my competitive side.

Tuesday we packed up the car with all of Sister Reid's things and were off to take her to the Wetherbee chapel. Then I had to say goodbye to my companion of the last 3 months of my life. 
Hot dog, I miss this chick. 

BUT THEN I got to see my sweet Baby Anderson and meet her trainee, Sister Stratton!
Just look at that posterity! 

Then I found my new companion and we got her all packed up and we were off to an appointment! We picked up a new investigator before we even unloaded her luggage! πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ Welcome to Lake Nona, Sister McIntosh! We went from place to place all day. We didn't even eat lunch really. Poor girl. She's a trooper. But hey, all the hard work paid off! We saw so many miracles our first day together- everyone was just placed perfectly in our path and we were in the right place at the right time. We saw Brandy, an awesome girl I met my first transfer. Met a guy named Kevin who is from DALLAS. Then we saw our friend Dennis outside! His hearing aid got ran over so he couldn't hear us, but he could read our lips really well. He was making some sort of contraption so we gave him a hand. 
He was using the tree trunk as a form to bend metal. It was my job to hold it in place. Cause you know, I got muscles πŸ’ͺ🏼 

We hadn't seen Dennis in such a long time, so this was a definite tender mercy. 

That night we got a call from President Clark asking if we would pick up Sister Magno and Sister Mohenoa in the morning and take them to do some missionary work. They were both going home, but they're from the Philippines and Tonga, so they're flights weren't until way late in the day. 

So Wednesday morning, we went to the mission home, ate French toast prepared by our beloved mission president, and we were off! I've always wanted to be in a quad! 
Dreams do come true!

So we all four roll up to Randy's house with our member, Sister Dimambro as reinforcement. Randy was a little confused, haha. But it was SUCH a good lesson. Oh man. The Spirit in there was so thick you could cut it with a knife. He cried a lot and you could just tell he is so prepared for the gospel. It's amazing to see people who have been brought so low in lives be brought to a much higher plane of living, all because of their acceptance of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm so excited for Randy to receive that fullness of joy. 

After that we split up and did some finding. We found ourselves two new investigators! Man, quad life is the best. Too bad it only lasted a few hours. 

After having lunch with them and the Clarks, we were off to work again! Sister McIntosh is just on fire and it's so fun to be her companion. I'm so energized all the time! WOO πŸ€˜πŸΌ

We had a couple of lessons and did some service for the Elliotts. They're a hoot. 

Thursday was MLC and we got there an hour early so we could decorate for PRESIDENT CLARK'S BIRTHDAY πŸŽ‰ Y'all know how much I love birthdays, and how much I love President Clark, so this was GOLD. All the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders helped blow up balloons and set party hats around the tables. We were being so super duper sneaky. 

The meeting was incredible. I love MLC. It's my favorite meeting. I always learn so much from everyone there. It also makes me realize how much more room I have to improve. The mission has been trying to put a heavy emphasis on using the Book of Mormon to teach and Sister McIntosh and I got to be the investigators for a role play. We had three different companionships come teach us and try to use the Book of Mormon to address our concerns. Props to those missionaries. Heck, props to missionaries in general cause this work ain't easy. CAN I GET AN AMEN??! 

After being taught by the Spirit for 4 hours, we closed the meeting and split for lunch. We all hustled into the gym and I handed everyone some confetti. And then we waited...
I love this happy soul!! 

President is always photobombing everyone's pictures, so I thought it would be appropriate for us to give him his very own...

(shout out to Gary Honda for the pictures #truehomie)

We proceeded to put it to the test 
Y'all. I have the best mission president. 

We visited with the Ortiz family after that and had a good lesson with them. And guess what. They read their scriptures! They're so awesome. Man I love them. 

Friday was just a bunch of planning: ZTM planning with the ZLs and Weekly Planning with ourselves. Also, that morning during exercise, I threw out my back, so it's been a fun past few days...

That night we had a BREAKTHROUGH lesson with the Vega family. Sister McIntosh is a BOSS at explaining the scriptures, especially to children. Man I love her. The kids were getting all excited about Ammon chopping off people's arms. The scriptures really are exciting. 

We also taught Nelly and guess what?! She has NO concerns with the Word of Wisdom! *passes out from relief* Nelly is just the most absorbent little sponge of an investigator. I love her.

Saturday we did some service and did some finding. (Side note: we found a butt ton of investigators this week. I love it.)

Sunday was EASTER. Y'all. Easter is hands down my favorite holiday ever ever ever. And guess what?! KATHY came to church. ILIANA came to church. RANDY came to church (technically he went to the ward in Satellite Beach because he was visiting family, but hey it's still the true church so I'm fine with it). Our sweet friend Nelly went to the wrong address and when she was trying to find her way back to the church, her tire popped. Freakin Satan. So she wasn't able to make it and she felt so bad, but it wasn't her fault. She really wanted to be there. 

The Chapmans had us over for dinner and they also invited the Dazas and the Browns and Sister Prosser. And they all put together a little Eater basket for the both of us and sent us home with food! 

It's been a super duper fun week and I have seen the hand of the Lord plenty of times. When we just look outside of ourselves and seek to serve and lift others, THAT'S when the miracles happen. I used to be afraid of sharing the gospel with random folks on the street, but you know what? "...I fear not what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear." (Moroni 8:16) I FEAR NO MAN because I share the truth. Charity truly is something amazing and I've developed a lot of it the last few months of my mission. I'm forever grateful for the opportunity of seeing God's children the way He sees them. I love this work. I don't ever want to stop. 

All my love! 
Sister Yance

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spiritual Overload

Hi hello how's it going. This is Sister Yance coming to you live (well, kind of) from the FOM. I hope you're buckled up because this is going to be an adventure. 

First of all, I want to sincerely apologize for my lack of spiritual thoughts in my emails. I just get way too distracted on pday and run out of time. But I'm striving to be better! 

I wanted to start off by sharing this⬇️
I bought myself a small copy of the Book of Mormon so I can carry it around easily and share more scriptures with those that cross my path. 
Isn't it cute?? I'm currently obsessed with it. I've been flipping through it and highlighting verses that would be good to share with people about different subjects. 

The other night, I came across this story of Alma in Alma 31. He was grieved by the Zoramites and their neglect to keep the commandments and sincerely pray. He then cried unto God for their well-being. He asked God to help him and the other missionaries to know how to help them. He continued and said these words:

32 O Lord, wilt thou comfort my soul, and give unto me success, and also my fellow laborers who are with me--yea, Ammon, and Aaron, and Omner, and also Amulek and Zeezrom, and also my two sons--yea, even all these wilt thou comfort, O Lord. Yea, wilt thou comfort their souls in Christ.
33 Wilt thou grant unto them that they may have strength, that they may bear their afflictions which shall come upon them because of the iniquities of this people.
34 O Lord, wilt thou grant unto us that we may have success in bringing them again unto thee in Christ.
35 Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee.

This had my full attention because I have often felt like this as a missionary. We have this beautiful, soul-freeing message that will bless the lives of those we teach if only they apply it to their lives and keep their commitments. I have often been grieved, even to tears, for the times they keep themselves from progressing. I have often prayed as Alma did to bless those we teach with the ability to feel the Spirit, and for us to know how to best help them. The story goes on:

36 Now it came to pass that when Alma had said these words, that he clapped his hands upon all them who were with him. And behold, as he clapped his hands upon them, they were filled with the Holy Spirit.
37 And after that they did separate themselves one from another, taking no thought for themselves what they should eat, or what they should drink, or what they should put on.
38 And the Lord provided for them that they should hunger not, neither should they thirst; yea, and he also gave them strength, that they should suffer no manner of afflictions, save it were swallowed up in the joy of Christ. Now this was according to the prayer of Alma; and this because he prayed in faith. 

Because of Alma's prayer of faith, and the real intent he had to bring the gospel to all those in his reach, the Lord blessed him and the other missionaries with the strength they needed to press forward and not even worry about what to eat! WHAT A BLESSING. I needed that. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Press forward, Saints. 

Now imma press forward to my weekly update!

What did we even do on Monday? I mean, it was pday. We probably just emailed a butt ton. Then we had dinner with one of my favorite people on the planet, Ruthy Pokipala. She cracks me up. She was telling us about the single adult dances she used to go to and how some of the girls just didn't take good care of themselves. She said their excuse was "he just has to accept me the way I am!" To which Ruthy replied "girl, you ain't gonna get no man with a mustache. You gotta get rid of that thing." πŸ˜‚ 

After a very entertaining dinner, we took Ruthy with us to our lesson with Miracle Ryan! He was the one that got our sticky note last week. It was a pretty good lesson! Ryan has researched a lot of religions throughout his life and was excited to learn from us. He actually watched a session of conference and y'all get this: he asked us "what's a seventy?" He had SO many good questions. Wow. It was just an uber good lesson. At the end he mentioned "I also heard they recently lowered the age for missionaries to serve!" Ryan who even are you. Such a good time. I'm so excited for him to learn more about the gospel!

We popped in on the Kellers so Sister Reid could say TTFN ta-ta for now. Here's a picture of us:
Can you say CATS?? πŸ˜»
They're such a quirky family. I love them.

We taught Krista in the afternoon. We shared the marvelous message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she just wanted to lovingly argue with us about the doctrine. We had given her a Book of Mormon last time, and she told us this time that she only read it to try to find contradiction. πŸ€¦πŸΌ‍♀️ That's not how it works friend. You gotta have a sincere heart and real intent! *sigh* So we had a mutual break up. We agreed to still be friends. 

We went to our appointment with our other miracle friend, Lunae. Sister Bullard and I met her the previous week on exchanges. She opened the door literally right after she got out of bed. Like her eyeballs were still puffy. But she was so happy to see us and let us right on in and said she had just moved here and was looking for a church and she's been trying to be better at coming closer to God and that she knew we were the answer to her prayer. Sister Bullard and I were looking at each other like πŸ˜³
Well, we've been trying to keep in contact with her all week, but haven't heard back from her. And she wasn't there for the appointment. So I've been sad about that, but all will be fine. #prayforlunae πŸ™πŸΌ

So we spent some time finding more people in her complex. We met a couple of sweet people. I love meeting new friends!!

We had dinner with Bishop Northcutt and his family. They have this swing machine thing hanging from their ceiling for their little boys to use to burn off their energy. It's ingenious. I gotta get me one of those. 

THEN we had a fantastic lesson with our dear sweet friend Kathy. Her husband is a member but hasn't been active for decades. Missionaries have met with them for years but have never invited her to be baptized, so after reading from 2 Nephi 31, we extended the invitation to her as if it were coming from Jesus Christ Himself, because in reality, He is. Now let's pause for a minute. Kathy grew up Catholic and raised her children that way. When she and her husband got married, he asked her if she would ever consider being baptized, and she said "no way Jose". But lately, Kathy has been reading the Book of Mormon and she actually watched General Conference. The Spirit has been working with her!!! Okay, resume. So we invited her to be baptized and she got all emotional and said "I've already been praying about it, and that's a big decision. I'm going to have to continue to think on it." She's already been praying about it!!!! Do you SEE the hand of God in this sweet lady's life??? Oh man. My heart. This was such a tender moment and I wish I could replay it. 

After that bomb lesson, we taught Nelly! She is doing so well! We made her a baptism calendar to help her better prepare for her baptism. For context, this is what it looks like: 

Y'all. She is SO prepared. We spent probably 20 minutes going over her calendar. She would say "oh, I can't meet this day, let's move this appointment to that day.... oh, what's this lesson?" Haha she's so stinkin cute!! She just wants to learn everything!! I'm pumped for her. As we taught her, she just commented on everything. It is so cool to see her receive revelation. Man, I love this work. 

We had our weekly service project and for lunch, we went to this cute little hole-in-the-wall BBQ place called Jimmy Bears. Y'all. Lemme tell you. This place was too legit. The waitress walks up and asks "is this your first time here?" Then when you say yes, she comes back and throws a slab of brisket and a rib on your table. I was in heaven. But then it got better. THEY HAD HUSHPUPPIES!!! Heavenly Father loves me so much.
I had to pull my hair up because it was about to go down. I ❤ BBQ.

We taught the Pastor family the Restoration. It was a good little reminder for them. Nina had lost her Book of Mormon, so we gave her a new copy. She wrote on the inside cover "this magical book belongs to Nina Pastor". It definitely is magical, my little friend. 

After dinner with the Rodriguez family, we swung by the Clarkes. Ashley was the only one home, but it turned out to be perfect because we had more 2-on-1 time with her. We sat on her front porch and read from the Book of Mormon together. She had told us she's not using her phone for the rest of the year because it's too distracting. So now she'll have more time to read! You go girlfriend! It was a great lesson! 

We had district meeting! 
Man, I love these missionaries. 

We visited with Sister Johnson afterward and we taught her about prayer. All this time, Sister Johnson thought we just had a "message of the week" that we share with everyone we meet. Uhh, no. We explained to her that everyone has different needs and it's our job to teach to those needs! Missionary work would be a heck of a lot harder if we just taught the same thing to everyone...

We had a yummy dinner with my favorite Sister Torres, then did some finding. We met this super super duper cute lady named Maria. She opened the door in her pajamas and we told her we had an awesome Easter video to share with her (if you haven't watched it yet, you'd better do it right now before reading on πŸ‘‰πŸΌ She let us in and we sat on the couch. We played the video and in the middle of it, she lifted up her arm to my face and said "look!" she had goosebumps! The Spirit can have that effect on people. When it was over, she looked down and said "that was nice..." then jumped up and said "WANT SOME JUICE??!" 
😦 ....sure!! Haha Sister Reid and I were dying. She came back with our juice and we talked with her about the restoration of Christ's church. She wants to learn more! Her primary language is Spanish, so we'll have to pass her off soon, but that's fine with me. As long as she can learn!

We taught Nelly about obedience and prophets. She absorbed everything super well, as always so engaged in our lessons, I love it. Also she was on page 20 of the Book of Mormon at this point. She's on fire! 

We got up early to take Sister Reid to her departing temple trip! I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT SHE'S GOING HOME. πŸ˜« Well, we get to the temple and just about all of the departing missionaries are there except one. Sister Mohenoa and my girl Sister Anderson were running a tad bit late. So I got to sit in the lobby of the temple, ALONE, while I waited for them. Can you say 'awkward'? It was fine though because one of my sweet friends, Sister Lewis-a temple worker, came and talked with me for a while. I met Sister Lewis my very first time at the Orlando temple and I've seen her every time since. She has a very special place in my heart and it's always a treat to see her. 

After talking with her for a while, the sisters still hadn't shown up, so President Clark came out and asked me to give them a call again. Turns out they had gotten way way turned around somehow, but it was fine because I had my iPad and I was able to direct them back with the map. I was on the phone with them for about 40 minutes, directing them on every turn. As I sat there in the lobby, guiding them to the temple, I had a very spiritual experience. Here I was, in the house of the Lord, helping my sweet friends find their way. Temple workers, whom I consider to be angels, were asking where they were, and if they needed help. They were concerned. I was concerned. President Clark and the other missionaries were concerned. Everyone wanted them to make it there. It was like I was playing the role of the Spirit, helping them get on the right track. In the words of Alma the younger, "And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy..." when I saw my friends enter the house of the Lord. It had been a long, stressful journey for them, but they made it. Everyone was so happy to see them. I imagine that is what it will be like when we greet our loved ones after his life. We will be so overjoyed that they made the right decisions and amidst all the trials the faced, they listened to the voice of the Spirit and found their way home. I could go on and on, but this email is already the size of Texas.

I got to spend the morning/afternoon with my sweet baby girl, Sister Anderson!!! Words simply cannot express the love I have for this little lady. 
She's such a doll and I'm so blessed that Heavenly Father allowed me to be her trainer. 

After the temple trip, a family that Sister Mohenoa knows took us all out to lunch at Bubbalou's, another BBQ place!! I feel the love. And now I have more poly friends. Brother Masila said that since I was born in Hawaii that makes me Polynesian, too. πŸ’πŸΌI'll take it. 

On the way home, we had to detour because of an accident and it took us alllllllll the way to Kissimmee.. it was a long drive. And my back was killing me. 

We got home and I did some weekly planning while Sister Reid did some packing. 

That night we met the wife of our investigator, Tony. She's got some potential and I'm pumped to start teaching the both of them!! 

We went with some missionaries from surrounding zones to this service project for He Got Up. It's a resource fair for homeless people where they can get clothes, food, jobs, showers, etc. we got to help with the set up and it was a blast! Sister Peck took us with her two youngest kids, and afterwards took us to Chil-Fil-A. 
I flippin love the Pecks. 

Sister Peck had to pick up some things from a friend in the area, and since she was our ride, we kinda had to go, too. They had these cute little chickens with big ol' feathers on their feet. They're so adorable!

We got to share the Easter initiative with her friend and it was a sweet moment. She really enjoyed it. It was a little weird not being in proselyting clothes, but hey, Sister Reid and I are #everyminutemissionaries. The church is still true, even in a SnapBack and a hoodie. 

We finished our planning and went to dinner with the Wheelhouses at this super bomb place called "Larry's Giant Subs". It's pretty yummy. 

THEN I got a phone call from my new companion! Are y'all ready for this???
Sister McIntosh and I go way back, kind of. Her brother in law is one of my homies from college! When I opened my mission call, I posted the video on my Facebook and he commented on it and said "hey my sister in law just got her mission call to the same place! And she leaves on the same day! And her name is also Lauren!" 
This will be her first transfer as an STL and I have the honors of being a part of her experience! She will do fantastic. I'm so excited. 

That night we did some finding and got to talk to Lunae's boyfriend! He couldn't talk for long because he was in the middle of making dinner for his son, but he was so super nice. I really pray that we can teach them soon!!!! 

We also had a great lesson with our good friend Therma! She's doing so well right now. I just love her too much. Her son Christian will be in the mission field this week!! 

It was her first time, aside from the women's broadcast, and she really loved it! 

After church, we taught the Ortiz Family. It was a hardcore lesson and we really laid in on thick that they need to step it up. They received some revelation and things are about to change! They haven't been the best at keeping their commitments, so if it doesn't improved we have to put them on hold for now, which would make me sad, but it'd be for the best. You know how they say "you don't know what you have til it's gone"? Well, that applies to missionary work as well. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ₯›πŸ₯›πŸ₯›πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ₯›πŸ₯›πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ₯›πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ₯›πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ₯›πŸ‘πŸΌπŸŽΆπŸŽΆyou're gonna miss us when we're gone!🎢🎢

We had dinner with the Baergas, whom I love so much. Then we brought some treats to our friend Dennis and did a little finding. We met Frank, the boyfriend of one of our former investors and taught him about the restoration. He's pretty interested and is going to read the Book of Mormon!! 

That's the week, folks!! 

Now, remember like 3 or 4 weeks ago when I told y'all we painted with the Relief Society? Well I promised y'all a picture and I kept forgetting to send it, so here it is:
I also had a pretty spiritual experience while painting this as well. I know it's a spiritual overload this week, but I'm just making up for lost time, okay??

So. Everyone started out on the same page, painting the same thing. Well I didn't like the way mine was turning out. Everyone else's looked so much better. So I just stopped. I was already behind. After several minutes, I decided I would pick up the paint brush and try again. I didn't change anything about the painting, I just kept moving forward. And although it isn't as good as the others, it's MY painting, and it actually turned out to be pretty great.

As I was finishing up the painting, I realized that this painting is my life on a canvas. I've had some pretty rocky experiences, and I never imagined in a billion years that I would ever serve a mission. Especially at the age of 22-24. But here I am. I've seen my fair share of trials in my young lifetime, and I don't doubt that there will be more, but as I've come to understand the gospel better, and as I've shared it with those around me, I've become so much happier. I have more light. 

My sweet companion said something this week that I really loved. She said "sometimes God doesn't calm the storm around us, but He calms the storm within us". He has calmed my anxieties and fears and doubts while I stand in the eye of a hurricane. I can press forward with faith that He will ALWAYS continue to do so, and He will do the same for you, because He loves you. 

Helaman counseled his sons, saying "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the ​​​rock​ of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your ​​​foundation​; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty ​​​storm​ shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." (Helaman 5:12)

I grew up knowing about the gospel, but it wasn't until I was a nearly 21 year old in college that I came to know for myself that this truly is the original church of Jesus Christ restored to the Earth after centuries of confusion. I came to that through my diligent, daily study of the scriptures (The Bible, The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price), daily sincere prayer, writing my experiences out in my journal daily, attending all of my church meetings weekly, and rendering service to those around me regularly. THAT is how I came to truly know God and my Savior, Jesus Christ. And it is because of that that I now have a brighter hope, more peace, patience, and understanding. All of that can be yours as well if you do the same. 

Have a wonderful, spirit filled week, my friends.
All my love, 
Sister Yance