Monday, June 26, 2017

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-The Texan Missionaries
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-#squadgoals
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-Baby's first beach pday
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-Daytona πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ 
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-We biked all the way to Hong Kong 
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-we saw BABY RACCOONS while we were getting gas! They're so stinkin cute!IMG_4876.PNG
-Elder and Sister Rasmussen have been some of my favorite office staff on the mission! They go home next week and will be sorely missed!

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-It downpoured yesterday and Sister Schwendinger commented that she had never played in the rain...so we fixed that real quick. Can you tell that we made up a dance routine?? We didn't. We're just that in sync. #compunity
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-We ❤ the rain ☔ 

















God Bless the YSA

Lauren Victoria Yance

Jun 26 (9 days ago)
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Let's just skip right ahead to the most important item of business:
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MY BIRTHDAY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. 26 days, to be exact. AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT. πŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽˆπŸŽŠπŸŽπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽŠπŸŽˆ

This week felt longer than usual. I'm grateful for that. Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin into the fuuttuuurrrreeee.... (where my Space Jam fans at? πŸ™‹πŸ»‍♂️πŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ™‹πŸ½‍♂️πŸ™‹πŸ»)

Monday 
We got up in the hideous wee hours of the morning and drove alllll the way to Daytona Beach for District P-Day. 
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This district tho. #fire
We played frisbee and soccer in the sand. What a dream. I love the beach, man. We had to leave before the "sun worshippers" came out of the wood work, so we headed off to breakfast at my most favorite joint of all time:
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SONIC. God loves me so much. I haven't had me a chocolate cherry coke in so dang long. Bless. 

Afterwards we headed to the chapel and Sister Schwendinger did our planning and studies before hopping into the rest of our pday activities. I love to study the scriptures and Preach My Gospel. I love it. I love it so much that the poor thing is on its last leg: 
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RIP
Hehe.. get it πŸ˜‚ 
I've already had to tie the back cover on. Guess I need to get to stitching up the front now. 

So then we just chilled all day emailing and playing games. We were super close to having a nerf gun war, but I think we were all just too tired. A member stopped in for a minute to pick something up then he gave us money to order pizza. What a saint. He will be blessed. It only took 2 hours for the pizza to show up... we were a bunch of grouchy missionaries by the time it showed up.

So that was an eventful pday. Now on to the important things!

Monday night, we had dinner with the Reyes family. They have two YSA (young single adult) sons. They had just barely had a friend leave the house before we came, so we role-played with them on how they could invite him to learn more about the gospel! They were super nervous at first, but they got the hang of it and were then excited to talk to their friend! I love missionary work. 

We had a lesson with John and Nina where we taught them about prayer. Sweet Nina cried as we shared a video with her. It was totally by the Spirit that we chose that one. I'm super grateful to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost. It would be so impossible to do this work without it. 

We visited Sister Davis and read in the Book of Mormon with her. She's such a pistol and I love her so much. She is so determined to get to the temple. She's been improving each week with the things that are holding her back. Heavenly Father is so proud of her, I just know it. 

Tuesday
Guys we have the sweetest neighbor ever. His name is Frank and he's always bringing us food. We live right behind a Publix (❤) and he goes there a lot. They always have a ton of bogo deals and he always thinks of us when he's shopping. We forgot to buy bread last Monday (which was probably a good thing, because I need to lay off the carbs), and lo and behold, Tuesday morning, Frank comes knocking on our door with a loaf of bread. How did he know? Tender mercies. 

Sister Schwendinger had a doctor's appointment Tuesday morning right by the mission office. So while she was in there, I got to spend time with the senior couples! I love them so much. I may or may not have moved my transfer picture to the bottom of the wall again... #imnevergoinghome

When we got back to our area, we went straight to Danielle's to teach her and Mason and the other kids. We taught them about prophets and the Ten Commandments using the hand signs. Guys I LOVE teaching families. Agh. I cannot wait to be a mom. 

Sister Scott had us over for dinner and I was swooning over how stinkin cute her house is. Straight outta Better Homes and Gardens. #goals. She made us three heavenly racks of ribs for dinner. 
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Bless her. 

Sister Scott has only been a member for just over a year. She is an inspiration! We helped her get her missionary work on, too. πŸ˜Š That's our main focus with our members right now-getting them involved in the work! They're doing a spectacular job.

We read with Sister Davis again and it was a wonderful experience. She just absorbs the doctrine in the scriptures like a little sponge. You go, girlfriend. Afterwards, she had us paint rocks with her. It's this fad going on in this neck of the woods. People paint rocks, hide them, and other people find them. It's like a glorified Easter egg hunt. I LOVE IT. 
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This is my little piece of Florida. I'mma miss my Florida sunsets, so this will have to suffice. 

Wednesday
I gave a training at District Meeting about using Facebook and other tools in our missionary work. It was pretty good. I used some snippets from Elder Bednar's seminar at Education Week a few years back. It's called "To Sweep the Earth as with a Flood". You should all watch it. It's inspiring. We have so much potential as members to share the gospel. Just do it. You won't regret it. 

We did some hardcore finding that day. We met a lady named Jessica that's got some good questions. She's prepared for the gospel, I tell ya.

We also met up with some members that haven't been to church in a hot minute. They didn't have a lot of time to talk, so we set up an appointment and they gave us some water. Bless the Howingtons.

We had a media referral πŸ™ŒπŸΌ for a guy that had requested some Bibles. So we go over and guess what? The guy literally JUST got out of surgery the day before. He was in a seriously brutal car accident over a decade ago and he has had to be stitched back together numerous times. It's a miracle that he is still alive. He had some questions about what happens after death. He is really curious about the gospel, but we couldn't talk to him for long because he had to go elevate his leg; it was hurting really bad. He asked us to come back in about a month when he's recovered from his surgery. He'll be doing a lot of reading in the meantime! So please keep our friend Eric in your prayers! 

We read with Sister Davis again that night. She had gone that morning and worked at the Bishop's Storehouse! Look at her go! So proud.

Thursday
We had Sister Johnson come with us again to teach Audra. I love Audra, really I do. But I get so frustrated with her sometimes because she wants the Gospel in her life, but doesn't want to do anything about it... AGH. We decided we would slow down and  just simply read with her. We read in 1 Nephi 2, where she was at. It was a pretty good read for her. We're just hoping and praying that she latches on more than she has been or we may have to put her on hold for a while...

We had dinner with Danielle that night. We had a super duper fun lesson! The Spirit helped me come up with this little game. We were teaching "CPR" (church, prayer, reading your scriptures), so what we did was create 4 questions and they each got one. They had to PRAY and ask the question, then READ the Book of Mormon and find an answer (we had already pre-marked scriptures), then they had to go to CHURCH (I was the church, haha), where they got a piece of paper that explained how they felt the Spirit and received revelation concerning their question. It turned out super well and the kids loved it. Man I love kids. 

We taught Sister Davis one more time for the week. She was going out of town for a week, so we made sure to see her as much as possible!

THEN we had a lesson over Facebook video chat with Solomon. His main member friend, Jona, hopped on the call and was a life saver. He just added so much to the lesson. We seriously couldn't have done it without him. Solomon had been given a commitment a week earlier to read and pray every day about the Book of Mormon. So we followed up about that and he just told us he was "on the fence". Basically, he's gotten an answer that the Book of Mormon is true, and he's scared because he feels like if he left his current religion, he'd be betraying a part of himself. We explained to him how he's not abandoning anything. The experiences he's had in his church are real, and they've prepared him for this point in his life. Jona swooped in and just bore testimony. He got back from his mission just a few years ago and he's still got it. Man I love the YSA in this ward. So now Solomon is praying specifically about being baptized. Jona is the man! 
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We are clearly not in the beard club...

Friday
Sister Schwendinger had to do a training thing on a computer (her tablet wouldn't let her do it) so we had to get real technical and go to the Library, get on the computer, (our church doesn't have a computer..) and had to video in our District Leader on her tablet so he could monitor it. I love being a missionary. We're on lock-down 24/7. 

We met our friend Rod at Wendy's and had a lesson there. He even bought us lunch! What a guy. Rod's wife passed away about a month ago but he's been handling it well. We decided to teach him the Plan of Salvation. He really liked it! We committed him to come to church, and he was explaining to us that he has a billion things to do with his wife's death, and Sunday is a perfect day to do it. I bore testimony to him that God gave us that 7th day as a day of rest and worship and I promised him that if he would keep it holy, God would bless him. He didn't seem too convinced, but he was nice and said maybe. 

We visited with the Howingtons again. They've had a rough year so far. Sister Howington's mother passed away earlier this year and she's having a super hard time with it. The poor girl is only 22 and she just had her first baby before her mom passed. I just wish she could know how much her Savior knows and understands her. It hurt me so bad to see her so upset.. we are going over on Tuesday to paint a room for them. It will be a good opportunity for us to get to know them even better and show them that Christ-like service.

We taught Danielle and the kids again. We had to push their date back even more because there was a conflict with the kids' dad. So guess what their new date is??? JULY 22. Sound familiar?? Well. It should. We read with them in the Book of Mormon. We read about Ammon and got them super pumped to be like Ammon. We encouraged them to start working on someone that they could invite to their baptism. We told them to do like Ammon and make sure they serve and build a relationship with them first! Mason was SUPER excited to do it. I love that kid so much y'all. He's my 11 year old bff. We played a quick game of PIG outside afterward and I was SO close to beating him, but he schooled me. He's called me "pig" every day since πŸ˜‘ 

We met a cool dude named Patrick afterwards that lives with a bunch of members! They haven't been to church in a while though. But that's okay. They'll be back soon! Patrick was super cool and totally down to have us come teach him and his family!

While we were driving down the street, we saw Rod walking his dog so we pulled over and said hi! He told us he had been thinking about Sunday! PRAISE. 

Saturday
It was our bike day! We got some sun ☀ I don't mind biking all that much, but the heat KILLS. UGH. 

We saw Sister Moseley! She's my sassy spit fire friend. We did her dishes for her and had a little lesson about the sacrament. 

We biked away from her house to our next destination and halfway there, I realized I left my watch there! So we biked all the way back and got it. She of course made fun of me, haha. I love her. So we start biking back and as we're about to pass by, these people come to the road and started hammering signs into the lawn. Long story short, Chris was getting married that night and they were putting up parking signs. We asked if he needed any help with setting up and he told us they were all done, but we could come back the next day and help take down! So you bet we took him up on that. I guarantee you that's the real reason Heavenly Father made me go back and get my watch. Or else we never would have met him. 

We visited a couple of less active members. A few of them were YSA. I LOVE YSA. We talked with Kris and Jordan and Brittney for a little while and it was just like being back in Wetherbee. Ahh. My people. I'm so excited to work with them. 

I forgot to mention that we've been working with our active YSA members to get the work moving along more. They put their heads together and organized a bowling night to fellowship the investigators and less-active members we've been working with. I love these kids!

We had dinner with a senior Sister in the ward, Sister Kuhne. She's adorable. She put us to work while we were at her house, haha. She had us help cook dinner, which I loved. I miss cooking so much. Then we also organized her doll collection...
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That was an experience. 

That pretty much took up The remainder of the evening. It started lightning and thundering really super bad, so we couldn't go biking! Unless we wanted to be fried  πŸš΄πŸ»‍♀️ πŸ”₯ πŸ’€ 

Sunday
ROD CAME TO CHURCH. He even had a tie on! He actually really enjoyed it! His neighbors are members so he was able to sit with them and they helped him understand what was going on. It was awesome. 

In Sunday School, I volunteered to say the opening prayer (because literally NO ONE else ever says it besides me and Sister Swan. Literally. Every time.) Well when I said "amen", Brother Rich (our gospel Principles teacher) handed me THREE Toblerone candy bars. Blessings come to those that pray πŸ™πŸΌ I shared though. 

After church, we went to Chris's house to help him take down all the wedding decorations. Y'all, he and his wife are SO sweet. They were so appreciative and really liked us. We had some really good conversations. Chris's little brother works for the NFL and got AMARI COOPER to sign a football for his nephew πŸˆ DAD HE KNOWS AMARI COOPER. *passes out* AND Kelly's dad is a professor at Troy! ITS A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL. 
They sent us home with cupcakes from the reception and little party favors. We are SO going back to teach them about eternal families. As we were walking to the car, I said to Sister Schwendinger "maybe that's why we didn't have a baptism yesterday. Because we needed to meet them." To which she replied "I was thinking the same thing!" The Spirit, y'all. 

We taught Danielle and Mason again! I love them. Have I mentioned that? We just went over the Restoration with them, but really, it was more like Mason was teaching us! That kid is a little sponge! He is going to be such a good missionary someday. At one point in the lesson, Mason just paused and looked at me and said "hey, I bought you a little pig yesterday" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ this kid y'all. He bought me a little pig trinket for me to always remember him by. I just love this dude. 

Also, Mason had a friend with him at church! And he already invited him to his baptism! Man. I love the enthusiasm he has about the gospel!

We had dinner with the Wallace family, which is always a good time. I love this ward. 



I hope as y'all have read my email today that you've picked up on how much the youth of the church have an influence on hastening the work of Salvation. Christ said "...Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3) My invitation to you is to be like these children and young adults and open your mouths. Be an example and proclaim peace among our brothers and sisters. It's so easy, a child can do it. And you can too. Promise. 

All my love y'all! 
❤ Sister Yance