Monday, December 29, 2014
|Christmas in Teresina Brazil -Brandyn made snowflakes and the sign!|
|This is what all of the Young Brother's wore at Bryce and Terra's wedding so Brandyn wore it on the wedding day while in Brazil and we are going to photo shop him in a few|
|Elder Young's art work on the water filter|
It´s good to hear from you all - sounds like a super busy and fun Christmas. :) That´s awesome Blake is doing the Madrigal. Hope the spelling bee went well with the twins. and Ben, That´s a good feeling too to be finished with football season.
This week was very good. President Siedschlag will be coming this week to Sobral. We´watched the Christmas devotional last week in Portuguese. The Mormon Tabernacle choir gives me chills every time. This Saturday we´ll be doing a missionary choir they asked me to lead for a stake activity. I´m excited for Christmas. Thank you for the package! I had Elder Christie open it and take out all the essentials. I´m waiting faithfully until Christmas to open the stocking.
Many miracles happen every day - I´m writing them in my journal to one day share. I´ve learned so much on my mission. I´m amazed it is flying by so fast.
Have a good week & happy holidays,
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Love you too!
Hope you all have an awesome Thanksgiving. It was fun getting the emails from Brooks and Braxton. You guys are already 10! Holey moley. That´s exciting about Brayden. He´s going to love it. I think that´s the same mission as where my Provo MTC companion lived. Yes, the language is coming along really really well. On fast Sunday I fasted for the ability to understand Portuguese better (to speak the language is easier for me) and ever since I have been able to understand almost everything. The gift of tongues is real! So real.
:) the pizza party in the CTM actually didn´t come because the mail didn´t get delivered in time to notify us. Elder Christie though and his companion though are teaching a pizza guy so we get free pizza almost every night!
Good luck Blake in your tournament. I´ve been praying & fasted that you´ll continue to get better.
It´s good to hear all is well; I would love someday to take you all to Brazil and meet the incredible families & péople I´ve met here and in Las Vegas. There´s nothing quite like a mission. Life is good. The packages should arrive pretty soon - next week is transfers, when they deliver the mail for the transfer.
Because of time this will be my letter for the week. Love you all muitos!!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Happy birthday Ben!!
1st line of 100 Years. Holey moley you will be on a mission in 3! Hope you have a good day. If I could, I´d send you the Penguin happy birthday song Youtube video.
The past couple weeks have been very good ~ Janaina was baptized Saturday! She is the twins´age and is the funniest kid - she still thinks Elder Christie and I are from Disney. When I showed her dad a picture of us 6 boys he said "I love the Beatles." :)
The work here is very different than Las Vegas but Elder Christie is helping me adjust to the differences. He also served a couple months in the states, in San Diego. The only way I know how to describe Elder Christie is that he´s like Blake. Very funny, happy, and always singing.
Our ward here (Junco) in Sobral is very strong. I´m amazed at the strength of the youth here. Many are the only members of the church in their families. The same with many Brazilian missionaries here. Elder ?Boccia is one of two active members in his family of 6.
A miracle that happened this week:
It was around 17 hours on Wednesday and we had a lot of people to see before the day was over. Elder Boccia felt inspired, instead of visiting the people we had planned to visit, to return to our house to get some Sunday clothes for Joao, who was baptized two months ago. While at our house, Elder Boccia packed 2 of his shirts and pants to give to Joao. We were helping him prepare to bless the sacrament that Sunday. We went and brought the clothes to Joao.
There at Joao´s place was his friend Leandro. After talking with him we found out he is a member but hasn´t been to church since he was 16 (he is 20). It turned out the 2nd pair of clothes Elder Boccia packed was for Leandro. :) He came to church that Sunday and has been coming ever since!
Last Tuesday we started a weekly piano class for people we are teaching and members of the ward and thier friends. 9 people came! We brought all the pianos in the church to the chapel. Four of those who came we are now teaching.
There is also an amazing lady, Narcin, from Ireland, who came here to help here son´s family who is going through a divorce. Her husband is a member and they are still learning Portuguese. We will start a Portuguese class Tuesdays as well before piano.
So many miracles! If I had time to share them all this email would be 20 pages long. I keep a video and written journal to try and remember all the experiences we´re having here.
It is amazing gift all of us have to be an instrument in the hands of God. I´m grateful for this opportunity God´s given me to stretch myself beyond what I thought possible to help His children. I know He lives. I know He loves us with infinite love.
Love you all! Mosiah 23:10
This week flew by quick! I think it was yesterday I was sitting in this same seat typing an email. :). Life is good. It´s amazing how much a mission teaches you. I´ve learned many things here in the environment of the mission field that couldn~t have learned anywhere else. portugeuse is comingalong- weare teaching a couple-Narcin &Fransisco from Ireland howto speak portuguese & it has helpedme alot to study with them . I´ve learned deeper thistruthánalogy
As you and I develop additional love, patience, and meekness, the more we have to give God and humanity. Moreover, no one else is placed exactly as we are in our opportune human orbits. - Neal A Maxwell
Each of us are where we are as we are for a reason.
all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. -2 Nephi 2:24
Many miracles in our lives happen because we are in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.
I know Jesus Christ lives. He is our Savior. He loves us infinitely.
Love you all!
Thursday, November 6, 2014
With Elder Phipps & Christie at zone conference! Living with Elder Christie & his companion. It´s a lot of fun. The work is going well too. Three people we´ve been teaching will be baptzed this Saturday and four next Saturday! Because of your prayersLove you all!I just have time to send pictures again today. The person next to us is asking lots of questions the Gospel and it´s difficult to respond and write the same time. :) All is well.Sorry my letter this week´s a bit jumbled. Life is good here though. I love Brazil. A lot.Have a good week!Elder Young
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
|Elder Young at the chocolate factory in Vegas!|
|Elder Young and Elder Tongi|
|It's a Plane|
|Brandyn's last Vegas companion Elder Tongi|
|Teaching in Brazil|
|Teaching in Brazil|
|Brandyn in Brazil!!!|
|working soooo hard!!!|
|Ohh -Brandyn sent this home to his brother Brooks! He saw this store in the airport!|
|I love this picture of all the missionaries heading to Brazil!|
|The MTC in Brazil|
|Mission President and his wife in the MTC|
|This is the Place!|
|Brandyn's first companion in Teresina|
|The Elders in my zone|