Sunday, March 30, 2014

Oi familia!

Oi familia!

Thanks for the scripture dad; love that.  That's awesome you're doing 
another Harry Potter marathon.  Tell the Vincents hi for me!  The 
missionary serving here from Orlando is Elder Vaiaonga!  I'll look for 
Elder Moikeha when I get to Teresina.  

Thank you for the packages!  They were wonderful.  The cookies were 
sooooo goooood.  

This week so many out-of-nowhere miracles happened.  There is a member, 
Sister Tippetts, who recently got back from Brazil who is now teaching 
us Portuguese!  We do a Portuguese class Wednesday-Saturday in the 
morning with the other two Brazilian visa workers, Elder Jones and 
Elder Gibson.  They are going to the same place as my MTC companion, 
Curitiba.  She needed a blessing, so we were able to give her one for 
the first time in Portuguese.

Also, when I was on exchanges with Elder Hopkin, and they have a 
Portuguese speaking member that I was able to talk with.  She told me 
all about Brazil and gave some advice - she is from the Northern part 
of Brazil. 

Earlier that day Elder Hopkin and I went to go visit someone who was 
previously interested in learning the Gospel.  She was just sitting out 
in the yard.  As we talked with her, one by one, randomly more and more 
people from the neighborhood came up to us and joined the conversation. 
In less than 5 minutes, there were at least 8 people gathered, 
listening to the plan of salvation with her on her lawn.  Her sister 
(who doesn't live in LV) recently was murdered and she was going 
through some really difficult times.  We comforted her & testified she 
will get to see her again.  We left with a prayer and everyone there 
joined together to pray for her.  It was a neat experience - my words 
aren't really adeqaute enough to describe.  I've found when you make 
detailed plans the night before, God honors those plans and puts people 
right in your path that need Jesus Christ.

We have a member in our ward, David Esser, who is going out with us to 
a lesson Friday whose wife, Sarah Esser, knows Brother Dave Renfroe! 
 There are a lot of people here with connections to Arkansas or Brazil. 

I never realized how much the books Tipping Point (especially the part 
about "connectors") by Malcolm Gladwell and The Color Code (in 
companionships) would help me on my mission.  It sounds weird but the 
principles I learned from those books have been very helpful.  Blake 
have you read Tipping Point?  Believing Christ by Stephen E. Robinson 
has also helped a ton.  It makes a big difference to understand grace.

Grace was our topic of study this week.  A quote in a talk by Brad 
Wilcox I like:

"We are not earning heaven. We are learning heaven. We are preparing 
for it. We are practicing for it.”
“[Throiugh baptism, are you] saved by grace?”
“Yes. Absolutely, totally, completely, thankfully—yes!”
“Have you been changed by grace?”
"A life impacted by grace eventually begins to look like Christ’s 

"[Christ's suffering] was not only a huge favor He did for us, it was 
also a huge investment He made in us. Grace isn’t just about being 
saved. It is also about becoming like the Savior."
--Brad Wilcox
"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, apray unto the Father with all the energ
y of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which 
He hath bestowed upon all who are true bfollowers of His Son, Jesus Chris
t; that ye may become the sons [and 
daughters] of God; that when He shall appear we shall cbe like Him, for w
e shall see Him as He is; that we may have this hope; that we may be dpur
ified even as He is pure.  Amen."  -Moroni 7:48

Love you all!

Elder Young


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Elder Young serving in Las Vegas

Elder Phipps and Elder Young

Making Smoothies at Zone Conference

Elder Salinoa from Hawaii

Elder Hoppins, last transfer zone leader.

Chelsea and Bernadette baptism 

Baptism pictures

Happy day!

Brandyn lives by the military base and sees lots of different planes each day

This Weeks Quote

This week's quote:
Having our wills increasingly swallowed up by the will of the Father actually means an enhanced individuality, stretched and more capable of receiving “all that [God] hath” (D&C 84:38). Besides, how could we be entrusted with His “all” until our wills are much more like His? Nor could His “all” be fully appreciated by the partially committed.
Frankly, it is our prospective selves we betray by holding back whatever the “part.” No need therefore to ask, “Lord, is it I?” (Matt. 26:22). Rather, let us inquire about our individual stumbling blocks, “Lord, is it this?”
The greatest happiness in God’s generous plan is finally reserved for those who are willing to stretch and to pay the costs of journeying to His regal realm. 

It's ironic that the more we obey, the freer we are.  All God wants for us is to be happy.
Love you all!
Elder Young

Happy St. Patrick's day!

Good job Brooks and Braxton!  Undefeated season!! & top three at the pinewood derby. That's awesome. Also, good luck today Ben.

That will be nice to take a break in Florida with the Vincents.  I love hearing about how the Springdale Stake is doing.  And about Dad coaching the twins in baseball.  

This week was zone conference!  They taught us how to make fruit smoothies & then gave one to each of us.  They got close to being as good as mom's. :)

Ever since the beginning of this transfer, Elder Phipps and I have listened to a Neal A. Maxwell talk almost every day.  We love them.  Then, just this Friday we were biking through a parking lot and starting talking to a guy sitting on the curb.  All of a sudden Neal A Maxwell's daughter drove by & said hello!  We introduced her to the man on the curb.  We talked for a little bit and referred the man to be taught by the Spanish missionaries.  It turns out that his daughter's husband is the mission president of the Las Vegas West mission.

As for the visa, Elder Phipps and I found out that the transfer after we receive it, we'll go to the Brazil MTC for two weeks!  That will be nice.  It should help us get immersed in the language & culture before the field.   

We are heading off to get a haircut.  I'll return & attach a scripture.

Have a good week!

Elder Young the younger

Monday, March 10, 2014

Alma 39:15-16


Good to hear you all had a good week.  I bet that was a big climate change for Dad going from the snow blizzard to Florida!  Is it still snowing?  That's awesome Ben is now doing shot put.  What events are you doing Blake?  Now you'll have some competition.

This week I went on an exchange with Elder Salinoa, who is from Hawaii!  It was fun.  He's from the North Shore of Ohau & worked at the Polynesian cultural center.  We figured we have probably met before.  I asked him what his favorite ice cream was.  He said it was definitely pineapple from the Dole Plantation.  

It's been awesome having Elder Phipps as a companion.  We are hoping to either stay another transfer together or go to Brazil & serve in the same area.  Transfers aren't until April fools day though, so we'll make the most of the next couple weeks.  I can see one of the assistants giving us false transfer doctrine with it being announced on the 1st. :) 

This next Saturday Freddie will be baptized!  Please pray for her.  She is recovering from surgery.

This week's quote is one from Elder Young the elder:

Let me mention few gifts that are not always evident or noteworthy but that are very important. Among these may be your gifts—gifts not so evident but nevertheless real and valuable.
Let us review some of these less-conspicuous gifts: the gift of asking; the gift of listening; the gift of hearing and using still, small voice; the gift of being able to weep; the gift of avoiding contention; the gift of being agreeable; the gift of avoiding vain repetition; the gift of seeking that which is righteous; the gift of not passing judgment; the gift of looking to God for guidance; the gift of being disciple; the gift of caring for others; the gift of being able to ponder; the gift of offering prayer; the gift of bearing mighty testimony; and the gift of receiving the Holy Ghost.
We must remember that to every man is given gift by the Spirit of God. It is our right and responsibility to accept our gifts and to share them. God’s gifts and powers are available to all of us.
Neal A. Maxwell
Tinha uma semana boa!

Elder Young