Sunday, May 11, 2014

Welcome Home Bryce


I am so excited for Elder Young. & also can imagine how he might feel leaving Brasil after two years.  That would be hard.  I hope the weather clears up in Arkansas before he gets back!  It's going to look so foreign to him.  Elder Jacobs leaves for Londrina tonight.  I will stay with Elder Wendt and Rushton for the next two weeks until I get a new companion.  

This week was great.  The work in Beverly Glen is growing a lot.  We've been trying a lot of new things.  This Saturday we had a emergency preparedness fair.  A lot of people came and it was a big success.  After visiting the church, Renae decided she wanted to get baptized. :) This Saturday is Brandon's baptism.  Elder Jenke, who was here a month ago, is already married and will be here this weekend to have his reception and baptize him.  He is the coolest little kid.  He's very smart and tries to make up more object lessons for us.  He is really fun to teach.  

Sister Monson, in our ward, and I found out the other day we may be related.  Are we related to Phineas Young?  This week I plan to share with her some stories from Esters' Children (I have a couple stories in my closet).  How are we related to Ester?  She said she'd really enjoy reading those.  

It has been fun this week to do a lot of service.  There are four or five members in our ward that speak Portuguese.  We've enjoyed practicing with them.  

Something that's kind of random, but interesting is that we've seen like three or four people have big statues of bears in their houses.  In the fall, it's a big thing up here to go bear hunting I suppose. :) It's heating up a little bit, but it's bear-able for now.  Good preparation for Teresina.  We drink a lot of water though; no worries.  

Another odd thing that happened this week occurred Tuesday.  We were riding to an appointment when we saw an old lady walking down the middle of the road chasing a dog.  We called to the lady but she didn't hear us.  Then we went chasing after the dog from the sidewalk, on our bikes.  I've never seen a Yorkshire Terrier run so fast.  It reminded me of the Lemmons' dog, Bacon.  After 5 minutes trying to catch it, a member pulled up with his truck and helped us go after the dog.  We jumped in & with a bike & truck chased down the poor dog.  It probably ran two to three miles.  After about 20 minutes it ran into the bushes and we caught it.  The lady was very grateful.  She said we could come by to visit this week.   

A quote I enjoyed from a talk by Elder Uchtdorf this week is this:

"Keep the commandments; trust in God, our Heavenly Father; serve Him with meekness   and Christlike love; exercise faith and hope in the Savior; and never give up. [God] will   cultivate our character, lift our lives, and heighten our happiness.  [He] will help us to become worthy priesthood bearers and faithful disciples of our Master,  Jesus Christ."

Love you all!

Elder Young the younger (soon to be just Elder Young!)

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