Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shaun and Elder Young

Shaun would ride his scooter to lessons with us!  He will leave after his senior year for his mission.  He has 6 in his family that have served missions.



This is Sister Monson.  She heard that mom makes smoothies just about every night for her boys, so she started doing that every night for us!

Brother Taylor, our ward mission leader -He is wonderful!

Beverly Glen !!!




Brother Jepsen -Our ward clerk

The Heatons - Ward missionaries

Zach -He is leaving for Brazil in October





The Dukes and the Churches (on the higher step)

Sister Pew -went through the temple Tuesday! She is an Amazing lady



Brother Harper -went through the temple Thursday!

My scriptures



P.S. Also, tell Tyler Vincent I met "Big Pat!"  He is over wheel chair basketball in the nation and knows Tyler.  Because of Tyler it opened the door to have a prayer with him after he gets back from coaching.  

Our Stake President was converted to the Gospel by one of our ancestors!  He showed me some history onhttp://nelson.forefamilies.com/jlake.html 

Moving to North Las Vegas!

aloHaHola familia,

Thank you for the updates.  Nice job Brooks and Braxton making the All-star team!  & playing in KC.  That's got to be fun.  Are you staying in the Crown Center?  

Have fun Ben at Camp Orr! & Blake on the campout.  & mom planning the reunion.  Bryce it made my p-day jolly to hear you were drinking out of a Disney princess cup while typing the email. The Wittwers used to host sisters, so I may have been drinking OJ out of a similar cup at the exact same time.  Awesome too that you're keeping up Portuguese.  

Well, this week was my last in Beverly Glen.  What an awesome 12 weeks.  I understate to say the people here are amazing.  I'll be going back to North Las Vegas (the Laurel Canyon ward) serving with um amigo, Elder Puga!  I think this will be his last transfer.  He is one of the humblest & most charitable people I know. 

This past Thursday we were allowed to go through the temple with a member we helped come back to church!  To see him dressed in white in the Celestial Room was indescribable. 

We also found out that a member that we go with a lot to lessons, Zach, got his call to Brazil!  The mission right next to ours, Joao Pessoa.  He does language study with us and Brother Wells in the morning at the temple.

With the family reunion coming up I thought you'd like watching this: 


Some of my favorite mission experiences have been, I don't know how to even describe it, moments when others begin to see hope and eternal light come into their life.  Last night, Elder Gwilliam, Michael Wells (putting in his papers in 8 months!), and I shared "Because of Him" with a group our age learning about the Gospel.  It started to click for them that Jesus Christ REALLY IS the Way.  There IS a way to always be at peace.  There IS a way to get relief from guilt and ALWAYS be joyful.  Each of us was crying as we prayed together.  Without purpose otherwise in life, they began to understand that God DOES love them and this life is meaningful.  We sang the song that goes "Our God, is an awesome God He reigns!"  and then we sang "I Believe in Christ" and left them with Enos to read.  

I never knew before my mission how many people are in need - that we just don't notice.  I like Ben's favorite song, "Give Me Your Eyes."  As we slow down and "lift the hands of those who hang down," we begin to understand how much empathy Christ has for those who suffer.  I know He loves us.  

Have a good week!  

Love you all muito,

Elder Young  

Beverly Glen Area

Vegas!!!



Keith and Elder Young


My Home for part of my mission

desert landscapes

The best mail boxes

I love the mailboxes in this area


My area

Our balcony

My area

Jose and the Boikes!  Baptized two weeks ago



Elder Brinkerhoff's birthday cake


Elder Smith, Elder Phipps' trainer and my former zone leader

Vegas buildings


President and Sister Neider-they will be heading back to Utah in two weeks


Elder Rushton and Wendt were able to find a place to stay and they left us this thank you note for letting them borrow our place for awhile

Elder Wendt and Elder Rushton




Looks like Vegas


Another beautiful sunset


Elder Rushton with our mission shirt

Downtown

Elder Rushton's present from us -a big water bottle!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Another wonderful week!

Hello all,

I love hearing how life is going in Arkansas, Utah, Ohio, and Branson.  This week was awesome.  It was just like most other weeks, but Beverly Glen is a great area.  And it's fun serving with Elder Gwilliam.  

That's awesome you guys got to go to the Branson ward!  They sing like angels.  I'm very grateful I did choir/piano - you definitely can use music a lot on your mission.  One investigator we're teaching, takes piano lessons from us and then we share a lesson.  Music brings the Spirit more powerfully than anything I know.  

There are so many neat experiences we've had the past couple weeks - I wish I could describe them with words.  Kind of like when we pray, but don't really have the words to say:

26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
-Romans 8
Some of the most touching mission experiences are when I get to interview people before baptism.  As a way to help them know they are ready.  Last week I got to interview a boy who is 9.  He is such a good kid.  He told me about how the day before, his mom left him & his sister for good.  He started to cry and said, "But that's okay, I know my Dad in Heaven loves me.  I reassured him that He does & said "How do you know He loves you?"  He said "Every time I pray He gives me a big warm hug.  And when I read The Book of Mormon."

And now, he imparteth his word by angels unto men, yea, not only men but women also. Now this is not all; little children do have words given unto them many times, which confound the wise and the learned.'

Alma 32:23

Amo voces,

Have a good week!

Elder Young