Sunday, July 27, 2014

2 Nephi 2:25

Aloha todo,

It's good to hear from you.  Have fun at Youth Conference Blake & Ben!  Thanks Bryce for your emails.  It's nearly the same as getting an email from Neal A. Maxwell - every sentence is packed with meaning.  It's inspiring too hearing from other missionaries out serving.  

 I'm glad Ben is doing well in football.  Two-a-days taught me more than I then realized.  It will set a foundation for good work ethic throughout your life.  Enjoy the season.  Tell the Coach Crockett and the staff hi for me!  

It's crazy how fast July has flown by.  I think time goes by exponentially faster as you get older. 1/19<1/18.  This week was awesome.  A lot of trying things happened to those we are teaching, but they turned the challenges into catalysts for growth.  Corey Barlow came to church even when his grand-daughter passed away in a car accident a couple days before. As we waited for sacrament to start, we played "Where Can I Turn For Peace" for prelude on the piano. I could feel how much Heavenly Father cares for him. I know God "mourns with [us] when [we] mourn." Corey said "There are a million places I could be right now, but I knew I needed to come to God's house for some peace."

I have grown to love Sundays more and more.  It's like we get our batteries recharched each week when we partake of the sacrament.    

This week's scripture: 3 Nephi 17:17-20

17 And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and noone can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father.
 18 And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of praying unto the Father, he arose; but so great was the joy of themultitude that they were overcome.
 19 And it came to pass that Jesus spake unto them, and bade them arise.
 20 And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them: Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full.
I've learned that there is deep joy in honest work.  Jesus Christ loves us so much.  So much we can't even "conceive so great and marvelous" the things He and Heavenly Father have prepared for us.

Love you all!

Elder Young


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Elder Puga

Yes -the thermometer says 116!!!

The Saunders! Chelsea, Bernadette, and Freddie

The Cutlers do interviews for all of the missionaries that come through their ward, so their son can watch and be inspired to go on a mission.  They are an awesome family.

We gave Elder Owens a gift for his birthday and filled his room with balloons on exchanges

Happy 4th of July!!!

It rained in Vegas on the 4th.   It has only rained 6 times since I have been here,

Mosiah 3:4


I love the family reunion pictures!  And the Staying Young in Arkansas shirts. :) Good job Brooks and Braxton winning the championship!! and being in the newspaper.  I'm amazed how much you all have grown in I can't believe it's already been 10 months. 

Thank you Dad for sending the stories of you meeting President Monson and Kimball.  Those are awesome.  Thanks also for sending the FBI clearance to Salt Lake.

This week was great.  It's been fun to bring Irmao Smith with us to visits.  He served in Brazil as well, and we practice Portuguese in between visits.  Another thing I've enjoyed is going to district meetings throughout the week - the district leaders in the zone are awesome.  I've learned a lot from their trainings.

On Tuesday the Ishaq family told us they didn't feel ready to get baptized and wanted to take a break from the lessons. We were a bit disappointed, but still had faith they'll pull through. In district meeting, we asked the Civic Center district to pray for them. They have a mighty prayer roll they pray for each day as a district. Friday the prayers were answered! Rahel, the 7 year old boy asked why "the pray-ers" hadn't come recently to their house. Just after he asked, we pulled up right next to them at the stop light. Brother Ishaq rolled down his window and said, "Elders! I changed my mind, do you have time to come by tonight?" They are planning to get baptized on August 2nd.

Elder Puga sings well, so whenever we can we pull up the hymns on and sing along.  Monday nights are always my favorite time to visit people because we get to do family home evening & sing/have snacks.  The Ishaqs feel like family - every time we visit and have to leave for another appointment they say "Wait, sit, sit! eat, eat.  Have some food!"  We usually compromise and they give us a Popsicle on the way out. :)

A scripture I learned from this week is in 3 Nephi 11: 

And again say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as little childor ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.
 Jesus Christ even showed a perfect example of this:

Elder Young