Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Elder Young got his visa! He is leaving for Brazil on September 19th!


Malo e lelei!

Thanks for the awesome emails.  I always enjoy this time of week ~ when I get to read how you're doing.  Good to hear you're enjoying your teachers. & the craziness of sports, school, & seminary.  Good luck tonight Ben at Alma!  It feels like last year we scrimmaged them my first time at Woodland.  Tell all the coaches hi for me!

The work is going well - this and last week we fasted and prayed those we are teaching would come to church.  Yesterday morning, we had to open the overflow!  So many came.  God "open[ed] the windows of heaven, and pour[ed] out a blessing, [and there was] not room enough to receive it." - Malachi 3:10   Elder Tongi and I were near tears the whole meeting.  God answers prayers!!

Recently we started teaching a Samoan family - the Leteles.  Last night we gave them blessings for help in school this year.  Dess recently broke her femur & is the same age as I when mine broke.  To give her a priesthood blessing with my identical experiences in mind was humbling.  God knows all things, especially how to make "an instrument of [us] in [His] hands unto the salvation of many souls."  We are where we are, right now, for a very important reason.  To make moments matter most, we simply need to find out that reason.  In the blessing Dad gave me in the hospital, he said "through this trial you'll develop deeper empathy for others going through similar circumstances, especially on your mission."  Last night was evidence of that blessing.    

This week we did a lot of exchanges in bike areas, which was fun.  So many crazy experiences talking to people on bikes!  We've met the most amazing people though.  I've grown to love the people of Las Vegas.  Thousands of stories and backgrounds, but one common theme:  All are children of God.  We're surrounded by those we used to know, brothers and sisters.  How could we not love them!


Love you all beyond words!

Elder Young

p.s. My visa arrived.  Leaving September 19th!

First day back to school


!ailimaF iO

First day of school!  That's crazy.  It's good to hear you each got father's blessings for the school year.  Those were some of the most powerful moments I remember prior to my mission.  Some of the neatest mission experiences have been giving and receiving priesthood blessings from my companions.  

Twins, that sounds like fun playing 7 on 7 - Coach Patton'd probably let you play for the Bulldogs in a year or two. :)  I remember you would catch almost everyone when playing catch on the trampoline.

That's exciting Seth & Natalie Waite came into town!  We just talked to his cousin/relative about getting a key for the stake center volleyball net last night.  Brother Waite is in the stake presidency here in North.  They are a great family.

Everyone we are teaching is doing well. Last night we had something called a Why I Believe devotional, where 3 people who were recently baptized share their testimonies.  Elder Wihongi played guitar for Elder Wendt, me, Sister Toyn, & Sister Newey in a musical number - Abide With Me, 'Tis Eventide.  I look forward to those devotionals every month.  It's like bringing those we teach to an EFY testimony meeting.  They are so powerful.

Thank you for your prayers every day.  Keep praying!  We feel those prayers being answered.  Angels prepare the way for our plans every day.

Love you all! 

,keew doog a evaH

Elder Young

p.s. Happy Birthday Austin Allen!




Elder Brandyn Young Got his Visa!!! He is going to Brazil!!


It's really 2014!



Sunday, August 17, 2014

Photos

My Zone

Elder Tongi, Elder Puga, and Elder Young





Turkeys



Elder Tongi



The Ishaqs


Every day is a firework of Miracles

Oi todo,

It's crazy to hear all the changes!  Good job Ben on your permit!  I can't believe you are already driving & that's awesome Blake on the Eagle Project. I am surprised too school's starting already.  Summer even feels short on a mission enrolled in God's school.  Good luck Bryce in finals!  

I am now serving with Elder Tongi from Tonga.  He is awesome.  I have never laughed so much in my whole life as I have this week.  Every day's a firework of miracles.  I can't thank you enough for praying for those God's allowing us to serve here in Vegas.  Challenges have come for each, but they are starting to overcome them and draw closer to Christ.  Every person who comes closer to baptism has opposition. It's been a testimony builder though to see time after time that "God is bigger than the boogeyman."

I wish you could all the amazing people here in Las Vegas.  I am so grateful to have pit-stopped here for more than a while.  Thanks for the letters & for your faith.  

"Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full." -3 Nephi 17:20

Have a good week!

Amo voces,

Elder Young

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Miracles In The Mission Field

Hello family!

Thank you so much for fasting and praying for all those people.  We have already seen so many miracles.  That's awesome Brooks you are learning all of the recorded songs on the piano!  Linus & Lucy I think is my favorite.  That made me laugh to hear that about Teresa being like Mom.  She is one of the only other people that provides breakfast, brunch, lunch, dunch, dinner, and supper.  

I still remember that toddler Nephite adventure that Blake was talking about, haha. I think we used The Liahona to guide us to the treasure.  Sounds like I hadn't yet had my 1 Nephi 2:16 experience yet :D and was still a Lemuel.

This week we saw a lot of miracles. My family said they have been praying for those we are teaching by name. We have seen those prayers answered. I am excited for the new missionaries coming into the zone. It will be hard to see Elder Puga go; I have learned so much from him. It will be good to learn from Elder Tongi. 

Thank you for your responses to my letters. I'm excited to have another companion that speaks another language (Elder Tongi is from Tonga!). It's very helpful for us both to devote time studying the language. So far my companions have spoken German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Tongan! I've learned so much from each. Including how to converse a little in each language. My goal by the end of my mission is to be quadra-lingual! Kidding, although that may be possible.

One miracle that happened last night happened when we were walking down the street. When I served in Mountain Shadows ward, we taught someone named Rainbow. She was very interested, but her roommates were Anti-Mormon and it made it hard to create an environment where the Spirit could be present. We prayed and fasted that we could teach her in a better environment. Now, 6 months later those prayers were answered! Just before heading back to our apartment, we saw Rainbow bringing in groceries! She had moved out to the apartment in Mountain Shadows into our ward in Laurel Canyon. We'll start teaching her again tomorrow.

Love you guys!

I wish I had more time to respond to emails; if I get a chance later today I will.

Elder Young

p.s.  Weekly scripture:

1 Nephi 17:13And will also be your light in the wilderness; and willprepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep mycommandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep mycommandments ye shall be led towards the promised landand yeshall know that it is by me that ye are led.

Proof for Blake that I have grown!

This is David.  He was Baptized Saturday.  He was super fun to teach!


The Watson Family


Pictures!

Beautiful Sunset

Elder Young's favorite place to eat!!!


Brother Manuel's Roosters!

The Las Vegas members know how to take care of their missionaries!

This is Ann.  She is going to be baptized on her 50th wedding anniversary!

Our President!


Our stake center


Elder Erickson and Elder Young

Elder Young and Elder Kilgour (from Alaska)


Elder Dean and Elder Young

Elder Steed and Elder Young

Elder Young and Elder Casagranda (from Alaska)


Elder Ball and Elder Young


Elder Young and Elder Wihongi (from New Zealand)

  Elder Young

Elder Young and Elder Fagersten ( I replaced him in Beverly Glen)


Elder Young and Elder Goldrup  -I have learned so much from him.  He was my zone leader in Mountain Shadows ward.  He is from Maine.  

Saturday, August 2, 2014

24th of July Celebration!


Fireworks!


Our booth at the 24th Celebration!

 

Elder Young and Elder Puga






Brother Loveland makes the Elders breakfast every Saturday and he is such a great cook!


Brother Ames -he would come with us a lot. especially to the Ishaq family's lesson

Brother Proctor's model airplane collection.  He builds them!



A Las Vegas Ice cream truck