Monday, May 18, 2015

Praise of the World

Ok, well, I better begin. First off, yesterday was our last lesson with N, because she informed us that she is moving to Idaho this week and will be getting baptized this coming Saturday when she gets there. Ha, so bitter-sweet. She is so excited for her baptism and she is ready. But I wish I could be there! But that will be happening this weekend on Saturday. 
Another neat experience I had this week was the opportunity to attend a funeral and sing a musical number at it with Sister Heintz. This funeral was for a member of the church who had not been active for over 40 years but for some reason he still wanted his funeral in the church building. I have been to quite a few funerals on my mission but this one was quite different. Interestingly enough, the spirit taught me some powerful lessons as I sat through this funeral. This man was involved heavily in politics in Wyoming, and held many offices over the years. He was a prominent member of society. Each person who spoke was also a very prominent member of society, who had served with him for years. Each held high titles. They spoke of his earthly accomplishments, his honors, his awards, his highly esteemed name in the community, his career, but there was hardly a mention of some of the things that matter most. I sat there as each person spoke and thought, "What do I want said about me at my funeral?" After their remarks, we got up and sang, "Where Can I Turn for Peace," The spirit filled the room and was powerful. Then a member of the church got up and also shared his experiences with this man but also the Plan of Salvation. As I looked up at the stand there was such a distinct difference between the men and women of God on the stand and the "prominent" members of society. The spirit testified to me that, "The praise of the world, pales in comparison to the blessings of eternity." While this man had been praised so much for the things he had done here, I knew none of that would matter. What matters is who we become and how we prepare to make it back to the presence of our Heavenly Father. Because of those powerful lessons that I was taught by the spirit, I have resolved even more to not seek out the praise of the world, but to seek after the blessings of eternity, by focusing on my relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior now. Following His commandments. It will all be worth it. 
Well, I am out of time. I hope some of my deep contemplation of the week have helped inspire and bless in some way. I love you each so much! Have a wonderful week:)
Sister Young

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Endure It Well

Well, I don't have a ton of time. But I told you about transfers. I am staying here. I am excited. We are going to just have amazing things happen this transfer!
So, exciting news!! N set a baptismal date last night!!!!! We have been waiting for soooo long for her to get an answer about getting baptized here or in Idaho and when she should be baptized. She said that she has been thinking and praying and she feels like she should get baptized here and she wants to be baptized as soon as possible!! So we set her for May 30th!
Also, yesterday, P, who just got baptized got up and bore his testimony in sacrament meeting yesterday. It was a powerful testimony. He is fitting right in. It is so neat to see his life so changed. We went last Monday to get pedicures with his wife, C. It was my first one ever and it was quite nice:)
Well, I must get going. But I love you all sooo much! Thanks for you support and love. I pray for you all!!
Sister Young
P.S- My address is:
5270 Fishing Bridge
Cheyenne, WY 82009 
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Pictures: Pedicures
Hot Cocoa for the snow on Mother's Day
It rained a ton and there were worms all over!

Monday, May 4, 2015

White and Scarlet

It's been hard so see a ton of miracles here, but I was reminded the other day that I do know that the Lord will provide and show us, in His timing, who is ready. In every area I have been in, He has always lead me to them or them to us in one way or another. But it always has taken a bit of time. I know that the Lord will provide. We have been visiting Part Member Families , and former investigators all week. We have a few set up for this week that should be good. Also, we knocked on a door the other day of a part member family, and the wife answered the door, who is not a member. She was super nice to us and told us when we could come back. They have 4 kids and the dad is the only one who is not a member. They could be really promising. 
Another miracle that happened this week is that we met with N, our 9 year old investigator, at our Ward Mission Leader's house. He has a daughter who is N age and they are such a good fellowshipping family. It was wonderful to be in their home with the spirit and be able to have N feel that. She has a really hard home life and she feels so clearly the lack of the spirit in her home. In her own words she said, "I feel like my room is white and then the rest of the house is scarlet. And it's hard because I can't take that white with me. I want the rest of my home to be white too." She is such and in tune girl and so smart for her age. She wants so strongly for her home to be a refuge, a place away from the scarlet sins of the world. But she doesn't get that. She talked about how much she loved coming to church and being in member's homes because it feels white like her room does. I felt so heartbroken as she was speaking, to realize that she does not get the peace in her home like I was so blessed to have. We explained to her more about the Gift of the Holy Ghost and how she can have that whiteness with her always when she has the gift of the Holy Ghost. She is getting so close to setting a date to be baptized. I just love her a lot.
I love you all sooo much!!!
Sister Young