Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Another short one this week :)

Well everyone,

The church is true and i'm still alive! Haha. From the sounds of e-mails it's been a crazy week for just about everybody this week :)

I just got done with helping the ladies at church make their Christmas chocolates for the season and i'm about to collapse from fatigue! It was a great morning though! Anyways. All you need to know is life is good. I'm working on the things that i need to be working on and i'm gonna make it one way or another! Loving life as a missionary. I never want to leave! 
We'll sorry it was a borning update, but i'll try and be better at it for next time.

Love you all.

Also check out christmas.mormon.org on the 28th! Exciting things are happening! It's a great video! 

Love,
Sister Young
Girl vs. Truck in Walmart parking lot

Me and 3 of my companions at Zone conference! I love these girls!

Ice cream from our Zone Leaders. Don't mind if we do!

Christmas lights in Edson

Just a few chocolates






Some more hand made chocolates :)

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Just a Little Note....

Well, this week has been a good one :) 
Sister Budge and I are having a complete blast together! It's one of those things were so much has happened, but really explaining everything would take donkeys years and ain't nobody got time for that!
Just know that were happy, alive and safe and enjoying the beautiful Canadian winter! It's cold, but it's just an amazing experience through and thorough. And the work is going well too! Please pray for us that these next 2 weeks go according to plan and we don't both suffer a mental break as a result!
It's going to be a good week- we're headed into the city again: we're excited :)

I love you all! Keep getting ready and excited for Christmas! It is after all the most wonderful time of the year :D

Love love love,

Sister Young.
Some old pictures of our district/ Sister Kunz before she left


A random cat that decided to hitch a ride with us. Oh- the above Sister is my new companion by the way :) Sister Budge from Logan, Utah. She's the best!

Trying to come up with some sort of plan for teaching our progressing investigators.

Here's a few of winter so far (not a lot of snow at all yet.(but still we've hit -20 already)

I'm really going to miss the sun sets of Alberta

The mail box that got taken out. It wasn't me :)

Monday, 10 November 2014

Another bummer e-mail... just kidding

Hey all,

Just a quick couple thoughts before i give you any real updates.

Firstly, I apologize for the terrible e-mail I sent out last week. 
I was feeling more than a little bit overwhelmed by everything, but fingers crossed the worst is over :) I'm repenting! 
(Sister Young sent a really short email last week which I did not post, there wasn't much content to it so you did not miss much)
Haha.

In retrospect what actually happened is something that's teaching me a couple of lessons i'm going to be very thankful for. 

To add some humor into it i'll let you know what happened the morning of before the call.

Sister Kunz was freaking out because she was finally leaving her greenie area (after 6 months) and so her anticipation level was rising and rising. I was relatively chilled out! My Zone Leader had approached me the day before and told me that he knew for sure that i would be training this next transfer, as he'd seen proof in the mission office when he'd been in that week preparing to return home. He was dead serious, but turns out he was completely pulling my leg! Haha. When i told me i'de gotten super excited, and then when i asked him if he was kidding, he was like: No! You're training! Oh boy, i was so happy! I completely bought it! (So naturally i felt like a complete idiot when i found out i wasn't. I may have threatened him with his life.) Anyways, hilariously, my advice to Sister Kunz had been: whatever happens, wherever you go/ whoever you're with:" Don't cry!" And when president called and asked to speak to me he said; "Well, sister Young are you ready?! This is going to shake you up a bit." And then he told me. I actually recorded it and it's hilarious to watch. Big smile...turns to a look of utter panic. I didn't cry though. I think i was too proud. Haha, man. It was bound to happen sooner or later I've had it too 'easy' with regards to transfers so far. And maybe that's why i was a little less prepared. 

ANYWAYS!

Despite everything here being so crazy and hectic, I've been grateful for the changes that have been taking place these past 7 days. I'm sorry if i gave the impression that i don't have as much faith in my Mission President as a should. I know that he's inspired of God. I also know that the mission i have been called to serve is not my mission at all. It is the Lords. And i need to go where he needs me to go. When all is said and done, that is after all where I do really want to be. 

So I've come to terms with some of the stuff that that entails. I might not train, but hey, that's OK! I've had really amazing and wonderful companions. I might not serve YSA, but hey, that's what i'm coming back to anyway. I'll be moving to a new area a week before Christmas, but hey, it's a whole other opportunity to meet new people and make even more lasting friendships. 

As for leaving Edson... that bit i'm still working on. I've loved it here and have loved the people i have been privileged to serve. There's so much going on right now that more than anything I've been scared that in the change they'll fall through the cracks, loose steam or simply not respond as well to the Elders. Whatever happens, I know it will all work out. 
I've been working on considering the blessings, and it's helped my perspective so much.

Updates from Edson: Winter is officially here. The first night of snow we had to drive home in a snow storm and ill spare you the details but it wasn't a pretty sight! Haha, driving in Canadian snow is a whole other experience! 
The greatest news: We have 4 investigators now on date. All women. 2 of them have been taught by Elders before. It's been honestly incredible to work with each one of them, and i will be sad to leave. Last week 3 of them we're on date for the 29th November! But we're having to shift some things around/ adjust everything to winter and hopefully continue to help them progress towards baptism, with or without being here. 

Serving our God has literally been the greatest Joy of my entire life.
I look forward to going to wherever he needs me next. 
But until then we still have 5 more weeks to GET. IT. DONE! 

I'm happy :) 
Sorry for being a complainer!

I love you all. Thank you for all of your support!

Love,

Sister Young