Monday, July 27, 2015

Mansfield OH #9

Well sounds like you all are a bunch of worker bees. All work and no fun. I even have a day of rest which is on Monday instead of Sunday. Anyway this week was really good and we have been having some good success. We also had the assistance to the president come on splits with us, which was different and weird but good. We got more done in that one day than through the whole week. Having four missionaries tag team an are is very effective. We also got three new investigators and some solid appointments set up for the next week. So I am very excited for this next week, because things are just picking up.

The members here are very nice. In fact I am at a members house right now using there wifi because they are closer than the church and the library which we are no longer allowed to go to anyway. These iPads rule our lives and we need wifi and there is no free wifi close by. We get feed every so often. It's hard because there are three sets of missionaries to feed in this Ward and only a few people really sign up to feed us. Also we don't have a car and some people live far away. But I don't complain because they come out on lessons and are very helpful, not like Reynoldsburg were they take over and do a terrible job.

I like Mansfield I really love the people and have gotten to know some really nice people. Plus the people just seem more down to earth than in my last area. Also less crazy. That has been a real perk to this area. Weather is getting hotter so we take breaks at gas stations and get fountain drinks to cool off. It works for a short period of time. I love this area though.

I'm not going to lie I have know clue what I want. Just send me what you think I will like and enjoy. Also send some more black socks, so I don't have to make as many laundry stops. Other than that I say just surprise me😁 I really am at a loss( Elder Jones says to ask for candy but I get enough sugar so don't do that) *elder jones whispers do it!!!* but ya I have gotten boring on my mission oh send some puzzles. I am just writing this as things come to mind. But ya stuff.

Anyway love you all and wish you the best in all you do.

Love Elder Young

P.s Emma you are really funny. I hear that ant man was a good movie, did you see it, and what is it about. I have reached the point were I don't know what is happening in the world anymore😭

Also could you tell dad to send the 3d printed cars pics again I didn't get them. And guess what I went to catholic mass on Saturday with a less active member. It was so cool. I wasn't able to get pictures but look up St. Peter's in Mansfield Ohio and I'm sure you will find pictures.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mansfield OH #8

Well it sounds like you all had a great time this week and had some not so good times. Wow Emma those were some harsh words. Sorry to hear that the weather has been getting really warm and that you all have all been out in it. I hope everything goes well with finding a house and everything, be done with all this moving stuff. Elder Jones likes to make the comment that he has lived in the same house his whole life. Doesn't know just how lucky he is.

This week has been really good but we are finally having summer here in Ohio. It got into the 90 with at least 90 percent humidity. It was glorious and I sweat like a Hebrew slave, that's a joke I learned from one of our investigators. We had some good lessons though. Joe is answering his own questions very well. There is no point in us even being there, well there are some things that he has a different view on but time will fix that. He is so cool, that whole family is cool. Mansfield is a great place other than the fact that I keep going through tire tubes. Also the fact that our apartment is at the southern corner of our area. It gives me time to work on my tan.

We also had interviews with the mission president and I got grilled for not having a study journal. But it was good and it was one of my better one because he actually talked to me longer than he usually does. I really liked it and felt like I had a real conversation with him. I have had worse corrections of attitude. I built some tough skin. 

Anyway this week has been good. It has been raining less and just really hot and sticky. You walk out side and it hits you like a wall and you instantly start feeling like your covered in sweat. It's glorious as I stated earlier. I will survive!! Maybe! I can't wait till winter!!!! 

Keep me in the loop of things that are happening, thinks are just flying by. School start next month which is so weird not going to school and just being old. What has happened to me? Life is to fast and short. That's why it's important to live life the way your supposed to so that you don't have any regrets and no wasted time. We however can all feel the atonement in our lives and have our sins removed and forgotten. All we have to do is push forward and endure to the end.

I love you all and I want you know that I appreciate all you have done for me. I wouldn't be here today with out you nor would I be who I am, and I think I'm pretty cool. I pray for you all the time and want you to have the best blessing. Remember who you are and you will always have the strength to do anything.

Love Elder Young

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mansfield OH #7

Hello family,
So your lives don't stop because I haven't written you, now I do feel bad thanks a lot :( Just kidding. Sorry to hear about the weather you had during the reunion, I guess you all just had to bond instead, gross. Also sorry to hear about Dad working in the heat all day. I hope the heat wave goes away and you can get so rest and find a house. I love the houses here in Mansfield. It's a really old city so they have these big Victorian style homes, what is sad is this city has lost all the money so they are falling apart. But many of the style of homes here are growing on me.

So this week was really good. We walked all week because I forgot to get tubes and we were not able to go during the week. But we were able to have some very good lessons. In fact we got some members out with us and those lessons were powerful. I love most member lessons because they have such strong testimonies and people just relate better to them. So that has been awesome. We also have found some really nice people that want us to come back, so come back we shall.

Also we got 4 new investigators this week which is really cool because we have not been getting very many. Terry is a member referral that we just started teaching and he is so cool and very interested. Matthew, Hayden, and a 15 year old girl, forgot her name. Anyway they are Amber's kids, and she is a less active we have been teaching. They are all so very cool and have good religious backgrounds. Very excited about teaching them.

Something sad happened though last week. Joe who is Amber's great uncle has some big concerns and we don't really know how to answer them. We are going to really turn to God for help and answers, maybe a member or two. But it has been hard to see him struggle with this and I pray we can help him. This week has been an emotional roller coaster.

Sorry about ranting to you last week. That's not what I am supposed to do in these emails to you all. It's been hard but really not that hard at all in the large picture. Elder Jones and I get a long for most of the time but others we have stupid spats. I hope I have not given you the wrong image of him as he is a great missionary. 

So I looked at the prices of iPad cases that fit my standards for weather proof and things but it was like 60 bucks at Walmart. So I don't know if there are cheaper ones online I don't know. But if you could look for me or if you are ok with me spending that much I don't know. The case I have is a good one but not water proof and that is my main concern. Also I have not received cookies in a long time. Also I bought a little one of those electric picture frames at a garage sale for really cheap and it works really well. So if you could send me a lot of pictures and I will but them on an SD card and have tons of pictures of you all. 

Love you all. I am doing good sorry if I gave the impression that I am not. I think of you all the time especially now that I know you are moving. Keep it real and don't brake both of your ankles or anything for that matter. How exactly did he do that? Anyway love you.

Love Elder Young

Mansfield #6

Sorry for the long wait family, I know that your lives cannot continue with out me emailing you. So when you get this email you can go back to your lives. Teehee, anyway wow so much is happening in there. What with Emma getting a job, a family reunion, and house hunting. That sucks so much that you have to move yet again. I'm bummed for you😭 

I have been praying that you get a loan and get a house of your own. No more of this house hopping nonsense. We're humans not rabbits for goodness sake. Ahh I won't be coming home to the same house. Wo is me. Also sorry to hear about the weather, so far all this summer has been is wet. No I have not been able to get a coat yet because p-day's have been crazy and have had no time to shop. Last time we major ran out of time, good thing I had no money to buy food with anyway. I have been bad with my money lately, it's kind of bugging me. I think it's because I have had to buy Elder jones food a couple of times.

This week has been really lazy so far. We have been entering in teaching records into the iPad for two days straight. We were given a deadline to be done entering them in and we got way be hind because well our area book was huge. But what has been awesome is that we have been able to get members to our lessons. That has been making a difference in how they go and the spirit is so much stronger. What is also cool is this less active family moved into a new house and they have next to nothing. So the members have been making this large list of things they want to give and it is impressive. I love this Ward for there generosity and kindness. 

One thing though that has me worried but not to much is our investigator Joe who lives with the less active lady I mentioned above, he is her great uncle. Anyway he had a concern about last church meeting which was very pro America. Anyway he didn't agree with that he believes that there should be a separation of state and religion. But he is willing to meet with us because he respects us and because this is the only big thing that has come up. Everything else he feels good about. I also think it was the Gospel Principles class which was on the word of wisdom. Which we had not gone over with them yet, and the teacher was like a nazi school teacher up there. But anyway I'm positive that we can answer his questions with the help of the spirit, more like we will just be there and the spirit will teach us all.

Well this transfer has been good but I have been noticing some hard feeling between me and Elder Jones. But I am working on it because I want the spirit with us everywhere we go. But it's hard because he has a short attention span and is very goofy at bad times. Needless to say I feel like I have a 5 year old son who is bouncing of the walls. But it has been getting better.

I wish something happened on the 4th but everyone in Mansfield decided to go on vacation out of town. And it was a slow day and on top of it all we didn't see that many fireworks. All we saw were women laying on there boats sunbathing in there swimming suits if that's what you want to call a bikini. Anyway that was my 4th of July. Holidays are supposed to be active days according to the white hand book, but it's all lies no one wants to talk to us because they want there time with there family not two men off the street. But I'm happy because I have some solid investigators and we tackled the area book, and because of that I have a big list of people I want to go meet. So maybe more people to teach long term.

Sorry if this email was not very exciting but this is the mission right now. I however am very happy and doing well. I have been learning a lot and have been doing a lot of soul searching. My testimony has never been stronger and I love my calling. I have been called to Ohio D&C 39:13-15. I love it here and I love the people and there beliefs in God and his son Christ. People here are just so open to religion, and a lot are not so open. But I run into more people who respect and appreciate what we missionaries do and that gives me strength. I love you all and wish you the best in your house hunting and just busy lives. All ways remember Christ through your week because he will lead and guide you in all things that you do.

P.s sorry about my emails they really don't flow but that is how my crazy brain works.

Love Elder Young

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mansfield OH #5

Hello family,

It's great to hear from you and to hear about what's happening in the world that is the western United States. Sorry to hear about Rocky and his run in with tree sap that must have been really sticky. Also that the weather is getting so warm and that dad is getting the worst of it from working out side. I am however very happy to hear that Emma got a job a that she will be making her own way now. She is getting so old and responsible, what's happened to the little girl that we all knew 10 or so years ago. Anyway happy to hear that despite laziness all is well back home. 

The mission is going well and lots of good things happened this week. Like we got three people to come to church. I am like on cloud nine right now that they came. So Joe, Debbie, and some guy of the street came to church. Also an extremely less active lady named Amber came. What was really cool was after Joe told us that he felt the way that he knew he was supposed to feel at church and that he wanted to come again. Sunday was such a blessing all around for me. The talks that were given were all about member missionary work and there importance in bringing others closer to Christ. So we might be getting more people to lessons now or more member referrals to go see people. Also on Sunday I sang again in the choir for a missionary fireside which was a lot of fun even though I can't sing parts very well or read music. 

So we also had exchanges this week so I went with the district leader to his area and had a great day of finding. We met this nice Jehovah's Witness and had a great long talk with him. He was really nice and even said we could come back because he didn't know anything about out religion. So that was awesome.

Other than that this has been a slow week with very few lessons to really note. At the same time we had great success on Sunday and that is the day that is the most important. Oh and by the way the movie is mega mind ( I had to get help). My movie knowledge has gone away I new the quote just not what movie it was in. Sad day😭

Speaking of sad day no one but you and Grandma Young email me! I even emailed Jackie and Hope and got no response. What's up guys? Have you forgotten about me :) JK I'm good but seriously. It's been awhile.

Anyway all is good and I have been having a good time even though it has been raining a lot lately and it's been kind of chilly out side. So I'm going to get a light rain jacket that has vents so I don't die of heat from biking with a coat on. My other one is to warm even without the fleece on the inside. I am also going to see if I can't find a case for the iPad that is waterproof because I had to take my iPad out when I was all wet and I thought I was going to fry my iPad. I was under a covering when I did it though so I was trying to be very careful. But it would be nice to not have to worry about that stuff.

So also time for me to beg and I hate it. But could you send me some garment tops because I have an uneven amount of tops and bottoms and its driving me insane. So could you send me some or if you want I can order some off the church website. Let me know.

I love you all and I want you to know that I love you and appreciate all that you do for me. I pray for you and think about your wellbeing all the time. I want you to know that I know that the church is true and that our Heavenly Father loves us all. That he is the same yesterday and today and forever. That we have a prophet on the earth again because he is same and because he loves us. That he wants us to share what we have with everyone so that his kingdom can grow. Love you and wish you a happy week.

Love Elder Young