Monday, September 26, 2016

Chillicothe Ohio #2

Hello Family,

Haha I am glad that I was able to make you all laugh by making up a funny nickname for myself. My companion didn't even know that I called myself that when I first moved in. Now as for me and my companion we are getting along great and are working very hard in this area. I like it here and the members are nice but this is going to be one of those areas where I wont be feed a lot.

I like the mini van for the most part which is good because we drive everywhere because we have a large area. We also live pretty far from the nearest neighborhood and to bike would spell disaster to anyone. This area is very rich in history with native Americans and with church history. I am hopping that one of these p-days we will be able to go on one of the many hiking trails near us. Chillicothe is nice also because its not flat and we have small mountains not to far. There just a little higher than a thousand feet, but its nice to be in an area thats not completely flat.

This area is so far is been really good and we are finding tons of new people but we are having the same old problem of getting them to the return appointments that we set up with them. So far our most progressing investigator is Aaron Williamson and we have been able to meet with him a couple of times and he is moving along well. We just need to get him to come to church but have not been successful so far. He also has just come up with a concern and we hope to resolve it soon. 

The cool thing that happened this week is we were walking to go see one of the other investigators that the missionaries taught before they both got moved out. While we were walking she pulled up and started talking to us. She wanted us to start coming over again because she missed meeting with the missionaries. Then she referred us to go see her neighbor because she had been talking to her about how church could help her. It was cool to see and investigator that wanted to talk to us and that was doing missionary work. So we hope to meet with the neighbor Emily again because she wasn't their for our return appointment.

All in all a good week and I am looking forward to this week and to see what happens. Hope you all stay safe and that you all have a good time doing what ever you do. Love you all very much.

Elder Young

Monday, September 19, 2016

Chillicothe Ohio #1

Hello Family,

Sorry to hear that your week slowed down that always is the worst thing ever. It's cool though to hear that you are all doing good. It sounds like dad is growing his collection of cast iron, by the way where are you putting all of it? Anyway I am glad all is going well back home and that you are all safe.

This week for me has been pretty fast and very crazy. So we went to the temple on Tuesday and that was great, it was also our pday. Then Wednesday morning I was called by President Daines and told to pack and to be ready to move to Chillicothe after district meeting and after they get out of the temple. So I packed held our district meeting and then met the Chillicothe Elders after there temple session. So now I am here in Chillicothe Ohio with Elder Robison who is brand new, only been out a week now. 

Then on Thursday we had exchanges with the Zone Leaders so we went to that early in the morning. Spent the day there with them and that was good. Then The day after that I had to go to a district leader meeting and that practically took the whole day coupled with the travel time back to our area. So finally on Saturday and Sunday I got to have a full day with my new companion in my new area.  

I like it here in Chillicothe but it is a little run down and full of crime. Just means the people are open and ready to receive the gospel. We have already met a guy named Aaron and he seems open to meeting with us. He told us though that he has been on the internet trying find fault in our religion but hasn't found anything yet. We have a planned lesson today at 7 so I am looking forward to that. This area is wide open to us because Elder Robison and his first companion Elder Gardner were "doubled in" which means they were just dropped off and said good luck.

Love you all back there and I hope you stay safe through your many adventures. I pray for you every night. Love you again.

Elder Young

The Movable in short notice.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hilliard Ohio #13

Hello Family,

This week was really good and we worked really hard by going out and just hitting the pavement right running. We sadly were not able to have lessons with any of the people that mentioned in my last email to you. Life moves on as you know. Glad that you had a safe trip home and enjoyed your stay in Utah with the family. 

So we are trying so hard to meet new people and to meet with those we know more regularly. It has been really hard but we continue to have hope and faith. Those we know are just in a non progressing mood and we are at a loss. It's a new transfer though so we get to try again and that's always good. 

I just realized though that I have 12 weeks left of my mission. I honestly that shocked me to my core that time that is short. So I guess that I will be seeing you sooner than I thought. I of course will continue to work hard and to serve the lord the way I know he wants me too.

Love you all and hope you have a great week. I can't focus right now because I am surrounded by a bunch of missionaries.

Elder Young

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hilliard Ohio #12

Hello Family,

This week has been very good and we have been finding a lot of new investigators as we have been walking around. We have yet to have many second appointments but we have hope. I don't think I am getting trunky, I haven't stopped working as hard as I was in the beginning. Anyway the weather has been good so far. Yesterday nearly killed me though because we had a increase in temperature and humidity and I almost melted. All is good here though in good old Hilliard.

This week we had some good lessons with Jeffrey and with Janet but I think that they are starting to back peddle a little. We also met and taught this girl named Marrena and we have met with her twice now. She said she would try to come to church but she would talk to her mom first. So we are hoping that mom is ok with it. Also met with Amanda and had a good lesson on faith and prayer. She is cool and we hope that she changes from just a study to actually applying what we teach to her life.

We also had a cool experience were we got a media referral meaning someone requested something for them selves on our church websites. The person who requested it was actually a member who joined the church in Haiti and he wanted us to come teach his wife. We gave them a Book of Mormon and we taught them a little and set up a return appointment to come and give them a French Book of Mormon. It's always cool when people come to us rather than us trying to find them.

Also had a cool experience were we are going to be visiting and teaching a Muslim couple. Lately we have been running into a lot of Muslim people and they are so hard to get interested in what we share. They are very nice but they want us to read the Karan, but we can't and that has been our friction point with them. But this couple was ok with us coming by and bringing a member that has read the Karan. So I am excited to see what happens in that lesson.

Well I don't know what else to share with you other than that our zone is preparing to sing at a fireside we are hosting. It's been fun and I will be singing Baritone and bass on one of the songs. I am hoping you all had a safe trip home and that all is well with you. I love you all very much and will continue to work hard all the way home. Maybe this time I will sit next to someone who will talk with me. Anyway love you all again! 

Elder Young

Hilliard Ohio #11

Hello Family,

This week has been so fast I don't know what happened to all the time. This week we have been blessed by the fact that people were open to talking with us as we went about. Also we got a lot of members to lessons which was a great blessing. I also am very happy to hear from you and so happy that Emma's engagement is getting more and  more official as time goes on. I can just feel the excitement and joy all the way here in little old Hilliard Ohio.

So this week like I mentioned was very fast paced and we got a lot of lessons in and that was great. Jeffrey has been sick this week so we didn't really get to meet that often or very long to teach anything. We also got a new investigator Amanda who was referred by her boyfriend who is a less active member. The boyfriend Aaron flagged down some missionaries in a different area and told them to get missionaries in contact with him ASAP. So they called us and we had a lesson the next day with brother Weller and it went really well and they came to church. They are very awesome couple and they offered to feed us before our next lesson, we get a meal and a lesson! 

Also for lessons we had a hand off lesson with Ben Hoop which means we had a lesson with the missionaries that would be teaching him. So we met at President Smiths home with the Hilliard sisters that are in our district. It was really cool because I got to see how the sisters teach and they are very powerful and so much better than me. Anyway it went really well and they committed Ben to eat baptized on the 1st of October. The Smiths were so happy and I think that we gained a lot of trust from him and his wife which is great. 

I think the only other cool thing that happened this week was that Elder Kimball and I went to OSU for his follow up training meeting. That was really fun and is always a treat to get trained by President Daines and his wife who are just getting goofier as they go. Also one funny thing happened this week at district meeting which made me laugh and have a flash back. One of the sisters burped very loudly and I could help but think of Jackie and all the many sudden burps she did. Love ya Jackie ;) Anyway it was a good laugh. Also one of the sisters in the district is leaving at the end of this transfer so we took a death photo. 

All n all a very fun good week and a lot of good things happening and I am so happy that this area is picking up. The Lord rewards his servants for their work, so the lord is giving Elder Kimball an opportunity to actually get to teach and learn. I hope you all have a safe week. Love you all very much. 

Elder Young
Also made cookies for investigators, each one is 3.5 ounces

Sister Barton's "death" picture haha

Oh ya on Monday we had a mission Activity and this happened. Ultimate "Farmer's Tan" status.

Hilliard Ohio #10

Hey Family,

So this week was a good one and the weather was really nice and wasn't to hot. Good to hear that you are all safe where ever you are. This week was nice also because we had our car and it allowed us to do a lot more as well as a way to get out of the heat. We have been trying to meet with people through the week but have had little luck with the new people that we talk to. We however are able to meet with Jeffrey and a member referral Ben. Kind of a slow week but was nice was the lessons we did have were with members. Also that Ben came to church that was a really big thing for us.

So this week has been full of a lot of service to the ward members and Just Serve opportunities. It was a lot of fun to get dirty pulling tons of weeds and lifting heavy things as well as assembling shelves. It's nice to be able to help in some kind of way when ever we can and those opportunities have become more frequent. So Elder Kimball and I are very happy.

Now to the lesson we had this week. Starting with Ben Hoop who was referred to us by President Smith of our mission Presidency. He is also the stake president that worked with the committees to get a temple here in Ohio. Very nice man but is intimidating because of all his achievements. He is also a professor at Ohio State over the department of Agriculture. Anyway we had a lesson at his house and taught Ben who is a very nice and open to learning and said that he would be baptized. Sad thing is we learned at church that he live in the other Ward boundaries and we will have to refer him over to the sisters in our district.

Also had two lessons with Jeffrey one with Brother Robinson and one with Brother Hsu (sue). Both were really good lesson and Jeffrey is making very slow progress but for him I guess it's very fast. He is over coming some big things in his life that have held him down for several years so all though it's slow he is moving in the right direction. Jeffrey connected with Brother Hsu the most which is good because Jeffrey needs a friend. Brother Robinson was very helpful though in helping Jeffrey open up a little more with us. As well as after the lesson we got to know Jeffrey's son a little better. We played a street version of Pickle Ball and it was a lot of fun and Brother Robinson was really good.  

That was our week really and it was fun to do some different things. It is also always fun and rewarding to serve others in anyway we can. Hope you all have a great week and that you stay safe. Keep me in the loop so that I'm not completely lost on events. Keep up all the good work that I know your doing.


Elder Young

Hilliard Ohio #9

Hey Dad,

I'm glad that you and Emma are doing good back home while mom is off running around with family. I also glad that you have found a new hobby with antiquing cast iron. I have been in Sidney Ohio and there is just a lot of old stuff in Ohio in general. Hope you have fun with the new calling a ward clerk over membership. You and the rest of the family are having so many different changes its crazy.

This week has been good and very wet as it has finally decided to rain, no down poor cats and dogs and maybe even elephants. We were out side when it started to rain and a lightning bolt touched down a little less than a 1/4 of a mile from us. It was loud and just cool to witness natures power. However even after getting soaked in a matter of seconds we still went out and tracted and got a few potentials. 

This week we also had a zone conference and had a really good training by President Daines and his wife. I really enjoyed this one as we went over effective teaching styles as well as over coming fear and developing faith. President Daines has changed so much over the time I have been here. He has gone from strict to a very fun teacher but is still strict and quick to correct those things that are wrong. Anyway I love it here and I love President Daines and his wife. Oh funny story time. So after the zone conference we needed a ride back to our apartment because our car was in the shop, and no one could give us one. So President Daines gave Sister Daines permission to give us a ride back to our apartment. It was weird to be in a car with someone of the opposite gender with no third male. So it's funny and weird for missionaries you are probably thinking that is a weird story.

Now as for our investigators we have only been able to meet with Jeffrey Johnson and we had some good lessons. He is very open with us and that is good because he just tells us what his concerns are with out us trying to figure it out. His concerns are hard though so we have been putting a lot of thought into how best to help him. We hope that we can soon meet with the others. Janet Donnell had a heart attack last week, well she had been suffering from a heart attack for a month before she went in to get checked out. So she has been taking it easy and we understand and are trying to see if we can help in anyway.

Anyways it has been a good week and I hope that you are all safe and continue to be safe. I love you all very much and hope you have a great week.

Elder Young

This bee landed on Elder Welker while we were at Zone Conference 

This is my latest attempt at what has been dubbed a Tongan sandwich

Hilliard Ohio #8

Hello Dad and Emma,

Well this week has been a lot of fun and it sounds like yours has been also. I have been getting a lot of packages full of goodies and I loved them all. Elder Kimball got a package as well so I didn't feel bad. Training is going great and my bouncing boy is growing so fast. Anyway I am happy to hear from you and to learn of your recent activities.

So this week we have meet with a few of our investigators and had some good lessons. Jeffrey Johnson, Janet Donnell, and JD are who we are able to meet with the most and we are excited for them. Jeffrey is going to be hard because he has been meeting with missionaries for a really long time. Janet Donnell is just wanting to learn about her neighbors religion so she can live next to them and not offend. However she is willing to let us come do yard work so we are really excited because no one else will. JD is an interesting one and I don't know where he is at, so we will continue to meet. That is who we are currently working with.

So interesting things that happened this week is that we had a surprise training on technology safety. What was really different was a sister who was married before the mission shared a very personal story about how she got a divorce. It was a sad story and really changed everyones out looks on why using technology for the right reasons is so vital. Its crazy to hear about how things are missed used and abused even by missionaries, a very select few but still enough to be saddened. 

I guess the only other interesting thing this week was that I got a lot of early presents and I am so grateful for them and my family that sent them. I love you all so much and hope that you have a great rest of your week. Hope that you continue to be safe and that Jackie has an easy labor?? If that makes any sense. Again I love you all so much!

P.S Dad didn't you go through this cast Iron phase this same time last year?
Elder Young

Finished candy puzzle that we sent him for his birthday

Lego birthday present :) (that I'm sure was really difficult for him to put together ;) )