Monday, June 1, 2015

June 1, 2015 "8 Months!!"

Companion: Sister Coleman (out 6 weeks)
Trainer: Sister Ashlee Young
Hometown: Vancouver, Washington
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Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
5931 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438-1715
Hey Ya'll!!!!
Monday, Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 
Today after we emailed Sister Hunt and I went to lunch with Elder and Sister Graff! It was so fun to go out to lunch with them! They are seriously the cutest! Since it is Sister Hunt's last day we took a lot of 
pictures! There were some awesome graffiti walls we had been eyeing so we did some photoshoots.... then we went to the sculpture garden and took pics there! Someone said "hey sisters" we flipped

around super confused and it was this couple who started asking how our p-day was going! We were like; “good, who are you?” They are from Provo and were here for an internship.  It was so fun to see fellow members out and about! After P-day the girls had set up an early birthday surprise party for Sister Hunt at the church! It was so fun! They bought food, and cake and presents! I was so glad to be able to spend time with her on her “fake” birthday! I am going to miss her so much! We played some games at the church, then said bye to a few people! It was sad to see everyone say bye to her! 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015:
This morning after we packed the car, we headed to the church to meet the Elders. I had asked last night to receive a blessing.  I had also woke up with a few hives... the blessing helped me feel at peace. When we got to the mission conference it was crazy!  ALL of the missionaries in the MMM were there! It was honestly a little crazy with everyone seeing their old comps and friends! I hope we do a mission wide conference again! Elder Clarke from the 70 was there. He gave an amazing training! I am ticked….. I left my notes at the apartment, so I will have to give you the highlights of his training next week.  He talked a LOT about the importance of the sacrament! So stay tuned for next week’s letter with the notes! After the conference it was P O U R I N G rain! We were out there juggling Sister Hunt and Sister Coleman's stuff.  We seriously looked like we hopped in the shower fully clothed! I was soaked!!!! It came time for me to say “see you later” to my Sister Hunt. I love her so much.  I am so grateful for her and for Heavenly Father for letting me be her companion for 3 transfers! I learned so much from her, but the number one thing I learned is that your companion really does become your best friend, and resource. (next to the Lord) We will be best comps for eternity! I love you Seester Hunt!!!!!!!!! Sister Coleman has been out for 7 weeks. She has been serving in St. Cloud, which she is very sad to leave.  I know how she feels having being transferred while still being trained! She is from Vancouver, Washington so she was used to the rain we were having! She is very nice! It will be interesting to train a missionary though! I can already tell the difference between her being a greenie and Sister Hunt being well seasoned. I am looking forward to getting to know her better. I know that this is a part of Heavenly Father's plan for me and for my comps! I just have to do what Proverbs 3:5-6 says and also what Nephi says "GO & DO!" I know that the Lord will help me and strengthen me during this time.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015: 
Today was our first day training! I had to wipe the dust (don't worry mom, not literally) off my first 12 weeks booklet.  It turns out that Sister Coleman's first trainer didn't use the booklet……. so we started on week 1 instead of week 7... I have got some catching up to do with her... I wish I could start my mission over and take all the knowledge I have now and apply it! Ha, ha wouldn't that be so great?!?! We stopped by some people that we had set appointments up with and not one was home! I was bummed because I want people to meet Sis. Coleman and for her to get to know the area better! We got a call from Summer. She told us that her mom could use some assistance around the house this evening... we of course jumped on that opportunity. So, we went over to the “girl’s” house and helped paint some walls! Seriously, I have had so much experience doing different kinds of service on my mission. I feel like I could work at Home Depot! Ha-ha! We had an awesome lesson with Shania about tithing and fasting! She also shared some cool experiences she has had while reading the Book of Mormon! I am seriously so proud of her!!! After that we had a lesson with Faith and she had a friend over! Faith and Shania actually shared their testimonies with her friend and the spirit was so strong! I teared up hearing these two amazing young women share their testimony’s!  I am so blessed to have been able to see them change over the past 6 months. Heavenly Father has truly blessed me to introduce me to such choice daughters of God! 
Thursday, May 28, 2015:
Thursdays are crazy as usual with all of our meetings but luckily because of mission conference we didn't have district meeting so we were able to train again today! Man, I seriously love re-reading the first 12 weeks and watching little snip-its of the district and seeing how far I have come since I first watched them! So crazy! We met with Bishop Chrysler; he is da best! We had dinner with the Jensen family. They have 3 little kids and all of them wanted to share a scripture with us! The little 3 year old looks like me
when I was a kid…… sporting a little fro! She came up to me and said “your hair is curly just like mine!” She was boinging my curls…… so dang cute! Then she recited the entire story of Jesus walking on water…….. PERFECTLY, WORD FOR WORD! It was crazy! This little girl is going to go places!!!! We had a super cool miracle stopping by one of the YSA's recent converts Eva. Her brother was there and asked to take the discussions! We are so pumped! I am so excited to start teaching him!!
Saturday, May 30, 2015:
This morning the Elders asked us to go do some service for a lady that the St. Paul Elders had met. We got there and saw these 2 properties completely covered with plants. Looked like a jungle. Long story short she wanted us to clean it all. We spent 4 hours and made a huge dent but there is so much to be done. I had dirt everywhere! I used an old fashioned push mower to get some of the weeds knocked down! Those things are hard! I seriously will never complain about weeding our yard at home ever again!  The lady and her friends who were all very Minnesotan “don't ya know,” made us a “hot dish” and wild rice for lunch! It was really yummy! I still giggle at all the accents here! We had to shower again after service, because I was literally caked in dirt. It was extremely humid so yeah... we looked interesting! We had an awesome lesson with an older lady who is on hospice. She doesn't have too much time left here on earth. She has a strong relationship with our Father in Heaven and is staying positive! 
Well, I don't have much time today to email. ( as usual)  We have zone p-day at Minnehaha Falls and we are late... shocker, but I will tell you the moral of this week is to PRAY! When life gets too hard to stand, KNEEL! Alma 34 helped me a lot today with prayer! Also, remember to  pray for Elder L. Tom Perry's family. What a sweet man.
I love you all!!!  I truly appreciate the letters and emails. They help me get through the tough times. Thank you for listening to the Holy Ghost's promptings. 
I love you all to the Moonisota and Back!
Sister Ashlee Young



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