Monday, August 31, 2015

August 31, 2015 “State Fair, Don’t cha know!!”

"State Fair!!"
Area: Anoka Minnesota
Companion: Sister Macey Jolley
Hometown: Alpine, Utah
Snail Mail:                                         
Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
5931 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438-1715


Hey Ya'll!
    So, today, we went to the famous Minnesota State Fair with Chad and Missy Fossum! The plan was to write in the car on the ride there and then back. 

The State Fair was so much fun! I am literally drained though! There was everything and anything you could imagine fried on a stick. Not only that, whatever it was, the servings were H U MO N G O U S!!! There were so many people, rides, food, food and more food! Oh, did I mention there was food? Seriously, Minnesota has like a set space in St. Paul for the state fair. It's not like a park I have seen anywhere in Utah.  It is “The Fairgrounds”! There were a lot of people. Many stared at us as usual. Some even asked if we were Mormon Missionaries! ha-ha! Got to love it! We were not the only fun thing to see at the fair. Would you believe me if I told you that there were “butter carvings?” Another cool thing was an animal birthing center! Anyways all in all it was a really good and fun day!

   I love you all… sorry I didn't get to email any of you personally! (Shocker right?) With sharing the IPad, I hope you will enjoy some great excerpts from Sister Jolley on our week:
"Monday August 24: Pday.  We went bowling with the Elders. Later we had a great lesson with Murial. She is the mother of a recent convert who is getting married in the Temple in January! Murial is hilarious, she is so great! She wants to start taking the discussions, and learn more about what her daughter really believes. We can totally see her getting baptized in the future. She has a lot of questions, and uncertainties about the church, but she is very open and doesn't judge. 
Tuesday, August 25
We had District meeting. We received a great training from Elder Anderton about having faith while we find. He is a wonderful District Leader. After District meeting we went to go see Murial again. We got to meet her two daughters, which was great. We answered some more of her questions. Everything from tithing to temple marriage; she had a lot of questions. Luckily we were able to confidently answer all of them. We had dinner at the Taylor's, and Sister B (recent convert) came. After dinner we had a lesson with Gladys and Yammah! Holy Cow! This lesson was amazing. We brought a girl from our ward named Becca, who is 16. We decided to teach about the plan of salvation. We had already taught Yammah that, but where she is only 8 years old we decided to review. Gladys sat in the entire lesson. She received a couple of phone calls during our lesson, but she ignored them, or told them she would call them back. That has never happened before! Yammah was able to pay attention the whole lesson! Gladys not only answered questions, but asked them. At the end of the lesson we asked Gladys if she had any questions. She asked" Why does God let us struggle?" (Keep in mind that she had just lost her job, she is moving apartments, and she is a single mom, who is also trying to get her 3 other kids over from Africa still). The spirit got so strong. I started telling her how struggles help us to become more like our Heavenly father. Then I asked her why she thinks God is having her go through what she is, and she said, "To make me stronger." She started crying. People, SHE STARTED CRYING!!! We felt so much love for her. Then I testified that God is aware of her, and her family. That He is not letting her struggle without reason. I started holding back tears, Sister Young was crying, and so was Becca. I wish I could describe this lesson better. After a minute of silence, Sister Young invited Gladys to be baptized. She was very open to it, and so we committed her to praying about being baptized. Both she and Yammah together! I have never felt the Spirit as strongly as I did in this lesson. When I first met Gladys,  when we first started teaching Yammah, Gladys would go into the other room, or play on her phone. Never did I think she would pay attention. It’s amazing to see God work on those we are teaching. After the lessons, we floated to our car, and couldn't stop smiling.
     We had an appointment with the Ongoro's right after, so we took Becca with us and went over. We taught Cate more about the Book of Mormon. She is coming to church on Sept. 6th. She and her family are super busy right now, but in the next week her two boys will be in school, then life will calm down. It has been hard to set up solid appointments with them, but we are going to keep trying. Cate likes reading the Book of Mormon and is very interested. We haven't seen much of David. When we went over he was taking a test for school on the computer, but he is still doing great. They are a super cute family and we are excited to see them again! 

Wednesday, August 26
On Wednesday we had service at ACBC. We were at the front desk, so we got the easy job! It is fun to sign everyone in because you get to meet everybody. After service we had a visit with Sister Roades. She had a great birthday this week, which included the chance to go shoot her new gun. Whatever makes her happy! She loves our visits, and we love seeing her! After Sister Roades, we had Bishops meeting and dinner with the Bishop. We walked into the door, and the Elders scared us again. Ha, ha, Sister Petersen was cracking up! I can't believe the Elders turned the Petersen’s against us. We had breakfast for dinner, which was delicious! We tracted, with not much success, but we both like tracting so it was at least a little fun! To finish off our night we had a great lesson with Mike. He is a Marine. He unfortunately got Staff infection, and is in recovery. We invited a girl in our ward, named Maddy. She is 17. We had a great lesson with him. We just started talking about the restoration, and gave him a recap of what we taught him the last time. Something cool was that he went camping with some of his friends, and they started talking about religion. So Mike brought up Mormonism. His friends were trying to tell him all of this made up, or just flat out incorrect stuff. But Mike stood up for the church, and corrected everything they were saying. That was cool, considering we have only had one lesson with him. Unfortunately he is moving to St. Paul on Saturday :( So we will have to give him over to those missionaries. He has some great potential! He is coming to church on Sunday, so that is exciting. When we told him how long church was he about died! He was like, "3 hours!!!" But he still wants to come! 

Thursday, August 27 
On Thursday we had another great lesson with Gladys and Yammah. A member of our ward named Tara came along. She just graduated from high school. We had a great lesson about baptism.  Yammah really wants to get baptized. Gladys didn't pray about baptism because she said she has been super stressed out with everything going on. She told us she wants to pray about it when she can calm down! But she is still very open, and is taking the necessary steps to receive an answer to her prayers. We are super excited for them! We had dinner with the Christy family. They are a super cute old couple. They have their own garden, and they make great spaghetti. We saw Elvie, and had a great visit with her! She is going to feed us dinner next week, so we are excited. Herald (her nonmember husband) was actually super nice to us this visit!! To finish off our night we had a great lesson with Pat and Sister B. We talked to Pat about baptism, and what it means, and taught her about what covenants we make with God. 

Friday, August 28 
Friday we had a great lesson about the 10 commandments with Isabelle who is a 9 year old girl in
our ward who is getting baptized. The Elders have been working with her, and they invited us to go teaching with them. Her parents are both members, and they are super excited that she wants to be baptized and that she is taking it seriously. Our Sister Training Leader came to our area for the day. We had a great lesson with a new investigator named Helva. Sister Anderson came. Helva is great! We taught her the restoration. She told us that the day we came knocking on her door she was having a really awful day. She was just about at the end of her rope, when we came. She felt that God was telling her He was there and was aware of her! Super cool! We had dinner with Holly (investigator). We had stuffed eggplant, and beet soup. Super good, and no ghost pepper! Hooray! At the end of the night we saw Sister B, and had a great visit with her. The STL's stayed overnight. It was fun to have four sister missionaries in our small basement. 

Saturday, August 29 
Saturday was a day for the books! We were so busy! We started out our day by seeing Bette of
"Elders saving the mattress!!"
course. We love her so much! She loves our visits! I feel so loved when we go visit her. We then went to go help Gladys move. Which holy cow was a project? She didn't want to rent a truck, so we just stuffed everything in cars. Their apartment was a disaster. So dirty! I had no clue it was that messy. Luckily, the Elders were nice enough to also come help! She said they are going to try and keep their new apartment clean! Funniest moment of the move had to be when we were driving over to her new apartment, and one of her mattresses flew off of her friend’s car, and landed in the middle of the highway. The Elders ran out of their car, and carried it off the street; put it on top of their car, then drove to the new apartment with their hands out the window holding onto the mattress. It was hilarious! That night was Isabelle’s baptism. Pat and Gladys both came to see it! Woot Woot! It was awesome!  Gladys liked it, and Pat thought it was so cool! We are so excited for our next lesson with Yammah and Gladys! After the baptism we had a great visit with Tina. She had the movie Battleship on the entire time, which made it hard to focus.  We were good, and didn't look! Ha-ha. It was a fun night, and we were so happy about Pat and Gladys coming to the baptism. For the second time this week, we just floated home! 

Sunday, August 30
Holly came to church! Gladys couldn't come because she was so wiped from moving, which was understandable but still a bummer. She sent us a really heart felt text though, saying how much we mean to her, and how grateful she is! Bonus points! We had dinner with the Moss family. Who love Ben and Jerry's… they bring out 7 pints of ice cream, and we got to pick whatever we wanted. They fed us steak. Holy cow, (no pun intended) we were full and happy! We took opportunities that night to find, and we met some great people. None with much potential, but we will find those people in our area that are. They can't hide for long. 

Overall, we had a really successful week in the Anoka area!!!"

Love you all to moonisota and back!
Sister Young and Sister Jolley


Monday, August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015 " Lovin' Every Minute!"

"Hives Gone!!!"
Area: Anoka Minnesota
Companion: Sister Macey Jolley
Hometown: Alpine, Utah
Snail Mail:                                         
Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
5931 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438-1715


Hey Everyone! 
 This week has been really good! I love it here in Anoka!!!  I wish you could all be here with me enjoying the beauty of Minnesota!

Monday, August `17, 2015:  To start out P-day, we met the Elders at the church at 6 am to do advanced yoga as a district! Advanced... yeah we are only beginners... I think I died a little, let's just say I am already hurting! We went to breakfast at McDonald's afterwards, which was counter-productive in my personable opinion haha….. oh well it was good! We spent the rest of our P-day running errands because we were pretty much out of food, so we had to re-stock our kitchen! We then had dinner with the Anderson family! They are so awesome. Their daughter Nina goes “joint” teaching with us.  She is leaving for BYU on Wednesday. We are so sad! She is awesome! Sister Anderson made a really good salad and we had this yummy yogurt called "noosa" for dessert. You have got to buy some to try! The Anderson's are so great, their daughter Hannah is on a mission in Utah! They are so
"Me with Nina Anderson & Sister Jolley"
wonderful to us. They get that being a missionary isn't always peachy, so it's nice to have someone be real with us! We then went over to Peggy's house for a goodbye party. She is going to Finland tomorrow to be with her son for 11 days! Man, she bought a bunch of food for the 3 of us, and she had us take all of it home since she was leaving in the morning. She was pretty nervous to go because she doesn't like flying. Not only that, it was her first time traveling alone. We assured her Heavenly Father would protect and comfort her!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015:  Today was kinda crazy.  During lunch we cleaned our basement because, we didn't have time yesterday.  We couldn't feel the Spirit with it being dirty. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, so we felt that it was important to get our place spic and span! We had dinner with Brother Petersen at Perkins, he is in his 80's or 90's but he is so adorable! It was really fun to sit down and chat with him! It was pretty cold and rainy today so that wasn't the greatest. We went finding but didn't have much success. At least we showed Heavenly Father that we had faith so that was good. I am so grateful for the priesthood! Oh, and a huge shout out to GRACE on her 16th BiRtHdAy!!!! Love you!!!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015: Today we had ACBC which stands for Anoka County Brotherhood
Council.  We volunteer every Wednesday there.  It is a food shelf and clothing place. It is really fun! We get to help out a lot and meet lots of interesting people! This week we had the meat counter so that was new! At least we didn't have to do eggs again...that was nasty! We then went and saw Sister Roades who is less active. We shared the October 2014 “Jadeite Cabbage” story with her from the Ensign.  She loves the Ensign and reads it often! After that, we went tracting for an hour, and then met Sister Petersen at Famous Dave's for dinner! Bishop was out of town but she decided she would still feed the four of us! It was so yummy! After that we went to our appointment with the Ongoros, I hadn't met them yet. We went and they bailed on our appointment! Ugh! I really don't like it when people do that. Honestly, it has been happening a lot this week. I wish people weren't so flakey! I mean c'mon we have something to share that will change their lives for the better!! So, we had to take a survey on our iPads. We went to the church and we walk in the doors, and all of the sudden Elder Johnston pops out and startles us! We freaked out so bad! Get this, he got it on VIDEO!!! We were so ticked! He and Elder Anderton have been showing everyone! I will admit it is pretty funny though! I will have to send it so that you can see it! It is kind of pathetic how jumpy Sister Jolley and I are ha-ha!!!!! All in all it was a good day though :)

"Yammah and her family at church!"
Thursday, August 20, 2015: This morning we had to head up to North Branch for Zone Conference which is an hour up north. We were combined with the Duluth Zone.  Man it is crazy how beautiful it was up there! Cold already though, ha-ha! So we had some great training on “finding”. Then we talked about health and obedience. We also got trained on little black boxes that they were installing in our cars called “ti-wi”....It tracks who is driving, where you are, what time it is, seat belts, how fast you are going, how fast you accelerate or stop, how hard you turn and go over bumps, and sends in a driving record to Salt Lake then to President Forbes! Can I just say that I am not excited for this thing! It yells at you and is really intimidating. I know that it will help keep all the missionaries safe. It will improve our driving skills and safety. On the way home I was driving and it yelled "check your speed"! It freaked me out so bad! Hopefully that won't happen again ha-ha! After the conference we went to Sister Sophie's for dinner and we had zucchini pancakes with applesauce on top, it was so yummy! Then we went to the relief society activity at the Lamberts house and had "Salads and S’mores" it was really fun! We had to leave early to go teach Yammah our cute investigator who is 8 going on 25! She is so great! We had an awesome lesson with her and her family about scripture study and the importance of obedience! The Spirit was so strong, I love when we get to go and see people light up when we talk about the gospel! 

Friday, August 21, 2015: Today we “weekly planned” which is always an interesting time. We took a few breaks and went in the gym to play a little basketball. Then we drew all over the chalk board. I would say we got just a little distracted ha-ha, oh well! Soo, we stopped by some potentials with little luck. Then we made some calls to set up some appointments. We went to one of our investigators houses for dinner named Holly. She has a 1 year old named Madelyn. She made us dinner and then we had a little lesson. We then went over to Sister B's and read out of the Book of Mormon. I love
"Holding a cute little froggy we found!"
when we get to read with recent converts! The Spirit is so strong. We also got to play with her puppy Ivy. She is so cute! We then went over to Pat's to invite her to the Elders baptism next Saturday! She said she would love to come! Awesome day!

Saturday, August 22, 2015: Today we had studies and our normal workout routine. I think today is the first day that I wasn't sore from doing yoga! Woohoo! Anyways, we went to the library and did our time and I watched this really good video called "Strive". You should check it out.  I loved the message it gave! Then we went and saw Bette Rinke! I just love her! She is 92 years old. She has dementia but she remembers us and that we come on every Saturday to read with her! She loves the Book of Mormon especially Nephi! We read 1st Nephi 16 with her and had a great discussion afterwards! We then met up with Becca Burton to go teach Mckenzie. The three of us walked up to the door and she wasn't home. L This is the 3rd time she has bailed on us. I think it is time we give her a little rest. We then tried a bunch of other people and no one seemed to be home. So, we thanked Becca and took her home. We then went out to Elvie's house who is a part-member family and her husband doesn't like us at all but he let us in.  We couldn't find her so we
"Sister Jolley & Sister Young at dinner with Christy!"
went downstairs and she was talking to her friend on the phone and she stood up and turned around and SCREAMED at the top of her lungs hahaha! We scared her so bad; on accident of course but it was so funny! After we calmed down we read Joshua 1:9 and had a great discussion about it. Then we went to dinner with Christy! I love her so much! We went to Famous Dave's and had a great time! Meanwhile there was a tornado alert, but we didn't really care ha-ha! Afterwards we went to Tina's house. We talked for a while and then we watched the Mormon Message "The Lost Purse." It is a really cool video; check it out! We then went home and called it a night.

Sunday, August 23, 2015: This morning after we got all ready for church we went to stop by
"Dinner @ Famous Daves, thank you Christy!"
Yammah and her family to see if they needed help getting ready. To our pleasant surprise Gladys (the mom) opened the door and she was all dressed up and ready to go! We were so happy! She said she would meet us at the church! Hallelujah!!!! They were a little late but that's okay at least they came! They looked so cute! And they all were singing “Families can be together Forever!” The Spirit was so strong! The Kastel’s gave their homecoming address. They just got back from the Independence, Missouri Mission.  They are now ward missionaries and they love Sisters! We are thrilled to have them back! Sis Jolley and I taught the 16-17 year olds Sunday school about temples and eternal marriage. It was a really great lesson! After church we had a “linger longer” which was fun #freefood….. got to love it! We had dinner with the Dailey family and had a really good discussion about standing up for what you believe in. They are an awesome family! We tracted after dinner and did some stop luck. It was a rough night but I am grateful for prayer, and for my companion. She really cheered me up.  When we got home we did facials and that helped as usual! 

All in all it was a really good week! I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be a missionary here in Anoka. I am truly blessed to be a part of the greatest army in the world!

Thanks to everyone for all your support, prayers, emails, letters and packages, I am really behind on individual responses.  I promise, I haven't forgotten you guys, I am just really behind. Until I get to the top of my pile THANK YOU AND I LOVE YOU!!!!!

Love you all to the Moonisota and Back!
Sister Young

Sister Ashlee Young

(P.S. note from editor "HIVES FINALLY GONE!!!)

Monday, August 17, 2015

August 17, 2015 "No letter....Snail Mail is crawling...But Great payday for parents,Thank you!!"

"sister Young, Nina & Sister Jolley"

Area: Anoka Minnesota
Companion: Sister Macey Jolley
Hometown: Alpine, Utah
Snail Mail:                                         
Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
5931 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438-1715


Dear Young's,

We are so thankful to have Sister Jolley and Sister Young serving in our Ward.  We had them at our home for dinner this evening.  They brought an extra measure of the Spirit to our home.  Thank you for sharing them with all of us here in Minnesota!

Justin and Madelyn 

"Brother Michele from Lake Nokomis at Presidents Fireside. He served his mission in Brazil!"

"Sister Young with Sister Jolley"

"Charcoal Face Masks"

"Too Early in the morning #pday #districtyoaga #weweresotired!!"

"Ha-ha, she cracks me up, sick of planning!!"

Monday, August 10, 2015

August 10, 2015 “Anoka!!!!…Halloween Capital???”

"My new companion, Sister Jolley in Anoka!!"
Area: Anoka Minnesota
Companion: Sister Macey Jolley
Hometown: Alpine, Utah
Snail Mail:                                         
Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
5931 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438-1715

Dear Family and friends,
     This week has been so crazy, I left my beloved area of 8 months Lake Nokomis to go to my new area Anoka with Sister Macey Jolley. Sister Jolley is from Alpine Utah. I can't believe how fast time has flown by on my mission! I don't ever want it to end! I had a hard time saying goodbye/ see you “laters” to my Lake Nokomis family.  It is so weird not being with any of my peeps anymore; I miss them already……. but the people I have met here in Anoka so far are just great! I am sure I will grow to love them just as much as I did everyone in LN!   I have
"See ya later, Sister Coleman"
experienced the Lord's hand blessing my life here. I am so grateful that I am here with Sister Jolley! She is so sweet! I am excited to get to know her better!
 I love what Pres. Forbes said at our transfer meeting. He taught us about the five things we can do to recognize blessings and the Lord’s hand in our lives. I would like to share the five things with you.
1. Keep a Gratitude Journal
Think of three to five blessings you have experienced throughout the day or the week and record them in a gratitude journal. Look for blessings from the mundane to the magnificent.
 2. Add More Thank-You’s to Your Vocabulary
Saying “thank you” to someone brightens your day by affirming your positive feelings. It also lifts the spirits of those who are deserving of your thankfulness.
 3. Take time to write thank-you notes and letters of appreciation to people who have blessed your life. Blessings can be easily overlooked unless we are consciously thinking about them each day. To that end, note writing helps us identify, remember, and express our blessings.

4. Live in the Present Moment and try to give thanks for small blessings encountered every day of your life
5. Thoughtful Prayer
"Heart-attacked Sister B's Door!"
Finally, prayer awakens our grateful heart. Forgetfulness is an obstacle to being grateful, while “awareness is a precondition” to having a grateful heart. Our personal prayers provide us with sacred time to ponder our blessings and express gratitude to Heavenly Father. As we thank Him daily, our gratitude should be centered on God’s greatest gift to us: the gift of His Beloved Son, who ransomed us through the shedding of His blood.
 I have made a goal to do that this week and will let you know how it goes. I am so excited to meet more people here in Anoka and dive into the work!
I love you all! Have a happy, healthy, and safe week!

Sister Ashlee Young
"Mall of America!!!"

"Mall of America!!"