Monday, February 29, 2016

February 29, 2016 “Summer for a day! I will take it ! Felt like Olaf in Frozen!‏!”

"Bye, Pesante Family"
Tripanion 1: Sister Sorrel Dumas Hometown: Mission Viejo California
Triapanion 2: Sister Abriel Steadman 

Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Snail Mail: Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
5931 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438-1715

Wow! This week has been something else. Let me just tell you! I don't really have the mental capacity right now to make sentences because I am so hungry! I am going to hit the highlights with bullet points. I hope they will do for now....
- No one signed up to feed us, so we called cute Sister Piper. She had an email sent out so people called us thinking we were dying and wanted to feed us.
-Monday FHE had a lesson with Stephen at Bishop Christensen's house. It went really well. We talked about his concerns and how to recognize the Spirit.
-Monday we also watched the King and I at Lucianes house from Lake Noko and ate delicious Brazilian food!
-Tuesday we went to stop by a lady named Dee Anderson. She is really nice. We took a lady named Penny Carlson in our ward.  Dee was sick, so Penny invited us back to her house for a coke and a cookie. We shared a message and the Spirit was so strong.
-Tuesday we had dinner with the Lanes that have twin baby girls. The mom works at an OB-GYN office.  It was so much fun to talk about my future career as a labor and delivery nurse ( I think)
-Wednesday, Roger told us he was moving. That was sad. He invited us to breakfast at Perkins for a last hoorah, which was fun.
-We had a “pass off” lesson with Hermana Hiatt y Warmbier for a guy named Carlo. We shared the message on the Restoration.  His attitude in life currently is to eat, drink and be merry. It will be interesting to see if he continues to meet with us. He has great potential though!
"Evalette, Tim, Brittney, Carter & Me"
-We then had someone drop dinner off for us at the church. While we were eating in the kitchen I saw Brittany! It was so cool to see her! She grabbed me and took me into the gym where there was a Boy Scout thing where Tim was sitting with their 2 kids!!!! Oh my gosh!  It was so cool to see them! The little boy's name is Carter, and the little girl is Evalette! They both wanted me to hold them so bad! We just had to give lots of hugs! It made me so happy! 
-We had Bishops meeting which was good.
-Thursday we had dinner with the Adams, which was fun. It was awkward though because the Elders were supposed to come, but never showed up.... We saw like 10 deer run through their yard! I don't see deer very often here, so it was a real treat! They were white tails too! 
-After that we saw Stephen and had a lesson on the spirit/ plan of happiness. It went really well. He is really good at praying. We invited him to be baptized March 26. He wrote it down and squiggled around it…. woohoo! Can’t wait for him to get his answer!"
"Letter from Brooklyn"
-Friday VEAP with the gals, which was great fun! Then I went to the office and worked. Meanwhile the mailman came in and brought me a letter from Brooklyn! It made me so happy! I was having kind of a rough day.  I was fasting, so her letter really gave me the boost I needed!
-That night we had dinner at the Kusilek’s who have the 4 little boys. Two are baby twins and are so fun to play with! I think they should marry the Lane girl twins! They made yummy pizza. It was sort of like the pizza we made at the ‘hive.  I am not sure how but they found out I am a Disney fan. I got to let my Disney nerd come out of the closet for a little bit, so that was REALLY FUN! 
-We then spent some time making a map of our area and I did some studying to get answers to some things I have had to pray about. 
-SATURDAY WAS SUMMER! It was so nice outside! It was like 50! 
-We had dinner with the Davis's. When we came out after, it was like 50 degrees still with NO WIND!  WOOHOO! The Davis family is awesome. They have a rock solid family mission plan! #goals 
"Steady didn't have a heat pack so she used, feet warmers, lol!!
-We then went and saw Marcy who is struggling right now. We felt impressed to share some personal experiences, scriptures, songs and a video on being loved by God and trusting Him. 
-Sunday it SNOWED big time! ARGH! It's okay though because it didn't stick :) We had coordination meeting, followed by Ward Council.  We then got a text from Stephen saying he wasn't coming to church. 
-It was really weird because it is unlike him; Satan is working hard to pull him down. Pray for him please. We then had a Stake meeting that was great because it was to the point and short! We then went to Visit the Price family and had a lesson on family mission plans. 

-We had dinner at the Whitney’s. I love the Whitney’s. They are the best people ever! I am so grateful I have been able to work with her in the office this transfer! She is so Christ like and loving! She is just wonderful! 
-We heart attacked Sister Binns, Sister Tatyana, Sister Nightingale, and Sister Morey so that was great fun
-Today we are going to pack, eat lunch first, and then go to the Stones for dinner. The we are off to see the Pesante's afterwards for a lesson.
That’s all folks!  17 months tomorrow. Funny how 17 and March land together lol! 
Love you lots peeps, to the Moonisota and back!

Sister Ashlee young

Monday, February 22, 2016

February 22, 2016 "Miracles are coming out of the woodwork!”

Area: Bloomington Minnesota
Tripanion 1: Sister Sorrel Dumas
Hometown: Mission Viejo California
Me, Sisters Binns, Whitney, Dumas, & Steadman at Church

Triapanion 2: Sister Abriel Steadman 
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Snail Mail: Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
5931 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438-1715


Hey Everyone!
Hope ya'll had a good week! This was probably one of the longest/fastest weeks of my entire life! Tuesday we went on exchanges with the Eden Prairie Sisters. Sister Myers who is new this transfer came here with Sister Dumas and I. We had dinner at the Dumas families home (it's funny there's my comp and this family with no relation to one another and the same last name!) she got permission for the Cambo elders and us to all be there at dinner so that was fun. We saw a really cute puppy it was a labradoodle! It looked like a little teddy bear! Anyways we had a good lesson with them.
We went to the Pesante's home, who is a part member family. Brother Pesante is so awesome! He is from El Salvador, but lived in Virginia most his life and let me tell ya, his southern accent is soo thick lol, it is awesome! He kinda reminds me of Dad because he never shuts up lol! He had a lot of great things to share so that was cool! The spirit was super strong even though no one could get a word in, ha-ha! We finally shared the message of the Restoration and the spirit was amazing! I could tell Sister Pesante (who is not a member) was really touched by the testimonies we all shared of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We then had an appointment with Sister Malone whom I haven't met before, she was so awesome! I was so grateful that I was able to testify of Jesus Christ as we read out of the Book of Mormon! We had dinner with President Beecher and his family the next night and it was so fun they were finishing cooking dinner and we played with their kids and made a frozen puzzle! So, that was fun! They made this super delicious tilapia dish! I have to get the recipe! Anyways we shared a dinner message solely on the Savior. They are such an awesome family. They testified of Jesus Christ and they shared their Family Mission Plan with us which was so awesome! They had names and everything for people to help, even the kids had names!
So, anyways we had this awesome experience where the Lake Nokomis Elders called us and gave us a referral for a man named Stephen. Brother Murray in their ward had met him at work and Stephen had some weird prompting to ask him if he was a member of the church! Long story short they exchanged info and Stephen just so happens to live in Bloomington! We were ecstatic when the Elders called us! Finally, our prayers and fasting were being answered! We decided to call him and set up an appointment! He answered and we told him who we were and he said "Oh, are you here?" Freaking out in silence we said “no”, but we wanted to set up an appointment he wanted us to come as soon as possible woohoo!
Thursday we had district meeting in the morning, which was great, it was super weird though because they kept talking about the end of your mission and dying, and they would look at me every stinkin time! At the end Elder Badders asked me to share my testimony on how being a diligent missionary has blessed me. I may have teared up a bit in it because it was like I was giving my departing testimony :(  I only have one more district meeting possibly 2 on my mission! Anyways, I am so grateful that I have been able to learn diligence as I have been out, it is hard to be diligent but the reward far outweighs the price! Oh, and we were now on exchanges with the Minnetonka sisters and Sister Turner came here with Sister Dumas and I so we could give them a little bit of a helping hand in their companionship.
 Back to Stephen! We went to his house and shared the most amazing restoration I have had in a while! He took notes guys! That is so unusual! He was asking questions and was so intrigued! At the end we invited him to be baptized and he said yes! He said he knows the Book of Mormon is true! We were able to promise him some boss blessings as well! We then invited him to say a kneeling prayer and he said such an awesome prayer it was insane!
(He moved here from Zambia in 2002 and has lived in Georgia, Montana, and Oklahoma and moved here from OK a few weeks ago for his job and he got laid off) We know that the Lord needs him to be here and that he will find happiness and success in his life here in Minnesota as he comes closer to the Savior! At the end of this heart felt prayer that he gave, he apologized to us for it being so long! Oh my gosh we just about died! How cool is it that he said a long prayer!?! We told him there was no need to apologize that it was directed by the spirit and it is okay to talk to Heavenly Father! So that was like the coolest thing ever! Guys I am so stoked! He shines with the light of Christ so brightly!
After the greatest lesson ever we went to our Book of Mormon study class at the church! It went okay, some bible bashing accidentally occurred so that was no Bueno....  it was fine after the class when concerns were sorted out with the spirit.
Friday we had VEAP which again was wonderful, there was some rank broccoli and mushrooms so that made me gag, other than that we had a great time with the gals! I can really tell they feel the spirit which is great! 
We then exchanged back and then exchanged with the Richfield Hermanas! Hermana Hiatt who came out with me but is dying next week because of her transfer in the MTC, came here with Sister Dumas and me! It was really fun! She is so stinkin cute I can't get over it! I love her to pieces! We went to dinner at the Erickson’s where we had classic Minnesotan Chicken and Wild Rice soup! It was yummy!
While waiting we all did the little cup song pattern thing! It was fun! The dad was at work but, the mom was here and her 4 sons! The oldest 3 were super fun to talk to but man that youngest kid was insane! He was off the walls! So, that made our lesson a little harder but, it was still good because we did the imagine Christ for 30 seconds activity and the spirit was very strong!
We then went to my favorite ladies house Sister Binns! We wanted to invite her to the Cambodian Elders baptism tomorrow night for Ry and Chandara! We went inside and we all talked and she is so awesome! We also shared the “imagine the Savior” activity with her and she pointed out how strong the spirit was! It was really neat! I just love her to pieces!
We then went to the Woodbehnke's home and shared a message on repentance which went really well! They are a nice family. Finally our companionship was put back together! Exchanges are done! Saturday we had a meeting with our ward mission leader and his assistant Brother Dunkley and Brother Christensen, to talk about people’s family mission plans. Sister Dunkley made us wheat banana pancakes and their little girl that calls us the princesses kept telling us how much she loved us! It was adorable! She also talked about the temple in her cute little teeny voice! Ahhh! So cute!
Anyways we stopped by to see President Forbes to snag an interview with him and that went well. I pray that I can stay in Bloomington my last transfer. If you would so kindly send that suggestion upwards it would be much appreciated! P-Forbes is awesome!
Oh it was super sunny today as well and so we were stoked! We then went to Ry and Chandara's baptism and Stephen came! It was so cool! It was a different baptism because Elder Nang had to translate everything but it was super awesome! Afterwards we had a Cambodian feast which was super good! I have no idea what we ate but that is okay it tasted yummy! Stephen made a lot of friends and Bishop invited him over to his house for FHE so we are looking forward to that!
Sunday we started off with our meetings and when it was time for church guess who walked in the door!?!? SISTER BINNS! Ahhhh! I was so excited! She came to hear Sister and Brother Whitney talk! It was so great! Then Stephen walked in!!!!! Everyone was talking to him which was great! Ha-ha he probably knows more people than us! Jk! He loved Elders quorum which was good!
Oh and I said the closing prayer in sacrament, the other lady didn't show up and bishop called me up... that took me by surprise ha-ha! Anyways, he had a great time at church it was a little overwhelming but he still wants to learn more! For dinner Sister Steadman went all Holly Homemaker and made us fried chicken and scalloped potatoes and corn! It was delicious!  I am so grateful that prayer works. I know that the Lord truly has our backs and that we just need to trust him and he will bless us!
I hope ya'll have a great week!
Love you to the Moonisota and Back!
Sister Young

"Love should be our walk and our talk." -President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Monday, February 15, 2016

February 15, 2016 " Happy Valentines Day!!"

"Happy 21st Birthday Sister Steadman!"
Area: Bloomington Minnesota
Tripanion 1: Sister Sorrel Dumas
Hometown: Mission Viejo California
Triapanion 2: Sister Abriel Steadman 
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Snail Mail: Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
5931 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438-1715

"Sister Nightingale"
   Hope y'all had a good week and a good Valentine's Day yesterday :) This week was a little bit different but, the lessons I learned will stay with me forever<3. Tuesday we had specialty zone training in Lakeville, so that was good.  We had just your usual training's on Safety, Consecration, and one on Urgency! It was good; those things are always really long winded though! Sister Steadman and a few other missionaries did a musical number that was quite magnificent, if I do say so myself! Later that day we were able to go to dinner at our ward mission leader's house, the Dunkley's.  He is a Pilot so that is pretty legit.... They have 2 little kids and their daughter who is 2 is teeny tiny! She is so cute.  She kept calling us beautiful princesses and gave us hugs! We all wanted to hold her really bad! Anyways we shared a story called "A potato for the teacher" It is so good guys! You have to read it but, the moral of the story is that we need to listen to our promptings and we need to serve when we receive the prompting. It doesn't have to be extravagant. We need to follow the example of this little girl and give what we have with all of our heart. It also reminds me of Pres. Uchtdorf's talk in conference about simplifying. As we listen to the still small voice of the Spirit we will be able to help bring others and more importantly ourselves closer to the Savior. Oh hold up I forgot we had FHE with the Jensen Family. Their baby is the one that reminds me of Aaron. It was so fun to be over there! We talked about the Holy Ghost and we did the glove thing and their kids ate it up!

Wednesday was Sister Steadman's 21st Birthday! We started off the day by dropping our car off at the Ford dealership for another dang re-call. While waiting for our ride to come save us we ran over to Starbucks in the -30 weather and as we were hustling over I biffed it on the dang cement! Oh my gosh, it hurt so bad. I got a nasty bruise, huge scrape on my legs and knee! My knee started to swell within minutes! I was so ticked! So we walk in to Starbucks to get hot chocolate for Sister Steadman's birthday.  Sister Dumas and I didn't really want one so we sat down while Sister S. grabbed hers. Little did we know the stinker bought us both Hot Cocoa on HER birthday! It was so nice of her! We got in our ride’s car and headed to the church. I took a sip of it and it was DISGUSTING! They messed up our order and gave us Hot Molten Chocolate Latte's instead of Hot Molten Chocolate Hot Chocolate! We were so ticked for Pete's sake that stuff was nasty! So we turned around and went back and had them re- do it. They also overcharged us $4, so she got that refunded as well. Moral of this story; check your drink when you are at Starbucks. We then were stranded at the church. We had a training to give to the New Missionaries that afternoon on “STRIKE” We planned for that, went over to the mission home and ordered a pizza. Sister Steadman threw up!  We thought it was kinda funny since it was her 21st birthday……it was kinda ironic ha-ha! So, we gave the training and that went well.  I got to see my bro from Anoka, Elder Johnston and his greenie, so that was fun! We then had dinner at Sister Nightingale’s house. She made a cake for Sister Steadman's birthday! She does nail art for fun and showed us some of her pictures. It was sooooo coool! Any-who after that we had Bishop's meeting.  Elder Nang brought fresh cut mangoes for us all as a birthday treat! It was soo good! We also went to Feed my Starving Children to do service this week! It has been f o r e v e r since I have gone so it was really fun to go and serve! When we left we tried to find Sister Dumas's ti-wi card aka the card to let us drive in our car aka Satan in a box's log in thing. We couldn't find it anywhere.  We knew she put it in the cup holder but it was gone! We searched and searched and asked people, but nothing turned it up.  We decided to pray and still didn't find it, so then we were like well it's not here so I got in the driver’s seat with my ti-wi card.  For some reason I opened the sun visor and the mirror and HER CARD FELL OUT OF THE MIRROR!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, so God has a sense of humor because WE DIDN'T PUT THAT THERE! It was so crazy! I guess Heavenly Father needed to stall us for a few minutes for some reason! We said a thank you prayer and headed back to our area.

 So because Sister Steadman's birthday was a flop (for a lot of reasons that I just don't want to include) we decided to celebrate it again on Friday! We started the day by serving at VEAP.  We went through rotten cabbage….. so that was great fun... We had a reservation for the Cheesecake Factory for lunch afterwards! Sister Dumas had a gift certificate, so we were able to split 2 entrees. One was a spicy Chipotle chicken penne thing that was sooo good! We also had cheesecake which was delightful! I got the Salted Caramel Cheesecake.  It was the best! We then weekly planned and found out that we had a dinner apt. with a family! Oh gosh, we had to pray to be able to eat! We went to the Hartranth’s for dinner. They were pretty funny. They made banana orange smoothies and yummy tacos! We shared a message on the sacrament and the Spirit was so strong!  Saturday we had more planning because we didn't flipping finish. We were all starving and the gift card queen sister Dumas had a gift card to Chili’s.  So, naturally we went and had their delicious nachos followed by molten chocolate cake. Yeah, we were super healthy...not! But, it was so good! We had dinner with all the missionaries at Bishop Christensen's house. They made yummy salad, cornbread and Lion House Chili! It was super good!  After for dessert,  we had French silk and lemon merengue pie. The Elders were all being
kinda awkward and quiet which was weird and kind of surprising. C'mon people we are not robots! Bishop is really funny though, so he made it fun! We then went and saw Sister Binns! I just love her to pieces! She made us a delicious cake. We talked about a lot of stuff and then talked about “The Potato for a Teacher” because she is a teacher. She teaches 12th grade sociology, criminology and something else... anyways she is cool. Her daughter married a Seahawks player and she showed us their wedding book! It was gorgeous. So we were all trunky after being in her cute house and looking at her daughters dream wedding! I love Sister Binns! I really feel a connection with her and I hope I will be able to figure out how to help her feel God's love for her again.
So later that night after I said my prayers and climbed up into my tower/crib/bunk.  One of my comps was having a hard time.  The Spirit was like; “get out of bed and go write her a note and include 2 Nephi 5:11”. Okay, so I was kinda like I don't want to crawl out of my bed after I just got up here, and the Spirit slapped me upside the head! So, I climbed back down out of bed and went and looked up the scripture...the first part is great and is very encouraging. The second part was just funny, but I listened to the Spirit and put it anyways. Let's just say 2 Nephi 5:11 has been a running joke
since…… It is inspiring but funny, which is great:) Sunday we all got dolled up in pink and red for Valentine’s Day/Church! We had a lot of meetings.  We were able to discuss members in the ward and how we are going to start teaching them. We know this will help us to find more investigators.  It also will strengthen their relationship with Heavenly Father! So, we had dinner with the Vanderlouw family! They are so sweet! They made yummy Navajo tacos, fruit, veggies and for dessert they made strawberry shortcake, just like mom usually does!  They have 5 kids. They told us their stories of how they met, got engaged, the wife got reactivated and the husband got baptized. The kids told us about family vacations and all these wonderful memories. It was so cool to feel the love this family had for each other and the gospel. They shared an experience where they went to Liberty Jail and how when they got in the car the song “Praise to the Man” came on. They all bawled because the Spirit was so strong. We then did an activity where we closed our eyes and envisioned the Savior for 30 seconds. They each described a different picture. The Spirit was so strong!  I imagined him hugging me.  I was able to feel His love for me and everyone in the room. I just couldn't help but let a few tears out. Sister Dumas, Steadman and I sang “Savior Redeemer” and the Spirit was just tangible. We closed with a prayer and they were just so nice! We then talked about how we wanted our future families to be that close and down to earth.

Today during my studies I read about how our cute President Monson served so many people. The summary of my studies was to go after that one lost sheep. One person matters. That story of the Starfishes... you changed that one’s life. You gave it hope. We need to all serve one another and look for opportunities to serve our Brothers & Sisters.  I am so grateful that I have the honor of wearing Christ's name every day and telling people that they are loved. Have a happy week!

Love you all to the Moonisota and Back!

Sister Ashlee Young

2 Nephi 5:11 “And the Lord was with us; and we did prosper exceedingly; for we did sow seed, and we did reap again in abundance. And we began to raise flocks, and herds, and animals of every kind”.  
   Birthday celebration at the cheescake factory!
p-day waiting at the Doctors office

"Sister Dumas painting nails"
Zone conference

Monday, February 8, 2016

February 8, 2016 “Snow day = Service day”

Area: Bloomington Minnesota
Tripanion 1: Sister Sorrel Dumas
Hometown: Mission Viejo California
Triapanion 2: Sister Abriel Steadman 
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Snail Mail: Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
5931 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438-1715


     Yeah, so this week was not too eventful. Monday we ran a bajillion’s errands! They all were very much needed. We found out that all three of us can't shop like we used to! Lol….. When we finished shopping we went to a less active part member family’s home for FHE. We talked about the Book of Mormon.  It was really good even though it was a difficult lesson because the kids were pretty goony.  Other than that it was all great! The Spirit filled the room. We all sang “Book of Mormon Stories” and “Nephi's Courage”! When we got home, we were praying that we would be able to have energy for Tuesday, and man oh man does Heavenly Father answer prayers! Tuesday we were SNOWED IN! You guys, He let us have a little bit of a chill day! It was so needed!  Here is funny thing that happened on our “snow day”. The Cambodian Elders, Nang and Smith made us lunch at the club house they live in. It is the same apartment complex as ours. The storm was amazing! It was just POUNDING SNOW, SERIOUSLY POUNDING! It was a total blizzard! We were thankful our prayer was answered :)

So, this week at the office I filled out peoples/missionaries departure/”death” packets. Guess who's I did? MINE! How weird is that?!? Ya'll better look out because I will be coming back into your lives like a tornado pretty soon ;) JK…….It's actually super weird to think about and it's starting to sink in that I don't have a ton of time left out here.....We were able to go and shovel some people’s driveways after the storm.  It was a lot of hard work but it was fun to serve people! We had exchanges again this week with the Minnetonka Sisters. It was really good.  Sister Turner, my MTC comp came here.  That was so much fun to be together! We went to an investigators multi- apartment house complex and knocked some doors. This nice older guy who was extremely large named Bruce (reminded me of Finding Nemo lol) and his dog Buddy answered the door! Immediately I was like; dang we have to teach him! We didn't get to talk to him very much however because the lady we were seeing told us to leave. We will definitely be going back to visit Bruce and Buddy! We went to a less active ladies home. As we stepped in we immediately felt very “dark”. The Spirit immediately told us to open the door back up and to leave. We told her we came to cancel our appointment. We felt bad because she was nice but there were evil spirits there and we couldn't stay. Hopefully, we will be able to go back with a priesthood holder so that we can help bring the Spirit into her life again. Surprisingly, I have a lot of experiences like that on my mission. I am so grateful for the Spirit and the promptings that it gives us. Because of the Spirit we are able to be safe and better do the Lord's work! After that, we went to another less active family’s home. Their 3 cute little girls came to answer the door, but the parents weren't home so knowing that we couldn’t go in without the parents there, we left. We will for sure go back another time!

The next day we exchanged back and the Elders and us made brownies to take around to ward members. We wanted to hopefully let them know that we love them. It is important for them to be able to trust us. Our goal is that they will be more missionary minded. It seemed to work because we soon had more dinner invitations than normal this week :) It was so fun to run around to visit and serve those in our ward! We were able to teach quite a few people! Sooo, yeah um I forgot what else happened this week.  Please keep the MMM missionaries in your prayers. There were 3 car accidents this week. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Three cars were totaled though.  So, yeah pray that all our peeps are safe here, because I am not biking. 

Love ya lots!  (To the moon and back!!)
Sister Young

Scripture of the week: Moroni 9:6 “And now my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquest the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 2-3 2016 "GROUND HOG DAY BLIZZARD!! Biggest snow storm in over the last ten years!!"

"On February 2 Ground Hog Day, there was a major snowstorm that pounded Minnesota.  The following are some of the posts that were on Facebook from the local news coverage in Minnesota about the big storm...."

                            Storm brings in over 20" before it was done! 

 Welcome to Minnesota! Hope you brought your coat!

Monday, February 1, 2016

February 1, 2016 "16 Months" Bloom Squad Sisters!

"16 Months"
"Bloom Squad Sisters!!"

Area: Bloomington Minnesota
Tripanion 1: Sister Sorrel Dumas
Hometown: Mission Viejo California
Triapanion 2: Sister Abriel Steadman 
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Snail Mail: Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
5931 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438-1715

Hi family and friends!

This week seemed uneventful, but like every week on the mission, good things happened all around us. We are doing a lot of finding, which means we did a lot of looking first!
Sister Dumas, Steadman and I have gotten so close. We are really having fun together. I spent part of the time working in the office. I really enjoy being with the senior missionaries. They are the best! We went to Costco for lunch which was great! We visited an elderly woman with dementia named Delores. (She is the mother of the Keck’s in the Lake Noko Ward)  She asked us to sing for her, so we did.  Even though I am not comfortable singing in front of people, it felt really good to sing for her. She told us after that we should sing for everyone in the church!  ha-ha She is so cute!
We went on a ton of exchanges. I went with Hermana Hiatt because her comp was sick.  Since she is a Spanish speaking sister, we went and visited Spanish investigators. It was awesome!  Amazingly enough I was able to participate. I actually understood and spoke “Espanola” a little bit.  The gift of tongues is real peeps! We taught quite a few people!
We also saw Christy which was so amazing. I am sooo grateful for my dear, dear friend! We had a dinner invitation where the people told me that they were honored to have Brigham Young's granddaughter in their home.  It was so cute. They said that they could look in my eyes and see him. That was super neat! They asked if I could get permission to come to their ward! It was so great they were adorbs!  We taught an awesome family about "La fuerza de la juventud" values for their kids.  The Spirit was so strong, everyone felt it! Then we went home and exchanged back :) We did a lot of finding yesterday.  We went into a home that smelled like the Hogle Zoo……. ha-ha, anyways, we all strengthened our faith in listening to the Spirit there. When we listen we have such awesome experiences!
Sorry to cut it off short, but we have to go.
Love ya to the Moonisota and back!
Sister Young
Scripture of the Week: Alma 5:15 “Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?”

"Micky D's to kick of P day!"

"Olaf - Photo Bomb!!"

"Mermaid dance team! It's a lot of floor work ha-ha!!"

"Sisters Steadman, Young & Dumas"

"Sister Young & Hiatt on Exchange"

"My Comp with hives, oh my!"