Monday, March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016 "Throwin it back..."

Area: Shingle Creek Minnesota

Companion: Sister Natasha Neville
Hometown: Bakersfield California
Snail Mail: Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
5931 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438-1715

Happy Easter!

Monday, March 21, 2016:
              Today we went with the Hermanas to the Lake Nokomis building to email, play soccer, and eat tamales!!!! It was a little bit weird being back in that building and not having it be my area. After that we went shopping forever! I just can't shop like I used to!  The four of us ended up “hangry!”  It is okay though, because we got a snack, then we were better:)
We had dinner at the Helgeson's home today which was really fun and crazy.  They have seven kids under 13 years old! It was fun and really crazy!! haha! We had a member ask us to stop by to visit a family after dinner that hasn't come to church in over a month.  It was too late at night to knock and also  have a lesson because they have little kids. We decided we should still “heart attack” them.   We parked and cut out the hearts, wrote on them and went back. When we pulled up to the house I had a feeling Sister Neville should go put them on the door by herself. I told her to leave her car door open. I would stay in the car and be ready to go.  When she was putting the hearts on the door, their dog started barking like crazy!  She hurried, ran to the car and we escaped just in time for them to not see us! It was really fun!  It felt like we were spies or something, lol! We then drove over

and picked up our laundry from Sister Abrahamson's house where she showed us a book about a dolphin haha she is adorable! When we got home, Hermana Brittner decided she was sick of her clothes and decided to raid my closet haha so we had a little fashion show:)
Tuesday, March 22, 2016:
              So this morning we went back to Sister Abrahamson's home with the Hermanas so that the Elders could give Terry a priesthood blessing. The Spirit was really strong!  Our cute Sister Abrahamson was able to share her testimony with Terry.  That was a really neat experience. We had an appointment afterwards with our investigator Rachel.  When we got there she didn't answer the door! I really feel bad when people flake out on us. We went back to the house for lunch where I discovered the greatest condiment ever made.  It is called Valentina Hot Sauce. It is heaven in your mouth. I am basically addicted now.  I could eat it on corn flakes! Sister Neville had to apply to school today, so that was weird. She was calling BYU H what felt like forever but hopefully we got it squared away.  We went to Nikki & Christie's for a lesson about the Spirit and how it can affect our lives. I really want them to progress and to come to church. I know if they do so, that they can feel more love from our Savior.

I have to go now and run some errands. I will finish if we get back before our P-day is over. If we don’t make it, have a great week. I will write more next week. Love you to the Moonisota and Back!
Sister Young

Monday, March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016 “Eternal Perspective……Bill an Example Who Emulated the Savior”

Area: Shingle Creek Minnesota
Companion: Sister Natasha Neville
Hometown: Bakersfield California
Snail Mail: Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
5931 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438-1715

 Hi Everyone,

          When we got up this morning it was super drizzly and gray outside, so it was a bit dreary. We dropped our laundry off at Sister Abrahamsons' and she had made me a book mark with Proverbs 3:5-6 on it! So that was absolutely adorbs! When we got to the library, sure enough I opened my email and sitting right there at the top is my "death packet" aka my papers to get me ready to go home! That was a very surreal moment for me. I never thought that I would get to the end of my mission. Honestly, I still feel as if I will be here in Minnesota forever. That is actually a good thing, because it helps the "trunky-ness" stay down. I have been pleasantly surprised to find out how I am not trunky. At least not yet!  That is good, right? It may not be good though because if I have the attitude that I am never coming home, home could be a hard adjustment for me…..don’t cha know? I have got to find the balance there. The Hermanas finally came home! After being gone for a couple days, it felt really nice to have them back! I put a welcome home note with some stuff on their beds. They looked really cute, so that was fun! Afterwards, we ate some lunch together and watched “The Testaments.” Later on Sister Hawes made delicious enchiladas. Unfortunately, something didn't sit well in my stomach. Let’s just say that we had to cancel our appointment.... So, not to waste any time, we did phone call lessons.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016:
           I felt a little bit better this morning. I wasn't too sure, so I kept it safe at breakfast by just having a
piece of dry toast.  We went to our service at CEAP where I became super nauseous and a bit queasy from the smells of the moldy food we were sorting through. Luckily the other volunteers showed up early, so we were able to leave earlier! We went to see Nikki and Christie. We were able to talk to them about life. They just really needed to talk to someone who they could trust. Christie said that she saw that Sister Hunt had posted a really nice testimony on her Facebook page about the Hallelujah video. Sure enough, she read it to us so we were able to have a piece of her sweet Spirit there with us. It was super cool! It is amazing how those initiatives can reach out to so many people! Because of Sister Hunt, we were able to share our testimonies on the Savior and His resurrection! While we were talking and laughing, my companion laughed hard and accidently pushed her chair out bumping into Nikki's Great-Grandma's curio cabinet. That knocked a vase off the top and it shattered on the floor. It was really awkward in there, I’m not gonna lie!  But, she apologized over and over. It was just an accident, so it was okay. Thank goodness for the atonement right?!?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016:
                I woke up this morning with a scratchy throat, migraine, stuffy nose, and a slight fever. Getting
 sick is no bueno. We had district meeting over the phone because people didn't want to get contaminated and let’s be honest; I was not feeling well enough to go. We did have to run to the store though to get some medicine.  While we were there I got an email from Mom. That made me feel a lot better :)  Thanks Chickie!

Thursday, March 17, 2016:
                Happy St. Patrick's Day! Great start to the day when you feel worse then you did the day before...not!  "Luckily" I felt mischievous enough to sneak out of bed when the Hermanas’ and Sister Neville weren't paying attention long enough to turn the milk green in our fridge ha-ha! The STL's insisted that we go to lunch with them to a local taco truck. It was definitely worth it! The habanero pepper sauce cleared my nose up really quick! We had dinner with Christy at Olive Garden which tasted absolutely fabulous. I haven't been there since I was home! She is so great! Hermana Brittner "babysat" me while Sister Neville y Hermana Moore went to an appointment with a new baby.  We didn't think it would be smart for me to go and get him sick. When they got home, Hermana Moore told me that she feels like we have been friends forever! She made my heart feel all warm and fuzzy inside :)

Friday, March 18, 2016:
            So, once again I am sick.... Hermana Moore stayed with me this morning while the other 2 went to an appointment where there was another little baby. We crocheted like a bunch of Grandma's so that was good clean fun! When Sister Neville came back we had a couple lessons over the phone with people. To our delight, they went really well! The Hermanas’ went on exchanges. I had a great surprise and treat. Sister Steadman came here! It was so nice to see her! 

Saturday, March 19, 2016:
                This morning we had coordination meeting with our ward mission leader. The Elders had a baptism for one of their investigators named Blessing! She is amazing. Elder Peterson was able to baptize her. In our mission, Elders don't really get to baptize their converts unless it is a special case. It was so neat to get to see that. Afterwards, there was this Choco flan cake that Sister Edgington made that was seriously the best thing ever! I had to just say that. We had dinner at the Woods home where we had shepherd’s pie in honor of St. Patty's day. For dessert we had vanilla ice cream with bananas, chocolate sauce, and rice crispies on top! It was so good!! You will have to try it! We then went to Ifeoma's house and taught her a lesson based from the Easter video.  Then we watched the talk from President Uchtdorf "A Summer with Great Aunt Rose." The Spirit was so strong. We were able to all testify to her. Ifeoma is looking for the truth and just really needs confirmation from Heavenly Father at this time. 
Sunday, March 20, 2016:
              I have to be quick with this because we are out of time.  I am so grateful we were able to go to church and that I felt well enough to go! We had dinner at the Brueshaber's. After, we went to Presidents Fireside with Jamilla and Sister Passal who drove us. It was so cool because I was able to see Theresa B. from Lake Nokomis! Guess what? She is getting baptized on Saturday! I am so happy! It all started with saying hi in the mail room, now she is getting baptized!!!! I will write more of this miracle next week when I am at the baptism!!!! I am so grateful for those small promptings just to say hello. Today is also Summer’s one year anniversary from her baptism!!
On a bittersweet note,  I received an email from my parents notifying me of Papa Bill's passing on

Saturday. I was truly saddened to hear that this wonderful Christ like man had left this earthly state. One thing I am so grateful for is the clarity I have learned to be able to see of an eternal perspective. I feel as though it is heightened as a missionary. I am grateful for that. Papa Bill has impacted my life more than anyone will know. He was truly a selfless, genuine man who made everyone feel loved. I truly believe that he saw people as they really are; sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. The wonderful thing is he treated everyone as that. Whenever I was around him he made me feel welcomed and loved and a part of the family. That was a huge blessing to me. He was an amazing Papa to my 4 kiddos and I know he was a truly exceptional Father to my sister Sarah.  I know that many of her wonderful qualities that she has and that the kids have come from Bill. I also couldn't have asked for a better Father in law for my big brother Bryan. I know that Bryan loved Bill and that Bill looked at Bryan as one of his own. Bill and Jackie have been so amazing to all of my family and I am so thankful. I also have to say Bill was THE BEST cook in the entire world. I believe it is because everything he made, he made with love for the people who would be eating it. This week as I go forth sharing the gospel that Bill emulated of our Savior, I want to let people know that families are forever. Our trials and afflictions in this life are but a small moment in eternity. Bill and the legacy he lived will forever be in my heart. God be with you till we meet again!

Love you all Lots to the moonisota & back,
Sister Ashlee Young


Monday, March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016 “The Lamb of God”#hallelujah

"Christy & me"

Area: Shingle Creek Minnesota
Companion: Sister Natasha Neville
Hometown: Bakersfield California
Snail Mail: Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
5931 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438-1715


Hi All,

The rest of the week......

Thursday, March 10, 2016:
This morning we all made the "Kodiak Pancakes" that Mom sent me in the mail a little while ago! They were super yummy! We put bananas and peanut butter on them! #delicious. After studies, we went to Nikki & Christie's for a lunch lesson!  Sister Neville made Taco Soup which was really good. We made whoopee pies for dessert….. so that was super yummy! We talked about their reading assignment which was 1 Nephi 4…. which they not only read but they comprehended it as well! So, that was a huge miracle! Afterwards we stopped by a referral that was pretty rude; it upset Sister Neville so that was a bummer. Later on, we saw the cutest little puppy! It made me miss my Maggie! We also saw a hideous naked cat... oh, and we saw some green blooms come out of the ground! Those things made our day good again! We then saw John, Martha and the kids. We read 3 Nephi 12 with them. Our last appointment of the day was with our other recent converts Isha & Fefe and their little brother Jamal.  They are so fun! Jamal reminded me a lot of Ammon! It was cute! He was playing catch with me and snuggled up next to me on the couch! It made me excited to see the kiddos again! When we got home we did our usual shenanigans with las Hermanas’!
Friday, March 11, 2016:
           Nothing too exciting happened during the day today. We had weekly planning which is  always......ya.  Good news is, we had dinner with la familia Selguero! They are so cute! Brother Selguero is in the Bishopric and Sister Selguero is in YW. They are both from Guatemala! I kick myself all the time because I don't know Spanish very well! I am going to learn it when I get home. We had amazing food! Afterwards, we went to “The Lamb of God” with las Hermanitas.  Sister Yonalley drove us to the performance at the Ted Mann concert hall in Minneapolis! It was so crazy to see so many people from past areas and past companions! The Lamb of God was amazing! Seriously, I am so grateful we had the opportunity to attend it! A miracle happened while we were there! I was saying hi to some peeps from past areas and I looked across the hall and I had to do a double take.  I saw Sister Brooks from Stillwater!!!!!! I was so happy! I hugged her and we were able to chat a little bit.  I was able to get her phone number so I can call her when I get home!

Saturday, March 12, 2016:
 Not much success with today’s finding... We saw Benetta Robertson which was good. She is awesome! She shared a lesson with us. It was really nice to have it be flipped around lol! I learned how to crochet today as well, so that was neat! The Hermanas’ had to go on exchanges with some other sisters because someone has the flu or something like that.  So we were home alone at night and in the morning which felt so weird.

Sunday, March 13, 2016:
Today we had church! Church is just so much better on a mission in my personal opinion! I just get so excited to go and partake of the sacrament! Then on top of it to have investigators come and feel the Spirit, is just amazing! We had the awesome opportunity to go to “The Lamb of God” again with our gators. We just couldn’t find a ride to it though. We tried calling everyone in our ward and no one could take us.  I had the genius idea to call Christy to see if she could give us a ride! Guess what! She totally did! Once again she saved us! She is my personal guardian angel! I appreciate her so much! We had awesome seats on the 2nd row. We could feel the sound waves. It was awesome!!!! 


Love you to the Moonisota and back!

Sister Young

The naked cat!

Monday, March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016 “Update….Transfer…..17 months….Release date…..”

"17 Months!!"

Area: Shingle Creek Minnesota
Companion: Sister Natasha Neville
Hometown: Bakersfield California
Snail Mail: Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
5931 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438-1715


Dear Family & Friends,
We have heard from Sister Young the last two weeks, but have not received her letters. We want to update you with what is happening in the MMM.
March 7, 2016:  Sister Young just passed her 17 month mark in the mission field.  She was sad to leave her tri-companionship with Sisters Steadman and Dumas in Bloomington, but she is excited to embark into her new ‘last' area Shingle Creek.  Her new companion Sister Natasha Neville is from Bakersfield California.  Due to a change at the MTC effective March 1, 2016, the native speaking missionaries are now staying 3 weeks instead of 2 weeks. As a result, Ashlee's last transfer will be 7 weeks long.
March 14, 2016: April 1 will mark Sister Young's 18 months in the mission field, (no!) but due to the last transfer being extra-long they have asked her to extend an extra 3 weeks. We finally received it officially in writing this week! Sister Young will be coming home April 20 @ 1:15!!  She will be speaking/sharing her testimony in church on Sunday, May 1 at 11:00.  We are so excited for her to be completing her mission soon! Here is her (long awaited for us!) update.
                                                                                Dee & Tami
Here is my email for this week and last week. Sorry it has taken me so long to get it to you...
Hey everyone! Here is the update on life here in Minnesota from the past 2 weeks, lo siento for it being so late.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016: Transfer Day
"Sister Nevville"

Goodbye Bloomington, Hello Shingle Creek! So, Sisters Steadman, Dumas and I went to the church for transfer meeting. I saw a lot of my old comps, which was really fun! It was weird because I saw a bunch of missionaries that I am not going to see until they come home! Turns out, that was kind of sad.  My new companion is named Sister Neville. She is from Bakersfield, California and has been out one transfer less than me. I got to see my "little bro" Elder Johnston, which was really fun. I have really missed that kid!  Before we left transfer meeting, I asked Elder Johnston if he would give me a blessing to kick start my last transfer. I am so grateful for the priesthood and for worthy men who hold that authority from God. Wednesday night, we had dinner with the Larson family. They made classic Minnesotan Chicken & Wild Rice Soup! Afterwards, we went and met an African family.  Some of them just got baptized in February! Their names are John & Martha Kingsley-Ainoo! They are so nice! They have a little 2 month old baby named Tremayne, who is so tiny! Their niece and nephew Jamilla and Jayson are two of our investigators. Jamilla is 9 going on 16 and Jayson is 11. They are a really sweet family.  I am so excited to get to know them better! When we walked in John sat down (before I forget, John was a preacher back in Africa) John told me what a wonderful service I was doing and how the Lord blesses those who serve him. He then said “you are going home this next month?”  I said yes. He said; “the Lord is going to bless you my dear Sister, with a husband and family through Jesus Christ.” Ha,ha….. got to love Africans!  They have so much faith, and love to promise blessings, which is awesome! Afterwards, we went to Nikki & Christie's home for a lesson. They are really great! They call us their "scheduled friends that share a message” lol! The first thing they offered when we came in was a “pop” and guess what? It was a Diet Coke! From that moment,  I knew we would get along great! We had a great lesson with them. We truly followed the Spirit even word for word. I absolutely love when I have no idea what I said when we come out of lessons because I know for a fact that the lesson was solely taught by the Spirit! After that lesson we went to our apartment where we live with the North Minneapolis Hermanas; Hermana Brittner y Hermana Moore! They are so awesome! I am super excited to get to know them better.
Thursday, March 3, 2015:
This morning we went and worked out in the garage because it was too cold to go to the other building and use the gym. We then had our first day of rotating between 4 sisters taking showers. Let me tell you, I haven't showered that fast in a long time, lol! While waiting for our turns Hermana Moore and I bonded over breakfast. She is such a sweetheart! I really have enjoyed spending time with her and the other Sisters! We had service at CEAP which is kind of like ACBC & VEAP, but different.  I think I like the other 2 better, but that is okay.  I am glad to serve in the community. It was also nice to have some "tender mercy music" as we were volunteering! So Sister Neville really enjoys cooking, and she is a great cook! I am super stoked because I won't have to cook very much this transfer lol! When we came home she made crab ravioli which was actually really good! Afterwards, we visited DAN, then made some calls and tried to stop by to visit some people. We had what is called "Cottage Meeting." It is basically a study group. It was good. We had it at the Passal's home.  I was able to meet quite a few members so that was nice. We then "heart attacked" a bunch of members that we haven't been able to get in contact with over the past few weeks. I seriously love when we do that it is so fun! We came home and did the usual... We all decided to do "family prayers" together, before we go to bed each night to strengthen our relationships with one another and of course with Heavenly Father. Hermana Moore then went to the kitchen to drink a little bit of apple juice because an old wives tale says that if you drink apple juice before you go to bed it will make you have dreams!  So, we drank some apple juice, brushed our teeth, called it a night, and rolled into bed to give the apple juice dream machine a try!
Friday, March 4, 2016:
This morning when I woke up I didn't feel so great. The good news was that I did have a dream because of the juice! Sister Neville woke me up by serving me breakfast burritos in bed! They were super good! I seriously felt so spoiled! We had weekly planning.  It went okay. The first weekly planning session of a transfer into a new area is always a little bit harder because you don't really know who people are, so your companion is flying solo somewhat. During planning meeting, it was pounding snow!   That was kind of a bummer. ( of course this winter honestly hasn't been that bad, so I can deal with a few snow storms) Also, during planning Sister Neville made homemade bread. That was really fun to have the house smell of fresh bread! We saw John & Martha and crew. We shared a great lesson, so that was fun! We then went and saw Nikki & Christie again. Nikki has 2 big dogs that think they are super small and they love attention. They are great, but it's just too bad that I get itchy afterwards. OH MY GOSH!! I ALMOST FORGOT! We were driving to our appointment and when we were stopped at the light there was an ambulance on the side of the road with a few people gathered around a body with a sheet over it! THERE WAS A DEAD PERSON IN THE STREET! It was so weird! Especially because it was a dreary day! So sad.
Saturday, March 5, 2016:
We had coordination meeting to start off the day. We stopped by quite a few people, with not a ton of luck. We then stopped by a less active woman named Sister Dossen.  When we walked in her home she was wearing this cloth thing and let's just say I saw way too much of that woman during our lesson! #gottolovethatafricanlife! Haha! We also stopped by another less active lady named Ifeoma and had a pretty good lesson with her as well. We had a conference call with the Zone and then we called it a night.
Sunday, March 6, 2016:
So today I met a lot of people at church. This ward is pretty small though, compared to my last couple of areas. Jamilla sat by us at church. The whole time she kept on smelling my hair because it smelled good. haha It was kind of awkward but was a nice compliment at the same time, lol! When we went outside it was 60 degrees and Sister Neville was wearing her winter coat! Hahaha! We then went to the Taylor's for a lesson before dinner. They are a really nice family. Hermana Taylor is from Mexico. She and her husband both served missions! She is really cool though! Time and time again, I kick myself for not continuing to take Spanish. I think I want to take a Spanish class when I get home. I don't know really, it is just a thought.... Anyways, we then went to dinner at the Edgington's.  The food was really good. She made a Mexican fried taco wrap thing (she is from Mexico so it was really authentic) We then went and stopped by some people’s houses with little luck.  When we got back to our apartment, we called it a night with a glass of apple juice:) (Dream on……..!)

Love you to the moonisota and back!
Sister Young