SO MANY EMAILS. OH MY GOODNESS. I had soooo many emails this morning! So if I don't reply it's simply cause I didn't have enough time. but thank you soooo much for all your birthday lovin!!!!!
This passed week has been good! Christmas was very low key and honestly wasn't that hard for me! My compi had a way harder time than I did. But we got through it! I think my birthday was harder for me. But it was still fun! It was a working day and we don't have any investigators right now cause its soo hard to meet with people during this time of the year cause everyone is working or out of town. So once January hits we are going on the hunt. But anyways, we had lunch at mamita C-----'s house! She made me a secco de pollo. SO GOOD. Shout out to Josh Mundy for recommending that plate. Then we went and visited some less active members. At one of the houses was a member who had been excommunicated. And ever since I got here to playas I've been working with him to try and little by little influence him and his family to come back to church. And for him to work on cleaning up his life so hopefully he can be re-baptized one day. We visited them last Saturday and invited them to come to church with us on Sunday. They agreed that they would go for an hour then go to work after. So about 5 minutes after the meeting started, I see their WHOLE FAMILY walk into the chapel. I've NEVER seen their older son come to church.... NEVER. And everytime we go over there he tries his hardest to ignore me... which I'm not really sure how that's possible considering ya can't really miss me. But lately he's been opening up to me and listening and he prayed with us yesterday! It was great! Anywho, so they came to church all of them! And I about flippin cried when they walked in. My face lit up! So when we visited them on Saturday I asked the dad to think about some goals he wants to make for the new year and on my birthday we were gonnna come over and talk about them! So on my birthday we went over there and he wasn't there... and at first I was like ok lets get going. But then I felt like I needed to wait. So we waited and about 30 mins later he got home! I was so excited! So we all sat down together and I asked him about his goals. And he told me he had a lot, but that he was going to share one with me. And that goal was to come to church 10-20 times this year, because this past year he had only gone 3-4. He told me he wanted to start coming back and eventually become an active member again. He continued to tell me that he even talked to the branch president on Sunday and told him, "to lock your other 99 sheep up, because I am a lost sheep and I need your help". He told me that he wants to do this but it is going to be very very hard for him. And that he needs our help. I told him I wanted to make a little mini goal for him, to read for 5 minutes everyday in his scriptures. He said he would try and asked if every Saturday evening we could come over and read together with him and his family. And I obvi was like uh YES! haha... Then things started to get super tender. He started to cry, and he looked at me and he said "Sister, I want you to know how much I love you and appreciate you. And I want you to know that I don't know your dad... but I know that he loves you and appreciates you so much too. And I hope you never forget about this family." Then I started balling of course. And it honestly was one of the most tender and beautiful moments I think I've ever experienced in the mission. I just wanted to hug him. He got up and so did I and we exchanged a very firm handshake. Ha. I don't have words to describe the spirit and the love I felt and still feel from him and his family. I know that this year, he will reactivate and I will do everything in my power to help him.So after that we had been invited to mamita A----- house to celebrate my birthday. I bought a cake and we headed over there. Well we all sat around and chatted a little bit... They cut the cake, we ate the cake and left. They didn't even sing to me :( It made me kinda sad. But mamita C----- had plans to have another little thing for me at her house with her family. So after we left there we went to mamita c-----'s! And her husband bought me a huge chocolate cake. They put a big tinker bell candle in it and all sang happy birthday to me! It was so fun! It was mamita, her hubby, her 4 kids, two grandchildren, her sister, and her mom. and obvi my compi! We all ate cake and laughed and had fun together before we had to come home. It was so great! I was so happy and so grateful I just fell into mamita C-----'s arms and started crying. We both cried together and told each other we loved each other. Her and her family really made my birthday so special for me. I am so blessed!Thank you all again for all your love this season! I hope everyone has a wonderful new year! be safe! Love y'all!KissesHermana Younce
Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.
Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.
Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;
For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul. D&C 4: 1-4
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
|Birthday Cake for Mamita A-----|
|CUTEST MODEST NIGHTY EVER!|
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Well my friends this week was not suuuper exciting! hahaBut we have 6 baptismal dates! And they should all be baptized this month! We are working hard to get them ready for their special day! We are also working with a lot of less active members which has been a lot of fun!Over all im doing great! The christmas season has finally arrived here in Ecuador! Its been a little tough but I'm so grateful for the opportunity that I have to focus on my Savior Jesus Christ during this time of the year!Me and my companion are putting together a Christmas program for the branch! We are going to do the birth of Christ. We are super excited!Over all im great! My compi is great! And God is great! LIFE IS GREAT! Love you alll!! Have a great week!Kisses!Hermana Younce
Saturday, December 7, 2013
So this week was pretty good! Super calm! But super productive! First was thanksgiving! Yay! Happy thanksgiving to all of you!! Mamita C----- made us a "turkey" dinner! (we ate chicken cause turkey is too expensive) hahaha but it was so yummy and so much fun to have my family here to celebrate with!
I know this is totally not allowed but our mamita was cooking and he wouldn't stop crying so I had to help...… :)
Second, we got a Christmas tree! And the little present under the tree is for Jesus! We write down our good deeds and put them in the bag!
Third, me and my companion had a branch activity on Friday!!! " noche de gracia" We brought thanksgiving to Ecuador! We started with a spiritual message about counting our many many blessings, I sang "I Stand All Amazed" in Spanish. And me and my compi both gave our testimonies about how grateful we were to have the gospel in our lives. Then we went outside and played games! we did relay races as families! it was sooo much fun! then after the games we went back inside and had a thanksgiving dinner! it was such a success! there were 84 people there! that's the highest number for an activity in the whole year!!!!! AND the Sunday after there were 93 people at church!!!!! we were in the low 70s before! We are super happy to see the branch growing!
|Aaaand my selfie of the week.|
Love y'all! Have a super sick week!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
|Mini photo shoot on the beach today!|
|Morgann in her natural habitat haha! |
My comp has only been to the beach twice! IN HER LIFE
This is going to be a weekly thing.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
How is everyone doing?! I hope that everyone's reply to that is great! Miss ya'll tons! But I am doing a lot better here! I've had a very inspirational week! Although I still had my own challenges I am getting stronger everyday!I'll start with the bad. I'm sick! Yay! Haha well I have been for a week but i'm getting better now! no need to worry! Secondly, me and Hermana C. were walking around town the other day and we walked by these two men and we said, "buenas tardes" being nice and one of them looks at me and says, "Wow you should really cut down on eating. You're really fat." haha... yeah ouch. Bless his heart. He doesn't know that God punishes jerks like him who are mean to his daughters. I just smiled and kept walking. Although the natural man in me wanted to flip him off and say, "You must be blind cause I'm freakin hot!" But don't worry folks. I didn't :) I know I know. Go me!
J---- our recent convert received his first calling! He is 2nd counselor in the elders quorum!! So exciting! So proud of him. I really think he will be a prophet one day. Another great news! C-------- the girl I wrote about last week came back! And got BAPTIZED!!!! Miracles really do happen. It was a beautiful service and her whole family came! her little sister is preparing to be baptized next week!Everything else is going great! I've had a lot of support and love getting me through this hard time in my life. I received an email today from Taylor Squires, a good friend of mine and he shared this scripture with me... "My [daughter], peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes." literally exactly what I needed to read. Shout out to him for always knowing what to send me:)Also a missionary was counseling me this week on my situation and he told me that we are alwayssss going to have "Fridays" in life... (Friday was the day Christ died) but after every Friday we will always have Sunday... when Christ was risen. My Saturday may be lagging a little bit but I can feeeeeeeeel that Sunday inching towards me! I know that my work here will effect my family in ways that I personally cannot. And I will work and work till they don't let me anymore so I can see those blessings poor out on them.I love you all! congrats to Dylan and Lindsey on the arrival of their beautiful baby girl! So happy to be an auntie!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
suupa fierce - 6 month mark
So still feeling pretty crappy over here! I feel like I have the entire world on my shoulders… not just with things that are happening back at home but also with things here. I'm a very loving person, I love to love. And I really have the ability to feel what others feel… this can all be very good and helpful but in the same light sometimes it hurts me because all I want to do is save them. I take all their burdens onto my own shoulders and try to carry them so they don't have to. But in reality its still their life and somethings I just can't take away. Well, that is a lot easier to write than it is to act on.
Daily I battle myself, and Satan so that I don't completely lose it. And I'm barely hanging on right now. In result to all the stress I've had a migraine almost everyday for 3 weeks now. On Tuesday I will be seeing a doctor to get a scan done on my head. I will let you all know how that goes! Not only that, but I have turned to food for comfort. My health is not okay, and I have to do something about it. I'm sick of people calling me fat here and I'm sick of all the jokes that people think are funny. For example this last week when we were in a lesson and a member asked to see a picture of my family. After seeing the picture he continued to make a super lovely comment "Are you the only fatter one in your family? What'd you do? Eat all the food plates of everyone else when they were done? hahahahaha". Everyone else seemed to think it was hilarious. I giggled but on the inside it was just another twist in the knife that I was already dealing with in my heart. I made an announcement that due to my health I was no longer allowed to eat rice, bread, sugar or fried foods so that our mamitas, who feed us know that I'm serious about this. I just wanna get back to feeling happy and if I can't control the other people around me and I can't fix everything that I want to, I know that I can fix this, so this is where I'm going to start.
So a couple of the experiences that I've had this past week that have really had an affect on me that I wanted to share with you all!First off, C--------:Christina is a 12 year old girl that we were teaching. she was recommended by her Uncle W------ who we just baptized. She was recommended by him to try and help her get out of her already not so great habits with the boys around town… I know everyone has their agency to choose, but the way she is raised, idk how her mom doesn't expect her to end up like she is… Her mom goes out every night and leaves her and her nine year old sister to fend for themselves and dates a different man every weekend and doesn't understand why her 12 year old daughter is already kissing boys. Mean while I found myself becoming very attached and having sooooo much love for her. Especially because I knew she wasn't getting it at home. She was ready to be baptized and loved being in the church. One night when we were talking she told me that sometimes she felt so bad about who she was she felt the need to kill herself… I tried to counsel her the best I could especially with the past I have with feelings like this. But it still really worried me. The next day we were talking with her grandma and I told her I didn't want to freak her out but I was a little worried about her grand daughter and I shared with her what C-------- said, and told her that if I didn't say anything and something happened I would feel awful. A few days later we went to pick her up for her baptismal interview… She opened the door and immediately said to me, "Because of YOU my mom beat me last night! Because of YOU I have to move to Guayaquil!" She continued to explain to me that her grandma told her mom what I had said. That night when her mom came home she said, "You wanna kill yourself? Well, come on over here let me help!" And beat her. I bursted into tears and told her that I would NEVER ever tell her grandma or her mother anything with a bad intention. She fell into my arms balling and told me that she knew I loved her. It just still kills me that she was beaten because of something I said… she moved to Guayaquil that night and I'm hoping she's home soon so we can continue teaching her and preparing her for her baptism.Another experience I had this week was with our new investigator M-----. Wow. She is amazing! She sells teas and supplements to help you lose weight. So we went in there one night to ask her about some things. She ended up asking about the church and told us that she knows there is only one true church on the earth and she knows it isn't the catholic or the evangelic church either. She knows that the true church found gold plates and has a prophet named Joseph Smith......I nearly kissed her I was so excited! I just wanted to jump up and yell that's us! That's us! A couple days went by and me being the sucky missionary that I am right now... I forgot to go back and visit her. One day we walked by her shop and she yelled, "Hey! When are you gonna come give me the lessons? I wanna be a part of your religion!" Whelp that was a slap in the face for me. We met with her the next day and she accepted the invitation to be baptized and is preparing to be baptized this month! When we invited her to read the Book of Mormon we read the introduction together. She came across the part that talks about the golden plates and Joseph Smith and she stopped mid reading and looked up at us and just said, "This is it... this is the truth" I just started crying. I was so overwhelmed and so taken back. It's so true... this is the only true church of Christ on the earth and we are so lucky to have it. I love this gospel and I am so grateful for it.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
And remember the other guy who is in love with me and everytime we see him I tell him earrings are for girls only, and we saw him the other night and he had an earring in and I ripped it out and chucked it?! Well when we were walking the other day I found the freakin earring!! hahaha So I put it in my change purse and I'm keeping it for a souvenir! :)
Well this week has been the hardest week of my mission.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
This week I've really been trying to better myself as a missionary. I've been struggling between comparing myself as a person to my companion and really focusing on the missionary I want to be. My companion is great! I respect her for the person that she is... but she was VERY sheltered growing up and doesn't know much about the street life hahahah jk but really the life outside of Mormonism she doesn't really understand. Not that it's a bad thing at all! There have been many times where I have had to be very straight forward with her and ask her what in the world she's thinking or if she's thinking when she says "hooolaaaa" a little TOO loud at a boy walking by...at night.........in Ecuador. I have found myself very stressed out trying to teach her Spanish, how to act like a lady/missionary so we don't get kid napped, and be patient and loving at the same time. I'm losing my patience and I'm exhausted.Soooo this week has been a good one! Very productive! :)We are teaching some great people right now! And I really feel like they are sincerely interested in the gospel which is always beautiful!
I have also found myself comparing myself to her sometimes or feeling like I'm not a good person because I have a past… This has been really hard for me. Especially with the little comments sometimes she makes which I'm sure she doesn't mean to be mean but they sometimes hurt my feelings. But maybe I'm just over sensitive who knows. But I found myself ALMOST feeling bad... almost. Then I realized I am who I am today because of the way I was raised, the experiences I've been through, and the choices that I have made. And you know what? I'm pretty freaking awesome because of it all. I am PROUD to be a YOUNCE and not just any Younce I am MORGANN MICHELLE YOUNCE and I am PROUD of it. Yes, I have committed some bigger sins than your average everydayers, but I have the STRONGEST testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and I am sooo close to my Savior because of it. No, I am not your average Mormon girl, but yes I do hold valid temple recommend just like the rest of you. No, I am not a perfect missionary, but yes I have been called by the same prophet of God that you are and I strive to be better every single day I wake up here in Ecuador. Maybe other people can't see it, and well quite frankly sucks to suck if they can't. But I am a daughter of our King. I know that He loves me and is so proud of me and my achievements not only in this life but on my mission too, I know this because he has testified this unto me.
I love this gospel more than words can express. I love my companion for the person that she is. I have so much respect for her and the life that she has lived and for being here on a mission. I love my family SO much! I love my friends! I love my wards back home! I love my bishop, Bishop Bramwell! He's seriously amazing! I love my mission! I love my mission president! I love his family! I love my investigators! I love the branch members here! I love my Heavenly Father! I love my Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ! and I LOVE ME!KissesHermana YOUNCE
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
|My parents sent me fabric and a lady in my ward made me this suuuuuper sick dress! I'm obsessed!|
W------ was baptized on Saturday! He is 20 years old, we have been teaching him for a loooooooong time like more than 2 months and he finally is a member! He had some struggles with smoking Mary Jaaaneee and the people he was hanging out with but now he is sober and has friends in the church and is doing so amazing! At his baptism before he changed into his white close he walked out of the baptismal room crying so we followed of course being sentimental girls, and asked him what was up and he said he just couldn't believe he was finally this happy, that he had stopped and gotten rid of all the bad stuff in his life and he finally start a nice clean life. He said he knew it was still going to be hard but he knew that God was going to help him. I couldn't have been more excited for him. I've had the opportunity to become close to W------'s mom and sister, and W------ told me he had invited them to the baptism so when they didn't come I was a little sad for him. But I figured he didn't really invite them cause he was scared what they would say. His mom is VERY catholic but we are starting to teach his sister little by little. So after the baptism we told him to go home and we would come over in a little bit to talk to his family with him. So me and my compi went and bought a huge yummy cake and we went to his house and his mom goes, "Younce! It's your birthday?!?" and I replied "No, mama your son was born again today" and she just started crying and hugged him and was SO HAPPY! She knew this is what her son needed in his life! Such a beautiful moment! She told us that right now isn't her time to join but later on she thinks she might. So were trying to rope her in too… haha overall it was beautiful and so amazing!
|Me and W------ being excited about his baptism! haha|
|We got each other with whipped cream after the baptism at his house with his family haha|
This week I have been struggling with dealing with my past and the sins I had committed in the past. I couldn't tell if I had been forgiven by my Heavenly Father or what was going on with me… one morning during study time I just broke down crying and my companion and I talked about everything and she said, "Hermana Younce, I think your problem isn't being forgiven by the Lord, your problem is you haven't forgiven yourself…" I cried and cried and cried and we talked and talked. I talked with President Dennis and he gave me soooo much amazing advice. And after Hermana C-------, my compi had me make two note cards that say: "I am imperfect, but I am a daughter of God and He loves me" and the other says: " I AM FORGIVEN" and every morning when I wake up she has me read them out loud. She is seriously amazing! She also has me on this eating plan and exercise plan. She just wants to see me happier person!!!!! I'm so blessed!
|My daughter and I :)|
So just a shout out to my Dad and his FREAKING AWESOME BEARD.I miss everyone SO MUCH! But I am SO freaking blessed!!!!!!!!!!!I dyed my hair again today. I was over the ombre. Back to dark chocolate brown :) My companion told her parents I was trying to convince her to dye her blonde hair brown....hahahaha which is true but they wrote her like 5 email in all caps like DO NOT DYE YOUR HAIR PLEASE!!! JUST CAUSE YOU COMPANION DOES IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU NEED TO !!!!!" HAHAHAHA I'm dying laughing. I won't let her dye her hair. I'm pretty positive her parents already hate me. Lol WOOO!
|hahaha my compi took this of me last night sleeping with my taser|
LOVE YOU ALLL SO MUCH! gtg kisses!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Okay well this week has been un poco loco! But I'm alive!
So first things first, Hermana P------ and Hermana A-----r have been transferred to an area in Guayaquil. I'm relieved but at the same time I feel really weird. Hermana P------ was my mommy here, she trained me. And I didn't want her to leave when we were having problems. When they were told they had changes, they had 5 mins to say bye to whoever was there with us at that moment and get in the taxi and leave. I cried, Hna. P cried and Mamita C----n cried too. It was a really bittersweet moment. I hugged Hna P and we cried, like ugly cried in each others arms and she told me she loved me and I told her the same. I hope we keep in contact. And I hope we can just leave all this ugliness behind us.
Last pic with Hna P
So I didn't mention this in my last letter but our house was broken into a week ago in the night time. We called the police and the whole 9 yards. President came and dedicated our house, and we continued to live there which is what we wanted. But this last Saturday after a long day of teaching around 9:15 me and my companion get home, all the lights are off. But Hermana P------ and Hermana A-----r told us they had left the kitchen light on so that it wasn't dark when we got home. I thought maybe they had come home already and were upstairs in their room. I went to put the key in the door and not only I, but my compi and a member who was with us all heard very loud running footsteps in the house and a bunch of noise. Scared the freakin crap out of me and I stepped back and called the other sisters to see if they were home. They told me they weren't home and hadn't been home after they had left the light on. We ran down the street to the A------s families home and all the men in their house came to our house and searched the house. Nothing had forced entry and everything was there. No one was in the house either. X----a and abuelita ended up sleeping with us that night. We put all four mattresses down stairs in the kitchen and all slept together. We were all on our knees on the mattresses praying and we finished the group prayer and we were saying personal prayers. I had just finished asking God to bless our home with HIS spirit and to take away the bad spirits that were clearly there and something banged extremely hard on the window as soon as I finished my sentence. We all flung our heads up and scooted for the door. We decided not to talk about it anymore and just try to sleep. Well 5 girls scared out of their mind and one abuelita that is watching over all of us....hahhaah the only one who slept that night was my compi because she couldn't understand anything we were saying. I think its better that way. She would've been super freaked out. But now we live in our old apartment which is so much safer! But a little weird cause Hermana P------ isn't here… and we lived there together for almost 4 months. but I'm so excited for this new chapter in my mission!
Speaking of the new chapter! Hermana C------d is great! She's so fun and loving! Her Spanish is even LESS than I knew when I first left the MTC. I feel so bad for her. They didn't teach her hardly ANYTHING in the CCM in Mexico. She said that half the time her teachers would show up hours late or just not come at all so they were pretty much on their own. So sad. But I'm doing my very best to help her learn quickly. She has a goal to be at my level by Christmas, so we are going to make it happen!!
Hermana C------d is just a little blonde hair blue eyed innocent angel baby from Arizona! I thought the guys talked to me alot before with Hermana P------...........................the amount of guys who go out of their way to talk to us has increased by like 100% hahahaha but we just ignore them, and a lot of them are just plain entertaining with their pick up lines.She is so cute! And so innocent! I just love her! But I'm really honestly sooooo grateful that I'm very street smart, cause she's not. Bless her little heart. It's not a bad thing at all! But I'm glad I have street smarts cause without it we'd probably be in lots of trouble haha. we've already had the talk, cause when we teach the law of chastity she doesn't know what we are talking about. I literally feel like an actual mom! I love it! She's so cute!! Her fun outgoing personality reminds me soooooooooooooo much of Micah! (my cousin) it's such a tender mercy for me! I love it!
|Hna C------d & Hna Younce|
She is teaching me piano! And I love it! I hope its like the gift on tongues but like the gift of fingers and I can learn really fast ahhaahhha and we both are teaching a piano class (she's teaching me and I'm translating for her into Spanish) and we are also teaching English!!!! It has been so much fun!So funny story of the week: We were teaching this guy, he told me he had two purposes, 1. to know God. 2. to get me to fall in love with him. hahaha. Well I told him we could work on the first one. That didn't last long hahaha. He wears one earring and I alllllways tell him earrings are for girls, not boys. So we stopped teaching him and I hadn't seen him for a while. The other night we ran into him. And he was like oh my Hermana Younce you're more beautiful every time I see you bla bla bla... and while he's talking I see his earring!! So I put my hand next to his face, and I think he thinks I'm like trying to get fresh, well little did he know, I grabbed his earring out of his ear and CHUCKED it into the dirt. He was shocked! Hermana Younce my earring!!!! So I asked him who wears earrings? He replied... women do Hermana Younce. So long story short, he left without his earring telling me he's going to become a man of God (doubt it) so that he can take me away on his motorcycle one day after my mission...haha No thank you. And my companion was so stoked that I chucked his earring. I felt pretty BA not gonna lie. It was pretty awesome.Over all things are sooo much better! I laugh so much more and I can feel the spirit so much stronger! Me and Hna C------d already have sooooo many plans to get this ward up and going! I cant wait! Love you all! Thanks for all the support! Talk to y'all next week!BesosHermana Younce
Sooooo there was about 3 feet deep mud that we clearly didn't notice till we were stuck in it... hahahahha W-----m, our investigator, came out side cause he heard us scream... helped us out of the mud then washed our shoes and our feet! So sweet!