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

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Last Week at the CCM

Well its my last p day here at the CCM I probably wont be able to email next week so dont be woried if you dont hear from me!
So something funny to start off! A few weeks ago we were teaching J---e our fake investigator and I was inviting him to be baptized and instead of telling him we would have a baptismal service I told him we would have a baptism of beer for him..................lets just say he didnt hesititate to committ. And now no one will let me live it down. haha service in Spanish is servicio and beer is cerveza (ser-ve-za) talk about the strug life.
We got two new roomates finally. 2 latinas. They are so sweet! And so fun! I'm obsessed with them. Their names are Hna. O----- and Hna. M------. They are from here in Peru and serving in Mexico. They are waiting for their visa's. We are teaching them English and they are teaching us Spanish. It's been so fun.

                                                Us and our Latina roomies
So this week has been really hard for me. I've been really homesick and dealing with some unkind people. I'll start with the unkind people. There is a boy in my district that ever since we got here has been really rude to me. Everytime I say something he has something rude to say and everytime I raise my hand to ask a question he sighs or grunts or something and I have never said anything to him. I was just trying to be Christ like and not be bothered by it, that ended quickly. One night this week during class I asked a question and as soon as I rose my hand he expressed his disturbedness through a rude comment. As my eyes filled with tears I held my tongue, and waitied till after class to confront him. After class I asked him to stay behind (he's our district leader so he thought maybe I was confiding in him because I needed something.) Let it be known that I did not cuss and I stayed very calm during the whole conversation. I asked him if he had some sort of problem with me, he responded no Sister I do not. So I went on to say "Okay well if you don't have a problem  with me then I don't understand why you have to make a rude comment everytime I talk. I don't know if I'm too sensitive or too loud or too crazy for you... but that is who I am and I expect that when I step foot into this classroom I can feel safe and confident in who I am and confident in asking questions and participating just as anyone else does. I am not only a missionary but I am a daughter of God and I deserve to be treated like one. If there is somethingIi have done to upset you I need you to tell me so I can do my part in fixing it, because I can't feel the spirit in class cause I'm too busy being upset with you." He replied with, "No, you haven't done anything and I am sorry that I have hurt you. I will do my best to change that."  Not one rude comment or grunt has been made ever since. The next day his pocket on his dress shirt ripped off and I sewed it back on for him. Everyone calls me Mama Hna Younce. As well as his shirt, I also fixed a hem on Elder S------s pants. My sewing skills are growing.

                                                The pocket I sewed 

                                             E. S-----n and me

                                                 Elder S-----n 
Speaking of being Mama Hna Younce a quick experience this week. I was talking with one of my teachers and he told me "Hernmana Younce, Hno F----- and I love you so much, you're such a different missionary than we've ever seen and we love you for it. And I want you to know that not only are you going to be a great missionary, but you're going to be a great mom. I know it. And I see it. And I want you to know that too. I want you to imagine with me, i want you to look up at the sky, and picture a bunch of little children sitting around your Heavenly Father watching you right now, and all those little hijos are going to say Heavenly Father I want Hermana Younce as my mommy. And God is gonna look at those hijos and say you sure bout that?! And the hijos will respond yes! She fun and crazy but a great example and daughter of God. I want her as my mommy. And God will look back to those kids and say, amazing choice children. And those hijos will wait for you to be ready one day and your Heavenly Father will send them to you." 
That was just one of my faovrite experiences that I loved and I wanted to share.
So next is the home sickness. Man... this has been a very hard week. With father's day coming up and Tye's birthday too... and simply just realizing its been a month since I've seen my family, I finally hit a breaking point. I started having some night mares about home and plus I'm having my lady time so everything is just a little bit of a roller coaster. So I've been praying like crazy for my family to feel my love and the Saviors love in their life. And I had told my teacher about my night mares and he told me that being a missionary I have the power to cast satan out of my mind. So I did, I laid in bed that night and when I started to have scary thoughts, I casted satan out of my mind in the name of Jesus Christ. And I slept perfectly and everynight after that too. I just kept praying and trying hard not to think about home and Sunday I woke up with a really bad mirgraine. So I asked for a blessing and Elder S-----n (who is amazing) gave me a blessing to be healed. And at the end of the blessing he paused for about 15 seconds and said, "Morgann your Heavenly Father wants you to know that your family loves you and that they know you love them. And even though it is hard to be away from them right now, your family is being blessed for you service." So by the end of the blessing I was totally ugly crying, snot everywhere, and sweating cause the spirit was so strong. I had never talked to E. S-----n about being homesick at all so I know that that blessing came straight from my Heavenly Father. That blessing has strengthened my testimony so much of the knowledge and love my Heavenly Father and Savior have for not only me but all of you. And I can not express enough how gratefull I am for the priesthood and the men in my life who remain worthy to use their authority to bless my life.
My spirit has grown so much here and I feel like I have become more and more converted to this Gospel everyday.
I have fallen in love with the missionaries here. There's a couple girls in a level below me that will be very hard to leave. Hna M---- from Colorado and Hna J------ from Utah. I love them so much. I am so blessed to have amazing examples in my life.

                                               Hna M---- and Hna Younce

                                        Hna Younce and Hna J------
So two funny things to end with. First I have made friends with the maintenance people here and one day they all asked to take a picture of me because they think I look like Adelle! ahahahah I was cracking up and I have officially earned to name "Hermana Beyouncé" All the latinos call me that because the way they pronounce my name is younce-ay. So when you add Be in front of it it sounds like beyoncé hahahah and now when they see me they all go "all the single ladies all the single ladies" its amazing. So because I am friends with themaintenance people, the guy who makes the missionary tags here loves me! So he is making me a tag that says Hermana Beyouncé hahahahaha I am so excited!
Fathers Day is this Sunday I think... so keep an eye on the mail box Dad! I sent you a letter! And don't worry Mom I sent you a letter too :) Tylen Nicole! check your mailbox too! I sent you a letter for you birthday!
I love you all so much! All the love and support I have recieved has been amazing! I won't be able to email next week so don't be worried if I don't write! Keep me in your prayers! Ecuador here I come!!!!!!
over and out!
Hna. Younce

                                                           Our District

                                             Me and Hna T----- on the bus

    Me and my comp at the temple today


  1. Hermana Younce, I just want you to know how much I'm enjoying your updates on here. It's awesome to see your spiritual journey, while maintaining your own spunk and verve. I'm sure the people of Ecuador will love you too.

  2. girl, you still make me laugh!

  3. Hermana Be-Younce-ay! I'm not sure if you get these comments, but I want you to know how much I love you! I love reading these updates and seeing your testimony grow. Your experience with an unkind person shows your personal even gave service to him! What a Christlike woman you are becoming! And receiving a blessing that answered your prayers...such a beautiful moment. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for serving. Thank you for being you! Work hard! We love you!

    1. All comments are forwarded to Hermanna Younce each week.