Hey everyone!! This week has been better! I have sooooooooooo many people to write back so this is gonna be a little short! sorry!
Highlight of the week: so as you all know last week was tough for me. well every Monday we write emails to the mish president. and I expressed how I was feeling in my letter last week, thinking he would write me back this week with some advice or something. Well something even better happened! I called the assistants to ask them something and all the sudden someone else was on the phone, the man said " Hola Sister Younce" and I replied "Oh my goodness you speak English!!!" He replied " Yes, yes I do" then I realized it was the president! hahahah awkward! I quickly gasped and said "Oh my gosh hi President!!" We both laughed. He continued with telling me he read my letter, and asked me if I knew the song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and I said of course I do! He said I want you to sing that song and know that everything is going to be okay. He told me that everything was gonna be alright and gave me lots of encouraging words. How awesome right? He said he was gonna send me a text to our mission phone but since I was on the phone he wanted to talk to me personally. So sweet! He has so many other things to worry about and do and he took time out of his day to make sure I was okay. I seriously have the BEST mission president ever!Sooooooooo some thing exciting! My Spanish is coming along great! All my leaders tell me that in my 8th week (last week) I could be a trainer! And I don't even finish my training for another 4 weeks! My zone leader told me that if I was a man I could be an assistant to the President haha it made me smile. I wont be training this transfer because President said he doesn't wanna take away my mommy yet haha :) (trainers are moms and dads) but we are getting 38 new SISTER missionaries in September!!!!!!!!! and with this coming transfer tomorrow we will only have 20 sisters in the mission! So in September EVERY SINGLE SISTER will be training!!!! Some will be training TWO! At one time!! So crazy!!! I'm so excited!! I really wanna be trainer! I feel like with everything I've been through already I could really help the new girls.We are getting two new sisters in la playas tomorrow! We are all living in our tini tiny apartment right now! Hahah but hopefully we will find a bigger house soon!hmmmm what else! nothing really!Oh!! I forgot to tell you... last month me and my companion were the ONLY ones to complete our goal for baptisms for the month in our whole zone!! We were pretty proud.We had 4 of our investigators come to church Sunday which is great!!!! We usually only have 1 or 2. Things are great here! I love la playas! And everyone I'm surrounded by! Sorry this is kinda short! Love you all!!OH btw I got a package from the Clobes family!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I'm in love with everything!!!!!! I think my zone hates me cause every week I get some sort of mail hahaha. This week I got three packages. It was like Christmas AGAIN!Some questions I was asked to answer for the blog this week:1. What is the best meal you've eaten in Ecuador?The best meal I've eaten in Ecuador would prolly be chicken marinated in coca cola, and cooked with sugar, with rice and mashed potatoes!! Amazing!
2. What is your favorite scripture right now?My favorite scripture right now would have to be Alma 5:15-16
3.What is one thing that you love about your companion?One thing I love about my companion is her humor! She's super funny!
4. What would you ask us to pray for when we pray for you?When you pray for me, I would ask that you pray for me to be focused, obedient, and strong.
5.What would you tell a young man or woman who is thinking that a mission isn't for them?I used to say that a mission isn't for everyone.. but that's not the case. Its not that a mission isn't FOR everyone or that not everyone CAN handle serving a mission. It's really about whose willing to trust in The Lord, to put their faith in Him and really sincerely use the Atonement in their lives so that they are able to give back to the man who died so that we could live. I say, use the Atonement in their lives, because the Atonement wasn't only for our sins. Jesus Christ our Savior felt every single feeling we have ever felt and will ever feel. And through Him we can be made strong, we can be made whole, and we can do ALL THINGS. A mission isn't easy... I miss home, I wanna be able to be in school and continuing my dreams, I wanna find that perfect cowboy the Lord has prepared for me and be married for time and all eternity. But then I think of the Atonement. Was the Atonement easy? No, no it wasn't. As missionaries, we are representatives of Jesus Christ himself. The people reject us just as they rejected Christ. We are meant to feel the heart ache and the pains of this just as Christ did when He was here on the earth. But what really gets me is we will NEVER feel what Christ felt FOR us. Because He so graciously took upon our sins and our pains and our difficult times and everything else. We NEVER have to feel them to the extreme that He did and we can ALWAYS over come them. I know my family and friends love me. And I will be able to rekindle all those friendships when I return home. School will be there when I get home. And how can I expect a perfect cowboy return missionary to be my eternal companion if I myself am not his equal. I promise you all who are debating a mission that this is something every worthy and able young man and woman should be doing. Do you think Christ ever DEBATED to take on your sins and afflictions? Don't think so. It's only 2 years, or 18 months for girls. He gave His life.... His people need you. We are the army of God!!!! Now put on your armour, lace up your boots, and prepare for battle.