Zuster Young

Zuster Young
Zuster is Dutch for "sister", which is a title used for female missionaries.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 in the M.T.C.

Zuster Young kept talking about the "special guest" that was going to speak at the M.T.C. Thanksgiving devotional. She was part of the choir that was rehearsing to sing for this special event. Last night through the Missionary Mommas group, we found out it was Elder Bednar.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

F L I G H T P L A N S !

Wednesday evening we received another email from our favorite missionary. Mixed emotions in our home, yet we are all so very excited for her!

"I am going to the Netherlands!!!! We went for a Temple walk, and when we got back the Elders in our district were on the other side of the street waving our flight plans!! I am so excited!!

Here is it is:

December 8th I report to the travel office at 6 am...our first flight is from Salt Lake to Seattle, Washington... From Seattle we fly straight to Amsterdam, Netherlands...arriving December 9th.

It just got so real and I am so freaking excited!! Spread the news!! (:

Ik hou van jullie!(:

Zuster Young"

M.T.C. Livin' Week Four

Excerpt from this week's email: "This week has been marvelous. Last night for our devotional, Elder Dallin H. Oaks was our speaker. From the moment he walked in the room, the spirit was there and SO strong. I am part of the MTC choir so I got to sing (with 400 others) for him and we are rehearsing for Thanksgiving tomorrow. We are having a devotional and its a big deal. We are singing 'Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing'. It is beautiful and whoever is coming is a big deal. They are keeping it a secret and keep alluding to who it is. My guess is Uchtdorf, which would be the best!! I am just excited!! And I am really gonna miss a home Thanksgiving but I know it will be great tomorrow.
I am learning so much and am coming so close to my Savior and Heavenly Father. The language is coming. Not anywhere where I wish I was at but that is okay. It's getting better each day. Another thing, I swear, I have never had so many embarrassing moments in my life than I have had here at the MTC. You can guarantee that at least twice a day, I say or do something that is ridiculously embarrassing. I have come to embrace the AWKWARD!
I want to share an experience I had this week: Monday (11/24) was a really hard day. I was driving the struggle bus. Right before dinner I was having a hard time understanding the language lesson, wasn't getting along with my companion... I went to dinner in tears. After dinner Sister Juchau asked us to teacher her, as her. She told us of her concerns, and we began to teach and testify. I began to bare my testimony and I just lost it. I have been here for a month, I feel like I have been doing really good. But in that moment I got really homesick. When we got back to our residence, Sister Castro came and snagged me away. We walked around the hall and I told her of my day, my feelings and how that night it hit me how much I really missed my family. She took me to her "secret spot" which is the cleaning closet. She led the way and we knelt in prayer. Yes, in the cleaning closet. Kneeling there, I said one of the most earnest, meet and lowly of heart prayers I've ever said. She too then said one after me. The spirit was incredibly strong in that room, didn't even phase me where we were, as two struggling and lowly missionaries knelt in prayer, seeking Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father was with us in that moment and gave us comfort and strength. I know He is always there and He hears our prayers. The MTC is hard, it is so hard, but it is worth it. Life is hard, we are faced with so much opposition and challenges. But Christ is there and will carry our burdens and carry the load for us.
I love you all so very much and wish you the best. Have a great week!! (:
Love, Zuster Young"

"P-day Silliness"

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Week Three at the MTC.... Half Way Done!

This week's p-day email was short as Zuster Young has been hand writing letters home.  An excerpt from her email: "I have made it to the halfway point in my time here at the MTC and I can't believe it!! I am on the downslope and in just a few short weeks will be on my way to the Netherlands.... Lastly, I just wanted to share with you the motto I have developed these last few days: "I am going to stick with Him!" Christ invites us all to "Come unto Him" and "follow Him" and then "walk with Him". He is reaching out to us and we must cling to Him. We matter to Him. Individually. He knows us by name and wants for us to be happy and successful in this life. I know that I will be my best self, best missionary, happy and successful, if I stick with Him. He loves you, no matter what.
I love you all! Until next week...
Love, Zuster Young
A picture of Zuster Young's MTC Zone. She is on the far right holding the black portion of the Belgium flag.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Week Two at the M.T.C.

Excerpt from second P-day e-mail:
"Yesterday I had an incredible experience with my teacher Sister Moses. We had to pray and then had 3 minutes to prepare a short lesson for our companion. (Pray for what they needed to hear.) Since there is 3 of us in a companionship I teamed up with my teacher. She is amazing. She talked to me about gifts from God. Told me of the qualities she has seen in me and then talked about how on our mission we want all the gifts but we don't. We have what the Lords wants us to have and not to worry. I want the gift of tongues but I have to work for it. *Plus she said it all in Dutch and I understood* Then I was nervous, she is my teacher. What could I say to her. So I prayed and I found a scripture read it, the the chorus of 'I am a Child of God' and bore my testimony to her that God is with her. That he is proud of her and everything she aspires to be, he aspires her to be. I don't remember all of what I said but she got teary eyed. Then she just unloaded and told me all sorts of things, got personal and I was able to talk and just help her. The spirit really was working and helped me know what to teach and then to understand what she was saying. (I did my bit in English ahaha) But seriously, by the end she as like "Wow, that was way personal and more information than you should know but the spirit took over and I trust you." It was awesome. I love being a missionary. This is the greatest thing ever!! I am so happy I am here. I am learning and growing. I miss you guys dearly. Give everyone my love and hugs and kisses!!
Zuster Young