Monthly Archives: March 2013

Big Weeks!‏

3/18/2013

Hey World!
Well I didn’t forget about you all last week so this week I will send a good letter!
NEWS! The rules for E-mailing have changed for missionaries! We now can receive and respond to emails from family AND Friends. SO my email address is Christopher.Yost@myldsmail.net, So you can shoot me an email and include your address so that I can send a letter back if I don’t have time to directly respond by internet! I would LOVE hearing from y’all back home!

This week we had some RAIN! On Tuesday it started off as a super-hot day with a really strong presence of the Sun. It was SUPER HOT. Anyway we saw a couple clouds and I thought to myself, “I wonder if it will rain today.” After teaching a family we walked out of the house and it started a torrential downpour! We had to run for shelter and tried to wait out the rain a little bit. While under a tarp of a building we got to talk with some of the other people hiding from the rain, but we were thoroughly soaked. I love the rain, but I don’t like being soaked LOL.

We have been trying to help Adriano and Marileia this last week. They are parents of a family whose daughter we baptized this last week. They all have been attending church for a little over a month. Anyway, they are super determined for Baptism and are just waiting for their wedding papers to get back (which should be in the next month.) Well Friday we went to their house to give a message and they were sitting in front of their house in the trunk of their car. They have been unemployed for the last few months and they had just had their electricity cut. Marileia was in tears and Adriano was trying to hold up strong in front of his soon to be wife. We all entered the house and started to read the Book of Mormon by candle light. The spirit felt the home and it was a sweet experience to talk about how the Lord allows us all to be tried in our lives, and if they continue to keep the commandments and follow the road of repentance, the Lord will bless them. It was a tender moment with a family; their faith was felt and strengthened. On Sunday their daughter sprained her ankle on the way to Church and they waited to go to the hospital because they wanted her to receive the Holy Ghost. Viviane walked up to the pulpit on her sprained ankle and the spirit testified to me of the Miracles that I have witnessed in this family.

Today I was reading in the Book of Alma in the 37th Chapter when Alma gives counsel to his son Helaman, he said the following:

44 For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land.

45 And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise.

46 O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; for so was it with our fathers; for so was it prepared for them, that if they would look they might live; even so it is with us. The way is prepared, and if we will look we may live forever.

47 And now, my son, see that ye take care of these sacred things, yea, see that ye look to God and live.
Sometime the path of discipleship seems difficult, and the challenges will come and they will try our faith. Like a candle in a small room or a compass in the wilderness, the Words of Christ will guide us from our sorrows to a Land of eternal bliss. It may be easy, it may be trying, BUT the Lord will always bless us and with him, life is a whole lot easier then without him. We cannot arrive in a land of eternal bliss without obeying his words and loving his doctrine.

“Look to God and Live.”
That He lives is my testimony, I have seen his hand in my life and in the lives of countless others. He loves you, you are never forsaken, but rather, always loved.
Have a GREAT WEEK!
Elder Yost

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Happy Days!

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3/11/2013

Tell everyone that I said hey!
Well CONGRATULATIONS!
That is super exciting to hear that everything went smoothly! I am happy to know that “I” was a Hit at the party. Tia is my best friend and I missed her A LOT this week. Saturday I woke up kind of discouraged and a little sad that I would be missing the marriage, but it all turned out well in the End. We got to baptize a member of the family that we have been working with.
This week the Lord has shown me the blessings of our sacrifices and I am SO happy to be a missionary! There is this super cool and nerdy missionary in our house and we have become such amazing friends, he has blessed me throughout this hard week.
I pray for you! I read a lot of Alma this week and the sons of Mosiah had a lot of sadness and a lot of trials, they kept firm in the faith and were blessed with miracles! The Lord is blessing us in the same way!
Love, Elder Yost

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Vinde os Santos!‏

3/04/2013

Come, Come ye Saints!
IT’S THE BIG WEEK! CONGRATULATIONS TIA AND TOM!
Once again I am low on time.
This week was a great one, we worked a ton and we are seeing the fruits of our efforts!
Weather here in Juiz de Fora is SO WEIRD! This week we had 3 days of super heavy rain and the rest was SUPER HEAVY SUN. Our immune systems are having fun with that LOL
We have been trying to work a lot with the Bishop and the Members to put together a Ward mission plan as well as work together to help the ward grow and retain its members. Working with members is hard sometimes because most of the time i have no idea what they will say. We have to trust sometimes that the spirit will testify of the message even if the member that we are teaching with decides to chase an idea for a half hour. That being said, I love the members in our ward! I feel that there is a great love for the missionaries here in Juiz de Fora and everyone is super excited about the new mission that was announced here.
We started to teach a Lady who has studied the Bible for the past 33 years. It is great, but at the same time her doctrine has superseded the biblical support and she goes off chasing ideas when we are teaching. For example, while teaching her the restoration, she asked me if she had authority to baptize people, I had to lovingly say no and then quickly back down from bible bashing and just bear testimony. I like teaching her; it is fun to hear her insights. She says when she gets an answer from the Holy Ghost that she should visit the church she will be there. We will see.

Yesterday it was great to see Niralto (the man that we baptized last week) receive the Aaronic Priesthood. He received it yesterday and was ordained to the office of a Priest. His life is changing. He has his eyes fixed on the Temple and the Lord has blessed him so Much for his efforts and desire to follow Christ. His family is coming back together and yesterday his wife bore her testimony about how the Lord answers our prayers in his own Time. She gave him a huge hug after the meeting and they all drove home as a Family. Wow, I feel so blessed to be a part of this miracle. We sat next to him during the sacrament meeting; his hopes as well as ours are high.
This week was a testimony that the Lord answers our prayers. Time is only measured by men, and the Lords ways are not our ways. We will receive answers for our prayers, but sometimes we have to be willing to accept the Lords time and the Lords ways. When we do this, we get the great privilege to get a peak into the Lords wisdom and Love for us. Niralto was an answer for my prayers, and his baptism was an answer for his whole family. Keep praying, keep loving, look for the Lord he is there to always accept you when you feel unacceptable. He wants to receive you when you feel unworthy. And He wants to be your friend when you feel friendless. I testify of this.
A fé é TUDO!
Elder Yost

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Green Summers‏

2/25/2013

YEARGH! Aye Maties! This here be a new way to be startin an email!

Why am I a pirate today? Because pirates live on the water! Know what else happens in the water BAPTISMS!
LOL Well this week was by far the most stressful week of my mission with by far the Best results and experiences!

The Wedding of Tia and Tom is closing in! Congrats!…again!

Okay this week we spent like chickens with our heads cut off because we were trying SO hard to get a family married so that they could be baptized this last Sunday. We felt the Lord working with us as miraculously the documents of the family appeared out of nowhere and everything was happening like clockwork. For Adriano and Maria-leia to be baptized this week, they had to get baptized and so the wedding had to be done this week. Our Zone leaders are awesome and helped us a lot in the whole process. We were stoked for this family! They were super firm and committed and saw how much the Lord was blessing them. In the end we did everything that we felt inspired to do, we worked each day and came home exhausted. In the end, however, things didn’t end up working out and so this week they weren’t baptized. This for me was a great experience. I felt great knowing that I had done all that I could have done and even though the Baptism didn’t happen (this week, because the family is firm on becoming members!) I felt the spirit testify for me that my work was accepted by the Lord.

We had a great baptism of a Father who had rejected the church for over 30 years of his marriage but he finally decided to be baptized! I had the blessing to confirm him as a member and it was the best experience ever!

Well I am out of time!
Have a GREAT WEEK!
Elder Yost

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