Legacy Gary Member Stories – Learning by Teaching, or, Overcoming Knee Fights

Since Gary Young’s passing, we have put a lot of thought into how to continue the D. Gary Young blog. We want to foster a stalwart commitment to Gary’s legacy, so we asked members to think of a fond memory of their time working with him on projects, on travels, at one of the farms, or in another setting to share those memories with you.

Here is a memory from Nancy S.:

Nancy S. and her brother Gary

When I became a member of Young Living, I was so excited that I could not learn enough. I was and am like a sponge, always soaking up information as I followed my brother Gary around, wanting to know all that he was doing. Gary told me that if I would set up a meeting, he would come and teach for me. Boy, was I ready for him to do that. I had twenty people say that they would come and see what Young Living was all about, and I was so excited that I could hardly wait.

On the day of the meeting, only one person showed up. We waited and waited, thinking more would come, but no one else did. Gary finally said, “Well, let’s get started!” And he took off teaching as if all twenty people were there. That one person, Vivian, was really excited about what she learned. Gary did not let it bother him that he had only one person to teach. It was like the whole town was there, and he made her feel so important to him.

When we stopped for lunch, Gary asked her, “Do you think you can bring someone with you after lunch?”

“Yes, I can,” she said. And she did. That is how my business started—with just one little lady.

Level II training, Spokane, WA, 2001.

Gary told me that I could have an income by sharing, and I told him to go jump in a ditch. I did not think that could ever happen. But was I ever wrong. Gary taught three or four other meetings for me and then said, “You are going to have to do the teaching now, Sis. Young Living is growing fast, and I’ve got to go to other places to teach.”

Convention 1998

“But I don’t know anything,” I said.

“You know more than they do, so what’s stopping you?”

“I can’t; I even have knee fights when I speak in church.”

He just laughed and said, “You can do it.”

He had all the faith in the world in me. That’s how I learned—by teaching and sharing the products with others. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, and I loved every bit of it. The best thing was seeing people’s faces change to smiles when the oils they loved made them feel great. The fragrance just uplifted them and gave them a great outlook on life. From that one little lady making me a distributor in 1991 to my now being a Diamond: WOW! What more can I ask for?