Monday, April 25, 2016

"Do y'all know how to make coffee?"

This week has been busy! On Saturday we were doing some service at a
local event and they were trying to find something for us to do and
then they asked if we knew how to make coffee!! Haha it was so funny
especially because we were the only ones who even knew it was funny!
We ended up checking people in/registering them for the 5k race they
had.
This week we also had zone conference!! It was good! They talked about
how to better fulfill our missionary purpose by being clean, prepared,
and bold!
Friday night the ward also did a crawfish boil! They had so much food,
it was piled up pretty high on the tables! It was good, although the
crawfish was kind of creepy....haha but I was brave and ate one!!
Scary moment of the week, we knocked on one door and the garage opens
and this older lady comes out and shouts "LADIES! Give it up
already!!!!!!" Telling us all about how bad religion is....we just
kind of stood there like not knowing what to say, since we can't argue
or anything. She ended up being pretty nice, but that was so scary at
first. In those situations all you really can do is bear testimony and
leave. It's hard not to argue, especially with someone who really
wants to argue with you. Doesn't happen too often, but every once in a
while it does.
We had an awesome lesson with Tim and Tasha (who are getting baptized
this Saturday!!!!!!!!!!) this week too! We had some awesome members
come with us who brought the family cupcakes and distracted the little
boys so we could teach the lesson with less distractions! We talked
about overcoming doubt and fear, and there's a great talk on it by
Elder Bednar, "Therefore They Hushed Their Fears" from the April 2015
conference. One of my favorite quotes from it is: "We can be blessed
to conquer our fears and strengthen our faith as we follow the Lord’s
instruction: “Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not” (D&C
6:36)." Because Christ is the source of all love and peace! We are
just super excited for their family to get baptized this week!
I can't believe I've already been out for 3 months!
Hope y'all have a great week!
Love,
Sister Taylor

  the crawfish!!

  the pollen!! It covers everything, literally.

Monday, April 18, 2016

the best subject line ever


 Lake Lanier (the lake we live by). It's so pretty! 
But sad since we can't swim or boat.

First off- Tim and Tasha and their son Jacob are getting
baptized!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are so excited!!!!!!!!! They've been
investigators for almost a year now, and they're finally ready to
commit!!! Monday night we had an awesome lesson about overcoming the
natural man, and how they're yielding to the natural man by
continually procrastinating their baptism (they've been on date to be
baptized for a while, but they keep pushing it back), and to overcome
they need to listen to the Holy Ghost, and be baptized and confirmed!
(Mosiah 3:19) It's super exciting because we've worked so hard with
them, and now they're ready to commit!
On Wednesday we had a lesson planned but it fell through so we decided
to go try some potential investigators nearby. Because the streets
were so narrow we had to park a couple streets away and walk to where
they lived. As we were walking there was a lady just standing on the
side of the road on her phone. It was a little awkward but we went up
to her and started talking to her. Her name is Meredith and it turns
out her husband is in the military right now, and he's a Mormon! She
was super excited to meet us, and said she is going to convert for her
husband! She was on her way out, but we planned to go see her the next
day! Unfortunately she wasn't home when we went by again, so hopefully
we will be able to catch her sometime next week!
We've been doing tons of service/yard work. We did some every day from
Wednesday-Saturday. It's fun because it's something different to do,
but super tiring.

Here's a quote by Pres. Monson from this past conference that I love:
"May we maintain the courage to defy the consensus. May we ever choose
the harder right instead of the easier wrong.  As we contemplate the
decisions we make in our lives each day--whether to make this choice
or that choice--if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct
choice."

Love,
Sister Taylor


Monday, April 11, 2016

knocking on doors and being chased by dogs

This week has been great!! We were worried that it would be super slow
because it is spring break and everyone here goes out of town, but it
wasn't too bad! We have been trying to get 70 contacts a week
(contacts = someone who we have a meaningful conversation with about
the gospel), and this week we were only 3 away from 70! We tracted a
ton this week. Even got chased by some dogs...that was exciting. It's
hard because a lot of people don't answer or say they're not
interested before we get a chance to say anything. But this week we
had lots of good conversations, even though we didn't meet very many
people who wanted to hear more. On Wednesday we got 6 potential
investigators though! and they all told us to come back Saturday! We
were super excited and we went back on Saturday and all of them either
dropped us or didn't answer the door. It was super sad, but we didn't
let that stop us! We remembered another potential that said weekends
were good so we decided to go try her. When we pulled up to her
street, one of her neighbors was out doing some yard work. We
recognized him from a couple weeks ago and he had told us to come back
later to show him the Easter video (he was busy when we first met
him), but we were never able to go back and didn't get his name or
write down his address. So we decided to go talk to him and he was
very open, and we were able to teach the restoration! He was
interested and asked questions, and he said he and his wife would read
from the Book of Mormon! The potential we had decided to try
originally wasn't home, but the Lord led us to someone who would
listen! It was so cool that we got another chance to teach this
person, especially because we didn't write down his address the first
time we met him.
Not much else happened this week, just knocking on lots of doors!

Here is a quote by Pres. Uctdorf that I love! (from April 2010 conference)
"A story is told that during the bombing of a city in World War II, a
large statue of Jesus Christ was severely damaged. When the
townspeople found the statue among the rubble, they mourned because it
had been a beloved symbol of their faith and of God’s presence in
their lives. Experts were able to repair most of the statue, but its
hands had been damaged so severely that they could not be restored.
Some suggested that they hire a sculptor to make new hands, but others
wanted to leave it as it was--a permanent reminder of the tragedy of
war. Ultimately, the statue remained without hands. However, the
people of the city added on the base of the statue of Jesus Christ a
sign with these words: “You are my hands.” "

Love, Sister Taylor

Monday, April 4, 2016

Biking in Georgia

This week we had the opportunity to bike a lot! One of the Elders in
our area hurt his arm so they borrowed our car for a few days. Biking
in a dress is so much fun. Not really. Haha but it is really scary on
some roads, this is not a very bike friendly area. A lot of the roads
there are no sidewalks or bike lanes and the cars sometimes drive by
super fast. And basically there is no flat ground, it's either uphill
or downhill. On Monday we biked for 11 miles, and on Tuesday we biked
for like 10. It was good though, because now we really really
appreciate having a car! And members who give us rides! Lots of good
exercise too!

On Wednesday we extended 4 baptismal invitations!! We set a date for
Geno, but his wife still isn't sure, she doesn't want to switch from
what she's known her entire life. The other 2, Laura and Tori, said
yes but they're still going to pray about it. We are still working
with Tim and Tasha and their family a lot, but they're starting to
progress again, which is good! It's just a hard situation because part
of their family is ready to be baptized and part of them are not, but
they all want to be baptized together. Kade is also doing really well!
At his baptism his mom told us that she could see how this church has
made him so much happier, and we're just trying to help her see how it
can make her that happy as well.

General Conference was so good!! There were so many good talks! One of
my favorite quotes Elder Holland said was:
"Brothers and sisters, the first great commandment of all eternity is
to love God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. That’s the
first great commandment. But the first great truth of all eternity is
that God loves us with all of His heart, might, mind, and strength.
... Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven
is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever."

Hope y'all have an amazing week!
Love,
Sister Taylor


 Getting ready to bike!





Sister Taylor in Buford, Georgia!!