Monday, June 27, 2016

Amicalola Falls!

It's been a pretty awesome week! And we now have an investigator on
date to be baptized!! His name is Ron, we tracted into him a couple
weeks ago, and we were able to get a return appointment with him this
past Monday! It was probably one of the best lessons I've been in! We
had an awesome member team up as well. We talked to him a bit before
the lesson ("How to Begin Teaching" in Preach My Gospel), and he
opened up a lot. He shared some pretty amazing, humbling experiences
he's had in his life. He has had a pretty rough life, yet he sees the
positive in it all and told us he knows everything happens for a
reason and he just knows there's something else out there for him! He
is so prepared to hear the gospel! We had to cut the lesson short
because the hour was up, but he scheduled a church tour with us for
the very next day. The church tour was awesome, we were able to finish
teaching the restoration and we invited him to be baptized, he said
yes without hesitation! At the end we asked how he felt, and he said
he felt so good that words couldn't even describe it! He told us that
before he came on the church tour he said a prayer that he would know
if this was the right church for him, and later on he texted us and
told us how he has been in such a great mood ever since we invited him
to be baptized and that he got his answer and he is going to join the
church! It is just so amazing to see how the Lord prepares people to
receive his gospel!
Nothing else too exciting happened this week. We're just so excited to
finally have an investigator progressing and on date to be baptized!
Today some members took us hiking to Amicalola Falls, it was such a
pretty hike and waterfall! I'll attach some pictures :)

Here is a quote that I liked from a conference talk I read this week
("Do I Believe?" By Bonnie L. Oscarson from May 2016):
"We have a knowledge of these things, but do we believe them? If these
things are true, then we have the greatest message of hope and help
that the world has ever known. Believing them is a matter of eternal
significance for us and for those we love.
To believe, we need to get the gospel from our heads into our hearts!"

Love y'all and hope your week is amazing!
Love,
Sister Taylor

Pictures! Hiking to Amicalola Falls, the Wrathalls in our ward took us!








Monday, June 20, 2016

flat tires and yard work

This week has been pretty good! A bit slow though, a lot of our plans
and back up plans fell through so we ended up just knocking on doors a
lot of the time. We did a lot of yard work this week as well! It's
nice to do something different! It's been getting even hotter and more
humid this week...I hope this summer is a mild one.

On Wednesday the Elders took our car because one of them was getting
transferred, so we were on bikes! Unfortunately we didn't get 50 feet
from our house when we realized Sister Anderson's bike tire was flat.
So we walked back and pumped it back up and went back out, and it went
flat again. So we weren't sure what to do, so we just started walking
down our street. We live a mile in from the main road and our street
has been very heavily tracted (with 10+ years of missionaries living
here) so unfortunately we didn't meet anyone as we were
walking/knocking on doors on our street. Luckily we were able to get
ahold of a member who could fix the bike tire and someone else was
able to give us a ride to where we needed to go!

This week I found an awesome quote from Pres. Uchtdorf's talk "Waiting
on the Road to Damascus" (from April 2011 conference):
"Often, the answer to our prayer does not come while we’re on our
knees but while we’re on our feet serving the Lord and serving those
around us. Selfless acts of service and consecration refine our
spirits, remove the scales from our spiritual eyes, and open the
windows of heaven. By becoming the answer to someone’s prayer, we
often find the answer to our own."

Love y'all, have a fantastic week!
Love,
Sister Taylor

 With the Level Creek Sisters!

 Our district before transfers

  Me and Leland (our recent convert's son!)

 Biking (until we found out Sister Anderson had a flat tire!)

 Spreading some mulch!

 Gorgeous sunset on the lake!!

 Our neighbor's tree died/got knocked over and shredded, and the
Prichards took the mulch to put down on their path to the lake

Monday, June 13, 2016

From the Ward Mission Leader

Good afternoon Taylor family,
Please allow me to take just a moment to introduce myself. My name is Jerry, I am the ward mission leader here in the sugar Hill ward in sugar Hill Georgia. I just want to take a moment to tell you what a great job your daughter, sister Taylor, is doing here in this ward. She came to us as a brand-new missionary and in a little over a month or so that she's been out here she acts like she's been doing it for years. I have been a ward mission leader probably five times in the past 35 years and she has really grasped the concept of missionary work. We're grateful to you for the sacrifice that you made to send her here and we're grateful for the calling that she received to come to this area we're grateful for her hard work and her dedication. Thank you, thank you for sending such a wonderful sister to us. May the Lord bless you and your family while she is here. We will watch her and protect her.  Have a wonderful day. Jerry Kougioulis...

Don't take candy (or cats) from strangers

It's been a good week, especially because we got 8 new
investigators!!! Which is more than we've had this entire transfer,
combined! We've definitely been blessed as we've continued to do our
best to find those who have been prepared! Half of those new
investigators are the Marshall family! We first met the daughter on
Monday night while we were tracting around a referral. She was
interested and set up a return appointment for Wednesday night when
her whole family would be home. We came back on Wednesday with a
member team up, and even though she hadn't told her dad about the
appointment, he let us in! It was a great lesson, the dad made sure
all the kids were there and paying attention! After we invited them
all to be baptized, and they said that they will ask God, and if they
find this church to be true, then they would do whatever it takes to
follow it! We're super excited to continue to teach this family!
On Wednesday we had our bible study at the old folk's home. That was
interesting. We didn't know what to expect and we also weren't talking
loud enough and it got kind of boring....so then Sister Anderson
closed her bible and said we are going to sing to them. So we sang
hymns. I was so scared because I was still a bit sick/had a sore
throat, and I can't even sing on a good day. But it wasn't too bad.
They liked it, so that's what counts. Hopefully this week it will go
better!
On Thursday we were trying to find the address of an unknown member,
and there were some people sitting on their porch across the street.
We didn't talk to them at first, but as we were walking back past them
again we decided to go up and talk to them. Jean introduced us to her
mom and husband. We showed them the "Because of Him" video, and
halfway through we had to pause it because they kept asking us lots of
questions about what we believe, and then we invited them to come to
church! Jean said "Take a good look at our faces, because we'll be
seeing y'all at church! And if we like it we'll be back every week
with all of our friends!" And then their neighbor came over and he
started talking to us too (he was acting very strange...he wasn't all
there) and then he told us that he wanted us to meet his girlfriend.
So we walked down the street and met his girlfriend and talked for a
bit...we left him with a card and he gave us candy and then tried to
also give us his cat. Don't take candy from strangers. Or cats from
strangers.
This week is transfers, but Sister Anderson and I get to stay in Sugar Hill!
On Sunday there was this awesome fireside about Jesus Christ, grace,
and the light of Christ! It was really good! Especially being here in
the Bible Belt (where there are a ton different churches and
denominations), a question we get asked a lot is "Do you believe we
are saved by grace or our own works?" Which is kind of a tricky
question and everyone has a different answer. The short answer is that
we are saved by grace, but what does that mean? We're just not saved
by grace, but we need to be changed by grace. It doesn't give us an
excuse to live a sloppy life, but it gives us a reason not to. In
Ether 12:27 it says: "And if men come unto me I will show unto them
their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and
my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me;
for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then
will I make weak things become strong unto them."  We are all given
weaknesses so that we can be humble before God, and as we are humble
and have faith, then grace will not only save us, but change us! Here
is an awesome quote about grace by Brad Wilcox: "The grace of Christ
is sufficient (see Ether 12:27; D&C 17:8)—sufficient to cover our
debt,  sufficient to transform us,  and sufficient to help us for as
long as that transformation process takes. The Book of Mormon teaches
us to rely solely on  “the merits,  and mercy,  and grace of the Holy
Messiah”  (2 Nephi 2:8).  As we do,  we do not discover—as some
Christians believe—that Christ requires nothing of us.  Rather,  we
discover the reason He requires so much and find the strength to do
all He asks (see Philippians 4:13).  Grace is not the absence of God’s
high expectations. Grace is the presence of God’s power (see Luke
1:37). God’s grace is sufficient.  Jesus’s grace is sufficient.  It is
enough.  It is all we need.  Don’t quit.  Keep trying.  Don’t look for
escapes and excuses.  Look for the Lord and His perfect strength.
Don’t search for someone to blame. Search for someone to help you.
Seek Christ,  and,  as you do,  you will feel the enabling power and
divine help we call His amazing grace."
I hope y'all have an amazing week!
Love,
Sister Taylor




 The Sugar Hill Zone!

Monday, June 6, 2016

even more rainstorms!

This week has been pretty good! We had huge rainstorms all week
though! So much rain!! It would start to sprinkle and then a couple
seconds later it would be pouring buckets!! They've got a
storm/tornado siren, haha I guess if you don't know the storm is
really bad the siren will tell you! There's different patterns for the
sirens if it's just a thunderstorm and if it's a tornado, but I don't
remember which is which:) Luckily it was just bad thunderstorms and
not a tornado! Haha and you'd think the rain would cool things down a
bit, but really it just makes it hotter outside!! Since our free
lemonade stand worked so well on Monday, we decided to do it again on
Saturday! But, as you can guess, it started pouring rain out of
nowhere!! We were so soaked! But that makes good memories I guess:)
Nothing too eventful happened this week. We still don't have many
people to teach, so we spend a lot of time knocking on doors and
trying to find people to teach. Didn't have much success this week,
but there's always next week! On Sunday morning we got 5 referrals
from the mission office, which was exciting! We don't usually get
referrals! We tried to contact them, but we haven't gotten a hold of
anyone yet. Last night we had planned to go stop by on a less active
couple, but we both felt like we needed to go knock on doors instead,
so that's what we did. It was starting to get late and rain, so nobody
really wanted to talk to us. Then we knocked on Sally's door, and she
let us right in so we could get out of the rain! She was super nice
and we showed her the Mormon message "Mountains to Climb". It was an
awesome little lesson, even though she wasn't really interested in us
coming back. It was just nice to meet someone who let us inside so we
weren't out in the rain for as long!

This week I read this awesome talk about faith! It's called "But if
not..." By Elder Dennis E. Simmons. (from April 2004 conference) It
just talks about how faith is completely trusting the Lord, in his
will and timing, even when we don't always understand why things
happen the way they do. Here is one of my favorite quotes from it:
"Faith is not bravado, not just a wish, not just a hope. True faith is
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ--confidence and trust in Jesus Christ
that leads a person to follow Him."

Love,
Sister Taylor

 donuts on national donut day!


 doing a lemonade stand in the rain!

 Sisters preparation day at the Mall of Georgia!