Monday, July 25, 2016

biking, service, and a baptism!

It's been a crazy week!! Also as of Wednesday I've been out for 6
months! I'm getting transferred this week, all the way to the Sharon
Springs ward! It's right next door to my area now, we share a border
on the west side! So I'm not going too far! Here's my new mailing
address!!:

3305 Hutchinson Rd Apt. 12203
Cumming, GA 30040

On Monday and Tuesday we went on exchanges, I went to Level Creek
again (the biking area!) and then on Wednesday the Elders had to
borrow our car for a meeting so we were on bikes again! It wasn't too
bad, biking is kind of fun when it's not too hot! Biking up and down
all the hills can kind of be like a game, biking as fast as you can
down the hill so you can make it up the hill! But it's kind of scary
too because there aren't very many sidewalks/biking lanes here.
Wednesday we had to bike a long ways to our appointment and we ran out
of water and it was so hot and humid, we stopped at a couple members
houses to see if we could get more water but nobody was home. We made
it to our appointment though, it was with Kim (Kade's mom), and she
gave us water! It felt so good to go inside with air conditioning!
Then the Elders just met us there so we luckily didn't have to bike
back home! On Friday we had to go down to the mission office in
Lilburn because Sister Anderson is training this transfer! And so she
had to go to a meeting for trainers. Since I'm not training I went
with some other sisters and did some service, we helped sort clothing
donations for a clothing swap they were doing at the church! That was
fun! That evening we did another free lemonade stand at the park! It
wasn't super successful this time though, there weren't too many
people out. Haha except for all the people out playing Pokemon go!
It's a great game because everyone's outside walking around so we can
talk to them! On Saturday was the worldwide day of service, our ward
did a road cleanup with the city of Sugar Hill! It was fun! We had a
lot of people show up! It was to help launch the church's service
website  (justserve.org) in the area, to try and get everyone in the
community out serving more! Then we got some pretty crazy
thunderstorms that afternoon! We were helping a less active member do
some dishes and clean her kitchen and lightning struck the tree in her
front yard and the power went out and it was really scary!! And then
it was Ron's baptism!! It went so well, and a lot of members came too!
He keeps telling us how he's always felt lost until he met us and
started coming to church! He has just been so prepared! There are
people out there just waiting for the gospel!

Here's an awesome scripture I read this week:
Alma 14:26 "And Alma cried, saying: How long shall we suffer these
great afflictions, O Lord? O Lord, give us strength according to our
faith which is in Christ, even unto deliverance. And they broke the
cords with which they were bound."  Through Jesus Christ, as we pray
in faith, we can have strength to overcome anything we may be going
through! I love y'all, have an amazing week!

Love,
Sister Taylor

 Biking!

 Biking!

 More Biking!

 the day of service, Sister Anderson, Tasha, and I

 the day of service, Me, Judy, Sister Anderson, and Tasha

Ron's baptism!!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Keep the Sabbath Day Holy!

It's been a pretty good week! Nothing too exciting happened. But Ron's
doing awesome, his baptism is this Saturday! We are so happy for him!
So last week I mentioned how he has been doing garage sales on
Sunday's, so we were a bit nervous to teach keeping the sabbath day
holy this week. He came to church last week, but was still going to do
his garage sale after church. When we had a lesson with him last
Tuesday we asked him how he liked church and how the rest of his
Sunday went, and guess what! He told us that after church he was
getting his garage sale ready and that he felt so good and uplifted
from church that he decided that he wouldn't do his garage sale! Then
he thought about going to the grocery store but then he decided that
he shouldn't do that either, so he just rested! We were just so
amazed, it was perfect because our lesson was on keeping the sabbath
day holy! The spirit has really been preparing Ron, even just for each
of the lessons we teach!

Here's an awesome quote I found this week! From President Uchtdorf's
talk from Oct 2013, "You Can Do It Now!":
"Every person, young and old, has had his own personal experience with
falling. Falling is what we mortals do. But as long as we are willing
to rise up again and continue on the path toward the spiritual goals
God has given us, we can learn something from failure and become
better and happier as a result."

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

 We did a free lemonade stand with the Level a Creek Sisters, and
Kade came too!

 A Baptist choir we met and Sister Anderson had to get a pic!

 Us with Tasha and Leland!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Biking & Blueberries!

It's been a pretty good week! This week we went on exchanges, I went
to the Level Creek area with Sister Tanner on Wednesday and Thursday!
Level Creek is a biking area for sisters. It was an adventure, I'm so
grateful we have a car though, Georgia has so many hills. But I
survived biking for a day! I didn't even have to get off my bike and
walk at all (although some of those hills I barely made it!) It was a
nice bike ride home Wednesday night, luckily the road home was pretty
flat and there was a beautiful sunset to watch as we biked! Lately
we've been trying to get people to let us inside when we first met
them, because if they let us inside we will be able to teach them more
and they're much more likely to let us come back (and actually keep
our return appointments!) Another plus about people letting us inside
is that their house has air conditioning! The best/worst is when we
are tracting and it's so hot outside and when people answer their
doors you can just feel the wave of cool air coming from their house.
But most people don't let us inside. So as we've been tracting we ask
if we can come inside and share a message, and while I was on
exchanges someone let us inside! It was awesome! She talked to us for
like an hour and we shared some scriptures with her and she agreed to
a return appointment!

Our investigator Ron came to church yesterday!! We were so excited! We
had a great lesson with him Friday night, we were teaching him lesson
3, the Gospel, focusing it around the importance of coming to church.
He wants to get baptized but he's been in a tight financial situation
so he's been doing garage sales on the weekends, and he told us that
Sunday's are his best days to sell things so he won't be able to come
to church for a bit. As we were teaching this lesson we told him to
really think about coming to church, and had some really good
discussions about faith, repentance, and baptism. Then we taught the
sacrament and how that is the main reason we come to church. We were
almost out of time so we had to end the lesson there, but we invited
him to exercise faith and come to church this Sunday instead of doing
his garage sale, and read in 3 Nephi 18:5-6 where Christ institutes
the sacrament and the people partook and were filled. We promised that
if he came to church then he would be filled, not necessarily his bank
account or cupboards, but his life would be filled with peace and
happiness, that the Lord is just waiting to pour out his blessings on
him! And Ron committed to coming to church! He came on Sunday and
afterwords we asked what he thought and how he felt. He said that even
though he didn't understand everything, he couldn't even describe how
good he felt and he knows that he's on the right path! We are so
excited for his baptism on July 23rd!

Here's an awesome quote by President Monson! From October 2013
conference "We Never Walk Alone":
"We were not placed on this earth to walk alone. What an amazing
source of power, of strength, and of comfort is available to each of
us. He who knows us better than we know ourselves, He who sees the
larger picture and who knows the end from the beginning, has assured
us that He will be there for us to provide help if we but ask. We have
the promise: “Pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work
together for your good.” As our prayers ascend heavenward, let us not
forget the words taught to us by the Savior. When He faced the
excruciating agony of Gethsemane and the cross, He prayed to the
Father, “Not my will, but thine, be done.” Difficult as it may at
times be, it is for us, as well, to trust our Heavenly Father to know
best how and when and in what manner to provide the help we seek."

I love y'all and have an amazing week!
Love,
Sister Taylor



Our district and the zone leaders! From left to right: Elder Oyler,
Sorenson, Woodruff, Clements, Reichman, and Holt, Sister Smith,
Tanner, Anderson, Me, Neff, and Hollowell!
 
 Us with Kade, a recent convert, and his mom, Kim!

 Eating the best chocolate Oreo cheesecake ever at the Sugar Hill
bakery! It's the cutest little bakery I've ever been to! 
All the decorations are so cute, the best
is the bathroom is decorated like Narnia!

 Lots of Blueberries!

 Picking blueberries with Sister Prichard

 the lake!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Always Remember Christ

This week has been pretty great!! Besides the weather. It's either 100
degrees plus humidity or pouring buckets of rain. Or both!
The 4th of July here was pretty good! Since it was on a Monday they
switched our preparation day to today so we could go out and talk to
people while they were home with their families yesterday! It was
pretty good! We knocked on a lot of doors and also did a free lemonade
stand in the park! We didn't get any new investigators, but we were
able to talk to a lot of people! They do fireworks over the lake here,
and since we live on the lake we were able to watch them since we
didn't even have to leave our house! It was cool!
We've been having some amazing experiences with our investigator, Ron!
He's awesome! We had a lesson with him on Friday, and he had read the
chapter we left him with and the Plan of Salvation pamphlet! Which
really helped him understand the lesson a whole lot better. We had an
awesome member team up with us who really connected with him! And they
invited him to our ward 4th of July breakfast and to a BBQ another
ward member was doing! Ron went to both events! It was awesome! He
told us he loved how nice everyone was and a lot of the members talked
to him and shared their feelings/testimony about the gospel with him!
Ron told us how he normally closes the door on people who come by, but
something stopped him from closing the door on us when we first met
him and invited us back, and now he knows why! He said he feels like
he's been lost his whole life, but now he has found the right path! We
are so excited for him!
We also met a less active lady this week, we had never met her because
she used to be a "do not contact", and she wants to come back to
church! She told us that her first Sunday back at church was like
coming home, she felt so good! She didn't realize everything that she
was missing until she had come back!
This week I read the talk "Always Remember Him" by Elder Gong from
this past conference, and here is a part that I really loved!:
"Our Savior invites us to always remember Him as He always remembers us.
Our Savior declares:
"Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
"Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.”
He testifies: “I am he who was lifted up. I am Jesus that was
crucified. I am the Son of God.”
I humbly testify and pray that we will always remember Him--in all
times, all things, and all places we may be in. In the sacred and holy
name of Jesus Christ, amen."
If y'all want you can go read the whole talk because all of it is just so good!!

Love,
Sister Taylor


 Zone Meeting

 Sister Anderson and I on the 4th of July!

 Doing our free lemonade stand! From left to right: Sister Tanner,
Hollowell, Neff, Smith, Me, Anderson.