Monday, February 27, 2017

Miracles in Athens!

Hey y'all!
It's been a pretty good week! My new companion is Sister Hansen, she's
from Arizona. She's pretty cool! It's fun training, but different too
since you really have to know what you're doing. Haha except a lot of
the time I still feel like I have no idea what I'm doing. But
everything always seems to work out one way or another! It was also
stake conference this week, which was really good! We had lots of less
actives, recent converts, and an investigator come!

This week we did a lot of tracting/finding, and even though we didn't
find anyone super solid tracting, we got 3 really cool referrals! One
was a Mormon.org referral (who was actually a potential investigator
in our area book I had met with Sister Allen about a month ago, but
she has been hard to contact. We were able to see her again this week
though!), another was from some awesome members doing missionary work!
They called us and told us that they were talking to someone who
worked in their leasing office and got on the topic of religion, and
she asked them lots of questions and gave them her number and address
so that we could come by! And the third was Sarah, who the Spanish
missionaries met (more about her below). Even though we didn't find
many people while we were tracting, the Lord blessed us with people to
teach as we did our best to work hard and find the people who are
ready!

Sarah is really cool, she's one of our top investigators right now!
She recently moved back to Athens about 6 months ago, but has been
having a hard time because she hasn't made any friends yet and her
neighbors aren't very nice. She told us that on Thursday she was
getting really frustrated with her neighbors being so loud and rude
that she needed to get out of the house, so she decided to go to
Walmart, even though she didn't need anything there. At Walmart she
saw 2 missionaries, Elders Woodwell and Robles (the Spanish
missionaries for this area), who were there talking to people! She
walked up to them and told them that they needed to go to her
apartment complex and straighten out all her neighbors. They went
there and ran into her again, and long story short they got all of her
information so that we could go over there and teach her and so she
could come to church! We went and visited her later that day and
taught her the Restoration, and she was really excited to read and
come to church. We went with a member to pick her up for church on
Sunday and on the car ride there she was showing us how much she's
read and marked up her Book of Mormon, and she really enjoyed stake
conference as well! It's really amazing how the Lord will place those
who are ready to hear the gospel in our path, and we're so grateful
those Elders were at Walmart that day to meet her!

Our investigators Connie and Lincoln are doing well, we were able to
see them twice this week! They've opened up more, and they basically
told us that they know they really need to get back to church, but
it's been hard because they haven't been in so long, so we need to
really push them to go. So hopefully this week they will come!

"You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will
prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make."
-President Hinckley

Love y'all!
Sister Taylor
 Saying goodbye to Sister Allen

 Sister Mitchell (my trainer, who also went home this transfer), me,
and Sister Hansen (my new companion)

Otra (a recent convert), Sister Allen, Sister Miller, and Me

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

No Subject

Hey y'all! 
It's been a pretty good week, we've been doing A LOT of finding lately, mostly tracting. But it's been good! It's been a while since we found a new investigator, a lot of people are willing to meet again and give us their number, but the hard part is actually seeing them again. It's been good though, we'll find someone who is ready for the gospel!

This week is transfers, my companion is going home. I'm staying in Athens, and I'm training a new missionary this transfer! I'll get my new companion tomorrow, but I don't know her name yet. I'm excited! A little nervous too since I don't know the area very well yet. 

A funny story, with Cassandra who called us last week. We went and met with her and she said she had a lot to tell us. We walked to the park by her house to talk and on the way we were asking her about herself and what she liked to do and she said, 'I really like talking to people about me and telling them what I'm going through.' So we kind of thought she was going to tell us all her trials and everything she's going through. When we got to the park we read a chapter from the Book of Mormon and talked about it, and she said before we go she has something really important she wants to tell us. So we read then we asked her what she wanted to tell us......and she said, 'Yeah, I wanted to tell y'all.......will y'all take me to Wendy's?' (Not what we were expecting....) And that's all she wanted to tell us. We couldn't take her so we gave her our lunch instead, but she really wanted Wendy's. :)

We had a really cool lesson with Gussie, a less active we recently met. She hasn't been to church in a really long time, and didn't even have a Book of Mormon until we gave her one. We decided to go through the lessons with her, and we started with the plan of salvation. She really loved it, and the way she reacted to it, it seemed like she didn't remember a lot of it. There was a cool moment when we said that we all chose to come down to this earth, and she had the realization that she chose to go through this life, and that if she chose this then she knew she could make it, and she knew God knew she could make it! She just kept saying that over and over again, and it gave her comfort to know that she had confidence in herself, and that this was her choice! 

"I learned in life that we don't need to be more of anything to start to become the person God intended us to become...God will take you as you are at this very moment and begin to work with you. All you need is a willing heart, a desire to believe and trust in the Lord." -Pres. Uchtdorf

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


  Some cute little houses Sister Allen and I tracted!


Our District: Elder Sheppard, Rohwer, Sister Evans, Mitchell, Allen, Me, Elder Stevenson, and Dove.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

adventures of feb. 6-13

Hey y'all!
It's been a pretty good week, we had a lot of service opportunities!
We were able to volunteer at a soup kitchen 2 days this week, which
was good! We usually hand out the desserts. We also volunteered at the
trial gardens at UGA, building little fences for vines to grow up. We
got to help out at a food bank, helping take out trash, bag up weekend
food bags for kids, and sort potatoes! We also met a lady named
Jennifer last week while we were tracting, and we were able to do some
service for her! She originally told us she wasn't interested because
she was Jewish, so we asked her if she needed any help (since she told
us she had just moved in). Originally she told us no (since most
people don't actually think we are serious when we offer), but then
she was like "you'll really help me, even though I'm Jewish?" And we
told her yes, so she called us this week and we were able to help her
organize her shed and unpack some things!

One of our recent converts, Telly, is deaf. We saw him this week and
we were on exchanges and Sister Evans knew zero sign language so I had
to just talk to him! I was able to say a lot more than I though I
could, which was cool! We had a pretty good conversation and I even
was able to say the prayer! It's amazing how the Lord can bring things
to our remembrance, even though I didn't know a whole lot of sign
language to begin with.

Our investigator, Brittney, is doing well! We lost contact with her
for a bit and we were really worried, but we decided to drop by and
she told us she lost her phone so she had no way to contact anyone,
but was really excited that we dropped by! This week we taught her the
word of wisdom, she was very willing to live it! She wants to be
baptized but doesn't feel like she knows enough, but we're trying to
help her realize that she knows a lot more than she thinks!

On Friday we got a call from a lady named Cassandra! She temporarily
moved up here from Atlanta and asked us to come visit her and she
really wants to come to church (she was baptized a while ago, but it
sounds like she hasn't been too active recently). We had a good visit
with her and she came to church and had a really amazing time! The
member who drove her introduced her to everyone and she was so happy!
She told us she really loves the church and wants to get connected
again before she moves back to Atlanta! It was a cool little miracle
for us, it's not every day someone calls you and wants to come back to
church!

John 3:16-17
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that
the world through him might be saved."

Love y'all, and happy Valentine's Day!
Sister Taylor




We went out to Crawford, a cute little town at the edge of our area!
It was dinner time but we didn't have any food so we went to family
dollar, like one of 2 grocery stores in the whole town,
 and bought some spaghetti-o's!


 Georgia has some pretty interesting street names...this one is Nowhere Road!

The Athens Zone

Monday, February 6, 2017

running out of good subject lines

Hey y'all!
It's been a pretty good week! We tracted a lot, and got a couple new
investigators and a lot of people gave us their phone numbers and said
we could come back! I ate my first fried apple pie, it was pretty
good! Also apparently one night Sister Allen got up to use the
bathroom and I was teaching the plan of salvation in my
sleep.....haha. We tracted for a bit on Sunday night but we didn't
have much success once the Super Bowl started, especially because the
Atlanta Falcons were playing. Everyone was pretty excited about the
game, but didn't have time to listen to a message about Jesus Christ.

We were able to get in with a new less active this week, Gussie! It
turns out that her sister is another less active in the ward we're
also working with, so that was a pretty cool connection! Her daughter,
Niki, was also there visiting when we came by, who isn't a member, so
we got to teach both of them. Niki told us that she remembers going to
our church and really loves it and would like to go again and get
baptized!

We found some great new investigators this week, Connie and her son
Lincoln! We got them as a referral this week from the missionaries
they were studying with in Virginia. We saw them twice this week, they
told us that the other sisters had asked them to pray about a date to
get baptized! They both want to get baptized, they just want to know
more first. They're really solid, Lincoln has been reading from the
Book of Mormon a lot and is really excited! They told us they really
notice a difference from our visits and we're excited for them to come
to church as well! Meeting Connie and Lincoln this week was definitely
a tender mercy from God.

I've been reading in Alma, where Aaron is teaching king Lamoni, and I
love his response to what Alma taught him:
"Behold, said he, I will give up all that I possess, yea, I will
forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy." (Alma 22:15)
When we really understand the gospel and the joy that it gives us, we
will be willing to do whatever it takes to live it, to receive this
great joy.

Love y'all!
Sister Taylor

 a brick wall