Monday, April 24, 2017

adventures and miracles april 17-23

Hey y'all! 
It's been a pretty great week!! This week we found 3 solid families to teach (resulting in 5 new investigators)! The first 2 were Barry and Kim. Monday night we were tracting, and the very first door that answered was Barry! His wife wasn't home, so we taught him the restoration briefly on the porch, invited him to be baptized, and he said yes. We got a return appointment on Wednesday, and he and his wife were both there and really excited to learn more and read the Book of Mormon! The next 2 were Will and his mom Deitra. Sister Cardon and I (on exchanges) found them tracting last week, nothing to out of the ordinary happened, Will just told us he was busy and asked us to come back next Wednesday evening. This Wednesday we were on exchanges again, and this time Sister Hansen and Evans were in Athens, so they were going into this appointment kind of blind, since it was Sister Cardon and I who had knocked on their door. But they showed up and it turns out that Sister Evans knows Will, she had contacted him on a bus a couple weeks ago, and she knew more about him than I did! It was a really cool miracle how we were all right where we needed to be, at first just Will was listening but as they taught him, his mom was listening and pretty soon she was super interested in the Book of Mormon too! She also has 2 other daughters who we hopefully will be able to start teaching as well! The last one is Nika and her 2 little kids, she's the one who the Elders had met and referred to us, and then we tracted into her as well. We were able to have a good lesson with her, and committed her to read and pray about the Book of Mormon, and she is so excited to come to church with her kids!  The Lord led us to those who were prepared, and because of the power of the Book of Mormon they were all willing to continue to meet with us! We are so excited for all of them!

Lots of little adventures here and there this week. I went to Monroe on exchanges, and we had a lesson where a lady Bible bashed us for a while...and then that evening we were tracting and got kicked out of a neighborhood. But then we tracted in a different neigborhood and met and contacted a lot of people! On Monday night while we were tracting we met some ladies who let us inside and talked to us for a bit. One told us she was an apostle, and then the other told me she could sense my shortness of breath (I had a cold plus allergies) and then told me she had the gift of healing and was going to pray over me and heal me.....and I was just thinking ummm this is kind of sketchy.....but I think she could tell I was a bit uneasy about it so she didn't do anything. They were very nice ladies though! Yesterday it poured all day, and we tracted in the rain for a while! We were so wet, but it also worked to our advantage because a lot of people let us inside for a couple minutes! Haha but I'm pretty sure they all thought we were crazy. The rain was coming down pretty hard. 

"Now more than ever, we cannot be “part-time disciples”! … The constellation of characteristics that result from faith in Christ—including the ones we have talked about today—are all necessary to our standing strong in these last days. …
I testify that everyone can be a disciple of the Savior. … Now is the time to recommit ourselves to being His disciples with all diligence." -Elder Hales

Love y'all!
Sister Taylor

Sorry I didn't take any pictures this week. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Easter!!

Hey y'all!
It's been a pretty good week, still doing lots of finding! But as a
zone we made a little finding game/competition, which keeps it
exciting! Just like to see how many people we can talk to, what kinds
of contacts/gospel topics we talk about etc...
Last week we had gotten a couple referrals from the elders and we had
tried to contact them, without much luck, and then on Sunday night we
(unknowingly) were tracting the street that one of the referrals lived
on, and we tracted into her! She actually was outside, and they were
having a party, and she came up to us after we contacted her daughter
and she asked if we were the Mormons, because she had met the Elders
and they gave her a Book of Mormon (which she's been reading) and they
told her they would send us! We had tried texting and calling her but
never got a response from her, so it was cool how we were led to her
by tracting her street, and we got a return appointment for Tuesday!
Our recent convert, Telly, is doing pretty well! (He's the one that is
deaf) While I was on exchanges with Sister Cardon we went to go see
him, and we were able to have a really good lesson with him
(especially because Sister Cardon's sign language is way better than
mine) and we talked to him about coming to church every week,
preparing to receive the priesthood and go to the temple! And we found
out that he has a new girlfriend, who is deaf, and she happens to be a
member of the church as well! If I understood correctly, they met at a
party and when they were talking later they found out they were both
members of the church. We were so excited for him! She's moving here
to Athens, and so it will be good for him to have a really solid
friend in the church who can talk to him and explain things in sign
language better to him and drive him to church! And she's been to the
temple to do baptisms for the dead, and she was telling him all about
it! We were so happy that he was able to meet her!

"The trial of our faith will ​always​ involve staying true to simple,
daily practices of faith. Then, and only then, does He promise that we
will receive the divine response for which we long. Only once we have
proven our willingness to do what He asks without demanding to know
the whens, the whys, and the hows do we “reap the rewards of [our]
faith, and [our] diligence, and patience, and long-suffering.”​​​​
Real obedience accepts God’s commandments unconditionally and in
advance.​​" -Elder Clayton

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


 Exchanges with the Winder Sisters, Sister Hansen, Cardon, Chappell, and Me

 Dinner with the Rodriguez's! Every Friday night they have the

missionaries over for dinner and invite investigators/less active
members/recent converts!


 It's spring! Lots of green coming out!

The Athens zone!

Monday, April 10, 2017

week of april 3-9

Hey y'all!
It's been a pretty good week! We got some pretty crazy weather/tornado
warnings (from what I heard), but it was just tons of wind and rain! I
had lots of meetings and we tracted a lot! We were blessed with 5 new
investigators, which was super exciting!! We've been struggling a lot
with finding new investigators, but as we worked hard the Lord blessed
us! We found 2 through a former investigator, and 3 we found tracting,
who let us in and accepted a return appointment! Nothing else too
exciting happened this week, just missionary work! Still working on
building up our teaching pool!

I've been reading a lot of conference again, here are some quotes that
stuck out to me:
"The trial of our faith will ​always​ involve staying true to simple,
daily practices of faith. Then, and only then, does He promise that we
will receive the divine response for which we long. Only once we have
proven our willingness to do what He asks without demanding to know
the whens, the whys, and the hows do we “reap the rewards of [our]
faith, and [our] diligence, and patience, and long-suffering.”​​​​
Real obedience accepts God’s commandments unconditionally and in
advance.​​" -Elder Clayton

"You may find that sometimes what seems like the most efficient
solution is not the Lord’s preferred solution because it does not
allow people to grow." -President Eyring

Love y'all!
Sister Taylor

Biking!!


All the cows!

Monday, April 3, 2017

An empty pool is better than a stagnant pool

Sister Taylor was just called to be a Sister Training Leader! It's like a zone leader but the sister version of it. And the other Sister Training Leader is Sister Lang, Karissa's MTC companion! :)

Hey y'all!
It's been a pretty good week, and conference was so good! If you
didn't get to watch it, go back and watch it! Transfers are this week,
but both Sister Hansen and I are staying! Also I got called to be a
Sister Training Leader, so that will be fun too! And if you haven't
seen the new Easter video, #PrinceofPeace, go watch it! It is so
powerful, and it is a really cool to use while we are tracting!

We've been losing a lot of our investigators, so our teaching pool is
a bit scarce. So we have lots of finding to do! Our ward mission
leader had a pretty good analogy: "An empty pool is better than a
stagnant pool." The pool in the apartment complex was left filled all
winter, even though it was closed, and after months of it just sitting
there it's gotten rather....green. An empty pool is easier to work
with than a green stagnant one, and sometimes our teaching pools need
to be emptied so they can be filled with solid prepared people! So we
have lots of work to do!

All of conference was so good, but here are some of my favorite quotes:
"We need to let go of the world to hold on to eternity." -Elder Sabin
"Overcoming the world is not one defining moment in a lifetime, but a
lifetime of defining moments." -Elder Anderson
We need to remember what is most important in life, and the small and
simple things truly do make the biggest differences!

Love y'all!
Sister Taylor


-Our district: Elders Dove, Stevenson, Sheppard, Rowher, Sister
Hansen, Me, Evans, and Mitchell


  
 Sister Hansen and I!

I made a cake last preparation day!