Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Now I have 2 companions!!

Hey y'all!
We got an exciting transfer call this week! I'm staying in Athens,
this will be my 5th transfer. I'm also staying with Sister Hansen,
which will be our 4th transfer together, and we're getting a 3rd
companion! We will be training a brand new missionary, so we don't
know her name yet. It will be an exciting transfer! We also get a new
mission president this week. This will be my last transfer it will be
the best one yet! Lots of great things are happening.

Our investigator Deitra is doing well, she accepted a baptism date for
the end of July! We are so excited for her and her family! She's been
reading and coming to church and making changes in her life, sometimes
without us inviting her to! She is so prepared for the gospel,
sometimes she'll do or say something that will make us wonder if she's
already a member!

There's also this other lady we've been working a lot with to come
back to the church. She had her records removed over 30 years ago but
is being led back to the church! We have had a lot of really great
lessons with her! Haha we even biked all the way to her apartment on
Friday since we had no car and no ride...it was 6.5 miles one way and
pretty intense hills. But we made it! Haha and she wasn't very happy
to find out we biked...but we had a good lesson!

We also have another investigator, Ruby, who is doing really well! We
finally got ahold of a large print Book of Mormon for her, and started
reading it with her. She told us her pastor told her not to talk to
us, but she didn't understand because we were so nice! And then as we
were reading through the introduction and the first chapter she told
us "Maybe I need to share this with my pastor, because this is the
truth!" The Book of Mormon has a lot of power!

On Thursday, long story short, I ended up in a trio for the day with
Sister Thorn and Lang on UGA! Both of them are former companions so it
was really fun! We contacted on campus, they have all the new student
orientation going on for the fall, so lots of people to talk to!

We had a cool experience Sunday night. When we were planning for the
day we had a couple streets we had chosen to tract, and there was one
street that I really felt like we needed to be on 8-9. Logically it
made sense to go there earlier in the day but for some reason I really
felt we needed to be there later. So from 8-9 we pulled into the
parking lot of the complex and started walking to the building we
wanted to start knocking and we passed a man taking out his trash. We
said hello and he got really excited! He didn't speak much English but
from what we gathered he was a member of the church and he got
baptized in Peru! He invited us over to his apartment and we met his
mom and wife. We had a pretty difficult time understanding him since
we don't know Spanish, but he was trying to ask us where the church
was, because he hasn't found it since he moved here to Georgia! So we
called the Spanish elders and got all his information! It was so cool
how we were led to be at that street and just the right time to meet
Pedro so he could find the church again.

Alma 34:14-15
"And behold, this is the whole meaning of the law, every whit pointing
to that great and last sacrifice; and that great and last sacrifice
will be the Son of God, yea, infinite and eternal.
And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on
his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about
the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about
means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance."

Love y'all!
Sister Taylor
 Our trio for the day on UGA!

 You can't really tell but we got so drenched biking home Saturday

night! We biked several miles in the pouring rain and it didn't
lighten up. It was an adventure!

-Our district! Elder Cochran, Anderson, Jackson, Sheppard, Sister

Hansen, me, Thorn, and Lang!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 13-19

Hey y'all!
It's been a pretty good week! Nothing too out of the ordinary
happened, just lots of finding and teaching and missionary work! We've
had a goal, as a mission, to get 70 contacts and 10 lessons in a week
and we were able to hit that, so we were really excited!

Deitra and her family are doing good! Her surgery went well, she
received a priesthood blessing beforehand, some members brought them
dinner and her daughter went to girls camp! It's been a little harder
getting in with them because she's recovering from her surgery, and
she will have a couple more in the upcoming weeks. But we call and
text her every day to keep the daily contact, and hoping our next
appointment that she's actually feeling up for a lesson we will be
able to put them on date!
Our investigator Brittney is also doing well, she was able to attend a
baptismal service in the Athens 2nd Ward this week! We didn't go, but
from what she told us it was a really good experience! We're hoping
this will help her receive her answer and want to be baptized, which
is what she's been stuck on.

This week as I was studying for some investigators and I came across an article
"It isn't a sin to be weak". I had read it before, but this week it
really stuck with me. It helped me see the difference between sin and
weakness. Being a missionary can be discouraging sometimes, just
because there is so much I can do to be better yet so little time to
do so, and I can get frustrated with myself for not being able to
contact everyone in just the right way or not teach all the principles
perfectly. But God has given us weaknesses as a part of mortality,
like it says in Ether 12:27, so we can be humble. God doesn't expect
us to be perfect, but he does expect us to strive to be better. And we
can't overcome our weaknesses on our own, but we can't expect God to
just take them from us either. It's through the grace of Jesus Christ
we canovercome them. It takes a lot of time and patience and humility,
because we can't change overnight. That's a big thing I've learned on
my mission, to be more humble and patient with myself in overcoming
weaknesses, but still doing my part and being anxiously engaged in
striving to do better.

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

 Last preparation day we walked around downtown Athens with all the
cute shops! Sister Thorn, Lang, me, and Hansen.

 All the magnolia trees!

 Exchanges with the Braselton Sisters! Sister Yount, Otukolo, Lang, and me!

Today for preparation day we went to Fort Yargo State Park. There
was a cool old looking cabin and a lake!

 The famous UGA arch, not sure what the significance of it is though.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 6-12

Hey y'all!
It's been a great week! We've been busy, lots of teaching and finding!
We also had a really good zone conference this week!
Deitra and her family are doing really well, the ward has been getting
really involved with them and excited about them! She has 2 kids who
are youth and Bishop is really excited because his kids are like the
only youth in the ward, and he told us they've been praying for more
youth to come in! Deitra's kids are loving all the youth activities
and they're both going to the youth camp outs this summer as well!
We're super excited for them! Haha now all we really need to do is
actually put them on date for baptism.

Lately, with the people we've been teaching, I've been able to see
just how involved God is in their lives, and how much He loves them.
It's been really cool to see, and I realized that if He loves them
that much, then He loves me that much too.

Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to
them that love God, to them who are the called according to his

Love y'all! Have a great week!
Sister Taylor

 Exchanges with the Winder Sisters! 
Sister Lang, Me, Sister Chappell, and Sister Ward.