Tomorrow is transfer day!

Tomorrow is transfer day!  I had no idea what what going to happen to me but I thought for sure I was finally going to leave my area.  So I told my favorite family to write down their information  because I think I’m leaving since I’ve been here for so long and they were crying.  Well guess what…this is really awkward because I’m staying again, haha.  Obviously there is still someone waiting for me to find them!  Hermana Rojas is leaving the zone and my new companion will be another new missionary.  I was really surprised to hear I’ll be training another newbie.  I still fell like I don’t know what I’m doing.  But I’m really excited to meet my second daughter!  haha.

So this week was kind of boring because my comp got a virus that made her die in her bed for most the week.  It’s mosquito transmitted.  We are all getting eaten alive here and bathing in repellent.

Tuesday was exciting because I went to the Dermatologist again and we got to go to the capital and eat American food!  It was a really cool experience because we were celebrating the “birthday month” of Hna Ortiz because she had just completed 14 months in the mission field.  I wanted to buy her lunch to celebrate, but we’re poor so I mostly just bought her stuff and something small for me.  We sat down and put our heads down to bless our food (which was only like 60 seconds) but when I lifted my head, someone had put a frosty in front of me.  I was so confused and trying to figure out who did it but no one even looked our way.  It completely made my day and Hna Ortiz said, “It’s a miracle!”   haha.  It’s funny how grateful we can be for the smallest things.

It also made me think how charitable it was that someone did this act of kindness without seeking recognition of their deed.  They didn’t post a picture about it or make sure to tell us it was them and I think that’s makes acts of kindness the most special.  When we do things without seeking recognition, we show our humility.  I am going to strive to be more like the mystery frosty person.  Also, I’ve been studying faith a lot and how faith is completely an action word.  We don’t just trip and fall into faith, we actively seek it and then have to spiritually exercise to keep it or get stronger.  Being a follower of Christ also is a decision we make everyday and our actions will emulate that choice.  I have also learned, more than ever that we choose our emotions.  Whether we are happy or sad, that is our choice.  It is the only thing we have control over in this life, our attitude.  We can also choose to lament over things that happened in the past, or we can leave the past where it belongs and construct a new future.  I am so thankful for that knowledge and the happiness I am able to experience as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

I love you guys so much!  I hope your winter is less sweaty than mine!

Con amor,

Hna Taylorchelsea #81

This week has been a week of tormentas!

This week has been a week of tomentas!  It rains extremely hard and the wind gets so strong and dangerous that we can’t leave.  The thunder here is like nothing I’ve ever experienced and is horrifying!!  It was so bad that we couldn’t work for 2 days.  It was pretty ironic because on Saturday, it was the National Day of Service.  We had a service project in the morning and it was hot and sunny.  That same afternoon was the worst storm we had all week and everything flooded so we offered service to all the neighbors on the street.  It was fun how everyone came together to help each other.  After the rain storms, people without water go shower where the water is draining off roofs.   It really makes you thankful for what you have.

My companion and I are doing really well and I have seen a huge change in her already.  It’s crazy how fast the mission  changes people for the better.  My favorite thing that she said to me this week was, “Translate for me, I don’t speak Dominican.”  I hope people will understand my spanish in the states, but at least I never have to worry about people talking too fast.

I found a quote this week by Elder Jeffrey Holland that reads, “Every one of us has times when we need to know things will get better…My declaration is that this is precisely what the gospel of Jesus Christ offers us, especially in times of need.  There is help.  There is happiness… Don’t you quit. You keep walking.  You keep trying… It will be all right in the end.  Trust God and believe in good things to come…  Some blessings come soon, some come later, and some don’t come until heaven, but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come.” I hope everyone is doing well and I miss and love you all so much! I get to see your faces in 7 short weeks! But who’s counting? 😉

Love,

Hna Taylor

PS- one of the hermanas told me,” You are older than everyone but look yonger than all of us.” Everyone thinks I’m a baby. 😦

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week was nothing too interesting…

This week was nothing too interesting.  We got rained out almost everyday and came home soaked all the time.  I’ve slipped 3 times so far in the street from the wet gravel so I”m sure that’s entertaining for my companion.  Life without my favorite foods is really challenging but I am trying to follow the doctor’s orders so I stop having problems.  I’ve tried to cheat a number of times but directly afterwards I feel like my stomach is being stabbed with knives so I’m being conditioned like a Pavlov experiment.

The work is pretty tough in this area.  We have more opposition here than ever before! People are telling their neighbors and the people we are teaching that we are a Satanic sect that worships Joseph Smith hahaha!  These are people that claim to know “everything about that church.”  We have a few people that are really progressing but are receiving a lot of opposition and don’t know how to respond to it.  The family of 5 that we are teaching is attending every church activity and want to get baptized!  The only problem is that the husband runs out of the house every time he sees us coming.  One day he will warm up to us haha….we just have to catch him first.  If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that the stronger the wind pushes against us, the closer we are to something great.  It just means we have to work harder!  I’ve also learned that when I begin to think I know something, I realize I know absolutely nothing…but I love it because there is always something new to learn.

I love you guys!  I love being a missionary!

PS–It’s finally getting a tiny bit cooler!  Por fin!

Love, Hermana Taylorchelsea#14

I’m alive!…

I’m alive!  I spent 2 days this week in the hospital to try to figure out what is wrong with me.  they are doing some tests and so far have discovered that I have a weird skin condition and  now I have a TON of food restrictions.  The climate here hates me!  They want me to stay out of the sun, but as a missionary that’s impossible!  So that was my excitement for the week… I had to say goodbye to chocolate and all processed foods, which pretty much broke my heart, but I guess this will help me lose weight  haha.

My companion is still having trouble adjusting to the culture here, but I am really learning so much about how to love as Christ loves.  I had a great quote sent to me last week by President Monson, “See men not just as they are, but as they may become.”  If we understand this, we will be quicker to love and to understand than to judge and be irritated.  READ THE SEPTEMBER LIAHONA MAGAZINE!  It is so good and really focuses on family and how to strengthen relationships.

Last night, we were in a lesson with a family about 20 minutes away from home and it worked like someone just flipped a switch with the rain.  I’ve never seen it rain so hard for so long.  We had to try to run home and all the streets were flooded.  At one point, the water was up to my calves.  We came home soaked to find that our apartment had flooded as well.  Let’s just say, life is a lot easier with a sense of humor. Haha.   That’s all for this week!

I can honestly say serving a mission is the BEST decision I’ve ever made!  I love you guys!

Con amor,

Hermana Taylorchelsea #56