Transfers was this week…

Transfers was this week.  Hna Bocanegra is Mexican but from Utah and she’s awesome.  We have been focusing all our efforts this week to strengthening the ward members and it is helping soooo much!  People are so excited to know all of them and we’ve gotten to offer so much service and love them.  And they pay us back in delicious Dominican food.  I haven’t had to buy food all week if that gives you a clue, haha.

We thought the rain season was over but nope!  We have been soaked head to toe 2 days in a row now and had to go around all day drenched.  Also, I learned running in the pouring rain with crocs on is never a smart idea and to never ever leave the house without an umbrella.  The bus we rods today had water leaking through the roof so bad that we were still getting rained on in a vehicle!  haha! Sometimes in the mission I ask myself, “Is this real life?”

Our area is struggling quite a bit because it is so big and far away from everything but we are seeing the fruits of our labor little by little  and have a 17 year old girl named Hilary who is SO ready for baptism and told us this weekend that she has received her answer that this church is true and meeting with her is always so exciting because she has such a powerful testimony.

I have been studying a lot this week on the family and the importance of having strong relationships here on earth because the state that we leave them in this life is how they will continue to be in the next.  There are a lot of families here struggling to stay together and I’ve received a lot of marriage and parenting advice this past week from leaders that just made me truly realize the importance of unity in the home.  I am so thankful for this experience and can’t believe how fast time is flying!

PS…funny moment of the week:  an old lady accidentally made us a pineapple and onion juice, haha!  And we all just drank it anyways.

 

Love you,

Hermana Taylor

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This week has been a slow one….

This week has been a slow one for the work.  People don’t see the importance in keeping their commitments with us to find out if the church is true so we’ve been searching for new people to teach, which leads to very long days of knocking on doors.  ( guess if we’re being literal, we never knock on doors, we scream at houses.)  After one really long day of rejection, we played on a teeter totter in the park to liven up our day and afterwards we actually met a really great, interested lady while waiting for the bus.

A scripture I really have been pondering this week is in Mark 8:38, “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”   I just think of how many people there are in the world who are ashamed to stand up for their beliefs or reject God all together.  Heavenly Father understands better than anyone what it is like to have children go astray and even deny His existence and STILL love them endlessly.  That helps me remember that I can’t give up on any of His children either.

But, transfers are tomorrow!  I’m staying here in my area and my new companion will be Hna. Bocanegra.  This transfer will be weird because it’s 7 weeks instead of 6, but I’ve heard my new comp is great so I’m excited.  Anyways, I can’t think of anything else interesting so I’ll leave it at that.  I hope you guys have a great Valentine’s Day (ew!)  That holiday is a big deal down here.  I love you!

 

Con Amor,

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This week was great…(two weeks in one)

This week was great!!  We had a couple of great experiences this week and this first one happened when we were walking down the freeway to the far side of our area.  This young man named Keudis stopped while on his motorcycle and we were thinking, “Oh great, what is this guy going to do?”  He told us that he has been looking for the missionaries because he’s been chatting online with the missionaries in Temple Square and has been reading the Book of Mormon and knows the church is true!  He was asking us when he could be baptized!  Why can’t everyone be like him?  haha  Sadly, he’s right on the border of our area so we don’t get to be the ones to teach him.  But we were so happy he found us so we could help him find a church building and continue learning.

Another night, we had no set plans and none of the people we are teaching were home.  So we were passing by a neighborhood looking for a lady and she also was not home.  As we were leaving the neighborhood, we saw a lady struggling to carry all of her groceries, so we ran over and took them out of her hands because people never want to let us serve them so we took advantage of the moment.  While walking to her house, we explained who we are and asked her if she heard of the church.  She said, “I was just talking about religion earlier today with some friends and yours came up in the conversation but I said I had never seen or met mormons.”  She kept saying how crazy it was that we found her the very same day.  We told her that she can tell her friends that she now knows two mormons.  haha  The best part is that she is super interested in learning about our message so we will be returning to teach her.  It’s amazing how the Lord really does place us where we need to be in the right moment.

One great piece of advice I received this week from a member is to work as if everything depends on you and pray as if everything depends on Him.  This week has been full of little miracles.

One awkward/funny moment of the week was when we got fed lunch at a random house of a woman we just barely met.  She served us the classic Dominican plate of rice, beans and meat.  Except the meat on my plate was straight FAT!  It was all jiggly flubber and I was TERRIFIED to eat it but I knew I had to so I didn’t offend her.  So I ripped them into smaller chunks and smothered them with rice and then swallowed each chunk whole like a pill.  Haha.  It was slippery and rubbery enough that it just slid right down.

Well, that’s all for this week!  Love and miss you guys!

Love,

Hna Taylor

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This week we were busy with meetings and preparing for the Noche Blanca.  A lot of small weird things happened to us to keep this interesting.  We got stuck in traffic here before a meeting and it took us an hour to move down a small street.  We ended up sitting in a tiny car with 7 people jammed in there and all of us sweating and the car was turned off since we weren’t going anywhere anytime soon.  We ended up contacting the whole car and had a mini lesson in there which was funny and cool.  We also contacted the house of a lady who is a 7th day Aventist and just wanted to fight over which day is the Sabbath.  I hate contending but Hna. Tam likes it so I let her take that one.  It ended with the lady standing up and pointing her finder in our faces…it got really awkward but it was a hilarious conversation because Hn. Tam is so sassy.  We thought maybe they poisoned the juice they gave us after that, haha, just kidding!    The Noche Blanca was a success!  We baptized 20 people that night as a zone and it was really amazing to see that many people take the name of Christ upon them.  Our baptisms fell through because they don’t feel “ready.”  So that was a bummer but it was still a great night.

I’ve been pondering Leviticus 19:18 about loving thy neighbor as thyself.  It’s so true that if we treat others as we’d like to be treated we will automatically keep the commandments and our covenants.  I see why that is one of the most important laws of God and have definitely seen the belssing of trying to live that better in my life.  I can’t believe it’s February!  Love you!

Love,

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So….It’s finally happening….

So…It’s finally happening….everyone is asking me if I am Dominican!! WooHoo!  I’ve been waiting for this day haha.  The mission had interviews with President this week and those are by far the best days ever.  He is such an inspired man and it feels like spending time with a long lost friend.  I got to do an exchange with the sisters in the country about 2 hours away and it was really cool to see the other side of things since I’ve always been in the capital.   One thing I really felt impressed upon this week was that the secret to missionary work really is work!  I feel like as time goes by, I realize more and more why I am here and develop a better understanding of what a responsibility it is to do the Lord’s work.  The mission isn’t easy but nothing worth doing ever is.

My companion and I are getting along really well and have a lot of work to do in our huge area!  We have 2 baptisms planned for next Saturday.  This Sunday we decided to take the long journey with a couple of investigators all the way to church and  let me just say that I would walk faster than them with a broken leg!  But we were super grateful to have investigators at church so they can progress.

Fun fact for the week, you know you’ve lost your standards of cleanliness when you see bugs crawling on your food and instead of throwing it away, you just dust it off and eat it.  It’s crazy all the things I used to take fro granted back home!  It teaches you to be grateful for every little thing you have.  Well, talk to you all next week!  Love you!

Your favorite island girl,

Hna Taylor

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