TRANSFER WEEK!!

Transfer week!!  So we received our transfer call and we thought that it was a joke so we called 3 other people to make sure this wasn’t some elaborate joke.  I am staying with Hna Bocanegra and and we are being called to white wash Bayaguana.  It’s about 3 to 4 hours from the captial and very solitary.  They told us to say goodbye to grocery stores and getting mail.  President said we will be the campecina or “hillbillies”. haha.  We are two city girls being tossed out into an elders area so it’ll be a fun adventure.

Semana santa is crazy and the equivalent of spring break in the states.  People were partying all day Friday and Saturday and everyone pulled out a blow up pool to party with their neighbors.  The famous food of semana santa is habicheulas con dulce.  That is basically ground up beans with sugar, raisins, patata, and a few crackers in it.  It is actually really good!  They eat it for basically every meal this week.

Fun event of the week was getting a shot in the hip because my body is angry with me an d how much we walk every day.  One day we walked for 8 hours!

My favorite thing from this week was a quote that Hna Bocanegra found saying, “I can forgive but I cannot forget” is another way of saying, “I cannot forgive.”  I love the simplicity of that statement because I used to say that all the time.  Now, however, I realize that if we truly forgive others and ourselves, we WILL forget the things that were said or done and move on with our lives feeling less weight on our shoulders and more overall happiness.

I love this work and I know it is more important than anything else I could be doing with my time.  Thank you for always supporting me!  I love you!

Con Amor,

Hermana Chelsea Taylor

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This area is so dang big….

This area is so dang big it is killing our bodies.  My comp has knee problems and I have hip problems.  I guess that’s how you know you are getting old…in age or the mission haha.  Most of our days are spent walking in the blazing heat and contacting people.  We have 7 active members in our giant area so getting references is not an easy task.  We are trying to be creative here so we are focusing a lot on the less active people in the area.  There aren’t many but the few that we have are so great!  I’ve grown to love them so much, while visiting one woman, she asked us to sing for her (because, you know, every missionary is a fabulous singer, rumor has it.)  So we sang for her and her autistic son came running down the stairs with his hands over his ears, screaming, trying to get us to stop.  We finished and said, “Wow, sorry, we must be awful singers.”  haha He’s just really sensitive to sounds.

We got to meet with Bro. Richard Turley Jr who is the assistant church historian and it was mind blowing!  I want to go to the church history museum now.  We got to see journals of Joseph Smith and old photos.  It was such a great experience and definitely solidified (not that it was needed) my testimony in the restoration.  This week has been another crazy one but we’ve had some great experiences.  I grow to love my mission more and more each day and I know everything I go through is only preparation for something in the future. I testify of the love Christ has for all of us and the love our Father in Heaven has for all His children.  He truly knows us individually and answers our prayers.  There is no one more loving, understanding, and forgiving and I’m so thankful I can talk to Him whenever I like!

I love you guys so much! Have a great week!

Love,

Hermana Taylor

PS–HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MOM AND CAMERON!!!

 

Wow…this week has flown by.  Is it just me or does time seem to go faster and  faster?  So, fun fact I learned this week, the band Imagine Dragons are all active members!  That is so awesome!  We had a leadership meeting this week and my favorite thing I took away this time was to ask myself at the end of EACH day, “Did I finish THIS day with honor?”  We all want to finish our lives, missions, whatever it may be with honor but sometimes we look so far in the future that we forget to finish each day honorably.

We’ve had a lot of strange occurrences this week, including the girl we were going to baptize yesterday disappearing off the face of the planet.  I taught my first lesson in English and it felt so foreign but I loved it.  We had a noche blanca yesterday and while we were setting up a live feed camera, I was standing in front of it not knowing it was already broadcasting in front of the entire congregation and so a lot of people came running into the room teasing me for what I was doing on camera…talk about embarrassing!!  My comp and I also did a last minute musical number with the 2 zone leaders in front on everyone and they all were saying, “Wow Taylor, I didn’t know you were a singer!”  Maybe a decent voice is something I got blessed with as a missionary!  haha Because I would definitely never receive a comment like that at home.

It’s been another great week as a missionary.  I can definitely say I am Dominican de corazon.  I love these crazy people so much.  I hope you all have a great semana santa!  It will be crazy here.

Love you all,

Hna Chelsea Taylor

This week was a roller-coaster….

This week was a roller-coaster.  A lot of highs and lows.  We spent a lot of time waiting for meetings to start here and end up starting hours after the planned event so that is quite frustrating to the work.  But the ward is so great and full of motivation and energy!  We went to the temple as a mission and every time I go there I learn something new but this time I feel like I learned substantially more than normal!  It was wonderful.  I love the feeling of peace I experience in there and wish that everyone could feel that with me!

The members in the ward are actually telling that I look like I’ve lost weight!  So that’s a first haha.  I hope that continues!  But the past two weeks have just been full of meetings and craziness so I don’t have too many stories, unfortunately.  (Also, all the days start to mesh together as one so I am really good at forgetting everything).  But one really funny story from last week was that we accidentally broke the Word of Wisdom.  Members here don’t understand that tea is something we don’t drink and get very offended when we tell them we can’t drink that.  Long story short, we ended up distracting the lady and tossing the tea in a plant when she wasn’t looking.  That was an adrenaline rush!  haha

One great quote I saw the other day was, “If you change nothing at all, nothing will ever change.”  That’s so applicable to so many different things.  We can’t not expect us to make positive changes without putting in a little effort.  Faith is what leads us to action.  We do not just stumble into success, or a testimony, or a healthy body…it is all with effort and change.

I’m terrified for summer because it is already crazy hot here.  So please enjoy the nice weather there for me!  I miss you guys a lot and love  you tons!

Love,

Hna Taylor

PS–SHOUT OUT TO TIFFANY FOR TURNING 21! I HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR BIRTHDAY! I LOVE YOU!!

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This week has be JAM PACKED….

This week has been JAM PACKED of mission meetings but we still managed to see a couple miracles in our area!  Last P day we said goodbye to the doctors here who have finished their mission and they gave us great advice on life, marriage, and parenthood.  Then they handed us 500 pesos to go buy lunch!  WOOHOO!  That was such a blessing for us poor missionaries…we got all teary eyed.  I guess we are easy to please.

My favorite insight that I received from one of our meetings was when we were discussing how to be better members of the church when we return and apply all our knowledge instead of let it all go to waste by falling into old habits.  We were discussing how we need to develop good judgement here so that we have that skill upon our return and CHOOSE to be obedient instead of do it because the white handbook says so.  When we learn to love the commandments and laws of God, that is when we become truly converted.  Before doing anything we should ask ourselves, “Will this bring me closer to my Heavenly Father?”  If the answer is no…DON’T DO IT.  It was a great meeting.

Exciting news about investigators, this girl, Viangi, who is 20 and very intelligent, FINALLY accepted the invitation to be baptized!  Her mom and sisters have been members for 4 years and have been hoping and praying for this day to come.  I almost cried.  It was so exciting.  I have asked her 2 times already, last transfer, if she would take this step and she always rejected us and said she just isn’t ready to commit to a church.  But this time when we asked, I was pretty nervous since she’s already rejected me enough times, but she accepted so easily!  Everything about her has changed since then.  She is so much happier and smiling and laughing all the time.  It’s incredible to see the happiness of her family when we announced the baptism in sacrament.  She didn’t even tell her family yet so her mom was freaking out and it was the cutest thing ever.

That’s about all I can think of for this week.  I’ve never been so tired in my life as this transfer has made me.  I need nap time to become a thing.

I love you guys!!

Hermana Taylor

 

Sorry, not much to write this week but it was a great one!  We were soooo busy and had a baptism of Viangie yesterday!  She is wonderful!  I will share more stories next week.

The church is true and I absolutely LOVE this work.  I am being continuously converted each day.

 

Love you all!

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