Well let me just share some fun experiences….

well, let me just share some fun experiences from this week because it’s been a wild week.

  1.  We learned fireflies are attracted to the light because we were teaching in the dark and used our flashlights and one came directly at our faces and  my companion smacked it with her hymn book and it came back at her like a ping pong ball…everyone was screaming and running away but it’s just a little firefly!  haha

2.  We have 2 baptisms coming up this Saturday!  Filo and Leidi.  They are grandma and granddaughter and the cutest ever!  Filo was a grumpy old lady when we met her and she has warmed up to us so much and now she can’t stop laughing and smiling when we are around.  They have been a huge miracle for us and are SO PREPARED.  She had to give up some addictions, which is usually a hard process to get people to agree it is necessary, and she just agreed right off the bat and dropped everything the next morning!  WHAT?!?!?  The Lord prepares His children.

3.  We are teaching a group of mechanics whom we call “the lost boys” from Peter Pan. haha.  There are 10-15 young men from ages 17-30 and are so receptive!  It was honestly surprising because I’ve never taught any young men in my mission due to them being “freco” or flirty.  But  these boys actually listen!  We made it a goal to teach men because our little branch only has 4 men over the age of 18.  Two of them even came to church!  YAY!!  They are all pretty rowdy so one night we sang and prayed with them and the silence was incredible!  They all folded their arms and bowed their heads and it was so reverent!  I was in shock and we could all feel the Spirit.  Also, they all live on our street so now we have a little gang that will protect us.  haha.

That’s about all the interesting things I can think of for this week.  Oh, and I hit my 1 year mark!  Last 6 months.  🙂  time to work harder than ever!!!

 

Love,

your favorite Caribbean missionary 😉

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Campo life is the best but hardest thing of my life….

Campo life is the best but hardest thing of my life.  It is SO beautiful and clean here!  The people are more open and we feel so much love!  It is so GREEN here.  This is what I always imagined the Dominican Republic to look like.  It’s more challenging than any other area I’ve had because the church is still developing.  However, it is such a privilege to be able to help this small branch grow.  We are seeing so many miracles and people are opening their doors to us who later told us that they rejected the Elders when they tried to share with them a long time ago.  It just reassures me that wherever we go is inspired by the Lord.  He knows who needs us.  I feel my faith has grown so much in this area.  It is easy to get down and discouraged with the way things are here but I have definitely learned that attitude is EVERYTHING.  We choose to love where we are and to make the most of our time here.

So the campo life doesn’t have many options as far as places to go or things to see so last p-day we traveled 30 minutes to a gas station to get Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  That was the highlight of our week. haha.  We don’t have many food options or stores so I barely get to eat.  People have been commenting that I look thinner than when I got here so that’s a plus!  Heavenly Father really does answer prayers…..haha jokes, jokes.

We had a “sleepover” at President’s house so we could attend a leadership meeting in the morning and it was like sleeping in a hotel!  It was magnificent.  I am so thankful for my president.  One simple thing that he said this week that really impacted me was, “Everyone need forgiveness.”  Such basic truth but sometimes we forget that.  No one deserves to be seen for the worst thing they’ve ever done.  I truly stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me.

Awkward moment of the week:  we travel a lot on buses since we live so far from everything and on one of our 2 hour rides home I almost fell asleep on a strange man’t shoulder!  haha.  I couldn’t keep my eyes open…I don’t think I’ll ever stop feeling tired.

Con amor,

Hermana Taylor

This week has been so crazy!!

This week has been so crazy!  White washing is no walk in the park…I don’t think I’ve ever been so stressed, but it’s okay.  We are hoping to see miracles!

We just walk all day trying to find people to teach because we have NO ONE in our teaching pool that we were left with.  It’s like starting over.  In church we had 11 people present.  It is such a drastic change.  I am excited to see what we can do though!

Funny moments of the week: random old man trying to hug me and me running away, the house smelling like cow poop all the time, and a giant carnival during conference so we couldn’t hear anything.

Love to you all!!

Hna Taylor

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This week was a great week of WORK.  I missed just working without any meetings getting in the way.  We had so much success this week and treaded through LOTS of water.  It rains a lot more in the campo so it is a lot more humid but it gets cool at night.

This week we had 22 people in church which is huge since last week we only had 11.  This week while we were contacting, we entered this huge farm property and were so amazed at all the cows and horses and wildlife.  Then we saw this huge bull and it was pretty close to us and we shortly later realized the gate to separate us from him was wide open.  My companion freaked out and ran into the house we were attempting to contact and the bull was frightened and started coming out of the gate.  Then there I am trying to freeze like a statue hoping that it won’t see me haha.  Luckily, we froze there for a minute wondering who was going to make the first move and the bull turned and walked away.  PHEW!!

Also, here in the campo is where they burn trash so almost everyday it is raining ashes and we try not to inhale it because it is very harmful to our insides and our eyes.  But to everyone else it is normal and the kids are out in the street trying to catch the ash flakes haha.  So it’s a bit of an adjustment.

It’s incredible how each day I feel like my faith in Jesus Christ grows.  It is so humbling to be His instrument and His mouthpiece while doing His divine work.  I know I am where Heavenly Father needs me and I’ve never been so sure that He is aware of ALL of His children.  There is truly no happier way to live than in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Never forget that he loves you and understands you better than everyone ever could!  I just want everyone to feel the joy that I have.  🙂

Have a great week!

Con mucho amor,

Hermana Taylor

ps–the birthday picture is for Kaitlyn! Happy 9th birthday!