The week of meetings….

The week of meetings.

We barely had time in our area with all the meetings and exchanges we’ve had this week. I spent a solid 4 days outside my area… that is not easy when you are trying to find people to baptize this month!
We had a really funny experience this week and I PROMISE I am not always sick. In fact, I am rarely sick. But when it hits, it hits hard. I got really sick to my stomach in the middle of proselyting one night and ended up sitting on the curb to let the pain subside. An old investigator was outside and saw us and invited us in because she saw the look of death in my eyes. So we sat down and I was sweating bullets and almost in tears… and I’ve never cried from any mission illness so this is serious stuff. She gave me a mystery pill and I took it because I was desperate and told her we were going to try to walk home. I used Hna Simpson as my crutch and couldn’t even stand straight. Everyone who saw us freaked out and was trying to get a motorcycle to take us to the hospital but I told them, “no, no!” In the end, we let someone with a car drive us home and everyone was calling us wondering if I had died or something. SO DRAMATIC. But my loving companion helped me and laughed at me the entire time haha.
On a spiritual note, this week I heard this from our stake president, “The mission is not the best 18 months of your life, but for your life.” I couldn’t agree more.  I have learned more in these past 15 months than I have in all my 23 years of existence.
The mission may be an emotional rollercoaster at times but I sure wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Love you all,
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The secret to missionary work is…

“The secret to missionary work is WORK.”

We had a really great week and found a family of gold, family Sosa. They are so sincere in their desire to learn. The wife prayed at the end of our second lesson together and asked so genuinely if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church. It was so powerful! We always ask people to do this but they never quite understand, but this woman did and her prayer was so full of the spirit. My companion and I were both teary eyed. They are very special. They own a small market attached to their house and run it everyday so we knew it would be a challenge for them to attend church. The wife said, “Well, we can just close it for an hour to go to church and then the Lord will probably bless us with double the sales afterwards.” WHAT. We never even had to teach them about the sabbath day, she just knew.

While on an exchange this week, we saw lightning hit ground! It was so loud and scary. The rain has been so strong this cyclone season.

We also just had an earthquake today and all the power went out…. in the middle of writing you guys, actually haha.

We had a game night with the branch on Friday and only one adult came with 5 children so we played Uno and everyone goes crazy during that game! All the kids started fighting and crying when they weren´t winning. I felt like I was babysitting haha.

Normally when it starts raining really hard, someone nearby has us run into their house to take cover. Yesterday, we got invited into a birthday party of an 85 year old. It was awesome. We crashed their party and got soda and cake. Woohoo!

It´s been a really great week and we are really seeing the small miracles and blessings poured upon us by the Lord!

Con mucho amor,

Hermana Taylor

photos: eating apple pie for 4th of july! last holiday before I come home! ah!

eating mango…. the best thing in this country in the summer.

 

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This week we had an awesome experience….

This week we had an awesome experience with prayer. We were getting a little worried about our goals for this month because we are all supposed to find and baptize a family or 3 people and we don´t have many potentials right now. BUT, we prayed one day before leaving to find a family that is prepared to accept our message and that same day we found a family that had been investigating the church 23 years ago! Crazy! I know Heavenly Father is listening to our prayers and answers us when we ask for specific things.

We had some funny experiences this week as we were proselyting. I decided that we should take a short cut to a lesson through a dirt trail and next thing we knew, our shoes were buried in mud. They became so heavy from the mud stuck to the bottom of them that we could barely make it back to the road without losing our shoes. We were dying laughing and the lady we are teaching ended up washing our shoes. It was a kind-of Jesus moment, I guess haha. So…. no more short cuts.
We went to the temple this week and each time we go I feel like my brain explodes from the knowledge I gain! Especially because we get to pick the brain of Pres. Corbitt afterwards. I always end up translating for Hna Corbitt which makes it harder for me to pay attention fully but it was still incredible.
Anyways, church is true. love you all.
Hermana Taylor