August 19 2013

Hola familia!!!
Dad thank you so much for the pictures!!! You guys look great and boy do my brother and sister look fabulous or what!!! haha love it! I am glad you traveled safely and thank you for telling me everything and what Whitni said and about this weekend! I am so grateful for everything nd The Lord is involved in my life more than I ever could have imagined and seen truly when things fall into place the way they are supposed to πŸ™‚ The Spirit is great πŸ™‚
Mom thank you for what you said as well, I love you very much! πŸ™‚
The work here is amazing!!! The first day I was here we did Open Your Mouth and we met Oscar and we talked to him for like 40 minutes and he had so many questions but an atheist who was stubborn but I loved him as soon as I met him πŸ™‚ I invited him to be baptized twice but he said he didn’t know so I told him he can and will and at that point would he be baptized if he knew and he accepted and said but I don’t know.. haha we gave the referral to the Elders in that area so we will see what happens with him. He found us later in his car to ask a few questions and give us water. I think he is just about ready πŸ™‚
My companion is Elder Scoffield and agh I freaking love him!!! We hug constantly in the Fresno mission so him and I hug all the time and he is a wonderful missionary from Pocatello Idaho but no one knows the Bruning’s that are from there, haha This is his last area so we will be together here in Salida for a few months and the work has been waiting for us and we already have a few people who are ready to hear the gospel and move forward! We white washed an area so the sisters are gone and we are new and knew nobody and were blind except for a few notes from the sisters… pero a mediante que la guia de dios y el espiritu nosotros conocemos muchas personas como miembros y investigatores y menos activos y la obra aqui esta listo for el fuego de dios y para nosotros como missioneros a ensenar todas personas que son listan por la parabla de dios πŸ™‚ and i am in an area full of Spanish people and i am in a regular ward and a YSA branch haha So we speak spanish to each other constantly but turn around and mostly talk in english but its great πŸ™‚ We cover for YSA, Salida, Modesto, Oakdale, Escalon, Antioc(which we may or may not ever go to its so far but we are trying) and anything within Modesto 1st stake i think is what it’s called. It’s the Modesto North Zone. Elder Scoffield is the District leader so im basically being trained to be a district leader for the future because i do everything he does and he usually just has me do a lot of it for him which is awesome!
Today is his birthday so i pinned Happy Birthday Elder Scoffield in post it notes above his bed haha its took him like an hour to notice!!! ay ay ay haha our apartment is the nicest in the mission πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ it’s almost more like a condo and the bathroom is actually bigger than Cameron’s bedroom…. hahahaha so awesome πŸ™‚ I’m spoiled but since my companion goes home after two tranfers, I have to stay here cause I will know everything about the area and as long as we baptize, President Gelwix truly does not enjoy moving missionaries. For instance this is Elder Scoffields 4th area… yup kinda crazy but maybe an incentive for me to baptize more? πŸ™‚ Anyways I love it here and I am finally feeling more and more like an official missionary but it took a few days and I think I have some time before I truly feel it but I have felt The Spirit and have been on my knees A LOT πŸ™‚
Salida here is just great πŸ™‚ The Ward Mission Leader for the Salida Ward. Bro. Layne is AMAZING. So is the one for YSA Tyler Bolton but I want to focus on Bro. Layne here. We met Geovani whom I think will be the first investigator you will all be hearing about πŸ™‚ We have appointments throughout this week with so many people so I cant take time talking about everyone but several months ago Geovani prayed for help and the Elders showed up immediately… uh duh!!!!! haha so then the sisters taught him but stopped showing up and now we showed up and boy is he ready to learn πŸ™‚ after that with Bro. Layne we had a deep spiritual testimony meeting of the power of this work when we were in his truck last night and I gave the prayer and asked for Heavenly Father for his family to receive the answers and support for what they need and have been looking for and that he will grant them the answers to their prayers because of his work. He turned to me with tears in his eyes, grabbed my hand and said Elder, you have no idea how much your prayer came directly from God and he was so sweet but I guess his family has been struggling in some areas but moments like that are just beautiful and The Spirit was sooo strong. I like to say we all had THS (Tender Heart Syndrome) πŸ™‚
I forgot my camera so I cant send any pictures I just realized 😦 I am sorry! But I promise that next week I will either through mail or email πŸ™‚ haha
I know this gospel is true and that Our Father in Heaven loves each of us πŸ™‚ Just pray to know and I promise that if you struggle to know and you want to truly know with real intent to take action… then HE WILL LET YOU KNOW!!!!! πŸ™‚
D&C 58: 1-7 I found this morning πŸ™‚ Help other and you will be blessed!!!
I love you all very much and I look forward to hearing from you all πŸ™‚
Love,
Elder Taylor
Ps. Dad… tell Cameron and Sara an extra congrats from me!!! πŸ™‚
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