Monday, May 14, 2012

Bom dia May 14, 2012

May 14, 2012

Well I told you everything yesterday. Have a great week!  

Love Elder Taylor
(This was the first email - he was almost a dead missionary!  Staci)

Hahahahaha just kidding! I will still send an email.

It was so good to see all of you and talk to you yesterday. That was the best. It was funny because one minute i was talking to you and then five minutes later we were back on the street doing contacts haha but thats how it should be. Its a little hard to focus now but i will get back in the zone. Gotta go out and find the lost sheep.

About the coat. I talked to President Cordon about it and he said that they have coats in the mission home for Elder Sandoval. Thank you so much though. You all are the best. I forgot 3 things that I would like in the package too. 1. Ibuprofen 2. Zip lock baggies. They havent been invented in Brazil yet. I would love some gallon size and some normal size. Maybe a package of each... 3. Candy. Some good old american candy would be wonderful. Enough for one good looking american and his hilarious argentinian companion :) Thank you so much.

Other than Mothers Day this week was really bad. We didnt find any new investigators and Gustavo didnt come to church so he wasnt confirmed a member. It was really hard and sad and really just broke my heart. It was the hardest week yet on the mission. We are starting to work more with the members though to find new investigators. We mark visits in the members homes and then ask them to invite one of their friends or neighbors to come and listen to a small message. So far its going well so hopefully we can find new investigators this way. Also, we had a really funny thing happen this week. We were walking down a hill Friday night and it was raining and dark and I slipped and just fell right on my bum. It hurt way bad because i tried to catch myself and now my hand hurts. But I guess i made a really weird noise when i fell because Elder Sandoval just busted up laughing. His laugh is hilarious so I busted up laughing too. It was so funny and he has told this story to just about every member that we have seen since. It was pretty funny.

I still cant get over how big Annie looks. Its only been 5 months. Annie, Stop growing. Please. 

Dad, it was hard to hold back the tears when you said you are proud of me. I could just picture you with your cry face goin on. Thank you for your encouragement and love.

Scott, I am on 2 Nephi 19. Good luck chuck.

I just want you all to know that I love you so much and that I am so grateful to be part of your family. I love you. I know that the Lord is watching over me and syd and is answering your prayers. I love you all so much.

Love, Elder Taylor

Oh and mom, I wrote you a letter last week but it was really short. Expect a longer, much better one in a couple of weeks. Happy Mothers Day! I love you mommy.

Bom dia! May 9, 2012

Bom dia!   May 9, 2012

First off, thank you so much for sending me your skype name. I will be on around 3 oclock on Sunday. Thats 3 oclock Curitiba time. And it might be later than that if my companion goes first. But i am so excited to see and talk to you! I dont know what we are going to talk about so get some questions ready for me!

Speaking of my companion...I have a new one! His name is Elder Sandoval and he is from Argentina. He is way funny and I love him a lot. Its funny that we have been together for a week already and I am just now telling you about it. He is great and we are a dynamic duo. And he is my second witness that I talk in my sleep! I never knew that.

This week was good, hard, and long. Gustavo was baptized on Sunday and he was very excited about it. It was a really spiritual meeting and it was just good. The rest of this week was hard and we had a really hard time finding new investigators. We are doing everything we can and we just arent finding anyone. We did receive a referal from our zone leaders and we went there and taught them and it was a really good lesson. It was a family of four and the daughter has already been to church once and really enjoyed it. We talked to our bishop about changing some things so that we can work better with the ward but he just shot all of our ideas down. It was really frustrating. But as I was studying this week i was trying to find an answer on how we can work with him and the ward better and everything that I studied just said, Trust the Lord. So I will do all that I can do and I will trust in the Lord that everything will work out.

I dont know what is going on but i still cant send you pictures. Its killing me. Im so sorry.

About the jacket, I really could use one. To tell you the truth, my companion is really poor and doesnt have a jacket so he is using my coat and I dont have anything else. I could really use a jacket for me. That would be awesome. Thank you so much. Also, he is very kind and he gave me some Argentinian money. If you could send me like 5 one dollar bills that would be awesome. He is one of my best friends already and I want to help him as much as I can.

I just want to tell you that I know that Heavenly Father answers prayers. We fasted and prayed this week to find a family to teach and that very day we received the referal from our zone leaders. I also know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have already received so many answers from it. I know that our Heavenly Father loves us and that He wants to help us. We just need to be humble enough to get down on our knees and ask.

I love you all and I hope you have a great rest of the week! Scotty, I am on 2 Nephi 9. Didnt get much reading in because of transfers and stuff. But you will not beat me.

I love you!

Love, Elder Taylor