Monday, July 31, 2017

Howdy y'all 

What a week! So transfers were on Wednesday and man things were hectic haha President thought it would be a good idea to assign me to be a zone leader and we had to get everyone in their assigned cars and get all the luggage to the right place, get all the new missionaries in the zone keys to their apartments and make sure all the greenies got to the New Missionary Orientation meeting. 

Then we got to my new area and we went straight to planning for 5 hours trying to plan the next District Leader Council meeting, zone companion study and the zone breakfast held by the stake. We had an early meeting the next day called Mission Leadership council for another 4 hours haha. It was a little stressful but fun for the most part. I got to see my trainer Elder Packer at that MLC meeting. It was so awesome to see him again and talk catch-up! 

The rest of the week was a lot less stressful so that was good. We actually got to get out and proselyte haha, The ward members here are awesome! They are so missionary minded and most of them actually talk to their neighbors about the gospel instead of saying they will and forgetting 2 seconds later haha. My new companions are so awesome! I knew them both from Portland and we are killing it as a tripanion-ship. 

Oh something cool that happened this week, we have a 17 year old girl named Leslie who is investing the church right now and we wanted to challenge her to pray every night and day because she doesn't really have a relationship with God. Well before the lesson we texted the whole ward before we taught Leslie asking them to pray specifically for Leslie to recognize the spirit when we teach her about prayer. Well it worked.... the lesson went great and before we could challenge her to pray every morning and night, she said - I would love to focus on prayer before you elders come back next week for our lesson. Haha my jaw almost hit the ground. I know prayer works and if we humble ourselves before the Lord and ask him for help and we do our part and do everything we can, he will make up the difference every time. 

I love you all and love this great gospel! Have another great week - 

yours truly Elder Taysom

Monday, July 24, 2017

What is up everyone!

Hope y'all had a great week. This week was awesome! We had an awesome district meeting on finding people and I think it really pumped us all up to get out and do more. We talked about our mission's goal of 50 baptisms per month and we are probably going to miss our goal by like 8 baptisms this month but that is still the most this mission has ever had! When Elder Anderson of the 12 came and challenged us to get 50 he said he knew there were 50 people out there that are truly searching and are ready to enter the waters of baptism, so all we have to do is find those 50! Hopeful we can get it next month.

After that district meeting Elder Brown and I decided we needed to find someone who is ready to be baptized and we prayed that we would be lead to them. Well we then started looking through our area book and came across a couple names that stood out to us. One of those names was Shayna. Shayna had been taught by missionaries before but she was not keeping commitments. We decided we needed to visit her and set up an appointment. Well long story short she said we could come back Wednesday so we did. We had one of the most spiritual lessons I've had on my mission on the plan of salvation and then we asked her if she would be baptized on Augustus 19th and she said YES! Now comes that sad part. We got transfer news this Saturday and I'm getting transferred. I am going to the Fishers Landing ward in the Vancouver East stake. I'm supper bummed to be leaving McLaughlin and I will miss the people here so much! I know a little bit about the Fishers Landing ward just because I've been on exchanges there with the Zone Leaders and the members seem like they're down for missionary work so I'm excited. Oh haha and my new companions will be Elder Brown and Elder Anderson. There are 3 Elder Browns in our mission and so I'm just trading one Elder Brown for another. My new Elder Brown was my first district leader in Portland and I have always looked up to him as a missionary! My other companion Elder Anderson was in my district in Portland and we are like best friends so this next transfer is going to be a lot of fun!

Well that's all I got for this week, I love you all and keep the faith!

Love Elder Taysom

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hey Fam!

Hope y'all had a great week. I'm going to start out this letter by just coming out and saying PENELOPE GOT BAPTIZED! It was so awesome! There was a bunch of friends and family there to support her and we had the opportunity to teach the restoration to a bunch of non members, it was just great! We even got a Priest in the ward to baptize her. He has been preparing for a mission so we thought it would be a good opportunity for him to baptize someone right before he leaves on his mission. Oh and Penelope's mom was in tears during the whole thing and she set up a time to go to the temple with us because that is something sister Ruff is trying to work towards. 

I love the temple so much! We were challenged by our stake president to get as many people to the temple as possible so Elder Brown and I had 4 temple trips set up this week. They were all so awesome! We got to see the new video released by the church about Oliver Cowdrey's perspective of the translation of the Book of Mormon. I would definitely recommend watching it if you haven't had the chance. 

One of our temple tours was with a 21 year old recent convert named Christine. Her family situation isn't the best and she has a lot of bad influences in her life right now. The sister missionaries at the temple taught her about baptism for the dead and she started crying. She  explained that she had a grandmother she was super close to that had passed away a couple years ago. Well long story short, she loved the temple and can't wait to go do baptisms for the dead. 

Well that's all I got for this week I love you all! The church it true and I love it!

Love Elder Taysom


Monday, July 10, 2017

What's good y'all! 

Sorry I didn't write last week, we were out like all day as a zone so we didn't have any time to email, so I'll try and make up for the last two weeks in this email. 

Well we started our first week out by finding Penelope. She is 10 years old and she lives with her grandma sister Ruff, but we just call her mom because sister Ruff doesn't like when we call her grandma haha. Sister Ruff has been a member of the church for most of her life, but she has been less active for a number of years now. Elder Brown and I decided to pay them a visit and we sat down and talked for a while and Sister Ruff just went on and on about how much she loves the church and the impact it has for the youth. We asked her if she would like to get Penelope involved in the church and she instantly said yes and explained that she would like her to be baptized as well. We wanted to say yes right then and there, and discuss a date for baptism, but we had been instructed 2 months earlier my our mission president in one of our zone conferences that we should not baptize a minor unless their parents are active. So elder brown and I explained to her that we would love for Penelope to be baptized but that she would have to become an active member of the church first. She actually took it really well and said she had been wanting to come back to church but just never had the push necessary to do so. Well long story short sister Ruff and Penelope have come to church these last 3 week and Penelope will be entering the waters of baptism July 15th!!!!! We are so stoked for Penelope! She has loved coming too and has made a lot of friends in primary. She was a little scared when we mentioned she was going to go all the way under the water but once we took her to another baptism in the zone, and she saw how quick it was, she got excited and hasn't stopped talking about her baptism this Saturday haha. So I will let you know how that goes next week:) 

Then we had the 4th of July and it was so fun! President said it was an all day P-Day from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM., so Elder Brown and I lived it up. We started the day out by going to Walmart and buying some sweet USA T- Shirts so we would look good for the Zone BBQ at 1:00. Then after the Zone BBQ we went around to a bunch of members and ate at their BBQs and just messed around and played basketball. Then to finish off the night we got a super rich member from my last area to come pick us up and watch fire works from his house. He lives on the top of a mountain that looks over most of Portland, so we saw a lot of fireworks. 

The Next day we had our Zone Temple trip! I love the temple so much! It was so nice to just feel of the peace in the house of the Lord. Our mission president challenged us to go to the temple with questions and promised they would get answered if they were sincere. It was such a cool experience to have all my questions answered and to just feel of the calmness that comes with the temple. 

Then at the end of the week we had a fun zone activity where we put up this huge sign on the front of this freeway overpass that said "FREE BOOK OF MORMON AT NEXT EXIT". We had the rest of the zone handing out copyies of the Book of Mormon to all the cars stopped at the next exit. It was so fun and we handed out like 50 copies. 

Well, that's a wrap on my week. I love it out here and I can feel my Savior's love stronger and stronger every day as we strive to bring others unto him. I know that he lives! I know he wants to help us! I know that he can help us, as soon as we are willing to change. Jesus Christ challenges all men to be better, so that they can feel true happiness. I love you all and hope you have a great week. 

Love Elder Taysom

Monday, June 19, 2017


Shout out to my dad for always being there for me and getting me out on a mission. I love you pops and just want to thank you for putting up with my crap for 19 years haha! 

So this week was transfers! I will forever miss the Parker's Landing Ward! On Monday and Tuesday we went around and said goodbye to all the members and investigators. There are so many awesome people in that ward that I am really going to miss! 

BUT...... I LOVE MY NEW WARD. THEY ARE SO MISSIONARY MINDED!! Oh and my new comp Elder Brown is awesome! He's 20 years old. He's from Idaho and he's been out on his mission for 20 months now. I have already learned a lot from each him and he's just a stud. Elder brown and I have had a full week going around to all the members and investigators just introducing the new missionary in the ward.....AKA me haha. 

I like the new zone I'm in. There's not many hikes or lakes to go fishing in here but  hey we can always just ball it up at the stake center. Oh so things about my zone, Elder Cook (my MTC comp) is my new zone leader and he lives in a 4 man apartment with Elder Finley (my other MTC comp) so when I go on exchanges with the zone leaders I could be rooming with both of my old MTC companions haha! It's a long shot but it would be so fun. 

My new apartment is pretty nice. It's not as nice as my last apartment but it's still one of the better ones in the mission. Elder Brown and I live with 2 other Elders, Elder Glover and Elder Smith. They are awesome and Elder Smith is a brand new missionary. He's been out for 5 days now. We have been playing pranks on him all week haha. Like on Wednesday (his first day out in the field) I called all the missionaries into the kitchen and then I said "I'll say the prayer" and Elder Smith asked why we were saying a prayer. So we explained to him that we pray over all the food in the whole kitchen once a week because we don't have time to bless every single meal. We have been doing little things like that all week haha! He's a cool kid and is a good sport about the whole thing. 

Oh and the pictures I sent are of me and some members in the Parker's Landing Ward when I was saying goodbye to them all. The cool picture with the car is Elder Brown and I. We were just walking to this lady's house and I saw that cool old Packard in the driveway so I said to Elder Brown "let's go ask him if we can take a picture with his car and then see if he wants the gospel" haha Well, he didn't want anything to do with the gospel but he sure was happy to take pictures of us in his car. 

Well that's all I got for this week. I know this church is true and I know I say that a lot but my testimony just keeps growing and growing on the truthfulness of this gospel. I know that our loving Heavenly Father, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are 3 separate and distinct beings. I know that god has always worked through prophets and always will. I know this great gospel brings peace and happiness and it is our job as missionaries and members to bring others unto Christ to help them feel of the great peace and joy this gospel brings. 

I love you all and hope you have a great week! 

Love elder Taysom

Monday, June 12, 2017

What's up y'all!

This week was interesting. We had a lot of service again and had a lot of member lessons with the ward. We are trying to get around to every member of the ward and just share a quick 5 minute spiritual thought because of our last zone conference. Elder Lawrence from the 70 came to our mission and taught us how to reach our goal of 50 baptisms per month as a mission. It's a pretty lofty goal because we normally only get about 25, but when Elder Anderson of the 12 came to our mission about 2 months ago he said we could double our baptisms per month and get 50! So Elder Lawrence pretty much just told us how and he said it's going to be through the members. He challenged us to visit every member of our ward and ask them to pray for 2 things, number 1: pray for missionary opportunities, and number 2: pray for the mission to reach their goal of 50 baptisms per month. He also wanted us to challenge our friends and family at home to do the same....... so JUST DO IT ✔️ haha I know with everyone asking for missionary opportunities and praying for our mission to get to 50 baptisms, we will see miracles. We just started visiting members to give them this challenge this week and we already have 5 new referrals. It works and I know this is an inspired plan and if we can get everyone behind it, we will have no problem with reaching our baptismal goal of 50. 

Oh and I almost forgot, we got TRANSFER news this week. I got transferred and will be leaving Parker's Landing and heading over to the McLoughlin Ward. I'm really going to miss a lot of people here in the Parkers Landing Ward! I honestly wasn't expecting to get transferred but hey if the Lord needs me somewhere else then I just need to accept that everything happens for a reason and go with a smile. So next week I will be in my new area and my new comp will be Elder Brown. I'll tell you all about it next Monday, love you all and have a great week. 

Love Elder Taysom

Elders Valentine, Taylor, Cook, Packer, and Taysom
(all of Tanner's comps so far in chronological order right to left)


Monday, June 5, 2017

Hey y'all it's yo boy Elder Taysom here!

This week was the bomb, we started our week out by going mountain biking and fishing on P-day. It was so fun to get out and enjoy the nice weather and catch some fish. Oh some updates on our investigators, Richard True CAME TO CHURCH!!! He said it was the spiritual boost he needed and loved it. David was out of town this week for his grandmother's 100th birthday so we are meeting with him next Wednesday. Please keep them in your prayers, we are going to try and put both of them on date this week.

Something cool that happened this week, Elder Valentine and I met with a guy named Wilber and he's 89 years old and he is just awesome! We talked to him for a long time and went over the restoration with him and he seemed really receptive to the first vision account. We invited him to church but he said he was pretty grounded in his church (southern baptist). So I asked him if we could go to church with him this Sunday and if we came that he would come to our church the following Sunday. Well we went and its was..... well interesting, I definitely had a lot of fun haha. Pastor Tim welcomed us with open arms and prayed over us, it was a pretty cool experience haha.

Well sorry that all I got for this week, I know the church is true! I know that God has always worked through prophets and he always will. I know that the priesthood is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. Love you all and have a great week.

Love Elder Taysom

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