Monday, March 27, 2017

Hey everyone! 

It's me Elder Taysom. Hope y'all had another great week, I know I did. So transfers were this week and I am now balling it up in the Parker's Landing Ward. I love it here already mostly because we have the 2nd nicest apartment in the entire mission, but also because we already have 2 new investigator and 2 twins on date. I'm super excited to get things moving again in this ward. 

Anyway we have 2 new investigators! We met them at the skate park down the hill from our apartment and that's how we met Austen and Dillan. They are best friends and came over and started talking to us and started asking us a bunch of deep questions. We said we would love to answer all of their questions but we had an appointment to get to so we set up an appointment with them to meet up and go over the discussions. So we are super pumped for that next week. 

It's really funny because our area is really small so we get to know like everyone in our town. Oh and something cool about our ward is we have president Anderson in our ward! He's a member of the mission presidency and he is so good at motivating us and hooking us up with a bunch of food. 

Well that's all I got for this week. Sorry it's not long but I'll send a bunch of pics to make up for it. 

Love Elder Taysom 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Saint Patrick's day everyone! 

Hope y'all were wearing green. This week was awesome, we had a bunch of appointments with our investigators. Not much has changed with all of them since last week but keep praying for Robyn, Sarah, Tami, Donald, and Ieda. They could all really use your prayers right now. But other than that it was just another great week as a missionary. 

Oh we got transfer news this week, I will be leaving sunnyside and heading over to Parkers Landing in the Vancouver East Stake and my companion will be Elder Taylor. Elder Taylor is awesome! He was in my district a couple transfers ago and we are going to do some great things in Parkers landing. I'm going to miss sunnyside though. The ward here is just awesome! There are so many families I have grown to love and I will miss them so much. I have tried to take as many pictures with the families and investigators we have been working with as possible. I have seen my testimony grow so much here in these last 4 transfers and I know the sunnyside ward is where the Lord needed me at this time. 

I just hope I did all I could to build his kingdom in the short 6 months I've been here. At times I've have felt overwhelmed with all the work I see that has need to be done but as always my spirits are lifted as I turn to the scriptures. As I was reading in Alma 37:6 when Alma is talking to his son Helaman about keeping a record of his people, he said (6 Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.) This scripture hit me so hard. I know and have a true testimony that our best is enough, but only our best. I think President Uchtdorf said it best when he said, "May we always remember this profound lesson: that we are banner bearers of the Lord Jesus Christ, upheld by the Holy Spirit of God, faithful and true to the end, each one devoted to give our all to the cause of Zion and bound by covenant to stand close together and lift where we stand." I read this talk and that scripture in Alma the same day that I was questioning my effectiveness as a missionary. I know God answers prayers and he did so to me through his appointed mouthpieces. This gospel has eternal consequences and there is no greater work over bringing salvation to God's children. 

I feel like I'm preaching to the choir but I do know this is where I'm supposed to be and if we all "lift where we stand" and give our all through small acts of faith, there will be "great things brought to pass". 

I love you all and hope you have a good week! 
Love Elder Taysom

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hey Family!

It's me and Elder Read here. We're just getting ready in the apartment to go proselyting, but we've got a few minutes so I thought I'd send you a video letter. This week was good. We had Robin on date but we've got to work with her a little more before she's ready for the promise of baptism so that will be a little bit. Tammy has moved her date back, for a good reason, but we're excited for Tammy. We're about ready to go to a lesson with Sara! We're gonna go out with the Zabaldo family. We're gonna go get some food and then have like a family home evening with her and so that will be super exciting.

Elder Read, what else?

"Why is he so good at basketball? He broke my ankles."

(Tanner dabs:) What can I say ya know? I thought it ran in the family, but then I watch my older brother Carter play basketball....hmhm (shaking his head). I think Dal's got it, but not Carter. hahaha Just wanted to roast ya!

This week we did a lot of service like we went and chopped some branches when I was on exchanges with Elder Packer, we went to the bishop's storehouse and do a lot of work there every week...a lot of walking. Sara, her apartment is on this side of the area, and we're over here on this side of the area. Here's our map of the area. Point where Sara lives, now point where we live. Yeah so it's a long ways, and we make that walk like twice a week. But that's ok its good for us! It's getting me thinner and I need to lose some weight, but...

Donald, he's awesome! We're still working with him and I love Donald! He invite us to a Blazers basketball game and I asked president if we could go, but that one got shut down quick...pquoo! haha

Umm I don't know...we're just having fun out here! Transfers are coming up and I'm probably getting transferred. I talked to president in my last interview and I was like, do you think I could slip you a twenty dollar bill and I could stay in Sunnyside for another transfer, and he was like, "How long have you been in Sunnyside?" And I was like, "six months" and he said, "Oh no you're leaving". So it's not a guarantee, but I guarantee I'm leaving, so that will be super sad, but I guess it will be good. I love a lot of families here! But anyway, that's our week! I love you all!


Monday, March 6, 2017

Hey fam! 

Hope all is well back home! This week was just awesome! We got 2 full days of sunshine and it's finally starting to warm up a little. We also did a lot of work with our investigators. Some updates on our investigators.... Sarah our investigator on date for baptism for March 8th is still awesome. She is progressing so well but she doesn't feel like she's ready for baptism which sound like a bummer, but I'm glad she's honestly seeking truth and wants to know more of the doctrine before she promises to live and keep it. Our other investigator Robyn (that we have been working with for a long time) finally decided to come to church! She loved it and said she felt peace while she was there. She now wants to be baptized on March 18th because that's her 3 year anniversary of the day she decided to be drug and alcohol free. 

The last investigator I wanna talk about is a new investigator we got this week. Her name is Tami and she is just awesome! She got introduced to the church by her husband who is a member, Brother Harris. They got married about a year ago and when they got married she knew he was a Mormon and she told him "I don't want you to push your religion on me, I go to the Catholic Church and you go to the Mormon church, that's it" Well obviously that didn't really work out because over the past year brother Harris taught Tami little by little about the church through his example. Well finally brother Harris invited her to church and she had a great time! She has been coming for the past 5 weeks and when Elder Read and I gave our talks in church last week about member missionary work, she felt like she needed to be a member missionary by inviting herself to take the discussions haha. So she came up to us in church and said " Hi I'm sister Harris. I'm not a member of the church but I would love to learn more. I signed up on the dinner calendar to feed you this Wednesday. Would you be willing to teach me more after we eat?"  Elder Read and I almost didn't believe it because that like never ever ever ever happens haha. I wish that's how missionary work went haha! Anyway, the lesson was awesome and the spirit was so strong as brother Harris bore his testimony to his wife. She is now preparing herself to be baptized on March 25th. I'm so excited for them and would love to see them sealed in the temple one day. I will probably be leaving Sunnyside on the 22nd, but it will be nice to come back with my new companion for the baptism. 

Well that's all I got for this week. I would like to bare my testimony that I know the Book of Mormon is true! I had no idea of the importance of the Book of Mormon and what roll it plays in testifying that Jesus is the Christ. It wasn't until recently, that I discovered why Joseph Smith proclaimed it to be the key stone of our religion. It is physical proof that we have modern prophets, that the first vision did happen, and that priesthood authority has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. Anyone who fulfills Moroni's promise can know of the same truth. 

Well that's all from Elder Taysom this week. Tune in next week for more ....... if you want I guess