Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tranfer to New York and new companion.

Well well well......first things first. Let me mention I'm living in NEW YORK!!!! Say Wha???? Yeah pretty crazy. That's where I was transferred to. Kinda cray cray but it's so exciting! Tell you all about it....first let me give you my new address so you can all write me :) 249 N Middletown Rd Apt 7A Nanuet, NY 10954 There ya go! I will say just send packages (if you do to the mission office because there's no where to put the packages. So send them to the Mendham address.

Zone meetings are great. They are just with the whole zone (which consists of about 2 districts) and it's just another meeting where the zone leaders train us on things. They happen once a month and we have a new monthly focus every month. The whole mission has the same monthly focus but then there's zone goals on top of the monthly focus. Let me just say it's a lot of new goals every month, but definitely things to work towards. I love the monthly focus on rely on the spirit, it's exactly what I need this month because being doubled into a new area is kinda nerve-racking. But I'm alive and well.

As for stories you can tell the many miracles have I seen out here in New Jersey. I would love for you to tell the ward I say hello and I hope that all of them are doing good. I would love it if you shared about the Perez family. That is the family we really worked on getting back to church and yes we made the chain with them. They are so amazing. Sarah, one of the girls was crying when I was saying goodbye to her on last Monday. That just warms my heart, seeing that I made a difference in their lives.

As for the weather, it's been beautiful. Today it's been really rainy but it hasn't been to cold. I've definitely been blessed because of the warmth and not the cold :)

Alright, now to this past weeks has been absolutely crazy let me tell ya.
Monday was my last day in Morristown and it was a crazy one. We were running all over trying to say bye to people. We went to sister Gurney's and had lunch with her. I love her so much, she's great. Then we went and did the fear buster with all the new missionaries coming in. There were so many girls and all so young! Ahhh I love it. I paired up with Sister Ward from Kaysville and Sister Houser from Logan. We met some interesting people on the streets but it was all fun. We didn't contact so many people but it was great. We went to the Chase's for dinner after that and we had Chinese food. It's something about chinese food and fortune cookies that just answers all my worries and my prayers. The fortune I got was "Trust yourself. You know more than you think." Boom! Knowing that I was being doubled in, training to a new area, that comforted me. We went and said bye to the Perez family and Darsi. They were quick goodbye's but meaningful. Darsi told us she was crying because of the letter I wrote her. She's incredible. More stories about her later.

Tuesday was another crazy day. Transfer conference! We ran to the doctor for Sis Mo and then off to training meeting and then transfer conference. It was an exciting time and then came the time to find out our new companions. Drumroll pleasee.......ahadkhadkghgakdghadglhag my new companion is SISTER WARD haha the one from Kaysville Utah! Go Figure! Ha It's sweet though. I'm so excited I get to train her. I actually already knew who I was going to be training because she was going to come out two weeks later because of some medical stuff but she's great and I love her!  She knows all of the same people I do which is so comforting because we can talk about people from back home. Tara Anderson, Macy Roosendal and so many others. She's a runner which I'm stoked about because now I can go running again in the morning! Woo hoo!!!!! She's great. She's kinda quiet but she's got a strong testimony of this gospel. It's incredible to see God's children answering the call to serve, I love it! But anyway, we got to transfer conference and found out we were going to be doubled into New City New York! It's so crazy to think we're living in New York right now but it's so cool. I love it. The area was split so now the elders are strictly spanish and they are in a trio. It's been such a blessing to have them in a trio because they really helped us out with being doubled in. The Elder that was already in the area is also from Kaysville, Elder Benson. So there's three Kaysville-ites, and two Mexicans. It's fabulous! And we'll be getting a new senior couple in this week so they went from 2 elders, (spanglish) to 7 missionaries up here. Stuff is about to happen! That's for sure! And it's so exciting.

So we packed up our BRAND NEW 2013 Chevy Cruze (with only like 40 miles), I'm talkin brand new (and NO TIWI!!!!!! haha) and drove up to New York. We got to our apartment and found out they gave us the wrong keys. They gave us the keys to the senior couples apartment. So we had an appointment Elder Benson set up so we kept our stuff there and went and met a member, sister Jarrett. she's great. Jamaican. We got back and figured out the key situation and got into our apartment. It's so great. I love my new place! I'll send pictures next week. It's been really crazy getting used to and I've felt overwhelmed at some points because I really don't know what I'm doing as a trainer but I'm trying and the Lord sees that. I know I'm going to be humbled as I train and I'm excited to become more consecrated to the Lord. So the next couple days were just trying to get our bearings set with the new area and try to figure out places on the map, ward members, investigators and all that jazz. And you know, I haven't have a break down yet about all this stuff. I'm excited to have a clean slate up here and come in on fire and help people come closer to Christ. It's amazing. Our weekly planning session took like no joke 6 hours because we were trying to figure all the stuff out. But it was definitely needed. Ps. Happy Valentine's day to all you LOVE BIRDS. And that's all of you I'm sending this too. Hope you had a great day with your loved ones. :) bahhahaha corny! Anyway and a Happy Birthday to Samuel Webb. Be expecting a card in a few days! Hope you like it hahaha :)

We actually have a baptism this Sunday of two young Haitian men here. They are so prepared and so ready to enter into the waters of baptism. It's so exciting. Eli and Emanuel. We met them this past week. We have a couple more investigators and are hoping to find more this week. Still trying to get used to this area. We have a nice old woman, Anne, that lives right next to us and she had us over for lunch. She's from Hungary and very sweet. she was so exciting to have us move in. She's sweet.

Miracle story of the week: So we had plans to go and see a less-active member and so we headed over to her apartment. We realized we didn't have an apartment number, nor did we know how we were going to get into the building. We decided to try anyway so Sister Ward offered such an amazing faithful prayer. As we got out of the car and started walking to the building, there was a lady, Patty, who was standing outside after walking her dog. She asked us who we were and then saw our badges and asked "oh, are you here to see Linda?" And we said yes, she said "oh she lives on my floor, let me show you where she lives" Boom miracle! We got to her door and heard someone singing kareoke and knocked on the door. She answered and was shocked to see us but let us right in. I know we were supposed to meet Sister DaSilva that day. Awh man, I already love her so much! She's so incredible. We visited her last night and she read me like a book, she said I would be a good correctionals officer "/ I was shocked. But she did that for quite some time and said I would be good at it. Who knows, we'll see. But she's great and we've started a great bond with her. We were about to leave and she asked us if she could sing us a song....of course I'm going to let her serenade us. :) So she sang us "Live like you were Dying" by Tim Mcgraw. Let's just say we have a return appointment with her next week and you know what we're doing......... KAREOKE!!!! BOOM BABY! I LOVE IT! I love being a missionary.

We went to church and it was a lot different than Morristown. The ward needs work and strength. We bore our testimonies and I'm so excited to be here in New City. It's an exciting time to be a missionary. I met a lady, Sister Mendez, who's son is in the Ventura Mission. (I guess that) Then she said he was serving in an area for quite some time. I said "Bakersfield" and she said "Yeah, how did you know?" I gave her names of people in Bakersfield her son can go and try and find. I gave her Tyrone Taylor's name and who knows. So it's interesting dad, you telling me about the basketball team this week. Revelation!

I know that this church is true. I'm so grateful to be a member. As I've read in the Book of Mormon this week I've been truly touched. I just read today when Jesus Christ comes to the America's in 3 Nephi and I love reading that and feeling the spirit so strong. I know that New City is where I need to be at this time in my mission, with Sister Ward. Our testimonies are going to strengthen the people here. I can't wait to see what's in store for us. I love it. I love it. I love it. I've already met some incredible people and it's been such a blessing to me.

Before I end, I'd like to tell you the update on Darsi. So she has been telling us that she's getting ready to go to the temple for the first time. Sister Morrison and I thought it was to recieve her endowment, but no it was just for baptisms. She goes this week and we're so excited for her to experience that. Like I said Sister Morrison and I thought it was for her endowment but after finding out it was for baptisms, she told Sister Morrison that she is going to wait until June so we can be her escorts through the temple for the first time. When Sister Morrison told me that, my heart melted. I'm changing people's lives out here. My example is being seen from people here. It kinda makes me wanted to cry with gladness that she wants Sister Morrison and I to be her escorts. Her daughter, Chanty (who's 22), is being taught and wants to be baptized. Sister Morrison told me today that Chanty noticed my example and looks up to me. It's just those little things that are incredible to hear. Man I just love it!

I love all of you so much! I hope you all have such a fabulous week full of miracles and the spirit! I pray for you every night! I love you!

Sister Taylor

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