Monday, January 26, 2015

#27 Golden Investigator

  this week has been awesome! so first off, this coming saturday will be the babtism of Hna Blanca! im so excited for her babtism! she is so excited to be babtized and be a member in the church! its amazing hearing how much she has changed, and i love seeing how she acts as if she has been a member her whole life already--but really has only attended like 3 times! she is great! and its awesome that she has family that are members and they are so supportive and help her out so much!
  also, our golden investigator, Olivia attended church this week! she stayed the full 3 hours and said she really enjoyed it! she is so receptive to everything we teach and she learns, and its just amazing! she really is a testimony to me that the Lord has people prepared for us; people who are ready and just waiting for a guide to lead them to the door of happiness and everlasting life. im so humbled and grateful i have that oportunity to be this guide in her life. 
  also, crazy story, this sunday at church, me and my companion where stading there after sacrament meeting saying hi to people and helping them get to the next class,when a sister came up to us, and presented us to another sister, who apperently is married to a member, but she is not babtized, and came to church, and she really wants to get babtized! both me and my comp where almost in shock! to have an investigator basically come up and ask to get babtized.. doesnt happen everyday. haha but we talked with her and will be meeting with her today to talk more. but how awesome is that! and then after church, the sister that is a member of our ward who presesnted us to this investigator who wants to get babtized, told us how sh has been praying for someone that she can meet and present to us the missionaries that we can teach--and well she found someone! its so cool the way the Lord answers prayers!
  well this week we will be staying super busy prepping for the babtism and working on helping the other investigators we have accept babtismal dates. im so happy i get to be here and for how much ive learned and how much im learning everyday! i hope all of you are doing well! love you all!
Elder Taylor

Monday, January 19, 2015

#26 Classic Ecuador

this week went by way fast... again. this week we had the babtism of Jose Pillasagua! that went reallywell. the bishop babtized him and it was awesome.

also, we found a new invetigator that is so ready!! we went up and contacted her house, and she emmeiately let us in before we even said anything, told us to take a seat, and we talked, and shared a lesson with her. just a month ago her brother passed away, so we talked about the plan of salvation, and how even though he passed on, its not the end, and that she will have the chance to be with him again. it was a super good lesson. she told us that she felt a peace and calmness in the lesson, which we explained was the holy ghost. she isso aesome! we also commited her to pray about the things we taught, and she said she would. and when we came back she told us that she did pray and again felt this calmness and peace and tranquility. she said she will come to church with us this coming sunday, as she wasnt able to this past sunday.

she is so prepared its amazing to see how the Lord puts these poeple in our path. but also ive learned we have to act and do our part. because for example if we never would have gone up to contact that house, we never would have found her, atleast not for who knows how long. well thats my words of wisdom for this week, act and the Lord will bless you. Be Active! jaja well i love you all and hope all is well!

oh, also attached is a picture i took on one of our morning runs to the beach. classic ecuador wit all the fishing boats and the fishermen up early working. well love you all!
Elder Taylor

Monday, January 12, 2015

#25 Fish head...

alright, so first off with the interesting foods of Ecuador that ive gotten to try this week: caviar for my first time, which is really good. Fish head (which includes the eyes. yumm). and turkey foot (okay that ones not my favorite). but i love ecuador. the people are so nice and the food is good and there is always something new!

So first off, we have an investigator named Blanca, who is awesome! we started teaching her the first week i got here, and extended her a fecha which she accepted, so she is going to get babtized this 31st of january! she is so prepared. her sister is also a member, which is aesome. So Blanca has known about the church for a long time, but never was interesed and never thought she would ever have anything to do with it. but then some things went down in her family and in life, and now she is soo accepting of the gospel and loves to learn and knows that its true. its amazing how the Lord prepares his children for the right time when they will accept the gospel in their lives. its just another testimony of how the Lord knows each and every one of us and what are exact needs are and when we need them and everything! it really is amazing.

well thats all i have time for. love you all!

Elder Taylor