Monday, June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015

well, first off for the really good news...i got to play soccer today!! jaja and not only did we play, but we got to play on grass!!! the first time playing on grass in a year! it was marvillous.

and well for this week...yesterday we had a family home evening with the whole ward. the ward here is so awesome. seriously the best ward i have been in here in ecuador. but we had a family home evening and we watched the movie Meet the Mormons! that movie actually isnt here in ecuador, but as missionaries, we got connections ;) jaja But its a great movie. everyone really enjoyed it. you should watch it if you havent yet. besides that this week we´ve been working here and also we´ve been going to some of the other sectors to work with them too. its been good.

well, thats all i got for this week. i hope you all are doing super well! i love you all!
Elder Taylor

Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015 Portoviejo

well, this week has gone by super fast. but it has been a really good week! first off, me and my comp were able to put a new babtismal date this week! and also we had a babtism this past saturday. and have 7 more people with babtismal dates! so thats pretty exciting! also, really coo, part of this week is when my comp and high went to help the sisters withsome lessons, and had some really spiritual lessons with some of there investigators there. so that was awesome. also i already love the people here! i feel like the people here in manabi are more open and loving then they were in my other areas, and they are all so nice! and the cook super good! im probably going to be gaining weight... but me and my comp are doing super pretty hard core work outs to try and not get fat here. so we´ll see how that goes. well i feel like this week was super busy and yet i dont know what to say. things are going good as a zone leader. just a little bit more stressfull. well i love you all and hope you all have a great week!

Élder Taylor

Monday, June 15, 2015

June 15, 2015 Cambios

 alright, so this has been quite the interesting week. first off, this wednesday, we went to guayaquil, for a conference with president and then to go to the temple. it was awesome. president is so inspired and always teaches us the best things and we always leave the conferences so excited and animated to work! and even better when right after we go to the temple! so wednesday night after the conference we went to the temple which was amazing. i learned some much new stuff. its incredible. and then we took some pictures and slept there at the temple. so another great thing is the temple hausing has air conditioning and heated water!!! so i actually slept well and didnt die of heat!! so theçat was a blessing on its own. and then taking a warm shower in the morning instead of a cold one, ooph was so nice. and so while i was there after the shower i was thinking ´´wow, the temple is the closest place here i got to home´´(or the commodoties) and then as i was pondering that thought, i thought again, ´´isnt that how it should be really? shouldnt the temple be the place where we feel comfortable and that we are the closest to home?´´ and its true. in the temple we are closer to our Hevenly Father, and closer to our heavenly home. i encourage you to all make the temple youre ´´closest thing to home´´.
  also had a cool experience, so because of having to go to guayaquil and all that, me and my comp were broke. but i mean broke!! like i had 2 cents to my name.. so that means we were stuck to walking everywhere and no busses or taxis. which is tough. but so end of the day saturday we just got done with a lesson and its late and time to go home, but we are super super duper far from the house. without money. but so we start walking. and at this piont theres no way we get home in time. so as we´re walking i say a private prayer, asking that some miracle happens, that we find a dolar in the street or something so we can make it home on time. and then just as i finish my prayer, a member that lives behind us drives up and says hop in to his truck! so we gldly jump in, and he takes us home, and we arrive exactly one minute before we have to be home. really a miracle. so i know that God loves us and that he hears and answers our prayers, even if its simple as getting home on time.
  also for the last news, today is transfers and i have been transfered! its bitter sweet. sad to be leaving these people who i have really grown to love; but exited for the new adventure that awaits. so now im in a zone called porto viejo, which is in the province of manabi, which is about 3 or 4 hours from guayaquil. and also, im now the new zone leader here! so that is pretty exciting and stressfull.

  well i love you all so much and hope you all have a great week!!
Elder Taylor

Monday, June 1, 2015

#39 The Curtain

   well this week has been good. first off, id like to share a thought i had. i call it me ´Curtain Analogy´. so, where i study, i sit right infront of an open window but with the curtain down to block the sun. my back to the window. as im sitting there in the chair, my back blocks the curtain from raising up when the breeze blows. but, as i kneel down to pray, my back no longer hinders the curtain, so when the breeze comes the curtain freely moves up, and sunlight floods the room. i feel like life is the same way. sometimes we are sitting(not acting) and blocking that the light enters the room. but as we kneel down(action) to pray, and get out of the way, the Lord can work freely(like the breeze) and move the curtain so that we are flooded with light. so moral of the story, get on your knees and pray. well i hope that made sense to you guys.
   also, for a cool sttory, yesterday night i was walking down the street with a member when we see these cop lights and here vroooomm and we see these two guys on a motorcycle come flying down the street and the cop car behind chasing them! it was like fast and furious in real life! it was pretty awesome.
   also, this week we went to guayaquil, because we had a conference with Elder Uceda, a 70 from our area. hes awesome!! so powerful. it was great at first we all got to go up and shake his hand and say our name and where we are from. and then we took a picture with our zone and him. and then we had the meeting. and it was great. he taught us something really cool and useful stuff! it was way interesting hereing him and his wife and president and sister dennis. they areall awesome!
   also yesterday we were able to have 7 investigators come to church! though  2 of them left early after 1 hour. but we passed by them and they are really good and enjoyed it and said they are going to come back. and this morning we stopped by and hada super good lesson about the plan of salvation of we put a babtismal date with them! heir names are danny and angelica. they also have 3 kids, 2 of which can be babtized! but they are super awesome and accepted the date to be babtized! so for now they are scheduled to be babtized on the 27 of june! so be praying that they can keep coming to church as a family and be ready for that date! besides that we have some other investigators that have attended and will be working with.
   well hope you have a great week! 

Elder Taylor