Monday, September 24, 2012

Hello there Family and Friends!

Last week was Zone Conference in England so me and Elder Sutton had to take the ferry to the mainland. Taking a ferry is so much fun and yet very tiring. When we got to Liverpool, we were picked up by the Zone Leaders and taken to the Liverpool Stake Center for a Zone Feast. We saw all of the missionaries from our Zone and had a great time eating and talking about miracles that have happened in our areas thus far. We then went to do some street contacting in Liverpool and it was pretty good. We then stayed the night at the Zone Leader's flat. The next morning we got up and headed to Chorley to the Multi Zone Conference. I was filled to the brim with joy, the Spirit and a fire to be a better missionary. President Preston taught about having high hopes about all aspects of missionary work whether it be with new investigators, progressing investigators, baptisms and talking to people everywhere. Another thing that I enjoyed was the 'object' lesson which was applying the Gospel to items used by everyday people. I have been using it constantly with lessons we have with members, investigators and less actives. So amazing!!!

After the Conference we received letters from family and friends. It was great receiving letters from people that I care for (all missionaries love letters lol). Me and Elder Sutton got back on the ferry the next day back to the Isle. With our progressing investigator Rong Xin Zhou we have a few things to do with him. We know that he is totally ready for Baptism but we need him to meet with the Bishop before anything happens. This week we will be really striving to get him that interview. The Lord knows his heart and will make sure that he enters into the waters of baptism ready to go. I will keep you posted.

Also to those that were wondering about where I will be next transfer I will keep you all posted with everything. Today I will be going on the ferry back to England because my trainer has a meeting with all the district leaders tomorrow. The next week is my 5 week training camp for new England Manchester missionaries so that will be fun!!! Keep smiling and keep being awesome! I love you all very much and thank you all for your prayers.

Much Love,

Elder Terrence M. Taylor

PS- To those who wrote me a letter: I will write you back today and get it in the mail on Wednesday when I am back from England.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hello Family and Friends!

Before I begin I just wanted to thank my friend Sheyla from Montreal for the letter. It was really nice to hear from you and nice to hear that you read the blog. I will definitely write you back today!

Ok so it was such a busy week last week and this week will be even busier! We had our consecrated fast/finding days last Friday and Saturday where we were proselyting for 5 hours on Saturday and fasting on Friday. Me and Elder Sutton worked our hardest and really strived to receive some new investigators. We set a few appointments and had some great Gospel conversations with people on the street. The England Manchester Mission is DEFINITELY a "FOREVER FINDING" mission. The Lord has trust in all of His missionaries around the world to seek out the people who are prepared to receive this message. As I continue to be an excelling missionary, the Lord will bless me in all that I do in His name. It is such a blessing to be out here.

So Rong Xin Zhou (our investigator) came to church again yesterday which is so great because now he can be baptized this Saturday the 22nd of September!!!! WOOT WOOT!!!! He is just such a solid young man who will be such an amazing member and maybe someday a full time missionary for the Lord! He is a Platinum investigator who just continues to progress and continues to be obedient. I hope that his baptism goes through and that he continues to endure to the end. We are also teaching a young lady named Amaara Sharpe and she is from South Africa but has lived on the Isle of Man most of her life. She has friends who are members and they continue to invite her to things that the ward or the stake puts on for the youth. We feel that she is ready for baptism but her parents don't want her to rush into this and just give up on it part way through. We need to get her to continue to come to church, read/pray about the Book of Mormon and continue to progress towards baptism. She will definitely press forward.

This week me and Elder Sutton are going across to England for a Zone Conference; it should be really good! This is my first Zone Conference so I am very interested to know what we will be doing for it! Also as a side note: I may be transferring to another area in October. I will keep you all posted so that you can know if I will be here or in another area.

Thank you all for the prayers and your love. Know that I love you all very much. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true Church on the earth today. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is eternal and perfect in every way. As we grow closer to the time of General Conference, find ways to prepare for it. The way I would prepare for Conference is that I would fast from Facebook for the whole week before Conference (when I was home) and pray in the middle of the fast about things I wanted to improve in my life. I issue this commitment to all who will be watching Conference so that the Spirit of the Lord can work through you; prepare for Conference in your own way by fasting from something you do temporally everyday, pray and/or read past General Conference talks. I promise you that you will pick out something from a talk that you needed in your personal life. Keep smiling and continue to press forward. Cheers (that's what they say on the British Isles basically saying buh bye)!

With Love,

Elder Terrence M. Taylor

PS- I love receiving letters so if you have time (Kira Golay, Ashely Dodge & Smith, Louis Wilson, David Paxman, Bryson Lamerouex, Daniel Kendall and other friends) write me. LOL :D

Monday, September 10, 2012

Hey there Family and Friends!

Well I've been on the Isle of Man for 2 weeks now and I am getting use to its weather and the people. It has been very cold as of late and rains 3 times out of the week (different than Arizona lol). The people in the ward that I serve are just some of the best people you want to know and have solid testimonies. Like one family the Sayle's are just so amazing and just wonderful people all around. They joined the Church a year ago and before I got out here were sealed for time and for all eternity in the Preston England Temple. There is Bro. and Sis. Sayle, their children Hannah, Jenna and Tim and their dog (I will take a picture with them when I see them and have it posted on the blog). They are just the sweetest family ever and just so giving. Another member is Brother Brian Head. He is a convert of 2 years and just so solid! He is the 1st counselor in the Elders' Quroum and really helps us out when we go out teaching.

Me and Elder Sutton have been teaching a young man named Rong Xin Zhou from mainland China but going to college out here. We set up a baptismal date for the 22nd of September and he...ACCEPTED!!!! WOOT WOOT!!!! He came to church and is now dated! FIRST BAPTISM MY FIRST TRANSFER! We will still be meeting up with him to get him ready for Baptism. He is a very solid investigator and will be such a great church member. His English isn't that bad and he understands what we have been teaching him and is willing to change his ways and follow the Savior. Oh how great is my joy to be the Lord's authorized servant and be amongst His children. I will keep you all posted on Rong's progress next blog entry.

Now with the election heating up and so much change in the world, my scripture study in the Book of Mormon has been great! I've been reading/studying the War Chapters in the last part of Alma and the first few chapters in Helamen and I can see the world how it is today in these chapters. I suggest if you have time read those chapters; they are pretty powerful scriptures. I testify that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ. As we follow the example of Jesus Christ, we will always be on the strait and narrow path back to His presence. Missionary service is the BEST service you can ever do in your life. As the Lord's missionary I have seen miracles happened to me and those I come in contact with. Pray constantly and fervently so that the Lord can bless you in your temporal and spiritual life. May the Lord bless you all and keep you. This Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ and He is the chief cornerstone. I testify of these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

I love you all very much. I thank you for your prayers and the prayers for all the Lord's missionaries. Also I love receiving letters from you all. It would make me very happy to receive one from you all. I promise I will write as soon as I can.

With Love,

Elder Terrence M. Taylor

Monday, September 3, 2012

Since I'm on the Isle of Man for 6 weeks, I have another address that you can use to mail me at. You can mail me at the mission address but I probably won't receive the letters until the next transfer (which is in 6 weeks). Here is the address to where I am staying:

Elder Terrence Matthew Taylor
Ground Floor Flat, Ribblesdale
Shore Road
Isle of Man

*Use this if you want me to get your letters quicker than 6 weeks :)


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