Monday, October 28, 2013

Hey Everyone,

Grrrr.... I hate being sick! I've had to stay in the flat for the whole week because I had the cold! But no worries though; I feel loads better and look forward to the week ahead.

So in my scripture study, I've been reading about the Saviour's Sermon on the Mount. Truly inspiring and uplifting! I came across a verse in Matthew 5 which says, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (v.16)" I pondered on how we can let our light shine without being boastful. We do good works without being prideful. As those who believe in Christ, we can truly help those in need without a worldly reward and people can see the light of Christ in us and we can come to know our Saviour and our Father in Heaven better. I promise as we do our best to live our lives as the Lord would see fit and help those around us, people will be drawn to you and you will have the chance to share your witness and testimony of the Saviour.

I hope you all have a great week! I love you all! :)

With Love,

Elder Terrence M. Taylor :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Terrence's blog

Hey Everyone!

So just to let you all know, I am still in Birkenhead for another transfer and I will be here till November 27th. So if you would like to send me a letter you can use the mission office or this address:

Elder Terrence Taylor
Flat #10 Queen's Court
65-67 Shrewsbury Road
Oxton, Wirral
Cheshire CH43 6TE
England, U.K.

So these past two weeks have been pretty rough for me with a cold, changes in the Zone and just striving to do my best. I have to be honest; missionary work is difficult. It taxes one's energy, it strains one's capacity and it demands one's best effort. There are times where I do want to give up. But something that keeps me going is my scripture studies, my prayers (and the prayers of those who pray for me in my behalf), my family and friends (especially those on missions as well), my mission president and the MOST IMPORTANT people: My Heavenly Father and My Saviour Jesus Christ. These are things that sustain me and keep me going! I have been reading in Matthew 26 about the last few days of the Saviour's life. Before His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, I read how He was already feeling very sorrowful. It has come to me that the Saviour, right at that moment, has felt the sorrow that I have and will feel in this life. It gives me so much comfort to know that the someone has done that for me. I also love reading in Alma 7 where it explains why he went through those things for us: "And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind... that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people...," (Alma 7:11-12). :)

I just want to thank you all for your prayers in my behalf, your love and your friendship. I love you all dearly and count you all as huge blessings in my life. Trust in God and wait for His timing in all things. These thoughts I leave with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

With Love,

Elder Terrence M. Taylor

Monday, October 7, 2013

Hey Everyone!

WHOOOOOOAAAA!!!!!! Conference was amazing! I've truly enjoyed listening to all of the speakers! I truly feel energized for the next 6 months! Also transfers are next week so I will keep you posted if I stay or not.

I would have to say that my favorite talks would have to be by Elder Edward Dube of the Seventy who spoke about pressing forward in the Lord's work and Elder Richard G. Scott about the Atonement! Elder Dube's short story about when he was a boy working in the field with his mother and he marvelled at the work that they have done. He then exclaimed to his mother, "Look what we have done (3 times)?" His mother then reminded him to look at what they have left to do still. I truly thought about how that short story applied to me as a missionary. I sometimes fall into the trap of saying "Look at all the things that I've done so far!" and then the Lord would say, "Don't look back at what you done, focus on the tasks that you still need to do!" What a great talk! Elder Scott's talk about the Atonement was SO GOOD! It is so comforting to know that through the Saviour's Atonement, I can be protected from my weaknesses and become more fortified as a son of God! I LOVE CONFERENCE!

I know that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the LIVING GOD! I know that He has a prophet on the earth today: President Thomas S. Monson! I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can truly give us that peace in our lives! I know that the Saviour's invitation "Come unto me" will ALWAYS be there for ALL of God's children (EXCLAMATION POINT) In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

With Love,