To start off, Alma 36! Such a cool scripture, I love it so much. It's actually called a Chiasmus which is an ancient Hebrew Poetry style that has a central verse it works too and then goes back down and if you follow it, it matches up on both sides. The verses all correspond. I Love the story of how Alma experienced extreme guilt and anguish but that because of his faith, that guilt was washed away and he was filled with a joy as powerful as the guilt he felt! He then is filled with the Holy Ghost and has a desire to share the Gospel to all, when we have a great testimony, we truly desire to share it with everybody. He then recognizes that he can be with God in the Celestial Kingdom, and has Faith that he will.
Overall Investigator wise, pretty good. A lot of our Investigators aren't too interested, which is heartbreaking to see them reject the Gospel.. So we are spending a lot of time finding new investigators. We got a bible referral from a girl named Kendra last week, and met with her, she is awesome. So prepared, she told us she would definitely be baptized if she came to know it was true! She said that anybody who wouldn't is crazy! She has such a strong desire and a passion to find a purpose to life, we are seeing her tomorrow and are hopefully going to help her set a Baptismal Date!
Last Wednesday we had MLC is Brampton, It was amazing! I learned a ton, and it's always tons of fun to be with President and Sister Shields. They are amazing, we talked a lot about the converting power of the Book of Mormon, I love how Elder Holland explains that the Book of Mormon is the most attacked book in the world, yet it still stands because of the spiritual witness that can come from reading and praying about it. I love the Book of Mormon so much, it's an amazing book, it's more than a book, it truly is the Word of God. It teaches of Christ, and has given me faith, and hope. It has helped me feel of the Saviour's love so much.
We went up to Midland for Kat's interview this week, and she passed! She's getting Baptized on Saturday, we are so so excited for her! She's amazing!
We met the nicest/Sweetest lady last night, we got an assignment from our High Priest's group to go out and contact a bunch of people, a large number of of them were "DNC" Now, I hate "DNC" because to me it's like we are giving up on people, I hate it, and last night was the perfect example of why we shouldn't label people like that. We stopped by and this little old lady answered the door, and mentioned how she was too sick to talk, but then she realized who we were, and began to get very excited. She told us she prayed for the Elder's and the Sisters every day, and that she loves the church and missionaries. Years ago, missionaries stopped by and her non member husband told the missionaries to not come back, because of this. This wonderful lady hadn't had contact with the church since, and now, in her times of hardship, she once again has contact with the church. Never give up on anybody, nobody is ever lost or too far gone.
Last night we had a really funny experience, we met this little chinese lady who was walking with her grandchildren, and we stopped to talk, she told us she didn't speak very good English so I whipped out my Mandarin and tried to talk to her... haha, she said "Oh, my my English is not good, but your Mandarin is BAD!" Darn it, guess I better keep practicing! :(
Well, that's about it for this week, Next week I'll have transfer news, not sure what is happening lots of rumors about things, we'll see what happens :)
Love, Elder Taylor
Read 2 Nephi 4 this week for family scripture study! Also, it's Lauren's turn to pick the scripture for next week!
"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose youthis day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."