Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Baptisms, Road Trips & The Smallest Parking Lot Ever 12/12/16

This week was one for the books indeed, perhaps one of the busiest weeks of my whole mission! It started with an exchange with Elder Strong, he's from Alberta! He was here in London with me, we had a great day, were able to meet with Aggie as well as we were able to do some service for her. We exchanged back and Elder Certonio and I had to plan our Zone Council.

We had an awesome lesson with Kim on Wednesday, where we finished teaching her the rest of the Lessons she needed to know for Baptism! We had a dinner with Bethany, and she made a Shepherd's Pie that was made with Normal potatoes and sweet potatoes. It was amazing, you should all try it! After Dinner we had to travel to Brampton for MLC the next day! The night before MLC all the Zone Leaders and the Assistants stay together in the Assistants and the Brampton Zone Leaders house. We were all in the living room when the assistants and the Brampton Zone Leaders came in with 2 packages of Scotch Bonnet Peppers. Apparently the assistants lost a bet so we all watched them eat them, they looked miserable. Unfortunately someone had the bright idea that we should all do it, so we did.... I've never seen so many people drinking so much milk so fast before. That was one of the hottest peppers I've ever had. Still wasn't hotter than the Dadd-Dowlat's hot sauce in Barrie though. 

MLC was awesome on Thursday, we had Brother Gonzales and Brother Littlefield come and visit. They are employed by the church to help train mission presidents. They both served as mission presidents so they travel all over and share training on how to train missionaries. The big focus we had was on working with members to do missionary work and the big one was how to achieve goals. Basically he talked about how to achieve goals one must 1)Set a specific, achievable goal 2)Make specific plans of achieving it, the how, and specifics 3)Scheduling out when it will all take place. It's very simple but he helped us learn a lot, which we took back to our zones to train on. After MLC we also had to pick up the Mission truck and trailer, bucause we had to clean out a missionary apartment. 

Friday Morning we woke up bright and early and with our 2015 Chevy Silverado hit the road and headed to Windsor, after quite a trip we got there, got the apartment cleaned out with the other Windsor elders, and then, after 20 minutes of trying to get the truck and trailer out of the world's smallest parking lot, we were on the road again headed to London. We got back to London, had to rush to Kim's baptismal interview, all went well there, then we had to finish planning Zone Council. 

Zone Council on Saturday morning went well, but Elder Certonio got sick at the very beginning. I felt super bad for him, we were getting everything ready that morning and he started to get a migraine, it came on in full swing and put him out for the meeting. I felt so bad for him! He just slept on one of the benches in the chapel while we had the meeting. After the meeting we went to the apartment so Elder Certonio could take a nap, then we had to head to Brampton to take the truck back, we did that, then we got dinner with Elder Wolfley, one of the Senor missionaries, and we were back to London.

Sunday went awesome! We had church and right after church we had Kim's baptism! She asked me to baptize her, and what a sweet experience that was! Along with her Christine was baptized, and Bishop baptized her! Then, we had the London Stake Nativity, which was amazing. The stake puts it on every year, and there were tons of members and non-members there! The spirit there was oh so strong!

I'm so grateful for this Christmas Season, for the time to remember my Savior! He lives, and he knows us, and he harkens to us to come to him, and follow him! Let us do so this Christmas season!

Love, Elder Adam Taylor

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