Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Buckle Up! It's Christmas Time 12/05/16

Whelp, this week is the last of the transfer! This transfer is a short one only being 5 weeks long because of Christmas! Can't believe it's 20 days till Christmas, we're full out in the Season now! Buckle up, it's CHRISTMAS TIME! The First Presidency Devotional yesterday was so amazing, I loved how there was such a great focus on the Spirit bringing peace to our lives, That's what stood out to me so much at least. 

This week is going to be awesome, we have a ton that's going on this week! Here's what we're looking at for this upcoming week. Exchanges, MLC, Zone Council, Christmas Nativity, Kim's Baptism, and Transfers. It's going to be a crazy one for sure. Looking forward to it!

I got to go on 2 exchanges this last week, the first was with Elder Smith, he is from Ogden, and he is going home in a week. He is awesome, he is actually a Zone Leader out in Kitchener. We went on exchanges with them because the Assistants didn't have time to go with us or them this transfer because it was a short one so we went together. It was so fun, Elder Smith is perhaps the greatest story teller of all time, and I heard some crazy stories from him. We had a fun experience, that can be a regular thing that happens. We were stopping by a Christian Family from Iraq to give them a Book of Mormon in Arabic, The man, Who's name is George, opened the door and told us to come it. This is a normal thing for their culture. He took us to his living room and sat us down, brought us out some refreshments and went and got his bibles. He spoke about 4 words in English, so as you can imagine it was a short lesson. We read the introduction with him and he told us to come back when his son was home so we could teach him. His son speaks English and Arabic, so we're headed back this week to see them again!

I also went on Exchanges with Elder Prettyman, he's from Taylor Arizona! He's been out for about 6 months, it was fun! We were able to see Kim and have an awesome Word of Wisdom lesson, and then see Fadi! Both Lessons were great! 

It's amazing to see the spirit work as a missionary, for those who have served, but for those who haven't, I want to expain how amazing it is. When teaching, sometimes you literally have a random question come to your head, it's not a booming question, usually it just presses. These questions can change the entire lesson and help you to discover what they are in need of. Here's an example, last week we were in a lesson, planning on talking about Baptism, we were following up on her Book of Mormon reading when the question, "Do you Believe Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God" came to my head. We talked a bit more and then asked, she went on to say how she was still a little confused on Joseph Smith's story. The lesson changed, questions were answered, and we all left edified. Follow the spirit of the Lord, if there is anything I can say, it is that. Remember, it invites to serve, love, guide, uplift and encourage!

Sunday was quite the day, after a great day at church we had to head out to Newbury, which is like an hour away to see an investigator. We got out there, had a not so great lesson, and stopped by a few other people there with no visible results.. we then worked our way back into town stopping by different areas and talking with different people. We went out on "The Rez" to stop by a less-active member. We knocked on the door and hear this super loud growing, and what sounded like a drunken roar. The door opens and this huge man with no shirt on opens the door, looks over us and mumbled a few strange things. He proceeded to shut the door and left us standing on his porch. So there you have it, our short adventure on sunday afternoon full of driving and bad lessons.

I sure love you all so much, and I'm so grateful for Christmas. Christ lives, he was born a humble birth, lived a humble life. He is the King of all, the Alpha and the Omega, and I'm grateful to stand as his emissary. 


Love you all!

-Elder Adam Taylor

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