Monday, January 9, 2017

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The Radcliffe's took us to Rainforest Cafe for dinner on New Year's!



These are the Mocks with their friend Isa! He's gonna get baptized on the 21st of January! (hopefully) Excuse my lack of selfie skills!


The Kulhaneks! Man I'm going to miss these guys! They were the BEST!!


Nice one Elder Stevens! Haha. He's going to be so happy that I included that one! Miss that guy!


Finally, here is the new district! Elder Kelly is the elder farthest on the right! Tbh this is probably the most awkward district photo I've ever seen!

Monday, November 28, 2016

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Monday, November 14, 2016

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Hey y'all!

I don't really have that much to say about this week, but it was a swell one. I'll just send a bunch of pictures..

The district went to Track 21 last P-Day. It's this place that has go karts, laser tag, etc. and it was so much fun. Best P-Day of my life!!



We also went to the temple this week! It was very sick as always. Oh, and we got to ride with the sisters as a trio on the way there and back! Man it was a once in a mission experience. I know it doesn't seem special to y'all but it was such a relief. Sister Dummer and Sister Pinster are SO chill too! (Even though they look like we are driving them crazy.. Hahaha) The studly guy on my left is Elder Neely from the Bear Creek Ward. Such a good experience all around.



Legendary Katy North District.


Elder Evans goes home in less than 10 days. I'm going to miss this guy! It's been a great transfer. (Yes, we are working hard!) Haha.

Peace out, y'all!

Love,
Elder Taylor


Monday, November 7, 2016

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Hey y'all!

Wow, it was an awesome week! We have been teaching a lot and just
working super hard. Some very exciting things are starting to happen
here in Morton Ranch. The investigators we have now are more solid
than ever! I'm so stoked for the next couple months.

-On Friday we ate dinner at our bishop's house. The Bishop of Morton
Ranch is sick! He's from the Phillippines so we asked him to let us
try some weird Filipino food. (Well really I did, Elder Evans wasn't
so happy about that haha.) So I got to eat balut, which is a duck egg
that has been fertilized and incubated for about two weeks then
boiled. I'm so glad I can say now that I ate an unborn duck chick on
my mission in Texas. I also ate a century egg, which is an egg that
has been buried for a long time until it turns completely black
inside. That one was really good.

-Hopefully y'all will see some baptisms coming up before the end of
the year. The mission is trying to reach its goal of 600 in a year and
crazy miracles are happening in every area.

I don't really have much else to say, so here's some pictures and videos!



Legendary Bear Creek Zone.


I believe in joy!


Elder Evans in his natural habitat.


The century egg: before and after the shell is removed.



Peace out everyone! Love y'all.
-Elder Taylor

Monday, October 24, 2016

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Hey y'all!

It's been a pretty long while since I sent out a group email, so I
figured it was about time..

-Things have been going great in Morton Ranch! I think when I first
got here I mentioned Alyssa and Laura, the twins who were going to get
baptized on the 8th.. Well, they got baptized!! It was pretty sweet!

-It was actually COLD this week. What the heck... Now that winter is
coming, I've realized I don't miss the cold that much. Or the dry air
in Utah. Humidity is the best! Sort of.

-My good friend Elder Mattson got transferred up to Spring and he's
doing swell in a car up there! I'm pretty jealous, but I got the
privilege of killing the legendary Elder Jonathon Evans. (For those of
you who may be less familiar with missionary slang, when you end the
mission, you die. So when you are companions with someone who is
dying, you are killing them.) The transfer with Elder Mattson was
pretty pure. I'll miss him! But, we are killing it down here in Morton
Ranch so I'm pretty happy!

-A lot of things "clicked" for me in this past month or so. We got to
have Elder Echo Hawk from the Seventy do a mission tour and he spoke
to us. He bore a really powerful testimony of the Apostles and the
inspiration that goes into their daily lives, especially when they are
choosing where to assign missionaries. It was one of the most
spiritual experiences of my mission. For those of you who may not
know, Houston was honestly the last place I expected to serve my
mission. Throughout my mission I have had a lot of experiences that
helped me to see why I needed to serve here and around these specific
people, and when Elder Echo Hawk spoke to us everything just came full
circle for me. I'm so grateful for the chance I have to know - for
sure - that this is where I am supposed to be in my life at this
moment. I'm so glad I got called to Houston; there's nowhere else I
would rather have served my mission. 🏋

Another thing that was really forced into perspective for me in just
the past week was how much I have to rely on God in order for anything
to actually happen with the mission work. When you look at how many
people you are in the area as well as the demographics the odds
against you finding someone to teach and baptize are pretty
staggering. But God knows where those people are. It's so necessary to
rely on Him for finding them. To all my lads on missions, as well of
any of y'all who are feeling missionary minded at the moment, I can
guarantee you that the more you learn to rely on the Lord, the more
success you will have. It's something I am still learning to do but as
we have made a special effort to do that this week we've seen so many
CRAZY miracles going on. It's been awesome.

I can't believe my year-mark is coming up on December 2nd. So much has
changed for me in this past year. I feel like so much of my mission so
far has been spent just figuring things out, who i am, what I am
supposed to do here, etc. but now.. I know who I am and I'm ready to
go all in. I'm excited to get home in a little more than a year and
for y'all to see if I have changed as much as I think I have.

Thanks for all the love and support! Love y'all. ✌🏿️

-Elder Taylor

Monday, October 3, 2016

How awesome was conference?!?

(Sometimes we ask Brooks questions and he answers them. Here's this week's!)

Mom - How are your clothes holding up? Are your shoes getting worn? Do you need anything sent out to you?

My clothes are handling everything pretty well considering what I put them through. My brown Rockports don't really have any tread left on them so they'll probably have some solid holes by the end of the mission. It's pretty sweet. I don't really need anything shipped out.

Savannah - What was one of your favorite talks from Conference and why?

One of my favorite talks was the one on the Plan of Salvation by Dieter F. Uchtdorf because it was the first talk and I was wide awake for it. It also totally applied to me because I take a lot of things about the gospel for granted, even on a mission. We don't really comprehend how life-changing that knowledge is until we talk with people who don't have it.

Lucas - What is the strangest thing that has happened to you so far?

The tracting experiences I told Dad about last week were super weird, but something really crazy happened this week. We were tracting this trailer park where no one spoke English, and on the way back, we walked by this lady who was carrying one of those trapezoid-ish shaped landscaping stones. She threw it at a car, and it didn't do any damage, so I was wondering if it was on accident, but then she picked it up again and smashed the windshield of the car super hard. So basically she went about destroying the windows of this car, and as we were on our way out, her neighbor (who presumably was the owner of the car) came out of her trailer and started yelling at her. That was pretty intense.

Eli - What do you miss about home?

Not that much, honestly. I miss y'all, and I miss music and most of my friends (heh heh), but I actually like Texas a lot. I've made some really really good friends out here too.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

Mom - Tell us about your companion.

Mom - Elder Mattson is pretty awesome. Honestly, when I first met him I thought he just cared about being "cool" or "chill" more than actually doing the work but it turns out he's a super solid missionary. He's really driven to work hard and honestly he has been one of the boldest companions I've been with. He is half Puerto Rican and is super proud of that even though he's from Lehi. Every time we talk to someone who turns out to be Puerto Rican he just loves them and talks to them about it forever. He also likes Phoenix and Two Door Cinema Club so we have that in common. He's a really genuine and good person, he's ridiculously passionate and pretty crazy, but I like him.

Savannah - What is your favorite flavor of Blue Bunny ice cream?

Savannah - I assume you're referring to Blue Bell, since that's the one that's unique to Texas? Blue Bell is phenomenal. I would have to say my favorite flavor is Cookie Two Step, which is cookie dough and cookies and creme combined. It sounds weird at first but when you actually try it it's so good. That's the only flavor I have been able to eat a half gallon of in four days. Too bad y'all will never get to try it. :)

Lucas - Has there been a time so far when you felt scared?

Lucas - I don't really get scared of things any more. We are generally in really safe areas and I'm not really scared to talk to people. It can be kind of scary to go into a lesson knowing that this person's conversion can really depend on what you say and how well you follow the Spirit. I wouldn't say it's really scary though, it just makes me feel really responsible. Back in Sealy there were some really ghetto areas but I never felt very unsafe. The only time i have felt really scared is when we were in this city called Eagle Lake looking for prospective elders and one of them was supposed to live in this house that was totally abandoned and falling apart. We knocked the door at like 8:45 at night too so that was pretty sketch. Other than that I can't really think of anything.

Eli - How many ties do you have and which one is your favorite?

Eli - My ties have multiplied a lot. I think I have around 35 right now. My favorite one is the floral tie that you can see me wearing in a lot of pictures I have sent. I got that one for free from a 60-year-old gay man in Cypress. It's pretty sweet.