Wednesday, August 25, 2010

And The Mission Begins . . .

Mason Saying Goodbye to Saya

I took off three days from work.  Spent Monday running around taking care of some last minute items - bank account, things for his check list etc.

Tuesday we went to the temple.  Mason and Madie went early in the morning.  Mason went again with a friend of his. Me, Mom and Mase went again in the afternoon and then went to lunch. 

Wednesday was hee before you knew it.  Went to lunch at Chili's in Provo (took forever).  Then went to the Provo Temple to take pictures and wait for 1:30. 

On Our Way To The MTC - Provo, Utah

1:30 came.  As hard as it was to see him go, the Church's new curbside service was really kind of special.  He was instantly surrounded by other missionaries; grabbing his bags, asking him questions, and taking him were he needed to go.  Quick for him.  Quick for us.  We were out the parking lot and down the round by 1:33.  Three minutes.  Crazy.  It was a long ride home.  

Taylor Family

Mason, Madie, Daeton, and Drake - Provo, Utah

Such a precious picture - can anyone ever really understand a mother's love and sacrifice?

Madie - trying to lift spirits


Dad's last Chance for Advice

Drake and Mason

Daeton and Mason

It's a Taylor Thing . . .

Dad's last chance . . .
Curb Side Service and Mom's last hug for two years.

And there he goes - 3 minutes start to finish.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Squeezing In Family Time

Huck Finn Down the Big River
KD and Sister Kim
With Mason leaving in less than a week, we are trying to spend as much time as possible together as a family. Tonight we went up to Sundance Ski Resort for their Summer Theater production of "Big River" - a story of Huckleberry Finn. We invited Mason's Aunt Kim and Cousin Beau. Great show. Lots of fun. A little chilly, but nothing hot chocolate can't fix.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mason's Talk In Church

Excerpts from his talk on "The Freedom of Covenants"
I am thrilled beyond measure to serve in the Alabama Birmingham Mission. I am one of a last handful of our soccer team to go on a mission. We now have teammates serving missions in:

• South Korea
• Croatia
• Tennessee
• Brazil (2)
• Italy
• Pennsylvania
• Oregon
• My best friend Alex is in San Jose California

My dad asked me if I was disappointed that I was not going foreign. I remember distinctly while waiting for friends and family to show up at the house to see me open my call, saying to myself, “please not Boise, ID.” Not that Boise is a bad place. You just have this vision of somewhere completely different.

When I opened my call and saw Birmingham Alabama, I had no desire to go anywhere else. Everyone says it’s still pretty foreign.

Since then, Heavenly Father has blessed me with a few amazing experiences that have testified to me that Alabama is my mission


I am so very grateful for the promises that I have made with the Lord and am excited about His promises to me. I feel different; I feel different about myself; about my family; about the world around me – about my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.


Sometimes people may view the idea of making covenants, as a bad thing. As being restrictive or confining. Or in other words not free. I testify that it is just the opposite. As it said in Gospel Principles: “If we keep or covenants, we will receive exaltation in the celestial kingdom”

We may live in His presence and partake of His love, compassion, power, greatness, knowledge, wisdom, glory, and dominions. How is that not free?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mason, Madie, and Jack Johnson

Mason and Madie wanted to spend some time together before he goes to Alabama so they decided to go to the Jack Johnson concert. 
Jack Johson
Enjoying the concert?

Monday, August 9, 2010

“Behold, there shall be a record kept among you” (D&C 21:1)

In an effort to keep everyone update with regards to Mason's two year missionary labors, as well as to keep a record of things in some systematic organized way, we have created this blog.  We will update it evertime we get new info from the boy.

Features include:
  • Updated reports
  • Pictures as they become available
  • Weather for Birmingham, Alabama (or wherever he happens to be at the time)
  • Countdown (we'll work in chunks, i.e. 3 months outs, six months out, etc . . . for his mother's sake)
  • A map of where he is at and where he has been
  • Other things as we think of them
We are thrilled and very proud of our son as he goes out into the world to represent his Savior.  Thanks to all of our family and friends for the support and prayers. 

Sunday, August 8, 2010

For Behold . . .

Tonight we held a "Missionary Shower" for Mason.  KD's family and mine got together for a Sunday meal and everyone filled in the gaps for Mason's list of things to bring.  The small things - first aid and shaving kits, laundry basket, hymn book, etc.

Such a wonderful family.  We are so grateful for everyone's support and prayers. 

Mason and Grandma Fae
Mason and his missionary loot

Great family support!

Mason - A New Man . . . Literally!

July 27, 2010, Mount Timpanogas Temple, American Fork, Utah

What a wonderful day!  Mason was so excited; a little nervous, but as always, his faith carries him through.  Such a humble boy and just willing to go where the Lord wants him to go.

Family and Friends at Chili's After Mason's Big Day
After the temple, the family and some friends went
to Chili's to enjoy lunch and enjoy the moment

Family Outside Chili's