Friday, March 25, 2011

". . . it builds on my testimony!"

Hello my loving family!

 . . . It’s been a good week!  Hard, but good :).  Me and Elder Rappleye have been working way hard! And on top of everything it’s been hot here!  Hot and humid ha-ha.  So that always adds to the intensity of missionary work.

I love it when people try to anti us, or try to convince us that we are wrong. It’s hard, and can get frustrating sometimes, but at the end of the day, I love the hard work, I love the people.

But like I said, it’s been a good week. We haven’t really taught a lot of lessons, but we have been working hard. Tracting around here doesn’t do anything at all. Everyone we come in contact with either doesn’t like us, or they are happy with the religion they got, and they don’t want to change. So throughout the day we try and find people to teach.  What is way cool is that a couple of people in the ward have found a couple of referrals for us :) 

Then a single adult in the ward called us the other day and said that she has a friend that she works with that wants to hear the lessons :) So we will be teaching her within the next couple of weeks. Hopefully all goes well there. But the Lord’s hand is definitely here and leading and guiding the work.

Me and Elder Rappleye are having a blast! We are working hard, and doing the best that we can.  I love it here, and I love this Gospel :) It’s amazing! It honestly brings true happiness.

Ha-ha we love staying with Sister Harnden!  She is a crack up.  She is 85 years old and she acts like she is a teenager. She is always out and about with her friends or always talking on the phone. She is always talking to us. It’s funny.  We will be studying and she will come over and start talking to us about something or she will bring us over a plate of fruit or glasses of water. She is a sweetheart. We are having a blast with her. She loves music and loves watching TV. She keeps us updated on things that are going on. She told us all about Japan! That’s crazy!! I hope everyone is doing ok there. And we heard about Libya that too is crazy! Is it an all out war? Or is it just bombing? The world is a sad and scary place sometimes. It just makes me happy that we have the Gospel.

Well family I gotta jet! I love and miss yall like crazy! I hope all yall are doin well! Have a great week and be very safe! Thanks for all that yall do! yall mean the world to me and so much more!  I love yall so much! Be safe, have fun, and stay close to Christ! I love all yall so much! Till next week my loving family :) 

Love your son/brother

E. Mason Taylor :) 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pictures from Gardendale, Alabama

Mason and Other Missionaries - Gardendale, AL

Mason and Elder Rappleye helping with the inspection of mission cars - Gardendale, AL

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Gardendale, Alabama and a phone call !

Today at around 11:30, I was sitting at my desk making phone calls, when my cell phone rang.  I didn't even catch the 205 area code as Alabama.

(PH) "Brother Taylor.  This is President Holzaphel."

(Me) "President! How are you?"

(PH) "Good.  I am sitting here with a great missionary."  

(Me) "Thank you President."

(PH) "He comes from good genes."

(Me) "Hopefully, better than mine.  Mostly from his mother."

(PH) "Well, I am sure from both.  We wanted to let you know that he and his companion have been transfered to Gardendale, Alabama.  The Birmingham Temple is here.  We just wanted to let you know to send any packages to the mission office for now till you get his new address."

(Me) "Ok.  Thank you for the heads up."

(PH) "He wants me to tell you that he loves you."

(Me) "Ah . . . thank you President."  I say as I am trying to choke back the tears.

(PH) "Here, why don't you talk to him."  

(Elder Taylor) "Hey dad . . . "

A very brief, but very special call.  He is doing well.  Sounded so good.  Sounded happy.  Said he was working hard.  It was awesome!  I am so unbelievably grateful for my son. 

His mom felt a little gypped, but was grateful for the news as well.  

Missionaries at the Birmingham, Alabama Temple.  Mason is 5th from the right in the front. 
Close up of Mason at the Birmingham, Alabama Temple