Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Week 5 - Kuna 07/08/13

Hello Family & Friends!

We had a really fun 4th of July.  We went to the parade in Melba, which is a small town of about 300 people.  So this tiny town hosts a big parade and fireworks show every year on the 4th and people from all over Idaho come to enjoy the festivities!  Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the fireworks show because it started at 10:30 PM, which is our bedtime.  The Melba Elders said all of the missionaries from the district were invited to a BBQ at one of the local members homes.  We had an interesting time to say the least and I'll leave it at that.  After the BBQ we caravanned to another members home and lit fireworks.  The Elders though it was great fun planting firecrackers behind me and my companion.  Sister Nick and I were shooting evil looks the Elders way for most of the night.  

One thing about the mission that I didn't expect is that we have meetings  ALL THE TIME.  Hours and hours of meetings.  It can be quite, well honestly - boring.  I have a hard time sitting still for too long and I find that I have a hard time focusing after about 30 minutes. Working out in the field is the best though!  We meet awesome new people everyday! The members are so supportive and kind.  I can't tell you how many people have paid for our groceries and invited us into their homes for dinner.  It truly is wonderful to have so much support!

Last Friday all of our appointments and our back up appointments had fallen through and we were trying to figure out who to see.  I had a really strong feeling that we should go visit someone we had found in the area book at the mission office the other day.  We had no information about him other than his name and address.  Before each visit we pray and I felt prompted to include in my prayer that we be blessed to find other people as we went out to teach this man.  We started walking up to his house and we ran into this woman who was trying to catch her dog.  We started up a conversation with her and I asked if we could come back to teach her the lessons.  She said, "Well, my husband's the Mormon in the family and he's never been able to convert me, but you sure can give it a shot!"  I was filled with so much happiness at that moment, I can't even put it into words!  Finally, a new investigator!  We said goodbye, and got to the house were were planning to visit.  We knocked on the door and a young man opened it.  I introduced Sister Nick and myself as representatives of Christ and began to testify of the Restoration and the Book of Mormon.  I then asked if we could come back to teach him the lessons. 
He said, "Yes, of course! The missionaries used to come by about a year ago, but they all of a sudden stopped showing up!  Can you come back tomorrow?"  We totally said yes!!!  I love receiving answers to my prayers and I know that if you pray in faith you will receive an answer.  We have been able to meet with him again and he and his family are so amazing.  Sister Nick hasn't been able to officially meet with them because she's been sick.  I've been going on splits with other sisters in the area so we could keep our appointments.  It was really scary at first, but the members here are such great missionaries.  They helped me out a lot!

We really are children of a loving Heavenly Father.  He loves each and every one of us so very much, no matter what kind of person we are nor the decisions we may make.

Random thoughts:

*My district is the best, like really.  We're all best friends.  I love it!
*The mission car we're driving had Utah plates and we finally received the Idaho plates - I get to keep the old Utah plates, YAY!
*We also went to a baptism the past Saturday.  It was an investigator that the Melba Elders had been teaching.  It was such an amazing experience to witness my first convert baptism.  The spirit there was so powerful.  He's invited us to come to all of his family BBQ's, sweet!!!

Anyway, I'm really not sure what else to say besides I know that this gospel is true.  The more I study these things, the more the Spirit testifies it to me.  I encourage everyone to study Preach My Gospel.  It isn't just for missionaries.  It's for everyone!  I love being on a mission.  I have never felt so right about anything in my life.  I know that the blessings that will come from giving up 18 months of my life to the Lord will be abundant.  I love all of you so much and I pray for you every single day.  

Love to all,

Sister Lindsay Taylor

Sister Nick and I have decided that we're going to come back to 
Kuna and buy houses on W. Lil Robert Ct.

In Melba at the 4th of July parade.  Doesn't Sister Nick look like she's having fun?

Elder Eegle, Elder Mang, Elder Fuller and Elder Diaz
Also enjoying a HOT 4th of July Parade.

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