Saturday, September 19, 2015

Hello from Taylor!

I'm happy to hear that BYU won this weekend! Sounds like their season
is off to a great start!

But more importantly here's what happened this week:

We've been teaching this 12 year old boy named Michael. He and his
family joined the church about a year and a half ago. We've been
teaching the lessons to him and sharing stories from the Book of
Mormon with him to help him strengthen his testimony. He is so
awesome! He spends a lot of time with his grandma and she's not a
member of the church and she really doesn't like the church or any
church at all and she tries to get this to rub off on Michael but it
doesn't affect him at all! In our lessons he's showed us his style for
marking his Book of Mormon and he talks about his goals to read it as
many times as he can before he goes on his mission. He also says how
he wishes he could serve his mission right now! We told him he doesn't
have to have a tag to be a missionary and that he can be a missionary
now--we're going to work on that :) In the closing prayer he offered
in one of our lessons he prayed that he could continue learning from
the Book of Mormon, stay faithful and prepare to be a missionary one
day. I was so touched by his prayer! It was so sweet. I am so
impressed by his desires to serve. How great the youth are these days!

We taught the Norwegian foreign exchange student again. She really is
so prepared. We gave her a Book of Mormon in Norwegian and watched the
Restoration movie with Norwegian subtitles. It was great! We invited
her to read the BoM and pray about Joseph Smith. She said she had
never really prayed before in her life but she has started to and she
feels really good when she does. Yesterday when we were talking to her
host father he said she's already talked about coming back next summer
and being baptized! It's so neat to have the opportunity to share the
Gospel with her while she is here. Her host father also said she feels
really good when we come over. I'm so grateful that we are able to
bring the Spirit. We cannot teach without the Spirit!

Yesterday we had a very spiritual lesson with Mel, Katy and their son
Cooper. We read in the Book of Mormon about Sherem and Korihor and how
they sought to experience a sign before they believed and then we read
the testimonies of Jacob and Alma and how their testimony came simply
by the Holy Ghost. We asked Mel a lot of inspired questions and came
to understand his concern. He hasn't been receiving revelation through
prayer because he has been scared to ask. He knows what answer he will
receive when he prays about baptism. He told us that the Spirit is
telling him he's out of excuses. He is so close! I keep praying with
faith that he'll pray and feel the Spirit and know that he needs to
follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized. Please keep him in
your prayers!!

There is so much potential in our area! That referral we received from
the booth last weekend is a family that just moved here from New York
and they first were living in Snowflake and they were attending a ward
there and now they've moved to our area! We tried calling and
contacting them this week but we don't think they've moved in yet.
We're super excited for the opportunity to share the Gospel with them!

I hope you all have a great week!

Sister Richards :)

Here's my selfie with a cow haha

Said goodbye to Auralin this week! She's off to serve in the Washington Everett mission! :)

And here's me getting my wart burned off this morning. The 5 shots to numb my finger were painful. My pinky is larger than any jammed finger I ever had in basketball

And here's me getting my wart burned off this morning. The 5 shots to numb my finger were painful. My pinky is larger than any jammed finger I ever had in basketball

We were trying to selfie with Mel but he dodged it and my hair was falling out... 

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