Sorry I’m a bit behind on Elder Houston’s emails! He is coming home August 18! He will be speaking in our ward on August 21st at 8:30 am. We are so excited we can hardly stand it! – Natalie (Taylor’s Mom)
July 3, 2016 – Last Transfer 시작….
Dear Family and Friends
This week has been wonderful! It was super great to hear from all of you! My family is at the ranch which is awesome! I miss the Ranch a ton! The Ranch is so beautiful and still remains to this day my favorite place on the planet! My Brothers and Sisters have grown so much I can’t believe it! Thank you for all the warm emails! Grandma and Grandpa Baldwin and grandma Houston I love you and miss you and I am working hard and will work hard for my last transfer! Thanks for your love and support everybody!
This week was super solid! We had some awesome miracles starting on Tuesday! Tuesday we had temple day and it was great! After the temple we played Basketball for P-Day with Brother Cho who just got baptized! He is good and it was really fun! That night him and Sister Ha came to a music proselyting activity and helped us! it was super fun and another member came too and then after the member took us all to eat, a new investigator came and our two recent converts brought a referral cause they want to do missionary work super bad! Ha so we taught two member present lessons right there at dinner!!! Yeah buddy! I was really happy! Haha We went on exchange this week which was fun! Elder Du Plessis from South Africa came with me and Elder Sanders! it was super great! We also got to meet with the Jang family! They are doing great! we met with them all and taught about faith and committed them to pray as a family! We meet with them weekly now and it is just incredible to teach a family! On Friday we had a insane rainstorm to the point where it was hard to even walk! But we had things to do so we kept going as much as we could! It was wet and fun! Haha Then of coarse Brother Cho and Sister Ha got confrimed! they are amazing and doing amazing!
That was a little of my week! Other news is we got transfer calls! I will stay zone leader in Gireum but….. Elder Seely and I will be training a korean in a threesome and our zone got combined so we are the zone leaders over the entire stake now! We have very big zone again! It is excited and going to be very busy! But that is just how I like it! I am going to work so hard while I still have time! I know that this work is the work of the Lord! I know that we are nothing, truly lower than the dust of the earth and we must always remember that during times of success and prosperity to keep ourselves humble. I know that if we remember truly who leads the work then we can continuously receive blessings from him! I know that God lives, I believe in him and his son Jesus Christ and all people can know them through Living their commandments and praying! I know this gospel is true!!
July 10, 2016 – Transfer Switch
Dear family and friends,
It is so good to hear form you all! Thank you so much for the emails! This week has been another solid week of miracles!
Okay so last week I was supposed to train right? Hahah well because of some emergency things it was switched around last second! Elder Anderson came to be with Elder Seely and I and we are greeny breaking him! He is awesome! We both love him a lot and he is a great kid! He loves ball and we got to play together today so that was fun!
This week was really good, we met with Brother Cho and Sister Hah for my last time on monday and tuesday because they got to China until Aug. 25 and that was really hard, they got me a super cool present! A mini horse statue from China! I sure do love them! When we met we had some fantastic lessons with them again and they were on a spiritual high as the left for China! We were able to meet with a few more investigators this week and they were all fantastic! We did a music proselyting activity and we also had Stake Presidency Meeting and his house! He fed us some delicious food and we talked with him and the mission President and all the High Priest about the work! It was great!
There is not to much to report this week but I did learn and was reminded that God loves each of us, because of that he truly did restore the fullness of his gospel as to give us an absolute in out life. One man this week was so caught up on the fact that there was no absolute religion, This church is that absolute! It is absolutely complete, it is Christ’s church. Sometimes the work is a little bit hard, but I was reminded this week that, the work of salvation can’t be easy, it never has been. Jesus Christ suffered for all of our salvation and it was never easy for him, so if I am engaged and that very same redemptive work how could it ever be easy for me. I am grateful for that hard times and the rejections. Because those are the times when I truly am a little closer to the savior. I feel even the tiniest portion of what he felt. I understand him, his divine role more as trials happen! I am so happy to be part of this redemptive work and would not trade it for anything! I know this gospel is true!
July 17, 2016 – Zone Training, and Fireside
Hey family! It was great to here from you! This week was pretty fun and really quite busy for us! We had zone training this week! So we had Mission Leadership Council and we also got to prepare for and do a fireside! It was a solid week of fun!
First things first, we had MLC! We went to the mission office and got trainings from President and Sister Sonksen and from the AP’s! It was solid, we focused a lot on Positivity and teaching repentance and measuring success!! It was super uplifting and I was very happy during the whole meeting! After we went back and started to prepare, it was a little difficult because our zone is huge so we have 3 Sister training leaders so we had to plan with all five of us, but it came along nicely and the next day the training went super well! One elder was having a bit of and attitude problem during the meeting but we worked around it pretty easy and we had a super spiritual training and the missionaries were uplifted! I was uplifted! Then, we didn’t have to many lessons the next few days, we went on exchange and taught a man named JJ Kang and then did a less active night!
The other fun part of the week was actually a fireside, which me and my companion and I high councilman helped plan! It was a stake fireside on member missionary work, it turned out good and we had a solid turn out, I actually gave a talk and shared an email I sent to all of you a few weeks ago! It was very fun! When I shared my email I was pretty nervous but I felt the spirit a lot! It was a good experience! The stake president stood up and said he wishes his son would send him that long of an email! haha his son is a good friend of mine and is serving in Australia and doing really great! It was a great night and a great week!
I know that God loves each of us, I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior, I know that we can receive comfort through him as we rely on his atonement! I know the Book of Mormon testifies of him and is true, It is the word of God, we can learn lessons from the Book of Mormon as we study and ponder the teaches in it! I know this gospel is true!
Elder Houston ordered 2 custom made suits as a take-home souvenir. He loves them!