Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year, Y'all! This week has been amazing! It was so great to talk to my parents and my family and hear their voices! It was definitely one of the highlights of the week along with remembering the Savior and having one of the most sacred Christmas's I've ever had! This week went by so slow but also so fast... We spent Christmas in a district meeting and ate lots of candy and had an amazing testimony meeting. To hear from other missionaries is one of the most uplifting things on the mission. I know that we're all out here to do the Lord's work and I'm so grateful to know that they know what they're teaching is true! We were also able to do some caroling to our investigators on Christmas which was really fun! Just Sister Tanner and I went and the spirit was strong as we sang about our Savior! I know that the people we went to have been touched by the spirit and they're continuing to learn more everytime we go and see them! We had dinner with a couple families on Christmas eve and one family on Christmas. I know the Lord has placed me in the area that I need to be at this time, it's not a question in my mind! I feel like this week was so uneventful because the Holiday was so crazy! We worked hard, though! We have been working with Chris, still! He's doing so great. He's overcoming his morning coffee habits and replacing it with hot chocolate! His birthday was on Christmas Eve so Sister Tanner and I got a mug that says "chocolate" on it and filled it with hot cocoa and chocolate candy bars, he says he uses it sometimes. :) He knows the blessings that come from living the Word of Wisdom and his testimony is so strong already. I'm grateful that the Lord has placed him in our path to teach him about the gospel. We taught him about the priesthood last night and he's so excited to be a part of it and have the proper authority that we know was restored through Joseph Smith! Gretchen, that sweet lady! She's so excited to be baptized in January, she knows the commitment she is making to Christ and the blessings that come from it. I know that as we are willing to give up our will and align it with God's He will bless us! That's how we become truly converted, and that's who we're working with... the people who will accept the restored gospel! We are trying to find people and coming up with some creative ideas. This week we are going to park our car at wal-mart and draw the Plan of Salvation on the windows and take people on a tour of the car/plan of salvation and teach them a little bit! How fun, huh? Sister Tanner and I are trying to get creative and really put some personality into the way we teach (along with the spirit of course!) We will have to let y'all know how that goes. Thank you so much for all y'all do for me. I really do appreciate it and love y'all so much! Happy New Year! Celebrate for me, I will be sleeping and working hard for the Lord! I know that the Church is true. I know that it has been restored through Joseph Smith, meaning that it was brought back to its original form... it's the same church Christ established when he was on the earth. I know that as we continually live our covenants with God, we will see blessings. Remember to be missionaries and disciples of Christ in all you do this week! Seek to remember the Savior and become more like him every day this upcoming year and always. I LOVE YOU! HAPPY NEW YEAR! XOXOXO- Sister Sylar

Monday, December 23, 2013

Hey wonderful Family!
It's so great to hear from y'all this week. I wish y'all could be here experiencing these wonderful things with me. As a missionary, there are miracles happening every day all around us!
On Tuesday Sister Tanner and I had the opportunity to substitute seminary and woke up at 4:45 in the morning to do it! We didn't have much time to prepare the lesson cause we receieved it at 8 pm the day before and I know the spirit was teaching the lesson, not us! :) I'm grateful for that opportunity to teach the youth and hear their testimonies.
We taught great lessons this week! Gretchen bought us a blow up chair to sit on for when we come to her house and teach her! She really has a sincere desire to learn more about the Savior and loves coming to Church with us each week. I'm so grateful for her testimony.
We also had a couple lessons with Chris this week. A couple days ago we received a text from him that said "The temple is beautiful!" After some discussion, sister Tanner and I thought that he had been looking at the temples online, so we texted him back and asked and he said that he just had nothing to do so he went to see the temple. He went inside and saw the waiting room and talked to the man at the front desk. He also said that he was touching the walls and asked "Are these stone?" Hahaha he's so funy. He had the chance to go to the LDS bookstore just down the street from the temple and bought himself a quad with his name engraved on it. I'm so grateful for the time the Lord has spent preparing him to learn from us. I know that through the Lord, none of this would be happening. He truly is preparing people each and every day. Chris is now preparing to be baptized in the near future.
On Wednesday we had our Mission Christmas Devotional. It was so great! President and Sister Ames served us pulled pork bbq sandwich's (Sister Sylar's favorite!) and we got to see other missionaries who are serving around us. I was able to visit with Sister Tullis, my trainer, and some of the other sisters that I came out on my mission with. It's so great to see their growth and how much their testimonies are touching the lives of people in Texas! After lunch we went into the chapel and had a devotional about Christ. President Ames shared his own Christmas story, we all think it starts with The Savior's birth, but it doesn't start there. It starts before we came to the earth. I would like to share it with you:
The Full Christmas Story:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
(John 1:1-4)

22 Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones;
23 And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born.
24 And there stood one among them that was like unto God , and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell;
25 And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them;
(Abraham 3:22-25)

7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
(Revelation 12:7-11)

26 ¶And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
(Genesis 1:26-28)

25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
(2 Nephi 2:25)

6 And after many days an angel of the Lord appeared unto Adam, saying: Why dost thou offer sacrifices unto the Lord? And Adam said unto him: I know not, save the Lord commanded me.
7 And then the angel spake, saying: This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth.
(Moses 5:6-7)

13 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the great city of Jerusalem, and also other cities. And I beheld the city of Nazareth; and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and white.
14 And it came to pass that I saw the heavens open; and an angel came down and stood before me; and he said unto me: Nephi, what beholdest thou?
15 And I said unto him: A virgin, most beautiful and fair above all other virgins.
16 And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God?
17 And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.
18 And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.
19 And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit; and after she had been carried away in the Spirit for the space of a time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look!
20 And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.
21 And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?
22 And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.
23 And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul.
(1 Nephi 11:13-23)

14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a Virgin shall conceive,and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
(Isaiah 7:14)

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of peace.
(Isaiah 9:6)

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
(Luke 2:1-20)

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
(Luke 2:42-52)

23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age,
(Luke 3:23)

16 ¶And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
(Luke 4:16-18)

32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
(Moroni 10:32)

As I have reflected on this Christmas season as a missionary, I've had the time to really think about the Savior and his sacrifice. I know that all he did was for us. I'm grateful for him being willing to come to earth and suffer all he did. I know that he went to the Garden of Gethsemane and bled from every pore for the remission of our sins, praying the father "Let this cup pass from me... not my will, but thine be done." I know that he suffered on the cross for each and every one of us. I have learned that it wasn't the nails that held Christ up on the cross, but it was the thought of you and me. He died for us all individually. And I know that the Savior was resurrected and overcame death, which makes it possible for us to return to live with our Heavenly Father again someday. As I reflect on the sacrifices of the Savior, I can't help to think of the Sacrifice of our Father in Heaven. "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son..." What a sacrifice! I know that watching Christ go through the trials and pains of this life was not easy for our Father in Heaven, but he knew it had to be done and because of it, we can all become perfected in him.
I'm grateful to be serving the Lord full time this Christmas holiday. I know God Lives, I know He loves each and every one of us.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to the best family and friends in the world. You are in my prayers.
I love you.
-Sister Tawny Ann Sylar

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Transferred and New Address

My family! :) Hello from Keller Texas! Not for too long, I'm getting transferred! Everything is happening so fast here. But I know that this was inspired. I going to be serving in River Trails in Hurst. It's a very humble place to serve with many people who are ready to hear the gospel. My new companion is Sister Tanner, I came out with her! How crazy is that? She's really sweet and I'm excited to embark on a new adventure. As I was getting ready this morning I was thinking about the transfer call we got and multiple times I just kept having strong impressions that I'm supposed to be going to River Trails. In fact, all week I have been thinking about River Trails and Sister Tanner so when I got the call, it wasn't shocking to me that I am called to serve there. I know that President Ames is in tune with the spirit to understand what I need and what the people I'm serving among need. This week was a little slow! We had our first ice storm and we got stuck inside for 2 days. I got a little stir crazy but when we tried to walk outside you couldn't take one step without slipping! We went out on Saturday to de-ice our car and it took an hour to get all the ice off. The chunks that fell down were huge. But the work went forward from inside our home! We helped Sister Todd put up her Christmas decorations and continuously texted and called investigators! We had the opportunity last Tuesday to put up Sherry's tree. If you don't remember, we met Sherry the first couple weeks I was here. She's a member of the church of Christ and lives in a trailer park with the dogs I washed a couple weeks ago. She was so grateful for the service and always looks forward to us coming over. I know that he heart is being softened as we continue to serve her. Heavenly Father knows what she needs and has sent us through revelation to help her and share the gospel with her! Bro. Mark Mabry also has a reflections of Christ showing that they do every year for missionary opportunities. This year they did it in the new Trophy Club building and displayed all of Bro. Mabry's work. Wow. I wish I could explain to y'all how strong the spirit was felt as you walked down the halls and saw the Savior's life in photographs. I'm so grateful for my Savior. I know he died for me. He had to go through pains and afflictions so he would know how to succor each and every one of us. I'm grateful for Heavenly Father and the many things he has placed in my life to teach me about the gospel and help me live it more fully. I know that nothing else can bring as much happiness to someone's life as the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Church was cancelled on Sunday because of the snow storm so we were privileged to have a devotion with Brother and Sister Todd at home. We all shared a thought, sang and prayed together. The spirit was strong as we reflected on the Life of Christ and all that he's done for us. What a great memory that will be. I am so grateful to live with members who know the gospel can bless anyone's life. I know that they were sent to me for a reason. I just want to take a second to bear my testimony. I know that the church is true. I know that this gospel can bring lasting peace, joy and happiness to all who find it and are willing to accept it. I'm grateful for the spirit to guide me each and every day as I "go about my Father's business". I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God who restored the fullness of the Everlasting gospel to the earth. I'm most grateful for my Savior's infinite atonement, which helps me become a better person and prepare to live with my father in Heaven again. I love this gospel. I love my calling and I'm grateful for all I've been given. I know the Lord is preparing people to learn the gospel and I give all the glory to him. I love y'all and hope you have a great week! Share the gospel when you have a chance, it may change someone's life now or later. XOXOXOXO- Sister Tawny Ann Sylar New Address 1008 Willow Dr. #301 Ft Worth, TX. 76120

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

On the Lords Errand

Greatest family on the earth! Hello there! :) I can tell you one thing.. Texas weather is bipolar and it's like a warm spring day today in Keller. I love it! We get to go to the park and play some sports with the rest of the zone which will be really fun! What a great week is has been, although I was away for Thanksgiving I was able to reflect on all the things I'm grateful for and eat with Sister Briggs and her family (the relief society president) I feel right at home and these people have become my family. I was also able to run a turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning that the bishop put on for members and non members! There were about 20 people there and I was dragging poor sister Bingham the whole way. Haha but she made it! I knew she would. One of the greatest things us missionaries get to do is go on exchange with other missionaries and see how their areas are doing! I got to go out with Sister Alldredge to Southlake and see how their area is doing and how they work. It was amazing to see how different work progresses for different areas, even if they're only one mile away from each other! I learned a lot, but specifically I learned about my own attitude and how I need to change it to have more faith and optimism in the work! Attitude is everything and I'm so grateful to be out here as a missionary, these are days I'm spending on the Lord's errand and I'm grateful he trusts me enough to preach His gospel! Saturday we had Matt Moreau's baptism. What a super elect young man! His convert girlfriend introduced him to the gospel about 1 year ago and he has been investigating ever since. He learned for himself the power of the atonement and the truth of the things we taught. It's great to see how the spirit can work through you to really touch his children and I know he will be a strong member of the Church and an example to his family in the future! LJ bore his testimony in sacrament for the first time yesterday too! Wow, what an amazing and elect man as well! He was prepared to receive the gospel throughout the year and when he gained the testimony that the church was true, he was ready to accept it! :) He also got to help ordain Matt to be a Priest! We had a lesson with the Kirkpatrick's this week! The main concern we have found is the truth of the Book of Mormon. We are working with them and going to help them start reading it every night as a family so they can feel the spirit testify to them that it's true! I know that as they continue to search for the truth and pray to know if the Book of Mormon is the word of God, they will find out for themselves through the Holy Ghost that it is! I'm grateful to be a missionary of the Lord, on the Lord's errand, at this time. I know that I have been called of God to declare his word. I know that hearts are being prepared everywhere to receive the gospel. I know that as we pray for missionary opportunities you will recognize them! I'm so grateful for my savior who died for me. I know that after all I can do, his atonement makes up the rest. We're so blessed to have the knowledge that we do, and just like Lehi shared the great fruit with his family, we need to share the gospel with our friends and family that we love. Keep enduring trials, keep sharing the gospel and God will bless you! I love y'all so much! Thank you for your love, support, and prayers! XOXOX- Sister Tawny Ann Sylar

Monday, November 25, 2013

Deep in the COLD heart of Texas.

Hello from Texas!
This week's weather has been insane! We had an 87 degree day.. the next day we were at 34 and we have a freezing rain storm warning right now! How crazy. and you can only guess... in a skirt, that's stinkin' cold! I have to make sure to wear lots of layers and at this point, I don't care how goofy I look. I just love my socks and flats!
Things are so great here though. I'm loving every second of my mission! I have some great things to share with you this week! Especially about Matt. He's been going to church with his girlfriend for a year and a half. We began teaching him about a month ago and he has always been very open to learning more. We lost contact with him for about 3 weeks due to school and sickness, but 2 weeks ago at church you could just see his face light up as we went to say hi! We taught him on Sunday night at a member's house and challenged him to read the Joseph Smith History story and pray about it. I know this was inspired, he has a testimony of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith but he thinks that something is missing. On Wednesday night we had another lesson at the same member's house. The spirit is so strong there! We followed up on the things we challenged him to do and he said he loved it! It filled in the gaps of the story he didn't understand. As we continued talking and having a discussion about the Gospel of Jesus Christ we talked about baptism. In Mosiah 18 it talks about our baptismal covenants, to bear one another's burden's and mourn with those who mourn. What a great task we have as members of the church to build people up and bring them true happiness! In verse 10 it says "If this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord..." as we talked to Matt about this we invited him to be baptized and he said yes! :) His baptismal service will be this upcoming Saturday at 6 pm. I'm so grateful for the spirit he is able to feel as he comes to church and learns more about Christ. I get to give the baptism talk and share my testimony about baptism with his non-member family and his girlfriend's less active mom.
We have another sweet girl, Sierra who we are teaching. She has a boyfriend on a mission and was thinking for quite a while that she would wait for him before she got baptized. We had a lesson with his sister and her on Wednesday and talked about how her boyfriend wouldn't want her to wait if she knew it was true. At the end of the lesson we found out that she's scared of what her parents will think but she said "I have a feeling that if I know it's true then I should get baptized" As missionary's... those are great words, and we are doin everything we can to help her find out for herself that the church is true.
There are so many great things here, keep praying for people and missionaries in your ward! They need people to teach, fill their calendars. I'm a HUGE advocate for member missionary work... it really works! :) I'm grateful for this Thanksgiving week that I have to ponder the things I'm most grateful for in my life. I'm grateful for my Savior and his sacrifice for me to be cleansed from my every day sins so I can return to live with my Heavenly Father again. I'm thankful for my loving family and friends EACH AND EVERY DAY! I know that everyone has been placed in my life for a reason. And I'm grateful for this time I have to learn how to be a better disciple of Jesus Christ. May the Lord bless you this Thanksgiving. I love y'all so much. Be safe!
With Love From TEXAS,
Sister Tawny Ann Sylar

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hey Family

Hey Family! It's been so great to hear from y'all this week. Thanks for the many emails and sweet notes, I really do appreciate it! Things are going so great here in Keller Texas, the weather is bipolar, but it's a lot of fun to walk out and realize you need tights! Haha I don't have much time but I would like to share some great things that happened this last week! :) We had an amazing zone conference that Sister Bingham and I won the "Cleanest Car Award" that was fun, we worked really hard for that! ;) But the thing that stood out most to me was what President Ames talked about so much. He said "When you are discouraged, pray harder. Those feelings don't come from your Father in Heaven." When you feel discouraged as a missionary, the devil takes advantage of it. And as I had to opportunity to go to the temple this morning I was able to feel the spirit really tell me that my Heavenly Father is proud of me, even though I'm not perfect. He's okay with our imperfection, that's why we have the atonement. I know that His grace is sufficient for everyone! So don't give up when you're down! We also found out that we get to be part of a Fort Worth Texas mission choir on December 7th down in Arlington. We had a practice for that after Zone conference and we're really excited to be a part of it! It's a great missionary opportunity for the missionaries who are serving near Arlington! It's always good to know that you're helping someone else with their missionary work! I love it. We had dinner with Bro. and Sis. Beck on Tuesday and talked to them about teaching another one of their friends! This is a great experience that the members are getting into the missionary work as much as we are! Remember that Pres. Monson said "Now is the time for Members and Missionaries to come together" find people for the missionaries to teach and the Lord will bless your life! LJ was baptized on Saturday, what an amazing experience! He had so many people there, we had to move to the chapel and the whole chapel was filled to the back. Baptisms are a great opportunity for missionary work. It's also a place where the spirit is so strong that you can't deny it! :) We're so blessed to have been a part of LJ's story! I know that he's going to be a faithful member! He loves the gospel and has for a long time! We are still teaching a lot of people who are ready for the gospel! I know that the Lord prepares people and puts them in our paths so we can touch their lives. Either by small or big examples! I want you to know that I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know it leads to true happiness and as you continually keep your goal on the temple you cannot go astray! I love you so much and I hope y'all have a wonderful week! XOXOXOX- Sister Tawny Ann Sylar

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Yay Tawn!

Hey Y'all!
Another week of missionary work that just shocks me. The miracles I'm seeing every day are things that I would not want to exchange for the world. I wish I could carry y'all with me so you could experience exactly what I'm experiencing. I know that the Lord works in small and simple ways and as we count little miracles in our missionary work, much success can be seen! :)
It's been quite a busy week. We had many lessons with our investigators in people's homes! The spirit is so strong when that is able to happen. Our investigators are growing in faith and really learning the attributes of the Savior. We taught our investigator Sierra, who is turning 18 this week, about the plan of salvation at a young woman's home and she just loved it. She eats it up every time we are meeting with her and I know that the Lord has prepared her heart to receive the truth. :)
We got a referral from the Dallas State Fair... you know, the goat buttermilk people? We went and did some family history for them and holy cow, you would not believe what we found! So much interesting stuff. We went back and shared with them and they loved it! They wanted to take us with them to find one of the pictures of the gravestones we found in Arlington, but we can't leave our area. Haha but they were so sweet. She took us on a tour of her huge backyard to see her goats too! I know it's small and simple, but family history is a great way to share the gospel! Keep that in your thoughts as you reach out to people and do missionary work! I can't wait to get home and work on more of my family history!
We got a referral from a member a couple months ago and have never been able to go see her, her name is Susan. We were walking one night and had a feeling that we should try to stop by her house, so we did and although she had never met us before, she opened the door and let us in, offered water and talked with us for an hour. She told us about her husband who had passed away from an asthma attack in the middle of the night at age 46. she has so much faith in Christ and to see how much she has turned her life into since he's been gone is an inspiration to me. I know that Christ gives us strength in the hardest times! I know that because since I've come out on my mission he has made me stronger.
We went to visit Sherry on her birthday and gave her a little candy gram. She is always so thankful for everything we do for her. Her dogs were so dirty that Sister Bingham and I didn't want to touch them... so I offered to wash them and she teared up and said it was too much to ask of us. But, I insisted and in a skirt, I washed 3 dogs who terribly needed baths. But it was worth it, because seeing the smile she had on her face afterward, was the only reward I needed. I know the Lord prompted us to go there so that we could serve her and help her feel of the Savior's love.
LJ had his baptism interview yesterday, too! He sat by me in sacrament meeting and told me that he woke up at 4 in the morning and stayed up for hours because he was so nervous for his interview! As the sacrament came, both the water and the bread ran out before he got it and he turned to me and said "what is going on?!?!" haha we both just laughed and waited for him to get the sacrament. Then after his interview the district leader said that LJ said "that's it?" and "well, do you want to play a trick on the sisters and tell them I didn't pass?" Oh my heck, he is so funny and so humble. He's so ready to be baptized. Hey, I guess Jehovah's Witnesses make great Mormon's according to what I've seen! :)
We are making sure to work through the members every day and continue to strengthen their knowledge of missionary work. As I've reflected this week on the many family's we've seen and the blessing the gospel brings to their life, I've thought about the things Mama and Stephen have done to raise me and my family. Family home evening, spending time together, etc. I was so against it at the time, but now I realize how important it is to raise family's in a good environment. I'm so blessed to have all my parents who support me, my cousins, my friends... I count my blessings every day, but just like Nephi, I never forget to thank the Lord for all he's given me and the deliverance I receive from my trials. I love the gospel, I know that it's true and being a missionary is the best time of my life and I'm so excited to continue working! 5 months down, I hope I have eternity to keep sharing the Gospel!
XOXO- Sister Tawny Ann Sylar

Monday, November 4, 2013


Hello family!
It's been a wonderful week here in Texas! Sometimes I'm even wearing short sleeves.. hope y'all are enjoying the beautiful snow! I know that I would be if I were you! :)
We had the opportunity to go out a lot this week and try to find new investigators to work with. We have a great teaching pool of about 14 investigators, but with football in Texas, nobody really has time for missionaries right now. We are working with meeting with them more frequently! :) LJ is getting baptized on the 16th and that's something I really am looking forward to. It's amazing to see people have so much desire to follow the Savior's example and be baptized and to be a witness of the great miracles of God. I'm so blessed to be here at this time and I know the Lord needs me here!
Yesterday was fast Sunday and there's a family in the ward that's quite large, there's 6 girls and 1 boy (sounds like Sis. Bingham's family ;) ) The little boy, Jacob, got up and bore his testimony and said "I know that no matter what sin or how many times you sin, Christ is there for you and he will forgive you, because he wants you to be happy" That really struck me. Seeing such a young man have such a testimony about the Savior is a blessing. In my times of trial I always remember the sacrifice that the Savior made for me and how much mercy he has toward me. Remember that his arms are always stretched out for us if we are willing to accept Him!
Joey was at church yesterday! It's been about 2 months since we've seen him. He moved out of his dad's house and has been having a really hard time financially and emotionally. I'm grateful for the faith he has. When he saw me, I shook his hand and he just gave me the biggest hug and apologized for not keeping in contact with us. He's a great young man and I'm blessed to be a part of his story. In Sunday school he was reading the scriptures the whole time, through his trial I think it's been hard for him to come to church and study the gospel, but I know that the testimony Jacob bore in sacrament is exactly what he needed to hear. I'm grateful for the tender mercies of the Lord that gently remind us that he loves us.
I found out this week that the ward thinks my scar is from having a tattoo removed. BAHAHAHAHAHA I laughed so hard when I heard that. I then found out that Sis. Ramage mentioned it in passing to someone cause she and I thought a good story would be funny... people took it seriously and now people ask me about it more than they used to. :) It's so funny to see people's reactions when I tell them the real story. That was one of mine and Sis. Bingham's laughs of the week.Halloween was wonderful as well! We had to go in early for the night and were home from 6-9 doing our weekly planning session. It was really fun because we got to pass out candy to the trick or treaters as we planned for what we are doing in the upcoming week!
As I've been reflecting this week on the time I've been out so far it has really flown. I'm grateful to be out here serving the Lord, finding his children and teaching them about the gospel. There's no better way I would rather spend my time right now. I know that the tough times we have as we serve in our area are to make us stronger missionaries and although at times missionaries don't feel adequate to share the gospel, through God's grace and mercy he will forgive us and help us become more like him. I'm grateful for my wonderful family and friends and their support. I know I wouldn't be the missionary I am today without their testimonies and their love and support. I know the gospel is true. I know that God loves us!
Thank you for all you do. I love y'all so much! :)
XOXOX- Sister Tawny Ann Sylar

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hailstorms and Trunk or Treat

Hello wonderful family! :)
Every week I'm amazed at the amount of support that ya'll offer me. I'm so grateful to be a part of the Lord's work and finding those who are prepared to accept the gospel! :) Transfer result drumroll please..... I'm staying in Keller for my 4th transfer! What a blessing. I'm so grateful to get to stay here with Sister Bingham. She's my favorite and I'm so glad I get to serve with her again. Her testimony and knowledge strengthen me. So much, but so little happened this week! So... be prepared to hear a few funny things.
The Dallas state fair has been going on for about a month now, and the church is doing a family history booth to see if people want to find ancestors. We have gotten 2 referrals, one that wanted us to tell them how to use the website by phone, the other one wanted us to find her husbands dad cause he doesn't know him! So we went over to help this woman and her husband and found out that the lady milks her own goats! Hahaha how crazy is that right? So.. she told us about how she makes her own buttermilk and she offered us a glass and I gladly took it. I thought it would be a great experience and I thought that it might be good to try. So as she poured it into our cups (good thing it was a small portion) it looked like molasses! It was so thick. I took a little sip of it and I just gagged. Ew. I don't think I've ever tasted worse milk in my life! Don't ever try goat buttermilk, end of story. The good that came out of that is we got their family information so we can now go into and try to find his dad and share that information with him and maybe share about how our families can be forever!
We got caught in our first Texas rain/hail storm this week as well. It was crazy scary! We just went to a members house and it was raining and when we ran out it started hailing like I've never seen before! We were really careful driving in it and as we got home, we ran to the garage and I got knocked on the noggin with the biggest piece of hail I've ever seen in my life! I just can't stop laughing about how bad it hurt. But it was really fun. we were out in the rain for 5 seconds and walked in the house absolutely drenched. It was fun. I love seeing all of God's creations and the wonderful things that happen in different places!
As I've been out here, there are many things that I'm realizing about myself, and one of them is the power and authority that God has given me to teach His gospel. I'm grateful to be out here serving the people of Texas and I know there are many people who are being prepared, especially in the Keller area! We have 2 baptism dates. We got a text from LJ this week that said "Can we lock in November 16th at 5PM for my baptism?" So, there you have it, LJ is getting baptized! Our other investigator is still praying about when would be a good date for him to be baptized, I'm so grateful to see how the gospel has changed their lives and can't wait to see them make those covenants with God that will bless their lives, just as it's blessed mine!
We have 13 investigators, which is crazy. It's tough to get appointments to follow through many times because of football and school. But the Lord is definitely showing us miracles.
I also had a great experience this week in Relief Society, a sister in our ward talked about why Adam and Eve had to come to the earth. One of the reasons was to multiply and replenish the earth. We talked about how great it is to hold a baby when it's first born and I couldn't help but think of my Liam. :) I'm so grateful to be an aunt. I'm grateful that I got to see miracles take place that were created by my family. I know that God has a plan for every single one of us, and his plan is what makes us happy.
I know that I'm here in Texas for a reason, there are multiple reasons I'm here, but the one that means the most to me, is that I'm here to serve my Savior and my King. I know I'm a daughter of God and through Him, all things are possible. I'm grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that he suffered pains and afflictions that I could not bear myself. I know that because of His sacrifice I can be forgiven of all of my sins because God's grace is sufficient for everyone.
I love ya'll and hope you have a great week! :) Remember who you are.
XOXO- Sister Tawny Ann Sylar

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I love my goofy Sis!!

Howdy Ya'll!
It's fall here in Texas and holy cow, it gets cold! :) But I'm loving every second of it, even if it makes it hard for me to get out of bed in the morning! This week has been great and I'm looking forward to even more great experiences. I have so many great things to share with you this week!
First off, I want to thank ya'll for the birthday gifts! :) I got so spoiled, but I was also overwhelmed with gratitude as I remembered that I have the best friends and family that anyone could ever ask for in my life. You, along with the Savior, are what keep me going every day.
We had a lesson with investigators every night this week, which was truly a blessing and something to look forward to! We have been teaching a 19 year old, Matt, who has been dating our recent convert, Chelsea, for about 1 year and he's been investigating the church the whole time. We had such a great lesson with him on Thursday. As I was sharing my knowledge and testimony about the atonement of our Savior, when I was done talking, I had no idea what had just come out of my mouth. I guess that's how you know that the spirit is working through you to speak to his children. I also shared about the resurrection and how grateful I am for the knowledge that my Brad will someday run to me in Heaven, although his physical restraints don't allow him to now. Matt also has a cousin that we didn't know about with the same thing as Brad. Matt is now considering a baptism date in November and we are going to teach him again this week and see what date he wants to prepare for. I know that the Lord has prepared him at this time, I know I bore testimony of what he needed to hear and I know that I have been sent here to help him receive the gospel! How great is my calling!
LJ, another investigator, is also getting baptized on November 16th! :) What a great opportunity for him and he's so excited! Brother Mabry will be baptizing him and Brother Beck will be confirming him a member of the church. The support of those he loves is great, although his family is Jehovah Witness, I know they will some day open up and support him in the great decision he is making. Everything happens in the Lord's time.
We had Elder Pino for the Quorum of the 70 come visit us this week as well. What a great man! You could just feel the love of the Savior through him and he was so funny. So many great things about him stuck out to me, but one of my favorites was when he said "If you're happy, tell your face to show it!" :) Remember those smiles can really make a difference in someone's day!
One last great experience I want to share with ya'll. I want you to look back on my first week out in the mission field, how badly I wanted to come home. Well, President Ames came out in the mission field with me as a new mission president, and his first day, first phone call, was me... telling him that I wanted to go home. I didn't know that until this last Thursday in my interview. President Ames is a great mission president, I'm thankful for him and all he does! I know that I was called to this mission for him to be my mission president. With a new companion at the beginning of this transfer my anxiety started to get pretty bad and President told me he would give me a blessing. At our interview, he also told me that I look great, he knew I was happy, and he know that Heavenly Father and I worked together to help me get through some hard time. Now I don't want to turn back, my focus is forward. on to better things, on to preach the gospel! :)
I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true! I know that I've been called at this time to serve others as they search for a missing piece. I know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ, we can return to live with him. He knows every doubt, every fear and every pain we have ever felt. But as you continue in faith instead of fear, you will see the blessings. I love ya'll and hope you have a great week!
XOXO- Sister Sylar

Monday, October 14, 2013


Hola Family! :)
It's so good to hear from ya'll this week. It has been a great week. Emotionally draining, but everything went really well! As you know, I'm turning 21 on Friday, that's a big step in my life and I'm ready to take it on! A year full of missionary work! I have some fun things to share with you this week and also some great spiritual experiences!
As I've gone through the week I have felt disappointment, but happiness beyond all happiness I've ever felt. I got discouraged and down hearted. But I've realized the miracles God has brought to Keller and how much great is coming from Sister Bingham and I's work. Wow. We have 14 investigators, some of which are progressing and some who are moving slowly, but surely. There are appointments that drop daily and it's so hard! I've judged myself according to the hard things I'm seeing. But then I remember I'm just me. I'm learning so much, the savior is always there for me and He has called me, an imperfect person to preach His perfect gospel. How great is my calling!
No matter how down hearted you get out here.. there's always something bright in every day, whether it be the sunshine or Sister Bingham being a weirdo. I feel like I'm laughing constantly out here. We have started teaching two young girls, 9 and 11. They live with their step mom and dad. Their real mom calls frequently to talk to them and see how their day is going. When we were having a discussion with them the phone rang. Their mom was calling again. The 11 year old picked up the phone and without saying "Hello?" or anything said... "We can't talk right now, we're with the Normans" BAHAHAHAHAHA I couldn't hold it in. I laughed so hard. But it was so cute and something that will stick with me for awhile. As a result, we named our car Norman.
We have also been working with a few great people whom I have grown to love so much! Danyelle Finkelstein is an 18 year old in our ward who has been having the Youth Lessons (we teach 14 year olds who are members the lessons) As she has gone through them she has decided to serve a mission! :) She will be turning in her papers in the next few months and I'm so grateful for her! She has done great missionary work in the ward as well. We are teaching her friend Sierra right now who is a sweet 17 year old. Since she's not 18, we had to get a note from her parents to teach her. On Wednesday night she gave us the note and told us the story of what happened. Sierra asked her mom for the note and her mom decided to open her bible to see if it was right. She flipped right to Jeremiah 29:11 which said " I know the plans I have for my you" ( a different version of the bible) and as she signed the note, she put that scripture on the bottom. I know that Heavenly Father helping her understand that her daughter is doing something that will change her life for the better. I know that Heavenly Father sends us answers we don't expect sometimes, but as we have faith in him, we grow so much.
The Kirkpatrick family is doing well! They have been so busy with work and the dad has been out of town every week for the last 3 weeks and will continue to be out of town for 2 more weeks. I can't imagine being without my dad for that long! But they bought the family Book of Mormon easy to read that they saw at brother Beck's house and they have started to read as a family. They're so great! :) I love them so much.
On the 12th I hit my 4 month mark and I realized how much I love my mission, how much I've changed and how grateful I am. I know that I'm here for a reason and I'm so grateful for the gospel! I know that God lives and he loves us! He has a plan for every single one of us. I love ya'll and I'm so grateful for your love and support. I hope ya'll have a great week!
XOXO- Sister Tawny Ann Sylar

Monday, October 7, 2013

Flying Burrito!!

Geez Luis, ya'll have been in my thoughts and prayers this week. I want you to know how thankful I am for your prayers and love. I feel them every day as I wake up and keep going, they give me strength to go through my hardest days.
This week has been great! Not too much excitement has happened, we had great appointments to look forward every day and taught many lessons. One of the less active girls we have been working with has decided to start her mission papers! :) She's already done some amazing missionary work and we're teaching one of her friends who is writing a missionary right now. We are going to see if she can do a 24 hour exchange with us sometime to see what it's like being a missionary. It looks all glamorous and stuff, but it is really tough. Some days you don't even teach a lesson, but you're walking around talking to people and trying to find new people who need the gospel!
We are also starting to teach lessons to a recent converts boyfriend :) He's been coming to church for about a year! He loves the gospel and has read the Book of Mormon, so we are really trying to strengthen his faith and help him see what the blessing of having the Priesthood can be. We have so many people to teach, it's unreal! :) The only thing that stinks is a lot of times they cancel and we are not able to go over and then we have to find things to be productive!
We are still working with the great Kirkpatrick family and got permission to go to their house now to spend time with them and teach them the gospel! :) They are so great. Sonia started a company out here called PediaPlex and she's changed so many lives with it that she's an inspiration to many people who she comes in contact with. She's so outgoing, she reminds me of myself! I wish I could tell you about everyone, but that would take 10 years. Miracles are happening in the Keller 2nd ward, let's just say that!
Sister Bingham is such a blessing to me. She's CRAZY! Sometimes she gives me nuggies... and she's shorter than me! She also attacks me at night after she turns of the light. The other night we were having pillow talk and she turned out the light and I didn't hear her get in her bed but then she yelled "FLYING BURRITO" and jumped on top of me! HAHAH we have good times and I'm so grateful for her testimony. The spirit it so strong as we teach in unity and work together to help people see the blessings of the gospel.
General Conference was definitely the highlight of my week, I have been waiting for it for about 2 months and now it's gone! It all happened too fast. Elder Holland's talk was specifically for me, and I know that the Lord knew I needed to hear it. Although at times we may seem like the Lord isn't there, he is on our side. Every. Single. Step. of the way. I can't even tell you how much I've gained a testimony of his atonement. Even missionaries have need for the atonement, crazy right? :) I'm just so grateful for the person I am becoming out here.
We also have been challenged by President Ames to read the New Testament. What a great book! :) I'm so grateful for the Bible and I know Christ lives, I know he loves me and I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth for all to hear! Please share it with the people around you, even if you're scared! I know it's hard, but get out there and reach out to those you love. If you truly love them you will want them to have the gospel because it makes you happy!
Have a wonderful week, Texas is great! The weather is brisk and it's amazing!
I love ya'll!
XOXO- Sister Tawny Ann Sylar

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall in Texas

Family.. I know this may come as a shocker, but Texas has a FALL!
Well, the leaves don't turn colors... just brown and then they are dead on the ground. But the weather has been such a blessing this week and a tender mercy of the Lord! We only have so many miles to drive each month and we were almost out so we walked ALL week and the weather was absolutely gorgeous to walk around in. I'm so grateful that Texas has a fall and I'm excited to see what the Winter is like! (But also nervous) Sister Todd has a great 80's winter coat that I told her I'm going to come back for after my mission. I love living with members. I don't know what I'm going to do when I don't anymore! They are a great family and I'm so grateful for them in my life.
This week has been just a week full of blessings. Sister Bingham and I have such a great time while we go out and try to find people to serve and teach. We have found many people who are ready to learn more about the gospel, sometimes appointments fall through, but as we keep our faith we see miracles!
Sister Bingham is also very weird... kinda like me :) So we get along really well. She's made a huge impact on my outlook on missionary work and I am confident in the things that we are both learning from each other. I know that the Lord has sent her my way so that I can remember who I am and share the gospel in an outgoing way. Sometimes she tries to attack me at night when she turns out the lights for bed.. and sometimes she jumps on me to wake me up.. but it's okay. I'm living the life. (THATS A JOKE. She doesn't really do that, but I like to tell people that she does.)
I was also sick this week, so was Sister Bingham. So we stayed home on Thursday and I slept for 5 hours! The cold is going around really bad here and now I have a chest cough. But my sweet companion is taking care of me and I'm taking care of her. All is well and we are working hard!
This week, it has been an inspiring thing to see how much a ward family can come to the rescue in times of need. Our bishop and his family had a tragedy, their nephew drowned in their pool at his 2 year birthday party. It was humbling to see the bishop sit through sacrament with tears in his eyes but with so much hope. We went over one night this week and planted yellow flowers, left notes, balloons, and a new tree in their backyard. Not only were members there, but we had 3 investigators and some people of many different beliefs helping out. The church is wonderful and as one of our baptismal covenants to mourn with those who mourn, everyone was willing to help out.
We have been challenged by President Ames to keep reading the Book of Mormon, but also to read the New Testament. It's essential in Texas, of course. But for everyone. I wish I would have learned more about it when I would study the scriptures at home. My testimony has grown tremendously as I reflect on the miracles the Savior performed on the earth and I'm reminded that I'm here to act as a disciple of him. As the weeks go by, I'm realizing how much stronger my testimony is becoming, how great the church is, and how real our Savior is. :) I'm grateful for him and his sacrifice for me and I'm grateful to use the atonement in my missionary work.
Our investigators are doing great! :) LJ is going to tell us when he wants to get baptized tomorrow and we are still working with quite a few new people. YAY! :) The ward members keep giving us people to teach which is AMAZING. I'm so grateful for the ward. they play a huge role in missionary work, especially in this area that I'm serving in at this time. I know that the Lord has prepared them to hear the gospel and I'm so grateful I get to be part of their learning.
 I love studying in the Ensign, this morning I was reading an article in the September Ensign called "His Grace is Sufficient" by Brad Wilcox my favorite part of the article says " Grace is not a booster engine that kicks in once our fuel supply is exhausted. Rather, it is our constant energy source. it is not the light at the end of the tunnel but the light that moves us through the tunnel. Grace is not achieved somewhere down the road. It is received right here and right now." Remember the Savior's grace. He guides us through the darkest nights. He walks with us every step of the way and he forgives us for EVERY sin that we have. I love the gospel I know it's true. Everything in Texas is great. Another week to go! I love you all and hope you have a great week. Keep sending letters... you're losing the momentum! ;)
XOXO- Sister Tawny Ann Sylar

Monday, September 23, 2013


Hello my wonderful family!
Guess what? There's such thing as fall in Texas. The weather has been wonderful here and I haven't been sweating like a pig when we go tracting! How crazy is that, right? But I'm loving it! We even slept with the window open last night.
It's been a really hard/good/emotional week for me. First I had to say goodbye to my first companion, Sister Tullis. That was just as tough as saying goodbye to family almost! I'm so grateful for her and all she's taught me. Really, I don't know where I would be without her. She's a great missionary. But I did get a new companion. You know how that goes! :) Her name is Sister Camille Bingham. She's from Santaquin, Utah and she's the youngest of 9 children! All Sisters, one brother. HOW CRAZY! :) She grew up on a dairy farm too. So she knows the ropes.. Kinda. ;) It's so hard cause I know the area and I'm driving now! So sometimes it's just like.. I don't know what to do! And she doesn't know the area or anyone and she's trying to help me so we're both kinda just starting fresh. But I love her. She's going to be great to work with! She's also been very patient with the things that I've been working on. Like my anxiety :)
Can I just tell you how much the Lord is blessing Texas right now? On Friday it rained like crazy, Texas is in a huge drought right now, but it rained all day and all night and we went walking in it, and puddle splashed and everything! It was so fun and so great to build a relationship with my new companion as we talked and walked. I really admire her cause she just testifies right at the door, and that's something I need to do better at. I'm learning so much from her and I hope we see more miracles happen here in Keller soon!
I didn't get the chance to go see Kent and Karen's parents because they are not in my area, but I sent the Zone Leader Elders over to go see them and they said they were SO welcoming to them. They're even going to feed them dinner sometime! Isn't that great? The elders are excited to start seeing them more and helping them feel the spirit in their home. Thank you for the referral, mom, Kent and Karen! Missionaries love them!
We've had some wonderful opportunities to teach this week. The one that I want to tell you about is with the Kirkpatrick family. They are so ready to have the gospel in their lives. There is nothing that brings more happiness to them than knowing that their family can be together forever. We had a lesson at Brother Beck's home with the Kirkpatrick's on Friday night and the spirit was so strong as Bro. Beck shared his testimony about Joseph Smith and how real the whole thing was. He even let us hold Joseph Smith's pocket watch that he gave to the sheriff before he was killed. It's just such a testimony to me to know that these men died for us to have the Book of Mormon. They were ridiculed and tarred and feathered for a great cause! Don't take it for advantage. It's such a blessing. I know the Book of Mormon is true! I want to challenge ya'll to read it before the year is over and pray to know that it's true. I can promise you that you will receive your answer as long as you open your heart up to the spirit!
I'm grateful to be serving here in Keller. I'm learning more about myself than anything else out here. My anxiety has been getting the best of me. But I have found comfort in praying to my Heavenly Father with full faith that he will comfort me and bless me. I know that I have been given President and Sister Ames for a reason, they are a great blessing and example to me as well. Thank you for the examples ya'll have been to me and how much I've learned because of you. I'm grateful for the gospel, I know it's true! I know I'm here for a reason, I'm exactly where the Lord wants me to be.
Share your testimony to those you come in contact with who you know need to gospel. It's not THAT scary! That's one thing I wish I would've learned at home. I'm grateful to be a part of this work! No ipads and crazy stuff yet, but it will come sooner or later. :)
I love ya'll and hope you have a great week!
XOXOX-Sister Tawny Ann Sylar

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New letter

Howdy Ya'll! :)
Yes, I have named this week anxiety week because transfer week is not easy in the life of a missionary. But it's been a great strength to my testimony that the Lord puts us where he wants us. I'm so grateful for Him and the opportunity I have to learn more about him every single day!
This week was amazing, though! :) We had our zone training on Tuesday and I can't even begin to tell you how strong the spirit is in those meetings! (except for scripture chases when I get competitive!) But I know that the Lord answers our prayers through others and he wants us to continue to feel his spirit every single day, we just have to let Him in and as we go into meetings, really ask what it is that the Lord wants you to learn and he will reveal it to you. Meetings as a missionary are the most uplifting and revelatory experience I've ever had in my life! I look forward to them every week.
If ya'll didn't remember this, I got to meet Elder Neil L. Anderson and Elder Callister on Wednesday! We thought it was going to be something about getting electronics, but it wasn't! Bahahaha But, I was not let down by it! The meeting was fantastic! I got to shake his hand and he had the meeting open to the floor for the missionaries to give their opinions and testimony's. The spirit was so strong. Some of the greatest things he taught were 1) don't compare yourselves to other missionaries, work on you. 2) as you come to understand the atonement more, you will have a desire to share the gospel with others and 3) Keep going, the Lord is pleased with the work you are doing. There is so much more I wish I could tell you, but those are things that really touched me. It was a great experience to meet him. ALSO get this, Adam Talbot was there cause he is serving in the Dallas, Texas Mission. So I got to see him and took a picture with him! :) He's doing great and we talked for a minute, he's been out for 14 months and it seems like the time just flew by.
We are making sure the work keeps progressing in Keller! We rode our bikes all day on Tuesday and it was sure hot, but I drank lots of water and put sunscreen on. Totally worth it, but kinda gross when you show up at someone's house drenched in sweat. Don't worry, they always offer cold water. It was funny cause Sister Tullis and I got to where we needed to go, had our bike locks and everything, but realized that we both forgot our lock keys. So... we went right back home and picked those up. Biking is so fun to do.. lalala. Anyway, Joey is doing really well. We got to meet his son this week and spend some time with he and his wife. We made them lunch and shared a great message with them about the Book of Mormon. I've learned so much from reading it, and it has surely affected my life out here in the field. We still go visit Manny, too. He has stomach problems like me and had surgery on Monday and we haven't seen him since! He must be feeling really well. We are also still working with Sherry, a sweet lady from the Church of Christ. She always calls us when she needs something or when something isn't going right. We are studying the New Testament with her right now and she's really starting to open her heart up to us. It's really awesome. I know that the Lord is preparing her to learn about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We took her to the Woodland Springs elder's baptism on Friday and she loved it. She cried and said thank you to a woman who gave a talk about the Holy Ghost. We just have to take our time with her. She's ready for the gospel, but it'll just be a slower process. We haven't been able to meet with the Kirkpatrick family this week because their daughter had surgery on Tuesday, but we have a lesson with them this Friday. They are reading the Book of Mormon and loving everything about the gospel. Brother Beck is also getting involved with teaching them, which is really a blessing on our part and their part. Brother Beck also has a good friend LJ who we are teaching and who is setting up a baptism date for October :) YAY! He's been coming to church for a year and knows that it's true.
I was thinking a lot this week, with transfers and stuff about how much we need to accept the will of the Lord. I know that he has a plan for each of us, and even if it doesn't happen in our time we need to have patience and faith in Him. I am staying in Keller 2nd ward and Sister Tullis is going to Park Glen. My new companion will be Sister Bingham! I'm so excited to embark on a new adventure! It will be so fun helping the work progress in the Keller 2nd ward.
I hope ya'll have a great week! Remember that I love you and read the Book of Mormon! It's true! :)
XOXOXO, Sister Tawny Ann Sylar

Monday, September 2, 2013

Our Way of Coping

Cardboard Tawny and Ash takes her everywhere!!

Our Labor Day Weekend without Nonners

Mom, It's a statue of Tawn Tawn.. AHH she's looking at me!