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! ;)
I LOVE YOU TO TEXAS AND BACK!
XOXO- Sister Tawny Ann Sylar

Monday, September 23, 2013

Nonners!

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!