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 familysearch.org 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

Tawny

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!!

MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS! :)
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