Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Forward, Texas Fort Worth!

Happy Monday, Y'all!
Halloween is around the corner and fall is here in Texas! (probably only for a couple weeks, but it's here!) haha!
This week has been really great! we stayed busy with investigators, members, and exchanges! We are still trying to find people to teach. Make sure to keep my area in your prayers, because I know there are people here who are prepared to receive the gospel! 
I had the opportunity to go on exchange with Hermana Jensen this week. It was really great! I love going on Spanish exchanges and got to learn some new phrases and share my testimony in spanish a couple of times! I served with Sister Jensen in Lewisville when she was being trained and she's grown so much! I'm grateful to be serving with her and seeing the growth she's had in her mission. That's one of the greatest things about being a STL. I love serving the sisters!
We had an awesome joint MLC with the Dallas mission this week on Saturday with Elder Foster from the quorum of the 70. All of the things he said were things that I needed to do to be a better leader and things I want the missionaries I serve to know! It was great to hear him talk about the relationships we need to have for the Sisters (and elders) we serve. He talked about the importance of building a relationship where they can trust you, being in a place where they are comfortable, and showing them your genuine love. I know he was inspired talking about that because just the night before some sisters called and said they were having a really hard time and wanted to meet with us after the Elder Foster MLC. I know that they were able to call us and talk to us because they trusted that we are here to serve them and help them in any way we can! I get to go on exchange with them tomorrow and I'm so excited to hear what they are doing to overcome the trials they are facing right now!
Our Denton Stake Conference was absolutely amazing this weekend! I had the blessing to interpret some of the meeting in ASL (I'm getting my practice, that's for sure!) for one of the deaf Elders. I also got to listen to the Stake President talk about hastening the work and how we can change and choose to be a part of it. Our ward is growing so much in their missionary efforts. I have grown to love the ward more and more every week! It's such a blessing to serve with them. At the Saturday night session, they had a panel of new converts that answered questions about their interactions about the church and how they felt as they took the missionary lessons. It was really cool to hear from them and see how we can work better to get the members more involved in the work!
There are so many things that have been going through my mind this week, I'm grateful for the gospel and the opportunity I have to have the fullness of it. I know this is Christ's church again on the earth and I know the Power of the Priesthood is real.
I love y'all with all my heart. I hope you have a wonderful week! 
XOXO-Sister Sylar 

Monday, October 20, 2014

A visit with Elder Cardon!

Hey Family!
Thank you so much for the Birthday wishes! I'm so blessed to have so many people who love and care for me! I loved the cards, gifts, and emails and I'm sending my love back at you in every way possible! 
This week has been absolutely insane! We only stayed in our area on Tuesday and Sunday. Yes, the price you pay for having someone from the first quorum of the 70 in town! It was so worth it! 
This week we had a few lessons with members, and as they were teaching our investigators and less actives, I learned! That's one of the greatest blessings of missionary work, you learn from everyone! I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I am for members who are willing to work alongside me in the missionary work in Denton! I love it!
We have been working very closely with Domanique. She's doing well. It's been quite a roller coaster for her. We went to see her and her phone got turned off, along with her electricity. She's working hard to keep food on the table and a roof over her head and her children's heads. She's an example to me of a hard working mom! I pray that the Lord will continue to bless her. So, we taught her about the restoration in the dark of her apartment, the invitation to be baptized was also extended. :) The spirit is so strong whenever we have that opportunity to invite. Yesterday, we received a phone call from her telling us that she's not sure she wants to meet with us anymore. Right after dinner we went over there and talked with her. She had found an anti website and was reading some information from it. It's so hard to have people who oppose God and the truthfulness of the gospel. We talked with her, read scriptures, and bore pure testimony of the gospel and how it can bless her life. I pray, and hope that y'all will pray, that her heart with be softened and she will continue to be prepared to receive the gospel. 
My birthday was great! Sister Meiners stuck me in our bedroom for morning workouts and she made me cinnamon rolls, pancakes, bacon, and chocolate milk! I love her so much! She really made my birthday special. ( I realized how much of a birthday diva I am, too! HAHA) The greatest thing about my birthday was having the chance to go to the temple with a family we've been working with and see them be sealed for time and all eternity. :) I know that our families are forever! 
And last but not least... the Elder Cardon Conference was this week! We had a special MLC with him on Thursday morning. We talked about what a council does and how it will really bless us and our future families, etc. I stayed the night in Keller, which was absolutely amazing. I got to see Sister Todd and Brother Todd and surprise them! I also got to go and see Sister Briggs, the old Relief Society president and help the sisters with some of the former investigators I taught that they should go and see! I miss that place! I know I was sent there for a reason.
We had our elder Cardon Conference on Friday, there was so much I learned from him, President and Sister Ames, and Sister Cardon. I know the Lord sent them just for us, to help our mission progress! After the Conference was over, President Ames came looking for me and said "Sister Sylar, Elder Cardon is interviewing a few people and I want him to interview you!" When he said that I was so excited! As I talked with E. Cardon, I learned so much about the power of sealing and how it can bless families! I know the interview was inspired of God, because it answered questions I've had throughout my mission about the importance of being sealed to our families.
I love y'all so much! I hope you have a great week and know that I love you to the moon and back!
XOXOX- Sister Sylar

Monday, October 13, 2014

My Family!!

Hello, I hope y'all had such a great week! It's been fun to read all your emails and hear from you! Can you believe I'm going to be an old 22 fart this week? :) I'm excited but sad I'm growing up so fast!
This week has been great as a missionary in the Denton ward! I'm seeing a huge change in the members and their excitement for missionary work! I love missionary work and can't wait to help the missionaries when I get home!
About 6 weeks ago President Ames invited us to read the Book of Mormon all the way through by October 16th. I finished it yesterday and it was so great! I learned so much! As I read I kept the question in mind "does God know me?" while I was reading I surprised that I wasn't marking as much as I thought I would be! But when I looked back at what I did mark this morning it had such a profound impression on me! I know that Heavenly Father knows us all personally! I know that he loves us and will call us by name! I was particularly impressed as I read Ether 2&3. The Lord talks to the Brother of Jared for hours about how he can construct the ship and have the faith to do it! I also love in 3 Nephi 11, when the Lord comes to the America's and lets everyone come to him one by one and feel the prints in his hands. I know that I've had personal spiritual experiences with the Savior multiple times that helps me know that he is the Son of God, my Savior, and Redeemer! If you have any doubt in your mind, seek to have the witness and read the Book of Mormon with a question in mind. I know that they will be answered! I'm so grateful for the gospel, I know it changes lives, including my own!
Sunday night Sister Meiners and I got to go to a BYD all about the Book of Mormon (which was a great crowning event to finishing it for myself!) As we listened to Bro. Martino share his testimony and conversion to the church and about the Book of Mormon, I felt the spirit so strongly. I continually pray to know that what I teach is true and I continue to get answers that it is! The youth all thought of someone in their lives that need the Book of Mormon and the gospel, they wrote down their testimonies and we are putting them in the books to take to their friends! Youth are such great missionaries, I know miracles will happen as they share their testimonies! 
We went and visited Melody the other day, our recent convert. She is doing so well! Her brother and sister are now investigating the church and she's being such a great example to them! We are so proud of her :) she told us that she had a boyfriend for a bit... and she broke up with him because he was taking her away from going to Young Women's and everything she wanted to attend in the church. WOW! What a great example to me of the importance of church and living the gospel to its fullness.
My exchange this week was with a brand new green missionary! :) Her name is Sister Levesque. I learned SO much from her. She's already such a great missionary and knows so much about the gospel! She taught with such great power and authority and she really taught simply. I'm grateful for the things I learned from her and hearing about her testimony as we served together. I laughed because she said "You know what I found out about you old missionaries? It's really hard to get to know you because you never talk about yourselves!" haha Hey! I'll take it, I'm in the service of my God! :) We also had an adventure cause we eat at the church often... we forgot to bring a pot to cook our lunch in and had to compromise with things at the church to make pasta roni. We found a tupper ware container and spoons... it still tasted great!
Well, those are the fun adventures of Sister Sylar this week! I hope y'all have a great week and seek opportunities to love people around you! 
XOXOX-Sister Tawny Sylar
P.S. we sang in Sacrament on Sunday, the spirit was so strong! :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Spiritual Exhaustion!

Hey family!
Holy cow, wasn't this conference weekend the best you've ever seen in 6 months? I wish y'all knew the power of the spirit to a missionary during conference. I receive so much inspiration and learn so much about what the Lord wants me to do personally and what I can do for my investigators to help them progress. We have 2 investigators right now and neither of them made it to conference, but that's okay. I know they will continue to learn and have the opportunity to watch it next time and often online in the next 6 months! :)
Something really cool is that I got an email from my former companion who went home last week and she said that Bryant White is in her ward! :) Haha she met him and told him that she knew me. It was really neat! I'm excited that he got to meet her because she's so funny! It's crazy to think all the missionaries I know are heading home and they are busy, alive, and well! 
This week was amazing. We received a referral from Headquarters on Monday for a single mom. Her friend put her name online and when we got it we contacted her right away. She was so open and was so sweet. We went back with a member and taught her about the Plan of Salvation because we felt prompted to. As we taught her all of the questions she had directly corresponded with the things we teach in that lesson. I'm grateful to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to bring souls to him. This is the greatest calling I've ever had! :) 
As we are working with our good friend.. "finding" we went and tracted the other day for about 2 hours. That wasn't fun! Haha  I haven't tracted like that on my mission ever! But the Lord did bless us and we met some great people who have potential for the future! Even if I don't see the fruits of it now, I know that these people will be prepared for missionaries in the future. I love that thought! 
I was reflecting on my mission so far the other day and how many people I have had the opportunity to teach and their excitement about getting baptized. I thought about their family's, their friends, and the people they love. I know that because they received the gospel, they will help others receive it as well. I'm grateful for the generations that will be blessed because of the people who are willing to accept the gospel as I have taught them!
I have the privilege as Sister Training Leader to go to Mission Leadership Council at the beginning of every month. The spirit is SO strong there, ever single time! The mission is moving forward! We are making changes over night and teaching real lessons to people who are ready for it! We have more faith now than ever. We are 99% obedient according to a survey we took last week. It's such a blessing to serve in the Texas Fort Worth Mission. The Best Mission in the WORLD! The Lord is blessing all his missionaries, especially me. I have learned so much and I'm willing to submit to the will of the Lord in all things! I love being a missionary, I love being a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is Christ's church and it's here because he wants us to return to live with him again. I know God lives! I know Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and he knows us personally. 
I love y'all and I pray that you will take what you learned in General Conference and resolve to be a little better. 
Have a blessed week, y'alll!
XOXOX- Sister Sylar