Elder Taylor Dearden
South Carolina Columbia Mission
110 Oak Park Drive, Suite B
Irmo, SC 29063


Monday, October 6, 2014

A Special Gift!

Hi family and friends.

I Want to thank everyone for sending me so many gifts, cards, and letters! I loved it!
I had some really great experiences last week!
I'll talk about the best one first.

Brian- So we met Brian just over a month ago, he is a cop who serves warrants. We have been visiting him weekly, and he tells us his cool cop stories, like how he almost got blown up and stuff like that. He's really cool.

Well we sat down with him last week to teach him again (we had taught some of the restoration). We showed him the Mormon messages video about fatherhood. It was perfect because his 17 year old son sat in on the lesson with us and watched the video. His sons name is Trevor, we gave him a Book of Mormon and he loved it, had so many questions and was excited to learn more about it. I don't go into to much detail, sufficient to say it was a great lesson. ( Brian saw my square mission stone I haul around and asked me why I carry it, I told him It reminds me of Christ).
Anyways as we were about to pull away in the car Brian comes running out of his home and stops us. He approaches me and says, "I want to give you this rock, I found it 23 years ago by lake Michigan, I don't know why I've been hauling it around for 23 years, but I feel like you should have it". I was so touched by him giving me his stone! I mean, I really loved teaching Brian, but I didn't know that he liked us that much too! Now, I Didn't realize how amazing the stone was until we got home and Elder Reed pointed something out to me, it's in the shape of South Carolina! I'll attach a picture.

Anyways, that was one of the highlights of the week!!!! Great time! 

The second story:

So we had conference! I loved all of it!!! It was just great!! (I probably over exaggerate how great it was just because I'm out on a mission and I see the world from a skewed perspective now, where everything is righteous and spiritual haha.)
We'll I kept trying to get Kathy to come to conference with us, and she just was so busy and couldn't make it, but then we were finally able to get her to come to the 2nd sunday session! It couldn't have been a better session for Kathy! With the emphasis on Family History (which is why Kathy started investigating in the first place) and then Elder Bednar's talk directed to those not of our faith! She was emotional during Elder Bednars talk, I know she received a witness that he was an apostle and prophet of the Lord. Kathy had such a great time, loved the Mormon Tabernacle choir and it was just great for her! She is working with our ward Family History Specialists right now and that is perfect for her!

At "Five Guys"  after Zone Conference
We had interviews with President Turner last week too! I loved being with President Turner, the Spirit just burns true that he is a man of God. I am so honored to be serving under his direction here in the Carolinas! 

Life is so good right now, the Lord has lifted burdens and has helped me to overcome my fears and stresses! His Atonement is so endless and powerful, never underestimate the power of a sincere prayer! 
I couldn't be happier right now! 

I hope ya'll have a great week!

Elder Dearden

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