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


Monday, April 27, 2015

Great Progress!


 I've had a great week! Lots of great progress!

Next Sunday, Harley will be baptized, so we are excited for her! She is thrilled to be baptized, after many sets of missionaries, she is finally ready. So we are looking forward to that on Sunday!

Bobby and Ed are still doing great, coming to church and working towards baptism! We are so excited for them. This week we will be focusing on family History with them, so that they can be prepared to do their ancestors temple work shortly after they get baptized. So that will be great!

All our other investigators are doing fantastic, and are making amazing progress, I don't really have time to go through all of them, but we love them all!

It's starting to warm up here, but the weather is still amazing!

I am so excited to be getting Ipads in June, that will be a big change!

Elder Parker is doing amazing, I greatly look up to the Love that he has for all the people here and for the energy and diligence he puts towards this work! Great guy!

I love Summerville, I want to stay here forever! But I don't know if that will work out. 

Anyways, My mom should have some pictures of us with Bobby and Ed, I think she'll put them on the blog :D.

Love ya'll!
Elder Dearden

Monday, April 20, 2015

Great Things are Happening

This past week was really good for us! We had some great things happen! Our investigators are doing better than ever and we keep on finding new ones!
Bobby loves relief society now! Says it is her favorite!

We had a guy named Chase come to Church yesterday that we invited, he really enjoyed it!
We are excited for him to keep progressing.

I could go on about all the work we got done last week, but I don't know that ya'll want to hear it, just same old...same old.

We went to Magnolia Place again last week and explored more of that place. It was pretty fun.

The New apartment is a great set up, I really enjoy being with 4 missionaries in an apartment again. These are not the two we share an apartment with, these two Elders moved into our previous apartment.

This is Elders Hatch, Newton, and Us.

I'm lovin being on a mission! I cant wait for Ipads in June, it is FINALLY OFFICIAL, we will be trained by headquarters people in May and get our Ipads in June. The Hour has come! I really think Ipads will change a lot here!

We have a 12 year old Girl name Harley on date to be baptized, it is really solid. We didn't find her, she was taught by missionaries for a while and we are just reaping the harvest, we were just assigned to make sure the baptism happens. But She will be baptized on May 3rd. So that will be fun.

Hope ya'll have a great week!
Elder Dearden

Easter Sunday, The Wells Family

Monday, April 13, 2015

10 Months!

Hey Family and People!

Things are going great here in Summerville still! Our investigators are doing really great! Nothing super new to report on them though, just same old!

Last week was fun, on Saturday we did a service project as a ward for a Boys home for troubled youth. It was so cool to see the community come together and especially because our ward was super involved. Bobby came with us to help with that, it was a great time.

Last week Elder Parker and I went to Charleston and walked over this Huge bridge that goes over the harbor, I have lots of pictures from that. :D

Charleston Bay
So, I am going to be staying here for another 6 weeks for sure with Elder Parker, don't know what will happen after that, but we will be together for 6 more weeks!

We are however swapping apartments with the other 3rd ward Elders, because they lost their car and they needed to be closer to their area, we get to keep our car :D. But that will be a nice change, we won't be alone in an apartment anymore, Elder's Seibers and Collins will be living with us. That's why I didn't get on this Morning as early as I usually do, we were moving stuff.

I don't know what else to say, other than last week was fun and I am excited for the next 6 weeks!
Bridge on Charleston Bay

Oh ya! I hit my 10 month mark on Saturday, so that's weird huh?

I hope everyone at home is doing great! I miss ya'll, but I also love it here!

I'll send some pictures now, Have a great week people! 

-Elder Dearden

Elder Parker

Monday, April 6, 2015

Fort Dorchester

Last week was fantastic! It was all around a great week!!!
Last P-day Elder Parker and I went to a really cool colonial town/fort. I think it's called Dorchester Fort? But I have pictures. The place is a bunch of ruins from the 1600's, pretty cool stuff!

Bobby and Ed are doing amazing! We had some fantastic lessons with them last week and watched "Joseph Smith Prophet of the Restoration" -The Church put it on Youtube.

They also watched the Sunday Morning Session of Conference with us! We are so excited for them. Bobby says she wants to be baptized, so we are working on the steps now to get her there! We are so thrilled for her!

We had a really cool Dinner with the Acree Family and we invited Tom (our new friend I mentioned last week). We had an awesome lesson and the Acree's shared their Conversion story! Tom told some fun stories of looking for Native American stuff in the woods. He promised us he would take us to this burial mound somewhere if we can get permission to go. So we are excited! I love Tom! 

Conference was amazing! LOVED IT! 
I am so excited about all the great things happening here in Summerville! Lots of cool stuff!!!

The Work goes on! 

I hope your week is great, we have good stuff planned for this week!!!

BTW- Today is the Lord's Birthday! And the 185th year of the church being organized! WOW! April 6th is one of my favorite days of the year!

Love ya'll!!

Elder Dearden