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

taylor.dearden@myldsmail.net


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Staying in Summerville

Family and Friends!

Last week was amazing! We were able to go to Columbia to have the training about the ipads. Elder Zwick of the First quorum of Seventy came and shared with us some amazing insights. 

https://www.lds.org/church/leader/w-craig-zwick

He said the first reason we are getting ipads is because it will help us to be effective.

The Second reason is because the Brethren want to train us to be righteous users of technology. He says there are to many return missionaries going inactive because of the misuse of technology, mostly because of Pornography. It was startling to see how big of an issue it has become among my generation. 
We learned that we will be getting the ipads in the next 3 weeks

While at the training I was able to see past missionary friends! It was really fun. I have a picture of Elder Lumpkin, and Elder Parker with me!




More Great news!

On June 6th, Elder Christofferson will be visiting our mission! So we will have another mission-wide gathering to see him! it will be great! I am thrilled!!!

Life is good, the Lord is in Charge! Many great things will be happening!

Elder Parker and I will have another 6 weeks to enjoy this amazing ward and to be with some of my favorite people ever! 

Love Ya'll!

Elder Dearden

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ipad training this week!

So to start off I'll apologize for no pictures! I forget to take pics a lot.

But things are still going great! Our investigators are continuing to move forward and their testimonies are growing!

This Friday we will be trained on Ipads! I'm excited! I don't think that we will get to keep them that day, but hopefully soon!

I love being on a mission! Transfers are next week. I am starting to get nervous wondering who is leaving, me or Elder Parker? I want so bad to stay here, I LOVE SUMMERVILLE! But, then at the same time it would be great for Elder Parker to stay! Oh well, whatever happens I know the Lord's will is involved! We find out this Saturday what is going to happen.

The members here are awesome and we've made so many great friends, both member and nonmember! I feel super attached to this place! 

I wish I had more to tell ya'll, but my mind is drawing a blank right now. 

Oh! Last Saturday the ward had a scout fundraiser where they auctioned off desserts! It was fun, Bobbi brought some fancy cupcakes and they were really cool! Her Mom also came and built a fancy wooden chair to donate to auction off for the scouts. Bobbi's Daughter Taylor came too and it was a great evening!

Next week I should have more pics! I promise!

Love ya'll!

Elder Dearden

I (Stacie) found this pic on Facebook.  It is old and I have no idea where or what it is.  Since Taylor didn't have any pictures this week I thought I would add this one, ha ha ha. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Families and the Gospel

Hey Family and Friends!

Mother's Day was super fun! I loved talking with my family and seeing everyone! Buba is twice the size he was?! Way tall! He's grown to much, someone tell him to stop! haha

I love my Mom and Grandmas! They do so much for me and for my family! 

But talking on Sunday with family reminded me how important the work of salvation is! I am always reminded when I email or communicate back home how amazing my family is and how much they have done for me! It motivates me to increase my efforts to help others here in the south have what I have! 

Our investigators are doing great, all of them are pretty much in the same place as before. Had a great time with Bobbi the day before Mothers day, she had a family cookout and invited us, it was really fun and her family is awesome!

Elder Parker and I are doing really good, we see miracles in others lives daily!

Last week I discovered that there is a native american reservation in my area, the Kusso Edisto Tribe. We went to visit and it just so happened that there was a POW WOW that day! I'm so mad I didn't have my camera! But we had fun, watched them dance and talked to some of them. We have the Chiefs address and will be returning next week to try and meet him!

I just want to share my testimony of the reality of the Lord, I know Him and I love Him. He is more than a friend, he is everything to me. My family is awesome because of Him! I love the Church he has restored to the earth for these crazy last days! He calls representatives who truly can call upon his power to perform miracles in the lives of others! I love Joseph Smith, I feel that he is my friend, I won't be able to thank him enough for the sacrifice of his family and his life, I love the Hymn, "Praise to the Man!". I know the Lord places individuals in our lives for a reason, and there are many of you who read this blog who have played an intimate part of love in my life and I thank you for that! 

LOVE YA'LL!

Elder Dearden


This is a picture of my District.


 Here is a picture of us being weird, I'm drinking Dr. Pepper in the picture :D

Monday, May 4, 2015

Love the Spirit at Baptisms!



Family and people!

Last week was really great, we had interviews with President Turner and it was a little different because everyone interviewed as companionships. Elder Parker and I had a good time telling President how well everything has been going. 

We didn't do anything super awesome for p-day last week though, but we still had a fun week! 

We started teaching Bobbi and Ed how to do family History, and they are hooked on it now! They love it! It will be so cool for them when they get to do the temple work for their family after they are baptized! 

Harley was baptized yesterday and it was great! I love the spirit that is felt at baptisms! Harley was so ready for that day! She did great and all the young women came from the ward to support her!
 
Today we will be going to downtown Charleston so that will be fun! We'll probably go on the bridge again because it is really cool.

I can't believe that Garit is 3 now! Holy Cow! The pictures I've seen of him remind me of Nic! Their faces are so similar! I'm glad that he was able to have a fun b-day!

I hope ya'lls week goes well! We have lots of stuff planned for this week and it should go great!

Love ya'll!
Elder Dearden