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


Monday, August 31, 2015

Mormon Mom Van

Yesterday Pvt Spoerke was baptized and confirmed! It was a great day,  it was a little on the rainy side when the baptism took place, but all
went well!

Last week when President came to my DDM he had a lot of great things to share with us. He taught  us how Faith is a Principle of Power and
how we can apply that into our missionary efforts.

Afterwards we talked for a bit and he has asked me to play a musical
piece during the Mission Leadership council tomorrow. He also has
invited me to come with him to a ward (idk where yet) somewhere in
South Carolina to play a Piano solo after he speaks. He said, "We will
teach the people here in South Carolina why music is important, so
you're coming with me to this ward."

The piece he gave me is an improvisation of "Come, Come, Ye Saints".
It is really simple yet can be played with a lot of emotion, so I am
excited to play it.

I can't believe that September is tomorrow! CRAZY! Amazing how time moves!

This week should be fun, I am excited for whatever comes.

I got a new van last week! It only had 7 miles on it when I picked it
up! Brand new!  It's funny because we call it, "The Mormon Mom van".

Anyways, Life is good!

I hope ya'll have a great week!

Elder Dearden

Monday, August 24, 2015

I Few Quotes I Really Like....

 Family and friends

I had a great week. I hope ya'll don't get tired of me saying we
baptized again at Fort Jackson! It has became a weekly highlight to go
teach and baptize at fort Jackson every week!
Yesterday pvt Swartz was baptized and confirmed.

I also have pics of the baptisms from the past two weeks. I sent them
to my mom so I assume she will post them on the blog.

I'm a little anxious because just a few minutes ago President Turner
called me and told me that he will be attending my District meeting
tomorrow! Lots of pressure!
But I am also excited, I love President Turner, he always has amazing
direction and counsel to give.

I have been reading a book called, "The essential Nibley". It is like
a mini summary of Hugh Nibley's writings. He has some quotes that I
really like.

The first one:
"The test of this life is not for knowledge; it is not for
intelligence, or for courage, or for anything like that. That would be
a huge joke...we would all flunk those tests terribly."

My mind has really been dwelling on this next one:
"Who is righteous? Anyone who is repenting. No matter how bad he has
been, if he is repenting, he is a righteous man."

I really like that last quote, it puts life into perspective. That is
why we have the sacrament each week, we should constantly be
repenting. Our standing before Heavenly Father will always be that we
are a "fallen angel". However, it is only through Christ that we can
be redeemed from the fall, so that we can return the our Heavenly
Father and be found spotless before Him. We can only know Christ if we
repent. If we don't repent, he will say, "Depart, I never knew you".

So if we want to feel good about ourselves, we cannot take in any
amount of success because of our knowledge, intelligence, or courage
or anything like that. Because if we are not repenting all of those
things are nothing, they will do us no good. The only good we can do for
ourselves in this life is to repent and repent some more. Everything
else is dependent on our repentance.

I have a renewed effort to make sure that I am always repenting, and
the meaning and purpose of my calling as a missionary has expanded as
I realized I am "called to preach repentance to this people".

Anyways, I am excited for this week, it will be interesting and fun I'm sure!

Elder Dearden

This is from Yesterdays baptism of PVT Swartz

Last Week

Last Week

Also, here are some pictures of the neighborhoods I am serving in.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Miracles in Fort Jackson

Hey Family and Friends, and people!

I had a really great week! Yesterday we had 4 more baptisms at Fort
Jackson. Elder Nolan hasn't given me the pictures yet from the
baptisms. So hopefully by next week I will have a bunch of the pics.

Anyways, I got pictures with my Fort Jackson District and my Dutch
Fork District.

I'm really enjoying my experiences here, my regular area can be really
difficult at times, but going to Fort Jackson each sunday cheers me

Pvt Alexander, the Soldier I taught last week has agreed to be baptized
in two weeks! We are so excited for her! She actually wrote her mother
last week and was super surprised when she found out her mother was
actually baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
when she was young, but had never told her children! So Pvt Alexander
is really excited to be baptized and her Family is supportive!

I met another awesome soldier yesterday, Pvt Andrejic, he came in and
expressed that he wasn't very religious but had some questions. His
first question was, "The bible has prophets, why don't we have
prophets today?".....I was like, "That is a PERFECT question!".
Anyways I taught him the restoration and he was super excited towards
the end and agreed to be baptized in 2 weeks! I am so excited!
Miracles happen every week at Fort Jackson! I am so spoiled to be able
to participate in the amazing work that happens there!

I hope Ya'll have a fantastic week!

Elder Dearden

Monday, August 10, 2015

Serving in Irmo

So this past week felt a little slow and I am assuming this next week
will feel the same because everyone is gone on last minute vacation
before school starts! Or they are to busy getting ready for school!

But Fort Jackson was great yesterday, we had another baptism! Pvt
Mimms was baptized and Confirmed! I'll have pics next week.

So, yesterday I taught a solider, Pvt Alexander, she is new at Fort
Jackson. She walked in with her friend....who was recently baptized in
Florida. She comes up to us and says, "So I'm not a member of your
church, YET."....and then goes on to say that she plans to come to
church all through august and September to find out if it is the true
church. She says she grew up catholic but thinks that almost all
christian religions are confused. So she was really excited to have
the first lesson, the Restoration. As I was teaching her she just had
this bright countenance and kept saying, "Wow, this makes a lot of
sense!" Before I introduced her to the Book of Mormon she says, "So I
have heard that the Native Americans believe that Jesus Christ visited
them...is that ture?" haha, My response was, "YES! And we have their
record!". She was so excited to read the Book of Mormon and to
continue to learn. She is golden and I expect to see her baptized! I
had to hold back and not firehose her with information that I have
about what the "Native Americans" know about Jesus...

Our are in Irmo is doing better, we have a lot of potential
investigators. The problem is that everyone is so busy getting ready
for school. So hopefully in the next 2 weeks we will see that calm

I was so thrilled that the Church released photos of Josephs Stone! 

Here is the link https://www.lds.org/ensign/2015/10/jos

It is beautiful! I am so happy that the Church is being open about the
remarkable and mysterious aspects of revelation that occurred in the
early Church! We know God is the same yesterday today and forever,
Moroni says that spiritual gifts are still here, according to faith!

Anyways, I hope ya'll have a fantastic week!

Elder Dearden

Monday, August 3, 2015

Bringing Light To Others

Family and people!
Haha, one of the missionaries in my district drew this for me haha.
Describes my personality.

Life is going really well right now! We had a great week! Yesterday at
Ft Jackson we had another baptism, it amazes me how much work takes
place at Fort Jackson, truly the Lords hand is involved!
This time I got in the picture of the individual being baptized, so
now you can see the Fort Jackson missionary team!

Last week I went on exchanges with the Elders in NewBerry, I have
pics. It was really fun.

Our teaching pool has grown in the Dutch Fork Ward, and yesterday the
Ward council approved our member missionary plan. We will be visiting
all 60 active households over the coming month and helping each
household prepare a plan to present to the Lord of how they will do
missionary work.

Elder Bednar taught in the Mtc that the stones the
brother of Jared presented to the Lord can represent individuals. So
we can like the Brother of Jared, come up with our own "plan".  We can
be led to individuals who need the gospel, but then we must present
them to the Lord and ask that he "touch" them so they can "be filled
with light". It is amazing the connections we can draw from Ether 3 in
understanding how our Faith can impact the lives of others. The lord
expects each of us to learn how to do things on our own, like the
Brother of Jared, if we prepare a plan for individuals, and then
present it in prayer, we will be privileged to witness the hand of the
Lord extend and bring light to others!

I am excited to see the work progress! Truly the Lords hand is moving!

Love ya'll!

Elder Dearden
Exchange with Elder Swingler

Exchange with Elder Bateman....and Swingler bombing.

Last week Pvt Reeves, Smith, Stow, and Grant were baptized and confirmed!

Pvt Clark was baptized and confirmed yesterday!
In the picture, Fort Jackson district
Sis Bennett, Sis Ward, Sis Gleason, Sis Webb
Elder Droge, Elder Daynes, Elder Scarff, me