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


Monday, May 30, 2016

Shortest Blog Ever...........................

Well.... ya... my ipad....it um....it's gone :/

I figured the best way to respond is to laugh and not let it annoy me. I think i've learned my lesson not to sit things on top of cars...ever. 

But outside of my ipad being destroyed, i'm doing great! 

Things are still moving forward well here!

I'm not Trunky right now, but I'm Ready, I'm ready to move forward with the future. 

The weather was really rainy last week, had a storm come in over the weekend. But we were able to remain productive.

I've made so many great friends here in South Carolina, one thing I am super excited to do is to have free access to communication to all the great people i've met out here! It will be fun to get in contact with lots of people I've met out here when I Get home.

Sorry I don't have to much to say today!

Elder Dearden

Monday, May 23, 2016

Are You Kidding Me?

Hello Family and Friends, this is Stacie.

Elder Dearden will not be sending a blog today because he left his Ipad on top of a car, it fell off, and then he ran over it.  Completely destroyed it!!  This literally happened hours after we paid to have him keep it and bring it home with him.  So ya, are you kidding me! Dude!!!  I do feel bad for him, so sad.....


Monday, May 16, 2016

Exploding Trees, A Rainbow, and Pull Up Your Zipper!

 Well, last week was the week of Friday the 13th, so I guess that was a reason for crazy stuff to happen!

On Thursday we had a huge thunderstorm, while we were sitting in the cottage we had a lightening strike a tree only 15 yards from our house, the side of the tree basically exploded and bark went everywhere. The whole room turned silver and the boom was really loud I felt it in my ears. Our landlords wife was hit through the phone line, but she was fine. After the storm I got a nice picture of a full rainbow...I've attached pictures of the rainbow and the tree that blew

But Elder Wilkes and I are doing great, we have been working really hard. The weather has been really nice besides the crazy storm last week.

Today is my Dad's birthday and also marks me having only 1 month until I get home! May16th - June 16th!

I have a funny parable to share with y'all today.
This was a thought that was shared in sacrament meeting about a month ago, actually was a true story that a member shared.

A young boy gets on the school bus and while stepping in, the driver says "boy, your zipper is down!".
The boy reacts embarrassed and slumps to the back of the bus and has a red face. A second boy gets on the bus and while stepping in, the driver also notices that his zipper is down and says "boy, your zipper is down!".
This boy responds "hey thanks!" He quickly pulls his zipper up and bounces to the back without being upset.

The point of this story is to ask ourselves this question, "How do I
react when I am corrected or when the Lord points out something in my
life that should change?"

How do we react when our zipper is down? Embarrassed? Or do we just
laugh, smile, and pull our zipper up?

Lots of the time we just need to move on without being embarrassed or
upset, just pull your zipper up!

Haha, I liked the analogy.


Anyway's Y'a'll be good!

Elder Dearden


Monday, May 9, 2016



Well, another transfer has passed, and I'm now on my final and last
transfer. Elder Whittaker left the area and is now in Marion, SC. He
is with one of my former companions Elder Pace.

My new Companion is Elder Wilkes! He's still pretty fresh, only been
out 3 months. I'm his second companion. We have some fun connections,
He served in Summerville 3rd ward his first 3 months, in the same area
I was in last year! He got to know one of my favorite families, Bobbi
and Ed, and their kids! We have had a good time talking about that
ward and all the great things that happen there! In fact, Elder Wilkes
was there when Danny, Ed's Boy, was baptized! It's fun how transfers
move in circles sometimes!

Anyways, Elder Wilkes is from the big island in Hawaii! He lived there
most of his life. But his Family is originally from Utah. So he's
white....doesn't look like he's from Hawaii, haha!

So when Elder Wilkes was serving in Summerville 3rd ward, he had lots
of people tell him that he looked like me....which was kinda funny! So
he heard a lot about me before he came here, and we thought it was so
funny that we got put together after everyone in Summerville was
saying that we looked alike! After arriving here in Lugoff, we've had
several people tell us we look alike haha!

Anyways, here is a pic, what do you think? I think we look kinda similar.

We've kept really busy here! We bike about 20 miles a day, which wears
me down, helps me sleep good at night!

I don't have to much else to say, but I hope ya'll's week goes well!

Elder Dearden

Monday, May 2, 2016

Be the Copilot


I don't have much to say this week... Sorry. 

Elder Whittaker is being transferred this Wednesday, shocked both of us, didn't see that coming. Really Strange on my part, because my two previous comps only lasted a transfer each. 

So, I'll be getting a new companionthis week. I'm excited to find out who!

The weather here has been nice most of the previous week, the humidity has returned though....not to happy about that. But for the most part i've enjoyed the spring weather. I'm rather excited to breathe dry air when I get home!

Kim Hosking, a great friend of mine, sent an email to me that had a quote from a board outside of a church in Idaho. I liked the thought!

"If the Lord is the copilot of your life...
You might consider trading Him places! "

I liked the visual! Sometimes we only let Him be the Copilot and only allow him to direct our life "when we feel like it". Rather we should Always allow Him to command the course of our life, and we can be there as the Copilot to learn how to fly!

Anyways, life goes rolling on!

This is my final transfer and I hope to make the best of it! 

Elder Dearden