Monday, December 29, 2014

Week 70 No Transfers, No Package :(

Hey family,
 So transfers didn't happen today they will happen next week! So I don't know whats up with that. The work is going good  a lot of the people I have worked with they blame everything on everybody else.  We were teaching a couple a while back and they had marriage problems the wife said it was because of the husband and the husband said it was the wife and they couldn't get rid of their pride to see the faults in them selves first!!!  Sounds like Christmas was fun!! I wish I could just lay on the couch for 2 hours!( I told him all I wanted for Christmas was to sit on the couch all day.  I got about 2 hours in) ain't nobody got time for that!! So this week was a little different because of the holidays because all of our families went home for Christmas so all of them were gone our area was like a ghost town!! There was nobody there!! On Wednesday we had a service project, we made bricks for someones house!! That took like 5 hours and after that we went up to the senior couples house and had a dinner with all the missionaries and the mission president!  On Christmas we went and visited the  members in our area and came home to hang out with the senior couples and all the other missionaries  and did Skype!!!  The rest of the week we have been working like normal but our area is still pretty empty!!!

Did anyone get transferred in your apartment? not yet 
Did you get any more gifts for Christmas? not yet
When is the next time that you go back to the mission home?  when I go home!!!! hahaha
Is there any traditions that the Swazi’s do for new years? DRINK A LOT
What are you doing today for P-day? today we are going to the Swazi National Museum and the late Kings Memorial!!
Well that’s about all I have for you guys this week.   
Love Elder Roberts!!

(So we sent Taylor two packages back in November and they have had them sitting in the mission home and they keep forgetting to bring them to him so he got no packages for Christmas)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A letter and video from Taylors Mission President

Dear Parents and Leaders of Mozambique Maputo Mission Missionaries,

This year is ending and the  Lord make possible huge realizations in this part of His work.

I'm glad to announce that by the end of this year the mission will achieve the land mark of 500 complete families baptized.

Besides that we have sent the paper work to the Church Headquarter to apply for the first two stakes in Mozambique. One in Maputo City (Capital)  and another in Beira City (central of the Coutry and second largest city in our mission). Please, we would like to have your prayers and if this is the will of our Heavenly Father,  this miracle can happen in our mission and finally Mozambique have their first Stake.

As you all know, in order to that happen, many miracles happened and your missionary are part of that. A lot of hard work, faith and obedience has made this possible. I believe that in other missions there are also great missionaries but not greater than the ones in Maputo Mozambique Mission. They are really extraordinary missionaries! We love them and we are blessed to have them here as a part of our lives.

As usual, in the end of every year we publish on youtube a video with pictures of our missionaries during that year. The 2014 video is already published:

We you enjoy to see our missionaries.

With love and appreciation,

President and Sister Kretly

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Week 69 Christmas skype week

So skype this week will be on Christmas morning at about 8 in the morning!! I think I get one hour!! So get ready for me! This will be short!  AND ABOUT MY PACKAGE I WILL GET ON CHRISTMAS EVE!!! So I am excited about that!!! I love you I will see you on Christmas!!

Week 68 Skype is coming

I am doing very good and very tired but I don't remember a time on the mission that I wasn't tired!!! Ok it's good that you got the card taken care of!! The dog bite wasn't a bad bite but it ripped my pants I just got a little bruise!! I HATE DOGS!!!   That's good that the school has a good choir now!! I want to see some pictures of  Kinzie and Seans new home. Where is it located?
We run into a lot of people in Africa who drink excessively, almost every person we meet has been drinking for a long time but  I have seen them change!! Even my old comp Elder Victor drank  lot before he was a member but the thing that helped him the most was he made the decision not to drink he said he had tried to stop before and that was the problem he only tried!!! So you have to make a decision and stick to it because if you just try you will fail. We don't try, we do, I know that they can quit but only if they want to!!!  Well you might have to go out with the missionaries more!!!  Wow Christmas is coming up soon! You better get to thinking what the kids want! Sounds like you are doing pretty good on the t-shirt business! So I will let you know when skype will be next week but when would be best for you guys?

Any news on package yet? I will know tomorrow
Skype?  you let me know the best time
How is your dog bite?  good
How are your lessons and contacts this week?  had 27 lessons and 35 contacts found a few new families
Do you have a house address so I can send some Christmas cards?  yes but I don't know it I will let you know next week
Favorite thing about your new area?its really not new I have 5 weeks in it but there are a lot of members in our area so that's nice and its beautiful
Is your apartment nicer than your last area? Oh yeah !
Tell me some interesting facts about Swaziland? There are only like 1000000 people here it is a kingdom a total monarchy people like to dress in traditional clothes and there are 4 branches in Swazi!

My memory card got a virus on it and now I cant see any pictures so I can't send any and they said they can't fix it here so I bought a new one and I wont send pictures because I don't want it to happen again these computers are sketchy I don't want to risk loosing all my pictures so Soren might have to fix my card when I get home!!!


Week 67 I hate them dang dogs!

Hey you are exactly right we will play soccer!!! I like soccer and no I am still not good at it.  Well sadly my letter wont be that long I had to write the thing for mission prep so now I don't have much time!! but yes,  we had a very busy week and the white Christmas doesn't apply to us here in Swaziland I almost know nothing about it we don't here much over here!! We have two families that are working on marriage documents they will be baptized the last week of Dec.

So yes go the the bank  and pay it off the lady said that when I took money off my personal account it didn't take it off of that card but it took it off my credit card because I pressed credit on the ATM so because the two cards are linked it took it off the credit card and I can't call them any more it costs a ton! It cost like 15 bucks last time I called!!!  This week I got bit by another dog, I hate them dang dogs! I am scared of them! hahaha  Well it sounds like Disneyland  was great!! I will answer questions now.
·        Did you do anything exciting today?  no
·        Have you seen anymore monkeys or giraffes?  yes, monkeys
·        Where did you see the giraffe was it on the side of the road? yes on the road
·        What has been your favorite area you have served in? that's a hard one maybe I don't know I love them all but my heart is probably where I started in Magoanine
·        How was your Thanksgiving? good
·        Do people like to take pictures of you because you are white and blonde? nope
·        Did you get your package? idk
·        How are your investigators? very good I will explain next week 
·        Any new contacts?  How many lessons did you have this week?  We had 35 contacts and 25 lessons
·        Do you get along with all the Elders in your Apartment? yes
·        What is so cool about Swaziland? Very mountainous 
·        How come we got a short letter last week?  Did you have some where to go? I was busy online on my credit card account so I used up all my time on that
 I Love you !!!! bye bye

Taylors letter he wrote for our Stakes Mission Prep class

 Going on a mission was the best decision that I have made so far.   At first I was going on a mission just because I was supposed to and it was the thing to do but as the time went on I realized that it was something God wanted me to do and I wanted to please him.   I won’t tell you the mission is easy because it definitely is not but I know that this work is God’s work.   Even though it is not easy and is sometimes disappointing, the parts that make it worth it are experiences that you will have, whether it be finding the golden family, seeing a family totally change or just making friends.  I can tell you that looking back so far on my mission I can’t really remember the sad and disappointing times even though I have had many all I can remember are the good, happy & life changing moments that the mission gives you.   I know there are some young men who think that the mission is not for them, this is false!   If you don't go on a mission you are choosing not to receive god’s blessings.  You have to decide if god’s blessings are worth it to you and your family.   I can tell you they are and you will not regret it if you go on a mission but if you don’t go you will have a life full of regret!!  God knows where you are to serve and where you are to teach.  He is preparing people just for you that maybe only could change, don’t let them loose the blessings because you decided not to go!!! I know that god loves each of us and the best way to show him that we love him is through our works and he has asked us to make this sacrifice and serve a mission it may be a hard thing to do but remember it’s not your parents or even your bishop that has asked you to serve but it is a commandment from God.   I know this church is true I know that joseph smith was a prophet of god I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ and that it can change lives.  I know this gospel blesses families because I have seen it I have seen the many blessing that this gospel brings to peoples life!  in   D&C 18: 15-16 it reads  15. And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one  soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!
 16. And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you   have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how   great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!
Even if you only baptize one person it will be worth it, your joy will be great.  I know that every soul in the sight of god is great and we have to do our best to bring them to Christ! Think about your mission pray about it and I know that you and your family and many other lives will be blessed as you serve your mission.
Elder Taylor Roberts