May 29, 2013
Trent's email 5/22/13
You always have the most creative titles in your emails =)
My week´s been alright. We moved. I´ve learned how to do Pilates! Very interesting. We´ve done some good contacts and are excited to go back and teach those people. Today we´ve been waiting ALL DAY for the company to come put light in our new house (we never got it back in the old house... we´re on day 16 without energy, and counting) and he still hasn´t come, so we decided to break for the internet center. It´s been raining. We´re loving our new apartment, although it´s not perfect, I´m happy. We sleep much better at nights for the lack of noise, and everything´s well organized. We love the space. Conference magazines finally arrived, we´re eating those up. I love Elder Cardon´s talk about repentance, that man is a MACHINE! Also, my companion thinks my cooking is improving a lot. I think I´m getting pretty good. We eat a lot.
I just love talking to people about the Book of Mormon. I don´t think I´ll ever stop. This Book has changed my life! Everything I think, the problems that I need to resolve, the questions that I have, make so much sense as I read this book. It´s exhilarating to tell someone who doesn´t know the book about it, someone who really wants to follow Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, I still love meeting people. There are so many interesting people in the world, all with different ideas and experiences. I can learn SO MUCH! It´s very fun.
We´ve also been focused on service. A lot of times, service can help open people´s hearts and help them change their perspectives about the Church "from the CIA, that carries guns in their bags, and inspects houses for drugs," or "the Joseph Smith worshippers." We talked to the city government, and they told us about an alphebetization project that they´re doing nationwide, we´re gonig to see if we can get some members involved. Meanwhile, we´re searching for other projects, especially cleaning the river. So depressing, seeing a river full of garbage...
I´m learning so much about leadership skills, and how to make a difference, how to talk to strangers, and professionals, and presidents, and governors. I can´t wait to go back to BYU and implement some service ideas and find ways to help people... Life´s full of excitement.
I´m so proud of you all for participating in a race! That´s great!
Barbecue.... oooh, please, please, please can we plan a barbecue when I get home? I miss that stuff. Soo much. I hope it went well. How funny, St. George, full of old people. Interesting. I hope the kids weren´t too bored. It´ll be fun to play in an open field and throw a football. Dominicans are crazy about baseball and basketball, but football almost doesn´t exist... =(
Hahaha, you almost had a nervous breakdown? I usually get the chance to teach an improvised Gospel Principles class... I really should start preparing it, because even though they never officially ask me to do it, I always end up teaching it... I realized that the best classes come through simple explanations, scripture, personal testimony, and inspiring questions. It´s really not too complicated, I don´t think. And the Church manuals are FANTASTIC. I really liked the temple lesson as well. I bet it was a beautiful scene, especially considering all the work they had done. Those people LIVED for that temple. Many died for it. And it still stands, and still inspires, and still is a wonderful place of worship. What an excellent sacrifice. It will be wonderful to be able to visit the temple once again.
I´m so happy that Dad is getting his own practice! I know he likes that business managing stuff, I bet it´ll be a fun experience for him. He should be an old pro by now, I think! Good for him. I hope he can find an adequate dentist, someone who speaks spanish, and that the latins want really pretty teeth.
Speaking of which, Dad, how much does teeth whitening cost?
I´m going to forward you the pictures from Turkey. From TURKEY. She´s in freaking Turkey. Lucky girl.
LET BECCA BE A FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT!
How cool would that be!
C´mon, Mom! Think about how much she´ll learn about life!
Hahaha, I´m glad she´s making the right decision, even though it´s hard. August is coming up fast. DON´T LET HER DATE UNTIL I GET HOME!
So I can interview those twerps.
Courtney´s mom is very sympathetic to all people all the time. She´s very interested in the lives of her daughters, and therefore has been interested in me since we started dating, and I guess it never went away. Also, she works for LDS Family Social Services, so I think she´s kind of attached to me because of that. Except I might´ve offended her today, because I told her that Obama is not the antichrist.
I´m starting to wonder what happened that all these women are worrying about me... why can´t there be any my age that are worried about me? Haha. I sure do appreciate the prayers, though.
Mom, you´re the best, and I will never replace you for anyone. Your emails always cheer me up, and I really love knowing what´s happening with you three. I can´t wait to get home and spend time with the three of you and just chat. I have so many questions, so many goals, and so many things, and I need your help, all three of you, and all the support you can give me. Life´s not going to be easy when I get home, and without your constant support, I don´t think I´ll make it. Thanks so much for always being there for me, Mom, even when I really didn´t show any appreciation or respect for how hard you worked for me. I can´t wait to see you again.
I love you!
And I love the rest of you, too!
Elder Trent Taylor