I am on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am serving from October 19, 2011 to October 2013 in the Dominican Republic Santiago Mission. This blog represents the viewpoints of one missionary, Trent Taylor, and in no way is endorsed by the Church. To view the Church's official website, go to mormon.org
Aug 27, 2013
Trent's email 8/20/13
IT´S BECCA´S BURTHDAY!
And I´m writing on a Tuesday. I hope it doesn´t upset you too badly, but tomorrow we have a special meeting with the area president, Elder Andersen, and won´t be able to write. I´m also going to see Elder Nelson tomorrow, for which I´m super excited!
So, we´re working a ton with less actives and also some investigators that we´ve found. It´s an adventure. It´s fun to help people feel the Spirit and grow and commit to change. I just wish everyone would do their home teaching. I feel like it´s an essential part of being a member, and if you´re not doing it, you´re truly failing in your purpose in life. I know life´s not easy, and I have a very skewed perception of things in my simple mission life, but I just feel like it´s important. I think that if everyone would be a good home teacher, the full-time missionary program wouldn´t even be necessary. Seriously. Less actives would come back to church, people would preach the gospel for themselves... it would be so fantastic. Maybe I´ll implement some Jehovah´s Witness tactics to get people to leave their house more often. They´re excellent at that.
Montecristi´s a beautiful place which I love very much. Especially the beach.
I´m learning so much about pride. I guess that´s my biggest downfall. I don´t know how to stop being prideful. I´ve been getting really annoyed at my companion this week, but I realized yesterday that it´s my fault, not his. I thought that I had solved this pride issue at the beginning of my mission, but it´s still there, just in different ways. Christ is like a silversmith, I guess, just BURNING OUT those impurities.
We should have a baptism on September 28, maybe more, we´ll see how that goes.
I´m happy, healthy, exercising, trying to eat well, working hard, and avoiding thinking about home as much as possible. I love you all, and hope you have a great week! Sincerely, and with lots and lots of love, Elder Trent Taylor