Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Happy Independence Day???

July 6, 2015

Ha.  GUESS WHAT.  Saturday was the 3rd straight Independence day (July 4th) that I have been out of the country.  BOO.  I love that parades and everything.  haha maybe next year......

This week has been GREAT.  Me and Elder Goes are doing well and kicking.  We had quite a few new investigators this week.  Sadly when it came to Sunday, no one went to Church and doesn't want to meet with us anymore, but that's ok.  We'll keep searching for God's elect.

We did teach a few Less Actives this week.  And I tell you what.  The Lord guides his servants where they need to be.  And, if we as members don't give up on those we love, we will see the fruits with time.  The Bishop gave a list of less actives that he put together for us to visit.  We visited a couple.  Including Saverio, who was reactivated and is doing well.  He is even preparing to go out with us to visit people this week.  Cool.  We also found Marcus, who went to Church once.  Hopefully he keeps going and can be reactivated.

This week, we visited a man named Benedito.  He's middle age and lives in a super humble little shack.  He is really cool.  We invited him to come back to Church.  He doesn't live very close, a solid 30-40 minute walk.  And guess what....he came all by himself.  We visited him again Saturday and asked if he would go to Church even if it was raining and he said yes.  and he went!  He walked and it was awesome.  He is doing well and we will continue visiting him.

We also were looking for a couple of the other addresses and stopped to ask some guys where a street was.  One invited us in to check on his phone and his brother comes out and say, "Oi Elders."  So, we asked if he knew the missionaries and he is a mbmer.  He even almost went on a mission.  He had his papers filled out but then decided to go back to college and got involved with the world.  His name is Leandro.  He is really cool.  He has a cousin that served a mission, then married an American and now lives in Rexburg, Idaho.  Well, he is going to visit his cousin i Idaho next month, and his cousin had already told him, "when you're here, we're going to Church every week."  haha  The Lord definitely led us straight to him at this time. We set a goal with himto get him active BEFORE he goes to Idaho.  so that he can already be ready to go to Church there.  It's really close for him to go to the U.S.  haha and guess what.....I go to Church in Utah before he goes to Idaho.  haha Crazy!!

I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love, Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor

The Beginning of the End

June 29, 2015

Holy Crazy!  It's now official.  today is the First day of my last transfer.  That's pretty crazy.  I'm just gonna go nuts and leave it all here this transfer.  It's like the 4th quarter.  Like the music we hear in the street says, "turn down for what?" haha

This week was crazy.  and super sad.

Monday:  We didn't really do a whole lot.  We just sent email and then we went home and relaxed and Elder Jake packed his bags.  The fun came a little later.  We have a really cool Recent Convert named Felipe.  He speaks English.  He was baptized about 7 or 8 months ago and we visit him every once in awhile.  We went to a restaurant called Pizzeiros.  It's a Rodizio de pizza.  (all you can eat pizza and they bring it to you).  They have a bunch of different flavors.  they bringthem around and ask if you want a piece.  Including a bunch of dessert pizzas.  Elder Jake and I ate 20 pieces of pizza each.  I don't know if Felipe ate that much, but he ate quite a few as well.  It was hard to sleep that night.  We had to go pregnant woman style and sleep on our sides and move around until we finally found a position that didn't hurt too much.
  haha It was so good!  Best normal:  Doritos Pizza.  Best Dessert:  Coconut and milk pizza.

We had Zone Conference with the Ribeirao Preto West Zone.  It was really good.  President Brum told a little bit about his story after his baptism.  He was baptized at 9 years old with the rest of his family.  He studied in a military school.  He then entered into one of the top military school in Brasil.  Actually, THE top. ha.  He wanted to go on a mission, and received a letter and a visit from James E. Faust.  At the time, the Church wanted the few members they had in the armed forces to stay and preach there.  He was made basically a missionary at the academy and taught people there with others.  There were 4 of them that were missionaries.  3 are now General Authorities or Mission Presidents.  He then continued and later received a call from i believe it was Henry B. Eyring calling him as a mission president.  He gave up a big promotion in the army (He was already very high up) to come be a mission President.  We then talked of the importance of the Book of Mormon.  President read thescripture in Doctrine and Covenants about the new covenant of the Book of Mormon, and that if we don't use it in our every day lives, we will be responsible for it.
A couple from the ward then took us out to eat Coxinhas from a super famous spot in Ararquara.  It's famous in the entire country.  It's soooooo good.  Look up Coxinhas.  They are fantastic.  Ask Trev to make them!

The rest of the week was pretty normal.  just saying goodbye to all the recent converts and less actives and investigators.

Friday was so sad.  Elder Jake left with Elder Wood that night.  We went and visited Marcia and Bel to say goodbye and they both started crying.  We then visited Ana and Anne.. They both also started crying.  I almost even started crying.  Elder Jake has been my best companion and has become one of my best friends.  I'm thankful that The Lord gives us opportunities to meet people like that in our lives.  People that just make you better.  I learned a lot from him and we had a lot of fun and success.  He really taught me to grow up and to lighten up.  haha.  It really was awesome.  I've been sad the last few days because I just feel alone.  I've just been traveling between my area and Ala 3 here because we had to take care of both wards this weekend.  It's hard to be a Zone Leader alone.  I am really thankful for Elder Jake and the time I got to spend with him.

My new companion got here today!  His name is Elder Goes (said goys.  Like, rhymes with boys.)  He is from Manaus, Amazonas, Brasil!  The same city as my trainer Elder Souza.  He is from a different part though.  Manaus is huge.  So, I was "born" to someonefrom Manaus.  and now I will be "killed" by someone from Manaus.

I'm super excited for this transfer and keep praying for me!!!!!

I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week!!!!!!!!!!!

Love, Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor

Sorry about still no pictures!!!  I forgot my chord in the rush of transfers today!! I promise next week.

Day 651 in the life of a missionary

June 22, 2015

BOM DIA PEEPS.   What it is?

Guess what!  This is Elder Jake's last week as a missionary.He said it didn't really hit him until he was saying goodbye to people at Church yesterday.  Ha.  We got there and we figured he might give like a last testimony.  The Bishop comes up and says, "Can you talk today?"  Well, yeah.  then we get to Sacrament meeting.  He asks if it will just be a testimony and Bishop says, "No, you're the second speaker.  You got 15 minutes."  HAHAHAH! Gotta love it!!  He did real good though,.  It was fun.

This week was insane.  We have been running all over.  We had quite a few baptismal interviews to do in all parts of the city and in others parts.  We even went to Ribeirao Preto (not for an interview though).  And we went back to Americo .  They should baptize this week.  woot woot.  We only had 2 full days in our area.

One of them was Tuesday.  And it was AWESOME.  Remember ana and Anne that got baptized 3 weeks ago and are AWESOME too?  Well, Danielle, Anne's sister and her husband were here in Araraquara and wanted to meet us.  Ana calls Danielle like every day and usually talks about us and the Church.  Well, we had a late lunch with them and introduced the Church to them and they thanked us for our work and how Ana and Anne have changed and how they're so happy.  So, we totally invited them to Church.  Anne went with them to Sao Paulo for like 2 weeks, so we told her she has to go and take them with her.  They also wanted to buy us a present, but we had to leave.  so they told us to come back right after, so we did.They bought us PEANUT BUTTER!!!!!!!!!!  Yeah.  That was awesome.  They're real cool.  We gave them a Book of Mormon Liahona.

We went to Ribeirao on Wednesday because Elder Jake had to renew his I.S. So he could go home.  While I was there, I got a letter from Brother Jenkins.  Funniest letter that I've gotten while here.  It just said, "My elbow still hurts...."  That's all.  hahahahah!  Tell him I say stop crying and I love him.

We also had a reactivation this week.  Saverio is going to Church and strong.  His sister is a recent convert that was baptized about 7 months ago.  She is helping him a lot and he is coming back well. He was living with his girlfriend and wanted to come back to Church.  she didn't want to and wanted him to go to her Church where they didn't really have to do much of anything so he broke up with her and kicked her out.  He's a good guy.

I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week.  And Happy Father's day yesterday!!!  On of the other areas had a baptism yesterday and they don't have a font in their chapel, so they had it in ours.  We went.  It was an 11 year old girl and she was baptized by the Ward Mission Leader.  I thought back to when my old man baptized me on May 3, 2003.  A long time ago.  Thank you dad for being such a great dad and incredible example.  Thank you for showing me a true example of someone who lives the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I love you.

Love, Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor

Bus contacts

June 15, 2015

So this week, I did something I've never done before and it almost scared me enough to pee my pants.  I've done a lot of contacts on the bus, but never a full bus contact.  That's where you go up in the front and talk to everyone and show them the Book of Mormon and all that jazz.  It was scary.  It's not so bad once you get up there, but just trying to get yourself to stand up and go do it is crazy.  But, like the scriptures say, we can't be ruled by fear.  I don't know if anyone really got much out of my bus contact, but I know that I did.

This week has been kind of uneventful.  It was good, just the normal work.  We've been looking to work a lot with less actives and recent converts.  We have a few recent converts that have been going thorugh a lot of struggles and we are working to help them.  A couple of them have kids that have gotten into drugs and such, and it is affecting them a lot.  One didn't come to Church for the last two weeks and finally came yesterday.  After the first class, she came up to me and asked me if I would find her a ride home.  so, I asked her why and she said she was feeling sad because of her son and didn't want to talk to anyone.  Well, knowing that the only thing that can make her truly happy is the Church and the Gospel, I gave her a little tough love and said no.  Ha.  I felt so mean, but at the same time did not want her to go home.  so, she ended up talking to the Bishop and staying.  We went by yesterday night and she was a little happier.  Sometimes, it's not what people want to hear, but we have to help them receive the blessings of the Gospel.

We also had a couple new less actives come to Church.  One is very well known and hasn't been less active very long.  He knows the Church is true, he just struggles with a commandment.  He's now living with his girlfriend, but he knows it's not right.  We talked to him a lot about repentance, and he has embraced it well.  He's a really cool guy and knows what's right, just had a little bit of fear to actually do it because he knows it will be hard.

Things are going really well here and it's just a party.  Elder Jake goes home in two weeks and it's kind of crazy to be killing another missionary.  I just want to destroy this last transfer and give it everything I've got and leave no regrets.  I'm super excited.

You know what is just absolutely blowing my mind right now?????  I get on and have an email...and guess who's home.  The Womacks.  WHAT?  How in the world?  It's just gone by way too fast.....

I love you all and hope you all have fantastic weeks!!!!!!!

Love, Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor

Crazy Week

June 8, 2015

Well hey there family!  This week has been a pretty crazy week.  Unexpected trip to Ribeirao Preto for Leadership Counsel to start the week and other surprises.  It's been a little crazy and tiring.  But it's been good.

First, Leadership Counsel and Zone Meeting.  The counsel went really well.  the assistants gave a really good training about the importance of the Baptismal invite.  the simplicity of it and how important it is to simply invite.  then President Brum talked a lot about the importance of study and the Book of Mormon.  Jeffrey R. Holland once said something like this:  Study can make or break your mission.  It can make or break your life.  Ha.  I don't know the exact quote.  But I know the idea.  Study and the morning hours set the tone for everything else and we have to keep it simple and focused on the basics and on our purpose.

We then had zone meeting and taught the zone and all this stuff and it was real good.  ha.

We also were suppose to have Zone Conference on Friday, but the assistants called Sunday night and cancelled it.  Well, put it off to the 23rd.  You know what the crazy part is of this Zone Conference?   There's a part called "Testemunho do herois."  Basically final testimony.  And me and Elder Jake will be a part of it.  It's so weird to think about that because I've been seeing it my entire mission and I still can't wrap my mind around the fact that it's my turn.  Super weird.

We then had Stake Conference and President Brum came.  He talked about the importance of members getting involved in the reactivation efforts.  The most important people in reactivation efforts are the members themselves.  A lot of people when they talk about this cite the story of The lost sheep.  I know there's quite a few where we live, not a whole lot of non-members.  So this is where we can best contribute.  Help our friends get back to Church.  So, do it. :)

I love you all and hope this week is fantastic!

Love, Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor


June 1, 2015

Well kids, I don't have a whole lot of time because we got a call yesterday telling us that we have Leadership Counsel in Ribeirao Preto tomorrow!! Yep, the Assistants forgot to advise us.  So, we are hurrying and emailing and we will be catching a bus to Ribeirao right after. haha.  but, it's all good.  I like Ribeirao.

AND THE BAPTISMS!!!  Ana Maria Lima and Anne Karollyne da Silva were baptized on Saturday!!!  and confirmed yesterday!  I have pictures, but the card hookup isn't working right now so I'll have to see if I can maybe send them later or something.  But the baptism went really well.  Elder Jake baptized Ana and I baptized Anne.  This week has been really cool.  We have been calling every day, multiple times a day to make sure Ana didn't smoke and if she felt the need, we would help her out.  Well, on Friday she had her interview.  We were headed toward the Church to do some contacts and we were passing a street by their house.  We had the feeling to call her and she was about to smoke.  We literally ran over to her house and just talked to her and shared scriptures with her.  We ended up being over there for 2 hours just talking to her and calming her down, and when we left, she said she didn't even want to smoke any more.  And she didn't!   They both passed the interview and the baptism went really well!  We visited yesterday and challenged them both to read the Book of Mormon all the way through from the beginning...and they were already doing it!  So that was cool.  They're solid.

There was also a stake activity talent show Saturday night and Anne participated.  It was cool.  She's already participating in everything with Young Women's and she's doing really well.  I also got to see all my peeps from Americo and found out that a few of them are going to the U.S. at the end of this year.  they're all going to study English for 4 months and then try to get in to LDSBC.  So that's cool.  It'll be a party.

I love you all and hope you all have fantastic weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love, Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor

I only have 1 picture that Giovane sent me.  But these are a couple of the Americo kids!

"Humility is the key to inspiration." - The Best Two Years

May 25, 2015

Well hello my wonderful family!  How's Bear Lake this fine morning?  I love Bear Lake, but it's so cold.  but a cold lake sounds wonderful.  haha!

This week was AWESOME.  I was still sick at the beginning.  We ended up not doing a whole lot Monday or Tuesday because I was still sick Monday and then Elder Jake was sick Tuesday..  But other than that, it was a good week!  Lots of people came to Church and we are doing well.

This week was really cool on Sunday.  1.  Ana and Anne were there are are preparing super well for their baptism this Saturday!  Ana is doing really well with quitting smoking and Anne's testimony is just growing and growing!  She went to mutual this week and liked it.  It was good because she is super shy and wasn't really talking to any of the other girls in the ward and now she is.  so that's good.  We went over there Saturday with Alan and Camila, a young couple in the ward, and that was awesome.  Camila is in the Young women's presidency so she has helped Anne a lot.  Ana has also been well welcomed into the Relief Society so Saturday should be awesome.

2.  Celsio and Lucia were there.  They are the couple we took over when the other dupla left.  They have been going to Church for awhile and we had a good lesson with them this week.  Celsio likes going to Church, but is extremely stubborn and is very used to having everything his way.,  So it is very different to have missionaries who are also stubborn when it comes to the Gospel.  Not in a bad way, we have to have courage to truly tell people what is right and what is wrong.

3.  A new family came to Church.  Maria Paula came with her 4 kids.  She is a lady that lives in the longest part of our area.  haha literally about a 3.5 hour walk from the Church..  may be more.  She was baptized 19 years ago but doesn't quite know why she stopped going to Church.  but she did.  She was visiting a family the other day and they invited her to Church.  she came and wants to come back and she has 3 kids that can be baptized that all loved Church!  We were able to talk with her a little and set up an appointment Saturday to teach them in a members house!  I'm super excited.  

This week was awesome and full of miracles.  Something that has really stuck out to me this week is the Christlike attribute of humility.  I'm not too good with humility.  I'm a very prideful little boy.  I'm workin on it, but I know that it is my downfall.  As the prophets have said, it is the universal sin.  It is the root of all other sins.  This week we had some interesting experiences that have shown me the importance of realizing when we are wrong.  We talk to a lot of people that get offended when we teach a commandment right, and it isn't what they've lived.  That's how it is these days.  People take the attitude of "how can you tell me that I'm doing something wrong!?!?!?!?" Well, wrong is wrong, no matter what.  SO MANY PEOPLE in the history of the world failed in the eyes of God because they were unwilling to swallow their pride, even when they knew they were in error and sin.  BUT, there are success stories.  I read about Zeezrom in the book of Mormon this morning.  He was a bad guy.  He was trying to get Alma and Amulek killed, like many others.  THE DIFFERENCE.  Zeezrom didn't die.  WHY?  All of the other people stayed in their pride.  As people started to die, Zeezrom realized how terribly wrong he was.  He was thrown out from among the people.  His actions made him so sick that he was bedridden for weeks.  He was nearly dead from Guilt.  He admitted to the people that he was wrong.  When he found out that Alma and Amulek were still alive he was overjoyed.  He sent for them and they came and blessed him.  He got well immediately and devoted his life to sharing the Gospel and keeping the commandments.  THE RESULT.  All the people that held their pride died and frankly I imagine they are not in a comfortable place.  But Zeezrom repented and turned his life around.  I imagine he is still preaching and dedicated to the Lord in the Spirit World.  I know he is overjoyed with where he is at because he has the Gospel.

The Lesson:  We have to be the one in the great crowd to swallow our pride and do what the Lord asks.  It is that simple.  IT's not easy, but it's worth it.

Love, Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor


May 18, 2015

Hey kids.  So, today is transfers.  We just got word that we have to go to Ribeirao Preto to pick up a missionary.  so, I'll have to send my full email a little later!  I can't believe Lauren already got married.  I thought it wouldn't happen at least until summer.  That was quick.  Haha they look so little!  They look like a couple going to prom not getting married!!  hahah  I love you all and I'll talk to you a little later.

Well Folks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nothing changed for me THANK HEAVENS.  I'm so excited.  Elder Jake and I are staying one more here in Araraquara 2 as the Zone leaders.  EXCEPT, we had 2 duplas in our ward.  Now we only have one.  We have the entire ward.  Overall there were 6 investigators at Church yesterday so this should be an awesome transfer.  The area is HUGE.  It might actually e one of the biggest in the mission now.  It's really big.  It is actually 2 wards.  There use to be a 4th ward but they shut it down and it dissolved into the 2nd ward.  And thankfully, we ended up not having to go to Ribeirao Preto.  We made another dupla travel with the other elder because I'm sick.

Ana and Anne are doing REALLY well.  So, like I said, Ana had to stop smoking.  so, we made a calendar and she is (diminuindo? how do you say that in English?) every day.  She is solid for baptism on the 30th and so is Anne.  Anne is really shy and she's kind of having a hard time fitting in with the young women in the ward, but she decided she wants to go to mutual this Friday so it should be awesome.  They have been to Church every week since we found them last transfer and they are progressing so well!!!!!

We also took over another couple that is what we call Eternigators.  haha yeah.  Celsio and Lucia.  They've been going to Church since way before I got here.  They were in the other area but it is now our area.  Celsio is pretty darn stubborn.  he says he only goes to Church because of Lucia, his wife, but I know there's a deeper reason.  Because if he didn't want to go, he wouldn't.  Lucia is basically a member.  She just hasn't wanted to get baptized without her husband.  She is at every single activity, service project, and everything.  They were a reference from a member family that lives across the street from them.  The family should be able to help a lot.

This has been a pretty good and crazy week.  I got really sick yesterday and today.  Yeah...like pretty bad.  Yesterday was actually only the second day of my entire mission that we had to stay home because of me being sick.  It's not fun.  I've gotten to know the bathroom quite well.  But I'll be fine soon and working like a charm.  Today hasn't helped much with the fact that we've been running around like chickens with our heads cut off because of transfer problems, but it's all good.

I love you all and hope you feel it!  I know that this Church truly is the Church of Jesus Christ.  He guides it.  He's in the front and he will not let us fall.  We may have to pass through trials, but we can never fail unless we give up.,  As long as we are truly trying, we can never fail.  The Lord loves us and he is with us.

Love, Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor


May 11, 2015

It was fantastic to see your stinky little faces yesterday.  You all look so cute and good.  Good luck to Syd at Dugway today for her first day!  That's pretty cool.  I'm sure it'll be lots of fun.  also, I didn't really get to talk to Abbey and Hailey all that much.  sorry.  It was kind of hard skyping on just a little phone.  but, just know that I got both of your letters and you will get the responses soon.  You too, Syd, my bad.

This week was good.  It was kind of a really long week.  Really good and really stressful.  We started Monday and Tuesday in Ribeirao Preto for the Leadership (Jedi) counsel.  It went really well.  Presidente Brum talked a lot about sanctification and the importance of the Spirit in our work.  then we took it all back and taught the same thing to the zone in zone meeting on Wednesday morning.  and the pancakes were a smashing hit.  I even was the loving zone leader who put out my brand new peanut butter sent by my fantastic and best mom in the world.  Let's just say there's not very much left. haha.  But it all went really good.  I got both of your packages and a BUNCH of letters.  The secretaries even took pictures when they gave it to me because I had 23 letters (including 20 from the same person because I turned 20! Thanks :)  and 2 packages waiting for me.  Happy Birthday to me.

We then had to set up and organize for interveiws with President on Friday.  It was crazy.  Ha.  When we were coming back from Ribeirao, the keys must have fallen out of my pocket.  So, we planned the zone meeting from the pizzeria across the street from our house as we waited for the other elders to get home Tuesday night.  We then had to run all over to get a key to the Church for interviews.  But it was all good in the end.  Interviews went really well.

Ana and Anne are still doing really well and were at Church yesterday.  They are preparing well to be baptized on the 30th.  They are reading and Ana is trying to quit smoking.  they will be awesome.  We are also teaching a lot of new people and new families.  We have a lesson tonight with a family that could be really cool.  Their 4 year old son doesn't like loud noises, and they are baptists.  Well, any Church like that here, the pastor yells and they yell/pray and it's just super loud,  Well, the kid does not like that and so they haven't gone for a little bit and are looking for a Church to go to.  Well, I think the Lord has placed that in the kid for them to go to the True Church where there is Reverence and principles of God.  It should be good.

I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love, Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor

P.S. Dad, you may think I was kidding about those Dodger tickets....I wasn't.

The letters and caixas!!!!!!

We visited this family in Elder Jake's old area while we were in Ribeirao.  He gave us corn tea.  It's not like tea there.  Any kind of drink they call tea here.  Well, corn tea is strangely, weirdly good.  You just take the water left over after boiling corn on the cob, add sugar, and drink it!


May 4, 2015

Well, sorry this is so short.  I hate computers.  I was almost done writing this email, and then it just disappeared.  and now I don't have much time.

This week was awesome.  Ana and Anne went to Church.  they are new investigators we found during our 342 contact week.  They are really awesome and are loving the Church and everything.  Ana's husband passed away and Anne is her youngest daughter.  The members really like them and they are doing really well and headed for baptism on the 30th.  Ana just needs to stop smoking.

Antonia and Lourenco fell away.  In a couple really sad lessons, they will not accept the law of tithing.  Lourenco does not believe that he should have to give a certain amount and says ten percent is way too much and it is impossible.  We talked a lot about faith, and he told us many times that he has faith, but then told us it is impossible and there is no way for him to pay ten percent.  and he said, I will not go into debt because of Church.  Antonia decided to go back to her Church where it is also ten percent, but when you can't do it, you don't have to.  We told them very clearly that this teaching was not from Christ.  He requires full faith and sacrifice.

Which begs the question:  if the Lord asked everything, would we do it?  If he were to ask for 50% of what we have and trust him that it will work out, would we be willing to sacrifice?  And if he asked us, as Job, to give up everything, would we have the faith to move forward and give up everything for his kingdom?  What are our priorities?

If we aren't, then imagine Hermoine Granger saying "you need to sort out your priorities."

I love you all.  Have a fantastic week.

Love, Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor

Sunday, July 5, 2015


April 27, 2015

Well, everyone and anyone.  Thank you for the Birthday wishes.  I'm sorry that this email may be a little short today.  I was busy getting caught up on pictures.  I love pictures and was sad that I wasn't able to send them before, so there they all are!!!!!  Wooo Hooo!

This week was awesome.  Like awesome awesome! We gave a huge challenge to the zone.  Actually, 2 challenges.

1.  The companionship with the most contacts at the end of the week gets acai paid by the zone leaders.  We didn't tell them how hard that would be because Elder Jake and I are both very competitive, and we are not willing to lose.  hahaha.  But, they responded well.  We set a mission record.  WE HAD 342 CONTACTS this week.  That was INSANE!  haha.  It was by far a new record.  One of the other duplas had 273, that is very high.  It was awesome.  We won.

2.  The other was for the zone to hit 1500 contacts.  We have 10 companionships and that's a 150 average.  That's pretty high.  If they did, the zone leaders would throw a pancake party before the next zone meeting.  yeah.  pancakes.  I love pancakes.  haha  AND WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We had 1,505 contacts as a zone.  It was awesome.

and it was my birthday.  Our RC, Marcia, our investigator, Bel, and Angela, and Bel's family threw me a little party.  It was fun.  They had cake, Pave (a delicious Brazilian dessert that I will make and eat forever and get fat again.) And juice.  They are so cool.  It was a pleasing day and ti was way fun.

I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week!!!!!  I can't wait to see you on Mother's day!!!

Love, Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor

The city of Araraquara from our house.

Elder Jake, Irmao Francisco, and the barbecue

Elder Jake, Me, Irmao Osmar, and the barbecue.  By the way, the churrasco was delicious!!

Elder Jake and me in our matching Brasil jackets that we found for cheap last Monday.

My planner cover this transfer.  GO DODGERS!

Division with the Assistants on Thursday.  It was Elder Hansen's Birthday on the 23rd.

My birthday morning.  We partied hard.  Me, Elder Jake and Elder Hansen

This is my "I'm 20 years old"  bathroom selfie!

The cake and party.  These people are awesome!!

The plate of fat boy food that Elder Jake gave me for my Birthday.  I love food!

Me and Bruna.  Her other granddaughter and the flowers they gave me.

This is Bia.  Our investigators granddaughter and the most adorable little black girl ever!!

The tie they gave me!  It's really slim!  But I wore it to Church anyway!

The cake and peach pave.  I love cool people!

The division boys.  Elder Hansen, Me, Elder Menden, Elder Jake

The big, huge, dirt road (mountain) that we walk on almost every day.
  It doesn't look very long, but looks are definitely deceiving!!


April 20, 2015

Today.  Day 7,302 of my existence on this Earth!

So, just a heads up to EVERYONE.  My BIRTHDAY IS ON FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!  Woo Hoo!!!  We're gonna have a party here in Araraquara, Brasil if anyone wants to come.  You're all invited.  BYOC (Bring your own Coke)!

Haha.  This week was AWESOME.  I love having a good companion.  It just makes everything SO MUCH BETTER.  Elder Jake is a beast and we killed it this week.

I think I told you about Antonia and Lourenco, right?  Well, they're a really cool old couple that we are teaching and I love them.  I truly love them.  Last weekend, their granddaughter, Sofia had a surgery to remove a kidney and they have been super nervous about it for a while.  We gave her a blessing before and went back this week after they all got back from 3 or 4 days at the hospital.  She is doing incredibly well and not even feeling pain.  The best part:  They recognized the blessings of the Gospel.  They fully recognized that it was because of the obedience to the Gospel that everything is going well.  They will be baptized in the coming weeks.  They are very firm on that.  We just don't quite know a day yet because of the uncertainty of Sofia's recoveryl  They are incredible and want us to teach the rest of their family.  I love them and pray that they will continue on and be a family forever.

We also set a goal for contacts this week at 210.  That's actually our standard of excellence.  And as any missionary can tell you.  That's actually a lot.  30 per day.  that's actually a lot of new people to tlak to and still teach and everything.  Well, we just went at it.  We got nervous when it was pouring rain yesterday, but we just went for it and finished the week with 212.  It was awesome!  We found some cool people this week and we are excited to just keep it going.

Everything is going really well here.  Other than that there isn't a whole lot of big news.  But it's all going really well.  Just know that.

I love you all and hope you all know that the Church is truly the Church of Jesus Christ.  Me and Elder Jake have had some great discussions this week about a lot of things.  And how without the Gospel, people just don't get it.  Sadly, even some people with the Gospel just don't get it.  We have to truly live the Gospel if we want complete happiness.  

I love you all and Happy Birthday to ME this week!!!  I won't be a teenager any more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love, Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor


April 13, 2015

BOM DIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So this last week, my companion Elder Yaple went home.  He left on Friday with Elder Archiprette, the Argentine that also lived with us that went home.

Then there was transfer calls...Yeah.  #BDOML

I stayed.  (Shocker) haha  and my new companion is.......ELDER JAKE.  YES.  Remember that picture I sent the other week and said this guy is one of my best friends on the mission?  He was my zone leader in Aracatuba for 4 transfers.  when I was transferred to Americo, he rode with me the whole way cause he was a district leader in Araraquara.  This last transfer he was technically actually my district leader.  Haha.   At the beginning of the transfer, I took his planner and went to April 10 and wrote..."Transfer calls.  Elder Jake...FOI (Went) Novo Companheiro...Elder Jackson!" And GUESS WHAT !!!!!!  It came true.  I was so happy when I got that call.  He's from Huntersville, North Carolina.  He went to BYU so he knows quite a bit about Utah and its people.  Good ole Utah.  I love Utah with all my heart.  I love that little bubble we have.  The bubble of innocence.  Haha!

This week was really good.  We were kind of just saying goodbye to people with Elder Yaple.  He actually leaves today.  The missionaries that end go to Ribeirao Preto on the Friday and then actually leave on Monday.  So he will be back in California with his family on Monday.  Crazy.

And there is just no way around it.  Killing a missionary makes you trunky.  haha.  He was the first one that I "killed".  It was super weird.  they talk about it so much and you feel like you're going home with them and then you're like, whoa.  I'm staying here actually.  It's not a bad thing, it just get you thinking about when your time comes.  But I'm not trunky any more.  elder Jake and I are gonna destroy.  He works a lot like me.  We have very similar ideas and we aren't afraid to get things done.  In other words, we're not soft.  We're not rude either.  That's the trick, you gotta find a balance.  But, you have to be willing to 1.  Go out of your own comfort zone.  and 2.  Push people a little out of their comfort zones.  That's how we learn and improve.

I also learned this last transfer that I REALLY like to listen to BYU devotionals.  We're allowed to, and this last week I listened to one from Spencer W. Kimball YEARS ago.  It was so interesting.  He was warning against so many things that have just become so common in the world today.  It's incredible how much the Prophets and apostles know.  LISTEN TO THEM!!!!!!

Marcia was confirmed on Sunday and everything is good there.  She is doing really well and now we challenged her to read the entire Book of Mormon.  One chapter at a time.  One per day.  It'll be cool.

We are also teaching a couple that is AWESOME.  They are sure to get baptized soon.  Their granddaughter (that they raise as a daughter.  She basically is their daughter)  had a kidney removed on Saturday.  We went on Thursday and gave her a blessing before the surgery.  It was cool.  We have talked a lot with them about the temple and that has grabbed their attention big time.  so, when we were there, I told them "Alright, Sofia is gonna have this surgery Saturday and you guys will be back Tuesday.  Then we're gonna get this thing going and really working for your baptism."  And the wife got really excited.  so it should be good.  They're way cool and actually understand the message.

I'm super excited for this transfer.  There were a lot of changes in the zone.  5 missionaries finished their mission and went home.  And the only companionship without a change was the sisters.  so this should be really good.  It was really needing a lot of change.  This transfer is gonna be SO AGUA in ZONA ARARAQUARA!

I love you all and hope you know that the Savior also loves you.  He is always here to watch over us and catch us when we fall.  As Elder Holland said, He doesn't leave us when we're crazy enough to leap.  He's there to catch us by the arms and lift us, not drag us, to safety in His gospel.

EU AMO VOCES!!!!!!!!

and sorry for no pictures lately.  It's been crazy.  I was finally gonna send a bunch today, but in the rush for transfers, we had to be at the bus station at 6:30, 3 missionaries missed the bus to Ribeirao Preto,we have to go back to pick up all the arrivers at noon, and go back to drop 3 more off at 7 tonight because they will trains.  And in all this, I forgot my camera chord.  haha:)

I love you all,
Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor


April 6, 2015

Well folks, this week was quite the week.

Zone Conference, General Conference, Baptism, Easter, and today........HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes everyone.  My old man is 50 years old!!!!!!!!!!!  He's a geezer.  And I love him.  I really do love my old man, Jeffory Irl Taylor.  That is one good man.   I have never met anyone that quite equals him.  I read recently a story in the Liahona about how a guy was in the MTC with President Hinckley's grandson and how he visited him.  It gave the guy a chance to reflect and even though it wasn't Pres. Hinckley, he said he wouldn't trade his Grandpa for anyone.  That's how I feel about my old man.  I love my dad and I am so thankful for the example my parents have given me.  The way he treats my mom is a model for every man in the world.  I like to replace his name there for Moroni.  If every man were like Jeff Taylor, the very powers of Hell would have no power over the children of men.  I love you and miss you, Dad.  Tell Trev to give you two hugs, one from me.  (but it won't be too long before you get one from me!)

This week was awesome.  We had zone conference in Ribeirao Preto and it was really good.  President talked a lot about just doing the right thing.  It was very similar to the feeling of Uchtdorf's talk about worrying more about people than numbers and titles.  It was a real feel good moment.

Then, General conference.  I love General Conference.  That was my last General Conference as a missionary.  Next one, I'll be eating white chocolate covered pretzels on Sunday morning with M&M's.  And go to the conference center.  And eat out after Priesthood session with my Dad and brother for the first time in 4 years!  I loved Elder Pearson's talk.  He just straight told us how it is.  We can't just come back and dink around.  There is no time for that.  And all the talks about marriage.  Those were good.  Answered a lot of questions and helped me get my vision.  hahaha.  But not for another 4 months of course.

The even Saturday was awesome.  during the week, our investigator, Marcia was ad and had drinken coffee early in the week for the first time in over a week.  She had stopped and promised she would stop again.  But decided the baptism wouldn't be this week.  Well, we were actually fasting during that visit for her baptism on Saturday and I was a little disappointed and almost stopped the fast, but decided to keep going.  On Friday, we had a ward barbecue.  It was sooooo good.  Marcia went and had a really good time.  And on Friday night, we were having a lesson with her best friend, Bel, and we got a call from Marcia.  She said "I have some news.  You'll like it."  (She's kind of hard to understand though so I thought she said you won't like it. )  Then she said "I'm getting baptized on Saturday."  I didn't know if I heard right, haha.  So I put it on speaker and she said it again.  It was difficult cause we still had to do the interview and no one in the ward knew, but we got it all worked out and after the Saturday afternoon session, with a bunch of her family there that we will now teach, Marcia was baptized by Elder Yaple.  It was AWESOME!  it was the first baptism I've had in a while so I was so happy.  Elder Yaple leaves to Ribeirao Friday morning and to California on Monday, so it was good to end it with a Baptism.  It was awesome.

and, Happy Easter.  Or Feliz pascoa.  I know the Savior lives.  He is here to comfort us and bless us.  He lives for us.  He is here so that we can be happy.

I love you all, Love,
Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor