Starting November 7, 2013 I will be serving a full-time mission in Montevideo, Uruguay. I am so excited to serve the people of Uruguay in the Spanish language. I will leave all worldly distractions behind and will work to bring people closer to God. At home I try to be an example to my friends, I let my standards be known to all around me. I am proud to tell anyone around me that I am a Mormon. For the next 24 months my mom will update this blog.
The CCM is
still chugging along. One thing I´ve been worried about this last week has been
topping my last email. So, we ended up getting some kind of pasta dish on
thanksgiving; "Not my usual, But nice." We had asked Ben if they would feed him anything like
he might have on Thanksgiving—I guess not.
Funny story, I saw Sister Megan Passey on this
devotional with Elder L. Tom Perry we watched from the Provo MTC. The
camera zoomed in on her for about 3 seconds while the congregation was singing.
I got an email from Megan Passey last week and she
told me this “Don't believe him if he says that he
saw me singing on a taped Provo MTC devotional. You know me, I don't sing :)
Much less look happy all the time :)“ I bet it was neat seeing someone you know show up on the
screen when you weren’t expecting it.
Congratulations to Dallin, one step closer to leaving for
is Ben’s cousin and received his mission call to the Marshall Islands. He went
home from BYU over the Thanksgiving break and did his endowments at the Manhattan
temple in preparation for serving his mission. He reports to the Provo MTC on
So, not much happens
at the CCM on the weekly basis. We had another group of Latinos leave this
Tuesday. This next group coming in will actually be going to the same mission
as me. It´s getting more and more real. I have a picture of my district with my
Teacher Hno. Cristeche. He is going to miss the last two weeks of our stay at
the CCM because he´s getting married. He was a great teacher and I've learned
so much. The
picture of his district will be below this letter.
It´s so weird that
were starting to finish up at the CCM and in less than two weeks I´ll be in
Uruguay, missing my family at Christmas time. We have sent Ben a couple of care packages—we will be
missing him at Christmas time as well.
We are going out
proselyting again this weekend in a new area, wish me luck!
I love you guys so
much. It was absolutely fantastic seeing pictures of you. I love the one of
Will. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We took some pictures on Thanksgiving. One of the
pictures was a plate of our Thanksgiving meal with desserts that we made in
honor of Ben (Justin ended up eating it the next day—what a great sacrifice on
his part). The other picture we sent was of William eating the drumstick like a
Ben's Thanksgiving plates
William eating his drumstick YUM!!
Oh almost forgot; my
district organized a Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving, and we won against the other
American Districts. I even played for a play (I think that´s what it's called).
The fact that Ben even attempted to play football
makes me smile. He was not the athletic type and got his coordination from me.
His junior year of high school, Ben had to take gym class since they had
stopped offering it in the summer and it was a required course. He was the only
upperclassman in with Freshmen and of course he stands out because of how tall
he is. When teams were getting picked for basketball, they grabbed him up
first, not realizing that Ben does not do sports. As the year went on, poor Ben
ended up being one of the last ones picked on a team because of his lack of
skill in the various games. I am happy
that he played with his district and even enjoyed it. The Latino districts eventually kicked us off the field so they
could play soccer.
Love you all so
much, I wish you all the best. I´ll try to have some better stories for the
next email, haha.
Nos Vemos, Les
Extraño, Les Amo...
This came as a separate email—it was
I love all of you soooooo much.
I happened to
be awake when Ben started sending his string of emails and pictures, so
I quickly sent him an email that just
said “Hi Ben—I love you!” I got this back in response:
you too so much! I´ve got to get off in 4 min.
everyone know that they mean the world to me.
forget Shai is getting baptized in a few days. Shai is one of Ben’s friends from school and she had been
investigating the church on her own for a while before sharing the wonderful
news with Ben and Jordan right before Ben left on his mission. I am so happy to
hear that she is getting baptized. I imagine that this news has made Ben very
her and Jordan a huge hug for me. If there are other friends at the baptism or
at church ask Jordan if you should hug them for me. If she answers yes, give
them a large hug and say it´s from Elder Taylor.I guess you guys are being warned that I will be handing out
hugs from Ben when I see you.
Me with my District at the CCM
Presidente andHna. Openshaw, my CCM Mission President and his wife.
They are great people. Presidente is a scriptorian and can tell you any
citation with just reading the first 5 words of any verse. Hna. Openshaw is a
sweet lady and bears one of the strongest testimonies on Joseph Smith I´ve ever
heard. So glad to have them.
Ben in front of his new favorite temple in Argentina