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.
So good to hear from you. Life here is great! We
had the baptismal service of Andrea Baraldo. She was the lady that Elder Muñoz
and I were teaching in Buceo (the offices), who was going to get baptized there
until we realized that she lived an hour away in Belloni. We had to pass
the reference to the missionaries here in Belloni. But there were some things
that happened and in the end she had never been baptized.
So, when we got here, one of the first things we did was call her and set up an appointment. It took
a few weeks for her to feel ready but now she is doing super well and was
baptized this last Friday (02/06/15).
She was actually the first person that I baptized
(all the other converts that I taught have been baptized by a member from the
ward, or by my companion.)
It was a very cool experience.
Because of some family problems Allistair, who was going to be
baptized with Andrea, was not able to be baptized but will be getting baptized
this Saturday along with Santiago. So... prayers for their well-being would be
much appreciated if possible.
Last night we received the transfers and I am staying one more
change here with Elder Gutiérrez. The work here is amazing and I am loving
every minute being in this ward. The members are so willing to work and are
helping so much.
Concilio was great and we learned a lot. We talked a lot about
leadership. The Administrative and Ministry sides. It was really interesting
and I feel like it will serve me for the rest of my life. In a short explanation:
I learned a lot about Ministering when I studied the word Stewardship. Stewardship
is when I have been trusted with someone’s land, business, or possessions and I
am expected to take care of it as if I were the legitimate owner.
When you are
a minister or someone who ministers something, you are charged with a responsibility
or task and are expected to carry it out in the same way that a steward would
care for his masters possession.
This helped me recognize the importance of the ministry that has
been trusted to me as missionary.
•the spiritual and physical well being of the missionaries in my
•the work here in the zone as well as in my own personal area
•the conversion of the members, and non members here in my area
•my own personal conversion
And I must fulfill every one of these responsibilities that I've
been given in the exact same way that the Lord would do it. With love, charity,
mercy, patience, righteousness, and with a willing and submissive heart.
I think this lesson will help me for the rest of my life in
every calling that I have; be it Nursery Teacher or Gospel Doctrine Teacher,
from Greeter to Ward Mission Leader. What ever it is, I need to complete with it
in the Way the Lord himself would.
I love you all so much,
Benjamin Taylor Pictures from this last week, intercambio with lunch in the gym
set up for the wedding of some converts and the last Zone