Port Elizabeth: 1/11/16 (Week 1)

Family and Friends!
This will be a long update, lots of things happened this past week which were super sweet! So, I left Cape Town and it was pretty tough saying goodbye, especially to Brother Samson. Right before I left he asked if he could share a scripture with me from the Book of Mormon, so he read about trusting God. Then he got us KFC again and right when I was leaving he said “I am losing a very good friend”. I was almost in tears. I told him we will always be friends and we will keep in touch. Saying goodbye to people here never gets any easier.

Zuurberg Roadsign 1


My new area in Port Elizabeth is awesome! Lots of good things happened this week. Found very good investigators and committed lots to baptism. We have 9 baptisms coming up and had 12 investigators at church. A lot of them were new so it was great! We have one father led family who is from Zimbabwe, they are super sweet. They were married traditionally but don’t have any paperwork so they talked to Bishop yesterday and they will get married by the Stake President and then they will get baptized..super sweet! We met another girl named Siphokazi this week and she is sweet! She came to church and then we taught her for the first time yesterday and had a powerful lesson with her and she committed to be baptized. We also taught a lady who was being taught on Skype by missionaries from Boston. Technology, hahaha…she was prepared by the Lord. We taught her the Restoration and many times she would touch her heart and we would ask how she felt and she said “so happy and peaceful”. We bore our witness and it was the Spirit testifying to her that what we were sharing was true, so cool!


My companion is a stud, Elder Nkusi! We get along really well!  Glad to have him, he has helped me a lot already in this short time! We prepared Zone Meeting together and feel that it will be a great meeting. We set goals as a zone and then told the Lord our goals and we were pleading for His guidance to help us achieve them. We pleaded for 21 baptisms as a zone this transfer, 28 less actives back at church, 76 average sacrament attendance, and 5 lessons per day. We did very well this week as a zone and I know the Lord is pleased with our efforts.

Being a Zone Leader is pretty cool. We have Missionary Leadership Council tomorrow, lots of exchanges, and we even get to fly to Cape Town in a few weeks to go on exchanges with the Assistants to the President. It makes the time go quick, but it’s also sad because time is going to go quick!

But everything is well over here. I appreciate again the prayers on mine and my companions behalf. They lift us and help us continue on. I love you all!

Elder Taylor



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