Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Because of Love.....

I would like to start of this letter in giant capital letters,

I LOVE PRESIDENT BIZE!!

Why?  Well, so there is an island I have always wanted to serve on called Maupiti.  The missionaries and members would like me to go there and do a fireside.  I asked President last week if there was anyway I could go.  And, He told me I could go if I find a way to pay for my ticket.  So, insert the "Fund to Send Soeur Taylor to Maupiti" fundraiser here.  It is about 300 dollars, but I will accomplish this lifelong goal. .....Editors note:)  The "Fund to Send Soeur Taylor to Maupiti" was quickly met and she will be going the end of November:).....

Also, meet my new companion...For this week.
I LOVE HER TO DEATH.  Her name is Soeur Anzi, she was born in Africa, but lives in Paris now.  She is basically my twin, and we do crazy good work together.  Yesterday in 3 hours we did more work than what I have done in one week my whole second half of my mission.  It is safe to say, I am very happy. We also go running in the mornings.  We run to the cemetery. 


Also, I GOT A LETTER!  I cannot explain how happy mail makes me. 

And I played with Kids.  Children are attracted to me. We have fun together. 

We also go our car back, no worries.  Because the accident wasn't my fault I am allowed to drive again.  Life is good. 

What did I learn this week?  Love.  Love is important.  That should be our only motive.  Why do something to hurt/annoy someone?  We do everything because we love it.  Why do we work?  Well, so I can pay for school.  Why go to school?  Because I want to learn.  I love learning.  Also, so I can get a good job later on in life.  Why is it important to have a good job?  So I can help pay for the things my family needs.  Why do that? Because I love my family.  Therefore, I am working because of Love.




​(Quick!  my lovely sisters, hold your breath! I'm in a cemetery!) ......Editors Note, again:) Morgans sisters always made her hold her breath when they ever drove by a cemetery:)  The girlies like this photo!!

God loves us.  He gives us everything because he loves us.  I sit here sometimes and think, do I love my  neighbors?  Do I show my love for them?  Hey, here I love complete strangers.  In fact, I love them to the point I go to the hospital multiple times a week and talk to the patients. 

The very first person I spoke to in the hospital a few weeks ago was a member.  She was the first lady to ask for me to come see her.  I am very close with her family.  I went and saw her Saturday night, we had a good chat and laughed a bit.  She told me she was going to be at the airport when I leave to go home. I told her I would be back to see her at 5pm on Sunday.  My dear friend, "V" passed away at 4pm yesterday.  I miss her.  Death is an odd thing.  We think of it as a bad thing, but it is a wonderful thing.  It should be joyus.  She is leaving this world, she no longer has her cancer, and she is back with God.  We are sad because we miss her.  We are sad because we are not with her.  We are sad because we love her. But I am also happy she is now able to be free from this terrible disease called cancer, but I am sad because I cannot see her. Because I was one hour too late to say goodbye one last time. 

Last night we went with the Elders in our zone. They had a nice taste of my life.  My experience is incredible.  I walk into a room, it does not matter if it is a room of a member or not, and the patient sees me and starts crying.  They tell the Elders, "Thank you for bringing Soeur Taylor to see me.  I think about her and her story everyday.  She gives me hope."  *okay, i'm crying as I type this*

 
 
 
​(We make silly faces) 


I give people hope.  I am so blessed to be able to do that.  I love the people of Tahiti. I love my mission.  I love my companion Soeur Anzi.  I am here because of love.  I am here to be an example to my future children.  Because I love my mission.  Because I love this gospel.  Because I love my savior, my brother Jesus Christ. 

I am here because of Love. 

XXo, 
Soeur Mo
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Tahiti Papeete Mission
Soeur Taylor, Morgan
 
B.P. 93
Papeete, Tahiti
98713
French Polynesia.
 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

La Vie Est Belle

Hello World.
This has been an interesting week. 

We got in a car crash. But don't worry, the doctor said my skin may go back to normal in a couple of years. 

The car crash...  In the lovely roundabout.  The car on the inside lane made an illegal lane change/exit without signalling and was about to t-bone us.  I swerved as far as I safely could, so only the front of the car was mangled.  It's safe to say, I never want to see cars again in my life.

As for my skin...  Since I have been back here these strange brown spots are appearing all over my hands and arms and are not going away.  I showed Soeur Warner (My mission mother and the nurse) and she took me to see the doctor.  What are the brown spots?  Well....

Apparently I am allergic to a specific pollen that burns my skin.  Then, once the burns get UV from the sun they are tattooed brown.  Yes.  I am getting tattooed on my mission.  I feel pretty cool. Basically living in a hospital for multiple months means your body is not very happy when strange substances come in contact with your skin.  No, there's no clue as to what kind of pollen.  No, I don't even touch flowers. 

I had to throw that first line in there, it was too good to resist.
In my zone, I am the only Sister from the United States in it. Crazy!

Yesterday we had a zone meeting with Elder Gifford Nielsen of the first quorum of the 70. (yes, the NFL Quarterback)  It was incredible.  We also saw a Studio-C worthy "sketch" of President Bize and Elder Nielsen.  They were pretending they were in a Companionship Inventory.  That's basically when you sit down and you're supposed to discuss the strengths of your companion and then how you two can work better together.  (Usually it's just a "I hate that you do this and this")  Best. Presentation. Ever! 

 
I just want to throw out there that I have the most beautiful non-Maraa area on the island of Tahiti. 

I realized I have been forgetting to tell you what I learned each week! Silly me!  Well, this is what I learned this week, or more on what I contemplated.

We have the freedom to choose how we feel.  That is the first blessing (aside from our body) God gave us.  Free agency.  He told Adam and Eve they were free to choose.  We are also free to choose.  We can choose to have liberty and joy.  Nobody can force you to feel miserable.  It is yourself who decides you're a) sad b) upset c) miserable.  

We are in prisons of our own devices. 
 
In the mission we have certain aspects we need to focus on.  
Our PHYSICAL WELL-BEING: (Work outs I can do in a 4x4 square balcony are appreciated). Are we Wise? Are we reading from the best books? (you better not be reading the garbage of the world of literature.)  
Our MENTAL WELL-BEING:  Are you happy?  If not, CHANGE THAT.  You can change that.  What are you missing in order to be happy? 
Be in FAVOR WITH MAN. Are you SOCIAL?: Be happy!  We need human interaction to reach our full potential.  Talking to people makes everyone happy.  That's why sitting in a white, padded room all by yourself is an extreme punishment. 
and the most important ones,
LOVE YOURSELF: Be in balance with yourself.  Don't like something?  Fix it. Remember, we have the power to so. 
Be in FAVOR WITH GOD:  Follow the commandments EXACTLY.  Yeah, I can go have a sip of beer with a friend that won't do anything.  Um, wrong.  It does an incredible about of bad.  It chases the spirit away, you lose the trust of God.  I cannot think of anything worse than losing the trust of my all-knowing, all-powerful Father.

When we are in balance with all of these areas.  Life moves on. More than that, Life works.  Life is beautiful.  

I am going to make sure all five of these areas have the same strength this week, I want to be happy.  This is the key to true happiness.  The happiness that lasts an eternity. 

 
​And little kids.  They always make everyone Happier. 

Thank you for all the love emails you have sent me.  Letters are appreciated!  I've been here two months without mail. . . 

Love you!!

XXo, 
Soeur Mo
 
 
 
Tahiti Papeete Mission
Soeur Taylor, Morgan
 
B.P. 93
Papeete, Tahiti
98713
French Polynesia.
 

Monday, October 13, 2014

And insert French Keyboard Here...

​My keyboard is in french and refuses to go to english... so enjoy my week in pictures:

 
 


My MTC group of sisters went home today.  I made the mistake of going to say goodbye.  It is safe to say I am a mess.
 
I LOVE YOU ALL!!!

p.s.  i was transfered.  I am so excited!!!
XXo,
Mo
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Tahiti Papeete Mission
Soeur Taylor, Morgan
 
B.P. 93
Papeete, Tahiti
98713
French Polynesia.
 

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Monday Where I Forgot What Happened this Week....

Hola!!
I woke up at 4:15am to watch conference.  It is safe to say I am exhausted.  I like naps! But we don't have time to take good nap. So, what did we do today to wake up?
 
WE WENT ON A HIKE!!
Goodness I miss hiking. Enjoy beautiful Tahiti hiking pictures now:
 
 
​This is Soeur Lawler.  I love her to death, we are the same person.  She's the one I paint the visitor's center with. 
 

 
Yeah, we played Ninja Destruction.  I felt like I was back in EFY. (Remember Nat? We were the champs.)

The work is actually going really well now in our area.  When I got here we didn't have very much to do... But this week I made sure we had a plan A, B, C, D, and F.  It is safe to say we found a lot of new investigators and a bunch of kids who want to get baptized.  We're just stuck with the same problems we had with Tuterai.  Their parents will not allow them to be baptized.  So, anyone who feels the need to help five kids be baptized fasting and prayers are appreciated. 

 
This is one of the little girls.  We are good friends.  I love teaching her! I'm going to be sad to leave her...

The young adults and I are really good friends in my ward.   They make me feel so welcome and I love them to death!

But, transfers are next Monday.  I am 99.99% sure I will be transferred out of Papeete.

Also.  I am loving fish.  I have eaten Mahi Mahi three times already this month and it is only the 6th!  I am so lucky, I am blessed. 

The Tahitian Nui Television station is doing a special on me this Thursday.  My flim crew is done with me.  I feel like a huge chunk of my heart is missing now... What do I do without them??

 
Life moves on.  When my camera man gets baptized I'll go to his baptism. 

I love you all!! I'll be coming home January 17.  That is the offical day.  So, for Christmas all I want are letters and Reese's Minis.  Thanks in advance.  Start sending them NOW so I might get them around Christmas. 

Love, 
Mo
 

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Tahiti Papeete Mission
Soeur Taylor, Morgan
 
B.P. 93
Papeete, Tahiti
98713
French Polynesia.
 
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