Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas all the way from Dunn, North Carolina!

Hey Y'all,

Yep! If you didn't already know I got Transferred again!!! I have now 5 areas in where I have served! But that is okay! I am in Dunn and the Ward is great! They are so loving and caring for the missionaries! Today they are even willing to go to Wal-Mart with us so me and my new companion can get presents for each other.

So my new companion is Sister Beard! She is amazing! She is so cute! She has been out for 6 months! She is a great missionary and great at leading out of this area. We are over 16 towns by the way and so she is great at making sure we are staying within our miles limitation. She is really helpful with helping me learn the area and the people. She is great and is a really hard worker. She has found out some bad news from home this past week and I know once again that I have gotten my new companion because I need to be here for her just as we need each other. We are doing great work here!

This week has been full of many miracles! WE got new investigator contacted a lot of referrals, and had success while tracting. It is so great and I mean great! I have never really liked tracting but I can see the blessing and the blessing of God when we do the hard things in the work.

Wednesday, we contacted a former investigator family and right away the mom let us in and we talked. She brought up the trinity and asked us for our church's view on it. She keep explaining it to us but I just kept getting confused. We let into the book of Mormon and she said she doesn't really believe Joseph Smith could have translated it because there was no way he could translate the language it was in. He had to write it. We have a lot of studying to do and how to explain it. She also brought up that Christ literally is the "word." Again I was confused and we have a lot to stuff. They are really interested in the Plan of Salvation and are excited for us to come back after Christmas which give us some time to prepare.

Thursday was one of those days that I felt would never end. We were inside all day doing Weekly planning and then we had dinner and went to the church and parked and then went Tracting! It was really frustrating when no one was home and one we talked to wasn't very nice. We were going back towards the church and we saw someone pull in to there garage and someone sitting on the porch steps. WE decided to got talk to them. Which I am so glad we did. WE got there and started talking to them, talked about Christmas. We shared Ether 12:27. Which really opened them up to us. We were getting ready to leave and left the Christmas video card and said it was all from the bible in Luke 2. WE then started talking about the Bible and that lead to the Book of Mormon the husband liked the idea that Christ came to us here in the Americas. We plan to see them on Christmas and bring them a treat! Really I saw God bless us with a miracle. We both had the faith and we both were being diligent. We were scared but "WE can do hard things!"

Sunday was a great day too! We had choir and got ready for our program. Luckily we were singing songs I already knew. In Sacrament we sang hymn then in between we had talks all about Christmas. The spirit was so great! And in Relief Society before we closed the sisters gave us each a big bag that said "Let it snow" It was our Christmas from the ward. It is pretty heavy and I am so tempted to open it! It was great to get it and be so new to the Ward! I love this Ward and am so glad that I get to be here for Christmas as much as I wanted to be in Cary! I am grateful that the Lord knows me enough to know what I need!

So I hope everyone has a great and Merry Christmas! To those who have kids on missions too! I hope you enjoy to see them on Skype! I can't wait to see mine! Love you all! I hope that Christmas finds you happy and full of the wonderful Christmas Spirit! Remember "The Reason for the Season." Without whom Christmas wouldn't exist! Love you all!

Sister Farr

P.S. Congrats to Mekena and Taz! I hope tomorrow is a great and fabulous day and one you two will never forget! I hope you the best Christmas present with the happiness of your wedding tomorrow! Love You!

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Sister Tayler Farr

Monday, December 14, 2015

Another Transfer Already!

Hey Y'all,

So first off you will all never believe it! I am getting Transferred.......again! At this rate I may be getting transferred every transfer. This week we had lots of meetings, and it was the Stake Nativity week!

Wednesday we had our Zone Training! It was a very great experience. We didn't have instruction..... we did but we were teaching ourselves. We were given three sheets of paper with lots of questions on them. One saying our "Pre-mission."  The other with our "first day in field and to Now", and the third one with "from Now till the End of our missions." It was hard to see how much of a slacker I really was before my mission, but it was also so great to see how much I have grown since then. I never got to the "Now till end of my mission." But I hope to be able to set goals for the rest of my mission. I remember going through the questions and pondering about them and if I really felt like I was doing my best. At some places I felt like I could do better and others I saw how much I learned from doing a hard thing. We got to walk over to the temple and continue to ponder. Being on the temple grounds helped me receive the revelation I needed! It helped me put things in perspective. I still have lots to work on for the next 6 months but I will "Covenant" to do my best and try to make the last bit I have left to make it worth the time and effort. I noticed just how much Christ is and has been with me. Getting on a mission in the first place wasn't just me or very pushes from others. Christ influenced me and helped me move toward it. I hope with the new year I can continue to do my very best and continue to serve the Lord more completely with all my heart, might, mind and strength.

Thursday was probably our busiest day. We had our Christmas Zone Conference! Sister Wilson and I did a great job on our song. Only that the other missionaries got a early look because when we practiced the mic was on and everyone at lunch could here us in the dining room from the speakers. We had two parts of the Conference. The first part was the instruction but instead of us practicing teaching it was more like a devotional where people came to talk to us and we got to listen. We had great speakers. We had one man who had just gotten baptized recently. He has cerebral palsy and he had to have his talk read to us, but It was amazing to see just how much the gospel can change someone. He is planning to serve a service mission soon too. He reminded me a little of myself as how I have had disabilities but that I haven't allowed my disabilities to disable me from doing what I want to do in life. He told us of his hard family life and I could see just how much his family needed the gospel. They haven't accepted it but they will someday. I was so touched by his desire to change and his new desire to share the gospel. He truly is a great example and strengthened my testimony on knowing God only gives us the trials he knows we can handle. I am sure there was no dry eye in that room. We got to hear from a mom who talked about parenthood. At first it was weird but she talked about her son who has severe Autism and how things have change her and her family but just how much more in return she has been blessed.

Saturday was when we heard the bad news of me leaving but we got to go to the Nativity activity. They had so many beautiful Nativities set up from such willing members and great photos of the Savior. They had a Stake Orchestra, Choir, and the Choir sang Messiah. It was a great opportunity and brought back memories. We only got to go if we had an investigator or Less active go and we were ready then our person canceled on us and we were so sad to realize we couldn't go but our investigator went with a member and we got a ride. It was great to walk around with her and feel of the amazing spirit that was there!

As much as it is hard to hear that you get transferred especially right before Christmas and which means I have to leave Sister Wilson we got to have an early Christmas. We had already gotten presents for each other. I got a lot of Frozen stuff and a really cute piggy. I am glad to know that she knew me so well. We both felt that way as I got her Star Wars Pajamas and I made her a Book of Mormon Cover with her favorite colors. It always hard to leave an area but I know that where President James has me go I will be where God needs me most. I feel though that things are starting to get harder and my motivation is lacking. I don't feel like I did my best here in Cary and I feel bad for not absolutely giving my all. I hope that from the things I learned this week that I can make these last six months being my best and most hard work ever! I love you all!

Sister Farr

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Sister Tayler Farr

Friday, December 11, 2015

Sunday is Always My Favorite!

Hey Y'all,

Another week gone and away and only 18 days till Christmas! I am so excited to be able to remember why and teach about our Savior especially around this beautiful time of year. I love the new video the Church has put out about our Saviors birth. They even put out a cartoon that describes why we have a Savior and what life would be like if we had no Savior and it really makes you think. I would totally look it up and watch them both.

I wanted to start with Sunday this week. Sunday is always my favorite and I always save the best for last but today I wanted to share the favorite first. So yesterday we had a great fast Sunday at church and we had great testimonies and lots of new faces to the ward and new faces to us and glad to be able to know that we are not failing completely at meeting all the members. We had a great Sunday School lesson on the signs of the second coming and how the signs are preparing us for Christ to come and how scary it may be but we then can truly feel at Peace. We had a great lesson in Relief Society on the Spiritual welfare and we talked about the Welfare program. I have had the opportunity to help be a part of that by in the Apex Stake to help give the food from the church to those who need it. It is great to serve them and see the gratitude and the desire to give back. It shows how much God loves us all and wants the best for us and our families. We then had a great lesson with our 16 year old Investigator at the Bishops home with his Wife in the lesson with us. We talked about Baptismal Covenants and went over the Baptism interview questions. She open up to us and was very truthful. She asked great questions. You can tell she really wants to know and continues to do her best. She is hard on herself because she feels that she has done bad things and not sure that when the time comes she will be worthy. It made me think just hoe much love God has for us and truly just how much of a blessing receiving the Holy Ghost is. I had a thought come into my head as we talked to her telling her that she doesn't have to be PERFECT which was that this is why we don't need to be perfect so we see how important Baptism is and when we are following the commandment to be baptized God shows his gratitude and continued love through allowing us to receive the Holy Ghost and allow him to be with us. We watched the Christmas Devotional at a less actives house and got her computer set up for Skype to Skype home on Christmas. She was excited that we wanted to do it here with her at her house. She is going to be alone on Christmas and we thought she might enjoy the company.

Saturday we got to see some Sisters from the Garner ward who came to see us and we brought the Hermanas, which one of them is Sister Ibarra and so we all got to have a great dinner with them and I finally got my birthday present from them. It is a Harry Potter shirt as they remembered that my birthday is the same as his. It was great to see them and hear that someone who I found is getting baptized this Saturday and that we are able to go. So excited to be able to say that I was a part of it. Also, I heard someone I taught in Pembroke got married and then Baptized on Saturday night too! We had a correlation meeting with our new Ward Mission Leader. He is great and actually amazing he and his wife was just blessed with two new baby twins and he is already wanting to jump full swing into his calling. He wants to help us as much as possible. He even wants to go wit us to see one of our investigators and come teach with us. I have never had that happen before.

Friday was our Ward Christmas Potluck and Sister Wilson and I got all prettied up and curled our hair and wore our Santa Hat I got from mom. We looked from festive and we kind of stood out from everyone else but everyone loved that we were excited to come and celebrate. We got to take pictures with the ward and got to meet more of the members.

Thursday we got a visit from Mama Ang from Pembroke who drove 2 hours to see us and bought us lunch and we had a blast! I miss her so much and I am so glad to have made such great relationship with people from past areas.

Well, like I said Christmas is in about 18 days and that means our mission is having a Christmas Zone Conference this Thursday and Sister Wilson and I will be singing "Mary's Lullaby" We are both nervous but excited and so excited to be able to be with the missionaries and focus on the reason for the Season and feel the spirit as we talk about our savior. I hope you all have a great week and I hope you all can feel the spirit as you make this time of year wonderful and something to remember!

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Sister Tayler Farr

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Hey Y'all,

I hope you all had a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had lots of fun this week and had a great Thanksgiving with the Ward members at the church. The members came together for those who didn't have family close or who lived alone. It was great and great food and with Sister Wilson's allergies  some members made some stuff for her. So sweet! We then got a ride to the mall and since we couldn't go out to tract we went to the Mall to contact people. It was my real first Black Friday experience and now I know why I don't! It was crazy. In Macy's it looked like a Tornado came through it. It was crazy! I did get some Winter boots though from Payless now I won't be wet this year. We talked to a lot of people but no one was really interested to talk. We gave out a lot of the new Christmas cards.

This week we focused on trying to find new investigators and went tracting. I am not a big fan of them but Sister Wilson is really good at them. We have lots of funny stories to tell now though. Like one guy yelled at us that he couldn't come down from his window upstairs, someone didn't want to talk to us about the Catholic religions because he only shares it with his family, and a lady asked us if we had our permits for the area to be able to do this. We talked to probably 20 people and we only got 1 person to accept a Book of Mormon and a return appointment. I could really see the Lords hand in the work that when we got discouraged we were ready to just go back home and just decided to do a couple more and found someone. It was a great Tender Mercy!

On Tuesday we had exchanges where I stayed here in Cary and boy that was scary but the exchange went really well. Our Mission President has changed the rule where we only have one sister leader and so we have to go on to exchange during the transfer. The Sister training leaders are like a district leader now. Kind of weird but I like it. We saw a lot of our Less active and our Recent Convert. Our recent Convert is amazing and I love going to see her she has toys like none other. She has tinker toys, pigs that race (fur animals I think is what its called, link-in' logs, and lots of old movies. I am impressed with myself when she would show us all her movies and I know most of them. We are working toward her going to the temple to do baptisms and getting her Patriarchal Blessing.

On Wednesday we had our monthly Zone Training! It was amazing and probably my favorite now. It was all based on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We were all combined together and our Zone leaders had us do a group discussion teaching someone about the Atonement by reading a scripture and then giving a question. Then we all got put into small groups and did a ration with different instruction from the district leaders and Sister Leaders. At first I didn't like it since the ones teaching didn't get to do it and that it would be hard. But it was great being able to have a longer time to role play and actually have a discussion. I think they will do it again and I hope so.

It's crazy to think that tomorrow is December first and then it will be Christmas before we know it! I can't wait for the season and to be able to experience it as a missionary and focus on the birth of the Savior. I also then realize that when Christmas is here my year mark will soon be here too. It is crazy to think that I will have been a missionary for a year. I am scared and not sure I will want to come home when the time comes and I hope that the last bit of my time I will continue to enjoy every minute of it and learn and grow so much! I am so grateful for the knowledge of this gospel and so grateful for all of you who have been so great in supporting me while I have been serving! I have come to see just how true this Gospel is and how it changes others but also changes me. I never thought I could say that I love the hard days as a missionary since they are my best days that I learn from the most and what I have grown up learning being put to the test! I love this chance to be here and I am so excited to be able to focus on the Savior and the reason fro the season. I can't wait to for our stake here in Cary to do the Nativity. It is just like the North Stake does with all the music and Nativity scenes. Love you all and I hope that you all will be able to remember the wonderful time of year and that you get to spend it with the ones you love! Love you!

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Sister Tayler Farr

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Being Sick on the Mission is the Worst

Hey Y'all,

This week has been a very trying week! Sister Wilson has been really sick and she just got sicker and sicker everyday so she took a sick day on Saturday! I can honestly say that I hate being sick or having a companion sick! You are stuck inside and I have found how small our apartment really is!

This week we had interviews with President and Sister James on Tuesday! They went really well! I was able to ask for help for ideas to help our area and to help struggling missionaries. Also, I was told by President James that I know now that I was sent to Cary for a reason and that I am really trying to find those we need us. He said I know you were meant to be here in Cary and that Cary is one of the hardest areas, he knew Sister Wilson needed me and he trusted us and knew we will be able to do great things here! It was great to hear him say that and so glad to know that if he trusts us God must have lots of trust in us as well!

Wednesday we were able to meet some new members who the wife is not a member but the husband is less active. We went to see them hoping that the wife might be interested in us teaching her, but she seemed cold to us, but her 9 year old daughter was asking for a Book of Mormon and told us she is not baptized. We felt that she will be a way for us to start a relationship with the family!

This week we were able to get see some sisters who is a recent convert and a less active who the past sisters saw pretty regularly. They are both amazing and so dedicated to the church they both have some medical issues one more severe but both want to do all they can to continue to learn the gospel. Both want to go to the temple soon! Also the recent convert has the best house ever. She has old dial phones and she let us play wit them and call each other with them. She had records and lots of oldies movies. She even had link-in' logs! It made my day! Sad right!?

Saturday, was the worst for Sister Wilson! She was definitely sick and she just looked terrible! I made her sleep and relax while I worked on my talk and worked on the Area book! I put names in my GPS and made appointments. I am really glad that she is doing better because that was too much! I just hope she doesn't get me sick!!!!

Sunday was again my favorite day of the week. I know big shocker! We did a get job on our talks. I cried though and that was embarrassing. I got to sing with the Choir and we went over time..... big time! There was three of us talking and by the time I finished and we got to sing the choir number it was already 10! We were so worried about not having enough to say and instead talk and said too much! However no one was worried and no one teased us or anything! We had lots of members who talked to us about how great we did asked us if we had a dinner for thanksgiving and if they could do anything for us. Lots of the Sisters were very excited to say that if we ever needed a ride or someone to go teach with we could call or text them. From last week when we felt kind of unwelcome and like we weren't wanted to everyone wanting to talk to us was a great day and we felt giving talks helped the Ward get to know us and feel excited to be working with us. After church, we went to the Bishops home to have a lesson with our 16 year old investigator who is dating one of there sons. We reviewed The Restoration, The Plan of Salvation and The Gospel of Jesus Christ! it was a great lesson and she is really thinking about Baptism. She goes to seminary, young women, mutual and is very close to the bishops family. She is very elect and I am so excited to be able to teach her!

Well this was my week and I hope you all have a very great and fabulous Thanksgiving! Remember what all you are grateful for! I am grateful for this wonderful chance to be on my mission here in North Carolina! I miss my family like crazy and realized that this will be my first ever Thanksgiving and then Christmas away from home, but what's 1 to the many more we will have! I hope you all remember all the wonderful things in the world and see that your Heavenly Father loves you! I am grateful for my Savior and for the Atonement and to be able to share it will the world! Like our mission President and his wife says spread the Joy! Love you all!

Sister Farr

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Sister Tayler Farr

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Adventures in the new Area!

Hey Y'all,

This week has been pretty crazy! We have been really busy and we biked...... A LOT! We are trying to get on our feet with the area, but just when we think we are getting somewhere our Ward Mission Leader is released and the Elders are getting taken out of the ward. So we are going to have some interesting next couple of weeks and tomorrow is Interviews with President James!

First this week we found a new investigator! She is very elect! We left the lesson feeling like she has lots of potential. We rode our bikes to see her as our member had to cancel on us and so we went. We forgot that we were going to do service and then leave with a lesson and see if she may be interested with us teaching her. Also, telling her that our purpose is to invite others to Christ and we would love to help her but unless she becomes a investigator we can only come help every so often so we can fulfill our purpose. We started to tell her our purpose and told her that we wanted to help her come closer to Christ and that we would love to come help her anyway we can but we want to help her spiritually too. We talked about the Book of Mormon, The Atonement and I felt very impressed to share my story of having Seizures and she was just sop interested in how I could still love God for having had such a hard time. She has been hurt by other people not caring that she struggles. In the past she has helped people but she is disabled and can't do things by herself. We told her that we can tell her everything about the gospel and share what we believe but Christ is the only one who knows what she is truly feeling. We let her know that we are his messengers and that we can help her see Christ in her life. She was really interested and was excited to set up a return appointment. We found out a our coordination meeting that the remember was going to come to help tell her that coming to help her was not her purpose and that she was not interested in learning about the gospel at all. We were surprised and so glad that we were able to be let by the spirit to help her.

We had lots of lessons with the members and one family stood out to me. They have three kids and there oldest is Autistic. They are so patient and so loving and will spend hours and hours online learning about disabilities and Autism so they can understand and help there son. It was amazing to see the love and kindness and patience they had. It reminded me about how things all happen for a reason and I wasn't surprised when she told me her degree was in Special Education. I told her about me and how mom was also in specially education and had that education and with it has helped me. We played a game with them about Sacrifices and they were able to teach there children about important the gospel is. It got heated at one when there son thought we were literally taking away his things. His mom sacrificed her phone to allow her son to have his games. It helps him to learn and is very soothing for him. I saw and witnessed motherly love and I saw this game in such a different way. It helped me to know that I need to work towards my degree in Special Education too and that I will have a chance to help other kids as well.

On Saturday was a great Tender Mercy! We didn't get to see many people but we mostly spent the day biking to see people but they would either not be  home or thy were too busy and didn't want us to come in to share a lesson. We got lost probably about 4 times and biked about a total of 6 miles for the whole day. We were on our way and we got lost again trying to take bike trails instead of busy roads which most don't have sidewalks. We were getting close but the son was starting to go down. We both didn't think it would be save to bike in the dark and so we didn't know which way to go that would be both easier, safer, and quicker we figured out that a bike trail and the road would get us home but we didn't know which would be faster. We were freezing, tired, and really stressed out. We decided to pray ( which I realize now we should have done first). We decided that the bike trail was where we should go and then prayed to have the confirmation. While I was praying we both felt the spirit and I felt peace. We ended our prayer and decided that we felt that we needed to take the trail. It let us home and right as we got to our door was when we lost the last bit of light. We had a gratitude prayer and I felt so loved and it was amazing! I learned that even though we may be thinking we can know what we are doing and have a pretty good idea what to do, turning to the Lord is better than to guess and then realize that we have made the wrong mistake. We could just have guessed and hoped that God had let us the right way but through prayer we were able to know for sure and was able to be guided safely home. I even remember on the rest of the way home we only had to bike up one hill which was the street leading us to the apartment complex. It was a great tender mercy!

This week has been busy but not much to record to say we were able to say come from the busyness. However, we still got lots done, had great lessons, went out with a great sister from the ward, meet more of the ward members and was able to continue with the work. I can see this are will be hard, but it will be a great learning experience and I will have to trust in the Lord. I can tell that I am being humbled here in Cary. I am to help the people but also my companion and truly love the ones who we are already teaching. I love Sister Wilson and we are great together. We are very similar and both going through things at home and about what we are going through on the mission. I have never seen a companion who has been going through so much as what so much to be a good missionary and continue to do her best. She is teaching me so much but I know this transfer I am here to help her and hold the weight that is put upon her shoulders with her. I am so grateful for the love that I have given from God and Christ to be able to give to others. I am going to kill Cary with love! Like North Carolinian say the love we have for others is quite Pitiful! ;)

Sister Farr

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Sister Tayler Farr

Monday, November 9, 2015

Welcome to Cary and a new Stake!

Hey Y'all,

So as you all know I have been transferred and my new area is Cary, Cary 1st ward! I love it so far! My new companion is Sister Wilson who just left Garner and before served in Pembroke! So I guess we both have some experienced from each place to add to the work! We also are white washing which means we are both new to Cary and we have no idea where anything is, who anyone is, and starting from pretty much zero. President James has been doing this a lot and I never thought I would be part of it! He must really trust us!

Well, Sister Wilson is from Nephi, Utah is 19 and has been out for 6 months! She is amazing and loves Frozen just as much as I do. She accepts my weird and craziness and I know we are meant to be together! I absolutely love her! I found out that she is going through some really hard things that she found out from home and that it has been really hard for her! She is still pushing strong. President James even told me that he put us together knowing that I would be good for her just I was for Sister Ibarra when she had Bell's Palsy ( who is Spanish speaking now and in my district). I know I was sent here and put with her because I need to help and be there for Sister Wilson! I know I have been sent here for her! I love her just like I have any other companion but I feel so much more love her knowing that I to help her because God knows I can and that I need to! Another part of us being companions means I am now the Senior Companion! I am the driver and...... really that is all it means! I was scared about that but really it is just a title! I do however have to worry about miles and I have to be more of an example but I again have found myself saying to myself "you worried to much about this!"

The first couple of days were full of really just not knowing what to do! We had some appointment made but most of them canceled. Thankfully we had lots of help from the members and we had a great welcome into the ward! I never thought that I would ever get put back into the Apex stake and now that I am I found out that they have created a new stake! The church is growing so much in this area it is amazing! We have lost some wards but gained some too! I found out that our meeting place is at the Stake center which shares the parking lot with the Temple! I am so excited to be able to see the Temple  now every week! Seeing it yesterday was fun!

With us both being new it is nice to know that when we make a mistake it is no biggie! haha! We have been trying to see a lot of people but mostly just the members who are just fabulous! We have had dinner with lots of great families. Especially last night when I found out that the sister is best friends with someone who Jonathon went to prom with. When she told me that I was like "yep....wait how did you know that!" The Mormon world is just so small!!! hahaha!

With everything that we have been trying to figure out and with all the crazy we still can say we saw miracles happen! Like on Saturday night we got a call from someone who accidentally called the wrong number but we answered the phone and she asked us to repeat our names and she couldn't understand and so we said what church we belonged to and then she just told us about all her life issues and how she just lost her kids and how messed up her life is. We bore our testimonies over the phone to her and told her that we would love to share the message of hope and about Christ at first she wasn't willing to give us her address to request missionaries but after some convincing we got her address. Unfortunately she isn't in our area but she is in North Carolina and we will be sending some missionaries over to see her for sure! Also we got a call from a old member who moved out of the ward but has a friend who met someone in Arizona and said that she thinks that she would benefit from a visit from us. I love these calls and it  was when we were just so stressed out about what we should do that we got the calls. God is truly there and is mindful of us and wants his work to happen even if he has to give us a little starting point! This is kind of scary and I don't know what I'm doing starting from the ground zero in this area but we can start somewhere with a humble prayer and then endure through with Faith! I can see that my Faith is going to be tried but I can see also a lot of growth in me and in my conversion and in me as a missionary. I am so glad that my Heavenly Father has put me with my companion and has shown us that he trusts us and even more that our mission President trusts us to be able to do it. When I think like I have no idea or just think its too much I can remember that God would never give me something I can't handle and He clearly knows and trusts I can do it! I have came across a scripture in the Book Of Mormon which has really helped us both in this new experience its in Alma 34:40-41!  I know that patience will be my best friend through this new journey! I hope you all have a great week! Love y'all lots! Thank you for all the support!

"40. And now my beloved brethren, I would exhort you to have patience, and that ye bear with all manner of afflictions; that ye do not revile against those who do cast you out because of your exceeding poverty, lest ye become sinners like unto them;

41. But that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions."
 
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Sister Tayler Farr

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sister Farr you are being transferred......Again!

Hey Y'all,

Yes I am getting transferred again and leaving Pembroke! I am not a happy camper and I spent most of my night hoping to wake up! I have never felt the way I did ever for having to leave my other areas as I did last night! There is too much I feel I can do here and to much people I have helped and loved and was hoping to see get baptized. I have seen lots of people change and I am floored at all the progress they have all made. Like last time when I left Hillsborough and came here I know that I will soon find out why I came there I just want to be mad still for a little while longer. I am not excited to pack again.

This week was great and sadly we had some lessons cancel but we did have other great lessons that made up for them. On Tuesday we had lots of lessons with our investigators. We had 3. Two was on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the other was the Plan of Salvation. One of our investigators whom we have had to push the date back a little. She is still flourishing and is doing so well and her motivation is motivating to me. She is so great! She wants to move out from her daughters and move into her own place so she can be more in tune with the spirit and have more time for the Lord. She continues to amaze me! Of the other we taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ she is working on getting married so she can get baptized. Every time we get close to it Satan seems to say "Sorry nope!" But she is determined to win and get done what she needs! I am just so amazed at all the things these ladies re going through and shocked at how Satan is trying to stop them but there Faith is to grounded in Christ and they are going to do what God wants them to do.

On Wednesday we had to leave District meeting early as we noticed we scheduled a lesson right as we would have been done. But it all worked out and the couple we were teaching had family there so we got to teach all of them. The son was the one who was hooked from the beginning but as we started leading into talking about the Book of Mormon he got stubborn and just said as we offered him one he said "No, I don't need anymore scripture. I have all I need which is the bible." We tried to share our testimonies about the Book of Mormon and shop that it is not replacing the bible or is different from the Bible It has the pure and precious things that were taken from the bible as it was translated so many different times. We read them the promise and they still were not following. Then I remembered a scripture in Ezekiel about the stick of Judah and the stick of Ephraim and the bible is even prophesying about the Boom Of Mormon and how it will never replace or say anything against the Bible it only goes hand in hand. They were starting to be more open but the son got up and said he had to go and left. It was saddening and I kept thinking that we must have done something wrong or we had tried to proof we were wrong but really we weren't doing anything wrong we were doing everything right. We shared the gospel and let him decide if he wanted a copy. Yes it was sad that he didn't want it but also maybe just maybe we got him thinking and sometime in the future he may except the gospel.

On Wednesday night we had our Trunk or Treat and it was so fun! As some of you saw me and Sister Olive dressed up as the Book of Mormon and the Bible! We had lots of our Investigators come and we had some Recent Converts and less active families come. We had a new family who came and there daughter was dressed like Anna from Frozen and I was determined to get a picture wit her! She was the cutest! The Ward does things a little different. They have it all outside! (I got lots of bug bites!) Everyone who wants to give out candy had there car decorated and a game. For the kids to get Candy they and to play the game. We had pin the spider on the Ghost and Mama Ang did balloons with darts, We had lots of great games and lots of people who came. We however under estimated the amount of candy we needed and had lots left over! It was a success. We were expecting rain and it waited until everything was cleaned up and everyone was gone except for those cleaning before it just down poured and luckily we had took our decoration down. It was great fun and was quite a blessing that the rain had waited and didn't destroy the fun! And who said that missionaries can't dress up?

Sunday was another great day as Sunday always is (until 9 when In heard I was leaving). We taught our 10 year old investigator and taught her about Enduring to the End, Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy and Teaching and Learning. With everything we have taught her I haven't seen her retain so much as she had this week. She is retaining and learning so much. She will definitely be ready for December 5th! We weren't able to have our investigator Mary come to church as she had gotten severely sick, but we had a great lesson with her and her daughter. We taught the importance of Scripture study, Prayer, and obedience. They really liked the lesson and her daughter is now our new investigator.

As much I hate to leave the Lumbees here in Pembroke I will always remember all that I learned that I am grateful for all that I was able to grow here. It was definitely my most different and most difficult area, but I also feel that myself as a missionary and a person has grown. It has helped me be grateful for the environment in how I was raised and how much my ward had done for me as a primary kid and young women. I worked along side a lot of the ward auxiliaries and heard crazy things but I saw so much love all the leaders have for everyone in the ward. I felt so much love but all the love and kindness the members showed me and I really loved being able to talk to someone I could call my Mom! I learned that I need to be more Humble and be more grateful for all I have and that anyone can change. The Atonement is real and I have seen so many people with addictions and things they want to stop doing to be better people to follow Christ! The Atonement changes you and shapes you and molds you. One thing I learned the most here in Pembroke is the importance of family. Everyone here is Kin. When there is a need people don't think about themselves they think of others before them. I learned true Christlike love and you can only find that through service to your fellowmen, our brothers and sisters and who is all children of God! I love my Lumbee's and just cause I am leaving Pembroke my heart will always stay here! I hope you all have a great week and I hope you can all find someone you can serve this week! I can promise you it will bring you much Joy!

Sister Farr

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Sister Tayler Farr

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Fruits of Our Labors......and an experience of a new Church

Hey Y'all,

Well as you can see from my title this week it was amazing but also very interesting! We are finally starting to see some progress in our investigators and I just continue to be surprised and amazed and so grateful for all the thing I get to witness and be a part of. I just heard today that the little girl I started teaching in Hillsborough was baptized on the 17th and as I witnessed in the picture she was so happy and looked beautiful in white! I wish I could have been their but I know that I was there in spirit!

This week we had exchanges with the Sisters and I went to Sanford. It was a big change from Pembroke but it was great too. We didn't get to do much but I loved getting to know Sister Barney! She is a great missionary and is going home next transfer and so I made sure to prick her brain of anything from advice to questions to all kind of things that I can try to make sure I am using my time I have left to truly be converted and dedicated to the Lord.

One thing I love about this area is that we visit the Elders Investigators just as they will ares and we got to visit one of theirs. she is sweet lady has some Word of Wisdom she is working on but she is an amazing women has so much love and so much potential. she wants to learn and is so amazed at the church's organization and all that the gospel has to offer.

Friday we had a lesson with one of our investigators who are really dedicated and cannot wait to be baptized. We were teaching her (Mary) about Eternal Marriage and she wasn't really paying attention but we let her talk and she bore her testimony. She said how much she loves the church and is so excited to come to church on Sunday. She has even said that she has stopped cold turkey with smoking and feels so good.

Sunday was again my favorite day of the week like it always is! It just must be something about it being the Sabbath! :) We had two of our investigators come. We were asked to teach the Gospel Principles class on Eternal Marriage! Ironic right.... not so much actually. Our investigator Mary came and brought her daughter. It was an experience of a lifetime. I really enjoyed being there with her. She came late and so we didn't see her coming in so Sister Olive sat with our other investigator and I went and sat with her.She was just amazing. While the Sacrament she kept leaning over her daughter to tell me that she could feel it, she could feel Christ helping her and feel of his love for her. When we were done and the young men were going to sit with there families she looked at me and was like wait what's happening. I just told her nothing there just going to it with there families. She asked me. If I was going to sit with mine. At first I was kind of confused but I couldn't remember if e ever explained it to her before. She was amazed by what we do and I even told her of the Elders who were sitting behind us. She kept looking at them and I knew the Elders were probably thinking "Sister Farr what do you tel them?" We had great talks to. One sister talked about the Temple and Mary would look at me with so much desire and happiness and excitement! " I want to go to the temple." The other speaker was from the High Council and he was talking about his conversion story and Mary would look at me and say " He talking to me, this message is for me." I sometimes couldn't help but giggle but I am so glad that she felt the spirit and knew that this is where she belong and that she was humble enough to be able top notice that God is trying to tell her something. Our Gospel Principles class went well and Mary and our other investigator I think enjoyed it too. It was o great to see that they are stating to really learn and grow and understand. I am so excited for them. Mary started asking questions and talking about what other members said and it ended with her bearing her testimony to the whole class and lots of them telling her that she is here because God knew she was ready. It was great to hear that and it rang true to me. We found her and started teaching her because she was ready! Relief Society was great too ad they both enjoyed it. They like that they could share there comments freely and enjoyed being with all the women. They are both planning to come to the Trunk or Treat and Mary's daughter wants to come so bad that she is willing to walk over.

After church we had lunch with members and then went to a funeral for Sister in the ward's husband. It was in a Methodist church and I have to say it was an experience! I experienced some screaming and I didn't like the way the reverend shared his message. I couldn't understand him very well and what I did hear confused me. I loved being able to be there with the family to support them. There was a lot of people but we had an entire row of Mormons and I am glad that we were able to be with them. A lot of the members came. It showed me love even though her husband wasn't a member.

This week has taught me a lot about how things happen for the right reasons ans they can happen with our without us. I was not expecting Mary to enjoy her time so much or bring her daughter. I wasn't expecting to see that our other investigator enjoyed it to much and for both of them to be progressing so quick. we have been very busy with all of the people we are teaching but I continue to be reminded that with everything we have to do and everything that we have to prepare for and sometimes we can't make something happen a certain way or help someone know we are just the messenger and we can be that guide but eventually we have to stand back and let God do his work on them. I have been so amazed an she excited to see all these people I have come to love so much changed so easily and so willingly to follow the teaching and work toward the gospel and baptism. They are all trying to be better and it is hard but they all say I know its hard but I know Christ and you will help me and I can do this! I am so grateful to be able to be here to meet theses people and be along there path with them. I knew one of my talents from God is loving people but I see me fully why. Because when I love them and I am close to the spirit I can see to an extent how much Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love them. They are teaching me love to hoe to love God we can't just say we believe and love him we have to proof we do by action and deed. To me this is what I am grateful for learning this week. I hope that I can remember this so when ever I may doubt I can remember! I hope you all can too and I love you and hope your week goes well and you can see many miracles!

Sister Farr

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Sister Tayler Farr

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Temple, Zone Conference, and a little bit of everything!

Sister Farr, Sister Olive and Mama Ang
Hey Y'all,

As from my title you can probably guess it was a busy week. However, more than just busy there was a lot of sitting and driving in the car. We had a lot of things to do. We even were going to have exchanges but we had to cancel that.... one of the Sisters got sick. As much as we had to do we still accomplished a lot and I am not always sure how that was possible.

We have been going through our Area Book and looking for some people who may need a visit. It just so happens that they have all wanted one and miss us coming. On Tuesday we saw a lady who had been investigating for a while and then the Sisters just stopped coming by. She was so excited to see us. Weird though she said she recognized me!.... It wasn't the first time! It has happened a couple of times now. I must have a familiar face or am just so meant to be here everyone knew I was coming! :) Just kidding!!! We taught about mothers and shared one of my favorite scriptures in Alma 56:47. Her mom has Alzheimer and she is having a hard time with her and is starting to get exhausted. We came back Wednesday and taught the Restoration to her and she is excited to have us come back. I feel though that she is converted to the missionaries and not to the things she is learning, but we will see how it goes.

Sister Farr and Sister Olive at the Temple
Thursday we drove all the way to Apex which was a two hour drive. We had to be there at 8:15 so we left at about 6. I didn't like having to lose an hour of sleep but of course it was worth it! It was great to see my old Zone Training building from when I was serving in Garner. I loved  seeing the Temple again. I saw old companions and we had a great conference. We talked about working with the members, teaching with bible scriptures on the restoration from President James, and lot about unifying our companionships. We talked about our studies and how we can improve them and to have a better productive morning routine which I felt was something I need to work on. We all were told that we had to drive our cars if we had one. We weren't told exactly why we had too. We heard some Rumors about "The Black Box"....... So the Black Box? Well, we named ours Sirius Black from Harry Potter and some called there Satan and anything they wanted. It is like being in a driving test 24/7. It is not as bad though but if you go over the speed limit it says "check your speed." And says if you turn, slam on the breaks, accelerate to fast, or something like that. It says " aggressive driving." I am happy to say that since I am not the Senior Companion I don't have to drive. However my companion is a great driver and we have only heard "Check your Speed." I was more nervous than I needed to be (of course I was :)). It is a little annoying when we have lessons go over and we are trying to get to the next one on time and the only way is to speed. But the brother who came from Salt Lake to tell us about did a great job in telling us that it is only to protect us and they are trying to decrease the amount of accidents. He closed with saying that he does a lot of flying and loves being in the Salt Lake airport seeing return missionaries coming home and seeing them hug there family and that is what he wants for all of us to have. He wants us all to come home to our families and he and the Prophet think the Black box will help keep us safe. When he said that all my reasons to be annoyed and mad, and thinking it must be because they don't trust us, all these thoughts went away and knowing that they really think that this Black annoying Box can help as we are being more careful. It has been some getting used to and it scares me every time it says something. The voice is a little annoying and some says it could sound like Satan!

Sister Farr's District at the Temple
Friday was probably the best day. We got to go to the Temple. The Elders couldn't find a ride so we all went together with one of the Sisters. It was a great time and I remembered Grandma Massey sending me some family names and so I got to go through the temple for family and that was a great blessing and I felt it was a better experience because of it. I loved going into the Celestial room and having time to pray and receiving  some answers. I loved being able to be with all of my Zone and with President and Sister James. What really made me happy and changed my idea of the Temple was when we all got to the Celestial room and sister James came to give me a hug she looked at me and said "You look good in here." I stood there for a couple of minutes and felt the spirit so strongly. I sat down in a chair and started to pray. I was so amazed at what that meant to me. sister James has such love for us missionaries. I had the thought of I want to be with my family in the Celestial Kingdom but I also want my mission family together. That is what I thought of when she said that and boy that was amazing to think that I really can make this happen, we can all make this happen. God wants us happy and is making it possible for us to return to his presence but we have to do our part. I was so excited and love learning and growing and I love the feeling in the temple. We even had a the Temple President come talk to us after we had lunch and asked us if we had any questions about the temple. Of course he couldn't answer probably all the question we may have asked but it was great to hear answers to questions I had or never thought of. I even had someone from Garner come up and see me! She told me that someone I had found their has gotten with the Sisters and now has a baptism date. It was so nice to hear that my planting that seed in her is now starting to sprout.

Sister Olive and Sister Farr in front of the Temple
Saturday was our busiest day. We saw one of our investigators. They were the two young boys who are getting closer and closer to baptism. Their had been some contention after  we gave them a date and so she was going to cancel, but I asked her if we could come over and just talk and talk it all through. It was definitely meant to be and the spirit lead it to where it ended. However they are not going to be ready for the date but they are more excited and more committed I think to work towards it. The mom was able to bare her testimony to her sons which I felt they have never heard. We have been talking about since we saw them on what we are going to do next, but I know they will be baptized. Having these Boys baptized is what God wants and God will always have his way.

One of the miracles this week was we had a girl call us asking for us to get to together for us to start teaching her. We didn't know who she was just knew that her mom had just joined and she wanted to learn too. She told us that she had downloaded the Gospel app and wanted to know what we would be talking about in our lesson about two days before we had scheduled to see her. she keep texting us and trying to find a time that we could come earlier to see her. She is so amazing and so elect. This kind of thing of having them find us never ever happens. But I can see that God knows she is ready and she is so ready to except it. she wants to meet every day this week if we can!!!! Wait What? I was so shocked!!!! It is amazing at how this Gospel influence people. we had two other former investigators who called us to come see them and they want to be baptized. They ironically know one another and want to take the lessons together.

Sunday we had a great day at church and I can see the Lords hand in helping this ward in the work. They had great talks, and lessons that went so well together and I felt the spirit so well. It was my favorite Sunday here in Pembroke. There is a lot to be done and so much that we can help to improve but the Lord is already making it happen. I can see the amazing fruit of our labors starting to come and past missionaries efforts. The ward is starting to flourish.

I am so grateful for the chance I have to serve here and see the new side of Heaven. The time I had at the Temple was like a recharge and I could see the difference in me. I was in the house of the Lord and have been given revelation and my mind open to the possibilities of my work. I have noticed that don't remember who I was when I first came out! That Sister Tayler Farr and gone and the new Sister Tayler Amanda Farr is in the field that is white all ready to harvest! I am so grateful for the amazing opportunity I have to continue in this amazing work. My time is running shorter by the day and even smaller by the month. One thing I know is that for sure I am different because I am doing the Will of He who sent me here to North Carolina and I am where I need to be, meeting who I need to meet and helping and teaching who needs me for who I am and who I am now at this very second. I know that I am doing what I have been sent here to North Carolina and in Pembroke. It is been hard but it is so worth it! I can see the hard day are truly the best. The past 9 months has been worth every minute of every second and I have truly changed to what I can see that I want to become even in the moment of the hard times. The hard days are what makes me change. I love my Savior and I love all of you and I hope you have a great week. Especially to my parents for the time they get to spend in Hawaii celebrating 25 years of marriage. I hope you too have a great time! You both deserve some fun and time to relax. You only got 4 crazy kids out of these last 25 years. Love you! Love you all and till next week! :)

Sister Farr

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Sister Tayler Farr

Monday, October 12, 2015

Another Great Week!

Hey Y'all,

Another great week and so much to be grateful for! This week we have done what we can tell the whole world seems to be doing to. We took the Ponderizing Challenge to ponder a scripture and have it up where we will see often. I put one by my study area, on the frige and in the car my scriptures was Doctrine and Covenants 88: 118. My new scripture this week is going to be Ephesians 6:11-12. I have loved what Elder Durrant has started. I can tell what he means that such an amazing way to have the spirit and have great thoughts in our minds. I have loved thinking about what this scripture really means. I didn't memorize it completely but I know love what it says about learning. We need to study and work for learning but we won't learn without faith. This week we have focused on sharing it will all of the members and Less actives we are working with and some of our investigators.

This week on Tuesday was probably the best day of the whole week. WE had a lesson with one of our Investigators who ha had a hard time with understanding all that we are sharing she is however very open and wants to understand. we taught he Restoration with the Restoration Cups. It you don't know what that is its just teaching the restoration with plastic little cups. With cups with the apostles, levels of the priesthood, Gospel of Jesus Christ (faith,repentance....), modern revelation of commandments to follow and our prophet and Jesus Christ at the top showing who is the lead of our church. we then brake it done when we have the great apostasy and then rebuild it with random cups about how other churches were made. Then we rebuilt it the  again completely showing that Joseph Smith Restored it all fully and completely. Well as we were teaching we got to the rebuilding of the church and just said that modern day Apostles names and she wouldn't let me go any further. She kept repeating I get it, I get it, I get it now. She says why is it that some church or the churches I go to don't share these things with me or help me understand it better or allow me to know and learn for myself. You girls have been sharing all of this with me and it is finally starting to make since. With that we invited her to be Baptized and she, without hesitation, said YES! It was amazing. When we closed I was going to give the prayer and I answered her if there was anything I could pray for her and she said that I can quit smoking. She had never before told us or ever brought it up before. We did explain the word of wisdom to her as we were teaching and she briefly said it but never has she gave us something to pray for you her either. She normal says just my health and family. I can see her changing. She is so amazing and I know she is happy with what she is learning and will soon be able to do. Later we saw a less active sister who has been wanting a blessing from the Elders we just could never get it to work out. It was amazing and so great to see her smiling and knowing that she already felt uplifted. We had a lesson with another one of our Investigators who has been having a hard time wit her feet. She was born without ankles and she is going in on Tuesday to schedule surgery. She was great and it was a great day. She isn't supposed to be walking but she was up doing stuff. the lesson went really well. We talked about praying often and Scripture study. She said she knows each are important and basically she was teaching us.

We had two great lessons with one of our young investigators who has ADHD and they both went great. We used visuals and that seems to help a lot. We decided at the pace we are going we didn't think she would be ready for the end of the month to be baptized so we moved to December.

Sunday we had one of investigators who hasn't come to church at all finally came and she really enjoyed it and lots of h members came and said hi to her. We looked through our former investigator and visited some and now have two new investigators with an appointment and a potential new one with a lesson this week.

Great week and so much work to do. I feel like we are always moving. We have the greatest people to teach and all starting to progress or close to it.

Another great week and so much fun. Missionary work is the greatest and the most rewarding. I love the people and I love getting to ask about there History! Pembroke is full of amazing stories and amazing people. The Lumbee people are just the best. I love it here! Well, I hope your week is great!

Love Sister Farr

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Sister Tayler Farr

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pembroke Loves The Book of Mormon

Hey Y'all,

So again can't believe it is another start of a week and that I can now say that I am halfway and boy that is so weird! It was a great week! We had great lessons and found new investigators with lots of potential and a great General Conference to finish the week!

My favorite Talks are...... I am happy to say that I don't have one! I loved it all and I had lots of my questions answered that I had written down. I really liked on Saturday Elder Holland's talk. He is such a great example of lovingly Bold and so loving and very very sincere. Loved it and I thought of my family through the whole talk. President Uchtdorf's was very powerful I thought and I felt kind of like he was giving me a slap in the face. I probably am making the gospel to hard and that makes it hard for me to ten teach it. I am going to commit to focusing on being more simple in my teaching and in my studies. I loved Sister Marriott's and am definitely a strong believer that "It will all work out" I see myself saying that a lot as a missionary and know that I have to trust God in everything. Sunday I loved President Monson's although I could see he had a hard time and I felt like he might fall or faint but I know he felt the spirit and knew that God would help him give us his message and love! I felt the spirit so strongly and love the prophet so very much and have made a new motto for myself " Be an example of Faith, Trusting in God and Christ, by showing them you love them with an anchor in your faith!" I absolutely loved President Nelson's especially as he called his talk saying that he testifies of these things as our brother.

This week I felt like we had a lesson all day long every day this week. It was great but I loved it when 10:30 came around! I especially love that Sister Olive is such a great missionary and wants to work. We get stuff done! This week we found two new investigator one from a referral from the primary president. She was a friend from High School and we taught her the Restoration. We are coming back tomorrow to teach the Plan of Salvation and so excited. She has great potential. She has a hard time understanding and so we are going to use visuals. A lot of the people here haven't had a really good education and so using visuals are so needed. We got with a less active we haven't been able to get to see and no has seen her in years. She was so glad when we asked her if she would like a Priesthood Blessing. On Thursday was my first time to our Book of Mormon class where us and the Elders lead a discussion as we all read the Book of Mormon together. We had a couple of people come and we read in 1 Nephi 14. It was amazing and I absolutely loved it. I had more questions than comments that I wanted answered for me and it was great to feel the spirit there. On Saturday we finally got with our two young investigators who are brothers and are 10 and 9. They are great and one was glad to hear that we had something in common. He liked that the fact that I have had seizures and that I have brothers who have ADD and ADHD. When we left he gave me a big hug! They are the greatest and so glad to have finally meet them. We taught them about Missionary work and Service. Yesterday we had another lesson with one of our younger investigators too. She also has ADHD and she hadn't taken her medicine that morning and so she has had a really hard time. Amazingly when we pulled out my whiteboard she was able to focus and we finished teaching her the Plan of Salvation. I love her and she is getting so close to baptism. She is going through the lessons again but she is starting to really learn everything so quickly. It's amazing how just a little child can learn so much.

I love it here in Pembroke! It was quite and adjustment, but I really am starting to see why In was sent here. Every time I feel inadequate I hear in my head "trust me and you will be fine. Remember this is my work and I use the weak and simple. I sent you here because these people need you for who you are. Get working" Just this weekend we heard that the spirit will tell us things we don't expect but sometime he tells us the obvious. Love it here and love Pembroke and all the Lumbee people. Although I am so tired of all this Rain! If anyone is praying for rain can you please pretty please stop! Love you all and have another great week!

Sister Farr

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Sister Tayler Farr

Monday, September 28, 2015

Pembroke... I am finally serving in the South!

Hey Y'all,

SO this week has been quite interesting and crazy! Transfers like always was torture waiting to find out where I was going and of course my name was one of the last one to be called! My new Companion is Sister Olive and She is from California. she is Polynesian and such an amazing missionary and love being able to serve with her! She has helped me transition pretty well and am so amazed at how well she teaches! I love the way we are going! We had a great week with teaching together and I love all the people here! The population is mostly all Lumbe Indians and so I feel out of place sometimes and I love sharing the Book of Mormon with them because they want to know about their ancestors. I can see so much work we can do and I love those we are teaching! I have never seen so many Investigators that any companionship can teach so I am a little overwhelmed but I can see great lessons in the future and great opportunity to grow in my teaching! I am so blessed! We are working with a great ward! It is small but we call everyone by there first names since everyone is related and everyone is family someway.

We work a lot with the youth which I am excited for. On Wednesday was my first time with them and all they did was sit in chairs and have a discussion and I was told this was there normal activity or they just play sports. The Young W omens President is looking for some ideas to make it more fun! I am reminded of my young women years and how  much fun it was and so I definitely am ready to help.

I am definitely in a place with strong southern accents and I love it! hahaha! I may finally get an accent! :) The people are so friendly and so nice! We are busy all the time!

If anything I can see that Pembroke has great Potential and an amazing place to help it grow! I can see amazing things happening and lots to do, but I know that I am sent here for a reason! I am just so enthusiastic for this new journey and I hope that my excitement will help me learn and continue to serve faithfully! This is definitely going to be a big change but I know that I am doing the work of my Savior and he is the Master!

I am excited that General Conference is this week and that we get to hear from the Prophet and Apostles! Love you all and Congrats to Katie for her mission Call! You will love it and will never regret it! I know I will never! Love you all!

Sister Farr

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Sister Tayler Farr

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I'm getting Transferred.....already!

Hey Y'all,

As you tell I am getting Transferred! I totally thought I would be here for 6 months like in my first area, but it seems like I am needed somewhere else at this time. Also Sister Galloway is getting transferred so two new sisters will replace us and the term is called "white washing." We are trying really hard to make it easier for the new Sisters to have an easy time with taking over the area and not being completely lost. Trying to pack, write to the new sisters, find a ride to transfers all in just a couple of days is stressful but I am still functioning so I guess I am golden... for now. I will let you all know next week where I end up.

So this week was a great week and lots of Tender Mercies and great experiences. First, on Tuesday we had a great lesson  with our 11 year old investigator and taught the Law of Chasity. She is so mature and we had a great discussion. Not sure how it happened but we led into talking about how amazing she is and all things she wants in life and if she wants it she can get it! She cried and was emotional but was so very sweet and loving.

Wednesday, we had Zone Training and received new rules from President James. not quite sure if I understand them completely, but it was a great experience where I got to sustain the Missionary Handbook. We had a lesson with our other Investigator and watched "Finding Faith in Christ." We talked about it for awhile and I told her how amazing it is how one of the main characters who doesn't have a faith in Christ at the beginning but as they talked about Christ he gained that Faith. She then told me that he was so angry with God with him losing his wife. Having Thomas testify of him seeing Christ risen and resurrected that we too will. He felt that hope and then his heart was soften. I honestly never noticed that or made the connection but when she told me that I felt a bigger love for the Plan of Salvation and why we are always told to teach people the Plan of Salvation because we believe in Eternal families. I think this investigator is teaching me more than I am teaching her.

On Friday, we got to spend a coupe of hours with a sister in the ward who was celebrating 40 years of being a member. We talked about what she has learned so far in being a member. She asked us to and what we have learned the most on our missions. well, I noticed that that list is not complete and not fully where I want it to be but that it is getting filled quickly as I continue to serve. I told her that I see the impact the Gospel has on our life's and the day to day endeavors. Including the need for the Atonement even in the good days. We need to be happy and grateful and when we need help and are struggling we hold to what we know. It  was such a great time. She felt bad to tell us that she has finally finished reading the Book of Mormon all the way through and I told her that I wasn't a missionary till I did. Everything takes time and we need to be in a place where we have the desire. Everything is in god's time and she needed to finished it now. I have learned so completely that Everything Happens for a reason and if that happens you can know God id in every second and every moment. I can't wait to be where she is and celebrating my 40th year of a member of this Church. In only about 32 years or so! :)

We found out about Transfer new Friday night and lets just say I was so mad and not sure if I felt it was the right thing. I was praying and praying and hoping that President would call and tell us that it was a mistake and that I would be staying! I don't want to leave I feel that the work here is just now really going and that I need more time to get to know the members and to be here for my 11 year old investigators baptism. But I came across a Scripture in Alma 22 today and I felt that God was humbling me in a rebuke. With knowing that everything Happens for a reason I know now that I am meant to serve here for the time that I have and now its someone else turn to bless those here and how dare I question Christ's will. It's his work and he will have it go the way it is meant to and if someone else not in Hillsborough needs me for what I have and am then I need to be thinking of that and not dwelling on what is not meant to be. I feel much better knowing that it will all work out and what happens will and is supposed to happen. I can try to control it but God has more power and love and is going to have it his way. His way is the best way because he knows who I am and what my service can mean to some one and who I can truly become. What a humbling experience!

Sunday was the Primary Program and I missed seeing kid I have seen grow up and babysit, but they did a great job. It was so great to hear those Primary Songs and glad to hear I haven't forgotten them all. We had a great lesson in Relief Society on Pride and I remembered a talk that I read back while I was in training from President Benson. "Beware of Pride" and it just so happened that the lesson quoted from that very talk. After church we went over to a members home where we had another lesson with our investigator teaching Tithing and Fast Offerings. It went well the member gave a beautiful testimony. I was able to testify of when I could remember when my parents showed me the importance on paying tithing when the business we had for 5 years wasn't going well anymore. Even with that I could see that my parents still paid tithing. From that I see that we are where we are financially because of what my parents have shown to me and they taught me through example that paying tithing is a commandment but also a way for our Heavenly Father to bless us. It was great and we were able to get pictures!

Well another week gone and another transfer ended and now starting another. I will let you all know where I end up and also want to congratulate Katie for her Mission Call she should be getting this week! Love you all!

Sister Farr

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Sister Tayler Farr

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Say Yes to Baptism.... Say Yes to Discipleship

Hey Y'all,

Another great week over and closer to my half way mark and boy it's weird! The weird thing is that I can tell already that even the weather is changing and it will be fall soon. I am not sure I am ready for the cold again and just like I wasn't quite ready for the heat! First off, I wan to publicly congratulate my two cousins. Mekena on getting engaged and Katie on getting her papers in! So excited for you both! I hope to see pictures.

Tuesday we started teaching a former investigator again. She has 50 snakes and a totally of about 60 pets. It is kind of crazy but I got to hold a snake even though I was not really okay with it but she talked to us about how snakes are and kept saying that she knows her snakes. So I went ahead and held one mostly letting it sit in my lap. (sorry didn't get a picture). We talked with her for a while and she told us her testimony of the Book of Mormon. she never really understood how the Book of Mormon and the Bible go together before. Some past sisters watched The testaments with her and she started to understand and kept reading and felt the spirit and felt that god was speaking to her through it.

I can't remember if I told this story last week but while we were doing emails last week a girl who was probably in her early 20's came over to us and asked if we are Sister Missionaries. She gave us a note and said that we can call her and set something up. she is a member who just moved back into the area and has been a member for about 4 years now. She wants to come back to church and doesn't know if she can. She saw us and knew we could help. It was great being recognized as a missionaries! I heard it before that people notice who we are but I never knew till now. We called her and set up a time to see her on Thursday! She was very sweet and we had a great time. She talked about being saved and I kind of was like wait to isn't saying the usual Baptist "Saved" but she really was Saved in our church. It sounds weird but that kind of surprised me! She told us also that after she was baptized everything went wrong and she sinned and wasn't sure she was able to come to church anymore. We didn't ask what it was but told her she was always welcomed and is why we partake of the sacrament. We told her that she could talk to the Bishop and he can help her with what she needs to do. She was so happy and loved us coming I could feel tension and guilt and sorrow leave the room and peace and love and the spirit replaced it. We then spent the remaining time reading together and sharing our testimonies with her and she shared hers with all the things she knew to be true. She talked so much about our Savior and how much she knew he loves us and her just that she has forgotten. We told her that when we are in trails and hard times it is hard to remember that but we can see when it is over that he was really their the whole time. The spirit was so strong and we all cried. She wasn't able to come to church but we are going to see her again this week.

Friday was a very busy day. We went over to do some Crafts and service with one of the sister's in the ward who we see weekly. One of her dogs had puppies and we were going to help bath them. They had fleas on them. The poor things were covered in fleas. They had little black circle on them and we thought it was dirt but found out it was an invest of fleas. As much as I didn't want to have to dig out the nasty fleas I still loved seeing the puppies happy and peaceful and loved helping the Sister the best way we could. This particular sister is such a great missionary and helps us and the Elders all the time. She is amazing and I love serving her! She is so sweet and I feel so loved and needed by her. I may not always know what to say when we have lessons but I know that we have the spirit when we are with her. She is doing so much and going through so much and every time we are with her I love every minute of it.

Saturday was the great we had a lesson with our 11 year old investigator who is coming so far. She is doing so well and learning so much! She is so amazing! We taught the Word of Wisdom. It is my first real time teaching it to an investigator and I think it was great. She understood. She told us she used to drink Coffee and Tea and that she stopped a little while ago and that she will never do it again. It was great! We were able to have the lesson in a members home who we had lunch with before her grandma and her came. They were great and shared wonderful testimonies on the blessings of keeping the Word of Wisdom. The sister shared stories of how her dad used to smoke and drink and how hard that was. she talked about other members in her family who smoked, etc. She is convert and she knows from the hard times in her childhood how it has blessed her life. It was great!

Sunday was of course my favorite! We had Ward council and then had choir practice! We performed our song and we did great! I love the Sister who is the choir director she is very talented and reminds me of Sally Deford. She even has one of her pieces in the folders! :) We did a great job and the talks were great. The topics were on the 10th commandment thou shalt not covet. They all did great! I loved Gospel Principles! I don't think I will ever be able to go to gospel doctrine. The lesson was on the last chapter on Exaltation. The Elders taught again and did a great job.  Relief Society was on keeping the Law of Chasity. It started out being weird but we had a great discussion and I loved it! Relief Society and lessons go better when you have comments and people willing to help share. We all appreciated all that was said and the spirit was there. I am loving going through the Ezra Taft Benson book this year and learning from his teachings. To make this an even better day we were told by the 11 year old investigator's grandma (She didn't come) that she thinks that October 3rd is what she wants to work towards for baptism.

I am so glad to be here in Hillsborough and this is the last week of the transfer and so we might have changes! I hope I can stay I love it here! I am so Happy and love serving! I am changing and I know it! My 9 month is coming fast and time is going fast but I know from all of this experiences and time that I have had that I am who I want to become and I am learning so much! I love being a missionary! I love it!

Sister Farr

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Sister Tayler Farr

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Desires of our Hearts

Hey Y'all,

Another great week over and complete! I have never experienced what I did this week and I am just high on the spirit. Haha!

Wednesday we had our district meeting and then went on exchanges! I got to go to Durham this time and I am so glad I did! It was great like always I was a bit nervous but I had a blast! I loved mostly that I didn't feel as though my Sister Training Leader was helping me with things but I got to help her with things. I always look forward to being able to talk about my concerns with them and this time I felt like I was the one who was doing most of the comforting. We first went to see a less active sister who lives in a nursing home. We talked and we shared Ether 12:27. She told us she used to work with autistic kids and how she loved those with disabilities because of how sweet and loving they are. I asked her how she decided to do that and she said because she had family who was handicapped and I told her of uncle Ricky and that I wan to be a Special Education teacher when I return home. She said you have to be strong for that but it will be rewarding. She asked why I wan to do that and I explained my brain injury to her and she just stared at me for what seemed like forever. She told us that she is afraid to become like a lot of those in the nursing home who has Alzheimer's and Dementia. That's what brought us to Ether 12:27. We told her that the weaknesses we have will not be forever. We are not meant to be perfect now and that this time here right now is for us to learn and grow. It was a great lesson. I had never thought that I would be able to testify so strongly about weaknesses like this before. I seriously thought I was saying and testifying too much!

After we had then finished the night with contacting some referrals we had planning and talked. We talked about our concerns, our desires, our wishes, and our goal in life. She told me things that I never thought of would be a concern for her. She told me of how much she wished it would go away. It was a desire she had that she wanted so badly that she felt that she kept thinking on it to much and didn't feel like she was completely serving with all her heart. I told her that she never has to give up her desires and neither does God. He wants what's best for her and all of us and that's why we are here. We are part of that help to those we need what we have and help them fulfill our desires. Yes, we need to push them aside for now but if she keeps thinking on it she can use it as a motivation and a goal to work towards. I could feel the spirit so strongly in that apartment and I just saw the love God must have for her and me! He wants us to be happy and never wants us to ever forget ourselves. We hear as missionaries that we need to "forget our serves and go to work." We need to lose ourselves in the work. I don't think that phrase really means what it may seem. I think  it means that as we forget and loose ourselves in his work we will find ourselves. We will find us and find that  we are happy when we serve God and take all we can from this life!

Thursday was by far the best day this week We met up and exchanged back we worked on Weekly Planning and had dinner with members. tracted her neighborhood and found someone who may be interested and then came back to the sisters house and met our 11 year old investigator there. We taught her the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I didn't think it was going well and I felt like I was all over the place. When we got to Enduring to the end I asked her what she thought Endurance means. she thought for a minute and then said the most amazing answer. She said, "acceptance, acceptance in life, to be patient for what may come our way." We had a quiet moment and then the sister who's house we were at was crying and said " I have never thought of it that way, and you are only 11 years old!" I never have thought of it like that and I really believe it. We need patience. Life is long and sometimes Enduring to the end is hard and we may be impatient but it is something we have to accept and trust God with. We talked that all of these steps Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Holy Ghost are all able to help us to better endure to the end, but all is needed to return home. We got finished and we told her once again at the end of every lesson that she can know. She smiled this time and shook her head. Sister Galloway who I knew was following the spirit asked her if she has received that answer yet and she said she felt like she had but was still trying to make sure. I then felt an urge to invite her to baptism. I can honestly say that I have never felt his way about any of my investigators. I thought it was a good time to ask in the past but never did I feel like I was going to fall out of my chair if I didn't get to. I asked her and she said yes. She is praying about October 3 or 17.

I am so glad to have had these experiences this week and feel the spirit so strongly this week. I felt like I was even a little emotional and spiritual overloaded this week, but it was so worth it all! I am so excited to see what this week will bring and I can't wait to be able to tell y'all! Love you!

Sister Tayler Farr

P.S. Good luck to those who are hiking in the Pikes Peak challenge for those with Brain Injuries. I miss Pikes Peak!

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Sister Tayler Farr

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

8 Months

Hey Y'all,

Wow! Yet another week gone and complete! I realized too that today marks 8 months. Crazy! What a great week to make it to 8 months. Crazy to think I am almost halfway.

This week started crazy. We did lots of last minute packing which ended with us being an hour early of being ready for the Elders and the Senior Missionaries to come help us! We moved on Wednesday morning! The new apartment is great and we love it! It is definitely an upgrade from the other. I feel much safer and we have much more room. It has been an adjustment, but we are very happy about our new place.

Tuesday we had interviews with President James. Our first ones with him! Of course my first one with him I cried! He was very sweet and very inspiring he has asked me to start reading Jesus The Christ during my studies and I can see that this is going to be great! All I need is to be able to understand what it is saying! So far I am loving it! We had our district meeting before we had interviews. We found out halfway through that the interview times were messed up and so we may have to change our plans. We didn't leave the building till 3:30 and we were supposed to be having our interviews at 12. Crazy day! We all waited and had lunch and played Book of Mormon Baseball. It was lots of fun! So the game is where you have someone player A says "Pitch" and someone flip through the Book of Mormon and then say "Hit" Player B where ever they land in the Book of Mormon. They can say left or right fir the page and then Left or right for the column- Player B. Then you go up and down the column for the verse. The other says stop- Player B. You read that verse and then try to guess where it is by the book, chapter, and verse. If you are close by 5 chapter you move to second base and if you get the verse by 5 you get third base and then if you get it right you get a home. It was a very fun interesting game and I felt proud of Book of Mormon skills, but I want to study it more and know where the stories are in it.

On Thursday we drove down to where we do transfers in Raleigh and had a combined Zone Conference with Elder Dube from the quorum of the Seventy who came to visit the mission. It was great and I got to see some people from Garner and lots of my favorite missionaries! Especially Sister Ibarra! She is one cute Trainer! I heard a lot that has happened in Garner too and miss them all. It was a great meeting and man the spirit ws there. We had a great instruction from Elder Dube who was so funny and was good at testifying about the Book of Mormon. One thing he did say that stood out to me was to never give a closed copy of the Book of Mormon. Always share something from it! President and sister James had us plan and practice before by role playing the Plan of Salvation. They had us go up to the stand to teach and then we as the audience would evaluate their teaching. We didn't get to share but we definitely have things we can add and work on. President James closed the meeting with a story about a family who son died and how he came to visit his parents and only the mother could hear his words because the father was to busy to listen. He told us we must never be too busy or to focused to not recognized and feel the spirit. It was very touching and for the first time I saw what kind of love and sweet person my mission president is. To see him cry and testify of the spirit and his Savior I knew that with him as our guide we will be able to do great things her in North Carolina. My love for him grew and I now know even more that the counsel he gives and will yet give is simply out of love, our protection, and our success! It was a great meeting. On the way home and when we got their I had never felt so spiritually and emotionally exhausted!

Sunday was another great Sabbath and I just love this ward. We had our Investigator who is very forgetful remember and came to church with us. She loved it and she always kept saying "It is just so different, but a good different." We had a great church tour, and she really enjoyed the Sacrament and the talks. The talks were on keeping the Sabbath day Holy and she was glued to the speakers. The third hour combined meeting was great to and she was very surprised by the Bishop as he was being a perfect example of being Lovingly Bold. He got very emotional at the end and she was very impressed with what he made her feel. Bishop came to ask her if she enjoyed church and was very nice. sister Galloway and I were very appreciative of his kindness to her as she is very close with her Pastor. We had a great lesson on the Plan of Salvation with our 11 year old investigator. She is coming a long way and she was even willing to pray for the opening and wanted to give the closing prayer to practice. She is coming so far so quick and is very bright. She is just amazing!

Another Great week over and gone! I have come far over the last 8 months. I know that for sure! One major thing I know is that I am changing. I am learning and I am loving what I am becoming! I never knew I could hold all this love for these people and especially for my Savior! I know for certain that my testimony of this Gospel is so so much stronger! I know and can see the blessings it is having and the impact it has on individuals and families! Not only am I becoming a consecrate missionary, but I am becoming a converted disciple of Christ! In one more month I will be half way and as much as I hate to think that I can see so much that I have experienced and can't wait to see what else can happen! I hope y'all have a wonderful week and a wonderful first week of September! Love you all!

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Sister Tayler Farr

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Another Great Week Over and Gone!

Hey Y'all,

Another Great week over and gone! Its amazing to know that next week will be my 8 month mark! Not sure if I am Okay with that fact. I am so glad to be here in Hillsborough. North Carolina in general is amazing and so glad that I am here.

First off we have been given to counsel from our mission President. It has changed our nightly routine. We must use our night time hours 6-9 as prime proselyting time. We must be out dinner appointments by 6.Its our first big adjustment to change. I definitely was kind of set back. I could see the benefit and was okay with it and even noticed that we do spend a good amount of time in our dinner appointments and that we may not even get appointments during our evenings. We are trying to make a smooth adjustments. It makes it hard for the members. Especially for the families who have husbands working late. I know that this is a counsel President James has received from God and that it is what our mission needs at this time. Sadly this week We saw that the outcome of not fully being obedient to the new clarification. I will tell the story later.

Tuesday we had a great lesson on the Gospel of Jesus Christ with our investigator who has issues with her memory. We finally got her to understand and she was even able to answer our questions without being worried she would get them wrong. She has committed to come to church on Sunday. We gave service to a sister who has been at the hospital for a while and got to help her print some stamps from a software. We cleaned her floors and helped restock her closet with boxes for her dialysis. She was so sweet and we could see her stress go away as we helped her get some house work done which she isn't able to do anymore. One thing I love about serving is to see how much just a little time spent with the members and those who need visits mean to those we see. I absolutely love seeing there frowns turn to smiles by the time we leave.

On Friday we had a great lesson with a less active brother who we have been trying to see the entire time while I have been here and even while Sister Galloway has been here. We finally didn't have to leave a note on his door. We got to know him more and his conversion story. We shared Alma 37:6. It all started with sending him scriptures in a text. A Scripture of the Day has worked miracles for us We then had dinner with a less active/ active family. This is where the story of the new rule comes. So we had dinner with this family and had great lesson with them where we got the parents to bear testimony to there three kids. We planned on just sharing a Scripture but I thought of the game with have been sharing with families called "The Game of Sacrifice." (You will have to wait to know what it is). In the end it got the parents to testify of the gospel and the atonement to their kid. After the lesson they started to open up to us telling us experiences they had in the past. We lost track of time. They wanted to make us Cotton Candy. By the time we got out of there house it was 8. We had a lesson at 7:30 with another less active male. We were going to get picked up at 7:20. When we realized what time it was we saw that the sister who was going to come had called us probably every minute. We scared her to death. We were 40 minutes late and never called us back. We heard she posted on the Facebook page that she couldn't find us and couldn't get a hold of us. You can imagine how scared she was. We were horrible and felt so dumb. Luckily she doesn't hate us. It was an eye opener to me of how much the Ward loves us. Even this one sister. She was so scared she even drove to social services. We had tons of members calling us and texting us to see if we were alright. It was one crazy evening. We Saw the down slide of not being fully obedient to this new rule. However, To be fully honest. I hadn't felt the love I did when I got here right away like when I got to Garner. I definitely have it now. I have been hoping for away to show the members and less actives of the ward that I am a great missionary and that I really want to bless their families. In the end they blessed mine.

On Saturday, we had only 1 lesson out of 4 planned. We got to do service and then for all those that didn't follow through we packed. I am so glad that we move Wednesday and I can feel the pain of those who hate to pack. I don't know how military families do it. We don't have that much stuff and it is still a pain. Even the stress that it brings.

Sunday was another great Sabbath. We got a call from the 2nd counselor in the ward. We were asked to give a talk. (It reminded me of Dad). When we saw the name we were like "oh no someone is giving a talk." We had hoped it was for our move. He asked us to give a talk. He only wanted it one and wanted us to decide. We couldn't so we asked him to choose. So he just had both of us talk. It was great and definitely one topic I knew I need to work on. Scripture Study. We both did a great job. we both shared experiences. I wish I could have added some stuff but 10 minutes was not long enough. However, they did make it the theme for the whole day. One scripture that stood out a ton me that I used in my talk was 2 Nephi 28:30. where we learn line upon line and precept upon precept. Great day and great topic and wonderful lessons. I love when The Relief Society is full of the sisters talking and giving comments instead of one sister doing all the talking. I love it!

Well that's my week! Hope you have a great week this week! And I would like to wish Cameren and Brenden and all of the Mountain Shadows ward Good Luck in Seminary this year. I wish with the knowledge I am getting know from using it everyday that I pay more attention. Love you all!

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Sister Tayler Farr