The Call to Serve

April 21,2015

Dear Sister Andrus:

You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the South Dakota Rapid City Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.

You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the English language.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Is Here:)

Hey All:)
I hope you all are having an amazing Christmas Season! This has been a pretty good week!
Last Monday we met a really cool guy named Steve! He was so casual. He opened the door and stood there in his underwear and ate his green beans while we talked for about 1.5 hours. He is so smart! he has read part of the Book of Mormon before and the Karan. But he said that he want to try it out again and that if he finds that it is the true then he will be baptized and be a Mormon. I loved the attitude he has about it all and the church. He doesn't really care about like what everyone says about the church He just wants to find out what is the true because there can only be one true church. I loved it! we are kind of nervous because he is so smart but that will be okay:) that is what the Spirit is for!

We met with the Boully Family. Which is the less active Family that wouldn't let anyone in and always looked out the blinds at us when we came. I cant remember if we told you about them but we had them on our 21day challenge. Which is to pray for some list of less active or nonmember people for 21 days morning and night without missing a prayer and the promise is that someone on the list will accept missionary lessons. on day 17 they reached out to Bishop and we are now teaching them the lessons for Holden the 9 year old investigator! they are an amazing family! the best is when I called out the oldest son for not answering our calls and then Sister Jarvies was like "yeah and we totally saw ya'll look out the window at us like every time." hahaha It was so awkward. we all laughed so that was good! They are so fun! we love them!

We got to meet with a young couple and talk about our loving Heavenly Father. John doesn't believe in GOD but in a higher power...who is loving and fatherly I don't know what ya'll think that God is but that's what I thought. So that is what we are trying to help him understand for now;)

We met another investigator this week named Charlene. She is super sweet and loved the Promise in Moroni 10. I am really excited to get to know her and learn with her. It was pretty funny there too....She was telling us how she only doesn't like the catholic church because they kicked her nephew out for being Gay.. so I looked at S. Jarvies like I wanted her to tell Charlene what we think about that.....but then I just felt so bad because she looked scared to death... So I just told Charlene that God understands all of us have our own Struggles and that even though He doesn't tolerate them that He still will love and help Yeah  I Hope that I didn't open a can of worms by not being bold about it.... but we will find out.

We had a great week! and we are excited to see what this next week brings! I hope we can continue to spread the good work this week with Minot:)

Merry Christmas to you all and I hope you all have a chance to remember what Christmas is really all about!:) I love you all:)

Love, Tay Sister A

Sister Taylor Andrus

Monday, December 14, 2015

By Small and Simple Things

Hey All!

It was a long and great week! We met with Miss Shelby again this week and realized something great! we have been meeting with her for a good amount of time now and it was easy to think that we were never going to get anywhere with her! It wasn't until the night after our lesson with her that we realized something huge. As we were talking in our beds that night and thinking about what we could do to help her progress it dawned on us. Shelby has been progressing the whole time. We began to realized that Shelby might not be make leaps and bounds in progression but that her countenance had changed. We had gone from a sad, dark, girl who loved to read witchcraft to a girl who smiles and tells us about her dreams, and reads the Book of Mormon, even if it is just a verse or two. It was huge for me to realize that miracle in her! That over time she had changed! That our changes dont have to be huge and immediate but that we sometimes the most meaningful changes are the ones that take time. I think there is a reason that we live a whole life time instead of just one day. We came here to learn and to change:) 

We finally got some snow up here in the Dakotas and It is crazy! It definetly feels like it is wintertime now! Bring on the snowball fights and hot chocolate!:) Hope that it continues to fall so that we can get the fully experience of North Dakota this year:)

We have been having a wonderful time learning more about a Savior and about this christmas season!:) I hope you all can have a wonderful season and enjoy Christ Spirit throughout the season:) 

Sister Taylor Andrus

Monday, December 7, 2015

Why is it warm here?

Hello Family and Friends!

This week was a great week! Aimee was Baptized this weekend and confirmed yesterday at church! the ward is so excited to have her and they have been amazing in welcoming her into the ward and getting to know her a little better:) She was so ready to be baptized and we are all so happy for her and her decision to do so:)                                     
We had an amazing ward Christmas party that evening as well! The ward pulled off an amazing dinner, amazing decorations, and a great Christmas program to go alone with it all:) We were able to get one of our Potential Investigators to the party and talking with all the ward! Turns out the member we asked to give her a ride knows her son so that was super awesome in helping her feel loved and welcome at the ward:) 

 I was never more grateful to be staying in Minot as I was at the Christmas party and realizing just how much all these people mean to me and how close we have all gotten:)  I am so excited to be staying here for another transfer and continuing the work in the Minot 2nd ward:) 

We have had the opportunity this last week to meet and get to know a few of the families that live out on the Air Base:) They are so fun and we have loved getting to know their back stories and sharing simple messages of Christ's birth and his love for all of us:) It is amazing the feeling that comes in the Christmas Season, and how we get to see testimonies of people that we didn't even know believed! It has been interesting to learn that some of the most powerful testimonies aren't always the loudest ones:) What a blessing it truly is that we have been blessed with Our Savior:) I hope you all have seen His love in your own lives, I hope that continues for each and everyone of us until the day we get to be with Him again:) 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season and have time to think about what Christmas is really all about!:) I love you all and I am grateful for all of you and what you have added to my life:) 


Sister Taylor Andrus