(Kadee will be speaking on November 23rd in the Washington Fields 10th Ward @ 11:00 a.m.)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Stop the Maddess!

This week has been full of laughs, and for that I am grateful! 

Let me start by telling you about the time that the only button that was holding up my skirt came off...Yes, this would only happen to me. It was just before we were headed in for the night, and we stopped at our old apartment to check the mail. I got out of the car and by the time I had taken two steps and was halfway to the mailbox...my skirt was to my knees. Fret not, I had a slip on- and it saved the day. The miraculous part is that I caught the skirt before it hit the ground. 

Friday we went to Broomall, PA for Mission Leadership Council and it was amazing. Those are my absolute favorite meetings. They are so full of the spirit, and it's amazing how every single missionary learns from the spirit just what they need to.  But while talking about how to "prevent attraction" between Elders and Sisters, Sister Anderson (our Mission President's wife) said, "Don't get me wrong! I'd pair all of you up if I could! I've got good eyes!" I'm pretty sure we died laughing. So awkward, I love it. 

I must have really been "on one" this week because on Saturday we were putting together some goody bags to give out at church yesterday. There were some members there helping us and one started talking about Disney World...she proceeded to tell me that Snow White/the Seven Dwarfs are getting their own "land" in fantasy land. I literally started crying. I could not even help it. It was only slightly more embarrassing than the time my skirt fell down. 

On Monday, Sister Argueta tried to chase the garbage man down the street. 

The four of us Sisters in the Dover household have decided to work on our Spanish/Jersey accents. It's the  best combo by far. Be prepared for a glorious greeting when we next speak. 

Nothing much to report this week. All is going well. I'm working on my Spanish because all 6 of our investigators with baptismal dates speak Spanish. Please pray for the Perez family, the Simon family and Victoria. I've been reflecting on when I received my call to the PPM. It was amazing how much I already felt like this place was home. My spirit knew that I would be reunited with many people that I loved. It's such a joyful experience being here. A place that I know will be a part of me forever. I love everyone I serve and serve with. It's amazing how much I've learned. I don't think I'll ever leave.

 Make sure you re-read all of conference! There is so much we have to learn from the council of the Lord's Prophet and Apostles. We are beyond blessed to have them in our lives and to be able to have constant access to their counsel. 

I love you all and I will talk to you soon! 

Sister Kadee Elise Taylor

Monday, April 21, 2014

Heart, might, mind & strength

All I know is that I LOVE living with Sister Zeller and Sister Jolley! 

This week my Mission President asked what my opinion was on some statistics in our mission. His question was thought provoking for me and my response helped me to learn a lot. It is as follows: 

"I think when teaching we act like the things we say are more like good suggestions rather than the only way back to our Heavenly Home. Like Elder Holland teaches, if they don't know the importance of our message then at least we do, and we need to act like it! The Gospel is for everyone, weather or not they are prepared. We need to start being more lovingly persistent I guess. This is not a day-by-day work, it's people's salvation. We can't just teach another restoration lesson, we need to put our heart and soul into everything that we teach. It's hard, and it takes a lot of effort/energy- but this is the time that God has given us to serve Him with all of our heart, might, mind and strength. We need to let these people know how much we really care. And as I've recently learned, actions speak louder than words. I need to apply these things as much as anybody else.  It's hard, and I think it will take practice- like exercising a muscle, but it will be worth the effort."

Brothers and Sisters, the Gospel is more than the happiest way to live a life, it's the only hope for our eternal lives. It is urgent that we share what we know. Do we understand that this is a completely new era in church history?! NOW is the time to hasten the work of salvation. Nottomorrow, not next week or next year- now!  This work will go on with or without you. When all is said and done, will you have done your part in hastening the work, or will you leave it for someone else to do? Will your part be one of an observer or a doer? 

I love the Lord Jesus Christ. He is my brother, He is my friend, He is my Savior. Because of Him I can do all things. No task is too great, not mountain too tall. He will always lift me higher than I can ever lift myself. His Atonement gives my heart the capacity to love everyone around me. I miss Him. I can't wait to see my Heavenly Father and my Savior again. 

Search for unplanned opportunities to serve those around you. 

Sister Kadee Elise Taylor 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Everything I'll ever need to know I'll learn on my mission.

This week was crazy! Monday to Tuesday we were in Salisbury, MD with Sisters Andrus and Pike, Thursday to Friday we were in Newark 1st with Sisters Wilson and Lewis, and Friday toSaturday we were in Newark 3rd (my last area, whoot whoot!) with Sisters Jensen and Ririe! Then on Saturday we also had Accountability with the Assistants! It was quite a week, and I loved it!

This week I had an experience that helped me to learn something that was very profound to me. We were on exchanges and I was in Newark 1st Ward area serving with Sister Lewis for the day. We went to a deaf woman's house to help her clean. Her husband recently had an injury and just came home from the hospital. I'll have you know that neither Sister Lewis or I know ASL...luckily we know how to spell! Well I guess the appointment wasn't scheduled and so we were pretty much just hoping that she would let us in to help her. Well I'm glad she did, because that experience changed me. Brothers and Sisters, infinitely more important than what you will ever say is what you do. As I delicately dusted her cabinets and her china dishes I realized that it was the only way I could communicate my love for her. The only way I could speak to this child of God was through my actions. What you say matters little compared to what you do. What are you doing to show those around you that you love them? How do you treat those around you to let them know that you love them?  What do you do to show your Heavenly Father that you love Him? That day I truly learned that actions speak louder than words. 

I know that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior and Redeemer. He's paid the price for my sins, weaknesses and even my character-flaws, so that if I repent continually and always turn towards Him I can live with my Heavenly Father again. I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that He loves me. I invite all of you to share this website/video as much as you can this week. 

This video has the ability to touch the hearts of millions of people. Please use the social media hashtag #BecauseofHim. This is a special week for Christians around the world. Share your testimony of the Savior with everyone!

I know that it's because of Him that I am given the capacity to serve our brothers and sisters. It's because of Him that I am will be able to live forever. Because of Him there is no end. 

All my love, 
Sister Kadee Elise Taylor

Monday, April 7, 2014

God is in the details!

Life is crazy on the mission! Crazy-awesome! I seriously feel like we never stop working, and I STILL feel like we get nothing done! I do not understand how that happens. We had to type up our WHOLE area book onto the iPads...it took FOREVER. literally. That area book will haunt me for the rest of my life. Between that and going on exchanges/doubling in and entering the area book, I feel like we do nothing else! Transfers are next week so hopefully things will calm down....knock on wood. I love being a missionary! I cannot imagine life if I hadn't chose to serve. It has changed me forever already, and I'm not even done! My perspective before was...so, so small. I had no grasp on what life or eternity held for me. I'm a totally different person. I've learned how dependent I am on the enabling power of the Atonement, and I'm still leaning what that means! I couldn't trade my mission for anything.