Monday, March 27, 2017

Week 90: Goodbye Houston

Transfers are here and I'm out of H3! My son Elder Jessop will be taking over the area, and will have another trainer! Man he's gonna do a great job! I feel sad to leave, but I'm excited for the new adventure that I'll have somewhere else! 

This last week was great first we had Zone Conference! It was incredible! We talked about the priesthood and how the priesthood is the key to be able to see God again! President also made an equation that I will always remember is priesthood power = Personal Worthiness * Righteous Activity. The only way that we will be able to enter into the presence is by that Priesthood Power, but we we have to we have to be worthy and acting in righteousness! Truth right there! 

Just remember that when trials come to always remain faithful, and always count your blessings! But most important, pray to our Heavenly Father he will help and love you to the end!

I love you all have a great week! Love, Elder Heiner!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Week 89: Prayer Brings Miracles

Hello family and friends. This last week was a good one! I feel like I say that every week. Ahhh the time is going so fast as well! Weeks are turning into days and days are turning into minutes. I wish there was a button to slow time down! But I know there isn't so the goal is to make every day just the best, and this last week there were a ton of blessings and miracles that we saw as we made each day great! 

On Tuesday I got to go on exchange with Elder Barton. He is a stud, and just talks to everyone! We were in Burger King getting a late lunch / early dinner, and there was this couple that was in line right behind us, and we started talking to them and got on a topic of religion, and she started telling us that she just lost her husband. So we were inspired to share the Mormon Message Mountains to Climb with them. They went to a booth and watched it, and came back in tears and they told us that that was exactly what they needed! It was incredible! Then later I got to give Samuel Acosta his baptismal interview, he is the H3 Hermanas investigator. He is a great kid. I got the chance to perform the baptism, and give him the gift of the Holy Ghost (in Spanish). That was one of the only things that I haven't done, is give someone the gift of the Holy Ghost in Spanish, so now I can check that off the bucket list! But Samuel definitely has a lot of desires to follow Jesus Christ, and I'm super excited for him to learn more about the gospel y crecer cada dia!

On Wednesday we had a money day! Started it off with teaching Rodney and Jennifer, our Burger King miracle! We taught a great lesson on prayer with them, and talked about how Heavenly Father always wants to answer our prayers! So we invited them to cry out to him, and ask for help! It was awesome! Then later that night we shared a lesson with Maria Escobar, one of the investigators that we've been teaching a while. We bore powerful testimony on the Book of Mormon and on the power of prayer! The spirit was sooo strong! This week we have been inviting so many people to not only read in the BOM, but also to pray each and every day and to literally cry out to him during our struggles! Maria at the end of the lesson prayed and thanked God for everything she has been given like 4 times in a row. Oh my goodness, the power of prayer is so powerful! Our Heavenly Father wants to hear us, and not just for a couple minutes before we go to bed and after we wake up, but he want to us to talk with him. To express all our feeling to him! 

So this week we were doing prayer texts, where we continually texted members to say their prayers. We followed up with them yesterday and each one who was part of the challenge to pray each day, said that their week was so much better, than the weeks before. I know that prayer is so important! I feel so much love, knowing that my Heavenly Father is cheering me on. Where ever we are and whatever situation we are in, our Heavenly Father is waiting to answer our prayer, but he can't unless we CRY out! Unless we truly ask! Remember that he will always answer us! He won't let us quit through the hard times, and he will challenge us through the comfortable times! As a father he always wants us to improve! So my invitation to y'all is to truly pray. Give thanks for everything you've been given, and communicate whats going on in your life! He loves you! 

Miracles always come as we put our faith in our savior Jesus Christ and we are continually communicating with our Father in Heaven! I love y'all so much! Make this week the best week you possibly can! I love y'all!

Love, Elder Heiner

Monday, March 13, 2017

Week 88: Keep On Keep'n On!

Weeks are passing by faster than ever! It's crazy how fast time is going! This last week we saw a lot of miracles and I had a lot of very powerful learning experiences! We found a few new investigators that have a lot of potential! We also just found out that one of our main investigators, who's barrier for baptism was her getting married, got married like 3 weeks ago. We were talking to our Ward mission leader and he told us that they got married! I was super surprised and happy, all at the same time! So we could be setting a date soon with Maria Escobar! I also had the opportunity to baptize one of the Hermanas investigators! Her name is Maria, and she was so prepared! When we performed the actual baptism, the water was sooo hot! Hotter than a hot tub! It hurt to move, it was that bad! But Maria was awesome because even though it was so hot she was willing to do it! There were a lot of amazing blessings, and I'm just grateful for the people I have in my life right now! I have been blessed with so many amazing friends, and I just want to say thank you! All of y'all have helped me out so much, and I'm grateful for everything! 

Remember the love that our father in Heaven has for all us! That he will never leave us stranded! So remember to do all the little things right! Keep praying, keep studying, keep fasting, keep serving, keep reading in the BOM, keep going to church! When we keep doing the small things, our lives will be filled with more joy and happiness! 

I love y'all so much! Have a great week!

Love, Elder Heiner :)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Week 87: There Is Always Light!

Spiritual Thought for the day! I was reading a talk by Robert D Hales in the 2002 General  Conference called Out of Darkness Into his Marvelous light, and it says something that I absolutely love:

When I was a boy, I used to ride my bicycle home from basketball practice at night. I would connect a small pear-shaped generator to my bicycle tire. Then as I pedaled, the tire would turn a tiny rotor, which produced electricity and emitted a single, welcome beam of light. It was a simple but effective mechanism. But I had to pedal to make it work! I learned quickly that if I stopped pedaling my bicycle, the light would go out. I also learned that when I was “anxiously engaged” in pedaling, the light would become brighter and the darkness in front of me would be dispelled.
The generation of spiritual light comes from daily spiritual pedaling. It comes from praying, studying the scriptures, fasting, and serving--from living the gospel and obeying the commandments. “He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light,” said the Lord, “and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” My brothers and sisters, that perfect day will be when we will stand in the presence of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
Sometimes people ask, “Why do I have to go to sacrament meeting?” or “Why do I have to live the Word of Wisdom, pay tithing? Why can’t I have one foot in Babylon?” May I tell you why? Because spiritual pedaling takes both feet! Unless you are fully engaged in living the gospel--living it with all of your “heart, might, mind and strength”--you cannot generate enough spiritual light to push back the darkness.

Let us make sure that we are always pedaling with both feet so that we can produce the efficient amount of light that we need! I know that when both feet are pedaling, no matter how dark, we will always be able to see what's in front of us! I love this gospel and this church! It is all so true! 
Thanks for all the prayers family and friends! 
I love you all so much!

Love, Elder Heiner

Monday, February 27, 2017

Week 86: I LOVE To See The Temple

Hey buenos Dias family and friends! This week was much different than most because I was super sick! Thanks so much for all your prayers! But overall it was an awesome week! We found a lot of awesome people to teach! Friday was one of the only days I was able to go knocking and elder Jessop and I went out and knocked for a few hours, and we found so many people! We met this person that I had taught about a year and a half ago and taught her an amazing Restoration lesson! It was incredible to be able to bear testimony of the restoration! Shortly after we taught another great lesson with a guy named Gabriel, and Elder Jessop nailed the 1st vision and it was super spiritual!! Elder Jessop is awesome! He is doing so good! 

We also got to go to the temple! It was such an amazing trip! The spirit was so strong, and I felt so good! I definitely needed the temple! It is such an amazing place! I invite y'all to go to the temple when you have the chance! I love this gospel! It is so incredible! Thanks y'all! I love each and everyone of you so much! 

Love, Elder Heiner

We are starting a service project, where we get to help kids who are going through a hard time!

I found the cutest baby husky while knocking doors!

 I got a Valentine's Day package from my momma! Thanks mom!

H3 missionaries at the temple! It was amazing! 


Monday, February 20, 2017

Week 85: Wait! Who's My Comp?

What an interesting week this last one was! So on Monday it was Elder Pigott's last day and we said our final goodbyes, then my new companion Elder Sellers came into the area! I absolutely love Elder Sellers! We came in together and also served in the same first district, but haven't really served around each other since! We also became the companionship with the most time (months) in the mission field! So we looked at each other and said we are going to just blow this area up with the spirit 💣! 

The next day I got a call from President and he told me there was one more Spanish elder coming in than they thought. So, he told me I would be training! I was sad to see Elder Sellers go to a new area, but I am so excited to train! My trainee's name is Elder Jessop! He is from California and is so excited to be here! We are going to kill it! He also cannot drink milk, so we get along great. I am serving in the same ward with Hna Bettridge for the fourth transfer. She is amazing and a great missionary. 

Haha Hermana Bettridge snagged my iPad😂 But like she said my baby's name is Elder Jessop, and President called and gave me the chance to train! I'm so excited! Also we had an amazing baptism! Issac and Kevin were so prepared, and it was incredible because so many people came to the baptism and it was such a spiritual experience! Kevin was also the first person I personally have baptized and it was absolutely incredible! This week was so good and it also taught me how to endure! Which makes me think of the scripture in Alma 36:3 where it talks about how God will always support us through our trials! I love this work and I'm excited to learn more each day!
I love y'all!

Love, Elder Heiner

Monday, February 13, 2017

Week 84: I'm Killing My Comp!

I have sad news Elder Pigott is going home (I'm killing him)! It's been a fun 12 weeks! I have definitely learned a lot from him! He has definitely taught me how to love all the trials I receive, and I've learned how to bounce back through the hardest of times have learned to help those in need. So I'm staying in Houston 3 and this will now make 9 months of being here! I find out who my new companion is tomorrow so I'm pumped to tell y'all! Also this week we were able to help a lot of people come closer to Jesus Christ! It was incredible! 

Monday I got to go on an exchange with one of my best friends Elder Self! We had a noche de hogar and shared about the atonement!

Friday we had a ward party and not too many people went so Elder Pigott and I had to spice things up, so we did some good karaoke! Haha it was a lot of fun! We sang You'll be in my heart from Tarzan! And others, it was a lot of fun!

I don't have too much time but I just want to tell y'all that I love you!

Love, Elder Heiner

Monday, February 6, 2017

Week 83: Mas y Mas Milagros

 Good Afternoon Family and Friends! 

This week was great! But I'm sorry because this emails going to be long! But good news, there were so many things that happened, and I saw so many different faces and areas! I was on an exchange everyday except for Sunday this past week! It was absolutely nuts 🥜! It was definitely one of the fastest weeks yet! We also had a ton of great meetings and inspiring moments this week! Let's start with Monday!

The first exchange I got to go on was with Elder Hatch and we rocked in the Little York area! We taught their recent converts that just got baptized, Nick and Kristy! I love them so much! I got the chance to teach them a lot before their baptism and it was absolutely incredible to see their faces! We were also able to give their mom a blessing. She is going through Chemotherapy because of a cancer she received! It was such a spiritual moment! I love the sacerdocio and the opportunity that we have to  use it to bless the lives of those we love! 

Tuesday we had MLC and it was technically my first MLC being a zone leader, and it was so revelatory! Our second counselor in the Mission Presidency, Elder Chapel, talked about the science of excellence, and how we can be the best at anything we do! You know the phrase practice makes perfect? He shared with us that it's not Practice that makes perfect but rather Perfect Practice that makes perfect! When we practice perfectly that's when we see results! Also my favorite quote of the whole meeting was something that president Mortensen said, that was something oh so simple but true! He said, " Disciples are those who are willing to do it anyways!" I love that! It's so similar to the fishers of men where Jesus asked his disciples to come and follow and he would make them fishers of men, and what did they do? They immediately put down their nets and followed, just because it's what was right! 

Later that night I was still in Little York, and Elder Hatch and I got to put the "do it anyways" mindset into action! At 8pm our cita fell through so we decided to knock! We prayed and felt inspired to go to a couple streets! We knocked them both! We found so many willing people! It was incredible! We received a couple return citas and brought a lot of light into some families lives! 

On Wednesday we did a trio exchange with one of the APs, Elder Barton! He came down into our area, but he doesn't speak any Spanish and we didn't have any citas in English! But it was still a lot of fun! Since we were in a trio, we asked one of THE BEST members in our ward to come out on splits! His name is Fransisco and he's Elder Fitt's recent convert, and is just the man! We knocked doors for a couple hours and found some really cool people! Tons of fun!

Thursday I got to to go on another exchange with my ZL companion Elder Pogroszewski in the Hafer area! He's a stud! We had a bomb dinner appointment y la familia cocinó carne asada (bendiciones). También we got to teach English Class! Tons of fun as well! 

Friday we had Zone Meeting! It was awesome! The spirit was super strong and the trainings were all super good! It all came together very well for our zone and it's exactly we all needed! Then after I got to go on another exchange, crazy huh! This time with Elder Cabezas also in Hafer! We saw so many miracles in one day it was absolutely nuts! We first taught the Amaya family! Flashback: A few months ago Elder Pogroszewski and I were on an exchange and we met the Amaya family for the first time, and when we taught them we hard core bashed with them! We bore powerful testimonies on the BOM and she let the Elders come back! Long story short, she got baptized (I know right) and her daughter as well! Literally blew me away! But back to the present! We taught her son, who hasn't been home at all but happened to be home on Friday! We taught him the Restoration and he accepted to be baptized when he knows the BOM is true😆! Then the next appointment we had was Amilka and his family! The Elders had a hard time seeing him as well, but we got in and taught an amazing restoration lesson to all 4 of the family members, and same result, we invited them to be baptized and they said yes😲😂!!! We also stopped by an investigator they were teaching and as we were walking in the parking lot, their was a man behind me a little ways back and I felt a strong urge to talk to him! Come to find out, that he was baptized when he was 15 in our church (he's 50 now), got into drugs and alcohol, but wants to change his life around and wants to come back to church!!! Talk about Milagros! Everything that could have gone right, happened! It was literally amazing! I gotta give some props to Elder Cabezas! Because he rocked it!

Saturday and Sunday went by quick as well! And we continued to see miracles as we put our faith in our savior! It was such an incredible week! I love this work! It is incredible to be able to change the lives of so many people each and every day! 
I love you all so much! Have a fantastic week! 

Love Élder Heiner

Our Zone Leadership after MLC!

Trio pic in Houston

Elder Cabezas and I got to go to an 8 year olds baptism
and be the witnesses! So cool!

Francisco and I on our split!

Houston North Spanish Zone

Here's my favorite quote for the week!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Week 82: Mercy!

Hey y'all I don't have much time! Just remember to follow the example
of Alma, especially when you are going through hard times! I love this

Alma 36:18-19
18 Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my
heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall
of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of
19 And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no
more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.

Alma wants to change so much! When we follow him we will be saved!
I love you all have a great week!

Love Elder Heiner

Monday, January 23, 2017

Week 81: Have a Blessed Day!

I got the chance to go to Elder Guzmans district meeting this last week!

I don't have too much time today, but This week in my personal study I was reading a scripture that was powerful and straight to the point! In Mosiah 2:24 it reads: 

24 And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?

I absolutely love how all God asks us to do it to follow him and keep his commandments, and when we do we are IMMEDIATELY BLESSED! Let's all remember these promised blessings! They are pretty incredible! 
I love you all! Have a great week y'all!

Love, Elder Heiner

Hermana Calderón y yo (and I)

 As a district we got our eyebrows waxed and this is I... haha!

Here's the after shot of all of us with our eyebrows waxed.

Here we are with the lady who waxed our eyebrows! Haha.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Week 80: Rocking it!!!!

Hello Family and Friends! This week was like finding diamonds in the ghetto! So what I'm saying is, is that it was pretty incredible! Probably one of the best weeks of my mission! Elder Pigott and I worked soooo hard! It was a blast!! We knocked up so many doors in Houston! The ghetto received a lot of light this week!

Tuesday: I had an exchange with Elder Hatch and we met a lot of crazy people haha! We also had the opportunity to eat at 2 dinner appointments in a row! Talk about a lot of food! Hmm hmm good! I was stuffed, but my missionary blessing of being able to eat a ton of food took over and I still felt hungry! Life is good!

We also hit the splits hard! And we saw so many blessings! We did a split with a member every day this week! The best part of the whole week was when we got 7 of our investigators to church! We had a drought of investigators at church for 4 weeks but then we all got them there! It was incredible! The members loved it, almost as much as us! 

We saw so many miracles! I love this work! 
Have a great week! 

Love, Elder Heiner


Monday, January 9, 2017

Week 79: How Far Away Is That Plane ✈️? About 5 Weeks Away!

Hey y'all, buenas tardes! (Good Afternoon!) So this week we got transfer calls and Elder Pigott and I are both kicking it again for 6 more weeks here in Liberty! And the good news is, is that I'm killing him😵! Not literally, but missionary wise😁! Elder Pigott is ending his mission and will be getting on the plane in almost 5 weeks! It's super crazy! We've been trying not to bring up things from home but for the first few days that's all we talked about, and let me tell you, the days went by oh so slow🐌! By Thursday not much work was getting done but then we flipped the switch! 

On Friday, we had a Noche de Hogar (family home evening activity), and it was so much fun! Our ward mission leader set it up. It was based upon how well we do in this life and what our reward is for the next! Each person got carnival tickets and there were a bunch of games set up, and food given out, but each one cost a couple tickets! Then Hermano Robles (our ward mission leader) had an audio of a plane taking off, flying, and crashing (don't ask me why), and we had everyone go up on the stage and sit in chairs while we played the audio! So everyone died!! Yep it was sad!! As we were dead the amount of tickets that we had left from the activities determined where we went next and which Kingdom we went into. Most people went to the Terrestrial kingdom and were saddened because they came up just short, and couldn't be with their families again! What a lesson it was for everyone there, to make sure that we follow ALL of Gods commandments so that we can live in the Celestial Kingdom with God, Jesus Christ and our families!

On Saturday we took two Priests out with us literally for 7 hours! We had planned to have them come out for a couple hours, but they planned to come out for the whole day! It was awesome! We had some of the best food of my life, taught some super great lessons, and also had a ton of people come to our sports night that we just set up! We also started teaching my recent converts family, the Escobars! Lorenzo's whole family of 5 just got here from El Salvador and we taught all of them the Restoration and it was so powerful! My dream would be to get this family sealed for time and all eternity! And nothing is going to stop us! 

On Sunday we had a lot of great moments but there was one that really hit home to me! We had a lesson with The Pineda family. They are a little bit less active, because satan is not happy with them! Their biggest desire is to be sealed in the temple in May, and yesterday the spirit took over the lesson as we bore testimony that the Lord will carry them to the temple! They know they can do it, and the Lord knows they can do it! It made me think of all of us! Each and every one of us pass through hardships mainly because satan really doesn't like us! He is the enemy and he will take us down by small and simple maneuvers. But one thing that I have come to love on my mission is that God is so much more powerful! Plus, the savior's atonement is something that really is REAL! And by his sacrifice he will always carry us to our desires, when we can't go on any further! I saw dedication in the eyes of these members as they looked determined to choose the right! I know that as we are determined to choose the right, especially through the trials of the adversary we will achieve the blessings the Lord has for us!

I know we all go through specific trials for a reason! I'm grateful for my trials for helping me be the person I am today! I love you all and hope y'all have a wonderful day!

Love, Elder Heiner

Latest News: Elder Taylor Heiner was made Zone Leader on January 3, 2017.  He has 162 days left as a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Week 78: Feliz Año Nuevo!! (Happy New Year!!)

Weeks are getting better and better! That's all I can say! But I will say more haha! Anyways, I can definitely feel more light in my life and I feel the spirit so much stronger each and everyday! It's pretty incredible!!! 

Right now I definitely don't have very much time, but I just want to tell y'all how much I love you! Each and every one of you! This last week was fantastic! We had a lot of spiritual moments and I know it's because we are Obedient and choosing the right! I know as we continue to do what's right we will be blessed! Feliz Año Nuevo. Hope it was great! I love y'all! 

Love, Elder Heiner