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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Another great week for Elder Malolo in Utah while he is awaiting for his Visa to travel to Spain



Buenas Tardes!
   This week has gone by so quickly!! I have a couple pictures of half my zone but ill be sure to send some later of the actual people in it. Guess who has an IPad?? Me!!! And Spain just became an Ipad mission starting May 7th! Having an Ipad makes the work here a LOT easier especially being able to look up conference talks! On Sunday me and Elder Duncan had to give a talk during one of our wards and they all really liked it. So far everyone from the Wards are really nice, especially since every day we have dinner at a members house haha. We work out really hard every morning and run 2 miles in the morning about twice a week! Every PDay we get to go shopping for food and needs, and luckily I know how to make good foods for breakfast which is the only meal we really have to worry about in the day. On Saturday we entered the pinewood derby with the younger scouts as a member bonding activity and we got 27th place out of 57 people!! We only spent 45min on the car an hour before the races started! We won 2 races and came in second for the rest of them:) I have a picture of the car that ill send in a second. I won a stick pull contest against one of the wards so basically I can come home and walk on to ASU for stick pulling. We had a service activity this week as well and it was great because I got to talk to the rest of my zone that I dont get to see as often and they all said that when my visa comes they will rip it up so I have to stay here because they dont want me to leave! Im really loving it over here in Utah! But Im never coming back after this sooooo..on to the work! We have so many lessons planned for the week and about 99.9% of them fall through. The rest that we do get to teach go SO well! We met a lady named Audrey who we were able to get on date for the 16th for baptism! and Yesterday we were able to get another one, James, On date for baptism as well!! Hopefully we can keep them on track for that time! We saw them both at church yesterday so thats definitely a sign that they are willing to commit:) I cant believe I might have 2 baptisms under my belt by the time I get to Spain! As for my transportation methods here we usually bike BUT what the heck is up with all the giant hills here in Utah??? They are like mountain sized and we have to ride our bikes up them everyday! Its definitely helping me with losing weight though, and my pants are already getting kinda loose haha my belts are sure coming in handy while out here!  Oh...and about funny things, I dont know what the mission does to you out here but for some reason my humor level is at an all time low! I basically laugh at anything..So be prepared for when I get home and just have the worst sense of humor! So Elder Duncan has a USB for a mini video player and it has a bunch of disney songs and LDS songs and country music. Im getting use to country music over here, especially when its kind of the only thing we can listen to! We also have like rap sessions and I make the beat and Elder Duncan raps so maybe one day we will have a video of it to send home! Im so excited to call home for mothers day!!! Im also kinda sad since its so early in the mission as well but I do miss talking to you all especially when you send me pictures of Lil West and hes making all sorts of sounds now! The other day we had dinner at a members house and one of the daughters played the piano to some songs that I knew and so we were like a duet, it was pretty awesome! I dont know if I told you but I know more spanish hymns than english hymns so in church ill be singing half in english and half in spanish only cause I only know the spanish words!! Im trying hard to keep my spanish alive, its good because we have 2 elders from El Salvador and Mexico. That help me with it whenever we get together. Not much else happened that I can think of at the moment. If I think of something else I can maybe message you all later from the church on my IPad.  Everyone is amazed at how well i am getting along, because the new kids that came with me still barely talk at all. But you know, its because im the coolest person here!:) Amo ustedes todos!! Tiene un maravilloso semana!! no espero para sus cartas:) 
Con Amor y Paz,
Elder Malolo Guapo Oso

The missionaries were able to attend the Pinewood Derby with the scouts.  Elder Malolo is an Eagle Scout with 3 pinewood derby's under his belt.  

They only had about 45 min to make their car and they sure did!!! What a great time!

Current Address, email address and some new photos! Elder Taylor Malolo May 2015

Here is Elder Malolo's current address while he is in Utah.  If you want to send him a package or a letter you would send it to this address otherwise you can email him at:

Email address:
taylor.malolo@myldsmail.net

Or his Mailing address:

Elder Taylor Malolo
3487 South 1300 East West Entrance
Salt Lake City Utah  84106

Horsin' around!

Elder Malolo is in a mission where they get to have an Ipad! It makes is so much easier to prepare for their lessons! He is loving it. So he had to take a selfie with his ipad over the excitement! 

Our lil brown elder!




Gotta love em!



Monday, April 20, 2015

One week out in the Mission Field with Elder Taylor Malolo

Hola mi familia y Buenos Dias,
     Alright so ive been out in the field for about 5 days now! My Pday is on Monday and I get on the computers around 10 and I dont know when Ill be leaving, but I do know we are all playing football later! The mission field is seriously a blast! My companions name is Elder Duncan and ill make sure to get a picture with him soon, but he is arguably the funniest missionary in the whole SLCE Mission! My mission pres and wife are super awesome and they have a phrase out here "Here is the place, Now is the time" and we totally get to work out here! Utah is definitely not what I expected it to be, we have more people in our ward in Arizona than 6 wards put together over here. Tons of inactives, quite a few investigators. We are in the SugarHouse area.  Utah is pretty nice. The first day I got out here, the transfer before me they took away the car from this area and gave it somewhere else. So we ride bikes, and the day I first got here there was a dust storm, it started to rain, and then it started to snow AND rain!!! Like where the heck am I?? And we had to ride our bikes for an hour and a half to get from one appointment to another so basically my quadriceps are made of iron! But the temperature is nice out here, its about 70-80 and hopefully getting hotter. We have met a few investigators out here and they are all in bad spots with drugs and stuff but they really want to fix themselves up. We could have 5 baptisms within the next month or 2! Its so fun to teach these people because they are usually fully indulged in what we say, my companion is really good at explaining things and im really good at testifying, so it works hand in hand! Everyday we have dinners with members from the church and we had an indian family feed us and I told them next time we eat over there to give us the hot stuff! :D hahaha everyone in Utah is really nice though, not many people flip us off or cuss at us but you know, its always a good laugh! I think one thing I learned on my 5 days out here is how much I think about our investigators and how much I want to help them. Im really getting lost out in the work here and theres nothing else Id rather be doing! The mission field is wonderful, and another saying here is "Obedience in the morning and Diligence in the afternoon brings miracles in the evening" and I can sure testify that its true. The Lord has us here for a reason and we have no reason to waste his time. People need help out here and thats why I am here! The wards that we cover love me so much, a bishop thought he was smooth during sacrament yesterday when someone who had a talk didnt show up so he invited me and Elder Duncan to bear a short testimony.  I love it out here and I dont get to speak much spanish but when I do, it gets better and better! If my Visa gets here when you say it will May 28, May 26 is transfer day so Ill be here for about 4-5months before I leave. One of our less actives has a cat named Abby, short for Abigail! I miss the cats so much haha. I miss all of you so much and I think and pray for all of you so often! Cant wait to come home the man that The Lord wants me to be! Beunos Suerte y Paz!
Con Mucho Amor,
Elder Malolo Aka. Elder Guapo!

Companions at the Prove MTC
Taylor's cousin in the front Sis. Stevenson!! and Elder Chandler Baugh from home! and our dear Elder Malolo in the middle!!

'What is the Book of Mormon?': Video created by 3 returned missionaries answers the question | Deseret News

'What is the Book of Mormon?': Video created by 3 returned missionaries answers the question | Deseret News





I thought this was fantastic!!! Enjoy!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

ELder Malolo's last email before his departure from the MTC in Provo, Utah



Okay everybody this will be my last email until im out into the field, I dont exactly know when Ill get my VISA or when ill be able to call anybody but just a make sure email about it! Love you all and pray for me!!
Con Amor
Elder Malolo

For those of you who do not know.  Elder Malolo's FBI clearance did come back and now the travel specialist is working on getting Elder Malolo's travel VISA.  We are hopeful that the VISA will be back within the month.  In the meant time ELder Malolo will be serving in the Salt Lake City East Spanish speaking mission until he leaves for Madrid, Spain.  Tomorrow is a big day for Elder Malolo as he puts on his "wings" and begins to Fly! May the Lord continue to guide and bless him! Love and prayers will be greatly appreciated as he takes his first steps out into the mission field! Thank you all for your continued Love and support! Don't forget that you can write to Elder Malolo.  The information is listed on the blog. I will keep you posted if there are any address changes.  Much love!

Elder Malolo's Temporary Mission Reassignment is official

Elder Malolo's Favorite Scripture below:
Mi Escritura favorita es DyC 1:37-38 ( Doctrine and Covenenants D &C 1: 37-38)

Temporary Mission Reassignment Until his Travel Visa comes back:

Elder Malolo preparing to Leave the MTC

Buenos Dias Familia!,
Everything is great here en el CCM (the mtc) I cant wait to get out to the field even though I probably dont know enough spanish to hold up a simple conversation about life without mentioning the plan of salvation or el evangelio de Jesucristo!  --This is Elder Jensen, Elder Malolo hopped off to get breakfast, so I decided I'd start typing on his email. You guys have an awesome son, he's gonna do great things. He leaves a week before I do, so I'm a little sad to see him go. But he's gonna be an amazing missionary, whether it be in Spain or in Salt Lake. Not that you know me or anything, but best wishes from Elder Jensen!-- Well that was Elder Jensen, hes a great kid!  Got an email from auggie and he was just checking in to see how its goin here at the MTC and his spanish is great! Even though Puerto Rican spanish will be completely different from Spanish. And the Spanish im learning here isnt what Ill be using in Spain!! So ill just learn once I get out there! My zone is sad that Im leaving on Tuesday! Im sad to leave them also but I know ill stay in contact with them. Conference was awesome! Talked a lot about families and marriage and love which all 3 you cannot have here at the MTC haha. My favorite talk was by one of the 70 and he spoke about the Indian dancer. And how the indian could teach him how to dance but you would have to hear the music! I really liked that first of all because I miss dancing so much, since we arent allowed to dance here at the MTC. And second, It makes a lot of sense comparing it to an investigator. Missionaries are here to teach baptism, endurance, and to bring others unto Cristo. But how much will the investigator understand if they "cant hear the music"? Thats why everyday Im getting better and better at spanish so that I can make sure that not only am I teaching my investigators how to dance, but im also giving them the opportunity to hear the music because nothing is more beautiful than seeing someone dance in the rhythm of the Lord! Another talk I really enjoyed was during Priesthood session i think, with Pres Uchtdorf, when he spoke about the Queen coming down to visit some land and the Leader of that land made his soldiers make it look like the land was doing really well but in reality they were all in poverty. I liked to compare that to our understanding of the Gospel. One saying that ive heard out here was "fake it till you make it" and yeah that makes sense in some situations but do we really want that as a missionary or as a servant of the Lord? We all need to make sure that before we start to preach to people that we have an understanding of what we teach, we need to make sure that our "village" isnt in poverty but in fact a thriving city always looking for opportunities to grow! On thursday we had a testimony meeting with our teacher Hermana White because 3 of our district head out monday morning and she wont see them. So after an awkward silence following one of the sisters who just bore her testimony I walked up there and one of the elders said "Preparan para un testimonio de fuego" which basically is prepare for a testimony of fire . So now another nickname i have is Testimonio de Fuego! Hope all is well at home, and HOW ARE THE CATS DOING??? I miss them so much! haha  Thank you so much for sending that easter basket with my toothbrush in it! Im excited to use it instead of the weird normal toothbrush! Love you all and hope you are all doing amazing at home! On Tuesday I go to the travel offices at 6am and I get to the train at 7am and get off around 7:30.  
Con amor y seguridad,
Elder Malolo!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Update on Elder Malolo's Travel clearance

Hi everyone!  Elder Malolo is staying busy while training at the Provo Mission training center. At this time he has been told that he will be serving in the Salt Lake City East Mission, Spanish speaking on April 14th.  I checked on his FBI clearance and it has been sent as of today to the church mission travel specialist. When the document has been received then it will take about a month to get the VISA to travel to Spain.  We are hopeful that  Elder Malolo will be serving in Spain by May.  Regardless, Elder Malolo is very happy and understands that all things happen for a reason. I will continue to keep you updated.
From his early days...Elder Malolo knew he was a hero! Our little Hercules!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Elder Taylor Malolo's Address while at the Provo Mission Training Center(MTC)

The Link below is the video that was made before Taylor left on his mission. We were very blessed to have the opportunity for it all to come together with the very talented Trellany Udall of Joyfilmz.  Taylor's mission photos were also taken by the very talented Michelle Jackson of Michelle Jackson Photography.  I hope that you have enjoyed some of the photos that I have been sharing on this blog and I hope that you are able to view the short video below.  XOXOXO
https://vimeo.com/joyfilmz/eldermalolo



Below is Elder Malolo's address:

Elder Taylor Funefeai Malolo
April 14 SPA-MAD
2005 North 900 East Unit 122
Provo, Utah 84602
This will be his address while he is in Provo. You can write and send packages to this address. You can also go on the website dearelder.comand register there and they will deliver your letter same day for a small charge. They also have goodies and things you can send to him. Sending letters is a huge support that all missionaries look forward too. Especially the first month ! Thank you again for helping and supporting Taylor along the way. We are truly blessed to have all of you in our life! xoxo
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