John and I had the opportunity to attend President and Sister Taylor’s ward last Sunday when they reported on their mission. Not only were we able to talk to them but we also met several of Nathan’s companions. Definitely worth the drive there – although I had some serious doubts standing in line for 2 hours to talk to the Taylors! (lots of Return Misionaries) It was interesting to meet people who have had such a huge impact on Nathan. In his email this week, Nathan quoted President Taylor “50% is a decent shooting average in basketball, it is phenomenal in baseball, but when it comes to salvation we need to do a little better than that.”
And speaking of coming home – this was the last transfer week of Nathan’s mission. As predicted, he is staying in the YSA ward. I can’t and shouldn’t speak for Nathan, but this might be one of his favorite areas he has served in (but I think he says that about every area). “I definitely love this ward and am glad I have gotten to stay here for this long. Side note: for FHE last night they had a food fight, and it rained. They brought baked beans, tomato sauce, pies, flower, chocolate syrup, and all kinds of food and put it all on a tarp outside. It looked like so much fun. I was kind of sad we aren’t able to participate.”
And Nathan’s funny experience of the week: “… a member who got baptized a couple of years ago asked us to come and teach her friend, we go over there and we ask her friend why she decided to meet with us and it turns out that N… had extended the invitation to meet with the missionaries while her friend was drunk, and being a little bit tipsy, she agreed. That was a pretty weird start to a lesson.”
The Taylors are already busy with family and friends, new callings and work. I am reminded of a quote I saw recently “Every story has an end, but in life every end is a new beginning.” Nathan probably has mixed emotions about ending the way he has lived for the last 2 years. But he is probably just as excited to begin a new phrase.