Presidents Corner
    New Jersey Morristown Mission

And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto  yourselves god who is not God  of miracles.

But behold, will show unto you God of miracleseven the  God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God  of Jacob;  and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. Morm 9:11-12
    In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these....  

During the past 8 months Sister Taggart and I have observed and learned and experienced so much as missionaries here in New Jersey. We have now been with members, neighbors, leaders, General Authorities, and many many wonderful missionaries. 
We have seen all kinds of people. Every kind you can imagine. We have laughed and cried with you, sung and met with you. Through the good times and the bad the heat of the summer and the minus 4 degrees of the winter we have seen so much. 
We are observing that most all of the missionaries are happy and finding much joy in the journey. Those missionaries who are fulfilled and joyous are feeling the spirit of the Holy   Ghost rest upon them and sustain them in all aspects of this work. It is so awesome to see the joy in your hearts and the light in your eyes. Miracles are really happening all the time.

  At times we all struggle. We find curves in the road that we did not expect and are not sure  just how to navigate. We find with a companion or an investigator who uses their agency that it can be so frustrating for us. When others disappoint us or live so differently than we do, sparks fly and red flags go up to alert us of this individual behavior that may cause us stress and  pain. In most cases we try and communicate, listen and work for ways to reconcile.             We all realize that contention is of {you know who} so there is a high level of motivation  to push through this opposition to a higher spiritual plane. And of course we are told that this mission  is to be "the best 2 years of our lives" so why am I feeling the way I am? Why do I find it so challenging sometimes. Why is this happening to me? If only.........?

  As I have thought about this phenomenon and considered the source of these trials and adversity that some are experiencing, I have come to some revealing conclusions.
  1. "Selfishness is actually the detonator of all the cardinal sins. It is the hammer for the   breaking of the Ten Commandmentswhether by neglecting parents, the Sabbath, or by  inducing false witness, murder, and envy. No wonder the selfish individual is often  willing to break covenant in order to fix an appetite.  In one degree or another we all struggle with selfishnessSince it is so common, why  worry about selfishness anyway?  Because selfishness is really self destruction in slow motion.  No wonder the Prophet Joseph Smith urged,  “Let every selfish feeling be not only buried, but annihilated"                          (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 178).        Hence annihilation—not moderation—is the destination!" Neal A. Maxwell                       The selfish person has a very hard time being happy. They see life through a lense that only reflects back to them their own desires and appetites. It flies in the face of everything that the Savior has taught us. It is the antithesis of what we are here to teach.
  2. This is the Golden Rule. It really does work. "For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Matt 25:35-40 As we do unto others as we would have them do unto us we find true joy and focused purpose here. Just a simple Fact!

  3. "In revelation the Lord said, “Blessed is my servant Hyrum Smith; for I, the Lord, love  him because of the integrity of his heart, and because he loveth that which is right.”  (D&C 124:15.)  personally know of no higher praise that any man could receive. 

    The rewards of integrity are immeasurable. One is  the indescribable inner peace  and  serenity that come from knowing we are doing what is right;  another is an absence of the  guilt  and anxiety that accompany sin.

    Another reward of integrity is the confidence it can give us in approaching God. When  virtue garnishes our thoughts unceasingly, our confidence is strong in the presence of  God. (See D&C 121:45.) When we are doing what is right, we will not feel timid and  hesitant  about seeking divine direction. We will know the Lord will answer our prayers  and help us in our need. 

    “A man’s true greatness is not in what he says he is, nor in what people say he is; [but really] in what he really is.” (Hartshorn, p. 38.) Our integrity determines what we really are.

    The Lord expects us to live lives of integrity and to be obedient to his commandments. He  said, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which say?”(Luke 6:46.)  On another occasion, he said, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter  into  the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”  (Matt. 7:21.) Joseph B. Wirthlin.                                                                                                             As we learn to TRUST our God and Ourselves we will be filled with power that comes from the Heavens. This is a power and inner peace that only the Savior gives as we live according to our own promises. 

In the end we will live and die by the choices we make. What we chose to do with our time and talents, how we treat others and build eternal relationships is all that matters. May we all work to be unselfish always......serve all with pure hearts and willing submission to the Savior....and live a life full of integrity to God, ourselves and others

 We know for certain that this mission is specifically designed by our Heavenly Father to prepare you for the rest of your life.  That is why you are being tested, sculpted and molded to become the son and daughter of GOD you were sent to the earth to become.                                                                                                           It happens here and now.

We Love you.

President and Sister Taggart.

You will want to read this. It an article that I share with each of my Children.
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See the Training Sheet for 2015 .  This is very Helpful!
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Must be a strong working relationship with the members..


The challenge: 

  • Change your Mindset. 
  • Focus on our missionary purpose.  
  • Plan well and with the spirit for the people.
  • Teach with the pamphlets using the pictures.
Become the incredible missionary you were called to become. 
Believe that you can do it and with the help of the Savior, you will. 

Elder Kacher Spoke in the Caldwell Stake.  He asks us which way do we Face?

BAPTISMS - February 22, 2015
Zone Name Missionaries Chapel (Unit)
1 Auri E. Hammer & Barahona Passaic
2 Christian E. Gonzalez & McFarland Caldwell
2 Higgins S. Taylor & Harvey Caldwell
3 Argus S. Stone & Parker Union City
3 Pete E. Davis & Orchard Union City
5 Melvin E. Cuyan & Rodriguez Maplewood
5 Madelyn E. Ragma & Allred East Orange
5 William E. Ragma & Allred East Orange
5 James E. Ragma & Allred East Orange
8 Mosiah E. Comish & Tanner East Brunswick
8 Stephanie S. Bascom & Nielsen East Brunswick
8 Elton E. Cook & Diaz East Brunswick
9 Dave E. Shiraishi & Allen Princeton

10 Ney S. Philbrick & Ivie Eatontown
10 Jose S. Palmer & Mendonça Eatontown
10 Andy S. Daines & Harris Tom's River

This is so exciting.15 this week.
Congratulations to all. 
Amazing things are happening!
Great JOB  ...The work is moving forward. The Lord knows His Sheep.

Miracles are happening each day here. 

The Lord is in the details.

"and they accidentally kept our phone and we didn't realize it till we had gotten back to Morristown....So later that night we ended up having to drive back to Clinton to get it. Well we didn't have a way to contact them to know where they were or where we could we decided to put just a random gas station in the gps so we could go borrow a phone.....well we started driving along and we see just a little convenience store before we actually reach the gas station so we decide just to stop there....well we go in... ask to borrow a phone and the guy said sorry i don't have a phone....try the pizza place across the street. Well....this was SOOO inspired. Everything from accidentally leaving our phone to this random pizza shop. So we go to the pizza shop and ask to use a phone...and they are like suuuure! But we end up talking to the boss and he's super cool. He ends up giving us some free pizza. He is asking us questions about religion...and then another employee... a teenage boy joins in the conversation and has tons of questions....and then another employee....and then another....and so on. Well we then ended up asking the whole staff to join us in prayer to bless our slices of pizza haha and it was incredible. The spirit was so strong during the prayer. And the boss after was like "whoaaa...I have chills" and then The teenage boy ends up asking for a book of mormon....not just for him but for the whole at this point sister rogers and quinlan got there. We go out to the car and we grab some book of mormons to give to them. hand a stack of 12 to the teenage boy and he goes around and hands them out to the whole staff. hahahaha what. Well we end up asking a customer to take a picture of us and the staff....and then we start talking to this customer as well and he is so so sincere and has been looking for the truth. Long story short. He is coming to church next week. And all the others are very good potentials as well. And then we ended up praying with all of them a second time! Oh my goodness it was crazy!!!! haha so inspired. so awesome. Just a testimony to me that it is so important just to be yourself and be friendly and that leads into the best gospel conversations :) 
Also another miracle - I won't detail them all but we found 9 new investigators this week! And they are so awesome! :) 

The Lord continues to bless New Jersey. 
Thank you for your dedication and hard work.
The Lord is watching over us.

email the President

Sports Clarified

If you are fulfilling your purpose as a missionary with the sports then there may be situations where it is a good thing,. Remember that that members are the key to fellowshipping and friendship. We must get them much more involved with our investigators. They are the key to success and retention.

This is the filter you must use with these activities.

We lose some of our committing power when we become a competitor on the field or on the court. It is just the way it is. It is best that we introduce them to the members who will love them... If that is not a possibility then it may be appropriate for us as missionaries to play. The big question is..... ??? I am I doing this for the Lord and for them or for me? If we are truly honest about that question then we will know by the spirit what to do.

                  "I Teach Correct Principles and They Govern Themselves!"      Joseph Smith

  • Report your Key Indicators on the Missionary Portal    TODAY.            and Each week. This is the only place we will see these numbers.
  • New Referral entry and tracking system is now here.                                             (see above top left TOOL BOX)  Under Home Page.   USE IT Please. Sister Vause is sending the info. via email.  We must report back on referrals.
  • Temple Dates; Standard procedure is to set a date for new and returning members to be in the temple within 60 days. Take their own family names. Ask the Members to assist with finding these names and go with them to the temple. Baptisms for the dead or endowment whatever the case may be.  Then report back when they actually went. Help them to see the big picture. 
  • Check this website each week for announcements and Important communications.
  • Write a letter each week to the President in your mail. Short if you like.
  • If you are in a circumstance where you can take the sacrament more than once on a Sunday, then take it each time. Do not refuse to take the sacrament where members may be given cause to imagine why. This sends the wrong message and causes speculation and gossip. It is OK.
  • The regional and stake Public Affairs people are now initiating a new plan to find meaningful community service for each companionship and unit. If you are not already doing this you will be asked to work with your branch or ward to help provide this service weekly. They will find the proper places to serve where the local members will manage the relationship long term. Please look for this to start happening in your area.
  • Do not ask to attend a baptism outside your area. 
Temple attendance new guidelines.
MP-Temple Attendance Guidelines Update.pdf
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Great way to celebrate a Sunday Afternoon. We love all the new members who are coming home to our Fathers Kingdom.

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