MAY 6, 2015 - NOVEMBER 23, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016


Hey Y'all!!

Holy cow this week has been so amazing!!

First off, I am officially opening up the Madisonville and Crockett Branches for missionary work since neither of them have had missionaries for over a year!  AND I am opening it up with my "sister" in the mission, SISTER HARRIS!  (Also trained by Sister Peterson).  She is super great!  She is so organized and truly an inspiration.  She is a convert of about 2 years and her testimony is so powerful! :) 

So about the area ... it's HUGE!!!! It's about 1/4 of the mission, no joke!  We are traveling about 150+ miles each day trying to get from town to town.  It's what you call "rural" Texas for sure.  Lots of dirt roads and hills! 

We were able to go to the Madisonville Branch yesterday for church and I have never felt so loved as a missionary.  The people have been praying and fasting for missionaries to come back and they were sooo happy to have us!  And on top of that, they have already been doing lots of missionary work!  We were able to receive 4 referrals this week and we have started teaching a Part-member family!  Bill, the non-member husband, called himself a "Dry Mormon" and he is a character.  Haha  We spent a lot of the week trying to get to know the members more since we are both new to the area! :) 

I loveeee the country life and I couldn't imagine serving anywhere else.  The people are super humble and ready for the gospel and we are excited to bring it to them!

I will attach some pictures from the week in another email but I just love being missionary!

I hope all of y'all have a fantastic week and summer!

Sister Pinster 

Last Monday Night for Family Home Evening with the Schilds and Kristy

Kristy is getting baptized on Saturday and we are so excited for her!
Here is the Crocket Branch building.  It's soooooo cute!
One of the many SMALL towns in our Area.  I love it here and being able to be with Sister Harris!

From the top of one of our member's house in Madisonville

Monday, July 18, 2016

Week #63 - BITTERSWEET Goodbyes with a Miracle-Filled Future

Hey Y'all!

Okay seriously soooooo much has happened this week!  For one, I am being transferred from Waller! Sad day BUT I am going to a place even more country than Waller!  I'll be opening up a new area for missionaries and covering two branches! :) Madisonville and Crockett! Super excited for some new adventures and miracles to happen!!

But for this week, I have a lot of pictures! So get ready . . . haha

We went to Chick-Fil-A:  MOO!  Cow Appreciation Day was Tuesday and one of the members took us.  So much fun!  Then, this week there was a Watermelon Festival in one of the towns we cover and it was super fun!  We did some contacting there and met some pretty interesting people!  

Kristy and Jacob just got home from visiting Rexburg and Salt Lake and are so excited to get baptized in two weeks so they can go to the Temple here in Houston!

We had interviews with President on Wednesday and he is my favorite.  I feel so energized after talking with him and he gets us so pumped to do work!  Transfer week is always craaaaazy but we have been able to see miracles!

Also, yesterday we were able to sing in church and had everyone crying . . . the spirit was so strong and I will try to send some of the song today. It's a medley of "Savior, Redeemer of my Soul" and "Called to Serve." :)

I'm definitely going to miss Waller, especially the awesome members and investigators. But I'm so excited for new adventures! 

Please enjoy the pics and I will have more time next week hopefully to write about my new area! :)

Love y'all so much!

(if you dress like a cow on Cow Appreciation Day!)

One of my favorite members - Bro. Young
He is a convert and has the STRONGEST testimony!

Sister B's first funnel cake from the festival!  YUM!

Animal picture of the week--SSSSSSSS
(Sister B was too scared to hold the snake, but I was LOVIN IT!)

We have the BEST MEMBERS!



Monday, July 11, 2016

Week #62 - Happy 7-11! (Free slurpees @ 7-11)

Hey Everyone!

Too bad they don't have 7-11's in Texas . . . everyone in PDX please get a free slurpee for me :)

So this week has been so great!  The 4th was super fun and we were able to help out at the Waller Freedom Festival!  I have pictures I will send later.  And we have been super busy this week, as always!  Kristy and Jacob Hernandez, our investigators who are getting baptized on the 30th, decided to take a trip with one of the members from here to REXBURG IDAHO of all places!!  Haha  They wanted to tour the school and GO SEE THE TEMPLE annnnd they are also going to go to Salt Lake City to see the Temple there toooo!!!  So obviously we are a little sad they aren't here with us, BUT they are surrounded by wonderful people up there for sure!  We are going to finish her lessons through Skype lessons.  Thank goodness for Ipads, right?  If any of y'all see Kristy walking around campus with her son and daughter, please say hi!  I will include a picture of her so be on the look out! :)

But yeah, on the other hand, we also ran over 2 WILD HOGS this week!  And a possum and snake!  #countryprobs  I love it here in Waller and I am super sad because it's the last week of the transfer and President basically told me I'm going to be transferred . . . I have been able to spend 6 months of my mission here in Waller and I have loved every minute of it! :)

Sorry it's short this week but we are also doing a lot of finding because we need to build up our teaching pool! :)

I love this gospel soooo much and I love being able to share it with people every single day. I love wearing Christ's name on my heart every day and I hope to be able to do all I can to bring others unto Him!

I love y'all soooo much and since it's transfers you can use the mission office address for any letters:)

Sister Taylor Pinster
Texas Houston Mission
16623 Hafer Rd
Houston, TX  77090

Sister Pinster

Loveeee Cypress Zone . . . and the APs came for a visit! :)

Chicken Fried Steak Texas Style.
YUMMM!  And my cute companion Sister B!

Waller Freedom Festival with our painted red/white/blue nails, matching shirts and bows
and SHADES!  Cool!

Doing Family History with our investigator, Fred!

MY TWIN!  Elder Atkinson and I are actually 6th cousins!  Can you tell?  haha

Monday, July 4, 2016

Week #61 - HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!


Wow I can't believe it's already JULY! Where is the time going? I feel like it's going by so fast!

This week has been soooo great! Miracles are happening with the Hernandez family! They came to church AND Kristy texted us this morning letting us know she has some friends coming over for the BBQ who want to investigate the church too! We are so excited! Kristy is already in Jacob in the Book of Mormon!  Jacob, the son, had a great time at High Adventure with the boys and we are still working on getting the Dad more involved. But it's been so great! :) We also found another family this week as well.

Today we are planning on volunteering at the Waller Freedom Festival!  It should be super fun!  This week has been super busy with MLC (Mission Leadership Council) on Tuesday and then Zone Meeting on Friday!  It was super great though and I was able to train the missionaries how to become more Observant in our work here! We also went on exchanges and I got to go with Sister Dennett! Super fun! I don't miss the city though...hahah I love serving in the country! :)

Don't have much time because we are heading to the BBQ ( I have had BBQ almost every day this past week and Texas has the BEST) soooo hopefully talk to y'all more next week!

Enjoy the 4th and be safe!

Love y'all! :)

Sister Pinster


Yes, he has a taser -- we are all crazy!

Cute Sister Dennett!

At church yesterday in our RED, WHITE & BLUE!
Everyone loved my RED BOOTS! haha  It was great fun!