Super Trooper

Super Trooper

Not many missionaries have the ideal companion, but I am one of the blessed few. This woman who has been constantly at my side for over 40 years has been the greatest blessing of my life. Thanks to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, whose Holy Spirit has sealed our love for eternity, I never have to worry about being transferred and receiving a new companion. This one is for keeps and hallelujah for that! She is indeed a Super Trooper.

Only those who know her well can understand who RaNae Taylor really is. I think she generally doesn’t even realize it herself. She is the consummate servant, caregiver, and friend to everyone. To watch her interact with missionaries and guests in the mission office is a joy. She radiates the love of God. I want to be just like her.

Hiking in Bear Canyon on the Mt. Nebo loop in Utah.

Hiking in Bear Canyon on the Mt. Nebo loop in Utah.

As a Mama Bear in our cub den playing with Nate Nielson.

As Mama Bear in our cub den playing with Nate Nielson.

Surgery to remove a giant kidney stone prior to our mission.

Surgery to remove a giant kidney stone prior to our mission.

Our farewell Sunday with good friends Jim and Leslie Loveless in Mapleton Utah

Our farewell Sunday with good friends Jim and Leslie Loveless in Mapleton Utah

On the flight across the Atlantic to our African adventure. I love that smile!

On the flight across the Atlantic to our African adventure. I love that smile!

President Chatfield and his wife (left), Elder and Sister Wallace, Elder & Sister Ekland, and my Queen and I.

President Chatfield and his wife (left), Elder and Sister Wallace, Elder & Sister Eklund, and my Queen and I.

With a walking partner, Sister Debra Chabra.

With a walking partner, Sister Debra Chabra. Do you like the sign in the background?

Inspecting the dubious dwelling of a family in the Village.

Inspecting the dubious dwelling of a family in the Village.

At a Mormon Helping Hands service at Lugazi Uganda Africa.

At a Mormon Helping Hands service at Lugazi Uganda Africa.

With our friend Mwesigwa and a baby goat.

With our friend Mwesigwa and a baby goat.

In front of the Njeru branch church where we serve.

In front of the Njeru branch church where we serve.

RaNae plays the keyboard every Sunday and does a wonderful job.

RaNae plays the keyboard every Sunday and does a wonderful job.

This sign reminds us of our daughter Crystal. Sometimes we miss family at home.

This sign reminds us of our daughter Crystal. Sometimes we miss family at home.

When we were set apart as missionaries just before entering our mission, we were blessed that we would grow closer on our mission than ever before. I told President Sommerfeldt that I could not imagine that happening. And yet it already has.

Just last weekend RaNae rode in another truck while Sister Chabra rode in my truck with others to give directions. When we came to a light, RaNae turned and waved from the back window of the truck in front of us. I realized I missed her.  It had been less than 2o minutes. I know, sounds both crazy and sappy. But it’s true.

Here’s to eternal marriage and forever, giddy love!

2 Comments

  1. I love this! Thanks so much for lovin’ our momma and treating her like the Queen she is. She is amazing!!! And with all the compliments of her awesomeness, you definitely deserve some credit for bringing out her Light. I also don’t mind the “Crystal Gardens” sign 😉 Thanks for your examples and again your great love for each other.

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