Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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The Best 18 Months!

Dear Family,

Well this letter is going to be the most bittersweet! This is the last time that I will be sending you a letter as a full time missionary!

I am going to start by giving some fun distracting news...we had the last elections!!! TabarĂ© is the new president of Uruguay...the craziest part is that this time they let us have our Sunday meetings and not only did they let us have our Sunday meetings, but they asked all of the people from our stake to head to our church building! In the end, there were lots of people and like 20 missionaries. Also President Smith and his family came! Hermana Ramirez told me that it looked like a missionary conference!

All in all, it was a very spiritual Sunday and we experienced a miracle!  I don´t remember if I told you that we are teaching another sister named Nelly and she is progressing a lot! Anyway, she has a baptism date for the 20th of December and she came to church for the first time! She seemed so happy and President Smith had the chance to talk to her and welcome her to church! Angie and Cathi are both progressing tons and so is Nelly! They are all so special to me!

Last night, we had Family Home Evening with Angie and Cathi, and Carlos (the ward mission leader), and Brisa! Brisa is the youth who brought Angie and Cathi to church! Anyway, we had the opportunity to share our testimonies and in the end they asked Brisa if she wanted to share her testimony. She could only cry! I love seeing the difference that the gospel makes in the lives of young people!

I want to share my testimony that I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the true church on the earth! I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet! I know that Jesus Christ is my savior and that he suffered for me and my sins! In the past 18 months I have come to know my Father in Heaven in a very special, intimate way. I feel so much comfort to just have the opportunity to kneel down and
pray! He hears my prayers and he counsels with me! I know that he sent his son, Jesus Christ to pay for our sins, because he loves us! I am so grateful for opportunity that I had to serve him with all of my heart, might, mind, and strength for the last 18 months! I invite each one of you to do all you can to be closer to him, especially during this Christmas season! If you aren´t a member, talk to the missionaries, they will help you to get closer to him!

Hasta Pronto,
Hermana McMurray

p.s. I want to invite everyone to go to this page and share this video via Facebook and email!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Modeling...Not Your Usual Proselyting Experience!

Dear Family,

Let´s see what comes out...I am going to jump around :D!

Firstly, Angie and Cathi are not going to be getting baptized this week. We are going to tell them today! Hermana Ramirez and I feel that they aren´t quite ready to get baptized, but probably in the next three or four weeks! It makes me a little sad to know that I will not be here, but I am happy to know that they will be super prepared!!!  Keep praying for them!

Fun stories:
-We went to visit a sister who is less ative and she began to tell us that she modeled as a teenager...when she was younger....and a lot skinnier! So she started to show us the way that she modeled clothing on the runway...she started waltzing up and down the room and turning and spinning....keeping her face completely serious the whole time!  Hermana Ramirez and I almost died...Later she wanted to show us that she took ballet when she was a kid and she stood up and began to show us a step called ¨the dove¨. Just imagine :D!!!

-We had our weekly activity in our branch and a bunch of children came. They wanted to play volleyball with we started a game of monkey in the middle...The four missionaries (Hna Ramirez , Elder
Eiker, Elder Devashrayee, and I) were on the outside and the children were all in the middle. It was super fun! After awhile, they didn´t seem to like it too much because they never got the ball (the perks of
having an Elder who is super tall and plays basketball)...

-We went out visiting with our Ward Mission Leader, which was great!  What was even more fun, was that he brought along his puppy (a lab) that was insane! As we were walking along, the puppy ran through a bunch of mud puddles and ended up covered in black mud. Then as we kept walking the puppy stopped and jumped all over the people who were walking nearby! I think my favorite was when the puppy ran after a teenager who was in all white pants and left paw prints all over him!  The poor teenager was super upset. We had to tell our ward mission leader that the next time he comes out with us, he cannot bring his puppy, hahaha!

Anyway these are a couple of the funny things that happened to us this week!  I also have been playing the piano in my branch, and they have been testing my knowledge! They have decided that they want to sing four hymns every Sunday and that they don´t want to repeat! They have picked some challenging hymns and they expect me to play them! I on the other hand, feel very unprepared, but I do my best. I know this sounds crazy, but I am pretty sure that I play the piano much better than any other time in my life! I was thinking about this experience a lot this week! The Lord asks us to do things, that sometimes we don´t feel capable of doing, but if we put in our best effort, the Lord magnifies our small attempts! Often in the mission I have felt like I am trying to do things that I really do not have the ability or patience to do. But as I try to do my best, the Lord makes up the rest! I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father, who always answers my prayers!

Have a great week,
Hermana McMurray