Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Rescue!

Dear Familia,

What a week! I loved getting to talk to all of you at Christmas (including Regan, welcome to the family)! It was tough to hear about Grandma McMurray, but it was way better to hear about Grandma´s passing in person...it would have been horrible in email! I feel blessed to have had Grandma McMurray in my life! I had the privilege of spending a fair amount of time with Grandma this last year and getting to know her better! I have lots of great memories of our summer together. Watching ¨Lark Rise to Candelford¨ (yes we were officially the first ones in the family watching it...), reading scary mystery books (that did nothing to Grandma, but caused me to sleep with all of the lights on), eating chocolate cake at Maglebys, and talking about all of the experiences of her life! She is one of the coolest people that I know!!! She modeled, was part of a bowling team, was born with two baby teeth (she had a newspaper article written about her), had a man break into her house through her window, learned to roller skate like a champion, was completely fearless (she slept with a baseball bat next to her bed in case of intruders), and traveled throughout the world! I have so many fond memories of my Grandma!!!! During this time, that to some people might feel like the end, I have felt very comforted by my knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. I know that my Grandma will live again and that I can see her after this life! I have, in this last week, felt her near me! I know that she is watching out for all of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren!

This week has been a little crazy because we had cambios!!! I am still in Rivera (whew...I felt relieved too), but I have a new companion!  Her name is Hermana Ramirez!!! And she is from....yep you guessed it, Peru! Turns out Peruvians are my lot in the mission :)! She has three months in the mission and is super sweet! I have feeling this is going to be a great 6 weeks! The good news about our area from this week is that we had a less active return to church this week! We have been working with her for the last 6 weeks and she is super nice. Her husband is active, but she has been inactive for the last couple years! She said she felt guilty to be in Church, because she hasn´t been fulfilling her calling....The good news is that I had a chance to talk to her after the Sacrament and she said that she felt super good
and realized what she had been missing! One of the sweetest moments of the mission is to watch people who had the gospel, find it again! The work is progressing well in Rivera!!!

Funny Stories of the week:

-Hermana Ramirez looking at our family photo and putting us in age order...Nathan (30), Ryan (21), Me, Matthew(19), Daniel (15), Michelle (14), Spencer (12), Caroline (9). I thought you guys might like to know the results....When I told her that Michelle was the oldest her
jaw hit the floor :)! She is also convinced that we are all adopted...I love our little family of all the orphans of heaven :)!

-I accidentally killed a cockroach with my foot! I was brushing my teeth, completely unaware of anything, when I stepped forward to spit..and heard...CRUNCH! It turns out I can kill cockroaches without even trying now (don´t worry Mom, I made sure to snap a photo after!).
The good news is that my new companion doesn´t mind killing them...(not that I scream and run the opposite direction or anything)!

-My companion and I cleaned the ice out of our freezer with a knife and a small hatchet! I have no idea why we have a small hatchet in our apartment (I think some of the missionaries before used it as a knife, since it was in with the silverware...) It led to some very interesting photos!

That´s it from Rivera!
Hermana McMurray

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