Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Caballos y Besos!!!

Dearest Family,

This week has been one of the funniest and strangest weeks of my mission! First we are working hard to help our investigators progress!  I haven´t talked too much about them so I will do a little run down.  We have two baptisms (Maria and Yohni) planned for the 22nd of this month! Maria is the mother of Luciana! She has seen what she calls a ¨miraculous¨ change in Luciana and Daniel, and for that reason she wanted to learn about the Church! She has grown so much and is reading the Book of Mormon. She is also consistently attending church! Yohni (pronounced Shonny; welcome to Uruguay) is an investigator that has been investigating for more than a year! He has finally decided to be baptized and is super excited! We also have two baptisms scheduled for the 1st of March (Alicia and Franco). Alicia is amazing and one of my favorite people! She is a single mother of 5 (including Franco who is 8 and wants to be baptized too!) She has had all of the lessons and she knows that the Church is true! The other day Franco was pretty sad about something and in desperation she opened the Book of Mormon to try and find an answer. She said that the first verse she read was exactly what Franco needed! She has a strong testimony that the Book of Mormon is true! Also Luciana and Daniel are doing great. They have grown so much and love to share their testimonies with all of their friends (their best friend has a baptismal date)! Every time that we knock on the door to visit Luciana, she is reading the Book of Mormon!  They are receiving callings and helping our Ward!!! Sorry for the huge paragraph...now to the fun stories!

-We have now officially managed to get rid of the rats in our apartment...but now we have a new furry friend! A cat has now taken up residence in our apartment. We walked into our apartment yesterday and there was a cat sleeping on my companion´s bed. She was not happy! We finally managed to coax it out with a chicken bone. Then again this morning, we found the cat sleeping on our desks...We now have to close all of our windows when we leave...otherwise we have a cat! I just laugh now at all of the animals we have in our apartment (frogs, cockroaches, spiders, centipedes, rats, and cats)! I am definitely starting to collect stories to tell my children!

-We were teaching Adimir (the man who takes care of a horse in the park of our area). We were sitting and teaching Adimir and his horse was standing at his shoulder. We were teaching the Law of Chastity and we told him: ¨You can´t have sexual relations before marriage¨ He
immediately pointed at his horse and said ¨You too¨. New experiences every week... teaching the Law of Chastity to a horse, check!

-In Uruguay everyone gives kisses on the cheek, it is a custom. As Sister Missionaries we can only kiss women and children. This week Hermana Ramirez didn´t realize that a child was coming up to give her a kiss and she turned her head. The little kid accidentally gave her a
kiss on the tip of her nose! She was a little shocked and I couldn´t stop laughing!

That´s all I have time to write today! I love you all and I hope that you don´t have any snow and have to go to school every day :D!

Hermana McMurray

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