Monday, January 27, 2014

So p-day ends in like 1 minute, and since this is my first opportunity to write, this is sadly going to be super short.

This has been a week full of miracles! The young woman was still baptized (pics next week) even though MUCH opposition faced her. We spent some of today cleaning the font, so the short email is worth it. :) We miraculously met a woman who once learned from some missionaries when we asked if we could borrow her shovel to clear her neighbor's sidewalk.

The church is true! Have an awesome week!

Sister Murdoch

Monday, January 20, 2014

This week has been SO wonderful and crazy! I have to do bullet points because I have to go soon.

~ We met a few people that are just ready for the gospel. We have done a lot of reactivating, so we expect part member families to be sealed in about 1 year. :)

~ The gospel is about changing hearts, not habits.

~ Heart attacking doors is pretty much the best adrenaline rush.

~ A 13 year old girl is going to get baptized this Saturday (more prayers, please!) and a woman who's husband is less active is getting baptized on Feb 15.

~ Our Elders are pretty much the best! The priesthood is awesome! Sister Syndergaard showed Alma 17:18 to me and we love it!

~ Check out the great Ohio Cincinnati Mission facebook page for the media split day we had! Share pictures, videos, etc that you like.

~ The church is true and I have to go!

Have an awesome week!
Sister Murdoch

Monday, January 13, 2014

2nd Area

Hello, everyone! This last week has been full of lots of changes. Life goes on in Little Miami, but I am now in Cherry Grove, OH. I love it here already! I miss the people in my last area, but I know that I'm needed here, and I can already see what my experiences in LM will help me do here. The ward is fantastic and keeping us busy. Our Bishop here even served with Dana McCurdy, so that's pretty awesome. :) Sister S is my new companion. She's from Roosevelt, UT and super amazing. She has taught me SO much already. I can already tell that we're going to have a wonderful transfer.

Since I haven't met many people here, I don't have a lot of stories. However, I do request that you'll send a special prayer to the investigators here. One in particular is near rock bottom in a way I can't understand. I want to help this investigator understand the Atonement. That's really all I can do.

I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I know that because of Him we can change and become better than we even hope to be. That's why I came here - I have a witness and I want to help others experience what I know to be true. I have seen broken people fill the crevasses of their torn hearts with the love of God. That changes them and strengthens my knowledge of the Atonement.

Thank you for the prayers you have already offered. I can see them helping me and others. I am glad to be here and I'll write more later. Have a fantastic week!

Sister Murdoch

Oops! I forgot something - Sister S and I were doubled in, which means we both came from different areas. Since neither one of us has been here before, the miracles are all the greater. We love it here!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Hello, everyone! I hope that you had a great new year celebration! Last Monday we had a zone party at President Jensen's house. He's one of the counselors for the mission. We played pool, ping pong, Foosball, card games, and watched 17 Miracles. You'll be surprised to hear that I also played the grand piano. :) 

The missionaries were asked to be in by 7 on New Year's Eve, so Sister L. and I watched Mr. Kruger's Christmas, had some treats, and went to bed at 10:30. We set an alarm for 11:58 so that we could be awake for the new year... we heard it at 12:22. I think we wished each other a happy new year before we went back to sleep. :) A couple that we've been teaching took us to an Asian buffet, so I had frog legs, squid tentacle, and sushi for lunch. Best new year yet!

Thursday was an awesome day for us! Maybe it's because in the morning we brushed off 4-5 inches of snow off of every car in the parking lot. :) We reached almost every goal and found a deaf couple to teach. We actually met him once before Christmas and left a copy of The Book of Mormon with him. He read 11 pages of every book since he got it! They read our lips and talk pretty clearly, so communication isn't too tricky. They're very interested and we're excited to teach them.

One investigator we have decided last Friday to quit smoking. She has been anxious to stop, but is finding it to be harder than she'd expected. Please keep her in your prayers. She wants to come to church and be baptized. With her faith she can make it, but she needs a little boost. I love her very much and I know that she can do it if she will rely on Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

Well, transfers are this Thursday. I'm pretty nervous. I don't feel like I'm going anywhere, but Sister L. has been here for 8 months. No one thinks she's staying. What am I going to do without her?! I know it will work out the way it's supposed to, so I'm trying not to worry too much. At least I know that I won't be training anyone. Whew!

Life is wonderful! Thank you for the prayers. Believe me when I say that I need them! I know that no matter what happens, the Savior will be my anchor through thick and thin, through 65 degree weather or -30 degree weather (which is what it is with windchill right now). Talk to y'all next week!

Sister Murdoch