Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello, hello! This has been such a wonderful week!

Sister Ollerton is up here now! She's from Snowflake, AZ. We served in the same district a year ago in Cherry Grove. What goes around comes around :) She has been just amazing! Lots of changes have happened in our Fort Wayne family, and they're all great!

Last Monday, Sister Seamons and I were getting out of the car to see the Gonzalez family, and a man was walking by. He was clearly upset and not in a talkative mood, but I had the feeling that I needed to give him a card. He has been going through a lot of trials. He feels like we are an answer to his prayers. We gave him a church tour Saturday, and yesterday he came to church! I know that the Spirit helped him feel peace, and that Spirit prompted him to let us come back.

The Gonzalez family is incredible! They are all changing together. I'm so proud of them for keeping the commitments we invite them to keep. They have overcome a lot of opposition. The Spirit is in their home, and they are all excited for their baptism coming up. Please keep them in your prayers!

I know this work is important, eternally important. I know that our Savior loves us and that He is our strength when we're weak. I am so grateful for Heavenly Father listening to our prayers. He has a plan for each of us. He loves us!

I hope that you have a week full of miracles!
Sister Murdoch 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello, everyone!

Oh my goodness.... if you could just see my reaction to what's going on today...

Only 7/16 missionaries in our zone are staying... including me. Sister Seamons is leaving, and I was 98% sure that I would be leaving. I'm terrified. Both of our zone leaders are leaving, and so is our district leader. I kind of feel like I'm being left behind. It's really nerve racking, but I'm SO grateful that I won't have to do it alone. The new Elders and Sisters coming in will become like my own family. I get the feeling that Heavenly Father is trying to prepare me for something, so I'm going to do my best to learn and serve. Please continue to pray for me!

Sister Seamons and I are like 5th cousins by the way :D I don't know what I'm going to do without her. I'm glad that we live pretty close to each other though. It took about 2,000 miles to find a friend about 40 miles away :)

We had the most amazing snowball fight with the Gonzalez family! We randomly showed up at their house to see them, and they let us join their family activity. I'm including a picture of the snowman the girls built. They are doing so well! I love them so much, and I think they're the reason I'm staying in Fort Wayne another transfer. I'm excited to be with them for their baptism in February!

I love you all! Thank you for your prayers. The church is true. Heavenly Father loves you! Have an incredible week!
Sister Murdoch

P.S. Sister Seamons caught me when we walked to see a Sister and take her flowers :)

The Gonzalez Family

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello, everyone! 

My time is short because we played bubble soccer earlier. That was the best zone fun day ever! :D

The family we're teaching is doing well! They have seen the gospel bless them so much. There are 5 kids, ages 8, 6, 3, 2, and 4 months. The middle child is a boy, so I can relate to being in the middle and being the only one :)

I want you to know that I know Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. This week He has blessed me as I've been continuing to face much opposition. Sometimes I think that I can't do another day, but the Savior always gives me just enough to do it again.

I love you all! Have a fantastic week!
Sister Murdoch

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello, everyone! If you're reading this, I just want to congratulate you for not dying from eating less, eating healthy, and exercising :D Just teasing! I really do hope that your New Years goals are wonderful and that you're excited for 2015.

Last week we went to see a young lady that we'd met. Her older brother answered the door. When we asked for her, he slowly asked, "What did she do?" Haha! We assured him that she wasn't in trouble and then told him about how Jesus Christ has restored His church. He invited us inside, and we taught him and his girlfriend about it. She was more interested than he was, and we're seeing her again tonight. I'm excited to start teaching them!

We had a wonderful New Year. At 6:30 pm on Dec 31, we were inside working on a little package President and Sister Porter gave to us. It took the rest of the evening and until about 3:00 p.m. on Jan 1 to complete. It was all about who we want to become and what we want to be.

That's what life is all about. We need to focus on the question, "What do I want to be?" more than "What do I want to do?" I'm excited for what 2015 will bring! I'll be doing things that I never dreamed would happen. I welcome the hard and wonderful experiences that will come my way.

I hope that you all have a fantastic week! I love you all!
Sister Murdoch