Monday, December 29, 2014

I Looked out the window and what did I see?


Hi People! How are you this blustery snowy morning?  Living the High life of that week of no school? I hope so!  

So it was cool to see your smiling faces this last week and meet little Jace Face... He's just as cute as he looks in pictures so that's a relief.  :)

We're just going to town here in North Platte, it was cool because last week while I was e-mailing you I realized how important it really is to focus on the Temple (I guess you can receive revelation where ever you are if you're seeking the spirit) So we titled this week the week of progression.  We are going to help this ward be progressing.  We are all at different points but it is so important that we never stop progressing. We have to keep climbing up, no plateauing okay?

So here's the Progress for this week... It snowed the day after Christmas... (thanks for hogging the snow clouds you crazies!)  The Kroons now have an established vision of their family being sealed in the temple.  That's cool!  The Bowkers are also more committed to their goal of being in the temple again.  We starting teaching their granddaughter-in-law and she's more committed to read from the Book of Mormon and learn. We met a lady that had received a He is the Gift card earlier in the week that accepted a Book of Mormon.  We're working more with the members and helping them have a better vision of doing missionary work. The Clutters are praying for people we're hoping to teach. We're praying for people they're hoping to teach.  It's a good system. 

Missionary work is a work of progression.  I feel like the more we do it we seriously do grow closer to our Savior. I hope you all understand that, that's why we'll all be missionaries for the rest of our lives okay?  Our Savior is right there just waiting for us to choose to grow closer to him.

Cool scripture from my Study this morning from 2 Nephi 10:14

"I will be light unto them forever, that hear my words."

I love this promise. The lord will be our LIGHT forever. No matter how dark it may seem or busy or chaotic or whatever.  Our responsibility in receiving this promise is to hear the words.  Listen.  So that's what I want to share with you this week. I hope you are all listening to the spirit. Stop and be still for a moment and really listen. Then let that light guide you forever because it will.

I love you all!  I hope you have a fantastic week and New Years!  Talk to you Next Year!

Love Always,

Sister McMaster 
Christmas treats!
Bundling up with Sister Harris!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Let Earth Receive Her King

Yellow Family!

Another crazy week out here in the fields of Nebraska!  So much Joy, who knew that sharing glad tidings of great Joy would be such a special experience?  It really is the most Joyous thing a person could do.  Perhaps I mentioned this last year but I'll say it again, I truly feel that we were among the angels declaring good tidings of great joy at the time of the Savior's birth, and our spirits haven't changed!  We to this day will forever have the greatest joy as we Declare this Joy!  

So it was busy!  Christmas Zone Conference was such a treat... So much love from all of those missionaries.  President and Sister Weston gave training's on the Savior and how our hearts have been changed from reading the Book of Mormon.  It was perfect.  Because the Savior loves us so very much he gives us the opportunity to Change every day and he gives us a perfect tool to change us, the book of Mormon.  If I haven't said it enough than I'll say it again, I know that book is true and I am so very grateful for it and the strength it gives me every single day and hour of my life.  I don't know what I'd do without that.   

We also were blessed with an opportunity to go to Kearney and work in the Kearney area for a day, that was exciting.  Sister Lutz and Sister Wilson are our Sister Training Leaders and they are fantastic.  They have such love and are very skilled in helping me personally to feel loved, appreciated and capable to press forward.  It was a good exchange and I got to meet a family that Sister Youngberg helped activate, that was a tender mercy.  I love all the people that we get to meet and to cross paths with.  

Once back in North Platte it was back to work!  We are trying to find a solid family to be teaching!  We're doing what we can!  I was reminded this morning about how important it is to be exactly obedient.  That is our sole responsibility, the Lord will provide all the rest to accomplish his work if we are obedient. Cool right?  It's simple but not so easy!  

There are some incredible people we are working with however, families that are preparing to go to the temple! That's a really cool conversion to be a part of as well.  We will hopefully be able to help these families have the Faith to Live all of the commandments and truly receive all the blessings our father has in store for them.  That will be a miracle I hope to see, seeing more than one family enter the walls of the temple! (it feels like forever since I've been to the temple!  It's rough living so far away from the temple!)  I hope you all appreciate how close the temple is to you and take advantage of going often!  That would be my Christmas Wish for you, that you get to all be in the temple together. I'll be there in spirit and we'll all go some day :)  

I love you all so very much! I"m excited to see your little faces on Thursday!  Thank you so very much for your love and support! Thank you for the letters and little packages! I appreciate all that you do for me! You truly are the best family in the whole world!  Love you forever!

Love Always,
Sister McMaster

Sister Wrubell and Sister these two sooooo much!
Sister Harris and I Woot Woot!
Found Sister Newbold! We played Sleigh Ride! It felt sooo good to play that again...we went way too fast as normal but had the whole room clapping with us thanks to the goates encouraging I love our family!

Monday, December 15, 2014

It's Beginning to Looks a lot like Christmas

Hello Family!

This week was transfers!! They took my Sister Newbold away! I was actually quite shocked!  But it seems the Lord has plans greater than we can see so I'm trusting him every single day. It's the best!

My new companion is Sister Harris, and crazy enough she has served in North Platte before! (she was trained here by Sister Stiles... small world!)  So she knows the area better than I do so that's useful!  The ward was super surprised to see her back but it's cool to work with her.  

Our week was kind of crazy!  We were just going going going which is great, but also a bit tiring.  We helped a family move in and are  excited to be helping them adjust to the ward.  We also had some really powerful lessons one with my favorite people the Redhouses... We invited them to read the Book of Mormon every day and if they did we'd act out the tree of life for them.... I never thought that would make an 8 year old so excited, so this week we have plans to act out the tree of life... should be pretty epic.

So weird study experience this morning I wanted to share.  So I have a very distinct memory of watching General Conference with Grandma McMaster October 2003. I don't really know why but it was one of the years you all went to St. George with out me and I stayed with Grandma, but I remember really loving the talk by President Monson about bridges.  This was just a vague memory but this morning I was reading Sister Harris' ensign which happened to be from Oct. 2003 and found the talk by President Monson.  It's a sweet talk and I wanted to share with you the poem from his talk:

An old man, going a lone highway,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide—
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head:
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.” 1

So for some reason when I was eleven this poem impacted my life.... and upon reading it again the Spirit was so strong in helping me see that as a missionary we are sometimes bridge builders, we are doing all we can to bridge people's relationship with the Savior and help the find the greatest Joy.  In his talk Pres. Monson talks about how Jesus Christ builds bridges for us and helps us to return to our Father in Heaven.  So it makes sense that in order to become like the Savior we too must be bridge builders.  So when times are difficult it's important to pause when you cross your difficulty, and look back and see how you can bridge that trial and help someone else over a similar struggle.  

Oh I wanted to throw out a thank you to the Japanese McMasters!  I received a big ol diaper box full of Japanese goodies!  Sister Newbold was surprised to try seaweed stuff... haha That was very sweet of you to send!  Thank you thank you thank you!  Sister Harris will love it I'm sure!  We have Zone Conference this week and have to leave at 5:45 tomorrow morning! Woot woot! Pray for us to drive safely!  I get to See Sister Wrubell who got transferred back to York... I'm super excited about that.  Life is really going well as a missionary.  I'm loving every day and I am excited for the Christmas Miracles that await! I hope you all have a beautiful week!  Love you forever!

Sister McMaster

Monday, December 8, 2014

He is the Gift

Hello family!

Hope you are all having a beautiful Monday!  It's crazy here... 70 degrees... so much for winter!  But I'm not complaining.  

So short update from North Platte.  Things are going well, seeing miracles as always.   We got to go on an exchange to Kearney!  My first one in a while... it was a good little adventure :)  We got to see Sister Smith and Sister Lutz!  They're fantastic sisters that  I love a lot!  Sister Lutz and I shared the "he is the gift" video with lots of people and invited them to Loan a book of Mormon to someone by Christmas.  It really is the best way that we can share the gift.  Have you all seen that video?  If not look it up here ya go <> it's a real treat.  It is so powerful, I think I've watched it at least 50 times in the last couple weeks.  

So this is why I love it, it reminds us of this incredible principle (3 Nephi 27:13)

13 Behold have given unto yomy gospeland this is the gospel which have given unto you—that came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me.

So ya see?  The gospel is the gift from our Heavenly Father, and that gift is the atonement.  Today in my studies in Moroni 7 (where you should be if you are caught up with finishing by tomorrow)  I learned that Hope=The Atonement.  So the gift that we were given upon coming to this earth was HOPE.  That is beautiful to me, I hope it is to you as well.  I know that our Father in Heaven wants us to share that gift the best we can with whoever he places in our paths.

This week we found some new people to teach which is fantastic.  A lady approached us asking how we knew that God was real, we told her that the Book of Mormon was evidence of God's love and that she could pray to know that God loves her.  She took the book and gave us her address.  So we went and met with her.. and she actually got baptized like 20 years ago... so kind of a pre-baptized investigator situation... but still a cool experience.  She said she hadn't prayed in years because she felt like god wasn't real.  But because we invited her to she did.  And she said... "Sisters... I just know that God is real, he really answered my prayer"  Such  a sweet lady.  I hope we can somehow help her progress in the gospel.  

We also will be working with the youth and we have 3 potential investigators that are quite promising.   We talked to a lady that had visited with Elders years ago and she was interested in us coming back... so lots is happening!  We still have faith that people will have a desire to be baptized in the coming weeks.  

Oh exciting family!  There is a less active family named the Redhouses, and they have come to church the last 2 weeks.  They have a son that turned 8 in July and isn't baptized yet, we finally got the Ward Council on board and it's amazing how that is what get things going!  He loved primary when he went and the family is beginning to progress towards the temple, that is the most fulfilling thing ever!

We'll find our about transfers this week!  I hope Sister Newbold and I get to stay together for Christmas!  I'll let you know next week :)  OH we also moved back into the Marshall's house yay! It's good to be with members again :)  

Be happy and healthy! Don't get ear infections! or colds or any of that stuff.  And keep reading the book of Mormon.  That's all I got for ya.  Love you to the moon and space!

Sister McMaster

Christmas Countdown begins! :)

Christmas Village at the Redhouse's :)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Stand at the Door and Knock.

Dear Family,

Hello today!  Did you eat lots and lots of turkey this week?  I sure hope so!

We had quite a fulfilling week... (spiritually and physically)  So many great experiences, I wish I could just throw them all up at you... but that's disgusting and I don't know how to do it.  

Really though. It was a sweet week.  Faith building for sure.  We actually got to go to a homeless shelter on Thanksgiving and serve Thanksgiving Dinner there.  That was cool. We're going to start doing service there regularly, but it was so cool to forget ourselves and how we weren't with the people we're most grateful for (you guys!)  and just serve people.  That's the best thing about missionary work.  You just get to love serving people everyday.  It's the best thing ever.

Miracle of the week... so I'm sure you're wondering about how our 25 Book of Mormon loans did... well I'm sad to report we only got 15.  So i'm assuming you all did your job and our combined efforts equal 25! right?!  Haha regardless, our faith grew like a weed. (That's what Sister Newbold says grows fastest)  ready for the story??

There we were.  (pause for dramatic effect) 

Praying.  What's new right?  We decided in our companion study that we needed to pray in every prayer to find a family to teach. Combined faith is super powerful. We went to district meeting and were inspired by a training that was recapping instruction from a General Authority,  it was incredibly motivating and gave clear instruction on how we can work with the Members better in helping this work become a team effort.   Then we received a phone call from a recent convert from Kearney (random... unexpected...) She asked us to come visit her because she was in North Platte for Thanksgiving.  So we did.  We drove to an obscure part of our area hoping to help this girl.  While parking we saw a girl sitting on the corner of the street... "Go talk to her!" was the thought in my head... but the girl we were visiting ran out of her house and we didn't get to go see that girl... ( I mentally named her Charlotte..)  Our lesson with her went well but it was time to go home after the lesson.  No family yet.

Two days later:   The girl from Kearney calls us again.... and wants us to come over again... (strange... we doubted our need to go)  We called the Kearney Sisters to see if it would be helpful to visit her multiple times and they strongly encouraged us to go.... so we did.  And again had a decent lesson with her in an obscure part of our area.  This time it wasn't too late, so we went to go find Charlotte.  We stood at the door and knocked.   Miracle of miracles Randy opened the door.  He and his family want to be taught, and they know 2 members of the ward.  They were very open and we invited them to come closer to Jesus Christ.  Doesn't mean they'll get baptized... but they could!  My faith was strengthened.  I know the Lord is aware of every single person in this world.  He cares enough to teach us.   So keep praying, and press forward when opposition seems to arise.  He'll provide a way.  He always does.

I hope to report more miracles.  Mostly though I want you all to know how grateful I am for each and every one of you.  I hope you have seen your testimonies grow in the last few weeks, I hope you thank our Father in Heaven for the testimony that you have.  Keep the Faith!  Love you all!

Love Always,

Sister McMaster

 Sister Newbold and her baby spoon... and a pizza

cows.. in the cornfield... in the snow....

Meeting the world war II veteren in our ward! He's 91!  Cool man :)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Because I have been given much, I too must GIVE.

Happy Thanksgiving week family of mine!

How are you all doing?  Staying warm and happy and healthy?  I hope so! 

Well you'll never guess, I learned new things this week, felt the spirit, worked hard, prayed hard, struggled some days, laughed others, and it was a really good week.  Sounds like a week as a missionary right?   Hope you're not bored to death of adventures in Nebraska, it's the greatest place on the earth right now.  North Platte.  Such a cool place to learn.  I have no doubt that I am supposed to be here right now.  It's been a week of struggling to know that, struggling to know how I can give my all in this area without throwing other peoples efforts out the window.  It's a place where I'm learning more than ever to be humble, to serve better, to love more, to work the best way I know how and to TRUST that that's what the Lord needs.  TRUST that the Lord will provide.  

So here I am a missionary serving in Nebraska.  Being a missionary is such a time warp that you sometimes need to stop and realized how incredible it is.  It really is incredible. And it's incredible that all of you are where you are doing what you are doing right now!  The Lord has a plan for you and he's guiding you and helping you become a little bit better than you were yesterday.  For all of this we have so much to be grateful for.  I decided the thing I am most grateful for is the Book of Mormon.  That is the one thing in this world that I cannot imagine living my life without.  It's changed my life.  I hold it in my hands and it's like an old friend waiting to share more light and knowledge.  The power in it is more than I'll ever be able to put into words.  This week I found a new scripture that I love.  I flipped to it on a day that was hard... and it was exactly what I needed to hear.  

Helaman 3:27-30-

 27 Thus we may see that the Lord is merciful unto all who will, in the sincerity of their hearts, call 
upon his holy name.
 28 Yea, thus we see that the gate of heaven is open unto all, even to those who will believe on the 
name of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God.
 29 Yea, we see that whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God, which is quick and 
powerful, which shall divide asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil, and 
lead the man of Christ in a strait and narrow course across that everlasting gulf of misery which is prepared to engulf  the wicked—
 30 And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of 
heaven, to sit down with Abraham,and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out.

verse 29 is my favorite because it paints this picture in my head.... there we are like a little person tied to a Balloon that just began letting out air... zooming around loop-de-looping up and down through the wiles of the devil and the cunning snares.... and BAM.  We land there. Our IMMORTAL souls Land at the right hand of God.  And why did they land there?  Welp. it was because they read the Book of Mormon.  They held on to the Word of God which is quick and powerful.  So that is why I am most grateful for the Book of Mormon.  It has the power to literally tie us back to our Heavenly Father.  That is incredible.  So we have decided everyone in the whole world needs to understand know and feel this power.  So this week we are going to be giving 25 people a Book of Mormon.  Because it's what we're most grateful for.  So here's your challenge.  Join the cause.  Share a book of Mormon with someone because it's what your grateful for.  If you don't feel grateful for it today... read it,, and keep reading it until you feel the power in it that is tying you back to the very being that created you, I can absolutely promise you that you will feel more gratitude for that little book than you have felt for anything in this whole world.

I learned this week that miracles keep happening when you do your best on the Lord's errand.  We saw miracles at 8:48... the last person we felt prompted to see... She cried on her doorstep as all we could tell her was that the Lord was aware of her at that very moment.  How grateful I felt to be able to love her at that moment.  I needed it probably more than she did.  
This work is incredible. So much bigger than we are.  Do not doubt your own influence in the Lord's work.  He needs you.     So go be the best you that you know how to be.  

I love you all so very much!  Have a beautiful Thanksgiving and know that I truly am grateful for you.  I'm grateful that the gospel has made our family strong.  I know that Our Savior's love is real and that he has blessed us so very much. Press forward!  
Love Always,

Sister McMaster

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pray in Faith

Dear McFamily,

How goes it out there in the Rocky Mountains?  

Life is charming here in Nebraska.  We had a spiritual feast this week, I wish I could send you each your own personal to-go box of the feast... because well it was delicious to the soul. 

If you're smiling then I've accomplished my purpose, you don't need to read on.  :) Really though, Elder Brent H Nielson gave some incredibly powerful trainings, as did his wife!   My favorite thing that I learned was from Sister Nielson.  She is a really powerful teacher!  She taught us about how miraculous the Lord's work is and how we each truly are his instruments.  She invited us to study Holiness, and to invite others to do so as well, so now you're smiling and have an assignment to study Holiness. (if you want to! but will you do it?)  We can find holiness in everyday life. That was her message.  Don't ever think that the trivial things you do are unimportant, Father in Heaven knows what you do, and needs you to be his instrument.  Be an instrument of the Lord, not just a person doing everyday people things... cool thought right?  So that's was what I decided to change this week, I want to really be an instrument in the Lord's hand, not just a missionary sitting in someone's home.  There's a difference, but we cannot doubt our ability to be an instrument.  We simply have to practice being holy everyday, and we can do all that we are needed to do.  Simple yes, easy? Not as much... but most definitely possible :)

So we went on a road trip to Lincoln... which means Sister Newbold and I got to know each other really well... she's fantastic... we are like best friends.  I'm so grateful to be serving with her now.  We also are temporarily moved out of our housing... because the Marshalls have family coming in for Thanksgiving... So we live in a vacant house... that was formally owned by a lady in the ward.  It's a tragic story about how she passed away in childbirth, long story short a man in the stake is taking care of the house and we get to live in it for 2 weeks.  It's mildly creepy but kinda a neat experience.   

North Platte is oozzzing with potential.  I'm so grateful to be here right now!   We will be meeting with Anne this week! I hope it goes well and that she has a desire to progress!  We're really focusing on strengthening the Ward right now, really helping them all have solid testimonies that they are confident in sharing with their friends.  There will be fruits to Harvest soon I am sure.

I hope you all have a terrific week!  I love you all very very much! Remember that you are loved! Pray on! Miracles will Follow! :)

Love Always,

Sister McMaster

Sister Weston! and Sister Newbold :)

we are the mcsisters... yup there's three of us McCauley, McFadgen and McMaster...

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Mighty Change of Heart

Dear Mom, Dad, Sarah, Thomas, Natalie, Tanner, Jace and anyone else who possibly reads this,

Hi! How are you all doing this week?  Did you see miracles somewhere? (this is a real question requesting an answer!?)  

There were miracles here in North Platte of that there is no doubt.  I love it here.  I love the people so much.  How is it possible to sit in a Sacrament meeting and recognize the strength and variety of each of these spirits.  They each have a special relationship with Heavenly Father, as a missionary you feel that, it's real.  The Lord is so good to us.  Having charity for people you've known for a week is a weird thing but man it's cool.  We should all be missionaries for forever because it is the happiest we could ever be, hands down.  

So one miracle was meeting Anne.  So there is an incredible man in the ward named Charles.  Charles goes by "Sarge" and is thrilled by anyone who will listen to his stories of when he was a Sargent in the military.  He loves missionaries and the gospel but his dear wife is not a member.  She's a tough cookie to crack but has a very sweet heart.  Anyway, Sarge takes us to McDonalds once a week to get lemonades and to have a lesson with him and his wife.  It's pretty great.  This week we were able to talk to some of the other veterans that meet there.  One of them is named Don.  Don has seen the Sisters come week after week and was very aware that we love to do service!  So he asked us this week, will you stop by and help me clear out some sunflower stallks?  So we agreed!  And the next day we were put to work clearing out his yard,  after which we met his wife Anne.  She's a sweetheart that loves to talk to us and share some of her faith.  She hates calling us Sister so she calls me Molly... that's a little weird but I think she'll get over it soon.  But the best part of meeting with her is that we were able to testify of Eternal Families!  ( I just read Kasandra's e-mail and was super inspired... how cool that universally this is the best thing ever to teach people)  The family is of God. There is no doubt about that and what a miracle that that simple principle ties us all together and back to Him, our wonderful Father in Heaven.  

So that's why we do anything in the gospel, that's why we serve missions, that's why we go to church, that's why we read the Book of Mormon everyday.  We do it because we love our families and want them to last longer than this life.  We don't want to ever be separated!  Isn't that incredible! (personal epiphany moment)  

So Sister Newbold and I had a great great week.  We are both ready to see miracles and see this area progress like it never has.  We felt so inspired this morning.  The people here are 4 hours a way from a temple, which is really far for living in the US... We're in a place where a temple will be one day!  How cool that we can lay down the foundation for more families to be sealed.  We were super motivated.  This work is most definitely  not our own and the Lord knows what needs to happen.  We are both determined to be the instruments that the Lord needs us to be and to serve with all our Heart Might Mind and Strength.  

Keep pressing forward! I'm grateful to have you as my Eternal Family.  Let's do this together!  Love you forever!


Sister McMaster 

Monday, November 3, 2014

North Platte.


So I got a phone call this last week from my favorite person, President Weston.  He said, "Sister McMaster, are you ready for your life to change?"  What can one say to this other than, "Well, yes I'm ready for whatever you've got."   So then my life changed and here I am sitting with Sister Newbold in North Platte.  

So North Platte is the Furthest West possible for Sisters in the mission... So I'm 4 hours away from Omaha and the mission office and the like.  It's flatter here than any part of Nebraska I have seen ever.  The people are classic Nebraskans so that's the same, and I still love being a missionary so that's the same!  I completed a year as a Sister Training Leader so they finally put me in a "normal area" So only one exchange for me this transfer!  Woot woot!  That will be a weird adjustment but I'm really looking forward to being focused on North Platte 1st ward.  :)

Sister Newbold is a fantastic missionary! She just finished being trained, and is one of the sweetest missionaries I have met.  We get a long really well.  She reminds me like crazy of Sarah! (yes you my sister Sarah)  It's cool.  She is also younger than Sarah, so Sarah should go on a mission too :) It's going to be a fantastic transfer. I'm really excited for this change.

So it was a week of miracles.  It was crazy to say goodbye to York.  I knew my time there was probably going to be short but it was still hard to say goodbye.  That area has changed my life and will forever hold a very special place in my heart.  I'll be forever praying for Rene and Hilda's family!  We set Sherman for baptism last week too! So I hope that that also goes well! He is seriously one of the most prepared people.  We came back and he had watched the Restoration DVD and had all kinds of questions, he told us "I feel like I'm just like Joseph Smith, serching for truth"  So cool.  I'm sad I wont' get to teach him more, but I know he'll still progress.  The Lord takes care of his children.  

North Platte is so different! There are 2 wards here and it's kind of like a mini ish Lincoln or Grand Island (not sure if that means anything to you!)  They had a baptism right before I got here so we have a fantastic Convert to help get to the temple (Troy)  and a teaching pool to fill!  I am excited to see the work explode here because that's the goal.  One thing that really stood out to me my first day here was that the Spirit was so strong everywhere we went.  Heavenly Father is ready for us to help strengthen this Area.  Be perpared to hear about miracles next week!

Spiritual thought: I was studying in Alma 56 about the armies of Helaman (that's technically where you should be if y;ou're on track for finishing in December)  They were powerful because they didn't doubt.  How cool is that? I was pondering what it means to not doubt.  That entails a lot!  I started writing down all the things that I can say that I do not have any doubts about, I know that I am a daughter of God, I know that our Savior Jesus Christ truly knows our pains and afflictions but also our Joys, he just knows us perfectly.  I know that the Book of Mormon is true, I know it is God's words for us today.  I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and truly restored the gospel to the earth.  I know that our Family is forever.  

It was cool to think of this list, to see that the things I don't doubt encompass my testimony.  But most importatnly I can thank you Mom and Dad and family for helping that testimony to take root.  I never doubted that you knew it.  What an incredible thing.  I love you all and I hope you have a terrific week.

Love always,

Sister McMaster

North Platte Sunset... :)


Crazy Sunday Lunch breakfast sandwich creation!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Nebraska is getting flatter...everyday!

Hello family!

How are you all doing?  Happy fall!  It has been the most beautiful fall this year!  Such a tender mercy I think.  It hasn't even been that cold!  I just love Nebraska more and more every day.  

Hmmm so what happened this week.... I ate ghost pepper chili! That my friends is never a good idea, ever.  Don't do it because you will cry! haha I only dipped a corner of a cracker into it and it had me crying... haha.  We had a chili cookoff for the branch and Brother Lindsey made his famous sizzle your face off chili.  What an adventure!  All the missionaries were the taste testers so we ate some of all the chilis and were required to try some of his.... thus a cracker dipped in slightly.   Good experience nonetheless..  
We had some crazy adventures this week!  We got a referral from a member which was fantastic... except he didn't know the exact address... just an appartment complex... so Sister Beers and I being crazy decided we'd try everyone in the complex..  because why not right?  We found a new investigator named Sherman!  It was cool, sometimes the Lord is just so good to us.  Sister Beers also lost her voice (which wasn't cool...) But she sounded really funny... so that was funny...But we went to try the referral at their work (because we also had that information)  But ended up just being weirdly creepy... and ordering strawberry burritos.. yup it was a good story but for some reason doesn't really make sense right now.  

We had an exchange in Columbus which was fun!  I got to make Cuban food with their recent convert.  He started yelling at me in Spanish because I accidentally dumped in a whole cup of garlic... opps!  But I was forgiven and we enjoyed fried fish and Cuban rice.  We also taught an English class which was great because I've needed to learn how so we can teach Rene English.  Rene is still set for November 8th, but will need to move it because we haven't been able to get people over there that speak Spanish... we told the branch council this and they were so sad there were several volunteers to help us teach him.. cool right!  It's an answer to prayers really.  The lord works in mysterious ways.  We had tried several times to get an Hermana down to york for the day and everytime something would go wrong, So I thnk it's because the Branch will be strengthened as they take charge of this investigator.  And we're praying his kids will follow too.. They're so sweet.

So a bit scattered here today, but very grateful for everyday.  Being a missionary is beautiful.  It's the most remarkably life changing thing a person could ever do.  I don't know if I'll ever be able to express how grateful I am to be here.  This week Sister Call, Sister Youngberg and Sister Schrader go home!  Yikes!  I'm going to miss their spirits out here in the field.  That's half my companions... weird.  So many things will probably be changing.... We have a busy week planned which is good because It helps me not stress about the coming weeks.  

I love you all soo much and I hope you all have a really great week!  I'm praying for you all.  Have an excellent Halloween! (Oh and Nebraska is getting flatter.. because they're cutting all the corn down! No more corn :(  )

Love always,

Sister McMaster

Brother Lindsey.. spicy Chili king!

Hastings Sisters! Love them.. we'll miss Sister Frisina!

We made an epic Lunch yesterday... looks delicious right?  All thanks to the Aurora Branch, they're the best.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Apples a Falling on my head!

Hello Family Dear!

Do you love the fall?  I sure do! Except when it's apples that fall!  This week we had an exchange in Nebraska City and it was delightful!  We picked apples at the Arbor lodge and it was so fun! (except i got loads of bug bites.... ick..)  but literally apples were falling on my head... it's an awkward thing to dodge... but makes for a great story right?  While I was picking apples I started thinking about a talk by President Uchtdorf from a while ago about our divine worth... I really don't know why this related at all to what I was doing... but the thought that came to mind was "you are infinitely more valuable to God than a falling apple"-- Probably a friendly reminder to not do anything dumb to pick the prettiest apples... I may be a missionary but sometimes I lack common sense... no worries though I heeded that prompting and didn't hurt myself picking apples.


Sister Beers my apple picking buddy!:)

This was a really good week.  Lots of good things are happening here in Nebraska,  We were able to teach Hilda's kids and they are begining to progress.  Hilda really wants them to each have their own conversion which is so cool!  But It's also difficult because their conversions will be different than her own.  Conversion is a process different for every soul.  I hope she has the faith that her children are ready to be baptized.  I love their sweet family.   We also talked to Debbie about baptism this week, she is not confident in her own conversion but said she'd ponder it.  I know that as she ponders prayerfully she will recognized that she has changed in the last few months.  It's amazing because the reason she has changed is because she and her husband (Brother Dean)  have been reading the Book of Mormon every night!  It literally is changing everything!  I have such a testimony that the Book of Mormon can change lives.  Don't underestimate that!  Keep your habits of reading it strong! It's the foundation that you 100% need!  

Sister Beers and I have been learning a lot about foundations this week (perhaps because our foundation in our house is letting in lots of mice... we caught two this morning... they run around with traps stuck to their legs... ick..but they're becoming cuter... maybe that's a spiritual gift so I am less afraid of the little guys)  But really we learned about spiritual foundations, they are absolutely necessary to have.  We both got to speak in church on Sunday (third time in this branch!  that's more than my whole time in Fairview... haha)  We spoke about missionary work (easy topic right?)  I had this crazy idea to talk about powder... who knows why!  But I talked about how when we first got Powder he would run around crazy, and we would chase him quite fruitlessly trying to bring him home, but then Dad would come home and would call for him and he'd be there in an instant.  Then over time we each learned to call to powder with the power and authority that Dad did so that he would know his name.  Similarly in missionary work we learn to call to people with the voice of the good shepherd.  Sometimes as missionaries we run  a muck... not super effective... but as we learn the voice of the Shepherd (through studying the book of mormon and prayer)  We can learn to open or mouths and be the voice of the good shepherd.   So that my family is why we read the book of mormon, and build our foundation on that.  That we can be the instruments that the Lord needs us to be.  

I love you all.  I hope you all keep your foundations strong.  Keep reading keep praying and know that the Lord truly does hear your prayers, he knows your worries and doubts, and he truly does love you.  I'm grateful for your love and Support.  Have a terrific week!

Love Always,

Sister McMaster

PB&J party with my darling Sister Beers

Monday, October 13, 2014

Faith is Power

Well My Family Dears... HELLO!

Happy Columbus Day!  Miracle of the day- the libraries are open in York :)

It was really a great week in Nebraska, a great week to be a missionary!  Did any of you get to go see Meet the Mormons?  I didn't but I heard it was a "tear jerker" -an elder said that... haha.  Hopefully we'll find someone willing to drive to Omaha to see it soon!  

Always learning but I really loved what I learned this week.  Faith is power.  There ya go that's it.  I was with a Sister named Sister Crist, who happens to be wonderful.  She was really anxious to be praying 30 times a day (that was a commitment from a little while ago) So we were tallying everytime we prayed.  It was so cool.  The spirit was so strong as we were walking down the street and she said... wait... can we pray now?  It's hard to say no to that question so we prayed a lot.  We knocked on a door and no one answered, then I felt like we should knock on the door across the street and no one answered... so we left and didn't think much of it.  Then we ate lunch and prayed to  know where to go.  We felt we should go back to that circle.  So we did.  And we saw the lady we were looking for and gave her a Book of Mormon, she was really busy but seemed pretty sincere.   Then we walked away and I felt again like we should knock on the door across the street again so we did, and what do ya know the sweetest lady answered and we were introducing ourselves when she told us "I'm a Mormon too!"  They had just barely moved in and hadn't found the church yet (may not have been too actively looking either)  But she was excited to see us and told us that she was 90% sure she'd come to church the next day.  I have absolutely no doubt that Heavenly Father knew exactly where that lady was and knew that she needed a friendly knock from a missionary.  I am so grateful for these kind of miracles. It really helps me see that the Lord's hand is real in our lives.  He knows exactly where we are and what we need.  He's the best missionary!  He helps each of us serve each other, he helps us strengthen our faith from the love we feel from each other.  He truly has a perfect plan.

So I'm grateful today to be a missionary.  York is such a special place and though things may not have gone perfectly this week I know the Lord is teaching us to keep trying.  To search to find the down-trodden and the afflicted.  To keep praying, to keep reading to never give up.  He'll never give up on us so we can't give up on him.  

I hope you all have a terrific week.  Keep smiling and serving those that need you!

Love Always,

Sister McMaster

Classic Nebraska... trains everywhere... making us late!

awkward picture... waiting for the train!  Hermana Buhler in the back our secret kidnapped hermana... she helps us speak spanish to people!