Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy 4th!

Hello Family!

Wowie!  It has been quite a week.  Full of surprises and joy and laughs.  Sister Wrubell and I laugh a lot.... I had a piece of lettuce stuck in my throat (kind of like a piece of spaghetti) during a lunch appointment and was dying (because lettuce is dangerous)  and as I turned to politely pull it out of my throat she was watching  me and started laughing hysterically... like crying laughter.  So I laughed with her and pretty much this is how our companionship works :)

We had quite a busy week!  I met like 5 million people and my memory is starting to feel weak... but I know the Lord is strengthening me so that's good.  The people in York are fantastic.  We have a lot of really neat people we are working with.  In the last 2 months there have been 5 baptisms in this branch so the work here is on fire!  We have a lot of people we are working with.  (I'm trying to remember all of their stories!)  My favorite people are the people we live with (the Byers)  They are fantastic.  Sarah is their daughter and she's great.  She is so good at helping us and I think she will let me brush the horses hair today... (I'm like a child in a candy store) We have an investigator named Debbie that is super similar to Angie in the Fairview ward (she comes to church every week but hasn't been baptized yet)  I hope that we can help her feel confident enough to make the covenant of baptism soon!  Our Branch President and Branch Mission Leader are also both fantastic individuals, they have the faith to move mountains and are so helpful.  We are focusing on having all families reading the Book of Mormon every day! (cool how we all need this!)   We are seeing a lot of miracles as we do service at different places and love all the people we meet.  I love being a missionary here!

We also had leadership this week in Omaha and we spent the night in bellevue with sister Sitles and her new companion Sister Jones!  It was weird to be back but it was really good too! They've seen a lot of miracles and I pray that they continue to do so.  Leadership was on the 4th of July and it was like an MTC reunion!  Almost all of us from the MTC are now leaders!  Cool right?  It's really a sweet thing to have so many close friends out here in Nebraska.   After our fantastic meeting (all about repentance! Phew! I'll be learning all about repentance this month, you should study it too!)  We drove to Nebraska City and had a mini exchange with those sisters.  We split up and went to 2 different 4th of July events.  I ended up going to a ward party with Sister Stutler and we ended up seeing ward members from fairview! how crazy is that? It was kind of a tender mercy because Sister Stutler has only been in Neb City a week... so she knew as many people as I did..  We met lots of the ward and helped her meet them and get to know them, then we got to swing on a tree swing, so I was in heaven because I love tree swings... (perhaps not as much when you are wearing a skirt.. but still fun!) It was a really cool opportunity to meet a ton of random people! (more of the reason why my brain is going crazy)  
After Nebracity (that's what the locals call it.. haha) We went to Lincoln and visited more sisters (haha I told sister Wrubell we were doing our visiting teaching for the month... kinda...)  I love all the Lincoln sisters, there are a lot of new trainees out and it is sooo motivating to see their fire and excitement to serve.  So weird that that was us just a year ago... weirded out by that.  

Phew... so much happened and so much happening!  Well I have learned more about the atonement over the last month and I am so grateful that as a missionary I can grow closer to my Savior.  I hope each one of you continue to study and pray to have strong relationships with our Savior and our father in heaven.  I am so grateful for this gospel and the opportunity to serve.  It is soo good being a missionary. All you future missionaries don't discredit the time of being a missionary, it literally is the best thing I have ever done in my life.  I know the Lord takes such good care of his missionaries and I feel so privileged to be a part of this work.

Keep the Faith! Happy July!

Sister McMaster 

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