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!