Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May 25, 2015 - Crazy Fun Week!!

Hello dear family and friends! I hope you all had a fantastic week and a great Holiday weekend!! We had another great week here in San Buenaventura, we had a lot of fun activities that we got to do!!

Something funny this week......oh I remember something. So we went and visited one of our old investigators to check up on her and see how she is doing, she is pretty old. Well she told us she is going to a Christian church now and really likes it (bummer), but I said the opening prayer to our lesson and after we said amen she just starts clapping and applauding my prayer. It was so funny! I was trying so hard not to laugh!

So first Teotihuacan last week was so fun!!! The pyramids are HUGE!!! and so cool!! They have a ton of history of the church and there are so many things that connect them to the church! I will have to explain more another time because I dont have much time! But it was so fun! And freak it's so tiring climbing all the way to the top!! Hno Israel Rivera took us in his car with his daughter Fe, and Hna Jazmine. Fe is so bomb! I love her so much! Her and her cousins are the Kardashians mexican style, they call themself the Gordashians (Gordo in spanish is fat) so basically they call themselves the fat Kardashians! They literally KILL me! So funny!! I bought a bunch of souveniors.

This week was great! Our investigator Veronica had her baby so she didn't get to visit her and she wasn't able to go to church yesterday. But we have an apt with her tomorrow! Cant wait to see her little babe!!! We have 2 new investigators Silvia and her mother in law Asuncion. They are both great! Asuncion is really hard of hearing so it will be a challenge teaching her...well we will basically be yelling at her, but they are both so interested and they CAME TO CHURCH YESTERDAY!! MIRACLE!! 

This week we also had an activity with the ward! It was so awesome! We went to this church owned camp ground! It was so fun, they have obstacle courses and basketball courts and soccer fields and volleyball, it really is so nice and way cool! So that was so fun to go with the ward! I am glad we got to go!!

And today we had a sports day with our whole mission! We played basketball and volleyball and soccer and my zone WON the whole thing!! Each zone had their own jerseys! Our jerseys are from the team in Paris, but they are red white and blue so Hna Guerrero and I just kept chanting USA USA USA!!! hahahah It was super funny!

Well I hope you all have a fantastic week!


 Our zone that won today with our jerseys!!! I balled it up pretty hard! A lot of people asked if I played College ball.....I was like no....I actually got cut my Senior year! hahaha But it was so fun to play!!

Hna Guerrero and I with the Prezzzz!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May 18, 2015 - Bednar for the Win!!

Buenos días tooooodos,

I am going to apologize right now, I only had like 15 minutes to write today because we are going to Teotihuacán, aka, these awesome pyramids and we have to leave like really soon.

But this week was so great!! Elder Bednar came and spoke to our mission!! UNREAL!!! It was the coolest thing ever! Right when he got there we were all waiting outside to take a picture with him, and so we sang our mission song as he walked up and it was the coolest experience. The spirit that he brings with him is so strong. After we took the pic we went into the Stake Center and we basically had an open discussion with him for almost 3 hours, it was so awesome! We talked mostly about faith and how faith without Works is dead. It is so true, we really have to act upon our promptings we cant just sit around and wait for things to happen! Acting is the key! It was such an incredible experience, one that I will remember for the rest of my life, I recieved a whole lot of personal revelation and know the things that I need to do in my life to become better. His testimony at the end was my favorite part, he said like 3 times "I bare witness that Jesús Christ lives, He has a body, He talks, and this is His church" How powerful is that!! Everyone was crying because the spirit was so strong. I know that Elder Bednar is called of God as an Apostle to lead the church, and what a privlidge it was to have that moment with him.

Things here in San Buena are going good! We are still focusing on Ruben and Daniel and also our investigators Verónica and Arely. They are all so awesome and I love them so much! We are hoping to see more progression with them this week!!

I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father and for him allowing me to experince these amazing experiences. I know that this church is true with all my heart and just want the people here to understand and to feel the surety that I have. I am so grateful for my loving Savior Jesús Christ who atoned for my sins big and small so that one day I can return to live with him and our Heavenly Father again. I am so grateful for having this knowledge, may we all try a Little harder to be a Little better each day, the only way to be succesfull in this life is to try our best and recognize our faults and repent and try again. There is no end to the atonement, it covers EVERYTHING, and through the atonement of Jesús Christ we can be clean continuously throughout our lives. I was reading a talk yesterday about how our earth life is just 4 minutes compared to Eternity that is to come. We need to keep trying each and everyday to be better because we never know when our 4 minutes will be up. Grow closer to the Lord each and everyday, He will direct you and will help your weaknesses become strengths. Anything is possible when we put ALL of our trust in the Lord. I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Con Amor,
Hermana Murray

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May 11, 2015 - Viva Mexico

Buenas tardes mi querido familia y amigos!!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and enjoyed time with your moms!!! Man am I grateful for my amazing mom! And how great it was to talk to you guys yesterday! It sure was tough to say bye, but it seriously was sooooo good to see you!!!

Something funny that happened this week....because something funny happens everyday. But this week we were walking down the street and this guy was selling sweet bread and he comes riding up to us on his bike because the member that was with us wanted to buy some. And we shake his hand like normal but for me he grabs my hand and kisses it hahahaha and says Wow you are so beautiful!!! and wouldn't stop staring at me! and kept saying, what a shame I am already married. I have always wanted a huera (white girl). I was trying SOOOO hard not to laugh! hahahaha and we just kept saying, no what a blessing it is that you're married! and he just kept looking at me saying how beautiful I am! It was hilarious!! People here literally make me feel like an exhibit at the Zoo, hahaha they always just stare at me! hahahaha kills me every time! 

But we had a great week here in San Buenaventura!! Hna Blanco and I continue to see miracles everyday with our investigators! We have investigators Veronica and her mom Arely and they accepted baptism dates for June 13th! They are so amazing and are so interested in learning more!! I love them!! ALSO, we have been working with a family in our ward that the dad isn't a  member and this week he ACCEPTED A BAPTISM DATE!!!! FOR June 13th!!! We pray that they will keep their excitement and love for learning and that they will be prepared for June 13th!

Thank you for all your love and support! I am so grateful for each and everyone of you! I know my Savior lives and loves me, and blesses me each and everyday! Always remember to read your scriptures and pray daily, its the only way we can find true happiness and peace each day! I love you all!! have a great week!

May 4, 2015 - May the 4th be with you

Hola my family and friends!

Sounds like everyone had a great week!!! Congrats to Bryson and Shelby for your graduations! How exciting! All that hard work has paid off!!! 

Well this week didnt really go as planned.....my stomach  just wasnt feeling better at all, so wednesday I went to the clinic to get checked out. I brought my antibiotics that i was taking. The doctor checked me over and said that the antibiotics that i was taking were really good and should have cleared up my infectedness, but they didnt do the trick....so for the past 5 days i have had to do injectable antibiotics! You all know how much I love needles, but dont you even worry i was a big girl and didnt even cry once! hahaha and here they only do shots in the butt, so basically all the sisters in our ward have seen my butt! hahahaha i feel soooo much better! but ya so i had to rest this entire week! But the Lord blessed us so much and we were able to find a sister to go with Hna Blanco and one to stay with me everyday! So our work could contiue forward!! Yesterday was my first day back working!

CLARA AND MONSE were baptized yesterday! It seriously was one of the most spiritual experiences of my life! Hna Blanco and I waited for her to the side of the font so that when she came out we were waiting right there for her! She was balling, she felt the spirit so strong and knew that her sins were all forgiven and felt clean! She just kept thanking us and hugging us, so we were all soaked! haha but it really was so amazing! Monse did so great too and she was crying and felt the spirit so strong! Ruben has been a little dificult these past couple days because he doesnt really want to change! and yesterday he told Clara that he wasnt going to go to her baptism because he wasnt going to support her....BUT he ended up coming and he was CRYING!!!! and same with Danile their son! The spirit really can touch the hardest of hearts! We sang a special musical number and the spirit was so strong! Everyone was in tears! hahaha it wasnt our voices thats for sure, it was the spirit!

Ahhh i love this work so much and am so grateful to be here! Thank you for all your love and support! I hope you all have a fantastic week!!! 


Con Amor,
Hermana Murray

Hna Ada Alvorez (stake pres wife that lives in our Cerada) she gave me 3 of my injections! Shes the bomb!!

April 27, 2015 - Hola!

My Dear family and Friends,

Sounds like everyone had a great week! Its always great to hear from everyone! Well transfers came and went and.................we are both staying here in San Buenaventura for another cycle!!! Not gonna lie I was a Little disapointed because I was ready for this next adventure with a new companion, but Hna Blanco is awesome and we get along good and are successful together so it will be a great new cycle!!! Its actually pretty rare that after your training you stay with your trainer for another cycle! CLEARLY there is work here that we are not yet done with aka Clara and her family, hahaha but really it will be a great cycle!!

In other news......I got my first stomach infection this week!........awful!!! So this past weekend I have had to stay home a bunch and try and sleep and feel better! But don't worry mom I have already started taking the anti-biotics you sent with me and am already on the road to recovery! I am on a strict saltine cracker and Manzana Lift diet for the next few days haha but really its about time that I got sick! Also, the other week we were late getting home so we were literally running home and I twisted my ankle!!! hahaha who would have thought that my shoes aren't for running and didn't have any ankle support! Its been pretty swollen the past week or so but these past couple days that I have been home resting have been good for it too. Basically I am a hot messsss! hahaha but I got a blessing yesterday so basically I'll be all ready to work tomorrow!

This week was good though! Clara and Monse (her daughter) are going to be baptized this SUNDAY!!!!!! Pray everything goes smoothly!! They are both so excited and ahhhh just so ready!! AND RUBEN and their son Daniel accepted baptism dates for 24th of MAY!!!!! UNREAL!!!! We are seeing so many miracles everyday!! We also found 3 new investigators this past week and they are all awesome!!! Guadelupe and her daughter and this other girl named Verónica! They are all bomb and are very receptive! We have a lot of work here in San Buenaventura and we are happy we get to stay and witness miracles here!!

Thank you all for your love and prayers! It really means to much to me! This góspel is so true and it really changes peoples lives! I am so grateful to witness miracles each day and to be apart of this great work. I know our Heavenly Father loves us more than we can even imagine and that we have so much work to do here on the earth! I hope you all have a fantastic week!!

Hasta luego!

Con MUCHO amor,
Hermana Murray

This rad speaker my investigator gave me! hahaha its so retro and its amazingly loud!!! hahaha love it!!!! and it clips on your belt or wear it as a necklace!!! hahahahah

April 20, 2015 - Another Day Another Dollar$$$$

Que tal mi familia y mis amigos!!

First of all Happy Birthday Bryson yesterday! I was thinking about you all day! Hope your bday was so great!!!! LOVE YOU!!!!

I cant believe how fast the weeks go by here. I feel like just yesterday I was emailing you guys! But sad news we didn't get to go on our Little adventure to the pyramids because we couldn't find a member to take us....because its too sketchy to go by ourselves! Haha but hopefully another time!

Happy 3 months tomorrow!!! Hna Guerrero and I are pictured below! Haha But for real these past 3 months have gone by so fast! Its crazy that I will be finishing my training next week! I have enjoyed my time with Hna Blanco but am so excited to start this next chapter!!

This week was great! We are seriously so excited about Clara and her family, they literally are all angels! We took them to a baptism yesterday and Ruben started crying during it!! God is real, and he softens peoples hearts! It literally was amazing! Now we just need to give him a baptism date!! But Clara's baptism date will probs be changed to next week (after transfers) because we haven't had time to teach her everything yet :( boooo!!! But really we think she will be better prepared waiting until the next week! I love this family so much. Below is a pic of us and their family! They literally are amazing!! AHHH i love them!!

We are mostly focusing on Clara and her family and Kevin and his parents!! We had a great lesson with Kevin and his parents this week, and the spirit was so strong that Octavio (Kevin's dad) started to cry! God is real and touches peoples hearts!!!

Funny thing that happened this week.....we were eating at a members house and it was me Hna Blanco, Hna Guerrero, and Hna Bello. We were eating this really weird pasta with meatballs..........yikers! haha Hna Guerrero thought she was so sneaky and started stuffing her 9 meatballs in her bread roll and then thought she would just throw it away.......Hna Lupita caught her!!!! hhahahahah YIKES!!! and told her she had to eat everything on her plate! It was the funniest thing ever! We literally were dying laughing!! Oh they found a house this week so they moved out of our house this week...... SO sad, I am going to miss them so much!

But transfers are next week, we will find out Sunday night who is leaving! Super sad! But I know that the Lord will take me or leave me where I am supposed to be! So I will let you know next week what happens!!!

I am so grateful to be a missionary! The misión really is probably the hardest thing I have ever done but it is SOOOOO worth it!! We witness miracles everyday and it really is so amazing! This church is so true and we see it change peoples lives all the time! I am so grateful for my support system and for all the love i feel! Thank you for your prayers! I hope you all have an amazing week!! LOVE YOU ALL WITH ALL MY HEART!!!!!

April 13, 2015 - Another Fantastic Week Here in MEXICOOOO!!!!

Hola my dear family and friends!

From your emails it sounds like everyone had a fantastic week! Which I love hearing! We had a fantastic week this week! And most importantly, drumb roll please................KEVIN WAS BAPTIZED YESTERDAY!!!!!!!!!!

OH my gosh it was literally the best thing of my entire life! He literally melts my heart, I love him so much! He is the chillest and strongest 9 year old ever! Like who just gets baptized at 9 years old when your parents arent members! He literally is amazing and ahhhhh I just dont even know how to explain my feelings! His baptism service was so perfect! Hilda Cuevas (his grandma that got baptized in feb) and almost her whole family came! So basically she has 6 kids and they all have kids and I believe 4 of them came and supported Kevin, including Kevin's parents! I seriously LOVE this family so much! I cant even imagine my life not knowing them! But really the service was so beautiful, we had great speakers, and a special musical number by.........MEEEEE and Hna Blanco. We sang I am a child of god and did our own arrangement in Spanish and English! It turned out awesome!! (My fear of singing in front of people literally is gone, I have to do it all the time now so that's good)! But really his baptism was amazing and he was SOOOOO happy!!! And his parents were super happy too!! LOVE THEM!!!!!

Clara and her family continue to be amazing! They are so awesome! We have to change her baptism date, because we havent had the chance to teach her all the lessons yet but we are hoping she will be baptized before Transfers the 28th!!!! PRAY!!! We had a Visita Guidad with her this week basically we take them and tour the church and teach them what happens in each room. And when we go into the room were the baptismal font we always invite them to be baptized, her son Daniel was a little unsure, which is totally fine, but her daughter Moncerat (11 years old) was like I definitely want to be baptized the 9th of may!!!!! She is the sweetest and LOVES the church!!!!!! I love this family so much!! So ya we continue to work with them! Reuben couldnt be there for the tour so we havent invited him to be baptized yet, but hopefully this week!! 

Transfers are April 28th, and since I will be done with my training either Hna Blanco or I will be transfered. So sad, but so exciting to be starting this next phase of my mission! I DONT WANT TO LEAVE SAN BUENA though! Literally will ball my eyes out if I get transferred!!! hahaha but if it's the Lords will I guess I will be fine :) hahaha #SOdramatic

Next week I may or may not have time to write, so if you don't get an email from me don't freak out (especially you mom) haha its because Hna Blanco and I will be going to Teotihuacan which is these really cool pyramids and then they have all these cool things you can buy! We are so excited!!! We will be going with a member, not sure who yet but it will be an all day affair! We are PUMPED!!! IT will be bomb.com!!!

The other Hermanas continue to live with us! Which is bomb for me because Hna Guerrero and I are tight! Basically she is my long lost twin! We laugh so much and the other Hnas usually get annoyed of our laughter......but that's how we stay sane!!!! ahhahahah it really is way fun!! I love all the girls in our house right now! ITS A BLAST!!!!!

But I have to go......the time always runs out so fast!! Its insane!! But know that I love you all SOOOO much and pray for you daily! I know this church is true with my whole heart and literally cant believe I am here in the Mexico City Chalco mission serving the Lord! Seems like a dream almost everyday!! The Lord loves each and every one of you and only wants you to be happy, draw closer to him each and everyday! 

Have a fantatstic week my loves!!

Con Amor,
Hermana Meowry