Monday, June 12, 2017

Cassie's Testimony - 06-12-2017

This week Cassie didn't sent home a group letter, she asked me to send out a message.  In my letter to her I had sent here the lyrics to the song "Let it Be".  (Gentri had just released their version of that song and they are her favorite.)  Anyway, her message is in response to those lyrics.   She starts out with expressing their stressful schedule:

Today we are gonna play volleyball as a district so I am gonna pretend that the ball is my stress and I'm just gonna hit it away. Like you said I'm just gonna "Let It Be" and hope for another day. 
I like this part of the song let it be, And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be but I'm gonna change she to He and He being Jesus Christ because there have been so many dark hours here in Peru, so many you don't even know about and every single one I have felt almost like this song saying "in my darkest hour HE is standing in front of me, giving me his wisdom, so i can let it be".

My testimony of my Savior has grown so much here in Peru and this last week I looked back and I saw the progress of my testimony and a lot has been during my time with Hermana Soldevilla, when its been hard and I've had the darkness caving in around me and I decided to fight back, in those moments when I knelt down in prayer and many times through tears and tears and tears I've told my Savior "I accept these words of wisdom, please help me let it be" That's when my testimony has grown. Like the scripture says in 
Ether 12 : 6
And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning thesthings; would show unto thworld that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because
 ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.

I know that this is true because I have gained my testimony in my trials. I don't need to depend on other peoples testimonies now because mine is strong! Ya it took me a lot longer than some other missionaries but unlike some missionaries I can say. I know that this church is true I can say that I know My savior Jesus Christ suffered for my sins. I know all of this and I can testify and not lie. I met a missionary the other day who said I'm still not sure if God exists and it shocked me, but i am so grateful that I know he exists and that really he loves me. You can share this with whoever you want, but I testify with all my heart that Jesus is the Christ, Savior of the world, and this darkness that is around me everyday, I know through the power of my Savior I can see the light again. I know IT's all true and I will never deny it!
Love you all so much!!!!! Thank You so much for all the support!!!!! 
Love Hermana McNamara

Monday, June 5, 2017

I'm still flying!!!! - 06-05-2017

Hola Familia!!!
 Hey!!!! Ok so this last week has been great!!! WE have been meeting a bunch of new people that are going to progress great!!! I didn't get called the devil this week which is even better!!!

This last week we were teaching a newish investigator called Xiomara about the Book of Mormon and she asked us.  "What do i have to do to be a missionary like you two?" It was so cool!!! She was saying that  after we invited her to pray everyday she started doing it and she noticed that there was a lot less yelling in her family and her house was a lot more peaceful. It was great to see that her keeping her commitments could bless not only her but also her family.  I'm really excited to see how she progresses.  

Also this last Sunday the elders in our ward have an investigator called Grecia and she is from the jungle of Peru and this last Sunday the bishop announced over the pulpit that she is gonna get baptized Saturday and she went running into the bathroom and ten she didn't come back and so we went looking for her and she was crying in the bathroom talking about how if she gets baptized her dad might disown her and she was saying her heart just hurt thinking about it and so we got to help work through some of those feelings but this experience really opened my eyes to how blessed i am to have parents that are members of the church and really support me in what I'm doing and love the church as much as I do.  LOVE YOU MOM AND DAD!!! THANKS FOR BEING MEMBERS!!!! 

I want to invite everyone to just sit down for a second and really think about how blessed you are to have parents in the church and if you don't have parents in the church I want you think about your heavenly FATHER who is so happy that you are a member of this church!!!! I promise Gods blessing every single one of you! You just got to trust him and endure to the end!!!!! 

Love you all so much!!!!! Thank You so much for all the support!!!!! 
Love Hermana McNamara

Monday, May 29, 2017

Im soaring and flying!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 05-29-2017

Hola familia!!!

Well this last week was interesting!!! I was told that I am from the devil and we talked with a drunk guy that we didn't realize was drunk until half way through the conversation. 

This last week we have been hunting and hunting for new people and we were heading to visit a sister and on our way there a woman called us over and we were like "great a contact"!!! But then she was like oh your not who I thought you were but she did ask us about the church, where we are from, and it was great. But then she was like I have a question if you have time, and we said  "ya of course". Well this question was "why do you guys rub your fingers when you teach, or put or hands in your pocket, or why do you use a cellphone to call people, because all of that is of the devil." And I told her "well ya know, we are young people that are learning how to be good teachers, we aren't perfect" and I gave her the example that when I'm teaching or visiting with people sometimes I twist my ring on my finger, and she replied "oh thats ok because you are touching your ring" and honestly this lady was so funny to talk too that when me and my companion left we could not help but laughing. 

Also yesterday me and my comp left a visit and we passed an old man in the street and he asked us if we had any pamphlets that we could give him about God and he was talking normal so we didn't really recognize that he was drunk until he started debating with us and asking if we knew random facts from the bible. Now I had no fear talking with him because he asked " if God really is loving why am I here living in the streets drunk?"  and we answered him and then we left but his question really stuck with me for a minute and it had me thinking if God really is loving why do bad things happen no??? and I remember that the leaders of the church always say that God gives us challenges to progress and how we overcome the challenge creates the result. God can give us a challenge and we can decide to endure and keep going or we can go drink and shrink down in our lives. I really have seen a perspective here in Peru! There are a ton of people that chose to not endure and they chose the path to drink, and then there are the people that do endure and the blessings of God surround them. My goal when I get home is to keep enduring, and even more perseverar!!! 

Hope ya´ll have a great week!!! Thanks for all the love and support!!!!! 
Love Hna. McNamara


Monday, May 22, 2017

Just Keep Swimming Ya Wimp!! 05-22-2017

We are getting rejected out the wazoo and its super stressful because one- I'm training and two- because we don't have good numbers at the end of the week but we go out every day and we work so freaking hard but these peoples hearts are just so hard not even a bullet from a shot gun could pass through them. But what can we do???  Just keep sharing the gospel.

Last night after we reported numbers I just wanted to cry because my district leader really tried to help me think positive but it really just made me feel worse so I got in my pajamas and I turned on 4ordained and I just drowned myself in the music. And I was listening to the song " This Truth" and it talks about Joseph Smith and his work but one line stood out to me. it says:

"His book of ancient prophets here in my hand 
it is mine to translate to save modern man 
  and oh the joy that is inside me now that I know what I must do, 
  with the spirit here to guide me I'll go and bring the world this truth" 

And well right after I heard this a thought came to my head that was not from my mind. it was
Joseph Smith was probably a lot more stressed then you so stop thinking about your stress, go analyze your week, make new goals and just keep swimming ya wimp".  It hit me so hard. So if anything I'm not gonna stress because I will never be as stressed as Joseph Smith so ya I'm gonna work with that mindset. My companion is a little downhearted for the rejection but she's not giving up she's awesome!