Monday, January 30, 2017

Another week bites the dust! 01-30-2017

Hola Familia!!!!!

OK so this week was actually pretty exciting!!!! first off we had an intercambio with the hermanas lideres. it was super uplifting and i was able to learn a lot! I will be honest it was a little disheartening to leave their area. they have so many great investigators! But i was still confident in my area. But my comp was sick after. so i had the privilege to go out with a member this last week! it was literally so amazing! So our bishop helped me find hermanas to put with my comp and one to go with me and while i was waiting for my "comp" to come and get me from my apartment. i suddenly felt like really really nervous. This member. Hna Ani had never companioned the sisters before and shes been a member for 20 years. so i knew i was going to be teaching it all. So before i left i just knelt down and poured my heart out to God. Asking for help, especially because we had a cita with Nurin. I felt alot of comfort after the prayer. Then we headed out and we knock on the door of our first cita and she wasn't home and the member looked to me and asked "now what?" and the way she looked at me i wondered is that how i looked when i first went out as a missionary??? but i just smiled at her and said we are gonna go look for the next person our plan b and we went looking and looking and we finally found someone that was home and it was super cool to talk with her for  a few minutes but she didn't have a lot of time, but it was a good starter for hna Ani. jaja for a moment i really felt like a was training, it was super weird. So then we went and visited hno. Nurin and yet again i had such a spiritually uplifting lesson for me. It was super super cool. I was a little nervous to teach it because it was the lesson 3. But i prayed that God would speak through me and help hna Ani as well. and right now i testify that God taught through me and through Hna. Ani it was so amazing!!!!!!!! the spirit was so strong and it helped me to get the spirits back that i was looking for!!!! i feel like i got a sugar rush but sugar was the desire to just do the work!!!! My brother always tells me that I'm gonna have moments where its really hard and the desire isn't going to be there, but God will always put something in my path to show me that hes here and to help me get that desire back so strong! He is so right! every time i feel like i cant do it, every time i just want to fall to my knees and cry, someone is there by me immediately helping me back up and helping me to make it to the next appointment or to the next day! I seriously am so grateful for my Father above and i know He is helping every single person that's working in the obra misional!!!!! I am so grateful for his help!!!! and i seriously cannot wait to see who hes got waiting for me right now!

Also this last week we had a world wide training and Elder Dallin H Oaks announced the mission daily schedule is gonna change. its gonna be weird at first but its gonna help out the work so much! 
I hope you all have a great week!!!!! Enjoy all the snow for me!!!! Drink lots of hot chocolate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love Hermana McNamara

Monday, January 23, 2017

Experiences for the journal!!!! 1-23-2017

Hola Familia!!!!!!😀
Ya so this week was good for what went on haha. We were able to have a obra misional activity and it was super fun! Except only 8 people came and 4 was my family that recently got converted and the other 4 were 2 members and 2 of their friends. So we were able to talk with them and get some visitas and 2 new investigators. But it was also really sad because the members just werent willing to support the activity. I'm not giving up hope on this ward but they definetly could be a tiny bit more supportive. 

I had a pretty cool experience this last week.  We were teaching a lesson with our investigator called Nurin and we were teaching about the plan of salvation. He had a ton of questions about the ressurection and random questions that didnt really make sense sometimes. ( his mom is israelita) but when we got to testify i felt prompted to give the example of my brother who is blind. I didnt know really what to say so i just kind of went for it and prayed the spirit would help me to know what to say. But i testified that ya my brother is blind and cant do the things he loves to do. but because he has the knowledge of the plan of salvation  he knows that even if hes never going to see again hes going to have a perfect body after the ressurrection. ALl because his savior suffered for him. and after i said that Nurin kind of went really quiet and just kinda said wow thats cool. .... It was so cool!!!!!!!!! But it also helped me to be more at peace with my brother, it really was edifying for my investigator and for me. And i give all credit to the spirit for what i said because it just kinda flowed out of my mouth. yay! 😁

Also this last week i was studying a talk from Bishop Dean M Davies from the conference of october and i love a few things that he said. "But when the holy Spirit filled their hearts, doubt and reluctance vanished."  (saw this with Nurin) "Spiritual experiences have less to do with what is happening around us and everything to do with what is happening within our hearts" i really thought about this in the lessons. like alot of the times we blame little kids,  dogs, or the tv for why the spirit leaves but in reality the spirit depends on us. we bring the spirit we create the spiritual experiences. It really put my  ind in perspective and i have written in my agenda for every day. "Where is your heart?" SO i can remind myself that right now for them it all depends on me. 
I hope you all have a great week!!!!!! Love you tons and thankyou for all the support!!!!!!!  
Love Hermana McNamara
p.s. I finally figured out how to use the emoji thing here!!!! 😁😊😎😋😃😘😘😘


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Welllllllll ....... 1-17-2017

Hola Familia!!!!
well I've got about 10 more blisters and 2 more people to teach! but ya know the work goes on! Today I got to go to the temple here in Trujillo and do a session. I honestly took for granted the temple. There is a peace there you can't find anywhere else in the world and I love it!!!! Hopefully I can go again in the mission!!! 

One thing my comp. likes  to make fun of me for is my name. Because Casi or Cassie in Spanish is "almost". She tells me I shouldn't live up to my name because if so I'll  never complete anything I'll just almost get there... hahaha its funny. 

The heat here is absolutely insane and I'm honestly dying a little, I want snow!!!!! haha 

I don't have to much time to write today but I just wanted you to know I'm super thankful for all of you!!!!! you guys keep me going!!!!!  Always remember God loves you and He's got a great plan for each of you!!!! 

ill write a better letter next week!!!
Love you all
Love Hermana McNamara

Monday, January 9, 2017

Hay Calor!!!!!!! - 01/09/2017

Hola Familia!!!!!

Well this week was a little bit harder than the last. We are still knocking doors and contacting people in the street but I feel like soon or later we are going to find the people that God wants us to come in contact with! I have Lots of Faith and I'm just gonna keeping going. Yes ill be honest its a little disheartening and sometimes its hard to get the motivation to leave our apartment because we know that we are just going to be walking around in this absolutely crazy heat. But yesterday we were talking with a member and he gave the ejemplo (example) of the alfalfa plant. He said a lot of people here grow the alfalfa plant here and when its ready to be vended they cut just above the roots and vend the part they've cut off. But to keep the plant healthy and to produce good alfalfa every 5 years you have to remove the roots from the ground, freshen the soil and put in nutrients and replant the alfalfa. He said our faith is sometimes like that. we get so caught up in what we have to do we get disheartened and don't start to produce "good alfalfa" but we can replant our roots. .... now this got me thinking about this area and i don't know how to pull out the roots of this area and put in nutrients and replant it again but I'm going to find away. we are knocking doors, we are contacting but we must not be doing it enough. so one goal for me this week is I'm going to count how many doors I knocked the day before and the next day knock 2 more than before. I know this probably means a lot of walking but it will be good.

Now that being said yes I am dying of heat here. please send snow!!! haha its hot enough that during our little preparation time we have in the afternoon we take a shower to get all the sweat from the morning off haha. the people here say that its the rain season but I have yet to be pleased with what they call rain. its like 5 drops and then its over. 

Anyways hope you all have a good week!!!! Thanks for all the support!!!!
Love Hna. McNamara