Monday, January 29, 2018

Up in the Hills

Dear Family,

I'm very grateful for your emails and your supportive words. I'm sorry that this will be a short email, but at least I will be sending a lot of pictures. 

The pictures, just to explain, were taken in a bunch of different situations. The ones where we are on a hill were taken this morning. 

Today there are changes in assignments coming, and I don't know what will happen, but I have had four rotations in this area and it is very possible that I will be going to a different area, maybe my last area, I don't know. 

I like the area where I am now and I like my companion. I will be sad to go if I do. There are still things that I want to do in this area to be able to learn more and grow. 

It was a difficult week. Many of the baptismal dates that we had scheduled as a district fell through, mainly because the investigators were not sufficiently prepared to be baptized. It was depressing to me. I wished we had made the goal but I worry that we didn't work hard enough from the start to make sure that we had the right number of people. Partly for this reason I want to stay in this area to be able to reach the goal for the next month. 

I thank you all for your words of encouragement. They help me. I love you all very much. I'm so sorry that this is such a short email, but next week I will be sure to write more. I love you all. Enjoy the pictures. 

Elder McMurray 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Catching Up

It's been a while since I've posted here.  Noah has been very busy: he's currently serving as a District Leader, and he's been training newly arrived missionaries:

Dear Dad,

This week was very good. We had a meeting with our mission president the beginning of the week with our half of the mission. We weren't able to complete our goals this past month as a mission and so we talked about the things that we can do better as a missionaries so that we can complete our goals and have more success. It was a very good meeting. After that meeting we were scheduled to have interviews with President. We went home first to have our room checked, went to go eat at a members home, then we returned to the chapel to meet with President. I had a very good interview with him. He gave me a lot of counsel and a lot of needed advice. I need to have a lot more faith I have realized. I lack a lot of faith. But I have tried this week to put more faith in the Lord and in his power. I left the interview with that in my mind and we were able to have a lot of success this week. This week I also had a work visit with an Elder that I know when I was first starting my mission. Elder Gutierrez is his name. We shared a ward together for 4 and a half months, although we were never companions. He went to another zone, I went to another zone. We never really saw each other again, until now. He is now the zone leader here in the zone I'm in and we are also sharing the ward again. He is very inspiring to me. In the work visit, I was able to remember a lot of the experiences that we had in my first area. I was also able to learn a lot from his example about things that I can improve on. It was a good week. I'm very grateful for the experiences I was able to have this week. 

I'm going to send pictures of a service project we did at a fire station near our area.  I miss you all very much as well. I look forward to talking to you on Christmas Day. I want to know what time we should plan for to talk. What time would be good for all of you? I'm sorry that my emails are so short all the time. I hope that you all don't think that it means I'm not missing you. I do miss you. At times I just don't know what to say. I will study those scriptures that you've given me to study. I hope you have a great week. Please send my love to Mom, Samuel, and Naomi. Keep going strong with the Light the World campaign. For family home evening tonight I would recommend listening to the last talk given by Elder Robert D Hales. I miss you, Dad. 

Elder McMurray