Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hello for the Last Time

Hello for the last time!

Weird huh? How time flies so fast. This last week I was thinking about what I could say in an email to describe my mission. Then I realized that I couldn't. But there is a very popular song that we listen to out here as missionaries called, "The Hardest Thing I've Ever Loved To Do". I am pretty sure I have told you all about it before but it basically how I look back on my mission. I want to go through some of the lyrics (in bold) from that song and relate it to my mission. Go look it up on youtube..its a good one. 

The hardest thing I've ever loved to do, was letting go of everything I ever knew.
Alright lets just be straight up here. Madison McBride has a very know-it-all personality. I had to get some huge slices of humble pie to realize that I really don't know anything. In the MTC, during my mission, even now, I have had to realize that I don't know most things. I had to learn to be humble on my mission. Pride is the root of all evil. And although I am still not perfect at dropping my pride, I have learned to be better. 

The hardest word I've ever loved to say, was goodbye to my mom and walk away.
Man oh man, pulling up to the MTC. That was a trip huh family? Honking the horn, screeming out the window, announcing to the world that I HAD ARRIVED! Although we were stoked, saying goodbye to the ones I loved was so tough for me. Through the struggles and the joy, I wish that each of you could have been right next to me through it all. But I know that I wouldn't have been able to learn the things that I have if it was any other way.

The sweetest song I've ever loved to sing, filled the MTC on angels wings.
Despite the awful food, I will forever be grateful for that spirit prison in Provo, UT. That is where I found my testimony of the Book of Mormon. After days and nights of doubt, I recieved my answer that Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God and that he really did translate the Book of Mormon by the power of God. 

The firmest hand(s) I've ever loved to shake, were my trainers with big grins on their face.
Hermana Jones. Hermana Pierce. You have all heard many times how much these two people have changed my life. I will forever be grateful to my Heavenly Father for giving them to me. I learned so much from them that will forever have an impact on me. But not just my trainers, but to every companion that I have ever had. I know that they were with me for a reason. I ended up having 14 companions. That is a whole lot of learning right there! I have learned so much from each and every one of them and their different gifts and talents. 

The hardest tears I've ever had to cry, came as I opened up my mouth to testify. Between the tiny walls of strangers' living rooms. The spirit told them that my words were true.
There have been countless occasions where I have opened my mouth and the words of the spirit touched an investigator/member/less-active. In those moments, I know that this is HIS work and not mine. In each one of those living rooms, whether it was way to hot or freezing or too small or no furniture, heaven was in those lessons. I will probably never see most of these people again until after this life but I am grateful for each of the hearts that I was able to touch.

The sweetest sound I've ever loved to hear, is the sound of water running in the church. While someone you came to love gets dressed in white, and my eyes see their first glimpse of heavens light.
From Nathalia all the way down to Hollman, I will forever be grateful for the moments that I got to watch someone make that special covenant with God.

The hardest thing I've ever come to see, is a man down on his knees in agony. A drop of blood falls down on olive leaves. And for a moment he suffers there for me. 
The most important thing that I have learned on my mission is The Atonement of Jesus Christ. That sickness and depression that I was in was awful. I hated every minute of it. There were so many moments that I was ready to call it quits. I was done. But then I realized that someone a lot greater than me felt the exact same way. He didn't quit on me and so I didn't quit on him. 

The hardest thing I've ever loved to do, is getting on this plane and coming home to you. In a million ways completely torn apart. Because a land so far away still owns my heart.
Luckily for me, I have kinda already the experience of leaving a mission. I can't really explain what it felt like coming to California from Washington. I was so torn but so grateful for a new start. I know to this day that Heavenly Father needed me here in San Diego. He needed me in Kennewick as well. But God has this way of doing things that sometimes we just don't understand. 
Coming home is a little different because I am getting back to the normal things. Again, I am torn but I am very grateful for this experience that I have had and grateful for the loving arms that I will soon get to hug.

The most sincere prayer I will every pray, I will thank my God for each and every day. For the blessings of the woman that I have come to be. 
In those last moments as a missionary, I will humbly pray to my Heavenly Father for this incredible opportunity that he has given me. I know that I will forever be changed from my mission. It has truly made me who I am today.
I will cherish every single last moment with the name tag on and work until I can't anymore.

I want each of you receiving this email to know, that I know with all of my heart that this is the true church. I am grateful to 3 loving parents who taught it to me as a child but I am also grateful for them loving me and my siblings no matter what. I know that God is loving. He loves each and everyone of us NO MATTER WHAT. I know that The Book of Mormon is the truth. It has all the answers even though we might not understand it all. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he sacrificed his life and time for the restored gospel. I know that we have a living day prophet and he has 12 apostles that hold the priesthood authority here on the earth. Families can be forever. The temple is the house of the Lord. The church is true. The book is blue. And that is my simple testimony. 

I love you all so much. Thank you for your love and support over these last 18 months. 
My mission truly is the hardest thing I have ever loved to do. And I will forever be grateful. 

xoxoxo. be you.

-hermana madison mcbride

(P.S..i totally scored some San Diego zoo tickets for my last p-day from my girl Lupe yaa :))

Pictures #Flashbacks

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Taking It In


Yayy!!! I am so happy for this day. I just want to sing and dance. Most people would say that its pretty anti-climatic to turn 21 on a mission but I don't fall into that category. I planned my own birthday party in the backyard of a very wealthy member here in Poway. We are playing sand volleyball and ping pong tournaments for days. On top of that, we celebrated my birthday as basically a ward activity on Saturday. Mom, remember how I have begged you for a pinata every single year and didn't get one? Don't worry, the spanish members got that one covered. They got me a DESPICABLE ME PINATA!!! The night was filled with food and more food and cake and dulces and then to top it off...SPANISH KARAOKE. Too good to be true I tell you. It really sucks knowing that I am leaving soon.

Okay I know my emails are probably boring and redundant at this point and you are all pretty I will make it somewhat short. 

HOLLMANS BAPTISM IS THIS WEEKEND! Please keep him in your prayers! :)

Oldtown last week with the crew was SO fun. 

We played chair soccer for a ward activity..I won. How? I have no idea. Maybe because I can speak spanish now, I can therefore play futbol also. 

Interviews with President Schmitt were awesome. I love the guy. He is probs gonna be an apostle one day. 

COOLEST STORY EVER...We were biking and Hermana Hofer's tire popped. We were a little ways from home but we just started walking. Some random dude was on a run and said "Hey Sisters!". He saw that our tire was broken and then went on his marry way. 10 minutes later, he comes running back with a bag in his hand. In the bag was 2 tire tubes and a bike pump. He is visiting from New Zealand and happened to run into our path. I think he was one of the 3 nephites but who knows? hahaha. 

Spiritual Moment: I had my last mission presidents fireside this week. I got to sing a duet with the AP in the mission. We sang if the savior stood beside me. Then I got to sing with a group of the sisters that our leaving. As I looked out into the crowd and saw so many of my favorite people in my mission it was like the world went still. I was able to just take it all in. I can't really explain the feeling it is when you are about to leave a mission. So bittersweet. But I am grateful for the moment I got to just take it all in and give thanks to my heavenly father. 

Funny: So there is a new sister here in Poway from Thailand. She is such a squisher. She is still learning english but ya she is adorable. So this week when her and her companion were doing a practice she said, "Can we come teach your neighbors more?"..then her companion said, "Um...No..I don't think they would listen". Then Sister Saidan screamed, "HEY! GO TO HE%%!!!". Her companion just busted up laughing and said, "hahaha! NO SISTER SAIDAN THATS A BAD WORD!!". She is now famous in the mission for that and so now she says, "GO TO HOME!". So if I ever tell you to GO TO HOME its not a good thing hahaha!

One more of these bad boys left. Thank goodness. Emailing time is the most stressful time of the week. Every RM will agree. 

Loves youu all. 
xoxo. be you.
-Hermana McBride

Finally! A piƱata for my birthday! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Give Up or Get Up + Pics

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my beautiful mother. I love you and miss your face. Time is winding down so quickly. My next three p-days consist of Old Town with my besties from the mission (today), My birthday party, then the beach, then HOME! Carrrazzyyy. I am super excited to finish here in Poway with Hermana Hofer. She is like one of my besties. We will be good friends for a good while.
Last Pday was so much fun. President and his kiddos came and played ball. It was so intense because of course everyone was trying to impress the guy haha. But it was way fun. My basketball skills have really improved ;) hahah...okay not really. I still struggle to make lay-ups but I make it rain when it comes to those 3-pointers. Speaking of basketball...WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME ABOUT LEBRON?! officially fail as my sports updater. haha.
Hollman passed his interview and is getting baptized on July 26th!!! Nothing like a baptism to send you home huh? We are so excited. He is super pumped too. He wants to go on a mission.
We met a really cute family in the English ward. They are half peruvian. She found out I was going home in 3 weeks and is already trying to set me up with her son. There has been a lot of that awkwardness lately (see funny moment..)
The fun day of the week was biking on 7/11..mostly because we have 4 different 7/11's in our area. FREE SLURPEES FOR DAYS!!! My tan line is gettin nice and thick haha.
The poway zone is good. We are BFF's with our Zone Leaders. There is a bunch of stupid drama with missionaries but we are having lots of fun and staying out of it.
Spiritual: This week was sweeeet. I had straight up revelation. I was in an appointment with an investigator and out of nowhere I felt so naucious. I felt SO sick. I didn't know why because I never feel that way unless I have the flu. So we went home and I blacked out on my pillow for a good hour. I woke up so confused and I was more mad than anything. I was thinking.."WHY ME! I am trying my hardest to finish strong. I am doing my best and this happens. Is this God or is this Satan? What am I supposed to learn from this?" Then I sat and thought and prayed to myself. And then it dawned on me. Sickness and any other trial for that matter happens because of human nature (since the fall of adam). The important part is the way we decide to react to trials. We can choose God or the adversary.
An example of this that came to my mind is when Jesus Christ was on the ship with his apostles. He fell asleep and was EXHAUSTED. He was a natural man as well and he got tired. He layed down and litteraly slept through a huge storm. That is when his apostles woke him up and asked for his help. In that moment, Jesus had the decision to give up orget up. He got up and calmed the sea and said, "Peace, be still".
So everyday we are given trials. We have the choice as well. Will we give up or get up? I am gonna get up and fight until August 5th and I am hugging each of your squishy little faces.
Funny: So..we overlap with a YSA at church. There are some babes..not going to lie. So as we were walking out, I was talking to this english member and she was like "wow! you only have 3 weeks left?!" Then one of the YSA guys was like "Ya sister poulson do you have any young nephews or cousins?"
Me, being awkward and completely oblivious, didn't realize that he was asking FOR me. haha. I say, "Why?..haha". He was like.." get home..just trying to help get you set up ya know?". Then sister poulson says, "Why are you asking about my cousins?! Why don't YOU get Sister McBrides phone number..?". I slowly just walked away awkwardly and said.." realllly don't have to do that...byyye!!". I am so awkward. He was a babe. But ya know..I ain't ready for that dating life yet hahaha.
Love you guys.
Have a good week. Email me on my birthday..#SoIKnowItsReal
xoxo. be you.
-hermana mcbride
1. THE columbian hot dog..its insane. I will make you one when i get home.
2. BIKES!!!
3.  Ballin with President Schmitt
4. It is safe to say that you are a Sister Missionary when you wear this skirt in public..hahahaha. don't worry it only lasted a good 4 hours.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

It Is Getting Late - July 8, 2014

Hey Hey Hey:

July..I still can't believe it is July. I can feel it because I am sweating all the time but it doesn't feel like I am about to go home. Speaking of heat, Hermana Hofer and I had this wild idea of biking to zone meeting yesterday for fun. It took a good 10-12 miles on an incline and it was 90 degrees. No big deal. I am loving the bikes though. They are super fun!

It was so fun to see Lena and the boys this week. Its insane how big the boys are. I am so obsessed! 

Okay so highlight of the week..MY NEW MISSION PRESIDENT/FAMILY IS AMAZING. He is only 40 and he has 4 kids who are the biggest squishers on the planet. I am already planning on setting Cassidy up with their oldest son. I just am so grateful for the amazing leadership I have seen on my misison. President Schmitt is so cool. He is coming to play basketball with us today for P-day! Haha! SO LEGIT. Hermana Hofer and I decided to make them a little welcome card (see picture) with a little treat (sticky chexmix..yum). The other missionaries called us a bunch of brown-nosers and that is alright by me. Cuz they love us! We saw them at the Mormon Batallion and they both came up and thanked us for the card. I am super pumped that they are so personal because I was a little sad that I wouldn't get to know them before I left..but all is well! We are homies!

The 4th of July was good. We worked at the family history center booth at a big community event. Just a word for the wise...people interested in family history who aren't LDS can be a little bit odd sometimes. This one lady talked to us about reincarnation and how this is the 3rd life that she has lived. Then she looked into my eyes and went silent and said, "yes..your eyes. I can see it. We were friends in another generation of time. We know each other..". Man..I was trying so hard not to bust out laughing. After, we went and had a BBQ with our district and our ward mission leader's family. It was way fun!

Satan has been attacking my health lately. What else is new? haha. I have some random disease on my legs right now that is causing a bunch of red dots. Basically, my hair follicles are inflamed. I am on an anti-biotic and steroid cream. Also, me and Hofer were in and out of bead with sinus problems this week. Not fun. I am just annoyed that my health is slowing me down right now. But we are getting better so time to go hard before i go home. 

The wedding/ward activity has been called off. I am just bummed because I was stoked to listen to the ward clerk sing John Legend haha. 

I got to see Hermana Flandro this sunday. She was visiting from SLC!

I gave my departing testimony yesterday. That was weird. It is all just flying by and I partly just want time to stop. But life is all about learning and having new experiences. So I am okay about coming home but I know I will really miss being a missionary.

Funny: So, our ward mission leader's daughter (Sydney, 8yrs) is a hoot. The other day me and Elder Hunt, my district leader, were just chatting and Sydney ran up to my companion and said, "I CAN SEE IT NOW!!! <3 THEY ARE GOING TO GET MARRIED! hahahahaha! So now her biggest quest in life is to make sure that it happens haha. I have a quote in my planner that says, "Choose your love and love your choice". Sydney added, "..and your choice is ELDER HUNT". I love kids. They are so great haha. Don't worry I am not planning on marrying Elder Hunt (or anyone for that matter haha). 

Spiritual: This morning I was reading one of my favorite talks by Jeffery R. Holland called "Laborers in my Vineyard". I invite you all to read it..its pretty much mind-blowing and amazing. He talks about the parable in Matthew when there were Laborers who came to work for this man and they all got chosen to work at different hours of the day. But at the end of the day, they all received the same amount of money. Elder Holland talks about 3 concepts of this parable.

#1-  "Coveting, pouting, or tearing others down does not elevate your standing, nor does demeaning someone else improve your self-image. So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. It is a happy way to live...Brothers and sisters, there are going to be times in our lives when someone else gets an unexpected blessing or receives some special recognition. May I plead with us not to be hurt—and certainly not to feel envious—when good fortune comes to another person? We are not diminished when someone else is added upon. We are not in a race against each other to see who is the wealthiest or the most talented or the most beautiful or even the most blessed. The race we are really in is the race against sin, and surely envy is one of the most universal of those."
On my mission, I have realized many of my weaknesses. One of them that is still VERY apparent is that I have a hard time rejoicing in other people's successes. I love that Elder Holland says that the only race we are in is against that of sin. 

#2- He talks about how the Laborers who worked at the beginning just complained later because they had to stay in the hot sun all day. We must not dwell on things of the past. He says, "The formula of faith is to hold on, work on, see it through, and let the distress of earlier hours—real or imagined—fall away in the abundance of the final reward."
#3- This parable isn't about laborers or wages, it is about the atonement of Jesus Christ and his grace towards all men. No matter who, what or when..his grace is sufficient. He closes by saying, " His concern is for the faith at which you finally arrive, not the hour of the day in which you got there..So if you have made covenants, keep them. If you haven’t made them, make them. If you have made them and broken them, repent and repair them. It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time...Don’t delay. It’s getting late."

I add my testimony to Elder Holland's. The atonement is incredible and perfect. Don't delay. It is getting late. 

Sorry this email was lengthy. I hope I didn't bore you all to tears. Only 3 more of these bad boys! I am just trying to get it all our while I can ;)

I gotta go ball up against my mission president now. I love you all oh so much!

xoxo. be you.
-hermana mcbride

1. Me and the President's kids 
2. Me and my Match-Maker Sydney
3. Lena and the boys
4. WELCOME LA FAMILIA SCHMITT (yes we spelt their name wrong..#embarrassing haha)

Happy July 7th - July 1, 2014

Hello Hola Konichiwa:

SOOOO much can happen in one week. Alright so #1...last week, like i said, we didn't get the transfer call. I thought that was SO weird that they were keeping a trio together for 2 transfers. Jones was writing me and told me that same thing happened to her so they called the Assitants to confirm and they made a mistake. So..I decided to text Elder Garner JUST IN CASE. And what do ya know? They made a mistake. Hermana Sanchez was transferred to Chula Vista (my old area) on Wednesday. It was super sad but we were all expecting it anyway. 

So with one less hermana...#2 we decided to add a little fun to my last transfer...BIKES. Yes. Bikes. We got some bikes that some sisters weren't using and we now can bike or drive a car whenever we would like. Our area is pretty big but we are mostly working in one part of it right now and so we hop on our bikes with our swagged out helmets and go go go! My booty hurts real nice and I have a sweet farmers tan but its all worth it. SO MUCH FUN! And we get honked at by members all the time now. I finally feel like a real missionary hahaha. 

#3..We got a new mission president!!! I haven't met him yet but I am super stoked. 

The biking is just bringing miracles 4 days. Yesterday was our first full bike day and here is the story. So we made it a goal to try to 1. ask for more referrals from EVERYONE and 2. Master the art of street contacting on a bike (its so awkward). So we make a goal that if we ask for 5 referrals we would get to reward ourselves with a tacobell slushy during happy hour. So we went out and we saw this 17 year old girl with a bike but she was just walking it. So we stopped and said, "Hey! Do you know anyone who knows how to fix a bike? Our chain is struggling." She said.."Ya! My dad. He worked in a bike shop for 10 years. Just follow me to my house." We thought her house was just around the corner..No. 3 Miles later we got to her house, her dad fixed our bike, we got a referral, and we added their neighbor as an investigator! Then we went to our appointment and ended up biking 8 miles and with a big giant slushy from Taco Bell. IT WAS SWEET. My arms are SO burnt hahaha (see picture). 

In other news, our strive for ward activities is actually happening! When I got here they only did one activity every 2 months and I was soooo annoyed. Me and my companions worked really hard to change that and we are now having an activity every wednesday night. SO LEGIT. There are 2 members of our ward who are getting married and it has been like the center of the universe in the branch haha. Her wedding is being considered the ward activity of the month. BAHAHA! #SpanishBranchProblemas

Our investigator Holman is doing awesome. He is progressing a ton and has a baptismal date for July still. Whoop whoop! I am pumped to hopefully watch a baptism before I go home. 

Spiritual Momento: This moment is brought to you from an email I got today. I have been really trying hard to stay focused and bang this last transfer out. Today I got an email that clicked right into that sports-minded head of mine:

"Don't just finish.  Go hard til the final whistle. Leave it all out on the floor. And make them carry you out on a stretcher."

If that doesn't get you pumped, I don't know what does. Its clutch time. Time to go hard or go home. 5 weeks to get things done!

Funny Momento: 1. My companion ran into a trash can on her bike yesterday hahaha. 
2. We were visiting one of my favorite members here in Poway and we were planning a trip to go to the mormon batallion to show our investigator. 
Us: How about we go on monday night?
Him: No hermanas! It won't be open..right?
Us: umm...why not?
Him: Its JULY 7th!!! America Day!!!
Us: Hermano...thats the 4th...

bahahahahhaha!!!Too good. HAPPY 7TH OF JULY!! #GodBlessAmerica

Love you all so much!
xoxo. be you. 

-hermana mcbride


1. Helmet Hair..lets go.
3. Farmers tan.

Posted Up With Angels - June 24, 2014

Good Mornin' Sunshines!
Another transfer call today. I AM STAYING! We are all staying in a trio which is super rare. Yay!! No more anxiety of transfer calls. My next transfer will be to the Salt Lake City airport. Wheeew! We made it team. We at the finish line. These next few weeks are going to fly. It is soooo weird. We have something (meeting or event) every week this transfer. Oh and its my birthday month...cough cough ;)
Anyway, I am planning on doing what is called a "40 day fast". It resembles the 40 day fast that Christ did. But i will eat food don't worry. hahaha. I have picked about 5 different things that I want to fast from and do them. For example, I am going to actually make my bed every morning for 40 days. haha. You would think I would have learned that by now...nope...sorry parents. I am also going to speak spanish for at least half of the day. I am also going to finish Jesus The Christ #pray4me #NoEntiendo hahaha. So if any of y'all want to do the 40 day fast with me, it starts tomorrow! 40 more days! Weiiiirrrd.
It was fun to see Aunt Wendy this week. It reminded me that world hasn't changed one bit. Just that everyone and their dog is married.
We had the coolest miracle this week. One of my favorite member families here brought their cousin, Hollman, to church and he loved it and now we are teaching him. He just got out of Jail and wants to change his life around. He already read the entire Book of Mormon in jail. He has a baptismal date for July 12th! WHOO!
We got to go help out at an english ward activity and they had a giant water balloon fight. That was super fun..except when the elders got a hold of the balloons. #SOAKED
As you know, my companion is from El Salvador and so this week we went to a members house and made Papusas. YUM!
Spiritual: We sang my favorite song (Abide with Me) in church this week. I love being reminded of the beautiful lyrics to that song but I love it more in spanish. It says (translated):
Come, Lord, the night is already here.
Everything is dark and it gives me fear.
There is no peace; A lot of bad in sight
In the darkness, accompany me.
Always grace, I want to have
Who else could defeat Satan?
Only in you I will find my guide
In the sun and shadow, accompany me.
gooodddd stuff.
Funny: We were teaching our recent converty Kevin yesterday. He is 19 or something and we are homies cuz he is our neighbor too. Well, yesterday we were teaching him more about the priesthood from D&C 84. He was like..kay this is confusing and I don't really understand. So this is what I say to help him understand.."Kay kevin, there were some O.G's that were posted up in the olden days like before Jesus. They got the priesthood. Now you have it and if you used it right then angels will be posted up around you. Jesus Christ is like your number 1 amigo, ride or die, wingman. So use your priesthood right and he will blow your mind with blessings." hahaha. He understood PERFECTLY. And that is when you know that you were called for your own personality #McBreezyIsBack.
Love you all!
Have a fabulous week.
xoxo. be you.
-hermana mcbride
1.Bowling with some of my besties :)
2. Me and Aunt Wendy

The Broken-Hearted - June 17, 2014

iBuenos dias!
Last P-day ended with me chillin on the pier of Ocean Beach. Not bad eh? Then I ended up with a really nasty looking farmers tan but oh well. I hope you had a wonderful fathers day daddy! I still don't understand why they don't just let us give you a phone call too. I am just doing fabulous. Life is good. No complaints.
Fathers day was quite non-climatic. We had dinner at the church though so that was fun. I am enjoying being in a branch again because I can get to know pretty much everyone haha.
We had zone conference yesterday and it was amazing. It was President Clayton's last zone conference and it was super sad. I gave him a big hug and thanked him for all that he has done for me while I have been here. I am so grateful that I was able to finish my mission here in California. Although I don't always understand why, I know God had people here for me.
We met an awesome lady yesterday who is ready to learn. Her name is Raffa. She is the housecleaner for some members. The members just got home from being mission presidents in Iowa and were recently called as the new temple presidents. Whooo..No break. I am greatful that they never took off that title of being a missionary though. I got super pumped to share the gospel with Nora (dads housecleaner) and mom's lanscaper. I think it should be fun :)
Spiritual: We went on exchanges this week with Hermana Hess. She is my homie. I love her so so much. We had a heart to heart on life and how the mission is going. She told me something that she has learned in the last few weeks and it has really helped me look at things differently...
My success as the Lord's missionary is not based on how many baptisms I get or how many lessons I teach, how many new investigators I find, or many rules I break or keep. My success is determined by how many broken hearts I have had. How many times that my heart broke when my investigator didn't read or come to church. How many times I watched someone choose something that wasn't right. How many times I cried because I felt alone. Failed baptisms. Switching missions. Depression. Sickness.
It was in those times, when I had to turn to The Savior. Jesus taught us that, "he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted". Our success in this life will be determined by how well we understand the atonement and use it. That is why my success as a missionary is determined on my broken-heart.
Funny: We are now eating with 2 english people a week. That is always either way fun or just a culture shock. This week we were calling to confirm dinner and the man answered "HELLO! This is Brother Walt! And Im a mormon! How can I help you?". Welp, I about peed my pants and I thought this would probably be the weirdest family in the ward. Quite the opposite. They are actually way cool he is just freaking hilarious. We were asking them if they had any pass-along cards and he said.."ya i think so..Is it the one with a picture of a dude with a hoodie on?.."
I said, " don't think so?". He brings over the card with Jesus in his robe. BAHAHA! Jesus in a hoodie. I will never look at that picture the same.
Time is windin down my friends. I would ask you for your prayers even more than before. I am gonna need it for this last transfer to stay focused and to transition back into the world.
Love you so much kiddos.
xoxo. be you.
-hermana mcbride
Picture time:
1. We put coconut oil in our hair every night...#swag
2.Saying bye to President and Sister Clayton
3.Exchanges with Hessykins
4. Lets go to the beach beach..lets go get away!