Saturday, December 7, 2013

Black Friday Caroling!

 black friday caroling - until we got kicked out 

souplantation with ivett and freshte


thanksgiving with the Gallegos family 


It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Easter!

Dec 3, 2013


Howdy Y'aalll!!
 
It is December 3rd and I am wearing a short sleeve shirt. So weird. This week was my hump day! Crazyyy!! Time has flown by..most days at least haha. So..last week I told you how we got transfer calls and we were all going to stay the same. We were pumped and all that. Well..that night we recieved a call and I guess they made a last minute decision and decided to transfer Hermana Flandro. I felt so bad because it was the day before Thanksgiving and we made all these plans and then she got her hopes up and WHAM she was transferred. BUT..she also knew that it was where she needed to go. I was freaking out because I have only been in a new mission for 8 weeks and they need me to take over the area. I was kinda freaking out. But then I remembered that I had to take over Kennewick in only 4 weeks. The Lord always qualifies his missionaries.
 
So on Wednesday morning I picked up my new companion at transfer meeting. Her name is Brianna Barnes and she is from Springville, UT. She is like a little ball of sunshine. She is 5"0, blonde and just so happy all the time. She has been out for 7 months now. Her spanish is awesome. We get along great. She plays piano like a boss (which is nice cuz I am sure the ward is sick of me playing the same hyms in sacrament meeting every week). I can't wait for this transfer. We gonna tear it up!
 
My Thanksgiving was very odd but it was pretty expected. We did weekly planning (which usually takes 3 hours). In the middle of it, the apartment below us started on fire for a minute so we grabbed as much stuff as we could. It was a pretty dramatic 3 minutes of deciding what was most important to me haha. I grabbed my ukulele, pictures, journal, camera, and my ipod hahaha. It ended up being just a little tiny dinky flame and the lady freaked out and called the fire department. By the time the 3 fire trucks showed up, the alarm went off. It was pretty comical. Later we went to eat dinner at The Gallegos house. It was way fun. We ate turkey, potatoe salad, flan, and spaghetti. It was just so delightful haha. After, we met up with the other missionaries in the district and we went caroling while people waited in line for Black Friday. I played the uke and it was so sick. Our district can all sing so it was pretty legit not gonna lie. People were recording us and taking pictures and all that jazz. It was way cool. And then we got kicked out by Scrooge The Mall Manager. But hey, it was fun while it lasted.
 
Ivett and Freshte took us to this amazing restraunt this week. They aren't super ready for baptism yet but we are trying to help them get there. Same with Diana. She is progressing but we are gonna try to slow things down a little bit. Mayra got hit with some pretty crazy news...Before her baptism she had a boyfriend. She was fully repented of before her baptism and all and she was so excited to start a new life. Well..this week she found out she is pregnant. Super sad because she is only 22 years old and she doesn't have much money. PLEASE keep her in your prayers.
 
I am so excited for the holiday season to start!! The mission office will send mis padres an email but just in case you don't get it...If you want to send me something for christmas, make sure to write CHRISTMAS on the box so that they will hold them until christmas eve. They will give us all of our packages that night and then we will patiently wait until the next morning to open them haha.
 
Funny: Yesterday we were teaching Diana and her dad, Jose. He wanted me to say the closing prayer. In my prayer, I was asking to bless Jose and his family and he whispers to me..TRABAJO. So I say.."Y por favor bendice que Jose puede encontrar trabajo"..then I am about to the end the prayer and he whispers in my ear "JET PLANE". I was like..."QUE?" and I couldn't understand cuz he usually speaks spanish so I didn't know what the heck he was talking about. We ended the prayer and I was like "What did you say Jose??" He was like.."JET PLANE...hehehe...I want a Jet Plane." Probs should find the job first Jose..haha.  
 
Spiritual: This week I finished the New Testament, and The Book of Mormon again. I am now onto reading Jesus The Christ..(shes a long one..woof) and The Book of Mormon again. But this time I am really going to try to focus on The Atonement and how everything relates back to Jesus Christ. This week I was reading in Jesus The Christ and it talks about the knowledge of God. He knows more than we can even comprehend. He knows our hearts. He knows how we will react in every situation. He knows everything from the beginning to the end. It compared it to how much our parents know about us X100. We can't even comprehend the love he has for us. So, I was thinking a lot about why we come here and why we need to pray to him if he already knows how we will react. I have learned that we come here to learn by experience, to have joy, and to turn to him so that we can understand what HE wants us to do. And one day, we will get to meet him again. It will be kind of like the Salt Lake City Airport in 8 months but times that by 1,000,000,00...It will be a pretty legit. I am stoked.
 
Love you all so much! I hope you have a wonderful first week of December.
Eat some snow for me..
 
xoxo. smile always.
-Hermana McBride

Rain, Rain.

 district t-shirts. so sick! 
rain! happy winter! 



shakin' it up at Mayra's baptism. 

Estoy Agradacida - Happy Thanksgiving


Hola y Feliz Dia De Accion De Gracias..in short...HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
 
This week Mayra got "baptizized" as she would call it. YAY! It was the smoothest sailing baptism. Which was nice because given my past....batisms are always a little crazy. Mamma Ivett and her daughter Freshte accepted a baptism date as well as Diana (15 year old) for December 7th! YAY!!! It was a day of miracles thats for sure! Keep them in your prayers! Also, we found out today that our whole district is staying the same this next transfer!!!! YAY!!! We are all so pumped for the holidays. And pumped to play my new ukulele!!!! (THANKS MOM!!) I am so happy. haha.
 
Anyway..This email I just want to throw down a few things I am grateful for. Not just in general but from a missionary perspective.
 
1st and most important Jesus Christ: As a missionary I get the opportunity to teach His gospel and watch how it can change lives. But more than anything, I get to see how many situations that the atonement can change lives, including my own. Lately, I have been watching the new bible videos (highly recommended) before I go to bed. I have been trying hard to really focus on the atonement. Although I don't understand it completley, what I do comprehend is that for maybe a split mili-second He suffered there for me, Madison McBride. For my pains, trials, sicknesses, heartbreaks, sins, etc. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
 
2nd My Family: Every single prayer, I never neglect to pray for my family. I miss them more than words can describe but I have seen the most amazing blessings that they are recieving for their sacrifices. I am grateful for the house I have at home waiting for me, for the arms that I get to hug in the SLC airport in 9 months, for the life lessons that i have learned that I use while I teach the Gospel, and for the love and support that I get from them. I carry around 3 huge picture books around with me everywhere I go and I make sure that everyone knows how amazing MY family is.
 
3rd The Little Things: Some moments as a missionary are priceless but I can try to explain...
 
-Hearing somebody say "Nuestro Padre Celestial" for the first time
-The little party that you have in your head when your investigators come into the chapel on sunday.
-taco trucks
-watching someones heart completely change in a matter of 3 minutes of a street contact
-listening to christmas music in October
-hearing water running in the church for a baptism
-letters from home
-acting as if P-Day is christmas day EVERY week
-service (like last night, we gave out food to the homeless with Ivett and her kids)
 
 
This will probably be a thanksgiving like none other. I will probably be eating tortillas and flan. I hope you all enjoy this special day. THANK YOU. Everyone of YOU. for your love and support. I miss you like crazy but I am so happy and excited to see the work of salvation unfold here in Chulajuana.
 
Love you allll of the dayth.
xoxo. smile siempre.
 
-Hermana McBride
 

Happy Fall! errrr.....Happy Winter!

 avery and me


happy fall errr...happy winter


hermano augiar paying his rent. such a squisher! 

Remember Gethsemane

(Nov 19, 2013)


HOLA!
 
Happy Tuesday everyone. First of all, SHOUT (hehe) out to poppa McBride this week! Happy Birthday old man! Love you so much. This week has been a great one. Mostly because I have been listening to christmas music all week and it is starting to get cold..60 degrees. Its great. I am really starting to feel like Lexi with all of this Christmas in November non-sense but whatever..feels like home haha.
 
This week we had the opportunity to visit with the granddaughter of this lady that we have been teaching. Her name is Avery. She is a 9 year-old with Cerbralpalsy. She is such a fire ball. Full of life and so girly. We visited with her for about 30 minutes and she was so freaking cool. She told us to go visit her friend who has to be in the hospital for 6 weeks because of surgery, and to go share a scripture with her brother, but mostly she wants us to teach her mom. Her mom wasn't there but she is an alcoholic and has been having a really hard time with a daughter with this life-trying disability. I was so humbled by going to visit her. She learned how to dial our phone number and we now get phone calls every so often to tell us hello. It is the little things in life..Be greatful for the life you have. Avery is so happy and full of light. (See Picture).
 
This week we also had these things called MTE's (Missionary Training Expierience). We have a meeting/training in our zone with President Clayton and then one of the sister training leaders comes with us for a day and we go out and teach in our area. The next day we report on all of the cool miracles that we saw. And man oh man did we see miracles!! We had 10 lessons in one day and we got 4 new investigators! It was so sweet. We had some amazing lessons. Also, Mayra committed to be baptized on Saturday! WHOOOO!!
 
Random things that happened this week:
 
-We have been teaching a 16 year old member. He is the piano player for our ward and he is way cool. He has a ton of quesitions about life and faith and theory. My mind is blown after every lesson we have with him. I feel like I am teaching Austin or Brandon haha. But I am learning a lot as we try to help him understand faith and how to use it. I really really hope he will serve a mission!
 
-We had an activity as a stake this week called "Meet the Mormons". It was a casual dinner for members to bring there non-member friends to see what we believe. They had every room with displays of things that we believe. IT WAS SO COOL. Soooo many people came.
 
-We ate Peruvian food with the Coca family this week. They are so sick. She is white. He is peruvian. And they have the cutest kids. And their food was amazing. She reminds me a lot of my aunt Marci so it was way fun to hang out with them.
 
Spiritual: President Clayton just got back from a missionary president training in Washington with 40 other mission presidents. He told us that Elder Ballard spoke to them and at the end he walked to his seat and right before he sat down, he walked back up to the pulpit. He pulled out of his pocket a pass-along card, a picture of Jesus Christ, and said.. "If you ever get tired, or weery, or want to give up...Remember Gethsemane. And you won't be tired anymore". As missionarys, as human beings, as disciples of Jesus Christ, there are so many times where we are tired and we just don't feel like we can go any further. I add my invitation as Elder Ballard said.."Remember Gethsemane".
 
Funny: Workouts are fun and all. Sometimes we go walk up to the hospital and look at the beautiful view of TJ and San Diego. Other days we go run on a track. This week we decided to get creative. I have a samoan upbeat song that I got from Hermana Pierce on my ipod and Hermana Flandro knows how to Polynesian dance. (Proabably an outcome from going to Cyprus High School). So she taught me how to polynesian dance in our apartment. Hehehe. Oh and yesterday we were doing service at a park and the elders wanted to know if we could do flips...so i threw a round-off back handspring. Without Stretching. I still got it and all but the poly dancing mixed with the tumbling...I AM SORE. Woof. haha.
 
LES QUIERO MUCHISIMO!!!
smile always.
xoxo.
-Hermana McBride

Just a Bunch of Random

(Nov 12, 2013)


Howdy Y'all!
 
Okay..first of all..HAPPY BIRTHDAY MCKSMELL. I can't believe you are so old. freaks me out. anyway..so we got to the library a little bit early so we went across the street to H&M. Worst idea ever. Don't worry, I didn't buy anything but HOLY MOLY I miss winter sweaters so much haha. It made me think of Nordstrom last year. I might miss clothes more than my own family. #Withdrawls. Hahaha. JOKE. I miss you all oh so much. Week are just flying by. I can't believe that in 9 months I will be at home. Loco. I am really trying to live it up while I am here.
 
This week I felt extra cool because we started re-teaching one of the cute ladys from the district movies. Her name is Ofelia and she is so sweet. She didn't even know there was a spanish congregation this whole time and that is her native language. SAY WHAT?? She was really excited that we spoke spanish too haha. So I hope that she will progress and her family will too.
 
One of the members that we work a lot with had a really hard fall and broke her hip and leg in 3 places. She is 87 years old. We have been visiting her a lot in the hospital. It is really sad to see how short life can be. But at the same time, she shared with us her cute stories from her life and I felt like I was hanging out with my own grandparents. So much to learn from them..youth these days are crazyyy loco.
 
Speaking of the youth, we have seen some really sad things happen with a lot of our investigators and members. Kids are doing the craziest things at such a young age. This week we got caught up in traffic because apparently, 2 minutes before, a 14 year old boy jumped off of a bridge onto this busy highway because he was being bullied. LIKE WHAT?! So sad. I am soo grateful that I have had God in my life to help me through hard times. I swear I am going to lock my own childeren up in a closet and never let them out haha.
 
We had another Mission President Fireside (with the music and conversion stories) this week. This one was in English so there were SO many people there. It was so weird to go to a meeting like that in english. The last one was probably the MTC. There were so many cool stories from converts and I got to sing in the choir. It was awesome.
 
I am now doing my personal progress in Spanish now. So..McKell, Cassidy, and Lexi..you have competition. Lets see who can finish first! Hehe. I am excited because I am doing it all in spanish and when I finish, I get the gold medallion :)
 
Spiritual: Lately, For one of our investigators, I have been studying a lot about the atonement and how it can help people overcome regret. I asked President Clayton more about his thoughts on the matter and he related it in the perfect way for me..relationships. He basically talked about when a relationship is broken up and the one person moves on and another one doesn't. The person who doesn't move on sits and thinks about every little thing that could have been and how they could have changed. But the only thing to do is to move on. He also told me the story of a friend he had that left his house with his wife and kids and they were hit by a drunk driver. The wife and one of his kids died. He couldn't help but think.."if only I left the house 5 seconds before.." and other thoughts like that. He used the atonement to forgive the drunk driver and move on. I think life can be really hard if we dwell on the past and think about "WHAT IF". Life is too short and it is time to just MOVE ON. (cue in Rascal Flatts "I'm Moving On" hehe) Sometimes we have to go through point B when we are on a journey from point A to point C. We are here in this moment in our lives for a reason and we are to learn day by day by experience and to be happy! Happieness.That is what God wants. Not regret.
 
Funny: In a spanish ward, about 95% percent of people are converts to the church. And most of them were catholic or christian. This week at a baptism, one of the recent converts was asked to give the closing prayer. Lets just say it was a good 5 minutes and it was a lot of yelling hahaha. The best part is that nobody else thought it was weird. just us gringos.
Oh and just a fun fact..I crossed 2 things off of my bucket list this week. 1. I finished a full chapstick without losing it and 2. I learned how to whistle with my fingers! WHOO!
 
Welllllp That's all folks.
 
Have a good week. Loves you all oh so much.
xoxo. smile always.
-Hermana McBride

Halloween 2013

halloween dinner Mexican style 


maria and me


mario and luigi! 

Chulajuana


(Nov 5, 2013)

Bienvenidos a mi correo-electronico :)
 
I hope you all had a great week and a fabulousaaaa halloween. Mine was pretty fun, i guess. Me and Hermana Flandro dressed up as Mario and Luigi..tehehe. It was pretty fun. We had a little lunch with the missionaries before our district meeting but me and her were definitely had the best costumes. We had to come in the apartment by 7 at night..so we decided to eat Helotes (corn with mayo, parmesean cheese, and tapatillo) and tomalles for dinner. A halloween like non other! Haha! (see pictures)
 
This past Wednesday was crazy. We got a text from Ivett that said that she couldnt meet with us for dinner because her son (Bijan, 17) ran away from home. We were so worried but we just went about our day. At about 6:00 at night, I felt like we should go see how she was doing and if we could help in anyway. We went over there and her daughter, Freshte (17) told us she was glad we came because her mom needed company. We went and talked about all the possibilitys of where he could be and how to track down his Iphone and yada yada..during this whole time, Hermana Flandro was just praying that he would call. She finally said, "lets just all say a prayer together". Right then, Freshte's phone rang from an unknown number. It was him! He told her that he was in Chicago and all this stuff but he was acting way fishy. Anyway, we recorded the conversation on Ivetts Iphone and replayed it looking for clues. When Freshte asked him if he was with his friend "Johnny" he hesitated a ton. We started talking about who this Johnny kid was. As we sat there we just kept praying that we could know what to do next and where he could be. She then said "Well..I don't know much about him but he is 22 and he lives behind Vons I think..". Me and Flandro teach people all the time over in that area. All of the sudden it clicked. We teach our recent convert named Nelly and her son's name is Johnathen. He has taken the lessons before but was never baptized. She pulled up his instagram and we figured out it was him. We had even planned on visiting them that night. So we grabbed our stuff and drove over to see her. I felt like a freaking CIA agent. It was so intense haha. Welp..Johnny didn't show up until we were about to leave. We talked to him for a bit but he wasn't with anybody but we walked outside and talked to Ivett and she said that she found out he was in Hawaii. Crazzzy. Moral of the story though...PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED.
Crazy part of that story too is that we are now teaching "Johnny" and he came to church this week! Ivett went to Hawaii and picked her son up and we have a lesson with her tonight. Hopefully all is well!
 
Diana is doing awesome as well. She came to church and she really likes it. Her belief in God is growing so much. We invited her to be baptized on the 23rd of November and she accepted!! We aren't sure how sure it is but pray hard for her! She really wants an answer. Woop woop!
 
So..we had a record-breaking miracle this week. 8 INVESTIGATORS AT CHURCH! We were expecting about 2. Mayra's family came. One family brought their neighbors. It was so sweet. The member missionary work is starting to catch on fire here in CHULAJUANA! and I DOTH LOVE IT!
 
Not So Funny Moment of The Week: Besides Mothers Day and Christmas, there is one day that every missionary looks forward to..daylight savings. I have been stoked all week for that beautiful day that I get an extra hour of sleep. Well..I hurried to bed as fast as possible and we set our alarm and went to bed. Well..we are used to our great Iphones and how they change the time for you. Not these phones. We got up at 5:30 am..thinking it was 6:30. Went to pick up the other sisters and they said..uhhh its only 7:30. I was so mad!!!! Maybe next year..:(
 
Oh and also, word on the street is their is an underground tunnel from TJ to Chula Vistab equipped with air conditioning and heating. I think like it sounds like a great finding opportunity..we will see what the mission president thinks ;) bhahaha! SIKE.
 
Spiritual Moment: We went to Bishop Chavez's house for dinner on Sunday and they have gone through lots and lots with their family and everything. My companion was talking to Hermana Chavez a lot about forgiveness. She told us a personal story of her own family and how she knows when she forgives somebody. She told us.."I know that I have forgiven somebody when I pray for them or want what is best for them. Not in a judging way but in a genuine care for their well-being."
I, personally, haven't had any crazy grudge held up in my life or anything like that but I feel like there are little things that bother me or people in my past who I still have hurt feelings. I have learned that it isn't about becoming best friends with that person or having to be in contact with them but it is more to really try to see somebody as God sees them and hope that they do well in life. Anyway..just a cool dinner convo.
 
 LES QUIERO MUCHISIMO!
smile always.
xoxo.

Photos from San Diego!

mayra's birthday tea party


sunset cliffs

Hola from Chulauanna!


(Oct 29, 2013)

Hola from Chulauanna!
 
This place really is like lil mexico. In fact, Saturdays are like a ghost town because everybody and their chiwawa goes to TJ for the weekend. I am excited for Halloween although I have no idea what I am going to be. We get to do a little activity for the primary tonight which should be fun. We are also going to Old Town San Diego today to see all of the decoration for the Dia de Los Muertos.
 
Lots is going on with our investigators this week. We have a few solid people. We had 5 investigators at church and 3 less-actives too. SO COOL. I was stressed out of my mind the whole time but it was the primary program so it was comical as well as spiritual.
 
First, Mayra (21 years old). Her uncle that was deported came back somehow and the family is so so happy. They now want to come to church and take the lessons. We are so happy because we tried to get them to come before but they were very shy but now they are very grateful because the church helped them out with food for the next month. QUE UNA BENDICION.
 
Ivette (single mother of the teenagers) came to church too. She is so so solid. Her boss is LDS and talked to her for an hour about it and she called us and was so excited to tell her everything she learned from him.
 
We went by to see Charlie (Cota). He wasn't at home cuz he was at the hospital. We went the next day to visit him and Bishop Chavez came too. It was so sad to see that little guy so weak but it has brought their family so close. One of the sons even fasted with us for Charlie.
 
I have taught like 3 different teenagers this week about the nature of God and prayer. There are so many who don't believe and I can really see how wicked the world is lately. We are teaching a 14 year old girl named Dianna who is so freaking cool. She is so smart and has so many questions. She came to church this week and really liked it. Its just sad how many young kids don't have the hope of something more than this world.
 
Spiritual: There is a famous picture of Jesus Christ when he is standing at the door but there is no handle on the door. He is knocking but it is our choice to open the door. I had a cool thought this week about how Jesus Christ can help me out so much as a missionary because he knocks more doors than I ever could. He knocks on every single door and waits and waits until we are willing to open the door and let him help us. As a missionary, I get frustrated when someone won't keep their appointment or they are inside but ignore us..that is probably how Jesus feels. But he is patient and loving. In our lives we need to be more like Him, patient and loving and willing to wait for those who need our help but arent willing to ask.
 
Funny: We were walking and walking and walking on Saturday but nobody was outside. Well..I spent most of this time walking behind Hermana Flandro. I finally went in front of her to walk up some stairs in a trailer park and she just started laughing so hard. I turned around to see why and we both noticed that my backpack had pulled my skirt up in the back and basically I was just flashing the whole old-folks trailer park for who knows how long. HAHA! Good stuff. hopefully the old people couldn't see very well. oops..
 
Miss you and Love you all.
Feliz Dia de Los Brujaaasss!!!
 
-Hermana McBride
 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Stay Classy, San Diego!


Happy Tuesday everyone!
 
Yes, P-day is on tuesday here. And by here I mean San Diego, CA. For those who still haven't heard the exciting, insane news...I was transferred to a brand new mission this week. I will kind of give you a run down of the past week.
 
I was able to say goodbye to some people in Kennewick but not enough. I didn't get to say goodbye to the amazing familia Lopez because we had to help the new missionaries coming in that night. The next day I was transferred to Moses Lake with Hermana Ahlstrom for about 2 days. It was actually quite an eventful 2 days. Hermana Ahlstrom is super cute and we had so much fun. *See Funny Moment*
 
After being there for only 2 days, I got a call from President Ware. Due to the "hastening of the work" we were swamped with a ton of Hermanas and due to some circumstances in our mission, President Ware talked with Salt Lake City and they wanted to move an Hermana to the San Diego mission. LUCKY ME! hehehe. So of course I was super thrown off and super confused, but I have come to really understand that God always has other plans for us. I miss Kennewick more than words can explain but I know God has prepared people here in San Diego for me to teach and I am super excited to be here. The weather doesn't hurt either. I went to the mission home the next day and was able to call Hermana Jones and Hermana Pierce to say goodbye. It was very bittersweet and I was so scared. President gave me an amazing blessing and I was off the next day.
 
So I showed up to California on Saturday and got to work that night. I am in a trio with Hermanas Anderson and Flandro who are both way cool. We get along really well and they have really helped me adapt to a new culture. The weather is amazing. I really got out of Washington at the right time. haha. I am about 10 minutes from the Mexico border in a town called Chula Vista. We are serving in a spanish WARD which is like surreal to me. There are 2 spanish wards in one stake..What the heck?! #WelcomeToThePromisedLand. Also, for those of you who are into the whole "District 2" series..that was all in my area. The Robles family is in my stake!! I get to meet them next week probably. I feel like a mormon groupie or something haha. So if you would like to see what my life is like right now..just go watch The District 2. 
 
I am hoping that they will make The District 3 while I am here so I can be famous or something..probly won't happen though. I am so so excited to be here. A lot of little differences but it has been cool to see that The Gospel is the same everywhere. 
 
Funny Moment: Me and Hermana Ahlstrom were out meeting memebers and we knocked on this door and the little boy ran to the door. We said "HI! Is your mom here?". He says, "No..She died." STRAIGHT FACED. Couldn't tell if he was kidding or not. He turns around and me and Ahlstrom just DIED LAUGHING. We felt so bad but it was so freaking hilarious. I think he was kidding because according to our records..his mom is alive. Mexican 6 year olds will get you every time.
 
Spiritual Moment: I have learned so much about the power of prayer this week. Change is so hard. Trials feel nearly impossible sometimes. I have felt somewhat in a tunnel with a very dim light at the end. BUT the great thing is that we have prayer to help that light brighten up.  I have never prayed so hard in my life. I have had to completely rely on the Lord to get me through this challenge but I have seen his hand so much in my life lately. So please always pray. He wants to hear you and He WILL help you. 
 
I love you and miss you all so much. McKell..see you next week in San Diego. bahaha jk. don't come find me or I will kill you. 
 
Que Tenga Buena Semana. Hasta Martes!
smile always. xoxo.
(New sign-off)..Stay Classy San Diego..
 
-Hermana McBride 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

My favorite things: watermelon, ukelele & shoes!

 love me some fresh watermelon



my homies


exchange with the one and only Kolstenator


lopez family


michael's baptism 


miguelito in a box


so typical


shoes and a ukelele always make me feel better. a member lets me borrow any time I want. heck ya! 


the mitchell's - Lil squishers. 

Hola mis amigos y mi familia

Hola mis amigos y mi familia..

This email is gonna be kinda short and sweet..

Lots of crazy things going on here in Kennewick! Thunderstorms like you wouldn't believe. I am a scaredycat. haha. We have been tracting lots and lots. Having a hard time finding people who want to listen but we are working hard. They are here somewhere. We have still been working a lot with less-actives and recent converts which has its ups and downs but I absolutely love the people here in Kennewick. I am very lucky to have this time to serve here. We were in a lesson last week and the first NFL game was on TV. Woof. That was a doozy. But I left before I got sucked into the beautiful game of football haha. I am learning a lot from training. I am learning a lot about patience and I think that having Lexi as my sister has really come to help me as a trainer. Hermana Dixon is awesome but she is still new and learning. 

We had exchanges with the Pasco Hermanas this week. Hermana Kolste was my companion for the day. She is freaking hilarious and we had a good time. She was Hermana Dixons companion in the MTC so she doesn't really know much espanol either. But we had a good time. I still have horrible luck on exchanges but we made the best of it. 

Ronay and Nelson are doing good. We are thinking of passing them to the Elders just so they can learn in a different way but we don't know yet. Other than that..not much to report. 

Spiritual Experience: I watched a video called "Misisonary Work and The Atonement" this week. It is also a talk that Elder Holland gave to mission presidents a few years ago. I have been having a hard time in these last few weeks with all of the crazy things that have happened but when I read this talk I was able to see a better perspective on things. He says "I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy...How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for him?" I know that there are going to be have to be times on my mission that I have to take a few moments in Gethsemane. But the good news is that Jesus Christ overcame all. And because he did that..so can I. 

Funny moment: President Ladow is the first counselor in the stake presidency. I was having a hard time and he came up to me and said "Hermana McBride, if life was a big piece of cake..we would all turn out bald and fat like me". Hahahaha! It was exactly what I needed to hear. 

I love you all so much.
xoxo.
Smile Always.

-Hermana McBride

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lots of Pics. Lots.

 rockin' my Barcelona jersey 


 birthday cake from Lupe


Biscoff from Lupe


gots my shades onnnnn. 


la familia lopez (that jersey!)  Ronay is in the HIDEOUS Lakers Jersey and Nelson is in the stripes.


lammie the dog

biggest slurpee stop in the entire world. #Kennewick


life of miguelito lopez


me and foster


me and my child


mis bonitas - nathalia and nohemi


nathalia and nohemi's baptism


nerf gun. go'in go kill me some zombies. 


our way fun district


pancake flipping struggles


pink nerf gun. ready. 


sometimes I fall off my chair


Taco John's with momma pierce


Ibarra kidlins


found someone playing the ukelele and almost cried. 


love me some weekly planning. #swag


ziplining on my birthday. 


our zone 

Roller Coaster Ride

Buenos Dias:)

Alright so this week has been insane. Just up and down and all that nonsense. Welcome to my missionary life. My vivid dreams of being home are still haunting me every now and then but I am still trying to SEGUIR ADELANTE! We also found a family of 6 kids and single mother that we taught this week (The Morales Family). We have only taught them one lesson but they seem way solid and I am so stoked to teach them.

The main topic of my email will pretty much just be about Ronay and his baptism. On Tuesday we had a lesson with Ronay and little Michael and we taught them the 10 commandments/sabbath day. All went well but just because I am a big ball of stress I was so worried that he wouldn't be ready for this committment. I know I didn't come out here to rack up my baptism number because they stress me out so much haha. I have been having a hard time grasping that you don't have to know EVERYTHING before your baptized. And Ronay has lots of questions. But I had many pep-talks with some Elders and also Hermana Pierce called and I feel that this is his time. 

So on Saturday night we showed up for another lesson with them but since the whole family was participating, we taught in some espanol. It was all good but I couldn't read how much everyone was understanding and I started to get frustrated. At the end of the lesson, Ronay told us that he was leaving town for the week but would get back the day of his baptism. Oh good. Lets just add some more stress. We still have like 4 lessons with you Ronay. What the heck! So anyway, we came to the conclusion to teach him on Sunday and his interview would be on Saturday morning (same day as baptism).

Sunday, we talked to him and so did the Elders and I had strong confirmation that he is ready. I am so excited for that special day for him. It has been a roller coaster ride trying to get this whole thing planned with barely knowing anyone and having a brand new missionary. But I am SO excited for Saturday. 

We have been teaching the Ibarra's still. I am still obsessed with them. Thats all. 

There was a giant, insane, scary, quick thunderstorm yesterday. I was freakin out haha. I got in the car and turned on "My Favorite Things" from the sound of music. It was all better after that haha. 

Funny Moment: #1 brought to you by Elder Trotter: "Yolo is the Yo form of the verb Yolar (meaning to only live once). HAHAHA! I was dying. 
#2 Tuesday night I had a bad headache and so I decided to take some Ibprofen PM to help me sleep. I took it about an hour before bed. At about 3am my companion was SCREAMING her head off and I woke up (still on drugs pretty much) and was like "WHATS WRONG?!?!" She sat up and smacked her head on the ceiling fan and then told me that she always has these dreams about bugs and spiders coming to kill her. I woke up the next day and couldn't wake up. The medicine didn't ware off until about 12oclock. It was awful haha. So after all that we went to do service for a less-active member and we showed up and told us that she needed help removing her bedbugs. She says "just make sure to wash your clothes when you get home so that you don't carry anything with you". I looked at my Hermana Dixon and she was just on the verge of laughing and crying at the same time. Okay lady..listen. I got called to WASHINGTON. Not India or some place where I am gonna "carry something home". Hahaha. It was an interesting experience to say the least haha.

Spiritual Moment: This whole week has been ups and downs trying to figure out the whole baptism situation but I have felt the spirit throughout the whole entire thing. I have felt that God is always here to answer our prayers. I want you all to know that I KNOW without a doubt that God is real and that he is there even when we don't feel like he is. IF we are willing to do the things that he asks, that is how we will feel his support. I know that God hears my prayers when I am stressed, when I miss my family (cough cough all the time), when I need some help to be a better companion, or when I just need someone to talk to. Prayer is so powerful and I know God wants to hear each and everyone of us. 

Can I Come

Buenos Dias Bonitas:

Alright..lets get down to business. To defeat the huns. hehe. Sorry. Sidetracted. I have been listening to too much disney lately. #TheStruggle. I just want to jump right into this week. We started off by saying a lot of goodbyes to Hermana Foster. It was nice for me to meet more members. On Wednesday, we went to the transfer site to pick up our new greenies. We walked in and we all just starred in the gym like they were little fish or something. Finally we started talking to some of them and they told us that they weren't allowed to tell us their companions yet. So we just made small talk for a little bit until this one hermana came up to us and looked at my name tag and just LIT UP. She had this giant smile on her face. I just looked at her and said, "come give momma a hug". haha! She was like I wasn't supposed to say anything but oh well! hahah! It was way funny. Also at the transfer site, I FINALLY got to see Elder Junior Wolfgramm (from high school). I wasn't able to take a picture with him because it was so chaotic but it was so much fun to see him!

So my new companions name is Hermana Dixon. She is from Centerville Utah. She is just way chill. She makes corrections and is willing to try anything. She is a great little daughter. She came from the Mexico MTC and said it was a really good experience. She was part of the first generation to go there. She is cool. For any of you who know Quincie Fornelius..she kinda reminds me of her because she is just chill haha. We get along way well. We got in the car and I took her straight to a lesson. I make her do a lot of things and she probably hates me because of it but she is learning so fast.

Update on Ronay and Nelson: The night that Hermana Dixon got here, we went to teach the plan of salvation to them. It was all going well until someone went off about aliens. The whole lesson just dove south. We sat and talked about Aliens, Cain, Outterdarkness, who created satan, etc. It was awful but so comical. My poor little greenie. This whole thing was in spanish. Ronay just LOVES to know every detail. haha. We finally got a hold of the lesson and talked about baptism. Hermana Dixon sent the baptismal invite for the 31st of August. Nelson said he doesn't know because he doesn't see the significance because he has already been baptized in another church but he said he would pray to know if it is what he should do. Ronay said that he wants to learn more and gain a stronger understanding first. The both said they eventually want to be baptized, which was really cool. 

So then, on Sunday we were showing up to sacrament meeting and Elder Hobbs came up to us and said "I thought you said Ronay didn't have a date for baptism yet? He is inviting everyone to his baptism on the 31st of August!" WE WERE STOKED! We marched right up to him at the end of sacrament meeting and I said, "Hey Ronay, Sooo...I hear you are being batized on August 31st...Can I Come???" He just laughed and said "I dunno, do you got any money?". He told us that he has really been thinking about it and wants to be baptized and has seen so many blessings in his life lately. He even stopped drinking coffee before we taught him! SO STOKED! We have family home evening with them tonight and we are going to learn how to make honduran food :). Love their family so much!

We are finally out finding people more. Our less-active work is starting to pay off a tiny bit because some families are returning to church! It has been so exciting to see that.

Funny Moment: My greenies first door. The lady wasn't very interested. Said she would take a card. We give her the card and she looks at it and says this (VERY dramatically), "Latter-day saints huh?..*Crumples the card* I DON'T LIKE YOUR TOWERS!" ***SLAM***. Hahahaha! I think she meant temples but at the same time I am not sure. Maybe she was talking about the church office building. Sometimes I don't like towers either. They block the view of so many lovely sights. 

Spiritual Moment: One thing Hermana Pierce showed me on exchanges has had a huge impact on me this last week. There are so many scriptures in the bible and book of mormon that talk about praying during times of trial. One example of this is in 1 Nephi 7: 17-18 when Laman and Lemuel bind up Nephi in cords in the hope that he will be eaten by beasts. (If my siblings ever did that, i would pop them right in the face...watch out). But..it is interesting that during that time, Nephi doesn't pray that God will take the bands off. He prays for THE STRENGTH to break free. Sometimes we pray for our circumstances to change when in reality what we need to pray for is for THE STRENGTH to get through things. I have used that principle so much more this week and it has helped me so much.

I love you and think about you all more than you know. Les Quiero MUCHO!

xoxo.
smile always.

-Hermana McBride

Pregnant with Greenie

Hollllla Muchachos :)

So...ya the headline pretty much says it all. I am going to be receiving a new missionary on Wednesday, here in Kennewick. I am so so excited but I am a little nervous. She is coming from the mexico MTC since they are doing that now. Hopefully that will mean she knows the language better than I did. haha! PRAY FOR ME. Hermana Foster is getting sent to Wenatchee with a greenie. Sad that our little companionship is over already but we had a really good 4 weeks together. 

So last time I talked about the missionary nerf-gun obsession. Well..I am pleased, and somewhat emberassed to say that I bought my first nerf gun haha. I bought it and felt kinda dumb so I also bought some pink spray paint and glitter to make myself feel better about the whole situation. HAHA! My zone thinks im a little cray cray. Gotta play zombies in style though right? 

I talked a little bit about the part-member family we are teaching (Lopez family) from Honduras. They are so legit. The ones that we are teaching are Ronay (rone-eye) and Nelson. They are about 26 and 35ish. They just want to learn more and more and more. They have a past but they want to change and want to know as much as possible. Before we even talked about baptism, they told us that they wanted to be baptized soon. Whoop whoop!! They come to church every week and love it. Yesterday was a bit awkward because we haven't taught them very much and the 3 lessons that were taught were about 1. The Word of Wisdom 2. Baptisms for the dead and 3. Ronay came up to us and said "Im confused kinda...whats the Urim and Thummin?" Bahaha! Poor guy. His mind was just so blown. He told us he was confused but felt the spirit so strong. He described it as "Un fuego en mi corazon". Even though he speaks perfect English haha. Anyway, I will keep you all updated with them. 

I got to do exchanges here in Kennewick with Hermana Pierce. MOMMY DAUGHTER TIME! WHOO! It felt like I was having a sleepover with one of my best friends haha. We planned our whole after-life in Provo. It is amazing to me how I can still learn so much from her. I was very blessed to have Jones and Pierce as my trainers. They both continue to teach me in ways I never thought were possible. I have kinda compared that to my own parents. Just because we leave the house and go off to school doesn't mean that we aren't learning from them. In fact, I think I have learned more being away and learning from their examples. Hermana Pierce told me that being a trainer is kinda like real life because as soon as your a "mom" or a trainer, that is when you have the most respect and gratitude for your parents and trainers. I am very lucky to have amazing mission "moms" but also amazing parents as well. Thank you so much for being such amazing examples in my life.

I have been trying to figure out why I am so exhausted this transfer and I realized that it is because we are teaching SO many less active members. It is like a full on puzzle to try to figure out how to help people get back to church. Some of them have 100% desire and 0% motivation to do anything about it. So that is exciting. haha. I love these people so much because of their strong testimony's but I am a little burnt out haha! 

Spiritual: Yesterday in Sunday School they brought up the Word of Wisdom. Me and Hermana Foster were so nervous because we had never taught that lesson to Ronay and Nelson. The conversation went on and I could see confusion all up in the air. I kept on trying to think of a way that I could somewhat help the situation. A thought came into my mind.."Ask Juan and Lakisha (Ibarra family) to share their experience with the Word of Wisdom". I was kinda confused because I wouldn't normally just tell someone to do something like that. I waited a few more minutes. Hermana Foster whispered to me.."I am going to share a scripture and then after, have Lakisha and Juan share their testimony about the Word of Wisdom". I was like WOAH that's weird, I was thinking the same thing. And then, Elder Abbott (who barely knows Juan and Lakisha) says.."Hermana McBride, have Juan and Lakisha tell their story with the Word of Wisdom". My mind was blown! Within literally 2 minutes, the spirit told us all the same thing. It was so cool to see how the spirit works and I know that it is exactly what needed to happen. Juan just through down with some amazing story. He told us later that he wanted to share his story the whole time but was a little nervous. So Cool!

Funny: Okay to start this out I am going to give you a little background. Maria Zamora was a 16 year old girl with blue hair, lip piercings, and gages. The missionaries knocked on her door and she told them she wasn't interested but her mom told her to be nice and listen. She told them straight up that she would never change or get baptized. Fast-forward to January 2013 and little miss not gonna change, was dressed in white, with brown hair, no peircings and a sweet spirit. All she wants now is to go on a mission. She is basically a legend in Kennewick. Hermana Jones already told me a ton about her. Anyway, we are teaching her new member lessons. She is a little FIREBALL. She is so freaking funny. So I just wanted to give you a few of my favorite Maria Zamora quotes:

1st Situation: Phone Call

Me: Hey maria we are just calling to make sure you can still come out to a lesson with us tomorrow.

Maria: I don't know. Guys, I have been so sick all day because I had this salmon stuff and I am like 99% positive that their is a fishbone stuck in my throat. I am gonna go to the E.R or something. Will you guys just say a little personal prayer and ask God if he could like get this fishbone out of my throat. 

2nd Situation: Lesson

Me: Maria what would your life be like without your family?

Maria: Well first of all, I would be like a little hobo baby on the streets not knowing what to do. 

3rd Situation: Casual Conversation

Maria: Ugh!! This guy from my work (mcdonalds) keeps on texting me. He keeps calling me "cutie". Like what the heck I am not a freaking tangerine!!

HAHAHAH!!! This girl kills me. In a lesson, she brings the bass. Her testimony is so strong and she is going to be an amazing missonary one day. 

I hope you all have an amazing week! I love you and miss each one of you so much! 

XOXO!

-Hermana McBride

Get That

Buenos Dias!

I had such an amazing birthday. THANK YOU so much for everything. It was so much fun. Everything is going really well here in Kennewick. This place has SO much work to be done. There are billions of apartamentos and mexicans everywhere. Its great. Me and Hermana Foster are having a really good time together. We get along so well and she is an amazing missionary. 

So this week we had exchanges with the Pasco Sisters. Whoop whoop! I got to see mommy pierce but I went with Hermana Ray to Pasco. It was really fun being back in pasco for the day. Except for the part where we had to drive a visa waiter to the airport at like 4 am. I have learned a lot about companionships lately. I was with the same 2 companions for almost half of my mission, so change was a little rough at first. I am obviously obsessed with Momma Jones and Pierce so I have learned how to adapt better with other people. I am learning so much more about people and how to adapt out here. It will definitely help me in real life a ton.

We have been going and finding a lot of old investigators from like years ago and it has been really frustrating because NOBODY ever still lives there. But this week while on exchanges, Pierce and Foster found this lady named Irma. They knocked on her door and she said "Oh my goodness, how did you find me!?" (in a really exciting happy way, not in a creepy way). She was so excited. We had an appointment with her this week and she is SO solid. She was like I already know this is true. I was bearing testimony to her and she said.."I can tell you weren't raised in the church. You REALLY know this is true". I told her I actually was raised into the church but I had to find out for myself. I am so grateful for all of the experiences I have had to make my testimony stronger and stronger. It wasn't always easy but I can actually say I know it for myself.  

We had Zone Conference this week. A M A Z I N G! President and Sister Ware are so legit. They taught me so many good things.One of the things I learned is that the perfect model of charity and love is Jesus Christ and God. So whatever situation we are in, we can use that overcome hard things. You all know me, I have an attitude sometimes but I am trying better to be willing to be more charitable and lovable...with the Madi Spunk too of course. Wait who is Madi? I mean hermana mcbride. weird. awkward. President Ware is really good at having the spirit but having fun at the same time which is exactly what I strive for. 

EXCITING NEWS: I asked President Ware about Nathalia's baptism and he almost said no. But being the nicest guy ever, he said YES!!! then he told hermana pierce YES! FAMILY REUNION IN YAKIMA WITH ALL OF MY FAVORITE PEEPS! I am so excited. Also, Nohemi (Nathalias daughter) and said she is planning on applying to BYU instead! SO cool! 

Spiritual Moment: In zone conference they had departing testimonys for those who leave this transfer. One elder got up there and said something that was very applicable to me. In my own words: Without my mission, I would have been totally fine. I wouldve been hanging out with my friends. Trying to choose the right. Hanging out with my family. BUT...because of my mission I have learned who I want to be. I have learned how to really live the gospel and how to be myself at the same time. I have a testimony now. a REAL one. I know the patterns that I need to live (making my bed, cough cough). My mission really means so much to me.

Funny Moment: There is an Elder in our district named Elder Sanchez. He is a native and doesnt know much english. I have been trying to teach him slang hahaa. This week we played volleyball and he was killing it! So I kept saying "GET THAAT ELDER SANCHEZ!" Kinda like "heck ya! or Good job". But he didn't really understand. So he goes over to hermana foster and says.."Hermana Foster...Que Significa...Get that?" bahaha!! She said, "Es una palabra de hermana mcbride". He now uses it all the time haha. good stuff. I also taught him how to say "WHATEVER!" and he has got an attitude now. good ol' elder sanchez.
Love you all so much. Have a BONITA week!

Les Quiero MUCHISMO!
XOXO! Smile Siempre.

-Hermana McBride 

God Loves Hermanas

Que Pasa Homies?

Can't believe how fast summer is flying by! I LOVE hearing from all of you and seeing all of your pictures. This last week has been pretty good. During P-day last week we always meet as a zone and play sports or write letters. This week, we played Zombie Apocalypse with nerf guns...Wait what? Who am I anymore? Apparently every missionary has nerf guns and they are like way nice. haha! I was laughing so hard. But it was way fun! We ran around the church shooting eachother with nerf guns. Like I said, I don't know who I am anymore. Today I am going to the mall to refind my interself haha!

First and foremost...NATHALIA AND NOHEMIS BAPTISM. It was such a great day. Me and Lupe (member from our branch) went to pick up Pierce and then drove up to Yaktown. I was so happy to be back there with Jones and Pierce. It was amazing! I literally jumped on Nohemi and Nathalia when I saw them. We sang nearer my god to thee in spanish and accapella and welp..WE KILLED IT. The spirit was unreal. Everything went perfect. I didn't want it to end. Apparently Nohemi might serve a mission too! They are moving to Utah in December and Nohemi is applying for BYU right now. SO LEGIT!

This week has been way good overall. I am having a hard time a little bit because I have VERY vivid dreams sometimes and they are almost always about coming home or being at home with friends and family. So by the time I wake up I have to remember that I am a missionary and its time to get to work. Its happened a few times where I will wake up just extremely confused. Once I get up for about an hour, its all good. It has just been really weird haha.

We had one day this week where we had NO appointments. It has been so hot and we knew we had to tract all day so we prayed for some clouds. Let me just say that God loves the Hermanas. We got clouds, wind, AND rain. The Elders texted us and said "I bet you guys prayed for this weather or something because hermanas get whatever they want". Ya pretty much how it works elders. #SorryNotSorry

Spiritual: This week I have been thinking so much about families. We are teaching so many different types of family dynamics and me and Hermana Foster have very different family situations as well. But regardless, I am so grateful for mine. They have made me who I am today. Yesterday we taught The Ibarra family, the ones who just got baptized, about eternal marriage. Lakisha said that it is hard for her to wait a year to be sealed because she wants it so bad right now. The desire she has is so unreal and it keeps her family so strong. Another family we are teaching just moved here from North Carolina. They are originally from Honduras but they moved to the U.S. They were on there way to move to Vancouver but there car stopped working here in Kennewick. So they will be staying here for a while until they decide to leave. They are members and they found the church time online and showed up last week. Me and Hermana Foster went to visit them this week. We walked into their apartment and they have no beds, no furniture, a small tv hooked up, blankets, and a cooler for a fridge. But I have never seen a family so happy and so loving with one another. We found out that 2 of them aren't members and are really loving church so we are going to be teaching them. I am so excited. This family has the light of christ. We felt it the second that we walked in. And its cool too because the dad looks like Doc Rivers. hehe. 

Funny Moment: We were at a members house and they showed us this video that some elders from our mission put up on youtube. Go search: "L.D.S Missionaries A Childs Prayer". It is a video of them lipsynching in the car. I was crying laughing so hard.

Also..Hermana Foster had a blonde moment this week. Here is our conversation:

Me: Where is Hermana Lemmons from? She looks american.

HF: She is from Peru.

Me: Oh thats way tight! She just has really light skin so I couldn't even tell.

HF: Ya well she has spent a lot of time in The United States so thats probably why.

Me: HAHAHAHA!! WAIT WHAT?! If thats how this all works then I am moving to Africa.

LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! Que Tengan Buena Semana!
XOXO! Smile Always.
-Hermana McBride