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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 27, 2016 Sorry! Technology Issues

So today I wrote up a really long email it was 5 paragraphs telling you about my week, the storm, and what it's like to learn how to drive again. But the restriction software on my iPad decided to reset my email and delete the account of my iPad and with it my email that I had all typed up. So.... I'm sorry I love you, I'm happy and healthy, but a little mad at maas360 so... Yeah. Love you.

Con Amor,
Elder Sam McBride

With Elder White

Elder Mackintosh with New Trainee, Elder Cruz Santos

Me and this Adorable Brazilian kid, Pedro. He invited the
missionaries to his Cars birthday party

Thursday, January 21, 2016

January 21, 2016 Baptism and Transfers!

This week has been pretty crazy because of transfers! First off L___ got Baptized! It was a great service.  I'm planning on sending you a copy of the program. He was so prepared and I'm so happy for him. He was also confirmed on Sunday and he's going to get the priesthood this Sunday. I'll send some pictures. Sadly, R___ wasn't able to get baptized this last week, but he will definitely be getting baptized in
the next few weeks.

Next up is that Elder Mackintosh is training and got called to be the district leader! And drumroll please............ I got transferred to Danbury Connecticut! Specifically the Danbury 2nd branch, Its 1/2 Spanish and 1/2 Portuguese. It's part of the Yorktown stake, which I'm pretty sure is the same stake that we lived in back when we lived here. Dave Checketts, Steve Potter, and Colin Stauffer are the Stake
presidency and all three of those names sound super familiar. Can you send me an email about all of the people we knew from Connecticut and where we lived? It would be cool to go visit and take a picture on a Pday.

My new companion is Elder White. He's from California, and he's super cool. We're the Zone leaders of the Yorktown Zone which goes from Newtown, Connecticut to Ossining, New York. We also have a car, it feels super weird because I haven't really been in a car at all for a little over 8 months. This Saturday we have a baptism of an investigator that has been investigating the church for about 7 years. I've had so
little to do with it but it is super cool to see.

Sorry this is a little short today but we've been running around all day dealing with all the extra stuff we have to do because of transfers. I'm happy to hear that everyone's doing well, I pray for you all the time. I'm doing well, learning a lot, and excited to be in Connecticut. I love you.

Con Amor,
Elder McBride

A very happy new member of the Church!

Obispo Mena
Hermano Manzano
Hermano Felipe Mejia

Hermana Italia
Hermano Jesus Cardenas
The Medinas

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

January 13, 2016 Crazy Week!

So sadly the wedding didn't happen on Saturday. They called it off and R___ decided to move out instead. He's still going to get baptized this Saturday as long as he can find a place by Saturday. It's sad, but probably the right way to go. All he wants to do is what God wants him to do. He's in it for eternity. L___ baptism is 100%, definitely, for sure going to happen this Saturday at 3 o'clock. I'm so excited and he's so prepared. We have an awesome program planned and it's going to be such a great experience. 

Last Saturday (Cole's Birthday, by the way, Happy Birthday! Welcome to the teenager club!), even though the marriage didn't happen, was one of the coolest days of my mission. Elder Holland came to the city for some other church business and a couple weeks ago asked President if he could have the entire mission meet together so that he could address us. We all got to shake his hand and after a few short, great talks by President Buckner (NYNY Stake President), Sister Smith, and President Smith, he addressed us for a little over an hour. He talked about how vitally important missionary work is.  It really motivated us to be better and to try harder.  It was a great experience.  It's not every day that you get to be taught by an Apostle in such a small group (~230).

Yesterday (Tuesday) we had interviews and some big news came out. I'm getting transferred next week, we have no clue where yet, and Elder Mackintosh will be training! I'm so excited for him, he'll do great. I'm a sad that I'm finally leaving this area, things are looking so up and we're finding better than ever before, but change is good. I'm excited.

My next Pday will be next Thursday. This coming Wednesday we have transfers and a worldwide missionary broadcast, so they decided to change our Pday to Thursday. Thanks for being awesome! It sounds like Mom and Dad both have a ton going on at their jobs now. Good luck with that work situation Mom. I hope it's a good learning experience haha. I love you so much and pray for you all the time.

Con Amor,
Elder Sam McBride

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

January 6, 2016 Happy New Year!

Hey Family! We had a pretty great week this week. New Years was a pretty normal day for us but, since it's considered dangerous, we had to be in before 7, so it was a little short. We did get an awesome surprise when the 2nd Counselor in the Bishopric and his family sent us a bunch of pizza for dinner. Other than that, we just did our weekly planning and went to bed. I slept through the fireworks but my roommates said that they were super loud. It's sad to hear that Mom was sick for New Years and had to miss the festivities. I hope you set some awesome goals and made plans to bring them to pass.

We have some awesome news, the wedding is almost definitely going to happen on Saturday. Satan's working hard to stop it but, as of right now, it's going to happen. We decided to push the Baptism back a week though, instead of doing the wedding and the baptism on the same day. This Saturday is still going to be awesome and special though, and next Saturday will be doubly awesome and special, because L___ and R___ will both get baptized! I don't know how much I've already told you about L___, but he's such a miracle. We street contacted into him in November but weren't ever able to contact him again, because he works so much and we didn't have his phone number. Then, at transfers, some Chinese speaking sisters gave our zone leaders some information for a guy in our area, with his phone number. When we finally were able to contact then meet with him he said he felt like he had finally found the thing that's been missing in his life, so gold.

We have a pretty big deal meeting this Saturday. We're not allowed to say too much about it because they don't want members here to get jealous or just randomly show up, so I'll tell you all about it next week. It going to be super cool, maybe the Smiths will put something on social media so you can see what I'm talking about.

Other than that the only thing that really changed a whole lot is the weather. It got cold quick! I love it! Elder Mackintosh and our roommates think I'm crazy. It dropped like 20 degrees in a day on Monday so it actually felt like January in New York City. Good thing I got all of the winter stuff for Christmas otherwise I might've not liked the cold as much.

I love you and pray for you all the time. Have a great week!

Con Amor,
Elder Sam McBride

This super nice older lady in our ward took all of the Elders in
our zone out to New Year's Day lunch. She made us wear these cheesy 
hats to take a few pictures.

 Beautiful view from 176th St. In our area. That's a massive
building in New Jersey that's just perfectly framed by the street.
Also some super cheesy Christmas decorations that we found.