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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October 26, 2016 Great Week. Lots of Success.

This week was pretty awesome. We had 4 zone conferences, but somehow managed to find time to teach a whole bunch and were really blessed as we did so. We received a request for a bible two weeks ago and were finally able to contact her on the phone. She seemed super cool so we went by and taught her and her husband last Wednesday and Friday. They loved the message and then came to church on Sunday. We have some high hopes for them. I'll send a selfie that we took with them to send to the Ward council, so they could be looking for them at church. 

On top of them we have this super awesome active family in our Ward from Ghana. The grandmother of the family has a grandson in his 20s who we had met once, but at the time he didn't seem too interested, but on Thursday we went over for dinner with them and the grandson was super into the message. He committed to getting work off so he could come to church by this coming Sunday. Then we were able to set a baptismal date with him. He's awesome. We have a miracle in process with that family. The Grandma's older daughter is not yet a member and she also came to church this week solely because her 8 year old son wants to get baptized. She turned out to have a great experience! We invited her to be baptized with her son. She seemed willing, but said she had to think about it. We told her to think and pray about it. 

It's great to hear all the news from home. Way to go Ike! Honor roll is a great accomplishment! You're awesome! I hope you have a great Halloween! 

Con Amor,
Elder Sam McBride

1. We had Ghanaian Jelof Rice with a member family. It was by far my favorite food that I've had from Ghana.

2. This is the selfie we took with our investigators R--- and S--- that we sent to our Ward council so they could look out for them. Also R--- is not wearing a robe... it's just a unique shirt.
3. Elder Stokes hurt his foot 12 weeks ago and never got it checked out. It was still bugging him so we went in to see what was up. The X-ray came back that he had a broken bone that was starting to heal incorrectly. Super bummer, but he's doing ok.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016 Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday Mom! I hope it was a great one! It was so great to hear from you this week. The story about Isaac "paying" homeless people made me giggle. 

We had a good week this week. On Friday we had the New Missionary Meeting with Elder Perkins of the 70. It was awesome, when he gave his closing remarks he got up and basically said exactly what we were planning on teaching for zone conference. It was a huge spiritual confirmation for President. 

Zone Conferences started this week. The best thing I've taken out of it is that repentance really truly is cool. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can change. How cool is that!? I can make decisions, improve and not make the same mistake over and over again. I love you family! Have a great week!

Con Amor,
Elder Sam McBride

I got a new companion this week. His name is Elder Stokes from Weston Idaho. He's going to be with us at least until next week. He and his companion were the Office Elders together, but now he's a solo office Elder and is our companion. Which means we have double office duties now. Elder Stokes is so awesome.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 12, 2016 Let it begin!

Hey family! It's weird to hear that you're branching out and taking trips to different places. I hope San Fran was great. We had a great week this last week. It was super busy tying up loose ends from transfers but it was fantastic. We said goodbye to our short term amazing companion Elder Glick on Monday, it was really touching watching him reunite with his family. One of our investigators is really progressing. It's amazing seeing the difference between all the hundreds (maybe thousands) of people we talk to that "want" to change their lives and those elect few who are willing to actually do it. We should all strive to be like those people. It comes from having an eternal perspective and priorities. When you have those it becomes possible to develop the faith necessary to do things like quit a job on Sunday's, overcome an addiction or get married. 

This week is the start of what is bound to be one of the busiest 2 week stretches of my life. We have a member of the first quorum of the seventy attending the New Missionary Meeting and Departing missionary meeting on Friday then on Monday we have the first of 6 zone conferences  in 8 days. This is going to be fun. Love you! I pray for you all the time.

Con Amor,
Elder Sam McBride

We went on a split in Middletown New York on Tuesday, which is way up North. While up there the missionary that I was with and I contacted an Investigator Referral on a street named McBride Road. What a coinky dink. Also the missionary I was with was Elder Wilson, who just so happened to be trained by my trainer during his last 2 transfers. It was fun reminiscing.

I'm gonna miss Elder Glick. He was such a fun missionary to be companions with. Here's a picture of him sitting at President's desk. He then went on to write President a note that said "I sat in your chair President. - Elder Glick". 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October 5, 2016 Transfers!

Hey family! This week was transfers again. Elder Mackintosh and I are staying in the office together, we did get a new companion for a week though. His name is Elder Glick, he's from Staten Island New York. He's a super cool missionary, honestly a miracle. He arrived 2 years ago for a 3 month "trial mission" because he has some severe disabilities caused by a childhood car accident that made it tough for him to be able to go on a mission. But after the trial was up he decided he could do a full 2 years, went to the MTC then came back, and reentered as a full-time 2 year missionary. His family is coming to pick him up next Monday so President prayerfully decided to call him as an assistant for his last week. It's been a great experience, he's such a goofball. 

General conference was great. We watched all 5 sessions in the chapel. We did get to see priesthood session, we were approved to stay out till 10 that night. I loved the Saturday Morning Session. Also the talk about joy by President Nelson was super great, the Gospel really does bring joy. In other news, Elder Aurich is training right after being trained. I'm super happy for him, his companion is from Mexico and is super awesome. I'm sorry I didn't write too much this week, I'm exhausted. We've gotten up at 4:30 for the past two days, it's been really fun. 

Con Amor,
Elder Sam McBride

Picture - The new Companionship. Elder Glick is on the Left. He's great.