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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December 28, 2016 Long Time No Talk!

I'm emailing on Wednesday because transfers caused us to miss our Pday so President said that we could take care of the things that we needed to do today.

I'm didn't get transferred but Elder Mackintosh did :(. I got an awesome new companion, though.  His name is Elder Krzymowski. He's from Ephraim Utah.  I'm really excited to be with him.

These last few days have been super busy.  Especially yesterday.  We said goodbye to 16 great missionaries, then welcomed 13 awesome new ones.

I'll send some pictures.

You're awesome!

Con Amor,

Elder Sam McBride

1. This is our investigator J--- and his ugly Christmas sweater.
2. This is J--- and his wife J--- who was in the process of getting her hair ready for a Christmas party 

(That's why it looks like she's trying to look like Princess Leah)

PJs! (That is not my unmade bed in the back) also Elder Mackintosh packing :(

 We had a leaf raking service project in Central Park that we were a part of.  It went great.  We had a pretty famous youtuber there live streaming it.

This picture was taken of Elder Krzymowski and I before we even knew we would be companions in a week.

Some missionaries talking to the youtuber Stuart Edge.

Monday, December 19, 2016

December 19, 2016 Surprise!

The New York New York North Mission has officially changed its Pday to Monday. So that's why you get a surprise email from me today. Cool things are happening in the mission. I finished the Book of Mormon again in Spanish on Thursday, that book is true. On Friday we had the Mission Christmas Devotional. It went really well, I was the narrator. The special celebrity we have in our mission is a YouTuber named Stuart Edge. He's here to have a fireside that happened yesterday then to participate in some service projects happening tomorrow. This coming week is transfers. I will know my future when we talk on Sunday. I'm going to keep this short because we will be talking on Sunday. Does 3pm my time work for you?

Con Amor,
Elder Sam McBride

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December 14, 2016 Great Week

Hey Family,

We have some exciting things going on. We had the coolest lesson on Friday while we were on splits with the South Manhattan zone leaders. We have been teaching a man since September and have never been able to get him to accept a baptismal date but on Friday Elder Mackintosh and I planned a super great lesson for him and his member wife. The lesson started out nothing like how we had planned, but typed back in so well into our plan. Right at the moment we were planning on extending a baptismal date our investigator interjects "January 8th".  It was such a cool moment. Nobody spoke. His wife and mother in law started to cry. Then, after what seemed like an eternity, he spoke saying that he had been thinking long and hard about who should do it, looked at his father in law and asked him if he would perform his baptism. By then everyone was emotional. It was such a cool experience. The Elder I was on a split with was so excited. The Gospel is true. Family's can be together through Priesthood sealing.

There's a really cool event happening in our mission on Tuesday. We have a "celebrity" coming to do a Facebook live stream at a couple service projects put on by missionaries in our mission. It's going to be awesome.

For Christmas I will be available to Skype between 2pm and 4pm my time. When would work best from you? I'll call you then.

Love you!

Con Amor,
Elder Sam McBride

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December 7, 2016 Quick Week

We had a pretty great week this week. It started on Thursday with the last zone conference of the transfer. It was a pretty cool meeting because it was with all 62 missionaries in Manhattan at the Chapel underneath the temple. Then the next day we had MLC. Some of the head haunchos from Bonneville Communications that were behind the #LIGHTtheWORLD Campaign came and discussed the initiative with us.  It's cool to see how the church is using technology and social media to advance the work. 

We had an awesome fast Sunday. C--- got confirmed! His mom and stepdad were able to be there. We are working with them and praying that they start to show more commitment so that the family can be united in the Gospel. 

We also had an awesome investigator at church who has a baptismal date for Christmas Day! The rest of the week has been a blur. So much is happening in the mission and in our area. It's hard to balance and stay on top of things.

The church is true. Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God. Jesus Christ atoned for our sins. He lives.

Con Amor,

Elder Sam McBride