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Monday, March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017 Hey Family!

Hey Family,

We survived the "blizzard". It actually wasn't even close to as bad as everyone thought it was going to be but it was enough to have to wear my boots and some thin thermals. We shoveled the chapel out and helped a ton of people get their cars unstuck. We had an awesome miracle this week. One of our investigators named Charles was able to get a new job and will be able to attend church. We are hoping to set a date with him this week. 

Transfers are tomorrow and since Elder Wilson is going home I'll will be receiving new companion. His name is Elder Newbold and he is a legend.  I'm super excited to have him. Also I got called to be the east Manhattan District Leader. I've never been a District Leader so we'll see how it goes. 

Today has been awesome! We got a private tour of the UN from a member here in the city. I have a few pictures, he offered to take the family when we come in June. I have a bunch of pictures to make up for the short letter. Love you!

Con Amor,
Elder Sam McBride

UN General Assembly Room

If you look carefully, there is a little family praying in the center of the mural.  It's to remind the members of the UN that their purpose is supporting and preserving the family.  Hmm.  Interesting.

Sam at the UN Podium

The United Nations 



World Trade Center

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017 Elder Gong Was Here!

Hey Family,

It's still blowing my mind that Max will be home next week. That's so crazy. Time goes quick. Our Pday was changed to Wednesday this week because Elder Gong was in town and we had a Zone conference with him on Monday. He is awesome. On Sunday we had a Devotional with him where he met every missionary in NYC, shook their hand, and asked a question. Then we had the Devotional part about the importance of the sacrament followed by ice cream served personally by Elder & Sister Gong. It was pretty great. 

Zone conference was also an awesome experience. They spoke to us about the importance of following the spirit, improving our studies & "Teach Repentance, Baptize Converts" which is the new theme of the missionary department. Elder Wilson, Elder Pulu (we are in a trio for the time being) & I got invited to MLC on Tuesday where Elder Gong spoke about how missionary leaders can beat help their missionaries. We also set a new Mission Baptismal goal (because we hit our last one!). 

In other news, I spoke on Sunday. I think it went pretty well. I shared a few conversion stories and tried to point out how Members had influence on them throughout their lives.  It was pretty good timing as well because the sister who spoke right before me is a recent convert and has a very Member missionary work heavy story. Great set up. 

I have some videos to send this week. We're trying to not look like tourists so instead of stopping for a picture I just start up a video and keep walking. Love you family! Don't spoil Max too much!

Con Amor,
Elder Sam McBride