Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Our Faith WIll be Tested

Dear Family and Friends,
As so many of you heard on Christmas, this new area has a been a little bit difficult for me.  My companion and I have had our faith tried this these few weeks.  Leading up to Christmas we were looking for some new investigators to teach the gospel to. We were trying to share the Christmas video called A Savior is Born. But not many people were willing to watch it with us.  But we did get to share the video with people so that was great. 
On December 26th, however, we had a great night. We were able to find two new investigators to teach. It was a miracle. One of them we met while teaching a lesson to an investigator who was a referral from the YSA (Young Single Adult ward) Missionaries. He was at the house when we went to go and teach our investigator, we invited him to join the lesson with us and he accepted and he joined us in our lesson. The other we met while going to see our investigator who we have been trying to meet with and his sister answered the door and told us he was not home,  so we asked when a better time to stop by would be for us to catch him so that we could teach him. She said that she didn't know what time he would be home. My companion then said "We are sharing a message about Jesus Christ. Is that something that we could share with you?" She said sure. We then taught her the Restoration and schedule a time that we could come back and teach her.
God knows us and loves us. He will try our faith and test us. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know that He was born so we could return back to life with our families and with our Heavenly Father again. I love you all. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and that you all have a Happy New Year! I was so great to see those of you I got to talk to on Christmas day.

Sister McGarry III

Monday, December 28, 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone

Dear Family and Friends,
My new area is so amazing. I have met some many wonderful people here in Pleasant View. The members are amazing. The work is going well here. My companion and I have two investigators with baptism dates. I am being to see how the Lord prepares his children to find his Gospel. There are many different ways that people can be prepared to hear his gospel. Trials and Challenges is just one of the ways that he prepares his children to hear is Gospel.
Yesterday we went to an investigators house and we taught him the Plan of Salvation and after we were done teaching him the lesson. He told me and my companion I want to say a prayer now. The prayer was amazing. It shocked both me and my companion that he said a pray without us inviting him to say the prayer.  Sister Gardner said that the last time that she and her other companions taught him he didn't want to pray. So that was amazing that he offered to pray and the end of the lesson. I know that without a doubt that God is preparing his Children to hear his Gospel and that it is our job to find the Seekers. 
I am so grateful for the love I feel each day as I do the very best that I can to serve my Father in Heaven and to share His gospel. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church on earth today. (If you have not yet read the Book of Mormon with the true desire to know of it's truthfulness, I would like to invite you to do so. I know that as you read with real intent that you will receive a witness that it is true.)
I love you all! I hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas!!!     
Sister McGarry III

Left to right
Me, Sister Chapman and Sister Nuon and my Companion Sister Gardner. Sister Nuon is from temple square. She has such a big heart and the is so cool.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Transfers are here once again

Dear Family and Friends,
Transfer time has come once again. I am being transfer to Huntington Beach in the Pleasant View ward. My new companions name will be Sister Gardner, I've seen her around in Zone conferences and mission meetings, but I have yet to met her. I am so excited for this opportunity that I have to serve the Lord. I am grateful for the time I have had to serve in La Palma and for all of the wonderful people I have been able to meet. Sister Emmert is also leaving La Palma, she will be going to Huntington Beach North and will be in the Whitter Ward. She will also be one of my Sister Training Leaders. So that will be good to see her.  Because Sister Emmert and I are leaving that means that our areas will be White washes. Normally one of the missionaries will stay in area who know that area and who know the investigators, but when both missionaries leave the area and two new missionaries come in it is called White Washing.   
I am so grateful for this time that I have to share the Gospel with the Lord's children and the help them to come unto Christ. I know that the Lord will put us where he needs us. I know that I am in the hands of the Lord and that he is watching over me. I know that he is mindful of each and every one of us. It has been so wonderful to serve in the La Palma Ward and get to know the members here. My time in La Palma will never be forgotten, my time in this wonderful ward is over and I am ready for a new adventure to begin in Pleasant View.
I hope that you are all remember our Savior, Jesus Christ this Christmas Season and that you are having a great Christmas Season so far.
Sister McGarry III

Sister Child who we would help every Tuesday.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Time is Flying

Dear Family and Friends,
It is crazy how fast time flies. I have been in the field for about three months now and I feels like just yesterday.  It is beginning to like Christmas. Trees and lights are up. It seems like this time of year that hearts are generally softened to Gospel. The new Christmas Video A Savior is Born is truly inspired by the Lord. We have been focusing a lot as mission to use the video to find people who are prepared to hear the message of the Restoration of Jesus Christ's Gospel.  I am so  grateful for the time that I have to share the Lord's Gospel with his children. I know that he is preparing children to received his Gospel.   
The Lord knows and loves each and every one of us. He wants us to repent and to follow His example.  I know that through the atoning sacrifice of  Jesus Christ that all people can repent. I know that he is truly there to lift us up and to help us through our trials in life. We have a lesson with a less-active member last night and we were talking about the atonement at one part of the lesson. The member that we were teaching told us of his desire to come back to church and to go back to the temple. He also told us that he knew that he could make it to the temple though the atonement of Jesus Christ.  He bore a powerful testimony of the Atonement and I knew that without a doubt in my mind that Jesus Christ  can help us all repent and that He love us so much.
As we turn to our Savior, Jesus Christ to help us through the hardships in life, He will be there to guide us through them. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that he loves us. 
Love you all.

Sister McGarry III

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Christmas will soon be here

Dear Friends and Family,
On Thanksgiving we have a Specialized training where we were introduced to the new Christmas video, which was just released on Sunday, then we went to members house til 8 and then we did weekly planning. We have been trying to use the video in contacting and in our lessons with investigators and less-active members. It is such a great video and it is truly inspired. If you have not seen it yet I would recommend that you look it up at christmas.mormon.org. I promise you that as you watch it, you will feel the Spirit. 
I am grateful for the time I have to serve the Lord. I know that the Lord is with us and that he is watching out for his people. 
Today we had the opportunity to go the the Temple. We had a member drive us to Los Angeles Temple. It was so refreshing to be in the House of the Lord. I have learned that the Lord is with  us every step of the way. Christ really is there to help us and to left us up. He is there to help us to forgive those who we don't think that we can forgive.  He understands our feelings better that anyone. I know he can help us forgive because he helped me to forgive and he has helped me with some many other things in my life as well. Christ is our Savior and he loves us. Remember the blessings that we have and the knowledge of God's wonderful plan for that we hold dear to our hearts, which helps us though trials of life. Love you all.

Sister McGarry III

 Me and my Companion at Zone Conference
 My Zone, President and Sister Tew and Elder and Sister Zeballas

 LA Temple
Sisters Pic at the Temple