Sister Jennifer McGarry has accepted a called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She has been called to labor in the California, Long Beach mission. She will serve for 18 months after reporting to the MTC on the 9th of September, 2015. She would love the additional support and encouragement. If you would like to keep in contact with her through Email, she would love to hear from you! Her email will be posted as soon as we have it.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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