Sunday, March 23, 2014

March 17, 2014

buenos días mi familia!!
HAPPY ST PATRICKS DAY! they don't celebrate it here but my companion and i are celebrating.
thanks for all the emails this week it was so good to hear from you! this week we had such a good conference with elder Waddell from the quorum of the 70.  he talked about the reason we are on missions (in general) and the reasons we are in the mission peru lima norte.  there are very specific reasons and there are no mistakes when they are assigning mission calls.  its all part of a bigger plan.  he also talked about mountain tops (dad i was thinking so much about you when he was talking about this because im pretty sure you gave a talk on this one time too!).  he talked about nefi and how the temple for them was the mountain top.  and the lord told nefi to go up to the mountain to recieve instructions to start his journey.  he was told after that to go up to the mountain frequently to recieve more instruction.  he said that if we want instruction for our life journeys, we need to go to the temple. and often.  also we need to get our converts and members and less actives to the temple! there is no place more sacred and special than the temple.  
Elder Waddell's wife gave an awesome talk also on the importance of building a strong foundation.  she is such a sweet lady and love radiates from her.  she talked about the things that we can do to have a strong foundation so that when trials and temptations come we will be ready and prepared.  it doesnt mean that it will be easy but it means that we wont fall.  we can have a strong foundation or testimony by reading the scriptures, praying every day personally and as a family, and going to church every sunday.  also studying the teaching of the modern day profets and apostles in the ensign or general conference.  
and.... I GOT TO HAVE A PERSONAL INTERVIEW WITH ELDER WADDELL!! one hermana and 3 elders were chosen to have an interview with him and honestly it was the coolest thing ever.  the spirit was so strong and i could tell without a doubt that he is one of the lords servants.  i dont know how i got so lucky but i feel so grateful for the experience.  we talked a little about the mission and then i asked him about what he feels is the best way to study and to know the scriptures better.  and he told me that its a process and it takes time but the most important thing is dedication and desire.  we should always start our studying with a prayer and always study with a notebook on the side.  write down all thoughts, promptings, and feelings.  the spirit will give us different promptings based on that we need at that time in our life.  i probably will never in my life have another opportunity to have a one on one interview with a general authority again so i am so grateful for this opportunity i had!! 
Then on saturday we had our movie night with the ward.  we watched the movie The Testaments and it is such a great movie!! you all should watch it if you havent seen it.  so anyway we were really excited for this activity and were hoping that the members would bring friends or neighbors or less active members so that we could get some references.  but it didn't quite go a great as we planned.  our ward mission leader and his family were the only people that came from the entire ward.  oh and 2 of the youth.  we were so sad.  we did have one investigator show up late though.  we are praying so hard for more involvement from the ward.  all we can do is keep trying and keep praying.  
thanks for all the emails and support!! i can feel your love! have a great week and a great st. patricks day! i love you all!
xoxoxo hermana murdock
ps i would love to recieve letters!! my address is 
Hermana Morgan Murdock
Peru Lima North Mission
Ave. Carlos Izaquirre #124
Casille de Corrello 31-057
Lima 28, PERU 

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