Hello lovelies! March 2, 2015
I dont have much time, but just know that I love you all.
This week was really quick (unlike the internet right now) and just lovely. We were able to find a lot more people and I feel so blessed. Even in those times when it feels like we can´t keep going, God always pours out miralces. He loves us so much.
We were able to heare an expreience from Marcelo today that was so incredible. He told us that last night he was reading Alma and decided to pray. And we´ve always talked about a spiritual expreience that God would show to him. He decided to pray and he tolds us that he felt that presence of God and couldn´t stop crying. He could see in his mind the face of God and was overwhelmed with the spirit. I didn´t even know what to say. He was left withouts doubts and with the spirit strongly rooted in his heart. It´s absulutley incredible to see a family progress in the gospel. I am so grateful for all the prayers that were made in their behalf and for all of your love. Thank you for all that you do. ONWARD with the work!
PS Please send all of my love to the Gagan family. Everything is part of God´s plan and I know know that with the Savior we can all overcome the storms in life that seem unbearable. But he is always there. LOVE YOU ALL.
Note from mom:
Sister McClary, Ally's companion is so great! She took the time to write me a personal letter from Chile! But first, she sent me her weekly letter which i love to include because it's what happened in her perspective. I LOVE these darling missionaries!!
Well this week was good. We have had LOTS of wild fires here in Chile....well in the South of Chile. It has been horrible. Hermana Smoot and I have been working to find NEW people to teach. Since the Santana Family got baptized lots of our other investigators have lost interest or have been too busy for us to teach them. Yesterday we had lots of time and we were close to one of the families we met back in January. Each time we got visit them they aren't home. Well yesterday we were right by their house and Hermana Smoot and I had the feeling to go and see if they were home ONE LAS TIME. We went and knocked on the door and they were HOME!!! The lady's name is Ana and her boyfriend's name is Julio (or July in English. haha.) They have 2 REALLY cute girls! We taught them the Plan of Salvation. We sang them "I am a Child of God" and they were fastinated...mostly because Hermana Smoot's voice is like a voice of an angel! But it was AMAZING!!
We also had stake conference yesterday. It was REALLY good!
One of the speakers shared a story from Elder Nelson.
Elder Nelson's daughter came up to her father when she was 14 years old and said "Dad I want to smoke." Elder Nelson said that in that moment he had 3 options to tell his daughter.
1.He could tell her NO! And tell her that if she lives in his house she has to obey his rules.
2. He could give her a diagram of a lung (since he is a doctor) and show her what would happen to her body if she were to smoke.
3. He could give her a hug and tell her how much he loves her and share a scripture with her.
Well he decided to show her love. Show her how much the gospel really helps and protects us! The next day his 14 year old daughter came to him and told her that she didn't want to smoke and that she wanted to do good and live the gospel.
I was really thinking about how I LOVE this story. The Gospel really does protect us! In Ephesians
"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand."
I knw that this armour will help us when we have hardships or trials. Reading the scriptures, saying our prayers and partaking in the sacrament really help build our armour. I love being a missionary!! Even though the food makes me sick and we all have bad days. Seeing the joy that the gospel brings into the life of others is WORTH IT!!
Love you all
Dear Sister Kendra Smoot,
I just wanted to email you and tell you how much I love your daugther and how much she has helped me in my mission. I am so grateful to have her as a companion! I know that she really is AMAZING! I know that you know that but I just wanted to email you and let you know that she is really an amazing missionary!! And she loves you so so so much!!! Thanks for the package too! It was fun to have on Valentine's day! I also got a package from my family so it was a good day! We keep your family in our prayers! Thanks for everything you do!
Hermana McClary :)