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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween!! And tons of Pictures!!!

Dear Family,
I can't believe that it is Halloween already! Where did the time go? haha!
Once again, so much happened this week!
This week we have been trying to stop by the members houses more and help them in their efforts to do missionary work. It has been going very well! The members are so key to this work! We couldnt do it without you!

Sunday was a total miracle! At church TWO of our investigators actually came, and they stayed all three hours! We were so excited that we were practically dancing around! Also, there was a woman who walked into sacrament meeting a little bit late. I didnt recognize her, so after the service we introduced ourselves. She said that she had just moved here from New York, but she is originally from Liberia. She isnt a member of the church but her cousin in Philadelphia is, and he had told her that the Church was great and that she should check it out. So, she got online and found the address for our meetinghouse and just decided to show up! I can't believe it! We gave her a Book of Mormon and invited her to the ward Halloween party on Wednesday, and she promised she would come and bring her 7 year old son! How cool is that!?!?!

Also, we went to see a less-active named Linda. Sisters have been working with her for months now, and she hasn't made any progress. Last week she had told us that she loved seeing us, but she would never come to any church function or read the Book of Mormon. So, we were a little nervous when we saw her last night. But, we went in and watched a Bible video about Charity. We talked about service and how Jesus was a perfect example of it. Then, we invited her to read Moroni 7 about faith, hope, and charity. Guess what?!?!?!? She is totally going to do it! Then, she asked us if we knew Brother Rinehart. We told that of course we knew him! (He has been a faithful member of the ward and has 4 calings right now and is an awesome missionary!) She told us that he has been her home teacher for years and has made his faithful visit every month during that time. She said that he had felt impressed to call her last week and invite her to a family history seminar that was being held at the library that he had heard about. She told us how excited she was to go find her ancestors. Guess what? That seminar that he had invited her to, is the one that Sister Kinghorn and I are putting on with the help of other missionaries in the area!!!!!! Holy Cow! I could hardly believe it! I'm telling you, Home Teaching is the way to find Heavenly Father's lost sheep. Missionaries can work and try our best, but home and visiting teachers are the Lord's hands in this work.

We are excited for Halloween! As missionaries, we have to go home at 6:00 on Halloween Night, because they want to keep us out of trouble. Luckily for us, we live with Sister Britto! She wants us to help her hand out candy while she plays with her grandkids. We are so excited! It will be so fun!

The leaves are changing color, and it is so gorgeous here. I am blow away by the beauty all around me! It is so hard to have to drive! Luckily, Sister Kinghorn reminds me to keep my eyes on the road and not on the scenery... hahaha! I will have to send a picture as soon as I can.

Hey Parker! Here is a joke for you! Why did the home teacher cross the road? It was the last day of the month! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Love you all! Hope you have a great week!
Love, Sister McGuire

Just one of the Gorgeous trees!!!

This is the Allentown Skyline in the fall! I took this picture on a sky bridge that goes over St. John's street in downtown. The bridge connects two residential buildings where some people in our ward live.

Sisters Baugh, Nielson, Kinghorn, and I on the last day of Rita's! Goodbye until Spring!

This is my pumpkin that I carved! It's the coolest! ;D

Here is my favorite picture!
This was taken by our Bishops wife, just down the street from her
house. It captures the beauty a lot better than my pictures! ;)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Top 10 for the Week! And Pictures!

Dear family,
I guess I better keep with the trend for today and give you all my top
10 for the week! (Even though Bradley didn't really do it) ;) haha.
Here it goes!

10. Melody lost all custody of her kids this week and their landlord
is threatening to evict them because they are behind on their
payments. Needless to say, she has been so stressed out about these
things that she chose not to be baptized this week. Satan is working
hard on her right now. We are praying hard and hoping that things will
turn around next week.

9. (Almost as bad as number 10) Rita's closed for good this week....
:( I am so sad! I'm gonna miss it! It is only open from the beginning
of Spring to the fall sometime. But, the last day was half off, so we
got 2 quarts to take home with us! Yay!

8. Sister Kinghorn woke up feeling really sick on Saturday. So, we
ended up staying in all day. It was hard, but both of us were able to
get some much needed rest. We were also able to update our records,
which has been needing to get done.

7. Sister Cressman (a less active that we have been working with)
finished reading the Book of Mormon this week!!!!!! Miracles come when
we read the scriptures!

6. We carved pumpkins last Pday. It was so fun! Mine is the coolest!

5. Sister Kinghorn and I got to play the piano in Primary this week! I
loved it!

4. On Friday our roof was being re shingled. Right when we were
getting ready to leave for the day, Sister Britto called down to the
basement for us to "come upstairs and please bring a pamphlet about
the restoration!" We got up there as fast as we could. Sister Britto
had been telling the project manager about the gospel, and she wanted
us to teach him the restoration right there! So, we gave him the three
minute version and left our contact info. Hopefully we will hear back
from him soon!

3. We drove to Allentown for an appointment that ended up getting
cancelled. So we were walking back to our car and found this pile of
leaves. So, of course we jumped in it! So fun!

2. Sister Housel introduced us to her friend named Jackie! So, we
talked for a bit and she is very interested in learning about the
gospel! We gave her a Book of Mormon and set up a return appointment.
Jackie said that her son and his family might also be interested in
learning! Yay!

1. On Sunday, Jose was ordained to the Aaronic priesthood. It was so
special. He is well on his way to becoming the man that Heavenly
Father wants him to be. It was such a neat experience and there was a
sweet spirit in the room. It was truly incredible.

Well, I love you all so much! Have another great week!

Love, Sister McGuire

We just had to.... :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall!! And Pictures!

Dear Family,

Fall is here in Whitehall. The trees are starting to change colors and it is starting to get chilly outside. By the end of next week I think all the trees will have changed color. Can't wait!!!
It has been another busy week! (Of Course)
Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty normal days.
Thursday we had an awesome district and then we got to have dinner with one our investigators. She is doing well, and finally committed to actually read the Book of Mormon.
Friday was the BEST DAY EVER!!! We woke up early and drove to Nazareth for Zone Conference. It was a great meeting. At the end President Anderson got up and said, "We will now be privileged to watch a small video presentation that many of you have heard of. It is called Meet the Mormons." We nearly died of excitement! SO, we got to watch it together. It was so good. All of you need to go see it as SOON as possible! What an uplifting and inspiring movie. After the meeting was over we headed back to our area and worked so hard to find new people to teach. We came in contact with a lot of people, and hopefully we will begin teaching them soon.
Saturday was a hard day. All of our appointments fell through, so we ended up finding all day again, but we didn't have much success.
Sunday was a great day. I love being able to fast. It is so humbling and rewarding. We also had an amazing testimony meeting. All of the testimonies were uplifting and incredible. After church Sister Kinghorn and I weren't looking forward to going out to find again. But, we said a prayer and went anyway. We were blessed with a miracle. Every single door we knocked on opened. We were able to talk to so many people and we even taught a lesson to an old investigator who hadn't been interested.
Miracles are everywhere. We just need to trust Heavenly Father and then go and do.
I love you all! Have a great week!

Sister McGuire

This is one of our new investigators named Kaiden!! She's awesome!

A man in our ward puts the stickers from all his apples onto this cupboard!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Conference! Plus Pictures!!

Hey Family!

It has been a crazy week! Sounds like you were all busy too.
On Tuesday, Sister Clark and I packed her bags and drove to Broomall. There I dropped her off and I got my new companion. Her name is Sister Kinghorn and she is from Laie Hawaii!!!! Everyone's jealous, of course. She's really nice and we get along super well! Then we drove back home to Whitehall and ran right off to a dinner appointment and then to Missionary Correlation Meeting.
Wednesday, was a crazy day and I had to plan it all by myself! It's hard to be in charge of the area. She is the Senior companion, but I know the area. It's so crazy! Anyway, we made bracelets with Pauline and then had dinner with Sister Noa. She always makes the BEST Spanish rice and steak. Seriously, they make GOOD Spanish food out here.
Thursday was a great day because we had Zone Training. We were able to listen to our leaders and learn so much from them.
Friday was a pretty slow and boring day....
Satuday and Sunday were great! We got to watch Conference! I took about 10 pages of notes! I can't wait to get them in writing so we can learn even more from them. Funny Story. There is a man in our ward that came to both sessions on Sunday. And he slept through most of them. The funny part was, he can snore louder than Dad!!!! The entire time he was just sawin logs on the back row! We were dying! hahaha! It was so funny!
Also, on Sunday we got to see Melody. She was able to work through her concerns and has comitted to be baptized on the 19th!!! We are so excited for her!!!!
Love you all!!! The church is true!

Love, Sister McGuire
The District!

Quick Cronut run!

Me and Sister Kinghorn!