Monday, May 23, 2016

Mormons! Mooorrrmonns!

Hello family and friends! This has been an exciting week, I got to
meet another Quorum of the Seventy, who actually spoke in General Conference
this last April, Elder Snow (loved his talk on humility). I got to play
viola in Sunday school again, and I got my first kiss as a missionary!
Ok, before y'all freak out about that last one, I should explain, it's
actually a cool story, so here you go:
Elder Ker and I were biking home through a park when all of a sudden
this woman  in her late thirties comes running out of a gazebo yelling
"Mormons! Mormons! Mooorrrrmonnns!" We were like, what's with this
lady? We stopped and she started talking, a lot! She told us how her
and her husband (who was still in the gazebo with another guy who had
bought them a pizza) were living out of their van, which had just
broken down next to the library, and they need a little bit of cash to
fix a part on it. I had a couple dollars in my wallet I gave to her,
and she was so excited and happy about it, she told us how a few
minutes before she had been praying for God to send them some of his
angels to help, and then we showed up! In fact, she said she was so
happy that she could kiss us, and she did! Right on our cheeks, so I
think it's ok, we probably won't get in too much trouble for it ;)
We also had zone conferences on Thursday here in Baytown with Elder
Snow from the seventy, that went really well. He's a great guy and
apparently an old childhood friend of President Drakes.
I guess that's about all I need to tell y'all, just remember to put
the Lord first and watch out for opportunities to help others, some
times they'll come running and shouting right up to you and smooch ya
right on the cheek so you got to be careful! I sure do love y'all!
Elder Murdock
True To The Faith
Elder Murdock

Zone Conference

Monday, May 16, 2016

Crawfish Boils and Spanish

Howdy y'all! 
 I hope y'all have been doing good back home, enjoying the nice spring weather. It's pretty
wet here right now, but most of the week was awesome! Especially on
Tuesday, that was a good day. I went on my first exchange into
Spanish, me and Elder Hasson.  He just got here from the MTC a few
weeks ago. It was kinda funny sitting in on Spanish lessons, I had no
idea what was being said, but hey, we all felt the Spirit and two of
the Spanish Elders investigators now have a baptismal date set for the
28! I tried to pitch in a few phrases, like, Hola, come estas and
stuff, but hey, I've been called as an English missionary, so I was
just sorta along for the ride! But Elder Hasson did great, he's gonna
do fine out here. We also all got to go to a crawfish boil on Tuesday.
All the missionaries in the district were invited! I was so excited for it. It was my
first big boil since I've been out, and man was it good! A less active
in the ward named Brother Carol cooked them all up for us, real nice
and spicy, it was delicious! It reminded me of when dad would talk
about all the boils he had in Louisiana. Now I'll get to tell my kids
one day! Ha! Kinda funny, anyway, the rest of the week was good. I got
a new hat and Elder Ker got a new pair of work/cowboy boots because
his other service shoes gave up the ghost, he seriously just walked
right out of them! But I guess that's what happens to shoes at the end
of missions. We also had a lesson with Gustavo on Thursday. He's doing
good but didn't come to church! He works nights at the plants around
here, so he usually sleeps in. We might have to run over to his home
and drag him over here, he just needs to get baptized already! Ha ha,
anyway, I think he'll be fine, I'm just excited to be doing some good
work, and I hope all of you back home are doing good work too. Remember
the Lord loves you a whole lot, and is there to literally help you be
happy, so when you're feeling down, just think of him and how much he
loves you, and you'll start to feel joy in your heart, I promise!
Ok, I sure do love y'all! Have a great week,
Elder Murdock

Crawfish Boil

More Crawfish

Elder Ker and Elder Murdock


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hi mom! Sorry I've taken so long, it's been a busy day, anyway, here you go!
This week has been good. It was good to talk to y'all  yesterday. You all seemed to be doing good. I love y'all lots! 
This week me and Elder Ker gave a few blessings to people in the hospital right near here. It always feels good to be able to use the Priesthood to help others. It's been a real blessing in my life, that's for sure! We also got to meet a guy named Gustavo. He pulled us over into a parking lot while we were riding our bikes, and he asked us if we were from the "lsd, no, lds!" Church, and we told him yes we were! He asked us about what time church was and told us that he'd been thinking about getting back into it. We're not sure if he is a less active member or an investigator but hey, we still think it was a miracle! He gave us his number so we will follow up with him.
Sorry this was a short one. Today was a pretty busy day, but I love y'all a whole lot but I love the Lord more. I'm where he needs me to be, so I'm going to help him do his work! 
Elder Murdock

True to the Faith

Monday, May 2, 2016

Investigators and Humidity

Hello everybody! I hope y'all are doing alright, things are still good
down here in Texas. I was a little sick still this week, along with
others in the district.  But hey, the work goes on!
So, while we haven't been able to meet many of our investigators
lately, either because they weren't home, or they dropped us (that was
mostly what happened) and we haven't had a solid investigator to go to
for a while, we've been praying for the Lord to send us SOMEONE to
teach, and you know? The Lord heard us! Of course He did! He knows all
that we need! This last week we received  a total of 8 new potential
investigators to try, and at least four of them sound like they will
go somewhere! It's amazing, I've got good feelings about this week,
starting off with a miracle like that!
So, on Saturday me and Elder Ker, along with the other elders went
back to a family in the ward's house.  We are helping them
fix their flooring. We took out their kitchen and hallway floor, and
 one of their bathtubs. It took all day, but the family was nice
enough to give us lunch AND dinner! It was so nice of them to do, we
were all very grateful.  It felt good working in that way again. It
reminded me of helping dad out all the time, especially when we went
to Home Depot and got a huge load of ply wood to move into their
house, I've had a lot of experience with that! Also, Dad, be thankful
that Utah isn't as humid as this place, we were sweating buckets the
whole time we were unloading the wood, it's nuts!
That's about it for me. A ward member took all the pictures of us
helping out, so I'll have to get them to y'all next week, I sure do
love y'all, have a great week!
Elder Murdock
True to the Faith