The Missionary Set Sail

Welcome to the Blog set up for Emily McRae! Emily's serving the Lord in the Washington, Tacoma mission. She set sail to the Missionary Training Center February 24th 2010. She will be in the Tacoma area for 18 months. This blog is updated and maintianed by one Molly McRae. The blog should display letters and photos of Emily while she is serving the Lord along with a quick update about transfers and mission companions. Hopefully the blog can keep you tied over until Emily is back to entertain once more.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

So, I have a new companion as of last monday. Her name is Sister Allison Laws from Fairfield, California. She's really nice and plays the piano. Of course, I had a hard time getting used to her, but what I am still learning and have to keep telling myself is that if we don't talk about what is bothering from the start, there is going to be alot of tension. So, I finally told her that I thought she was judging me, thinking that I didn't work hard enough and that was really bothering me. It's been better since then. I've been alot happier.
Well, we've had a couple of REALLY nice days here in Gig Harbor, so on Saturday, my companion and I went out and pulled weeds and then we went tracting in a neighborhood with no trees. I got sooo burnt. Then, on Monday, we played football and played in the backyard and it was sooo sunny. Loved it. Got a 'lil more burnt. Haha, need to get some sunscreen I guess.
Well, we have been teaching this one lady for the last month or so and when we first tracted into her, she said we could come back because she was friends with some members. Then we went back and gave her a pamphlet and she agreed to take the lessons, mostly for knowledge sake. So, we taught the rest and she says it really has been making a lot of sense and she's agreed to come to church and take a church tour! So great! We are going to commit her to baptism on the church tour and I just feel really good about the whole thing. We had Kathleen, another investigator, on date, but she didn't come to church this past sunday and she fell off date. So frustrating. But it was only because she wasn't back from California yet, not necessarily because she didn't want to come. So, please pray for those two!!!
LOve you!!!
-Sister McRae

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Lots of exciting new stuff!!

There are alot of exciting things happening in the area right now. This week so far has been so full of surprises, it's ridiculous! We found a new house to live in (the place they were living in before had a kind of crazy landlady). It's way out in the middle of nowhere (pretty much not in our area at all), but the circumstances are way better than what we have now. The room is huge and has desks and lots of storagbe space (huge plus). We'll be living with an old lady (91 yrs) who goes to the Gig Harbor because that's where her boundaries are.But the land we live on, which is about 20 acres, all belongs to the Paulson's who are LOADED. We live on the second floor and the maid who cleans all their many houses lives on the third floor and the old lady lives on the first floor. The house has a grand piano and an organ. In the backyard they have a water slide and two ZIPLINES and everyy weekend during the summer, they have big BBQ's for everyone and anyone. It's so cool! But the best part is that we are going to have a kitchen that we are actually going to be able to use! Great!

The next exciting thing that happened is that we had the opportunity to teach at the Women's prison on sunday. It was really fun, and the lady's there are for the most part really nice. I couldn't figure what they could have ossibly done to get themselves in prison. The sister that played the piano was really nice and told me her mom and dad, two brothers, and two sisters all served missions, and she said 'I just went a little off the path.' So wierd! But, we were able to teach the first two missionary discussions to the sisters there. Really cool experience. The spirit there was a little different, but what is interesting is that there is still the spirit there that influences and can witness of the truth of the gospel to these women. Amazing. There is one sister who isn't a member but has been coming to every meeting for the last five years. She has read the Book of Mormon so man y times and I am positive that she will be baptized when she gets out, she just has to wait aonther 5 years. AMAZING!

The last exciting thing I wanted to talk about is something that happened on Memorial Day! The Boy Scouts have a fundraiser breakfast every year for camp, and of course the missionaries eat for free. So, what happened is we were pulling up to the park and we were going to turn a U so we could park on the side of the road. There was no curb and the ditch wasn't that deep, or so I thought. It was a really short climb into the ditch, so when the car started going into the ditch, I figured I could back it up or just pull into the ditch. Then all of a sudden, someone comes running up and yells "STOP!" The driver's side tire was a foot and half off the ground!!! So they weighted the back of the car and we got out before we flipped the car. It was so crazy. Long story short, because we weighted the back of the car, we didn't have to have a tow truck come and pull us out and we were able to just drive into the ditch and out onto the road. No harm, no foul . . . Right??? Lol, just another one of Emily's stupid car stories.
Love you guys!
Sister McRae