Tuesday, December 22, 2015

21 December 2015 - Kellogg Spanish Branch

Oklahoma City Temple Trip on December 15th

Elder Lorenzo & Elder Murphy

Elder Murphy with President & Sister Bell

Elder Murphy with his district

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

15 December 2015

Posted on the WKM family Facebook page. 
Congrats to the Sisters.

Monday, December 14, 2015

14 December 2015 -- Wichita -- Kellogg Spanish Branch

Hola hola!! ¿Como les va a todos?
Let's see...

So, Monday, we saw a huge miracle! We stopped by a potential's house, named Elvia. They opened the door and said they were moving a fridge and needed a hand. What better time for the missionaries to show up? We helped and after, talked about a ton of questions they'd had from the last time we saw Elvia. She knew she felt the Spirit the first time we met and testified of faith in Christ helping us overcome trials, and she wanted to know more. We talked a lot about how the Book of Mormon answers the questions we have and we talked more about how to act in faith on what we learn from the Book of Mormon and change and overcome trials. Such a huge miracle!

We got a referral from the Hermanas this week, Andreas. He's super cool and as a teenager in this crazy world, he has a desire to follow Jesus Christ. He truly is such an example of what Alma meant, when he said, "if ye can have no more than a desire." Andreas has a desire, and as he allows that desire to work within him to grow his mustard seed of faith, he is seeing a change in his life, as well as others'. He came to a baptism the Hermanas had on Saturday and brought up after how nervous the girls who were baptized had been before, but after, couldn't stop smiling and were giddy with joy. He expressed how much he wants that for himself. 

We've been talking a lot as a mission about serving with ALL of our heart, might, mind, and strength in order to become swallowed up in Heavenly Father's will to see more miracles. Doctrine and Covenants 123:13 says, "Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven." Truly as we "waste and wear out our lives" in this wonderful work, lives change. Our own lives change, more importantly. As we lose ourselves, we find our true selves and are able to reach the potential the Lord has in store for us.

Yo se con todo mi Corazon que Jesucristo vive. Nuestro amoroso Padre Celestial nos da mandamientos para que podemos ser mas felices en esta vida, personalmente y con nuestras familias.

Have an amazing week! I love you all!

Como siempre,
Elder Murphy

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

7 December 2015 -- Wichita -- Kellogg Spanish Branch

Buenas tardes a todos! ¿Qué tal? Espero que todo está bien! What an amazing week in the Kellogg Spanish Branch! Milagros por días!

Pues, transfers are this week and I'll be staying in the Kellogg Branch with Elder Lorenzo! I'm so excited for another milagroso transfer in this amazing Spanish Branch!

This week, we increased our sense of urgency and got into the 4th quarter mentality and, well, saw so many miracles! We've been working with a super cool guy named Carlos and he is just so on top of
everything. On Saturday, we were talking about Lehi's Dream from the Book of Mormon to help him understand how to overcome trials as he prepares to be baptized. We were reading the story with him and
without us even beginning to talk about it, he said, "Oh! So in order to overcome trials and temptations, I probably need to pray and read every day!" Well, yeah. Exactly! He's so cool and has such a quick
understanding! Definitely a miracle.

We were trying to contact Juan and Odalys this entire week and, well, appointment after appointment fell through and it almost seemed as if they were slipping through the cracks. Yesterday, we decided to just
stop by and Odalys ended up being home. She expressed to us basically how crazy and difficult her week and life has been. We testified of the Gospel blessing families and her urgency to follow Jesus Christ
increased. She wants this for her entire family and is doing all she can to come closer to Him.

I absolutely love Kansas! I hope you all have an amazing week! You're always in my prayers! Love you!

Con amor,
Elder Murphy

30 November 2015 -- Wichita -- Kellogg Spanish Branch

Buenas Tardes everybody!
How was your Semana de Pavo y de Gracias? I learned so much more of what it means to be grateful for every miracle and blessing!

We've been working a lot with Bryan, who really wants to make a change in his life. Part of his family are members and they've made a huge impact on him in his life. We've talked a lot to him about wearing the
entire armor of God in order to resist temptation and overcome trials of faith. It's so important for us to be aware how much of an example we can be to each other. He's talked about falling into peer pressure and wants to help his friends find God in their lives. I definitely know as we use all the tools our Heavenly Father has given us, we will be enabled and strengthened to overcome any trial that comes our way.

Yesterday, we met Patricia, who really didn't want to talk a ton when we first walked up to her. Right as we were about to leave, we decided to show her the new holiday video, called A Savior is Born, to really
help her come to more understand for herself why Jesus Christ was born and what that means for her and her family. She lit up as the video talked about "rejoicing greatly" that Christ was born for us to give us the hope we need amidst the craziness of this life. We told her that we, just like the Angels to the shepherds  in the Nativity story, are called to bring good tidings of great news and to share the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ! She excitedly set up a return appointment for this week with her whole family.

I hope you all have an amazing week! Stay warm! Things are definitely cooling down here in the Heartland, but it's definitely the most wonderful time of the year!i love you all so much! You're always in my prayers!

Con amor,
Elder Murphy

Haitian family they ate Thanksgiving with.

23 November 2015 -- Wichita -- Kellogg Spanish Branch

Hola everyone!

Sorry I have been terrible at sending this email. Things have been pretty crazy and busy the past couple of weeks, but it's been awesome! Miracles every single day!

Elder Lorenzo and I have hit the ground running and have started sprinting. It seems like so many things happen so fast throughout the weeks, it's hard to keep track of all that happens. We've been working with this family who were being taught by missionaries about 4 years ago and have truly been seeking for peace and joy in their lives. The mom, Victoria, has expressed to us that there has been a whole in her life that she's been seeking to feel and as we continue to visit with her and help her take steps of faith, that whole continues to fill.

One day, we met some of her family members and they immediately invited us their home. We've been working mostly with the kids, Juan, Odalys, and Valaria. Every time we talk to them, a light grow in their eyes and their love for God increases. Miracles just keep on happening!

I absolutely love being here in Kansas! I hope you all have an amazing week! Keep moving up and forward! Love you so much!

Con amor,
Elder Murphy

From the Air Force base last P Day! :D