Saturday, August 23, 2014

"No Mires Tras Ti"

"No Mires Tras Ti" Look not behind thee! Genesis 19:17
This week I was studying about Lot's wife and how she looked behing and was focused on the things of her past! Sometimes especially on the mission I think about how nice it would be to be in my own bed in America where I feel comfortable speaking the same language as everyone else but I know I cannot look behind! I have to look forward! It is very hard I know but I don't want to be turned into SALT like Lot's wife! 
I challenge you all to look forward to the future and live in the moment. It has helped me a lot this week.
The work here has been super slow latley. People are too busy or don't want to hear our message. I have never had so many doors slammed in my face when I am trying to share this beautiful message! But on Thursday we ran into Carlos, he was washing his car. Our appointments for the day fell through so we just decided we should talk to him. Why not? Well we found out that was baptized but just stopped going to church, which happens a lot. So we asked him why and he really could not tell us why. Well we finally got him to accept us to come back to teach him and his family. Last night we went to his house and his kids were all home. It was awesome. Carlos has 2 teenagers that were really ready to hear our message. The girl Carla is 20 and the other boy is Max and he is 14. 
We taught a great lesson and I actually knew what was happening and I talked a lot with them. It was awesome. And we felt like we needed to challenge them to be baptized. Well they both ACCEPTED! They are going to be baptized September 20th! No joke. Such a MIRACLE! They know the church is true. I told Carla about the Holy Ghost and how it is a warm feeling in your heart and she shared her experience saying she prayed about our church and she got that warm feeling knowing that it was true!
Ah! So that was awesome! I have faith they will both be prepared to be baptized. We just have to be obedient and make sure we follow up with them but they are amazing!
It has been really rough this week I bought new boots and I wore them and got blisters on my toes. No bueno! And the food here is getting to me. They eat hot dogs and pork with everything. I don't really love pork at all. And you have to eat all the food or else it is really rude! I am trying to stay postive. I just have to swallow real fast! haha.
Anyways that is all for this week! Miracles are possible! I promise you if you are obedient and pray Heavenly Father will answer your prayers! Don't look back, keep looking forward! 
Hermana McClary

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Well this week has been bittersweet. I got attacked by the fleas here in Chile! But the work here in Overjera is doing great. We have lots of people interested in the gospel. We have the Reunion Gomaz family that me and Hermana Aquino are really working with. We are trying to strenghten their family, they are a part member family, the papa is not a member but wants to learn more about the gospel so we have been helping them a lot. We had Noche Hogar (family home evening) with them on Monday and it was amazing. They have such a sweet spirit and I know the gospel can bless their family. 

We had intercambios this week. We switch companions for 12 hours and go with them to their area. It was so much fun! I went with Hermana Clark to a new area. She is AMAZING. She taught me a lot. Her español is really good. She has been out on her mission for more than a year. She is from Draper, UT. She went to Alta high school so we had TONS to talk about. I convinced her to go to J.Crew when she gets home and send me stuff. haha
But she taught me to be patient, the language will come. I know it will I am just reading my scriptures in Español and working hard! 

We had a zone conference this week! It was great to do something different except it was all in SPANISH. So I just wrote and looked up all the scriptures when I got back to my house. 
Keep reading your scriptures and pray! Heavenly Father wants to talk with YOU! 
I love you all! Until next week! 
Hermana McClary

Send the package to this address:
Mison Chile Osorno
Mackenna 987, oficina 3 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I chop my own wood for the fire!

Well I made it a week! Our Momita feeds us soo much food so I think I am gaining weight! But my companion and I run every morning because I cannot get fat! There is a joke here in the mission that all the girls come in looking like Barbies and then they leave looking like Barney! No bueno! 
I gave my first baptismal invitation. We met this young girl named Katy, she is my age! She keeps asking me why I am on a mission and she is very interested in why we do what we do so we had an amazing lesson and I felt so good. My spanish was awful but I use my hands to describe and I just bear my testimony over and over. She said she has already been baptized when she was little so we have alot to teach her about priesthood authority and such. I hope she can feel this truth for herself. 

We also came in contact with this man named Jose, we taught him all about the church and at the end we asked him if we could come to his house and teach him and he told us that he did not have a house! We taught a homeless man and didn't even know it! haha, oh man. We plan on teaching him at the church! It should be good. Hopefully he wants to hear more! 

They have ADT in Chile! Who would know! Vivint needs to get their act together so they can start selling down here, hahah. The people have alarm systems on their shacks. The peoples' houses are as big as my room back home! It is so crazy! I have never been so humbled. But I love them. Oh and I have yet to met anyone with teeth here. No one has teeth! They are all fake or they have one or two missing teeth. So I fit right in! #toothless

Last thing, we went to go meet with some less actives this week and people here in Chile kiss you on your cheek when you say Hello. As missionaries we cannot kiss the men but a couple days ago we were at this house and this old man comes into the room and tries to kiss me on my cheek. I just scream ¨Soy misionera¨and then I just backed up and gave him an awkward hand shake. It was SO awkward but sooo funny. 

Oh man, being a missionary is the best but the transistion is hard! I have to keep focusing on the work and I get caught up sometimes focusing on dreaming about the future and when I will be home! But then I remember I still have forever and that gets me super sad. It is hard but I know I have to have patience. I read a talk in the Liahona today and it helped me! Maybe something will help you. ¨WE may not be satisfied with our circumstances and thus spend time wondering when things will change. If we do this, we miss out on wonderful opportunities for spiritual growth.¨ Dennis Gaunt. When I read this I just started crying. My companion thinks I am CRAZY, haha. But seriously this is so hard. But I know Heavenly Father called me here for a purpose and I am still trying to figure out why! Why in the WORLD am in at the bottom of the WORLD. hahah, but for reals. 
Please pray for me and hope I get the gift of tonges and if you want I would LOVE a letter. I love you all and I will write you if you write me! 
Hermana McClary 

I chop my own wood for fire!
(Martha Stewart in the cabin)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

¡Overjeria Chile!

I made it to Osorno Chile! My first area is Ovejeria. It is a little town in
It is soo cute! Imagine Europe with a Mexican twist and that is what Chile
looks like. haha!
My trainer's name is Hermana Aquino, she is from Paraguay and speaks very
very little English so that is fun. Let's just say there is a language
barrier for sure. But I already love her. She is so amazing. We are both new
to the area so that is also really challenging. We are both lost but that
makes me feel better. haha, we are learning together. #unity haha

I made my first contact in the taxi just the first night I got to Osorno. I
just told the lady I liked her purse and asked her if she was from Chile. My
trainer was so shocked! She said I was a natural. I guess knowing fashion
and complimenting people comes in handy! When you don't know what to say
just say something nice to that person and they will open up to you. The
lady in the taxi had to leave before I could get her information but it was
good practice. I have learned to talk with EVERYONE. We don't get to choose
know needs the gospel or not so I have been opening my mouth to everyone. 

We have a mamaita here in Chile, it is so strange. We only eat lunch here.
We don't eat dinner! We work all night so I never have time to eat. I went
to the store and bought some snacks so I don't starve! But aparently
everyone gains weight here. The bread is really good I guess. I have to
watch out!! 

Our casa is HUGE but so disgusting, Elders were in our house before so it is
really gross. Hermana Aquino and I are going to have to clean it today. It
is so old and we DO NOT have hot water!! Like no bueno!! 
I had to take a shower in the ICE cold water. I have never felt so cold!!
Don't even get me started about building our own fire! It TAKES FOREVER to
warm our house up! My companion told me to take a shower today and she
doesn't understand that I HATE cold showers so I just turned the water on
and just did my hair instead. haha. We are getting it fixed though, I HOPE!
I cannot do it. 

Oh and another thing...people don't have mailboxes here. Like that is the
saddess thing I have ever heard! We don't have a mailbox either so I cannot
get mail! Just send everything to the office address that I gave you guys
and I will get stuff when we have meetings.
So I learned Spanish in the MTC but I promise you that what the people speak
in Chile is NOT spanish. It is Chilean, haha. They sound like they have a
lisp when they speak! It is so interesting! So everything I thought I knew
is changing about the language. 
We went contacting yesterday and I was able to bare my testimony to this
girl that was my age and I felt the spirit so strong. The people are SO nice
here I just wish I could understand what they are saying! But I LOVE Chile.
It is so cool. I already used my rain skirt yesterday! It rains SO MUCH! 
Well I love you all. Please pray that I get the gift of tongues. I need help
so please help me! The Lord loves you and I love you. 
More adventures to come! 
Chow chow! (everyone says that here!) 

Hermana McClary
p.s. I already broke my umbrella so I had to buy a new one today! Oh it is
so fun. It does not stop raining!

Santiago Airport, everything is Penguins!!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

President Rodrigo Obeso Chile Osorno Mission

My mission president is from Mexico City! So they do not know much of any English! So hard to communicate with anyone! 

Dear Family of Sister McClary,

We are pleased to inform that your daughter has arrived safe and sound and smiling to the Chile Osorno Mission.  It was a pleasure for us to greet your daughter upon her arrival and feel her desire to serve.  Enclosed is a picture that we took with her shortly after her arrival.  After a short period of orientation regarding mission procedures, customs of the country, etc., we assigned Sister McClary to work in the city of Ovejería with Sister Aquino as her companion.  Your daughter's address during her time in the mission will be:

                                               Sister Bryce McClary
                                      Casilla 7-0
                                      Osorno, Chile

Sister Obeso and I love our missionaries and are truly happy to have the opportunity to work with Sister McClary.  We appreciate your willingness to share her with us as she works as a missionary and ambassador for the Lord in Chile.  Sharing the gospel with these deserving children of our Father in Heaven will certainly bring great joy and satisfaction to her, and to you as well.  Thank you so much for helping her get to this point.

Please write her regularly–at least once a week.  Your love, interest, and support will be of great help to her.  Should there be any emergency or if you desire information regarding any urgent situation, please feel free to contact the Missionary Department in Salt Lake City rather than go to the expense of phoning the mission here in Chile. 

The missionary work is progressing rapidly here in southern Chile, and I hope that you will share in her exciting mission experience as Sister McClary writes to you weekly and keeps you informed of her challenges and achievements and experiences.


President Rodrigo Obeso
Chile Osorno Mission

President Rodrigo Obeso
Chile Osorno Mission
Hermana Aquino, she is from Paraguay
August 2014