Monday, September 19, 2016

Rise Above It

Hola! This is probably going to be pretty random, gear up for it :)

One day, we had lessons for EVERY key indicator! (If you're not a missionary and don't know what that means... you can ask another returned missionary.) Basically though, it means we talked to a variety of people- members, less actives and non-members all on the same day! Doesn't always happen. Except something I've realized about Perrysburg I hadn't though about, is living here really is like living in Utah. The church is 5 minutes away, there are about 50 if not more active members that live in walking distance of us. We see members every day! That didn't happen in Strongsville.

The rest of the week I had a cold :(. Makes me act a little loopy, but it wasn't bad enough for us to stay in, so we went out! 

We were able to talk to a lady through her screen door for about half an hour, and she said we brightened her whole morning. I love people! We also helped BroLo (Brother Long, I cant' remember if I've mentioned him before, he's hilarious!) rake leaves. Then he came to a lesson with us! Also went to the church one day to say hi to BroLo playing basketball with a bunch of non-members. The church has an open gym every Tuesday and Thursday night for anyone to come play basketball, and there's usually 15 people there, only 2 or 3 of them members. Such a cool missionary opportunity, so we went and watched for awhile and talked to one of the wives that was watching also. There's missionary opportunities everywhere!

SATURDAY, was basically the weirdest day of ever. Actually that's not true, but it was weird. We woke up and it was pouring rain (but what else is new for Ohio?) But 3 hours later... it was still pouring rain. Which is no bueno, because it was the fair, and we were supposed to be helping with the booth our ward was doing on family history. We stopped by in the morning, in the pouring rain, and basically no one was at the fair anyways. We left and talked to a few people in the nursing homes (nursing homes in rain storms are tender mercies!) and had lunch. And it was STILL raining. So the whole fair got closed, and we had 4 extra hours of our day we had no plans! Yay. It actually ended up being really good though, we saw some people we otherwise wouldn't have, and I think they really needed uplifted that day. 

That night was INCREDIBLE. The Elders had a baptism! And one of our investigators came to see it! Everything went really smoothly, and the spirit was so strong. I was able to play the piano for it, prelude and hymns and such, and it was so cool to be a part of it all. One of the talks mentioned how when Jesus Christ was baptized, Heavenly Father was "well pleased" with Him... and how the same thing is true when anyone gets baptized! Heavenly Father is so proud of them and is there congratulating them and promising He will help them. 

Quote of the week: "God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it
is usually through another person that he meets our needs." 

Love you! Who's excited for the general women's session this Saturday, I know I am!

Sister Maughan

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