Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

First of all, I am dying of heat here. The computer in the library is RIGHT in the sunshine, which is why i choose to sit here ( I love me some sunshine). But I had to spend like the past half hour writing an email for the mission for a Christmas Conference thing we're doing in November, so it's a little warm. 

Second of all... Hello! One more week in the lives of all of us, huh? Who can't believe October is over today? I sure can't! I'm 100% positive this month went by faster than any other in my life. 

This week was a pretty good one here in Perrysburg! We've been doing a lot of service AKA raking leaves because of all the million and a half trees here! The leaves never stop falling, so we're constantly raking. Sister Heer wants to try "service tracting" soon, where we go around in our service clothes, knock on doors and ask if we can rake their leaves or do anything else for them. We'll see if we end up doing it and how it goes, we'll probably need to borrow some rakes first. :)

Wednesday night was really fun this week! We had a HUGE ward activity called "The Chili Cook Off". We (missionaries and ward members) invited everybody and anybody, whether they are members or not, to bring their famous chili, and they have judges to decide which is best in certain categories. And there's of course a people's choice one. I had heard it was well attended, but WOW there was a lot of people there! Bigger than any activity I've been to- including when i was back in Utah :) We also had three of our investigators there, plus a few potential investigators, so we were on cloud nine the whole time haha. It was just good to be in a setting where we can be normal, where they can see who we are and how we live not on Sundays as a church. Spent most of the night there, ate some good food, and helped clean up. It was also fun to see all the kids dressed up in their costumes! (They did a trunk-or-treat after dinner.) 

Thursday we had exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders after planning, and it was a BUSY day. We visited with some members, stopped by a few former investigators, did some tracting. Finished out the night at the Weyandts (Phil our investigator and Lisa his member wife). They had kind of a crazy week this past week, so we mostly just loved and listened. They are awesome though, they just keep moving forward! We set a goal baptism date with him for January, and he keeps telling us he is really looking forward to it! Sometimes I forgot how huge of a miracle it is that we are teaching him- and how far he's come since we first started teaching him. This truly is Heavenly Father's work, not ours!

Friday was Zone Training Meeting in Toledo. They asked me to do a musical number, which epically failed because I haven't been able to practice anything besides hymns for the past 8 months. But I did it anyways, cause that's how my mother raised me :) The meeting was good, I'll be honest I was exhausted and probably didn't get as much out of it as I could. What I did get though was LISTENING is really important when we are helping people recognize the spirit. Hearing their thoughts and ideas really gets them to recognize it themselves, without us having to directly point it out. 

Sunday, was the primary program! Another cool opportunity for people to invite their non-member friends to, and they actually come! They started with a song called "If I listen with my Heart" that is beautiful! It was an awesome way to start the meeting, especially for those who have never been to our church. I think it was sung at this past General Womens Meeting too.The spirit is so strong with those kids, and it's those basic truths they know and teach that are really what this gospel is all about. I was reminded that I really am "a Child of God" and he loves me! That's a simple truth that it easy to forget sometimes.  

Alright, sorry again for the novel. Love you all, have a Happy Halloween, and enjoy the start of a fresh new month! 

Sister Maughan

p.s. sorry no pictures again this week. We took some, but they are random and blurry, I"ll try to take some better ones soon! :)

Monday, October 24, 2016

"Don't put yourself down - Let others do it for you !"

This week went by SOOOO fast! Probably because a million things happened. When you have lots to do, time goes by faster!

So last Monday was good, we had dinner at a members house, then went to visit Sister Cooper again. She gave me a bracelet she made (she makes BEAUTIFUL jewelry with another sister in the ward and sells it!) that says "I ❤ Jesus". Best thing ever, I wear it every day now! :) Then we get home, and one of the counselors in the bishopbric wanted us to call him. Long story short, he asked us if we could give talks the coming Sunday. Woot! Yay for 6 days notice. Haha I bet you can all guess when I actually wrote my talk though. (Yep, Sunday morning.)

Tuesday I was DREADING, because Tuesdays are usually a struggle to find things to do. We tried to contact an old referral in the morning, but we're pretty sure he just ignored us knocking on his door. We had one lesson with a less active member in the morning, and then the typical NOTHING for a few hours. We were struggling, and by the time 5:00 rolled around it was raining and we were not in the mood to do finding time. But we worked up our motivation by telling ourselves motivation follows action, and went to contact a family we talked to the first day Sister Heer came. They were outside on their porch, so we got to talk to them for awhile! Fun fact- they spend every summer in LOGAN, UTAH. Yep, pretty cool. We invited them to learn more, and they said sure! So keep them in your prayers!

The miracles didn't stop there though. "When it rains, it pours" I guess. We were about to go contact another old referral, when our phone came through with two messages at once. That usually means we received a media referral! Sure enough we looked, and there was a name, address, phone number, and a note that said this person WANTED to actually hear the missionary lessons, that's why they went online. Sister Heer and I were like "what, this never happens?" haha. We called him (Jacob) right then (we are supposed to contact media referrals ASAP) and set an appointment for that Friday. 

Right after that, we were actually able to contact the other old referral and she was super nice, gave us her phone number, and said we can come back. 

So the day went from meh- to A-MEH-ZING in like an hour and a half! Haha yah I know that was cheesy. It was just cool, because we seriously had NO motivation, but because we went out and worked, Heavenly Father showed us the miracles that were waiting for us!

The rest of the week went really good, we had interviews with President Brown Thursday morning. After lunch, we tried to stop by a lady we'd talked to before, but she wasn't home... but their SQUIRREL was! I get out of the car, and this squirrel starts coming straight for me. NOT normal. I always thought squirrels were cute and would joke about catching one and keeping it, but having one actually not be afraid of me was terrifying! Sister Heer thought it was hilarious, and we basically spent 15 minutes trying to take a selfie with this squirrel haha. We think they probably feed it, so it was coming up to us for a treat. We sure didn't have any, but Sister Heer was holding a leaf in her hand while trying to take a selfie with it- and the squirrel took it out of her hand! It was crazy! Random moments like that make the whole day sometimes :) 


Look closely, the squirrel is right up by the tire of the car ! 


Sister Heer feeding the squirrel a leaf !

Friday went really well, another huge miracle happened with Jacob's lesson. Since he's a male, we have to bring another adult women with us in order to meet with him, and we'd been trying to find people all week... and NO ONE could come. Friday morning rolled around and we had one more member to call and ask... but she ended up being busy. Needless to say, we were a little stressed out. HUGE tender mercy was one of the sisters we'd asked the day before texted us saying that her plans got cancelled because of the rain that morning, so she could come if we needed her to! Wow, made me be grateful for the rain for once. And members that are willing to sacrifice their time! The lesson with Jacob went really well, I'll keep you updated on how things go!

Friday was also painting nails day at the nursing home. That's always a highlight of my week. This week we had a TON of ladies come, so we were there for quite awhile. 

Wow, sorry this is super long this week. We'll jump to Sunday, where we gave talks in Sacrament meeting! It went well, except everyone was basically asleep. Makes me wonder if we always look like that, or if it was just a rough week for everyone. The quote for my subject line is from a lady that we talked to Sunday night, she's roomates with one of our less-actives. We were just talking about how we need to be nicer to ourselves and forgive ourselves, and that's what she threw that quote out there. Haha we laughed so hard... because it's SO true! There are so many people in the world already bashing on you, so why do it to yourself too? 

Sorry that this was all over the place this week. There were just so many little miracles it was hard to know which ones to write about, and actually remember all of them. 

Love you, talk to you all again next week!

Sister Maughan

                               Some fun Fall Pictures of Sister Heer and Sister Maughan








Monday, October 17, 2016

"I am a Child of God --But a work in progress."

I was looking through my notebook this week and found that gem of a quote by a member in Strongsville. Wow I needed that reminder, to remember who I REALLY am... and that I'm still learning to become more like my Heavenly Father! Sometimes I forget, and that's when I tend to struggle.

This week was pretty okay honestly. Per usual, new transfers tend to feel like we are starting ALL over again, so there were lots of times we just had to go out and tract this week! Probably took one too many stress breaks too, but I never seem to really feel guilty about that. :) They are so needed sometimes! 

Haha so this was my week: Monday was a pretty normal preparation day. Got the laundry, groceries, etc done and went to play soccer with the Zone. And got a smoothie, yum! Tuesday (Happy Birthday dad!), nothing really happened. We had district meeting in the morning, then all of our appointments fell through as we went throughout the day. So it was a relief that we had a Relief Society activity that night we were bringing one of our returning members to! It was a cute activity, focused on service in the community. And the food (giant pretzels with cheese, and home-made orange julius) just made it all the better :)

Wednesday made up for the lack of nothing happening Tuesday, because we stayed pretty busy. Did some service, met with a few people. One miracle that happened that day was we randomly decided to stop by someone that the sisters had taught before- and she was really struggling, so we were able to help her find peace. Little moments like that make up for ALL the hard times. 
Thursday and Friday were pretty average. Saturday morning we got to help at a place called "Hannah's Socks." They donate socks to homeless shelters and such, and the ward has done a bunch of service there before. Basically, we were just in this warehouse, unpackaging socks and counting how many pairs there were for about an hour. It was actually really fun! Haha the things we find fun as missionaries :)

Sunday we had a Halloween dinner at out bishop's house. His wife had the house all decorated spooky, and we ate rolls in the shape of bones, Jello that looked like brains, and some other fun Halloween food. Love the members here! 

Well, that's probably all this week. Love you guys!

Sister Maughan

Monday, October 10, 2016

Miracles

This week has been SO fun! Wow transfers are an adventure, but Sister Heer just is magic or something, so much has happened in these last few days!


Sister Maughan and her new companion, Sister Heer 


So first, transfer day (Wednesday) was so much fun! Sister Strand and I rode with Sister Gibbs and Sister Sorenson in the red mini van to Cleveland :). Takes about 2 hours, so we just sang Mo-tab and talked about #missionlife. Once we got to the mission office (Cleveland- I love it!) it's usually chaos for a little while. But it was SO fun to have all of my companions in one place! Sister Henderson is leaving Strongsville, so her and Sister Barnes had to be there. Then Sister Gibbs was with us because she was getting transferred. And Sister Strand and Sister Heer of course were there. Haha we went to Panera with ALL the sisters after... probably about 20 sister missionaries. One group of elderly people stopped Sister Heer and I and asked "where's the event going on?"- wondering why there were so many of us dressed up in one place. So the first hour of being with Sister Heer we had a cool missionary opportunity to explain who we were and what we were all doing! It was awesome :) 

That first day- we were just walking around Perrysburg for finding time, and talked to two people who were willing to have us come back! That hasn't happened in awhile around here. It didn't even stop there though. Later that night we were teaching Phil and brought a member with us. We were leaving the appointment, about to get in our car, when we notice the member that came with us talking to someone outside on the street. She's waving us over, so we get out and talk to them. Our member invited this total stranger to come to a Chili Cook off our ward is doing this month and told her who we are and why we are teaching Phil. It was AWESOME. Kind of made me feel guilty- because our member was being a better missionary at that point than I was. 
I LOVE little miracles like that.

The rest of the week went really well. Mostly just normal missionary stuff, but we kept really busy. We also celebrated Sister Heer's half way mark one day at Chick-Fil-A. Now she only has 9 months left! 

Sunday, the miracles kept going. We had a random former investigator show up at church. Also, one of the members that hasn't been in months, if not years showed up. So incredible! I kind of felt bad, because I wanted to introduce Sister Heer to everyone... but we just didn't have time! I'd been praying for peace (because I can get pretty stressed out during transfers), and then Heavenly Father was like "Here, have some people to take care of." Haha not my definition of peace actually... but ended up being just what I needed of course. It took my attention off myself, and I realized that whatever happened that day would be what Heavenly Father needed to happen. I just had to let go and roll with it. 

Long story short (haha not really that was kind of a novel), I am grateful it's preparation day today, so I can have time to breathe. 

They truly are there, you just have to slow down. "take time to smell the roses", and see God's hand in it all. He loves us, and is involved in every detail of our lives.

Love, Sister Maughan

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hi Again !

Hello friends! 

This week was FOREVER long... and super fast per usual- mission life. But we FINALLY have transfer information!! Sister Strand and I have been so stressed about transfers this time around for some reason, so it's a HUGE relief to finally know what's going on.  I'm staying here in Perrysburg! Sister Strand is headed out to Lorain (in the Cleveland stake! I'm so excited for her! I heart Cleveland!), and my new comp will be Sister Heer. Rumour has it she came out the transfer before me- I think with Sister Carter. I'll get to meet her tomorrow and will send you pics next week. I am so excited for this new transfer and for all the miracles it will bring. Things have been slow and rough around here lately, so it will be great to get a new mind and new ideas for how to do the work.

As for this past week, it was a little bit crazy! We had planned the whole week out, had our lessons scheduled in and it was a pretty full week to be honest. Then we got a call from the Sister Training Leaders telling us they wanted to do a double exchange on Wednesday, where all four of us go to their area for the day. So that took a whole day of lessons out of our schedule.

Tuesday, we drove to district meeting at the church... and NO ONE was there. Called the District Leader and he informed us there wasn't any district meeting, because we have a Zone meeting on Friday. What? No one tells us anything! Haha so Tuesday we ended up going to Toledo to have our car maintenanced (is that a word?) instead of having district meeting. Then had to reschedule our lessons we had planned for Friday, because we had a meeting for a few hours. Oh planning... sometimes I wonder why we do it because half the time it doesn't work out anyways! :)

Then we had GENERAL CONFERENCE! Wasn't it amazing? If you haven't watched all the sessions yet... you better get on it ASAP. The spirit was so strong, and I learned more than I can even say. I especially loved the talks on missionary work. Elder Anderson I think and Elder Oaks closed both Saturday sessions with encouraging us to just TRY it- and to pray for missionary opportunities! I loved what Elder Oaks said about "we all need to do all of these" and then he listed a few principles. 

We watched all four sessions at the church. Saturday we were there with our district. Sunday morning it was just Sister Strand and I, plus 2 other members of the ward. Saturday afternoon we had the whole chapel to ourselves! Definitely different than how I usually watch conference. The music was incredible, the talks were incredible... I just love conference. :)

Alright, well this week should be an adventurous one! I hope everything is going well for all of you, and if it isn't... that you are still pushing on. I love you all! 

Sister Maughan 





Abby said --"We went to the Mall in Toledo last Preparation Day... 
and they are putting a jamba in! 
So of course... pictures by Jamba signs are necessary!"



Abby made Fruity Rice Krispy Treats for her District.  
We sent her the ingredients in a package !




Abby's District in Perrysburg

Abby said --"Umm... I never know what to do with these kids. They are dorks."
Back left to right is Elder Wheelright, Elder Nichols, Elder Durrant, Sister Strand, me. 
Elder Frandsen awkwardly off to the side. --And Elder Clawson and Elder Edwards in front.