Monday, November 28, 2016

Here in the OCM (Ohio Cleveland Mission)

Hi again! Can't say I have too much to report this week, since I feel like I was just writing you yesterday. Things are still kind of slow around here, but I was FINALLY able to meet some of our investigators! One of them is named Amber, she's a cute single mom. We just stopped by one night and she let us right in, I can tell the Sisters have definitely made her feel loved and important. We also went to help a family we're working with paint their house!! I've been wanting to paint forever, begged people in Perrysburg to let me come help but they never would. :( I love painting walls for some reason. So we went over to their house Friday and Saturday, just talked and painted- it was a really good opportunity just to get to know them better! Service always makes the whole week feel better. 

Speaking of service, go check out the Christmas Initiative on mormon.org if you haven't already! And commit to do it :) And share it with your friends. #LightTheWorld :D We have been using the video to tract with, and people are loving the idea! They still aren't letting us teach them... but they are nicer than usual haha. We did meet a guy that knows Utah pretty well the other day, he said we could stop by again sometime so that was good. 

I love the initiative this year though! And I was reading Mosiah 4 this morning (go read it... it's PACKED full of good stuff) and now I love it even more! 

The only other random thing I can tell you is people have been putting up their Christmas lights here, so it's fun while we are driving around at night to see all the decorations. People here have projector lights or something, that you project on the side of your house that are red and green that sparkle and swirl around. Kind of hard to explain, but I like it! 

Tomorrow we get to go to KIRTLAND! It's our "Christmas Conference", so the WHOLE mission is getting together at the Kirtland Temple and the visitors center. They feed us lunch, we sing some songs, and I don't know what else. But I'm excited! It'll be fun to see all the missionaries in one place. 

Talk to you all next week!

Love, Sister Maughan

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

*SNOW*

Brrrr! One day it was 70 degrees and SO NICE, the next day we had two inches of snow stuck on the ground, and it's been freezing ever since! We're emailing today because the library is closed on Thanksgiving and we don't have time Wednesday.

Haha but YES i made it safely to Tallmadge. We' actually cover an area called Stow, and that's where we live. Wednesday we went up to Kirtland to do the switching up, went out to Panera for lunch with the Toledo sisters, then Sister Rock and I drove back to our apartment. Which is actually a condo... sweet! It's pretty boring though... no decorations on the walls, and we have to go back to sharing a bathroom :( Other than that, I love it! 

Sister Rock is great! I'm sad we'll only have 6 weeks together, since she's going home next transfer :( She's obsessed with cats and diet coke haha, and she's so fun to talk to!  So far the ward is really awesome here, a lot smaller than Perrysburg, but ANYTHING is smaller than Perrysburg :) Plus, there's two more sets of elder in this ward, so that's fun!

The other thing that's different here is how much finding we do! Most of our investigators are busy for the holidays. So the past few days we've spent about 6 hours just contacting old potentials or tracting... :l Something I really didn't do a whole lot of in Perrysburg, so it almost feels like I've gone back to Strongsville! The sisters did actually just "shot-gun" this area, or take it over from the Elders, so it's a lot like when I first came out- still getting used to where the borders are and where good places to contact are and places to avoid, etc. People are actually really nice here, most are willing to let us come back at least once, which is great! 

It's actually been a rough few days, but somehow we still keep working and have fun in the midst of it! I seriously don't know how sometimes, but Heavenly Father works miracles! That's something we've been focusing on, just recognizing His hand in all of this. For whatever reason, we are experiencing this tough time, and there's always something to learn from it.

A couple days ago I had the WEIRDEST realization that I really have been out for forever haha :) It didn't happen on my "hump day", that day just felt like any other really, except I got to wear my cool shirt aunt Valerie sent me around the apartment. It happened just when I was looking through the old Ensigns in the apartment, and found the one from last December. It's one I LOVED and remember reading as I was preparing for my mission... and that's when it hit me. I felt like I was just reading that Ensign a month ago, not a whole year ago! This time last year I was submitting my papers and wondering where I'd be by next Christmas. So crazy how time goes by so fast. When I think back on the experiences I've had since then... my mind is just blown. Mission life is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and every hard moment really doesn't seem hard when you look back on it. It's full of miracles and learning and gaining a stronger testimony that God is there and loves all of us. Why wouldn't I want that? :)

I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving and are able to spend time appreciating the people you love the most in your life! I'll miss you all. Thanks for listening to my rambling stories and thoughts for the past 9 months. Hope you are looking forward to the next 9! I know I am :D

Love you!

Sister Maughan



One of the last pictures of Sister Maughan and Sister Heer !!  
Glad to see they find time to be silly ! 


Sister Maughan with Lisa and Phil, 
some of the people she worked with and grew to love in Perrysburg.


Abby with Brother (aka BroLo) and Sister Long.


Sister Maughan with Sister cooper and Sister Child. 
More people she grew to love in Perrysburg.


Abby holding the "Hump Day" picture book I put together for her. 
Also, she is wearing the "Hump Day" Shirt that her Aunt Valerie sent her !! 


 Abby with her thank you to all of those who sent pictures for her book.  
She loved seeing your cute faces! 


Sister Maughan with her new companion, Sister Rock ! 


** Snow in Stow !! **




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Adventure is out there.... In Tallmadge !

Yep, getting transferred my friends! I'm still in shock for the most part... not that I didn't think it would happen. I just realized once I found out how much I wanted to stay! I LOVE the people of Perrysburg so much, I don't want to leave them! I have seen so many miracles occur in the hearts of people here, and it's hard to just leave it behind. Thank goodness I know Heavenly Father is going to take care of all of them- and that Sister Heer and her new companion are exactly what they need right now. My heart is just breaking into a million pieces though :( Never thought I could love these people as much as I loved the people of Strongsville... but I sure can! 

That being said, I'm excited to see what Tallmadge has in store for me. It's in the Akron stake, and on the map it's one of the smaller areas. My new companion is Sister Rock- who has been companions with Sister Gibbs and Sister Heer. Sister Heer says this is Sister Rock's last transfer, so I"ll be taking over the area in about 6 weeks! It's always a little scary to know that going in. 

Honestly, I just feel a little disconnected from everything this week, so I probably won't write much. It just almost feels unimportant now that I'm leaving. Which is NOT true. We were able to teach new people this week, Phil and Jacob are doing SO well and are preparing for baptism. The ward has been giving us treats like crazy :) The weather is a little a lot chilly. 

We did a big Family Home Evening at the Weyandts last night with a bunch of members from the ward. We talked about gratitude, which we hear about ALL the time this time of year. But this time around, I'm realizing HOW grateful I am for gratitude :) One morning this week, I was not in a good mood (actually it's kind of been like that all week haha. Transfers stress me out!). So Sister Heer and I decided to say something we were grateful for and draw it on the back of this envelope we had. My artistic skills are AWFUL, so by the time we were done we couldn't even tell what some of the things I had drawn were. But my attitude had totally changed. I was ready to get out and work, and I was looking forward to it. Gratitude causes miracles to occur in our lives, big and small miracles. 
Alrightly, well I have no idea when we'll be emailing next with the whole Thanksgiving thing coming up. So I"ll talk to you all again, when I do. Have an incredible week and take time to recognize all the blessings Heavenly Father has given you. I promise it'll make your week even better :)

Love, Sister Maughan 


Abby wrote this about this picture !!  
"Our awkward district pics as usual.  Elder Frandsen, Elder Cortez, Elder Wheelright, Elder Nichols and us --Sister Heer and Sister Maughan. 



Sister Heer and Sister Maughan out doing some service !


Below are some pictures of some of the people she grew
to love so much while serving in Perrysburg.


Sister Maughan, "BroLo", and Sister Heer


Sister Herr, Sister Younger and Sister Maughan.
Sister Younger is one of the sisters they visited in the nursing home. 



Sister Maughan aka Abby, Colleen and Sister Heer.  
Abby wrote this about this picture ---
"This is pretty much my favorite person here.
Not something I can even begin to explain over e mail :)
Colleen is definitely my "mission mama".
She's a normal, crazy, Ohio-an, was less active for YEARS
until the sisters found her in January, and she's been coming ever since!"

**Thank you Perrysburg for being so good to Sister Maughan while she served there !! 




Thursday, November 10, 2016

Quick e mail - Temple Day !

Just pictures this week, we have about fifteen minutes to email. We left at 9 this morning to go to the Detroit temple with Sister Sawaya and got back at 5! It was AMAZING and so needed. 

This week has been a roller coaster, as usual. SOOOO many miracles... and so many moments when we just want to give up and go hide in the apartment and sleep. I say this every week, and I'll say it again- I cannot adequately describe mission life to you. Unless you've experienced it... I just feel like it will make no sense.

We've been raking leaves this week a lot! So far so good, and the rakes we bought make it easy as pie. Love it! 

One of our investigators came to all three hours of church without us even inviting him. So that was a miracle. 

And in the down time moments we've been organizing the crazy mass list of potentials missionaries have stopped by since like 2005. It's been good.

I love you all and I'll talk to you again Tuesdsay! Transfers... ahhh. We'll see if I get to stay one more transfer in Pburg or if I'll be off to the next adventure. 

Ether 12:6
 6 And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.

Byyyeeeeee! <3 

Sister Maughan



Sister Maughan by the Detroit, Michigan Temple 



Sister Heer and Sister Maughan at the Detroit, Michigan Temple 



Abby with Sister Heer and Sister Sawaya, the ward mission leader's wife, 
who made time to take them to the temple.  --Bless her !! 
 I'm so thankful for kind people like her 
who make it possible for Abby to go to the temple again.  



Two things that make me SMILE !!!  Abby, and a Lighthouse !!  
She knows that I LOVE Lighthouses.  --Love this picture ! 



This should be on a calendar !  So beautiful 



Sister Heer and Abby by the Lighthouse.  
Even though I don't think it's a "real" lighthouse,  I still love it ! 


Traditional Jamba Juice picture !!  
I love these pictures because I know that Abby is totally happy at this moment !!  
(Sister Maughan and Sister Heer)


Abby modeling the Halloween stockings that I sent to her !!  


Sister Maughan and Sister Heer enjoying (??) walking in the dark 
because of Day Light Savings Time.