Sometimes, I still feel like I just came to the mission yesterday and I know nothing. Then I force myself to realize I've been out for FOREVER and I really have learned a lot. We just don't always learn what we expect to learn :)
This week we had an Area 70, Elder Robert C. Gay, and his wife come and speak to us. I was asked to play the piano for the meeting, so that was exciting. It went really well, mostly we talked about how we need to be teaching people, not lessons. Sometimes as missionaries, we get caught up in just getting our point across, and we forget to stop and listen. Listen to the people, and listen to the spirit. :( He gave us a lot of really good pointers and suggestions, and we are stressing ourselves out trying to improve even though we shouldn't be. Kind of been a rough week for Sister Archibald and I emotionally- just beating ourselves up and getting discouraged. So keep the prayers coming!
A huge reason we are stressed is we are working with an INCREDIBLE family right now... and we just don't know how to help them anymore! Heavenly Father keeps putting little miracles in our path that make us feel like they are SO prepared... but every lesson we try to have with them is unfocused and all over the place, or we just aren't able to have a lesson when we stop by because they have a lot going on and just need people to vent to. We have been REALLY good listeners so far, but the teaching hasn't really happened.
One miracle we had with them, is we took the mom, Jen, on a church tour with us. We were trying to find a member to come with us last minute, and one of our members that couldn't come suggested we bring Victoria- an AMAZING member that just got baptized last May. She was able to come, really help our investigator feel comfortable and answer questions. Nothing too exciting happened there, but later that day we got a text from Victoria that reminded us how involved God is in our lives. Victoria's daughter- Bryleigh is doing cheer, and they had a performance or whatever you want to call it that night. Turns out one of Jen's daughters is on the same cheer team, and Bryleigh is friends with her! They never would've made that connection if Victoria hadn't come that morning. Victoria basically said," I've been praying Bryleigh would be able to make better friends in school, and God sent her Sabrina!" So many prayers answered in just one simple gesture of giving a church tour.
The other story I'll tell you about happened yesterday. I mentioned awhile ago when we had interviews with President that he called me to repentance to make a few changes in the work. He specifically asked us to exercise our faith to bring members out with us- even if we don't have a set appointment. I always am SO AFRAID to do this, because what member really wants to come out tracting with us? But we put forth some faith, and invited a member named Sister Wanzo to spend some time with us yesterday morning. Our tentative appointment fell through, our backup fell through, and our backup to our backup fell through in the first half hour. :) But Sister Wanzo was all about just trying more people, so we stopped by a 20 year old girl we met a few weeks ago that said we could come by again. She wasn't home, but her mom was- and after some talking on the front porch let us in! She wants us to teach her younger children, since they haven't attended church regularly, and the mom never really went either.
Per usual, the miracles didn't stop there. We asked Sister Wanzo if there was anyone she'd been wanting to share the gospel with- and she took us over to meet her neighbor. Her neighbor let us right in as well, we shared the Restoration with her, and she agreed to have the elders come back and teach her (she doesn't live in our area).
Exercising faith really works.
Love you all, hope things are going well and that I hear from you soon! My mailbox (the real one... not the email one) is looking a little empty lately ;)
Love, Sister Maughan
This is a "Three generation" picture of Abby's mission life!
Left to Right - Sister Elizabeth Archibald (Abby's "daughter" or Greenie),
Sister Abby Maughan, and Sister Jordan Gibbs (Abby's "Mom" or Trainer).