Ahh this week. It just might have been the hardest week of my mission, and I can't really even explain why.
Thursday was CRAZY. We had appointments schedules for EVERY hour starting at 4 until 8, and each of them went so well! We started teaching the hispanic mom and kids we met last week with Sister Wanzo, they are SO CUTE... and the 13 year old son has a mustache :) Nothing else to really report, just that we were super busy that night and Sister Archibald was loving it!
We did a LOT of walking this week, trying to save miles since we're only allowed to drive so many per month. Braving the cold weather- and it finally snowed again this week! Still nothing as crazy as Utah, but it's white again instead of ugly brown outside.
The only other thing to really report was Monday, we watched the world wide mission broadcast. If you are in touch with any other missionaries, you probably already heard that our daily schedule as missionaries has been changed. That's why I'm emailing you earlier today, because now our Preparation Day starts at 8:00! Everything else is fairly normal, they've just given us more flexibility on when we study and how long we study. Our mission leader shared with us this scripture in Doctrine and Covenants as he has come to understand these changes.
26 For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.
27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
28 For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.
Agency- it's a gift from God! One of the elders mentioned that now we have more opportunities to "choose the right", then to be compelled to because that's what is required. Part of it is also to make the adjustment back to "real" life from missionary life a little easier. I'm pretty excited, but also nervous because change always brings some hard experiences. Especially when my brain has programmed itself to be doing the same thing for the past almost 365 days haha.
Next week, preparation day is on Tuesday because of transfers! Unless something REALLY crazy happens, Sister Archibald and I will both be in Tallmadge for these next six weeks. So
I"ll talk to you again then!
Love, Sister Maughan
Abby teaching a "porch goose"!!