Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"I'll be quiet" .... "I'll be peace"

Hello there! Haha I just have to say thank you before anything else AGAIN this week. Did things a little backwards and read all my emails before I wrote you guys, and you all definitely brightened my day and made me smile! Seriously, you all are incredible... I hope you remember that!

This week was another pretty rough week. Lots of days where all of our plans fell through, and we ended up wandering around the streets of Stow trying to find people to talk to. My feet are a little sore :) What's even harder is all that being outside and talking to people doesn't even seem to be working... all the people we talk to are NOT interested, or say they are at first but when we come back they look at us like we are crazy and wonder why we are there. Good times :)

That being said, we are learning A LOT lately haha. Sis A and I have been struggling emotionally lately, and not having set appointments has taken it's toll. We were a little worried for Saturday, because the Sister Training Leaders were coming to spend the whole day with us in our area! Heavenly Father blessed us to be able to REST that day though... meaning that EVERY person Sister Young and I stopped by let us in and talked to us. Whoa. We were able to strengthen so many people, even if it was just lending a listening ear. Definitely a day of tender mercies.

Yesterday was rough. We took an ice cream stress break for sure. Then went tracting around our apartment... and talked to this guy named Paul! It was a HUGE miracle, because his house was covered in "NO SOLICITING" signs, which we usually try to respect even though we aren't solicitors. We went to just leave a card on his door without knocking... and he walked right out the door haha! He was grilling chicken, so we talked with him for about ten minutes while he worked on his grill. We did a lot of listening to his perspective, he has questions of the soul that can be answered through the Book of Mormon (like why do bad things happen to good people if there's really a God?), so we left him with a Book of Mormon and he said we could come back! I really like talking to new people :)

Our investigator Vicky was sick ALL this week, so we weren't able to see her. :( She has a baptismal date for later in March! Hopefully this week she'll get feeling better and we can get back over there. Everyone in the world is sick actually, that's another reason we are struggling to talk to people. Hopefully once the weather figures out what it wants to do, people will get feeling better and we can see them again! 

That's all my random stories for the week! Just another week here in Ohio! I've said it before and I'll say it again- every day is hard, but every day is more than worth it. I was reading this morning about Peace in True to the Faith. "Many people think of peace as the absence of war. But we can feel peace even in times of war, and we can lack peace even when no war is raging. The mere absence of conflict is not enough to bring peace to our hearts. Peace comes through the gospel—through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the ministration of the Holy Ghost, and our own righteousness, sincere repentance, and diligent service." We can search the world to try to find that peace, and we might find it temporarily in those worldy things. But if we aren't willing to sacrifice, to put what WE think we need aside, and truly live the Gospel of Jesus Christ... we will not have that peace. So if things aren't going well.. quit complaining! Put aside your pride, get back to doing the things you know to be right, and I PROMISE that peace will enter your life the moment you do so. :) 

Love you all! Have a great week!

Sister Maughan

Abby with Sister Young, one of her Sister Training Leaders

Abby and Sister Archibald taking an "Ice Cream Stress Break"

Picture of a Happy Day !!  This is the baptism of Phil, 
who Abby taught while she was in Perrysburg.  
He was just baptized a week or so ago, but it was so exciting 
to see that he entered the waters of baptism!  

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