***Disclaimer from Abby's mom!! --This letter was really written on April 19, 2017. I have been able to keep up with posting these right on the day she writes them, but this week I have been extremely busy moving my elderly Aunt from one assisted living facility to another and I didn't even realize until today when I went to write Abby's e mail for next week, that I hadn't sent her letter out to her Ohio group, or done this blog post, so here I am a week late, but wanted to get it done before I get her new e mail for tomorrow!! Enjoy!
That's right my friends, I feel like I've officially been on my mission my whole life! 14 months down (and they FLEW by. Really, they did!), four and a half more to go!
As for the past week, it was the typical roller coaster of mission life I talk about almost every week. Lots and lots of knocking doors, talking to people outside. Lots of small miracles!
Friday night was a fun one. :) There's this family we tracted into probably my first week here, that told us we could come back. We really wanted to talk to the WHOLE family at the same time though, and every time we'd stop by, the wife was never home! So we'd try them again two days later, then 2 days after that, and so on. We got to know the family pretty well by the time we finally met the wife and were able to teach them! Friday night was the time though. They let us right in, Grandma, mom, and the whole crew were there... plus about 4 college aged friends of the older sons! Intimidating? Maybe a little... but HOW COOL IS THIS?! We had planned to teach the Restoration, but mom and grandma started asking us questions about life after death almost immediately after we got there, so we threw the lesson we had planned, followed the spirit, and taught the Plan of Salvation. Though it was a little chaotic with all the people, the spirit was there, and now there are about 9 more people in this world that know God's plan for them as individuals and as families! We came home (we were there the last hour of the night) and just crashed, and I literally said "Heavenly Father, what did you just have us do?!" I'm amazed by His willingness to trust us with things like this!
Easter went well, our investigator Brooke came to church! We had dinner with the Williamson family, that was more food than I've seen in awhile! :) The rest of the day was our finding people to share the REASON that we have Easter! I love finding on holidays!
Which leads to a fun small miracle we had yesterday. We had ZERO plans for the day (those days are always a little frightening... and motivation level is usually low). Mornings are usually the hardest times to find things to do, but Sister Ashby thought to try a couple that we'd met last week. I was 99% sure they weren't going to be home, but the spirit told me we should try anyways. Went by... they weren't home. However, they live by another family we'd been working with that I had pretty much given up on. I told Sister Ashby we should go look at their house number so we could write it down for future missionaries to stop by, and we could also try them one more time. And what happens? They open the door, we are able to sit them all down (that's been the biggest struggle with them, is getting them all to focus and listen). The first question the wife asks us (they are a younger couple with three kids), "Why do people celebrate Easter?". We pull up the Easter video, and teach them about Jesus Christ, his life, death, and resurrection. We're able to testify of what that means to us, and what it can mean for them. We answered a few other simple but powerful questions she had about Jesus. It was a very peaceful moment, not one I think I can fully describe. To help someone even understand WHO Jesus Christ is and why He is important... it was amazing!
I don't know about you, but I wouldn't trade the experiences I have here for anything! I'm so excited to see what the next 4 and a half months bring!
Here's my scripture for the week:
Doctrine and Covenants 64:33
33 Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.
You never know what difference you are making in peoples lives. So go out there, do those little things! Change the world!
Love, Sister Maughan
The following three pictures were taken on April 12th when Abby was able to go do TWO sessions in the Columbus, Ohio Temple. She sure LOVES the temple!
Left to right. Sister Ashby, Sister Maughan, Elder Ellsworth,
Elder Scoresby, Elder Miller, Elder Schwartz.
Our beautiful Sister Maughan at the Columbus Temple
Sister Maughan and Sister Ashby at the Columbus Temple
Abby being a "Movie Star" missionary!!