Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"It's always Winter, but never Christmas...."

Hey there! One more week down on this Ohio Roller Coaster ride. I'd say it was a pretty average week for missionary life. I'll give you the highlights :)

Thursday we had a lesson with a referral from I LOVE this story because of what it taught me. When I first got into this area, Sister Ashby I went tracting (surprise!). We knocked on every door on this one street over a few days, found one family that we still see every once in awhile, and that was about the end of it. When we go tracting, I often pray for the people that didn't allow us to come back to really look at the website we left them with on the card, for their hearts to soften over time, etc. One of those things I pray for and never really expected to know the real results. Until now! This referral came in from that same street, saying they'd talked to missionaries not too long ago (me and Sister Ashby!) and were now interested in learning more. It was Heavenly Father's way of reminding me that He answers prayers, even ones I don't think about having answered! 

We got ANOTHER referral that day, which is super unusual for us. Except that one sent us on a wild goose chase, we can't find the address and the phone number doesn't work either. The address took us to a Baptist church, so we walked in and asked the people there if they knew anything. :) After that, we headed to North Olmstead for exchanges!

So Friday we were in North Olmstead all day, I got to hang out with Sister Bussell and teach a couple of their investigators with her. Still weirds me out being there sometimes, since that's where I was going on exchanges a year ago too, just with different sisters! 

Sunday, was pretty stellar, for various reasons.:) A less active family that we've been working with came to church, plus I had another surprise visitor there! After church, we were walking around Norwalk and the Catholic church was playing Harry Potter music with their bells. We spent the night in Bellevue again, getting to know some of the families there. I love them already! It was definitely a tender mercy day. 

We also spent most of the day in Bellevue yesterday, getting to know some of the members. 
One had us over for dinner, and the other was building a playground when we stopped by, so we ended up helping set some of it up. Love them all!

This weekend is Brooke's wedding, I"ll make sure to send some pics next week!

Love you all, have an amazing week!

Love, Sister Maughan

p.s. The subject line is just because that song has been stuck in my head lately. It's a good one :)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"Don't mind us, we're just persevering!" - Sister Green

My subject lines may always be Sister Green quotes from now on, I quite enjoy them. This one was said to the cars driving by while knocking on doors in the warm rain in Milan at 8:30 at night.

Wow, was this week long or was this week LONG?! I can't believe I haven't even told you about dropping Sister Ashby off, that seemed like a lifetime ago!

That's where we will start this week though. :) Last Wednesday, we drove all the way to Kirtland (90 minutes.. through crazy Cleveland traffic. Don't worry mom, I was careful and we lived!) to transfer Sister Ashby to her new companion. And there were SO many missionaries there! Tons of them were there because they were going home, plus there were a handful called to train new missionaries. Plus all of those missionaries' companions that were either getting transferred or getting new companions. So I got to see Sister Barnes, and Sister Archibald, plus tons of other sisters and elders that have either been in my zone or district. Of course us sisters all went out to Panera for lunch after! :) 

The next few days went pretty well. It's nice already knowing Sister Green, so we don't have to go through that "getting to know/adjusting to your new companion" phase every one else does. We just get to work. The people we are teaching are doing so great! One of them even had a friend over when we were there to teach, and that friend came to church with them on Sunday! 

Saturday was... well let's just say that the best part of my day was eating ice cream for dinner. We had a handful of set appointments with new people we'd tracted into... and they all weren't home when we came by. Then our back up plans weren't home either. So we were just walking around, because that's what you do when you don't know what else to do. Plus, I'm pretty sure it was 90 something degrees outside. :) My legs were SO SORE that night. We talked to the other missionaries later though, and that's how their Saturday went too! 

It's also been fun trying to figure out the Bellevue area now that we are covering that. We went there Thursday night to try to contact some of the people the elders were working with, but none of them were home. So we ended up going back last night, and got in touch with a lot of them! 

I say this every week, I'll say it again... there's SO much more I could tell you about, but that's about the gist of it. We're just enjoying life here in Sandusky, rolling along the roller coaster. I know that in our lives, we don't always see the results of our actions, and we don't always understand what is going on or why things are happening. This week I was reminded of one of my favorite scriptures. "I know that (God) loveth his children, nevertheless I do not know the meaning of all things." 1 Nephi 11:17. Choose to remember that there is a loving Father in Heaven who knows you inside and out and loves you always.

I love you all! 

Sister Maughan 

p.s. Did I mention that we are combined with the Lorain ward now for District Meeting, so Sister Archibald is in my district??!

Sister Ashby, Sister Green and sister Maughan --
"getting a birthday cake drink at this place called Sheri's. 
The members here rant and rave about it all the time, so we had to try it out!"

This is what Abby said about the following two pictures!! --
"Our last Preparation Day together, we all bought Ohio t-shirts! 
There's a small back story to Sister Green's :) 
There is a member we do service for every Saturday morning,
 because she broke her ankle and can't move around a lot.
 Once when we were over there, she was talking to us about how 
Ohio people are known as the "Buckeyes" or how Ohio is the Buckeye state. 
"And you know what a Buckeye is? A worthless nut! 
Only the squirrels can eat it!" 
Haha so pretty much we're all a bunch of crazies here in Ohio... 
so when we found this shirt we were laughing our heads off and HAD to buy it. 
Sadly there was only One , or we all would've gotten that one :)"

Sister Green, Sister Ashby and Sister Maughan in their Ohio shirts

Abby wrote --
 "Sis Green and I in Bellevue last night, 
with the forever fields in the background!"

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"I can walk in a straight line and have good thoughts"-Sis Green

Hi there! Sister Green actually said that sometime the week before, but I started saying it this week. Cause sometimes, it's good to remind yourself that at least you still know how to walk and can be positive. :) Haha Sister Green says random things all the time, I love it!

Transfer news is that Sister Green and I are staying together, and Sister Ashby is going to.. wait for it.. PERRYSBURG! The town that has my heart <3. She is actually going to be "shotgunning/whitewashing" the area with Sister Anderson. So I've been overwhelming her with info about all the people I love and want her to say hello to for me! The other news is that they took one set of elders out of our ward, so Sister Green and I are probably going to be taking over part of their area! I'm really excited!

Some things that happened this week.

We made brownie smores at 9:30 at night!

                                        Abby and Sister Green eating late night smores!

Drove the hour to Westlake for Zone Conference. Missionary friends, spiritual encouragement, good food=win! 

Followed up with someone we met last week, ended up talking to him on his back porch for 2 hours. He is really cool and we are hoping that we can continue to work with him! When we first found him tracting, he mentioned that he usually doesn't open the door to missionaries like us, but he thought we were his neighbors so he did. :) Everything happens for a reason!

Saturday we had planned a church tour with the elders, for investigators or members' friends or whoever wanted to come. No one came :/

Sunday we spent 3 hours tracting/contacting on the same street, because everyone there wants to talk to us! 

Yesterday morning we went running in the morning with a member on this beautiful bike trail! I'll have to take pics next time if we do it again. 

Now we have a whole other set of adventures for the next 6 weeks! I'm so grateful I still have this time to not only to learn and grow myself, but to share the light of the gospel with others! 

Love you! Talk to you next Wednesday!

Sister Maughan

p.s. The Ohio humidity/heat is BACK :P

                                                          District Picture (off centered!!)

A fun picture of Abby's tan lines on her feet.
(she will probably kill me for posting this!!  But I thought it was fun!)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

This is what we do for fun.....

Hey there! Man, looking back on the week I can't say much happened, but I'm just happy anyways, so that's a plus! :) And happy June! (Fun side note, I come home three months from today!!)

Let's see... per usual we did lots of knocking on doors and talking to people outside. A lot of people ask us things like "what are you doing out on a night like this?" if it's bad weather or something. Sister Green every once in awhile will say, "This is what we do for fun." :)  Friday night, everyone's partying? We're tracting, that's how we spend our Friday nights!  

Something more unusual this week was that we did muchas service, aka CLEANING random strangers houses. 

Friday (happy birthday Kelsie!) we had ward coordination in the morning, and then we went with a set of the elders to help someone in the ward clean their new home before they move in. The whole house reeked of cigarette smoke, so we were wiping down everything with some solution to get rid of the smell. It was a party for sure, and I was actually sore the next day from standing and wiping down walls for so long!

Some day, I can't remember which, we were out tracting, and this older man was outside across the street doing some yard work. We walk up to him and I just say "Hi! Can we help you with anything?" He says, "Like what?" and then goes on to tell us that he's looking for some people to clean his home. His wife passed away a few years ago, and he's just let everything kind of settle and stay where it's at. He wants to finally get it organized and cleaned up. We told him we would love to help! So Monday morning, we brought a member of the church with us, and cleaned a strangers home for two hours. "This is what we do for fun on Monday mornings" I told Sister Green. :) 

Yesterday we were able to have a great lesson with Rob! We also finally saw Brooke with a member family named the Folds! They are both doing great, Brooke's just been super sick and busy, or her family has been sick. :( It's a little crazy, but things are still going well with wedding plans. Yesterday, we also brought a sister in the ward that's preparing to serve a mission out with us. We just followed up with potentials, and it actually went really well. She'll be a pro missionary.

Oh the life of a missionary. Sometimes I feel like I bore you to death, but I appreciate that you let me spill it out to all of you! You're all the best support group (can I call you a fan club? :) ) a sister could ever ask for!


Love, Sister Maughan

p.s. Transfers are next week, so I'll talk to you all again on Tuesday!

***Abby sent these pictures in a separate e mail.  This is what she wrote about them!

Last preparation day was the preparation day from heaven! <3 We drove to this adorable peninsula of Lake Erie called Marblehead, and it's just an adorable, little tourist "off the coast" town. Peaceful lake air, perfect weather. Ahhh exactly what I needed.
So here's some pics! We were supposed to meet the Elders at a members home there to go fishing in their pond, but the elders ended up being late. Which was a tender mercy, because we looked at the GPS to see what was close by, and LIGHTHOUSE came up. For obvious reasons (my mom!) I made us go there. So grateful we did, it was so pretty! We didn't get to go in the lighthouse cause they only took cash, but at least we got some good pics.

                                                         Beautiful view at Marblehead!!

The lighthouse at Marblehead 

Abby by the Lighthouse at Marblehead