Wednesday, December 31, 2014

a new year!!!

Hi everyone! How are you? How was your Christmas?! 

My Christmas was absolutely wonderful! You'd think that holidays as a missionary would be tough 
and I mean, they are.. but they are so good! They are awesome because we get to spend time with 
amazing people who allow us to be a part of their families! I loved to spend time Skyping my family 
at home. It was weird to hear them say that I haven't missed much of anything! WHAT?! I thought 
life was still happening there!!! :)

We did lots of caroling this week and you would think that no one in Ohio has ever had people come 
to their doors singing -- we had some people leave the door open and walk away & some people even 
closed their door on us! It was so precious to see all the little old people who would look confused, 
then look so surprised. We even had some people who got all teary-eyed. The Christmas Spirit is 
so incredible! I LOVE IT. I am blessed to have been a missionary at this time of year. It has been 
a blessing to share the Spirit of Christ with others more freely and to spread cheer! 

On Christmas Eve we were able to go to the Kiefer's house (2nd counselor), with the Bisseggers 
(Branch President), Martinez' (Executive Secretary), and Joos' (Senior Missionaries). It was so 
much fun! We ate a delicious dinner, which started a trend of overeating for the next couple of days.. :) 
We did a white elephant and it was funny because everyone could so clearly tell which presents 
came from the missionaries. We wrapped a Book of Mormon in a whole toilet paper roll..... worth it!

Christmas was spent with the Felver, Davis, and Roode families! At the Felver's we had taco pizza 
and they surprised us with nice gifts and a gingerbread house that was the most intricate I have ever 
seen. I love the Felvers. They are so converted to  the gospel. It was an interesting time of reflection 
for them because they came back to the Church this past year. I loved to hear Brother Felver talk 
about how he would never fall away again and how the gospel has blessed his life! They are a funny
family and have such a different way of life. I got a picture of all of them holding their guns!!! haha. 
Next we went to the Davis' to Skype and EAT! (Common theme here!) They are such good examples
 of loving one another and being Christlike. Seriously, they are a celestial family. We had fun helping 
with the food and playing games with the kids! Lastly, we went to the Roode's and played a mean 
game of Trivial Pursuit. Let me tell you.. mission brain makes that game so hard!!! hahah, it was a 
lot of fun because the Roodes are extremely intelligent people! 

On Saturday, Sister Hunter and I got to help the Felvers clear out their "pasture" area by their house.
We moved branches and stacked wood and Brother Felver casually CHOPPED DOWN SOME TREES. 
We also had the most awkward lesson of our lives that night. Some people are just so shy and 
weird. hahah, the way people live and work here is just so different! If there is one thing I have come 
to appreciate and love about St. Marys, it is that it reminds me that I still have A LOT to see, learn, 
and do in my lifetime. 

I am so grateful to have such an amazing calling. Can you believe that my whole 2015 will be spent 
as a missionary?! I am so excited to see many more miracles!!! I hope you all remember to make 
some good goals for this new year. It is a great opportunity for us to think about how we can change 
and become closer to our Father in Heaven and Savior, Jesus Christ. I have been thinking a lot about 
the scriptures Omni 1:26 and Helaman 3:35. I hope that this new year I can learn to serve and love 
more than ever before!

I love you all dearly and pray for you! 

hugs&snugs (the last of 2014),
Sister Aubrey Pound

Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy Christmas - Monday December 22, 2014

Hello! I hope you all are enjoying this Christmas season just as much as I am! 

I am so so so excited to Skype my family this Thursday! I will just share some little miracles of this past week:

1. Well, Sister Hunter and I were in desperate need of contacts yesterday, so we decided to do a little tracting on Beech Street. 
We were able to talk to 40 people and gain 7 potential investigators from this effort! WAHOO!
2. We had no idea how to use our time last night at 7:30 and it was dark out so we had to stop by someone we already knew. 
We went to a former, named Annette, and she is investigating again! She read from the Book of Mormon on her own and has lots 
of questions! 

I love you all a very lot! I hope each of you know that your Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ LOVE you. They are there for you. 
Christmas is a wonderful time to remember them and all that they do for us! I hope you spend time with those you love and enjoy it. 

hugs & snugs,
Sister Pound :}

- I got to hold the most adorable two week old kittens!!!! I died.
- We got to use the Zone Leader's truck for a day while they were picking up our new(er) car! Adventure! We got a ticket 
one morning because their plates were expired. Only $1.. and they had to pay. :P
- "Shingle Bells" now has a completely different meaning when your companion has shingles.
- Annette dropped the Sisters last time because her dog peed on one of them. I couldn't pet her dog the whole time because 
she asked me not to.. apparently he gets pretty excited! 
- Fun fact: It takes 3 Sister missionaries to capture and kill a spider.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

skunk hunting & cats in blankets

Hello there! 

Well, this past week was seriously wonderful. As missionaries we set goals weekly for how many 
lessons we want to have and such. We reached (and exceeded) so many of our goals! It was 
super impressive. I am happy the Lord is letting me take part in the work in such an awesome area!

I don't have much time left, but here are some exciting updates:

1. Richard came to the Branch Christmas party and to church! 
2. Doug also came to the Branch Christmas party and church.. He has been investigating for 
over a year and this was his first time at church!!! He said next time we have a lesson with him, 
he will tell us the date he chooses to be baptized on. YAY!!!
I am so happy and I love the work we are part of. I know that I have found more happiness as 
I have trusted more in the Lord and given more of myself. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that 
He is truly a gift to each of us, from our loving Heavenly Father. I would hope that you all take time 
to discover the gift, embrace the gift, and share the gift!

xoxo & ttyl, 
Sista Pound 

- "So, since you're Sisters, you're not allowed to get married?" -little girl at Big Brothers, Big Sisters 
Christmas party. WE FACEPAINTED!!!
-  "A true friend is someone who makes it easier to live the gospel of Jesus Christ." 
- "Say your prayers, rabbit!" -B. Felver, getting distracted as we were about to say a prayer.
- So, we were coming back from dinner with the Felvers out in the country and getting pretty close to 
their house. We all smelled a skunk and Brother Felver just starts reversing in the car and driving 
forward and back and forth, sniffing the air and flashing his brights, looking for the skunk. We were 
legitimately skunk hunting. #livin'instmarys!
- We got a referral for a man in prison.. We're not allowed to teach him, sadly. We were excited to 
have an adventure! (The Senior missionaries will teach him.)
- "Not to be rude, but I'm going to go jump in the shower. I have poop on me."-Josh, former investigator.
- I HELD A CAT IN A BLANKET. Meeting all of the Ohioan's pets. YEE. :D

favorite scriptures lately: Luke 9:62, Omni 1:26, and Helaman 3:35. Purification, people, I tell ya!!!!!! 
It's important!

me and Richard, take 2.  He could do it!

Heather Felver and I. Her cute pjs!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Livin' in St. Marys

Hellllllloooooo. :)

Well, this past week was so amazing! Actually, it was Mission Conference that made it amazing! 
On Monday night, we travelled 4 hours to the mission home to stay the night. We got to study the 
scriptures with President Vellinga that night. The next morning, we traveled to Kirtland. I got to see 
all of my friends that I have served with and from the MTC! We all gathered in the Kirtland Temple 
for a first session, where we heard testimonies, musical numbers, and sang! Singing our mission 
song in the Kirtland Temple was SO POWERFUL. (By the way, how awesome is the Ohio 
Cleveland Mission?! We have our own song!) We all ate lunch together at the Kirtland Stake Center 
and watched a slideshow of photos we sent in. After that, we were able to go to the Kirtland Visitors' 
Center and see tons of nativities from around the world! We ended in the Chapel of the church building, 
where President talked to us. It was so so so good. I wish you could've been there. It changed my 

For all of December, we are using He is the Gift (video found on and we are 
required to talk to at least 10 people a day about it! We have fancy passalong cards and everything. 
It has been fun to meet so many new people as we step out of our comfort zones and talk with 
everyone! We have even found a new investigator because of our efforts. His name is Richard 
and he is an adorable old man who loves to smoke his pipe. He has such a simple and genuine 
testimony that we are children of God and that Jesus loves us. I am excited to see what happens 
with him! We also had an awesome lesson with our investigator, Doug, who said that baptism is 
a goal he is working towards! It seemed like everything was trying to divert the conversation in that 
lesson, but eventually it turned out really well. 

I absolutely love teaching simple doctrines, principles, and commandments of the Gospel. When 
someone understands for the first time, it is a good feeling. When they gain a testimony of it, that is 
the best feeling! I love my purpose as a missionary.I just love my mission! I am so grateful to be in 
Ohio right now. :}

I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas season. 

Love from your sista,
Sister Aubrey Pound

- "How do you keep your plants looking so nice?" -Elder Joos, to Brother Kohli (who has artificial plants..)
- "I LOVE encouraging people to do dumb things!" -S. Hunter, after I did a dumb thing she encouraged 
me to do.
- We almost collided with a semi when Elder Joos was driving, then Sister Joos sassily proclaimed, 
"We MUST have a guardian angel or something!"
- "It's gonna be funtastic!!!" -S. Hunter
- "I was gonna say drive like a grandma, but that can be scary too!" -President, trying to tell us to 
drive safely.
- > "If you don't sing at Christmastime, you're dumb!" -President Vellinga
  > "Say that nicer." -Sister Vellinga
  > "If you don't..... we still.. love you." 
- "Keep your eyes open all the time." -B. Kohli, who likes to talk to us about boys even though we're 
- "Do you Sisters shave your legs?" -President, who gets weirder and better by the minute as you 
listen to him speak.
- UMMM, it's adorable as heck when Helaman calls the Stripling Warriors his "little sons". Falling in 
love with the Book of Mormon.

Sister Pound's Mission Definitions:
- #livin'instmarys: A song (also, hashtag) we made up. We sing it whenever something happens 
that would only happen in St. Marys. Like when two guys are talking about how hitting deer in your 
car is way better and more effective than shooting them. Like when we have to drive two hours to 
get to every meeting. Y'know, we're just livin' in St. Marys!
- Mission Conference: Like Zone Conference, but BETTER. All 250 of the missionaries in the 
Ohio Cleveland Mission get together and we feel the Spirit and eat food and have the best of times!

Monday, December 1, 2014


9:08 AM (11 hours ago)

I hope your Thanksgiving was absolutely grand! I had a wonderful time going to three different 
member's homes and joining their families. I helped to make TWENTY pounds of mashed potatoes. 
We ate the Felver's turkey, named Rex. He was delicious! I loved everything, except the moment 
when I felt so full that I almost threw up, hahah.

We had some little miracles this week, as always. It was really difficult to meet with people because 
of the holiday. Anyways, we found a new investigator, James, who was a former investigator. We went 
and retaught him the Restoration and he loved it! He is excited to read the Book of Mormon. It was a 
testament to me that people are always being prepared to hear the gospel and will eventually reach 
a point that is the right time for them to accept it!

I especially felt that as I saw the other Sister's two investigators, Sandro y Ramiro, be baptized. 
These men are from Mexico, here in Ohio to work. They bore their testimonies in Spanish. I only 
understood parts, but Sister Hunter understood a lot more. It was awesome. They have really 
impressive testimonies already. They told about how they knew that they came to Ohio to make a 
better life for their families back home, but more importantly to hear the restored gospel. The 
Sisters were prepared to find them and they were prepared to hear the message they shared. 

There are people all around us being prepared to hear the message of the Restoration of the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ. It is really scary trying to share it with everyone, sometimes! This Christmas season 
is the best time to share with people how Jesus Christ can bless their life, by sharing with them how 
He has blessed your life! 

Encourage people to visit and watch the new Mormon Message, "He is the 
Gift". Also be sure to look at the homepage of youtube on December 7th! Such amazing things are 
available for us to share with our friends and those we meet.

Sista Pound :}

"This work will go forward till every land and people have had opportunity to accept our message. 
Barriers will come down for us to accomplish this mission, and some of us will see this done. Our 
Heavenly Father will cause conditions in the world to change so that His gospel can penetrate every 
border. . . We must prove, every day of our lives, that we are willing to do the will of the Lord—to 
spread the restored gospel, to bear testimony to the world, to share the gospel with others." -President 
Gordon B. Hinckley

- When Sister Hunter and I accidentally broke the Word of Wisdom because we didn't check the 
ingredients.. awkward missionary moment. We drank a little green tea because it was in the drink 
a less-active gave us. :P
- When Sister Hunter and I got lost on dark country roads because we couldn't take our normal route, 
due to a semi blocking the whole road.. She totally thought she had the right way. Garmin kindly 
directed us back to our route!
- Job 30:29 is a funny verse. (And is quite possibly one of Ashley's new favorites? Let me know!)
- Brother Parsons instinctively reached for his pocket knife thingy and then I pulled out my tiny 
pocket knife. We stood holding them at each other.. he laughed pretty hard. Yeah, basically someone 
pulled a knife on me, but it's cool, it was in a church building all in good fun. :)
- I ATE SQUIRREL. Legitimately tasted like chicken. 
- "Me llamo Sandro, y soy Mexicano.. Obviamente!" -Sandro, recent convert. (<-- Mom, correct me 
if I got this Spanish wrong!) No one laughed, besides me & Sister Hunter, because we actually 
understood.. hahah

Sister Pound's Mission Definitions:
- eye-probers: aka pens, coined by Brother Parsons. Used as a defense mechanism.
- city-slicker: Someone not from the country? I don't really know.. the Felvers call me this., haha.

Monday, November 24, 2014

St. Marys is swell


Well, transfers happened. Welcome to transfer 4, y'all. My new companion is Sister Hunter from 
Colorado! We are working in the St. Marys branch, in the very corner of the Ohio Cleveland mission.
I get to work mainly in a little town called Wapakoneta. Very cute downtown areas and beautiful 
remodeled farm houses. We do service in one of the members barns, feeding their chickens, 
bunnies, goats, turkeys, etc. Fun fun stuff. :} I am happy!

This past week was super crazy because of transfers. I said "see ya!" to a lot of folks in Massillon, 
and I cried. Then, I packed up all of my stuff in to two large suitcases, a little grocery tote, a duffle, 
and a plastic tub. The drive to St. Marys, in total, was about 5 hours from the meeting. I'm out here 
in the boonies! (Not a Target in sight!) 

I love St. Marys thus far. The members are absolutely dedicated to the work, the people we visit
are awesome, and the amount of Spanish speakers gives me hope that I might be learning Spanish
real soon, haha. 

I have been thinking a lot about Thanksgiving coming up, of course. I will miss my family and 
everything about being home because, well, it's home. But I am making a sort of home here, too. 
I am learning to love the people and count my blessings in this time of change. 

I am grateful for this time of year we are blessed with to remember specifically all of our blessings.
I am so extremely blessed with all of the family and friends I have, and for the time I have to serve 
and share the knowledge that has brought peace and joy to my life. I am learning that counting our 
blessings is a sure way to bring us out of our own little pity parties and lift us to happiness. 
Remember Alma 34:38 this week --

"Live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies & blessings which [God] doth bestow
upon you."

I love you all! I know that your Heavenly Father loves you and blesses you. Look for His hand 
in your life and you will see it, undoubtedly.

Eat some extra mashed potatoes for me!!! :}
hugs & snugs,

Sista Pound

"Anything I can get my hands on, young lady!" -B. Maurer, a recent convert who loves the 
gospel and wants to learn/study everything. Such a cool example. 
- "Are you gonna go home and have some cheesecake or something?! Do something good for 
yourselves!" -James, soon-to-be investigator.
- "I think you're normal." -B. Kohli, cute old man we visit.
- "You know what else is intense (in-tents)?! CAMPING." -S. Hunter
- "Let's sing the mission song and show these new missionaries how the Mormon Tabernacle 
Choir SHOULD sound!" -President Vellinga
- "I don't know where I'd be without [the church].. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else." -S. Mitchell, AMEN.

Declan McLiver.. he said I was his favorite missionary! :) hehe, I felt special

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

da blues

hola familia,

I'M GETTING TRANSFERRED. I cried real hard when I found out last night. I will know who 
my new companion is and where we're serving ! I'll have a new address and new people to 
teach. So strange! It's not real to me yet. I love the people of Massillon a very lot. 
They will always hold a special place in my heart.

I guess I will tell you about my last week in Massillon then.. We are seeing miracle after miracle! 

Firstly, Mary and Troy have a plan to quit smoking by December!!! We have seen her a 
couple of times since teaching the Word of Wisdom, and the Spirit must have touched her
heart! We couldn't believe it when she mentioned it! AH. Did you know that the Gospel changes 
lives? Well, it does.

Secondly, we have found three new investigators who are legit! The best story is Ivory. He was 
an old headquarter referral from 2005 that we stopped by one day. He's this old, black guy who 
loves his cowboy vs. gangsta movies. He wears thick-rimmed glasses and has the coolest little 
salt & pepper looking afro. He kind of sounds like Kermit the Frog/some Sesame Street 
character I can't remember right now, haha. We taught him the Restoration and he said, 
"Well, is the authority lost? Where is it? Who has it?" And of course, we testified that The 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has it and because it does, it is the true church of 
Christ on the earth. He believed everything we shared and took it as the truth. Prepared people 
are the coolest! 

We had Zone Conference and Stake Conference this past week. I got to see Meet the Mormons! 
It was so awesome! I loved it all. (Sidebar: It was funny to see how all of the missionaries 
were staring at the movie screen.. hah, I don't think anyone blinked. And if they did, it was an 

We got to hear President Vellinga's thoughts at each conference. I loved when he said, "Heavenly 
Father can do anything He wants, so we might as well come unto Him and see what He can
 do for us!. . . I testify that He is worth coming unto." I love doing the Lord's work and helping 
others to see the worth in coming unto their Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. It IS 
worth it. It is worth it to pray and to study the scriptures and to do those things that bring us 
closer to them! I am so happy because of that knowledge I have gained.


Sista Pound

- "Swanky!" -E. Poe
- "YEAH, we're Akron South!" -a toast we did as a Zone
- Snow. Snow everywhere! Do you know how hard it is to make snow boots look good with 
a skirt? It's not an ideal situation.
- Keeping a tally of how many times I fall this winter.. Any guesses for a total? We'll see in 
about 6 months..
- "We're gonna FIESTA." -S. Baxter
- "The power of things done right reaches the eternal part of us." -President Vellinga, about 
- "Everyone, put your hand over your heart and say, 'I will not cheat!'" -President
- "You have my permission to gag 'em, tie 'em up, and shoot 'em!" -President, to the whole 
Stake (out of context, ha)
- "... So, she's deaf?" -E. Milam
- Alma 30:44 --> "All things denote there is a God"

Monday, November 10, 2014

do it & you're cool.

Hi there!

Well, this past week went by so quickly. We have been out trying to find more people to 
serve and teach! It is hard to push ourselves and talk to every person we see, but we do
it! We have a new investigator and see the good that comes of our own efforts.

Let me tell you about something so awesome! Our whole district is doing something called
the "Purification Challenge" right now. It's all in efforts to become more consecrated
missionaries. The challenge is to begin with fasting and prayer, then make a list of things/
behaviors that "poke at your Spirit", or things that drive the Spirit away.. you know, your 
little pet sins that you hold on to! Then, you fast for 40 days from each thing on the list. 
Each day your report to Heavenly Father on how you did, why you faltered, and ask for 
more strength the next day. 

I am so excited to be doing this! I have been thinking a lot lately about changing our 
behavior versus changing our nature. I noticed that I have changed a lot of behaviors since 
coming on my mission, but I don't know if I am actually a changed person. My natural 
(wo)man still creeps out sometimes.. but I don't want it to! I know that this challenge is 
such a great opportunity for me to change part of my nature and to become an even more
effective tool in the Lord's hands. We have already seen miracles come of this challenge. 

My favorite quote from conference this year came from Elder Jörg Klebingat. He said:

"Acknowledge and face your weaknesses, but don’t be immobilized by them, because
some of them will be your companions until you depart this earth life. No matter what
your current status, the very moment you voluntarily choose honest, joyful, daily
repentance by striving to simply do and be your very best, the Savior’s Atonement
envelops and follows you, as it were, wherever you go."

It is very important for each of us to decide to change. We can never be satisfied with where
we are because this lifetime we have been given is about progression. I know that to be true.
I know that this challenge is a way we are choosing to go to the Lord and ask Him to strengthen
our weaknesses (Ether 12:27). The coolest thing is that the challenge will end a little before 
Christmas. I can think of no better thing to give the Savior than some of my favorite weaknesses! 

My challenge to you all is to do the same. Think of just one thing you can improve on, then
turn it over to the Lord! Go to Him for help and strength. Become a changed person, a better 
person.. a celestial person! I know that as you do this, you will be blessed with greater joy in 
knowing you are coming closer to your Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

I love each of yinz dearly.
hugs & snugs,

Sister Aubrey Pound :}

- "Boo-ya, shaka laka, baby!" -Bobby
- "I'm not playin' the games no more!" -S. Baxter
- Sister Baxter calls Bobby a "nerdbutt", and he calls her a "ding-a-ling". Familial love.
- > "How would you say Jim's progression is right now?" -B. McLiver
  > "Like a glacier!" -E. Poe
  > "What's the difference between a glacier and an iceberg?!" -me 
  > "Glaciers have caused things like the great plains and the great lakes!" -B. McLiver 
  > "So..... he's doing great!!!" -S. Olson
- "When I do good, I feel good." -Abe Lincoln

Monday, November 3, 2014

the life

heeeeeeeeeey everybodyyyyyy!

Well, I thought since maybe many of you who read this haven't experienced a mission, 
you might like to know what a typical day is like. It goes a little something like this:

6:30 AM Good morning, starshine! Exercise for 30 minutes. I run on the treadmill or do 
some little pinterest things my mom sent to me.

7:00 Get ready & eat breakfast.
8:00 Personal study.
9:00 Companion study.
10:00 Out in the area.
11:00 Lunch break!
12:00 Back to work. This includes appointments and service! We teach lessons, 
rake yards, comfort a distraught stranger, talk to strangers, teach lessons some more, 
and love the people of Massillon!
5:00 PM Dinner. (Either an appointment with a member, or at home.)
6:00 Back to work, again.
9:00 In the apartment for daily planning time!
9:30 Done for the day. This is time to write in our journals, get ready for bed, and just 
talk about our day! (I go to bed early most of the time..)
10:30 Bedtime.

Wash, rinse, repeat! Throw in the occasional meeting, tons of rescheduling, running late, 
awkward moments, the best Spirit you've ever felt, and there you have the life of a 
missionary! I've learned to love it.

Anyways, this past week it seems that we hit a wall with Mary. We taught the Word 
of Wisdom and she has no desire whatsoever to quit smoking. I feel like we invited the
 Spirit and taught her doctrine, and she still wasn't ready to change her mind. It's difficult, 
because we love her so much and want to see her live the gospel to its fullest. She can
only access the full blessings and power of the Atonement as she changes and is baptized.
It is painful to want something so badly for someone and try to help them, and to see no 
desire in them! We will still work towards baptism and I trust that the Spirit will slowly 
change her heart. The Lord's timing is different than our own, and that is something we 
have to accept. As missionaries, we also must accept that everyone has their agency 
and that we can do everything we possibly can, but they must choose to act. 

We had the opportunity to have our first lesson with Brandon, Crystal's boyfriend, last 
night. He is so humble and willing to listen. He knows he needs to change and he wants 
to be baptized in December! It is the best feeling to help someone reach a point where 
they can make covenants, or promises with Heavenly Father. It is a blessing to work 
with many, like Brandon, who are humble.

You're probably wondering why I am on a mission when I experience so many disappointing
things, like Mary's lesson, and I have left school and my family and everything I love for 
18 months! (Or maybe you weren't and I just want to explain this to you all!)  It absolutely
makes no sense. Let me tell you: I experience many more discouraging things than I do 
amazing things. I don't know if you all understand that because you are not here living it 
with me! You only have glimpses of what my life is like at the moment. Regardless of 
whatever happens, I know I witness miracles daily. I see them because I choose to. 

I know that this is the Lord's work and that His hand touches my life. He is very aware 
that missionaries pass through many disappointing things. He is very aware that the life 
I am living right now is difficult. He is aware that I have left all of my comforts. The miracles 
I am privileged to witness and the love for the people I serve are the greatest blessings 
He has given me at this time. Every time I experience something amazing, it strikes out 
all the stuff I had to go through to get there! As my good friend, Hannah said recently, 
"I know the reasons that I decided to serve a mission but I can promise you that the reasons 
I have stayed on my mission are very different." I haven't been out for a terribly long amount 
of time, but I know that I have been able to endure because the Atonement is real. I know 
that we have a loving Father in Heaven and a Savior, Jesus Christ. We may pass through 
things that cause us to feel helpless and hopeless, but I know that the gospel gives us 
enduring hope. I have experienced so much happiness as I have given up my time to serve. 

Take care, y'all. Love ya dearly,

Sista Pound 

- "I don't want to be a millenial bride!" -S. Olson
- "I think you're going to heaven." -President Vellinga
- "If I were your daddy, I'd just let you cry on my shoulder!" -President, again. He is the best.
- "Sometimes we have to pay the price to get acquainted with God." -E. Poe
- Well, I've determined daylight savings might be my favorite holiday as a missionary. 
We actually get to celebrate with an extra hour of sleep! Yippee!
- "Hasta NUNCA!" -S. Helmsy
- Sister Haenga is the best. We dressed up for the trunk-or-treat. I had tons of fun! :)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

October 27, 2014

some small happenings

Miracles of the week:

- Mary set a baptismal date. Wahoo!

- Sarah and Draimon came to church with their whole family. Cameron (Sarah's son who is baptized) has an interesting take on the Restoration. He says, "Mormonism was mormified" through Joseph Smith. He also prayed, "We're thankful the missionaries could come and missionize us." Ohioans like to make up words. :)

Christ's gospel is true & the power of His Atonement is real.

hugs & snugs to you all,

Sister Pound 

p.s. Sorry for the shortness, I will make up for it next week!

Monday, October 20, 2014

hey now

sup y'alllllll~

Well, this past week we had exchanges and I really loved it. It felt good compared to the last time 
I stayed when I was in training and was so nervous. I noticed that I was a lot more confident, 
especially in knowing the area! Progress is good. :) 

I've been struggling a lot lately with missing home and feeling discouraged, but the Lord always
gives me peace. And He lets me witness miracles. That is seriously the coolest thing about being 
a missionary. 

So, we had a less active, Crystal, that has been working with the missionaries for at least 5 months, 
come to church yesterday! It was amazing. We extended a Book of Mormon challenge to her a 
month ago and since then she has been reading and praying daily. She finally came to church and
felt the Spirit so strongly! She met with the Bishop and committed to never miss a week (when she's 
not working -- every other week she will be able to come!). So many exclamation points because 
I am so happy for her!!! She kept crying and saying, "It feels so good to be back!" I love knowing
that I am able to help her through the power of the Holy Ghost. 

Another exciting development: The Thomas' both got their Temple and Patriarchal Blessing 
Recommends! They walked out of the Bishop's office with the happiest faces. Stephanie actually
 went less active when she was 16 because her Bishop told her she wasn't ready to get her blessing.
AH! So cool that she finally has that! I love being able to witness the work the Lord is doing. 

Here's a little advice from President Vellinga:

1.) Love your mission (or your life).
2.) Believe in Miracles.
3.) Anchor yourself in the word of God.
4.) Go to heaven.

Miracles are alive and well, & I hope you are too! Let me know how you're doing! :}. 

I'll love ya 5ever (that's longer than forever),

Sista Aubrey Pound 

p.s. David Archuleta is a beautiful human being. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

      Oct 13

      welcome to transfer 3 & a new companera

hola familia y amigos!!!

So, sometimes transfers happen and sometimes I get a new companion! Her name is Sister Haenga 
and she is from Australia, of all places.  No one in Massillon can say her name and it's pretty funny. 
She is great and we might've almost hit two deer on the way to Mary's house yesterday, but it's okay! 
The Lord protected us.

Anyways, that'll probably be a story better told when I come home so my mom doesn't freak out
that I'm driving now.. :}

This past week was a stressful, but really awesome one. (Aren't they all? Yep.) Mary is praying about
a baptismal date! It is so stinking cool to see how the Lord prepares people to hear the Gospel. 
He really does. Because I am certainly not a perfect teacher, or a perfect conversationalist, or a 
perfect listener, but He is doing so much work with her, nonetheless. He definitely works through us. 
The Spirit is awesome.

Another way the Spirit is awesome: He motivates people to do good! And to learn and grow. Crystal, 
a less active we visit, is reading the Book of Mormon daily and praying. So exciting! It's small and 
simple things that mean the most. I know it is through small & simple things that we do that the 
Lord allows great things (and miracles) to happen.

- Amish country was cool, but it wasn't that Amish. But let me tell you, Amish rolls are the bomb.
- "You better go to heaven, Sister Pound!" -President Vellinga, at transfer meeting.
- I almost hit two deer (got my FIRST aggressive driving.. ahh!), a drunk guy was walking at our 
moving vehicle, and we got lost in the dark. Remind me to tell you about it later and we'll laugh.
- "I've got the memory of a pea!" -Fran

This past week was stressful, like I said. But, I am still going! I know that the Lord gives me 
strength each day. I know that He is so willing to listen to us and our needs when we pray to Him. 
He knows each and every one of us, and He cares! I know that He will bless us immensely if 
we will simply thank Him for all we have and continue to live His commandments.

Keep doing good and being good! I love you all.

hugs & snugs,

Sister Pound

p.s. To you, with the face: Hey! What's up?! How's life? Tell me about it. Shoot me an email or 
send me a little love note at the address my mom has posted. She will keep it updated!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Oct 7

I'm still alive! Even after three months!
It has been a meeting-filled week!!!
Okay, update on Mary. We went over for dinner and at the end of the night, she told us that she had to tell us something next time we came. So we go again two nights later, when Troy wasn't home. She was like, "I've been looking at this website about Mormons.." so I got really scared, because she could've been looking at anti or something. But then she said, "Yeah, I just had to google how I could become a member of your church. I learned about baptism and other stuff." (!!!!!) My mouth kinda dropped. It was a stellar moment. Mary is going to progress because she has so much desire! She watched conference and loved it. AHHH! I am excited. 

  > "Happy birthday, loser!" -Sister Olson, to Sister Helms (it was her actual birthday).
- "This is our 'we love our kids more than our furniture' couch!" -Sister McLiver
- "Are you freakin' for real?!" -Sister Baxter. She also called Bobby a "nerdbutt" this day.
- Some kind soul TOTALLY did a random act of kindness and left quarters by the washer and dryer in our complex. It's the little things. :D

Sister Pound's Mission Definitions:
- tiwi: These little monitoring devices in our cars that give out warnings for our driving, including "check your speed", "aggressive driving", and "RPM violation". If we get too many warnings, we lose driving privileges. #missionperks?
- shoeshoe: aka a shitzu (dog). Another day, another Sister Baxter word.
- TRICK-or-TRACT: a term coined by Elder Mitchell for the Halloween season of missionary work.. Actually, we're not allowed to even be out Halloween night. But in all honesty, we just may do this. Pass-along cards with a piece of candy attached!

Something Mary said when we first met her is still in my mind. She was talking about how she had searched other religions and preachers and told us that Mormons are the only religion where people actually live what they preach. She also said, "Well, nowadays people are mostly preaching positivity. But... I think we need something more! We need to follow more than just having a positive outlook" or something to that extent. I think it is so cool to think about that -- we need the Gospel because of the FOUNDATION it gives. We are taught to be positive and hopeful, but we also need something sure, something more than happy thoughts. We need something that changes us and helps us become better. I love that about the Gospel. It truly is an anchor.


Sista Aubrey Pound :}
P.S. My trainer, Sister Hodson, is being transferred tomorrow! I will be getting a new companion. Photos to come.

P.P.S. By this time tomorrow, I will no longer be a "greenie". Sad day! I'll cherish every minute I have left of being the new kid. :)