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. :)

Sep 29

It really only has been 3.5 days. I'll give yinz a short update. 

We have a new Investigator, Mary! Remember a couple weeks back when I talked about meeting with Less Actives we never had before? Well, she is the girlfriend of Troy, one of those Less Actives. The cool thing is, she just moved here from Toronto, Ohio, where she was being taught by missionaries! We are so excited to teach her because she has genuine desire to learn. She has lost both of her parents in the last year (Her dad's passing was just a few weeks ago.). She is at a point where the Gospel will help her so greatly!

Another awesome thing: Matt was ordained!!! He had on a new suit and everything. It is the best to see him progressing so much within the Gospel.

- "I think God knows something we don't!" -President Uchtdorf
- On Sunday in Relief Society, the teacher was going over President Uchtdorf's last conference address. When she announced his name, Fran says, "He's gorgeous." Then the teacher started agreeing, then the WHOLE Relief Society, saying, "Oh yeah, he is." "He's easy on the eyes." "And that accent!" and other crazy things. I love the Massillon ward.
- "We're always trying to find Fran a man!" -Sister Fry, to a visitor in Relief Society
- Sister Baxter told us all about her mammogram. 'Nuff said on that point. 
- When Carolyn, our Investigator, was telling us that her friend just always dominates the conversation and doesn't pause to rest and, "taaaalks, talks, talks, talks, talks!".... Meanwhile, she was doing the exact same. Good thing the story was funny enough to laugh at, otherwise I probably would've died.
- Mary and Troy gave us so much food and their fresh BACON from the butcher.. Good people are good.

Sister Pound's Mission Definitions:
yinz: aka the Ohioan way to say "you guys"

The General Women's Meeting was so amazing. So much excitement for General Conference coming up this weekend!!! I loved the little Korean choir and the medley that the choir sang. Those two numbers made my heart oh-so happy. President Uchtdorf's umbrella analogy was awesome; all missionaries will be using that for so long, haha. I know that as we prepare for conference, we will get so much more out of it. I'll just quote Preach My Gospel now, because it says it best:

"We are to prepare ourselves so that when the prophets & apostles speak, the Holy Ghost can confirm the truths they teach, and we can determine to follow the counsel they give us." 

One simple way we can prepare is to think of a specific question (or several) and write them down. We will receive much more when we do this, as we open our hearts and minds to the thoughts & feelings of the Spirit. I hope that you all will do this, as I do it! Let me know how it goes. :}

love ya for always,

Sista Pound

P.S. Just a head's up, P-Day is next Tuesday due to it being transfer week! I will have exciting news then.

P.P.S. Go to on Saturday and Sunday for General Conference. Don't miss it!