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 :}



GOOD(ish) STORIES & QUOTES:
- 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 


GOOD(ish) STORIES & QUOTES:
- "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 
mission.

For all of December, we are using He is the Gift (video found on christmas.mormon.org) 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


GOOD(ish) STORIES & QUOTES:
- "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 
missionaries.
- "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

#ShareTheGift


9:08 AM (11 hours ago)
HELLO FAMILY + FRIENDS!

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 christmas.mormon.org 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.

xoxo,
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


GOOD(ish) STORIES & QUOTES:
- 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.