Monday, February 9, 2015

guest of honor

February 2, 2015
What a week of mixed feelings! 

Church ended up being cancelled yesterday, so we got to do some little acts of service and shovel 
driveways. I'm sore. What fun! :)

This past week we had a major miracle happen! A less active, Sister Arnett, told us she wanted 
nothing to do with the church when I first got to St. Marys because she had read a book full of 
anti-misinformation about the Church. We got a text from her last Monday asking for advice and 
we called her and set up a time to meet. She said she would be at church that Sunday with her 
less active son, too. SO AWESOME! I mean, she has tons of concerns and a foundational testimony 
to rebuild, but she is willing to meet now! The thing that softened her heart a little bit was that her 
family was struggling with their food supply for the month and she called the Branch President to 
receive support.. She kind of feels obligated to the church now, but at least she is willing to meet 
and try things out again. I couldn't help but think of all the times we happen to be in physical need 
and how the Lord uses those times to fill our Spiritual needs as well. When we went to visit Sister 
Arnett, she told us she felt a void in her life. It was amazing to be able to testify to her that this was 
a time that Heavenly Father wanted to fill her with truth and peace and all of the other wonderful
blessings living the Gospel brings! We also saw Alice again! We were able to talk about the Book of 
Mormon. She loved Helaman 5:12 and even got her highlighter to mark it right then! She is so 
wonderful. I love her lessons because we are able to be very genuine with her and she listens intently. 

We went to the best party last night. So, I don't know if I've mentioned, but in St. Marys there are 
tons of Marshallese people (from the Marshall Islands) that are members of the Church. For some 
random reason they ended up in a little town in Ohio (the other Sisters teach them)! The party was 
for their little 1 year old NING-A-NING (baby). (It's a huge deal in the Marshall Islands to turn one, 
maybe because of the infant mortality rate or something.) It was SO FUN!!!!! All 6 of us missionaries 
from the St. Marys Branch went and they had us sit at the Guest of Honor table.. WHY?! We still don't
really know. It was super funny, they'd say something in Marshallese, and this girl Amy (14; getting 
baptized this Saturday) would tell us what they were doing. At one point, everyone stood up and 
started singing and then we lined up and were supposed to give the baby money.. so we ran to our 
bags and got a $1 bill.. It is way too difficult to put into words how wonderfully strange this party was. 
The food was yummy, too. One of the things we had heard they were giving out at this party was 
these Marshallese muumuus and we all wanted one because Sister Thomas already had one and 
they are the bomb.. Anyways, that was what we got for giving our $1 to the baby! A weird mission 
story that I will adequately explain at home.

We had interviews this past week! My interview was SOLID GOLD. President is the best, ever. I don't 
know if I will ever be able to talk to him without crying a little bit. Like, every time I hear him speak it's
 just this culmination of gratitude for everything ever and then he says sweet stuff like, "Heavenly Father, 
please bless her forever" in his prayer and BAM! TEARS. I love him! It was seriously so fun. Best 15 
minutes of the past week. Some good things he told me: 
- "Make God first in your life."
- "Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ. Keep your eyes fixed on heaven."
- "When Heavenly Father gives us something and we respond, we get more." -quoting
Elder Christofferson from a Stake Conference recently.

I love everything that I am able to be a part of as a missionary! The Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints is true. God is good. He loves us. Miracles are still happening. Turn to Him and 
see what He can do! A Prophet of God testified of the importance of centering our lives on Jesus 
Christ and I would echo what he says:

"As we strive to place Christ at the center of our lives by learning His words, by following
His teachings, and by walking in His path, He has promised to share with us the eternal life
that He died to gain. There is no higher end than this, that we should choose to accept His
          discipline and become His disciples and do His work throughout our lives. Nothing else, no 
          other choice we make, can make of us what He can."

I love you all so dearly!

Hugs & snugs, 
Sister Pound

- Remember that one time we were helping the Felvers bring wood in and stack it and a whole 
wood pile started tumbling down on Sister Hunter?! Scary!
- I totally biffed it on the ice this week.. bruises resulted. :P
- Our regular service cancelled this week, so we had 2 hours of nothing to do. We go into this little 
place that we were thinking of doing service for and she asked us if we had time then! A little tender 
mercy from the Lord! The lady kept saying, "You are an answer to my prayers!" It feels good to be an 
instrument in the hands of the Lord.

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