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March 16, 2015

Hello all!

Let's get down to business, shall we?

This week was difficult. We had cancellations every single day. It really gets to me sometimes, even 
though I don't think it should. It is really frustrating when you feel like your area should be doing 
better than it is. Well, I suppose I'll tell you the happy stuff because there was some of that:

1. Brother Maurer went to the Temple to do baptisms for the dead. His father and mother are 
baptized and confirmed now! He says it brought tears to his eyes. Very tender. 

2. Sister Arnett, a less active who was struggling to the extreme and had little interest in the church, 
had the strength and courage to call her mom to take her to the hospital, specifically the psychiatric 
branch. She is now planning to involve herself in an intensive at-home rehabilitation course, as she 
admitted that she was addicted to marijuana. She told us that our prayers and scripture texts we 
sent consistently strengthened her and helped her to make these hard decisions. She is dealing with 
her problems and has complete faith that the Priesthood blessing she received is what will help her 
overcome her weakness. So amazing! She told us when she was going to get baptized, she had a 
Priesthood blessing to help her quit smoking and she stopped cold turkey and didn't smoke for 8 
months. She said she should have never started again. Alma 32:6 comes to mind! "He beheld that 
their afflictions had truly humbled them, and that they were in a preparation to hear the word." So TRUE.

3. We had a man, Josh, who lives in our area randomly show up at church yesterday. He has very 
little religious background but said he felt he needed to return to church. He doesn't know any 
members or anything about our church. Wow! He definitely chose the right church to visit. We hope
we can work with him!

4. We had a very good lesson with Phyllis. We shared the Plan of Salvation. It was so cute, she 
kept winking at us. We sang "I am a Child of God" for her and the Spirit was there. She asked the 
best question when we finished singing and bearing testimony of what we had shared and the Book 
of Mormon's truth, "Well, how can I know?" This is hands down the BEST question a missionary 
can get!!! Hello, she has real intent and is an honest seeker of truth! Then she fed us the best, 
sweetest brownies and strawberries or our lives. I love this old lady!


Shout-out to my cousin, Jeff.. err, Elder Carranza, who is departing this week to the MTC!!!! I am 
so happy for you. You will love it. I heard lots of good things about your farewell talk! Proud cousin 
moment.

I just hope you all take time to at least read my little testimony each week. It's not that impressive, 
but I hope it gives each of you hope that the world is a good place and that the work of God is continuing 
forth! 

"Behold, my beloved [friends & family], I speak unto you these things that ye may rejoice, and

lift up your heads forever, because of the blessings which the Lord God shall bestow upon [you]."

(2 Nephi 9:3) 

If there is anything I pray you understand from each of my emails, it is that we have a loving Heavenly 
Father from whom all blessings come. We have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who loves us infinitely. The 
knowledge of the Restored Gospel brings us a reason to rejoice amid all of our daily difficulties. The 
power of the Atonement is extended to each one of us, every single moment of every single day. There 
is nothing the Lord requires of our sacrifice that He does not take and magnify! Our sacrifices of eternal 
significance are so worth it.

Keep on keeping on! I love you all! :}
ttyl, 
Sister Pound


GOOD(ish) STORIES & QUOTES:
- "I need God before I need to question those things." -Sister Arnett
- "There's no value in routine." -Brother Maurer
- "If all you know is what you see with your natural eyes and hear with your natural ears, then you will 
not know very much." -Boyd K. Packer
- "These are growing pains that we want." -President Bissegger
- "Focus on the opportunities, not the challenges." -President Bissegger
- "We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the 
same." -Carlos Castaneda




















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