Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"Leave it all on the streets of Ohio."

Oct 5, 2015 

(That was a quote from Elder Dunne, inspired by Ammon. We had out Zone Training Meeting this past week and it was absolutely wonderful!)

Hello you all!!! Happy Monday! It has been pretty cold this past week in Ohio. I pulled out the tights.. :) Today the sun is finally out again and we're in the 70s. Perfect! To add to the cold weather this past week, we got rejected a lot and definitely had lots of tests of diligence and patience. We had some great experiences though and, of course, General Conference automatically makes any week the best!

First point of exciting news: GIA IS GETTING BAPTIZED! (officially because she passed her baptismal interview!)

We haven't been able to see Xaveria very much.. in fact, we only saw her once, which is very unusual! She is facing many health challenges and has been in an unpleasant mood mostly. She told us that is will not be ready to be baptized on October 11th! She is still waiting for her answer about Joseph Smith.. and of course, her health issues are distracting her. 

We have the coolest new investigators this week! And they are so elect! The first is a woman named Karina. She is from Mexico and has lived in the United States for a while. She has 4 daughters that are so darling! She was so receptive when we first met her. We shared the Restoration briefly with her and her mind is open. She thinks it is worth it to learn new things. We are excited to go back this week! 

We also went back to Marlene's home to drop of a Portuguese Book of Mormon for Sue Ellen, her niece. She has been talking to our member, Austin, who introduced the family to the Church. He has been asking her if she's reading the Book of Mormon, but she had been waiting for us to come back with it! She is excited to read it and pray about it. She also has a member friend in Brazil that she is going to ask about the Church. Sue Ellen said she will have a lot of questions and we are meeting with her this week as well!

I loved General Conference!!! We watched with some members and at our Stake Center. My favorites were from Elder Lawrence, Sister Marriott, Elder Renlund, and President Uchtdorf (women's session). That's a long list, I know! But those were the ones that spoke specifically to me! I loved two thoughts from Elder Lawrence: 
1. "To the Lord, our direction is more important than our speed." 
2. "What is keeping me from progressing?"

Those two statements really made me turn inward and think of what I need to do to change! I love that feeling -- that there is something to work on. I know that the most important part of Conference is what we do AFTER. I am going to make goals and plans to change. I hope you all do as well! We will be so blessed as we do! 

I love you each! Thanks for being so supportive.
Sister Pound

good little tidbits:
- We visited some potentials, Mike & Itala. They expressed all of their concerns about their Church. They were asking us questions.. They are really funny! (They were both probably a little tipsy.) 
  M:"Here's another enigma I have..." 
  I: "Enigma?" 
  M: "I don't know what that word means. Anyways.."
- We tried to share the Book of Mormon with a man we saw. We asked him if he would like a copy. He turned and laughed and said, "I'm smokin' weed right now." Then he turned and walked away. Oh Youngstown. I love it!
- We met an awesome potential, Marcello (only 18). He was so interested in the Restoration and we got his number. We called him a few days later and he told us his brother got shot and that he was really busy right now.. Another Youngstown story.
- Jen, our investigator, is going to start going to the Addiction Recovery Program group here so she can work on quitting smoking! 

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