August 12, 2013

Three little girls in skirts pushing a car...

Hi everybody! 
This week has been good! Honestly, I know a lot happened but I can't really remember any of it right now. :)

Our car was in the shop, so we walked A LOT! But it was cool because we had a lot of miracles happen.

One lady who's son is  a member was hopping to see missionaries and saw us! She gave us a ride. She is so sweet! (This same sweet lady took a picture of the sisters and e-mailed the picture and a note to us parents! She wrote what a blessing it was to see them and even though she isn't a member of our church, she is is so proud of their commitment!) 

Oh one day we were on our way to an apointment  and were so blessed. We weren't paying attention and didn't cross when we should of, and a car that was stopped at the red light got hit and was pushed to the intersection! We were defiantly protected! Luckily no one was hurt. We helped push his car into the parking lot. We were laughing the whole time, just thinking how funny it must be to all the cars driving by to see 3 little girls pushing a car up this small hill in skirts! Turns out he was a baptist pastor! The whole thing sounds like a bad punch line. He was really nice.

We had great lessons. And were able to have four lessons that members were present! It was great! Members there make such a difference, because people don't think we are normal people. One guy we are teaching was so surprised when he found out Mormons watch movies. It helps to have members there a lot!

I love it here! It's going great! Hope all is well! Love you all! 

Sister McDougle

August 5, 2013

Like Some Cheesy Romantic Comedy


I hope everybody is doing great! 

This week has been eventual! We ran out of miles so we walked like 6 or more miles everyday. It was good though! I liked being able to be outside walking and talking to people on the streets. There was one homeless lady we talked to who was really nice, I don't know it was really cool to think how much love Heavenly Father has for His daughter. 

We had one great day where one guy decided he wanted to teach us and then when we politely said it was great to meet you sir but we do have to go, we set apart an hour for this and now we have to get to our next appointment. He said "Thank you for setting apart the time to come, you didn't have to. And I don't believe that anyone really Wants to go to Hell. So I ask you to pray and think about what I told you." So that was a great "bonding moment" as Sister Hansen called it. 

And then a lady who was so prepared for the gospel, she cancelled on us because we believe God and Jesus are the same person, but we don't, and she wouldn't believe us so that was a fun day. 

J moved her baptisms date to the 24th. And then when we went over the other night she dropped us because she doesn't want to quit smoking and stuff.  

And then we got stood up and dumped by almost everyone we were teaching. So basically it is like some cheesy romantic comedy. But there has been lots of miracles. We have found more people to teach who are great. H came to church again and is planning to be baptized the 31st. 

I love being in a trio! It is fun and nice to have more people to talk to. We got into less active members homes! One lady really opened up to us and it was cool to be able to relate to her. One guy we are now teaching he had just finished saying he doesn't like reading Proverbs right now and I opened my Bible and it opened to Proverbs and 3 scriptures that I had marked applied exactly to what he was going through, it was cool. 

I tried peanut butter and mayo. Um, that was interesting. I didn't know how picky I was until I came out on my mission. It's all good though! I love being out here. I found out Reynoldsburg is the birthplace of the tomato! Things are starting to look up! And like one of my investigators said- "like Katy Perry said there is always a rainbow after every storm". 

I love you all!!!! I hope you are all having a great day!
Love, Sister McDougle

Sister Hansen

So I am still in Reynoldsburg. I am now in a trio. I am still serving with Sister Love and she is training Sister Hansen. Sister Hansen and I actually knew each other before! We were in the same EFY group! She is so great! She is super bold and an amazing missionary! I was nervous about being in a trio (three missionaries), but I love it! It is so great! It is nice to always have someone to talk to and a different perspective. It is really great. 

So we are kinda running low on miles (we get a certain amount each month). So yesterday we walked most of the day. It was such a blessing! We were able to meet so many prepared and amazing people! It was so great! One kid has such a love for Jesus Christ, it was so great! He just had a true desire to do anything that would bring him closer to Christ. We are excited to teach him this week. 

Our mission President is doing a lot better! He has his energy back and is moving the work even more. The standards of excellence for the mission has been raised. He has such faith in continuing to grow and put our faith in the Lord. He is such a great example. Our bishop is also healing! 

We have great people that are making great progress! One lady it was so amazing- she said how she would never feel worthy to be baptized, we got to explain to her how you don't have to be perfect. We got to go over the requirements with her and realize how much she truly believes and is prepared. She is on date for next month! We have been praying very specifically. 

I have been studying this week about Christlike attributes and how much faith and hope truly means to trust God.
 How we have to have enough faith to believe something will happen, not wait for the miracle to happen to then believe. I am so grateful for the experiences to see how much faith people have and how our faith can continually grow. One sister mentioned God doesn't care where you are on the path as much as He cares about which direction your headed. 

I love you all!
Love Always, Sister McDougle