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Monday, September 23, 2013

OUT 2 MONTHS!! EMAIL 9/23/2013








Buenos Dias!!

Life is good here as a sista missionary! We have had to drop a lot of investigators because they weren't really progressing. It takes a lot of faith to do that. But heavenly father has blessed us with so many more people to teach!! these last few weeks have just been finding finding FINDING! And its been wonderful.  One lady I want to tell you about is Moraima. This experience with her changed my whole perspective on my mission. We met her once and set up a cita because she wanted to hear more a bout the gospel (cant remember if I told you this but she had a 16 yr old niece die in a car accident who was Mormon and wants to know why her family is getting through it so easily). We stopped by her house and she wasn't there.. and she never called. We decided to stop by again the other night and she was there!! She said she was afraid to call us. She sat us down in her kitchen and immediately just started sobbing. sobbing sobbing sobbing. She told us her story of her life and I have NEVER heard something so sad in my life. I wont go into details but it was awful. they lived on the street for awhile and didn't even have money for food. I just sat there shocked... my heart totally broke for this poor woman. She luckily has a job now. she has two kids, angel who has asthma and is always in the hospital, and a daughter who struggles with depression. They live in a trailer and are struggling to get by. She needs the gospel soooo bad. We told her that we were representatives of JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF. and that we are hear to share his gospel with her and that its one of happiness. She just cried and thanked us over and over. It was such an amazing experience. her experience brought me to tears.. I just cant wait to see her life change with the gospel. Pray for her!!
Many other things have happened but I don't have much time to talk about them!! we are just constantly teaching and its wonderful! I still struggle quite a bit with Spanish but the gift of tounges is real! I think its going to take a few months to really get the hang of things. I got driving permission yesterday so Ive started driving our truck around which is really nice! its weird to drive again.. it will help me get to know the area so much faster. We always have dinners with members/investigators which is interesting sometimes. they get offended if you don't ask for more and the food isn't always good haha. so Ive had a few times where I wanted to hurl after. but most of the time its real good! they eat a lot of spicy food here... which is exciting on occasion haha. We have cereal for breakfast and usually sandwhiches or something for lunch. we are so busy its hard to have time to eat some days!  Schedule on pdays is study time, laundry, email, shopping, lunch, zone sports, and then proselyting for the rest of the night! we do laundry at this Laundromat by our apt. 
Well the church is true people! I have never realized how blessed I have been to have the gospel. It really is amazing. share it with everyone you can!! member/missionary work is how everything gets done! help out the missionaries back home because they need you!! I love you all so so so much and think about you always. 
Hermana Maxwell
pictures: 3 kids we are teaching (so cute! damian diego and david)
me teaching a dog the gospel. there are dogs everywhere!!!!


Sunday, September 22, 2013

EMAIL 9/16/2013 ANTS IN BEDS?!!!


 

THE 2 PICS ABOVE WHERE TAKEN AT THE CCM IN MEXICO






This week has been full of miracles!! We have really been focusing on trying to find new people to teach and we have been blessed with a bunch of new investigators. 4 of them have a baptismal date!! But they are brand new... so hopefully they will continue to work towards it. Nothing is for sure here! We have had many spiritual lessons and I have gained such a testimony of how heavenly father prepares people to hear the gospel. There are always people placed in our path! We have also been getting a lot of member-present lessons which is a big goal here in the mission. I really had no idea how much members affect the work.  Our best investigators were referrals from members! so try to help the missionaries back home!! Many of the ward members come out with us to lessons and bear such strong testimonies. It really is incredible. Its definitely been humbling as well to see the conditions that many of these people are living in. The majority of the time I really feel like im in mexico still.  Everyone lives in trailers and are very poor. and EVERYONE speaks Spanish! That's definitely the hardest part for me.. but its slowly coming!
We are teaching this little family. The dad is named David and he has three little boys and a baby girl. He really wants his kids to learn more about Christ is such a cute dad. He doesn't know anything about the gospel and fails to realize that we are trying to teach him too haha. The first lesson he came over and sat on our side and helped us teach his kids about the restoration haha. He also accidently gave us tea... I took a drink and was like "what the heck?" my trainer realized it right away. Kind of an awkward moment. He felt really bad but it was way funny!! They have a baptismal date set already as well! I wish I had time to talk about everyone but I just don't! Its been raining all week which is really rare here! Our truck got stuck in the mud 3 TIMES!!!! 2 of which was in the same day!! so funny. We had to get pulled out.  Another funny thing that happened was during a really spiritual lesson with a less active family their dog came sliding in on the wood floor and slammed into the couch. then it got a Halloween bucket stuck on its head and was running around like a maniac. couldn't help but laugh! Luckily it didn't distract from the spirit too bad.
I am learning so so so much from my trainer. she is amazing!!! We are great friends already! Ill try and send a picture this time!  We are going to be moving into a older couples home at the end of the month! thank goodness... our roof is leaking and there are ants in our beds! its pretty bad. I cant wait to move out!! Anywyas I hope I answered everything.. I wish I had more time! Just know I love you all and that missionary work is amazing!! This gospel is TRUE!!!!! Just picture me in mexico because that's practically where I am haha. I can see Juarez from our area! LOVE YOU ALL!!!  Keep up the faith and share the gospel!! I had no idea how much members affect the work!

Hermana maxwell

Sunday, September 15, 2013

HELLO FROM YSLETA TEXAS! EMAIL 9/9/13

McKenna left Mexico for New Mexico at 3 am on Sept 2nd.  It took a week before we got our first email from her.  She is serving in Ysleta Texas which is in El Paso.  There is a small portion of Texas in her mission.  Her companion is Hermana Pipkin




HOLA FROM YSLETA/SOCORRO TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Oh my goodness its so good to hear from you.  Im sorry its taken so long to get an email off.  And unfortunately now I have even LESS time to email so if you could mom will you tell everyone who can to send me letters instead?? Im only allowed to write letters as well on pdays.. sooooo  yeah there is going to be limited contact unfortunately. :( But send them to the mission home for starters... long story short we are moving out of our apartment in a couple weeks so I don't want to risk letters not getting here ya know? We have an ant infestation haha and our apt is super super ghetto so we are going to be moving into a family's home hopefully the beginning of October.
There is so much to say and so little time!! im sorry if this makes no sense! I AM in texas (el paso zone) which is a crazy first area. We literally can see the border and its like im living in mexico no joke. EVERYONE speaks Spanish I swear.  And whatever they taught me in the CCM is NOT Spanish haha. Jk. But its been really really hard. Ive struggled a lot more here in this first week than I ever did in the ccm. I just cant understand anyone!! and im supposed to be preaching the gospel to them!! Its been rough.. but im doing ok. Luckily I have the most amazing trainer in the world... hna. Pipkin... CRAZY coincidence. So she is the hna that makayla trained!!!!!! So she was makayla's last companion and I am in makaylas area teaching the people that she was teaching!!! its wayyy crazy. As soon as I got to the mission everyone already knows tons about me and have been waiting for me because of kayla haha. not sure if that's a good or bad thing. but I did see makayla for a couple minutes during one of the transfer meetings!! she totally tackled me into the wall! It was soooo good to see her. She is Sister Training Leader now!! HUGE calling. totally knew she would be!!
Ysleta is a great area... I just love the Hispanic people. Many live in such humble circumstances... I cant believe how blessed we are. Count your blessings!!! They are all so amazing though. We are teaching many many people. And heavenly father is constantly preparing them to hear the gospel! One lady I have to tell you about is Alice. Oh my goodness. she has had suuuch a hard life. Makayla and hna pipkin just baptized her before I got here but we still teach them for awhile after their baptisms. She is such an incredible woman and has suuuuch faith. I just love her. She always is striving to be the best she can be. I cant go into tons of detail but she has had trials you cant possibly imagine but she is so HAPPY with the gospel. She is always crying and thanking us over and over again.  Also we are teaching a few ladys that live in a home together (we call them las mujeres) and one of them her son got in a car accident and has been in a coma. They said he wouldn't live... he got a priesthood blessing (they aren't members) and now he is starting to move and react!!! its amazing!! his name is Alexis. And guess what?? he has a trache and a g-tube!!I watched her suction him and it brought back so many memories. they aren't very committed to the gospel though.. I really hope we will be able to help them.
texas is verrrry dry and HOT. but luckily its starting to cool down a bit now. We drive a truck around everywhere although I wish we had bikes!! the ward is amazing!! its called Mission trail. I had to bear my testimony unexpectedly sunday and about had a heart attack (its a Spanish ward). but it went ok! the members are incredible.  Ahhh I wish I could tell you about everyone but I just don't have the time.
please apologize to everyone there is no way I can get to all the emails.. I barely have time for this one. But I love you so much.. and miss you more than ever before. things are going good... the highs are really high and lows are reeeeallly low. So its hard... real hard. But amazing at the same time.  Im practically living in Juarez mexico so its kinda ghetto here but not too bad.  Everyone is amazingly nice and accepting. I love being a missionary and being able to share this message!! I LOVE YOU

Sunday, September 1, 2013

EMAIL 8/29/13 LAST WEEK IN THE MEXICO CCM!!!!






**As you can see McKenna was blessed to have another trip to the Mexico City Temple.  We are so excited as she begins a new adventure this weekend as she leaves for New Mexico at 1:00 am Monday 9/2.  Sunday will be her last day in the CCM!!**


Como estan??? Sorry this email is a little later than normal. We just got back from el templo!!!! it was wonderful... but I did get sick again yesterday... so I almost didnt make it through the session. Thrown up once.. but starting to feel a little better!! This food is kicking my butt. Cant wait to get back to the states!!!
 Things here have been great! We have had a couple super fantastic lessons. One of our investigators, Damian, committed to be baptized!!! You have no idea how big of an accomplishment that is.. he was seriously so hard to committ to things.  But yeah we baptized all 5 of our investigators!! still got a lot to learn but we are feeling pretty good about ourselves :) especially being the kings of the ccm now!! Everyone practically worships the ground we walk on because we have been here for so long haha.  Our casa is now filled with new sisters. We are the only ones that have been here for more than a week! I also FINALLY saw parrots!! they live in the palm trees here.. bright green ones. SO pretty!!!
so the other day when we were in our TALL time (computer assisted language learning) our teacher Hermano day walked in, he pulled me and my companion out of class and told us he had a special assignment for us.  Long story short he told us that in 10 minutes we had to go demonstrate how to begin teaching in front of ALL the new missionaries. Yeah. pretty much practically passed out from nervousness. It was really cool but wayyy stressful.  I hope we did ok! We also lived through another earthquake. woot. we never feel them but still ;) there has been 4 since we have been here! hmm what else... its just been a crazy last week! tomorrow we have in field orientation ALL DAY in class. Ive heard its pretty rough so that will be exciting! I just cant believe we are finally busting outta here!!
OH. so MIRACLE AT THE CCM!!! two days ago for breakfast they had nutella AND peanut butter!!! YEAH. i know. flippin amazing. they dont have any of that kind of stuff here so it was seriously insane. Anyways.. sorry this email is so short.. but I have limited time since we went to the temple!! keep an eye out for my email on sunday!!! I LOVE YOU ALL SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!! the church is true!!!!!

p.s. #1 thing im doing when i get back is getting a CHEESEBURGER. SO EXCITED