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Monday, November 25, 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! EMAIL 11/25/2013





Family!!!
So they switched around the schedule this week because there have been time conflicts with the new pday changed.  Its only for this week though! Sorry I wish I could have let you know sooner... so I wont be able to see your emails till next week if you haven't written yet. Hope everything is good at home!! 
First of all GUESS WHO IS STAYING IN YSLETA???? ME!!! woo!!!! we have another 6 weeks together. Its awesome. We are so excited and have set many big goals for the next transfer.  Im so so happy. Hna pipkin literally tackled me when we got the news.  So you will get to meet her on Christmas!!!
This week has been absolutely amazing!!! Suzy got baptized on Saturday!!! It was great... so spiritual. There really is nothing like being able to hug someone that you love and have been teaching right as they come out of the waters of baptism all smiles and dripping wet :) She was crying she felt the spirit so much.  On Sunday she bore her testimony and said "I am so grateful for Pipkin and Maxwell.. I want my daughter to be a missionary like them someday." she was crying and just thanked us over and over. These feelings are just impossible to describe! Jesus was able to bless the sacrament on Sunday too! He did such a good job.
We are currently teaching a bunch of families with kids at the moment :) Its really great. One of them LF Savala totally came to church on Sunday!! The 9 year old Ceci loves us to death. She says we are like her sisters. She absolutely loved primary. We haven't been able to set a baptismal date with them yet because they are super catholic (like most people around here) and are scared to switch their religion. But hoppppeffullly we will be able to set one with them this week!
We are seeing so so so much success in our area right now!!! Ysleta is seriously on fire. But its all due to heavenly father. He has such a hand in his work... I see it every single day. People are ALWAYS placed in our path that are ready for the gospel.  We met our goal of 20 member present lessons this past week!!! (standard of excellence) and this week we are really trying to get 20 contacts a day. (another standard of excellence). Which is REALLY hard to do. But we've got the faith!
Its finally started to get cold here. One day the temperature seriously went from the high 70s and the next day to the 30s. Its kind of a hard adjustment haha. We are always wearing coats and scarves everywhere. I feel like a temple square sister missionary haha.  Just missing my American flag on my tag!
Im really starting to LOVE this. I was sooo happy on Sunday just because  LF Savala came to church!! Its so so rewarding. So much is expected of us as missionaries though. I never understood that before my mission. Its insane. We are literally expected to leave everything and grow up. But its the coolest change. Im still the same goofy person but have such a different perspective on things now!
Thanksgiving is on Thursday!! woo!! we are all eating at a members house with all the missionaries. It should be super super fun.  We will probably get more than one thanksgiving dinner im sure.  Whats the plans for thanksgiving at home?
Sure do miss you all!! Im so happy out here. Its hard but heavenly father is taking care of me. Keep being awesome. I LOVE YOU!!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

TRANSFER?! EMAIL 11/19/2013

BISHOP'S KIDS!

BLOOD FROM MOSQUITO BITES!

ALICE AND HER STUFFED ANIMAL....LOOKS REAL!

HERMANA MAXWELL AND HERMANA PIPKIN

WATCH OUT!!

FREE TIME FUN!

FAVORITE STORE!


LUNCH WITH INVESTIGATOR SUZY


A PIC JUST FOR BRYNNA!

HOLA FROM YSLETA!!!

Wow what a week. Its been full of success, downer days, as well as craaazy people. I had no idea how many crazy people live in el paso TX haha. But its ok because that's what makes the mission interesting :) Josefina and Jesus have been totally stellar!! They pretty much run the gospel principles class now.  Jesus got the priesthood this past sunday :) It was soooo awesome. Plus they are already starting to come out to our other investigator lessons. And YES! SUZY IS GETTIN" BAPTIZED!!! WOOO!!! oh my goodness she is totally incredible.  Like I said before her mom is not very supportive. BUT a miracle totally happened this week! So her mom would like hide her book of Mormon so she couldn't read it, and she had to bribe her siblings to find out where it was at. (horrible right?) but this past week her mom confronted her and asked "why in the world do you care so much about this book?! Whats in it anyways?" And so she gathered her whole family together and read from the book of Mormon!!! Her mom liked it and is slowly starting to change. It really is a MIRACLE. so so happy. I cant wait for her to be baptized Saturday. keep her in your prayers!!! seriously... satan works so hard on our investigators during baptism weeks.
Lets see what else... just teaching tons!!! our district is amazing. Last week our district alone taught more lessons than some ZONES did.  And hna pipkin and I taught the most out of our district. Things are looking up! there are still hard times obviously but we are seeing lots of success.
Its stiiilll not cooling down. Always in the high ish 70's. I miss my Utah Snow!!! its hard not to have a white holiday season but that's ok :) Ill be having a Mexican Christmas! Should be purty exciting. I just LOVE the Mexican people. So humble and open to the gospel.  Its really rare that we get rejected... at least harshly. Usually they will at least listen to us for a few minutes even if they don't believe what we are saying. Exchanges was this past week so I got to see the Horizon area with Sister Biancardi (sister training leader). I learned TONS.  There are sooo many incredible missionaries in this mission. Our mission is seriously amazing. apparently we had more baptisms as a mission than the whole south west area. Our mission president knows how to whip us into shape and help us to improve.
the language is still really hard. Like I understand 95% of what people say MOST OF THE TIME. but the little grammatical rules and such are really hard to get down. I still sound VERY much like a gringa. Im trying though.  Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Couldn't do it without 'yall!!! LOVE YOU!!
 
Hermana Maxwell

And I know im sure life is soooo busy. But I do know that when we put god first everything else falls into place. I think its 3 nephi 13:33... seek ye first the kingdom of god and then all will be added unto you. I have seen so much of that while on my mission. Like so many people have solid jobs on sundays etc that they just cant let go of. But miracles happen when we put the most important first. Not saying your not of course :) the mission has also made me appreciate the little things in life because they are what make us the most happy. Like sharing a laugh with a friend or the fall leaves or even making silly mistakes.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

BAPTISM**HOORAY!!!! EMAIL 11/12/2013






WHAT A WEEK!!! JOSEFINA AND JESUS GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!! YYYYYYAYYYYYYYYY!!!! did I mention im excited haha? man it was so awesome. The best part was just seeing them walk out in their white clothing. It was a moment ill never forget! It was definitely very spiritual but sooo many crazy things happened. First of all the programs wouldn't print because the printer was out of ink, then Josefina left her dry underwear in the car so we had to run around like maniacs trying to find it haha, Juan (the guy who thinks he is a prophet) started bearing his testimony about all of these crazy dreams he has had, the baptismal clothes were way too small for Jesus (kind of hilarious haha), and it was just crazy! But sooo awesome. They got confirmed on sunday as well and Jesus gets the priesthood next week! They are so stellar. They are totally going to be leaders in the church.  They are already doing FHE's, missionary work, and bringing their family to church next sunday! Its super amazing.  I just cant believe I get to play a small part in such an amazing work.  Their baptism is going to trickle down to future generations forever and ever.  Hopefully we will be able to start teaching their kids here soon!
Suzy also came to church! AND she wore a skirt!!! (she HATES skirts). It really was a miracle. She is the one who is 20 years old and whose mom is super against her getting baptized but she is going to anyway! Its been a real struggle trying to get her to church because she doesn't have a car so her mom drops her off. Last week her mom didn't come pick her up because she didn't want her to go. BUT this week she came :) I almost started crying I was so excited! Im so wrapped up in the work now.. its my life!  So just something as simple as an investigator coming to church is like the best thing in the world.
We have lots of crazy people we meet every day. Maria, another investigator is absolutely insane but we love her anyways!! last night we tried to teach her how to pray VERY CLEARLY. basically she started out with "Buenos noches senor" and didn't even end with amen. haha. we all just sat there in silence for a good 30 seconds. super awkward. Ive learned that missionary work is just awkward! everything about it is! but its awesome :)
I wish I had more time! so many things are happening in our area right now. we are seeing so much success and our numbers are some of the best in our whole zone. The field is WHITE!!! working my booty off and lovin' it!!! This transfer is almost over.... so scared. I really don't want to switch companions/areas/train but its all up to the lord!! I love you all so so much and keep being awesome!
OH! and I totally got the package!!! LOVED IT!!!! me and hna pipkin died when the turkey started singing! Thank you so so so SO much. I love how you sent stuff for her as well. It was adorable. I really appreciate it more than you know!!!!
Hermana Maxwell

Saturday, November 9, 2013

HALLOWEEN IN YSLETA !! EMAIL 11/4/2013












 Familia!!!!
oh man its sooo good to hear from you. I miss you tons! First of all I love the pictures!!! They are AWESOME. :) looks like you had tons of fun on Halloween!!!! We didn't do much for Halloween haha... just had citas all night! (appointments) Not very many people trick or treat here but we did have a ward Halloween party!! Ill send some pics for sure.

This week has been amazing!!! Ysleta is so WHITE!!!!!! (white and ready to harvest) We have seen more miracles this week than ever before. So many investigators have just been dropped right into our laps! its so incredible. Just last night we met a man named Ricardo (29) who asked us if he could be baptized before we even taught him anything!!! Its crazy.
Hna pipkin hit her 6 months this week! She is a third done with her mission! cant believe it.  Ive been out over 3 months now and by the end of the transfer it will be 4!! Time is flying. The ward Halloween party was really fun. They had a costume contest haha. Hispanic people sure know how to throw a partay!!
LF hernandez is ready for their baptism on Saturday!!! CANT WAIT!!! MY FIRST BAPTISM!!!!! its really going to be awesome. They have their interview on Thursday. We started teaching another really great family named LF Savala. They have three kids Cindy (15), Rafael (16) and Ceci (9). They have a ton of pets and the cutest kitten ever. The girls would die!!!
My Spanish is coming along pretty good. I still struggle a lot but really the language is the least important thing. We are working really really hard and are starting to see LOTS of success. Our numbers are some of the best in our zone I think.  But numbers aren't whats important. I lloooovvee ysleta and the people here and my testimony is growing tons. I am so grateful that I made this decision to serve a mission... I don't think I had any idea how MUCH it would impact my life. This church is so true. I love you so much and miss you more than you have any idea. Im sooo glad to hear about your missionary work efforts. Keep it up!!! see if you can go out with the missionaries sometime. We are always looking for members to come out with us! I know it takes time but its so worth it. I LOVE YOU ALL!!!
 
kenna