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Sunday, June 15, 2014

100 DEGREES!! EMAIL 6/10/2014



NANCY GARCIA


FAMILIA!!!
Hope everything is going swell at home! I dont have much time today so bear with me. The Diazs and Garcias told me they ate with you at 6?? How did it go??? 
This week has been a whirlwind!! Lots of miracles and new investigators! We found seven this week!!! YAY!! It was our branch conference on sunday and EVERYTHING had to be translated... got a huge headache from trying to listen in both english and spanish haha. It was really good though. They talked all about Less active work and how we need to "rescue" our brothers and sisters. That is just as important as teaching investigators. Its amazing how Heavenly Father leads us to those people as well! Just yesterday we found a less active member just knocking doors! She let us right in and we have a return appointment for next week :) 
So I totally had "helote" for the first time last night at the Perez's. Its that corn they smother with mayonnaise, cheese, and chile?? nasty. But I did feel like I was in nacho libre or something. It was exciting. I cant believe its already week 5 of the transfer. Holy cow. Im super on the fence.. dont know if im leaving or staying but ill go where God wants me to go!!
I love you all so much!!!! Keep being the best family and friends EVER. Time is flying. Its really hot here... and... thats all haha. LOVE YOU!!
Hermana Maxwell 

BASEBALL GAMES AND SISTERS! EMAIL 6/3/2014





Familia!!!
HOLA!! COMO ESTAN?? sounds like everyone is fantastic as usual. 
Well looks like this weeks email is going to pretty short. Its been an interesting week with lots of ups and downs. Unfortunately I was sick for two days of it this time. Really high fever, sore throat, nauseated. Not too fun. We are just getting hit with all kinds of things this transfer. But I am so GRATEFUL for it! I really have learned more this transfer about how much my Heavenly Father loves me than at any point in my mission. We also got the bad news that Lucy cant be baptized for a year.... long story short she is on probation :( the church takes that very seriously. So that was a little disappointing :( But its OK!!!!!!!!!
Anyways focusing on the POSITIVE! So im emailing so late this week because president toootally gave us a "one time hall pass" to go to a baseball game!!!! thats right!!! A BASEBALL GAME!! and guess who the isotopes were playing?? the salt lake bees!!!! It was so fun to be able to do something different. I got to sit right next to hermana adams. It was interesting though.. as much as I love that kind of thing and was so excited for it.. it didnt entertain me nearly as much as i thought it would. There really is a special missionary mantel that keeps us from worldy things, not that baseball is super wordly, but I think you know what I mean. We pretty much just talked about our missions the whole time instead of watching the game. It sure was a blast though.
It is getting HOT here!! Its always at least in the 90s if not 100s. It makes missionary work a bit harder thats for sure. Trying to drink lots and lots of water. We are really working hard! Cant believe its already week 4 of the transfer. Not sure whats going to happen this time! I love you all so much!! Keep being amazing!

Hermana Maxwell 

Monday, June 2, 2014

YUMMY CHICHARRONES --PIG SKINS! EMAIL 5/27/2014

OOOOH YUMMY! NOT!!

Graduation Party for Bernis

Monica and her girls

Familia!!!

Woooow. I miss you guys. ALOT!!!! This week especially! Not sure why :) Probably because I love you so dang much. Sounds like everything is a blast at home!! Summer is really coming up on us! I cant believe how big Brynna looks... when I left she was just a kid!!

Yes Lucy knows she can drink herbal tea... She is really addicted to the Lipton. Its frustrating.. but we are trying to be patient with her. Things are especially tough for her right now because the anniversary of her son's death is on the 1st of June. We felt prompted to stop by her home the other day and when we walked in she was just sobbing on the couch. We gave her a hug and told her we loved her and are here for her. Hermana Standiford asked if she wanted a blessing and she said YES! The elders came over and Elder Hidalgo gave her the most BEAUTIFUL blessing. It was definitely a spiritual highlight for me. As soon as the elders laid their hands on her head the spirit just floooded the room. It made us all cry. It was so amazing to see how the elders honor their priesthood. Its cool to see how god trusts his power, the same power that Christ had, to 18 year old boys. They are usually really immature and frustrating but when they walked into her home something changed in them. Even Elder Hidalgo cried as he gave the blessing. It was incredible. Her husband ripped us a new one about us pressuring her into baptism so we are going to back off on that for a little while. I hope I can see her baptized... :( but even if I dont I know that I have had a huge influence on her life.

Monica and the girls are going crazy with summer vacations so its been really hard to meet with them. I took pictures with them before Lesly left to Mexico just in case I leave next transfer. Ill be sure to attach one. They are so amazing. Yurit is hard to meet with as well... this week has been a little tough but we are pushing right along and being positive! Hermana Standiford still cant walk around much so we cant tract... so that’s been pretty hard as far as conserving miles. Hopefully next week she will be 100%
We have been doing quite a bit of less-active work this week which has been awesome as well. We had dinner with a family last night. They were so happy we came over. Its so cool to be able to help out with that part of the work as well. I never realized that we would be doing so much of that! They did make us try some of their "chicharrones" which is deep fried pig skin. Nasty!  I've had them before but hna Standiford hadn't. It was pretty funny. It almost feels like you are eating those "pig ears" we used to give to Cheyenne.
I just looove this work so much. I cant even tell you. Its so fun to be able to impact peoples lives like this even if you dont baptize them. I wouldnt trade it for anything. I cant wait to be a member missionary when I get home. Its also just a blast meeting so many new people and new friends. Turns out Hermana Pipkin and Hermana Gubeli are companions now! Too funny. New mexico is just... bizarre. The people here are so weird haha. Mainly the white people. Example: across from me is this crazy old woman who sits across from me every Tuesday who screams at her computer and a man just walked in complete with a skirt, purse, makeup, high heels, annd a suuuper deep voice. Sometimes I wonder why the heck I got called to New Mexico haha. Am i that weird??? Its like the inside joke among all the missionaries.. we love exchanging weird people stories. I cant wait to bring you all here  one day. That was random :) haha sorry. LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!

Hermana Maxwell