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Saturday, January 17, 2015

"WELL DONE THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT"

HERMANA MAXWELL IS COMING HOME!!!!!!

You are welcome to come and hear Hermana Maxwell report on her mission
January 25, 2015
1:00 p.m.
14650 South 3200 West
Please join us following the meeting to congratulate her on a job well done!
14416 South 3400 West




Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"THIS IS IT!" Last email!!!! 1/13/2015

"Funeral in a Box"

"A few goodbyes... with many more to come"




THIS IS IT!!!

Well everyone, this is my last email I'm sending out as a full-time missionary. It doesn't feel remotely real. However I do think its starting to hit me little by little. I don't really know what to say other than these last 18 months of my life have been the most intense learning period of my whole existence. And I am so grateful for them.  It would take hours to be able to express the love I have for my mission and for my Savior. My mission is truly everything to me.  I've changed, and I've helped others change.  There is no greater work than this.  I love it.
This week has been a lot of hugs and tears however its also full of excitement for the future too.  Saying goodbye to some of these people is so incredibly hard but I have never been more grateful for a stateside mission because I CAN come back! I had my departing interview on Saturday with President Miller. It was one of the sweetest interviews I've ever had with him.  We talked for an hour and ten minutes! Usually they don't last that long but I spent a good amount of time asking him for advice haha. I just value his opinion so much.  He asked me to share with him one principle and one experience from my mission that has shaped who I am.  I talked about the Atonement.  I have learned so much about so many things but if I had to pick one it would definitely be that.  I've learned that the Atonement isn't just for the remission of sin. But its for "good" people too. There is a real enabling power behind it that allows good people to change into better people.  I learned a little more about the depth of His sacrifice. That He really did feel everything, not only pain, but also happiness so that He could understand every flaw and every strength of our character. Its only through Him that we become like God. For my experience I shared the one with Gloria.  As I talked about it I started to cry, and as I looked up, he was crying too! Ive never seen him cry.  The spirit was so strong. He asked me to type the story and send it to him.  Of course he gave me the whole marriage/family talk and  lots of good advice. At the end he thanked me for the kind of missionary I have been, and told me that I have changed his and sister miller's life, and have truly served an honorable mission.
I also had to speak in church on Sunday. There was only two of us so I had to take up half of the meeting haha. Of course my topic was missionary work. I spoke on 3 ways that we can preach the gospel effectively as members: developing our own testimony, consecrating our life to God, and working with love.  It went pretty good! I am going to miss the Montana Vista ward dearly.  They have become my family. I mean ive been here 7 and a half months! 
This past week consisted of soooo much finding. We found another incredible family. The parents are Isabel and Pedro and they LOVE us.  Its funny because missionaries are basically like celebrities to members, but its rare that investigators fall in love with you that fast. They are taking me out to eat at a steakhouse before I leave haha. They call us their "angels" and told us that we bring such a beautiful spirit into their home. I love them so much. I think the hardest people to leave though is Monica and her kids.  This family has changed my life completely.  I want to come back for their baptism.  The father is presenting a lot of difficulties for them... so they haven't been able to come to church because of him.  They just have my heart. I hope to be a part of their lives forever.  
Im just so grateful for everything. Im so sad to end this but at the same time so happy to start this next "adventure chapter" as President says.  I cant wait to see you!!!!! I cant thank you enough for all the support you have given me. My life is different because of it. I Love God. I love my Savior. And I love this church. IT IS true. and I love all you so much. See you soon :)
Hermana Maxwell 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"TRIBULATION producesPATIENCE and patience produces HOPE" Email 1/6/2015

Jennifer Lawrence aka Hermana Budge
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The goodbyes commence!

MI FAMILIA.

Hola from el paso :) 
This week has been in one word: WONDERFUL. Every time I recover from a sickness its just so awesome to realize how grateful I am for health!!! The world is so much better when you are healthy haha. I've really been able to focus on my investigators and just working hard till the end. And beyond :) This week has started to be really emotional as i've realized how much I love these people here in El Paso. I will leave lessons and just be close to tears because I feel such a deep love for those I teach. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. But I am excited to continue the work on the "other side." And to represent my Savior not necessarily by my tag, but by my heart. Im sure the field is white in Utah as well!
Unfortunately President didn't let me make the trip up to Albuquerque for MLC because he wanted me to reserve my strength.  It was a disappointment considering it was my last one.. but its awesome because since we were obedient and went out to work instead we had the most miraculous day ever and found 7 new investigators!! God works in mysterious ways.
Our investigators are doing great right now. Monica, Camila, Jorge, and Ximena just have my heart completely. I’m not sure if they will be baptized before I leave... but I am praying for it haha. I just have to remind myself that it’s not my decision, its theirs. But I really do love them so much. I can’t wait for you to meet them someday.  Miguel, a boy we are teaching from a part member family should be getting baptized on the 17th! We are so excited not only for him but also for the whole family. It’s so cool to see how one little boy can help reactivate his family through baptism.  It’s kind of a similar situation to the Salas kids. Who, by the way have come to church almost every Sunday since the baptism ;) As we stopped by to kind of "say goodbye" the mom just took me in her arms and cried. She thanked me over and over. Its moments like that that you know you have done your job. Well at least God did. :)
Some of our new investigators have turned out to be really awesome as well! We met a woman named Rita last night who is basically a "dry Mormon" She had so many good questions during our lesson and believes everything we do. She is a very faithful member of the Catholic Church but is very excited to read the book of Mormon. Also are teaching a woman named Josefina and her daughter Yesenia. We actually originally thought they weren't interested but luckily we were persistent and now they are beginning to progress in the gospel. Miracles are happening! This week we also were able to have some really spiritual lessons with members. It seems that whenever we prayerfully choose a member to go by they ALWAYS need us in that moment. There is nothing like being an instrument of the spirit.
I gave my "dying testimony" in zone training this week.  It wasn't anything like I expected it would be. You always kind of imagine that moment your whole mission but I just walked up, gave my testimony, and sat down and it STILL doesn't feel real haha. I have my departing interview with President on Saturday which will be interesting. I guess I’m in denial.. I still feel like I have forever. Although i've heard it doesn't hit you till you are laying in bed at home haha.
This week I've been studying a lot on the Christ-like attribute of patience. I was reading in Romans (I think its chapter 5) where Paul talks about how we should "glory in tribulation." What a phrase huh? Glory in tribulation. Well, it’s possible! Tribulation produces patience and patience produces hope. How can we have hope without tribulation and patience? I love the gospel because it helps us to not only endure our trials but endure them well and be able to grow in them.  The church is true people.
Well this is a long email! Better stop now :) I love you so very much!!!! I'm counting down the days too... but I definitely don't have a chain haha. LOVE YOU

Hermana Maxwell

"Challenges never occur in life without a whole lot of learning" email 12/30/14

Family,

Well this week has been a bit of a challenge but a challenge never occurs in life without a whole bunch of learning to go along with it! Especially patience :) Still feeling really crummy. This is a different kind of illness than I've ever had.  VERY weak and tired, a bit sick to my stomach, cough, just cant seem to get better. BUT! the TB test came back negative! yay! I got some blood-work done yesterday (a horror-story for another day... couldn't get my veins to bleed..almost passed out... not fun) and the results come in today. 
Christmas was wonderful although I spent all of it in the apartment. We received a lot of support from other missionaries and from the ward so it was truly a demonstration of Christ-like charity.  No plans for the New Year... other than hopefully just working my butt off :) MLC is tomorrow but we aren't sure if we are going to be able to make it.
Im sorry its kind of a depressing email this week, my head is pretty in the clouds and I cant think straight. However I am grateful. So grateful for the opportunity I have to still wear this tag, even if its in bed haha. Ill keep you posted on whats going on. I love you so much.


Hermana Maxwell