On October 16th, Benjamin Maxwell, left his home and family for two years to serve a mission in San Jose, California.

As a missionary: He will teach of Jesus Christ and His gospel. He will have doors slammed in his face and be yelled at. He will meet people from all walks of life. He will stretch himself. He will learn about himself. He will learn of his Heavenly Father's love for him and for all His children. He will learn to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost. He will serve the people of San Jose. And he will LOVE more than he though possible.

Monday, February 17, 2014

I need to put my tie on and get to work!

This week was full of non-stop miracles. It has been so amazing stepping back and looking at everything that the Lord has done to prepare this area. Such an amazing experience being on a mission, but I am still new enough that it feels like two years is going to take forever. For me that is just a sign that I need to put my tie on and get to work! ha-ha

   To start off, we had a district meeting that was focused on talking to everyone last Wednesday and on our way home from district meeting we decided that we really did need to stop and talk to everyone. So we did and the usual ten minute bike ride home turned into an hour! We got two people who were really interested in learning more but neither of them were in our area so we decided that there were other missionaries in those areas that were being obedient and doing what they needed to do to receive blessings and because we were doing what we were supposed to be doing the Lord was letting us be the tools in which the Lord gave them those blessings. An interesting way of looking at it but it really made me think. The Lord really does have a purpose for everything.
   Second, we got a referral on Friday morning and we had a pretty busy day ahead of us so we decided that we would wait until Saturday to contact her. Then later in the day one of our appointments fell through and we were close by to where the referral was so we decided that the Lord probably wanted us to go and visit her. So we went to the address and when the door opened a young man opened the door and we asked him if Tina (changed the name just in case) was home.  He said that she was at work and she wouldn't be home until six. We explained to him who we were and said that we would try back later. His mom then comes to the door and tells us that she works at the GNC in the shopping center down the street. We said okay, but we will probably just try back another time. Then we leave. Once we have started biking we realize that we have about 30 minutes until our next appointment. So we decide that we would go over to GNC and just browse around the store to see if we could spot her and maybe start up a conversation while she was working. So we head over to GNC, we lock up our bikes outside and we walk up to the doors and once we open the doors we see a girl that worked there standing right there. She looks at us and we look back at her and then she says, "Are you looking for me?" Completely caught off guard I stumble to say a contemplative, "Yes? Are you Tina?" She says yes that she is Tina and takes us to the side and explains that she had requested that we come and visit her on mormon.org and then she had been waiting for two days for us to show up. She really loves the church and has always felt like the catholic church (the church she grew up in) was missing something. We taught her a quick lesson about the Book of Mormon and set up an appointment to meet with her later on. The whole time she is on the clock and her co-worker is listening to the whole thing. We then ask her if we can say a prayer with her before we go and she was super welcoming to that as well. After we left we just looked at each other and we were both shocked and didn't quite know what had happened. We said another prayer together and thanked the Lord for sending someone so prepared and so ready. We are really excited to continue meeting with her and I am sure you will all hear a lot more about her.
   The Lord loves each and every one of us. He really is watching out for all of you and He knows your struggles. Never be afraid to turn to Him in a time of need. I know that the Atonement can heal any mistake or problem that we may have. I love you all and I keep you all in my prayers every night. Keep up the amazing member missionary work.

Love Elder Maxwell

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