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, June 16, 2014

I am a very happy guy.

How am I doing? If you can find a middle ground between how happy a five year old is in a ball pit and a mom who just had a son come home from a mission that about where I am at. Not quite as happy as the mom but more ecstatic than the child. Overall I am a very happy guy. 

Some details on how the whole ASL trio companionship this week because that seems to be the trending topic of everyone's letters. First of all I have found that it is much easier to be best friends with just one companion than with two. In the world of three there is always that third wheel and I have yet found a way to avoid this situation. No matter what we are doing one of us is always the odd one out. Any advice on how to solve this predicament would be greatly appreciated. 
Second we cover a very large area, multiple missions to be exact. This being so, we do have to luxury of a car at our disposal 24/7. 
Third, we teach a lot of deaf people being that we are the ASL missionaries. We teach less active members of the branch and we teach the few ASL investigators that we have. It was challenging at first trying to learn how to teach this super detailed lesson that preach my gospel covers but then I realized it's not actually that detailed, it is the basic gospel truths that we all know and once that clicked with the whole trying to learn it in ASL it became a much easier process. 
Fourth, there were some questions about how do we find deaf people to teach. Excellent question. We have an iPad and occasionally we will spend some time on Facebook searching for deaf people in the Bay Area. We are always searching for deaf events that we can go to and places and activities where we can meet a lot of new friends. Those are the only ways that we can find deaf people. Sometimes we will get lucky and meet a deaf person as we are contacting on the street (because we are not allowed to go tracting).  That's pretty much the basic day to day operation of the ASL program. 
This coming Saturday we have our first baptism planned. We had our investigator at both the Saturday night and Sunday morning sessions of stake conference this weekend and he is super excited about being baptized. Over this week I will probably be getting more and more stressed because our WML is out of town so we have to plan everything ourselves and both of my companions have no idea what is going on or how to do anything so all of the responsibility is falling on me but I am sure that The Lord will make sure everything works out and goes very well. We have been teaching him for the past three or four weeks and he is super excited and very, very ready. It is such a spiritual experience teaching him and being there by his side as he makes and keeps commitments. I am overjoyed as I see him grow and understand the blessings that he will receive as he is baptized. My testimony grows as I see him grow. That's why the missionaries ask you to have someone taught in your home. Because it is just as spiritual of an experience for the investigator as it is for everyone else.
My mission is amazing and I love being out here. Welcome home Christian! I love you all. Have a fantastic week!
Love, Thee Elder Maxwell

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