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, September 29, 2014


Baptism Day!

Happy Birthday, Elder Reid!
Zone Sunrise Birthday Hike

It still amazes me to see how the gospel is able to change people.

  We had another awesome week! We had a baptism this week! It was the most amazing service I have ever been to. We had a musical number and then I gave a talk on baptism and the Holy Ghost. Then C got baptized! Then we had another musical number and then it was over. Short and sweet. Very simple and the spirit was very strong.

  C has one of the coolest stories. I haven't said anything about him yet so I will start at the very
beginning. C works here in Palo Alto. He was working one weekend and he came up from San Jose a little bit early and decided that he wanted to have a bit more to his life. He didn't know anything about church or the gospel but he knew that religion would help bring him closer to God so he started to search that day. He did what any person would do when looking for something. He got on Yelp and looked up churches in the area. Our YSA congregation showed up and had pretty good reviews so he decided to check it out. He walks into church one day and is met by the missionaries. He enjoys it enough the first time to come back again. He has come every Sunday since! I love what he said about why he came back. He said that the feeling of warmth and the love that was showed by the members was what got him to come back. It just goes to show that people can be brought into the
fold in any way and once they feel the spirit they know that it is true and that is the feeling that will keep them coming back for more. He is such an awesome guy and he is very happy that he decided to get baptized.

   We also had another outgoing fireside last night. That is where all of the missionaries that will be going home get to give a quick two minute testimony about whatever they feel inspired to say. They are really cool firesides and there are always a lot of missionaries at them and the best part is that all of the missionaries bring investigators. A really good missionary opportunity. I know several people who have benefited from going to these firesides. We got to go with one of our recent converts named S. S is super awesome and he was asked to speak at the fireside. He spoke about how he joined the church. He started with absolutely no religious background so it was a lot of learning for him. He went from not believing in God at all to trusting fully in Him. It still amazes me to see how the gospel is able to change people. No matter who you are or what you do. No matter how good or how bad. There is always something in the gospel that can help you.

    I don't have a lot of time today! My companion is 21 today! Because it is his birthday, we have a lot of fun things planned! We went on a Sunrise hike this morning and it was amazing! Pictures attached. We also went golfing today. My companion loves, loves, loves golf. And I sent a
picture of the baptism!

Love you all! I will keep praying for you all!

Love, Elder Maxwell!

Monday, September 22, 2014

We can be so happy when our families are built on the gospel.

 I hope everyone had a fantastic week! I hope it wasn't too cold for all of you. I saw your weather forecast and it looks like rain. Hopefully it stays rain and not snow because that would infer that it isn't super cold.

  We have had a really good week this week. A lot of wonderful experiences and memories. We were contacting on Stanford campus this week and as we are talking to this really nice lady who is sitting on a bench outside a dorm. This other woman walks up and asks us what we are doing. We said that we are talking with our friend. The lady then asks us if we live on campus and we say no we actually live just a block that way right off of campus. She then says that she thinks Stanford has a no soliciting policy on campus and we shouldn't be there. We said that we weren't selling anything and we were having a really nice conversation with our friend. She then says that us being there was making her uncomfortable and we needed to leave. We apologize to her and we start to walk with the woman away from the dorm. The woman then asks us, "Why she was so mean to us when all we were doing was being very friendly to her?" We said that everyone is different and we try to be nice to everyone regardless of the circumstance. She was very impressed by how we handled the whole situation and she said that she would definitely recommend her daughter to come to our church.

  We said goodbye and go our separate ways, as we are walking again, we go past a group of people who are cleaning up from a BBQ and we offer to help them clean up. Then we see the same woman from before and she seemed to be in charge of the BBQ. She said, "no, we are fine thank you." So we were about to continue on our way when one of the other women, who also looked like she was in charge, asked us if we would like something to drink while we were on our way. We said sure and both got a root beer. As we were walking away, we were talking about how the whole situation had played out. We realized how important it was that we were polite and respectful of someone no matter how rude they were to us. We realized how important it was for us to be friendly and offer service to someone who may have been in need of help. I think about that woman and how she was so rude and I automatically assume that she had some kind of animosity towards the LDS church. Then I think of how the way that we were polite and friendly could have changed her entire view on the church. We were definitely guided by the spirit. I am very glad that we chose to be Christ-like in that situation rather than exploding in a huge argument of rude words and negotiable annotations. It is an example to me for how everyone can leave a hostile situation feeling uplifted.

    We had a splendid lesson with one of our investigators this week. We were teaching him the plan of salvation and he has no real religious background so we knew it was going to be hard for him to understand some of the things we were going to talk about so we invited a member of our bishopric to join us for the lesson. He is a professor at Stanford and he is a single cell biologist and has done some incredible research and had some amazing breakthroughs. We knew, that with his background, he would be able to help answer any of the super intellectual questions that where asked. So we went through and taught the plan of salvation and he listened and understood everything that we taught and once we were finished he had a whole lot of those intellectual questions that I mentioned. When the lesson was finished, and we all went home, we felt like we had failed at teaching because he had so many questions and it was as if nothing we said made sense to him. But we got a text from him when we got home that said he really enjoyed the lesson and that we were definitely inspired to bring that specific member to the lesson. He said that the member was able to answer some of the questions that he has had for a very long time. It just goes to show that the spirit will work in any way it can to speak to people. We were guided by the spirit to bring a certain member and that member was able to be an answer and a testifier of the truth. I love to see all the different ways that the spirit can help us understand what God would have us know.

   I have grown a lot this week. In church yesterday one of the members of our bishopric got released because he and his family are moving out to Utah. They had him and his wife both get up and share their testimonies at the end of the meeting. The wife got up and shared how much she loved the ward and her husband and how she knew that her husband loved all of us because of how devoted he was to his calling. She talked about how they had grown closer together as a family because of their service in the church. The husband then got up and shared his love for the ward. His love for his wife and two kids. His love for the gospel and the scriptures. His love for our Savior, Jesus Christ. He shared his love for God and Gods love for us. Then after they were all done and the spirit was incredible and I was full of joy and peace, the other councilor in the bishopric got up and said that he felt prompted to share one impression. He then said to a congregation of young single adults, "I hope this family has given you all a hope of what you want to have in the future. I pray that you will all strive to have the love and joy that this family shares." As he said those words it clicked inside of me. I understood at that moment. I saw right in front of me an example of what the whole purpose of life is where true joy comes from and why our Heavenly Father wants us to all return to live with him. We can be so happy when our families are built on the gospel. My view of missionary work has changed from helping individuals to helping families! The gospel is such an amazing thing. It truly does change people.
   I am so happy to hear that everyone is doing well! Stay smart by going to school! Everyone but me is in school :) I'm so lucky!

I love you all! Have a fantastic week!

Elder Maxwell


Monday, September 15, 2014

This work is not my work, it's not our work, it's Gods work!

    I don't think that I can even describe what has happened this week. I can put it in words but in order to understand the incredible things that have happened you would have to be me. I am going to jump right in because it is incredible!

    First, on Monday, P-Day, we got together as a zone at a park and we had a really good time. The greatest part was that one of the elders has a slack line with him on his mission and he brought it and set it up at the park. I got to slack line! It was a lot of fun and I didn't think that I would ever get to do that on my mission. The elder that brought it is really good and he can do a lot of really cool tricks. It was super cool watching him and he taught me some cool things that I can do so that was a lot of fun.

    Second, my companion and I started to plan for our zone training meeting that we were going to have on Thursday. So we started planning on Tuesday and we came up with a great idea to make a time lapse video to motivate the members of the zone to do their morning workout. We get 30min every morning to workout and sometimes we get lazy and don't use that time so we were trying to get everyone motivated and exercising. So Tuesday morning as we were doing our morning workout we took a camera around with us all morning and videoed all the random funny things we could think of doing. Then we put it in time lapse, six times faster, and we watched it and it was hilarious! We loved it but we found some things we could have done better. So the next morning we did it again. We ran around non stop for 30min doing all the random funny things that we could. The second video was even better than the first one! We loved it so much that we want to put it on YouTube but that will probably never happen. We shared it on Thursday morning with the zone at our meeting and they all loved it. They were laughing the whole time! It was perfectly wonderful! It was a lot of work to get the movie ready but we did it and it was really cool!

    Third, was the actual zone training meeting that we had this week. This was my first meeting where I was in front of the whole zone instructing them so I was a little bit nervous. Last Friday we had Elder Packer, the area 70, come and talk to the leadership in the mission and he gave us all some really good instruction. So we planned our meeting off of what he taught us. I planned on teaching diligence and it went really well. I broke down the mission into percentages and it is really interesting what I found. 1/3 of the mission will be spent asleep in your bed. 1/3 will be spent in meetings, lunch, studies, p-days, and other things that are not proselyting. The last third will be spend actually proselytizing and spreading the word. I wrote that out to show the missionaries that two years isn't a lot of time when really you only have 1/3 of that time to be sharing the gospel. I really emphasized how important it is to use the time we have been given to do everything we can to spread the word. That's how I tied diligence in and I spent the rest of the time talking about what it means to be diligent. A firmly fixed, unchanging, sincere conviction in doing the Lords work.  It was super awesome and everyone in the zone leadership did a really good job. I love being a zone leader because that means I get to be friends with everyone in the zone. I always do everything I can to be someone's best friend every time I see them. I love it! Sometimes I make mistakes and then I have to make amends with someone but I have learned that it is all about humbling yourself and putting others before myself.

    Fourth, this is where the week starts to get pretty incredible! So last week I said that I was going to be having a lesson with our investigator Lane and we were going to invite Steve Young to come and be the member present at our lesson. Well everything worked out and we had Steve Young come with us to teach our investigator! It was super awesome. He is a really cool guy and Lane was really impressed that someone as successful as him, who has everything he could ever want in life could talk so powerfully about how he is so grateful for the gospel in his life. He talked about how it would help him in his games and how it would help him in his schooling. Every aspect of his life had been blessed by the gospel and that was very powerful for Lane. He said something really funny. There were 50 guys on the 49'ers when he was playing for them and 5 of them were members of the church so he said that it was a joke between them that the 49'ers paid their tithing 5/50 (10%) and that's why they did well as a team. I thought that was pretty clever. I don't think it actually works in that way but it was still very funny. I put the photo of us on the email. From left to right, Dallas, Myself, Lane, Elder Reid, Brandon, and Steve Young! Dallas and Brandon are members that are on the team so they are friends and supporters of Lane.

It was a pretty awesome lesson and definitely one of those moments for a missionary! I don't know everything about him but I know enough to appreciate a lesson with him!

    Fifth, it continues to get better. Tuesday we are contacting people on campus and we meet this guy named Conrad. Conrad is an archaeologist for Stanford and he is really cool. His wife is a Dean for Stanford so she is pretty important I guess. I have never met her and am not sure what a Dean does so she is cool in my books! Anyway, we are talking with Conrad on Tuesday and he says that if we ever want to go to one of the Stanford football games than we are more than welcome to use the tickets that his wife gets for free. We said yes, we would love to! (not even knowing if going to a football game was something president would ever let us do). Conrad tells us that his wife gets the tickets on Thursdays so if he ever sees us on a Friday he will give us some tickets. At this point I am thinking, how are we ever going to see him on a Friday, the day before a game and then call president at the last minute and expect him to let us go to a football game. I didn't have very high hopes. Fast forward to Friday. We have half an hour to contact during the day so we go to campus and we start to talk to people. While we are talking to a guy, Conrad bikes up in the middle of our conversation and says, "sorry to interrupt but I have your guys tickets!" He hands us two tickets to the next days game and then bikes off. The man we were talking to looks at us and says, "wow, God is good to you guys." Then his wife shows up and they start to leave and us thinking that there is no way we will ever use the tickets offer them the tickets but they said they don't watch football. So we walk away with two tickets to the next days game. We are both looking at each other and we are going crazy thinking about going to the game so... I make my companion call president and ask for permission. We both get super nervous and my companion explains that we have an investigator on the team and two members of our ward on the team and we already have two free tickets. He asks us what time the game is at and we say 2. He says okay, go for it. That's the slow time of the day anyways! Ahahahahah! We just got permission to go to a Stanford college football game! Fast forward to the next day, we get a call from the assistants to the president. One of the assistants was my companions companion. (I took his spot here in Stanford and he went into the office.) So he calls and say, "you are going to the game? It's my birthday so you should get us some tickets so we can come with you!" We spent the next few hours of the morning finding two more tickets. We found them and then they came up to the game. So the four of us all went to the game together to support our investigator, Lane, and to celebrate my companions, former companion's birthday. Confusing, I know. All said and done that is definitely something I never thought I would do on my mission. Crazy!

    Sixth, and last because this email is already pretty crazy long. Yesterday we had an awesome BBQ at a members home. This member had invited all of his non member friends and all of the members that lived close by and they invited all of their non member friends and it was totally awesome! There were probably about 50-60 people there and at least 10 non members and we got to talk with all of them and it was super cool. I spent a good amount of time talking with two guys who were really interested in learning about other peoples philosophies. They were very open minded and wanted to learn more. Only down side was that they live too far north. Out of our mission. That's the one direction we aren't allowed to teach in. But we are definitely going to get them set up with some missionaries! It's super cool serving in this ward because most of the people are successful and hold jobs and have cars and all those things are super duper helpful in doing the Lords work. As in helping us get investigators and such to church and activities. The work is going really well here in the area. We are seeing so many miracles and so many... Tender mercies is what I would call them but really they are super awesome things! The church is totally 100% without a doubt, TRUE. The blessings that I have seen in others lives, the love of God that I have seen people feel, and the powerful influence and aid that the Book of Mormon gives to people are all testimonies to me that this work is not my work, it's not our work. It's Gods work. We are laborers in His vineyard and He will use us to accomplish what He wants to get done.
   Everything is super amazing and in full swing here in California!  I love you all! I'll pray some warm weather your way this week!

   Elder Maxwell

Monday, September 8, 2014

It has already made it worth it!

Dear Family and Friends,

     I was watching some Mormon messages this past week and I saw one called "The Hope of Gods Light." It was pretty amazing. It is about a man who was going through his life and it takes you through his two year conversion process. This video is part of one of our miracles for the week. So my recommendation is that if you have not seen it before, stop reading and go watch it. Then come back and finish reading.

   So ,we were contacting on University Ave. the busiest street in all of Palo Alto on any given night. As we are walking down the street trying to talk with people a young man walks up to us. The first words out of his mouth are "Elders, I'm a member of the church but I haven't been to church in ten years. I want to come back." We were overjoyed that he had found us. We talked with him for a little bit right there on the street and set up a time that we could come and visit him. He gave us his address and his phone number so we planned on going over two days later.

Fast forward two days... We go over to his house and we go to the door and a Hispanic lady answers the door. We ask if he was home and she said she didn't know anyone by that name. Okay, we thought we had the wrong address. Then as we were leaving he pulls up in his car. Turns out we were pronouncing his name completely wrong. We go inside with him and we start to talk and get to know each other. After talking with him we realize that he has been through everything in his life. He is 18 years old. When he was 8 he watched his father die in his arms and then his mother two months later. After his parents had died he was all alone so he walked over to the police station and told them what happened. One of the police officers took him in for a couple months.

It just happens that the officer was a member and while he was living with them he had the missionary lessons and was baptized. He told us that the two months he spent with that family had been the two greatest months of his life. He still remembers primary and the songs that he sang there. After two months with that family they found a foster home for him and between the age of 8 and 18 he had lived in 23 different foster homes. Once he graduated high school he was kicked out of his foster home and then three months later he finds us. He has gone through things that I couldn't even imagine. He has been through trials that most of us would never be able to go through. Yet through it all he is the kindest most sweet hearted young man I have ever met. He is so caring and so happy that he has another opportunity to go to church.

What an incredible example he is to me. So humble and charitable. We watched that video with him and as we watched it the spirit was so strong. He felt the Saviors love for him as we discussed it afterwords and he understood that he truly had not been alone through it all. He told us of a scripture that had helped him through it all. 

      James 1:12, " Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." 

      Again, the faith he has blew me away. As we finished up our talk he expressed to us how grateful he was that we came over to talk. Then we left. A very simple visit. We didn't really teach him anything. We didn't invite him to do anything. We didn't change anything that he was doing, but I know as we left that lesson that it had been the most incredible lesson I have ever been in. The spirit was the teacher. It brought to life the quote, "Preach the gospel at all times, use words when necessary." I learned so much about what I need to become from that lesson. I realized how much more room for improvement there is. It truly was a humbling experience talking with him and I will never forget it!

     Second amazing miracle of the week (that I think both Mom and Dad will appreciate). We are teaching a young man who is on the Stanford football team. He is a freshman on the team and is actually recovering from an injury this year but he is still huge and ready to play. We have been teaching him for a while and we invited him to be baptized but when he told his parents he was thinking about being baptized they weren't too supportive. So now we are at a point where he knows it is true and he wants to be baptized but he doesn't want to ruin his relationship with his family. Very understandable and we are not going to push him to do that. So were were trying to think of ways we could continue to strengthen him and help him progress. Then we had a crazy idea. 

      Steve Young, the famous football player from BYU and the 49ers, lives in our area and we thought it would be cool to have him come to a lesson with us. Only one problem, we don't have Steve's phone number because for some reason they don't list his personal phone number in the ward directory. So we call our mission president who actually is friends with Steve and we ask him if he could talk to Steve for us. He says he would love to. We wait a couple of days and nothing happens. So we are at dinner at our bishops house and he actually lives in the same ward boundaries as Steve, so his wife and kids go to that family ward while he goes to the singles ward. We get to talking about the lesson we want to set up and our bishops wife says, "Oh, I text him all the time, I'll send him your number and tell him to give you a call." The next morning as we are studying we get a call from a number we don't have saved in our phone. We answer and it is Steve Young asking us when a good time to set up the lesson is. So now we have Steve Young saved in our phone and he is going to come and be the member present in our lesson this Thursday. What an awesome lesson! I have never met Steve Young before and I have never really been dying to meet him but now that I am going to it is super cool and I am super excited! Ahhhh! It is pretty awesome. Maybe I'll get a picture for you! Maybe...   
    In answer to your question about balance. I can think of how balance between fun and obedience is super important on a mission and I feel like that applies to life before the mission in the same way. On my mission I have learned that being obedient is the only way. It is extremely hard to be an effective missionary if you are not obedient. But if you are letting that stop you from having fun, you become stressed and can't function as a normal person. So the balance is essential to being an effective advocate of Jesus Christ. The same thing is true growing up in the church. We have to keep the commandments no matter what. That's a given. The balance comes through finding ways to have fun while being obedient. The thing that probably sticks out to me is that our house has always been the party house. We would always have friends over and have super awesome parties and everyone had a lot of fun! Strange, there were no drugs, no alcohol, and no immodest clothing. How could we have fun? That's what it comes down to. The world has stated that these are the things that are needed to have fun and all of them encourage us to break the commandments. But we have proved the world wrong! True fun comes through wholesome activities and people who respect each other and want to have fun together while being obedient. That's what sticks out to me the most. Not worded very well but I hope you get the point!

     I am glad to hear that Emma is there to keep all of those crazy boys in line. It's crazy thinking that all my siblings that are close in age are off at college. It makes me feel like I am falling behind in life but then I remember what I am out here doing and I put my trust in God and am hoping He will bless me and help me after my mission. Serving a mission is definitely a sacrifice but I have already learned so much here that I couldn't have learned elsewhere that it has already made it worth it.

I love you all! Keep up the amazing experiences! I love to hear about all the experiences!

Love, Elder Maxwell

Monday, September 1, 2014

We determine our success in life...

   As we walk we hear the shouts of the crowd. The thundering of thousands of voices chanting in unison. You can feel the vibration of the excitement running through the ground and into your entire being. Suddenly, it goes quiet but not silent. You can feel the anticipation in the air. Then without any warning you hear the roaring of the crowd once more! The magnitude of their cries overpowering the sound of my own voice. The game is over and now it is our time. As we walk the paths of the campus searching for the people who are ready to hear the gospel. The campus is full, people everywhere! The are all wearing red in support of their favorite team. We talk to some and they enjoy our conversation. We talk to others and the blow us off as if we are a leaf in the wind. Minute by minute, hour by hour we work as the time slips away. We give it our full effort but nobody seems to want to hear. We watch as they miss the opportunity to grow and experience the changing power of the Atonement. After giving everything we had and feeling like nothing came from it, we head to the car defeated.
   We were about to head home to make ourselves "who knows what" for a dinner when a man runs up behind us and asks us how we are doing. Overjoyed that we would now have an opportunity to share the gospel with someone we stop to talk with him. Without wasting any time the man asks us if he can buy us some dinner, he then also told us that he was a member of our church. We replied to him that we would love some dinner. He bought us some Panda Express and we went and sat down with his family. They were in town for the game and were about to head back up to Sacramento. They had seen us walking from where they were sitting and thought that we would probably be hungry. We had a wonderful meal with them.
   We asked them how the game went and we learned that Stanford won 45-0. What a win! First game of the season with no sweat. We continued to talk and I learned that the daughter was really into rock climbing. She had just started getting into it recently but she loved talking about anything rock climbing so we had a great conversation. She then saw on my tag that I knew sign language so she began to sign to me. It was great! She took sign language all through college at BYU. They were a very cool family and we really enjoyed talking and sharing dinner with them. Then right as we were about to leave my companion mentioned to them that we didn't have anyone signed up for dinner for that night and how great of a blessing it was that they got us dinner. The mother then said this in reply, "You Elders must be living right!"
   As we parted ways and we headed back to our car for the second time. We had a demeanor of joy and love knowing that our efforts had not been in vain. It illustrated to me that no matter the circumstance, we determine our success in life off of how hard we try, not off of the results that we see. Heavenly Father knows our hearts. He knows the effort that we put in and he will bless us accordingly. We don't know the effect that we will have on someone. The seeds that we plant just in our interactions alone can become, in the future, blossoms of faith that will develop into worthy and faithful followers of Jesus Christ. What a great lesson to learn. We are the tool that lies in the hand of our Heavenly Father. As we make ourselves the most effective tool we can, Heavenly Father will work amazing miracles through us. This joins in exactly with a lesson that we taught this week. If you remember back to general conference in May, President Uchtdorf gave a talk about being grateful in our circumstances. He said, "We can choose to be grateful, no matter what.
This type of gratitude transcends whatever is happening around us. It surpasses disappointment, discouragement, and despair. It blooms just as beautifully in the icy landscape of winter as it does in the pleasant warmth of summer.  When we are grateful to God in our circumstances, we can experience gentle peace in the midst of tribulation. In grief, we can still lift up our hearts in praise. In pain, we can glory in Christ’s Atonement. In the cold of bitter sorrow, we can experience the closeness and warmth of heaven’s embrace."

   As I read what he has said to us, I look back on my own attitude as I was feeling defeated and tired as we went to the car the first time. I think now about how much different it could have been if I was grateful in my circumstance. I could have been grateful for the opportunity I had to be out sharing the gospel with those around me. If I have learned anything this week it is that I need to be more grateful for what I am doing.

   The other cool story for the week was how we got our new investigator. We got invited over to dinner by a girl in the ward and often in this ward three or four women will share one house and will all be roommates. So this one sister invited us over for dinner. When the day of dinner got closer we called to confirm that we were still on for the next evening. She said yes we found a man that can be there. So fast forward we are at dinner and the man that was there was the non member boyfriend of one of the other sisters. Perfect! They had talked a lot about the church before so he was really cool and was asking us a lot of questions. We had a great discussion over dinner and then afterwords we shared a lesson about the plan of salvation and he loved that. He had so many good comments to add. At the end of the lesson we invited him to continue to learn and meet with us. He said that he would love to do that so we will be meeting with him again soon. It is so cool! I love how many people in this ward have friends that are not members and they all bring them to church without having to be asked to do so. Singles wards defiantly have it very easy to get friends to come to church or an activity. It is really cool to be serving here. I love it.

    Serving as a Zone Leader is so much fun! I get to go on exchanges whenever I want! Its so cool. Spending an entire day with other missionaries is such a great way to get to know them and love and understand them. I am really loving serving all the other missionaries in the zone. I was studying about leadership the other morning and I read a talk that taught me a very important principle. Being a leader doesn't make you better than anyone else. The talk mentioned something called the "Jonathan Factor". This was in reference to the story in the bible about Saul and David and Jonathan. Saul was going to be replaced as king and David and Jonathan were the two candidates. As Samuel anointed David to be the new king, Saul was upset because he wanted his son Jonathan to be the new king. So Saul tried to convince his son to kill David, but Jonathan understood that being the king meant nothing more to God. So Jonathan faithfully supported David as the new king! This is exactly how it is for us. We support our leaders faithfully and we know that our Heavenly Father does not determine our success by how many different leadership positions we hold. Jonathan was just as great of a man as David. That is how I want to be as a leader. Humble just like King Benjamin and Jonathan!
    It was an awesome week! I had such a great time! Happy Labor Day! And good luck starting school!

Love, Elder Maxwell