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, May 11, 2015

I love my mission!

Hej familj! дравейте семейство! Hello family!

     It was so good being able to see everyone! It was weird after the call ended because the rest of the day the thought kept going through my head that the next time I see everyone will be in person! It was a little distracting but I was able to work through it and am all better now! We started visiting the ward last night and only one person wasn't home so we are off to a great start! We have been encouraged by our mission president to take responsibility for finding people. Yes it is the members work to find people and yes as missionaries we are supposed to be professional teachers but we also need to be professional finders so we can aid and assist the members all around us. So when we visit members we have been sharing a message about our efforts in finding new people to teach. We are sharing one of my favorite scriptures in Mormon 9:21 in talks about praying for things and the promise that God will answer our prayers! So not only are we trying to visit all of the people in the ward but at the same time we are striving to get everyone to join together and pray for US! We are inviting everyone to pray for the missionaries so we can find people to teach. As we all know if we want our prayers to be answered we need to take action. Faith and works!
   We are really excited for the effect that our efforts may be able to have on everyone here in the ward! Hopefully we are able to meet everyone and help everyone know that we are here to serve them and help them in any way that we can. Someone in this ward is bound to have some service for us to do or have someone that they have been working with that we can meet and help come unto Christ! So those are our plans for this week and we hope that our efforts are not in vain! I love this ward! They are all so kind and I am so glad that I have the opportunity to serve all of them!
   This past week that we had was pretty uneventful honestly. We didn't do very much as far as incredible experiences goes. This past Saturday evening was Mormon prom for all of the youth in our stake and six other stakes! 350 youth came to our chapel on Saturday night for the dance! WOW! Max and Allen were going to it and neither of them knew how to dance so I promised them that I would teach them how to dance before Mormon Prom came around, so on Thursday night we went over to Max's house and after having a lesson about the priesthood which he will be receiving this coming Sunday, I taught them how to slow dance with a girl. No I did not touch any girls. I made them shadow all my movements as they danced with their mothers! The Moms loved it. It was slightly ironic because it ended up being us elder giving two 17 year old young men dating advice in front of their mothers and then one of them brought up the point that we were the only guys in the room that couldn't actually date! Haha, it was really fun but we gave them some really good advice. The report that we got about the Prom was all positive! They had a great time and their dates loved it! Oh, and the best part is that Max asked Allen when they were going to start their mission papers! Max is planning on going on a mission! How cool is that! He has been a member for not even a week at that point and he was already planning on serving! Second best part was his mom was completely supportive! She was talking about different experiences he was going to have if he went to different places! It was really cool, and a very good feeling.
I love my mission! I am super excited for life after the mission but I am living up this mission life while I still have it! What a blessed way to be able to live for two years! 100% service to God! I love it. Doing this is never easy but every part of it is worth it and everything about it changes an individual! I am having so much fun... Changing!
Love you all!
Elder Maxwell

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