Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Week 45

My people! It's your boy Elder McKeon back with a weekly update! 

I've lost track of how many weeks I'm at like 45 or something who knows! Times flying when your killing it! :-)
So this week, man, was Amazing! It was a service filled work week! This wasn't just little service. We remodeled a house and then helped a family move into the house. 
The family we helped are investigators of the other Elders in our district. They had been kicked out of their house and they had a week to be out. They found some piece of junk house and so that's where we came in! We went and just went to work. We cleaned out all the junk in the house!  We cut out moldy walls, dry walled and then we re-painted all of the rooms. Man, was that thing a mess. One room had 5 dogs living in it so we cleaned that all up, ripped up some tile and basically redid the entire house! I felt like my mother's son on that day because I was just doing what my mom did all the time back home! 

On Saturday, we moved them out of there old house, moved their daughter out of her house and moved them all to their new house. We unloaded 2 UHaul trucks and a normal pick up truck. Man did they have some heavy things! ahhhh! They were so happy to have us there. The dad kept calling all of us "mijo" which means my son or my boy! Afterwards, we all sat down like a big family and had dinner and he said "You all are my boys now! We are family if you need anything you know who to call." So man was that amazing!

Friday when we weren't helping them, we had another service moment at a home for cancer patients. I got to carry a lady into her car and it was the saddest thing. I could tell how much pain she was in. Once I was able to get her in the car, she got so happy talking with me. We just sat there at her car talking. She sat there holding my hand the whole time saying "I'm gonna remember you." That just made me feel so good! 

This week was one of those weeks that made me happy to be a missionary and see how just a little bit of service can help change someones outlook. Mine included!
Best week of my mission so far!!! 

I love you all!
Elder McKeon

PS Good luck to my cousin Jimmy!! He goes on his mission this week! See you in 2!

Remodel experts! 
Super sweaty!

This is for you mom!!

Week 44

My people!!! 

Another great week here in the Sunny Side area! This week has been an amazing week in the mission!! 

 Tuesday we had exchanges with the Zone leaders. I was with Elder Akin and he is the man! That day we just were lead by the spirit and everywhere we went was where we were suppose to be. 

Then Thursday we went to the temple and as always, It Was Amazing. 

Then for this week, Elder Cass and my motto has been "leave it all on the field"!!! 
So Friday we were gonna take the bus. When we get to the bus, there is already a bike on the bike rack. We can't take the bus and so we say "well, let's leave it all on the field" and so we bike the 4 miles into the area. YES!!! We have a lesson with a less active and then with our Investigator Arturo. We biked the 4 miles back to the car. We biked like 11 miles that day! 

Friday we met this guy who was like, "Elders, when can you come to my house and teach my family? I am just so confused with religion. I was baptized Catholic but I think it was bad.  It was when I was a baby and I didn't get to choose." We shared the Joseph Smith story with him and now we have a lesson with him tonight with his wife and 3 kids.

Awesome story was Wednesday night... we got done with our English class and the young men were playing basketball. They go 'Hey Elders come play with us." We jumped in (in our shirts and ties) and just absolutely smoked them all! Elder Cass and I were on fire and Bishop was on our team and he was feeling it that night. It was so much fun! 

So it was just an amazing week here in Sunny Side! 
Every day we're spreading that Sunny Side pride and the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Love you all!
Elder McKeon 

temple trip - beautiful day
when you're in the nursery waiting for english class to start, you play with toys
the difference between shined proselyting shoes and regular proselyting shoes -hahaha

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Week 43

Party People!!!! 

I love being a missionary! I didn't know if you all already knew that so I thought I'd remind you all! 

My new companion is Elder Cass. He is from Ohio.  He reminds me of my cousin Spencer! Good guy! We are working well together! We both are hard workers so we expect that the Lord will bless us! We have done a lot of sowing lately. Some reaping would be nice! ;)

This week was a good week. Elder Cass and I have been hitting the ground hard out here in Sunny Side! This last week we got one of our investigators on date to be baptized on the 19 of agosto. ( sorry I can't remember how to spell it and Spanish is easier) But yes, we are so excited for him. He is doing so awesome. 
Leonardo is good. He's still 81 years old and can't hear so we are always yelling and speaking slow in Spanish at him. He has a drinking problem and at 81 that is hard, but we are praying for him. 

This week at church, I was helping one of the Hermana's recent converts be able to focus more during Sacrament meeting. I sat with him and his 3 year old little girl. She and I just sat there and colored and he was able to pay attention to church. It felt like I was back home in the ward playing with the Newbold boys during Sacrament meeting. 

Other than that, we spent a lot of time out knocking and talking to people but no ones was opening! That was sad but we kept going with smiles on our faces! My mom says BE HAPPY! 
This week we get to go to the temple and I am very excited for that! 
Just a normal week out here in the field!
Love you all 
Elder McKeon 

Elder Cass and me

What your planner looks like when you give it to a 3 year old!!

Week 42

What is happening Everyone!!! 

Sunny Side pride will be happening for another 6 weeks! I am staying in Sunny Side! My companion is leaving though so I will be getting someone new for this transfer. 

Well this week was really fun! We found a new investigator from one of the members in the Stake Presidency. President Peterson called us and said Elders I have someone for you to teach and he is great! So we went over there and his name is Leonardo and he is 81 years old. He can't hear very well so I yell at him for him to hear me. It is way fun. :) His son is super happy for us to come because he wants his dad to learn more about God. His son said he will leave his church so he can bring his dad to our church. We're super excited to see how he progresses. 

Our other investigator Arturo's wife gave birth yesterday to their little girl! So happy for them. The best part of it all was that she was going into the hospital at 4:00 and since our church starts at 1:00 they came to church for the first hour!!! I was so excited to see them cuz we didn't think they were coming because the baby was suppose to come on Saturday. But they were there and they loved church. He kept looking at me and going "Elder I am gonna be a dad, I'm about to have my little girl" and all I could say was yes! yes you are Arturo! It was so awesome! 
The week was awesome! We had a crazy storm this week so that was fun as well! 
Nothing to crazy in Sunny Side! Thankfully! 

I love you all 
Elder McKeon 

The old district!
Me just wanting to fit in in Texas but I can't cuz well, missionary car.... 
My favorite! The tagging that goes on in Sunny Side

These cute puppies I found while tracting. The one with the black face is named Red and the other is named Blue cuz she had blue eyes. I'm an animal magnet!

Planner covers for this transfer. I am putting the sunny in Sunny Side

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Week 41

Hey Everyone! 
Another week in the mission and a whole lot of nothing going on. We had some annoying car troubles and spent a lot of time at Firestone getting our car fixed. The tires were all screwed up. Waste of time! Other than that we just went out finding ALL day. We found 2 new  investigators this week named Mario and Ilda. We have been trying to teach them since I got in the area and we finally had a lesson with them. They are excited to learn. Arturo is doing really good. He is reading the Book of Mormon and enjoying the time when we come over. He has a great support group so he is doing good. 

It is crazy how fast time is flying. This is the last week of this transfer. I don't know what is going to happen in the mission soon. We have like 71 missionaries going home in the next 2 transfers. That makes the mission a whole lot different in the next coming month. 

The computer for some reason won't let me upload any pictures, but next week I should have a lot of good ones coming your way! 
Sorry for the short email. The 4th of July though in Sunny side, Texas... The biggest disappointment I have ever been apart of. SAD!! In my area at least. No parades! No fireworks! No nothing!! You would think that in Texas, the 4th of July would be awesome. NOPE!!! 

Well I hope everyone else's 4th was amazing! Literally my favorite holiday still! 
I love you all! 
Elder McKeon 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Week 40

What is up everybody! Another great week out here in the Hood! 

This week we found a new investigator named Arturo. His wife is a member and her family are members. They are a powerhouse family in the ward. It is awesome. He has real desires to learn and he told us "I am planning on being baptized. I am gonna ask my father in law to do it". So it is a pretty perfect set up! 

Also, this week we had this thing called a Mini Mission. What our Stake does is have kids from the Stake go out and be with the missionaries for 3 days. They are pretty much missionaries. They plan with us, study with us, eat with us and everything. They even get set apart as missionaries. It is honestly such a cool program! We had a kid named Adan Soto with us for 3 days! He was so much fun to have and a great kid. Super fun and cool thing. 
Also, I went on exchanges this week with our district leader down in Alvin, Texas.  Man, did we get ruined by a huge rain storm!!! It was insane! The wind was so fast it was blowing the rain horizontal. Way to much fun! haha 

My goals this week are to work hard and be happy! They are the best goals! If you work hard, you don't think about anything else and if you make the choice to be happy, you search for the blessings! 

 Have a great week!
I love you all
Elder McKeon

Deal of the Week! Best purchase ever! I got 14 bars of dove men + care soap for $10  -Freaking steal!  Got to find the tender mercies! 
Elder Soto and I
Elder Ibarra and I
My bike - resting!
An average day here in Sunny side
"Army of brothaz and sistahz"
Not a parade! Just cruising down the street

Monday, June 26, 2017

Week 39

Hey Everybody! It's ya boy Elder McKeon here!

 Another crazy week in Sunny Side! This last week was extremely busy but not busy with things progressing the work. 

Tuesday, I had a doctors appointment down in Sugar Land and that took all afternoon and then we had to go straight to the church and do our English class. My health is good! Thankful that I feel good! 

On Wednesday, we had Zone conference and that was amazing. President is the man! We discussed The Book of Mormon and repentance. It was very inspiring! I need it right now! The area is really rough. The other companionships have a lot more Spanish people in their area. We have to find and hunt and go insane trying to find people. It's hard to find cuz every persdon has gates with bolt locks on it so you can't just walk up and knock the doors. President gave us permission to teach English speakers and so we can speak to and teach everyone we find! That was a bright spot for me! I'll talk to everybody! My companion doesn't feel the same as me, so we are having a moment, but we'll work it out with the help of our Heavenly Father! 
The only bad part of that day was that it took us 2 hours to get home from conference due to construction so we again had to go straight to our English class and get that ready. So there goes our day - straight to Heaven, right!

Then on Thursday we had a bike emergency!!! Elder Simpson forgot to secure his bike on the bike rack Thursday morning!! Getting off the freeway, going 65 mph, I look in the rear view mirror and just see his bike go flying off the bike rack and bouncing every where. It just gets shot into the field next to the freeway. Maybe one of the funniest things I have ever seen!!!! hahahaha! We were at the bike shop forever. 

So that was our week just a bunch of craziness. The highlight of the week was we were at a members house for dinner (yes, dinner!!!! They are feeding us sometimes) and while I was praying her little girl (who is the cutest little girl ever) goes "Guys wake up! It's time to eat!" It was the best thing! Love little kids!! 

The church is true!!

I love you all!
Have a great week!
Elder McKeon
My Zone singing!

Zone Conference- I'm on the right 2nd one in on the top! 

Some cool pictures of the Texas sky! Love clouds hahaha!
I went all Iron Chef America for lunch one day haha! Chili bowl!

goofy pics from Zone conference -Elder Lozano
-Elder Brumm

Elder Simpson's tire
I got these sweet transformer stickers so it's on the back of my name tag! Optimus Prime!