Friday, September 15, 2017

Week 50

Hey everyone!

Another week, another group of houses taken apart! This week was very similar to last week: up at sun rise, serving, taking apart houses, then done at sun down and slamming into bed at the end of the night, falling asleep in seconds! hahaha.
I didn't get transferred. Still in Sunny side. Sunny side didn't get a scratch so we are working around Pearland and Friendswood. 

This week we helped a family named the Jones family and they were so fun to help! The guy looked at us at the end of the day and said "the way I will pay you for your service is by going to your church. I am a die hard baptist"  he said "but i will go one time." I jokingly said to him "it only takes one time to get hooked." That made him laugh pretty good! 

Other than that we have just been working our butts off helping people! I love it so much! I'm addicted to helping people. I get up every morning tired, but can't wait to get out and help people! I have grown to understand why the Lord went out and served everyone! It's the most rewarding thing a person can do! Everyone should serve someone every day. Even if it is just as simple as opening the door for someone! 

I love you all! 
Elder McKeon 

district pic before transfers

we had fun with fire at service and settings on a camera

Monday, September 4, 2017

Week 49 - Hurricane Surviver

Hurricane Harvey Survivor!! 

Hey party people, 

It's Wreck It Ralph!!! Oh wait sorry... It's Elder McKeon. I confuse myself and him sometimes because of what I have been doing for the last week! 

I have just been destroying houses since Wednesday and Oh man, I love it! I don't love wrecking peoples homes because it is really sad, but man do I love wrecking their homes, getting rid of the water damage. hahaha! This last week we have been going out all day, helping people with their homes. We have been tearing down dry wall, ripping up floors, kicking out doors...You name it and I have done it! I love to work and sweat! Oh baby, no AC in the houses and rotting mold everywhere! Dirty work! Nothing is more rewarding right now! The people are in need of help. It is mass destruction. Where we are is bad, but it is bad everywhere. Houston is still under water in a lot of places.

Our schedule has changed a bit. We just wake up and go out. We don't exercise during this time, got plenty of exercise doing what we are doing. We still read the scriptures and study. Ya it's awesome. I finished the New Testament last night and started Doctrine and Covenants today.

 On Sunday, we had church at 8 am and it was only sacrament meeting. We all showed up in service clothes cuz right after the meeting, we went out and helped the people! Our district right now looks like a straight construction crew! It is so awesome! 
I think we have helped take apart like 7 houses at this point. hahaha All we do is go to one house, help them, finish there, then we just walk the streets seeing who needs our help! Trust me when I say this, everyone needs our help! It is not hard to find someone. It's so funny cuz the members are always like Holy Cow, these white boys know how to work.

 My most exciting moment was we were waiting on an insurance guy to come look at the house before we started wrecking it. The insurance guy walked in and looked at me and said to me "Do you live in this house?" I said no and he looks around the house again, looks at me and goes "Gut it to the ceiling" I cant even explain how giddy I got. I was like a  little school girl! haha! I have loved it, never been so sore in my life, but it is so worth it! I am so happy to see that we are making a difference. Service is definitely God's work!
I love ya'll!
Thank you for all of your prayers!
Elder McKeon

Service Selfie
Our District and some volunteers- Yellow shirt power!
Me holding a iron bar while it got sharpened so I could rip up the floor
 Me after a day of work 
all our boots after a long day of work 
Me with my tool of choice - a nice sledge hammer 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Week 48 - Hurricane Harvey

Hey Everyone! So ya, Elder McKeon here! 

Hurricane Harvey survivor! Well currently hurricane Harvey endurer cuz its still going on hahaha! This week has been one for the books in my life, hahah! Harvey hit as a category 4 hurricane just south of our mission. The rain is so intense. The word is stronger than I have ever seen. It rains sideways! hahaha! 
We have, as an entire mission, been stuck in our apartments for the last 4 days! Some missionaries have been moved to other apartment and others to member's homes. Elder Cass and I have been able to stay in our apartment. Our complex has really good run off, so we are not flooded, just every street around us. You all can only imagine how bored we have been just sitting there doing nothing hahaha! I have almost finished reading the New Testament. We have been on conference calls with our mission president every day and he has been giving us updates on the Storm and what's to come in the next coming days! He also has been letting us know that we need to be ready to help rebuild Houston! So I guess you can say I am way ready for that! Sorry for the short email! Gotta be quick! 

I love you all! 
Elder McKeon 

PS don't worry I am okay no flooding immediately around me so I am okay! Others all around the area are not okay, so please send your prayers their way! 
PSS Our mission President is being evacuated from his home as I write this. Frustrating to just sit here and do nothing! I'm sure there will be a lot for us to do whiniest over. I think my mission has just changed to a service mission. 

Stuck in the apartment complex office 
See, no flooding on our complex
The sky lit up by Lightning
Elder McKeon - Hurricane Ready
Our fridge full of water
Planner covers

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Week 47

Hi people! Another great week here in sunny side! 

This week has had some crazy ups and downs. We dropped all of our investigators this last week because they weren't progressing. Sad we had to do that, but 'Faith to drop - Faith to find!' 
We have 2 investigators right now who are on date to be baptized.  One being Arturo and the other is our new investigator Ariel! He is the man! He just wants to change and better his life and he knows that he can do that with the gospel. He is just eating up all of the messages we share with him. 
Arturo is still progressing very well! Working towards September 2nd to be baptized! The work has been very good! 

We had interviews with President this last week too and, as always, those were awesome! Pres is the man!  Transfers are coming up! We will see what is happening with me; if I'm gonna stay in beautiful Sunny Side or if I'll be leaving! 

Man, I love this gospel and I love being able to share it everyday with new people! If you haven't read the Book of Mormon, READ IT!! That book is the truth! If you don't have a copy, there are a lot of friendly missionaries out there that would love to share a copy with you! 
I love you all! 
Elder McKeon 

The Italian job - missionary version 
just goofy pics in the car haha

Beautiful Sunny Side

Friday, August 18, 2017

Week 46

Hi everyone! 

Another super week here in the great area of Sunny side! 

Nothing to crazy this week except for this insane service we did on Thursday! From the text we were thinking it was gonna be some food/kitchen thing but, man, were we wrong!!! It was some party for the Honorary Mayor of Sunny Side! Let's just say the pictures will explain what we got ourselves into. PINK! It was insane! I got hit by an older black lady with her cane and she goes "Oh sugar I'm sorry I didn't mean to hit YOU" and in my head I'm like, who were you trying to hit then? hahaha 

Oh, but on Saturday we went to do our usual service but what we did was way more fun than what we normally do. This one worker was cutting up pieces of trees that had fallen and we got to pick them up and stack into this huge pile! haha So simple, but so fun! 

Also had a wonderful Zone Conference this last week. It was on the Holy Ghost and, as always, President knocked it out of the park! So taking notes from Zone Conference, Elder Cass and I had a long day of finding. So we decided to make a list of formers in our area and we said a prayer about where to go. We both had a feeling to go to 2 different people. We went to my person first and they opened the door and it wasn't the people that lived there...But they became very good potentials! Then we went to the next doors that were closest to us and nobody was answering - nobody! So we were like let's go to your person! We went to him and he answered and he became one of our new investigators for the week! His name is Ariel and he is super excited to start learning! So of all the doors we knocked that night sadly nobody opened except for the 2 people that we felt we should go and see. That was a great experience! 

Other than that the week was pretty normal! Arturo is doing really good! We taught him the Word of Wisdom and gave him the pamphlet. Before we were going come see him, he read the pamphlet and was like, well I gotta give up energy drinks, and he gave them up before we even taught the lesson! So he is doing great and is still on date for baptism September 2nd!

Oh, also we got a new car! A 2015 Chevy Cruze! Way better than our 2013 Toyota Corolla! So we retired Chantel, the Toyota and brought Crystal Corona or CeeCee for short, to the mean streets of Sunny Side! - week not really since we can't park her here! 

Love you all! 
Elder McKeon 

Zone Conference - I'm the cute one top right! 

Temple Day last week
The wonderful family that we redid their house! 
Repping  In n Out Cali even out here in Texas! 
When you have the best sister and she sends you some new shoes!
typical missionary desk = million sets of scriptures

The service we were at! It was called "A Cinderella affair"

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