Thursday, November 16, 2017

Week 59

Hey Y'all!!!!! 

Another greet week here in Texas! Time is flying by way to quickly! We're already on the Last week of this transfer! It feels like yesterday I just got to the area! This week was a rough one for us down here. We had a lot of great plans to find new investigators but all our plans fell through... Which was a huge bummer but we have great plans to find this upcoming week!  

Many of you you saw my post on Facebook and know that we are now a Facebook mission. We're also going to be getting smart phones in the next week or so! This is super awesome! So excited for the new things that are coming around in the mission. We do not know much about the rules and stuff yet.  We are having a huge zone conference when we get the phones and we will get all the details. I do know we will be using chat and Facebook video chat. Honestly I can start teaching people back home over video chat but there is a lot to come in the next little bit. 

New place is great, love it!

One of my investigator in Sunny Side has great news! I have been talking to the missionaries there. They're slowing down the teaching process bcuz they are teaching his dad now!  Which is really good and smart to do cuz he is 9 so we want him to know it all. Happy for the family to learn together.

We're still doing a lot of service helping people clean up their homes and their lives.  Also on Friday night we had a ward activity and that was way fun! We played musical chairs with all the little kids. It was super awesome! 
Other than that just a great week in the Field! The church is true! I love the work! 

I love you all!
Elder McKeon 

PS- Way to go Hart on the upset! I rep my Hart gear even here in Texas! 

Our branch president's truck and me haha 
selfie in the 18 wheeler

Monday, November 6, 2017

Week 58

Hi Everyone! 

This has been another crazy week here in Brazoria! 

Tuesday, we had Zone Conference so that was as always super great! We talked about one of my favorite scriptures 3 Nephi 5:13 Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life. 
That was super awesome! I love the Book pf Mormon. Right now I'm doing a study where I highlight every time it mentions the Savior and man is it awesome!

Then, on Wednesday, we got to help one of the Sister's recent converts paint her house. I love service, so that was fun! 

On Friday, we were able to go out and help clean up another house, which we all know how much! I really do love doing that! 

Saturday was a great day! All of Elder Smith and my plans fell through. We were sitting in a gas station parking lot and I had this feeling... let's go to Freeport. We had 2 referrals that lived there and 2 potential investigators. So off we went to Freeport. We try one of the referrals and set up an appointment with them. Then, we had this potential investigator.  We had tried them before, but we never got an answer. I said this is the last time we try their door. So we go up and knock the door and it opens! Before we can get hola out of our mouths, the lady tells us to come in and sit down. We start talking and this women and her husband have been taught by missionaries before. So I ask what do you remember of the message we share and she says, All of it! hahaha! I'm like, shoot okay, and she says, we were reading in the Book of Mormon, the first book is called Nephi right? So Elder Smith and I are super pumped about that! They remember it! Then she tells us how she wants us to come over and teach the whole family, mom, dad and 4 daughters! We are going back this week to have a lesson with the whole family! It is gonna be awesome! Super pumped!!

We also got a surprise text from President Friday morning telling us we were going to be moving on Monday. So we have been running around around trying to get everything done. My new address is 102 Oyster Bend Ln, Lake Jackson Tx 77566. We will be living with an older lady in the back part of her house. It's a really nice place.

It has been a crazy week! I love the work! It is the best! 
Oh also I got to drive in an 18 wheeler and let me tell you, that was awesome! Our branch President drives big rigs. We were at his house and he took us for a rid because he had to move one of the rigs from one place to another on his property. Man that was a cool experience! 

I love you all!
Have a great week!
Elder McKeon 

Video from Zone Conference:

Zone Conference

When you're using deathly chemicals to clean the oven... 
When your moving so you have to eat with those things cuz everything else is packed .
Elder Smith's aunt sent him that magnet. The fridge is a cool place for the name tags too!
Branch President's trucking company 
The road while were on the big rig

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week 57

Hi Everyone!!! 

Happy Halloween eve! Hope you all have a great day tomorrow! I am going to be dressing up as a missionary! Good costume, right?! Probably the best costume you could think of! 

Another good week here in Brazoria! This week we spent a lot of time finding. Some of the days went by really, really fast and then some of them went by super slow! But man do I love being out doing the Lord's work! It is so much fun to just go out and talk to people and just see what they believe. Sometimes the people are really mean and other times they are super nice. We are trying to build the branch so we are just working our butts off! We also are still mucking out houses down in this area. Happy to be able to help these people. We do the muck work about 2 times each week. 

Yesterday was fast and testimony meeting and it was great because there was no silience during that meeting. It was a pretty awesome thing to see. We had less than 20 people in the Brach at church. I was nervous we would just sit there for a long time but man the Spirit was there and not a moment of silence in the room.

Cool experience we had this week was we were walking around in a trailer park and we saw this guy moving cement slabs into his work van, so we ran over and asked him if he needed help. He was first blown away that 2 white kids were speaking to him in Spanish and that we offered to help. So we helped him move the blocks and then started talking with him and shared part of the message of the Restoration with him. We are going back this week to have a lesson with him. It shows how just a simple act of kindness can help in all aspects, not in just missionary work! 

Guys guess what... my investigator from Sunny Side Toni is getting baptized next week most likely so I'll get to go back and see his baptism!!!!!!! Back to Sunny home! I'm so happy!

Another cool thing is President Hall announced that our mission will be getting smart phones!!!! It is gonna be so awesome!!! Our mission is going to be a Facebook mission as well! Lots of crazy changes going on in the Lord's work and I am way excited to be apart of it! 
Pray all is well with everyone! 
Have a great week! 
Love you
Elder McKeon 

We decided to wear matching ties to district council! hahaha
A selfie from english class - the girls are foreign exchange students from Spain so we are helping them with their English. They had a halloween party right before class so that's why they look like that!  

Monday, October 23, 2017

Week 56

Hi Everyone!
Another great week here in Brazoria! Man this area is insane! So big and so different in every town! We have everything in this area from busy areas, to middle of nowhere, to small towns! I really like it! 

We found 2 new investigators this week and we were super excited! We knocked on a door and this kid opened the door. He was like, come back tomorrow and so we did. The kid was waiting for us at the door and opened it before we could knock! It was SO amazing. His name is Rodrigo and we are teaching his little brother Diego AND we have an appointment to see the whole family this week!  We are so excited for them! 

Other than that we did a lot of outside tracting and talking to people. It was so much fun! Elder Smith and I are doing a really good job at learning the area, so it is making it all much easier! 

Also... I was called as the 2nd counselor in the Elders Quorum Presidency. That should be way fun! I play the organ in the branch as well... we have a recorded organ, so I just push some buttons and the music plays. In a small (really small) branch there is a lot to do! 

Go dodgers! I need to whisper that because I am in Houston!!! 
Love you all!
Elder McKeon 

 me in my lava lava cuz I was tired of pants HAHAHA!!
goofy pics of Elder Smith and I
Driving around trying to find the one!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Week 55

My people what is happening!

Crazy changes with my new area. For starters this area is the biggest area in the mission! We cover over 12 towns, ya 12 towns! Our area covers 3 English ward boundaries. It is insane! The best part of it all is Elder Smith has only been here for 4 weeks and those 4 weeks were spent doing service. We both pretty much have the same amount of knowledge of the area. In mission terms were basically white washing (which means 2 new missionaries in an area with no knowledge of it) Elder Smith is awesome. 

 This last week has been hard! We are trying to learn the area as we go teaching people! We are in a branch of about 20 people, ya only 20 people!!! We cover a massive area. So we are gonna be working hard. 

This week was Stake Conference which was really cool! We got a call on Wednesday for us to translate conference and I'm like, holy cow, that is gonna be hard. So we practiced and then we show up and the people go, oh we do not need you to do it. Well okay but we were there if we needed to do it! 

Also everyone in this area compliments me on my Spanish! One of our less actives who is from Puerto Rico was talking with me and she said Are you from Mexico City? I was like no I'm American. Then she goes "oh well you look like you are from Mexico" and then says how my Spanish was so good she thought I was from Mexico. That is a good feeling! 

The hard part about this area is that everyone here works in the massive chemical plants. They all come and work for a little bit and then they leave. Its hard to find people to teach because most of them are not here long enough to be taught so that is a struggle. We're gonna continue working hard though! Excited for this new adventure.
Love you all! 
Elder McKeon 

guacamole elder smith and i made
Hermana Cardosa and I before she left to go back home!  
Me and Elder Smith

Monday, October 9, 2017

Week 54

Hi everyone! 

Man has this been a fun week! But first off I will be getting transferred. I am super sad to be leaving.  I have loved this area and the ward. I really enjoy the missionaries I have around me and the members. We have worked along side each other in some not great circumstances. Plus, we just started getting the area on the upward motion and now I am heading out. I really do not want to leave this area but I guess the Lord needs me elsewhere.
I will be going to the country. I'm going to this area called Brazoria! I don't know a lot about it or anything. haha! From what I hear it's more country than where I am now! It should be an exciting change since I have been in the city most of my mission! My companion is Elder Smith. I don't know him but a lot of my elders have served around him and said he is awesome. I am way excited! 

But, man this week was fun and great!  We taught Toni 2 times this week and he is on date to be baptized on November 11th. Then Arturo's baby was blessed in church on Sunday. That was even more awesome! Happy that he is getting baptized too!

This week Sister Hall took our district to lunch bcuz, like I said last week, we won the PMG challenge. We went to this burrito place that was sooo good!
On Saturday we had a ward activity and, oh man, was that insane! It was fiesta de hispanidad, so it was basically a celebration of being hispanic. They had all this crazy (some delicious, some Not so delicious) food and these dances and a fashion show showing off the fancy dresses from their state in Mexico! We also had a bunch of the ward members up there singing and it was just so awesome!

Also I met my minnie me. His name is Javier and his dad is one of the Sisters investigators. I met him at the ward activity and he is the man. He looks exactly how i did when i was 7!

Such a good week! A good week to leave on! I love the work and the people I have served here in Sunny side!!

Love you all 
Elder McKeon

When you become friends with dogs in the street they follow you for the rest of the day ​​​

One of my favorite families in this area John and Carolina. They are the family that got me food and insulin during the hurricane. So grateful to them.
 My District ( one of my favorite districts, so sad to leave) 
Pictures with the Bishop's family

Arturo and me! Happy that he is getting baptized.

The ward party!
Some young men in the ward Ben and Chris 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 53

Hey Everyone!

 Another great week in the mission! This week I hit my year mark and man, was that a weird feeling! It has been a whole year since I left the grand homestead in Southern California! It's kind of felt like one blink of the eye and when I opened the year was gone. Man, I love the mission! 

So this week Elder Cass and I were working on talking to everyone! Man, was that a blessing in disguise for us. So we were walking the street and we hear some ladies talking behind this wall. We walk over and start talking to them. It turns out they are members who moved here from Mexico and didn't know where the church was. So we set up an appointment for us to come back. When we went back the less active member named Angelica brings out her 9 year old son and goes "he wants to be baptized." We were like well, we can help with that! Such an awesome miracle! 
Then we had zone conference this week, which was amazing!!! I won our district a lunch with President and Sister Hall! We were doing a PMG Jeopardy and the last question was worth 1000 points and ya boy got it right!!! 

Thank you to everyone that sent me a video! I loved them! I love you all! So great to see so many faces. Everyone has grown up! So happy for the support you show me!

How was every one's General Conference weekend? Mine was absolutely amazing! The spirit hit me so hard on so many talks! I loved Elder Callister's talk on the Book of Mormon! 

Have a great week! 
I love you all! 
Elder McKeon 

two kids from a family in the ward
me playing with some dogs 
Elder Hall and I - Yellow vests!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Week 52! ONE YEAR!!

Hi everyone! 
Great week this week of missionary work! 

This week we did a lot of  "doing everything the Spirit prompted us to do" and was that awesome! We went and saw a lot of less actives that we had not seen in a long time. We were taken there at the right time and they were home and let us come share a message with them! All I could say this week was "Man I freaking love the Spirit!" 

Yup, it kind of just hit me that I have been out on the mission for a whole year! Man how time flies! I have loved serving! I have loved being out here through the hard and easy times. It has been one of the biggest blessings I have had. 

Great story from the week was Elder Cass and I were out giving flyers to a neighborhood that got hit by flooding and this lady, not very nicely, goes can I help you? And I say, Yes actually were the local missionaries and we are going around offering help to those whose houses were damaged during the flood. In just those simple words her attitude towards us changed. She then said oh my goodness I need help my house, it got flooded. She took us to her house and explained how she needs help and the areas in her house that were damaged. After that she was just so nice to us. It made me chuckle how someone who has a hardened heart can have it softened by a simple offer of help! I love it! 
I love you all! 
Elder McKeon ​
Just a silly picture of Elder Cass and I on the bus~

From President Hall: We felt like it would only be appropriate to remember the Mormon Helping Hands efforts post Hurricane Harvey. We even had one of the office staff sister missionaries make matching headbands to keep the sweat out of our eyes. The missionaries have put in a lot of physical work and we are grateful to balance it with our spiritual efforts as well. We are blessed to be in the Great THSM!
Jr is 2nd row on the end! 

Week 51

Hi everyone! 

Another great week here in Houston, Texas! 

This week was a very different week. We started a new service schedule where we did service on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and then the other days were proselyting. The schedule was cool but it made me feel 18 x more tired during the week. No idea why, but man, was I tired during the week. A lot of the mucking is finished so now service is kind of dying down. We will be back to just normal proselyting days and then doing service where needed. 
So we had a really cool experience this week. Elder Rasband of the Quorum of the 12 came to our Stake and we had a special Sacrament meeting with him there! I got the opportunity to shake his hand which was super awesome! 
Another cool experience was one house we went to help on Sunday.The lady who lived there was just like I am so overwhelmed by the amount of people here to help me. She told us that she was told they would have like 4 people come to help them and then our ward showed up with like a good 40 people. She was so grateful. Her husband is disabled. He broke his back 18 years ago so he could not do much. Us showing up to help them just move things around was a huge answer to prayer for them! I love being able to be that answer to prayer for people in need! 
Other than that nothing to crazy going on here in the Great Mission field! 
Love you all!
Elder McKeon 

pics are goofy from service and us actually doing work hahaha 

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