Monday, May 15, 2017


My oh my what an unbelievable week here in the great state of
Tennessee!!! But forget all that.

Lori Marie Wade Macdonald. What a rockstar of a mother I have. There
is no greater love  than that of a mother for her child, and a child
for his mother. Just a little background on my momma she is blonde
haired, blue eyed with a personality that is indescribable by human
words. She is an adventurer and a dare devil. She sets goals and
achieves them. She is determined by all her nature to love and nurture
her family and friends. She is the best woman I know. She has played a
role in shaping me in whom I have become today. She has never left my
side, even after not living at home for two years. She loves life, and
life loves her. Happy Mother´s Day Momma and also HAPPY 49th Birthday
this week on the 18th!!! Spoil her familia!!!!

Lunes. We went on a gorgeous hike in the Cedars of Lebanon State Park
as a District. Tennessee is such a beautiful place to be in my
goodness. Green trees, green fields, and all the South you can ask

Martes. We taught Perla Chavarria today with one of members and we set
her o a baptismal date of June 10! What had been happening with her is
every time we went in it was hard to have a focused lesson because she
was half talking care of her kids as well, but we established our
purpose with boldness but not overbearing, and she accepted to begin

MiƩrcoles. My companion and I traveled to Knoxville today and we had a
lot of crazy experiences. The main thing throughout the day was we
stopped at the Mission Home and I had the opportunity to say goodby
for quite some time to one of my favorite companions Elder Reyes!! He
served his time and is heading back to
Phoenix! Ate a the mission home with all of them and got to talk to
my main man Presidente Griffin. He leaves at the beginning of July.

Jueves. There's this area of town which we also end of traveling to a
few times throughout the week, but there was this one street that we
never hit. We felt impressed to go talk to everyone of that street ad
we met Ortensia Martinez, a 13 year old who wanted to learn more about
Christ. And she knew very very little. So we sat Down with her and
taught about faith, repentance, and baptism and committed her to be
baptized on June 4! Just need family support and permission!

Viernes. Today we had another rainy day here in the South so we spent
the majority of it planning and putting in work for the area. Gorgeous
day to be outside. I'd say the best part of today was definitely
heading back to that same area as the day before. We taught the
neighbor of Ortensia named Daisy from San Diego so we definitely hit
it off about that! We had an awesomely spiritual lesson teaching about
how there is a living prophet today! Ill update on that.

Sabado. Ohhhhh man happened to just run into my best friend and his
family here in Lebanon hahaha the Woodburns came in and my boy Keenan
and Morgan were there as well. We all had an awesome lunch at Cracker
Barrel (fine dining here in the South) and just had a fantastic time.
Love yall!!!

Domingo. Do I even need to say the highlight of my week!! Facetimed
the family and got to see my brother Jake, Josh, and Alex for the
first time in months!! Momma and Pops always there supporting me. Saw
my new baby cousin SPENCER!! So cool. Shout out to my cousin Cade for
getting his mission call to ARGENTINA!!! My man. I had the firmest
testimony that family is the most important thing in this life. I love
my family with all my heart and I know for a fact that families like
this do not happen by accident. When we centralize ourselves in the
fundamentals of the Gospel of Jesus Christ we will have successful
(happy) families. Love yall. Stay golden familia!!!!!

Life is Good. Shaka


Transfers came this week and Elder Hatch and I are staying in Lebanon
for another 6 weeks together!! Putting in work for this city though!
This is Elder Hatch's 4th transfer here so he knows the streets here
like the back on his hand. Shout out to my boy Elder Reyes who is
going home this Thursday back to the valley of the Sun!!! Ciao Pescao

Lunes: Happy Mayo! Last PDAY we went to a members house out in
Gordonsville which was some of the most beautiful back country I've
ever seen in Tennessee! Vacas, trocas, y campo! We also went to a
massive dam they had as well. The area is in danger of flooding due to
a leak in it. They had a goat farm in their house and they fed us the
best chicken Parmesan in the league.

Martes: Servicio alllllll day! We were helping some of our members get
a house ready for real estate agents to come and take pictures of to
put up for sale. We did all the outdoor landscaping which including
unloading 10 Tons of soil and mud hahaha my back is done. Elder Porter
and I went on a mini split today too! We met a lady who used to be a
member who had a drastic concern about temple work and didn't belief
in it. After some following of spiritual prompting she opened up to us
and said she'd like for the Elders to come back and start teaching

Wednesday: there's this guy. Hermano Salazar. He's a legend. He used
to be our Branch President but now he's in the English Ward! He
finally came out on a split with us tonight and gave us some of the
most golden advice on how we can get the members more involved in our
missionary work. Basically he got me so hyped up it brought me back to
my football days haha

Thursday: D-Meeting this week went super well. We always go a bit
overtime because we all have a super fun time. I try to create a
relaxed, fun atmosphere while also bringing the Spirit into our
trainings. Our District only has two baptismal dates for the month of
June. Since I got here those numbers have fluctuated but this place
has taken a complete turn around. The missionaries here are excited to
work and are obedient. The success will be given on God's time not
ours:). My training this week was about the first thing people really
notice about a person, or the first thing people notice about us when
we knock their doors or stop them in the streets. I emphasized that
people radiate off what they see in your eyes (windows of the soul).
We need to make sure when we talk to these people that we see them
with the same amount of potential and love that our Heavenly Father
does which can be demonstrated by having hope (optimism, enthusiasm,
confidence, and patient perseverance)! We had a super fun Pamphlet
role play as well. Also had exchanges with Elder Urry. We had the time
of our lives. Every time I go on an exchange it rains. They had the
perfect day set up too and everything fell through. Still a really fun
day haha:)

Friday: ¡Cinco de Mayo! You already know our branch had a rage hard
party haha. Best night ever. Hispanics are crazy when the music comes
on hahaha. Previously though, we were driving and I had the prompting
to go see and old Referral the Sisters gave us as we were driving by
and we ended up meeting Efrain Luna whom we talked to for like an hour
or so. Take away for the chat with him is that is that we should
always act on those first promptings we receive.

Saturday: first time playing basketball in weeks. I sucked haha sorry
Jake. We helped some English members for most of our day doing some
service for them. By the way Dad I've learned to love yard work out
here!! It was this dude named Chad's Bday. He lives the life I want to
live. He showed us a video called "The Wanderlust King". Shows him
traveling all over the world. That'll be the day. We had a BBQ at
their place. Their fire pit is a giant dug-up tree foundation. So
dope! Esther and Raul were up late so we hung out with them and shared
a brief message and ate pupusas. Viva la Vida.

Sunday: we got flaked on and no one came to church, but all good. We
took part in a record for me of 5 priesthood blessings! They are a lot
of women in the ward who haven't been feeling great and also my
companion and I were insisted to sit down and receive blessings so
that we could perform miracles. Hermano Alduenda who is probably the
funniest guy I know, took part in all this as well and gave us the
blessings to be able to perform our priesthood duties haha. Guapos!

Another transfer down and another one to make some improvements. Elder
Hatch and I have figured out our game plan and we ready to shoot for
the stars ✨!! I'm enjoying my time here in Lebanon. It's a chill place
with good people and good food. What more can I ask for. This week
I've learned a lot about humility and how in order to be able to apply
the "enabling power" of The Atonement of Jesus Christ we need to
humble ourselves and recognize that who God wants us to be in someone
different that who we want to be sometimes.

Scripture of the Week: Ether 12:27 (God is the author of our
weaknesses, not Lucifer)

Elder Macdonald


Monday, May 1, 2017


Hola Familia this week was a straight roller coaster for sure!! Big
news from this week is that we as a mission are finally going to be
able to attend a temple!!!! The closest ones are the Nashville,
Atlanta, and Columbia Temples!:)

Monday: PDAY we had a BBQ at the sisters apartment and played some
doubles in tennis! We got to extend our PDAY for an hour because we
had a morning appointment so that was definitely spent taking a nap

Tuesday: Elder Hatch's birthday was today. To be honest we stayed up
last night watching some movies just to celebrate a bit haha.
Throughout the day we did a ton of service and went to a Mexican Ice
Cream shop for a little fiesta! The Sisters decorated our door again
and gave us a bunch of treats which was chill. Just another day on the

Wednesday: we got a little taste of heat today! So hot outside and in
the morning it felt good enough for long sleeves but as the day went
on it was roasting. Today was pretty sweet because we met a few really
solid people to teach, one named Carrie Ruiz who really wants to learn
more about Jesus Christ! She said this year she had finally figured
out why we celebrate Easter so that really has sparked her curiosity.

Thursday: we made a schedule switch today to where we wake up and do a
few of our studies and then we will leave the apartment around 10 and
come back for lunch and studies later. Staying in the apartment can
feel like a jail cell so that switch was needed haha. Spiritual
experiences today were slim but we did help this family build a
trampoline so that made my day haha. It's hilarious the things you can
do just by keeping your eyes open

Friday: Zone Conference day!!! We traveled to Cookeville in the Mali.
The trainings were all fantastic and extremely inspiring. I got called
up in front of the entire zone to do a "role play" to demonstrate how
we can use pamphlet to teach people. Intense though. President then
to,d us that Temples are now available to this mission. For those of
you who want to know, President Griffin is always on the prowl to rake
in new opportunities and resources for the missionaries! My jaw
dropped when the announcement came in!

Saturday: Back to back days in Cookeville! Stake service activity in
which we were all being dispersed to help out particular families in
the stake! I remember Elder Hatch and I rode in the bed of a pickup
heading out to this very remote trailer in the forest to help this guy
named Sam. The Drive was comparable to Hawaii, it is so beautiful here
in Tennessee right now!!!

Sunday: our main family we are working with, the Fines Family (Esther
y Raul) came to church today!:) they have told us that they eventually
want to be baptized! However they feel like they need to start making
habits of doing the little things first such as reading, praying, and
coming to church! Are Branch President invited them over for dinner
and we just had an enjoyable night together:) also gave a talk:)

Invitation from me today: when it comes to living the gospel of Jesus
Christ, don't just "endure to the end", but enjoy to the end. Life is
meant to be enjoyed and if we aren't enjoying it we can make the
changes in our life to do so through Christ! Love y'all:)

Elder Macdonald

Tennessee Knoxville Mission