Sunday, March 24, 2013

3/18/13 - MANAUS!!!

[sorry about all the oriental symbols, i guess the keyboard is different where he's at?]

Alright so I磛e been living in Manaus for about a week. My first night when we got off the plane and were walking down a dark crazy alley that smelledI realized I am in South America. I磎 living in the city Manaus and am with a Brazilian trainer. I actually can understand about 70-80% of what he says because he is from Sao Paulo. People from Sao Paulo speak clearly. People in Manaus talk crazy. They prounounce Esta Esssshhhhtaaaaaa. We are with the zone leaders a lot who are also Brazilian. I get along with them great and they tell me I磎 way cool. There磗 groups in this mission. There磗 some annoying americans who seriously make up rules and then try to enforce them for other missionaries. There is some disobedience. Let磗 just say I磎 up showering and getting ready alone. I创m going to be obedient.. It磗 really not that hot. I sweat but it rains a ton. It is pretty hot, but it磗 bearable. During september and october it will get very hot. I prepared myself very well mentally for some things. One thing I wasn磘 prepared for is how filthy this city is. There磗 garbage everywhere and it smells horrible sometimes. I see tons of rats and roaches and big ones too. The brazilian elders told me the rats I saw which I thought were good sized are small for here. I haven磘 seen one spider or monkey. Manaus doesn磘 really have that. It磗 other more jungly areas like Rio Branco. I want to be in Rio Branco during August September and October. It磗 an area that all missionaries love and it磗 way far from Manaus. It磗 next to Bolivia and about 4 hours away from Macchu Pichu. It磗 a jungly area and is more clean. It has tons of monkeys snakes and spiders. The missionaries say that they磛e never had one crawl across them during the night. My room I sleep in has airconditioning and it feels great. This city has a lot of sin. People are crazy they play brazilian funk music which has the worst message imaginable. A lot of the people act like they don磘 care about anything they just play brazilian music, break the law of chastity, and sleep during the day. One thing that is really hard for me to see is the animal problem. This city has tons of cats and dogs. And they die all the time. People run them over and it磗 way sad. I saw one dog get hit by a car my first day, but it ran off limping. I磛e seen atleast 3 cats that had been ran over and one dog. It磗 sad to see that. The kids here are great. They are really kind. They always come and try to talk english with me. One day it was raining and a dog was shivering and I saw some kids trying to put boxes over it and help it. I feel comfortable when we磖e in our apartment, but when we磖e out walking I磎 in shock a little still. The Sao Paulo Elders say this isn磘 a great city. They were even in shock when they arrived. There is one really nice rich area of the city and it磗 really pretty. That磗 where the temple is. From what I磛e heard this is the highest baptizing mission in the world. Some missionaries literally get 100磗. This is crazy for me and I磎 not going to lie this has been one of the hardest and craziest weeks of my life, but I do feel like this is where I should be and this is the mission for me. I love you all and hope to here from you.

Elder Hales (North Carolina) 
Elder Lalli (North Carolina)
Elder Steenson (North Carolina) 
Elder Risenmay (North Carolina) 
Manaus temple
 Kason's apartment in Manaus

 Kason's Brazil companion
 outside the apartment
 the city

 his first day there- pouring rain
 view from the mission home
Kason's mission president and president's wife

3/4/13 - in north carolina

We actually got this email on 3/11, the day kason flew out to brazil!!

Hello everyone,
This has been a crazy week. I'm sorry about the calling situation mom. They made it sound like the card had a lot of minutes and it didn't. I will get to skype on mother's day. My trainer's names are Elder Hales and Elder Steenson. They are zone leaders and I really like being around them. The first night we flew in we stayed at the mission home. I really like President Craven, and his wife Sister Craven. He is strict, but he is very professional. They stressed with the Assistant's the importance of being confident, and dignified as we are representing the savior. They do this technique called harvesting here that is really good. We knock on a door and tell them we are representatives of Jesus Christ and we would like to come in and bless their home. If they let us we leave the Savior's peace and blessing on them and try to set up a return appointment. I can't believe I've only been here a week. There are some amazing new convert families. Most the people we teach are black, but most of the members are white. This one family the Bowie's who I really love, are bringing a lot of people into the gospel. I really am loving it here. I'm doing my best to be diligent and obedient. We do get to listen to music as long as it's uplifting and in line with our purpose. We listen a lot to the Nasvhille Missionary Tribute Band. Haha I've never liked country, but when it's one of the few things you can listen to it starts to sound good. So my very first night as we were knocking we came in contact with a potential investigator who's nickname is Tree. He's about 6 foot 8 and 300 pounds. We were talking about religion and he was getting excited and yelling about truth. " I told him every religion has some truth, but this is the full truth." It was really crazy. It's really important to be bold here. You need to be loving, but it's important to tell investigators what they need to hear, especially when they aren't keeping commitments. A lof of the people we teach are very humble, but they aren't the most stable of people. I feel really comfortable teaching already. One day we knocked on a door and tried to bless the home. It was this old couple, but instead they had us come in and sing with them. He played a banjo and we sang " How Great Thou Art." I have had some really crazy experiences here already. This one day we went and checked up on an old investigator and taught her. At the end of the lesson she started crying and said " I'm really stressed out, and if you hadn't come today I don't know if I would be here tomorrow." She had a daughter there. It was really kind of sad. I'm glad we were doing what we were supposed to. We aren't supposed to email friends in this mission so can you forward my emails. The members here are great and we have a dinner appointment every single night. I still think about home a lot, but it's not as much about missing it. It's more motivation to work, so I can feel good about my mission when I come back. One quote I really like that President Craven said was " You only have 2 years to serve a mission and an eternity to think about it." I saw a cockroach today in the bathroom. It's pretty humid here. I think I'll be here into the summer, which is alright. It gets really hot here in the summer. I'm good with that because I need to get used to heat with humidity as much as I can. Elder Dan Fisher is in my apartment. He went to Bountiful High and was in my seminary class twice. It's kind of frustrating here. Almost everyone has faith in Jesus Christ, but they think they can go to their Non-Denominational Church and do whatever they want and they will still be saved. People don't realize faith without works is dead. I'm feeling the spirit a lot and I think I'm becoming the kind of man I want to be. I make my companions laugh a lot, and I've realized I can be way funny even without Pierre. Elder Hales is getting transfered tomorrow. He is probably my favorite in the apartment. Alright well I love you all and hope to here from you soon. Send me a letter, because I need mail to get a free library card. If not I have to pay 2 dollars every time. My address is
6300 1-A Cameron Forest Lane
Charlotte, NC 28210
Kandis I've heard about Dan Lalli a lot since I'm also from Bountiful. I've heard he is a really good missionary. My trainers have told me is very bold and confident when he teaches. I also talked to Alyssa Eyring at the MTC she is really nice.
-Elder Kendall

Thursday, March 7, 2013

North Carolina to Brazil!

i was able to talk to kason on the phone before he flew to North Carolina! for some reason he wasn't able to email much on his p-day, but the stake president just got his itinery and....he's going to brazil!!! on monday! i don't know any of the details but in he meantime here's some pictures from the mtc and north carolina:

elder kendall and elder murdock

some elders from the mtc district

elder kendall and elder everett

"madness in north carolina"

his trainers in north carolina

elder haddock, elder parry, and elder kendall

elder kendall and elder worthen

elder kendall and elder woolstenhulme

elder nielson and elder worthen - two of kason's favorites

i miss my brother like crazy but i am so excited for his next adventure!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

2/23/13 Heading to North Carolina!

My mom got a call on Thursday from Kason saying he was going to the North Carolina Charlotte mission, leaving on Monday! This is his e-mail this week:

Hey everyone!
This week was good, but still a little hard. I just barely went to the temple and that was great, but I left my watch in the temple pants there. We went back and luckily found them, but it scared me a little. Yesterday was in-field orientation and it was a really long day. We were in the same rooms for literally 8 hours with not gym time or anything like that. I did learn a lot though about how to get investigators, and work through members. I'm very excited to do the real thing. Thursday we found out we were getting reassigned. It was great to talk to Mom and Kody on the phone. I bought a phone card and plan to use it at the airport. My first flight is for about 7:30. I can call in the morning, but it will be really early. I would call about 6:00. I can also call again in the afternoon at about 1:00. My card has 500 minutes and I think it takes 100 every time to connect you. I will first call with quarters to make sure someone answers then I'll call with my card. Email me and let me know. Wednesday was my 2nd week hosting. That is good, but it's kind of hard and sad. You see all these Elders and Sisters getting dropped off at the curb, and their families are crying. It made me think back to that 7 1/2 weeks ago. Elder Sanford and Baldwin became zone leaders. I love Elder Baldwin and hope we are companions at some point. I have a feeling I will be in North Carolina for a while and I'm alright with that. Before I got my call I thought I would experience a state-side mission anyways. I'm fine with this. I'll get to have two mission experiences and know what a state side, and a foriegn mission are like. This mtc experience has been good for me. I've been able to study and learn how to better teach, I've learned a lot with Portuguese, my own knowledge and testimony have increased, I've met some great young men that will become some life long friends, and I've had a lot of time for self-evaluation. I've been able to think about my life, and the experiences I've had. I've been able to think about how I want to improve over these next two years. Overall it's been a good experience. There's been some things that were hard, but the mtc was honestly better than I thought it would be. Mom thanks for the pictures you sent me along with the backpack yesterday. Yeah I'm not sure about the mailing address at all. I'll find out once I get there. Let me know where Trevor gets his call to. I love you all have a great week.
Elder Kendall and Elder Josh Buenher 
in the church news! Kendall and Elder Diniero

Friday, February 15, 2013

Week 7 in MTC: 2/15/13

Hey everyone!
Well last night my companion got really sick so I went back to residence with him. I got to write some letters and study a little bit while he slept. There were some polynesians going crazy doing a work out down stairs. You know their yells they always do. My companion slept through it though. So Brother Christofferson I told you about him in the email last week. I seriously love this guy. This week he was teaching us and he got on a tangeant with spiritual gifts. It was something I greatly needed to here. He said that he had the gift of Discernment. I think I've learned what my spiritual gift is. It is really cool. It's kind of in my patricarchal blessing, but I don't know if I've always had. I think it's something I've developed a little bit. I haven't gotten a hair cut in 5 weeks. I didn't sign up on time the last 2 weeks, but I got signed up on time for this week and will get one today. Missionaries are supposed to be clean cut, but this is the longest my hair has been in atleast a year. It's because they don't want you to cut your own here. I'm debating if I should send my hair cut kid back home. It's 4 pounds and it might make it easier to make my weight requirements. Mom thanks for the valentine's package and card. Also thanks for the jump rope. I think that will be a really good form of exercise when my companion won't let me go run. I'm not going to lie this food is starting to become horrible to me. Someone said it's like the church's food storage and bishop store house food.  I don't think it's real, and even the things that are supposed to be healthy aren't. I kind of understand though because they have to feed 4,000 missionaries 3 meals a day. That's one thing I'm way excited for is eating real food. I meet Brazilians here all the time, and I love them. Brazilians are the nicest coolest people in the world. Besides my companion right now I think I'll like the Brazilians and get along with them better than the Americans. The other night I had a really cool experience where I was teaching someone and my friend was baring testimony about Christ and the spirit was very strong. I felt a prompting and after he was done speaking I turned to the investigator and said " How do you feel right now?" He said " I feel good, and happy!" I told him that that was the Holy Ghost bearing witness to him that this is true. I then asked him if he would be baptized and he said yes. It was a very good spiritual experience. I've learned that all good things come from god, and so if something good comes into your head, don't question whether it's your own thoughts or the spirit. That can be how the spirit communicates. I hope everything is going well with all of you. Haha so this week I got to my room and there was a note that said to get the room clean, because two new elders were moving in on Wednesday. We already have 4 in our room, and don't have extra beds or closet space. They were also delivering bunkbeds to dorms this week. I thought they had make a mistake, but we went in on Wednesday and there was luggage on my bed and some on the floor. There was also two new mattresses leaned up against the wall. I couldn't believe it. Later that night other Elder's from my district came in and asked for their mattresses back. They had planned the whole thing out and found that note. It actually made me really thankful that even though the rooms are small, we atleast have our own beds, desks, and closet space. I hope you all have a great week. Eu amo vocês!
                                                 -Elder Kendall

manaus spider

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Week 6 2/8/13

Hey everyone! This week kind of went by fast, but not really at the same time. We had fast sunday on sunday. The way it is set up for us is that we have dinner at 4:30 on Saturday night, and then gym 5:15-6:15. Then there are no more meals served at the mtc and we have dinner at 5:30 on Sunday. Dad to answer your question we are only supposed to read emails and send them on Friday. We can read letters at night on any day. We used to be able to read letters during the day, but Elder Redmond was having a hard time focusing after getting a letter from his girl friend every single day. He would sit, read, and ponder instead of studying and now no one in our district can read them until night... One thing that stood out to me a few weeks ago in a district meeting Brother Christofferson who is a counselor in our Branch Presidency told us that there were people that had bugged him and he didn't really like. He told us an apostle told him if we sincerely pray to be able to love them that Christ will take the hate out or our hearts. He said he did this and it worked for him. Brother Christofferson is related to Elder Christofferson. I trule belive his words. Another night he told us a story of when his son's wife was pregnant and a few months before she had the baby there were complications. They called him to come and give a blessing. On the way he prayed to know what to say, and he said he felt like the spirit told him to say what came to his mind and that it would be honored. He went and gave a blessing that everything woul be fine and the baby would be healthy. The complications were very serious and the chances were that the baby would either die, or be handicapped. The night he told us this he smiled and told us he was going to his grandson's ninth birthday party tomorrow and that he has been healthy his whole life. He told us he was glad he was thankful for the priesthood and that he had been worthy to exercise it. I believe this story. Elder Perkes is now gone. I'm glad I got to see him again here in the MTC. Have a great week everyone. Eu amo voces.
-Elder Kendall

Elder Ginez

Elder Kendall and Elder Perkes

Elder Brady

Week 5 2/1/13

Hey everyone!
It seems like last p-day was not very long ago. So Kohle's visa didn't come and he got reassigned. Haha guess where? Salt Lake City South...... That sounds horrible. He was supposed to have a reassignment sooner, but the travel agency wasn't on top of it. I feel like my portuguese is coming along great. The future and past conjugations can be a little hard, but I feel like I'm getting it. Last Saturday for gym time I ran a 23:45 for 4 miles. We did companion exchanges for a few lessons this week. I had Elder Madrid and Woolstenhulme. It made me realize how much I like teaching with my real companion. He is way smart. He has kept a 4.0 through High School and Collge and got a 34 on the ACT. I encourage you to get the book Our Search For Happiness and maybe read it as individuals or as a family. I really like that book. I also would love it if you got one for Kourtney for me. I'm not going to lie, some days at times can be very hard. The thought of my old life kind being done for two years, and not having free time anymore can be hard. I realize later when pondering or reading scriptures that these are selfish thoughts. Last night was really good for me. My testimony is at this point stronger than it's ever been. A lot of districts from my zone are leaving next week. They all got reassigned. I see Elders from back home all the time. Kandis do you remember a Garner kid in your grade? I think his name was Dallin. I see his brother Seth all the time. Dain Murdock just got here and his room is only a few away from mine. The other day while Elder Baldwin was showering some other guys from the district snook in the bathroom and dumped snow on him. I'm having fun and at times the time flies by. Oh I also encourage you to look up the talk Character of Christ by Elder Bednar, and the Mormon Message Earthly Father Heavenly Father. We do these things called Trc's. It's when people come that speak Portuguese we talk to them and teach them a little. I picture it being how dinner appointments are. Last week when we did them me and my companion met this guy who served in Manaus who was from Curitiba Brazil. He told us it was hot and that even the showers were hot. We shared a little bit of gospel and then talked about Manaus. Our teacher after told us she observed we had too much small talk. I was way annoyed with that. Out of the twenty mintues we were teaching gospel for atleast 10 of them. Me and my companion our teaching the Plan of Salvation in District Meeting. I'm good with that because it's my favorite subject in the gospel. I wonder all the time what Manaus heat will feel like. The only thing I can picture is Southern Utah heat with warm water in the air. Kandis I liked the picture of Ash. Keep the dogs safe and healthy so I can see them when I get back. ( Even Angel). I got a letter from Grandma and it was great. She sent me fancy stamps with trees on them. She wrote in cursive and it was way hard to even read, but I think I understood most of it. She talked about missionaries from her family like Uncle Jan.
Well I love you all and hope you have a good week.
-Elder Kendall

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Week 4 - 1/25/13

Hey everyone!
This week was pretty good, and it went by fast. We had some Elders in my district getting sick. I've been alright though. I've been taking my vitamins, eating healthy, and praying for health. My friend Elder Bischoff in my district is who I run with almost every day. He has told me all these cool tricks his coach used to tell him. Like tricks for relieving side aches, and also if you're getting a sore throat to gargle some listerine because the alchol will kill bacteria in your throat. A new district came on Wednesday and they are on the 6 week program. They have 13 elders and 1 sister. On my Lds portal  says I'm going to Maceio. I'm a little confused with that. Maybe I got reassigned..... I went to the temple today and me and my companion did sealings. That was good. Kandis thanks for the package. I hope you had an amazing birthday, and I will be sending you a heartfelt personal letter soon. We always have funny arguments in my district about John Stockton and Cam Levins being ripped and having better bodies than NBA players. We also debate about NBA player mile times. Most of my district claims Lebron James can run a 4:20. Kody please send me pictures of John Stockton and Cam Levins. The food is still alright. Some days are better than others. Elder Kohle Perkes didn't get his visa and will be here another week and a half. He then will get reassigned state side. Not a lot has changed. The portuguese is coming along really well. The other day I met an elder from Sao Paulo Brazil who is going to Massachusetts portuguese speaking. I had him talk fast in Portuguese and I could understand it. He told me if I could understand him then I will be fine. The first investigator we taught is now our teacher. Her name is Sister Steinbeigle and she is good. She cared a lot about us always tries to make sure we're studying. Eles chamem me Festa menino Kendall aqui! Eu acredito que Jesus Cristo e o Filho de Deus. Nos podemos ganhar a testemunho ao estudando nos escrituras. O Evangehlo e veradiero! Eu amo voces.
-Elder Kendall

Elder Kendall and Elder Bananiera, from Guadalupe
Elder Kendall and Elder Perkes!

Friday, January 18, 2013

week 3 - mtc buddies

Hey everyone!
This week went by really fast! It's good to get emails and letters from you. I really enjoy those. Mom thanks for that story by Ronna. I'm glad I got to go with you to Seattle and meet Kyle and the rest of her family. Kandis thanks for your sunday message you sent me! We have times where we share spiritual messages with the class, and they all seemed to like it. Dad that is way cool about the jazz winning the heat the other night. Mom yes I met your friends son Elder Baker he took a picture of us with his camera and said he would sent it to his mom, who would send a picture to you. I've been seeing lots of missionaries from Bountiful High. I see Elder Perkes a lot and eat lunch with him sometimes. He's here for another week and a half. His visa still hasn't come yet, and there's a chance of him getting reassigned state side. I've heard nothing about our visas and we might be reassigned state side. We had a devotional Tuesday night with Jeffrey R. Holland he said some amazing things such as the church needs the best missionaries it's ever had, and old prophets knowing we would succeed, so it helped them keep working. He told us we better come back with atleast one convert, and it better be ourselves. He dedicated 3 new buildings and said a powerful dedicatory prayer blessing the buildings to be safe, and no one being able to come and harm the missionaries.
 So let me explain the kids from my district a little more. Theres's Elder Dygert and Redmond both are from Idaho. Elder Dygert is a tall farm boy. He is really funny and I always sing the Party Dygert anthem to him. His companion is Elder Redmond. He likes music. There's Elder Bishoff and Marlow. Elder Bischoff is way funny. He plays piano and runs. He is the one I run with a few times a week. He can push me hard. He has asthma and still ran a 4:38 in High School. His team won state xc and he's all state in track and xc. Elder Marlow is way knowledgeable about the gospel. He's lived in Europe when his dad was in the army. All the elders I just named are going to Recife Brazil.
There's Elder Madrid and Worthen. Elder Madrid is tall mexican looking and is really good at basketball. He played for his highschool in California. Elder Worthen is from California and is  short , really funny, and wrestled in High School. These are two of my favorite elders and we joke around a lot together. There's also a trio Elder Woolstenhulme, Elder Earl, and Elder Baker. All of their names are Jake. Isn't that crazy? Elder Woolstenhulme graduated in 2011 and ran with Elder Bischoff in High School. He did marine training last year. He ran a 2:03 half mile. Elder Earl is really smart, he has glasses and is way classy. Elder Earl and Woolstenhulme are from Idaho. Elder Baker is from Cedar City. I don't know a whole lot about him except he kissed a lot of girls and did gymnastics. He is pretty cool. These Elders are all going to Riberio Prato Brazil
The Manaus Elders: Elder Sanford. He is around 6 ft 2 he played highschool basketball for Herriman. He is really really focused. Elder Baldwin is from Arizona he is 6 ft 5 and played high school basketball. He is really funny and goofy. I'm a big fan of him and he's our district leader I always say to him after he does something wierd. Voce grande Noob. The translation for that is you big noob! We always sing this song about speaking our language we made up. Elder Nielsen my companion is from Idaho he was S.B.O president has a good family. He has a girlfriend that runs and two twin sisters in highschool that also do. He played football and played basketball until his senior year. He read Diary of a wimpy kid books also. The Manaus Elders are my roommates.
We talk and have kinds of cool conversations in our district about deep doctrine, marrige, polygamy and all kinds of things. This last sunday we had a Devotional, and the conductor made us sing scatter the smiles and sunshine. Look it up it sounds like it should be sung be leprechauns, not 2000 19-20 year old men. She made us restart about 3 times because we weren't singing it perfect enough for her. I'll try to send pictures of the elders from my district. It's good to be going into Manaus with my roommates. They are all good guys. There was a fire in the kitchen just barely so it had to clear up. Oh and mom I wrote grandma a letter today and will send it today or tomorrow. I'm getting more revelation and feeling the spirit more than I ever have in my life. Eu amo voces. Eu acredito en o evangelho com meu coracao. Eu sou grato por Jesus Cristo e seu expiaco. If you want to know what I said copy and paste it on google translate. Oh and the Provo Temple is my new favorite.
-Elder Kendall

elder perkes eating lunch...
elder kendall with elder dredge
elder kendall with elder shields!!!
elder kendall and elder madrid
elders baldwin and sanford
elder worthen
elder dygert and redmond

Friday, January 11, 2013

Week 2

Hey everyone! It's great to get and read your emails and letters. Thank you for the coat, brownies and garments. There was enough brownies for me to share some with my roommates and have plenty for myself. They said to tell you thanks and that they liked them. Well I can already feel myself changing right now. Those first few days went by really slow, but time is flying now. I love my district. I get along with them all pretty well. I'm feeling the spirit, learning a lot about the gospel. The language is coming along well, and I think I'm going to become fluent really quick. It's easy for me to speak, but can at times be hard to understand. People slur words together and talk really fast. We taught a fake investigator named Patricia and by yesterday were doing it without really using notes. We got her to commit to being baptized. My teacher's name is Sister Hart. She is beautiful and great. The food is alright I am eating a lot and not getting sick off it.

There's a kid in my district named Elder Bischoff and I run with him at least every other day for gym. They say the mile is 10 laps, but I know it's way off. I think it's 9. We went and were trying to break the mile record and were pushing each other. If it was 9 he was 4:47 and I was 4:52. They claim it's 10 which made us in the 5:20's. He is a really good runner. He had asthma and still ran a 4:38 in high school. We don't run a lot of miles, but we run hard and fast. We also do leg exercises on weight machines after.I play basketball on other days and there's some good kids in my district. There's 6 total that played highschool and are solid. I think we could honestly beat any other district in a game.

So the other night I had this dream that I went to the mtc in late November. They had everyone come home for Christmas break. I was a hometown hero. Everyone wanted to talk to me about the MTC, and a really attractive girl wanted to date me. It was awesome until I woke up.... I realized that nothing of the sort will be happening anytime soon. The shower sandals are great, oh and mom when you packed my shampoo and shower gel you crammed them in under stuff and they got squeezed out. It's good though. 

I'm not sure if it's such a good idea to have you visit me at the airport. It might be really hard for everyone i'll debate it and pray and let you know. We went to the temple today and it was great. We can't listen to music and it's been hard, but I've been obedient so far. We also can't cut our own hair which is a joke. On Sunday at the devotional some big bald guy who reminded me of a bald raging man got on stage and started yelling into the microphone about how he didn't care if we only had one suit and it was being dry cleaned! We had to wear a suit even if we had to borrow one that didn't fit or match. I think you would look better with just a plain white shirt at that point. 

Kandis on my blog do it with weeks. This would be week 2. My letter home last week was number 1. Dad that is great you've had a lot of work and are an Elders Quorum 1st president. Kody I'll send a letter for you and Trevor soon. We don't get a lot of email time. Kandis good job with nurse school. I'm proud of you for that. I love the feeling I have right now of working hard and being productive especially for such a good cause of bringing the gospel to others. I'll let you know about the airport, but if not i'll send home a box with my coat, and I'll definitely call. I'm doing well and liking the missionary life. This is definitely not that hard. We study a lot, but also talk a lot and have a good time. I expect the beginning of the field to be the real hard part . I heard the reason they only want you to write on p-days and only email family is because they want you to rely on the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as your main support. I love you all and I can't wait to hear from you next week.

Week 1

[this is a letter we got last saturday, jan. 5th]

Dear Mom and family

Hey! I'm in my room right now. I'm in a room with four guys who are going to Manaus! We are all between 6 ft - 6 ft 5. Elder Baldwin, in my room, is the district leader. He's 6 ft 5. My companion's name is Elder Nielson. He's great! He ran track and played football and basketball. He has a huge heart and talked about his little brother who is in a wheelchair. I think he will teach me a lot about compassion. I've really felt the spirit here. I'm learning a lot and I believe this is the best place I can be. I would be completely lying if I said I wasn't feeling homesick. I've realized now more than I ever have, how much I love all of you. Last night we had a mock lesson. There was an investigator whose family died. Hearing others speak and share doctrine about families being together forever was amazing. I felt the spirit. I have a really solid district, and my branch president is a runner. My testimony is growing every minute here. I don't have a perfect knowledge but I know I'll grow a lot. I didn't really mention it, but when I get set apart I instantly had a desire to be obedient and have been. I've seen Kohle, Adam Anderson, and Cody Moore. The language is going great. I feel good about it, and don't believe I'll have a problem with it. My first p-day isn't until January 11th. I can't email until then. I love you.

Love, Elder Kendall

Friday, January 4, 2013

elder kendall has reported to the MTC!!!!

hello everyone, kandis here! we haven't heard from elder kendall yet, but i just wanted to post a little about dropping him off at the mtc.

first of all, it was quite a blessing to have kourtney and beau in town last weekend before he left.

and two weeks before that, his farewell was fantastic! it was crazy how many people were there and it was awesome to see him get so much support from friends and family! and i was so proud at how great his talk was. he'll sure be great out there.

so wednesday morning elder kason kendall was set apart as a missionary and afterwards received a father's blessing from our dad. his promises and blessings in both were beautiful and it was incredible to be able to hear him get set apart as a missionary and witness the spirit that comes with that calling.

after rounding up some last minute packing, which included searching the house high and low for his camera (we found it already packed in his backpack), he said goodbye to the dogs (it's crazy how hard that could be), and we left to get some brunch.

we ate in bountiful then headed down to provo. we stopped at the temple before dropping him off at the mtc and took some pictures and then said one more family prayer in the car before going to the mtc. 

we had been told to say our goodbyes before getting to the mtc because he would be whisked away the moment he got out of the car, but he actually wasn't hit over the head and stuffed into a bag when we pulled up to the curb. we had a few extra minutes to get big hugs from our missionary before he headed inside and how grateful i am for that! one of the missionaries picking him up at the curb said that he had been in manaus for two summers and that it is the most beautiful place on earth! the other missionary assured us they would take good care of him.

what is more important to me is that i know the Lord will take good care of him. it's really hard to say goodbye to my little brother, but nothing brings me more peace than to know that he is serving the Lord and that he's in the Lord's hands.

[our faces look funny in some of these pictures because the sun was shining in our eyes]