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 vocĂȘs!
                                                 -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