Monday, July 17, 2017

Interviews with President Baquerizo

Hi everybody! 

So I don't have all that much time left to write a lot, but this week was a good one, we were able to find some good people to teach. 

Also, this week we had our interviews with President Baquerizo, and a multi-zone conference with Girardot, my old zone! I was there over a year ago now, which is kind of mind blowing, but I have heard that some of the people still remember me there! So that is cool.

My interview with President was very interesting. He asked if I was going home the 7th of September and I said yes. And then we talked about my companion, and I asked what could be the most important thing I could teach him before I end the mission. And he told me "I think what you need to help him do is create a culture of him being obedient to the mission rules. When you still get up at 6:30 every morning and keep working till the very last day in your mission, that will help him remember when he has a companion that doesn't want to work, Hey, my trainer worked until his last day in the mission... I have to do that. I believe that is how you will help your companion." 

And so I realized that it wasn't even a doubt for President Baquerizo that I would keep working until my very last day. And if it wasn't a doubt to President, than those are the very expectations that God has for me and my mission. "Endure to the End Elder Kendall." That is what I felt like God was telling me. 

And so that Is what I’m going to do. 


Elder Kendall

So an Elder found root beer extract here in Bogota
And so we made home made root beer floats!!!
IT WAS AMAZING!! Haven't had root beer for about 22 months

Monday, July 10, 2017

Doing Push-Ups to Find New Investigators

Happy 4th of July America! I hope that it was a good time over there! So I guess I'm turning 20 this week, that's pretty weird. Time goes really fast.

This week was pretty fun, with good times and hard times as well. But we were able to do some good things that I enjoyed, like doing push-ups to find new people!

This week on Wednesday I had an exchange with Elder Jones who is our district leader, and I went over to his area, while Elder Hess came to my area with Elder Cuba. Me and Elder Jones wanted to try some new crazy ways to contact people, and so we decided to try out something that Elder Hugo Montoya of the 70 told us when he came to our mission. 

He told us about how when he was on his mission, they tried out a different way to contact that had a lot of good results. He told us that when they went to contact, his companion would get on the ground in front of the door of the persons house and just start doing some pushups, while Elder Montoya would knock on the door and talk to the person. When the person answered and opened the door, they just saw this guy doing push-ups on the their front porch and Elder Montoya would ask, "Hello, Do you know why my companion can stay there and do push-ups all day?" The person being all confused and a little weirded out would say "Um.... No..." And so Elder Montoya said" It's because he lives a commandment that is called the Word of Wisdom, have you ever heard of that?" And they would reply "No, I haven't" Elder Montoya "Well we would like to share with you how God has shown us how to have better physical and spiritual health. Would you allow us to teach you about this commandment?" and he said that a lot of the people would let him right in and teach them!

And so that is exactly what we tried to do! It was pretty hilarious, sometimes it worked relatively well, and sometimes the people totally rejected the idea, but we had a really good time with it. And me and Elder Jones ended up doing a ton of push-ups, so it was good exercise as well. We couldn't get into anyone’s house to share with them like Elder Montoya could, but we still had a real fun time seeing people’s reactions. And some people looked pretty interested in our message. 

We have been contacting a bunch of people, but are kind of struggling to find good new investigators, many of the people we have taught are not actually interested in our message. We are really hoping that this week we will find the people that are really ready to find the gospel. That is what I'm praying for, because time is short, and it goes very fast.

I have been thinking a lot lately about God, and the promises He has made to me. And these are some scriptures that have really jumped out to me as I've been reading.

Alma 37:17
For he will fulfill all his promises which he shall make unto you, for he has fulfilled his promises
which he has made unto our fathers.

D&C 58:31
Who am I, saith the Lord, that have promised and have not fulfilled?

I have felt that I need to trust more in the Lord, and that He will fulfill His promises, because He has said pretty clearly that He WILL do so. And that has been a pretty interesting thing to me. 

We simply need to trust in God more. And I am really learning how to be able to trust Him, even if it's with my life. 

So yeah, that was this week. Lots of good stuff happening, and just trying to keep the area moving. 


Elder Kendall



Monday, July 3, 2017

Colombia Parties Hard, and with Machetes

So this week was the holiday of San Pedro, and there has been a lot of people out of town and going on vacation. Yesterday there were some Elders In the zone that saw some people going crazy with some machetes. Colombians party really hard sometimes....  But it was a good week! 

Monday and Tuesday Elder Hess, Elder Cuba and I were in a trio because the companion of Elder Hess (Elder Jones) was in Bogota. It was pretty interesting being in a trio, but we ended up finding a couple of families to teach and we contacted some as well! We talked with a bunch of people this week but it was a little hard to teach them with all of the parties going on. 

Wednesday, I was in an exchange with Elder Palma! It was so much fun, I love that guy a whole bunch. We went to a families house to see if we could teach them, and they were cutting off branches with machetes, and so we decided to help! We swept all of the leaves into a giant pile and moved a bunch of branches, and then Elder Palma helped them cut one of the tree's down. When the tree fell over it kind of bounced and hit Elder Palma really good in his thigh, and the tree tore his pants! So he had this huge hole in the front of his pants, but it didnt hurt his leg. The family of investigators felt really bad and so they offered to sew his pants right then and there, and so we went in and they gave him a pair of shorts that were way too small. And since we were in the house waiting while the grandma fixed his pants, we took advantage and taught the family! They are pretty cool, and they liked the message we shared, one of the ladies was actually a less active member! 

Then they gave Elder Palma his pants, and they also gave us Sancocho, a really good soup here from Colombia. So yeah, it was a really good time being with Elder Palma again, that guy is like my brother now. 

The rest of the week was kind of hard to teach people with all of the parades and parties going on and everyone drinking, but we were still able to find a quite of bit of new investigators! The Lord blessed and protected us this week, and I have a feeling this week is going to go good as well. 

It was a fun week, We just gotta find more people to teach and help them attend church! A couple that we are teaching, Dayana and Sebastian, are going pretty well. Only Dayana could attend this week, but it was still really cool to see them her there! 

The weeks are going by fast. I'm learning a lot with my son, I hope things are going well. That was pretty much this week.


Elder Kendall

Monday, June 26, 2017

I'm Bad at Describing This Week But...

Don't know what I was doing... don't ask questions XD

So, this week was really crazy. There was a lot of funny stuff, and it was kind of a harder week, but I will try to somewhat describe how it was. 

So here in Ibague, this last week, and the week that we are in right now until Sunday, are the biggest parties of the whole year. Everyone eats tamales and Lechona, goes in these party busses called Chivas, does parades, fares, and drinks and basically just parties it all up. So that made things interesting, and this week I think that it will continue. 

I am learning a whole bunch of how to be a better person and a more patient missionary with my son Elder Cuba, we had some hard times this week finding, and working together, but by the end of the week we have gotten things figured out better. And I think we are both just getting used to being with a new missionary, it has been good. 

We did a lot of stuff as a zone this week, some service and some cooking soup, which was a good time. It has been fun being with Elder Palma as my zone leader. 

We were able to find some new people finally on Sunday, a family. The dad is named Nelson, and the mom is named Angelica, and they are pretty cool! Nelson has a ton of questions about the Book Of Mormon, and so it is going to be fun to teach him.

So I didn’t do a good job of describing the craziness, but it was an interesting week still. We should be able to help some more people this week, and I’m looking forward to it. 


Elder Kendall

Where we went for P-day, a little town here just outside of Ibague called Juntas, it is really pretty!!

We went with the second counselor of the branch and his wife, his name is Camilo Barrios

Delicious.... I really did eat this :) It is a fish called Mojarra Roja, they fry it and then you eat with rice and salad.  IT WAS REAL GOOD!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Finding the Chosen

Hey everybody! So, my brother is now going to go to Nashville, Tennessee as a missionary and is going to speak SPANISH! So yeah, I guess you can say I'm pretty darn pumped. 
This week was a really interesting learning experience, and I think it will just keep on coming. I had thought that before in the mission the Lord was trying to make me learn patience and that I had already learned the lesson... But I'm coming to see that I apparently still haven't learned all that God wants me to learn. But it is a good thing! We have been contacting a whole bunch of people, and we weren't able to teach as many of the people that we contacted as we wanted, but we do have a few people that should be promising. 

Saturday we had an experience with looking for addresses. While we were looking for some old investigators, and we didn't find them but we did find another lady! She said that she had got to church a ton about 15 years ago but for some reason she didn't go back. We have a visit with her on Wednesday!

We are going to keep looking, because I have faith that there is someone waiting for us out there. The people here are pretty closed to religion, but I am sure that God has someone for us. 

That's all I got time for, I love it!


Elder Kendall

"Ping Pong" without a table... or a net :) ha!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017


HI MOM!! Sister Baquerizo gave us permission to write again today because my son hasn't been able to write his family untill today and so she said that I could write too!!!

My son is Elder Cuba, and he is from Lima, Peru!! He is a pretty cool guy. And once again I realize that I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING!!! hahahahahhaha it has been the weirdest two days of my mission XD. Elder Cuba is from a family of seven brothers and sisters, but nobody but him is a member in his family except for a few cousins. He is 25 years old. He was telling me today that he pretty much just loves talking about the gospel to every single person and that before the mission he wished that he could do it all day and now he can. He is a convert of about two years.

I feel like really inadequate hahahahahahahahahahha Patience..... patience is a funny thing. Do you realize how long it has been since I have been with a somewhat new missionary that was new to everything? Like over a year ago!!!! hahahaha it is so weirdsauce man. 


And guess what!! My new zone leader is Elder Palma!!!!!!! I FLIPPIN LOVE THAT GUY!!


Elder Cuba!



Monday, June 12, 2017

Surprise Baptism, and Transfers... I'm Going to be a Dad!!

Me being happy after not having batteries in my camera to take pictures for like two months
Alrighty, how is everyone doing over there?? My mom told me that my Brothers Ian, Colton, and my sister Janica are going skydiving this week.... Everyone is going crazy over there or something!
Anyways, this week was pretty cool, we pretty much had a miracle occur with a baptism this week. There was an investigator in our are named Yadi Silva, and she had been listening to the missionaries and attending church since January. So she had a lot of what she needed to be baptized, but she had some things that she had to change that were really hard for her. We were teaching her and she was doing good, and she seemed to us that if she just made those changes that she could be baptized. So, this last Monday we went through the baptismal interview questions with her to see if there was anything she lacked before baptism. 

We went through the questions, and she didn't have a problem with any of them. She told us how she had been praying a lot that God would help her out with her work (because she lives alone and has to work) and help her change those things, and that God had answered her prayers and had given her everything that she had asked Him for. So she told us that if God loved her so much, the least she could do was leave her past behind and give as much back as she could of her life to God. She told us that she had made those changes that she needed and that she wanted to get baptized the 10th! So she had her interview and boom, she was ready for baptism! It was a really cool thing to see, I know that God can change the hearts of people because He did it with Yadi, and she was baptized! Super cool! 

Also, there were transfers this week! And Elder Marques left, and I am going to be a Dad!!! That’s right, tomorrow I will get to know who will be my son, and most likely my last companion in the mission! I am super pumped!! We pretty much have nothing to go on in the area right now, we desperately need new people to teach, and so I am so very excited to get to talk to EVERYONE with my son and to get some work done! I can't wait to see what I can learn with a brand new missionary, I have a feeling that it is going to be an experience that I won’t forget. 

So yeah, I am pumped for this week and to see the things that we can do in CampiƱa!



Elder Kendall

PPS - GUESS WHAT!!!! Since I was with the zone leaders here, I called Elder Thompson!!! (I flippin love the heck out of that guy) and I asked about the Vargas Family!  AND GUESS WHAT!!!!  THEY ALL GOT BAPTIZED!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!  I LOVE THAT!!! And I guess they are bringing a bunch of people to church and just being amazing and I just love them. So cool.


The Elders from the other area in Campina and us as well

Surprise!  We had a baptism this Saturday

Baptism time!  It was basically a miracle

We baptized Yadi Silva, she has changed a lot and is pretty cool!!