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. 

Love,

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. 

Love, 

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.

Love,

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
 
 
Hello!

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. 

Love,

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!

Love,

Elder Kendall
WE DID A HIKE!!
 







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


 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

PHOTOS OF MY SON!!!!!

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
(NO I AM NOT POOPING!!! XD)
                                
 
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 Campiña!

Love,

 

Elder Kendall
 
P.S. HURRAH FOR ISRAEL!

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!!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Just Keep Swimming...


So this week was pretty cool, we had some good stuff happen with some of the members that are in our area. It also was kind of challenging because we were not able to find very many new people to teach, and we couldn’t get anyone to attend church either and other things that happened in the week. And so to my mind came the little part in "Finding Nemo" when Dory sings "Just keep swimming" and I thought, yeah Elder Kendall, you just gotta keep swimming! 

So that is what we were trying to do, and it was a pretty good week still. On Thursday we had a family home evening with family of members who invited an investigator, and this investigator invited 3 less-active members to come, and some other people showed up and we ended up with about 10 people in the family home evening. So that was pretty fun, we shared a fun message and the members made some empanadas. 

I was also on an exchange this week with an Elder in the other area here in Campiña, Elder Hess. He is a cool guy, from Davis, Utah, and so we had some fun times talking about the mission and all the fun stuff that we have seen. He has about 6 and a half months in the mission, so he has lots of energy. 

This is the last week of the transfer, and so we will see what happens with us here in Campiña! One of the zone leaders, Elder Momberger who is from Utah, finishes the mission this week. It is crazy because when I started the mission in Tintal, he was in my district and my first exchange ever in my mission was with him in Patio Bonito! Time goes by fast!

I'm excited for the time that I have left to serve the Lord and I hope that I can do what He desires of me!

Love,

Elder Kendall

Monday, May 29, 2017

Short Report (Sorry mom)

Well, I have like no time, but this week was pretty cool. I got to learn a little bit about my new area and I met a bunch of the members, they are pretty cool. I am really excited for this week to try and find some new investigators because for now we dont have that many to work with. We had a really cool activity Saturday, it was an Open House of the church here in Piedra Pintada where they did a big tour of the chapel and explained everything about what we do there! It was the bomb! Yup, that's all I got for this week.
 
I love being a missionary!
Love,
Elder Kendall

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go


Well, guess I gotta start off with the crazy news that happened yesterday. (Sorry mom that I didn't get to e-mail you)

So, Sunday night we called the assistants to pass the indicators for the zone. After we did that, they told us that because of the missionaries that finished the mission this week, there were going to be some emergency transfers in our zone. There were going to be three changes in the zone.  Two in Pation Bonito, and one in La Libertad. So we asked for the transfers in La Libertad first and they told me I was leaving!!!! It was a huge shock to me.... It was pretty sad to have to leave my companion and the area. I love La Libertad!

They told me I was going to Ibague, a zone outside of Bogota. I am now in Campiñas which is the hottest part of Ibague (of course). It is a pretty cool place, I will most likely finish my mission in this area. 

And so just like that, after 13 months total, I had to say goodbye to La Libertad. It was really hard to do. I left Monday morning and before I went, I called the Vargus family. That was a sad call to make, they are seriously the best family I have ever met in my whole mission. I will miss those guys a whole lot, but I have the hope that I will see them one more time before I finish my mission. The mission is hard, but sometimes not for the reasons that people think. Leaving Colombia is going to be the hardest thing I've ever done when It comes to it I think. 

But hey, that's why I love the hymn: "I'll go where you want me to go, Dear Lord. Over mountains or plains or sea. I'll say what you want me to say, Dear Lord.

I'll be what you want me to be"

I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go


Elder Kendall
 
Elder Thompson and the Vargus Family


 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother's Day, and Rain!


So this week it rained. That's it, all I got to say. Peace!

No, just kidding, but really it did rain way too much. It always gets hot right around lunch and then it starts to pour right when we start leaving to visit and teach. Oh well, rain is good.
 
This week, passed by like a flash of lightning! I remember talking with Elder Thompson last Sunday about how we were going to talk to our families in a week, and then I blinked and it was Sunday and we were talking with our families! So, yeah it was fast.

Well, the work is going good in our area. We have a few people that are really progressing, and there are a bunch of contacts that we did last week that we have to look for this week. That was a lot of what we did this week, on Friday we had an exchange with the elders in Bosa, and I went with Elder Gambini who is from Argentina. It went pretty well, although we didn't find all the people we were hoping to find. The Vargus family is still going strong, they are just amazing. They now have four attendances at church and are just preparing themselves to be baptized the 3rd of June. 

Saturday was a crazy day. We had to help with two moves, run to lunch, change and shower in the elders of Libertad 3's house because we didn’t have water, go to a baptism of the elders in Libertad 2, run back to the house of Libertad 3 to get a bed that we had to take somehow to another area, in Bosa. We waited for about an hour and a half for a taxi that could try and take the bed frame we had to transport, until we gave up and called the housing secretary who said that he would call a member who could another day take it to Bosa. So we took the bed frame home. That was a really short resume of Saturday. 

That was pretty much the week. This week Hugo Montoya is coming to the mission! He is in the Area Presidency for our area, and he on Thursday is going to have a meeting with the zone leaders and then Saturday talk with the whole zone, so I’m really excited for that! 

The mission, is awesome.

Love,

Elder Kendall
 
 

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

With the Lord, Only Going Up

Me and Elder Thompson!

Hi everyone!

Well, this week was pretty darn awesome! Just a whole lot of change, really good change. We talked about our goals for this month as a zone on Friday and the whole attitude of the zone has changed. They are so pumped to get the work going!! I felt so happy with that change. Everyone this last transfer were pretty un-focused and not wanting to do a whole lot. Now we have a quite a few new missionaries that are full of energy and we are going to do so much more stuff this month. We have already found half as many new investigators this week as we did in the whole last month. So we are starting to really do some good work as a zone. It is awesome.

In our own area, I just have to keep talking about the Vargus family. I really have never seen a more prepared and open and amazing family as this one in my whole mission. They are reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and they have attended church three weeks in a row now. They literally tell us each lesson how much they love the gospel and ask us questions about what they read. They also ask us stuff like "After we get baptized, do you guys keep coming to visit us?" To which we respond "Um YEAH! Of course we will!" Really, just pure awesomeness. 

We found a bunch of people this last week, and we just have good stuff going. Still lots of rejection from people, but we just keep going on and talking to people. My companion Elder Thompson is a super solid guy, and he helps me open my mouth and just keep going till the end of the day. It was a good week. 

This gospel is true. It simply is. I have never been so convinced of it in my life. There simply is nothing better. 

"Shall we not go on in such great a cause?" -Joseph Smith

Love,

Elder Kendall 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Transfers, and a Whole lot of 'em!


Hey everybody! 

Okay, so this week went especially fast, the time just slipped on by. Well, not a whole lot happened this week really, Elder Amato was pretty much just getting stuff ready to go home the whole week, and we didn't get to teach as much. 

But, there is still a really good thing about this week, and it is the Vargus family. They are really so very prepared by the Lord. They attended church for the second time this week, and they just loved it. This time the whole family went, and they all enjoyed it a bunch. We had to move their baptismal date to the third of June because the 27th of May is stake conference, but other than that until now there is nothing but time and more learning that is stopping them from being baptized. Carlos, the dad, has told us many times that he found the truth, and that he wants to feel and experience baptism so much. 

The daughter, Karen, told us she had a dream one night, where she couldn't sleep or do anything because she wanted to know the truth. She was praying a ton, and reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Then she dreamed that she saw some ancient scrolls like the ones the Old Testament was written on, and that while she was reading she heard someone tell her that it was the truth, that this was the correct path. Amazing!! They are so excited, and I’m just humbled to know that God has placed them in our hands to simply help them along. 

Also Transfers! So, Elder Amato left, and so did half of the missionaries in the zone! 9 of the 18 missionaries got transferred, and the zone is so new now. I’m super pumped to see how things are going to go, we are going to have a whole lot more missionaries now that are a lot more excited about the work. I have good feelings about this transfer, I know that we are going to be able to do great things. My new companion is Elder Thompson, he is from Moroni Utah, and is a great guy. It is going to be a great time. Also, there are now sister missionaries in Casablanca!!!! They kicked the Elders out and put sisters in! That is a huge change! It will be interesting to see. 

That was this week. I love the mission, gotta take advantage of every day that is left. Because time goes too fast. 

Love,

Elder Kendall

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Another week gone by ?!?


Well, hey everybody!! This week passed by quickly, which always happens. But we did so many things this week. We did three different exchanges, and let me tell you that doing that can drain you pretty good! We have done five now in the past two weeks. It has been fun.

So I gotta tell you guys about the Vargus family. They are amazing. Last week my companion received them as a reference from a family of members that we have been working with, and Sunday on the 16th we went to teach them for the first time.

And they are just pure awesomeness. The next time my companion went to visit them with another missionary, and we had left the Plan of Salvation pamphlet for them to read as homework. Afterwards we felt like we should have left the Restoration instead.  When my companion got there, they said "We didn’t read the pamphlet because God told us told us not to do it." My companion said "Yes, that is because He wanted us to share this message, The Restoration, instead." And they all felt the spirit confirming that it was true. They listened to the message and understood it all. They said that it filled them up. Like there was a hole that was being filled. And they accepted a baptismal date. 

The next time I went to visit with another Elder, and we talked about the importance of reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and attending church. They just said that it was all amazing that we taught and they just wanted to do all three. And they attended church! They loved it, and they also told us that they were married in 2001. Which is really just amazing. 

They should be getting baptized the 27th of May for sure. It was pretty awesome.

That’s all I have time for, but we got lots of good things to do now. And it feels good. 

Love,

 

Elder Kendall

Yeah, we played paintball... Sort of...
It wasn't actually paint, it was just rubber balls. Pain. Hahahahaha!


It was pretty intense, couldn't see a thing, and it was pretty close quarters.
But still a good time...


Monday, April 17, 2017

The Lord's Hand In All Things


Hey everyone how is it all goin? Good?

This week we had a lot of really good things happen, and I saw some really big miracles and the hand of the Lord in our area. Since it was Semana Santa (Holy Week) we shared with every person the initiative of the church about the Prince of Peace. I love that video, and the whole idea of peace. So many people in Colombia need that peace, there are a lot of hard things that people have to deal with here. 

We also did lots of exchanges this week, and it was pretty fun. We were able to find 17 new people to teach this week! There is a family of members, the Rodriguez family, that we have been working with for a while now trying to find and teach some of their friends or neighbors but it never happened. Until this week! I don't know exactly what changed this week from those in the past, but the Lord truly blessed and helped us finally teach these people. We found 11 references from the Rodriguez family this week, and there are a lot of families. It was a really wonderful thing, and now we have a whole lot of work to do. I hope that we will continue to be able to find new people to teach as well. 

The Lord truly works in mysterious ways. But I am so very grateful that He helped us out with these people. I know that God lives, because I have seen His wonderful hand change people’s lives. And I'm learning how it is possible that He can change mine.

Love,

Elder Kendall

Monday, April 10, 2017

Semana Santa and Vacations (but not for the missionaries)


Hey everyone! This transfer is just going by wicked fast like everyone has since I started the mission. There are only three weeks left until my companion finishes his mission. We have plans to do six exchanges in these next two weeks (if you don't know, that is a lot), and the time is going to FLY. This week is Semana Santa (holy week), and so there will be lots of partying and lots of vacationing. It should be fun.

Our zone did some great stuff this week, and were able to baptize three people, which is what we were able to baptize in the past two months combined. And, this week there are also four more people who should be baptized this week! So we are getting things going here in the zone, and I hope that we can keep going with this excitement for the work, we have needed it.

We in our area are still working on new people, our only hope for baptism before Elder Amato leaves told us on Sunday that they don’t want to get married anymore for the problems they have been having. So we are working on that as well. We did get to meet with the Bermudes family, and it was super good. Hopefully we can visit them again this week. 

That’s pretty much all I got time for, this week will be good and I’m excited to keep going!

Love,

Elder Kendall

I found one of my favorite kids ever! Santiago! He is from Casablanca, seriously super cool guy

Me with a sweet puppy


Us at conference :)

We went to Monserrate!! It was super fun, the second time I've gone on the mission





The back part of Monserrate

Super Poopy (means something entirely different in Colombia than what you are thinking... hahaha!) Chinese buffet place we went to afterwards!!

LLAMA!!! What more can I say?