Monday, August 28, 2017

Arepas De Huevo and Miracle Baptism!

Guess what?? I got to baptize my last Saturday in the mission field!!!!!

Hey everybody! What's up?
Well this week went crazy fast. I don't like it. But it still all goes so fast.
This week Elder Cuba and I talked to a ton of people and tried as hard as we could to find some new people to teach. We were able to find a couple of new investigators, but mostly the people that seemed like they were really interested fell through, so we have been walking and searching and praying to find more people to teach. I have faith that this week will be the week that we will find God's chosen. It kind of has to be as well because this week is my last one in the field! 
But anyways, We worked really hard and invited everybody to the big activity that we had on Saturday, it was a big Family Home Evening with a food that’s called "Arepa De Huevo" and it is pretty darn tasty! We made in total about 180 arepas, and there were only like 6 left over, and so a ton of members and a bunch of investigators were able to come! It was a lot of fun.
Before the activity of "Arepa De Huevo", the sister missionaries had a baptism! Her name is Zaida Ramirez, and she was pretty much a miracle! She attended the church for about 2 years in Bogota, but then she moved to a place here in Ibague, and she came with the desires to be baptized! And to my surprise, the sister missionaries told me that I was going to baptize her! I was not expecting that at all, and was so grateful. I had felt a little sad about how in this time we have not been able to have any investigators progressing toward baptism, and I thought that my opportunities to baptize were going to be over. But God truly gave me a tender mercy. God is very good. He blessed me in my last Saturday as a missionary.
Also, this was my last Sunday here in Campiña, and the Branch President also surprised me. He called Elder Jones, Elder Cuba and I to go up for the confirmation of Sister Zaida, and then He said to me "This is your last one". And gave me the opportunity to do the confirmation! And I had to say goodbye and give my testimony to the branch. 
I love these people, so much. I have been blessed so much by the hand of the Lord. 
Here goes to my last week preaching the word! 
Elder Kendall

God let me baptize my last Saturday as a missionary!  God is so good!

We also had a super cool activity with Arepa De Huevo!  It was super fun!!

Brother Bedoya, he is flippin awesome!

Arepa De Huevo (with egg).  It is a thing they love here in Colombia!


Monday, August 21, 2017

There Must Be An Opposition in All Things

I do apologize, My time is short today. But how is everyone doing over there?
It has been an interesting week, we have really seen lots of opposition in our area lately, our investigators have been moving out of our area or telling us that they don't want to be baptized, and we really need some new people!
Me and Elder Cuba have been trying really hard to find new people to teach, and we should be able to find more this week. Unfortunatly none of our investigators came to church this week, but I know that in order for us to recieve the blessings we must first go through the tribulation. I am hopeful that we will find someone who is willing to listen and act. 

I gave my last talk here in Campiña this last Sunday, and I felt so happy as I testified of this work. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I just Love it.

Elder Kendall

Monday, August 14, 2017

I Am Trying to Treasure the Time I Have Left

Well the time is going way to fast, but that isn't very new. Time has never been very nice to missionaries.
Well we had a pipe kinda break in our house this week and so our house kinda filled with water and we had to go to the other Elders house this week pretty much every day untill we could get it fixed. I love the mission, because there is always an adventure to be had, like sweeping up water from your apartment floor! 
But we had a hard time finding good people once again this week, although we had the help of a really cool guy named Fransisco Sierra. He is a returned missionary from Venezuela, and he was accompanying us quite a bit. We taught the Sanchez family again Yesterday, the family that we found last week, and they are pretty excited to be able to go back to church! But, unfortunatly nobody attended church this week, it has been a little hard in that aspect. 
Me and Elder Cuba have talked and we have felt like we have been getting better working together and trying hard, but the people have been somewhat hard of heart lately. However, Because my time is short I feel pretty pumped to just keep trying and doing the best that I can. We have some good people, we just gotta find some more. 
I am trying to treasure this time that i have left, and am really trying to enjoy every last moment, and I just love the mission.


Elder Kendall

Monday, August 7, 2017

My Last Multi-Zone Conference, With Girardot!

Multi zone conference.... my last one....

Hey everyone... Are we in August already!? Weird... 

This month is windy Kite flying month, so that is pretty cool, there have been a lot of kite buying this week. I remember that a year ago when I was in Casablanca the parks were full of people flying kites, cool stuff!

So this week we had a hard time finding, and the Rodriguez family told us that they thought that they were going into things too fast, and that they probably won’t be able to attend every Sunday and such things. So we are going to focus more on Leidy, who is the oldest daughter who seems to be the most interested in our message. 

I also had my last Multi-Zone Conference this week... on Friday with the Zone Girardot! And at the beginning, I had to give my last testimony. And it was a crazy thing. I can't believe that I have gotten to the point of giving my last testimony, the time has gone really fast. It was a hard thing to do, but I felt good doing it as well. I feel like it still hasn't hit me that I will be home in 4 weeks....

Elder Palma also gave his last testimony. 

And we found a new family on Sunday! Nobody attended church unfortunately, but this family that we met are awesome. They are the Sanchez family, and they live in the same apartment complex as us. We found them looking through our old investigators spot in our area book, and we decided to look for them! They are a family of 4, With the mom and her 3 children. They met the missionaries about 3 years ago, and about a year ago the missionaries never went back. The 2 daughters and the son were going to be baptized, but their mom never gave them permission. But now the oldest daughter is 21, the next is 18, and the brother is 15.

They were pretty excited to have us back, the mom also really likes the missionaries, she just never really listened to their message before. So this Tuesday we are going to teach them again and invite them to be baptized! 

The Lord is always aware of his missionaries.


Elder Kendall

I got my package

Is my mom nuts?  Soap?  For my birthday?  Is she trying to tell me something?  Am I really that smelly? XD

We went to Juntas again... BUT AS A ZONE!!!!

I love Elder Palma!!!!