Birthdays and Baptisms

I’m older. I am older than most of the missionaries I came out with. Sigh.


Been a sick week. Had another baptism today and will be having my 6th baptism. 6th! Todd was baptized my 1st week here, I physically baptized Bob and Jesse Graham and Nixon Tataipu was baptized yesterday on my birthday!

Next week is Jamie Funk’s, the most golden investigator ever. He would be baptized today if possible. He’s 19 and is just eating up everything. He loves church, YSA FHE, the addiction recovery program, everything we give him that involves the church. He studies the BoM every day and wants to meet every night.


Was almost in a tornado. I didn’t die, but I really wanted to see a tornado. I made a couple of videos while Kansas was freaking out with me, my zl who I was on exchanges on and the Spanish elders who thought biking was a good idea.

I love Topeka. I’m in a ward with really cool members who love missionary work. Also had an awesome bday, thanks for all the emails and the letters/packages. I love them.
Been working on humility lately. I try not to let myself fall into a rut, or to get lazy. Elder Limb, the red head in the district pic, is the best thing to happen to me so far on the mission. I don’t think I’d have learned as much as I am if I was anywhere else.image2

I’m blessed because of all the miracles I’ve seen out here. Been going HAAM out here, making every day count. That’s all Lord wants us to do every day of the life He has given us. I’m super grateful to everybody who is supporting me on my mission. I’ll send more videos!

Elder Candland
KWM 2016-2018


Mother’s Day Poem


Mission Mom

This woman raised him, instilled the desire in his heart,

Taught him what’s right and what’s wrong,

Showed how to love those whom are apart,

And showed him all of the primary songs.


She struggled when he was moody, or crabby

She laughed when he tried to eat a whole cake,

She had joy when he was happy,

And cried when he made horrible mistakes.


This woman is praiseworthy, truly extraordinary,

Probably the true missionary then he is,

Her teachings and love is what he does carry,

Preaching in Kansas that Christ does live.


Though it’s cold in April and it snows at odd times,

Though he’s stuck in nowhere and it smells like poo,

He trucks forward, for to not love is a crime,

He’ll teach to the Kansan people that this church is true.


He cooks for himself, like his mother taught him,

He cleans his clothes, like his mother taught him,

He always follows through, like mama taught him,

He loves everyone, like his mother showed him,


He left a job, but he can always get a new job,

He left behind girls, but now isn’t the time,

He left behind his family, the one given to him by God,

But to give others that blessing is joy sublime.


Because I have been given much, I too must give,

Just like the sweet mother who showed me love,

Showed me humility, charity, patience and a new way to live,

And give back with appreciation to the God above,


He has a lot to make up for, the list is long

Scars of sins on him still remains,

But the true healing process has begun

And to feel the atonement wipe away his pains.


Mother, may I say a few words?

Christ bore my sins, carried me up, changed my heart; loves me no matter what.

Christ is best represented by you, who bears, carries me,

Changes my heart with the unending love you have for me.

I can say I have an unending love for you, no a thing I wouldn’t do for you.

What haven’t I already done for you? I have repented, I do you proud by serving our God and lead the other of your children to follow him.

I love you father who taught me all I need to be a real man.

Hug him for me, shed some tears that are flowing down my eyes, and say, “Your son honors and loves you for all you have done, to support my beloved mother and my siblings and he wears your name in pride.”

Hug all my siblings and whisper in their ear, “Tre loves you with all of his heart.”

Mom, have all of them hug you and say this with teary eyes, “There isn’t a thing on this earth that your boy wouldn’t give up right now to have you hug him right now. Not a thing he would keep to be able to hear you say, ‘I love you’.”

I love you with a fullness of my soul and heart and mind. Your son will never forget you.


Love you, mom!

Elder Candland

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Howdy from Top City! aka Topeka

Howdy from Top City!

Elder Limb is my new comp. He was the AP when I got here and prez told me that the reason why is because the Lord wants me to soak up all of his AP knowledge and to be a leader. I don’t wanna do that. I like just doing missionary work, not paper work.

I got a really nice apartment and car, but the last elder had bad knees, so they used up all the miles. So I bike… You happy, Mom?

The ward is super sick and super supportive of the missionaries. We get fed a crap ton. Too bad I still have money, or else I’d be saving it. Mom, I kinda need some more dinero, preferably as soon as possible so in case I need some in an emergency, I’m not completely useless.

Had baptism, his name is Todd. He is super awesome, living in this house pretty much full of recent converts. Have another on May 1st. Nixon got special permission for that so his dad could go. And it’s my birthday, it’s pretty awesome. Also met Jaime, the most solid 19 year old I’ve ever met. He is full of the most heartfelt desire to come unto Christ and is planning to be baptized on the 7th. He is awesome and so ready for it.

Elder Limb, my new trainer is awesome. Is super otoi ( if you are confused remember to check out the KWM Dictionary of Missionary Lingo) and just passionate about missionary work. We have been working hard for the past couple of days. He leaves for home in a couple of weeks, so got to soak up his red head AP knowledge as fast as I can. He’s from Beaver, Utah. Also got a haircut. That’s also why I’m broke.

To my famila and friends, learned an important lesson from God this week. He knows better. I’ve never really understood until now. I can see this is where I am meant to be, and there are people who I am meant to meet. If someone in your priesthood leadership tells you the Lord’s will, do it. You cannot do better than he who is perfect. I can’t do it, since I’m so far from perfect. Hope the Lord can work miracles in my heart.

Elder Candland
KWM 2016-2018