March 13, 2017
This week has been great, we’ve had a ton of sweet miracles happen this week. Robert is doing good, he’s been coming to church for the past 5 weeks, and he’s been getting more and more excited for his baptism. We had to re explain the Word of Wisdom to him because he forgot about coffee, and had some on the day it snowed because he was cold. We talked to him and he’s committed to never drink it again, making him even more solid than ever. He’s a funny guy, always making jokes and telling us never to say awesome. He really doesn’t like that word. He threatened to haunt us, every time, but he says he forgives us and that it’s okay if we say it, because he forgets and he sometimes says it. He also tripped over saying his name and called himself Bobert, so we died laughing at his apartment.

We’ve found some new people to teach, finally, which is amazing to me. We tried a former yesterday, and her husband answered the door and he was open, talking about how he was a member in Arizona, was going to serve a mission, but he got married instead and his records were lost when he moved to Kansas. He invited us back and we plan on seeing them this week asap. We also met a guy name nick, who is super cool, because he’s met with missionaries when he first moved to Lawrence. He’s down for learning more, we’ve just got to find out if he’s ysa or if he’s in our ward.

We also met a guy named Ryan that we almost dropped, but we gave him one last try. He finally answered and we have a return appointment with him this Thursday.

I hope all of you have a good week, and I’m excited for Robert, he should be getting baptized not this week but next week.


Pushed Back Again

March 6, 2017

This week has been great. We have been praying and fasting (which we all know I am not the best at fasting), to find new and more people to teach. We’ve have found a ton of solid people, but we had to give them to the Wakarusa elders because they don’t live in our area. Sigh. We got to keep some, because they are too old to be given to the ysa elders, and just barely in our area. Yay!

Robert was getting baptized last week, but their has been some issues we are figuring out in the ward, so we had to push it back to the end of the month. He showed up again wearing his suit and was able to stay for all 3 hours of 8:30 am church with out having too bad back pains. He is a trooper and he loved it and asked if he could come back next week. I freaking love Robert, such a good guy. He wants to loose weight, so he invited us to workout with him this Wednesday, so we are going to hit the weights with him, It’s going to be pretty cool.
Something President McCusition asked me a couple nights ago on a call was this.
“Why didn’t the savior run away from the garden of Gethsemane?” He had a 500 yd dash and he would be in a wilderness that he knew better than anyone else. He could disappear and the disciples would have ended the bible with this kind of account.
“And we awoke, and we knew not where he was. We searched the garden, returned to the upper room, and searched his favorite places, and we couldn’t find him. We went back to the garden and found a set of footprints in the sand leading into the wilderness and we followed them, but they disappeared and we couldn’t follow them. We have to assume the father took up his son, not letting him suffer a violent death. He did everything he could, and God took up his son before he could be tortured a violent death. Now we know the love of God, and assume the master was translated.”
Why didn’t Jesus, a innocent, perfect man, run from a punishment that he didn’t deserve?
I want to hear your responses, and I’ll right my answer next week, but know God is there and Jesus christ never ran and is here to save you, in such an intimate way, because the atonement wasn’t some generalized act to save all man kind, but it was a personal atonement, one that christ felt and suffered for each and everyone. He had temptations, but he suffered and choose to follow his Father.
Elder Candland


February 27, 2017

So, I decided to write early, we are at our apartments gym they have for residents, so I have WiFi right now. This week has been pretty crazy, our ward has had some concerns with Robert, and let us know 2 days before his baptism, and he was really understanding and said we can push it back.
Today, President Elliot, President McCuistion’s 2nd counselor, called us and told us our ward council had concerns and called them. We have things figured out, but the lack of communication is frustrating.
We’ve been working with DD and she is really progressing, she’s finally reading and praying ¬†with real intent, and she is really beginning to understand what we’ve been telling her for the past 6 months! We’ve also beginning to try and find more people to teach, so we’ll see how that goes.
I appreciate all of you, and I really am thankful for a god who sent his son to pay the price of sin so we can be more like him and be free of sin.
There are Hills in Kansas
We also gave Robert a hair cut and he showed up in a suit on Sunday, what a cool guy. I hope everyone is doing well. Love ya!
Elder Candland
KWM 2016-2018