One More!

May 1, 2017

I’m staying another transfer in the wonderful Lawrence 1st Ward, whoooooo!
Me and my companion, Chris (nicknamed this because it’s shorter than Elder Christensen), are going to kill it here.
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We just had an awesome experience with President McCuistion and then we had stake conference. I’m working on building up on my testimony of the Book of Mormon, so I can better testify of it to those I teach. I know it is true, but to better help those I teach, I want it to be the most priceless thing in my life.
I’ve finally had my last birthday on my mission, which is weird, because it’s getting ominously closer to the day I might not be in my beloved Kansas anymore.
I got sick during Zone Conference and I’ve been recouping and so there aren’t much stories from this week other than I’ve been sick and haven’t been able to stay awake for most things.
Feeling better, just weird with how often I get sick in my mission. Oh well.
Love you guys tons!
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It’s Been a Good Week

April 24, 2017

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We’ve been having a good week, especially since we have found some sweet people to work with, one of them is named Kenneth, who’s the coolest guy ever. He is Erika’s fiance, who is the mom of this solid family we are working with. They love to play ball, and they all came to church this Sunday. Kenneth is pretty cool, he’s a rapper, and he’s talking about us going to one of his recording sessions.
We’ve also been talking to this man named CJ, who is a pretty dope dude, who’s now praying about baptism.
We have interviews with President tomorrow, pretty excited to talk to him again. I feel like I’ve changed so much over the past year, and it only feels like yesterday I left the MTC. I have my last birthday on my mission and it signals me growing up, something so different and weird. I’ve grown up so much and given so much to the Lord, Jesus Christ, yet I know I can give more.
I’m praying to find out what more I can give, and the strength to do so.
Love you guys tons!

Love,
Elder Candland
KWM 2016-2018

Robert’s Baptism

March 27, 2017

This has been a killer week. It’s been hard to open up this area. The sisters before did not keep the records up to date, everyone has been out of town for spring break, and we don’t know a ton of people here. It felt good though to have found someone solid, her name is Robin. She is someone Elder Daly and I found while waiting for our companions to come out. She’s read to Mosiah 16, and she’s learning a ton. We invited her to Robert Mitchell’s baptism, and she stayed for Women’s Conference.

She didn’t come to church,  she sent us a weird text, about how she slept in and that she over stepped her boundaries. We asked her what she means, but she hasn’t responded.

I was able to perform both the baptism and confirmation of Robert Mitchell.

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I’m so happy, but I missed the sacrament because an Elder made me wait with his investigators in Second Ward while he did a confirmation in our ward. He left after the confirmation from what Elder Christensen said and I waited for a total of 20 to 30 minutes until he got back so I could go to my ward. He was chilling in the hall, and I had to dash into the hall, and I saw that the sacrament was all done.

Elder Christensen and I are getting along great. I feel better around him and I don’t feel reserved at all. He’s a good District Leader, trying to help the sisters do better in their new area, and he really wants to work. It is pretty cool he is just a natural in Lawrence. He’s a baller missionary, working hard and talking to everyone. He is from American Fork, Utah, plays football, and doesn’t understand how to cut his hair. I cut his hair and it looked good, but he wanted it short when I was in the bathroom, and he shaved off a ton of his hair. It was funny to see what he had done to his hair.

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Love you guys tons.

Love,
Elder Candland
KWM 2016-2018

Defender of Faith

I am currently using my companion’s iPad since mine is out of action. It’s been a rough week for it and me.
So, we had a great week at first, everyone was so accepting. We found 17 new investigators, and about 9 people committed to church and about 4 committed to baptism. Sunday rolls around and only one person shows.
We ran around frantically to all of our people and tried to help them, but they are coming to church next Sunday. 😔
We got to go the spring training game with one of my favorite families, the Kemas, who rock, and who I love a lot.

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Brother Kema is a coach for KU football, so we got to get some cool picks, and we got to meet 3-time pro-baller, Super Bowl Champion Chris Harris.

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Elder Christensen freaked out.
When we had dinner with the Kemas on Wednesday, Brother Kema fell in
love with me, and said he wants to feed us all week, give us protein
for working out, and KU swag.
Right before we left, he told me he had a going away gift for me and
brought out this sword.

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He told me teach by the spirit and defend the faith.

Love you guys!
Elder Candland

Come Unto Christ

April 10, 2017

This week has been a rough week. At first, it was going great, we found some solid people, one of them is Edgar Branch, who saw us waving to people on the side of the street, pulled over and told us that he isn’t a member yet, and that he studied the Book of Mormon before, but he’s a little bit racist, he likes the parts where God curses the Lamanites for being wicked and makes them black. But we talked it over with him and he’s reading the Book of Mormon to find more about it.

John Powell dropped us. Apparently, what he felt wasn’t true or something. He ignored us knocking on his door, and his mom finally opened the last time we tried, and she tried to tell us to go away, but Elder Christensen is a baller and got her to get John and for him to tell us to go away. She opened the door and John was sitting there with tobacco in his hand and he was playing on his laptop. He told us he didn’t want to talk to us, and to close the [insert curse word here] door. We left, wondering how he became so twisted and angry at us.

We found Robin, but she isn’t progressing, she was invited to church today, but she didn’t come. We are working with her.

We lost our day on Saturday, we got wrapped up into cleaning up Come unto Christ. Come unto Christ is an event Lawrence and Topeka does that is a walk tour of Jesus Christ’s life, and it is super cool. It is probably the most detailed I’ve seen except for the Bible videos. The whole church is decked out for this, and it was cool to do. We got roped into cleaning up on Saturday. We didn’t get finished until 7 at night, and we had a hard time getting to our people. We promised the Lord we will do better next time.

Elder Christensen is from American Fork, Utah, loves the Broncos, football, sports in general, winning, darts, missionary work, soda, working out, and he hates losing, the Ravens, and fish or seafood in general. He is the oldest of 3, he went straight out of high school, he is 19, his favorite color is orange, he wants to do business when he gets home. Make money work for him, that’s his dream. He wants to own McDonald’s.

The ward is good, still getting use to the idea of elders, so we’ve been lacking in meals, but it’s slowly picking up. We had 0 meals last week, and I nearly died. General Conference nearly killed us. We had our first meal with the coolest family named the Boyacks, and they are the funniest and have the cutest little girl named Dorothy. They named her that because she is their first born in Kansas, and she is four and was playing all sorts of games while we were there. We had some good Italian food, and they have this thing they do on Sunday’s, where they get this bag, put a ton of countries in it, then make the food that Sunday or next Sunday, then they learn about it. It was tons of fun. They told us of all the weird food they ate and it must have been fun. We got lucky and got a real Italian meal, it was delicious.

I hope you guys have a good week. I’ve learned a ton from Come unto Christ, and I want to say that when we find out our reasons for learning more about Jesus Christ, we must go after it and seize and make it a part of our hearts. I want you to seek for those things and go for it.

Love you guys tons!

 

P.S. the last picture is from Tuesday, where I ripped my pants from lifting this giant rock and I was given this robe to wear while they showed up my pants.

 

Love,

Elder Candland

KWM 2016-2018

Lake Powell and Kills the Enemy

April 3, 2017

So, to explain the title, we found some solid people.

Robin is reclaimed, she accepted a baptismal date for the 22nd of April, and she came to conference. We found out her last name is ‘Kills the Enemy’. Native people have the best last names. We also met this guy name John Powell, who is so elect, who is also on date for the 22nd and he saw us and immediately wanted to join. He said his girlfriend is a member in Massachusetts, and he needs what the church has. He believed exactly what we told him, and believes Joseph Smith is a prophet, and that he saw God face to face.

Soooo cool.

Not much else has happened.

Really enjoyed Elder Palmer’s remarks in the last session of conference, talking about looking people with the eyes of Christ, Mark 10, and realized about why we are asked to do the hard things in life. God knows our potential in life and that’s why he asks for more.

We played a fun racket ball tourney, got 3rd place out of all, so it was tons of fun.

I haven’t answered a question I posed probably a couple of months ago. I would like to finish it. Why didn’t the Savior run away?

It is because he loved God and couldn’t bear to let him down. When we become so converted to the gospel, we begin to lives that are filled with love, instead of sayings or thoughts like ” I need to be morally clean, because my parents won’t love me or be proud of me,” or “I’m afraid of going into a lower kingdom or being punished, so that is why I live a morally clean life.” But it becomes, “I am morally clean, because I love the savior, and I want to one day stand before him and say I am clean, because I love you.” That is the reason why Jesus Christ didn’t run away. This isn’t the only reason, but it is one I believe helped him become the Savior of all mankind.

Hope all of you have a great week. I love you guys’ tons, and I hope all of you pray about the things you need from our loving Heavenly Father. I leave my testimony with you and more.

 

Love,

Elder Candland

KWM 2016-2018