Badal and Kreyling Backroads Tennessee
"Ammon said unto him: I am a man; and man in the beginning was created after the image of God, and I am called by his Holy Spirit to teach these things unto this people, that they may be brought to a knowledge of that which is just and true; And a portion of that Spirit dwelleth in me, which giveth me knowledge and also power according to my faith and desires which are in God."
Alma 18:34-35

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

E-mail #22 of 2011 5/31/2011 Week 58

She wanted to see us...

Hola familia!

Well, things are going pretty well here in the Great Tennessee Knoxville Mission! We saw Z. and he said he's been feeling the spirit in our meetings. But, he wouldn't commit to be baptized. He said it's like a battle going on inside his head of what he was taught growing up and what we are teaching him. We feel that he will accept it soon though. We saw S. R. this past week. His sister is a member in Gainsville. She is deaf and she called during one of our lessons. She wanted to see us so we were able to see and speak to her via video phone. It was pretty cool. She seemed really excited that he was meeting with us. He hasn't made it out to church yet because he has back problems. So, we are going to see him tonight and promise him that he will feel well enough to make it to church if that is his desire and he shows his effort to do so. Because he hasn't made it to church yet we are going to change his baptismal date to the 18th of June. Other than that he seems solid Do you remember M. and S.? Well, it turns out that they are married. We stopped by a few days ago and she said we could go back yesterday. So, we went with a member and had a pretty good lesson. We are going to see them on Friday. We had a short FHE with the member who went with us to see them and his family. We committed them to invite someone to the next FHE. On of them said they have a friend who is looking for a church! So, we hope that we can find a new investigator this week. Oh, I don't think I told you but the district meeting trainings this transfer are all on finding. Elder Phippen has asked me to give the training this week. I'm excited! Oh, this past thursday there was a district leader training at the stake center. Elder Phippen and I went and it was really good. Let's see... I think that's about everything for this week. Everything is going great. I love being a missionary! The Church is True!!! I love y'all!!!


Elder Kreyling
Mom's Weekly Questions

Q. Como les fue esta semana con la obra?

A. Bien.

Q. S. R. todavía planea en bautizarse el 11 de junio?

A. No, vamos a visitarle esta noche y vamos a cambiar la fecha al 18 de junio ( el todavia no ha asistido a la iglesia).

Q. Visitaron a W. y H. el viernes?

A. Si, visitamos a H. y su novio Z.. Tratamos de comprometerle pero el no lo acepto. Pero, creemos que con el tiempo el lo acepara. Vamos a visitar a W. y su familia esta noche.

Q. Como está el tiempo? Aquí está un poco frio y con mucho viento.

A. Aqui hace calor.

Q. Que a pasado con H.P.?

A. Nada. Su carro no sirve y por eso el no asistio a la iglesia. El se va a otro lugar de Georgia. Pero , el va a regresar los fines de las semanas.

Q. Visitaron a A.?

A. Fuimos a visitarle pero el no estuvo en casa.

Q. han conseguido nuevos investigadores por medio de las clases de Ingles?

A. Todavia no. Un miembro de la iglesia es el maestro ahora! Todavia vamos a ayudar.

Q. Cuáles son las cosas que le gustan hacer al Elder Phippen y cuantos hermanos y hermanas tiene?

A. El tiene tres hermanos y una hermana. El le gusta jugar al basquetbol.

Q. Como estas de salud? Haz subido o bajado de peso?

A. Estoy bien de salud. Yo no he subido o bajado mucho de peso.

Q. Compraste los zapatos?

A. Todavia no. Espero que vayamos a comprarlos el dia de p que viene.

Q. Tienes más preguntas para nosotros?

A. Uds. todavia tienen las cartas para la camera? No recibieron mis cartas Sam y Michelle? Todavia esta en casa Michelle?

Q. Qué cosas necesitas que te mande?
A. Solamente las cosas que les he pedido

Monday, May 23, 2011

E-mail #21 of 2011 5/23/2011 Week 57

I Served With Your Dad...

Hola familia!
Well, this past week we contacted a referral named S. R.. His sister and bro in law are members. He went to the temple open house and really seemed to like that. He accepted a soft commitment in our first lesson. He came to the church on saturday and we gave him a church tour. We invited him to be baptized on June 11 and he said it's very possible that he will that day. Then he saw a baptism. He said he was coming to church but he didn't show for some reason... We tried stopping by his place but he wasn't there. We are going to try to see him soon. This is our bike week and it's a bit far away. But, we are going to do what we can!
We are still teaching W. and H. the new member lessons. They are still doing great. I guess H. didn't come to church last week because she went to her boyfriend's (Z.'s) church. But, she did it so he would come to the right church yesterday They both showed up and it seemed like the majority of the messages were what he needed to hear. The Elder's quorum president seemed to change the plans when he saw Z.. He called on all of the converts to bear their testimony and conversion story. It was sweet! We are seeing the both of them this friday. We hope things progress with him!
Nothing happened with H.P. this week because of graduation and his Grandfather being in the hospital. But, we should be seeing him the last half of the week
Hey dad I met sister Barrett from your mission. She is the mom of Sister Place who just finished her mission. She was a transfers and she tapped me on the shoulder and said, "I served with your dad". I was a bit confused for a moment then she said, "We both served in the same mission!" So, I was just letting you know that I met her!
Oh, Elder Sexton is one of my Zone Leaders now. We went on an exchange and I was with Elder Sexton for the day
Well, I think that's everything for the week. Have a great week and I love Y'all!!!
Elder Barry Kreyling

Mom’s questions

Q. Como se llama tu nuevo compa, de donde es y cuanto tiempo tiene en la misión?

A. Elder Phippen. Es de SLC, Utah. West Jordan pienso. El tiene 16 meses en la mision.

Q. Encontraron nuevos investigadores esta semana?

A. Si. Contactamos una referencia que se llama S. R.. Le ensenamos acerca de La Restauracion y la Doctrina de Cristo. El acepto un compromiso suave. El vino a la iglesia el sabado para una visita (tour) de la iglesia y para ver un bautismo. Entre la visita y el bautismo le invitamos a ser bautizado el 11 de junio. El casi dijo "si". El nos dijo que quiere bautizarse y es muy posible que sera bautizado el 11 de junio. Pero, el no asistio a la iglesia ayer. Vamos a visitarle pronto para averiguar que paso.

Q. Como está A.?

A. No sabemos pero vamos a tratar de visitarle esta noche.

Q. Como están H. D. and W. E.?

A. Bien. Estamos ensenando el novio de H. El se llama Z.. El asistio a la iglesia ayer.

Q. Como esta H.P. (C.)?.

A. Creo que esta bien. No le hemos visto esta ultima semana pero vamos a visitarle esta semana.

Q. Ya visitaron la pupusiera?

A. Todavia no. Pero comimos pupusas ayer! Oh, los padres del Elder Henriquez (el comp del Elder Robison) son del Salvador

Q Como les va con las clases de Ingles?

A. Bien. El barrio ha recibido una cosa de la iglesia para ensenar ingles! Y va a llamar un maestro

Q. How are you doing with the chia?

A. Bien. Es interesante haha. (Good. It's interestng)

Q. Do you have questions for us?

A. Yeah, what's going on with all of the proposals? haha

Dad’s questions

Q. Are you being obedient?

A. Yes

Q. Are you working hard/smart?

A. Yes

Q. Writing in your journal?

A. Yes, I'm catching up at the moment.

Q. Taking lots of pictures?

A. Not lots but I am taking pictures.

Monday, May 16, 2011

E-mail #20 of 2011 5/16/2011 Week 56

We got to ride in a police car

Hola Familia!
Well, as usual this week seemed to fly by. Transfers are this Wednesday and Elder Hedgecock is going home. I'll be staying in Dalton West. I have a pretty good idea of who my next companion will be. Elder Robison, in Dalton East, is training a new missionary. The greenie might be from El Salvador! But, he can't remember for sure haha.
This past Saturday we went to Ringold to help with the destruction from the tornadoes. It is still pretty bad up there. But, we heard from our stake and mission president that we are to stop going up there. Just us missionaries. I believe both wards here will continue going up about once a week or so to help out. When we went we got some yellow shirts that say "Mormon helping hands" on them. They are pretty cool.
We saw A. this past week. He got jumped a little over a week ago. Crazy! He had several injuries on his face and such. He was on some pain killers and so he was a little out of it. We gave him a blessing. He's told us he believes it's true and everything. So, hopefully he gets feeling better soon so we can resume teaching.
This week we visited H.D. and W. E.. They are both doing well. We went to see them with Bro B., whose name is also Barry! Anyways, he is a policeman. So, we got to ride in is police car, which is actully an suv thing. I'm not gonna lie it was pretty sweet haha! We also taught our English class this week. Two members showed up. We are still working on getting our investigators there so hopefully we'll start seeing more people show up.
Well, that's about everything for this week. Oh, I started using the chia seeds. I'll let you know how those are working soon. Thanks for everything. I love y'all!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO
Elder Kreyling

Q. Que hicieron para el día de esta semana?
A. Jugamos al ping pong y pool en un buffet del sur.
Q. Encontraron nuevos investigadores esta semana?
A. Si. No les hemos visto otra vez entonces yo no se si son legit.
Q. Como están L., A., G. and M.?
A. M. se fue a Mexico. El va a regresar en dos o tres semanas. A. leyo un poco. Vamos a visitarle manana. Hemos tratado de visitar a L. y G. pero ellos no estuvieron en casa.
Q. Alguna persona interesante esta semana y por qué?
A. H.P. El es amigo de una miembro y su familia (C.). El asistio a la iglesia ayer. Le hablamos y el ha estado leyendo en el Libro de Mormon. Esta en 2 Nefi 4 y el nos dijo que le encanta el Libro de Mormon! Vamos a ensenarle esta noche con la familia C..
Q. Alguna experiencia spiritual esta semana y por qué?
A. Ayer en la iglesia tuvimos un entranamiento por el Presidente Griffin.
Q. Como está la pupuseria?
A. No la hemos probado. Pero, nuestro lider misional del barrio nos dio de comer pupusas. Estuvieron asi asi. Las tuyas son las mejores!
Q. Tienes un himno favorito esta semana?
A. Un hombre forastero.
Q. Tienes una escritura favorita esta semana?
A. 1 Nefi 3 : 7

Monday, May 9, 2011

E-mail #19 of 2011 5/9/2011 Week 55

Looks like Barry has found a new abode-or is it a hurricane shelter?

We were saying "hola" and "buenas tardes"

Hola familia!
Well, it was really great talking with y'all yesterday. I hope y'all get my letter within the next few days. I sent the memory card with it so you can see the pics of the tornado and storm damage. Hey, I like the pic with Darrin and Elder Maxwell. I can't remember if I told you but he was my Zone Leader for a bit. I went on an exchange with him once. He's a cool guy. Well, it's hard to believe that Darrin and the Heaton's are back already. I bet they loved the mission. Doesn't Joe get home in the next couple of weeks too? Elder Matt Condie is also going home in a week and a half. So is Elder Hedgecock. Man, it feels like everyone I know is ending their missions. It's crazy haha!
Well, this past week we found A LOT of hispanics. Most of them live one the same street. Yay! Two of them accepted a baptismal commitment! We are going to see them soon so we'll see how solid they are. One of them is a humble guy named L. We taught him a brief Restoration lesson at his doorstep. He was leaning against the door frame with his left shoulder as we were teaching. When we shook hands with him he stood straight and we saw that he didn't have a left arm. He reminded me of grandpa when I saw that Well, he is a humble guy and he accepted a baptismal commitment for june fourth. We are seeing him this week and we hope that he will progress soon. There were a few others that seem pretty solid. One is A. He is from Guatemala. We talked with his sister or something and she told us we could come back. So, we went back and he answered the door. We asked for the lady and he said she was busy. So, we asked him if he had some time to talk with us. He asked what about and we told him Jesus Christ. He told us that he had some time. We went over Christ's earthly ministry to the Book of Mormon. When we explained the Book of Mormon he said he wanted one. We had one on us so we gave it to him. Then, he told us he will read it without us having to invite him! He seemed pretty legit. We are seeing him tomorrow so I'll let y'all know how it goes. We have taught this guy named Gerardo a couple of times. This last time we talked about the Book of Mormon. We talked about how he can know that it is true by praying and asking God in prayer. He told us that he would like to know that it is true. So, we taught him how to pray real quick and he offered the prayer to end the lesson. In his prayer he asked God to let him know that the Book of Mormon is true or not. He is a cool guy and he wants to know these things. We see him every friday so I'll let you know how our next appointment goes. We also found a hispanic named Manuel. We went to see him yesterday with our ward mission leader. We knocked on the door several times and waited for a few minutes. But, he didn't answer the door. So, we were a bit disappointed. We walked back to the car and as we were about to get in he opened the door! All of us got really excited. We were saying "hola" and "buenas tardes" and we waved to him as we were walking up the stairs. He started greeting us as well and we sat down and had a lesson with him. He just recently got here and he has quite a bit of potential so I'll let you know how things go with him. I think that's about everything for the work this week.
Thanks for the package and everything. Wow, Ben is getting married. Look at him go! Haha Hey! I'm not sure if I've told you yet but there is a Pupuseria that has just opened up! Elder Hedgecock and I want to go check it out soon. I'll let y'all know how it is! Well, I think that's everything for this week. The Church is True! I love y'all!
Elder Barry Kreyling

Q. Himno favorito esta semana? el mio es Teach me to walk in the light.
A. Jehova, mi pastor es. The Lord is My Shepard
Q. How many things have left behind while tranferinring?
A. Just a couple. I've gotten most of them back though... Haha
Q. Do you ever wash your bedding? if so, how often?
A. At least every other week. Usually once a week though.

Friday, May 6, 2011

E-mail #18 of 2011 5/2/2011 Week 54

Hola familia,

Hey just so you know I've had to sign on as a guest again. They computer I signed on first was being super slow. I can only use my library card once a day here. So, I'm singed on as a guest which means I have less time again. So, to make sure I use less time I'm going to answer your questions in english this week.

Ok, well for this week we had some really great stuff happen and the tornados also. H's baptism went great. She went to the rededication of the temple. She is basically awesome! This week was a bit crazy so those are our main highlights.

I'll be sending a couple of cds. I'll send you a letter with the things that I would like because I really don't have much time. I love y'all!!!! XOXOXOXO

Q. What did you do the night of the tornado?

A. We made shelters inside of our apartment. I took pictures and I'll be sending the memory card soon. Our spanish ward mission leader brought us some dinner. President Griffin gave us permission to listen to the weather on the radio. I think I heard that the tornado passed through the northern most part of the county that we are in. Crazy!

Q. Did you hear or see anything about the mess the tornados caused?

A. Yes. The day after the tornados we had a zone conference in Ooltewah. On the way there and back we passed through Ringold and it was pretty messed up. We took pictures of the damage that we saw.

Q. Has your work changed any due to the tornados devastations?

A. Yes. Saturday we went up to the Chatt Valley area to give service. We helped remove fallen trees and such from a few properties.

Q. When does your companion go home? I’m in a hurry because I want my son to make time to write to me. J

A. The end of this transfer. Two and a half weeks about.

Q. Fueron a la re-dedicación del templo?

A. Yes. We saw it at the Chattanooga stake center.

Q. Que ha pasado con W.E.?

A. I think I told you a little about him. But, we are towards the end of the new member lessons. He's still doing great with everything.

Q. Como les va con las clases de Ingles gratis?

A. It was canceled because of the storms. We are going to try again this wednesday.

Q. Do you have any idea at about what time you’ll be calling next Sunday?

A. I don't know for sure. After two because that's when church is over.

Q. Que ha pasado con C.?

A. He accepted a baptismal date for the 28th of this month. He's doing well and he believes it's true. We are hopeful that things will go well.

Q. Alguna experiencia espiritual esta semana y por qué?

A. H's baptism!!!

Q. Recibiste los dear elders?

A. Yes, thank you.