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, September 27, 2011

Carta # 39 Sept 25, 2011

Sweet Home Alabama I'm back!

Hola Familia!

Well, to start off this week’s email I just want to say, Sweet Home Alabama... I'm back! Yes, I am back in Fort Payne, AL! Can you believe it?! I'm so super excited. Wow! I couldn't believe it when I found out, but I'm so glad that this has happened. Yesterday in church I saw several familiar faces. One of which was V.! She couldn't seem to believe that I am back but she seemed excited like I amit’s such a blessing to be able to see her and everyone else here again. I'm so excited for this transfer!

Ok, so my first weeks as a District Leader and Trainer have gone well. I have a really good trainee named Elder P. He's in his second training transfer, so I'm finishing off his training. He's a great Elder. His first trainer was Elder R. He was called to be a zone leader so I came here to finish training and be the district leader here. In his email to me President I. said he thought this would be a good chance for me to stretch my wings a bit.

The work here is going pretty well right now. They had three baptisms this last transfer. One of them was B. L. Do you remember her from my stay here last year? We taught her a couple of times, but she had some things to work out. Well, she was just recently baptized. How cool, right?!

We are teaching a guy named B. F. I met him the last time I was here, but I'm not sure if I mentioned him. He is a cool guy. He came to church two Sundays ago and seemed to like it. We are planning on committing him for baptism soon. We are also going to get him to general conference. I’m super excited for that also

Oh, I forgot to mention that I saw P. also. That was exciting too!

We have tried seeing A. a couple of times, but he hasn't been home when we've gone by. Remember him? He should have been baptized by now. We are planning on seeing him and several other former investigators that we were working with while I was here before.

Oh this week as a new district leader and trainer I've had some good growing opportunities. We went to a district leader training in the Chattanooga stake center. We learned several things to help us do our best as district leaders. In addition to that, I will be going back up to Farragut this Thursday for a mission wide leadership training!

This week's district meeting went well. It was on Revelation through church attendance. I was excited about the topic and I related it to General Conference and how our investigators can hear the Prophet's voice as well as the voices of the twelve and other leaders of the church. After district meeting the other Elders had a baptismal candidate who needed to be interviewed by me. You know how many of the baptismal interview questions can be answered with a "yes" or "no"? On some of those she didn't give a simple answer like that. So, the interview went a bit longer than anticipated ha-ha. I just had to call President Irion to verify something with him and then I signed the baptismal record. She was baptized and confirmed this weekend. Apparently, that was the first baptism in that area for about a year! So, those Elders have done a really great job.

Well, that has been my week. We don't have any baptismal dates right now, but we are planning on getting some soon. I'm excited for this transfer and for this opportunity that I've been given. I know the Church and Gospel are true. Take care and I love y'all. Tell everyone that I say hi and I love them!

P.S. Also, everything went well with C's baptism! He is Elder T's first baptism! I have some pictures, but I don't have the camera on me right now... I'll send them in next week’s email. C. should have been confirmed yesterday. I'll let y'all know when I get a card from president Irion. Also, C's mother was there, so that was really good. J. also came even though he was very tired from his trip. He should be baptized soon. That's everything. Let me know if you want a few more details on something. Love y'all!!!


Elder Kreyling

Las Preguntas de mamá

Mom’s questions

Q. ¿En qué forma te afecto el cambio? ----In what way did this transfer affect you?

A. En una forma muy buena. ----In a good way

Estoy muy agradecido por esta oportunidad tengo que servir aquí otra vez. ----I’m very grateful for the oportunity I have to serve here again.

Q. ¿Cómo te fue en tu primera semana como DL? ----How was your first week as a DL?

A. Fue bien. No problemas. ---Very well. No problems. Hay buenos Elderes en este distrito.----There are good elders in this district

Q. ¿Adónde te mando esta vez el señor? ---Where did the Lord send you this time?

A. Ya saben por lo que dije arriba. You already know by what I wrote above. Pero, Fort Payne Alabama... Otra vez!But Fort Payne Alabama…..Again!

Q. ¿Cómo se llama tu nuevo compañero? What is your new companion’s name?

A. Elder P. El es converso de la iglesia. He is a convert to the church Tiene como un ano y medio en la iglesia. Has about a year and a half in the church

Q. ¿De dónde es él? Where is he from?

A. Bountiful, UT. From Bountiful UT. El conoce a Michelle!He knows Michelle!

Q. ¿Cuánto tiempo tiene en la misión? How long does he have in the mission?

A. Es nuevo. He is new. Tiene nueve semanas en el CCM y seis semanas aquí en el campo.

Six weeks in the CCM and six weeks here in the field.

Q. ¿Cuantos elders y hermanas hay en el distrito contigo? How many elders and sisters are there in the district with you?

A. Solo hay nosotros en Fort Payne y dos mas elderes en South Pittsburg, TN. Los en South Pitt se llaman Elder H. y Elder S. Son buenos.

It’s just us in Fort Paine and two more elders in South Pittsburg, TN. The ones in South Pitt are elder H. and elder S. they are good.

Q. ¿Tienes preguntas para nosotros? Do you have questions for us?

A. Ya han mandado una paqueta? Have you sent a pkg? Yo he pensado en más cosas que pueden mandarme. I have thought in more things you can send me. Necesito un nuevo "missionary Journal" y mas camisas. I need a new missionary journal and more shirts.

Como 3 longsleved camisas y 1 short sleved. About 3 long sleeved shirts and 1 short sleeved

Algunas mias tienen manchas que no puedo limpiar. Some of mine have stains that I can’t clean up.

Y tambien "The Book of Mormon on Trial" si lo pueden encontrar. And also a “The Book of Mormon on Trial” if you can find it.

Y pueden mandarme la direccion del Elder M.? And can you send me the address of elder M.?

Han estado asistiendo al templo con regularidad todavía? Have been attending the temple regularly still?

( regularidad es una palabra verdad?) (regularidad is a word right?) (Yes it isJ)

Han hecho un "profile" de Have you done a profile of (I guess we better get busy on that requestJ)

Gracias por todo!Thank you for everything!

Monday, September 19, 2011

E-mail #38 of 2011 9/19/2011 Week 74

Hola familia!!!
Well, we have taught C. everything that he needs to know. Both Elder R. and Bishop W. said that he's ready for baptism! So, yesterday we picked out some baptismal clothes for him and we went over how the baptism will be performed. His baptism will be tomorrow at 6:30. We have been told that his mother will be at his baptism also! We are excited for the D. and we believe C's baptism will help their family out.
J. will be back from vacation tomorrow and we hope to get him to C's baptism. I think he will be baptized in the near future.
Well, today I have some more news for y'all! I got a message from the assistants to call in on a leadership conference call on Saturday morning. I called in and found out that I'm being made a Distict Leader and that I'm leaving Dalton! I was kinda sad about leaving Dalton but I'm hoping that there will be a chance for me to come back at the end of the mission. So, I found out this info on Saturday. Then, yesterday after church President Irion called me and told me some more news. It was kind of an oh by the way thing. He told me that I'm going to be training in addition to being a district leader! Pretty cool right?! I'm excited. I don't think that I'll be whitewashing a Spanish area. There was a trio in Pigeon Forge Tennessee this transfer. One of the elders there is leaving and I think I will be going there. If that's right it will be my first trio! So, because I'm training I need to be at the Farragut church building at 8 in the morning for a trainers meeting. That means I'll be leaving a little before six to get there on time. But, I'm excited for this. We had interviews with President Irion this past Thursday and he kinda hinted that I would be called into leadership. I'm excited to be able to serve other missionaries and their investigators!
Well, that's all for this week. I hope y'all enjoy the pictures that are attatched! Have a great week and I'll talk to y'all later. Tell everyone I love them! Love y'all!
Elder Kreyling

Las preguntas semanales de mamá:
Q. ¿Cómo estás? (How are you?)
A. Bien (Good)
Q. ¿Cómo les fue en la capilla ayer? (How did things go at church yesterday?)
A. Bien. C. asistio y le ensenamos mas sobre el bautismo y como se efectua. (Good. C. attended church and we taught him more about baptism and how it is done.)
Q. ¿Sigue en planta el bautismo de C.? (Is the baptism still taking place?)
A. en planta? Creo que entiendo mas o menos. Si, el bautismo de C. esta .... (Yes. C's baptism wil be...)
Q. ¿Ya esta lista la fuente para el bautismo? (Is the font ready for the baptism?)
A. Si, la limpiamos el jueves pasado. (Yes, we cleaned it on Thursday.)
Q. ¿Cuántos nuevos investigadores asistieron a la capilla esta semana? (How many new investigators attended church Sunday?)
A. Ningun. (None)
Q. ¿Qué hiciste por el día de preparación? (What did you do on your prep day?)
A. Hoy? Estoy preparandome para la reunion de los traslados. (Today? I am preparing for the transfer meeting.)
Q. ¿Cómo está funcionando tu bicicleta? (How is your bike working?)
A. Bien. Todavia sirve. Se lo puede decir asi? (Good. It still works. If you can say it that way.)
Q. ¿Cómo están los investigadores? (How are the investigators?)
A. Bien. Les hable sobre J.? Creo que el va a bautisarse pronto. El regresa manana de las vacaciones. (Good. Did I tell you about J.? I believe he will be baptized soon. He returns from vacation this week.)
Q. ¿Fueron a Chilis? (Did you go to Chili's?)
A. No, no tuvimos tiempo. (No, we didn't have time.)
Q. ¿Nuevas palabras de esta semana? (Any new words this week?)
A. Globo. Balloon. Colgar. To hang up. La bufanda. Scarf. la raza. Race. Merienda. Afternoon snack or picnic.
Q. ¿Ya sabes lo que quieres en la próxima caja? (Do you know what you want in the next package?)
A. "cases" para mis escrituras de espanol. Y habia algo mas pero no lo recuerdo en este momento... (Cases for my Spanish scriptures. There was something else but I can't remember right now.)
Q. ¿Le estas escribiendo a tu hermana Jack’ee? (Are you writing your sister, Jack'ee?)
A. No, todavia tengo que escribirle. (No, I still need to write her.)

Monday, September 12, 2011

E-mail #37 of 2011 9/12/2011 Week 73

Hola familia!
Hey how are y'all doing? This week we got a bit wet on our bikes haha. It was pretty fun though. Then, later on in the week Elder T's pedal fell off so we had to borrow one from the other Elders haha.
Well, this week I have some news. C. is still getting baptized but his date has been moved to the 20th. A week from tomorrow. That is the day before transfers so I hope I am staying so I can see him be confirmed! But, that is in the Lord's hands. He is still doing great with everything. We saw his mother with Bishop W. We talked to her about baptizing C. and she's not sure that he's ready. So, Bishop offered to have a little interview with C. and he will let her know if he feels that he's ready. But, Elder T and I both feel that he is more than ready.
We saw J. L. S. He seemed more open without his girlfriend there haha. His family was there also. He has younger sisters and his two parents. They all listened but it seems that J. is the most interested. The parents seem supportive though. We got the dad to say the closing prayer which was pretty good.
We taught S. R. a few times this week and he is still teaming up with us and feeding us. He's legit haha.
We saw R. He is like the main manager at C's. He told us to go on a sat and he'll hook us up!
Well, those are the main highlights of the week. Sorry, I'm running out of time! I love y'all and hope y'all have an amazing week!!!
Elder Kreyling

Aquí vienen las preguntas de mama de esta semana
Q. ¿Como estas de salud?
A. Bien
Q. ¿Como está el tiempo?
A Muy bien ahora.
Q. ¿Cómo les fue en la capilla hoy?
A. Ayer fue bien. C. asistio y tambien otro hombre que se llama J. Es esposo de una menos activa.
Q. ¿Limpiaron la fuente para zambullir (dunk) en el agua este jueves a C.?
A. Todavia no. Tenemos que conseguir algunas cosas para limpiarla.
Q. ¿Cómo les va con J. L. S.?
A. Bien nos dividimos y yo fui con otro miembro a visitar a J. Toda su familia es amable y todos escucharon. Pero, creo que J. tiene la mas interes. El parece bien y ellos dijeron que van a leer el folleto de la Restauracion. Tambien, J. dijo que va a leer en el Libro de Mormon.
Q. ¿Cómo está tu ropa (clothe)? Are those clothes still worthy of helping you to represent the Lord?
A. Creo que si. Algunas tienen manchas pero no son muy malas.
Q. ¿Qué hiciste de actividad por tu día de preparación?
A. Hoy jugamos al tenis
Q. ¿Nuevas palabras esta semana?
A. peluquero/a. Hairdresser. La coladera o el colador. Strainer. Colar. To strain.
Q. ¿Tienen nuevos investigadores esta semana?
A. J. L. S. Sr.
Q. ¿Recibiste los dear elders?
A. Si gracias!
Q. ¿Ya terminaste de leer todas las cartas de tus amigos que te mande?
A. No todas.
Q ¿Quieres que te mande más cada semana o no?
A. No por el momento. Voy a terminar de leer estas primero.
Q. ¿Puedes pensar en lo que quieres que te mande en la próxima caja?
A. Voy a pensar en eso...
Q. ¿Nos vas a mandar fotos por correo electrónico cada semana? Voy a empezar a hacer eso la proxima semana.

Monday, September 5, 2011

E-mail #36 of 2011 9/5/2011 Week 72

Hola familia!!!
Well, this week there is pretty much some fantastic news that I would like to present to y'all.......... C D has been committed for baptism on sept 15th!!!!!!! Yay!!! We are super excited for him. He is doing really great. I can't remember if I told you this before but his mom isn't completely anti but she isn't all for it either. I guess after we committed C. he and his dad told her and I guess her reaction was pretty funny. She asked C. why he wants to be baptized and I guess he said "to receive the Holy Ghost." J., C.'s dad, said she was basically dumbfounded. She couldn't say anything haha. But, she is ok with him being baptized and J. was telling us that she should be at the baptism! So, we are super excited for him Ever since J. has been coming back to church he has been way into spreading the word. He gives out quite a few Books of Mormon. I guess he ran out and the only one that was left was C's copy. So, he gave it to someone and C. wasn't very happy about that. So, we grabbed one from our apartment and put a protective wrap thing on it and gave it to him. He seemed pretty happy about it. I'll let y'all know more about what's going on with him next week.
On sunday morning before church the Chatsworth sisters had a baptism. We had to get there at like 630 to get things set up. The baptism was at 8. His name is E. He's the Brother of a member. The thing is that he's spanish. He speaks pretty well in english. But, there were a lot of gospel related things and such that he only understood in spanish. So, we and the east elders went over there at times to help out. So, elder T. and I took a picture with him in his baptismal clothes. Elder R. performed the baptism. It was pretty sweet!
We did some area book finding and we found this young man, J S. He's 13. His teaching record makes him sound pretty legit. His parents didn't seem terribly interested and so we asked them if we had their permission to teach him. They said it's up to them and they aren't going to force him to do anything. So, he invited us in. I was expecting an awesome lesson. It was ok but not quite what I was hoping for haha. He seems like he could be pretty interested. But, his girlfriend was there and she seemed kinda annoyed that we were there haha. It seemed like he wasn't being completely sincere because she was there. So, hopefully it's just him next time and things will go smoother haha.
Oh, so we checked out the baptismal font to see how much it needs to be cleaned before C's baptism. When we looked in there were several insects crawling around in there. Also, there was a salamander lizard thing down there! So, I got in and caught the lizard. We put it in a bottle, got pictures of it and released it. We talked with the bishop about cleaning the font as a service project and he seemed to like the idea haha.
So, there is a tropical storm or something blowing through. It has been passing by for the last couple of days. Yesterday was the worst. It's our bike week and so we headed out to our appointment with our raincoats on. But, we still got completely soaked haha. Our appointment wasn't there either so we rescheduled. We started tracting in the rain and then J. called us up. We went back to the apartment and J. picked us up and rescued us from the rain.
So, President Irion said he can extend my mission up to four weeks without outside approval. He said we will talk more about it later. I'm hoping to get at least a transfer but we will see
Well, that is pretty much everything for this week. Thank y'all for your prayers and for everything you do. It's really helped me to make it to this point and I can't thank y'all enough. I know the Church is true. I'm so excited for the opportunity to watch General conference in just a few weeks! I can't wait and I hope we get many investigators there. It will be great. Well I love y'all and hope y'all have a great week!
Elder Kreyling

Ahora toma tiempo para las preguntas semanales de mamá:
Q. ¿Como estas?
A. Muy bien. Gracias!
Q. ¿Cómo va la obra Del Señor en tu área?
A. Muy bien!
Q. ¿En qué forma han cambiado tus sentimientos así al evangelio desde que empezaste la misión?
A. Pues, mi entendimiento y testimonio han crecido mucho desde mi "nacimiento" en la mision
Q. ¿Cuántos elders/hermanas de español tienen en tu misión?
A. Ninguna hermana. Las que trabajan en Chatsworth han recibido el permiso para estudiar pero casi no saben nada haha. Hay como 16 elderes de espanol. Algo asi.
Q. ¿Tienen zonas o distrito de español separado o se reúnen con los de ingles?
A. Hay solo uno distrito de espanol. Yo estaba en ese distrito en Pleasant Ridge con el elder Sexton.
Q. ¿Desde que tenían el carro esta semana visitaron a los investigadores que viven lejos?
A.Tratamos de visitarles. Visitamos a un antiguo investigador que se llama JS. El tiene como 13 anos. El vive lejos en V.
Q. ¿ y todavía no han comido pupusas en el nuevo restaurante?
A. Todavia no...
Q. ¿Como les va con C.?
A. Muy bien!!!
Q. ¿Cómo están los G. y el resto de los investigadores?
A. La hermana g. leyo un poco en el Libro de Mormon. Hemos tradado de visitar al resto pero no les hemos encontrado en casa.
Q. ¿Escritura favorita de esta semana? La mía es D&C 31
A. 1 Nefi 14. Explica que hay dos iglesias. La del Senor y la del diablo.
Q. ¿Qué ha pasado con los zapatos?
A. No los compre porque el hermano B. me regalo algunos.
Q. ¿Sabes cómo mandar fotos de tu cámara en los e-mails?
A. Si, quieren que les mande unos por el correo electronico?
Q. ¿Recibiste la caja?
A. Si muchas gracias!
Q. ¿De todo lo que mande, qué te gusto y que no te gusto?
A. Me gusta todo!
Q. ¿Comiste algo interesante esta semana?
A. No, todo era normal.
Q. ¿Cómo te va con tu compañero?
A. Bien.
Q. ¿Cuántas veces a la semana cocinas como lo mejor oh peor?
A. No cocino mucho. Tal vez una pizza helada haha
Q. ¿Cuál fue el mejor evento de la semana y por qué?
A. Cuando C. acepto la invitacion bautismal! Porque ahora se va a bautizarse! (Pregunta: se va o no mas va a bautizarse?)
Q. ¿Tienes preguntas para nosotros oh quieres mandar un mensaje a alguien?
A. Por favor manden un mensaje a Mckay de que recibi su correo electronico y estoy esperando con ansia su carta y los fotos. I think that's right. Is that how you would say I'm looking forward to his letter and pictures? Por favor digan a Michelle que por casualidad le mande una carte a su casa antes de que supe que ella regreso a la escuela. Gracias!