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, December 27, 2011

E-mail #52 of 2011 12/27/2011 Week 88

Carta # 52 Dec. 25-the last letter of 2011

They asked us to come by often.

Hola familia!

Well, it's hard to hear about grandpa's conditions. My prayers are with him and y'all.

The libraries all over Knoxville were closed yesterday, so that's why I couldn't email y'all until now.

As I said on Christmas L. still hasn't been confirmed. We talked with the Spanish branch mission leader about it and he's going to call President C. We'll see what happens.

Oh, I have a couple of questions. Do I need to do anything for my college stuff? We're y'all able to see if I could begin with the fall semester instead of summer?

There are a ton of Guatemalans here and most of them speak one of several dialects as their first language. Are there any dialects in El Salvador or is it just Spanish?

Well, I hope y'all had a great Christmas! Thanks for all of the presents. I like them all.

This past week we found a family of two parents and one infant. The parents are M. and S. and their boy is C. As of right now S. seems a bit more interested. They are both open and both committed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. When we shared the first vision S. was just like, "wow". Pretty cool stuff.

We saw a family called the R. They are a part member family. The husband is a non member. They have several kids, but we aren't sure if they are members or not. Bishop R. asked us to see them. They like the missionaries and they seemed to really like us. They asked us to come by often. They said they'll feed us and everything. They seem pretty legit.

Guess what! I'm officially all caught up on my journal! That was my Christmas present to myself haha

Oh, in the next little bit I might send home some boxes of letters and other things. I've thought of a couple more things y'all can send. I'm trying to provide my mind with evidence of baptism. So, if y'all find any pictures of baptism send them my way please. Also, if you come across any quotes from church leaders about success with baptism or something like that. I think you get the picture.

Well, that's all for this week. Things are going well here. Take care and have a great week. My prayers are with y'all. I love y'all. Tell everyone I say hi and I love them!

Elder Kreyling

Mom’s weekly questions

Q. Did you ever received the dear elder in which I res-send the lost e-mail?
A. Si!

Q. Did finally get to open all you Christmas presents?

A. Si! Gracias

Sam’s questions

1. Did you find out what that scripture meant for me?

No, I'll get back to you.

2. What do you think is the biggest change you have made in yourself, being on a mission?

Taking and loving people for who they are.

Monday, December 19, 2011

E-mail #51 of 2011 12/19/2011 Week 87

Carta # 51 19 de Diciembre de 2011

He'll be getting the best Christmas present ever! :)

Hola familia!

Just FYI our phone call on Christmas can't be longer than 30 to 40 minutes.

Well, I'm glad to hear that everyone got the Christmas cards. Don't mind the manikin (spelling) in the top right corner. We were in a thrift store when we took that pic J Well, L. wasn't able to make it to church yesterday so he still hasn't been confirmed. President C. said he can be confirmed next Sunday and that will be ok. Of course the zone leaders didn't seem too happy about that, but we can't change that. We'll just have to make sure he's confirmed this coming Sunday (he'll be getting the best Christmas present ever! J

Miles is home! How crazy. It sounds like he's doing well. Way to go Ben! J Haha. (Cousin Ben will be a first time dad next June)

E. P. went down to Dalton west! Lucky dog.

Well, I don't have many updates for y'all. We've had to drop some investigators because of lack of progress. Others we will continue to work with for a bit to see if they will start progressing.

We are working with a new less active family named the L. They fed us. They are pretty legit. The mom and one daughter went to church yesterday. Hopefully we can get the rest there soon.

Our new DL is E. P. He served with Elder B. for a transfer. It's hard to believe that E. B. has been home for almost seven weeks now! Well, E. P. just finished serving as an AP. He's pretty cool. This should be a good transfer.

I think that's about all for this week. I can't wait for Sunday either! J Until then take care and I love y'all!! J
Elder Barry Kreyling

Las preguntas de Mamá

Q. ¿Te llego el paquete? Did you get the pkg?

A. mamá. No, no voy a recibirlo hasta la fiesta de navidad de zona. No mom, I will get it for the Zone Christmas party.

Q. ¿Compartiste las cosas de comer con tu compañero? Did you share the snacks with your comp?

A. Si yes

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

A. Elder N. Elder N.

Q. ¿De dónde es tu nuevo compañero? Where is your new comp from?

A. Kaysville, UT Kaysville, UT

Q. ¿Cuánto tiempo tiene en la misión? How long has he been on the mission?

A. un año. One year.

Q. ¿Qué sabes de su familia? What do you know about his family?

A. Sus padres montan mucho en bicicletas. His parents ride bicycles a lot. Oh boy, I’m sure he’s wishing his parents were more physical active ……sigh L

Q. ¿Tienes información para la llamada por teléfono para el próximo domingo?

A. Tal vez yo vaya a poder comunicarme por "Skype" pero no se. La llamada no debe durar más de 30 a 40 minutos. I might communicate via Skype, but don’t know. The call must not be more than 30 to 40 minutes long.

Q. ¿Sera solo por teléfono oh será Skype? Will it via phone or Skype?

A. Miren arriba J See above J

Q. ¿Te llego los dear elders? Did you get the dear elders?

A. No. No.

Q. ¿Tienen nuevos investigadores? Do you have new investigators?

A. Una que se llama Sh. Es Católica pero Ella escucho y dijo que podemos volver.

One who’s name is Sh. She is catholic, but she listened and said we could come back.

Felicidades por el bautismo la semana pasada! Hay uno más que esta listo para el agua?

Congratulations on the baptism last week! Do you have any more ready for the water?

No en el memento. Not at the moment.

Monday, December 5, 2011

E-mail #49 of 2011 12/05/2011 Week 85

Carta # 49 de 2011

It was a really uplifting

Hola familia!

Thanks for J. and J.’s new address! This is an exciting time of the year. Well, it's always an exciting time as a missionary it seems. L. still has a date for this Saturday. While we were driving yesterday Elder P. called him up because he wasn't able to make it to church because of work. Elder P. had a hard time understanding him. But, I guess L. said something about having already been baptized into the Evangelical church. So, we are going to try to see him today to help him resolve that concern so he'll be baptized this Saturday. I believe that we will be able to help him with this.

I keep forgetting to tell y'all this, but I remembered today! There is a legit member in the ward named Bro R. He is the owner of the Cancer Fund of America. Every Tuesday we do volunteer work there as a service opportunity. I have some pics that I'll be sending soon. It's a really nice place to offer service.

Each Sunday we meet with the Bishop here. He gave us a ward directory when we first arrived and we have been helping to update it. On Sundays we let the Bishop know the things we've done. We tell him if people have moved and so on. It's been a really great way to gain the trust of the Bishop here. Because we've been working on it, there have been a few less actives in our area that’ve come back to church recently. The Bishop seems really happy about that. One unique thing that we did yesterday is we received a blessing from Bishop R. That was a suggestion from Elder H. when he came to the mission a couple weeks ago. It was a really uplifting experience getting that blessing.

For this past district meeting Elder G. asked Elder R. and I to do the training. The zone leaders and the assistants were there. It was a good district meeting. Elder R. and I had a good time preparing and giving the training.

Well, that's pretty much everything this week. Hope y'all have a great week! Take care and I love y'all!


Elder Barry Kreyling

Q. ¿Cómo está el tiempo? How is the weather?

A. Frio a veces. Pero, estoy bien gracias. It’s cold some times, but I’m fine thank you.

Q. ¿Cómo están los investigadores D. y L.? How are the investigators D. & L.?

A. D. esta más o menos. El jugaba al futbol americano en la escuela. El y su equipo jugaron en el partido final pero perdieron... L. todavía tiene la fecha. Vamos a tratar de visitarle esta noche. D. is more or less. He played football for the school. His team playesd the final game ,but lost…. L. still has a date. We’ll try to visit him tonight.

Q. ¿Ya esta lista la pila para L.? Is the fount ready for L.?

A. Todavía necesita un poco más prep. Not yet, it still needs some prep.

Q. ¿Sabes algo de las personas de Etiopia y de Tailandia? Anything on the Ethiopian & Thailand people?

A. No, no han estado en casa... No, they have not been home….

Q. ¿Encontraron nuevas personas para enseñar esta semana? Did you find new people to teach this week?

A. Algunas. Some.

Q. ¿Qué quieres o necesitas que te mande para Navidad? What do you want or need me to send you for Christmas?

A. Tal vez el libro que se llama "The Infinite Atonement". Si lo pueden encontrar. Maybe the book “The Infinite Atonement” if you can find it.

Q. ¿Sabes cuándo tendrás traslados otra vez? I know it’s coming up soon-man time is flying by so fast! Do you know when you’re getting transfers again?

A. El 14. The 14th

Q. Do you have pictures for today?

A. No, lo siento otra vez. No, I’m sorry again.

Q. can you write a list of questions to have ready for the Christmas call?

A How is the family mission plan? Have y'all made profiles on

We are being so lame….. He asked us to do this a long time ago, and we’ve been slacking off what’s wrong with us?!