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

Monday, March 26, 2012

Flight Plans and Release Date

We received Barry's release date and travel plans today. He will be coming home April 19th. Even though he would like to stay out longer we are exited that he will be home soon. We have been richly blessed while he has served the Lord.

E-mail #13 of 2012 3/26/2012 Week 101

Hola familia!
The email today will be fairly brief because we have things that we need to get taken care of. This week has been an eventful one. We had quite a few lessons with the M. Those girls are so smart! As we went over "honor thy father and thy mother" during the lesson on the ten commandments H. asked us about Heavenly Mother! They ask some pretty deep questions haha. It has been a great experience teaching them. They came to church yesterday and seemed to enjoy it. Before church started they were interviewed for baptism and they passed! We think the baptisms will still go through but we will be speaking with the mother about something right after we finish emailing. We are praying that all goes well for this family. They mean a lot to us.
On saturday the M. came to the church building for an easter egg hunt. The whole family seemed to get some really good fellowship there. Also, N. and his family were there. They seemed to enjoy themselves too.
We weren't able to have a lesson with L. this past week. It was spring break. We thought we'd be able to teach her a bit more since she didn't have to worry about school. But, we weren't able to work out a time to see her. But, she came to church yesterday so she is still progressing little by little.
Overall things are going well. I'm pretty sure y'all have already been doing this but if you could pray for the M. family (J., H. and A.) that would be great! Especially J. as she's been having some opposition recently. Thanks so much for everything y'all do to support the work. Thank you for your prayers on my behalf and for others. We need to get going but I love y'all infinity!
Elder Barry Kreyling
Q. Como les va con las niñas M.

A. Up and down. The girls are progressing well. There have been some miscommunications and misunderstandings between the mother and some members. She feels like she's being judged. So, we will be talking with her right after we are done emailing today.

Q. Como les va con L. & S.?

A. Bien. No tuvimos una leccion pero ella asistio a la iglesia ayer.

Monday, March 19, 2012

E-mail #12 of 2012 3/19/2012 Week 100

Hola familia!!!
Well, we had several exciting things happen this week! The most exciting thing is that H. and A. M.l have accepted to be baptized on the 31st!!! Yay! We are so excited for them and they are super excited to be baptized. So, we taught them on Thursday. We were talking about love and how we show our love to others by doing certain things. We related that to Heavenly Father and keeping his commandments with an emphasis on baptism. They were expressing so much desire to be baptized. J. said that if they want to be baptized they can So, we set a date with them for the 31st. They were so happy! We made a baptismal calendar to help them see everything that needs to happen before they are baptized. These girls are so smart it's incredible. Our team up said as the lesson was going on he thought of scriptures that speak of children prophesying. I thought to myself, " yeah and they don't even have the gift of the holy ghost yet!" These girls are just amazing. I'm so grateful that the Lord has blessed Elder S. and I with them. So, we were hoping to see them on Friday as well but J. texted us and said that they were down in Athens for the weekend. We asked her if they wanted to come to church. She said that she'd ask them and let us know. Just before 1030 that night she texted us and said that she needed to go to Athens the next day to get the girls because they wanted to meet with us and then go to church on Sunday! I think their grandparents actually got them but we saw them on saturday and had another good lesson with them. Our teamup was a kid named C. M. He was baptized in Montana about 15 months ago. We are working on helping him serve a mission. We're confident he will especially after helping teach and baptize H. and A. So, yesterday the M. were supposed to come to church. We texted them and they said they were getting ready but they'd be late. After some time had passed and they still weren't there we got a text from J. She expressed having car problems. We called her up and their car was acting up so they weren't able to make it yesterday. But, the girls were pretty sad because they weren't able to be at church. They are so committed we just need to help them get there! We are so excited for this family. The Lord has truly blessed us.
I can't remember if I've already mentioned a girl named L. or not. Well, the sister missionaries have been teaching her. She and some other members, including her boyfriend S. who has the same birthday as I do, had expressed a few times that they wanted us to teach her. We put it off for a while because we didn't want the sisters to feel like we were stealing their investigator or something. The members brought it up again so this past week we talked with the sisters about it. We made the transition and we taught L. once this week. She is studying to be a lawyer so she is very intellectual. We taught her about faith. We left her with a Restoration DVD and with scriptures from the Bible and the Book of Mormon showing how they speak of each other. The next morning we asked S. how he thought it went. He sent us several texts saying how excited they were. He said that they read the scriptures together after we left and it was her idea. She liked them So, she is progressing well right now. This week is spring break here and they aren't going anywhere. So, no school and no work= lots of teaching!
Overall things are going great here! We are really excited. Oh, just a side not the zone has eight baptisms so far and with the current commitments we have we will end the month with 13 baptisms in the zone! We are so excited!!!
Well, that's everything for this week. Thanks for all of your support it is much appreciated! Well, I am on my last minute on the computer so I gotta go! Love y'all!!!
Elder Barry Kreyling
Q. ¿Como estas hijito?
A. Muy bien!
Q. ¿Qué ha pasado con la familia M.? Todavía tienen planes de bautizarse?
A. Todavia estan alli. Y las hijas tienen animo para bautizarse
Q. ¿Recibiste los dear elders?
A. Si! Muchisimas gracias!
Q. ¿Por qué tienen que moverse de apartamento?
A. Basicamente apartamento que tenemos ahora es viejo, pequeno y huele feo. Las personas que vivian en este apartamento antes de los misioneros fumaron. No es un lugar donde el espiritu puede morar facilmente.
Q. ¿Tuviste cambios y ya tienes un nuevo apartamento?
A. Ya tuvimos traslados. Todavia no tenemos un nuevo apartamento.
Q. ¿Están progresando los investigadores que estaban enseñando?
A. Si! H. y A. y L.
Q. ¿Ya mandaste las cajas con tus cosas, o necesitas dinero para mandarlas?
A. Todavia no. Creo que tendre bastante dinero pero les dire si no asi es.
Q. ¿Tuviste tiempo para comer en un restaurante?
A. haha todavia no.

Monday, March 12, 2012

E-mail #11 of 2012 3/12/2012 Week 99

Hola familia,
Well, my email today will need to be a bit short. I'm using the express computer because all of the others are taken right now! It only allows fifteen minutes of use so I must be brief.
Yesterday there was a family (the D) that brought a Hispanic family to church. Legit! I spoke with the family briefly before they went to the Sunday school classes. We think the sisters want to teach them (they might be in their area) but we talked with the family and it looks like we'll be teaching them. The sisters are teaching an investigator in our area so they should be understanding. Plus, the family is Spanish speaking and the sisters don't speak Spanish. So, it looks like I can use my Spanish a bit
We weren't able to see the M. this week. We talked with J. (the mother) a couple of times. She said the girls are still doing well. J. just recently got a job! So, we think that'll be good for her and the girls. We are planning on committing them for baptism on the 31st the next time we see them. We will plan of having the baptism in between the sessions of conference.
In the YSA branch we are starting to work with a young lady named L.. She's the girlfriend of a member. The sisters have been teaching her but she and her boyfriend have recently asked us to teach her. So, we will see how things go
Well, everything here is going well. Oh, I didn't give you the apartment address because we should hopefully be moving soon and I don't want something to be sent to the apartment after we've already moved out. Can't you send whatever it is to me through the mission office? But, here it is: ________________________________. If you do send it to the apartment make sure you send it soon in case we do move in the next little bit. Well, it was good to hear that everything back home is going well. I hope y'all have a great week. The church is true! I love y'all!!!
Elder Barry Kreyling
Q. ¿Cómo te va?

A. Bien!

Q. ¿Ya encontraron un apartamento?

A. Todavia no.... Ayer hablamos con el hermano N. de pleasant ridge. El esta en "real estate" o algo asi. Me dijo cuando estaba en Pleasant Ridge south que si necesito ayuda con encontrando un apartamento dondequiera que sirva que puedo pedirle ayuda. Entonces esperamos que el puede ayudarnos.

Q. ¿Te mandamos dos dear-elder y deben llegar pronto. Dad sent quotes que están buenos para usar.

A. Gracias!!!

Q. ¿So, your work is bilingual?

A. Si, estamos en un companierismo cebra.

Q. Have you been helping with the clean up after the tornados devastations?

A. No.

Q. In what way did the tornados affect your work?

A. They haven't really affected it to much. Knoxville wasn't his as hard as surrounding areas. I can't remember if I mentioned this to you last time but President Irion got all of the Zone Leaders these weather radio things. They look almost like walkie talkies

Q. How long is supposed to take for n interview?

A. Baptismal Interview? Well, they should be around 15 to 20 minutes. I can't remember if I told you this either but Elder S. interview was done by Elder H. It was just him and Elder H. for one hour. So, he's used to an hour long interview. It was just funny for that interview he gave because he said all of the previous interviews he'd done had been about an hour long. But, he had to do this one in about 15 minutes because we had a stake correlation meeting to go to.

Q. ¿Qué hay de nuevo con los investigadores?

A. Nada mucho.

Q. ¿Fueron a la capilla las M.-fueron a la capilla?

A. No, estaban en Athens.

Q. ¿Cuándo vas a mandar las cajas con tus cosas?

A. No se. Hoy o el proximo dia de preparacion.

Q. ¿Fueron a comer a un lugar bueno con el dinero que sacaste del banco?

A. Todavia no. Pero, vamos a comer algun dia.

Q. What classes did you take before you left? I know calculus but I can’t remember what else.

A. Calculus, English 1010, Communications i think it was 1010 (interpersonal), lib 1010, and I got biology credits for working with the soccer teams.

Monday, March 5, 2012

E-mail #10 of 2012 3/5/2012 Week 98

Hola familia!!!

Well the M. girls are doing well. They were in Athens yesterday so they weren't at church yesterday. But, they are excited for church this next sunday The mother wasn't very comfortable being at church when they came two sundays ago. We are still helping her feel comfortable with coming back to church and allowing the girls to attend church and be baptized. But, the girls are excited for everything We are praying continuously for them. They are so sweet. Well, I'll tell you what our last lesson was like. We went over there with the new assistant ward mission leader, Bro O. We watched the Restoration DVD. The girls really enjoyed it and it helped J. remember a lot of things. So, it was good for all of them. We then read a chapter from the Book of Mormon. Those girls are only eight and ten but I tell you what, they can read! We were blown away haha. They are very smart. Well, after that we committed them to read one chapter from the Book of Mormon every day. So, now we will be keeping tabs on that.
So, a couple of the pictures that I've attatched are from the first Zone Leader Council that Elder S. and I went to. Sitting on the couch on the right is President and Sister Irion. On the left on the couch are the S.. Elder S. is the physician for the area that our mission is in. Standing behind the couch are the Assistants and all of the Zone Leaders for the mission. I'll tell you all of their names in case you'd like to know. Starting from the back left it goes as follows... Elder S., Elder B., Elder J., Elder R., Elder S., Elder B., Elder G., Elder D., Elder H. (the one I trained for a whole three days!) and myself. This past tuesday we had another Zone Leader Council. Although they take a good chuck of our day they are very rewarding I think. To me they are very revelatory and inspiring. Also, the Irions feed us! This past week we had ministrone soup... In bread bowls!!! So good
As zone leaders we have the opportunity to meet with the Stake President and Stake Mission Leader once a month on the first thursday of the month. So, that's what we did this past thursday. Before the meeting started we had to interview one of the District Leader's investigators for baptism. Elder S. did the interview. Apparently before that his shortest interview was one hour! But, he had to do this one in about 20 minutes. The boy's name is J. and he was baptized and confirmed yesterday!
On wednesday we went down to Pigeon Forge (Sevierville) to interview an investigator for baptism. He is hispanic so I did the interview It was nice to be able to speak some spanish. His name is F. and he was baptized and confirmed on saturday! It was pretty cool because he briefly told me his story and it seems pretty similar to yours mom!
The zone is doing well right now. We are expecting only better in the near future Well, I think that's everything for this week. Things are going well here. I love being a missionary!!! The church is true! Love y'all!
Elder Barry Kreyling
P.S. I took some videos of the storm but they take up too much space with the pictures that I'm sending today. So, I'll send you a video next week
Q. ¿Cómo van progresando con los 12 futuros baptismos?
A. Bien! Haha

Q. ¿Cómo están A. and H., fue a la iglesia la mamá?

A. Bien

Q. ¿Encontraron un apartamento para moverse?

A. Todavia no...

Q. Hay algo en especial que necesitas que te mande?

A. Creo que no.