Wednesday, October 26, 2016


hello everyone!!

well i'm finally in the mission field which means my p-days from here on out will always be on monday! makes coming back to work after the weekend just a little bit easier. you're welcome! but ya honestly sooooo much has happened since i last emailed all y'all. yup already saying that and i haven't even been here a week. here we go:

the sunday before we left the mtc was a good day but a tough goodbye. we said goodbye to our teachers the day before and now we were saying goodbye to our district. someone had sent us some sparkling cider (thx mom) and so we celebrated with that the last night. we all said some sappy stuff but we meant it which means that it was a tough goodbye. man i love those people!! Gonna miss sister winter saying, "man, what a time to be alive." and I would respond with a song from Hamilton, "Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now!" that was for sure our motto at the mtc!! gonna miss singing and dancing and spinning to that!

After that the sisters and I went to go pack and we did so until about 1:30am and then woke up about an hour later to get ready lol. so at 3:30am we were at the curbside ready to be picked up by our super nice luxury bus. (thank you mtc) and headed off to the airport. got to call home (yay!) and then was off! ahhh! Next thing I know after a layover and another really sketchy flight with a TON of turbulence (People were like bouncing around in their seats and like jolting sideways. great first flight for sister winter to experience lol) we were in BAMA. Were headed down the escalator and look who's at the bottom, President and Sister Sainsbury! That was pretty special. Aww I just love them already!! Sis. Gilbert, Winter and I got to ride in their car on the way back and got to know them better and ahh just love them! But ya made it to the mission home and walked in the door and the smell of food hit me like a wall. ugh soooo good. wasn't southern food but soooo good! they weren't lying when they said the food here is good. but after all that we headed off to our hotel and had our last night of being companions with each other before we were off to different cities with different companions. Next thing we know it's the next morning and we're headed to the church to meet our trainers.

I can't even describe the feelings i had that morning but ya we were all holding hands, so nervous to find out who we're going to be spending the next 6 weeks with. It was a sad day to say goodbye to my beloved sister gilbert. Man I miss that girl.  My name gets called and I'm with.... Sister Terry! She popped right up with his huge smile on her face and I instantly loved her! Plus her outfit was suuuuper cute so that was a plus! After that, we were headed off to our new city drum roll please.... but i mean I'm sure my mom already told y'all..... Alexander City! Better known as Alex City but it's this super cute little town just filled with churches and nice people.

First thing I did in the Field was a feast-of-sharing which is like serving food to everyone and anyone who wants it. It was a great first thing to do in the field. wasn't too scary and i can serve people food all day! so that was nice. We then went to walmart and I said my first y'all in the south. just thought i'd record that somewhere.

the next morning we went tracting a little bit (just door to door) when our appt. fell through and the first door knocked on in the field.... got SLAMMED in our face! haahahahah still can't get over it. Sister Terry said that was the first time that had ever happened. lol just my luck!  

But ya this week has been awesome! It is definitely a foreign country that's for sure. The whole first day i had pretty much no idea what some people were saying. it's a lot of mumbled deep southern accents. but I love this place. it totally ranges where we go in this small little town. we could either be in a super nice neighborhood, our on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere or in the projects. ya i really like going to the projects because everyone there is so humble. We met a super cute couple at the end of the street, last door, (last floor, 4th door, nbd) who let us in right away and now they're progressing investigators! love them! soooo sweet! but ya we went back in that part of town a day after we taught them and heard that there was a shoot out the day before. i guess after we don't worry we good. we good. but kind of sketchy to hear about. don't worry we only go there before like 1pm. but we are gonna stay away for just a bit because while we were walking out of there we walked past a man just fiddling with a knife in his hand. no big deal. just scared me a ton. but like i said, we good, we good. the spirit really does guide us in everything we do and we know when to be places and when not to be places. please don't worry about it but i wanted to let y'all know cause it was a very big part of my week. (this is kaia's mom chiming in...please pray for her safety and guidance as they serve those in we emailed back and forth on Monday she is in a very rough city and pretty much in the projects most of the time and the people they visit there actually watch them walk as far as they can see them to keep them safe until they can't see them anymore)

ya we've met quite a bit of people and i already love teaching. just being able to spread the gospel is uh-mazing! i want everyone to know how much this gospel can help their lives and bless their families. this past week, too, I wrote down my testimony of the Book of Mormon and want to share it with you guys cause I mean why not?
   The more I read the Book of Mormon, the more I know it is true. Not because I have this overwhelming confirmation, but because I have peace in my soul and happiness throughout my day, that I don't have when I don't read it. It brings me guidance and a sense of purpose. And it brings me closer to my Savior, which I can feel so strongly. i invite all of you to gain a testimony for yourself as well, to know if what i'm talking about is true or not, by simply reading a Book of Mormon and praying about it to our Heavenly Father if it is true. Just go online and request a BOM from and you'll be set. I can promise you that your life will be changed for it. 

Last thing before I leave.....Random thoughts!!!
- had my first fried chicken while teaching about the BoM! At a persons house and the husband was cooking it and we all sat and ate and talked about the gospel. I mean how much better can it get?!?!

-bike shop fell through and didn't have my bike there. buts all good cause they gave me a different one and it works i guess lol. we'll see.

- we have our own car since it's just the 2 of us in alex city but trying to ride our bikes more cause you know, physical activity.

- pray at least 10 million times a day and I love it!! y'all should try it sometime!

- everyone smokes cigarettes here, so sister terry and i come home everyday smelling like it. nbd not like we're on a mission or anything. but all's good cause we have showers!

-  i'm in a branch  (which is really small church) and it's so cute! The chapel used to be a small baptist church so ya it's really tiny and I love it!

- so many old ladies here and i love all of them! they just take us right in and awww just love them!

- got cold overnight so only had to deal with the heat like one day! 1 point for sister kennedy!

- it really is beautiful out here!

- sister terry and i made fried rice! yay! go team!

-everyone here says, "y'all have a blessed day. you come back now, ya hear?!" looove that 

My motto for the week! "The Lord doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called." So true and I feel that everyday!

love you all so much!!! i see all of you in the people here! I see Brody in the little boys that come to our church. i could go on and on but i think about you all and miss ya!
talk to (email) ya in a week! whether ya like it or not!

sister kennedy 

one final picture at the MTC with Sister Gilbert

 friends for life 

 arrived in BAMA and heading all different directions

Kaia's new companion and trainer, Sister Terry!

Kaia's welcome to her apartment with sweet notes.

inside their apartment 

study area....Kaia needs pictures to put up on her side of the wall!

driving down dirt roads to get to neighborhoods 

 Alex City....gas is $1.99 per gallon!

beautiful countryside

the humble abodes she visits daily...but only before 1pm!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Alive and Well in Alabama! October 19, 2016

Hi mom! 

Just wanted to say I have arrived in my first area and I'm alive and well. Already said my first ya'll! I'm in drumroll please....... Alexander City!!!! (aka Alex City) It's this super cute little town with a lot of projects. There's not even a ward, just a cute branch that's held in this super old, used to be, baptist church! It's so cute! I already love this place and my trainer! Her name is Alyssa Terry from Utah. And I love her! And the members in the branch! Love ya'll so much! Talk (really email) to ya Monday!!

Love always,
Sister Kennedy

1508b Stonehenge Drive
Alex City, AL 35010

Things to send:
Shampoo and Condtioner
7 seconds
a new alarm clock (i left it at the hotel)
a robe

Sunday, October 16, 2016

It's Time to be Like Laban....Week Two...October 13, 2016

hello hello hello!

It's Thursday again which means you get to hear from me! Lucky you! Just kidding. Probably already annoyed by my e-mails! But doesn't matter cause I'm still sending them whether you like it or not! So here it goes.

Last week I kind of talked about my district but didn't go into much depth and since most of my stories are about these people I'm hanging out with, I thought I would just tell them to you so you know who they are!

The Elders:
Heading to FLorida, Jacksonville - Elder Willets (from Logan, UT), Elder Neeley (from Conneticut), and Elder Atkin (grom Chico, CA)

Heading to South Carolina, Columbia - Elder Trudeau (from Gilbert, AZ), Elder McArthur (from st. george, UT), and Elder Young (from somewhere in UT).

The Sisters:
Heading to Alabama, Birmingham - Sister Gilbert (from Lehi, UT), Sister Winter (from American Fork, UT) and Sister Haws (from Provo, UT).

So a lot from Utah but it's all good cause we are family. We literally try to hang out 24/7. Especially during our exercise time! We'll all go out and play beach volleyball for the whole time! Everyday we've gone out there, whether it's 2:30 in the afternoon, or 7:00 in the morning. It's pretty cold at that time, but we tough it out as our feet are literally in pain from how cold it is! We're actually so close that we've all gotten a pretty gnarly head cold this past week. It started with Sister Winter and Elder Willets and has made it's way all around the district. #blessed. And playing in the freezing cold probably didn't help that, but oh well! We honestly have so much fun together! 

Funny story time! We were practicing talking to investigators and somehow Elder Neeley had to portray a woman and started throwing a fit because he was too manly for that, which resulted in him pulling a man card out of his wallet. That's right, a real man card, with his name and everything on it. So our teacher Brother Gill, asked if he could see it and the minute he had it in his hand he goes, "There now you don't have one. Be a woman!" That had us all laughing. But what followed was even funnier because then to get it back we wanted him to do a manly thing. SO we made him do 100 push ups with only 4 30 sec. breaks in between. SO for the next 15 mins we proceeded to watch Elder Neeley try to do 100 push ups to get his man card back! lol! and after he sort of finished, Elder Atkin goes, "Well if I can do more than 100, I get your man card." SO then for the next 15 min. we cheered on Elder Atkin while he did 110 pushups. We were all dying, especially Brother Gill! It's was hilarious!

But ya so this week was pretty awesome because at our Tuesday night devotional, Elder David A. Bednar, an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ, came and spoke with us. It was incredible! All the sisters in our district got to be part of the choir that sang to him and the we made it on the big screen!! Which is pretty cool because the devotional was being broadcasted to all the MTC's in the world! Having him in the room was just simply incredible. Here we all are, missionaries of the Lord, testifying of modern day prophets, and he was in the same room as us! Just so cool!! He talked about how he takes notes at General conference and how he uses the words spoken by prophets and applying them into our everyday life, because really they're words given to us by our Heavenly Father who wants us to be happy. SO it was just amazing! No words to describe it!

We had our last lesson with Jacqi and found out that she is a real investigator with a baptism date almost ready, just waiting for her husband to come back from a long business trip so he can be there to witness it. Oh man I love her so much and her sweet spirit is just amazing! At that last lesson we all just bore our testimonies of this gospel we all love so much and told each other how much we appreciated her. It was a tough goodbye, but it's okay because we still see her around the TRC building and she runs up to us to give us a hug and tells us all about what's new in her life! I love her so much!

RANDOM Thoughts:

- Okay honestly, the food here is getting quite frustrating. Because every. single. day. all they have is chicken. It's getting ridiculous! ugh i just want real meat in my life right now! is that too much to ask?!! 

- We sang "God be With You Till We Meet Again" to the sisters in our zone, who left this last monday to their missions and it was just a crazy realization that we all have the same journey ahead os us.

-  We went and did a temple walk on Sunday with about a million missionaries! It was insaaaaane!!! But super cool!

- Me and my district girls all got matching shirts and they're awesome!

- Me and Sister Winter have determined that if Laman and Lemuel were alive today they would probably be drug lords. Just saying. (two brothers from the Book of Mormon)

SPIRITUAL thought:

At the devotional, Elder Bednar said that of course we're listening to the words of the prophets but are we listening to the words that aren't being said? And that just kind of hit me. Are we listening to the spirit when we consciously feel it? Just a thought for you to think about this next week!

But ya almost time to head out of the MTC myself and that is crazy!! (we leave Monday morning at like 3:30am. ahhh!) But ya ready or not Alabama I'm coming for you. As someone once said, "It's time to be like Laban, and head off!" Get it?! (a story from the Book of Mormon when Laban's head gets cut off....great story, great joke too!)

love love love you guys!
Sister Kennedy

Me and My Companion Sister Gilbert
Crazy District Fun
Zone Girls Above
4 Sisters Heading to Alabama Monday Morning
Beautiful Provo Temple

Ready or we come!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Welcome to the MTC...Week One....October 6, 2016

Hello Outside World!!

Wow! What a week!! My companion Sister Gilbert says that at the MTC (Missionary Training Center), days feel like weeks and weeks feel like days. So very true! But I have loved every minute of it! As I just stated my companion is Sister Gilbert (she is from Lehi, UT) and I absolutely adore her! When we showed up on the very first day with the same bag we knew it was going to be a great companionship. We both think the same and have the same desires. We also view our time here at the MTC the same way which is nice. We like to be able to have some fun every now and then! So far we've gotten matching water bottles, matching sweatshirts, and 2 matching t-shirts and not even on purpose! We both show up to the register with the same things! Just further proving we are twins hahaha! But speaking of the first day, it was so chaotic. One moment I'm driving around with Janine and Ben and the next thing I know I''m being dropped off at the MTC and running around just trying to follow my host to where i was going. She actually at one point told me to keep up and walk faster, so i did which resulted in getting blisters. Yay! But oh well it's all good! Ahh there is so much I want to tell you guys! Anyway, later that day we were at the meeting with the MTC presidency and they have cameras everywhere to show the kids who are talking in the crowd on bigger tv's all around the seats so everyone can see who's talking. (Yes the room is that big!) And, I was just a little tired from the day of craziness so yes i may have fallen asleep during the interaction talk the president was giving. But don't worry they got revenge on me because I nodded off and when my chin hit my shoulder  I woke up really fast just in time to see it happening seconds later on the delayed big tv screen. Behind me a girl was talking in the crowd and the camera was on us. Yep that happened. Hahaha hopefully that makes sense! So that woke me up for the rest of the night, which was a good thing because it was only 5:30pm at that point! One thing I loved from that day was something an instructor told us. she said, "You have the next 18 months to serve the Lord, but you have the rest of your life to reflect on how you served Him." I loved that so much and it instantly set the mood for my mission. 

Well my district is awesome!! For those of you who don't know...a district is a group of missionaries. Well let's just say a district is like a city and a zone is like a state and a mission is like a country. Make sense? I hope so! But ya my district is amazing! It's barely been a week and we are already family! There are four girls including myself! The sisters names are Sister Gilbert, Sister Winter, and Sister Haws. I love them so much! And I know I keep saying love but I mean it. I love these girls and their spirit so much. (we will all be going to Alabama together!!) They inspire me everyday!! We all room together too which is awesome! Sister Winter and I have the same sense of humor. She can always and I mean always make me laugh. I've laughed so hard until I cried here so many times in this last week I can't even count it! And Sister Haws has the sweetest spirit about her. I love her and the sacredness she brings to the MTC. Let's see what else! Oh right the Elders (the boy missionaries and there are 6 of 10 missionaries in the district)! They are awesome! Took a little time to open up but once they did, we all just clicked perfectly! Fun fact! One of our elders, Elder Young, was born with his fingers webbed so they had to amputate a few, so he only has a thumb and pinkie on one hand and it's awesome! The perfect shaka! He loves that and got everyone to say "do the elder young" and simultaneously we do the shaka! Haha It's awesome! But his sweet spirit often times reminds me of Blake. My district is just amazing! Everyday the sisters or the elders will put up messages to the other group on the white board and it's been so fun doing that! I'll include pictures below of that! They are so much fun!

Okay meeting time! So general conference was incredible. I have never felt the spirit more strongly than when we all stood for when President Monson walked into the room. But in my journal I've written that phrase a lot, because somehow the spirit just gets stronger and stronger everyday I'm here. More times than others, but wow. You don't believe it until you experience it! But ya general conference (a bi-annual general conference we all watch on TV where ever we are in the world) was ah-mazing and all about missionary work! The whole first saturday session was the first lesson we teach investigators! God loves us - gospel blesses families- living prophet- Jesus Christ- Joseph Smith - Book of Mormon- Holy Ghost. We all love that! But even more amazing was afternoon session with the MTC choir! Chills through the whole thing! Please everyone watch when the MTC choir sings "the first vision" and tell me you don't get chills (click to watch). When the man at the very beginning of conference said that that the MTC choir would be providing the music, everyone started cheering. It was so cool! And then went they started singing, hands started shooting up and pointing to friends in the choir. I loved that. Also when we sang "Called to Serve" wow. Just wow. And Sunday conference was just as amazing! Too many great parts to count! I love what David A. Bednar, an apostle, said. "Do you believe what you know?" I'll let you think about that one for yourself! Following that session, we got a music devotional from Vocal Point, an a cappella BYU group, and they were awesome! And following that on Tuesday we got another devotional from Linda K. Burton and her husband here at the MTC! Her granddaughter is here so that was pretty special to hear from her! A lot was said that night was about the mantle we are given as missionaries that come with the missionary name tag. That here are these huge shoes we are trying to fill and feel so inadequate to do so. But slowly and surely we start to feel that mantle of Jesus Christ we are given and that's when we know we've become a missionary. But what happen's when at the end of your mission, your mantle is taken from you? You're only left with what you've become in those last 18 months and I just loved that perspective of it! After her devotional we met as a district to talk about it but it quickly turned into one of the most powerful testimony meetings I have ever been a part of. I will never forget that night and the spirit that was so very present in that small little room at the MTC. Honestly this place just feels like a little piece of heaven! 

Sister Gilbert and I taught our first investigator while in the MTC and her name is Jaqui, This cute little old lady from the south, and we adore her. At the very first meeting we just clicked on something very personal near and dear to her heart and we all sat there and cried together as we told her about the plan of salvation and how we will be with our families again after this life. We've met with her 2 other times and that same Strong spirit has been present on both meetings. We love her and she loves us!

One last little tidbit! Two times now we've sang Army of Helamen and have changed the last verse "and we are now the army of helaman and bring the world His truth": And I get chills every time I sing that, because I am now a missionary. Wow. This is so incredible and just no words to describe what it's like to actually be here. I just want to bear my testimony that I know that this gospel is so very true and I am so glad that I am able to be a representative of Jesus Christ and share it with other people. Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God called in this dispensation, so that we might have the gospel. (If you want to know more about him listen to the talk given at this last general Conference by Craig C. Christensen and i promise you, you will feel something when he talks about him and that is the Holy Ghost testifying of it truthfulness unto you.) I know Heavenly Father knows us and loves each one of us and He sent his son to die for us, so that we might be able to return to Him one day.

Love you guys Always!!
Love, Sister Kennedy

first day at the MTC...meeting each other and unpacking

me + sister gilbert = perfect companionship


Sister Haws, Sister Winter, me, Sister Gilbert
all heading to Alabama together

the elders in our district 

notes we leave on the board to each other! 

 together as a district

peace Sister Winter...heading to Provo Temple

Temple trip as a district

send more food...kidding....send healthy food!