Monday, January 25, 2016

Mission Leadership Conference

We had MLC this week.  It went really well.  It was my second to last one.  We have another one for the rest of the Zone Leaders this Wednesday so that will be my last one.  We had a good week.  Today we went to the biggest mall in East Africa and got lunch.  It is called Garden City.  I wish you could see how rich Kenya is (ha ha)  People think it is a poor country but it is not.  The management is poor.  We were doing exercises this morning and I got my companion running so hard that he threw up!  So that was interesting.  We are having two baptisms on Sunday so I am excited.  They will probably be the last two people that I help into the covenant.  Sad, but happy at the same time.  Oh and I rode a camel!  It was only 1 dollar!  Hopefully we can get mom onto one of them when we come back.

Thursday, January 7, 2016


The other day Brenda was confirmed as a member of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, so that was powerful.  She is a good person.  I have really enjoyed teaching her and watching her change her life and put it in line with God and His teachings.  That is something that I will never take for granted as I serve a mission.  Watching people change their lives.  It has made me realize that it is possible to do so and it is worth it.  Really, helping people to change their lives has helped me to change mine.  One day i will meet with Brenda in the Celestial Kingdom and we will have a good ol chat about he good ol days when we were together in Riruta, both human beings and both trying to be better.

The past couple of weeks have been really busy for me, mostly because of Zone Conference and Christmas.  I went to Tanzania.  We have to organize everything that is happening, where people will sleep, what they will eat, where they will go etc.  So it has been interesting adn the time has gone by really fast.  We had a Christmas Party and Santa came!  We had a gift exchange at said party and we had a lot of food (BBQ Chicken) which was a real treat.  It was a lot of fun and a good way to spend my last Christmas on my mission.  The best part was Face Timing all of you of course!  I hope you all had a good Christmas and I hope you will have a good New Year!

As I reach mission maturity, I think back on the things that I have learned over the past two years.  They of course can't all be written here but they should not be overlooked in their importance.  I can definitely say that I have laid a foundation for the lives of others and for myself as well.  A foundation that will not fall, a foundation that will not crack and a foundation that is true.  Mission is the best thing ever!  Blaine, you better get ready and Mom and Dad, you should go on a couple mission to Kenya.  That would be pretty cool!

I hope to see you all soon, and I hope to not only see you but I hope I see that you are living the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the fullest.  That will make me happy.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Proselyting is good 01/03/2016

It was good talking to you both on Christmas.  I don't have much time to email, but thanks for being such good people and  helping me get to where I am.  You both are powerful.

Proselyting is good.  We had a person who set himself with a baptismal date, so that was something new for me.    I really like proselyting.  Office work is ok, but I like working with the Kenyans more.  I have a new companion, Elder Arudo.  He will be my last companion.  Elder Makau is going home tomorrow morning.  I will be teaching Elder Arudo the ways of the office and then I will go.  It should be good.

We are having a "Trainers Training" tomorrow, so we are bringing in all the new missionaries and the new trainers, and we are training them on what the training experience should be like.  It is something that we have never done before so I am looking forward to it.

When is my homecoming talk and what will I be talking about?  Could you hook me up with the subject so I can start preparing myself spiritually.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Dear 6th ward: (December 12th, 2015)

Merry Christmas Spanish Fork 6th ward friends and family!  I hope you have a happy new year as well.  I decided I would write you all a letter and thank you for all of the support you have given me throughout the years.  This time of year I feel especially grateful for the influence that all of you had on me throughout my childhood and young adult life, it sure paid off!  The purpose of this letter is to say thank you, I love you and to help you feel the Spirit.

I don't want to write to you today about Christmas, although I am tempted to do so.  I don't want to inform you about the "True Meaning of Christmas" either, because the church already released a video about that, if you haven't seen it, buy a smart phone and you'll come across it.  I am sure.  I do, however want to write to you about the true meaning of the true meaning of Christmas.

As I sit in the Kenya Nairobi Mission Office and type you this letter, I stare at a picture of the Christus statue in the visitors center at Temple Square, and a multitude of thoughts and words about the Savior and His Atonement dash about my mind.  I am thankful for it, I love it and I love celebrating it.  The true meaning of Christmas is the Savior.  The true meaning of the true meaning of Christmas is his Atonement.  The purpose of the Atonement is not only to help us become clean, but it helps us to stay clean.  It not only forgives our sins, but it can prevent us from sinning.  The ultimate purpose of the Atonement is to make God's glory a reality, which is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."  My testimony is simple but sure.  He will help us, He will lift us, He will succor us, He will save us.  He is the Savior, Redeemer of our souls, whose almighty hand hath made me whole.  He can make you whole as well.

Merry Christmas!.  See you soon!  :)

Elder Bradford

Monday, December 7, 2015

December 5, 2015

Me:  I am having a tough time remembering Saturday is your pday
Justin:  Even me, because we hardly have a pday.  We are so busy.

Justin:  Did you send in some college applications?

Justin:  I miss Christmas.  20 days until we get to skype!  That is a good Christmas present for me.
I wrote Santa a letter that had Iphone 6 on it.  Just sayin:)   I am learning responsibility a lot, especially in the office.  I enjoy being held accountable.  I forget things sometimes but I am trying to become better and be responsible for everything.  I have learned a lot working so closely with President Hicken.

The other day he started reading out of handbook 2.  It was completely random and there was no reason for it.  He read the things to us about abortion and artificial insemination and birth control..things like that.  I had read them before, so I had an idea of the Church's policy on them but it was a good reminder.  The next day while in a lesson with one of our best investigators, she asked questions about those exact matters.  We were able to tell her the Church's exact stand of those things because it was fresh on our mind.  we don't study those things often but President was guided by God to remind us.  I know that man is called of God.

Write me!

Elder Bradford

November 28, 2015

We saw POPE FRANCIS!  I saw his face.  Literally saw his face.  He drove past our house.  Haha.  We live on State House road and he was heading to the state house.

I told Justin that my dad doesn't want me to travel to Kenya.  His response:
Kenya is completely safe.  There is a small chance that anything will happen.  I have not once felt in danger here.

Me:  Are there any missionaries from the USA coming to Kenya?
Justin: Yes, there is an elder named Elder lotulelei, but he won't come until Tuesday because of the Pope

Me: Did you get the pics;
Justin:  yeah I got all of them!  Kayden is huge.  Preciate the shoe game (ha ha)

Me:  Did you have Thanksgiving at all?
Justin:  The couple missionaries brought us a piece of pumpkin pie and some rolls .