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 .

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 21, 2015

Hi Mom,

Sorry I didn't get enough time to email yesterday.  This week is transfers, so things are pretty busy around here.

We went to Spur Steak House with President last night.  It was very yummy.  We are doing well in our area.  We are teaching a family from Burundi and they will be getting baptized on this coming Sunday.  There is also another family that we are teaching.  I wrote you a handwritten letter about them so I don't want to tell you about them right now.  The rumor has it that Riruta is the strongest ward in the country, and I believe it because we had over 170 people at sacrament meeting last week.  It is super powerful.  We don't get too much time to proselyte because of all the things with office work and such, but we are trying our best to fulfill our purpose, that's for sure.

My companion, Elder Makau, is a super good guy.  He is very humble.  He is from the same tribe as Stephen, so they both speak kikamba!  Watindata! Nesa!  Ha ha.  We are having a lot of fun out here.  This is his last transfer and after he goes home, it will be my last transfer, so we are sprinting to the end!

Oh, I will be sending you another person from Kenya!  Her name is Misty Thompson, she is planning to live here in the future and she came to check things out and to buy a house.  I think she is from Tooele, but I am not sure.  I will send her with some gifts and some other things.  She is a very nice lady.  If you get a chance, please let her experience the beauty and majesty of Lucky 5 Chinese Restaurant.  Soon I will be sending myself home.

Elder Bradford




November 14, 2015

These people totally googled "gospel", found this photo, printed it out and put it on their bus.  (ha ha)

Mom:  Is your companion awesome?
Justin:  Yeah my companion is way cool.  Very humble.  He likes to laugh and he always understands everything.  He is powerful.  Driving is still boring.

Mom:  Any other place you want me to take Stephen while he is here in Spanish Fork?
Justin:  Lucky 5 is the place that every person on this earth needs to be before they die.

November 7, 2014

Mom:  How was Kilungu Hills?
Justin:  It was powerful.  We slaughtered a chicken!  We were in the bush for a day.  Not very long.
Mom:  How was meeting Elder Ellis from the Seventy?
Justin:  Elder Ellis is my homie.  We talked for like 10 minutes.  He is way cool

Mom:  How is your swahili? (He has been learning it just for fun since he arrived)
Justin:  It is good.  I haven't had a problem there.

Mom:  Are you liking being AP?
Justin:  Yeah it is fun.  It is pretty stressful sometimes.  We will get 7 new missionaries in two weeks, then the next transfer 10.  I will be home when they start getting 15-20 each transfer.  President has been working really hard with immigration.  President is powerful.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Family and Friends 10/31/15

I have been pretty lazy on these weekly emails, However, the Spirit prompted me to send out this one!  So, here we go.  Buckle Up.

Well, I scratched the mission vehicle a little bit. Nothing a little buffing can't fix!  It wasn't really my fault though, I just blame it on the essence of Nairobi.  We did have a good week though.  This week we have MLC and we are going to KILUNGU HILLS (the bush)!  Yes, that is right.  I am leaving Nairobi for the first time in my mission. :)  MLC should be super powerful.  we are going to watch a talk from Elder Holland, it will be nice.  We are also meeting with Elder Ellis tonight, we might go to dinner with him.  That is a member of the Seventy in case you didn't know.  We are continuing to teach Olivier and his family.  They are super powerful.  We had a baptism last Sunday, we have a baptism tomorrow and we are having one next Sunday.  The work of the Lord is progressing in Kenya, that's for sure!

The other day I was reading in Matthew 3 about Jesus' baptism.  I had a super spiritual experience when I realized this powerful teaching.  Jesus 1.  Fulfilled all righteousness 2.  Received the Spirit in the form of a dove 3.  Heard a voice from heaven (God).  IMAGINE THE INFLUENCE OF THE SPIRIT DURING THAT TIME.  It must have been amazing.  I am sure everyone there had the Holy Spirit engulf their heart.  I can't imagine.  The baptism of the Son of God, oh how I wish I could have been there to experience it.  IMAGINE HOW JESUS FELT.  I am sure that it was so influential  on His mortal mission, that it overall helped Him to fulfill His calling and His purposed in this life.  I imagine He felt like He was doing the will of the His father, which He was.  he himself and everyone else heard the voice of God.  That event proves to me the reality of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Then I read chapter 4.  Right after the mega Spiritual experience, JESUS is tempted.  Right after.  He didn't get a chance to thrive on the feeling or even think about the covenant.  he was tempted by the devil immediately.  However, He stayed true to the covenant that He made.  He didn't give in.  One of the things I learned from this is that we may have a super powerful experience, but the temptation will never stop.  We all need to learn how to remember, rekindle and re-encounter those Spiritual experiences during the time of temptation.

That's what I learned this week.  Here are some photos!  Write me back pls.



Thursday, October 29, 2015

Letter from Mission President

Letter from Elder Bradford's Mission President.   Get out your microscope because I don't know how to make it bigger.

Refreshing week October 24, 2015

This week was pretty good.  We did a lot of teaching, which was refreshing!  The week is not over and I am excited to partake of the Sacrament tomorrow.  Monday we worked in the office.  Tuesday we met with Olivier and his family.  They will be making the baptismal covenant on November 22nd.  They are a super prepared family.  They don't speak much English, so my Swahili has to be on top of it's game when we are teaching them.  I enjoy it.

Wednesday we had a baptismal interview for a woman Maimura.  She will be making the baptismal covenant tomorrow.  She is powerful.  She use to be a muslim a while back, but her daughter found the church and now she has decided to follow her daughter's example and more importantly, the Savior's example.  Things are going well as far as proselyting.

Driving is super intense.  I don't really like it.  I thought I would but it is just super stressful.  The roads are crazy and people just do whatever they want.  So you can't really expect someone to do something like you can in the USA.

In December we will be driving one of the mission trucks.  They are all manual transmission so that should be an interesting experience (ha ha)

We are working along with the President to prepare for the Mission Leader Conference, which will be on the 5th and 6th of November.  we are looking forward to it.  It should be super spiritual.   OH, President is down in Mombasa tomorrow to form a NEW DISTRICT there.  The work is going well in Kenya.  In March they will be splitting the Nairobi Stake and soon Eldoret will be a stake.  That is 3 stakes!  "No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing"

Write me!

Love, Elder Bradford


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Questions for the AP

Do you fly anywhere to take care of business in the mission?  I haven't yet, but I will during zone conference.  We will fly to Dar Es Sallam, Tanzania.  What is the most stuff that you do for the president?  Yesterday we had a meeting and planned for Mission Leadership council.  There are certain forms pertaining to the work of the missionaries (how long in their areas, interviews etc)  That I do a lot.  But today we are going to dinner at a really nice Chinese restaurant.  So that should be fun!  Do you still get to proselyte or is it other work that the MP has you do?  Yeah we proselyte.  Our are is Riruta.  We are in the office Monday and Friday, and every other day is proselyting.  Is it scary driving the car in Nairobi?  Yes, I got pulled over on my 2nd day driving.  I made a wrong turn, but there was no sign.  Well 1,000 KSH and I was out of that one. ha ha.   Are you ever going to be able to go out to the bush to visit elders?  Yes, we will go on exchanges to the bush.  I am pumped for that one!  Do you take or pick up sick elders?  yes, tooooooo much.   Are you in charge of Zone conference now or any type of conferences?  Mission Leadership Council and and Zone conferences.  Are you stressed out?  Not really.  Is the office staff awesome?  Yes.  Elder and Sister Christensen from WA are the coolest couple ever.  I love them.

I am doing well.
 Me and my future wife out for a walk on the town.  #GQ

Found a movie theatre in Kenya

Monday, October 12, 2015

Transfers

I drove this morning! Haha, oh yeah, by the way I received a transfer.  I am serving in Riruta as an Assistant to the President, my companion is Elder Makau.  So yeah, I get to drive nowadays!  ha ha so I am excited to see what this brings

Things are going well.  I am taking all of the missionaries who are going home to the airport later!  So, that is fun.  I guess .  Ha ha.  I had a lot of pictures but my companion accidentally deleted them all, which was wonderful.  I will take more though!:)

My preparation day will now be on Saturday.  So if you want to send me an email, do it on that day.:)

Love you all.

Elder Bradford

Monday, September 21, 2015

Habari ya hii wiiki

09/21/15

This week was another good one in the Lord's Vineyard.  Gosh, I have the best employer, that's for sure!:)  haha.  Seriously though, this week was super powerful.  I hope to enchant you with the details from such in this electronic mail letter.  We have a lot of work over here in Kayole and we are enjoying the privilege to be instruments in the Lord's hands.

We have 11 people who are preparing to be baptized in the coming weeks.  Janet will be entering the straight and narrow gates in exactly 6 days, so that is exciting.  She is powerful.  Not sure if she started investigating for the right reasons but as it always does, the Book of Mormon combined with the Spirit of the Lord worked in her soul.  It is so awesome to see these powers, which were once mysterious an imagination to me, be revealed and manifest right in front of my eyes!  We also are teaching a girl names Cheryl and her mother Rosemary.  They are two of the nicest people I have met in my earthly experience.  They are preparing to make a covenant with God on the 4th of October.  We will see if it will be possible because Cheryl is going off to school.  The 4th might not happen but I know the covenant will be made, which fills me with exultation!  So, it will fill them with exaltation!:)  The work of the Lord is wonderful.

We also had Mission Leadership Council this last week.  It was super powerful.  President Hicken asked us all a question during one of the topics of counsel.  "Can you repent in jail?"  At first I though, "Hmmm, yes, I think"  He elaborated the answer to us.  It is literally impossible to repent if in jail.   yes, God and will forgive you of the sins you may have committed.  However, you cannot fully repent.  You don't have the option ot use your agency in jail which restricts your ability to prove to God and to yourself that you have fully changed.  that element brings full forgiveness and complete repentance.  One thing I have learned is that repentance is not just forgiveness and sorrow.  Repentance is about what you do AFTER you are forgiven.  Repentance is the change you make and the person you become.  Repentance is progression.

I love you all:)  Here are some photos of the best time of my life.  Write me back doe.



Wednesday, September 9, 2015

09/07/15

Blaine looks like a football player nowadays!   Soon we will be seeing him on the TV for BYU!  ha ha.

I hope we can still have the missionaries over to our place when I get back.  I think that would be the best!  I want to ask them what their mission is like and compare it to the Kenya Nairobi mission.  That would be interesting.

Anyway, things in Kayole are good.   We have about 7 people that will be being baptized in the months of September and October, so we are excited.  My new companion is a pretty cool guy.  He is very humble.  I love Kayole.  It is a blessed land.   Yesterday on of our investigators mom came to church.  That means the Lord has blessed us with another family!   Right on.  Her dad is staying in North Carolina, but that shouldn't be a problem.  It would be cool if one of my friends who is in NC got to teach him.  Holy Crap Shanna.  I love the work of the Lord!

Life is good here.  Here are some pictures.   My friends that all went home, Classic Nairobi Traffic Jam, my study desk!  If you are wondering why there is tinactin, I have had athletes foot for 6 months.

I love you:)


Monday, August 24, 2015

Fun facts

There are a lot of fun facts in Kenya.  Like if you get sentenced to 1 year in prison it is really 6 months because they count day and night.  You aren't allowed to carry something you have just bought without a bag because it will offend the rest of the people that see you carrying it because they don't have it.  Kenyans believe that the Garden of Eden was in Kenya.  Just a bunch of facts.  (They also use adjectives twice to add emphasis.  Mimi ni mkneya:)

This week was good in Kayole.  We gave a couple people baptismal dates so that is exciting.  This is Elder Griffith's last p-day on a mission, weird eh?  We went and bought ourselves a burger to celebrate.  Oh, a random guy just came in and tried to sell us socks in the cyber cafe by shoving them in our faces and shaking them.  Anyway, our week was good.  Gosh I love Kenya and the Gospel of Christ.  The two are in the process of becoming a match.

Spiritual thought time.
This is a power teaching that I learned from my companion.  All of us are entitled to guidance and revelation in our lives from the Spirit.  We can look at 3 scriptural examples that help us to see the reality of the fact.  The Lord has, for some reason, built many boats in His day.   He helped Nephi do it, helped Noah do it and even Mahonri Moriancumer. He gave them all guidance.  All three of them were in a completely different situation, but all three of them sough revelation form the Lord and His Spirit.  He taught each one of them how to build and the result was a ship, every time.  The three ships were different in size and shape but they were all ships.  the Lord knows how to help us, and if we seek his guidance in our lives, he knows what size and type of ship we need.  This has been one of the biggest blessing to me on the Lord's mission here in kenya.  I have stopped seeing the Holy Ghost as a mystical, mysterious of even fake thing.  He is God's helper and if we desire it, He can be our helper.  I have sure changed my view on the Holy Ghost.   He has become a usable, almost tangible tool in my life.

Love you all, hit me up sometime.

Elder Bradford

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

08/10/15 Week of a thousand mzungus

This week was powerful in the land of Kayole, Kenya.  Elder Griffiths and I are enjoying our time together, and we are seeking the Lord's guidance in every aspect of the work.  Zone Conference was this week, you know what that means?  KFC:)  ha ha.  Great food, both spiritually and physically.  We talked a lot about "Street Boarding"  which is basically putting out a table on the street and giving out books.  Elder G and I have seen a lot of success doing it.  So, we will continue.

As some of you may know, our curfew is 7 pm.  Well, one day, we were a bit late, and the Lord decided to scare us a bit.  We were trying to get home from an appointment and it was about 7:15.  There was no matatu where there usually is one, so we started flagging down person cars.  Car after car went by and no luck.  Eventually one pulled over and opened the door for us.  We hopped in and before we knew it, we were in the care with the most devout Muslim man I have ever seen.  Long beard and everything.  He told us he was from Mogadishu, Somalia which is basically the terror capital of Africa  That was definitely interesting.  However, he was a great guy!  Very friendly.  He even asked about what we believe ad we were able to teach him a little about the Book of Mormon.  We made it home safe as well.

We met some returned missionaries from Ogden, Utah.  They are here doing some service activity or something.  Last week we went and played basketball with them and today we went to a nice American restaurant for lunch with them.  Their names are Ty, Kaylie and Lindsey.  They are powerful.!  It was cool meeting with some homies.  It was also cool playing basketball, although I got blisters all over my feet.  haha


Monday, July 27, 2015

Transfers (this is from 07/20/15

Well, looks like the Lord wants me to stay in Kayole for the rest of my mission!  Haha.  Elder Wambete got transferred and I got a new companion.  His name is Elder Griffiths from Centerville, UT.  So we are homies.  It will be interesting to see how it is to walk around with another white person.  I am looking forward to seeing many more miracles in this place.  Kayole is a powerful place, the members are great.  6 more week baby!

This work is going forward.  We got a referral from HQ's and he is super powerful.  His name is Festus.  He is a young father.  He was looking at the church online and he knew a ton of facts about the church.  He is cool.  In the Kenya Nairobi Mission we are really focusing on families.  We are making that our number one focus for the rest of the time President Hicken is here.

The work of the Lord is the way to go!

OBAMA

Originally Black African Managing America
Born African, Raised American, Completely Kenyan.

That was the mindset this weekend in Kenya during Potus'visit to the country.  It was definitely something great.  It was cool to see how excited all of the Kenyan people were that he was coming.  Everyone started saying Obama Anakuja" to us.  Which means "Obama is coming."  It was  a nice break from the classic "Mzungu". We bought a goat leg to celebrate.  It was tasty.  He left last night and we were at a members house which had a good view of the airport, so we were able to see Air Force 1 taking off from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport!  Definitely a week to remember.  America Rocks!

Another highlight of the week, we were teaching a referral from Conslate's family and apparently there was  a mentally ill female in the compound.  Not one of the scary mentally ill but the ones that like to make jokes.  It was sad, but she was friendly.  She took us on a tour of kayole. (Like I have never seen it before)  That was a bit weird but people know her so they were looking at us in a strange way.  It was definitely interesting getting a first class escort from her.  The referral we taught is progressing well though. :)  Also, Truphosa and Sam's mother was directly quoted this week saying " I will join you people"  So that made me happy:D

Going to ball it up on the public basketball court tonight, pictures will come next week.  First time playing ball in a loooong time.

The work of the Lord is cool or shall I say, Kewl.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Safari

We had a good PDAY today, Elder and Sister Shakespeare (Senior couple) took me and my companion to the Nairobi National Park.  It was my first real "Safari."  I felt like a tourist, it was weird.  However, it was one of the most memorable days of my mission, mostly because of the sheer fun and the great friends.:)

We fed a monkey.  It was coming right up to the care and we gave it some carrots.  (Dave Bradford..insert a joke about how I am also a monkey joke here.)

We saw a ton of giraffes!  They were fighting each other.  Hitting necks back and forth and causing all kinds of ruckus,.  Go look at it on youtube.

We didn't see any lions, but we did see them in captivity afterwards at the animal orphanage.  It was pretty fun day.

As far as the work of the Lord is concerned.  We are consecrating ourselves to it.  We have already sacrifices so much and not it is time to consecrate our lives, choices and efforts to the Lord's work.

Elder Bradford

4TH of July

This week was good.  It was full of American pride, that is for sure.  Oh, and we also had two baptisms!:)  Truphosa and Sam, two of the best investigators ever, were able to make a sacred covenant with our Father in Heaven this week.  The highlight for sure, but the 4th of July burgers were a close second.

I think I am going to be transferred in two weeks, but I am not sure.  I am getting pretty sick of this dusty place called Kayole, but I will go where the Lord wants me to go.  haha.  Kayole has been good to me, but the bush is calling my name and with 7 months left, I need to get there soon before time is far spent.

Please, my fellow Americans, don't take your citizenship in that great country for granted.  I have seen and met with people that idolize the country of America. S ome people here (not everyone) dream to have a life and a family in that place.  Make me proud, and shoot off a firework for me.

Hit me back or something.  Don't do drugs, you'll make it to heaven for sure.

Elder Bradford

Monday, June 22, 2015

06/22/15

This week was super powerful in the land of Kayole, Nairobi, Kenya.  It is always interesting to be in three some companionship.  All laughs and no boring times.  However, Elder Boaz is going back to his area in two days, so it will be Elder Wambete and I left.  Life goes on though.  That's always the motto.

We have this totally prepared family that we are teaching, Meriam, George, Truphosa and Samson.  Truphosa and Samson are the children and they are the ones we first started teaching.  The Lord definitely did his part on these people for sure!  Truphosa likes to cut out the pictures from the pamphlets and tape them in her Book of Mormon.  She marks that thing more than I do!  I really like teaching them.  The other day we had a good lesson with them.  Meriam had a concern about baptism for the dead and she was letting us know about it in a bit of a harsh way.  we told her that we can show her scriptures from the bible all day long and try to convince her, but that won't help at all.  So we invited her to pray.  She agreed to the truth that the Holy Spirit is the one who gives all knowledge so I asked her if we could pray right then and there and she said yes, if I offer it.  We all got down on our knees in the living room of their apartment and asked God to confirm to us the truth of this doctrine, either for the first time or again.  It was one of the most powerful moments on my mission.  The room was dense with the Spirit of the Lord.  A day I will never forget.

Other than that we are trying to fin some new people to teach.  We have a lot of investigators but they aren't that serious.  President Hicken has told us that the Lord has prepared one more family for us in our area.  So we are trying our best to find them.  If you know where they are, let me know!:)

We walk a lot in Kayole but the good thing is, we are always walking with the Savior.  Not only on our nametags but in our hearts, in our mind and by our sides.  BTW I just saw three camels passing on the street, not something you seen in Spanish Fork, UT.  Haha

Hit me back my lovelies.


The one and only, Elder Bradford

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

June Swag

This week was super powerful.  I'll tell you one thing, you haven't lived until you have looked through an African's photo album from the 70's.  I did it and it was awesome. Bell bottoms and mud huts, nothing beats that image!  Also, Daniel was confirmed on Sunday so he is the newest member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Elder Stanley G. Ellis of the quorum of the seventy and the Africa South-East area presidency came for a mission tour this week.  That guy is super consecrated, you can just tell he has devoted his life to Christ.  He quoted C. S. Lewis as saying "God is easy to please, but hard to satisfy.:  That was probably the highlight quote of the month of May for me.  It is so true.  When we do small things that are of good nature, it pleases Baba wa Mbinguni.  However, He knows we are capable of so much more, so it does not satisfy Him.  It is great to please Him with our acts of kindness and our righteous decision, but I think the only way to satisfy Him is when we are in the Celestial Kingdom making our own planets.  I hope that'll do it.  Another inspiring quote from Elder Ellis himself is "The foundation of faith is that God cannot lie"  I enjoyed that conference and afterwards we had caramel corn so I was spiritually fed and physically fed.

List of weird stuff this week:
saw a car crash
Found Birkenstock (Not weird but great) 200 shllings btw
20 random people came to church because we moved to a new building
Got called Shatani or "devil" over 30 times.  Over it
Ate a turkey sandwich for the first time in 9 months
Was in the bathroom with a General Authority

June 7 email

This week was Elder Mekenye's last week on mission.  He has now gone to his home in Naivasha, Kenya.  I am happy for him!  Ha ha.  So if you put the pieces together, I have a new companion.  His name is Elder Wambete.  He is also a Kenyan, he is a powerful dude.  I am excited to work with him.  Elder Boaz will also be with us for two weeks while he waits for his new companion.  Kayole will rise!

We are teaching a powerful family of four.  We started to teach the teenage kids Truphosa and Samson and the parents became interested.  They will be getting baptized on July 5th, so it will be wonderful! (INSERT CHEESY QUOTE) AKA "Missionary:  Someone who leaves their family for two years so others can be with their's for eternity."  Cornelius is also being baptized on June 27th, so hopefully his wife will follow.

Things are cool out here.  I need to get to the bush soon.

Elder Bradford

Friday, June 5, 2015

Hello family and friends (and lovers),

I am sorry that I was not able to write yesterday, we were doing some powerful activities and we were super busy, so we decided we would hit the cyber today to do some emailing!  This week was one of the best weeks I have experienced on my mission.  Things went very well, and I was definitely able to experience some spiritual rejuvenation!

On Wed we had Mission Leadership Conference, it was awesome!  The highlight was probably the KFC at the end, but there were many other positive things associated with the event!  It is always nice to get together with other missionaries and discuss ideas and problems of the mission.  They really highlighted this time about becoming "Full-purpose missionaries.  Which basically means focusing on our entire purpose, rather than just baptism, gift of the Holy ghost, then bye.  Our purpose as missionaries is to "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gosple through faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end"  We were told to emphasize to our zones that we should teach more bout enduring to the end and the ghings associated with it, the temple endowment, sealings.  I just look forward to the day when I can meet all of the great people I have met on my mission in the Kenya, Nairobi temple:)

On Thursday we went on exchanges with the Elders in Lucky Summer.  I was able to work here in Kayole with a rather new missionary.   He is very energetic because he has just recently finished his trainig.  It was good to work with him.  He was real inspiration to me in the way that he contacts and teaches.  he is one of the catalysts in my spiritual rujuvenation this week.  Exchanges are on e of the best things on a mission, I love them

Friday was just a normal day, teaching finding and following the Spirit.  I have come to love these so-called normal days.  the life of a missionary is just so fulfilling and whole.  I have found great peace and energy by being under the vibrating influence of the Holy Ghost day by day!

Sunday we had a powerful fireside with the members and we pretty much blasted them for not doing what they are supposed to do, which resulted in may dinner appointments:)  ha ha

Oh, I almost forgot, there was chaos in a place called Mwiki which we had to pass through on our Thursday to get to Lucky Summer.  The people were mad because the road was in horrible conditions so they started to burn tires, signs, people etc. in the middle of the roadway.  Police were everywhere and people were mad!  It was crazy.  Then I Friday I saw someone get stoned, like stoned.  Not the Marijuana kind, actual rocks.  It was saddening...Justice but no mercy.  That's why Jesus is the answer people!  He's got them both.

Good day.

Elder Bradford



Monday, March 30, 2015

Kenyuh

This week was interesting.  We were able to teach 50 lesson, the most I have taught in one week on my entire mission.  Things are going well in Kayole.   We met this guy who is the owner of an orphanage in Soweto, so we are teaching all of the kids there and we have 25 investigators with a baptismal date because of it.  the kids range from 10-16.  They are pretty fun to be with and they are obsessed with my arm hair., like all of the other children in Kenya.  They are my friends.

It was raining all week, so the temperature was in the 60's.  It was great.  It felt good to be able to get a break from all of the sunshine.  However, rain means EXTREMELY muddy roads.  So we walked around proselyting and all of my pants and shoes are now covered in mud.  I am not looking forward to washing them tonight.  I need some rain boots.

The confirmation of Brother Julius and Brother Epaphras happened yesterday.  I was able to stand in on the the ordinance.  The bishop gave a powerful blessing after the receiving the Holy Ghost.  It was so powerful that Brother Julius started to cry.  That was the first time that I have seen a Kenyan man cry.  It was very humbling and in that moment,  I was filled with that feeling, (you know what feeling I am talking about!)

Elder Bradford
 Brother Ephaphras Baptism
 Muthiani Family (He was reunited with them for Stake Conference.  They are from his old area Athi River.
Solange and her family.

Monday, March 9, 2015

The goat head was gross, the diesel almost ran him over while walking across the street (happens alot because of no enforced traffic laws)

Wiiki Wangu

Hello Friends, :)  My week was POWERFUL.

We were able to have 16 investigators at sacrament meeting which is the highest I have gotten on my whole mission!  Ha ha.  Sister Wilfreida  was confirmed yesterday as well, she is now a full member!  We will be having the baptisms of Brother Julias and Brother Epaphras on Sunday, so we are excited.  the church is growing!  I am happy to be a part of it.  I love being a tool in the Lord's hand.  You should try it..:) ha ha.  We were also about to have MLC this week, it is short for Mission Leader Counsel.  All the Zone Leader in Nairobi came and we discussed how to better help the missionaries in our zones, concerns etc.  It was nice.  We had KFC after which was tasty.   We will be having Zone Meeting tomorrow so hopefully my companion and I will be able to help our zone understand the principles well.  Days are going by super fast for me, like this week seemed like 3 days.  I like it.   I watched this movie called "God's Army" the other day.  It is about missionaries.  It is super powerful.  You should check it out.  I freaking got called "John" so many times this week.  I don't know why though.  I think it is the only name for a white guy they know.  It sure is annoying haha!  I was also able to play some basketball today.  It was very refreshing.  I miss that sport.  All I have is soccer her and I played that today as well.  I got kicked in the head.  I think I have a concussion but it's all good.

I was reading in 1 Corinthians 13 about the crucifixion of Paul this week.  That is something that has always intrigued me.  Rumor has it that he was crucified upside down because he didn't feel worthy to be crucified in the same manner that his Savior was.  THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is conversion.  It is interesting to me how much persecution and hatred the primitive Church of Jesus Christ faces, after all those miracles, healing, etc that Christ performed.  I had bee thinking about that a lot this week.  One of our investigators was telling us that she "can NEVER join the church"  We asked her why, she replied "Because I have heard so many bad things and so much persecution"  I said to her "that is true.  There is a lot of persecution and bad rumors, but isn't that just more evidence that this is the The Church of Jesus Christ"  Well, she thought about that a bit, we explained to her that Christ's Church in the olden days faced the same thing.  She sat there thinking and pondering for maybe 2 minutes and she replied " I will never join your church"  She is no  longer our investigator.  Sad for her, yes, however my testimony was increased a lot by that lesson.  Simply my own realization that there is so much persecution, rumors, accusation etc against the church but that truly is just more synonymous evidence that this the Church of Jesus Christ.  I love it!  I love it so much.

Elder Bradford

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Week Ending March 1st

Hello,

My week was super powerful.   It was very stressful though.  I have a lot of things to do with regarding other missionaries and putting full-time proselyting on top just adds a lot more things.  But working hard just makes time go by faster, so I don't mind:)  We had the baptism of my homie, Wilfreida.  I was able to baptize her and it was the first time I have ever had to baptize someone twice, but it was great nonetheless.  She is super converted and she is planning to go on a mission this time next year, so that is awesome.  Some funny things that happened this week...

-Got called "John" over 67 times
-Ate a goat head
-Talked about illuminati/freemasonry with 7 separate people
-Almost got ran over by a diesel truck

Goodbye.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Citizens of the United Sates of America

Hello fellow citizens of the United States of America.  I decided I would spend a bit of time telling you about my week, because it was pretty nice!

We were able to give Euraliah a baptismal date of March 8th.  I was happy when she accepted, she is powerful.  A lot of the people that we planned to meet with bailed on us, but we still managed to make the best of it.  We got some great contacts and we were able to find a couple new investigators.

Also, it was Elder Hslatshwayo's last day in Kenya today, so we sent him off to the mission office this morning (pictured below):(.  He is a great guy.  I am going to copy Elder Ammon Stone and give some bullet points of the exciting things that happened this week...

-saw someone get hit by a car, not sure if they lived
-talked with 7 drunk guys, a new record
-watched people film a movie behind our house
-got a hair cut, looking prettyyyy bald
-learned how to say "how are you" in sign language (we have deaf guys in our ward)
-Bishop wore a completely white suit to church yesterday.
-got called "Devil Worshippers" by a bunch of little kids (used to it)
-figured out I could still have swag in my proselyting clothes

Kenya is interesting that is for sure.  It is awesome though.  It has been super hot lately but it is okay.  I am loving it out here.  Email me back, it would be cool.

justin.bradford@myldsmail.net

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Emergency Transfer

01/19/15

My week was very interesting.  I was emergency transferred to Kayole.  Remember I told you about my meeting with President Hicken on Tuesday?  Well, he told me that I would be packing my stuff on Wednesday morning and that I would be going to be serving as a Zone Leader in Kayole!  I was very surprised.  So I am now in Kayole (Which is near Nairobi) with a new companion Elder Hlatshwayo.  He goes home on Feb 1st so as us missionaries call it, I am "killing" him.  Aish, but my apartment is super nice.  It is a 3 bedroom 2 bath with granite countertops, a big huge bath tub, balcony's in the fron and the back (which is nice because I can watch the sun rise and the sun set) and my bed is extremely comfortable.  We are also like a 2 minute walk from the 3rd biggest mall in Kenya, so yes, we are living the high life.  I can go to the supermarket called Tusky's.  NO BUSH FOR ME! yet...hahaha.  I am pumped to be Zone Leader though.  I have been serving as District Leader since April, and it was time for a change.  I am excited to be in this area, we have 3 people with baptismal dates for February, so it should be good.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Mass Email

01/12/15

It has been a while since I have sent one of these MASS EMAILS, so I decided I would grace you all with one.:)

Our week was good.  We were able to get some great contacts, we set up a table and had pamphlets, BoM's etc.  We met some really elect people ans some people that seemed like they really want to know more.  A few Drunkards, but overall, it was good.  things in Athi River have slowed down a alot.  I think it is mostly because of the holiday season.  We are trying our best to get that teaching pool back up and runnin'.

As many of you know, I cover two proselyting areas and I have some great news.  After much trial and tribulation and many test of faith, Kitengela Branch has got a meeting house.  We met their yesterday for the first time.  It was wonderful.  The spirit and energy that I felt there was so refreshing.  It is time to put full time missionaries there instead of part time, but the missionary count in the KNM is very low right now.  Not only do they need missionaries in Kitengela, but they deserve them.  I have seen the WHOLE branch go to the members houses fo visits, every single person and this is more than one occasion.  I have seen the Branch President walk over 5 miles just to visit someone who needed a blessing.  I would love to serve full time with those people.

I miss all of my pals, but some of you may know that I have just over a year remaining until I can see all of your beautiful faces again.:)

I heard a great quote this week from one of the local pastors, it goes like this:

"Sin always profits flesh, but it always kills spirit"

Think about that.

Deuces

Elder Bradford

Monday, January 5, 2015

12.29.14

Christmas this year was definitely not the same as other Christmases.  I have had throughout my life time.  For Example, No snow, no Santa Clause, no Festival of Lights, you get the picture.  In fact, Christmas night was the first time that I actually cried on my mission!  The first moments of the tear-spilling ordeal were mostly because I missed home, Santa, Christmas Music and walking round the house in nothing but a Santa hat and boxers.   I am not one to share spiritual experiences all too often but this was overwhelming.

However, as my little sobbing session continued, I realized something great.  I realized that I am Very far from home, family, friends and traditions, but I am VERY close to Jesus Christ.  This is something that, in Christmases past, I took for granted.  Yes, we would think of Christ during Christmas, we would even put on a skit of his birth every year and it was great.  However, as soon as those things were completed and over with, I would go back to thinking about presents and going to the lights at Temple Square so I could squander some likes on Insta.  This year was different, I physically couldn't go to Temple Square, I couldn't spend time singing and dancing with friends and family, I couldn't go the Festival of Lights.  The absence of these things gave me ample time to really ponder Christ's birth, His mission, and His atoning sacrifice.  I was able to use Christ as my friends, family and Christmas music.  It truly was a Festival of His Light.

Soon after I realized these things:  my tears of longing and admiring, were turned to tears of happiness and gratitude for friends and family that influenced me to come out here and enabled me to become this close to the Savior.  They were tears of love for those that have supported me in this part of my life.  They were tears of testimony, tears that strengthened my believing and understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

I am thankful for this Christmas.  I am thankful for all of you that have helped me get to where I am today.  If you are reading this, all I want for you is to truly realize that Jesus Christ is the Savior.  It's not easy to come to that realization, it took me 19, almost 20 years!  Sometimes it sound like a long shot to say that Jesus Christ came and suffered for our sins and because of that we can all go to heaven, I understand that, because it sounded like a complete hoax to me for along time as well.   If you are having or have ever had a doubt about these things, consider my words.   I know, without a remnant of doubt, that Christ is the way to true happiness in this life and in the life to come.   The evidence of that last sentence is seen in looking at the history of my life, and the lives of billions of others.  I  hope taht you can be able to see the evidence of His divine mission in your life as well.  Jesus is indeed the "reason for the season" but he is also the reason that we can all experience joy and the reason that we can all live with God again in the state of never ending happiness.  I know these things to be true with every fiber of my being.

Once again, thank you all for everything that you have done and continue to do in my life.  I hope that you can all feel the influence of Christ in your lives after reading these words.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I Love you all.:)

Elder Bradford