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Elder Luke Kennard
Apdo #98
Cuautitlan Izcalli
Estado de Mexico
MEXICO 54740

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Trip to the hospital

Elder Kennard's companion had some severe abdominal pains and they had to go to the emergency room. Diagnosis was a bacterial infection and he's fine now.
"While we were in the hospital we happened to talk to one of the nurses and committed him to go to church in his area and to contact the missionaries. The picture included is of my companion thinking of giving the nurse a pamphlet." - Elder Kennard
From Luke Kennard's Mission

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Jeny and the miracle of the hot water

Okay the following is a continuation of the miracles that we are seeing in bario pensamiento, photos included...

Something amazing happened this week. Not only did we have the baptisms of Martha and Bryan (who are from the LDS church reformed, Martha having received her testimony through a revelation through a dream) but we had one of our investigators Jeny decide to be baptised immediately following the baptism.

The problem here is that on Saturday our boiler ran out of gas, thus the Baptisms of Martha and Bryan were... really cold. We checked and rechecked but the boiler simply would not light. There was absolutely no more gas. So they entered the waters of baptism to be washed of all their sins and be startling awakened into the life of a saint. Despite the cold water the baptisms went fine.

But then there´s Jeny (the investigator we have been working with for over a few weeks to have a real testimony of the church). Jeny told us after the baptism that she would like to be baptised ´´But only if the water is hot´´ the only problem here is that there was no more gas in the boiler....but we didn´t turn her down. We made all the arrangements to have the baptism after church the following day. We decided we would bring our tank of gas from the apartment and hook it up to the font so that there would be hot water.

When we woke up the next morning we found that our tank of gas at the apartment was chained to the wall and there would be no way to remove it in time. We also decided to fast. We left the apartment with a prayer that Jeny would be able to enter the warm waters of baptism.

We arrived at the church and tried the boiler, just for kicks.... It lit. We thought ´´oh surely this is only the gas that is left in the tubes from last night´´... it stayed lit and running for the 3 1/2 hours time between when we lit it and Jeny´s baptism. We were completely astounded! Not only did she enter the waters of baptism warm but the water was steaming hot, just the way she asked for.

The following quote is Nephi talking about how we can do anything if it is the will of the Lord..
1 Nephi 17: 50-51 And I said unto them: If God had commanded me to do all things I could do them. If he should command me that I should say unto this water, be thou earth, it should be earth; and if I should say it, it would be done. And now, if the Lord has such great power, and has wrought so many miracles among the children of men, how is it that he cannot instruct me, that I should build a ship?

God can do anything. He can change air into gas in a boiler if it means that another one of his children will enter the path to return to his presence. I firmly believe that. Because 1) Jeny decided to be baptised with the condition of warm water, 2) that we did everything we cold to have that warm water for the baptism and 3) that God provided the way so that his daughter Jeny would enter into the gates of his kingdom. (just for kicks 4) that God has a pretty good sense of humor.... ´´but only if the water is hot´´)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

New glasses, Marta

Luke got glasses:
From Luke Kennard's Mission

And he had a nice story about Marta:

Hey so something amazing happened this week! We went to the house of Marta one of our investigators (the one from the reformed church of LDS). We had a nice Family Home Evening with a demonstration that her two little boys loved! At the end we asked Martha if she would like to share anything. She began to tell us a story of her weekend. She had a dream... A revelation from God. It was that answer we had been praying for and fasting for and working for. We knew that she knew that her church was false but she just couldn´t give it up until last week Saturday. She had a dream that she was surrounded by her family and they were not letting her progress. Then ´´I stood up and told them that they were not going to stop my progression any more. I am going to move forward (sounds a lot like Lehi and his Tree of life dream) It was powerful and she shared her new found testimony in tears.... ´´Elderes yo quiero bautizarme´´ My heart and eyes immediately began to swell as the Spirit bore testimony to all of us that this was the right decision. I can´t wait to send you pictures of the baptism next week! Marta is the convert that has changed my mission.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Eder's baptism and money/heart stealer

From Luke Kennard's MissionFrom Luke Kennard's Mission

Yesterday we had the baptism of Eder. It was really awesome because a lot of his family showed up. Some are not members and so we got 2 new investigators, one of which is Eder´s dad who came up to me after the service and said ´´Hey I am catholic but I want to be Mormon like the rest of my family. What does it take to get baptized?´´ It was really cool, because I knew that he had received that pounding impression of the Holy Ghost testifying that families should be together forever. 

Hey so something really funny happened today. We were riding in a combi (a van that serves as a bus) and I was reading my letters and stuff and this little girl sitting next to me reached over and held my thumb. I laughed and so did her mom. Then about 2 minutes later she did it again. But for longer. And then again! But this time she didn´t let go. So I just went with it. Her name is Kimberly she is 1.5 years old and she likes to hold the priesthood. ;)  When we were close I handed the money to Kimberly so she could pass it forward to the driver, but she stuck it in her pocket. I said to her in Spanish ´´Oh! so you just wanted to hold my hand so that you could get to my money, huh!?´´  We had the whole combi laughing by the end of the ride. Aw what a charmer. But I might have to go talk to President about this one.... 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

3 Things About Mexico, and, Blessings

Luke's family decided to have a FHE about Mexico City so the kids would know more about where Luke is serving. Luke gave the following info as his contribution to the lesson:

3 things about mexico city.
  1. There are one million dogs every 200 square feet. 
  2. There is not a single other race besides Mexican in my part of the city so I get to take a lot of really interesting comments.
  3. I am pretty sure mosquitoes here are racist because they only bite me, and not my compañon. I'm going to the superstore tomorrow to get some more repellent. 
He also added:
I had the opportunity to give 3 blessings this week, one being a confirmation. It is hard to do it in Spanish but every single time I was overcome with this dizziness/mind boggling feeling. From my head to my toes it is this wave of godly power. So even though it is hard I know it is what god wants for them. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cesar's baptism

From Luke Kennard's Mission

Answering Prayers

It was mid afternoon Saturday and we had been going to all of our appointments but no one was available or home. I felt like we had been doing exactly what God had wanted so I sent up a prayer telling him that we have doing our best to visit the people he had inspired us to visit but to no avail. Then I asked for someone that was being prepared for the Gospel and that I would also know either by the Spirit or some other means that the person needed to be contacted, but Let thy will be Done Lord.... We kept walking, Turned the corner... Then I thought to myself, Alright God will always answer our prayers but if i really wanted him to answer this prayer then I better start looking for people. So I started scanning every single person in the street. I looked down for a moment to say another prayer telling our Father that I was going to start looking and thinking and searching, I finished. Looked up. and There was Diego. He said IN ENGLISH ´Hey where are you guys from? I always see you pass by, every day, rain or shine, What are you about?´ I was astounded. We began talking, me in Spanish and him in English and then he Laughed and said that he could hardly speak Spanish. I busted up laughing and so did He. But anyways he was from Texas and is learning how to speak Spanish because his Family is from Mexico and he is staying with them for a while. So We started to talk and it was really funny because I had a hard time explaining the Gospel in English. But he was really curious and so we set an appointment for later today (Monday) I´m super stoked! And I was totally floored with how quick God had answered my Prayer. God is there and he answers your prayers, If you don´t believe me put it to the test. Be obedient and the blessings come.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

South Park contacts

"The other day 2 men shouted ´´Hey elders!´´ and we walked over to them. They asked us what we were really about. They had seen the show South Park and were curious. It was amazing to see how the Lord had used something as simple as South Park to prepare these to men to hear the Gospel. And now we have 2 new investigators!" - Elder Luke Kennard

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Luke gave us this info about his first address in Mexico:

Elder Kennard
Apartado Postal 98
Cuautitlan Izcalli, Edo. De México 54740

  • Send through the USPS
  • Make sure you have some way to track it, or you have a receipt just in case it goes missing.
  • And for extra precaution (if it´s valuable) put a picture of the Virgin Mary on the box. Not kidding.

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First photos from Mexico

Here are the first photos from Mexico including the mission President and his wife, and Luke's first companion. Luke says he's a great companion.
From Luke Kennard's Mission
From Luke Kennard's Mission

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Luke leaves Monday

Luke leaves the MTC and heads to Mexico early Monday, after which his address will be:

For letters:

Elder Luke Atticus Kennard
México México City North Mission
Apartado Postal #98
54740 Cuautitlan Izcalli
Estado de Mexico

For packages:

Elder Luke Atticus Kennard
México México City North Mission
Calle Miralirio No. 69, Col. Cumbria
54740 Cuautitlan Izcalli
Estado de Mexico

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