Tuesday, March 18, 2014

He is always beside us

Family and friends,
We did quite a bit of travelling this week as we had zone conference on Thursday, and have gone to the outer edges of our area for finding and other purposes. To start off, zone conference was in Rhiwbina! I almost cried when I found out, and I wanted to stay forever. But it was such a neat experience where we got to learn from a general authority. Sister Allred and I are loving each other, and I love the fact that I have someone who understands American humour and sarcasm. We were also lucky enough this week to go to places in our area I'd never heard of. We were asked to contact some people by some members in the ward, and they happened to be in some of the prettiest places I've ever seen. There are too many pictures! I'll include some -the rest I'll show you when I get back.
Since coming on my mission, I've really loved looking for promises in the scriptures and from the prophets. Usually I have to look for them or make a couple connections. As I was reading the talk "We Never Walk Alone" by President Thomas S. Monson from the General Relief Society meeting at this last general conference, I came across this direct statement, "I promise you that you will one day stand aside and look at your difficult times, and you will realize that He was always there beside you." I've found this extremely comforting. It's helped me to see the people I talk to in a new light. Only the Saviour knows what the people I meet have gone through. He loves them perfectly. And even when the people I speak with tell me they've been abandoned by God, I remember this: He is always beside us. He is always beside you.
I love you!
Sister Kuykendall

A little chapel we found. The graveyard outside it looks like it hasn't been touched in years. And we don't know why there isn't a roof. But isn't it cute a little?

Monday, March 10, 2014


Friends and Family,
Transfers have come and gone, and I have a new companion! Her name is Sister Allred, and she's from Provo. We love each other thus far, and we're really excited about this upcoming transfer. She's from my MTC group, and she was one of the first people I saw past security in the Salt Lake airport, so we have something in common already. Transfers took up most of our week though. Sister Grigoryan and I made the four and a half hour drive to Birmingham on Monday night right after our preparation day. I dropped her off at the mission home, and I got to serve in a place called Coventry for a day and a half until Sister Allred came from her old area and off we went on our four and a half hour journey back home. I think we'll really get along.
I love what I'm doing. Seriously, nothing has made me more happy in my life. It's so hard, but for some reason, I want to work harder and harder and talk to more and more people. This gospel brings peace. There are many things that I don't know, but even when things are hard there is one truth that I cannot deny: that God lives, and so does His Son. I encounter hostile opposition every day. Those that know me know I hate rejection. Simply put, I could not do this if I did not know this was true. It gives me comfort. No one can take this from me.
Anyway, this place is gorgeous. Honestly, it's the prettiest part of the world. I love you!
Sister Kate Kuykendall

                                              "Pictures don't do this place justice"
                            "My new companion, we don't have a picture together yet"
                                                           "All my best friends"
                            "A graveyard right across from our flat. The youngest person in here died in 1905."

                              "The inside of a cathedral in Coventry England that was bombed in WW ll"