Nicaragua Managua North Mission

Nicaragua Managua North Mission

Monday, December 15, 2014

I Have Seen So Many Miracles

Family and Friends,
  This week was so crazy. Tuesday I went to the office for a trainers meeting. To be completely honest I was scared out of my mind. Not only was I going to be a trainer, but also a district leader. What I have figured out is that the Lord calls you to certain positions because He knows that you can do it. This has been one of the best learning experiences in my life. My new comp is latino! His name is Elder Lopez. He is pretty chill. He doesn't speak a word of English! It’s been really good for me because I’m going to learn spanish faster.
          My comp and I have worked really hard this week and have had a lot of success. I think I told you guys about my investigator that got shot five times. Well we passed by his house on Wednesday to see how he was doing. We started to share a little spiritual message with him and his family. After he told us that he knows our church is true. He explained to us that after Elder De La Cruz and I have him a blessings, the next day he was healed. He said that he knows that it was the power of God and told us that when He receives more strength He will go to church and get baptized. He and his mom are getting baptized January 17! Tears filled my eyes as I saw this guy who was in a gang, got shot, but to see that change is absolutely amazing. Cant describe how amazing that experience was. After we finished, he stood up and offered the most beautiful prayer ever. I know with all my heart that the church is true and that the priesthood, is literally the power to act in God’s name to help His children according to their faith.
  I also had divisions with my zone leader because there is a family that I’m teaching that wants to get baptized but doesn't want to get married. So we went to their house and had a powerful lesson. They committed to get baptized and married this week! Ivania, Jonathan, Y Su Hijo are going to get baptized on the 20th! Also one of our investigators named Rosa went to church and it was perfect because it was a primary program and the message was on families. It was perfect because she isn't married. I have seen so many miracles. This church is true!


LOVE YOU GUYS AND MISS YOU GUYS SO MUCH.





Monday, December 8, 2014

District Leader

Family and Friends,

          Wow this past week has been pretty crazyyyyy. So first off one of my investigators got shot 5 times in the chest. We hadnt seen him for 2 weeks because he was in the hospital. we had been teaching his mom and a ton of the people in his family. They are really awesome and it has been amazing to see them change their lives and use the atonement. This past week my comp and I went to his house to see how he was doing and he was laying in his bed in pain with a fever . he was swetting like crazy. My comp and I had the most amazing experience. We asked him if he would like a blessing. We gave him a blessing. the power of the priesthood is so real. The next day he was up and walking and told us that he was so much better. He wants to get baptized and I hope that we can get them to go to church. Im excited to continue to teach them. I know that this church is true. I have seen so many miracles, the hand of the lord in this work. 
          On another note I had to say goodbye to my comp today. we cried so hard. the lady that we live with came running to our door and asked if everything was okay hahaha. I also have been given so much responsibility. I will be training a white comp fresh out of the MTC and will be the district leader. At first i was shocked and so scared, but I now have a very peaceful feeling. The Lord put me here because he knows that I can do it. I love this work and am excited to find out who my new comp is. I want all of you to know how much I love you guys and how much i appreciate your support. I know that our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ live. I KNOW they live and love us more than we can comprehend, and through this gospel we can find true happiness. I have seen it bless the lives of the people here in Nicaragua. 
          Oh and also there is this thing called the Policima and all the people sing and dance to the statue of mary and they give out gifts its crazy. at 3 every morning fireworks are going off. its so annoying haha. well love and miss all of you!
Love Elder Knight





Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving

Family and Friends!
  ¿Como est├ín mis cheles?! (how are my gringos, white foreigner) Life in Nicaragua is pretty awesome. This week was a lot of fun. My comp and I had a ton of amazing experiences. This past week my comp and I went to a less actives house who we had never met. She invited us into her house and we began to talk to her to find out what her needs were. But for some reason she was so scared to talk to us. She began to cry and explained to us that things have been hard for her. I felt inspired to ask her if she wanted a blessing. She then burst into tears and explained to us that she has been feeling evil spirits, and that her sister killed herself because she had felt evil spirits. My comp and I bore testimony of the power of the priesthood. Im not going to lie I was really nervous, but as we placed our hands on her head, I felt something very powerful. After the blessing she said she felt better and that she would go to church with us. I know that priesthood power is real. I testify with all my heart that it is the power of God. I wish I could tell you all in person how I really felt. 
          Also this week we went on divisions because my comp had interviews. I was with Elder Sosa and we went to a members house and they have a pig that they are going to have for Christmas. I obviously asked if I could ride it. It was tied to a tree so I couldn't go very far, but I got it on video. Its so funny! Oh also for Thanksgiving my comp, my mission leader, my buddy Elder Ward and his comp Elder Sosa went to Pizza Hut! Elder Ward and I told the three latinos that we were going to teach them how to eat on Thanksgiving. We got so much food! After Elder Sosa and my comp were in the bathroom throwing up. Elder Ward and I were dying laughing.
          Save the best for last! We had two baptisms this past weekend! One on Saturday and the other yesterday on Sunday. Juan is 15 years old and is so awesome. He really just gets it. His was on Saturday, and it was absolutely amazing. We are now starting to teach his mom. She is super positive and Im so excited to see Juan grow up in the gospel. Yesterday we had the opportunity to see Mario enter into the waters of baptism. He is 43 years old. This guy is absolutely amazing. He has a real desire to serve in our church and wants to go out with us to teach! He read and studied the Book of Mormon, and after his baptism he bore a powerful testimony. Im excited for my investigators. I love them. Last week with Elder De La Cruz. Im so sad and nervous to find out what happens next. But its the Lords work and I can do whatever he puts me to do. 

Love you all! 


Thanksgiving at Pizza Hut with Elder De La Cruz and Elder Ward

 Juan, 15 years old

 Mario, 43 years old

 Riding the pig someone is going to eat for Christmas

Meddydan  (He doesn't know how to spell it)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Subway

Family and Friends,
    This week has been pretty crazy! My comp is now district leader and so its been hectic. Spanish is coming along and I’m starting to get comfortable. My comp and I always have a good time. We have been working really hard with the members which has been good. But come thing happened this week that almost made me cry. I’m studying and my comp says that we have divisions today, and usually I’m like “oh yeah west!” But when he said it was with the AP, I almost cried. Not really, but I was pretty nervous. Well Elder Compton came to my area and guess what happened?! All my citas (appointments) fell through! But for some reason I was calm! We worked harder than I have ever worked and I learned so much! In one day I learned more than I would in a month! He was so chill. Also this past week we had a two day conference with Elder Duncan. I understood everything! The spirit was so strong and out investigator really felt it. I also today we had divisions with members. It was so amazing! I really felt the Spirit and learned how strong the Spirit is in conversion.
    I went with all of our menos activos (less active). It was such a special experience. We gave two blessings, which was absolutely powerful. We taught this woman named Patricia. She hardly ever wants to talk to us, but this time she was willing. We started with a prayer and then I asked her if there was anything that we could help her with. She opened up to us and told us all the struggles and problems she is having. It was the hardest thing to hear, but the Spirit guided me to say exactly what she needed to hear. The first counselor in the Bishopric bore the strongest testimony. And after she said she felt something different, something she couldn't describe. She was in tears and I was so grateful that the Spirit had touched her in such a way. On another note, yesterday I got rejected 4 times in a row, like so bad. My comp was dying laughing and I was so shocked. Oh and we have 3 baptisms this Saturday and I hope we can put 5 mas fechas (more dates)! Oh and we went out of our area for a new missionaries reunion and there was a subway! Real food! And now they have a huge sign saying “NO REFILLS” because I thought it was all free! My buddy from the CCM was sent home! So sad, two people from my district in the CCM have gone home! So sad!
Well I love you all! Hope all is well! Miss you guys.
Love, Elder Knight





Monday, November 17, 2014

"I'm Proud Of You"

Family and Friends,
    It’s Thursday and I really feel the need to write you all after some of the events that have happened this week. Yesterday I went to the area of my District Leader. We had divisions. Elder Orosco and I worked super hard and we taught really well together. It was amazing. We set a baptismal date with a girl named Merleoes. Ive super 20’s. But then something amazing happened that I would like to share. I really hope you all can feel the spirit. So we went to an investigators house to teach the family. When we got there a little girl said that two of the family members were sick in bed. We talked over beside one of the family members beds and asked if we could give a blessing. He said yes and so we explained and bore testimony of the power of succor Pocio. Then I helped him get up into a sitting position. I had just memorized the first part of the blessing for the consecrating and anointing part so I placed my hands on his head and gave the first part of the blessing. Then my companion and I placed our hands on his head and he gave the blessing. It was so powerful. The spirit was so strong. After we went to the other beo where a woman was laying. She was so sick! We again began to explain what a blessing was. I then helped her up because she physically could not get up. But then my companion put a drop of oil on her head. I realized that I was going to be giving the blessing. I havent given the blessing part in Spanish yet. After the anointing of the oil we placed our hands on her head. As I started I felt the spirit so strong that I wanted to cry. I was not alone. I finished the blessing and then bore testimony of the power of the priesthood, especially with the faith of the recipient. I know that this priesthood power has been restored and that it literally is the power to act in God’s name. As we left their little hut, I felt something very special. It was as if my grandma was literally talking to me. “I’m proud of you.” The mission is so dope! HAHA. Im loving it right now. This gospel is amazing and Im watching it bless the lives of so many people. My comp and I have so many funny stories to tell and we are having so much success. We had an awful week two weeks ago, but these people are prepared. We have two baptisms on Saturday. Remember I wrote this on Thursday last week. And 3 the next and more possibilities. Love you all and hope all is well! The new word for if something is cool is 20’s. Everyone here says it. The language is so dope! Love you all!





Monday, November 10, 2014

Love Being A Missionary In Nicaragua!

Family and Friends,
Alright so today was pretty freakin awesome! So Today my companion and I were struggling. Everyone was not in their houses. So we were pretty upset. All our investigators will not get baptized! They say the Book of Mormon is true and that our church is the true church but dont want to get baptized. So we have had to drop a lot of our investigators which is pretty sad. Then I got my haircut. And I was sitting in the chair and my comp was arguing with some kid and so I was trying to understand what they were saying and so the guy asked me what I wanted so I told him. But then he said something after and I had no clue what he said so I just said si. Well he just shaved it all off HAHA. Oh well it will grow back. Sounds pretty awesome right. Well then we went to a members house. Hermano Adan and his family. Hermano Adan had 396 baptisms!! What the fetch!! I saw all the evidence. Anyways we went over to share a spiritual thought and so we shared the video “The Atonement and Missionary Work” by Eyring and Holland! 

So we started it and I just started to cry. My comp put his arm around me and after it was over the bishop De Hermano Aoan told a story and she was balling so the spirit was so strong. And then I bore my testimony and I could hardly speak but I talked about the Atonement and bore my testimony of why I’m here in Nicaragua— at this point everyone was sobbing. Then my comp bore a strong testimony. I cant begin to describe that feeling under their little tin roof. The spirit is so powerful. One of my favorite experiencias aqui. Love being a missionary in Nicaragua! I also had the opportunity to go on discussions with my zone leader. They are so awesome and I learned so much from them. We had so much fun! Oh and I found out that I cant teach the gospel in English! We ran into a guy that talks a little english and I kept saying spanish words. My zone leaders were laughing so hard. Elder Gonzalez Y Elder Castillo. Oh yeah and they live in a house with my buddy from the CCM and his companion had his birthday and so we made a cake and had a little party. Oh yeah and my investigator Mario is getting baptized next week. He is super 20’s! We had the most powerful lesson today and he said he wanted to get baptized! We have two baptisms next week and two the next! Lovin it here! Love you all!


Zone Leaders Elder Gonzalez Y Elder Castillo



My Investigator Mario

Monday, November 3, 2014

God Has A Plan

Family and Friends!
This week has been really good. I have had ups and downs, but this week I have fallen in love with the mission! I love it! Im starting to really figure out who I want to be. This week I had a lot of divisions! It really is helping to be a good missionary. At first I wanted to cry haha, but now I love it. One wednesday I went on a 24 hour division with one of my buddies from the CCM. Two gringos who are new in an area! It turned out to be the best time ever! We though so well together and I really really loved the people. We had so much success. The next morning we had a lesson at 9:00 am. This was the coolest thing for me. We taught the Plan de salvation con a couple who are super pilas! The spirit was so strong. I loved these people. At the end we got a baptismal date for the 22nd of this month! And they accepted! And they were totally wanting to do all the things to prepare them. Im so sad that I cant teach them anymore, but it was so cool to see the spirit work through two new gringo missionaries. Its been a little disappointing for my companion and I because our investigators don't want to get baptized, but say that the Libro De Mormon es verdadera. Don't quite understand that haha, but one of our investigators is getting baptized the 22nd and Ive been praying and fasting for 3 more! We also have contacted some recent new investigators. Super 20’s! Also yesterday we watched a video on the Plan de Salvation con un inestigador. So amazing. It brought me to tears because this plan brings peace and comfort to those we teach. I testify with all my heart that our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ love and that God has a plan that literally brings happiness to all those who choose to follow him. Words don't describe the feeling of seeing these people change. Seeing these people want to know the truth and exercise faith. For them to describe their feelings when first prayed or read the Book of Mormon, and then asked God if it were all true. I love this work. I love these people. Even though sometimes they drive me crazy haha. So many funny things happen every day. The drunk people are the best haha. So many funny stories with them. So much I wish I could tell. I love you all and want you all to know how much I appreciate you guys. Your letters, emails, EVERYTHING! You all are in my thoughts and prayers daily! Hope Halloween was fun! 



Flooded streets, due to sooo much rain.  He referred to this in his email, when he mentioned having to help families get water out of their homes using buckets, and also helped get children off the streets to safety. 

                             My new mission leader only 18 years old. Elder De la Cruz.

Monday, October 27, 2014

This Is His Work

Family and friends; 
This week has been up and down but im learnin so much. I go on divisions with members and it has been so hard because i have to talk with my investigators because im the only one that knows them hahah but the lord has strengthened me so much. this mission has been a huge learning experience for me. im recognizing how selfish i really am. I love serving people so much but i have been so worried abou my self. Yesterday i had to give a talk in sacrament meeting and I was so nervous. It was on oration con fe. (prayer and faith) I was so nervous for it haha because i feel like right now im not making a difference and wonder if the peopkle can even understand me. after church and later that night one of the hermanas told me that the people were talking about how wonderful it was and that their investigator told her that my talk really helped her. also one of our investigators told me that he really enjoyed it and said he will get baptized on the 15th! My prayers have been answered for so long I have been wondering if im maing a difference. The lord is helping me in ways that i cant even comprehend. this is his work and im realizing who i need to become to really help these people. My companion and I are together for another exchange! Im learning a lot. It is the hardest thing ever but is the best thing ever hahah. This week I was attacked by a dog hahah i have some pretty cool battle wounds haha. im good though nothing serious. also another storm came and turned the roads into rivers up to my knees. I love it here and am starting to et the hang of things. The lord has blessed me in so many ways to do his work. I miss and love all of you guys and thank you or your prayers and emails! lataaaaaI live in a small tin house that is smaller than our music room hahah I am currently in Via flor in managua and it is so poor. it is hot all the time and im always sweating there are only tin houses with dirt floors and some dont have walls to there houses. I have eaten about all parts of the cow but i love it. My bishop and my mission leader are awesome!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Third Baptism

Family and Friends, 
This past week has been quite the roller coaster. There have been days where everything that could go wrong, went wrong. But then I have had so many experiences that just keep reminding me of why I am here. My companion and I had an awesome lesson with a guy named Francisco! He was an atheist and we gave the first lesson and it was so powerful. But then we asked him to pray and I talked to him about the feelings of the spirit and after the prayer, he was lie Wow I feel different. So awesome because then he came to church with is and it was so amazing! Like there aren't words to describe. Also this past week we had divisions with 2 zones. I was so scared because I didn't want a change, and my spanish is not very good. Well, I was put with my AP and so I was even more scared haha. I learned so much from him. We worked harder than I have ever worked with my comp. And I had another opportunity as the Spirit prompted me to share my testimony with a family about the Plan of Salvation. The woman had lost her husband. Ill never forget the look on their faces. The spirit was so strong. My AP shared showed me how to be a good missionary and HAVE FUN! He lives like a king compared to me haha. We had so much fun.
Also yesterday was my 3rd baptism! Her name is Dania. It was so special. It is so amazing to watch your investigators take steps forward in the right direction. Oh and the craziest thing happened on Friday night. So we were at an investigators house with the Bishop and his first assistant. We were teaching a lesson and it was so powerful. My Bishop is awesome and his testimony was crazy amazing. But at the end it started to pour. like rained harder than I have ever seen. Well it started to flood their house and so my comp and I jumped in the water and started filling buckets and then we went outside to build a dam because it was getting worse and as we stepped outside of the house it was like rapids! All the way up to my knees! It was crazy! And I didn't have my camera ): I was completely soaked and muddy. It was the best. And then after my comp and I were helping carry kids to dry ground and safety. People were taking pictures of us haha. It was so fun! But sadly 5 people died in my area. My comp and I have 2 more baptisms this week and potentially have 2 more the following. The Lord continues to bless me. I have seen so many miracles and I love the people. Right now it is so hard, but I trust it will get better.








Monday, October 13, 2014

The Lord Continues To Help Me

family and friends, 
I have had quite the week this past week. I am getting the hang of things, but its still hard because i cant understand everything, but I have had a few amazing experiences. So my district leader went on divisions with me and I was so scared I had to be the leader and know my area and who to teach. It was hard but the LORD CONTINUES TO HELP ME. we were tracting and I felt inspired to tract one street. We were tracting and were having so much success. but then we contacted this man and he looked devastated. I began to tell him that we are missionaries and that we have a message about jesus christ and that he has restored his church back on the earth through a prophet. He then explained that his wife just died and I was like wow! I get to share my testimony of eternal families. I began to bare testimony and he said that he would like to meet with us again! 

I was so excited but then something happened- the couple that we have been teaching got in a fight after we talked to them and we helped them make the decision to get married and how the gospel will bless their family. Well they broke up and as I said my goodbye because gary the boyfriend was leaving. he told us that he will keep what we have taught in his heart and that we would always be with him. He began to cry and i was devastated. I left feeling awful for I truly loved these people. I then ate meat that wasnt cooked and I threw up in my mouth and had to chug water. I am so sick now haha but after lunch we got a call and gary told us that he was staying and we rushed to his house and he said they have made the decision to stay because they love each other and they have a kid who they want to raise up in a happy family. My prayers have been answered, they are getting baptized in the next month and we have many positive contacts! I love all of you and am so grateful for everything you all have done for me. I pray for you all all the time. Just under 2 years! haha love you all! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

First Baptism

Ma familia y friends,
This week has been a complete rollercoaster. I have so many stories to tell. First off I got really sick this past week and it has been so hard on me. We walk all day till the 9:30 and sometimes later. But I have had the most amazing experiences. Tuesday was the hardest day ever. Day after PDAY, and I felt homesick. I felt anger because spanish has been really rough! I felt just every sad emotion possible. Then that night my companion and I went out teaching with our bishop. Out last lesson was with a man named Wilder. Wilder has been fighting with his wife and his wife and kids left for a time. As we began to teach I immediately forgot all my selfish thought and felt love for this man. The spirit really hit me as the bishop began to explain the blessings of the atonement. After I felt inspired to share this scripture: Alma 33:11 And As I described this verse to him I felt the spirit so strong. After he expressed how he felt and began to cry. My being a baby started to cry too. From that point on I decided that I would forget myself and trust in the Lord. The atonement of Jesus Christ is for everyone and to see the change in peoples lives proves to me that this church is true. There is no way that I can have any doubt. I have seen so many things, witnessed the change in peoples lives, and the Lord continues to help me.
I have seen people who literally have nothing except complete faith. My companion and I have 4 baptism dates, hopefully 5 and a family of 2. I have seen a 12 year old with no members in his family read the Book of Mormon and pray with complete faith. A 12 year old! I have the amazing privilege to baptize him next week. I have seen 2 people decide to fully commit to the Lord and give up things for the church. And I just witnessed one of the most amazing things ever! My companion and I just taught Gary y Vannessa. Last night we taught them a scripture to read in Alma 32:27 with Moroni 10:4-5. Tonight we asked them how they felt and they expressed that they felt the feelings of the spirit. My companion then shared Galations 3:6 and I wish I could describe what its like to see the spirit touch people in such a big way. I cant begin to describe the feeling. I turned to my companion and said this is freakin awesome haha. They are getting baptized October 18th because they said they want to learn more. My companion is amazing and is such a good example to me. He is amazing with these people and I have learned so much from him. Now I have two funny stories for you guys.
Earlier in the week we were contacting and teaching Steven the 12 year old. Well an adult who knew Steven came up to us and joined. Well we were finished with our lesson and my compaion was talking with Steven. And so this guy started talking to me and it was night time. So i couldn't really see him. Well he was really interested in talking with me and I was like sweet I finally got to talk normal conversation with someone who wants to talk to me haha so we were talking for like 15 minutes and after I was like Elder! I just was talking the best spanish ever and apparently while I was talking with this guy his friend told my companion that he was interested inme and that I should be careful. My companion started laughing so hard and was like brush he was a cochon! Knight that wasn't even funny. Sorry I am not good at telling stories. This next story is really good though. I promise. So we had a huge storm and this guy saw that we were getting soaked and invited us into his home. Well it turns out that he is inactive. He introduced us to his friend and we began to teach him. He was completely drunk and smelled so bad! The storm was so loud and I could barely hear him. So we finished and we asked the inactive to say the prayer and he was hesitant and..
Okay so recently I have been really sick. Today was the absolute worst out of all the days. So Im waiting for my companion to get out of the shower and Im almost in tears because I have to use the bathroom so bad. My companion comes out and says “don't use the restroom its clogged, and we have no plunger!” And so I was like okay Im just going to go in the shower and the bad thing is that our drain sucks. So my companion says “NO!” So he puts a bag around his arm and stuck his hand in the toilet. He was gagging and yelling and I was on the ground laughing so hard! It worked though haha. This is the absolute hardest thing I have ever done, but I am learning so much. I have seen the Lord’s hand in this work and I have seen the spirit touch so many peoples lives here. I love this gospel and I love and miss all of you so much. Miss you guys! seriously though! Thank you for your emails and Im so sorry that I haven't replied to all of you. I dont even have time to read them because I only have 45 min! But I want you to know how grateful I am for all your emails. They mean the world to me. 
Today was one of my favorite days. It actually started out bad because I ate the nastiest meat ever. It was some part of the cow, but Hermana Lupe gave me a ton of it. More than anyone else. I was shoving it down my throat and tried not to gag. It was so hard. But I just thought to myself, It could be worse. But after we went to the sisters area and helped them get contacts. My comp said he wouldn't help me and if he did I had to pay for his dinner. Well he had to help me haha. But after that I decided to lose my fear and instead I just was happy and excited to talk with them people. The Lord helped me so much to say the things that they needed to hear and contact the houses. When we trust in the Lord he helps us. It is so nice to feel the spirit almost all the time. I love this work. Tonight we went with the Bishop to the house of Gary and Vanessa. They are a young couple and have a few problems that are keeping them form being happy. But as I watched the Bishop talk to them, it was amazing to see this young couple want to change. After Gary bore testimony that he felt different and that he wants this gospel for his family. 

They are getting baptized on the 18th and it is amazing to see these people change. To watch them feel the spirit testify to them that it is true and to match them change. It is amazing. It is so amazing. It still is so fetching hard, but I love it. 




First Baptism!


Elder De La Cruz from Rep├║blica Dominicana.  He loves his companion

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Passing of Caeden's Grandma Yum-Yum

From Kari: 
It is with deep sadness that I will be sharing in an email with sweet Caeden that his wonderful grandma Yum Yum (Youngman) passed away yesterday morning in Utah. :( Many of you have already heard, and I appreciate you thoughts and prayers. I would ask that you not share with him this news in an email, as he does not yet know. I have formulated a heartfelt email from me to send soon, as tomorrow is his email day. I will let you know when he has received the news. 

We tried to call the mission office yesterday but could not get through, and have not yet gotten a reply back from the mission president about how to proceed with this kind of news. I’m certain they are busy as it is conference weekend. 

Thank you for being mindful at this time. Your prayers are felt and appreciated.

Nothing prepares you for this, but I am ever so grateful for the eternal plan and of eternal life and families, and particularly grateful that Caeden is sharing the good news of this wonderful gospel. 

Much love to all,

Kari

Monday, September 22, 2014

THIS IS THE HARDEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE

family and friends!

I dont know exactly where to start because im full of so many emotions right now. Im in Nicaragua and I have been here a week now. Nicaragua is really hot and it has been hard getting used to walking all day. But I think the best thing about this place is the people. When I got here I didnt know what to expect but I soon figured out how blessed i am. It brought me to tears to see everyone in my area living in huts with tin roofs with dirt floors. It was a huge shock to me.nd by the way my companions name is Elder De La Cruz. He is so awesome. We have been working so hard this week. Everything is so different here. No one has anything. literally living on the smallest amount of money. I am so overwhelmed right now that I dont know what really to say but I have had the best week. My companion and I have been teaching so many people and our days are always super busy. THIS IS THE HARDEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE. But i cant begin to explain how much i have learned. In lessons i can hardly understand what the people are saying but I have had the opportunity to bear my testimony and share some scriptures. There is this family that I have gotten so close to. My companion and I eat at there place everyday. I eat beans and rice everyday. and some days we eat only once hahah. I am getting so skinny. I have gotten so close to the kids here. we have handshakes and they always fight over who gets to sit next to me ahhaha. I get scared at all the time and one of the funniest things is that my bishop told me to be extra careful because the girls have been talking about me. everyone stares and some people yell stuff at me like caballo and stuff like that. but I want to share an experience I had. My companion and I have been teaching this woman in the family whose house we eat at all the time. One night we went over and were teaching her about baptism. The spirit was so strong as my companion shared some awesome things in the scriptures. I bore my testimony and felt the spirit more than ever before. We talked to her about the blessings we receive and what it means to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ. After there was 5 minutes of pure silence. and again the spirit was so strong. she then said that she wanted to get baptized. she chose me to baptize her and the next day I went over the baptism interview questions with her and it was an amazing experience. I dont have time and I know this probably doesnt make sense but I want you all to know that this is the best thing a young kid like me can do. It has been an amzing experience as I have been able to see the change in peoples lives. In the next few weeks my companion and I have 3 or 4 baptisms set up! hopefully 4. It is amazing here and I love you all

Love elder Knight 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Last Email From The MTC

Family and Friends,
This past week has been absolutely amazing. It has been mostly meetings but I have had some amazing experiences. On saturday I had TRC and My companion and I taught over skype! it was a different experience but the spirit was still so strong. I love teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yesterday was our last sunday and my whole district spoke in sacrament. The spirit was so strong and it was amazing to see how far we have come with the language, our testimonies and everything! we then sang the EFY Medley in spanish and it braught everyone in the room to tears. It was such an amazing feeling. My district afterwards had a huge heart to heart which obviously was just sobbing haha. We all have created such an amazing bond. That sunday night was the best though. The district that leaves gets to sit in the front of the auditorium and you sit together because at the end of the movie there is a slideshow presentation of all the districts. We watched the old testament movie and it was amazing. I love the spirit that it brings. Afterwards we watched the slideshow and we were all just crying haha lots of tears. Afterwards the districts that were leaving this week had a meeting with president pratt and it was so good! we had a testimony meeting and I really was reminded why I am here on a mission. I bore my testimony and I cant begin to describe the feeling I had. When everyday you are studying the gospel and teaching investigators you really have and increase of the spirit. I had to say good bye to some really good missionaries last night including two from my district. Hermana Smith and Elder Harris. All of us Elders stayed up till 2:30 with him and it was so sad. I hate good byes! I have created amazing friendships that I will never forget. I have learned so much here in the MTC. Tomorrow morning I head off to Nicaragua. I am feeling all sorts of emotions. I am so excited to share this gospel to the peope in Nicaragua. Im so nervous but know that I will not be alone. I cant wait to share with you guys all my experiences. I love you all and am so greatful for your support

Love,
Elder Knight




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This Gospel Is Awesome!

Hellloooooo family and friends, 

This week has been awesome. I havent been teaching much so Im sorry that I dont have an experience to share but I have really really come to love the Book of Mormon a lot! I just finished Mosiah and that book is so awesome! such power in every chapter. I also have been studying both spanish and english. I read one verse in english and then one in spanish. The book of Mormon is amazing and the spirit is always there when we read it. The spirit has helped me find scriptures that are needed for the investigator. This gospel is awesome! Last night we watched a talk from Holland. He is by far the most powerful speaker ever! He taught about how the prophets of old knew that they wouldnt succeed but they knew we would. crazy stuffffff. This is the last dispensation that will receive the messiah. We will not fail. All his words were so powerful. Yesterday my district created a 4 verse song and we made it for an elder in my district who wanted a hermanas email. It was so funnyyyyyyy. We sang to her and then Elder Acordinio spun his chair around and walked up to her and asked for her email. So funny!

There is a guy that works at our dorm and he cleans everyday. Well I have gotten pretty tight with him and talking to him is helping my spanish so much! His name is Fernando. The funniest guy ever! He will come into my room and sit on my bed and just talk with me. So awesome. Well two days ago he sneaked McDonalds in to the MTC for me and my district. It was the best cause the food here is so bad!At night I hang with the hispanics and they are sooooo funny. Ive gotten really close with the ones in my dorm. We play games every night and we teach each other our slang. Oh and Im an usher which means on devotionals my district seats all the missionaries and hold the mikes and follow president Pratt wherever he goes. Its pretty awesome. I leave next week and Im so excited but so sad! I have gotten so close to my district and love them. It will be so hard to leave them. Love you guys and hope all is well.   

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bearing Testimony

Hi family and friends,
The weeks are repetitive so im sorry that i dont have a lot to write. But this past week has been really good. My companion and I had the opportunity to teach a real investigator. We were so nervous! one of the other elders knocked on the room door and said adios instead of hola and it was sooo funny. anyway we knocked on the door and the guy comes to the door. He was a total rock type a guy in a hardcore band and everything. We sat down and got to know him a little bit and then started our lesson. It was crazy because he was a real investigator. we taught about prayer and that god loves us. the spirit was so strong and i felt like he really felt the spirit. As a companionship it was the best lesson we had had. We committed him to pray to know if the things we taught him were true and he said yes and he said that he believed everything we taught him but he wanted to see if it was right for him. We challenged him to baptism as well. first lesson! he said he would get baptized if he received an answer to his prayers. and so my companion and i both testified of the power of prayer and the spirit was so strong. I have learned that bearing testimony is so powerful and invites the spirit. I also have learned that we need to give people opportunities to feel the spirit. bearing testimony is huge! but one thing I have found is that reading the book of mormon with the investigator really helps the spirt testify to them that the book of mormon is true and that it can help them in their life. there are so many more things that i want to share but i dont have time and i dont even know if this email has made any sense haha. but i would like to share one last thing and that is the power of conversion throught the spirit. I have learned that you dont need to have some big spiritual prompting to guide you. Often times if you are obedient and keep the covenants that you have made with your heavenly father you will be put in places or do things that are inspired by the spirit without you really even knowing it. I have found this to be true and am amazed at how the spirit works and blesses our lives. Often times we think that we need to have some big spiritual experience to know if things are true or to be guided at what to do but i think many times the lord lets us choose and then confers upon us if it is right. One last thing. The Book Of Mormon is powerful in conversion. when you read and discuss particular verses the spirit testifies that the words are true. I have seen this happen. the Book of Mormon invites the spirit and allows the spirit to be able to touch the people that read and ponder what it says. It its vitally important that we recognize when the spirit is touching the person you are talking to and then testifying about that principle. You can not teach without the spirit. If the spirit is not there then the things you say are just words. Ask questions how they feel. when the investigator is involved you can come to know what the investigator needs and feels. I want to go on and on but i cant hahah but these are things that I have learned through my experiences. I have a few funny things to say next week. Love you all and i appreciate all your emails. if i dont get a chance to reply im so sorry I really am trying. but know that I appreciate them and they mean the world 
Love 
Elder Knight 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I Love This Gospel

Hi family and friends! I have had a really good week this week. I dont have a lot to write because in the MTC nothing really changes but My companion and I have had awesome lessons. I no longer need scripts anymore! haha my spanish is getting so much better and I can now communicate really well with people.  My companion and I  have had three lesson with this girl named Myra. She is awesome but it has been so difficult because she knows nothing about God or anything. Her father just recently passed away and she has been struggling a lot. We taught the plan of salvation with her and she really started to get it. The spirit works in so many ways. But the spirit was the strongest when we read a chapter with her in the book of mormon. We read Alma 33 with her and we paused and talked about some verses. It is amazing seeing the spirit touch the investigators heart when you read with them verses in the book of mormon. we committed her to pray and I reall believe that she will come to know that this church is the one for her. I have come to love the book of mormon. My testimony has grown so much from reading and teaching from the book of mormon. I love this gospel. 
We had the biggest hail storm the other day and the size of the hail was huge! well our class was a long ways away and we decided to run for it well i maybe ran 5 feet when I ate it and fell in this puddle right next to a sewage drain. I smelled so bad and we were all dying haha! i promise it was funnier in the moment haha. Oh and we hear gun shots and sirens everynight and jsut the other day was a prison break. We have huge walls surrounding the mtc so we are pretty safe. The safest place in the city! Love you guys and hope all is well! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Lord Lives

 I have had so many cool experiences. There is no doubt in my mind that the lord lives and that he helps us. Madelyn smith is in my district! Sunday was one of our most spiritual experiences as a district. She got really sick. after our devotional that evening she asked me to give her a priesthood blessing. It was the craziest experience I have ever had. I placed my hands on her head and I have never felt so much love from God. I gave her a blessing and I know the Lord was directing what I was saying. I dont know if it was how to do one but im sure she felt something. My companion is Elder Gibbs. He is hilarious! at first it was a struggle because he kind of talks inappropriate and stuff and kinda is always on the edge but recently he has showed a lot of focus. We have been working well together. We hang out with Elder Mann who is my district leader and who participated in the priesthood blessing also Elder Dundford and Elder Spence. We have so much fun together. 

Elder Knight

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

First Week In The MTC

Hey family and friends! This past week has been crazy for me. I have already witnessed so many crazy things. The first couple days was a struggle for me. I thought to myself often about why im out on my mission. It has been so hard. But I would like to share with you guys an experience that goes to show the hand of the lord in missionary work and life. My district was told that we would be teaching an investigator in spanish. My companion and I, as well as the other set of companions in my district were shocked and scared to death as we all know very little spanish. My companion and I prepared our first lesson and wrote it all out in spanish and we felt very confident going into teach our investigator. It came time and my companion and I said a prayer before we knocked on the door. We then knocked and she came to the door. She let us in and we sat on the couch. My companion and I very quickly learned that we had no idea what to say. We went by the script reading off of our papers and it was awful. We couldn't understand anything she said. We ended very awkwardly and just left. I was SO angry. I was completely devastated and that night just cried. How was I going to do this mission. My companion and I felt awful. That night I said a prayer to ask for help. I asked for comfort and to guide me in what I should do. The next day I still felt discouraged. My companion and I prayed before we prepared our next lesson. The spirit was with us and I felt the lord helping guide us to what we needed to talk about. But Spanish! My spanish was awful and I could barely communicate with anyone. But that night my companion and I went in with a totally different attitude. We prayed so many times and asked the lord to please help us. We felt inspired to sing a hymn to Marlyn Tello. So again we knocked on her door and she answered. We asked her how her day was and was able to have a conversation with her and understand a little bit of what she was saying. We opened with a prayer and I said it. I knew then that the Lord was going to help me. The spirit was strong but after my companion and I sang I am a child of God. After  we began to talk to her about heavenly father and tht he loves us. we talked about the importance of prayer and how important it is for us to communicate with god. We then talked about Jesus christ and that because of him we can return to live with our father in heaven again. So we basically talked about the restoration. I will tell you all this. no more than five minutes in I dropped my pad and began to talk with her. It sounds crazy and weird but I was able to speak the language and communicate with her! I bore testimony and the spirit was so strong. I wa speaking the spanish language. not anywhere close to good or perfect but enough for her to understand. My companion then read the first vision and after we bore testimony and tears were streaming down her cheeks. When we left my companion said that I was saying stuff he couldn't even understand but that he felt the spirit. I know that God loves us and that the only way I can do this mission is with his help. The spirit has testified to me that this is the right thing for me to do and Im so excited to serve. The MTC is crazy. The food is absolutely awful and its hard getting used to the rules. we have three hours of language study with a teacher and the rest is really up to us. we don't have someone telling us what to do. its so weird but has been an awesome experience. Im sorry if its not making sense I just have to type really fast haha and so I cant go back and read over. Hope all is well. I miss and love all of you guys. I have a ton of funny stories but don't have time. Next week.  love you all!

Love, 
Elder Knight





Sunday, July 27, 2014

Farewell Talk

I’d like to thank Riley and Sister Wilson for their words, and Mada, Rachel and Lindsay for the music that they performed.
    For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Caeden Knight and I’ll be serving a mission in the Nicaragua, Managua North Mission. It’s a happy/sad/every emotion possible all mixed together. All my life I’ve been raised and taught of the blessings that come from serving a mission, yet there are feelings of sadness-not wanting to leave such awesome people and everything behind. But I do testify that the decision to go on a mission is the best decision I have made. I appreciate all of you, for everything you have done for me, too. The message that I’ll be sharing with you today is that of relying on our Heavenly Father. This is definitely something that I have began to really be grateful for my Heavenly Father as the time is winding down, as I’ll be leaving in a week.
    Why is it important to rely on our Heavenly Father? This is something that definitely takes time, but in order to rely on our Heavenly Father, I think it is vitally important that we know who he is. When we come to know who our Heavenly Father in heaven is, and his son Jesus Christ, we can begin to have that relationship with him.
    I’d like for you to ponder the encouraging words of Robert D. Hales throughout my talk.

“If you or someone you love is seeking purpose in life or a deeper conviction of God’s presence in our lives, I offer as a friend and as an apostle of God, my witness that He lives.” 

 
    We come to know that He lives because we believe the testimonies given by his ancient and living prophets here on the earth. In the New testament, we know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have a physical appearance. The disciple Stephen testified,

“Behold, I see the Heavens opened and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God.”

    We know that they have faces and that they stand in one place at a time, and that they converse. The Prophet Enoch declared,

"I saw the Lord, and He stood before my face, and He talked with me, even as a man talketh with one another.”

The Brother of Jared saw God the Father.

“And it came to pass that when the Brother of Jared had said these words, Behold the Lord stretched forth his hand and touched the stones one by one with his finger. And the veil was taken from off the eyes of the Brother of Jared and he saw the finger of the Lord. And it was the finger of a man, like unto flesh and blood. The Brother of Jared fell down before the Lord, for he was struck with fear.”

    We know that the Father and His son, Jesus Christ, have feelings for us. In the book of Moses we read,

“And it came to pass that the Father of Heaven looked upon the residue of the people and wept.”

And we know that God and his son Jesus Christ are immortal and glorified beings. Joseph Smith recounts this of Jesus Christ:

“His eyes were as a flame of fire, the hair of his head was white like the pure snow. His countenance shown above the brightness of the sun. And his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters.”

    But also, we have the most powerful testimony from a latter day prophet which we hear over and over again.
    Many of you had the opportunity to go to the little birthplace of our religion, where the Prophet Joseph Smith prayed in the Sacred Grove and was visited by both the Father and his son Jesus Christ. Not too long ago we heard the testimonies of the Spirit that testified to each of you that Joseph Smith indeed saw God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. These sacred experiences that we have need to be our anchors. In times of doubt, you can always refer back to those moments because you cannot deny the feelings of the Spirit.
    A couple years ago I had the opportunity to go to EFY and I didn't really know what to expect. I didn't really think that it was going to be totally spiritual but I was wrong. I actually found one of my best friends from kindergarten who will be serving a mission pretty shortly in October in Germany. He is able to be here. Cache and I got to room with someone that was pretty cool, but he explained to us some of the struggles that he had in life. As the testimony meeting came he bore his testimony that through Cache and I and through going to EFY that he has no longer has any intention to do wrong. And that was a testimony to me, the first time I had really felt the spirit.
    Without God, life would end at the grave and our mortal experiences would have no purpose. Growth and progress would be temporary, accomplishment without value, challenges without meaning. There would be no ultimate right and wrong and no moral responsibility to care for one another as fellow children of God. Indeed, without God, there would be no mortal or eternal life. God loved us so much that he sent his Only Begotten Son to suffer and bleed on the cross for all the sins of the world. Because of Him, we can repent. Because of Him, we can return to live with Him again. Because of Him, we are saved. Because of His Atonement, we can be raised up unto life eternal. Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Redeemer, and I know this to be true. In order to live with our Father in Heaven, we needed to have a Savior who would take upon himself all the pains and sorrows of everyone who would walk on this earth. Everyone can take part in this, and that’s the beauty of it. We rely on our Savior because we wouldn't be able to return to our Heavenly Father without Him. The Atonement works. I don't care who you are or what you’ve done, obviously what you do, theres consequences for it, and it may make it harder, but He is always there and you can always repent. Theres nothing you cannot repent for. He is always there for you and He loves you. Of course you can make it easier on yourself. The Lord loves you and wants all His children to return to live with Him. He sees you as the being you are capable of becoming. He wants you to know that you matter to Him and that’s really what matters the most. I know these things to be true by the power of the Holy Spirit.
    The way to know the truth about God, is through the personage of the Holy Spirit. His work is to testify of God and to teach us all things. The Holy Ghost acts in perfect unity with our Father in Heaven. We can receive a testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ only by the power of the Holy Ghost. In 2 Nephi 31:18 we read,

“And then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life; yea, ye have entered in by the gate; ye have done according to the commandments of the Father and the Son; and ye have received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Father, and the Son, unto the fulfilling of the promise which he hath made, that if ye entered in by the way ye should receive.”

    When we have the desire to know that our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ live, we can seek to know for ourselves: like the uneducated boy, Joseph Smith, who had a question. As we seek guidance for anything it may be from our Heavenly Father, we will receive an answer from the Holy Ghost. 
    I often have talked about the blessings that I receive by my amazing priest quorum and I have really grown to love these people that are striving to do the exact same thing that I’m doing. I’ve come to know that the gospel is what makes us happy. As a priest quorum, we have had so many great teachers that have really encouraged us to find out for ourselves if the things they teach are true. They don't have to do what they do, but they do it because they love us. Everyone in this church, they do things not for any benefit but other than to help us as kids. It was there that I began to recognize the Spirit. Oftentimes a member of the bishopric will stand up at the end of the sacrament meeting and point out that the Spirit has been there. With the Spirit we learn that the gospel is really what makes us happy. The Lord promises us this in 2 Nephi 31:20:

“Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the words of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.”

    Part of relying on the Lord is recognizing that we cannot do things on our own. The marvelous thing is learning that you are not alone and trusting that the Lord is always there and he will always help. Those of you who know me, know I love sports and they are a huge part of my life. Towards the end of the season my sophomore year of high school, I broke my ankle and tore all of the ligaments in it. This was a hard time, it being the first time that I had broken anything. I had to have three surgeries and I wasn't able to participate in anything for the remainder of the year in any sports seasons. This was devastating because I love doing sports, I love them. I worried that I wouldn't fully recover or get back to normal. I really struggled because as a way to relieve stress and negative emotion I run, lift, or play sports. The fact that I couldn't do that was really frustrating. But I remember specifically, I had to get in the bathtub and I had to lift my foot up, it was not a fun experience. But I remember being there and just asking, “why? why do I have to go through this?” The most peaceful feeling came over me and I knew that it was going to be okay. Now that I look back, my junior year I had the best season of my life. I had no injuries. This is a testimony to me that God loves us. He cares about what our wants and our feelings are.
    Preparing to go on a mission has been quite the journey. I have grown so much more spiritually over the past few months. The mission has really made me think about why I want to go on a mission and why we serve missions. It is not easy, but the blessings that come from even just getting your call are tremendous. You learn the importance of obedience and that you cant live the gray area to be effective. As a kid sometimes we think that we can be spiritual only on occasions. It doesn't work. It really doesn’t. As you prepare to go to the temple, you realize that the Lord requires more of you. He needs you to be worthy. I had the wonderful opportunity to go to the temple yesterday. The temple is the literal house of the Lord, it even says it on the temple. You learn and take upon you more responsibility, but greater blessings come with that responsibility and obedience.  
    I’d like to close with stating how grateful I am for the experiences I’ve had. This has been my ward since I can ever remember. I’ve had amazing bishops. Bishop Burner was able to come. Bishop Wilson, now one of my best friends. Bishop Baltich. My friends that have given me memories that I will never forget, to them I bear testimony that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and that they love each and every one of you. They want you to be happy. I know that true happiness comes from living the gospel. When you make right choices and you choose to not make a bad choice, it strengthens you. You receive strength by resisting that, it gets easier and easier as you resist that. God will help you because he knows who you are and the desires of your heart.  All of my friends have the biggest hearts and I’ve gained strength from all of them. God promises us that He will neither forget nor forsake those who incline their hearts towards Him. The worth of souls is great in the eyes of God.


    I cannot wait to be able to give the people in Nicaragua a sense of hope:
That what we have is the greatest thing.
That God loves us and that He wants all of us to be happy and for all of his children to return to live with Him.
That there is something to look forward to.
That they can learn the principles of the gospel that will make them happy. I cannot wait to see the gospel change the lives of many, as there have been wonderful examples of people that have served missions in this ward that have taught me so much.
That we may look to him for guidance and for help because we cannot go through this alone, is my prayer. I love the gospel and I know it to be true.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Called To Serve


Dear Elder Knight
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Nicaragua, Managua North Mission. Spanish Speaking. I leave August 6, 2014 for the Mexico Missionary Training Center, so excited to serve the Lord for two years.