Monday, December 27, 2010

Fishermen vs. Hunters

Elder Shane was able to spend Christmas at some members' homes, and even though was away from his own, it helped him see more fully the true meaning and spirit of Christmas.

The first two weeks in Africa were very difficult for Elder Shane, but these first two in New York were even more trying. But Shane's learned to trust in the Lord and engulf his mind in His work. Shane will be transferring to a different area this week, so we'll find out next week where he'll be.

Shane's mission president gave him a little analogy: he said that in Africa i was a fisherman. throwing out the nests and bringing in tons of fish. Here in New York  i will be more of a hunter. The deer dont come around nearly as much, (unless of course you are lynn) but when they do come they are super rewarding. So i better get out there and start some pushes! actually a hunt is a really good way to explain what is going on i think. most always are they frustrating, and tiring. but they are for sure always rewarding.

Continue to keep Elder Shane in your prayers. Thanks for all the support that you give him. The church is true!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

New York

Elder Shane arrived in Utica on Monday Dec. 13th. He's in the mission home with 3 other AP's, Elder Cutler, Elder Swain, and Elder West, who are all from Utah or Salt Lake Valley.

It's SUPER cold there and it snows tons and tons; Completely opposite of what it was in Africa.

Remember to keep Shane in your prayers. The church is true!

Saturday, December 11, 2010


So, quite a bit has happened since the last post. Elder Shane was sent home on medical leave. After getting taken care of, the doctors gave him the all clear to go back and serve the Lord. He was reassigned to the Utica New York mission. Congrats Elder Kitchen! He flies out to New York on Monday the 13th to finish his mission.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Interesting Week

Elder Shane had a really interesting last week, for a couple of reasons too. One, his new companion, Elder Andon, was supposed to arrive on Tuesday, but he didn't come til Thursday. So Shane spent two days companionless. He spent the time with the district leader Elder Zufelt and his companion. Which that leads into another reason for the interesting week. I'll let him tell you why... We went to this one house that totally reminded me of pirates of the carribean. you know the one crazy lady that lives in the swamp house thing and no one can understand? ya this house was like that. well not so much because the person was crazy but because their house is completely surrounded by water! it was way cool.

His new companion is great. He's really patient with Shane because of his inability to speak very well in French, but they seem to get along just fine. It was a struggle to introduce him to everyone and to show him the area. But that made Shane more appreciative of the all the different leadership positions in the mission field.

Another interesting thing that happened this week, was that they got a call from the referral missionary in Provo! He was working with an investigator from Nigeria that was in Togo. So Shane and his companion were able to set up an appointment with him.

Shane was able to listen to a session of General Conference thanks to a couple who recorded it. It was only the audio, but he was very appreciative of what he had. Besides, they don't have a tv so the video part would have been pointless anyway. :)

And finally, Elder Andon forgot that he had something cooking on their handy dandy camp stove in the kitchen, and it caught fire. No harm came from it, just a really smokey apartment for a couple of hours.

Remember to keep Shane in your prayers. The gospel is true!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Transfer Calls

Transfer calls came in last week, but Elder Shane is staying in his same area. His companion, Elder Kouhe however got transfered to Benin. His new companion is Elder Andon from Cote d'Ivoire. Thanks Elder Kouhe for helping Shane, and being a good companion and trainer.

The language is still coming. He understand most of what is being said, but speaking is a different story and he still has a lot to learn.

Eva's baptism got moved up to the 13th of November. So keep praying for her.

Halloween is not a holiday that is celebrated there, but Elder Shane still celebrated with Elder Zufelt (his district leader). They ate all the candy that was in the apartment, had some cheap cookies and some youpi choco candies (which he says are really good).

Elder Shane and his companion are teaching a family, and while at their second appointment, a lady came and started yelling at them. The spirit was lost, and the lesson was a flop. Apparently, the lady was the investigator's sister, and she was trying to kill him through voodoo so she and her other sisters could have his inheritance. CRAZY! But, the Elders were able to give him a blessing, so hopefully everything will be ok.

Continue to pray for Shane, his companion, and the people. This gospel is true!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Chickens and Goats

There are chickens and goats everywhere in Togo!

Shane has had some new experiences this last week. Apparently Togo has some pretty awesome drummers. The only problem, is that the drums are part of voodoo rituals. SCARY!

Shane was walking down the only paved road (actually cobblestone) and a guy in a car was staring him down and wasn't paying attention to the road, and ran into a power pole. Oops.

He has experienced a lockdown on his missions. Togo has this thing called "Dead Togo". The people go on strike, and those that were riding motorcycles, or driving their cars, or if they were white, the people on strike would take the liberty of sending them to the hospital. Not a pleasant experience. So, he was able to stay inside his apartment all day and do lots of studying.

The weather is changing there. It's the start of the hot, dry season. Completely opposite of what he's used to, but he's loving it.

He's been able to exercise the power of the Priesthood by giving a couple of blessings. He didn't quite understand what they were for because the language is still a struggle, but the spirit was very strong, and he knew the people receiving them could feel it too. Him and his companion have more baptisms scheduled for the 30th, that makes 6 total! He was also able to teach an investigator in English! Eva is from Ghana, and only speaks english, and has a member brother in the states. She feels like she needs to be spreading God's word, so pray for her and for Shane and his companion.

Continue praying for Shane, and the people. The church is true!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Interesting Happenings in Togo

Shane was able to assist in some baptisms there already, and the people there don't know what to think about the immersion part. Most of the people there have never been fully immersed in water so it's a new scary thing for them. And, it's probably the only time they will be fully under water. And there are 5 more scheduled baptisms on Oct 30th!

There is no drainage system in the roads where he is, so when they get rain like they have been, it just floods in the streets. The Elders have to carry about flip flops with them so they can hurry and change so they don't get their shoes wet. Sometimes they will have to make detours as much as 3 blocks away to get to their destinations because of the lakes in the streets.

In Togo, the women carry everything on their heads. He even saw one lady carrying a sofa on her head! INSANE huh! The taxis there are motorcycles, and one day, he saw a lady get on one of those taxis motorcycles with a big bowl of something on her head, and a baby strapped to her back!
This isn't a picture from Shane, but it gives you an idea of what he sees all the time.

Elder Shane actually saw a UTA bus on the one paved road in the whole country. Crazy huh! He's picking up the language a little bit better. It's still a struggle for him, but it's coming none the less. Keep praying for him and the people. The gospel is true.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

MTC conference song

Here's that other song that the Elders of district 46-G sang together before they left the MTC. They performed this song at their MTC mission conference. I think the Elders sound great! Sorry it's taken so long to get it posted. It was such a large video that it wouldn't upload. So I had to split it up into 3 parts.

part 1 of "I Love the Lord"

part 2

part 3

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Where's Elder Kitchen?

Shane is serving in Lome, Togo in the Souza-Netime area. His companion is Elder Kouhe from Abobo Cote D'Ivoire, and they get along great. His companion speaks very little english, and Shane speaks very little french, so they are going to struggle for a while, but I'm sure the African French will come to him soon.

Togo may be one of the poorest countries in the world. The people live in scap metal homes no bigger than a dinning room. Shane's showers consist of filling a buck up with water and then getting a smaller bucket to wash with. He has to do his laundry by hand, which means that his clothes are not going to be the cleanest for the next two years. He does however have electricity in his apartment so he gets to sleep with a fan. He's already eaten some different foods, like eloke with fish heads (brains and eyes too), echeke, and fufu.

He already has 4 baptisms scheduled for saturday (oct 9th). Even though he didn't do any of the teaching, he's excited to be able to be a part of it. He might even get to perform one of the baptisms. They want him to do it cause he's white, and they've never seen a white boy before. They call him yovo, which means white boy. It's also a mission rule that you can't have your hair longer than 2 mm, so he basically has a shaved head.

Shane's excited to finally be serving the people, but he needs your prayers now more than ever. Continue to pray for him, and for the people. Not only will you and Shane be affected by your prayers, but it will bless the African people as well.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Shane's MTC songs

Here are a couple videos of Shane and some other Elders in his district singing some songs that they learned while in the MTC. Thanks to Elder Howden for sending them to us. There will hopefully be another one coming soon. It took too long to upload, but hopefully we'll get it soon.

Singing "Bonjour"

"Amazing Grace"

We recieved notice that Elder Shane and his companion, Elder Lewis arrived in the Ivory Coast safely @ 9:30 pm, Tues Sept 28th, Ivory Coast time, which is 3:30 Utah time. They stayed the night with the AP. As of yet, he didnt know where his first assignment will be. We have learned that his preparation day will be on Mondays. Dad will be posting pics soon.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Phone Call

Shane was able to call home today for about 20 mins before he got on the plane. It was a neat experience to hear him. You could hear in his voice how much he's grown spiritually. Mom, Dad, Joe, Amy and her kids,  Paula and Sammie, and Andy were all able to be there and to say a few things to him. He's super excited to finally be able to teach the gospel to the African people. We had him bear his testimony to us, and we asked him to do it in french. He seemed a little hesitant at first because he said he's not that great at french yet, but when he started, the words just seemed to flow, and it was a beautiful testimony. Even though none of us could understand the words, we could understand the Spirit.

So, now he's off on this new exciting part of his mission, and we couldn't be more proud of him. Remember to keep him in your prayers. And remember to keep the African people in your prayers, that they might have their hearts softened, and their minds opened so that they might be receptive to the message that he'll be delivering to them.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Last P-Day

Shane leaves for Africa in 3 days!!!!! He is SO excited. I think to say that, is an understatement. His life in Africa definitely will be a lot different than what he's used to. In his words... everything in Cote D'Ivoire is going to be opposite as it is in America and France. it is funny to compare with the Toulouse france missionaries in my district because like they will be eating cheese and bread and pastries and such where as i will be eating yucca root, fufu, and fish head! how crazy is that. We have no hot water, unless we want to warm it up ourselves, we have no fridge or AC, no postage, no ice cream, scattered usage of electricity, and you wanna know the crazy part?..... I AM SO EXCITED FOR IT! I am so excited to be able to finally get out there and serve the African nation!

He also accomplished one of his main goals while in the MTC. He read the entire Book of Mormon front to back! He finished in exactly 8 weeks. Way to go Shane! We're so proud of you!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Blog for Elder Shane Ryan Kitchen

I'm starting a blog for Elder Shane, so we can keep updated on what's going on on his mission. Any comments or inputs would be appreciated. Thanks.

Travel Plans

Elder Kitchen gets to call home on Monday Sept 27th! He'll be calling sometime between 3 and 4:30 pm from the airport in Salt Lake City. His flight leaves at 4:50 and it's a straight flight to Paris, France with a 2 1/2 hour layover where he drops off the French missionaries, and picks up another. From Paris, he flies for another 8 hours to Cote D'Ivoire, AFRICA!!!!! He'll arrive in Abidjan at 6 pm on the 28th!
Yeah for Elder Kitchen!!!!!!