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!!!!!!