Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of exceeding joy of which I taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. ~ Alma 36:24

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sister Kranendonk's Homecoming

Emily spoke in the family ward the day after our birthday. We had an open house after church and had a wonderful time visiting with everyone. Emily gave such a beautiful talk and it was so nice to be there with all of the family. We love having Emily home!

Molly, Amelia, Sarah, Courtney, and Emily
These are some of our 4-H friends
Layla and Dad
Abbie and Brianna
We love these cute kiddos :)
Aunt Elizabeth and Layla bonding
Elizabeth, Emily, Molly and Amelia
We missed Chloe and Katherine
Brianna, Elizabeth, Emily, Rob, Molly and Amelia
Emily with our Dad and Mom
Lil Abbie waiting for the bathroom
This is about what the Olsen family will look like later this year :)
Abbie, Layla, Elizabeth, Brianna, Eric and Jacob
Abbie loves to sit on Aunt Emily's head
My future piano player :)
Grandpa Kevin, Aunt Mia and Layla enjoying some chips

Errand of Angels

The remarkable pioneer woman Emily H. Woodmansee penned the text of the hymn “As Sisters in Zion.” She correctly asserts that the “errand of angels is given to women.”22 This has been described as “nothing less than to do the direct and immediate bidding of our Father in Heaven, and ‘this is a gift that … sisters … claim.’”23

elder quentin L cook
lds women are incredible april 2011

You can recognize women who are grateful to be a daughter of God by their attitude. They know that the errand of angels is given to women, and they desire to be on God’s errand to love His children and minister to them, to teach them the doctrines of salvation, to call them to repentance, to save them in perilous circumstances, to guide them in the performance of His work, to deliver His messages. 3 They understand that they can bless their Father’s children in their homes and neighborhoods and beyond. Women who are grateful to be daughters of God bring glory to His name.

Oct 2000

the joy of womanhood Margaret D Naudauld

Sister Shurtz ~ MTC Companion

Clearfield, UT

Sister Parker ~ Trainer

Thornton, CO

Sister Lewis ~ 3rd Companion & Trainee

Clearfield, UT

Sister Avlia ~ 4th Companion

Sister Avila (right) comes from Houston, Texas. She is also fluent in French and, of course, English.

Sister Anderson ~ 5th Companion

Fillmore, UT

Sister Mackenzie ~ 6th Companion

Our darling African sister is Sister Catherine Koki MacKenzie who comes from Kenya

Sister Carlson ~ 7th Companion

Aurora, CO

Sister Smith ~ 8th 

St. George, UT.

Sister Javed ~ 9th Companion


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Goodbye Arizona!

My little family from India.  They were so wonderful.  I love being able to spend time with them.  They fed us wonderful food.  It was hard to say goodbye to them.

Sister Lopes is the best.  She gave me a ride out to the mission home.  It was fun to spend a few moments with her.  What a sweet lady!!

Sister Kranendonk with Sister and President Ellsworth at the mission home.
This is Sister Kranendonk's last evening in Mesa, Arizona.

 The trip home!!!
Elder LaRocco and Elder Redmon with Sister Kranendonk

Monday, March 18, 2013

Homecoming Info: Single's Ward

Sister Kranendonk will be speaking in her Single's Ward:

Sunday, March 31, 2013

University of Utah Institute Building
In the Southeast Chapel
1901 E South Campus Dr
Salt Lake City

Sister Beckstrand's Blog: Prelude to Easter Pageant

Saturday, March 9th we held a farewell Prep. Meeting for Sister Kranendonk. She will be returning home on Tuesday, March 12th. The sisters need to be at the Udall Chapel at 8:45 am to train the Easter Pageant cast so we held the breakfast at the Visitors' Center so that we could finish everything for our prep. meeting and still be at the church on time.

Here Sisters Cottrell, DeMille, and Valladares share a hug and big smiles! 

During the meeting Sisters Schwartz, Shurtz, and Avila conducted training for the Easter Pageant. Sister Schwartz will be the new VC trainer to replace Sister Shurtz who is going full field to train a new 'greenie'. We'll miss her!

Sister Lewis, who was trained by Sister Kranendonk, gave a beautiful legacy for her 'mom'.

Sister Kranendonk responded with her testimony of the Savior and how her mission has changed and strengthened her. What a beautiful spirit was felt by everyone in attendance.

Our traditional picture by the Christus was attended by 28 sister missionaries. We've had 14 companionships in the VC this transfer, with 7 of the sisters being full field sisters. The president has a lot of confidence in our VC sisters - they make great trainers!

Another tradition - the group hug. Everyone gets into it with enthusiasm.

Sister Kranendonk poses with these sisters who have been among her former companions.

Here we snagged a moment to take one final picture before Sister K. leaves for the mission home. Please note: Elder Beckstrand is smiling! Sister Kranendonk has kept after him about remembering to always look happy.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Homecoming Info: Family Ward

Sister Kranendonk will be speaking at:

The Meadow Ward
Sunday, March 24, 2013

The address is:1955 W 400 N Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Emily is home!!!! It has been so wonderful having Emily home. We have missed her so much and I have been so excited for her to get to know Layla. They have become pretty good friends and Layla will go to her and give her hugs. The day Em came home was a pretty hectic day. I made a banner for her, had to take Phil to work, get me and Layla ready, pick up balloons, pick up Phil from work and head to the airport. And Emily's flight was early, so I was panicking to get there on time and Phil kept reminding me that we would be fine. And sure enough, we got there in plenty of time. Both of the Great Grandma's came, which was so fun! And Chloe got to go up to the gate to see Emily get off the plane. It was so exciting to see her come down the escalator. As soon as Amelia and I could see her we were yelling to my mom that she was coming so she could help the Grandma's come over, it was all very exciting :) Phil recorded it all for us, and because the videos have to be a certain size for me to upload them here, they are cut up into four different videos.

I made everyone pose for a picture with my silly banner for Emily
Dad, Lalya, Robbie, Great Grandma Kranendonk, Grandpa Kevin, Rob
and Grandma Vicki
Mom, Layla, Great Grandma Parker, Aunt Mia, Great Grandma Kranendonk,
Grandma Vicki and Grandpa Kevin
Emily running over
Aunt Emily saying hi to Layla
Grandma Vicki, Aunt Mia, Grandpa Kevin, Mom, Dad and Layla, Uncle Rob, Robbie
Great Grandma Parker, Sister Kranendonk, Aunt Chloe and Great Grandma Kranendonk

After picking Emily up, we all went to the Stake President's House for Emily to be released. President Catenzaro had so wonderful things to say about Emily after their meeting and it was so wonderful to be reminded of what a good missionary she was. Then afterwards we went to Grandma Vicki and Grandpa Kevin's house for cinnamon rolls! They were absolutely amazing :) It was fun to sit and visit and hear Emily talk about all of her companions and to show us pictures from her camera. A little bit later on in the day, I had gotten Layla to fall asleep and I let Emily hold her. This was her first time holding Layla :)
Aunt Em and Layla

After Phil got off work we went down to City Creek to walk around. Phil and I got there early and we let Layla play in the Dinosaur play area. Phil was teaching Layla how to climb up the slides. It is so fun to watch her learn something new.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Letter: 3/11/2013 ~ LAST EMAIL!

Whoa! Can you believe I will be seeing all of you tomorrow? I only got three hours of sleep last night. I am super exhausted. I have a lot to get done today. This past week has been a whirlwind. I don't even know where it went. I have had the sweetest experiences this past week but I will tell you all about them when I come home.

I can't wait until I can wrap my long monkey arms around everyone. My district leader always comments on how long my arms are when we are playing sports. Its only because he is jealous of them. :) Who knew having long arms was such a blessing. Each and everyone of you mean so much to me. I am so thankful for all that you have done for me. I don't know how I could ever express adequately what you have all done for me. I can't wait to see you.

I'll be running....


Sister Kranendonk

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Our Last Visit

Yep, the time has come to say goodbye.  Sister Kranendonk will be flying home to Salt Lake City on Tuesday morning.  Brian and I packed up little Alice and headed to the Visitors' Center to say goodbye to Aunt Emily for now.  We took her one last plate of cookies and Alice's baby announcement.  We will miss seeing her at the Visitors' Center; it will never be the same for us.  

Alice waiting for Aunt Emily to come.

Sister Kranendonk invited us to go to her farewell lunch with her district.  We went to one of her favorite places Nikki's Kitchen, which serves fry bread.  We had a great time visiting with her and the missionaries in her district.  I tried asking all the missionaries if they had any dirt on Sister Kranendonk. Elder Furr talked about when she accompanied him on the piano.  While he was singing, a hymn book fell on the keyboard.  They were both laughing while telling me the story. 

Alice was a bit of a grump; I guess she will miss Aunt Emily as much as I will.

Sister Kranendonk and her district.

Brian and Alice
We are sad for her to go home, but we are very excited to see her next time we visit Salt Lake.  I will love being able to pick up the phone and call her whenever I want to talk to her.  I am happy for all of those living in Utah who will get to see her.



Monday, March 4, 2013

Letter: 3/4/2013 ~ See you in a week!!

I haven't changed much..... :)

Our District:
Elder Furr, Elder Van Meetern, Elder Vete, Elder Carrillo, Elder Camarillo,
Sister Cottrell, Sister  Newton, Sister Javed, Elder Allred.

Dear Family!

Oh my word I cannot believe I only have a week left. It is so crazy. I have had lots of opportunities to share my testimony lately. People must think I really am leaving or something. The elders in my district tease me a lot, they tell me to go home. I don't like it. Don't get me wrong I am super excited to go home, I just don't like that I am the only one going home and not carrying on with the work down here. But I will carry on the work back home.

There have been many miracles this week. The Lord has been teaching me the lesson of being happy with where I am at. You realize that with whatever the moment is you need to enjoy it. Too often we find ourselves saying oh after this event I will be happy. When this is over all my stress will be gone. Too often we live life waiting for things to be over. We don't enjoy them while they are happening. Life is not meant to only be enjoyed in retrospect. This is a powerful lesson to learn I feel. I am thankful to be learning it.

There have been so many awesome miracles happening. We are finding new people to teach all the time. Although a lot of the people we are teaching now are hitting road blocks and are being tried in their faith. I have learned that the gospel of Jesus Christ is reality. When we apply it to our lives it helps us a long the way. We can more easily handle the challenges that hit us. Sometimes we get caught up in thinking in we can handle it on our own. Or things have to be really bad in order for us to rely on the Lord. I have learned it is not that way. It is a process of a step by step journey continually relying on the Lord. This is how our foundation is built. I know the Lord helps us. I know He is aware of us.

Tiffany is getting baptized this weekend. I can't wait for her. She is so prepared. She initiated having family home evening with her dad. They read scriptures on baptism. I love that she took that initiative and is not even a member. She is amazing. It has been incredible to teach her.

I love you all so much. I am so thankful for the blessings the Lord gives. He sure is good to us.

See you in a week. :)


Sister Kranendonk