Monday, July 17, 2017


Hello everyone. 
I'm still alive. 
It's still hot.
Tulare, California is still a super cool place to be a missionary. 

It's a really cool place to be a missionary, because it also happens to be the place that Daniel lives. 

We met Daniel last week and we shared the message of the restoration with him and after the lesson he just said..."Thanks for coming, I really appreciated it." Which I realize that is not that many words but it wasn't the words but the incredible amount of sincerity behind them that made Sister Burnside and I recognize that there was something real special about Daniel. We taught him again this week and he told us that the very morning we were going to come over he was wondering what his purpose in life was. The Book of Mormon had the answers-as it always does...and Daniel committed to be baptized this month. He is such a cute dad- all he talks about is his kids. We are super excited about him. 

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*this is me taking a page from Sister Murray's book & sending home an inspirational quote 

Read your scriptures. 
and keep me in mind when you eat cheese because Tulare is the dairy capitol of the u.s.a. 

love you all! 

Sister Rendon

Monday, July 10, 2017


                                                        Trent & Brenna Stokes

                                                    Sister Rendon Loves her pebbled ice

I'm sure that I can speak for America as well as myself when I say....THANKS FOR ALL THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES. Seriously....I was looking at all the pictures my sweet mom sent me of lot's of people that I love.....and I really thought to myself I should just send them all...THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU cards. Which may sound cheesy...but I really, really mean it. I love you alllllll. 

Important events of the week: 

The fourth of July was great. We were in early, which meant that Sister Burnside and I had plenty of time to seperate red sprinkles from blue so that we could make a festive little masterpiece of a cake. 


Tuesday Sister Burnside and I were leaving for the day....when we pulled out of our garage a woman started chasing us first it was just to ask if some people who were supposed to come check our apartment complex had come yet....and when we didn't know we offered up what information we did have...namely. God is our loving Heavenly Father and is a great website where she can learn more. 

Well..she wanted to learn more...and as great as is (greatest website on the whole internet) she chose to learn more from us. 

We parked right away and went in and then my love for missionary work increased ten fold. 

I walked out of that lesson absolutely sure that this work is the Lord's. HE IS DOING IT. WITH US. 

Ellie told us that the Lord had revealed to her that there were some steps she needed to take to return to Him. She felt that she knew that was true...but she also felt that she didn't currently have those steps or know what they were. 

What she did know is that when Elder's visited her grandma twenty years ago she felt the spirit. 

I LOVE teaching repentance. 
I love having investigators at sacrament....TWO REALLY PROMISING ONES THIS WEEK. 


-me crying about being twenty and the largest tree on planet earth. 


Sister Rendon

Monday, July 3, 2017

CA Fresno Mission
Welcome to the Lord's Vineyard

hello there everyone. 

It's nice to see you again, and by that I mean it's nice to see some words you type out that somehow get shipped across a few states and up on a computer screen. It's very kind of you to keep typing those words. 

Let me tell you some things about my week. 

Some things about zone conference:

I'm always a real big fan of zone conference:

 I've always gotten front row tickets my whole mission long. This one was something special though. It was President and Sister Clark's last one. Which means it felt a little like zone conference, and a little like a funeral...but the good type of funeral with a lot of love and gratitude and hope for the future. Also another thing I've always loved is Hooper, Utah. Now I love it even a little more because my home is right next to the Clark's home. So I vote that tender mercy of the year. 

Some things that were a pleasant surprise about missionary work: 

Sister Murray remembers a time...when I was an extra new missionary that I said...."Well, I know I'm not here to make friends." Which makes it sound like I was on a reality game show. And to be truthful I don't entirely remember what my expectations were at the beginning of my mission but what I got wasn't what I expected. I know some of the coolest people on planet Earth because of my mission and I'm pretty happy about that. 

Some things about experiencing tender mercies: 

Thursday morning started out with me assuring Sister Burnside that after we got to know the area well enough we would begin to have days were you just teach all day long and it's happy stuff and you really really love those days. We went home that night and we had successfully taught all day long and our investigators had kept commitments and it was just one of those days that you really really love. Also we had dinner with a member and they served really good chocolate milk and then when we got home they surprised us with some said milk. When we were talking about how they knew we loved it so much after we concluded that it was probably the three dramatic stories we told that included chocolate milk and the extreme gratitude in the closing prayer for the milk. 

 Some things I love: 


Southern Zones - Hanford, Visalia, Porterville

  Photo's credit- Sister Clark,

Back Row, Left to Right; Elders Fernandez, Watts, Nielsen, Jones, Maas, Vawdrey, Paukovic, Thornton, White, Gibson, Blume, Tapia, Gollner, Lopez, Del Carmen, Quinn
Third Row Left to Right; Elders McGraw, Kennick, Sullivan, Carnahan, Facer,  Fischer, Halliday, Rogers, Wilson, Ennis, Schaff, Mussin, Anderson, Wright, Flores, Lilly, Mountford
Second Row, Left to Right; Elders Davis, Austin, Derbidge, Sisters Kokol, Tatakamotonga, Rendon, Eastman, Jordan, Malpica, Pachner, White, Burnside, Elders Gray, Kauai
First Row, Left to Right; Sisters Johnson, Peterson, Murray, Gillespie, Elder & Sister Hammond,
President & Sister Clark, Sister & Elder Lilya, Sisters Jefferies, Jones, Jeffrey, Willmore

       New President and Sister Mackay to the California Fresno Mission!
From Left to Right: Elder Quinn, Presidents Clark & Mackay, Sisters Mackay & Clark, Elder Gray

Monday, June 26, 2017


Photo Janessa parker

If what you were looking for today was a bunch of quotes from Jack and Laura's baptism this week. 


I woke up on Saturday feeling like it was Christmas Sunday. When we got to the stake center and I saw them down the hall in their white jumpsuits....the sight made me giddier than any Christmas tree...with any amount of gifts. My goodness it was so sweet. 

QUICK BIO ON JACK AND LAURA: In my very first area the Elders had been teaching Jack. When Sister Murray and I got there he was LITERALLY (I genuinely mean that literally) was the most prepared soul of my life. He desired with all his heart to be baptized but at nine years old His mom thought he was just too young. I spent every Saturday for the first six months of my mission teaching Jack and trying anything to get his mom to see the desires of his heart. One Saturday we taught about missionary work and committed Jack to place a Book of Mormon. The next Saturday we followed up and He had given it to his mom. A few more months worth of Saturdays later and Jack and Laura were baptized. My heart is so happy. 

When Jack introduced Sister Murray and I to his uncle that was baptizing him He said...."These are my first sister missionaries." Then my heart melted. Which is pretty intense because anything that hadn't already melted as a result of the central valley heat requires something special to melt it. 

We took a Polaroid picture and when I showed Jack he said..."I look like an angel!" Which is a classic Jack move to just have sincere truth always pouring out of his mouth. He most certainly looked like an angel. 

THEN....we went to the baptismal font and were listening to the prelude music..things are quite...things are reverent and then Laura's other little boy..who is sitting on her lap says..."Mom, you STINK! You need a bath." Sweet little Laura said......"oh don't worry, I'm about to get a bath." 

Talk about a bath. 
Receiving a cleansing of your sins, well that's a bath we all need. 
Because we're humans...and we are all sinners. And yet we have a chance to be called saints? 
Because even though we all have our blemishes, and we all have our imperfections-we can be bound to the infinitely perfect. The Savior of the world. That only happens one way. BAPTISM IS THE GATE. Baptism is THE bath. 

*study saint in the Bible Dictionary, I did, I loved it. 

Well, that was Saturday...and it was a very, very good Saturday. 

Then came Sunday. 

Which meant Junior's baptism. 

He is also a nine year old that Sister Burnside and I have been teaching since coming to the area. (His family is all members.) He had a baptismal date, but there were a lot of trials the family was facing that was making the date seem quite unlikely. However, there was a miracle, and then another, and then another, and then another...and Sister Burnside and I were blessed to see him be baptized on Sunday. 

What a weekend. 

Other temporal things that are pictured: 

1. Tulare, California is the hottest place in the universe. I'm sure of it. Which is why I now choose to eat my lunch in the freezer. There are some Elders who are sleeping with frozen water bottles because their air conditioning doesn't work. I am drinking the recommended amount of water for the first time in my life and I'm also sweating 20x the recommended amount for the first time in my life. But hey maybe it's the fact that it's so hot that people were more willing to get into the water this no complaints. 

2. Sister Burnside and I have found quite a fun local donut shop, right near the local's a good time. 

I love you all dearly. I'm so grateful for the work of the Lord. I'm grateful to be a part of it. 

Love, Sister Rendon

Saturday, June 24, 2017

President's Interviews 6-2017- Photo credit Sister Clark

President's Interviews --- Last week we finished up the President's last interviews of each missionary. While the President was interviewing, I played a Jeopardy game (consisting of questions/answers from Preach My Gospel, the Scriptures, the Missionary Handbook, 12 Weeks, Adjusting to Missionary Life, Christlike Attributes and a few random questions.  We had a lot of fun reviewing all the "things" that make up a COMPLETE MISSIONARY!  Love those missionaries!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Alma 26:36
"I say, blessed be the name of my God, who has been mindful of us, wanderers in a strange land

Sister Kelly, Sister Rendon, Sister Murray

Sister Burnside

Wanderers in a strange land.........
missionaries in Tulare, California. 

Tulare is full of a bunch of weirdo's, but I love them. 


If we are being completely honest, or even half-way honest then of course we can all admit that any reason is a lame one for not coming closer to Jesus Christ...but wait till you hear JEFFS. 

So we showed up to do some service and help a woman move and while she was on her way we decided to talk to someone outside who was currently smoking weed, handwashing clothes in water that was all the way black, and feeding his venus fly trap maggots that were for some reason just hanging out on his front porch. So things were already weird, but then He told us that the only reason he is not a Mormon is because he is 100% convinced that the Earth we live on is flat. He knowwwws it and he also apparently knows that the leaders of the church know it as well. He is also trying to get to Antarctica so that he can prove to the world that the world is flat....the missionary handbook councils us to not ask family or friends to donate to local ya'll are safe and ya'll can rest assured that I won't ask you to donate to his causes. 

Other things about my week as a missionary...

-I discovered that I had fooled myself real well into thinking that I could fake speaking spanish. 


imagine me running in the blazing california sun because it gets hot at six in the morning and stays hot until 9 o"clock at night. 

Then I see a person who of course I try to go share the gospel. This person only speaks spanish....but I keep trying to share the gospel...
I think in my head that he asks if I want to pray (oracion) I say yes twelve times. In real life he asked if I wanted a donation (donacion) so then I ran away from the one dollar bill he tried to give me. 


-So in the California Fresno mission before you get off the phone with other missionaries you remind them that you love them. Once upon a time Sister Burnside and I were talking to the Spanish Elders working in the area and they said 'bye' without any love in my head I think I say..."Wow, where is the Love?" What I say in real life to these Elders is..."Where are you my love?"

and that is the story of why I stopped thinking I was good at faking spanish. 

real quotes from Sister Burnside....

"I've been here for two weeks and I've never been proposed to this much ever."

This is true. This man from India who spoke barely more English than my just over a month old niece accepted a picture of Christ and in turn offered us marriage. He assured us that He had absolutely no money problems at all. 

Speaking of Sister Burnside...I love her lots. We have a lot of heart to heart conversations. 

I love ya'll. 

I know that the Lord is leading my life right now. I know I'm where I am supposed to be with who I am supposed to be with and I am so grateful for it
Sister Rendon

Monday, June 12, 2017

Tulare, California is a good place to be. 

Monday, June 5, 2017