kenziebutler16 Though we can't seem to manage to get a perfect picture, I'm having a swell time at The Piano Guys concert with the one and only Katie Elise. #JonSchmidtOfCourse #StevenSharpNelsonThough #SoMuchYes 9h

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kenziebutler16 Never mind that all that's happening in these pictures from the last moments of Heritage Tours is Ashlynn saying to me "Don't cry, don't cry, don't cry" and me completely ignoring her. I love this girl so much and I'm so grateful for what she's taught me in the few months I've known her. She is unfailingly kind and an incredible example of a Christlike person. She will surely be a force to be reckoned with in the mission field. I'm pretty jealous that the people of Chicago get her longer than I ever did, but I can't wait to hear how she changes lives for the better. I'm so sorry I couldn't be there today, Ash, but please know I love you like a sister. Thank you for everything and God be with you till we meet again. 6d

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kenziebutler16 To my friends and family on this last Thanksgiving at home, I love you. Thank you to you and my loving Father in Heaven for the beautiful life I have. "It's up to us to be the change. And even though this world needs so much more...there's so much to be thankful for." 3w
  •   jlrs6 Mission call yet? 3w
  •   jlrs6 3w
  •   kenziebutler16 @jlrs6 Hopefully next Wednesday! You are more than welcome to come if you want, but either way I'll definitely let you know(: 3w
  •   jlrs6 I would love to come as long as it is after school! I could head right to your house! 3w
  •   kenziebutler16 @jlrs6 Yes! If it does come, I probably won't open it until 7 or 8. I know we'd all love to see you! (: 3w
  •   jlrs6 I let me know! I'd love to be there! 3w
  •   _haistack_ awww kenz I love you so much!!!!! 3w
  •   kenziebutler16 Love you more, sweet girl! @_haistack_ 3w

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kenziebutler16 There's no turning back now, my stake president submitted my mission papers to the Quorum of the Twelve last night(: I'm so excited and grateful for this opportunity to serve the Lord, but first comes the waiting! Start guessing everyone, my call will be here in the next few weeks! (: 4w

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kenziebutler16 Listening to a really cool guy speak with really cool people. #RomneyAtBYU #ILikeTheseGuys 1mon

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kenziebutler16 Missing these two a whole lot today. Can't wait to join them in the field in the next few months(: #MissionaryMonday 2mon

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kenziebutler16 TBT mostly because I miss my best friend.
And I'm also glad he's not dead.
2mon

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kenziebutler16 Throwing it back to four years ago when my pretty momma took me to see Wicked because I miss her a lot today. 2mon
  •   _jodibutler_ That was an awesome little trip! Miss you, Angel! 2mon

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kenziebutler16 I've definitely posted this picture before, but...a very happy birthday to the genuinely sweetest girl I know. I love you to the moon and back, Mad. You're half the reason I come home for church (don't tell my family)...(; Haha but really you are one amazing young woman that's bound to do incredible things in life. You already have. Thanks for being my daughter, sweet girl. Hope you've had an awesome day! Love you! (: 2mon
  •   m_broph Love you, MaPa! This is really making me miss you! Thanks for being such a sweetheart! 2mon

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kenziebutler16 I've said so many goodbyes in the last year and a half, I was sure the hardest one had already been said. Well, I was wrong. Until now, I never would have imagined loving someone like family after knowing them for barely three months. But the Lord puts people in your life that He knows you need. And I needed Angie. I cannot express in words how grateful I am to have met her. She is a breath of fresh air and a light that I've used a lot lately. The next two years without her sass and her amazing way of knowing when you need a shoulder to cry on are going to be some of the hardest. But we're both going to return better servants of the Lord and for that I am thankful. Through Heritage Tours, we were prepared together and now we'll serve together, though in different parts of the world. It will be a joyous reunion when we meet again. I love you, Ang. God be with you til we meet again. 2mon
  •   jlrs6 Did you get your mission call? 2mon
  •   kenziebutler16 Not yet! I'm starting my papers this week(: 2mon
  •   jlrs6 You graduating made me feel a bit old....a mission is going to multiply that along with how proud I am of you! Keep me updated! Love you! @kenziebutler16 2mon
  •   kenziebutler16 Wow, this is so late, but thank you! Jen, you've been such a great role model for me! Not to mention the best teacher a girl could ask for(: I'll definitely keep you posted! Love you, too! @jlrs6 2mon

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kenziebutler16 This General Conference has been one of the most rewarding for me and it could very possibly be my last at home for a few years. In a week from today, I'll start my mission papers and begin preparing in a different way than I have the rest of my life to serve the Lord. It is clear to me that right now there is no other path for me than to serve a mission. I have been blessed with the knowledge of the truth, a gift that so many do not yet have. How ungrateful I would feel if I did not do all in my power to enjoy that blessing with others. It is my duty to share with my heavenly brothers and sisters the joy that has come into my life through the light of Christ. I pray that we all gain a firmer resolve this Conference weekend to follow the example of our Savior and show the world what it is to be a true disciple of the Lord. 3mon

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kenziebutler16 I just had to say goodbye to one of the best people I've ever had the privilege of knowing. I couldn't stop crying on the way home and I tear up every time I think about it again. Blake is definitely one of the weirdest, funniest, and most spiritual young men in the world. He's one of those people you just like to be around because he makes you happy. He's given me some memories I'll never be able to replace. The next two years will be some of the hardest in the world, but I am so proud of the person he is. I hope we all strive to follow his example in our everyday lives because the world will be a better place if we do. Thank you for everything, Blake. Godspeed. Elder. 3mon

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kenziebutler16 This picture was taken as I looked across the Mississippi River after walking down Parley Street. This is what the pioneers would have seen as they chose to leave their beautiful home of Nauvoo behind in order to follow the Lord's plan for them. Today, I've been thinking a lot about our Heavenly Father's plan for us. Though He knows how our lives will turn out, we still have our agency. It is our choice whether or not we will follow His will. It's a scary thing, going into the unknown, not knowing what's ahead. It would be easy to turn another way or simply stay where we are. But if the pioneers had not taken that leap of faith and crossed the river, they would have missed out on the miracles and blessings the Lord had prepared for them and we would not be here. It may not be this literal, but we still have a question to ask ourselves: will we sit back and choose not to follow our pioneer ancestors' example, or will we follow the Savior and cross the river? 3mon

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kenziebutler16 Rise and shout. #YMountain 4mon

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kenziebutler16 Happy 18th to the girl who single handedly got me through high school. Honestly, I would not have stayed sane without her. I'm so grateful for the countless memories and inside jokes we have. She's been by my side through it all and I hope her life turns out as wonderful as she deserves. Love you so much, Dar! Happy birthday(: 4mon

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kenziebutler16 Josh is going to rock the socks off the people in Boston. He's already one of the studliest missionaries I know. Good luck, buddy! Enjoy the humidity and I'll see you in two(: 4mon

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kenziebutler16 Two of my very favorite people left for college today.
Katie, I'm so blessed to have met you 7 years ago. You've been such a constant friend, one who I know I can always count on and trust with anything. You're such a light and you've helped me through some really dark times, especially the day my grandpa died. I'll never forget all the fun times we've had together and the deep talks we've had. I will forever be grateful for your friendship.
Hunter, I may have only known you for two months now, and you may be a punk to me 98% of the time, but you came into my life when I needed it most. I doubt you'll ever know the way you've helped me, but I want you to know that I am so thankful for having met you. You've changed my perspective on a lot of things in life and the Gospel and I'm a better person because I know you.
I love you both so much and I know you'll do great things in life. Please, please, please keep in touch and I'll see you when I see you(:
4mon

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kenziebutler16 I know it's pretty late, but I had to say something. My best friend, my sister, and someone I look up to a ton moved away to college today. Em and I have literally gone through and done everything together. She's been by my side my entire life and I can't imagine her not always being there. It seems like just yesterday our biggest worry in life was who got to be Shania Twain when we played Barbies. When I moved fifteen minutes away to Syracuse, we thought it was the end of the world. And now we'll be more than two hours away from each other. But it doesn't matter. Emery and I are two forever friends, if there ever were any. I can't wait to see what life has in store for this amazing young woman I have the privilege of calling my best friend. The last 16 years of my life have been blessed greatly because of her and I'm so glad others will get to have the same blessing. I love you more than you'll ever know, Emmy. Don't have too much fun in Logan without me. See you soon. <3 4mon
  •   emeryjane_29 Love you so much Kenz!! :) ️ ditto what I said on Facebook ;) p.s. I was meaning to text you all day and it just got too crazy...so expect one tomorrow! 4mon
  •   kenziebutler16 Ahhhh I've been meaning to text you! But work, man! And moving, for you, I'm sure(; Anyway, we'll talk tomorrow! Love you! (: 4mon

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kenziebutler16 Flashback to the time we met @dance10nico because it was the best night ever. And also, Nico looks adorable, I look ridiculous, and I don't think Angie knows what's going on. #Priceless #NewsiesForever 4mon

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kenziebutler16 I guess this might be a bad example since I'm always happy at Disneyland, but here's my Transformation Tuesday: from last November in Disneyland, to sitting on the bus during the tour, to hanging out at Hunter's a week later. When I say that Heritage Tours changed my life, I mean it. I thought I knew what being happy was before I left, but since the tour, I realized the last year of my life was probably the least happy I've ever been. The night I got home, my grandma told me, "Kenz, you're glowing. You have a light in your eyes I have never seen before." I think she was right. Since I got home, I've been able to hold on to some of the feelings and the relationships I had while I was gone. My life is filled with so much more joy and it's because of the Gospel. The Lord puts people in your life that He knows you need. He puts you in situations where you can feel His love. The light of Christ is real. It's something you can physically see if you're looking. When you are close to Him, you will feel it and you will see it. 4mon

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