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. 4d

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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? 2w

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kenziebutler16 Rise and shout. #YMountain 3w

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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(: 4w

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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(: 4w

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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(:
4w

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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 1mon
  •   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! 1mon
  •   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! (: 1mon

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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 1mon

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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. 1mon

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kenziebutler16 In honor of one month since our tour left, here's a TBT to one of my favorite nights at the Hill Cumorah Pageant. These guys are like my second family and I love them and miss them like crazy. <3
And to everyone who was on the tour, #CoinCheck? (:
1mon

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kenziebutler16 So proud of this kid for his willingness to serve the Lord for two years. It's been a crazy ride the last five years, but I'm grateful for the many memories we have together. Go save the world, Sam...or at least the Vietnamese Texans. Love you! (: #TheBestTwoYears 2mon

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kenziebutler16 Wishing it was yesterday because even being squished in a tractor with these two punks is better than work. 2mon

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kenziebutler16 Goodness knows what I'm doing without these pretty girls. I miss them and our late night laughs like crazy and I love them all to death. #BestFriends #MyHTGirls 2mon

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kenziebutler16 Of course my MCM goes to these handsome young men today(: Missing them tons already and I can't wait to see them again(: #BoysOfDistrict3 #TheyArePrettyCute #HeritageTours 2mon

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kenziebutler16 Super blurry and windy, but here's one of the last pictures taken of the #HashtagCrew. Even though everyone was probably sick of us by the end, I will never forget the memories I had with these two. I love them both to death. More pictures of my awesome district and my incredible experiences to come(: 2mon

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kenziebutler16 Just thought I should tell you guys I'm engaged. It was kind of sudden, but we all feel like it's the right thing. When you know, you know. And you can't tell, but I think they like me too. #YesTheresThreeOfUs #OurRelationshipInAPicture 2mon

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Willow McKenzie Butler
kenziebutler16 One of the two cutest Newsies there are took about ten selfies with us after the show tonight(: We also met @naponacott and the rest of the handsome cast and I honestly cannot stop smiling(: #BestDayEver 2mon

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kenziebutler16 Getting our New York City selfie on! Excuse me for looking crazy, I'm just freaking excited(: #NYC #Finally #HeritageTours #Newsies 2mon

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kenziebutler16 This is kind of an interesting picture and I might be across the country, but I couldn't not say happy birthday to one of my best friends in the world. With all of our crazy memories, including this one, and the hours of laughter we've shared together, I will never forget this beautiful girl! I'm so grateful that I had you in times I thought I was alone or whenever I just needed to forget about things and laugh. I've always been able to be me around you and I hope I've given you the same. I love you to the moon and back and even though I can't be there to tell you in person, I love you, Juliet 19(: Thanks for being my partner in crime the last eight years and for making me do things no one else could. Have the most amazing day, I love you! (: 2mon

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kenziebutler16 I know I just barely posted a picture like this, but I really am so grateful for these guys. They're my family and I love them to death. #Happy #LifeIsGood #HeritageTours 2mon

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