March 5, 2018


Sixth Area - Keizer, OR


Elder Hunziker

Week 78

Transfer Week! We got transfer calls this past Friday, and a lot is happening in the apartment. It’s crazy! Elder Hunziker is getting transferred to the Lebanon Zone, where he will be with Elder Radmall! He’s going to be a zone leader still over there! Elder Pudelko and Elder Baugh are closing Salem 1st-B, so its going to be just Elder Habel and I instead of four elders in the ward. I’m going to miss them a ton! Elder Pudelko is also going to the Lebanon Zone, and he’s going to serve in Riverview!!!! I’m so pumped! He’s going to see a lot of the members and investigators that I may have taught! It’s going to be great! Elder Baugh is transferring up to Newberg, to serve in the Newberg 2nd area! He’s going to be close to President Tateoka, since he lives within his ward boundaries! Fun! Elder Habel is going to be my new companion! I’m so pumped! He and I were trained together in the same apartment back in Woodburn so long ago! We’re both spanish missionaries, still serving in English areas! Haha I remember joking with him about being companions one day... looks like it actually happened! We’re going to have way too much fun! I am sad to see Elder Hunziker go; we’ve had some great experiences together these past six weeks, and I’ve learned a ton from him. I’m grateful for all that I have learned from him, and I know it’s made me a better missionary.

We had MLC again this past week! It was held twice in the same transfer, so we got way lucky! Every time I go, I have my testimony strengthened in President Tateoka, and his inspired direction for the mission. He is definitely the mission president for me. He taught us of the importance of the Book of Mormon and how it is a great tool in conversion. He challenged us there to use it often, and in every contact with people on the streets. In Preach My Gospel, there are questions, called questions of the soul that many people have are answered in the Book of Mormon. Questions such as “is there a God?”, or “How can I avoid sin?” President challenged us to memorize those questions so we will be able to teach meaningful doctrine to others on the streets when these questions are brought to us. He then left us with his real commitment: read the Book of Mormon entirely through specifically looking for all the references to Christ, His attributes, His words (through prophets and His actual words), and the doctrine and principles in the Book of Mormon. He gave us copies to do that with, and I have worked on it the entire week. I have seen a great increase in my personal ability to recall and share scriptures on the street with people.

After MLC we had an exchange with the Assistants, and I was with Elder Patterson!! It was so much fun to be back with him again, and to learn from him! It’s awesome to see his progression and how powerful of a missionary he is now. We had a blast. I totally forgot to take a picture, but we got a picture this past Zone Conference, so it’s all good! We visited a lot of the recent converts he baptized while in Salem 1st (he served here about a year ago) and went by people he taught. It was great! I learned about how to get people to church and the importance of being bold.

Elder Hunziker and I have seen the importance of setting expectations with people on the street, in the first contact with them. It’s refreshing to teach doctrine from the Book of Mormon and be bold and strait forward with people, explaining we want to help them come closer to Jesus Christ by being baptized. A lot more people have shut us down, so we’re finding less unprepared people, and only those who are ready to keep commitments. Sunday really showed we did something right, because we got an investigator to church we found last week. He’s really cool, and open to learning about the gospel! The ward rallied around him and everyone was introducing themselves to him. We’re meeting with him this week, and we hope to get him back again and see what he though of it!

That’s the biggest thing I think I learned this week. Church attendance is so essential to creating converts, and I should be doing all I can to make extraordinary efforts to get people to sacrament meeting.

1 Nephi 19 stood out to me this past week in personal study. It reads:

22 Now it came to pass that I, Nephi, did teach my brethren these things; and it came to pass that I did read many things to them, which were engraven upon the plates of brass, that they might know concerning the doings of the Lord in other lands, among people of old.
23 And I did read many things unto them which were written in the books of Moses; but that I might more fully persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer I did read unto them that which was written by the prophet Isaiah; for I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.

I love the importance of scriptures described by Nephi. They are to learn of what the Lord has done for others, enabling us to be more grateful and humble, and he likened the scriptures unto them, showing the importance of applying what we read to our lives. I know when we do so, God blesses us with answers to our questions, and direction in our lives!

I love you all! Have a great week!


Elder Kehl


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