March 26, 2018


Sixth Area - Keizer, OR


Elder Habel

Week 81

Spring is here in Oregon! The weather got pretty strange. It was nice and warm for the first day or so of the week, and then it was cold, wet and dreary since! Hopefully it warms up soon!

I’ve been trying to focus on using the Book of Mormon in more situations with people on the streets, in lessons, and in any other situation we are in. I’ve seen how the Book of Mormon helps people understand more about our beliefs, and to know more of why we belief in it! Preach My Gospel says the Book of Mormon is what helps us separate the wheat from the tares, and I know in this past week I have seen that.

We had an exchange with the Silverton elders, so I got to spend the day in Silverton with Elder Pouwer! We had a blast talking with everyone, and sharing scriptures with people we met on the street. We read the Book of Mormon with a returning member, and he was extremely grateful for the guidance and direction he received from the scriptures. We taught two of their investigators from the Book of Mormon, and helped them come to understand how they can receive guidance and direction in their lives through the scriptures.

We taught a young man this past week the other elders met with before they left the area. He’s so sweet! He’s at a point in his life where he wants to have a stronger relationship with God, and as we taught him about the restoration of the gospel, something really clicked with him. He identified really well with Joseph Smith, and he told us he was excited to find out if our church is true, and to find out if Joseph Smith was a prophet!

We had a couple of really fun experiences this past week!

We were walking away from an apartment complex, on the way to another part of our area, when we saw a man across the street in the parking-lot of a strip mall on a really nice motorcycle. We practically ran over to talk with him! He was a really nice guy, and was super receptive to the Book of Mormon and why we believe in it. He accepted the invitation to read from it, and told us he would try and contact us if it was something he and his wife agreed on. Maybe the coolest part of that contact was getting to sit on his bike! Hopefully we hear from him soon!

The other day two kids riding around on their scooters talked to us as we were walking away from our investigators house. They were super goofy kids, and they asked us what we do as missionaries. Eventually, one of the kids asked us “so, do you like, get persecuted a lot or something?” Elder Habel and I looked at each other and smiled. We told him yes, but we didn’t think of it as being persecuted. He asked us if anyone had been mean to us that day. We told him people were pretty nice that day. He then asked about the day before. We told him everyone was pretty nice too. He had a disappointed look on his face, but said it was probably a good thing people weren’t being rude to us! Haha we though it was hilarious!

I learned a lot about trust in the Lord this past week from the scriptures. 1 Nephi 17:3 hit me really hard. At this point, Nephi has gone and done all the Lord commanded him to do, and has conquered and seen a lot.

3. And thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled. And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them, and strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he as commanded them; wherefore, he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness.

I love how it elaborates on Nephi's earlier inexperience with going and doing the things the Lord commands in 1 Nephi 3:7. Now, Nephi is much older and wiser, and understands HOW the Lord provides ways for us to do what He has commanded. He nourishes us with His word as we read the scriptures and come to church.We are strengthened by Him as we rely on Him in prayer. He provides the means--both physical and spiritual--for us to accomplish the things He asks of us. Both things written as general commandments for all the human family, and personal commandments through revelation.I know God does this with each one of us, if we are willing to listen to what He says, and are obedient and diligent in heeding Him.

I love you all so much! Have a great week!

Elder Kehl


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