April 16, 2018


Sixth Area - Keizer, OR


Elder Habel

Week 84

A lot has happened in the past half week! It has just flown by because we have been so busy! Since Wednesday, we have gone to MLC, had an exchange with the Assistants to the President, received transfer calls, taught what has felt like a bajillion lessons, and achieved the standards of excellence we have for the mission!

Yes, transfer calls were this past week! Drumroll... I’m being transferred! I’m so sad to leave the Salem 1st area! It’s been a great area, and I have learned so much from my time here and the companions I have had. I’m especially going to miss Elder Habel and all the crazy fun times we had! I will be serving in the Newberg Spanish area!!!!! I’m going back Spanish!!! Yeah! I will be companions with Elder Altamirano! He’s another fluent Spanish speaker, so it should be fun! The area has been closed for Spanish missionaries for a while, so we are re-opening whitewashing in! It’s going to be a blast! I have also been asked by President Tateoka to serve as the district leader there too. It’s going to be one fun ride! Elder Patterson, my trainer, and Elder Chamberlain both served in that area, so I’m super excited to go meet the people they taught, and work with the members! It’s going to be so much fun!!

One of the biggest things I took away from these last few days was something we focused on in Preach My Gospel at MLC. We were instructed on how to work with more unity and (honestly) better with ward and stake leaders in the mission. I love how Preach My Gospel says “seek to be a blessing, not a burden to them [local leaders]” I know I’m going to jump right into the work in Newberg and work as hard as I can with the members to find people to teach! I learned from President that the Christlike attribute of meekness is essential to have if we are to be successful at building member missionary trust, so I’m making a special (and hard) effort to acquire meekness.

On Saturday we saw a lot of miracles happen! At the beginning of the day, we had only taught one of the first three lessons, and we didn’t have very many new investigators for the week. We had a couple lessons set up, and we went forward with faith. We taught a new investigator we had found earlier that week about the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost was powerful during that lesson, and our investigator understood everything we taught, and desires to be baptized! He’s looking for a church where he feels comfortable to make that step, and as we taught him about the importance of faith, repenting, coming to church, and the other steps of the gospel, he understood it. We’re excited to see him (Elder Habel is) come to church in the coming weeks!

Sunday was eventful! Haha elder Habel and I spoke during sacrament meeting with the high council member who spoke as well. All was going well through Sunday school, then right before opening exercises for priesthood, someone found smoke pouring out of the ceiling in the clerks office, and we evacuated the building rather slowly and in a very confused manner. 😂 In total, 5 firetrucks showed up to help check out the smoke, and church was ended early. What a way to send me off! 😁

I hope you all have a great week! I love you all!

Elder Kehl


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