November 14, 2016


First Area - Woodburn, OR


Elder Patterson

Week 10

This has been a fun past week! I'll tell a fun story right off the bat: Elder Patterson and I were biking home earlier last week and at that point we'd been having some fun bike trouble. :) We're going and all of a sudden the whole left arm of his pedal fell off! Not just the pedal itself but the metal crank that's attached to it! It was hilarious! Well, I died laughing but elder Patterson didn't think it was too funny. He ended up having to use his bike as a scooter the rest of the way home. Fortunately we were close enough that it worked out fine. We ended up getting our bikes fixed at a shop and got them back on Friday night.

This week we've met a couple (three) new investigators that we both feel really good about! All three are members of larger families, so we're really excited to see what happens. One has a lot of kids, and though we haven't had an actual lesson with her, we were able to leave The Family, A Proclamation to the World with her. We met her daughter the next time we went by and she said her mom had read it! We're hopeful! One of the others just graduated from college not too long ago and is a family of nine! She's really interested in other religion because her degree in political science had her take some religion classes. We'll go by her more this week to see what's up with her. The last one is married and has 8 kids! She and her husband are very humble people, and we gave them a Book of Mormon, and she said we could come back!

Other than that it's been a pretty slow week. Lots of tracting and biking in our area. Some street contacts, but not as many since it's been rainy. We've been visiting a lot of less actives and part-member families, and getting to know them really well. It's opened my eyes to how the Lord prepares those we meet and how even if we don't talk to them about the gospel, how that might prepare them in the future to talk to the missionaries. It throws people off when we ask them if we can help them with anything, and they usually look suspicious at first if they don't outright say no. Otherwise, we talk a little longer before they say no! :)

The work is going great, and I love you all! Thank you for all the help and support you all send! For all the prayers in my behalf and for all you do to represent the Lord.


Elder Kehl

Note - this week's picture is of Jaret's haircut he gave himself. We recommended he use a barber in the future. :)


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