April 10, 2017


Second Area - Monmouth, OR


Elder Vega

Week 31

Wow, this week has flown by! Usually the first week of transfers goes a LOT slower, but this time it went by so fast! When I look back on this past week, it's amazing to see how much progress we've had. Many setbacks and heartaches, yes, but I'm reminded that nothing can stop this work from going forward. It IS the work of God.

Saturday was a pretty interesting day, due to the weather. We woke up that morning with the wind whipping so intensely that at one point around 6:45 we lost power for three or four minutes! The rest of the day it cycled between rain, sun, hail, and wind. A highlight came when some other missionaries called us to have a discussion with a Hispanic man they found tracting... over the phone! It was sweet! At first it was a little awkward, since we didn't know if they were joking or not, but hey, it went well!

Yesterday we talked briefly with a homeless man inside the church after all the meetings were over. Not in a lesson or anything; he actually surprised us by knocking on the building door and asked to get some water. He was a nice guy, and told us he was a return missionary, living on the streets, but sometimes also with his mom. The whole story was a little jumbled and whatnot, though sad nonetheless. We gave him some gummies we found in Elder Vegas coat, and he seemed very grateful for the little we could gave him.

Then, we ended up finding a family we've been looking for for seven weeks, the Carmona family. They have five kids, and the second oldest is 14, and a member. His name is Miguel. The rest of his family are not members, but open to hear more. We were super pumped to see them and get to know them. They opened up a lot to us and expressed at the end of our lesson that if they found something they like in our church, maybe they'd become LDS! It was a huge blessing to finally find them.

I've seen how the Lord allows us to see others of His children as He does, IF we ask him, and IF we are willing to love them unconditionally. It's interesting to me to see how the more I try to love the people and not worry about my Spanish, the better my Spanish is. God magnifies us, and uses what we have to bless others. I've learned a lot this past week about the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. How we become enough in Gods hands to bless His children according to His will.

I love you all! Thank you for all the continued support! Have a great week!


Elder Kehl


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