May 9, 2017


Second Area - Monmouth, OR


Elder Vega

Week 35

Disclaimer: this has been another weird week. I'll try to explain as simply as possible. Over the past couple of weeks I've had a pain in my stomach on the left side opposite to where I had the hernia. It's came on after exercising, then would disappear early the same day. So, I didn't think anything of it, and kept on going with the work. Then, last week on Saturday it became more chronic, so I decided to get it checked out. Mainly just because it reminded me of the same pain I had when I had a hernia, and that ended up happening on Thursday after having an amazing Zone Conference, where we talked about extending invitations and following up on them. Anyway, we went to the doctor and figured out, after getting some tests done, they decided I didn't have another hernia, or another problem with my kidneys. Rather, I have a mystery pain, which isn't fun. The doctor said I most likely pulled a muscle in my hip, and gave me some pain killers for it. She did say that it was smart to get checked out since it was mirroring my previous hernia pain, even though "nothing was wrong."

The last couple of days have been a mixture of sleeping (my pain meds make me super drowsy) and getting out to do the work when I can. I've learned so much about how impatient I am and can be. There's definitely a reason Heavenly Father wanted me to experience this, and it's probably because I need to learn how to be a whole lot better at being patient. Not only with others and myself, but with our investigators. It's humbling to realize that I have to stay on the couch for an entire day asleep, while my companion does things like get me a glass of water, and is up walking around while I'm stuck. I've been able to practice relying on others, and realize that I have limits and need the help of others.

Earlier in the week when we weren't at home, we had the chance to talk with our investigator, Guadalupe, and take him on a chapel tour. We explained the three main hours, where we go, and what we do. It was so amazing to see how he knew there was something special about the chapel, and in Sunday after sacrament meeting he told us he felt peaceful and happy! I love seeing him progress, and I've come to know it's going to be in the Lords time, and not mine. I've come to realize it's okay if I don't baptize him, just as long as he is one day able to make those covenants with his Heavenly Father.

I love you all! You're the best! Have a great week!


Elder Kehl


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