September 4, 2017


Third Area - Lebanon, OR


Elder Ketchum

Week 52

I hope you all are having a wonderful labor day! This past week was full of small miracles (and some bigger ones!) that has made it a joy to serve here in Lebanon.

We've had the opportunity to talk with a lot of people, and we've seen how as we have tried our hardest to talk with everyone about the gospel, we have been blessed with the ability to say what those people needed to hear. We met a lady named Nicky, who is the wife of someone we met outside a couple weeks ago. Nicky was outside when we went to visit her husband, so we talked to her instead. We ended up teaching her the entire restoration, and she understood everything! She was most impressed by prayer, and how she can develop a relationship with Heavenly Father to ask him any question she may have. She was intrigued at the end, and we gave her the restoration pamphlet and asked her to pray about it, which she said she would do.

We had another lesson with Charish, where we read from the Book of Mormon with her. She's continuing through her trails, and we're continuing to teach her, as we help her progress towards baptism. When we read from the Book of Mormon with her, she was really into it, and understood what was happening, story wise, and as we talked through it, she was able to apply what we read to herself as well! We're so excited for her; she has tons of potential, and once we get her to church again, we feel like we'll be able to put her on date!

We also taught Herb Orman this past week. Herb is on fire! He's the most prepared investigator I've ever seen! Elder Ketchum and I get such a boost from his lessons! He's progressing so well, and the members are doing an amazing job at fellowshipping him. He even talked to us about moving his baptismal date even closer! When we told him we have to teach him a couple more lessons, he was a little disappointed, but said we would keep going until he learns it all! Ah! He's so awesome!

We've done a lot of street contacting this past week, which is something I've been introduced to by Elder Ketchum in the past three weeks. Before in other areas, I've always had a name to go try and visit, but here, we purely contact people with no information for them. It's pretty scary, I'll admit. It's something I don't have a lot of practice with, so I've been very fortunate to learn so much from Elder Ketchum. One street contacting experience we had this past week was when we saw a guy who was walking down the street, and we were biking ourselves. We biked up to this guy, and as he was walking, began talking with him. He said he was going home, and didn't have time to stop and talk. We replied that we would bike with him, and had our entire conversation as we walked. He was a really nice guy, and we were able to find common ground, and share how the Book of Mormon could really bless his life. He accepted a copy, and said he was going to read it when he had a chance!

I hope you all have a great week! Happy Labor Day!


Elder Kehl


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