Monday, June 4, 2018

I Want There To Be No Doubt About It

Dear Fam,

I'm really not sure what to say in these emails anymore. Not trunky yet, despite my districts constant reminders of how many days I have left. 

to start, the potential here in Oras has not yet been fulfilled. Another hard week. we're trying so hard to teach, have new investigators, and accomplish something here. nothing yet, the members haven't caught the vision yet. we're working on helping them grow and increase their testimony and desire to share that testimony. Let's hope it works. :)

Elder P is doing well. nothing to really complain about. he's still shy to start a discussion, so we will be working on that this week. It will be a short week, though, because we have exchanges this week with the Sulat elders in our district, and the zone leaders in Borongan. also, zone interviews and district conference. We will only work here in Oras for 2 1/2 days. the rest will be in Borongan. As if that will help me not be trunky.........

anyway, miss you all so much! last week flew right by. so now we are trying to get some new investigators to prepare the area before I leave. I am really getting nervous. It's already week 4 in the mission, which will pass by so fast! week 5 and 6 are also busy with zone conference, baptismal interviews, and other responsibilities. it will be a short 3 weeks, I promise that!!!!

Lastly, I just want to share my testimony. It has grown since last time I shared it, and I want there to be no doubt about it. I know that God hears our prayers, that he is in the details of our lives and if we serve him, if we do our best to magnify our callings and lives, we will receive all we need. I know that Jesus is the Christ and Messiah, that the scriptures teach about Him and knew what role He would take. He is my Savior, and I love Him with all my heart. I serve Him. This is the true church, restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, who layed down his life for the truth. 

I love my mission. it has changed me. I look forward to seeing you all in a short 3 weeks!

Love

Elder Kuehne

p.s. Don't get too excited about pictures. but if there is anything that I can bring for souvenirs, let me know if you have any requests. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

You Must Have Gotten My Travel Itinerary

Dear fam,

You must have gotten my travel itinerary. Bit odd, but 2 days in Manila sounds pretty good! not to mention spending it with Elder D and Elder J. both very hardworking missionaries and personal friends. 

the work here was great this week! everything really seemed to click here, and it's starting to work. We got some new investigators, who have some great potential. everything else is just about the same. Elder P is really changing! he has become more natural in teaching and more hardworking in his work. he's wonderful, and I am blessed to be companions with him. I don't really know what else to say, because nothing else really happened. 

this week, it will be June. after this week, we are BUSY! we have district conference next next week, so that means 3-4 days in Borongan. then we have exchanges, baptismal interviews (A lot, because the zone leaders are the district leader for their district, I am the only one that can interview their candidates, and they are nearly 100% sure that they will have 8 in ONE DAY.) not to mention zone conference on my last week in the mission, in Tacloban. That will make me trunky as can be, I promise you that. 

Love you all

Good luck on your knee mom. Good luck with your calling dad. Good luck with your new empty and boring schedules, Morgan and Tyler.

Elder Kuehne

Monday, May 21, 2018

It's Officially My Last Cycle, My Last Area, My Last Companion, My Last Planner

Dear Fam,

Transfers happened, and believe it or not, I transferred. Elder P and I both transferred to Oras, in Borongan zone. This is a bigger branch then Maydolong, and it has a real meetinghouse, so that was nice. It's a beautiful place here. It's close to the ocean, the houses are all bright colors, we get some great breezes here, it's just beautiful. 

It is also, however, a bit of a struggling area. I say that because the last missionaries really did not take care of this place, and we came in with no area book and no map. So, we are working on it right now. Once again, no time to be trunky, because there's too much going on here. We have to get this area up and going in 5 weeks, so the next missionaries will be able to reap what we sow. It's officially my last cycle, my last area, my last companion, my last planner, it's all too real. The office is emailing me about confirming going-home documents, which is straight evil. we are working hard here, and have seen some good opportunities in this area. The travel is hectic, but the rest is well.

Not a lot of time today, as we are emailing in another area because there is no email in Oras. looking forward to hearing from you all, hope all is well.

Love

Elder Kuehne

Monday, May 7, 2018

That's Easy, I Have That!

Dear Fam,

it's been a pretty hard week. not a lot of success sadly. we do have a new investigator, Tatay N, who is the brother of one of our members. he said that wanted to know the requirements to join the church, so we talked about the gospel. He was funny, because we said, "first, faith in Jesus Christ." he said "that's easy, I have that." next, repentance. "I think I can do that." he was pretty funny, we set an appointment this week. not a lot of investigators have come to church, because they had a holiday in one of the barangays close by. When that happens, even the strongest members may excuse themselves to go to the fiesta. kinda rough, but it feels like all is well so far.

it's going to be a while before we can move, because We haven't found an apartment. we have no signal, and the house is pretty run down. we'll see what happens. 

Just a short one, because I had to take a survey for the church. I'm thinking for the skype, we can do it tomorrow. Filipino time, Tuesday, may 8, at 1:00PM. not sure what time that is in the U.S., but I do want to wish you a happy mothers day in person, so we'll continue the skype. We have to come here anyway in Borongan, so that will work out well. sound good?

Love you all

Elder Kuehne

Monday, April 30, 2018

We Have a Plan for that Though

Dear Fam,

this was a pretty hard week. the work is slowing down a bit, and we have dropped some investigators simply because they haven't been keeping commitments. It's hard to have it happen, but it's happening, and we need to get some new investigators. so far, we really don't have a lot of investigators. we are reaching out more. our 3 best investigators, who should be baptized this week, slipped and broke the word of wisdom, so we had to move the date of baptism for 4 weeks. unfortunately, we had to do it, but it gives them more time to read the scriptures, gain a testimony, and follow the commandments, so it's alright for them. the work is now much slower, and just isn't working as well as before. we have a plan for that though, so no need to be concerned.

Elder P is the best! he's so loving and is really growing in the gospel. The only thing now is he is so shy! but once he gets the hang of speaking Waray, he will get the hang of it. The time will come he will be a leader in the mission. he's power, and I am really enjoying having him around.

I'm doing good right now. the time in Tacloban was great, we learned a lot. now, we just need to apply what we learned. we plan on finding a new apartment as well, so wish us luck with that! for mothers day skype, we pick any day from may 7 to may 13. so, let's all pick a date that We can skype! let me know next week what the best is.

so far, that's really it. 

Love you all

Elder Kuehne

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

2 Nephi 31:20

Dear fam,

This week has been a slow week. We are working on getting some new investigators, and have made some progress with our investigators. firstly, we have the Y family, who were baptized 2 years ago and then went less active. We are working with them. They both said after the lesson, which had the elders quorum president, his wife, the primary president, and another member in it, that they felt they needed to come back to church and trust in the Lords blessings. it was very helpful to have those members in the lesson. without them, they may have felt left out. I am grateful that they helped us. it was a great blessing. other then that, life has been good. 

Elder P has been blossoming. He has been working so hard to accomplish the work, to learn the language, and he is also a scripture master. His scriptures are pretty marked, he's set for anything. it's been a great blessing to have him as a companion. he works hard, and loves the work. 

just a short one. We are in Tacloban for the next few days, which I am so happy about! It's good to be back, even if for a short while. I love the mission. I love you all as well!

Reading the scriptures has made a big difference in my life. I read 2 Nephi 31:20, and then the scripture was elaborated in a recent missionary broadcast. I encourage everyone to read it and see what it says about qualifying for eternal life.

Love you all!

Elder Kuehne

Monday, April 16, 2018

Working Together for the Common Goal

Dear Fam,

Lots happening. We are expecting 3 baptisms on May 6th. we have been working really hard, and have started seeing some blessings in the area. we have been working with the members, and have been getting some good referrals! one is sister N, who's husband is a long time less active. she agreed to a lesson, and we then visited the chapel, the elders quorum presidents house (I got it wrong, we actually don't have any counselors in the branch presidency), and we mentioned it. turns out that after church, we went to our investigators house, and we saw the EQP visiting that less active member, in a real and loving way. it's been so exciting to see all the members coming to the aid of their less active friends. just like a big clock is run by little gears moving together, so does the church work by everyone working together for the common goal.

I have been good! Elder P is a stud, and is committed to exact obedience and working by faith. he speaks Tagalog, which I understand on a first grade level :) and I respond in Waray, which he now understands. I speak in Waray because that helps him improve in his language. so far, he's doing great. We are focusing on the Book of Mormon this week, so we can help him prepare to use the Book of Mormon to answer people's questions. He's also not half bad at cooking and cleaning, so that helps me a lot to learn about those things.

I have been doing great. We go to Guiuan this week for a baptismal interview, then next week, we go to TACLOBAN!!!! so excited to go back to my old zone and area! we have zone conference, and also have our zone interviews there. so, I'm pretty excited!

That's all. Not a lot of time today due to some preparation we have to do. Love you all!

Elder Kuehne