Monday, March 12, 2018

Weekly Email #845,023,716

Dear Fam,

The subject line makes me feel like I was born a missionary 😂😂😂

this week was another good week. We traveled to Ormoc, then Biliran. While there, we got to participate in a groundbreaking for a new chapel in Almeria, Biliran Island. that was such a unique opportunity! the mayor of Almeria was there, and he was so generous in his comments about the good that the church is for the area. It was fun! we also had a great couple trainings. 

We have received a lot of referrals form the members, so we are working so hard to contact them. With our limited schedule, that means we work even when we have little time to do so. Elder J and I are both unified in the decision that we both need to get going! we have been working harder then ever, and we have accomplished so much! we have investigators that are moving fast, and we have more and more that the Lord is bringing to us. My testimony of the "He will lead them to you..." sentence in preach my gospel is true. We decided to focus on our work as assistants. we have been diligent in doing that, and the Lord has rewarded us by supplying us investigators in places I never thought to look. it's so great to have those blessings. I know the Lord is looking out for us, and will reward us for doing the work.

We have 2 zone conferences this week, and then zone interviews in Borongan. That's a pretty far drive. But it's fun. 

Hope all is well at home. Love you all
Elder Kuehne

Monday, March 5, 2018

All is Well Here

Dear Fam,

Really, this was another good week! I have been enjoying my mission, and I have seen those blessings make a big difference in my personal growth. I am really loving my area, my companion, and my district. All is really well here!

F and J are the best investigators! we got to teach them in the institute building last week. We called our assistant ward mission leader a couple days before to find a responsible adult, because we cannot teach 3 girls alone. He couldn't find one, and we were scrambling to know what to do. we then went to the office of the 1st counselor of the mission presidency, and we, kinda sheepishly, asked him if he could help us teach. He accepted willingly!!! we had a great lesson, they stayed for MCM, and then came to church the next day! they are the best! they will make great members; sometimes, I forget they are investigators.

I have really loved being with elder J. He challenges me to push myself to be better, so I am very happy that he is here helping me. I got to say, it's been a roller coaster, but I still enjoy it! We go to Ormoc and Biliran this week for interviews, and we will also be working in Ormoc. Cebuano, so I hope I remember some...............

All is well here, I don't really have a lot to say about this week. We played ball earlier, then cleaned the house. Classic P-day. Life is really good. I'll be taking some pictures this week of our travels, So expect some pictures next week! Until then, Love you all!

Elder Kuehne

Monday, February 26, 2018

If All Men Were Like Captain Moroni, The Very Foundations of Hell Would Shake

Dear Fam,

Today was such a good week! we got to play ball earlier today, and we did our shopping. After we got into the office at noon, We stay here for today because we have to prepare for MLC. we are writing our training. The mission has been a long ride. We are really working to change the culture in Philippines Tacloban Mission. so far, we have seen great changes and miracles here in Tacloban mission. a lot of bad cultures existed here before, but they aren't here anymore. The mission has grown so much. there is so much that I would like to tell you, but unfortunately I don't have the time for that. I'll keep it brief

We have 2 new investigators that we met it at the church with their less active friend. the next day, the less active friend came to church with those 2 new investigators, and they both said that they would like to come back! they are so progressing and curious to know what this church is about. the rest of our investigators are also doing well. We haven't had a lot of time to visit, but we are still doing well with our new companionship. Elder J is the best! He just loves to work and really loves the mission. He's power. 

This week, I have been focusing my personal study towards my investigators. I have read a lot of the war chapters in Alma, and I have learned a lot of lessons from Captain Moroni and his men. the scriptures say that if all men were like Captain Moroni, the very foundations of Hell would shake. I want to be that kind of person, and It is possible to be that person. I know it. That kind of growth is possible and obtainable in this life. 

I miss you all. I hope that all is well at home. Love you!!!
Elder Kuehne


Monday, February 19, 2018

"Knowing is Not Enough, We Must Apply. Willing is Not Enough, We Must Do"

Dear Fam,

This is the big one. Transfer day. With Elder D preparing to go home, I am now the senior assistant. I am so nervous, and I don't Know why!!! I can do all things through Him who strengthens me, so why do I worry? You don't need to answer that, That's a question that I ask my doubts. it really helps. I will be asked to do a lot. But, I can do it. I am also blessed to have a companion that is the best! his name is Elder J, from Zambales, Philippines. He is a convert of maybe 3 years, and was assigned in Palo, my 3rd area. He is so humble, and relies on God for everything. He is also very quick to thank Heavenly Father for everything that happens. Not to mention that he is a persuasive teacher and does well in lessons. He is the perfect assistant. I am glad to be his companion.

Last week was mostly work, with some meetings. Elder D and I decided to keep it simple for his last week, and we spent it working. we visited a lot of members homes in hopes of referrals. we actually got some! and the ward is currently making their ward mission plan, which they haven't done in a while. The work is moving! we met sister J, and her family is all less active. But she is so good and wants to be baptized! we are also preparing to teach the son of sister K, and her niece and nephew. It's a little hard to teach them due to attention span, but they are still progressing and going much faster. we're still working to find new investigators, and we did met some people and got an appointment with them for Saturday. 

when I came in the mission, I had 3 Filipina sister missionaries in my batch. Now, they have all finished their missions and going home. That's just a little reminder to me that My time is coming pretty fast. The mission is so special, because I am on the Lord's errand of teaching the gospel full-time. once I go home, I will be only part-time. 

I have been working hard on reading the Book of Mormon and understanding and applying what it says. one of my favorite quotes is from Bruce Lee, who said "Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do." applying my scripture study in my day has made a big difference. I notice that I am more kind, more generous, and more ready to take on the challenges of the day. I encourage everyone to try it. It really helps me keep my head and stay cool in times of struggle. 

That's all for this week. Love you all, and I am anxious to see what this next cycle will bring.

Love Elder Kuehne

Monday, February 12, 2018

Living the Life!!!!!

Dear fam,

A road trip to Catarman, a conference in Calbayog, A night in the fanciest hotel in Region 8..... That's the week I had. I saw a less active member from Sta. Margarita at the restaurant where we ate. It was so good to see him! we had trainings in Catarman and Calbayog, followed up with the zone conference in Calbayog. we spend the night in Ciriaco, a 4 star hotel next to the beach. Living the life!!!!! after that, we worked. We had a baptism, sister K, who was practically glowing with joy during the service. I had often time been guilty of under planning, of just winging something. I now know that that usually isn't the right thing to do. The baptismal service was rushed, and not many people showed up. that wasn't good. showing love and support to each other, even if we don't know them, even if they aren't in our circle or quorum, is something that Jesus Christ would do, so I need to do it too. I have been expanding my friend circle, allowing others in, and I have gained some great lasting friendships from it. Even missionaries who are hard to love, I have somehow been able to feel love and brotherhood with them. It was a lesson that I am grateful Heavenly Father taught me.

This is Elder D's last week. He is freaking out!!!!! it's understandable though, he has been on a mission for 2 years. He's a little unsure how to move forward. but he can do it

For this week, We are only working. next week is transfers, we'll see what happens

Until next week

Elder Kuehne

Monday, February 5, 2018

When I Go Home, All is Not Done

Dear Fam, 

Last week, we got to work! We went on splits with the Tolosa zone leaders. I went with Elder M, from Oregon. yes Tyler, THAT OREGON. He came in the mission 6 weeks after I did, so we got to go work. We didn't get in a single house for a couple hours. then we decided to visit an active member family. We did, and then got introduced to the sister of the member who is not baptized. She was hesitant to accept a lesson, but we asked her, and she said yes. We asked her that before we come for the lesson, She needs to write down her questions about God, Jesus Christ, religion, and other things like that. She accepted it! then we retaught sister J, who was baptized a couple weeks ago. a simple day, but a great chance to work with the leaders. 

We then gave a training to the Tolosa zone, and followed that up with a ROADTRIP!!!!!! on Friday, we went to Sogod and gave a training. After that, we spent Saturday and Sunday in Hinunangan, in southern Leyte. the Hinunangan district is only 3 years old, and has 2 branches in it. It is the smallest district, by far. they had their district conference, which had as many people as an average sacrament meeting in Tacloban. still, it was great. Some of the highlights were the training from the 1st counselor in the mission president, president Alban. He trained about Alma 13, about how the priesthood members were ordained, trained, and chosen before the world began. It gave me chills. he talked about our divine destiny and the responsibility we have to be worthy. he gave another training about home teaching. As we all know, home teaching is a rough subject to talk about. only 9% of the members did their home teaching. He said "you all need to repent." in the middle of his training. he said it very seriously, and the whole room went completely silent. it was a reminder to me that when I go home, all is not done. It's only beginning.

not a lot more to say. this week, We go to Catarman and Calbayog. When I was assigned in Sta. Margarita, there was a member, Brother E, who worked with the missionaries every day. he was the greatest. Last week, I had to sacred opportunity to take him to the airport so he can go on his mission. He recognized me immediately, and we talked a lot. In addition, brother N came and brought him to Tacloban. He thanked us for our work, thanked me for the blessing I gave him almost a year and a half ago, and then said that when we got to Calbayog, He has a "token" for us. Being around brother N is a blessing by itself. I'm excited to see what will happen there. 

Mom, you ran right by our apartment. It's right before the chapel, coming from the CocaCola. you nailed it. That's not our area, but we spend a lot of time there, so you got it! technology is great. I have been hearing a lot about the super bowl right now. I'm trying my best to not care, but it's not working too well 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂. I'll be there for the next one, don't worry. 

that's about it. I miss you all, and love each one. until next week

Elder Kuehne

Monday, January 29, 2018

Eat, Travel, Eat, Travel, Sleep

Dear Fam, 

we had a good time this week. We traveled to Ormoc, and then Biliran for interviews and trainings. I have never been assigned there, but it looks beautiful! we gave a small training, then ate. the assistants life is eat, travel, eat, travel, sleep. Not complaining though. We still have lots of investigators, and we also get to see the mission more. It's exciting! 

this week, we expect a baptism of sister K. Her dad and mom are active members, and she has been investigating for a really long time. but, she feels her time is now for baptism! she will be interviewed this week. I am so excited for this!!!!

just a small one this week, but I still love you all. Looking forward to next week.

Elder Kuehne