Monday, January 15, 2018

If We Look, and Trust in Him, Then We Can do Anything

Dear Fam,

Transfers came and went. Elder D and I are companions for his last cycle here! He goes home in February, so I will be working with him and making sure he doesn't go lazy on us :) He's the best. 

This cycle is going to be absolutely insane! last week was transfers, which was hard. we have 4 new elders in the mission. all studs. the day after transfers, we went to Sogod zone in the south and did some apartment checks, had some interviews, and attended district conference there. We spent 3 days in Maasin. now It's MLC, and after that, We immediately start doing trainings for interviews. It's all kinds of busy!

I have been having a hard time figuring out how I can do all the work that has been given me. President Argana gave me an answer during a training at district conference. He talked about Jesus Christ walking on the water. All the apostles marveled and feared, but out of those feelings, Peter asked if he could come to the Master. Everyone knows that walking on water is impossible, but Peter must have thought that if the Master can do it, then He can give the power to do it as well. Peter received the invitation to go to Jesus, and he started walking on the water. As long as he was looking at Jesus, he could do it. When he started looking at the storms, waves, and thunder, he lost his ability and sank. If we only look around at the trials, then we will sink. If we look at the Master, Jesus Christ, and trust in Him, then we can do anything. that was a big help to me, and it has made me feel more confident.

Congrats to Dad on being ordained. I figured half the congregation would have opposed, but I guess not :) it's the Lord preparing you for future assignments. Wish I could have been there. Happy to know that everyone is still ok. Braces are easy Ty. Just make Dad buy Jamba juice. 

Email time has now been reduced to one hour. that means my emails will be shorter. Bear with me, please!

Love,

Elder Kuehne






Wednesday, January 10, 2018

All I Can Do is Live a Worthy Life

Dear Fam,

this week was great! We had a baptism! brother J was baptized and confirmed this last week! If we taught him a commandment, He started living it right away. He also reads the Book of Mormon very quickly and understands what it teaches. He is a great young man, and a fine member. We are also preparing 5 people for baptism on January 27! I really hope that this happens. 

We have been working with President Argana all week. This week is transfer week! We're not sure if Elder D will transfer. This is his last transfer, so he may be assigned in a different area. Not sure. But there will be big changes in the mission. we'll see what happens there in a little while. tomorrow, We announce the transfers. 

Happy new year! that was the last new year I will have in the mission field. The time is far spent, there is little remaining! 😂😂😂

Life is good in the mission field. We worked out some misunderstandings with the office elders, and now we are all best friends. the mission is going much smoother. I figured out that the mission is more effective, missionaries are more obedient, the work goes faster, the numbers are higher, if missionaries love their companions. if they love the Lord, then they will be perfectly obedient and work much faster to spread the gospel. I love my Heavenly Father. He has given me so much that I can't even hope to repay Him for His love. All I can do is try to live a worthy life, follow His commandments, and help His children, on both sides of the veil, receive the gospel. It's been such a good experience sharing the gospel, and I know that A lot of people are counting on it. We have spent some more time working with members, because Members are so key to our work! Working with members means a lot more truly interested people who already have a friend in the church that makes them feel more comfortable. We are all enlisted in this work, and everyone can make a difference, even if it's just a small one. 

All is well in zion? I miss the Utah weather, mostly because I am sweating everywhere I go here. I expect to hear a good report from everyone!!!! 

I love you so much, I miss you, see you next week
Elder Kuehne

Monday, January 1, 2018

It's More Fulfilling to be Obedient

Dear Fam,

Merry Christmas everyone! the birth of the Savior is always a blessing to experience. This Christmas, I spent some more time reading about Jesus Christ and his birth. I gained a greater testimony of the truth of His life then ever before. Jesus of Nazareth was born, He is the Messiah, He is the redeemer of all mankind, He is the king of kings and lord of lords. Many people I have met say that Jesus Christ was only a man and not divine. I want to bear my firm testimony that Jesus Christ is the son of God. He was Jehovah before his earthly life, He was the son of God during his earthly life, and He is now the Risen lord of us all. He did mighty miracles, taught the doctrines of the kingdom, and prepared the way for us all to come back to Him.

Last week, We visited the Catarman and Catbalogan Zones, and gave a training in each one of them. I have many personal friends in those zones, and It was a great opportunity to see them there. however, this week also had some low points. long story short, We have 8 missionaries in our apartment right now. They broke some rules, and they are now here until Transfer week. It's been so hard.  but, we are doing the best we can to work with them and help them get back into the work. Because of that, Our teaching has been very limited. we are trying to do some more this week. We are also expecting a baptism this week. Brother J will be baptized! he's ready, we just need an interview and one more lesson. We are confident that he can do it!

I have been reading the scriptures for a long time now, But I have gained more out of them in the last 2 months then any other time before. They are coming alive to me! I have been changing myself to better fit with the gospel and become more Christlike. I have felt a huge weight off my shoulders, and I feel a lot lighter. It's easier to be natural and more exciting to share the gospel. It's also easier and more fulfilling to be obedient. We obey because it's really the only logical thing to do. If God gives a commandment, and we don't do it, We don't gain anything from it.

New years was just another day. No fireworks, No big celebrations near our house. Just chillin. President Invited us for lunch, so that was good. other then that, just another day.

I hope everyone is happy and enjoying the new year. This is my last new years in the mission, so here we go!

Till next week

Love,

Elder Kuehne
p.s. the star wars reference is a low-blow. That hurts.









 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Skype

Dear Family,

I am going to skype today. I know it's last minute, but president took us to Ormoc yesterday morning. I will skype in 45 minutes. We aren't allowed to use google hangouts mama 🙁. only skype is authorized. can you please send me the login and password for the skype? love you! see you all in 45 minutes!
 
 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

If We are Prepared, We Need Not Fear

Dear Fam,

Well, you probably know what has been happening around here. the first typhoon, Typhoon Urduja, really forced us to hunker down for the last couple days. We haven't proselyted since Wednesday. On Saturday, We set up a command center in the Mission Office, and we were the main callers to check up on all the areas. That was pretty rough. The majority of apartments flooded (thankfully not ours) and lots of missionaries had to leave their area to a safer area. All the Chapels were being used for people in the boundaries who's houses have flooded. Not going to lie, I opened Grandma's christmas package early, and lots of the candy was given to the members who slept in the chapel. Biliran Island, which has 12 missionaries on it, is completely isolated, because the bridge broke. We'll be getting them out later today. now, that sounds fun and all, but as Billy Mays always said: "BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!!!!!!" this second typhoon is still far away, and it's already 3 times stronger then the one that hit. It will only get stronger as it gets closer to the mission. I'm pretty stoked. 

This week has been a pretty humbling week. I cannot do a thing to change the weather, But I can change how I react to it. I can fear, or I can have faith. They are polar opposites. We can panic, or we can prepare. one cancels out the other. if we are prepared, we need not fear. 

Other then that, all is well. Sacrament attendance was really good despite the circumstances. Everyone here is happy despite the circumstances. Life is pretty good here. My trainer, Elder D, emailed me this week, and he's getting married next year! Not trunky, but it's exciting! We got to do a CSP earlier today for a house that somehow lite on fire. we cleaned it out. 

All is well. I love you all, and I sent an email earlier about the new time for the skype. sorry about that! I am excited for this week! 

I feel your prayers. Thank you so much for sending them.

Love,

Elder Kuehne












 
 
 
 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Chaos

Dear Family,

Things here are a little bit crazy. The Hurricane here is causing all kinds of chaos, so I was unable to skype today due to the workload. Lots of Missionaries need our help. We will reschedule the skype to December 22, at 10:00AM. I am so sorry about this, it was just earlier today that we realized we aren't able to skype today. In addition, Elder D can't skype today anyway, so we don't want him to be left out 😂. Mom, Please send me the information of the skype account that I will use so that I can jump on the computer immediately on December 22.

Love you All

Elder Kuehne

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It was a Very Special Week

Dear Fam,

Last week was nothing more then a bunch of trainings, madness, and occasionally, teaching lessons. We taught the mission leaders conference, and also taught the district leaders in their own conference. We are focusing on the area book, which is a giant folder containing the teaching information about all the investigators in the area. Some people don't update it, and that is a big issue if they don't. Well, we found out that a lot of missionaries are not. Patay. lots of work to do helping the missionaries increase their work and stride. We'll figure it out.... Eventually 😂

So this week, We visited brother J. He's a new investigator, and wants to be baptized. he says it's because he came to play basketball at the church, and he felt peace in his heart. We taught him the word of wisdom, and he said that he isn't following it, but he will starting right now. complete goosebumps. he's our most progressing investigator. We also visited sister J, who is married to an active member. We extended a baptismal date of December 23, and she burst into tears. She said that her daughter, also a member, has been trying for a long time to get her baptized, and she always recommends that her mom gets baptized December 23! We never knew that, we barely know the family. But Heavenly Father knows her, and extended that information to us through the spirit. That can't be explained any other way. we are aiming for a White Christmas.

Being happy is pretty easy. President Argana asked me into his office, and then had a quick interview with me. He counseled me on comparing myself to others, which I do. I won't say the exact things he said, but I do know that, once again, that information was not from him. It was from the Lord, who told President Argana so he could help me. it was a very special week.

This week, we travel all over the place for interviews, and spend the weekend in Sogod, in the southern part of the mission. Wish me luck there. I haven't yet received the turkey recipe, is it possible to send that next week so that president Argana can buy the things we need? thank you so much

Now, the news.... I will skype December 18, 2017 at 10:00AM Manila time. I'm not sure what time that is in Bountiful, but the internet is pretty smart!! Can I please have the skype information sent to me so that I can have the login and password so that this will be a little bit smoother? thank you so much! I AM SO EXCITED FOR SKYPE!!! ​​​​​​

See you 

Elder Kuehne