Monday, June 27, 2016

letter from Grant - June 27, 2016

Sent: Monday, June 27, 2016 12:08 PM
Subject: Genève Week One

So the work here is doing incredible! We have three people lined up
for baptism already.

Ali, Armenian who was referred to us by a less active. The
missionaries went to his house and after having taught him a good
while he stopped progressing so the missionaries just taught his
daughters and they both got baptized and now Ali wants to get baptized
too! So we are working with him as well as his wife. Ali is trying to
quit smoking but he doesn't seem to try a lot.

Serge, from the Congo and has an adorable family with two kids. Serge
has really flipped his life around since he met the missionaries. He
requested a Book of Mormon on line and then the missionaries showed up
and just started teaching. He said he would listen but didn't want to
go to church or anything. Our last lesson he told us that he will do
anything to get baptized. He has such a huge desire to have God in his
life. It's truly wonderful. He even said that after he gets baptized
that his wife will look into the church. It would be really cool to
baptize a whole family even if it's one at a time.

I haven't yet met our other investigator with a date. But if you want
to pray for her her name is Julian. She is dating a member so that's
probably where all of her time is going.

My new companions. Elder Wade, I hope the name sounds familiar to you
because it didn't to me :P Elder Jesse Wade is going to be starting
point guard for Gonzaga when he gets off of his mission. He is really
cool, we bro out all the time and he is a really good missionary.
Like, he just has a lot of people skills and so for him talking to
people and really just teaching people takes zero effort. He is a very
diligent very obedient missionary as well. I am really looking forward
to the rest of this transfer.

Elder Lutu is my other companion. He is a Samoan from Boise Idaho.
Might play football in college. Elder Lutu is on his fourth transfer
so he is still pretty young and doesn't speak French super well yet.
He is super fun though, great guy with a big heart. He has his head on
straight so we all work well together.

This week we drove down to Annecy to do a baptismal interview. I
interviewed a very prepared man who is on his way to the salt lake
temple to get sealed this upcoming year with his spouse. It always is
a pleasure to peak into the work of the lord in sectors other than
your own.

Anywho, Swiss is incredible! Fun fact! In Swiss French they have
different words for the numbers seventy and ninety in French French :)
that has been driving me off the walls! Haha, people either don't
understand what I say or I don't understand what they are saying. That
and when we went to church this last week people either assume that I
am German(Keller means cave or cellar in German) and because everyone
in Swiss speaks like five languages they all HAVE to ask me :) it's
pretty funny. Oh, and people, if they listen to me speak first, assume
I am native French :P I can't fool a Frenchy with my French accent but
I can fool a Swissy! I think we had five people at church not realize
I was a American or comment on my accent.

Something SUPER SUPER COOL about Geneva and the Kellers. If you look
back on our genealogy on Grandpa Kellers side of things we have an
ancestor name Serge Louis Ballif who was the First missionary to come
and open up the city of Geneva for missionary work and then years
later be the missionary president of this mission! He has a big ol
plaque dedicated to him in the Geneva chapel where we go to church
every Sunday! I took a picture of it :) It really is so amazing to
think that I am serving, walking, and teaching the gospel on the very
same streets as Serge! Maybe it sounds silly but it gives me a
reinvigorated drive to go out and just preach to everyone in Geneva.
It also seems to give Geneva a homely feel. Like, my ancestors used to
live and serve here before immigrating to Salt Lake. I don't know how
to explain it, but it gives me butterfly's in my stomach and makes me
more than proud to be here :)

Avec amour,
Elder Keller

 Elder Wade was on the phone so we took a picture of us on the Biggest building in all of Europe :)

Me next to Serge's plaque.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Letter from Grant - June 6, 2016 (no letter last week, so I'm not looking for it later :)

Sent: Monday, June 6, 2016 7:46 AM
Subject: Robertine

I'm just going to start out with the best, Robertine's did get
baptized! And all in the same  week her daughter got out of the
hospital (she was suffering from some rare blood disease in Africa but
will soon be coming to France to live with her mother :) and she made
it into her cooking school! They only take seven or eight students a
year and it's held up in Bordeux. Apparently to test in they sit you
down in a kitchen, they give you a recipe, all the ingredients you
need and tell you to make it. You have to finish the dish within a
certain time and it has to meet certain qualifications and then they
judge your plate with everyone else's. You do this multiple times
until the judges have weeded everybody out! Haha, kinda bonkers but
what can you do?  She now has to read some thousand page book on
cuisine and memorize a bunch of cooking faux pas and must do's.

Pierre is doing good, skipped institute this week but that's because
he was also in Bordeux for something.

Yoland, fixed a baptismal date, needs a job to support herself. She is
progressing great in the gospel, she has been understanding
everything! She even brought her sister to church with her so that was
fantastic because we are teaching both of them together.

The Jumelles. Jumelles is the French word for twins. This week while
contacting my companion and the zone leader taught some 24 year old
Jumelle girls who are surprisingly interested in the gospel. I met
with them Friday with my companion Elder Orr. They have TONS of
questions because they have a friend in Utah who just got her mission
call and they want to know like everything about us. Fingers crossed
we can get them to church to meet all of the young adults :)

What else do y'all want to know? I bought a new pair of pants today? I
really like French pants :) they are TIGHT!

Avec Amour
Elder Keller

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 2016 Happenings

 more rain, another turtle, nails done with Morgan, Christian Prom with Hayden and dinner in our back yard, skype with Grant for Mothers Day :), trip to Pennsylvania to see Mike's family, John Wait concert with Troy, Ana award for doing well in Math, Morgan and Ethan Orchestra Concert, more rain - three weeks on and off in May and two weeks the pool flooded down the steps into the pond and the pond came up past the fence, this month really wore Troy out!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

grant's letter - May 23, 2016

Sent: Monday, May 23, 2016 12:33 PM
Subject: I ate a marvelous. It was okay.

Sorry, we just got back from doing service, I am a sweaty mess  and
can't think of what to even write about for this week. :P anywho, just
ate a pastry called a merveilleiu or translated a "marvelous". It was
just really sugary. "Surly mad decent" as the kids are saying these

Everyone is doing well, we are seeing a Tahitian family tomorrow to
talk about the baptism of their ten year old daughter. The family was
in Iraq or something crazy like that for the past few years and so she
never had the chance to get baptized at eight. So we get to teach her.
Children are always fun to teach. Sometimes I wonder if we would be
doing better work out finding new people or even spending time with
our other investigators.

We ate at a members house this last Sunday and it turns out that Elder
Orr fed their son while he was on his mission. The family got a kick
out of that and just loved him.  They are a fascinating family. She
was Muslim to the core until about twenty. Read the Book of Mormon
twice in two weeks and upon reading it the second time prayed over the
promise given by Moroni and she felt something. She said it was the
most uniquely strange thing ever. She told us that it made her scared
because her religion teaches that there are sorceries in the word that
can cause you pain. She asked the missionaries what it was. They
explained, she asked  what she needed to do next, they told her to get
baptized. She stepped into the font a few weeks later after heavy
persecution from her entire family. Incredible.

I have come to learn that the lord rarely gives us more spiritual
witnesses than we need. Some will be bigger than others. Sometimes we
have to go for a while without seeing any, trusting all the way that
what we felt in the past is still the same. I often think back to the
most spiritually illuminating moment of my life, it's been a while
since I have felt like that, but remembering and pondering over it
reminds me of the personal love my Heavenly Father has for me; and all
of his other children. I love you all and wish you a great week. :)

Avec amour,
Elder Keller

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Grant's letter - May 18, 2016

Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 8:11 AM
Subject: Re: More Pau

Had a solid week, it rained all week so we spent more time then normal
going door to door. We knocked on a lot of doors in our own
neighborhood and surprisingly, the sister got there first! Haha, we
talked to a good dozen people who had already talked to the sisters
and thought they were absolutely adorable! Haha, so there is that.

Robertine was doing really well, saw her three times this week and
have everything going great for her baptism on the fourth. However,
our last rendez-vous with her she expressed her sadness for her
daughter who will be going into surgery in Madagascar. It's really
unfortunate that she can't be there. She wants everything to go well
so we have been praying lots for the both of them. Robertine moved to
France, got married, divorced, and has been working here to support
her daughter in Madagascar. She is living pretty rough but we love her
a lot. The Ward has been great in getting members to our appointments
with her. She knows a good bunch of people now.

Pierre fixed a date for the 23 of July. It's a ways out but he seems
fixed on it. His mom will fly out that day or in the month of August.
Fingers crossed she makes it out in July. He wouldn't see us this week
because his girl is in town... :/ she is an active member in Toulouse
and even came to church twice but she sucks up all of his time! Haha,
I am starting to better understand how my parents feel about my
relationships :P

Elder Orr and I came to the conclusion that Pau(pronounced P-oh) is
one of the most underrated cities. Everyone thinks that it's like a
struggling branch out in the middle of a forest but it has a
prospering Ward and wonderfully strong members with a lot of
potential. We are going to try really hard to find some new people as
well as change this city forever :)

Avec amour,
Elder Keller

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

letter from Grant May 10th, 2016

Grant Keller  Today at 12:17 PM

Well, the night before we got calls we all made guesses as to where we were going to get called to. I may have prophesied that Elder Abney would go to Vitrolles. And now look where he is! Should have just guessed that he would be staying.

We had a really solid week. We ate steak patties with cooked potatoes for district meeting.
Apperently there was salad. Hmm.
A really sweet member took us out to eat Moroccan food at a Moroccan buffet. Lots of couscous and lots of curry. It was good! The main dishes were really interesting. The deserts were not worth it. They were either dried fruit or covered in honey. Voila.


We also ate some really good sushi with Mildred! She is the best! Even if she did show up two hours late. I think that sushi was the best I have ever had! Haha and the lady even wanted to know more about the church so we gave her a card and asked her to call us :)


We also got to eat a goodbye dinner at the leungs house. NEMS!!!


Well, yeah. I said goodbye to Elder Abney yesterday. :( He was probably my most favorite companion. We just got a long really well. Had a good time. Baptized and taught really well together.

Et ouai.

Avec amour,
Elder Keller

Time for a break.