Monday, October 5, 2015

October 5th letter from Grant

Sent: Monday, October 5, 2015 5:45 AM
Subject: Nimes week six

Well, this is week six with Elder Connel and week six in Nimes!

    Like normal we helped out Fabrice with his Fence and all went well.

Nothing crazy happened. The raging beasts were to busy foraging to
attack innocent missionaries. Oh, we literally built a gate door. I
have never needed to employ such skills until last tuesday haha. We
talked to Fabrice about coming to church or to Family home evening.
Then we talked about general conference! He said he would think about

    Miguel! OHHH I wish yall could meet Miguel. We contacted him a week
or two ago and we finally got a rondez vous with him. We sat at one of
those classic outdoor French Cafés. Miguel is from Spain and has
Spanish roots. He moved to France for work. He is a street artist. He
makes art on the street and sells it and stuff. He told us that the
French government literally gives him everything he needs to live
apartment, food, food for dogs, the whole deal! So he does what he
loves and thats street art....Anywho, he has talked with and looked
into most religeons. Jehovas whittnesses, catholics, Protestants,
evangelists, muslims, Buddhists, we got a really long explanation from
him but all in all he hasn't looked into our church yet. Sorry, I
digressed again. We were sitting at one of those classic outdoor
French Cafés teaching him the Restoration. I don't know how but he
literally just understood everything. We asked him a couple questions
and it just all made sense to him! He even started expanding on what
we had just taught. Really cool.

    We invited him to go to General Conference with us! :D and he came!
We watched conference at Stephanie's house. Before we started
conference we followed up on the reading assignments that we had left
with Miguel. We asked him to read one chapter but instead he just read
the whole book of Ether! Good stuff. We were half way though
explaining what General Conference is when he started asking why we
needed prophets and stuff. Stephenie and Pujol(two members) tried to
help him understand the importance of a living prophet. I whipped out
Ephesians 4 where it talks about why we need apostles, prophets,
evangilists....up until we are all unified into the same faith. That
quenched his question and we booted up conference. And I kid you not
the Very first talk of Priesthood (I am not one hundred percent sure
why we were watching priesthood but I am not complaining)the first
talk of which was given by Niel L anderson, Niel usses the EXACT same
scripture in Ephesians! Same Verses EVERYTHING! and Miguel turns to me
with a "thats not even possible" look on his face and asks us if we
had already seen this. I responded no and Stephenie jumps out of her
chair and pretty much yells "THATS CALLED MODERN REVELATION!" Things
almost got out of hand. Gautier started dancing while he was sitting
on the couch and Miguel jumped out of his chair and said "thats not
revelation that was a coincidence, stuff like that happens all the
time!!!" and all of the commotion woke up my companion.

    After conference we fixed another Lesson with Miguel for tomorrow. We
talked about what he is looking for in a church and he said that he
thinks the real church of christ would be well known for doing
service. So its a good thing we don't have any programs like that in
the church. We will probably show him a humanitarian video put out by
the church and talk about temples because those make us very
different. I honestly really like this guy! Miguel is fun to teach and
easy too. Matt Bronson must just have the easiest time teaching people
down in Spain ;)

District meetings topic was about speaking in French twenty four
seven. Which is really hard when you have a third transfer companion.
But we have been speaking in French a lot more its funny all of the
little words Elder Connell has been learning. Its been really good for
us both though. This transfer has been interesting conference and
meeting wise. We have been introduced to a ton more rules in the past
couple district meetings and conferences and I feel like thats almost
all they are. I remember having super spiritual conferences that sorta
rejuiced your missionary envie. we fixed a meeting with a less active who lives literally
across the street from a mosques. When we went it happened to be the
same time that all the muslims go to mosques. I was scared out of my
mind. We were surrounded by robes and foreign languages. wow

Turina family. Elder Connell fixed a rondez vous with a Tahitian
couple that just moved into the Branch. We went and worked out with
brother Turina. He also taught us how to box. So that was dope! After
the workout his less active brother in law came over and we got to
teach him. He has a sad testimony. He literally got baptized because
he prayed really hard during a rooster fight and his bird won. So he
got baptized....oh some peoples kids.

Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28 Letter from Grant

Sent: Monday, September 28, 2015 6:58 AM
Subject: Témoignage

Fabrice, we have almost finished his fence, it only has a little bit
left. While we were working on it Elder Connell spooked one of
Fabrices goats. The beast lifted its two front hooves into the air and
with its back feat started hoping up and down. When the miniature
monster was all the way up like that it was easily as tall as my
companion! Haha, Fabrice kept telling elder Connell that he needs to
give the animal a reason to have confidence around you and not scare
it. The animal started jumping towards elder Connell and he cried out
in English "I didn't scare your devil animal it scared me!" I told
Fabrice that Elder Connell was trying to sooth the beast in his native
tongue; he didn't seem to convinced. With Fabrice we talked about
temples and eternal families. It kinda interesting for Fabrice but he
wasn't super excited about it.

Hortense. We finally had a Rondez vous with Hortense, she showed up
thirty minuets late but thats just because shes african. That probably
sounds racist but Africans have no sense of time...Anywho, we brought
Axel to her house and she started talking about how hard life was.
Axel just started testifying about eternal families and how special it
is to have a child. That her child is a gift from god and not a
burden. It was really touching there were tears everywhere.

Daniel, Daniel is an old investigator that the missionaries hadn't
seen in a few years but we made contact with him and helped him cut
his bushes! French people have really strange bushes(feel free to look
them up on line tho) and we helped him cut the tops of the SUPER tall
bushes because Im like 6`2 and he is like 5`5 and a little fluffy
around the midsection. We read Alma 26 with him and talked about how
we need gods help in life. God is pretty awesome.

We moved someone into the ward this week! That was really good! She
doesnt have any kids nor a husband but we are always happy to have new
faces! Stephenie even took us out to eat at a CHinese Buffet! that was

We had a zone conference this week in Aix-en Provence. Elder Adler
from the third quarm of the seventy was there. He challenged us bear
our testimony every day for thirty days and record it! Then we can see
at the end of the month how our testimony has grown :) and our
language skills. Ill attach one of the videos for y'all. I guess y'all
wont know what I'm saying but maybe you'll pick out a couple words :)

We have started working with a less active in the ward called Sandrine
Chapus. We had a Rondez-vous at the church Sunday evening with our Fr
Pujol. She told us about how its hard to come to church due to members
and things that they have said. We explained everything that she needs
to go to the temple. She fixed a goal to go to the Paris Temple when
it opens up and also to work through some problems with other members.
Progress :) She says she still likes to read the Liahona! :) good

This week was better then some of the other ones. I finally feel like
we have everything under our belts and that we know whats going on in
the city. Anywho, hope yall have a great week with lots of chocolate.

Avec amour,
Elder Keller


Saturday, September 26, 2015

september happenings

 Morgan and Lizzy dressed up for a dance party.

My baby sister got married!  They were married in the Logan temple on a very raining fall day, but a beautiful ceremony and fun lunch.

Ethan's turtle that he found at the Kaysville pond.

Went to the EchoSmith and 21 Pilots concert with Morgan, Jennifer and Lexi.  Morgan and I had gotten tickets for our birthdays this summer.

Ethan restrung his lax stick!

Stacey, Jennifer and I volunteered at the chili cook off for the Road Home fundraiser.  We had a blast working together and helping out at the sage restaurant booth.