Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Grant's letter- April 11, 2016

Sent: Monday, April 11, 2016 8:20 AM
Subject: Pau 2 :)

And voila,
So I got to see more of our investigators this week! And even find
some new ones too.

Christian, still going go, we moved his date back to the thirtieth
since the chapel is under construction and the font is blocked, and
two he still has a lot more to learn before we can dip him. He is
really a sweet guy though! He came to church and sat by a bunch of
kids and played with them all sacrament. He participated in gospel
principals class, and we chatted during priesthood session(no, we
didn't bother the lesson mom, all the old guys were arguing over
sticks and stones). We are super happy with the progress Christian is
making!

We saw a Tahitian investigator named Mildred, Mildred is the coolest!
She invited us over and we got to hang out with two other potential
investigators named Moe and J(they are a couple). We ate curry and got
to listen to all the Tahitians. Tahitians make the sun shine holy
guacamole they are so happy! Haha, Moe and J want to play sports with
us(volleyball?) this Saturday and Mildred wants us to teach her how to
make a bomb cheese cake(my comp can sing really well and make
incredible food(and I am going to have the stomach to prove it)) We
didn't really get to teach anything but we made contact with all three
of them and may have gotten another potential from one of their other
friends who was there.

We went on exchange this week(photo 2) after zone conference and I
went with Elder Bleak, my old district leader when I was in the
office. He is Chinese speaking and the best missionary ever! During
zone conference we talked about the speaking French
24/7 and we talked more about our mission goal of having each team of
missionaries in the entire mission baptize once this transfer! It's a
pretty lofty goal but I would be supper happy to see it happen!

Pierre, doing really good, we had a lesson and answered the rest of
his questions. Elder Abney invited him to be baptized and he wasn't
super sure if he wanted to. Read a scripture on not delaying getting
baptized and the member that we had with us talked some sense into
Pierre and now Pierre is just waiting to know which day his mom is
coming home from vacation! So that could be really cool, he has been
meeting with the missionaries for three years so, he is a little over
due, kids read through a couple institute manuals! Haha, knows his
stuff.

Found a potential less active? Doesn't much speak French if you know
what I'm saying.

Anywho, first photo is our zone using Skype together "woo more like
tech-no-la-G" it took like an hour to set it all up.

The second photo is of me and elder Bleak on exchange eating the
BIGGEST MACAROONS Y'ALL HAVE EVER SEEN! I literally have never in my
year and a half of living in this French country seen Macaroons that
big! They were sSOOo good! Normally macaroons are a little bit bigger
than a quarter but not theses whoppers!

Avec Amor
Elder Keller

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Letter from Grant - April 4, 2016





Sent: Monday, April 4, 2016 11:47 AM
Subject: Pau :)

Pau is the cutest little ville in the south of France! Honestly it is
incredible! The work is already taking off too! We have about seven
people we see once to twice a week and we have three people with
baptismal dates. One of which is for this Saturday! Pau also is pretty
big for one team of missionaries. They used to have two teams but it's
been a while since then. It is a ward of about eighty people(which is
SWEET for France) and a good portion of the families here love
missionary work. In fact, all of our investigators were either given
to us by Ward members or are currently dating Ward members! AHH, it's
wonderful!

So wonderful I don't even know where to start...

I'll start with Elder Abney, he is from Arizona, loves musical
theatre! In fact, he made it into NYU for musical theatre. In his own
words "not even celebrities get into NYU". He is honestly one of the
funniest people ever! Genuine, kind, and trying to learn French :)
this is his third transfer so I find myself doing much of the talking.
Speaking of talking, our zone leaders have challenged our entire zone
to Only speak in French 24/7. It's amazing. Abney is learning faster
and I am getting some well needed catching up.

Our investigators,

Christian, getting baptized this Saturday, black, loves the church,
has accepted everything we've taught, great guy. Hard to understand
sometimes through is French accent and sometimes he uses African words
I have never heard of.

Pierre, Young student at the university here in Pau(it's a pretty big
university! We live right next to the campus too) he is taking the
institute classes with a member who teaches a whopping three young
adults(we have more but the rest can't make it) and he told us last we
he has received revelation on EVERYTHING he has ever been taught
except for the three kingdoms. Super sweet guy though!

Robertine, showed up at church, wants to be baptized. Cool lady,
didn't make it to general conference but she is fun to work with.

There are some really great families that we are working with. One of
which the wife is one hundred percent Moroccan, Arabic speaker. She is
super cool, she got converted when she was younger and even went on a
mission. I think she is the first Mormon Arabic person I have ever
met. Supper cool. She has great stories of being a missionary (she
tended to take her plaque off and get in fights with other Arabic
people...)

This one family wants us to go up to their outer city and teach all of
their friends! (Not gunna say no!)

Oh, we went to Lourdes today for Pday. Here are some photos. There was like a celebration for
handicap people or something.

we ate at a cute little cafe.

Biggest  cathedral ever. It's built right on top of the place where the little girl saw marry. This cathedral has like four stories where they were all holding mass. We went and saw the little girls preserved remains. Why Catholics keep dead people body parts I have no idea. (Sorry mom I don't know what my hairwas doing)

Avec AMOOOOUR!
Elder Keller :)st apostasy cathedral ever. It's built right on top of the place where the
little girl saw marry. This cathedral has like four stories where they were all
holding mass. We went and saw the little girls preserved remains. Why Catholics
keep dead people body parts I have no idea. (Sorry mom I don't know what my hair
was doing)
Avec AMOOOOUR!
Elder Keller :)Biggest apostasy cathedral ever. It's built right on top of the place where the
little girl saw marry. This cathedral has like four stories where they were all
holding mass. We went and saw the little girls preserved remains. Why Catholics
keep dead people body parts I have no idea. (Sorry mom I don't know what my hair
was doing)
Avec AMOOOOUR!
Elder Keller :)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

trip to India, yes again






































 Love these awesome traveling companions! And Sabby for driving us everywhere.  So grateful for a wonderful host, friend, tour guide, volunteer, mother, therapist (group session :), to share her amazing life with us.  Loved that we had more time this trip and tried new foods and places to eat.  We did a slum tour, which they call the 5 start slum because there are businesses in the slum.  It was nicer than other parts of India we have seen, so not too sure I'd call it a slum, but still very tough living conditions.  We helped Heather teach the blind boys swimming lessons, we got to hang out with the migrant kids at the school, we did an awful lot of shopping this time around, hahaha.  Used the post office to mail some postcards.  Good company, fun times, new perspective having Rachel along with us ; ), came home a smidge sick - all part of the India experience (Only Darcy with appreciate that).  Until next year, right?