Monday, July 20, 2015

July 20th letter from grant

Sent: Monday, July 20, 2015 8:45 AM
Subject: Baptism of Patrick!!

Wahoo! He made it to the font! We had a whirl this week while we were working with Patrick! but by Saturday he was ready. He wanted brother Pascalin to baptize him and honestly that was the coolest thing ever! Two years ago Pascalin had a tumor in his back and couldn't walk. After two years of rehabilitation he has been able to walk slowly and with a limp. What was really cool to see was Pascaling lifting Patrick out of the water :) The members here are so awesome! I am so glad that we have such fantastic people to help us bring Patrick to the waters of baptism!

I wont go through in detail but we spent almost every day this week working with Patrick! Oh, transfer calls  came and I am doing a Forth in Rodez! Yes a forth transfer! By the end of this transfer I will have spent one quarter of my mission in Rodez.

oh, I also forgot to tell yall that each Sunday for the past twelve or thirteen weeks we have been teaching a boy from a part member family. Mathias! Mathias is going to be baptized on the first of august by his papa! We are really excited for Mathias, he has had a really hard life up to now. He was going to get baptized when he was eight but he got ran over by a tractor of some sorts and was hospitalized for almost half a year. By the time he got out he could barely walk. He started asking questions like "why did god do this to me" and " why do bad things happen". A little while later the family moved up to Rodez to try and make a fresh start. We started working with Mathias and because he is now almost ten we got to teach him! He still asked those hard questions and I am happy to say that he has grown up a lot! He has found answers to those questions. :) His parents obviously did most the work! I don't want to steel their thunder, but I did enjoy every second that we got to help Mathias and teach him!

I hope that you all have a great week! we are at a cyber café so when we get wifi I will send all of the photos of Patricks baptism and some of mathias!

I love you all and hope that everyone is doing just dandy!

love, elder Keller!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Grant's letter July 13, 2015

Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 9:26 AM
Subject: Voila, sa famille

So, we spent almost five days this week in Toulouse....not in our
sector. But don't go thinking that Elder Pitsy and I are apostate! Oh
contraire! We had our zone P-day in Toulouse so we spent all of Monday
bowling and hitting up all the big stores in Toulouse while checking
out some of the collage campus down there! They have an international
business school that teaches are their classes in english!

Tuesday we did our First exchange with the zone leaders. I came up to
Rodez with elder Sorenson, we taught Patrick and Madame Gil both in

the same day! haha, it was pretty fun.
Wednesday Sorenson and I did a little bit of proselyting before
heading back down to Toulouse to get ready for our First Zone
conference with President Brown which was held on Thursday!

We were all sitting in the chapel when President Brown walked in he
had his wife present first :P then they showed a slide show of their
family! When President Brown spoke he spoke on Genealogy and the new
temples being built in Europe! He told us about a really cool
experience that he had with his genealogy! I didn't think much of the
story, it was cute and was really cool that the spirit of Elijah had
worked through him before the he entered the mission field. But while
he was giving his testimony on Geneology, Missionary work, and
Temples, I had this distinct almost indescribable feeling that he was
my next mission president. It was strange. I didnt have this feeling
when I first met President Roney but after first meeting president
Roney I honestly would have done anything he had asked me to do. But
this feeling I had must have been the spirit.

During my interview with President Brown, Honestly, he felt like he
was a Blue(french version of greenie). I am not trying to be mean but
it was not even close to the interviews that I had had with President
Roney. But during the whole interview I kept thinking back to the
feeling that I had had when he was giving his testimony and it hit me.
I think the spirit knew that I was going to be too judging of
President Brown so the spirit gave me enough push to trust him, to put
my confidence that he will lead this mission in the direction it needs
to go. Something I learned during our conference was that President
Brown seeks the spirit often in his day to day work. I feel kinda bad
saying all this but its the truth of what I thought. However, after
all of it happened I have faith in President Brown leading this
mission in the right direction :)

We drove to Albi with the Albi elders Thursday night and spent the
night there. Friday morning rolled around and Elder Pittsy went to do
his legality at Albi. Friday night we were in Rodez and got to see
Patrick and OH BOY did things happen while we were gone. Patrick has
had his nephew and his nephews girl friend living with him in his
spare bedroom. Well, Patrick found out that his nephew was growing
drugs(it only has one leaf on it...we don't know what kind of plant it
is yet. His cousin kept saying it was a flower) in Patricks apartment.
Big NO NO. Patrick gave his nephew 10 minuets to pack and then he had
to leave! During one of their arguments however the nephew pushed
patrick. So patrick called his sister and his brother to his house.
They showed up and all three of them got the nephew out of the
apartment.

This mess has really put patrick on edge. Its been a hard week for
him. The nephew went and called all of the rest of the family and told
them that Patrick had lied about the whole thing and pushed the nephew
first. So now Patrick has everyone but his sister and brother against
him. When we were talking with Patrick about the whole thing he kept
telling us that he felt like his house was contaminated and that it
made him feel uncomfortable. We offered and then had a blessing on the
house! Patrick really felt the spirit there! that was a really special
experience.

We went over to Patricks again Sunday evening and his sister came by
to talk about what had happened between him and the nephew. They began
discussing what Patrick was going to do with the drug plants in his
apartment. Turn out Patrick had left the plants on his back patio and
was going to bring them to the police and have them analyze it then
bring the police to his apartment to look for more drugs. His sister
was really scared. (turns out like half of Patricks family lives in
the same building...) Patrick had, at this point, talked himself up
into a fit and started spouting off about how he doesn't care if the
rest of the family ever comes around to liking him again. He was done
with them telling him that he needed to house the nephew and then all
the other problems the nephew had caused Patrick.

In wanting to defuse the whole situation we shared a message about the
family and how it is the most important piece of our lives and that it
is a gift from god. That we want to live forever with our family and
that we should always try to fix our family relationships. At the end
of our message we challenged him to pray about if he needed to go to
the police and involve them in the whole dispute. The next morning we
got a text saying that he had decided to give the plants back to his
nephew and not go to the police. I am not saying we solved the problem
and I am not saying that Patrick would have been wrong to go to the
police. I just hope that we did the right thing and that he can still
have good relations with his family.

That was our week! We joked that we were on vacation in Toulouse haha.
Patrick still plans on being baptized on Saturday! :) Your prayers are
always welcome! Thank you all!




Avec amour,
Elder Keller

this is a timelaps that I took on my Ipad of Patrick teaching us how
to make Ratetoui!





Sunday, July 12, 2015

Happy Birthday Betsy!

 We've loved having our cousins stay with us this past weekend.  Good times.  We even got to celebrate Betsy's birthday with her!








Friday, July 10, 2015

Lagoon with cousins

Loved seeing our Idaho cousins and hanging out at Lagoon with them.  Luke and Ethan took off first thing and headed to the new Cannibal ride!  They loved it even though they had to wait in line for an hour.
















Tuesday, July 7, 2015

4th of July Activities

 

July 2nd we swam at Grandma and Papa's (well Ana swam with the cousins) and we BBQ'd, then the cousins came home with us to sleep over.  By then it was 10pm and we had to kick Ethan and Victor off of the xbox - after 9 1/2 hours of play time, so much for playing from 1-4pm : (

They rented Paddington and watched it then went to bed :).  The next day we got jobs done and the kids had a Movie watching afternoon!  Then we got some ice block and the kids made a slip n' slide in the backyard and had Popsicles.    That night we grilled dinner with Tricia, Justin and Nash and then watched the NSL fireworks from our driveway!  We still saw a lot of fireworks and didn't have to jostle with the crowds.  Victor and Morgan went over and watched them with friends at the golf course.  Then we watched one of the xmen movies.  Late nights!

Saturday we were up to get Ana to the parade and food to the neighborhood breakfast.  Morgan was the only one who ate there, Troy and I grabbed breakfast at Paradise Bakery and then watched Ana tumble with her Fuzion tumbling team in the parade!  She was darling as usual.  Happy 4th!  So grateful to live and worship in America.  We are very blessed.