Monday, August 31, 2015

Aug 30 letter from Grant

Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 2:26 PM
Subject: Nime

This week was Fantastic! We got to see David and Emily before I left.
They made us tacos :) well, kinda, they were still somehow very
french. So David really wants to live in america and he usually talks
about moving to Las Vegas, California, New York, or Texas. But he kept
throwing in Salt lake to his collection. I didn't realize the
significance of this until he asked when Noah, their 4 year old son
that loves spider man, could be baptized. A little surprised we asked
them what they were thinking about Noah being baptized. Davids
response was that four years before his dad passed away they stopped
talking for a silly reason. David in return wants to baptize his dad
since his dad was never baptized and because he still wants to have a
relationship with his father. And in turn they said they had thought
about it and they want to be baptized! OH, we were soooo pumped. So
proud of them :) David drove us home that night and I gave him one of
my ties :) he hates ties. hahaha but accepted the gift and said "see
you in america brother" Oh I love this family so much!

When we said good bye to Patrick he just cried and cried. Oh, between
him, sister Gil, and David this was a really emotional week.

Mathias. We were playing around at church and half way through uno he
ran into one of the other rooms. After a while he ran into his dads
office (his dad being the branch president) and a few minuets later
Fr.Bernardi called me into his office(this being the dad of Mathias).
When I walked in Mathias was balling in one of the chairs. His dad
explained that Mathias has grown really attached to me and doesn't
want me to leave Rodez. After all of the other emotional leaving
ceremonies this week it looked like I still had one more heart string
to stretch. We made Mathias an email account so that he could email
me. Love that family. That is a family I never want to forget.

I got transferred to Nime. Its a not far from the beach so its WAYYY
more humid here then in the hills of Rodez. I think its bigger. Not
sure yet. After about 10 minuets of being in our sector we got a call
from a less active who needs help moving. We hauled a fridge up 4
flights of stairs only to find out that it doesn't fit through the
door. Donk, we brought the fridge all the way back down....So, thats
why this letter is coming in late. I haven't eaten lunch or dinner yet
but I thought I would get my weekly off today. Tomorrow when we finish
unpacking and getting camp set up I will send personal letters to
Y'all! In any case, Nime is really pretty, I really like it! Oh, and
there is a TON of ancient roman structures that no one thought to
clean up. So, we have a plenty of naked statues of Gods and
gladiators; but what really takes the cheese is the Colosseum!
Apparently the have bull fights in it still!!!!!!! P-DAY BULL FIGHTS!
hahaha, we will see. 

My new comp is named Elder Connel! He is from
south Carolina and fits the part. He is kinda like a southern version
of Jack Black. Except instead of being in a metal band he free style
raps. Yeahh, there was a video the zone leaders were circulating of
ELder Connel when he first got in to the mish of him free style
rapping. He tells me that he can pick up investigators by rapping
but....we will see.
I am excited to have him though. He wants to work and that's all I can
really ask for. He is in his third transfer however. So I will be
doing a lot more talking since he doesn't really speak French yet.
Joy.

Sorry, its really jumpy.
Love you all.



Avec amour,
Elder Keller

Monday, August 24, 2015

august 24th letter from Grant



























Sent: Monday, August 24, 2015 10:40 AM
Subject: voila; voilà?

Well, I would say that this week was boring in comparison to other
weeks. We contacted a lot. Hung out with members. Just, missionary
work all week. Oh, Monday of last week we decided to go visit a
neighboring city with our recent convert Patrick. Patrick was going to
drive us the hour there; what a nice guy! Props to whoever baptized
him. While Elder Pittsy and I were waiting for Patrick we ran into
August, our super member, and he said he was on his way to get his
phone fixed. I asked him what was wrong with it. He said that he
couldnt receive messages  from someone... I asked him if I could look
at it and after inspecting the phone for a little bit I figured out
what was stopping the messages from coming through. When I Unblocked
his phone the phone received a Title Wave of Messages from someone
named Carol. I shouldn't have looked at his messages I know. But I am
still a 19 year old boy and so I read the first couple. Turns out
August is in a pretty serious relationship with a member in one of the
neighboring branches named Carol :)  He hasn't told anyone about it
but we know now :) He said that he was going to pay like 50 bucks to
have his phone looked at but since we saved him 50 bucks he would just
come along with us! So we drove to Millau with Patrick and August! It
was a blast! We talked about Augusts love life for like ever! Millau
is pretty cool. It has the biggest bridge in Europe! The city itself
is tiny, smaller then Rodez. Still super sweet to see tho!

This week with David and Emily we brought August. August also wants to
learn English so we talked in English for a while. We then started to
read in the Liahona in English and David just went off asking
Questions. It was great! We eventually started talking about the
temple and all of the Amazing stuff that goes on there! Emily seemed
to really like it! She thought it was cool that we had ordinances
after baptism! David, like usual, was in business man mode and kept
his poker face on while he tried to ask really difficult questions.
One of which was why women cant baptize. We gave him the whole sshpeal
but Im not quiet sure he understands. August really was a huge help!
Having someone who can respond perfectly in French and just be soooo
Funnnny all at the same time is great.

Augustina is doing good. We got to see one of her grand children this
week! Man she spoils that little kid. He ate some High Class baby
food. And had Pudding for dessert! Im sure Grandma never fed me like
that ;) If I remember right Aung Peggy just gave me Orange Soda right?
haha Anywasy, Augustina is continuing to prepare for the temple. We
have her, Patrick, and one other lady in the Branch all planning on
going to the temple when the Paris Temple opens! Super Exciting! They
can all hold each other accountable. Its cool to see the branch grow
so much in the few months that I have been here. The branch really has
a Backbone now. They have plenty of support and can really just grow
now!

Joy was being super elusive this week. We tried to stop by after
calling but we just got her strange neighbors to come out.

We helped Kharim move out. Kharim is this super dope Muslim guy that
lives down the street from us. He has really high standards. LIke, he
keeps all of our commandments and then some. So he really likes to
have the missionaries come over for dinner. We would teach him but he
always made it clear that he could never convert. On tout cas, we
helped him move out. Forever....Tear.

We tried to get Marité to accept going with everyone to the temple in
a year and she said she would try! So she just needs to stop smoking
and all will work out. We worry about her though. She goes out to
clubs with some of her work friends every other Friday night.... not
the best way to use your free agency. She says she feels really judged
by the other members at church because she has to take smoke breaks.
We will keep working with her.

Anyways, I love you all, and remembre. Vous avez bien traduis cette phrase

Avec amour,
Elder Keller

Monday, August 17, 2015

August 17th letter from Grant

Subject: aucune objet

The week started out with us visiting David and Emily on Tuesday and
teaching David english. They are doing well. They said they probably
wont go to church until the baby comes but it is something that they
want to do. They asked some interesting questions this week. They
asked about american religions and if the Mormons are respected in
America. Of course we told them yes, it just makes me curious as to if
they are searching for a religion. Often they tell us that they are
just fine and aren't looking for a religion but as we got talking with
them we found at that both of their parents were religious and with a
young family and all. On plus they have already investigated the
jewish religion and one or two other christian religions.
We hope to bring our super member August Pascalin over tomorrow so
that they can see that we have normal members! haha they live right
next to one of our less actives and she just talks deep doctrine
around everyone. It really is not good for the work.

Patrick. For Patrick we spent a good chunk of wednesday with him. The
oppression for him just doesn't seem to stop. We read about iniquities
and thats been his favorite word to use to describe his latest
challenges! hahaha. We went to a little waterfall thing maybe 15
minuets outside of Rodez and just visited the little city. We hiked up
the mountain and just talked with him. Answered questions. Basically
just got him out of the house. He lightened up after about 30 minuets.
:) I am glad we spent some time with him.

To round our week off we had a conference in Bordeaux from Thursday to
Saturday. Honestly, when conferences last this long I almost feel like
we waste a lot of time. But being able to listen to president was
really cool. It always is I guess. He talked even more about the
temples and we read some scriptures in DandC that talk about how
temple work is literally the Most important thing that we are doing in
this life! And then President Brown challenged us to talk about
baptisms for the dead in our daily contacting! Whoo, thats exciting.
So Sunday evening me and pittsy tested out our new Questionaire. It
included some simple questions about the persons family and then ends
with a picture of the temple. I think I may have already talked about
it..
After an hour and a half of contacting we only talked to two people!
AND they were soooo cool; they were a french couple! When they saw the
picture of the temple at the end of the Questionaire they got really
interested and asked questions as to what it was and what we do
inside. So, following President Browns instruction we told them that
that was were we do baptisms for the dead and that our entire religion
is based(of course around jesus but after that) around fortifying the
family! They excepted to learn more about the restored gospel too! The
only down part is they asked for our number. :( so we don't have their
number to call them back. So we just get to work until they decide to
call us back.

c'est déjà sa la mail

I hope you all are having a good week! :)

Avec amour,
Elder Keller

Sunday, August 16, 2015

tour de france package from grant, cousins, lunch


 Package from Grant - t-shirts he picked up at the tour de france stopped over in Rodez.

Troy and aiden eating ice cream and Austin dressed up like Elder Keller : ) Cute boy






 Saturday we took Tanya down to Snow College, she is off on her college life :)  We moved her entire bedroom into her dorm room... amazing all those shoes fit!  We stopped for breakfast at the main street diner.  It was good, a lot of food and in a lot of butter...  Troy and I stopped by the Manti Temple before we headed home.  Such a beautiful temple.  So cool that is where my parents were married.


 during the week the girls went and got our nails done before we took Tanya to college and Friday night we did baptisms at the bountiful temple and then went to eat at Red Robin.  Those were some big hamburgers, oh my.

 swimming with all of our cute cousins...











 I had lunch with with Heather, Stacey and Darcy at a fun Mediterranean restaurant in SLC while Heather was in town for a couple of weeks.  My French crepe was ok, worth taking a picture and sending it to grant : )

These are pictures of a storm rolling in, the house we are buying in Texas and our house with a for sale sign in front of it : (