Tuesday, January 26, 2016

letter from grant - January 25, 2016

Sent: Monday, January 25, 2016 4:31 AM
Subject: The parting of the Wolf Pack

Sorry for the repeat email.
    Our week was spent in the south south of France :)Aix en Provence is
a warm college city not far from Marseilles. The zone leaders in Aix
needed help moving into their new apartment so that's what we spent
our week doing. And my legality. Oh boy, legality is a Pain. You get
to sit outside for two hours just to talk to a grumpy old lady. It's
the best.
    But Aix was good so I guess I'll talk about that. When we first got
down we discovered that the Aix zone leaders were living in a one room
apartment. They had their Bed, desks and Kitchen in the same room with
their table on the balcony outside. So they needed a lot of stuff for
their new apartment. We ran to Ikea! And bought two new bunk beds, a
new table(their old one was water warped), and a couch. All in black,
don't ask me why, it's what they asked for.
    We bought a new model of IKEA bunkbeds. They were way harder to put
up but should be a little nicer.
    We didn't get the keys from the zone leaders so we got stuck not
being able to work for a while. Eventually we moved most of their
stuff over to the new apartment. Their new apartment doesn't have
electricity so we are going to have to finish the move this week.
    We finished our week off by dropping elder Tyndale off in Albi. That
was sad. The wolf pack has been divided. I really came to love that
Spaniard. Matt Bronson must just be having the most fun mission EVER.
I am happy that Tyndale is in Albi though. He will get to meet all of
the cool people that I got to meet when I was down there. ANywho,
that's the week. Love ya

Avec amour,
Elder Keller

Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday January 18, 2016 - Letter from Grant


Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 3:33 AM
Subject: Car crashes in Martingy

    Everyone is fine, no one got hurt, I thought mom and dad might wake
up a little faster to that title. The Elders in Martiny Switzerland
were moving apartments. So we took the beautiful drive down around
Geneva lake, through Lausanne and into the valley of Martiny. I had no
idea just how Huge the Swiss Alps really were. About half way through
us moving them into their new apartment we were driving in the city
when an elderly lady started crossing the street. We stopped the car
at the cross walk and waited for her to cross and before we could get
going another person started crossing. Its snowing nicely, nothing
impressive but it was really cold so there was ice on the ground.
anywho we are sitting there and more cars are coming, a guy pulls to a
stop behind us but the guy behind him hits debris on the icy road,
slams on his breaks, his breaks lock up, and he smashes into the guy
behind us; who then in turn, ran into us.
    Our car has one tiny little hole and some chipped paint.


The guys car behind us is two inches shorter on each side.

The mans car who caused the accident is pretty beat up too.

So yeah, we all pull over and get out. I don't know if I was filled with excitement or agitation but it was exhilarating to step out side of the car and see chunks of car strewn across the snow packed road. We all exchanged paper work and got each others numbers. And agreed to meet up at the post office at one thirty. During our few minutes of free time we called Elder Mahafee and he walked us through everything we need to do.  Elder Tyndale and I learned a bunch of new vocabulary. We all met up at the post office and walked into an insurance company building and began addressing the crash. It went better than I thought it would. All the paper work got finished and sent through. So we are all good. It's a good thing we bought new snow tires before it started snowing. The Martiny move took a solid chunk of the week. We spent some time down in Annecy and in Geneva just running errands. Elder Tyndale and Elder Carlson have decided that we need a name for our little trio, and since my idea of being the three amigos nearly made Elder Tyndale throw up we looked to elder Carlson to find us a good name. He named us the 'Wolf Pack'. So we have been toying withthe idea that we are actually in fast and furious and are doing way cooler stuffthen just driving around moving elders into new apartments. I like these guys. They are solid hard workers. And somehow they both find dark chocolate revolting! I was eating some the other day and the openly expressed how disgusted they were. Dad, you have raised a dark chocolate lover. What am I to do?  Anywho, that's the week! Love y'all! Avec amour,Elder Keller

So yeah, we all pull over and get out. I don't know if I was filled with
excitement or agitation but it was exhilarating to step out side of the car and
see chunks of car strewn across the snow packed road. We all exchanged paper
work and got each others numbers. And agreed to meet up at the post office at
one thirty. During our few minutes of free time we called Elder Mahafee and he
walked us through everything we need to do.
Elder Tyndale and I learned a bunch of new vocabulary. We all met up at
the post office and walked into an insurance company building and began
addressing the crash. It went better than I thought it would. All the paper work
got finished and sent through. So we are all good. It's a good thing we bought
new snow tires before it started snowing.
The Martiny move took a solid chunk of the week. We spent some time down
in Annecy and in Geneva just running errands. Elder Tyndale and Elder Carlson
have decided that we need a name for our little trio, and since my idea of being
the three amigos nearly made Elder Tyndale throw up we looked to elder Carlson
to find us a good name. He named us the 'Wolf Pack'. So we have been toying with
the idea that we are actually in fast and furious and are doing way cooler stuff
then just driving around moving elders into new apartments.
I like these guys. They are solid hard workers. And somehow they both find
dark chocolate revolting! I was eating some the other day and the openly
expressed how disgusted they were. Dad, you have raised a dark chocolate lover.
What am I to do?
Anywho, that's the week! Love y'all!
Avec amour,
Elder Keller







So yeah, we all pull over and get out. I don't know if I was filled with
excitement or agitation but it was exhilarating to step out side of the car and
see chunks of car strewn across the snow packed road. We all exchanged paper
work and got each others numbers. And agreed to meet up at the post office at
one thirty. During our few minutes of free time we called Elder Mahafee and he
walked us through everything we need to do.
Elder Tyndale and I learned a bunch of new vocabulary. We all met up at
the post office and walked into an insurance company building and began
addressing the crash. It went better than I thought it would. All the paper work
got finished and sent through. So we are all good. It's a good thing we bought
new snow tires before it started snowing.
The Martiny move took a solid chunk of the week. We spent some time down
in Annecy and in Geneva just running errands. Elder Tyndale and Elder Carlson
have decided that we need a name for our little trio, and since my idea of being
the three amigos nearly made Elder Tyndale throw up we looked to elder Carlson
to find us a good name. He named us the 'Wolf Pack'. So we have been toying with
the idea that we are actually in fast and furious and are doing way cooler stuff
then just driving around moving elders into new apartments.
I like these guys. They are solid hard workers. And somehow they both find
dark chocolate revolting! I was eating some the other day and the openly
expressed how disgusted they were. Dad, you have raised a dark chocolate lover.
What am I to do?
Anywho, that's the week! Love y'all!
Avec amour,
Elder Keller




Monday, January 11, 2016

Letter from Grant - January 11, 2016

Sent: Monday, January 11, 2016 6:52 AM
Subject: Surprise trio training...

You So when Elder Carlson and I were in the office Wednesday we
discovered that Elder Carlson is not even legal to be in France! So,
he can't drive. Which means President assigned us a greenie! Haha,
Elder Carlson is going to stay in our team so we get to become a trio!
It is now Elder Carlson, our greenie Elder Tyndale(who was half
trained by one of my old companions Elder Pittsenbarger) and me! The
trio life is much more interesting. Someone is always talking or doing
something. I guess I'll give you a little background on each of my new
companions.

Elder Carlson is from Utah, played baseball in college and is really
really calm. Never seems to get stressed! Elder Tyndale is from Spain,
Malaga. A city in southern Spain. and honestly Elder Tyndale adds SO
much flavor to our tripanionship. Not that elder Carlson isn't
interesting or exciting, he is. It's just that Elder Tyndales
personality is almost overpowering! Haha, I love them both a ton! They
are the coolest people ever!

So Wednesday we stayed in the office the whole day and helped out with
financial paper work. Which we technically are not allowed to do but
the office is so far behind on bills that they needed more hands. Our
financial secretary forgot to pay some bills and now a bunch of
missionaries don't have electricity...At the end of Wednesday Elder
Carlson and I went to pick up Elder Tyndale from the train station and
it was basically like having transfer day two days in a row. Lots of
unpacking, Lots of 'how to drive in France' videos, and lots of
getting to know each other.

Thursday we kicked our day off by driving an hour and a half down to
Gap to give the elders there a new refrigerator. Their old
refrigerator works fine but the senior couple that did their apartment
inspection thought that the freezer part couldn't get cold enough to
freeze water. Meanwhile there is six inches of snow in Gap if the
elders want to freeze something they could put it outside on the
balcony. Oh well, our job is to solve apartment problems and all
turned out fine. However, It was really scary driving down to Gap
because it was snowing. And elder Tyndale, coming from the south of
Spain had only seen snow twice in his whole life and had never driven
in it. So we slid around a bit on some of those windy French alps
roads. Fortunately there was no snow on the way back, the sun had come
out and the roads were well plowed.

Friday and Saturday were our Sainte-Etinne days. The St.Etienne
sisters apartment building had caught Fire a few transfers ago.
Fortunately no sisters were hurt and their apartment was basically
untouched. We just needed to go in and salvage whatever furniture we
could and trash all of the old furniture so that the church can give
the apartment back to the proprietor. We ate at KFC when we were down
in St.Etienne. Oh, American fast food, how I miss you. Why do you have
to be so far away?

Sunday was fun, all three of us got to bare our testimonies. The ward
LOVES anyone who isn't from Utah. Literally half the ward went up to
Elder Tyndale and tried to speak Spanish to him. So I am sure Elder
Carlson enjoyed the warm welcome.

Oh, we have a new investigator, his name is Olivier. He has a child
with a member however they are not married. They have established that
the child is going to grow up in the Mormon faith and they, all three,
are going to go to church every week. So that's really cool! Olivier
is nice, curious, I'm not sure how willing he is to practice though. I
guess only time will tell.

That's our week. Our Tripanionship has started dipping bread in olive
oil before every meal because Elder Tyndale believes it will make you
live longer. And it's the Spanish thing to do. It's fun? Haha, oh and
Elder Tyndales favorite word is 'Legendary' and basically every time
something semi cool or exciting happens he just goes "THAT WAS SO
LEGENDARY!" In his British accent. Oh, Elder Tyndales mom went to
England on her mission and found/converted her husband and brought him
back to Spain with her. So he speaks perfect British English and Spain
Spanish. Totally not fair! Haha.  Well, that's the week! Loves

Avec amour,
Elder Keller




Tuesday, January 5, 2016

letter from Grant - January 5, 2016



Sent: Monday, January 4, 2016 12:20 PM
Subject: New Comp Same old job!

    So this last week was a wild one. We ran all the way down to Pau. A
tiny little city where they needed a new dryer. And then trucked up to
Montpellier and cleaned out the old sisters apartment and set up their
new apartment. There were no sisters, fortunately, in either
apartments because president moved them up to Ecully. However, all
because there were no sisters does not mean that there were no signs
that they had been living there. Sisters are gross.
    After having fixed up the new sister apartment and stocking it with
stuff we ran up to Swiss just in time for New Years and Transfer
calls. We were awoken, okay I'll be honest and tell you that we stayed
up until twelve to see New Years fire works. And they did not
disappoint! All of Geneva was alight with colorful flaming balls of
Glorious fire! And from one of they neighboring apartment complexes
someone was chucking REALLY REALLY loud fireworks onto the street! We
went out the next morning to discover that those fireworks Literally
blasted holes into the street! Oh, the Swiss!
    It is a Geneva zone tradition to gather at the church for transfer
calls and to film your call with president. A lot more different than
France! Haha. It turns out that I am receiving Elder Carlson! We
actually spent some time with him down in Pau so it won't be a
completely blind transfer. He, like elder Pittsenbarger, played
baseball in college. I guess I am "blessed" to serve around baseball
players? Haha maybe I should have played baseball in high school.
Ethan you should be taking notes! 
    So transfer day was great. I spent seven hours standing in the Gare,
that is the train station, with the other missionaries waiting to
receive elder Carlson. He used to drive jeeps and bikes in highschool
so hopefully he can find his way here in France. Our lives depend on

it! Well up to right now we have driven two times and have avoided all
possible accidents. So, things are looking up!

Avec amour,
Elder Keller


Oh, to celebrate our transfer Elder Acheson and I went and ate at Master Tacos.
Master Tacos is like a mission favorite place to eat when you are in Lyon! And
you can order six different sizes of tacos. The Mini, the one, the two, the
three, the four, and the five. They basically double in size as you go up until
you get to the five in which the taco TRIPLES in size from its predecessingly
small four. Elder Acheson and I both ordered Fives. And both finished. That is
the most food I have EVER eaten. Going to bed that night it hurt to lay on my
stomach! Haha. Never again.
Avec amour,
Elder Keller



Monday, December 28, 2015

grant letter - December 28, 2015

Sent: Monday, December 28, 2015 1:02 AM
Subject: Joyeux Noel!

This week was cram packed with fish, surprise movie runs, Carols, family,  and even a little bit of Mario! So sit back, relax, maybe grab yourself a beverage because this should be slightly better than an average Elder Keller email.

Monday was Pday. We ran around doing normal missionary things. Tuesday however was our first day of conference! Conference started at eleven so all of the elders in Lyon helped decorate the chapel! It was all very enjoyable. Then we got a call from the assistants! Turns out President was going to surprise us by letting us watch the lion king at the end of conference. HOwever, the american cd that they had didnt run in the French cd player...so we got to drive into downtown Lyon and find a French version of the lion king. We found ourselves outside a Fenac. It just carries everything media and electronic. Basically yeah. I had no idea movies were so expensive. Anywho, once we had obtained the rare and highly treasured Lyon King we brought it over to the Lyon aquarium in downtown lyon where, unbeknownst to the rest of the mission was where we were going to hold our mission conference! So we got an early peek at all the fishes and the conference room! 
After all of that jazz we walked down to the Confluence! The Confluence is where the Rhone rive and the Saone river meet together. They are both huge rivers and so the Confluence is just the perfect place for two hundred some odd nineteen year old boys and girls with Jesus on their shirts. There was a huge park not far from the Confluence so 
while we waited for other buses of missionaries to come in we played frisbee, football, and soccer. I even met a missionary who is equal to my caliber of ultimate frisbee-ing. He played on Davis Highs team and actually taught me a throw or two. We had some fun times in those parks. Before we left President had asked each of us to stand at the point of the Confluence where the two rivers meet and spend a few minuets admiring the power of these two river merging together. It really is an amazing sight! I enjoyed seeing all of the water move around us. Reminded me of fly fishing with my dad. Oh, those days seem like they took place forever ago.
During conference President Brown let us run around the aquarium for a few minuets. It was fun? seeing all of those fish. Eventually we sat down and had conference. It was a good one. Our goal for December was to teach with a thousand different members. Which we blew out of the water. We hit a thousand and fifty with a week and a half left. It is cool however to see that setting simple mission goals inspires so many missionaries. No one told us that we were going to get a reward for it but just in setting the goal we put in more effort than we normally do. My favorite part of conference was when president talked about the Confluence. He talked about how when the Rhone and the Saone meet it is like when we work with members. Or when we work with genealogy. Essentially anytime we coordinate and effectively plan we focus our river of energy with another we only become stronger and more powerful. 
We finished our day by eating MasterTacos tacos. they are super good and missionaries literally keep the place in business. Whenever there is a conference of any kind in lyon all the missionaries go there afterwords. They make really good tacos! But not Mexican tacos, middle eastern tacos! Literally just chicken, beef, and cheese with lettuce/veggies and whatever sauces you want. They take all of that and put it into a Humungo tortilla where they fry the sides shut so there is no possible way this sucker comes undone! Super Tasty! 
Wednesday was day two of the mission conference. We had conference in the chappel that we had decorated yesterday. The first half of the conference we had different missionaries sing solos or play musical instruments. Good times! 
Thursday we received a referral! So we popped down to his house but he wasnt home...even though he told us he was. So we used that time to contact and we after about four conversations we ran into a martinican named Mario! He is curious with different churches so he let us spit off the retab. Oh, after a transfer of sitting in the car we were pretty rusty! haha. But he gave us his number and we fixed another lesson for Saturday! We slept over at the district leaders apartment with the rest of the district! So that was really exciting. We reenacted the nativity scene. It was pretty funny. And we went caroling in an old folks home. it was good to see all those old Frenchies. It was definitely worth the experience. I love seeing all of them so happy to see people. 
Friday was christmas so we got to sleep in for as long as we wanted. Then we opened presents! wahoo, we essentially were given a second P-day for Christmas. Closer to the end of the day Elder Acheson and I ran to the senior couples house and skyped. It is always good to see the family! :) Then we watched "wreck it ralph". That is a pretty funny movie! Good moral.
Saturday was highlighted with basketball with our recent convert and getting to have a second rendez-vous with Mario! He seems genuinely interested in every thing we have to say. He even writes all of the scripture references down to look them down later!
Anyways that seems to be our week. Love you! 

avec amour,
Elder Keller



Monday, December 21, 2015

letter from grant - December 21, 2015

Sent: Monday, December 21, 2015 9:13 AM
Subject: United Nations

So this office job sends us all over the mission and we get to meet
all sorts of awesome people! This week we went up to Geneva to move in
the 'UN couple'. They are the churches representatives for the United
Nations! They have a really cool job! We moved them into the Chambezy
home(a huge second mission house up in Geneva) so that they can host
other UN representatives and people of importance. And probably feed
the sisters in Geneva who literally live next door.(however we moved
the UN couple in so fast the sisters probably don't know they have
neighbors! ;)
    The move was long and exhausting but totally worth it! The UN couple
took us out to eat at a place called 'Chez mon cousin' and they bought
us all half a rotisserie chicken and unlimited potato wedges!  Super
good! We learned that he used to be a mission president and open up an
Entire mission! I think that opening up a ville would be hard but an
ENTIRE mission!? thats gotta be rough! He also played basketball and
made the Belgic all star team WHILE ON HIS MISSION! His companion
would teach lessons to the people in the stands while he played point
guard! haha, Apparently his district leader called him and told him
that he couldn't leave the country to play in some tournament.
    We had district meeting up in CHALON SUR SOANE! Which happens to be
my first ville that I ever served in! So that was really cool! I got
to see Luarant Joblot and the entire ducour family fed us dinner! It
was super cool to see them all again! And while I was there I saw a
video and out of all the possible videos I could have seen a member
showed us a video of Elder Perry(my trainer who trained me in Chalon)
proposing to his Girl Friend. If just seeing old faces wasn't enough!
    Anywho, we went finding in Chalon during district meeting. We played
a contacting game where each of us tried to talk about or do something
that related to us or our personality. I was asked to try and have a
'jump off' with a stranger on the street since out of all the many
things that my district knows about me(which isnt much since this is
my first time seeing all of them) is that I did high jump . And
surprisingly enough while we were contacting my companion told some
guy that we had just contacted that he wanted to know 'who could jump
higher'. So we had a jump off! haha
    
I love you all! I am excited to see you for christmas!
Avec amour
Elder Keller :)