Monday, March 23, 2015

6 months serving the Lord in France


So, Rodez. Rodez has been super exciting for a couple different reasons. First being, we engaged someone to baptism!! Her name is Madame Gill (pronounced jill) she is about forty years old and has looked into like every church. This however is the first church she has fixed a baptismal date for! So that is super exciting! She has almost finished the book of mormon and Doctrine and covenents as well. She is a reader. There is a fixed date, but the ward wants her to move it two weeks so that all the other baptisms in the ward happen on the same day. I'll write back next week with what her finalized date is.

Our next super duper awesome investigator is Norrick, Norrick is black, from Gabon (I dont know where this is) He loves basketball and Thanks to Ben Clifford I know all about current basket ball! hahaha I befriended him super quick when I told him I went to a Jazz game! haha, He has been baptized twice already, but is really open to new information. We have taught him all the lessons twice, but he just doesn't grasp some concepts. So we had him teach us the Plan of Salvation and that really clicked for him! So hopefully we can continue to progress super well with him!

Rodez is also cool because of my new colleague! Elder Gossel! Elder Gossel is German and loves rice and ketchup. With sausage. He loves soccer, surprise. I have learned a lot about how to be a good missionary from Elder Gossel. In fact I started taking notes! hahaha, He just thinks differently than my last two companions and honestly it has really helped! He has this rule wherethat we never do something for more than an hour. (unless its a lesson) so if we have three open hours we might contact for an hour, port for an hour, and then pass by some less actives. We have seen lots of success from this and it helps you stay Focused for the whole three hours.

Also, the way he teaches is good and different. For instance the idea to "have the investigator teach you" was all his idea and it Really helped Norrick out a lot! He also carries UNO cards in his bag so before or after a lesson we play ten minuets of UNO with our investigator. I noticed that when we play UNO it helps our investigator relax and feel comfortable. Especially for Norrick, he can be a little shy sometimes. 

Elder Gossel is also very straight forward. one of my last companions would dance around the Idea that we want to talk about the gospel whereas Elder Gossel is, straight forward. It has actually led to some pretty cool discussions on the road and has actually gotten us to fix of following rendezvous. I think it helps that Elder Gossel has a lot of confidence. He just acts like they are going to say yes to a gospel discussion or he says "what day works for you" instead of "can we come to your house and talk about the gospel" and we just fix so many more appointments than we did in Chalon! I love it! I feel like we are working harder and accomplishing more each day!

About the city itself, Rodez is definitely wealthier than Chalon. All the cars here are nicer and there are a lot more "fashion/clothing" stores. Plus it just feels nicer, the roads are better kept, the gardens look well tended. and the people act much differently here than in Chalon. Contacting people on the road has been fun! Sometimes when you try and stop someone on the road they just turn their head and give you this "who are you" glare and walk off without even saying anything! That never happened in Chalon so the first few times I was a little off set. Sorta spun you could say. But, thanks to Elder Gossel ive learned a few tricks in getting people to stop. :)

Elder Gossel plays Spanish Guitar, I didn't know that was a thing but OH my GOODNESS it is soo cool! he treats the guitar like a different instrument! IT sounds sooo cool hahaha!

This week we are doing a weird exchange and so I will spend today until wednesday in Touloose. (yes like the artist) with a chinese speaking companion. YES I AM FREAKING OUT SO HARD RIGHT NOW! I am super excited! 

Also I am picking up a little German from Elder Gossel!

ich liber dich - I love you :D

Elder kELLER

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Morgan's home from Argentina : )

 Morgan spent this last quarter of school down in Argentina with the Paradiso Family.  They were so sweet to take her in for their summer!  She took her classes online and had to learn spanish to communicate with most everyone in Argentina. Deby and Diane/Diana taught her to cook lots of different things and she loved playing music with Lysette and has started playing songs on the piano since she has been home.  She said she enjoyed spending some time with the sister missionaries too, even went shopping with them on one of their p-days.  She also got to spend time with Tati in Buenos Aires, she said she was a little stressed about the bus and plane rides home and hopefully wasn't too grumpy with Tati.  She did get on the bus from Santa Rosa to Buenos Aires and  I picked her up from the airport Wednesday morning and she was so excited to see the beautiful Utah mountains again : ).  She's been chatty and playing music since she has been home and it's fun to have her noise back in the house.

 We got a little bit of snow in March, not much but enough to try and make a snowman.  The next week it was in the 70's and they were playing basket ball on the same sport court.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

first transfer for Grant

Elder Keller had his first transfer Monday.  We were happy to hear from him yesterday, even though he does seem a bit tired in his letter and it gets worse in my letter!  But I wanted to add a little bit of my letter that he sent to me.  (it's at the end)  I thought I'd share it because I have loved seeing him grow, not only in the Gospel, but within himself.  Its been a  wonderful blessing to have him in our lives as a missionary.  : )

Subject: Rodez!!!!!!

So, yesterday I spent 12 hours on a train and two hours on a bus. wow. Hence the late email. I have been sent to the city of Rodez! Its presidents favorite city. Apparently, he baptized the very first person in this branch after having 20 investigators at church. I mean not at church, his appartment.

There isn't a branch here yet, we share with the branch in alby. but they are getting a building here this summer! Super sweet! I hope I can stay for a while. 

My new companion. Boy, when I found out he was German I immediately threw a happy fit! He KNOWS HOW TO COOK SAUSAGE!? wow! His name is elder Gossel! and do you know who is last companion was? Elder Smith from the MTC! so thats been fun! although, elder gossel does not eat lots of food. For dinner, a half a bowl of pasta; for breakfast, one packet of oatmeal; for lunch today, couscous. I might starve to death, or get that european bodAYY! hahaha He does make really good food though! 

So when getting off of the train here the first person I met was this man named Mark. Elder Gossel said "we have an ami here who wants to see you" and before I could brace myself this 5'8 big ol iraqian man came up and hugged the life out of me. Mark is literally the happiest person I have ever met! He just loves everyone! He wanted to see elder Smith off and greet the new missionary here so he spent 25 euros to take the train to Toulouse to come and pick me up.... 

Anyways, thats like all I can think of for now. I am a bit tired and the guy next to me at this internet cafe is blasting metal music out of his headphones and it makes it kinda hard to think. good thing that wasn't a run on.

Love you all! 

Elder Keller

Hunter wrote me, yey! I am super excited that hunter is going to Honduras! haha he is going to love it! I feel that for a mission to be successful, or, for you to stay out on a mission you really have to be 100 percent committed and he sounds excited and ready. I remember the first couple days, maybe even the first week thinking " what am I even doing here" and then I found something to fuel my desire, or I found my desire somewhere. I found love for that investigator at the mtc. I LOVED zach. More than elder Brill. and all the sudden it made sense. I am on a mission to give these people the gospel and since then I haven't doubted or asked "why am I here". 

You would love Rodez. Its the prettiest place in the WORLd! it reminds me of that house on the hill scripture! 

Prayer, it really works. It is like a sand timer thing. the ones that you turn upside down and the sand begins to fall. every time you pray about this thing it is like a grain or two of sand. It takes lots of prayers to build up a worthy little pile. Its easier when two or three people are praying for the same thing. Chose something specific. and Pray. :) I know this is true because everytime I have done this it has worked.