Monday, February 29, 2016

February Happenings in Texas 2016

 The funny looking ducks that hang out year round at the ponds around our house.  We saw a couple brown ducks at the end of them month and they must migrate, so I'm guessing these don't.

We had New Beginnings last week.  Yep, three weeks as YW President and we hit it off with New Beginnings.  It went we'll I think.  The girls who introduced the new beehives were adorable!  Had everyone laughing.  I spoke and Jennifer spoke and we had three laurels speak and then we closed with the bishop and had refreshments.  The leaders and girls this year wanted to focus on Brightness from the scripture 2 Nephi 31:20 (which is the YM/YW theme this year).



 turtles out sunning them selves

Ethan finally caught the big bass at the pond a couple blocks away.  He's been heading over there at dusk almost every night trying to catch him.  He catches a little sun fish and then the bass eats the sun fish, but doesn't get hooked.  So he tried it with a three pronged hook and wa-la, he caught the big guy.  He called me and I biked over as quick as I could to get some pictures : )





 Watched this herring catch and eat this fish right out the back window.

 Troy's been gone all of February and so Suzie came out to visit and keep me sane till he gets back in town.  It was fun to have a familiar face around and to catch up on lots of stuff!  It made me realize how much I miss knowing all the people in your neighborhood and friends.  Even though you don't see each other regularly you know they are there.


 One of the lizards that lives on the kitchen window at night.

Girls basket ball day!  The stake hosts one day and each team plays twice.  Our girls were great and I think had the most fun.  They laughed the entire time : )




 Percy got a new hair cut!  Yep, you may not recognize him, but I'm sure he'll be much happier in the heat and have less chance of getting fleas!

 Trying to get the pool to heat up...  three visits from the pool company and it worked for the weekend.  That was all we needed.  Had the Cutler family over to swim and the boys loved it and had a great time.


 Funny traffic things in the woodlands.  You can't see the sign, but they label all of the green left turn lights.  This is because if there isn't an arrow, it's a protected left turn.  Which really throws a person off.  It's weird to have a green light, not an arrow, and cars just sitting across the street from you not going.  When you are turning left it feels like you should wait for them...
as shown in the picture below this.

lots of places for U-turns because of the tree medians



 Trail behind the houses across the street from us.




 We tried out whataburger this month, a Texas hamburger chain.  It was pretty tasty.  They are huge burgers and fill you up!

I went to the temple.  It's a beautiful temple.  Small, only two endowment rooms and so the sessions start every hour on the hour.  That's a long wait if you don't get in...  It was really nice and a beautiful day.


Monday, February 22, 2016

letter from Grant -- February 22, 2016


Sent: Monday, February 22, 2016 4:03 AM
Subject: Ovens in Cannes! :D





    So I mentioned last week that we learned to wire in new lights. This
week it was ovens. Well, I guess before I get a head of myself we will
start at the beginning of the week. We went on a funny exchange and I
got to do normal missionary work with Elder Hansen in Lyon Port des
Alpes!

Elder me on the left, Elder Jensen right behind me, edlder Zhu(he's Chinese)
back right, and Hansen on the far right. Elder Zhu made us Chinese noodles. They
were SOOO good! We did a fair amount of finding that day. We had a lesson
planned in the evening at seven. At around five we got a call from the guy
saying that he coulnt make the Rondez vous. At around six while we were out
contacting we got a call from a phone number that wasn't on the phone! Turns out
a kid that Elder Hansen talked to on a bus ride actually called our number off
of the card and wanted to meet us at seven! The kid, who's name I can't
pronounce let alone spell sounds like Al-Beer (I'll just call him A) comes from
a super Muslim background and plays soccer on a local team. He said he got hit
in the head with a soccer ball and can't remember why he is Muslim. So now he is
searching for a Christian church to join! Haha, he was really fun to talk with.
Just a down to earth bro.
When we finished our exchange we got to drive down to Aix en Provence to
install an oven into the Aix elders apartment.
Elder me on the left, Elder Jensen right behind me, edlder Zhu(he's Chinese)
back right, and Hansen on the far right. Elder Zhu made us Chinese noodles. They
were SOOO good! We did a fair amount of finding that day. We had a lesson
planned in the evening at seven. At around five we got a call from the guy
saying that he coulnt make the Rondez vous. At around six while we were out
contacting we got a call from a phone number that wasn't on the phone! Turns out
a kid that Elder Hansen talked to on a bus ride actually called our number off
of the card and wanted to meet us at seven! The kid, who's name I can't
pronounce let alone spell sounds like Al-Beer (I'll just call him A) comes from
a super Muslim background and plays soccer on a local team. He said he got hit
in the head with a soccer ball and can't remember why he is Muslim. So now he is
searching for a Christian church to join! Haha, he was really fun to talk with.
Just a down to earth bro.  When we finished our exchange we got to drive down to Aix en Provence to install an oven into the Aix elders apartment.

It straight up looks like California! Haha. That was fun, I learned some more
about wiring. I don't know if it's any different over in America? Anywho, we
pulled an outlet out of the wall, trimmed the wires, and installed the oven.
Good stuff, The next day we took a drive a long the cost over to Cannes!
The Cannes sisters also needed an oven so we installed an oven in there
kitchen as well. After we installed the oven we went to the Steak n' shake in
Cannes! One of the only two in France! It was way good! I have never had Steak
n' shake before but after hearing all about it from a good friend we couldn't
help but try it.

Super good food, it was incredible!

We took a stop by the beach and grabbed some photos before we hit the road
again. Great times. We got back into Lyon Friday evening. Saturday morning we
got up and played soccer with a bunch of investigators and potentials. We had
like ten missionaries and like twenty Africans. It was incredible. They kept
yelling at each other in their native dialect and it was just super funny. I am
still a little sore from that sport.
We also got invited to spend some time with the Chinese Investigators
Saturday evening! There were probably ten Chinese speakers there. Great fun, I
love Chinese people, they are so DIfferent! It's great.
Well, that's the week.
Avec amour,
Elder Keller
We took a stop by the beach and grabbed some photos before we hit the road
again. Great times. We got back into Lyon Friday evening. Saturday morning we
got up and played soccer with a bunch of investigators and potentials. We had
like ten missionaries and like twenty Africans. It was incredible. They kept
yelling at each other in their native dialect and it was just super funny. I am
still a little sore from that sport.
We also got invited to spend some time with the Chinese Investigators
Saturday evening! There were probably ten Chinese speakers there. Great fun, I
love Chinese people, they are so DIfferent! It's great.
Well, that's the week.
Avec amour,

Elder Keller
Elder me on the left, Elder Jensen right behind me, edlder Zhu(he's Chinese)
back right, and Hansen on the far right. Elder Zhu made us Chinese noodles. They
were SOOO good! We did a fair amount of finding that day. We had a lesson
planned in the evening at seven. At around five we got a call from the guy
saying that he coulnt make the Rondez vous. At around six while we were out
contacting we got a call from a phone number that wasn't on the phone! Turns out
a kid that Elder Hansen talked to on a bus ride actually called our number off
of the card and wanted to meet us at seven! The kid, who's name I can't
pronounce let alone spell sounds like Al-Beer (I'll just call him A) comes from
a super Muslim background and plays soccer on a local team. He said he got hit
in the head with a soccer ball and can't remember why he is Muslim. So now he is
searching for a Christian church to join! Haha, he was really fun to talk with.
Just a down to earth bro.
When we finished our exchange we got to drive down to Aix en Provence to
install an oven into the Aix elders apartment.

Monday, February 15, 2016

letter from Grant -- February 15, 2016

Sent: Monday, February 15, 2016 9:32 AM
Subject: Week in Lyon?

    So Monday we had presidents Pday so president let everyone come over
to his place to eat, hang out, and play basketball! It was super fun!
We got to play basketball with Elder Haws! He is Tyler haws's younger
brother who will be playing for BYU next year! We played ball for
three hours! I even got to guard Elder Haws and honestly, that was the
highlight of the week! Haha, he is so good it's ridiculous! He has a
bunch of little fakes I had never seen before. And he is just fast and
has solid foot work. Super fun!
    We spent our entire week in Lyon! Which is the first time that
happened in two transfers. We were still busy with office stuff
though. The ecully STLs needed a washer replaced and the confluence
STLs needed their dryer replaced. We went and contacted a bunch this
transfer too! Its been so long! It took a day to get back in the habit
of talking to people on the street like that.
    We had a really cool district meeting given by Elder Bleak! Elder
Bleak spent the last two weeks of studies studying the great apostasy
after Jesus Christ and the apostles died. He made a MAssive time line
with dates and other apostate events. Really cool, really informative.
President has asked us to start using the apostasy more in our
contacting and teaching. So. That what we will do. Really emphasize
the apostasy so that the restoration has more meaning and importance.
    oh, I am staying a third in this team of missionaries...I was really
hoping to get out and start doing real missionary work. Our next two
weeks should be fairly busy but after that hopefully we can start
teaching and contacting. We will see :)

rewiring a light for the sisters, thought it was cool.


Avec amour,
Elder Keller





Saturday, February 13, 2016

sister walker shared pictures of Grant - Feb 13, 2016 Wonderful Surprise!

You sons went to Ikea and bought a new mattress for us.  We have some pictures to share with you.  They are great Elders!
Merci!  Bonne journée
Sister Walker
France - Lyon Mission






Monday, February 8, 2016

letter from Grant -- February 8, 2016

 We started our week out, on Monday like normal, and we had a zone
Pday which is always fun. The Chalon elders (elder Blake Wilson) came
down and we hung out and caught up all Pday. We took a ride on the
fairs wheel and went to the zoo to play ultimate frisbee! Oh!
    Geneva is always so beautiful! We went up to help the Geneva Spanish
elders are moving to a city called Ferney Voltaire. I think I have
already talked about Ferney but it's a cute little city. Ferney sits
maybe a five minute walk from the Swiss border and so basically
everyone living there gets the benefits of living in France but if
they work in Genva they get payed a TON. In Swiss, minimum wage is
around fourteen Frank's an hour, and the Swiss frank is doing better
than the euro.
    Anywho, we moved the Spanish elders out, the old apartment was really
gross. Voila. The new apartment is smaller but less gross.
    We got back on Friday so we had two days to proselyte! We also set up
a rondez-vous with Olivier. He is doing well, he is curious to know
more but during the closing prayer thanked God for how understanding
we are that he will never join our church. So, that's great. We got a
new potential. She is Protestant. We will see how that goes.
Anywho, Je vous anime, que Dieu vous bénisse, other French phrases.

Right off to the right of my head, in the photo, hidden in the clouds is mount blanc.

Elder Smith (spanish speaker) on the left and elder carlson on the right.

Avec Amor,
Elder Keller




Monday, February 1, 2016

letter from grant -- Feb 1, 2016

SO this week we finished moving Aix. Loved it, the appartment they now
have is GoRGEOus and we got to play basketball with their
investigators! It's been soooo long.
After we got home from Aix we ran errands for the office and then took
off to start the move in Geneva. We started moving the Spanish elders
but they left us hanging and we didn't have keys to get into the
appartment. But it's always nice to be in Geneva.

We had conference Friday. When we left the appartment to go to
conference we found our car with her one of her Windows smashed and
our gps missing. The only good thing that happened Friday was
conference because we got to spend the rest of the day talking to
police officers in French and mechanics. The funniest thing ever was
trying to explain that the robbers took the second most valuable thing
in the car. The basketball was worth way more than that GPS! The
police officer we were talking with was like"well you are in France,
they probably only know how to play soccer" Haha, the gps broke down
about a month ago and can't find your location anyways. We were going
to get it fixed but it looks like we will just get a new one.

:)
Found this shop while driving. Carlson was ecstatic. He kept bouncing up and down saying "hurry take a picture take a picture"  since we were stopped at a red light.

One of my suits is pretty broken so I found this suit on sale. Got it for fifty bucks. it was originally one hundred and twenty.  Avec amour,Elder Keller





Found this shop while driving. Carlson was ecstatic. He kept bouncing up and
down saying "hurry take a picture take a picture" since we were stopped at a
red light.