Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Letter from Grant

Subject: I get to stay in Rodez! wooot wooot!

Transfer calls came in, Elder Gossel and I are staying in Rodez.

So this week we spent 5/7 days not in our sector so I really do not have a lot to tell you about our investigators. 

However, we got to go to Lyon and have a massive conference and see everyone! That was SoOO much fun! At the conference we got to learn about Ipads from two seventies! Elder Nielson and Elder Kearon! They both did a fantastic job. Granted, anyone could have told us we were getting Ipads and we would have been super excited. Basically they stressed the fact that Ipads are Tools not Toys. The mission president can see everything you have ever downloaded so no angry birds for us. They also stressed that the best Filter comes from your heart and mind. Basically, you are the best filter, so keep your mind straight! 

I look forward to being able to use Ipads! We can do some really cool languages studies! We will have the ENTIRE gospel library on our Ipads and we will even have the area book and our planners all electronically. For mothers day in Three weeks I can Skype in through my Ipad (probably at a mc Donalds). 

We are also allowed to have Facebook. We will be making a new account as our "missionary account". I guess you can find me on there but everything will be in French...We will friend the members and then ,with their permission, friend their friends and try to find new investigators like that. We are allowed to post spiritual thoughts and invite people to baptisms and other churchy events.

We can also start a blog...I am not sure how all that works. We will find out at our next Zone conference or Zone Training where we will actually receive our Ipads.

So there it is. Madame Gill is still progressing.
Norrick is being a bum, he hasn't been intown at all this week.
and our two new engagès are doing just fine. 

Love you :)

So the first couple photos are from when we went to a members house with the albi elders! The members live out in the middle of the campaigne and so we needed the albi elders car! Yes, that is a samurai knife. Infact, this member always has his butterfly knife on him and usually an extra. It kinda reminds me of matt :) So, we think beef Jerky is a pretty manly food. But, the French dry and season the ENTIRE LEG OF THE PIG! (you can find dried pig leg at almost any grocery store too...) and then cut off slices to eat. Yes, it is crazy....DELICIOUS! Ethan would be in heaven right now. 

The last picture is off Ashly Baggs from wx xc team.  (I don't know what the expression on grants face means in that pic...  not ready for the picture?   funny kid)

These were Grant's MTC companions/roommates.  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

prom, anti-prom, track

 Morgan had a few friends over because they weren't 16 and not going to prom.  Isaac and Maddie walked in right as Tanya and Jared walked out so we grabbed a picture...

Tanya had a wonderful time at prom, great dance to end high school on!  She didn't have to plan it and she was able to get dressed up and go with friends.  Perfect ending to her Senior year.

 Aly graduated from BYU the night before (prom) so we got to hang out with the Connecticut Keller's for a little bit.  We went to dinner at Little America, one of Troy's favorite places.

The girls waiting for the boys to come over...  Tanya's date was a good 30 min late.  What is the world coming to?

 Ethan's first track meet.  He kept his pace in the mile, but in the 800 he was the second fastest runner on the South Davis team!  Way to go Ethan.

 Love my panini maker, mmm a little pesto, tomato and avocado.  My favorite and so I took a picture, silly me.  Leaving the temple Thursday I had to stop in the middle of the road to take a picture.  This looks dark, but it really was so beautiful behind the fence with all of the pink blossoms...

Monday, April 20, 2015

Letter from Grant this week: April 20, 2015

Subject: This week on, BREAKING FRANCE!!

Wooo! has been the word of the week. Although, our transfer calls got moved to this wednesday. Sorry, I still don't know if I will stay or go.

One of the members, Julio, in Rodez has the girl living with him. Her name is Aniesse. She is the bane of our missionary existence in Rodez. She doesn't want to marry Julio and really just does not like us. She plans activities with Julio after we have planned meetings with him just to get him to not go. I may sound biased but trust me i'm not! She laughs during the prayers and disrupts our lessons with him with her atheist banter. Anywho, our last meeting with her went really really well. Why? Because we got to teach her! That's right! This week someone posed the question "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" yes this is a very big dilemma in France. Basically, the conclusion that she came to was "god must have put one of them on the earth first". From there Elder Gossel and I took this as an opportunity to teach! We explained that because god made the chicken he therefore must have made the Earth! And he made the earth because...then we explained the entire plan of salvation. I felt like Ammon teaching King Lamoni! Building off what little information she had and by the end she said she believed that the entire plan of salvation must be correct! It was a wonderful experience and we look forward to teaching Aniesse more!

We engaged two more people to baptism this week. Earlier this week, while porting, I called all of the old contacts in the phone and fixed a Rondez-vous with a man named George! When we went to the Rondez-vous later that week we were greeted by two africans! George and his wife Blanche(Blanche means white in French but she is not white...she is african) We taught them the gospel of Jesus Christ and they were both incredibly receptive! Infact, asking them to be baptized just flowed into the lesson, it felt really natural. They agreed, we fixed a date in two transfers from now, and they both wanted to come to church tomorrow. It felt to easy. We later learned that the members really have struggled in the past to intigrate George and Blanche. There are no members with cars that can drive them to church and George and Blanche do not have money to take a train. Basically, they would have been baptized a while ago if they could get to church. We will likely continue teaching them and trying to find a way. 

Elder Gossel has been working me hard this week. This was easily one of my more stressed out weeks. We missed 5 out of our 7 language study hours due to Rondez-Vous during those times. We also skipped dinner twice to accommodate for lessons and extra contacting time. So, as dad would say, "we built a lot of character" this week.

Those were the highlights for the week!

Madame Gill has a testimony that the book of mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet. We are rearranging her date for baptism so that she can go on vacation with her grand kids.

We have been having less and less contact with Norrick. its realy sad. However we will see him tomorrow! :D we are going to change things up a bit in the way that we teach him...... fingers crossed.

We have almost officially lost a less active this week. Good members making/saying really stupid things to her. 

Thankyou for your support! It is good to hear from yall!

Elder Keller

 District meeting, I'm guessing exploring on pday and playing basketball at zone conference...

This was our zone Pday in Toulouse. We had another exchange with the zone leaders...We got to play basketball underneath this super cool bridge next to the college! I met this chinese guy named Yane and we got to be pretty good friends by the end of the day. The chinese elders got his number so hopefully they can start teaching him!

Another missionary posted this on his blog this week:
Anyway! We had another exchange with the district leader, Elder Gossel and Elder Keller. I went with Elder Keller. He is cool. He is just in his fourth transfer. He is in the same group as Elder Brill. Our exchange was pretty "relaxed". We took and hour and a half bus ride to a members house, did service, ate pizza and left. And that was our exchange! haha

Sunday, April 19, 2015

April going ons

 This steps back into March for a moment.  Morgan came home from Argentina.  She got home a week before spring break and kids were still in school and I thought we would be able to spend some time together, but as usual, lots of running around was the case.  Finally, I think it was Thursday, I said we are going out.  So we saw a movie and had some ice cream and just got to hang together and talk through the movie : )  Glad we got a moment together before reality hit.  The picture with the YW was a pink bunny/white elephant exchange we did for YW.  Such cute girls, I love them so much.  I tell my beehives they are the sunshine in my life.

So then Spring Break arrived.  We went to Victor's graduation from Vista that Friday and early Saturday morning Troy took Victor, Ethan and Ana with him to St. George for 5 days.  I stayed home with Tanya, who had work, and Morgan who was supposed to get caught up on her schoolwork, her online classes that she took with in Argentina.  Not too much of that happened other than 30 chapters of Seminary!  Tuesday I asked the girls if they wanted to do something. They said they were going shopping.  I asked if I could go because I had some returns and they told me they were picking up a tie for Tanya to send to Will for his birthday and then going to a movie.  They were having some girl time.  Sigh, I was sad for a few minutes, but then I was glad that they were excited to spend some time together.  I love that they get along so well.  So I had a very quiet day at home, a trip to costco where I got me some lunch and flowers and then went through the car wash.  Not a bad day at all.  I spent many hours over spring break scanning in pictures from before my digital camera days and scanning in what I could find of pictures I lost from my mac computer days.  Still not an apple fan due to a couple years worth of pictures lost - that computer crashed twice in two years and they couldn't figure out why or save anything.  So sad.  Moving on....

 Morgan likes to hang out under the desk with the dog.  This is a cute picture I scanned in of Laura and Grant when they were little.  Love those red lips.  In the hospital the nurses all called Grant the rose bud baby because he had these little puckered red lips : )

Who knew that the Easter Bunny would come visit a house of teenagers?!?  My mom found my old Easter basket, the blue bunny, from my childhood days and I wasn't sure what to do with it.  But Ethan thought it was great and wanted to use it for Easter this year.  Guess it will be around for Easters to come.

 Morgan drove Ana and I up to Kathryn's for Ana's guitar lesson a couple weeks ago and we ran through In-n-out burger for dinner.  Her second time through a drive through.  The first time she was so far away she could hardly reach the food and this time she was a bit close.  Look closely and you can see the tire is up on the curb.  I couldn't resist a picture.  Below is Morgan's trip schedule to San Francisco for the school orchestra trip.  She had a wonderful time and the WX orchestra took first place!

 Two weeks ago we got a little bit of snow and I was worried about my fruit trees freezing, it didn't get below 36 degrees so I figured they were safe....  to be continued

 Saw these at the world market.  I have a favorite cartoon (British) that I watch when we go to Bear Lake every summer and the boat is called the Jammie Dodgers.  I now know what it's named after.  Love it.
Ana had her state tumbling meet on the 11th of April.  It was in at Salt Lake Community College.  She did well.  There were 31 girls in her age/level group and she took 17th.  She had a great practice run and stuck her landing, but on both of her tumbling runs that she was judged on she struggled on her landing, but she did hold her three seconds even though they were rough landings.  She's progressed so much this year.

... Then last Tuesday.  Stacey Wesemann and I were setting up the church and running around getting food for the YM/YW etiquette dinner and the wind was blowing like crazy.  It blew our heavy trailer down the driveway and our garbage cans over to the Fellers yard.  And about 6:30 the wind stopped and the snow started to fall and fall and fall.  Now I really do hope my fruit trees made it.  We had about 10 hours at 30 degrees.  I don't know if that is too long or not, we'll see this summer.

 Tanya got asked to Prom!  Super exciting.   A guy in her seminary class named Jared.  He took her out to eat and the sign and shoes were sitting in the bench at the restaurant.  Ana made 30+ bracelets for one of her 10 hour young women personal progress projects and donated them to the girls in the shelter that the stake was taking blankets to this month.  Good job Ana I know that they will love them.

 Tanya answering to Prom, they will have a BALL.

Our cute niece, Maggie, was in the musical Hairspray.  I just couldn't resist running up to Idaho, Ethan and Ana came along, to visit with Betsy and to see Maggie perform.  She did a wonderful job and was the prettiest girl on the stage!  Loved it.  Lesli's family came and Sheree and her kids met us for dinner (at Panda Express) and came to the show too.  There were 19 of us total and we took up
one whole middle row.  It was fun to see the Keller cousins and to hang out and watch Maggie sing her heart out ; )

Sunday we made it home in time to visit with our sweet home teachers, the Olson's, and to Ethan's court of honor!  Great weekend.