Monday, November 30, 2015

letter from Grant - November 30, 2015

Sent: Monday, November 30, 2015 12:39 AM
Subject: Trip to Swiss!

Good Morning! We are going to run all around the mission this week and
we are currently putting on snow tires so my email time is getting cut
in half. Ill be writing right now and then sometime later in the
day...or tomorrow depending on how fast we can move out the Fribourg
elders. Also My new companion Elder Acheson is related to the Bob
Thomson family and Apparently they are cousins with my dad. Elder
Achesons mom figures out how closely related all of his companions
are. Yay genealogy.

Anywho, this week was interesting to say the least. We rarely do
missionary work but what we do allows all of the other missionaries to
do there job so I guess I cant complain. I learned some fun new things
about the France Lyon mission during our trip up to Swiss! There is an
old mission home, in a very wealthy neighborhood on the coast, in
swiss that the church bought in 1999 called Chambesy. President
Hinkley came and signed the papers for the purchase and told everyone
there that the church was never going to sell this property. The
church also got it for a super low price, Kinda cool! Its a good size
property(especially for Europe) that has two villas that sit facing
each other and a fountain that is placed in between the two villas.
The left villa currently has two sister teams of missionaries on the
bottom half of it and the top half is closed. It used to be the
mission office with the office elders on bottom but when President
Roney moved into the mission he moved head quarters down to Lyon. The
right Villa used to be where President lived. The bottom is just a
huge living quarters area and the top half is a massive kitchen and
dining room! It is a really sweet property!
    So we were up in Chambesy to clean out one of the garages. The church
is going to house a UN ambassador there so we were called up to clean
and move out all of the old furnishings. Probably the funniest moment
of moving stuff out was when we were moving an old Fridge from Swiss
to France across the border. A Swiss border patrol man asked us to
stop and asked us what we were doing with our fridge. My companion
looked at him and said "Its a French fridge". The border patrol man
looked left and then right and said "go, get that out of here!" haha
he was such a stereotypical swiss man we couldn't help but laugh at
the whole situation! (if you didnt get the joke its because swiss
hates everything not made in and by swiss people)
    We got home from our swiss adventures Friday evening in time to go
eat dinner with one of the many senior couples here in Lyon and our
investigator Gabriel who got baptized the day after! I got to teach
Gabriel a whopping TWO times before he got baptized! haha, he was
really prepared though! He came up from Nigeria into Spain and got
involved with gangs and drug trafficking. He said one night he
literally heard a voice tell him that he needs to change cities. So he
packed up and moved to France. While at the grocery store he saw some
missionaries walked up to them and asked if they would teach him about
Jesus chris; up to this point he had been Muslim. The missionaries
started teaching him last transfer and everything has been working out
great! Gabriel speaks like five languages including english(thats what
they speak in Nigeria) and talks to us like a gangster! He always
answers the phone saying "yo whats up my missionaries?" Gabriel is
really cool, I am glad that I was able to be there for his baptism.
    Church. A ward! I cannot tell you what its like to move from being in
a tiny struggling branch to a fully functioning ward! It is wonderful!
And there are three teams of missionaries in our ward! There are Four
wards in Lyon. Definitely the biggest city I have ever served in!
haha, the ward that I am in (the confluence ward) has had FIVE
baptisms in the last month and a half. Going to the class for new
members and investigators was ridiculous. We had over thirty people!
Lyon is just growing so fast! And there are a lot of stories of people
contacting the missionaries here in Lyon! Some missionaries have been
calling it the promised land! You litterally just walk out side and
find people to baptize. In some ways I'm kinda bummed that we have to
be driving all over the mission instead of just finding here in lyon
but who can complain with driving all over France and Swiss!

Well tires just got put on. Ill follow up with photos later in the day. LOVES!

Avec amour,
Elder Keller

Monday, November 23, 2015

letter from Grant - November 23, 2015

Sent: Monday, November 23, 2015 1:58 AM
Subject: Moving to Lyon

So I got transferred from Nimes. Kinda sad, Nimes was a really cute
city with good people. I am going to be an office Elder in Lyon. But
not just any office Elder! An office Elder that opens and closes
apartments. Two transfers ago the mission started downsizing the
amount of missionaries that she had and so President made a team of
missionaries to open and close apartments. We get to drive all around
the mission (including Swiss) and throw away old furniture or buy new
furnishings for apartments. As exciting as this all sounds we will
mostly doing missionary work. Which I am excited to work in Lyon! It
sounds like we will even have someone with a baptismal date for next
week! So thats pretty cool.

Other than that we had just a normal week. Trying to do missionary
work with an early curfew. We fixed a baptismal date for Anjes!! She
is scheduled for the twelfth of december. Its kinda sad that I wont be
there to see her but I am glad that she is so eager to hop in the
font! haha

Miguel is just being Miguel, he says he has been praying and asking
god if the Mormon is the way to go but he wont pray in front of
us....and he started telling us about the time he spent with the free
masons... I told Elder Connell to just put him on the back burner. He
still wants to see us and he really wants to read the Pearl of Grand
Price but unfortunately those are not so easy to get in French. And we
usually don't give them to people until after they have been baptized.
I don't know, we will see.

Louis, I called Louis last night to say good bye. He is doing really
well still! I hope he continues taking the lessons. I think I will
miss him most out of all of our investigators here in Nimes.

Overall, I really enjoyed Nimes. I learned how to free style rap from
Elder Connell. I learned how to speak like a southerner from Elder
Connell, and I learned how to love a whole district worth of
Missionaries! haha

Keep me posted on terrorist attacks and the such! We cant read the
news and stuff so we get left out pretty often.

Anywho, Love ya tons!

Elder Keller :)

Monday, November 16, 2015

grant's letter

Sent: Monday, November 16, 2015 6:09 AM
Subject: Im sure you just want me to talk about terrorism.

    This week threw the mission a curve ball!  This
Saturday we woke up at 4:30 because President Brown sent everyone a
massive text explaining that we were not aloud to leave the apartment.
Later that day, while talking to members, we learned of the multiple
shootings and terrorist attacks. Its all really sad to think about.
    Overall our mission has changed. We must be inside by 6:00 o'clock
(sundown) every single day unless we are with a member. We are no
longer aloud on trains and subways(this seems more temporary though)
and we can no longer be around public gatherings or in any other
situation where there are lots of people. Its all really crazy to
think about. The whole culture of the mission is changing. We have
tried to be efficient in the apartment with all of our new found time
but its a struggle to stay on task and there really isn't much to do.
We have already called everyone in the area book. So I guess we will
start over? I don't know, we might try and have lessons over the
phone? We will see. Saturday Night President Brown sent us a text that
talked about not having fear and being strong and explained that one
way we can show our strength and our courage is by coming to church.
He then asked us to send this message to Every person in the area
book. We had three less actives and an old investigator come to
church! It was really cool! Our goal as a mission was to get two
hundred investigators to church this week; apparently, the mission has
never had more than two hundred investigators at church. We had two
hundred and eighteen as a mission. So that was really cool!
    Louis(last week I spelled it luis), is doing well. Elder Connell and
Elder Spencer, on exchange got to see Louis. They did the first half
of the plan of salvation. Normally we can get all the way through but
Elder Spencer said that Louis had a lot of honest questions about the
fall and stuff. It also didn't help that the member they brought LOVES
to teach. He honestly could talk for days but when he teaches he has
to explain EVERYTHING! So apparently Louis got to learn all about the
war in heaven and Elder Spencer says he thinks the member was quoting
lines from the temple videos...he wasn't sure though because we cant
go to the temple serving here in France. My companion took a video at
Louis house. Apparently Louis has a really nice BMW and a super rare
wolf dog thing!
    Miguel came to our second appointment this week a little drunk...He
has made progress and he keeps commitments. We may put him on the back
burner. Especially with the new time crunch.
    Lin! Lin is a funny little Vietnamese college student. We contacted
her our second week here but she went on vacation and didn't want to
meet with us until she finished finals. Anyways, she was really fun to

teach. Asians just see the world differently and I love it. She has a
Protestant friend that introduced her to Christianity and so when she
prays she says funny things. A good rendez vous, But im not sure how
interested she is i our religion. We will see.

    Anyways, that seems to be our week! Love you, stay away from terrorists.

Avec amour,
Elder Keller

Monday, November 9, 2015

grant's letter on November 9th, 2015

Sent: Monday, November 9, 2015 5:27 AM
Subject: Train revolutions...

    This week was not a lot of missionary work and LOTS of trains! We had
to go to zone conference in Axon-Provence Monday to Tuesday, president
brought his handmade long bow to "prove a point". He nailed a water
bottle from like a hundred feet away outside the church using hand
carved arrows. He explained that because the arrows were hand made
they have more imperfections than normal and often jeer off to the
side when you shoot. All this to emphasize the Miracle that Nephi had
when he went looking for food with one arrow and the bow he made. It
was pretty darn cool! It was the only conference where he hit the
water bottle.
    We saw Miguel this week! We brought a member who ended up taking all
of our lesson time to argue with Miguel over Jesus being Jehovah of
the old testament. Every time this topic comes up Miguel can't let it
go because one of his friends who, speaks Hebrew, showed him un
original Hebrew bible that changes the whole "i am" quote that jesus
gives. We are seeing him tomorrow to talk about the Plan of Salvation.
Miguel has read all the way up through Alma now! Pretty cool! He also
has been  trying to crack our Gospel Principles book. I cant tell if
he really wants to find the true religion or just prove all the others
    Louis is doing well, he has read everything we have assigned him and
has some questions on the god Head. It will be good to brush up on
that. Unfortunately we couldn't see him this week thanks to the train
strikes but Wednesday will be the day.
    Train Strikes, so we have heard two different stories from people.
The first is that a man got hit by a train at a train stop and thanks
to French regulations they couldn't move the body until it had been
properly analyzed and so all trains coming through this train station
got super delayed. The other story is that all of the Train workers in
some city up and started protesting and so all trains coming through
that train station got Super delayed. Both could be true. All I know
is that on our way to stake conference our train was delayed for TWO
HOURS. And it didn't help that our train ride was three hours away.
When we finally got to Toulouse stake conference had thirty minuets
left. But I still got to see all of my old Rodez Friends :) Pictures
down Below! Patrick had to go to the bathroom to cry and Mathias
flying jump kneed me in my thigh knocked me over. I bruised.
Unfortunately Madame Gill went to the conference session the day
before. It was super good to see everyone though! I even got to type

up conference for Patrick again:)
    We got in touch with a less active named Harvey! He races cars for a
living! He drives like an ANGEL! All his turns make you feel like the
car is riding on clouds or something! I dont know how to explain it
but just the way he drives is SUPER smooth! He is doing good! We got
him reading again and he wants to come to church Sunday and talk to
the Bishop about some stuff. Hervey also works at local races and
stuff! And he ran a marathon! Instant cool points! But this last race
that he did they ended up having some Hundred kilos worth of left over
pasta. So he gave us twenty Kilos! haha We ended up bringing most of
it to stake conference and feeding all the missionaries when we got
back to the apartments :) SO Much Pasta!!!
    Yup, that about summes her up. Thanks so much yall for yalls love and
for yalls nice words.

Avec amour,
Elder Keller

Monday, November 2, 2015

Grant's letter - Nov 2