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 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 :)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

  I guess this is our Utah Send off.  Over a foot of snow and it's still falling!  No plows on our street yet... Ana still wanted to go to school so she walked through the snow to the bus stop (1/2 mile) and waited for the bus, which was 30 minutes late - due to trouble getting up the hill.  She said three other kids got on the bus!  It should be a fun day at school with not very many kids running around.  As for that, there may not be many teachers there today either!

Good thing we made trains with friends and family yesterday!  

Letter from Grant Dec 14th

Sent: Monday, December 14, 2015 7:35 AM
Subject: Excitement in Geneva!

    This week was unfortunately not as cool as last week! haha In Fact it
was quiet a bit scarier.
    We started our week going up to Switzerland to finish moving in the
Fribourg elders. We got them started but this week we went up and
moved all of their stuff and bought the last couple things that they
needed. In short we took multiple trips back and forth from Geneva and
Fribourg. On Wednesday night  we planned to drive home to Lyon but we
got a call from one of the Geneva elders explaining that there were
currently two bombs somewhere in Geneva. Both of which the police were
trying to deactivate. So, we got to stay a third night in Geneva. We
knew that people had threatened the UN a few days earlier but of
course we didnt think anything would happen. Apparently one of the
members of the Spanish speaking ward in Geneva works for the police in
Geneva and so she was feeding the Spanish missionaries direct
information about what was going on. So far we have heard that the
police there found a bomb IN the police station, bomb making stuff in
the back of some truck, and then two in the metro. None of the bombs
have gone off fortunately! Go Geneva!
    We had weekly planning for the first time in three weeks. We felt
inspired to call someone from the potentials list and one of the old
investigators and we fixed two rondez-vous for tomorrow! haha, our
only free day for missionary work too! It was really cool to see the
lord provide for us.
    Saturday we took inventory of THE CAVE! The cave is where the mission
puts old and or spare furniture that is in good condition. However,
the cave is completely unorganized, like everything 19 year olds do,
and so no one really knows whats down there. So Elder Mahafee, one of
the senior couples in the office, assigned us to organize it and
document everything that we have. So we spent a few hours doing that.
We are about half way done now. Yeah office jobs. I can finally apply
all of the garage cleaning skills that my Father taught me when I was
    Sunday was fun, both of the sisters called in sick so we got to teach
the investigators/recent convert class for second hour. If you go onto
the mission website Sister Sweeny posted a picture of us teaching!
haha, we both look super lost and confused. Anyways, church was good.
Third hour was a little strange, the lesson was on stakes and their
roles. Unfortunately our stake president was there and people just
kept asking him questions about how the stake functions.
    Anywho, that sums up the week pretty easy. Im sorry we don't have any
investigators to write about yet. Well, I hope you all do well, have a
great week! :)

Avec amour,
Elder Keller

Found some roman ruins with some other elders

Monday, December 7, 2015

letter from Grant Dec 7, 2015

Sent: Monday, December 7, 2015 9:58 AM
Subject: Three Thousand Bornes

So we did three thousand Bornes this week! A Borne is a road marker
that is used to mark every kilometer. So sometimes people say that
they did x amount of Bornes which means x amount of kilometers. So for
those of you who don't like math we drove three thousand kilometers!
We literally started in Lyon, headed up north into Switzerland, went
down to Avignon(south eastern part of France), crossed ALL the way
over to Mont de Marson(west coast right under Bordeux) completely
spanning the country of France and back again. Oh, was it a ride!

Monday and Tuesday we were in Switzerland moving the Elders in
Fribourg to there new apartment. We even took a stop at Ikea to buy
some needed furnishings. After spending some quality time in the way
to clean country of Swiss we started our Long drive down to Valance.
We picked up Valances used drier machine and hauled it up to
St.Etienne. St.Etienne is a cute little city about forty five minuets
out of lyon. The sisters apartment there actually caught on fire a
month or two ago so we have been salvaging odds and ends from there.
Anyways, the Valance apartment got a new set of elders so we took two
dressers that survived the fire from St.Etienne and brought them down
to Valance for the new elders there. We slept at Valance Tuesday and
Wednesday night. Those elders are one crazy bunch!

We drove over to Vitrolle and Thursday morning I did my legality (I
just need to renew my  year long visa) and we had zone conference in
Aix-en-Provence! It was quiet an enjoyable little time! haha We helped
the Avignon elders buy and build a new bunkbed.

We drove and to Carcasonne and stayed the night there. Carcassonne has
a beautiful castle! wow! We woke up early Friday morning and drove out
to Mont de Marsone. Elder Acheson actually served there so we did some
service and ate with the cute old couple that he baptized. We picked
up Mont de Marsones queen size mattress and headed up to Brive
Saturday morning to pick up their spare dressers. After much squishing
and sliding we finally managed to shut the trunk of our car with a
full queen size mattress and the dresser that we had took apart. The
Matress will be going to a senior couple in Gap and the dresser is
going in the Fribourg elders new appartment.

WE drove for six hours with all this junk (picture) in the back of the car!
 oh what a trip.  We finished Saturday night off helping the Chinese team
 in lyon with one of their activities.  

Anywho, I love you all! I hope you all are doing well and don't have

 to haul massive crazy objects over three thousand Bornes!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Thanksgiving and other going ons : )

 We had a wonderful time in Idaho over Thanksgiving.  We stayed with Klint's family and had Thanksgiving dinner there with Grandma and Papa Keller.  We got our tails kicked in bowling by those Idaho Keller's, but it was a lot of fun.  We ate at Honkers - a favorite for Troy, saw a couple movies with cousins and grandparents, ate some more and just visited and relaxed.  It was a great holiday get-a-way!  Oh, we even bought some train making materials and made trains with Suzie, Jack and Max : )

 9 degrees at the gas stop.  Ethan was very happy he had brought his turtle costume to show the cousins, he slipped it on to stay extra cozy on the car ride home....
Ana got her braces off the last day in November, a happy day for us all! No more elastics floating around the house.

Troy got me some box tickets to the Jazz game, so I took my NYC girls.  They had a great time sitting on the front row!  Morgan and Calvin tagged a long and enjoyed the game too.  (Dec 4th). I was slightly disappointed that the bear didn't tease them at all!  Hahaha