Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 2016 Happenings

 more rain, another turtle, nails done with Morgan, Christian Prom with Hayden and dinner in our back yard, skype with Grant for Mothers Day :), trip to Pennsylvania to see Mike's family, John Wait concert with Troy, Ana award for doing well in Math, Morgan and Ethan Orchestra Concert, more rain - three weeks on and off in May and two weeks the pool flooded down the steps into the pond and the pond came up past the fence, this month really wore Troy out!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

grant's letter - May 23, 2016

Sent: Monday, May 23, 2016 12:33 PM
Subject: I ate a marvelous. It was okay.

Sorry, we just got back from doing service, I am a sweaty mess  and
can't think of what to even write about for this week. :P anywho, just
ate a pastry called a merveilleiu or translated a "marvelous". It was
just really sugary. "Surly mad decent" as the kids are saying these

Everyone is doing well, we are seeing a Tahitian family tomorrow to
talk about the baptism of their ten year old daughter. The family was
in Iraq or something crazy like that for the past few years and so she
never had the chance to get baptized at eight. So we get to teach her.
Children are always fun to teach. Sometimes I wonder if we would be
doing better work out finding new people or even spending time with
our other investigators.

We ate at a members house this last Sunday and it turns out that Elder
Orr fed their son while he was on his mission. The family got a kick
out of that and just loved him.  They are a fascinating family. She
was Muslim to the core until about twenty. Read the Book of Mormon
twice in two weeks and upon reading it the second time prayed over the
promise given by Moroni and she felt something. She said it was the
most uniquely strange thing ever. She told us that it made her scared
because her religion teaches that there are sorceries in the word that
can cause you pain. She asked the missionaries what it was. They
explained, she asked  what she needed to do next, they told her to get
baptized. She stepped into the font a few weeks later after heavy
persecution from her entire family. Incredible.

I have come to learn that the lord rarely gives us more spiritual
witnesses than we need. Some will be bigger than others. Sometimes we
have to go for a while without seeing any, trusting all the way that
what we felt in the past is still the same. I often think back to the
most spiritually illuminating moment of my life, it's been a while
since I have felt like that, but remembering and pondering over it
reminds me of the personal love my Heavenly Father has for me; and all
of his other children. I love you all and wish you a great week. :)

Avec amour,
Elder Keller

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Grant's letter - May 18, 2016

Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 8:11 AM
Subject: Re: More Pau

Had a solid week, it rained all week so we spent more time then normal
going door to door. We knocked on a lot of doors in our own
neighborhood and surprisingly, the sister got there first! Haha, we
talked to a good dozen people who had already talked to the sisters
and thought they were absolutely adorable! Haha, so there is that.

Robertine was doing really well, saw her three times this week and
have everything going great for her baptism on the fourth. However,
our last rendez-vous with her she expressed her sadness for her
daughter who will be going into surgery in Madagascar. It's really
unfortunate that she can't be there. She wants everything to go well
so we have been praying lots for the both of them. Robertine moved to
France, got married, divorced, and has been working here to support
her daughter in Madagascar. She is living pretty rough but we love her
a lot. The Ward has been great in getting members to our appointments
with her. She knows a good bunch of people now.

Pierre fixed a date for the 23 of July. It's a ways out but he seems
fixed on it. His mom will fly out that day or in the month of August.
Fingers crossed she makes it out in July. He wouldn't see us this week
because his girl is in town... :/ she is an active member in Toulouse
and even came to church twice but she sucks up all of his time! Haha,
I am starting to better understand how my parents feel about my
relationships :P

Elder Orr and I came to the conclusion that Pau(pronounced P-oh) is
one of the most underrated cities. Everyone thinks that it's like a
struggling branch out in the middle of a forest but it has a
prospering Ward and wonderfully strong members with a lot of
potential. We are going to try really hard to find some new people as
well as change this city forever :)

Avec amour,
Elder Keller

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

letter from Grant May 10th, 2016

Grant Keller  Today at 12:17 PM

Well, the night before we got calls we all made guesses as to where we were going to get called to. I may have prophesied that Elder Abney would go to Vitrolles. And now look where he is! Should have just guessed that he would be staying.

We had a really solid week. We ate steak patties with cooked potatoes for district meeting.
Apperently there was salad. Hmm.
A really sweet member took us out to eat Moroccan food at a Moroccan buffet. Lots of couscous and lots of curry. It was good! The main dishes were really interesting. The deserts were not worth it. They were either dried fruit or covered in honey. Voila.


We also ate some really good sushi with Mildred! She is the best! Even if she did show up two hours late. I think that sushi was the best I have ever had! Haha and the lady even wanted to know more about the church so we gave her a card and asked her to call us :)


We also got to eat a goodbye dinner at the leungs house. NEMS!!!


Well, yeah. I said goodbye to Elder Abney yesterday. :( He was probably my most favorite companion. We just got a long really well. Had a good time. Baptized and taught really well together.

Et ouai.

Avec amour,
Elder Keller

Time for a break.