8 hours ago
Monday, June 27, 2016
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2016 12:08 PM
Subject: Genève Week One
Subject: Genève Week One
So the work here is doing incredible! We have three people lined up
for baptism already.
Ali, Armenian who was referred to us by a less active. The
missionaries went to his house and after having taught him a good
while he stopped progressing so the missionaries just taught his
daughters and they both got baptized and now Ali wants to get baptized
too! So we are working with him as well as his wife. Ali is trying to
quit smoking but he doesn't seem to try a lot.
Serge, from the Congo and has an adorable family with two kids. Serge
has really flipped his life around since he met the missionaries. He
requested a Book of Mormon on line and then the missionaries showed up
and just started teaching. He said he would listen but didn't want to
go to church or anything. Our last lesson he told us that he will do
anything to get baptized. He has such a huge desire to have God in his
life. It's truly wonderful. He even said that after he gets baptized
that his wife will look into the church. It would be really cool to
baptize a whole family even if it's one at a time.
I haven't yet met our other investigator with a date. But if you want
to pray for her her name is Julian. She is dating a member so that's
probably where all of her time is going.
My new companions. Elder Wade, I hope the name sounds familiar to you
because it didn't to me :P Elder Jesse Wade is going to be starting
point guard for Gonzaga when he gets off of his mission. He is really
cool, we bro out all the time and he is a really good missionary.
Like, he just has a lot of people skills and so for him talking to
people and really just teaching people takes zero effort. He is a very
diligent very obedient missionary as well. I am really looking forward
to the rest of this transfer.
Elder Lutu is my other companion. He is a Samoan from Boise Idaho.
Might play football in college. Elder Lutu is on his fourth transfer
so he is still pretty young and doesn't speak French super well yet.
He is super fun though, great guy with a big heart. He has his head on
straight so we all work well together.
This week we drove down to Annecy to do a baptismal interview. I
interviewed a very prepared man who is on his way to the salt lake
temple to get sealed this upcoming year with his spouse. It always is
a pleasure to peak into the work of the lord in sectors other than
Anywho, Swiss is incredible! Fun fact! In Swiss French they have
different words for the numbers seventy and ninety in French French :)
that has been driving me off the walls! Haha, people either don't
understand what I say or I don't understand what they are saying. That
and when we went to church this last week people either assume that I
am German(Keller means cave or cellar in German) and because everyone
in Swiss speaks like five languages they all HAVE to ask me :) it's
pretty funny. Oh, and people, if they listen to me speak first, assume
I am native French :P I can't fool a Frenchy with my French accent but
I can fool a Swissy! I think we had five people at church not realize
I was a American or comment on my accent.
Something SUPER SUPER COOL about Geneva and the Kellers. If you look
back on our genealogy on Grandpa Kellers side of things we have an
ancestor name Serge Louis Ballif who was the First missionary to come
and open up the city of Geneva for missionary work and then years
later be the missionary president of this mission! He has a big ol
plaque dedicated to him in the Geneva chapel where we go to church
every Sunday! I took a picture of it :) It really is so amazing to
think that I am serving, walking, and teaching the gospel on the very
same streets as Serge! Maybe it sounds silly but it gives me a
reinvigorated drive to go out and just preach to everyone in Geneva.
It also seems to give Geneva a homely feel. Like, my ancestors used to
live and serve here before immigrating to Salt Lake. I don't know how
to explain it, but it gives me butterfly's in my stomach and makes me
more than proud to be here :)
Me next to Serge's plaque.