Current Mailing and Email Address

Current Address:

Letters and Packages:
Elder Cameron Keysor
Misión San José Costa Rica
Apartado Postal 249-2010
San Jose, Costa Rica

Phone: 506 2234-1940 ( for packages only)

Emails:
cameron.keysor@myldsmail.net

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Week

Hola Familia,

Well I don't know where to start. It was an amazing week. Things just took off. This area is amazing. It is one of the best areas of my mission. It isn't hot. Every morning the fog rolls in and it has a nice cold breeze all day long. The weather is absolutely amazing. The members are great. In the short time that I have been here the members have helped us out a ton and feed us a ton. The area is huge. Enormous but we have been trying to work smarter and that has really paid off. This week we had more new investigators than any other area in the whole zone. We had 14 new investigators this week. We put the goal of 2 new investigators a day and we did it. Our investigator pool is huge and it keeps getting bigger. And the crazy part is that it was the holy week here. Holy week is when the people celebrate the death of Jesus Christ. It is all week but it really starts Thursday and ends Sunday. During this time everyone goes to the beach or the Catholics go to church. So finding people in their house is almost impossible. But we found a ton of new people. It was amazing. We also brought 5 people to church. It was the first time that this ward has seen more than 3 investigators in church in 4 months. The members got really excited. The church building here is a house. They are building a new chapel that will be ready in August. The attendance here is about 150 people. The people don't all fit so they have to film the sacrament meeting and play it on TVs that are placed in the other rooms. It is really interesting. The baptismal font is a pool too. It is pretty cool. And that's the other thing. We are planning to have 2 baptisms this Sunday. So we are just taking off right now. Things are going great.

So as you can tell I am really happy here. We had some great experiences so far. The other day we were walking and we talked to someone and they told us to go and visit the guy next door. We went to visit him but he was drunk. He was really mad about something and told us to go and talk to his wife. We went and talked to his wife. We knocked on the door and the son opened the door and the mom was crying on the couch. She told us to come in. We talked to her and she told us that her husband and her got into a fight. She later explained to us that she had been baptized in the church but hadn't attended church in 5 years. We gave her a blessing and told her that we would pass by later in the week to see how she was doing. When we passed by later in the week the husband was home and sober. We shared a small scripture and he told us that he wanted to change and that he knew that we could help him. He accepted to be baptized and was willing to start making changes in his life to bring peace and happiness in his family. It was an amazing experience but it was amazing how the spirit guided us to that family. We had a ton of experiences like that all week long. It was amazing. 

So far things are great with my companion. He wants to learn and is willing to work so that makes things a lot easier. We both have high goals so we are working hard to meet our goals. He is a funny kid and we are having fun working together. 

Well things are great. For Easter we ate at the bishops house. He is a gringo from Canyon Country, California. He knows the M family. So it was funny talking to him. His last name is M. Maybe you know him. He is here for work but goes back to the states in June. Well all is good. I am happy and having fun. I love you guys and miss you guys a lot. Have a great week. Nos Vemos!!! :)

Pura Vida, 

Elder Keysor
My New Home 




I work out on the balcony.

My New Companion - Elder G.




P-Day Tennis Fun
P-Day Football Fun

Changed Again

Hola Familia,

Well this week started off great. We were all pumped up after having 16 baptisms that we went crazy looking for new people to teach. We ended up receiving 20 references from members and we found 12 new investigators and we set 9 baptismal dates. It was a really good week. Plus we ended up having members go out and do visits with us everyday this week. We are really starting to pick things up and getting a lot of support from the members. So it was a great week and we are excited to start this week. 

But Sunday night we got a phone call. I had changes. So today in the  morning I had to wake up at 5 to get to my new area. My new area is San Ramon in Alajuela. It will be the third time that I have been in Alajuela and I think this is going to be my last area. It seems good. I have only been here for a few hours but it looks good. It isn't hot here which is nice. It has a nice breeze. My new companion is Elder G. He is from El Salvador.  So far that is all I know about my new area. 

Besides that I am doing great. I was able to see the ocean before I left my last area. I went on divisions and there was a beach nearby. I called the mission nurse about my eyes. She said that if they started to bother me I could go and see a doctor. They aren't bothering me anymore and I am able to use my contacts without pain.  I have been using my contacts all week and nothing. The only thing is that I ran out of contact solution so I have to buy more. 

Well that is the big news for this week. I expect to have more things to write you guys next week. Have a great week and say hola to everyone there in Arizona. Have fun. I love you guys a lot and miss you too. Nos Vemos!!

Pura Vida,

Elder Keysor



What a week - 16 Baptisms

Hola Familia,

Well it was a very interesting and really busy week. The week started off great. We were getting phone calls of missionaries super excited because they had baptismal dates with people for this weekend. We finished with 16 baptisms this week as a zone. It was amazing to see so many people in white clothes. We ended up having the baptisms after the last session of General Conference on Sunday. The whole stake comes here to see conference because they can't watch it on TVs. We ended up having a huge baptismal service. It was super cool. Everyone was super happy. There was just happiness in the air. Sunday night everyone was calling us and congratulating us for our hard work. President was really excited and we really had the best week out of all the mission. The next closest zone had 8 baptisms. We were really excited last night.

Plus we ended up having the baptism of J. J got baptized on Friday because the members that bring him to church couldn't come on Sunday. So we had the baptism on Friday. It was amazing. J came running into the church with the biggest grin on his face. He honestly couldn't sit still. He was bouncing all over the place. We had the primary do the whole baptismal service. The primary kids gave the talks, the prayers and the special musical numbers. It was such an spiritual experience. The kids are always really spiritual. After the baptism the spirit stayed in the room. The best part is that the lady who is legally in charge of J came to the baptism. Afterwards we asked her what she thought of the baptism. She just asked us what she needed to do to get baptized. We were really excited and now we are going to start to work more with her to help J to stay strong in the church.

So that is really how the week went. It was full of good news. Now comes the hard work of finding a lot of new investigators to keep things going. We have a lot of plans this week to have a lot of new investigators by the end of the week.

Well things are great here. Hot as usual. It is raining a little bit right now but it is still hot. I am getting a little lazy with the picture taking but I am really going to work on it this week. I promise. It seems like things are going good at home. I actually never had that 15 minutes program but I remember hearing about it. Kendal is already being a missionary. That is cool. Kylie is still Kylie. A super hero freak. Everyone told me that the new Captain America is really good. 

General Conference was really good. It was the first time that I watched it in spanish. The internet wasn't working well to watch it in english. I really enjoyed it. Especially the priesthood. It was amazing. There were a lot of great talks. I will have to start studying them here soon.
Well I love you guys and miss you guys a lot. It seems like everything is the same at home. Have a great week. Nos vemos!!

Pura Vida!!

Elder Keysor
What a week - 16 baptisms.
Baptism of J

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Goals

Hola Familia,

Well this week was crazy. I had to travel all over the zone to do baptism interviews. So 4 days out of the week, I spent on the road in a bus. It was exhausting. But that is what I have to do when there are a lot of baptisms. The bad news is that we finished this month horribly. We finished with 19 baptisms this month. The goal was 30 and we didn't even get close. I have learned a lot of things from sports that I have applied here on the mission and one of the best things I have learned is dealing with failure. So we looked at what we did wrong and changed what needed to be changed. The best part is that we start off April as a new month and a new goal. The goal still is 30 and we can meet this goal this month. The zone started working hard and we have 20 investigators waiting to get baptized this weekend. So things are looking good right now, the zone is super excited. We have a lot of work to do and it is going to be an interesting week.

This week we are going to have a baptism. His name is J. He is ten years old. He was a reference we received from some recent converts. He doesn't have any parents. His parents abandoned him when he was little and he lives with an aunt. But he spends all day at the recent converts house. J is great. He is super excited to go to church every week. He is really happy going to church and it is a huge change from where he was before. We are really excited to have the baptism this week.

We have been working hard to schedule baptismal dates in the first lesson. It has been going great. That's a great goal Dad of putting one a day. But on average we get 3 to 4 new investigators a day and 3 to 4 baptismal dates a day. So our goal is a little bit more. The challenge we are facing right now is getting people to church. Everyone is accepting the baptismal dates but here it is a requirement to attend church 3 times before they can get baptized. We can't baptize them until they come to church and if they never go to church they can't get baptized. So that is the challenge we have. It is hard because the people don't have money for the bus or the church is far for them to travel. We are really trying to find ways to get people to church.

It seems like things are going great at home.  It was great to hear everyone is doing great at BYU too.
So things are good. Still Super Hot but things are great and I am having fun. I miss you guys and have a great week!

Pura Vida,

Elder Keysor

Funny Stuff

Hola Familia,

This week was a fun week. We had to do a lot of divisions this week because of baptismal interviews. So my companion went and did the divisions and I stayed in the area working. It was a fun week because we started working in a new areas. The area here is really big but the missionaries before only worked in one part. We haven't been having that much success in that area. We are continuing to work in that area and also work outside to find new people. We have had some success with that. We have been receiving a ton of references. We received 25 references this week and all of them have been from members. So that is really going to help us get going. We have had to walk a lot lately but are also finding a lot of people from it.

One of the best things that we have been doing lately is challenging people to baptism in the first lesson. In the beginning of my mission it was really weird challenging people in the first lesson but now it is easy. Plus it is a goal that we have as a companionship. It really helps us get people progressing faster. It is really interesting and we have been doing well with that goal. All of our new investigators have baptismal dates.

I am honestly can't remember what happened this week. It's all a blur. The days are going by so fast. Don't worry I haven't missed a day of writing in my journal. Funny things that happened this week. First, we were praying at night and I was praying on top of a couch we have in the house. When we finished, I lifted up my head and hit my forehead on the corner of the drawers that were above the couch. So I have a bruised on the middle of my forehead and it bleed a little bit so there is a scab too. It looks so stupid. Second, I saw a sloth. It was super cool. It was hanging in the tree and moving super slow. Third, we went to do interviews in an area that was really far (about an hour and a half away). We went to do the interviews and when we finished we realized that we missed the last bus of the day to get back home. We had to take a bus to San Jose and then take another bus that took us home. Lastly, it has been raining a little bit and every time it rains I don't bring my umbrella. Oh and I am forgetting a lot of english too. I had to help someone with their english homework and I am sure I was more confused than they were. It was embarrassing. Just some of the funny stuff that happened this last week.

Sounds like everyone is busy at home. Kylie with sports and Kendal with dance and singing. Good luck on all of those concerts and shows. Kylie keep running hard and make sure you rest so that you don't get burned out. I can't believe mom is still working on girls camp. How many years do you guys have working on girls camp? Dad how are things going with the missionary work there? I hope it is all going well and hopefully you have found some things that can help speed up the work.

I miss you guys a lot and hope you guys have a great week. Nos Vemos!!

Pura Vida!!

Elder Keysor
The Sloth

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It's HOT

Hola Familia,

Well it was another HOT week. Really HOT as usual. But I am slowly getting used to it. We didn't have a great week like last week but we learned a lot about the area and the ward. It was a rough week because we had to travel to San Jose for a multi zone conference with President. So we lost all day but we learned a lot and it was a lot of fun. We had to practice lessons and when we were practicing President came to join us. It really helped because he was able to give us tips to help us become a better missionaries. The zone conferences are always helpful to us as missionaries. The craziest part was that we had Stake Conference yesterday. We went to set up the church and we were going to watch a transmission from Salt Lake. Everyone showed up in the Stake. The church was full. We had to set up TV's in other rooms to fit everyone and there were still people outside trying to watch the transmission. There was a total of 458 people in the Stake Conference. It was ridiculous. It was a great conference. Richard G Scott and Dallin H Oaks gave great talks. They really focused on ways to help reactivate members. It was perfect because my companions and I have been really focused in on that this week. Our ward has had a lot of baptisms but the attendance hasn't changed much. We are really focused on reactivating and baptizing so that the attendance can increase. So it was a really helpful Stake Conference. 

Well our focus here lately is on working a lot more with the members. That has really been the focus of my whole mission and it really has helped a lot. We are really working on getting to know all the members, actives and less actives and so far things are going great. We have received a lot of references and things are really going to change. The bishopric wants to go on visits with us this week. We are really starting to get support from the members.

Everyday is an adventure. I will walk you through a typical day in the life of Elder Keysor. Wake up at 6 and start working out behind the house. 7 get cleaned up and eat. 8 study. 9 study with my companions. 11 study spanish. 12 go and eat at a small restuarant that is owned by a member. It is super good. I usually have steak with rice and beans. The best is on Saturday when they have a special dish that they only sell here in this area called rice and beans. It is rice and beans with coconut milk and spicy chiles. It is so good and usually has chicken in it too. It is the best. After lunch we jump on a bus to get to our area. Our area is small but full of people. It is dirt roads and small houses. The people are really humble and really love listening about God. The biggest challenge is getting to church. Church starts at 8 in the morning and they have to get on the bus at 7:30 to get to church on time. So it is really early and they usually don't have money. We really have to help them understand sacrifices to get them to come to church. But the people are great and we are being received by many people. We work from around 2 to 8:30. We have to take the bus at 8:30 to be home by 9. At 9 we plan for the next day. Around 10 we start receiving phone calls from the district leaders about how things are going in their districts. We have 3 districts in our zone. 13 areas and 27 missionaries. 4 sisters and 23 elders. It is a great zone and everyone works hard. The only challenge is the distances between the areas. We sometimes have to take a bus that is about an hour or two to get to some of the areas. It is really big. We try to finish the phone calls by 10:30 but they usally go till 11. Then bed and get as much sleep as possible to be ready for the next day. So that is my day. It is crazy and exhausting but there is always something fun with everyday and I love it!!

Well things are going well here and it seems like things are going well at home too. FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS DAD!!!!!!!!!! I hope you had a great birthday and I wish I could have been there. Thanks for everything that you do for me and all the support you give me. You are great and a great example for me and thanks for all the tips that you give me every week. Keep working hard to help the missionaries at home. You are doing great. Thanks too mom for gettting everything set up for school. I know it wasn't easy but thanks. I missed Kendal's letter this week. I know that she has been busy with school work so it is ok. Good Luck on your concerts this week. Kylie needs to start working out with Aaron if she wants to get faster. Plus my companion Elder L told me something this week that really hit me. "There is no such thing as physical disability, only mental disability" you got to be mentally strong if you want to be successful. 

Have a great week everyone. I miss you guys and love you a ton. Nos Vemos!

Pura Vida!!

Elder Keysor
Goat for Sale
A friendly visitor on his pancake mix.

Loving Life

Hola Familia,

Well my first week here in my new area was a very interesting one. We worked really hard to find a ton of new people and also get to know the area. This last week we found 19 new investigators and 16 of them accepted to get baptized. So we got a lot of work to do. This area is great. It is smaller but there are a lot of people and they are all willing to receive us. So it makes finding new investigators really easy.
Plus we had a baptism. First week and one baptism. His name is S. He is 18 years old and an amazing person. He was really prepared to get baptized. He was a reference from another member and really loves the church. He used to have dreads but he cut his hair before his baptism. He also wants to be a missionary. He came to church on Sunday in a suit. He is just a great person. He was so happy after his baptism.

I also went on divisions this week. The pictures I uploaded are from these divisions. I went to a place that is called Puerto Viejo. That place is so cool. I felt like I was Tarzan because everything was jungle. The church there is really small. There are only 35 members so the church is actually a house. The missionaries live in the church. It is crazy and in the back there is a pool for their baptisms. I took pictures of the church and the pool out back. Honestly this zone is so cool.  It is completely different than any of my other areas. I am seriously in the jungle. It is really HOT but it is super green. It is an adventure everyday. I seriously like it here.

My companions are great. Yep Elder Hess was trained by Elder S and they are really similar. It is really funny. He is a great missionary. The people here love him. He makes me laugh a lot. My other companion Elder L is amazing. I am learning a lot from him everyday. Just seeing him get ready in the morning is amazing. Elder L is 24 years old and has a ton of faith. Elder L was in an accident before his mission. He doesn't have a left leg. That is why he is serving here in Costa Rica. He uses a fake leg made of carbon fiber. He may have a disability but that doesn't stop him. He walks faster than me and I have two legs. It is honestly something you just have to see. He is an amazing person and I learn something new with him everyday.

I think you can tell that I am really happy. Super Happy actually. I love my new area and my companions. There is nothing to complain about. It's really really HOT but I am going to have a nice tan when I am done here. Everything is Pura Vida!!!

It seems like everyone is doing great at home. I hope mom had a great birthday. I love you guys a lot!! Have a great week!!
Pura Vida!!

Elder Keysor


Elder Keysor, Elder H baptism of S and Elder L. 
The church in Puerto Viejo - a house.
The churches baptismal font.