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

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Semana 4 - my first baptisms

Hola Familia,

So things have been good here this week.  The baptisms for Jazmin and Bismark this week went great. Bismarck had asked me to speak during the baptism. So I gave my first talk in Spanish at the baptism. It went really well. My Spanish has gotten pretty good. The baptisms were really neat. They were my first baptisms. It was such a cool experience. The next day was Sunday and we did the confirmations at Church. Jazmin accidently slept in so we had to run and wake her up for church. We barely made it in time for her confirmation. It was also neat because Bismarck also received the Priesthood yesterday. It is great to see your investigators progress through the gospel. So that was a great day. 

Our week had mainly been making sure that Bismarck and Jazmin were ready for their baptisms, but we also had a good week with other investigators. 

This week we went to go teach a recent convert family and we couldn´t find them so we were kinda mad.  I stopped at a store to get so snacks to eat.  I bought some chips and chocolate milk in a box, like a juice box. We were walking back and I was drinking my chocolate milk and it tasted funny. Usually the milk tastes funny, but this tasted really funny. But it didn´t bother me too much so I drank it all. Afterwards I looked at the juicebox to see what it was and on it it said "Breastmilk is the most nutrishous milk" I thought, "this is weird" and I looked for what type of milk it was and figured out that it was baby formula chocolate milk. It was so gross and Elder Siddoway thought it was so funny that he keepes telling everyone that I drank baby milk. 

For Thanksgiving, we went to a members house. We had soup and turkey. It was great. They don´t celebrate Thanksgiving like we do but they just have a lot of food - and rice and beans. 

On Saturday, the day of the baptism, we went to the church to fill up the font and study while we waited for it to fill up. We were studing and forgot that we left it on . We realized that it was still on because someone knocked on our door to tell us that there was water on the floor. We flooded part of the church. It took us forever to clean the church, but I learned from it.

The lessons are going great. I am getting to the point were I can say what I want and the investigators can understand me. The hardest thing for us with investigators is going to church. People work crazy hours here and never have a day off. One of our investigators works from 2 am to 12 pm everyday. So he is exhausted in the nights and has a hard time waking up for church on Sunday. Sometimes coffee is a hard thing but also the law of chastity is tough. Very few are married and nobody wants to get married. So that is tough to get them to change. Also the directions are horrible here. So most people will listen to us in the street, but they almost always give us fake addresses or fake numbers. It kills us. So we have been trying to change the ways we find new people. We have been using the members for references and having an English class at the church. Most people know some English but everyone wants to learn. Knowing English is the only way to get a good job. So we teach an English class on Friday nights for free. It is weird to teach English,  but the people like it a lot.

It is good to hear that everyone is doing well at home.  It is crazy to think that I have been here in Costa Rica for a month. I get updates on things in the world through members. Our bishop keeps me updated on sports. I can´t believe Norte Dame is in first - crazy. 

Things are great here. I enjoy being a missionary.  I am so glad that I decided to go on a mission. I have only started my mission and already have learned so much. The friendships that I have made here are great. I will have friends in two countries when I am done. 

I love you guys and miss you. Thanks for the presents. I havent gotten them yet because I havent needed to go to the Mission office.  I should be going there soon.  Kendal and Kylie,  keep working hard in school. Kendal work hard in that Spanish and Kylie in your school work too. Les amo and les extraño. Adios.

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor




Elder Siddoway, Jasmin, Bismark, Elder K and ward mission leader


Hola - Semana 3



Hola,

Hows it going? Things haven´t been too crazy this week. So I don´t have too many stories this week. I will for sure have more next week. But we are contuning to work hard and eat more rice and beans. I actually love the rice and beans here. They have something called gallo pinto. it is the famous dish here. It is really good. We found a great pizza place that sells a slice of pizza that is bigger than a Costco slice and a natural juice for 1,100 colones (about $2.20 in the US). Its really cheap and really good. So we will eat there a couple times during the week. 

Something funny this week was I learn that they dont flush the toliet paper here. I found this out the hard way. I tried to fix it but it wouldn´t work and my companion just laughed at me. I finally got it fixed and learned that they throw away the toliet paper not flush it. Because the sewage system isn´t very good. So that was an interesting experience.

On Friday, we woke up to find out that we were having a baptism that day. The Sister Missionaries called us to tell us that their investigator, Roy, was getting baptised that day. He was leaving the next day for Nicaragua and didn´t know when he was getting back. So he wanted to get baptized here. Friday was crazy getting ready for the baptisim. Roy had been one of Elder Siddoways investigators before the sisters came in and split the area. He had been investigating for a really long time and had a few challenges to overcome.  So we had his baptism on Friday and the confirmation too. It was my frist experience with a baptism here. It was a really cool experience. After the baptism, we took Roy and Bismarck to the temple. We took them on a tour and got to talk to the Temple president about the importance of temples. It was really neat and it was a great experience for both Roy and Bismarck. It's great that there is a temple so close to us here.

This Saturday we have two baptisms scheduled. One for Bismarck and one for Jazmin. We wanted to have Jazmin baptized last week but she didn´t feel ready yet so we are doing it this week. They both are really excited for their baptisms. We had a lesson with Jazmin the other day and Bismarck showed up at our lesson. He joined us and afterward I asked him what he was doing here. He just said he came by to help excite Jazmin for her baptism and invite her to church.  He is a missionary before he is even baptised. He is 28 yrs old so he can't go on a mission but it doesn´t bother him. He is always saying that his mission is here in Costa Rica. 

Everyone is getting ready for Christmas here. They don´t celebrate Thanksgiving, so it is all Christmas. We went looking for a cheap Christmas tree but instead bought a papa pitufo pinata. I'll send you guys a picture. We may be going to a members house for Thanksgiving. We will find out here soon. But everything is going well. Hopefully you guys sent those packages through the postal service not fedex. The mission doesn´t want things sent through fedex. Because we have to go to the office to sign for it and it is too hard for everyone to go there to sign for packages. 

Besides that, everything is solo bueno. They have a lot of funny sayings here. The ticos are really relaxed and things that are really bad in other spanish countries aren´t bad here. They call every girl a "guila" and in Mexico that means prostitute. So it is funny to here moms call their girls "guilas". A lot of times to say "hi" they say "oop". 

Say "hi" Nana and Tata while you are there for Thanksgiving and also to the whole family. Les extrano and les amo mucho. Hope everything is well with them. And I miss tacos and Mexican food. The food here is really good but nothing compared to Mexican food. 

Love you guys and hope everything is good. Miss you guys a lot. Be safe and make sure to eat at someburros for me. Nos vemos!

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor

Elder Siddoway, Bismark and Elder K

Ray, Elder Siddoway, Ward Missionary, Elder K

OUr Christmas piñata 


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Just visited a volcano

Hola familia,

Sorry I'm a little late today. We just got back from visiting a volcano. It was so cool. We went with a couple members and the sister missionaries in our ward. I took some pictures and will try to send them. Everything is going great here. I'm still eating rice and beans :-) . That butter stuff on the beans is natella. It is like a sour cream but way better. It is amazing on toast. We almost never cook. We went to pricesmart (the costco) last week and bought some cereal and pancake mix for breakfast and some snacks. Members always cook for us. One of my favorite places to eat is at the member's cafe.  Last week they gave us a plate of food with rice chicken, crab, oysters, shrimp and some other fish, it was so good. All the food is good. I haven´t eaten anything weird. I had liver the other day. It was ok. I just don´t ask what it is and eat it. The kids here love the smurfs but they aren´t called the smurfs. They are called los pitufos. It is so cool.

We average about 5 lessons a day if we plan right. We walk a ton but take a taxi and a bus when we can. But taxis are expensive. We had a cool experience with a bus this week. We got on a bus to head back to a lesson after teaching one to the members farthest away. The only problem was that the bus went right instead of left to head back. We never go the direction to the right, never. But we never had the thought of getting off. We didn´t want to walk so we hoped that the bus would turn around. Well it never did. We stayed on the bus to the last stop and had to get off. Well, there was a family on the bus that were laughing at us. It was pretty funny. So this family invited us to join them in their house while we waited for an hour for the next bus. While we waited, we taught them a lesson. They were great and totally open, it was really great. So we have an appointment to teach them again. The only issue is that it is a 30 min bus ride from our house. It is really far. 

Jazmin and Bismark are doing great. Both have a baptism date for the 24th of this month. We are so excited. Bismark is amazing. He has such a strong testimony. He asked me at church on Sunday if he could give his testimony during church. I told him he could during our Sunday school class for all the investigators. So he did and it was so powerful. He is an investigator of gold. He gets to church early to help us bring other investigators to church. He also shows up every morning at 6 am to play soccer with us at the church. We play soccer in the mornings for our exercise. We actually get a lot of people to play with us. People are always willing to play soccer here. Jazmin is great too.  And it is amazing to see how much she has progressed. 

We got this great reference this week from a member. His name is A---. He is 17 and never passed kindergarten. He can´t read and isn´t educated, and has Word of Wisdom problems. But he really wants to change, which is cool. He knows he has issues and has an amazing vision for his future. The only issues are he can´t read and needs work on the Word of Wisdom problems. So we are going to have to work with him a lot.  It is neat to see people who want to change. 

I can´t remember if I told you about O---. We met him one day while he was drunk in the street and he knew a lot about our church. It is obvious that he has a drinking problem. We found out that he had been taking the lessons from the missionaries some time ago because his mom wanted him to change his life. But his mom died while he was taking the lessons. So he went back to drinking and he became too dangerous to teach. So we ran into him on the street and tried to help him stop drinking. He has a great dream for his future but he is always drunk. Well, we hadn´t seen him for a while until yesterday. He looked completely different. He had shaven, got a haircut and had clean clothes. He had told us he hadn´t had a drink for 3 days. It was amazing to see him like this. We are hoping he continues on this path and are planning on teaching him too - if he keeps himself off the drink. It is amazing to see how people can change quickly. 

Everything is good. It poured rain the other day. It was crazy how much water was in the streets and on my clothes. Last night I woke up to a strong earthquake. They are pretty regular here and pretty strong too. My spanish is progressing. Everyone says I can speak well. I can speak enough to carry a conversation but still have a lot to learn. 

It sounds like everything is good at home. Ser and Estar is hard Kendal. But work hard and you will get it eventually. I still don't always get it. Kylie keep being Kylie. Good luck in soccer and school. Work hard. Love you guys and hope everything is going great. I miss you guys and pray for you guys every night. Keep me updated on things. Most people here tell us what goes on in America. It is pretty nice. Love you guys. 

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor




Lagoon near Volcano

Volcano

Ward members and Elders and Sisters overlooking volcano 

Ward members with Elders and Sister missionaries on trail to volcano

Above lagoon with ward members and Sister Missionaries and my missionary companion
Me holding hands with a statue - I don't know what it is for...


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Costa Rica - Semana 2


Hola Familia,

Things are crazy here and there is so much to say. I want to answer all your questions but it will be tough to get everything in. So I will tell my stories and hopefully I can answer some questions as things start to settle down. 

Things are great here. I love the people and the members here are great. Our bishop is amazing and he speaks great English and I really like him. He has only been a member for a little over a year, but investigated the church for 19 years. He is amazing and has huge plans for this ward. The ward averages about 110 people every Sunday - the ward covers two areas. The sisters have one part and we have a new part.  Almost all the members are in the sister's area. The members are always willing to help us with anything. They are always feeding us and helping us with references. Our rooms started to get really cold so some of the members gave us blankets to sleep with. Mine is a Spongebob blanket and my companions is Cars. Sleeping at night is so much better now. 

The members at times have a hard time saying my name so some figured that I look like Nicholas Cage. So they call me Elder Cage as a joke. They think it is hiliarious. They also think that I'm 25 years old. It is crazy when I tell them I just turned 19. One of the families here is really far into our area, and they own a cafe. So whenever we are tired from walking we go to the cafe and they give us free drinks and food. The cafe´s specialty is seafood, it is so good. They are a really active family and have 3 kids. 

I pretty much have a ton of "Moms" here. Between the members and the sister missionaries here, I am always taken care of. It is really nice. If we need anything, we just ask and someone will help us. 

We are teaching a couple of people right now. We have one that is supposed to be baptized this Saturday, but we may move it back because we still need to teach her some things. Her name is Jazmin and is 18 yrs old. She is a single mom with a 2 yr old daughter. She really likes the church and what it teaches. She is great and her daughter loves the church too. Another investigator we have is Bismark. He just moved here a couple weeks ago from Nicaragua. He is amazing. We have just been teaching him a little bit and already he has a huge testimony. On Saturday night, the ward had a farewell for a missionary in the ward. Everyone was able to say something to the missionary before he left. Well, Bismark came with us and just jokingly I asked him if he wanted to go up and say anything. He said he did. I was shocked and thought I said something wrong in Spanish. My comp said "Yes, you said the right thing". Bismark actually wanted to say something. So he went up and said "I don´t really know you but I know God has a purpose for you in your life and this mission will help you fullfill this purpose. You will change the lives of many and you will become a fisher of men." It was so powerful and everyome was silent. Afterwards the bishop came to us and asked "Who is this guy?" and we said he is an investigator. The spirit was so strong it was crazy. We are hoping to have a bapitsmal date here soon. Besides that, we are out contacting a lot. It is a new and large area, so we have to find people to teach. So a lot of walking and contacting. 

My legs are going to be huge by the end of my mission. There is so much walking and all of it is hills.  Every night I'm am just wiped out from the day. 

There are two big soccer teams here, La leaga and Surprisa. You are a fan of one of those teams and that's it. The two teams played last night and it was so crazy. Surprisa won so people were burning La leaga jerseys in the streets -  it was crazy. 

So Halloween kinda stunk. We had to be in the house by 5 pm on Halloween for safety reasons. They don´t celebrate Halloween here, but do celebrate "El dia de la bruja" - Day of the witch. It isn´t a big holiday like the states. So we were in our house and there was a earthquake. It's been a while since I felt a earthquake. It was pretty strong.  A member brought over pizza to us because we couldn´t leave our house that night. 

Weather here is hot and wet. It is either raining super, super hard or hot and humid. I am sweating a ton. I sold my little umberella to someone here for 5 mil. and then bought myself a larger one. It was a great buy. So thats pretty much the weather. 

My area is north west from San Jose. The big area is called Alajuela. I think that is how you spell it. It is like 30 miles from San Jose. It is a really nice area compared to others. So I got really lucky to start my mission here. 

Here is my address:
Elder Cameron Keysor
Misión San José Costa Rica
Apartado Postal 249-2010
San Jose, Costa Rica

I can only get packages and mail when I go to the office or at change meetings which are every 6 weeks. Use the post office and don´t use Fedex.  With Fedex I have to sign to receive it and I wont be there for that.

So that is everything. I have to find a better way to read your letters and answer your questions. Sorry. Hopefully I will figure it out soon. Hope everything is well back home. Love you guys and talk to you next week.  Today we are going to checkout Pricemart, it is like the Costco here. 

Love,
Elder Keysor

Typical Breakfast - Beans, tortillas, chocolate milk
Elder Siddoway and Elder K
Breakfast of Champions!!!

Elder K and Elder Siddoway Halloween night - we had to stay indoors after 5 PM