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Elder Cameron Keysor
Misión San José Costa Rica
Apartado Postal 249-2010
San Jose, Costa Rica

Phone: 506 2234-1940 ( for packages only)


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wow - Already 6 months and 4 months in Costa Rica -

Hola familia,
This week went by really fast. It is crazy how fast the times goes here. I didn't realize it,  but this week I completed 6 months in the mission, 4 months here in Costa Rica. Crazy. but it has been great. We had a good week, not as great as last week, but there were still good things. There are always good things to focus on each week. We weren´t able to teach our reference because she was sick,  but we are going to teach her a lot this week and hopefully we can still have the baptism this Sunday.

Yesterday we went to teach an investigator that we have been teaching for a while and we are just waiting for his answer now. We asked him to think about everything good that has happened to him during his time investigating. The spirit was so strong and he really thought hard about his experiences. But he wanted to receive something stronger to convince him. So we shared Alma 30:43-44. It kinda made him think. At this point the spirit was so strong and everyone felt it including his girlfriend. So we challenged him to baptism and we asked him to pray with us right then for an answer. We felt like it was the right thing to do but the funny thing was that after the prayed the spirit left. We don't know why but it left. After this lesson, we were thinking and we felt like this was still the right lesson to teach him but this still isn't his time, maybe another week. We feel that this this lesson was just to help him progress. We will see what happens.

This week we had changes. My comp and I are still together, but what happened is that I got called to District Leader. I am now District Leader over the the two areas in my ward and the missionaries in Belen. The district now is mostly sister missionaries. Only me and my comp are Elders the other 4 are Sisters. So this will be interesting.  I am going to learn a lot from this new position.

Things are going great with Spanish. My problem isn't Spanish anymore. My problem is English. I really can't speak English. We are teaching English classes and I am supposed to teach, but it is so hard for me and can be funny and frustrating sometimes. But I know that it is a good sign that I really am submerged in Spanish.

Well, I hope everything is going well at home. Kendal keep fighting in Spanish. It is hard but pray and study hard. But really be patient. It will come with time. Don't get angry, just keep moving forward. Kylie do more homework - ha ha

I love you guys a lot.  I have seen miracles through this gospel. Anything is possible with this gospel. Dad I would love to see the video you made. I have been working hard here to push people to serve missions. It has been great. We now have 9 people preparing to serve missions. It is really something special.

Well,  I love you guys and miss you guys a lot. Hope everything is going great for you guys.
Pura vida,
Elder Keysor

We went to see waterfall for P-Day

Same waterfall

Visit to waterfall on P-Day with sisters and ward members

Me and ward mission leader

Missionary activity

Outside on P-Day - me, comp and ward members

The ward mission leader, my comp and me

Me by the waterfall

An Amazing Week

Hola familia,

This week really was amazing. So as you know the last couple weeks had been hard for us. But we just kept moving forward. So this week it was super hot. I have been dying here. I can seriously feel the pounds falling off me. It is so hot!  But Tuesday was a great surprise. We left after lunch to walk really far (like always) and we taught a lesson with a new investigator we found. He is very good but works on Sundays so he can´t get to church. After the lesson, the sky got really dark. My comp said it was going to rain and I said "no" it is too hot and it isn't the rainy season. So we started walking, 15 min later it started to pour and seriously pour. We started running because we didn´t bring umbrellas. We ended up running to the church to find cover and we were hoping that it would slow down but it didn´t. So we ran to the house to get our umbrellas. We were soaked and when we left the house the rain stopped. It was the only rainy day this week. After that it has been hot as normal,  but the rain was refreshing. 

This week has been great. On Wednesday, we received a phone call from our District Leader saying that we had a reference. The reference was from the church offices in Salt Lake. We were shocked. This almost never happens. It is like "Charlie finding a Golden Ticket" in a Wonka Bar. We were shocked too because this reference was from a year ago. So we called the reference and she was really excited to hear from us. She had visited her sister, who is a member in Utah, last year and they went and visited all the historical sites in Utah. She really liked what she saw and gave her address to the missionaries. Right now her nephew just entered the mission in Brazil. We thought she is going to be a great investigator. We planned on visiting her on Saturday. Well,  Friday night we received a phone call from Utah. I answered it and it was the sister of the reference we received. She had told us that she is really excited that we are going to teach her sister the next day. She told us that she is the only member in her family and she has been waiting for this day all her life. It was a really amazing experience to talk to this lady on the phone and hear her crying tears of joy because we are doing something very special. I had the opportunity to talk to the whole family and they were really grateful for us to visit her the next day. They even said that their son in Brazil was really excited and hoped that we could help his aunt. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I really began to understand how important this work is. I always knew that it was important,  but I got to see it from another perspective. But what made it special was that I was able to relate it to our family.  I could understand how this sister felt because I could picture her as mom finding out that someone in her family is going to receive the missionaries.  When I put it in the perspective of our family, I felt the spirit so strong and really had the desires to help this family.

So the following day we went to visit the reference. We ended up walking 4 hours to find the house because it is really far in our area. It was a journey that really was worth it. We got to the house and she was ready to listen to us. We got to know her a little bit and started to teach her.  It was an amazing experience.  In the end of the lesson I had the strong impression to invite her to be baptized the 3rd of march. So I did it and it was the most powerful moment of the lesson. She accepted the date and said that she accepted it because her sister from Utah is going to be visiting this weekend and it would be a great surprise for her. I had no idea that the sister was coming that day but it really was a sign that the spirit was talking to us and this lady really had been prepared to accept us. Like it says in Alma, that there are angels preparing people to listen to the word of God, we just have to find them. This lady really was prepared, it was amazing. But really what made it the greatest experience of my mission, is that I was able to picture this lady as my family and how great it would be to have the missionaries teach someone in our family.  This is something that I will never forget.

Well the walk back was crazy. We had walked the farthest that we have ever walked to find this reference. 13 miles thanks to my new pedometer that Dad sent me. We had to return playing "frogger" with cars on the highway. It was really fun because we were on a "spiritual high" from the lesson we just had and what amazed me was that we weren't tired at all. Almost always we are tired from walking 5 miles but this day we walked the most ever and we weren't even tired. And while we were walking I though of the scripture in Isaiah 40:31, that says the people that put their faith in the Lord, will have the strength that they need. This day was a huge testimony builder and a day that really changed the way that I look at missionary work. Plus, it also was a sign that things are changing for us. We kept moving forward when times got rough and now we are starting to see the results of our hard work. 

I got my packages this week. I love them. I like the miniature games. I love you guys so much. There are times when I wish you guys could see what I am doing. Like I always say, the mission is the greatest decision of my life and it is great to hear that there are a lot of missionaries preparing to serve in our stake. This is amazing because the mission is amazing. It really is the best 2 years of your life and I want to encourage all the people who are thinking about serving to go. Just do it! You will never regret it. It will be tough, but the good moments will last forever. That is my invitation for everyone. Serve a mission. It really is the greatest thing someone can do. 

It sounds like things are going great at home. I miss you guys a ton and love you guys with all my heart. Nos Vemos.

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor

PS some photos we went to the stadium last week with Daniel a member who is getting ready to serve and Elder P-- says thanks for the packages too :)

During rain storm

At soccer stadium with my missionary companion

Rain storm - we are soaked.

With member

Getting ready to cross the road - "Frogger style"

Finding People to Teach

Hola familia,

So this week has been really hard. Since we had the baptism of U-- and his family, we pretty much have only a few investigators. I can pretty much count all of them on one hand. We have been working hard to find new people and strengthen the ones that we have. We have been knocking on a lot of doors. My comp and I try to make games out of it because nobody likes to knock doors. It has been fun and we really have met a lot of people. We pretty much try to talk to everyone we see. We also have been trying to get references from the members and we have really been working on strengthening the families first, and this has been a great experience. We only go to the area with the restuarant once a week because it is really far and there is only one member family there. This last week we went to share something with this family and with their son because he isn't active. When we first went, the son was there and we shared some things with him. It was really great because he was able to understand the scriptures and he began to act out the scriptures or at least his interpretation of them. He was really impacted by the spirit. The second time we went he wasn't there but the mom was and she was really happy that we were trying to work with her son. It has been really hard for her to see her son fall away but she has a lot of faith that he will come back. I don´t know why, but I really enjoy helping the member families. I think it is because I like to see their testimonies strengthen everyday. I also have been helping the future missionaries as well. They come with us some days and we practice the things to help them prepare for their mission. Everyday someone new says they want to serve.  It is really is cool to see people want to serve the Lord. 

We have had a tough week with our investigators too. One of our investigators is super close to baptism. He believes everything but can´t reconize that he has received his answer. It is so hard because we can see it and his girlfriend can see it. But he can´t. So this week we are going to help him recognize his answer and hopefully after this we will have a baptism. The zone leaders came with us to teach him and said he is ready that we just need to show him his answer. So that is what we are working on. Means we have to study a lot more. 

This week has been really hot. The hottest that it has been since I have been here. I can seriously feel myself sweating off pounds. This week and the last couple weeks have really been testimony builders. I know that I don´t share my testimony with you guys that much.  But every week there is something that helps grow my testimony. These last couple weeks have been tough.  We are opening up a new area.  Every night before I go to bed, I try to focus on on the good stuff that happens during the week and forget about the bad stuff.  Really the best thing for me right now is putting my confidence in the Lord. There are times when I have no idea what I am doing but the Lord does and he knows what I need to do. So lately I have been thinking and praying a lot to receive the knowledge that I need. And I really have received a lot. This is the Lords work and it is his time not mine. There are a lot of scriptures that have helped me through these last couple of weeks. But the most powerful scripture is in D&C 24: 8 (I think, it is 8 or 9). But it pretty much says "Be patient in your afflictions, because you will have a lot, but I will also be with you" And I know this to be true. Every time that I read this, I feel a burden lifted off my shoulders and the energy to keep moving forward. In the little time I have here, I really have a testimony of this work and the Book of Mormon. It really is the word of God. Through this book, everyone can come closer to Christ and really feel his love for everyone of his children. I have seen this gospel change lives and my life too. There is power in this gospel and it is the gospel of Jesus Christ restored through Joseph Smith. The mission is the greatest decision I have made in my life. I only have been here a few months but they have been the hardest but the best months of my life. I can´t wait to see what is in store for me during the rest of my mission. 

Besides that, the language is becoming a piece of cake. I can speak it well now.  Don´t understand every word, but I am comfortable speaking. It really isn´t a problem for me right now. It is really funny because my mind is in Spanish. I can´t speak English anymore. I can´t remember words and it is actually easier to speak in Spanish now. Every night when I call the district leader, we start in English but we end up speaking Spanish because it is a lot easier. My head hurts when I speak English. 

I don´t know if I am losing any more weight or not. I just eat whatever is put in front of me. My comp makes fun of me because I eat like the ticos now. Everyday for breakfast, I buy a baguete and natilla. It is the typical tico breakfast. He thinks I am weird for that but it is normal for me. 

So that is my week. Not much to say, hopefully I will have more stories in the upcoming weeks.  I love the mission and always will. I love you guys and miss you guys a ton. Nos vemos.

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Busy Week

Hola familia,

This week has been insane. We had to do so much stuff and it was just insane. This week we had been planning on having a baptism for the family of U--. U-- is a great guy and was completely ready to be baptized and so were 3 of his 6 kids. The other 3 kids are too young to be baptized. But the mom wasn´t ready. We have been trying to find her all week to help her be ready but she was never in the house. She has begun to question things and it makes it hard for U-- to see his wife think like that. So this week has been trying to get them ready. We have been running around everywhere to get them ready. We even had to borrow baptism clothes from the temple because we didn´t have clothes for the little kids. But we got the kids and U-- ready to be baptized this Saturday. We are going to continue to teach the mom and hopefully over time she can get baptized. 

So we had the baptism Saturday. Elder S-- was coming down to see the baptism and lunch Saturday and we got a phone call from the assistants. They asked us when the baptism was, we told them when and then they said that the mission president was going to be at our baptism. And this scared me a ton. It was my first baptism that I had to put together and also nobody from the bishopric was going to be able to attend. And to top it off President was coming. So we freaked out and started cleaning the church getting everything ready. We ran to every house of members to invite them to the baptism. It was crazy. I was so stressed out. 

We started the baptism at 6 and it was a baptism to remember. We had good attendance. But the best part was when the kids went to get baptized. Elder P-- baptized U-- and then Elder S-- went to baptize the two girls. The kids were so scared. They had fear of the water. They wouldn´t go under the water. It was so funny but I couldn´t laugh because they were totally terrified. After 10 min of working with them, they finally went in the water. I got the opportunity to baptise the son. He was so scared too. But I told him it would be fast and afterwards he got out of the water and said "Que rico" it made me laugh. But after the baptisms, the kids didn´t want to get out of the water. It was a really great baptism.

The funny part was that President never showed up. I freaked out for nothing. I called the APs after and asked what happened to president and they said he should have been there. But whatever, it was a crazy day.

And also another investigator, M--. She is a friend of J-- and really wants to get baptized but she is 16 and needs the permission of her mom. Well the mom doesn´t want her to get baptized. It was really tough to listen to the mom tell us why not because she pretty much called us idiots for believing in a the church. After her explanation why, my companion and I just tesified about what we believe to be true. It turned out being really good experience. The mom still won´t allow her daughter to be baptized but it was a good experience. 

So that is a glimpse of the crazy week we had. It was really exhausting. But it was fun too. I learned a lot and it has really helped me to "just keep swimming". Training to great. I have learned so much and it has forced me to speak up. It really has helped me to understand missoinary work better. 

It seems like everyone is doing good at home. Hopefully grandpa gets better. 

But yep things are good as always. I miss everyone and love you guys a lot. Nos Vemos

Pura Vida
Elder Keysor

Elder Keysor and his mission companion cooking at their house

A member took them to dinner

With Sister Missionaries and their cook's family