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, August 19, 2013

Another Crazy Week

Hola Familia,

This week was another crazy week. I am pretty sure that every week is a crazy week here in the mission. But this week was a pretty crazy week. 

It started with a super cool lesson we had. We received a reference from a recent convert and we went to his house to watch a movie about Joseph Smith. His friend came and warned us a head of time that he had a lot of questions for us and wanted answers. But he said that we should watch the movie first and then he would ask us questions. So we watched the movie and after we asked him if he had any questions for us. He sat there speechless for 5 min and then said no. We were shocked. He said he didn't have any questions because he realized that he was exactly like Joseph Smith and all he had to do was ask God. It was super crazy. The guy then said that he was going to church this Sunday and was going to start to read the Book of Mormon. We taught nothing and this guy felt the spirit super strong from this movie. But after this amazing lesson, he asked us if we wanted tacos. We had about 15 minutes to be in the house but I never turn down tacos. We jumped in his car with the member and we went to get tacos. I don't know how but we ended up in Heredia, my last area. It was super crazy. The crazy part is that we got home in time and with tacos. So that was a cool way to end that day. 

The craziest thing was yesterday. Yesterday we had H baptism. We went at 8 in the morning to fill up the font. It takes about 3 hours to fill up. Our ward here starts with priesthood and ends with sacrament meeting. So in the last hour, my companion comes in with a pale face and said that the font wasn't full. I was thinking that this wasn't possible. But I went to the font and there was maybe a foot of water. The plug had a hole in it and the water was coming out from the hole. So we had to close the hole and start filling up the font in 30 min for the baptism. So I took off my shoes and walked into the font to close up the hole. We closed the hole but we still needed water fast. So I went with my companion to start knocking doors of the neighbors to get buckets to start filling up the font. Nobody had a bucket but someone gave us a 2 liter pitcher. We went back to use the pitcher but it wasn't enough.  The worst part was that the members from the other ward started filling up glasses of water from font to drink, because we were using all the water in the church. We didn't know what to do but then we remembered that there was a baptism in another ward close by. So we called them and asked them if we could join their baptism. They said yes and so we had to send the whole ward to another church building to have the baptism. In the end, the baptism was a success and one of the craziest baptisms that I have had on my mission. The funny part to it all too was  this happened during sacrament meeting and the members thought that I was making refreshments for the baptism, because I had a pitcher in my hands. Funny. 

And after the baptism, we went to other missionaries house close by to eat and we had to heat up rice that was in a container. We didn't realize that it was in a plastic container so we burnt the bottom off the container. It was a mess and a great way to top off a crazy day. 

But this week was great. We have been working a lot with the members and we have been receiving a lot of references. We really aren't even knocking doors now. We are really only working with references. So that is helping us a lot. Plus the ward is starting to see that we are working hard and noticing that investigators are going to activities. We had an activity for Mother's Day this week and the majority of the people there weren't members. So that was really cool.

Also this week was Mother's Day here and nobody wanted to have us over. So we decided to go to Pricesmart in the morning and buy two big bags of candy. We bought small Ziploc bags and went and gave presents to all the Mother's in the ward and all the investigators. It was crazy because we visited a lot of people and we ended up sharing a small message about Mother;s with them too. So we ended up having a lot of lessons and received a lot of references. We turned a day with nothing into a really productive day. Plus we put a lot of smiles on Mother's faces.

We are working like crazy and we really don't have time to rest. We are always on our feet. So we are so exhausted that we look like the walking dead. But are loving what we are doing and having a lot of fun. 

I received the letter from Nana and I am going to send her a letter today in the mail. And yes I put the pictures on my desk. I haven't thought much about completing a year this week. Maybe it will hit me on Thursday. I'll let you know. But it sounds like things are the same at home. Summer is ending and school starts soon. Enjoy the last little bit of summer. You will have to send me Kendals schedule when she gets it. Super exciting going to high school. Crazy how time flies. But Kendal will love it. Well I love you guys and miss you guys a lot. Have a great week and don't do anything stupid. :)

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor


H baptism day.



Our rice mess.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Challenges


Hola Familia,

This week has been crazy. I have basically been in San Jose all week long. My comp has been trying to get his visa paper work done. So we have had to be in San Jose a lot this week. We had to leave one night at 9 to be in San Jose the following morning. It was exhausting and it was surprising that we were still able to work a ton. We are still working hard and we have been finding a lot of new people. So things are going great.

We did have a lot of challenges this week too. This week we were supposed to have the baptism of J. Well that didn't happen. Things have gotten worse with her family. We basically reactived her whole family in their churches and everyday someone else comes to tell her that the Book of Mormon is false and a lot of other bad things. So J is really confused and doesn't know if she wants to get baptized now. We also weren't able to meet with her this week because she didn't have permission to talk to us. We really hit a road block with her. We decided to fast this week and figure out what we should do. It was cool because once we started the fast, we had the idea of calling her mom to see how the mom is doing. So we talked to the mom and it was good because we are starting to strenghten her confidence in us. Later that day, J sister was in one of the lessons we had. We are teaching one of her friends so she was in the house during the lesson. We are hoping that these two things can help the family of J. So that was some cool blessings we received.

Also this week, I was really stressed out about this baptism, but I received some cool revelation in my studies this week. I was reading in Jacob 5 and I was thinking about what more we could have done for J. There is a part in Jacob 5 that has a similar question. The question is what more could I have done for my tree? Because I don't want to lose this tree and the Lord of the vineyard says leave it alone and we will see what happens. So that answer brought a calming spirit to me. I realized that I needed to let things play out. I realized that God doesn't want to lose his children and they will always have chances to come back. I just need to relax right now and go with the flow. So that was really cool and it has helped me to stay focused on working hard.

We have been receiving a lot of references from the members lately and we don't know how. They just keep telling us about people or investigators are always in the houses of the members. So that has been really cool. Things are really starting to get moving here. We have a baptism planned for next week. His name is H. His family is less active and he has been waiting for 4 years to get baptized. One day we went to find a less active family and we found him. But when we entered H home, he had the biggest smile ever and said that he was thinking about the missionaries that day. We entered thinking that he was already a member and he began to tell us a story about his life. He told us that he wasn't a member and that his life has been rough lately. His friend, the stake president, has been telling him that he needs to get baptized to get his life in order. But he never listened to him, until he was talking to a pastor from a christian church, who told him that two young men will come to his house and help him put his life in order. The next day, we showed up at his house. When he finished his story, he had the biggest smile on his face and said Elders, I want to get baptized. Ok, that was a huge surprise. So we have been working to get him baptized this Sunday and in a year sealed to his family. So we are super excited for him.

So as you can tell, we have been receiving a lot of blessings here. And it is interesting because everyday we just go out and try to help everyone we can. And the blessings come. Not only spiritual blessings, but we have received a lot of food too. A ton. So much that we haven't bought food in weeks and the other Elders we live with are happy because we bring them food every night. It is pretty funny. So you can say that things are going great for us.

It sounds like summer is fun. I have noticed that you guys are traveling a lot. I figured because I am not there it is a lot cheaper to travel without me. But it looks like everything is going great. Kylie is tearing it up in soccer and Kendal is goofing around with Sam and making a lot of money babysitting. But summer is almost over, and school starts up again. Kendal you are going to enjoy high school. It is so much fun. Just enjoy it and live it up. It may be tough but have fun. The toughest part about high school may be waking up for seminary every morning. But you will love it. And we don't have to worry about Kylie in school. Kylie just don't beat up on the boys.

I miss you guys a lot. I have been finding some cool stuff that I want to send home here soon. Hopefully before Christmas. But I need to know what size everyone is in shirts because everyone is losing weight at home. I love you guys and miss ya. Have a fun week!!

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor

P-day fun with other Elders.

8/5 Members Help


Hola Familia,

Well I just tried to send you guys a letter that I wrote, but it deleted everything so I have to try and write it again. And it was super long and now I don't have much time. Well this week was super good. We have been working really hard on helping everyone this week. So it has changed how we work a little bit and we have seen a lot of blessings form working this way. This Sunday we had 14 investigators in church. We were only planning on having 8 people in church, but the members ended up bringing us 6 more. So we were shocked. It was an amazing blessing that we received this week. It is because we really haven't been focusing on the numbers. We honestly don't worry about them and everything goes well. We work hard and the numbers come and a lot more. So that is what we have been working on lately.

We have been working hard with J this week. We have finished the lessons and we are just waiting for her mom to let her get baptized. J is a little sad because her mom won't let her. But we have been doing everything we can to make her happier. We have been praying and fasting with her and the members have given her a lot of support. She has been attending mutual and has been trying to attend seminary in the mornings. The bishop and the members have been helping her a lot. So we are just waiting for the mom. Her baptism is planned for this Sunday, so we will see what happens.

Besides that we have been working really hard. We have about 6 other people preparing for baptism. So things are great. We have a lot of work to do still.

Like I said last week, I am the happiest I have been on my mission. And it is true. It is because I have really been focusing on helping the people and not worrying about the numbers or anything. So that has really changed my mindset and has really help me work better.

I love you guys and thank you for the hump day package. Yep, I opened it early. Sorry, I couldn't wait. I love everything. The basketball game is really hard and who is Ike? But I am saving the fireworks for the 22nd. But thank you so much and I love it. Congrats Kylie on moving up. Keep working hard. Kendal better buy my something cool with all that money she is making. :) Congrats mom and Dad on the weight loss. I guess Dad can wear my clothes. I am still running in the mornings. It has made me feel a ton better and full of energy.

So like I said, the computer deleted my message I was writing. It is frustrating but I tried to write everything I could with the short time I had left. I'm sorry if it doesn't seem like much. The other letter was a lot longer and a lot better. :(  Just know that I love you guys and I am super happy. So everything is good. Everything is pura vida. :)

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor

P-Day adventure to visit a Volcano.








7/29 Turtle Eggs


Hola familia,

This week was another good week for us. Lately things have been really good and we have been working really hard. To start off, we had a lot of lessons this week. The mission has a goal that everyone can achieve 30 lessons a week. We have had about 32 lessons every week but this week we ended up with 38. It was really surprising because we don't really focus in on the numbers. We really focused on using our time wisely and how we could help everyone. So that was a cool surprise. We also have about 8 people that have accepted a baptismal date and we are working to help them progress to their goals. So things really went well this week.

This week was full of great experiences too. We have been teaching a 14 yr old girl named J. We found her at the house of a less active member and began to teach her. She really liked what we taught her. She is really smart and really wants to learn more. So we began to teach her, but we really wanted to get to know her family and went looking for her mom. We got to know her mom and left her with a pamphlet about the plan of salvation. We wanted to start teaching the family but the step dad won't give the mom permission to listen to us. The mom gave J permission to listen to us and attend church. The mom really likes what we teach but her husband won't let us teach her or enter the house. But the mom asked if we could help J study english for school. So her mom really trusts in us and wants her daughter to learn more about God. We have been teaching J and she continues to surprise us. She accepted a baptismal date for August 11th, but her mom wants to make sure that J really wants to get baptized before the 11th.  J has a lot of faith and is begining to teach her mom about the things she is learning. The crazy thing is that after a week of teaching her, J has made the decision to serve a mission. She has made plans to finish her studies and work a year then leave for a mission. She really surprises us everyday. Sunday at church, she drew us a picture and wrote us a card thanking us for changing her life. It was a really touching card and it always makes me happy to know that I could help someone have a better life. So J right now is great and progressing a ton. Plus she says Hi to Kendal. I told her that I had a sister about her age.

This week I went on divisions with a recent convert and we went knocking doors because everything fell through. I let the recent convert, M, choose the house. He chose a house and they let us in. We entered and there was a wife and her husband. They were really nice and the husband is losing his eyesight. He has been losing his sight for 4 years and is almost completely blind. We had a really good lesson with them and at the end of the lesson, I had the prompting to ask if he would like a blessing. He had a shocked look on his face when I asked, but he accepted. It was a really powerful experience. I had just met this guy and I was able to give him a blessing of health. I don't remember what I said but I felt the spirit super strong during the blessing. It was a really powerful experience and we are going to visit them this week.

This week was a great week because we just focused on helping everyone that we could. We even helped the drunk people on the streets. It was crazy because we were running around like locos trying to get to lessons and helping random people. But every day we felt great and we ending up having a very good week.

I miss you guys but I really don't want to leave here. It is really nice and the people are really great too. Today we went to Volcan Poas. It was my second time there but it was really fun. Plus I ate turtle eggs today. It was really interesting. They put the turtle egg in a shot glass and fill up the rest of the glass with salsa. Then to eat it, you have to drink it and swallow the whole thing. It wasn't gross. It was interesting. So that was fun. But things are great here. I am really happy, probably the happiest I have been on my mission. Everything is pura vida.
I
 love you guys and hope you guys are having a good summer. Kendal don't worry about high school. it is super fun. Just enjoy it. You are going to make a lot of friends and learn a lot. So don't worry about it. Dad keep up with the weight loss. Mom don't worry about the machetes. I won't do anything stupid. Kylie, keep being Kylie. I miss you guys a lot. Have a great week and don't do anything stupid. Nos Vemos!!

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor

Me and My Comp and J.

7/22 - Running Around Like "Locos"


Hola familia,

This week was a really good week for us. Well, every week is a good week. But this week we have seen a lot of good things happen for us. We have been finding a lot of people and a lot of people have been finding us. We just walk in the streets and people start talking to us. It is crazy. But things have been really good for us. We have a lot of good people progressing and we are receiving a lot of help from the members. We are having so many things to do everyday, that we are running around like locos. This week we had to run to the hospital because a member asked us to give a blessing to a family member in the hospital. I am pretty sure we have given 12 blessings this week. It was crazy but it was nice because the members have seen how much we want to help them, that they have been helping us a lot too. So things are moving smoothly here.

This week has also been a very spiritually week too. I guess that is what happens when you are doing the Lord's work. Sunday, I had to do a baptismal interview for the other Elders here in this ward. It may have been one of the most powerful interviews that I have done on my mission. When I started talking with her, I felt the spirit super strong. My whole body was full and I was super happy. I can't remember what she said, but I couldn't deny the fact that I felt the spirit. She ended up telling me that she was fasting because she knew that this was a big decision and really wanted to change her life. She ended up getting baptized yesterday and she really had a glow about her after she left the water. It was a super spiritual baptism.

But I had another spiritual experience on Friday. On Friday the ward had a farewell activity for two sisters that are leaving this week to serve their missions in Argentina. But in the middle of the activity, they asked me to bear my testimony about the mission. I had no idea what I was going to say, but I went up there and just opened my mouth. I don't remember everything that I said, but I just remember being grateful that you guys helped me get here. I can't see myself doing anything else. I love the people here in Costa Rica. They are the greatest and I just want to help every single one of them. This experience is just like the scriptures say, don't worry about what to say, the spirit will talk for you (something like that). But it was really powerful and it was a super cool experience. That is pretty much the story for this week. I don't remember what really happened, but it was a great week.

I did have a Kendal moment this week. We were walking to church and my comp stepped on a slab of wood. When he stepped on one side the other side shot up and tripped me. I fell straight to the ground. It was seriously like something from Looney Tunes. So I scraped myself up a little bit.  Also my comp had a huge pimple on his arm and everyone told him it was a worm in his skin, so a member tried to pop it and get the worm out. But it turned out that it was just a really big pimple. 

It sounds like YW camp was fun. If there is a lazy boy, it isn't camping. But it sounded like fun. Kylie needs to go easy on the other teams. She is going to kill the competition. It sounds like everyone is doing great. Have a great week and a fun summer vacation. I love you guys and miss you guys a ton. I am so glad that I am here and I really don't want to leave.

I love Costa Rica!!

Pura Vida!!
Elder Keysor

7/15 - Grand Eres Tu (How Great Thou Art)


Hola familia,

This was a really good week for us. We have been working hard to find new people and have more lessons during the week. We had been averaging about 20 lessons a week. But this week we really pushed ourselves and we finished the week with 33 lessons. It was crazy. It was such a good week for us. We ended up dropping a lot of investigators, but we have found a lot of new people too. So things are going great.

We have been working a lot to use the members and receive referrals. Like I said we dropped a lot of investigators. We decided that we need more help from the members. We went to some of the members and taught them about how we can share our love for our neighbors. The lessons went well.  After the lessons, we planned with every member to have a family home evening with them in their homes. The members had to invite their friends and we will bring some investigators too. So far we have had one family home evening this week and it was great. We received a new family to teach and the members really wanted to help these people. The members are starting to help us a lot. So things are really beginning to change here and it is becoming really fun. The best part is that we still have 4 more family home evenings this week. So we are super excited to see what happens this week.

Yesterday was a rough day. After church I broke my umbrella and it began to pour. I got soaked. Then every lesson we had fell through. A drunk stopped us in the street and followed us for 15 minutes and wouldn't leave us alone. We really had a bad day. But we ended up finding a man playing his trumpet. My comp went to contact him. He was a really nice guy who knew a lot about the church and had listened to the missionaries for years. So we talked to him and then we asked him if he could play us a song. He played us the song "Grand eres tu" or 'How great thou art" in spanish. The song really hit us. I was really touched and I realized that I have nothing to worry about. God is great and loving. He is our Heavenly Father and is always looking out for us. He wants to help us. I learned that even though I had a rough day, God is always with me to help lift me back up. It was a great pick me up and it really changed the rest of the day. We were more positive and we finished the day strong. It was a great lesson that I learned yesterday.

It sounds like things are great at home. Getting ready for camp. Kendal is going to feel how it is for me to walk around with a backpack all day. It will be a lot of fun. Kylie is going to get spoiled while you guys are gone - Lucky. It seems like everyone is doing great, enjoying summer vacation. I am proud of Dad for being disciplined in his workouts. I am working out everyday now. I had interviews with president this week. He told me to keep running everyday so that I can be ready to play when I get back. He also told me that he wants to go to one of my games after my mission. But the problem is that he is a Utes fan. I told him not to worry about that. President is here to help me with my conversion in the gospel and I am here to help President's conversion to a BYU fan. He laughed hard and said that he would be the hardest investigator that I will have on my mission. So I took that as a challenge.

Things are great here and sounds like things are great at home.  Like the ticos say todo bien.  All is good. I love you guys and miss you guys a lot. Have a great week at camp. and don't do anything stupid.

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor