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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, October 29, 2013

Happy 20th Birthday

Hola Familia,

Well this week was another crazy and busy one. It is still raining a ton. Everyday it pours. We are getting tired of the rain. We supposedly have another 2 months of this. 

The crazy thing was that we only had 2 baptisms as a zone going into this week. The President was really worried and kept asking us where are the baptisms. So it was a really stressful week. We ended up with 11 baptisms as a zone. We ended up having 9 baptisms this weekend. It was crazy. We didn't know where they all came from, but we were glad they came. So the zone ended the week being blessed. 

Well, I am now 20 years old. Crazy. I really don't feel any different. I feel the same. It was a really relaxed day. I really didn't do anything special. We went and visited all the baptisms that we had in the zone that day. So that was really fun. I always like seeing baptisms. I am always amazed to the see the spirit in the people after they get baptized. The missionaries here in the zone wished me happy birthday and some of the members too. So it was just a relaxed day and today for P-day I think we are going to go to Smashburger or Chili's to celebrate. 

We really liked the new cellphones that we had. The problem is that my companion ended up getting robbed while we were on divisions. So now we don't have a cellphone :(  So back to the boring old days. That is the bad news for this week. 

This week I had to give my first talk in sacrament meeting. It was my first time giving a talk in the mission. After 14 months, I finally have to give talk in sacrament. It was funny because they let me know late Saturday night and so I didn't have much time to prepare. I got there Sunday morning and the lights were out in the church. There were no lights and the microphone didn't work either. So I had to speak really loud. I think I did a good job. I talked about the love of God and our responsibility as members, who have already felt the love of God. I shared the scripture in John 5:5-7 and the importance of helping people get the waters of baptism. I think it went well. 

So that is pretty much a sum of what happened this week. Running around to get baptisms done. That is my week here as a zone leader. It is busy, but it is great when you can see the missionaries start to work effectively and see the results. It is tiring, but all worth it in the end. So I am really happy as always. 

I love you guys and I love all the birthday wishes. It really was a good birthday and I can't think of any other way to celebrate it.  A birthday full of baptisms. What great gifts!  I miss you guys and it sounds like everything is going well at home. Have a great week. Love you guys!!

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor

P.S. The members are offering us lunch and dinner every day. So now we have food every day and that makes us a lot more happier. :)
Cameron's new birthday tie - Chick-fil-a
My new neighborhood.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Making Friends

Hola Familia,

It was another good week here in Costa Rica. It was a week full of rain. A ton of rain. It has been pouring here and it looks like we will have at least 2 more months of this rain. So that is fun. I have already gotten used to walking around in wet shoes everyday. Besides that it was a great week.

This week we had a meeting with Elder Amado from the Seventy. It was really good and he really helped us learn about the importance of inviting people to baptism. We have been trying to get our zone to realize this and it was good to see someone else talk about the same thing. The biggest news from this meeting was that every companionship here in Costa Rica now has cellphones!! Wow we finally got cellphones. It makes everything so easier now. Before we were using public telephones. Yes, public telephones.  Do they even exist back home anymore?  I got pretty good using the public telephones though. The cellphones will make communicating with everyone so much easier and faster for us.

I had a cool experience this week doing a baptismal interview. The guy knew everything, but was unsure about the sabbath day. In the interview, he told me that a talk in general conference really changed the way he thought about it. The neat thing was that the talk he was talking about was Uncle Kevin's talk. I explained to him that it was my uncle and he was super shocked. From there I talked to him about his challenges and he accepted to be baptized this week. It was really neat to see how Uncle Kevin's talked really affected this guys testimony and I could experience this event.  

I am really liking my area. I am still getting to know a lot of the members, but it is a great ward. The members are helping us a lot and we are really working like crazy. I am really working in 10 areas. I am always traveling to other areas in the zone to help teach them and help them get their areas moving. Every week is exhausting, but it is good because we are starting to see our zone make good changes and starting to raise the bar. We are trying to get ourselves organized and once we get organized, things are going to get moving faster. We are really seeing the results of our hard work pay off. 

I am having a lot of fun. It is stressful but it is really cool when we hear of all the great things that are happening in the zone. We were stressed a little because a baptism fell and the missionaries didn't do anything to save it. We called them and told them to go and look for their investigator. They thought we were crazy, but that night we got a phone call from the investigator crying. She was so happy that the missionaries went looking for her. She just needed someone to talk too. So in the end she got baptized. It was stressful but it paid off in the end. 

It is a little tough without a cook, but I am learning. I will have to cook you guys some rice and beans after the mission. The best thing is that we sometimes receive phone calls from members that just want to invite us over for lunch. So it isn't too bad. I am happy and still learning a lot. I have been really focusing in on my studies more. It is crazy to think back before the mission. I didn't know a thing and now I can use the Bible and the Book of Mormon super easily. It is amazing to see how much I have learned in the short time that I have been here on the mission. 14 months!!! Wow the time is flying by. And 20 years old!! I don't really feel that old. I still feel like a kid. So don't worry mom. The other day we were walking in the street and a homeless guy was selling ties. He had a really cool Chick-fil-a tie. Of course I bought it!! It is funny because we talk to everyone here. This area is really different and there are more people on the streets and it is a little bit more dangerous. The people love talking to us. Everyone knows who we are and when some people start yelling at us, people actually stand up for us and back us up. We are friends here with the homeless people, drug addicts, drug dealers, taxi drivers, bus drivers, the people in the super markets, etc.  It is crazy. Everyone knows us and really respects us. It is fun to see.  

So yeah things are great here. Just loving the mission. I don't know how the mission is there at home. It sounds a little rough. One thing is true that there are always people waiting to hear the gospel. Maybe you have to knock a door or help someone in the street. One thing that I have learned here, is that you can't be a robot. They give us ideas on how to be as missionaries but we need to be ourselves. We are called to serve in these areas for our talents so we have to use those talents. We have to be ourselves and people will respect us and want to know more about what we do. I haven't knocked a door in 5 months. I just talk to everyone I can and it almost never starts out about the church. We talk about sports, the rain, whatever and from there we can talk about the church. Today we were in a taxi and the driver has become a good friend of ours. We really have never talked about the church with him. We usually talk about soccer and our countries. Just like normal people do. Today he told us that he always wondered what we do and had a ton of questions for us. It was really cool because we just acted like ourselves and people come into our paths. I really have learned it is effective here. Maybe it is different in other parts of the world, but it works here and I really love working this way. It is really relaxed and really fun. 

I miss you guys a lot and it sounds like everything is going well at home. Kylie is still playing a ton of soccer. Kendal and homecoming. That is scary. But 100% in Spanish!!  Wow bien hecho hermanita!!!! Keep working hard Dad. You will find something. I love the scripture in Alma 26:27 "Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success." So just keep pushing forward with patience.  Put your faith in God and you will find what you are looking for.  Mom don't worry about the package.  I am here in the mission.  There is no greater gift than being an instrument in the hands of God.  I am happy and that is the only thing that matters.  So don't worry about it.

I love you guys a lot and I am sorry I haven't written that much lately.  Things have been crazy.   I also haven't taken any pictures lately.  I will try to send some soon.  I promise.  Well I love you guys and have an amazing week.  

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor

Busy in Purral

Hola Familia,

It was a very exhausting week. We really pushed yourselves. I went on a lot of divisions to get to know the zone and help them push themselves to meet their goals. We have 20 missionaries in our zone. So we have a lot of responsibility. We have the best missionaries and I know we'll all do great. It was a really productive week. The zone improved a lot and things are just going up from here. By us really pushing ourselves and we ended up finding 22 new people and 18 of them were from referrals from members. We also got a lot of people preparing for baptism in the next couple of weeks.  Just another great week in the mission.  

We had interviews with the President this week too.  It was good because he told me what he expected of me in my new area. I am really excited to be here. It is going to be a little tougher, but a lot of fun too. After the interviews with the President, we had a zone conference. It was my first zone conference as a zone leader. I think it went well and afterwards everyone was really excited and pumped up to get working. We talked about how to find solutions for our problems and the importance of doing things now and not later. It was really good. So everyone started to pick things up this week. 

I am doing great. The members are feeding us well here. Last night we visited a member and she ended up giving us half of her pantry. We walked home with our backpacks full of food. It was really nice of her, because we needed to go shopping for food. So the members are great here and willing to help us a lot. That is how we have received a lot of referrals this week too. So I really like this new area. It is a little bit different from my other areas. The people are a lot more humble.

It sounds like everyone is doing great at home. Kendal and homecoming. That is scary. Kylie and soccer. I am still better than her. We have been playing a lot here. So I am getting really good. It sounds like everything is good at home. I really don't have much to write, but know I am having a lot of fun and working like crazy. Sorry I havent taken any pictures. I am trying to take more pictures, but it is hard. I will try. We are in the process of finding a cook, so wish me luck.

Have a great week. I love you guys a lot. Have fun and don't do anything stupid.

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor

P-Day Fun

Me and My new comp Elder R.

New Area & New Responsibilities

Hola Familia,

It was a very interesting week this week. We had a great start of the week. I was still in divisions and we started to receive a ton of references and things were really great. Then on Tuesday night, I got a phone call from the President. President called to tell me that I had changes and I had to be in my new area the next morning. That was really tough to hear. I really liked Tropicana and it has been one of my best areas.  I guess the President has a new plans for me. President only calls when the changes are something special. So the big news is that I am now a zone leader in the zone of Toyopan. I took Elder S spot as zone leader. He had 9 months here. 

My new area is Purral. It is by guadalupe in San Jose. So still in the city. It is a great area and the members here are great.  They love the missionaries. It is going to be a fun area. The biggest problem is that it is really cold. Really cold. I am freezing here. I will get use to it and I don't have a cook here. So I have to learn how to cook. Besides that it is a great area. My new comp is Elder R. He is from El Salvador and is really cool. I knew him before because he was in my zone in Heredia.

I don't feel any different being a zone leader. Just more responsibility. It was cool because on Friday we had a meeting with all the zone leaders and the President. We have this meeting every first Friday of the month. We go over things that are happening in the zone and in the mission. It was a great meeting and I really learned a lot about being a zone leader. During the meeting we got a message from a district leader in our zone that one of the baptisms fell for this weekend. And during the meeting, I had a strong impression that I needed to go and talk with the baptism that fell. After the meeting, we went on divisions and I went with the district leader to go the area of the sisters to see why the baptism fell. On the bus, I said a small prayer to help me figure out what to do. We got to the lesson and it was great. I don't remember what I said, but I remember that the spirit was powerful and afterwards the investigator agreed that he needed to get baptized the next day. It was crazy. So that was a really cool experience. I was able to help someone who was doubting baptism.

I did watch conference. It was really good. It is always different as missionaries to see conference. I think it has a more powerful impact. It was funny to see Uncle Kevin there. I really liked his talk. I really liked all the talks. Now I just have to study them when the magazine comes out.

Things are great here. I am really happy and really liking my new area. It sounds like things are good at home. I hope that Kylie had a great birthday. I really liked her shirt and whatever type of bracelet is fine Kylie. I never really understood dressing up for homecoming. But I guess Kendal likes those type of things and of course she loves seminary. I am going to start up again on the workouts too Dad. Don't worry Mom, I am starting to take more pictures. I am already carrying my camera with me everywhere. I will try to take more pictures promise.

Well I love you guys and miss you guys a lot. Have a great week. 

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor
New Area and Neighborhood. 

My cooking skills.


Hola Familia,

It was another good week here in Alajuela. We focused this week on helping everyone we could. This week we went and chopped the lawn of members (with machetes of course, I'm a pro now). We also went and helped people with their cars and cooked dinner for some of the members. Yesterday night we went to help a future missionary start his papers. While we were helping them, we got really hungry and it was Sunday so we couldn't buy anything. We ran home grabbed our pancake mix and I ended up making pancakes for everyone while we were helping with the papers. I make some really good pancakes. We got to help a new family that we found move houses too this week. We have been helping fold clothes and moving people all week. We also have been helping people with english because their tests are coming up soon. I am really improving my english skills. So this week was full of service and my body is starting to feel it. It is a lot of fun being able to help someone everyday.
We have been working a lot on helping the recent converts too. The ward is really shocked with what we are doing here. All the members are starting to work hard to help the new members in their transition. Our new members class is so full, that we need a new room. It is super cool. So really things are going well here.

One big problem this week, was I haven't been in my area much. I have been on divisions all week long. I have been working in the area of the zone leaders. It has been tough to leave my area for a week, but it is nice to be working on the other side of the ward. I am really getting to know everyone here in the ward and serve everyone. It looks like I may have changes here soon. But whatever, we will see what happens.
It has been raining a ton here. Everyday it rains. It is pouring right now and we left our umbrellas in the house. At least we are close to the church, so we ran to the church and took big black garbage bags and put them over oursleves, like ponchos. We have been walking around today with garbage bags as ponchos.

It sounds like it was a fun week for everyone at home. Everyone is staying busy at home. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYLIE!!!!! The big 11. I know it is a little early, but if I wait a week it would be late. I was trying to send a birthday package home. I have a few things that I want to send home but it is really expensive, so I am going to wait until christmas. Which is just around the corner. Pricesmart already has all the christmas stuff out. Have a great birthday Kylie!!! It sounds like Kendal is staying busy with school. That's great. I hated biology too. But really Ice Cream Club?  What is that? Dad keep working out. I need to start up again. Aaron sent me a work out plan to do. Plus I am trying to stop drinking Coca Cola. I have become an addict here. It is so much better here than in the states. I am starting to stop drinking that and only drink water. And yes mom, I am still using my retainers. Same old mom always worrying. :)

I miss you guys. But the time is flying here. I am having a lot of fun here in Costa Rica. It is so much fun being here and being able to help so many different people. Les amo mucho. Nos Vemos

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor