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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)


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Baptism & Birthday Party

Hola Familia,

It was a good week for us. We finished this week with the baptism of C. It was a lot of fun and a huge party afterwards. The crazy thing is that we almost didn't have the baptism. We went to go and visit C before his baptism and his Dad told us a crazy story. Friday at school, C was there fooling around like usual, but in the middle of class, he passed out. He fell to the ground and hit his head hard. His dad went to pick him up and the teachers suggested that he should go to the hospital. His dad agreed but right before they left to go to the hospital, his dad started thinking and realized that if they went to the hospital, C wouldn't leave there until Monday at the earliest and so he'd miss his baptism. His dad had the impression to not go to the hospital and instead go home and rest. So they went home instead and asked C what happened and they figured out that he fainted because he didn't eat anything all day. In the end, he got baptized with a huge bruise on his head. 

We also had a meeting with President and the assistants this week. It was a great meeting and it helped us remember our purpose as missionaries. In the middle of the meeting, the assistants asked me to go up front and challenge president Wilkinson to go to church. That was an interesting experience. I really don't remember what I said, I don't know if it went well or not, but in the end he said yes. So that was cool. It was an interesting experience because I thought back to the beginning of my mission and how before I could have never done that and would have been scared out of my pants. It is normal now. Everything we do now is normal.  That was a cool experience to help me see my progression as a missionary. 

But during this meeting President challenged us to ask for references from everyone. So that has been our focus lately. I always ask for references. We have been doing that more and we haven't seen many results from it yet, but yesterday we had a really cool experience. Yesterday we were trying to find less active members and we were walking in the street and we started talking to a random guy. He really didn't want to talk to us but we kept talking and we finally asked him if he knew anyone that we could talk too. He told us that we could talk to his nephew but first asked if we could speak in english. I was like of course, I'm gringo. And in that moment his nephew walked outside of his house. The man said, go talk to him. So I just yelled across the street, "how's it going". He looked up and said "good". We went over and started talking to him in english. He had a thick New York accent. While we were talking to him he asked us what we did and so I began to explain to him that we share a message that is made for the families. In that moment, something caught his attention and he went inside to ask his wife if we could enter the house. His wife was like sure and we went entered the house. We sat down and he told us to explain everything that I told him to his wife. They had a ton of questions and wanted to know everything. We told them that we would like to come back and they said sure. The husband is from Long Island and his wife is tica. They both speak english and don't attend any church because they don't know which church to attend. The crazy thing is that the husband told us that he was about to tell us he wasn't interested but when he heard that our message was about the family, he wanted to know everything because his family is the most important thing to him. It was an amazing experience. I have taught lessons in english before but this lesson was different. I felt the spirit so strong and I knew that there was a reason we were talking to this family. It was a really spiritual experience. And it all started by asking for a reference from a guy that didn't want to listen to us. 

So that is how my week went. It was a crazy week. We didn't have a ton of lessons but we had really great and productive lessons. Plus I was traveling everywhere doing baptismal intereviews. This week we are expecting 15 baptisms in the zone. But we should have anywhere between 15 and 21 baptisms in the zone. We told President that yesterday, and he was shocked. Now the hard part is making sure we have those baptisms. So it will be another busy week. I am getting used to having weeks like these. Today for P-Day, I went and bought a cool version of monopoly to play. It was really fun and a great way to take off the stress. I am learning a lot about time management and leadership lately. It has been good and it is amazing to see how I have progressed spiritually since I started my mission. I also got my first package. It cracked me up because there was only one shoe. Good thing you guys told me before, if not I would have freaked out. 

It sounds like things are great at home. Dad has a cool new assignment with the missionary work. I would recommend that you read all of Preach My Gospel. Not just read it, but study it. It will really help you figure out how to help the missionaries and the members with the mission work. And also watch the Work of Salvation broadcast that they had a while ago. Those things will really help you to get things going in the stake. I dont know how things are there but I have a feeling that the mission work can be a lot better. The girls are getting ready for vacation. That is fun. I don't need more contacts or blue stuff yet. I will let you know when I do. I am on my second journal. Don't worry I write everyday. My comp makes fun of me. So it sounds like things are great at home. Say Hi to everyone in Arizona. I need to send Nana and Tata a letter. But I just haven't had the time to write it yet. I will get on that. I love you guys and have a great week.

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor
P-Day playing Monopoly.
C's baptism.
His Party after Baptism.

Members are Great

Hola familia,

This was a really good week for us here. We had a week full of divisions to help get people ready for baptisms and to do baptismal interviews.  Another busy week. Well just like every week. We are really working hard as a zone too. We broke our record of 50 investigators in church this week. We ended up having 53 as a zone. Things are really looking great and the missionaries are really pushing themselves to raise the bar.

This week was cool because when I went on divisions, I was able to see one of my converts from my last area in Alajuela. She is living here close and we went to go and visit her because she is helping a lot with the missionary work. It was great to see her progressing in the church. The crazy thing was that this Saturday, we had baptisms in the zone and because the area doesn't have a baptismal font, they had the baptisms in our chapel. I went to help them organize the baptism. The crazy part was the baptism was at the same time as the seminary graduation and a stake dance. There was about 80 people in the stake activities and it was my job to get people from the stake activity into the baptism. It was a challenge but we had so many people in the baptism that there wasn't enough seats for everyone. It was a great baptism. We filled up the church. At the baptism, came my convert and her son A from my Tropicana area. They came because their friends were getting baptized and they wanted to see me. Also, the bishop from the Tropicana was there too. He was there because he works in the seminary department of the church. It was interesting to talk to him because he told me how the ward in Alajuela has really changed since I was there. He thanked me for all the hard work that I did there in his ward. So that was nice to see that the hard work that we did in that ward is paying off.

We are working hard in the ward. We have gained the confidence of a lot of the members here. Things are looking good for us. The members are feeding us a lot and helping us a lot with the work too. Everyday we have a member with us and we really do get a lot of support from them. It makes our job a lot easier. A ton easier. There is an investigator that we have that is really close to being baptized. She is living with a less active member and they want to get married. She is studying a lot about the church and pretty much knows everything. But the amazing part is that her boyfriend has really changed. He was a little timid before and really didn't know what to think about us teaching his girlfriend. But every lesson he begins to speak more and more and more. This sunday he came to church in a white shirt and tie and offered to give the lesson in family home evening tonight. So things are really changing. The best part is that the members have been asking us about them a lot and they are willing to do anything to help them get married and baptized. Hopefully we can get them married here soon.

We are planning on having a baptism next week. His name is C. His parents are members but he wasn't baptized when he was 8. He wanted to get baptized by the missionaries because his brother is in the mission. So he is waiting to turn 9 and then get baptized. This Saturday he turns 9 and he wants to throw a huge birthday party and then have his baptism too. He wants to have a pinata and play soccer afterwards. So that is what we are going to do. C is amazing. He wants to be a missionary and he is always asking the bishop for permission to got and do visits with us. He is really good doing visits. When we do visits with him we turn into little kids. It is so much fun and crazy. We go around telling jokes and just goofing around. But when it comes time to teach, he is serious. It is a lot of fun and we are excited about this baptism this weekend.

It sounds like things are going great at home. Everyone is doing well and having fun. We are all getting ready here for Christmas. I keep telling everyone here that it is too early but they just think I am crazy. I am working out everyday now. I feel really good. This morning we went to run to San Jose from our house. We went with other missionaries and members. It is about 3 km ( I don't know what that is in miles). But it was a good run. Well I love you guys and hope that you guys have a great week!!

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor

Out of Control

Hola Familia,

This was a very busy week. Things are always crazy. Seriously out of control. We have been working a lot to get to know the all the members here in this area. We have an attendance of 140 and we only know about 40. So we talked to the bishop and we now have a list of all the members.  The bishop and the presidents of all the organizations have been helping us get to know the area. We weren't finding enough new investigators during the week. We were finding about 5 every week. If we want a successful area, we need to find a lot more every week.  The knocking doors is a waste of time and we know that working through references is the only productive way to work here. So our goal is to get to know all the members and get to know all the less active members too. We have been focused on that and still working to help all our investigators progress. We have been working hard with that and we have seen the results from it too. We are now finding about 10 or 12 every week.  The good thing is that we are getting a lot of investigators in church lately. This last week we had 7 in church and the week before we had 10. So things are going great here in our area. Things are looking great for this month and the months to come. 

Our ward is great. The members here are great. They are really supportive and want to help us out a lot. We have left everyday this week with members.  It really changes the way the investigators progress when we have the help of the members. This week we had a lot of great lessons with our investigators and with the members. We are teaching this young girl and she has problems with coffee. She has been drinking coffee since she was 4 months old and she is 16 yrs old now. So it is a big problem. But this week we went with a member who is about her age. This member is a recent convert and she really wanted to help us out this week. We thought that she would be great with this investigator and she was. During the whole lessons, the investigator was iffy about leaving coffee. The member afterwards bore her testimony and the whole lesson changed. The investigator felt the support of this member and said that she would work on quitting coffee. We went back later in the week she had dropped from 8 cups a day to 1. It was a huge surprise. It really changed the lesson to have the member with us. The members are great and I love working with them. They are giving us lunch everyday. It is so nice. The crazy thing is that our ward has 6 missionaries. All Elders. The members are willing to help every single one of the companionships. They are so kind.  

The zone has really changed since I got here. This week we had changes in the zone. We had to spend almost all day in San Jose, dropping missionaries off and picking up the new missionaries in the zone. Having to run all over San Jose, looking for missionaries. So that really wiped us out this week. But we had some great changes in the zone, and it really helped us improve. We are really doing great in the zone. We have the goal of 20 baptisms in the zone. And we now have 21 missionaries in the zone after changes. After talking to the missionaries and praying to see who is prepared to get baptized, we came up with 30 names as a zone. So things are looking great this month. We could have a record breaking month, if everything goes well. But we had one of the best weeks in the mission. We had the most investigators in the church out of all the mission. We had 50 in the zone! We were one of the best this week in investigators progressing and new investigators. So the zone is really killing it. But the thing right now is that we have about 67 people in the zone with baptismal dates and we have to help every single one of them to follow through. So as you can expect things are really stressful right now. Especially after having a rough month last month. President is really expecting a lot of us. We had a meeting with him this week President and all of the zone leaders. He was asking me a lot of questions about the zone and what we are doing here. He really expects a lot of me because of what I did in my last area. They actually put me in front to explain what I was doing in my last area. I told President that I worked with the members. So he really expects me to put the same principles that I have learned in to action here. And honestly, things are going great here. We are really pushing the missionares here. We are seeing the results of all the hard work. We have been having good weeks but we expect to improve every week. So as you can tell, it is exhausting. having to worry about my area and the zone. But it is good because I have to push myself to do things that I have never done before. Like go on divisions, pick a baptismal date and help other missionares get there areas moving. I have to do a lot of teaching and explaining to missionaries, on how to have a productive area. So it is a lot of fun and everyday I learn a ton. It is crazy to see how much I learn everyday on the mission and how much I have learned in 14 months of being on the mission. Crazy stuff. 

The rain has been slowing down. But it is still raining. Today we played soccer as a zone. And today we also played football. A missionary had a football. We taught the latinos how to play. My arm is really sore too. It isn't used to throwing a ball. So if you want too, you can send me a football. So that I can throw to get my arm strength back. It is a lot easier to throw a footballl than a baseball here. But I honestly don't know what I want for christmas. I haven't thought about it yet. Everyone has put their Christmas stuff up already. It is crazy. Last P-day we went to Smashburger. It was so good. So that was a great birthday present. We didn't do anything for halloween. They don't celebrate it here. 

It sounds like things are good at home. Dad is using all of my clothes. Kylie is still loving soccer. And Kendal is Kendal. Mom is still worrying about me. But that is ok. I love you guys and miss you guys a lot. Have a great week!!

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor
Birthday Lunch at SmashBurger.
Celebrating his Birthday on P-Day.
Cameron's humble home - his bed is Monster's University.
His study area.