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, February 19, 2014

Mission Fun

Hola Familia,

So it was a really good week. I was able to stay in my area and really pick things up. After working hard this week, we really saw the blessings. We are planning to have 2 baptisms. The first baptism we are going to have is a reference from a member named B. He really knew everything before we taught him and because we haven't been able to see him a lot, the members have been teaching him. So this week we are planning to have his interview and his baptism. The other baptism will be a interesting one. It will be an interesting one because it will be my first baptism that was a contact in the street. I really have been pushing myself to talk to more people in the streets. I know that working with members is more effective but President taught me a great lesson. He pretty much said that the best athletes are strong in every aspect of their sport and it is the same in the mission, we as missionaries have to be strong in every aspect of the work. Receiving references and contacting. So that has been a focus lately and that is how we found M. M is an older guy but he acts like he is in his 20s. He was really excited to talk to us in the street and from the moment that we got to know him, he accepted to be baptized. He actually asked if we could come by more often to help him learn. He told us that he wanted us to teach him everything he needed to know to get baptized. He loves the church and actually looks like a member already because he shows up in shirt and tie and particpates in all the classes. So he is really good. And it will be interesting because it will be the first contact that I have done in my mission that will be baptized. So thats how things are looking in the next couple of weeks. 

We had a cool activity in the stake this week. It was missionary for a day. We had to help show the youth how it was being a missionary. It was a really fun experience. My companion for the day was a really shy kid. He was so nervous talking to the people and the funny thing was that every lesson we had planned that day fell. So we ended up walking a ton and talking to a ton of people. But it was cool to see how little by little he started losing the fear of talking to people. He asked me how I knew what to say in certain situations and I said that I just open my mouth and the words come out. It was a really fun experience helping out the future missionaries. I think it would be a great experience to do in the stake at home. I have done this activity twice and it really has changed a lot of youths views of a mission. 

So like I said, I really have been focused on talking to everyone. And it is crazy to see how that is really helping us out in our area. We aren't really finding a lot of new investigators from the contacts we are doing but we are receiving a ton of references from the members. A ton. It really seems like the members are trusting us a lot with their friends and family. So right now we have a lot of work to do. Plus the cool thing is that now because we arent working with dividing lines we are able to teach a lot of these references and not have to pass them onto other missionaries. So right now things are going great. But there is always room for improvement. My companions and I are looking for ways that we can step it up. 

Crazy stuff that happened this week. Our sink broke in the bathroom. It just fell and our shower broke. It only shoots out FREEZING cold water. So we had to shower all week with cold water. After 2 days of showering like that, I decided to heat up water on the stove and use it to shower. So I would wake up early to heat up water so I would have hot water to shower and I used a small cup to wash myself. It was a lot of fun. But today I decided to be a handyman and try to fix the shower. Well, I guess you can call me "Handy Manny" because now we have hot water. :) So now we are just waiting to see what we do with the sink. 

But it seems like everything is going well at home. Everyone is happy and having fun. I miss you guys a lot and love you guys a lot too. Have a great week!

Pura Vida!
Elder Keysor




Our broken sink.
His heated water and a cup for his shower.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Divisions

Hola Familia,

This week was a really tough week. It was full of divisions and meetings. It started crazy on Tuesday. Tuesday we had a meeting with President and all of the zone leaders. It was really good and really rough. Rough because we had to stand up in front of everybody and give an explanation of what happened in the last month. We have to do this every month but this month was really a rough one for everyone. We really slacked as a mission this last month. So president wanted a lot of answers of what happened and some people weren't able to give him answers. For us he just asked me what we were going to do to change things and that was it. He almost never asks a lot of questions about our zone. I think it is because he trusts our zone. But it was a good meeting. I learned a lot. One of the things President wants us to focus on is the use of the Book of Mormon. I have set a new goal to use the Book of Mormon in every lesson. Plus President had another idea for the mission. He wants to know if we can get rid of the dividing lines and work as one ward. Which is if there are 4 missionaries in a ward they work together in the same area instead of dividing the ward into 2 parts. A lot of missionaries were against it. My companion and I really liked the idea and wanted to try it out in our area. We told President that we were going to try it out in our area. We are really excited to start working like this and we are hoping that it will help us to be more united as a ward. This is our big project right now. 

This week, I went on divisions almost everyday. I was only supposed to be on divisions for 2 days but the assistants called wanting to do divisions. I learned a lot on divisions. The first set of divisions, I went to see how an area was doing because they are baptizing every week right now. I was curious to see what they were doing. It was interesting to see that they weren't doing anything special but they were really organized with everything. They had everything planned out so well. I really need to work on organizing everything more. If I have everything organized and work hard, everything will work out better. That is another focus of mine right now, making sure that we are really organized with everything. In the other divisions with the assistants, I went to my old area in Alajuela, La Tropicana. The assistants are now there, so I got to go back for a day. It was great to see a lot of my converts and see how happy they were. I really needed these divisions after some crazy weeks. A funny thing was a member here asked me how I was doing becuase I am a lot skinnier. I told her it was because I have been doing more exercise. 

Things are going great. It was a tough week because I wasn't in my area much but it was a good break and now I am ready to get things going again this week. It seems like it was a good week for you guys. It must have been nice to have rain finally. I miss you guys a lot and love you guys. Have a great week. 

Pura Vida!
Elder Keysor




P-Day Hike to Monte de la Cruz in Heredia
A little P-Day Basketball 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Working to improve my Zone

Hola Familia,

As always it is a crazy week. We have been trying to get ourselves organized. We are still trying to get 3 people to fit into our small little apartment. I will send you guys some pictures when we get it organized this week. We are trying to get ourselves organized in our area. We are now working in two HUGE areas. SO it makes it very difficult to work. We are usually in one area one day or we are always on splits with the members. We really got to work on our time management this week. It is a challenge that we have and once we get things going we are going to be working great. But I think the biggest challenge is working with sisters. It isn't that they are bad because they are amazing. They just wear you out. They always have some small problems and I have to fix them. This week I didn't sleep for two nights because of small problems. I had to drop my companion off at 5 in the morning in San Jose to do some immigration paperwork. So we had to leave super early and that night we just wanted to sleep but we got a phone call from some sisters saying that they wanted blessings and a blessing on the house. They had been hearing noises in the night and were really scared in their house. So we got there around 9 and the house was really old and creepy. So we gave them a blessing and blessed the house. We went home and and tried to sleep. But they kept calling us saying that they were hearing stuff still and by their voices I could tell that they were really scared. So I had to first help calm them down and then try to find a way to get them out of their house all around 12 at night. Well I found a place for them to sleep for the night and we told them that the next day we would get them a new house. I finished all that problem and slept for an hour. Woke up and then went looking for a new house for the sisters. We found a house that day and helped them move. I thought we were done with our problems for the day and I got a phone call from another sister saying that her companion doesn't want to work. So I had to then take care of that problem. By the end of the day you could imagine, I was dead and everyday since then has been small little problems to take care of. We have a new motto here in the zone to help us with these problems, ''Happy Zone, Happy Sister'' That is our focus and we are hoping that it will help us. This is definitely a learning experience for me right now but I am learning a lot.  A lot. 

So that is the crazy part of this week. But it got crazier yesterday because it was a party outside. My companion, Elder T, thought is was for the Super Bowl. But it was for the elections of the new President of Costa Rica. Seriously, it was a party all day long. Everyone had to go vote yesterday and yesterday at night they announced the winner. But during the day, people were all over the streets screaming, honking their horns, waving their flags, and fighting in the streets. It was ridiculous. It was so funny. People would just drive around and honk their horns. They even put their grandpa in the bed of the truck to wave the flag as they went flying down the street. It was honestly one of the funniest things I have seen in this country. But the craziest thing is that to win the election you have to win 40% of the votes, if not it goes to a second round. Well guess what, we are going into the the second round!! So the parties are going to continue. 

Well things are doing great here. I am really happy. I am excited to work again and everyday is an adventure. I feel like we are woking so hard right now. We could obviously work a little smarter. But it was great to see a ton of our investigators show up to church on Sunday. Plus we have a ton of possible baptisms for this month. We got to turn things on and get going. We are going to try and get 2 baptisms this week. We have 2 people that are progressing really well. They are super excited about the church. The only problem is that it is hard for us to find them during the week because of their work. We are going to work hard and if they don't get baptized this week, it will be next week for sure. So things are great right now. Everything is PURA VIDA! 

It is great to hear that everything is going great at home. Kendal good job on your finals. That's great. Kylie good luck on soccer tryouts. Dad that is an amazing story. Put your trust in God and everything will work out in the end. I sent a letter to Nana & Tata a couple weeks ago. They should be getting it soon. 

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

Pura Vida!
Elder Keysor



Elder Cook Visit

Hola Familia,

This was a very crazy week today. Crazy because there was a ton of big changes going on here. First off, I have a new companion. Well actually I have two new companions. They are Elder P and Elder T. They were actually in the same ward as me but they closed down their area because there weren't a lot of missionaries coming in. So they will be with me now. Elder P is from Mexico and he has 7 months in the mission and he will be the new zone leader with me. Elder T is from Utah and he is the one with the scholarship to play football at Stanford. He is starting his mission and has 4 months. I am really excited to work with them. We have the challenge of working in two areas right now. My area and the area of my companions. We are going to work in their area until new missionaries come into it. We have a lot of work to do here but I am actually really happy about it. Changes are always interesting because it is like a new start. I really needed that. A new start. So I am really excited to get things going with my new companions and I really feel like we can get things going. 

The other big news was that the apostle, Elder Cook, came and talked to us on Friday. It was really good. He gave a great message about the importance of love in the missionary work. It was a great reminder and he gave some great tips to help us love the work. It was a great message and a really powerful one too. The cool thing was that the meeting we had with Elder Cook was in the Tropicana, my old area in Alajuela. It was so cool going back to Alajuela because afterwards the members had a meeting with Elder Cook and I saw a ton of my converts and members of my old area. It was great seeing them and seeing that they are staying strong in the church. One of my converts is preparing to go on a mission, another is the 2nd counsler in the Elders quorum, and another a teacher in the primary. It was really cool to see. A lot of them want me to come back to visit them before I finish the mission. 

On Sunday, we had the baptism of K. It was great. He had been ready all week and it was a great baptism. All the members were happy to see K get baptized. He ran around the whole church telling everyone that he just got baptized. It was so funny and it was impossible to keep him contained. The best part is that K mom wants to get baptized but she can't attend church because of her work. We have a lot of work to get done with this family. So baptizing him really is going to help us get going. In the zone we really pushed ourselves. We hoped for 15 but fell a little short. We ended with 12. It was great because I learned a lot and have some great ideas for the zone. The only challenge is that the majority of the zone had changes. The zone has 19 missionaries now. 10 of them are Sisters and 9 are Elders. President has so many Sisters in his mission and so he decides to send them to Elder Keysor. It is going to be really interesting working with a ton of Sisters. I can't really push Sisters like I can with Elders. But it will be interesting. 

Well it sounds like everything is going well at home. Sounds like Kendal did a get job on her finals. Good Job. And Kylie finally gets a small break from soccer. It really sounds like things are going great. 

Well have a great week. I love you guys and have fun. 

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor

Baptism of K. 

Young Faith

Hola Familia,

It was a crazy week. It started out a little rough but it it finished great. Monday wasn't P-Day because we went to the temple on Wednesday. On Monday, one of the assistants came to join us for a few days to see how things were going and see if we could fix some things. It that helped a lot. Monday night was one of the roughest lessons of my mission. We had to go and tell D and J that they couldn't get baptized. I felt horrible horrible horrible in this lesson. Everyone was sad but they agreed to work hard to get married and baptized in the future. It was a really rough lesson but we had to do it. After the lesson we were back thinking about what we were going to do to have a baptism this month. We decided that we were going to help every area in our zone to have a baptism this month. So that was our goal. 

On Tuesday, we had interviews with President. It was good having interviews with him. He really helped me a lot. He asked how he could help us and I explained the situation and how we were really struggling to find baptisms. He asked "Well how many do you think you can have as a zone?" I told him at least 12 but we obviously want more. He responded, "Elder, I want to see 15. You know what to do." That really pushed me and it was a great reminder that President trusts me a lot. So that really got me going and to top it off, we went to the temple on Wednesday and that helped a ton. I felt so peaceful afterwards. I realized that I need to just let everything go and just work. If I work hard everything is going to fall into place. That is what I did. I just let everything go and got to work. And with that mentality, it really changed the week. We got to work trying to help everyone we could. We really started to see the miracles coming. 

The best was on Friday, we went to visit C, the kid we baptized, and he asked if he could go and do visits with us. His brother had sent him a missionary tag and so he wants to walk around like a missionary. We said sure and we went and visited some kids that went to church on Sunday. We got to the lesson and the first thing that happened was this kid named K asked his mom if he could get baptized. Right then, C told him to get baptized and bore his testimony about his baptism. My companion and I were shocked. A 9 year old missionary was inviting a 10 year old to be baptized. K accpeted and we asked his mom and his dad if he had permission to get baptized. His parents said sure and they were willing to take him to church every Sunday. A 9 year old missionary saved our month. We are now going to have a baptism this Sunday. And sunday at church, K was looking at the baptismal font with his Aunt, who also is 10 years old, and he invited her to get baptized with him on Sunday and she said yes! So now we are hoping to have 2 baptisms on Sunday. But that isn't it. After receiving the numbers yesterday for the zone, we are going to have a minimum  of 6 baptisms but we could have as much as 14. So we could end up with 12 or up to 20 as a zone. We are really excited for this upcoming week. We got a lot of work to do. 

So really my mind has changed completely. I am a lot happier. It really helped talking to President and going to the temple this week. It helped me remember why I am here and what is my purpose as a missionary. So things are a lot better right now and it is going to be a great week because Elder Cook of the 12 apostles is coming on Friday to speak to all the missionaries. It will be an awesome week. 

It sounds like things are going well at home. Kendal study hard and pray. Just work hard to understand all the material and you will be fine. Kylie stop being gross.  Dad I will send you another letter with experiences. I have a ton because the majority of my baptisms are from less active members. Mom I really like that quote you sent me from Elder Oaks. Thanks a lot. 

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

Carl's Jr. Time

Rough Times

Hola Familia,

So we had really good week. We found a bunch of new families and a lot of them accepted to get baptized. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We are really happy about that and things were looking good for us. We also had D and J that were preparing for their marriage and baptism this weekend. We were super happy because it would be our first baptisms in our area since November. It has been killing me not having baptisms as often as before. We have been feeling good about how D and J are progressing. So things were looking great for this weekend. 

But Sunday just killed me. We got to church really excited to announce the marriage and baptism of D and J. But when we got to church all the members were against us baptizing them and they even told us he could go to jail. To understand what is going on right now, you have to understand the story of D and J. D is the son of a member and the only member of the family that isn't a member. He has a brother that is a missionary in Nicaragua and they whole family has been fighting to get D baptized. It was just lately that D started to listen to us and that is because J his girlfriend started listening to us and wanted to attended church. We started teaching them but we never had the intention of baptizing them because D is 22 and J is 14 and she is pregnant. This is pretty common in Costa Rica.  We knew that they didn't want to separate and so to live the law of chastity they had to get married. My companion and I knew that they couldn't get married because it is against the law. So we just taught them and helped them go to church. The problem is that they all of a sudden wanted to get baptized. We really thought about what we should do and we called a lawyer.  A lawyer told us that it wasn't illegal and they could get baptized. When we heard that we got them prepared and got them going to get married and baptized. They got excited and the family of D was super excited their son was going to get baptized. Everything was going great and everyone was super happy. But when we got to church on Sunday, the members started telling us that it was illegal and that he could go to jail. We were shocked and confused because a lawyer told us that it wasn't illegal. But word got to D and J and they ended up leaving church early and really upset. We started calling more lawyers and they said that we couldn't get them married. After working for weeks and everyone happy, we have to tell them that they can't get married and can't get baptized. The only way that they can get baptized is if they separate. So right now, my companion and I are really hurt because we realized that we have caused more harm than good with this family. We don't know what to do.

So that is how things are going right now. The area is great and we are really happy with the way things are going. But really hurt because we want to help this family so much and we honestly don't know what to do. We received a message last night that I hope will help me a lot right now. The message was from our mission president. He told us that tomorrow we are having interviews with him and Wednesday we are going to the temple. So I am hoping that in these next two days I can find answers to my questions and most of all peace. I am not sad, I am still really happy. I am in the Lords work but I am just sad that I can't help this family find the happiness that they deserve in their lives. But I know I will find an answer. I haven't found it yet but I will work like crazy to find it. I have been reading the scriptures a lot. I even stay up all night reading them looking for answers and looking for things that I can do to help everyone. This is one of the most difficult times here on my mission. I have also learned a lot through all this. I have learned a lot about the scriptures and a lot about patience.

I actually have learned a lot about faith. President gave a great example about faith a while back. He used the example of me pitching. How I had to have the faith that I will win with every pitch. And I can't think about losing in any moment. It was a great reminder and it has been something that has been pushing me through all the tough times. I can tell you right now that my faith has grown a ton. Everyday it grows and I bet you guys won't even recognize me when I come back. Yeah things are tough. But who said that the mission would be easy. I am going to keep pushing myself everyday and I will never stop fighting to help everyone find the eternal happiness that we can find from this gospel. That is my purpose and that is why I am here on the mission. 

I love you guys and miss you guys a ton. Have fun in finals Kendal. HaHa I am so glad I don't have to worry about that. Kylie keep practicing your soccer because I will still beat you when I get home. Congrats Dad on the work. It sounds like things are going great for you. Put your faith in God and anything is possible. Mom I love you a ton and thank you for everything that you do for me. Thank you guys for all your prayers. Have a great week everyone. Don't do anything stupid! :)

Pura Vida,

Elder Keysor

New Year

Hola Familia,

¡¡¡¡¡¡FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS KENDAL!!!!! No puedo creer que va a cumplir 15 años. que loco. No importa que tiene 15 años todavia es muy extraña. :) Que lastima que no puedo estar alla con ustedes hoy para celebrar su cumpleaños. Pero espero que ustedes hagan algo super divertido. Did you understand that? I hope so. :) But just be glad you aren't here for your birthday. They really go crazy for birthdays. Everyone here cracks eggs on your head when it is your birthday. I really don't understand why, they say it has to do with making a cake. But I think they are just crazy. The weird thing is that most people are happy when they get eggs cracked on their heads. It's really weird. But Happy Birthday Kendal!! Have a great day. Do something fun but stay away from the steering wheel. You still can't drive. You aren't allowed to drive until you are 40. Have a great day love you. Kylie make sure to crack some eggs on Kendal's head for me. :)

So this week was a tough week. Nobody was home. Everyone was on vacation. They all went to the beach and we stayed working. We had to work everyday this week. We don't get days off for holidays. So on the 31st we had to work and it was tough because around 5 everyone starts partying. The Ticos go crazy on New Years. It was nice because a member invited us to eat that night. So we got to celebrate that night and the food was so good. It was a great way to celebrate the New Year. But at 9 we had to be in the house and lights out at 10:30. So we didn't stay up. During the night we could see some of the fireworks but at 10:30 I was dead. My body just doesn't stay up past 10:30. Every night it is exhausted from walking and talking and thinking a ton. That is how we spent our New Years. It was actually really fun. A very relaxing New Years. 

Right now we really haven't had a baptism since C in November. And it is really tough because we are helping other areas in the zone baptize but we are struggling in our area. It is tough because I know that we can do better. It really motivates me though and really things are looking a lot better for us. We have a lot of potential baptisms coming up. We don't have a lot of investigators, we are working in finding more everyday. The investigators that we have are really good. Our next baptisms are really interesting. We have been teaching C brother, D. D is 21 and is the only one of the family that isn't a member. He really didn't want anything to do with the missionaries. He has meet with missionaries for 4 years and he never gave them the time of day. One day we went to their house and we just talked to him and his girlfriend, J. We gained their trust but he still didn't want to listen to us. But J really liked the church and started to attend church. We started teaching her and D started to join us. D has heard everything about the church and knows a ton. But has never felt the need to go to church. The other day in Priesthood class, D bore his testimony and said that finally he feels the need to go to church. We were shocked. D now shares his testimony every opportunity that he gets and his girlfriend J loves the church. She has had a life full of drugs and living in the streets. She lives with D and the two of them really want to get baptized. D's mom is super happy because her whole family will be members after the baptism of D. So things are amazing with them. But they have to get married or separate before they get baptized. They don't want to get separated, they want to get married. We are going to have a marriage and a baptism in two weeks. We are really excited and it has really help pick us up. 
So things are looking great for this New Year. 2014 is going to be a great year for us here. 

We had a meeting with President Wilkinson on friday. It was a really good meeting. He kept asking me questions about baseball because his message was based on being mentally strong. He knows that in sports you have to be mentally strong. It was a great reminder about always having faith and always believing that we can win in the end. That really helped and it is something that I have been studying lately and it is something that I am planning on sharing with our zone here soon. There are times when we know what we need to do but we beat ourselves up mentally. It all starts with faith. If we have faith anything is possible. So that has been something that I have learned lately. 

I love you guys. I can't believe that we are already in 2014. Time is flying by. I miss you guys a lot. Have a great week and don't do anything stupid. :)

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor

8 Baptisms

Hola Familia,

This week was a good week. It was good because it was Christmas. It was great to talk to you guys and it was a great way to start off the day. After talking to you guys, we went to drop off little gifts we made for all of the members and investigators. It was nice and the members really loved it. So that is how we spent Christmas. This Christmas was a lot easier than the last Christmas. I already knew what to expect so it really just felt like a normal day. But it was good to know that it was my last Christmas away from home. 

We really ended this week great. On Friday night my comp went on divisions with other missionaries to see how some investigators were doing. He went to visit a family of 7 that have been investigating to church for a long time. Well he called me around 8 at night and said that the family accepted to get baptized. They accepted to get baptized the next day!!! So we were really excited and he started to do the interviews but 5 minutes later he called me and said to come over really fast because the family wasn't married. We were shocked because we had thought they were married but the parents didn't want their kids knowing that they weren't married. In the interview the truth came out. So starting at 9 at night, we started calling all the lawyers that we knew and none of them answered. Then we called the assistants and when they heard that it was a family of 7 they stopped everything and started looking for other lawyers. At 9:30 we finally found a lawyer and we were up till 10:30 getting all the documents and all the paperwork ready for the marriage the next day. We woke up in the morning started looking for everything for the marriage and the baptism. We went on divisions again. I went to pick up baptismal clothes from other areas and my comp went to get all the paperwork done. The marriage was planned at 4 and the baptism right after. We also had another baptism in the zone at 3 so I went to the baptism to make sure everything went well there. At the baptism, 2 were supposed to get baptized but only 1 showed up. I asked the sisters what happened and they said that the lady that was supposed to get baptized didn't want to leave her house. So after the baptism, I went with the sisters to see what happened with this lady. We got there and she opened the door. I had a feeling that I should just talk to her so I went and did a small interview with her. I asked how she was doing and she told me that she was sad because she had the faith that she was going to get baptized today but because she didn't go, she had lost that opportunity. I told her that she could still get baptized today and she was shocked. I told her that there was another baptism at 5 and if she wanted to, she could get baptized. She was super happy and got herself ready to be baptized at 5. We then had to take her to the other baptism and just throw her into the agenda with the other family of 7. We ended up have 8 baptisms and it was crazy. It was a crazy day and it really was a great way to end this month. 

So that is how the week ended. Today we went with some members to a park to have a picnic. But when we got to the park it was closed and so we had to go to a church in our area and have our little picnic. It was good. I don't know what type of meat that was but it was super good. I think it was cow. I really don't ask. I just eat it. We ended up playing football, so that was a nice change from soccer. 

So that was really what has happened since I talked to you guys on Wednesday. Not much happened but it was a great week. We have a great week planned this week  too. A member invited us to eat on News Years Eve and we have a lot of visits lined up. It should be a great week. I love you guys and have a great week and a happy new year. FELIZ AÑO NUEVO!!!!!!

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor
Playing football at closed Park. 
Picnic lunch outside church. Not sure what the meat is?

Almost Christmas

Hola Familia,

This week was a lot better. A ton better. We started off this week great. My companion wanted to go on divisions to see how the other areas in the zone were doing. So he went all week on divisions and I worked in the area with different missionaries everyday. It seemed like it would be tough working alone but I told myself that I was tired of have bad weeks, so I pushed myself to really lift this area back up. So thats what I did. It all started on Monday. Monday we had the Christmas activity of the mission. It was good and then afterwards, I went on divisions with Elder B, my last companion. He is now in my zone and so we went on divisions. It was good because he helped me remember what we did in my last area that we aren't doing now. It was a great division and helped me start off the week strong. There was one thing that I realized I wasn't doing. I wasn't acting with love. I loved the people and I showed it but it was not being felt by them or me. I liked a quote that Dad sent me a long time ago, came to my mind. "If you want to be happy, make others happy" by David O McKay. That really stuck into my head and it is true. I made that my focus for this last week and it really changed things. It was amazing. 

This last week I had amazing experiences with some less active members. I just focused on trying to make them all happy. There is one less active that owns a mexican restuarant and he is from Mexico. So I usually stop by to get my mexican food. He makes great chorizo!! Yummm. But this week I focused on helping him and just talking to him. I actually didn't teach much just talked to him. Yesterday, I stopped by to see how he was doing and if there was anything I could do for him and he just asked me what time church starts on Sunday. I told him at 9 and invited him to come this Sunday and he said that is why he was asking because he wants to go to church. I was shocked. He has been inactive for years and just by talking to him, he wants to go back to church. Crazy. Another was a less active that first told us not to come back. She was asisting another church and doesn't want anything to do with us. But this week, I had the feeling of stopping by and wishing her a Merry Christmas. So I did it and we were outside her house just talking and joking around and at the end she asked for our phone number in case she needed something. It was amazing. We just went to make people happy and they really changed. It was absolutely amazing to see how something so simple can change someones life. 

Like I said that was my focus this week and it changed my whole week. I had an amazing week. Amazing. We have a lot of people progressing and we found a lot of new people and received a ton of references. Just by trying to make people happy. We have a family that we are teaching that has really changed in this last week. The man is a son of a member and he really doesn't want anything to do with the church and his girlfriend has problems with drugs and now she is pregnant. But this week we tried to help them and we actually gave them a blessings. By the end of the week, they had accepted a baptismal date and went to church early and participated in the classes. It was a huge change and now they are progressing a ton. 

Another cool experience is that we were walking and some little kids asked if I was a gringo. I said yes and they started asking me how to say things in english. They also started asking me if I knew Big Time Rush and One Direction. It was hilarious. They were crazy fans of them. They started singing the songs and asked us to translate. But the funniest thing is that they wouldn't let us leave until they sang us a song of One Direction. It was super funny. We left and they asked us to talk to One Direction so that they could come and do a concert in Costa Rica. I think there are crazier fans here than Kendal and Kylie. 

So these are just some of the experiences that happened this week. It was great. A great week. I could be here all day telling you about my week but we are going to talk on Wednesday!!! We are planning to skype around 8 in the morning. My comp after me. We are going to skype in the church. They gave us the keys to use the computers in the church. So a faster internet and less chaos behind me. I am really excited to talk to you guys. 

Yes I opened up my gifts. I opened them up today. I couldn't wait. I love everything. I already did the puzzle and the In n Out shirt is super cool. Plus the football is great. I am going to play a lot of football now. Today we also did a white elephant gift exchange in the zone. I sent photos of that. It was super fun. Everyone here is ready for Christmas and the Christmas Spirit is in the air. 

So I can't wait to see you guys on Wednesday morning. I love you guys and have a great week. FELIZ NAVIDAD!!!!!!

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor