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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, March 18, 2014

It's HOT

Hola Familia,

Well it was another HOT week. Really HOT as usual. But I am slowly getting used to it. We didn't have a great week like last week but we learned a lot about the area and the ward. It was a rough week because we had to travel to San Jose for a multi zone conference with President. So we lost all day but we learned a lot and it was a lot of fun. We had to practice lessons and when we were practicing President came to join us. It really helped because he was able to give us tips to help us become a better missionaries. The zone conferences are always helpful to us as missionaries. The craziest part was that we had Stake Conference yesterday. We went to set up the church and we were going to watch a transmission from Salt Lake. Everyone showed up in the Stake. The church was full. We had to set up TV's in other rooms to fit everyone and there were still people outside trying to watch the transmission. There was a total of 458 people in the Stake Conference. It was ridiculous. It was a great conference. Richard G Scott and Dallin H Oaks gave great talks. They really focused on ways to help reactivate members. It was perfect because my companions and I have been really focused in on that this week. Our ward has had a lot of baptisms but the attendance hasn't changed much. We are really focused on reactivating and baptizing so that the attendance can increase. So it was a really helpful Stake Conference. 

Well our focus here lately is on working a lot more with the members. That has really been the focus of my whole mission and it really has helped a lot. We are really working on getting to know all the members, actives and less actives and so far things are going great. We have received a lot of references and things are really going to change. The bishopric wants to go on visits with us this week. We are really starting to get support from the members.

Everyday is an adventure. I will walk you through a typical day in the life of Elder Keysor. Wake up at 6 and start working out behind the house. 7 get cleaned up and eat. 8 study. 9 study with my companions. 11 study spanish. 12 go and eat at a small restuarant that is owned by a member. It is super good. I usually have steak with rice and beans. The best is on Saturday when they have a special dish that they only sell here in this area called rice and beans. It is rice and beans with coconut milk and spicy chiles. It is so good and usually has chicken in it too. It is the best. After lunch we jump on a bus to get to our area. Our area is small but full of people. It is dirt roads and small houses. The people are really humble and really love listening about God. The biggest challenge is getting to church. Church starts at 8 in the morning and they have to get on the bus at 7:30 to get to church on time. So it is really early and they usually don't have money. We really have to help them understand sacrifices to get them to come to church. But the people are great and we are being received by many people. We work from around 2 to 8:30. We have to take the bus at 8:30 to be home by 9. At 9 we plan for the next day. Around 10 we start receiving phone calls from the district leaders about how things are going in their districts. We have 3 districts in our zone. 13 areas and 27 missionaries. 4 sisters and 23 elders. It is a great zone and everyone works hard. The only challenge is the distances between the areas. We sometimes have to take a bus that is about an hour or two to get to some of the areas. It is really big. We try to finish the phone calls by 10:30 but they usally go till 11. Then bed and get as much sleep as possible to be ready for the next day. So that is my day. It is crazy and exhausting but there is always something fun with everyday and I love it!!

Well things are going well here and it seems like things are going well at home too. FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS DAD!!!!!!!!!! I hope you had a great birthday and I wish I could have been there. Thanks for everything that you do for me and all the support you give me. You are great and a great example for me and thanks for all the tips that you give me every week. Keep working hard to help the missionaries at home. You are doing great. Thanks too mom for gettting everything set up for school. I know it wasn't easy but thanks. I missed Kendal's letter this week. I know that she has been busy with school work so it is ok. Good Luck on your concerts this week. Kylie needs to start working out with Aaron if she wants to get faster. Plus my companion Elder L told me something this week that really hit me. "There is no such thing as physical disability, only mental disability" you got to be mentally strong if you want to be successful. 

Have a great week everyone. I miss you guys and love you a ton. Nos Vemos!

Pura Vida!!

Elder Keysor
Goat for Sale
A friendly visitor on his pancake mix.

Loving Life

Hola Familia,

Well my first week here in my new area was a very interesting one. We worked really hard to find a ton of new people and also get to know the area. This last week we found 19 new investigators and 16 of them accepted to get baptized. So we got a lot of work to do. This area is great. It is smaller but there are a lot of people and they are all willing to receive us. So it makes finding new investigators really easy.
Plus we had a baptism. First week and one baptism. His name is S. He is 18 years old and an amazing person. He was really prepared to get baptized. He was a reference from another member and really loves the church. He used to have dreads but he cut his hair before his baptism. He also wants to be a missionary. He came to church on Sunday in a suit. He is just a great person. He was so happy after his baptism.

I also went on divisions this week. The pictures I uploaded are from these divisions. I went to a place that is called Puerto Viejo. That place is so cool. I felt like I was Tarzan because everything was jungle. The church there is really small. There are only 35 members so the church is actually a house. The missionaries live in the church. It is crazy and in the back there is a pool for their baptisms. I took pictures of the church and the pool out back. Honestly this zone is so cool.  It is completely different than any of my other areas. I am seriously in the jungle. It is really HOT but it is super green. It is an adventure everyday. I seriously like it here.

My companions are great. Yep Elder Hess was trained by Elder S and they are really similar. It is really funny. He is a great missionary. The people here love him. He makes me laugh a lot. My other companion Elder L is amazing. I am learning a lot from him everyday. Just seeing him get ready in the morning is amazing. Elder L is 24 years old and has a ton of faith. Elder L was in an accident before his mission. He doesn't have a left leg. That is why he is serving here in Costa Rica. He uses a fake leg made of carbon fiber. He may have a disability but that doesn't stop him. He walks faster than me and I have two legs. It is honestly something you just have to see. He is an amazing person and I learn something new with him everyday.

I think you can tell that I am really happy. Super Happy actually. I love my new area and my companions. There is nothing to complain about. It's really really HOT but I am going to have a nice tan when I am done here. Everything is Pura Vida!!!

It seems like everyone is doing great at home. I hope mom had a great birthday. I love you guys a lot!! Have a great week!!
Pura Vida!!

Elder Keysor

Elder Keysor, Elder H baptism of S and Elder L. 
The church in Puerto Viejo - a house.
The churches baptismal font.

New Area

Hola Familia,

Well, it was an interesting week. Last week we had a ton of meetings with President. He has been trying to figure things out in the mission and really get things going. Plus this week was changes. Actually today was changes day. The President threw me a curveball. I had changes. My new area is Pococi. It is in the Zona Atlantica and the best part is that I have finally left the central part of Costa Rica. I had to take a 2 hour bus ride from San Jose to get to my area today. The whole trip was on windy streets in the jungle. My new area is tropical and really hot. I haven't stopped sweating since I got here. I really don't know that much about my new area because I just got here today. But it looks like it is going to be interesting. Interesting because I am doing a white wash. A white wash is when they take out the two companions and add two new people into the area. So I am with my new companions, Elder L and Elder H. Elder L is from Costa Rica and is serving here. He is the new zone leader with me. I have to train him to be a zone leader also. Elder H is a missionary from Utah, he only has 4 months on the mission. He is our other companion. Plus this zone has been one of the most successful zones here in the mission. So I have a lot of work to do. That is the big news for this week.

I was really surprised when I heard I had changes last night. We really had started to get things going. And things were really looking good for the upcoming weeks. One of the things I have learned here on this mission, is that as soon as things get all organized, you have changes. So I was a little sad but coming here on the bus and seeing the type of area I am in now, I got really excited and agreed that it was time for a change. So I am really excited, sweating a ton, but really excited.
Besides that things are good. I have really tried to step things up. My time is running out and it would be great to end with a bang. I've decided that I am really going to do the best that I can everyday. And really give it my all. Not that I wasn't but just more. I have been trying to come up with goals that I can be doing. So in this week, I plan to set some goals to help me really push myself more.

Well, that is the big news and I can't keep my head straight because it is so HOT. It seems like things are good at home. I remember Outdoor Ed when Dad went with me. Seems just like yesterday. Good job Kendal with the Spanish. The mexican side of her is starting to come out. Mom FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS!!!!!!! I hope you have a great birthday. I wish I could be there to celebrate it. But have a great birthday, to amo!  And hey my new area is cool and they told me that there is a beach and monkeys and tucans. So I am going to try and take more pictures. :) Dad it is good to hear that you are working a lot with the missionaries. It really makes our job easier as missionaries if we have the members there to support us.

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

Pura Vida!
Elder Keysor

Changing Lives

Hola Familia,

Well it was a great week. Why? Because we had two baptisms this week!!! We had the baptisms of M and B. It was a really cool experience to see how the two of them have really changed a lot. B before was a really serious guy but after his baptism he was all smiles. And he hasn't stopped smiling since. M had made big changes in his life. He was a really animated guy but he decidced to stop drinking coffee in one day and actually gave away his coffee to his brother. The best part was that he came to his baptism in a suit and tie. He was really scared to enter the water but when he came back out he had a huge smile on his face and screamed ¨Que Lindo! Pura Vida!!¨ It was really funny. He told us that he didn't want to leave the church. He wanted to sleep in the church until Sunday. The next day at church they came early and they honestly looked like they had been members for their whole lives. It is amazing to see how the gospel changes peoples lives. It really is the only way that someone can find true happiness.

The best thing that has been happening to us are our english classes. We have been giving english classes every thursday and a ton of people have been coming. Last week we had 14 people show up. The majority of them were investigators. We have been receiving a ton of references from people in these classes. So that has been a huge hit for us lately.

Well I think one of the biggest news this week was that I now have 18 months on the mission. Crazy. My companions like to tease me because I am older and have more time then them. They even made the whole zone sing me "Happy Birthday". It was really ridiculous. But it is really crazy to see how long have I been on the mission. I honestly don't feel like I have been here that long. But I can tell because things just come more naturally now. Spanish, talking to people in the street, or challenging someone to be baptized. It all seems natural and normal. I really haven't thought much about how much time I have. I really don't like too. And I really don't feel that much different. 

I received my package. And I loved it all. I had been craving PEZ so that was cool to see. Thank you guys a lot for all the goodies. :)

I have been working out everyday. Everyday I wake up at 5:30 and work out before we start the day. It has been great. I feel stronger and I have a lot more energy. The biggest problem is that it makes me really hungry. We are trying to eat out less and do more cooking ourselves.
Well I love you guys. And miss you guys a lot. I'll sent some pictures home. I am trying to take more pictures. Have a great week. Love you guys!!

Pura Vida,
Elder Keysor
Valentine's Day Package

Baptism of M and B