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, April 21, 2014

Easter Week

Hola Familia,

Well I don't know where to start. It was an amazing week. Things just took off. This area is amazing. It is one of the best areas of my mission. It isn't hot. Every morning the fog rolls in and it has a nice cold breeze all day long. The weather is absolutely amazing. The members are great. In the short time that I have been here the members have helped us out a ton and feed us a ton. The area is huge. Enormous but we have been trying to work smarter and that has really paid off. This week we had more new investigators than any other area in the whole zone. We had 14 new investigators this week. We put the goal of 2 new investigators a day and we did it. Our investigator pool is huge and it keeps getting bigger. And the crazy part is that it was the holy week here. Holy week is when the people celebrate the death of Jesus Christ. It is all week but it really starts Thursday and ends Sunday. During this time everyone goes to the beach or the Catholics go to church. So finding people in their house is almost impossible. But we found a ton of new people. It was amazing. We also brought 5 people to church. It was the first time that this ward has seen more than 3 investigators in church in 4 months. The members got really excited. The church building here is a house. They are building a new chapel that will be ready in August. The attendance here is about 150 people. The people don't all fit so they have to film the sacrament meeting and play it on TVs that are placed in the other rooms. It is really interesting. The baptismal font is a pool too. It is pretty cool. And that's the other thing. We are planning to have 2 baptisms this Sunday. So we are just taking off right now. Things are going great.

So as you can tell I am really happy here. We had some great experiences so far. The other day we were walking and we talked to someone and they told us to go and visit the guy next door. We went to visit him but he was drunk. He was really mad about something and told us to go and talk to his wife. We went and talked to his wife. We knocked on the door and the son opened the door and the mom was crying on the couch. She told us to come in. We talked to her and she told us that her husband and her got into a fight. She later explained to us that she had been baptized in the church but hadn't attended church in 5 years. We gave her a blessing and told her that we would pass by later in the week to see how she was doing. When we passed by later in the week the husband was home and sober. We shared a small scripture and he told us that he wanted to change and that he knew that we could help him. He accepted to be baptized and was willing to start making changes in his life to bring peace and happiness in his family. It was an amazing experience but it was amazing how the spirit guided us to that family. We had a ton of experiences like that all week long. It was amazing. 

So far things are great with my companion. He wants to learn and is willing to work so that makes things a lot easier. We both have high goals so we are working hard to meet our goals. He is a funny kid and we are having fun working together. 

Well things are great. For Easter we ate at the bishops house. He is a gringo from Canyon Country, California. He knows the M family. So it was funny talking to him. His last name is M. Maybe you know him. He is here for work but goes back to the states in June. Well all is good. I am happy and having fun. I love you guys and miss you guys a lot. Have a great week. Nos Vemos!!! :)

Pura Vida, 

Elder Keysor
My New Home 




I work out on the balcony.

My New Companion - Elder G.




P-Day Tennis Fun
P-Day Football Fun

Changed Again

Hola Familia,

Well this week started off great. We were all pumped up after having 16 baptisms that we went crazy looking for new people to teach. We ended up receiving 20 references from members and we found 12 new investigators and we set 9 baptismal dates. It was a really good week. Plus we ended up having members go out and do visits with us everyday this week. We are really starting to pick things up and getting a lot of support from the members. So it was a great week and we are excited to start this week. 

But Sunday night we got a phone call. I had changes. So today in the  morning I had to wake up at 5 to get to my new area. My new area is San Ramon in Alajuela. It will be the third time that I have been in Alajuela and I think this is going to be my last area. It seems good. I have only been here for a few hours but it looks good. It isn't hot here which is nice. It has a nice breeze. My new companion is Elder G. He is from El Salvador.  So far that is all I know about my new area. 

Besides that I am doing great. I was able to see the ocean before I left my last area. I went on divisions and there was a beach nearby. I called the mission nurse about my eyes. She said that if they started to bother me I could go and see a doctor. They aren't bothering me anymore and I am able to use my contacts without pain.  I have been using my contacts all week and nothing. The only thing is that I ran out of contact solution so I have to buy more. 

Well that is the big news for this week. I expect to have more things to write you guys next week. Have a great week and say hola to everyone there in Arizona. Have fun. I love you guys a lot and miss you too. Nos Vemos!!

Pura Vida,

Elder Keysor



What a week - 16 Baptisms

Hola Familia,

Well it was a very interesting and really busy week. The week started off great. We were getting phone calls of missionaries super excited because they had baptismal dates with people for this weekend. We finished with 16 baptisms this week as a zone. It was amazing to see so many people in white clothes. We ended up having the baptisms after the last session of General Conference on Sunday. The whole stake comes here to see conference because they can't watch it on TVs. We ended up having a huge baptismal service. It was super cool. Everyone was super happy. There was just happiness in the air. Sunday night everyone was calling us and congratulating us for our hard work. President was really excited and we really had the best week out of all the mission. The next closest zone had 8 baptisms. We were really excited last night.

Plus we ended up having the baptism of J. J got baptized on Friday because the members that bring him to church couldn't come on Sunday. So we had the baptism on Friday. It was amazing. J came running into the church with the biggest grin on his face. He honestly couldn't sit still. He was bouncing all over the place. We had the primary do the whole baptismal service. The primary kids gave the talks, the prayers and the special musical numbers. It was such an spiritual experience. The kids are always really spiritual. After the baptism the spirit stayed in the room. The best part is that the lady who is legally in charge of J came to the baptism. Afterwards we asked her what she thought of the baptism. She just asked us what she needed to do to get baptized. We were really excited and now we are going to start to work more with her to help J to stay strong in the church.

So that is really how the week went. It was full of good news. Now comes the hard work of finding a lot of new investigators to keep things going. We have a lot of plans this week to have a lot of new investigators by the end of the week.

Well things are great here. Hot as usual. It is raining a little bit right now but it is still hot. I am getting a little lazy with the picture taking but I am really going to work on it this week. I promise. It seems like things are going good at home. I actually never had that 15 minutes program but I remember hearing about it. Kendal is already being a missionary. That is cool. Kylie is still Kylie. A super hero freak. Everyone told me that the new Captain America is really good. 

General Conference was really good. It was the first time that I watched it in spanish. The internet wasn't working well to watch it in english. I really enjoyed it. Especially the priesthood. It was amazing. There were a lot of great talks. I will have to start studying them here soon.
Well I love you guys and miss you guys a lot. It seems like everything is the same at home. Have a great week. Nos vemos!!

Pura Vida!!

Elder Keysor
What a week - 16 baptisms.
Baptism of J

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Goals

Hola Familia,

Well this week was crazy. I had to travel all over the zone to do baptism interviews. So 4 days out of the week, I spent on the road in a bus. It was exhausting. But that is what I have to do when there are a lot of baptisms. The bad news is that we finished this month horribly. We finished with 19 baptisms this month. The goal was 30 and we didn't even get close. I have learned a lot of things from sports that I have applied here on the mission and one of the best things I have learned is dealing with failure. So we looked at what we did wrong and changed what needed to be changed. The best part is that we start off April as a new month and a new goal. The goal still is 30 and we can meet this goal this month. The zone started working hard and we have 20 investigators waiting to get baptized this weekend. So things are looking good right now, the zone is super excited. We have a lot of work to do and it is going to be an interesting week.

This week we are going to have a baptism. His name is J. He is ten years old. He was a reference we received from some recent converts. He doesn't have any parents. His parents abandoned him when he was little and he lives with an aunt. But he spends all day at the recent converts house. J is great. He is super excited to go to church every week. He is really happy going to church and it is a huge change from where he was before. We are really excited to have the baptism this week.

We have been working hard to schedule baptismal dates in the first lesson. It has been going great. That's a great goal Dad of putting one a day. But on average we get 3 to 4 new investigators a day and 3 to 4 baptismal dates a day. So our goal is a little bit more. The challenge we are facing right now is getting people to church. Everyone is accepting the baptismal dates but here it is a requirement to attend church 3 times before they can get baptized. We can't baptize them until they come to church and if they never go to church they can't get baptized. So that is the challenge we have. It is hard because the people don't have money for the bus or the church is far for them to travel. We are really trying to find ways to get people to church.

It seems like things are going great at home.  It was great to hear everyone is doing great at BYU too.
So things are good. Still Super Hot but things are great and I am having fun. I miss you guys and have a great week!

Pura Vida,

Elder Keysor

Funny Stuff

Hola Familia,

This week was a fun week. We had to do a lot of divisions this week because of baptismal interviews. So my companion went and did the divisions and I stayed in the area working. It was a fun week because we started working in a new areas. The area here is really big but the missionaries before only worked in one part. We haven't been having that much success in that area. We are continuing to work in that area and also work outside to find new people. We have had some success with that. We have been receiving a ton of references. We received 25 references this week and all of them have been from members. So that is really going to help us get going. We have had to walk a lot lately but are also finding a lot of people from it.

One of the best things that we have been doing lately is challenging people to baptism in the first lesson. In the beginning of my mission it was really weird challenging people in the first lesson but now it is easy. Plus it is a goal that we have as a companionship. It really helps us get people progressing faster. It is really interesting and we have been doing well with that goal. All of our new investigators have baptismal dates.

I am honestly can't remember what happened this week. It's all a blur. The days are going by so fast. Don't worry I haven't missed a day of writing in my journal. Funny things that happened this week. First, we were praying at night and I was praying on top of a couch we have in the house. When we finished, I lifted up my head and hit my forehead on the corner of the drawers that were above the couch. So I have a bruised on the middle of my forehead and it bleed a little bit so there is a scab too. It looks so stupid. Second, I saw a sloth. It was super cool. It was hanging in the tree and moving super slow. Third, we went to do interviews in an area that was really far (about an hour and a half away). We went to do the interviews and when we finished we realized that we missed the last bus of the day to get back home. We had to take a bus to San Jose and then take another bus that took us home. Lastly, it has been raining a little bit and every time it rains I don't bring my umbrella. Oh and I am forgetting a lot of english too. I had to help someone with their english homework and I am sure I was more confused than they were. It was embarrassing. Just some of the funny stuff that happened this last week.

Sounds like everyone is busy at home. Kylie with sports and Kendal with dance and singing. Good luck on all of those concerts and shows. Kylie keep running hard and make sure you rest so that you don't get burned out. I can't believe mom is still working on girls camp. How many years do you guys have working on girls camp? Dad how are things going with the missionary work there? I hope it is all going well and hopefully you have found some things that can help speed up the work.

I miss you guys a lot and hope you guys have a great week. Nos Vemos!!

Pura Vida!!

Elder Keysor
The Sloth