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Thursday, August 27, 2015

3rd!!!

HOLA FAMILIA AND AMIGOS!

This week has been pretty crazy. I've done a lot and seen a lot. But I'm awful at explaining things, sooooooooo. Here we go. 

First of all, sorry for the day late email update. I had to go to something called Migration so that I can stay in mexico for 2 years. It was a 2 hour drive there, 2 hour wait for everyone to finish, then a 3 hour drive back. The drive back was super long because of a political campaign going on for Gustavo A. Madero. There were a bunch of people there and we had to do like 3 big circles around the city to get around the people. That is the picture of the PT flag. It means the Partido del Trabajo, which i think means, Working party. So, that was cool. but also, there were like 150 policemen with riot shields everywhere, because about a half mile down the road, the opposing political party was doing a huge campaign as well. It was awesome. 


My Spanish has been growing slowly, but surely. I can talk pretty darn well, but my listening to Spanish is awful. I don't understand 70% of the things that the Latinos say to me. But hopefully one day my ears will be able to understand anything that they are saying. This also makes lesson difficult sometimes. Especially when I ask them a question and they respond, or ask me a question, then i just kind of stare at them blankly until my companion says something or I may have to ask them to repeat what they said. But i have realized that when i can understand the most is when the spirit is there, and i am speaking with the spirit. So, the gift of tongues is real and also the spirit is someone that can really help out. 

This week we got a special experience. We got to listen to an apostle of God speak to us in our little auditorium. It was D. Todd Christofferson. He is an amazing man. He came and talked to us for about 20 minutes, then for the rest of the time he had he did a question and answer thing. I learned a lot from him answering questions with us. It is amazing the things that you can feel and know when you are in the same room as an apostle. He talked a lot during one of the questions about being humble. You can pray for humility, and God will help you with the thing you need. It really helps when a leader you have isn't helping you or you feel like you can do more than a leader you have on a mission. It also was saying how to be a good and humble leader. It seemed pretty simple to me. BE LIKE JESUS!! Jesus was very loving and he legit loved every single person, but he also wasn't afraid to be direct when he needed to be. He told people how it was in the most direct and loving way possible. I love Him. If you get the chance, read about Him in Matt, Mark, Luke, and John. I have grown so much just learning about Him. He is awesome.

On Sunday, we had another awesome devotional. And this time it was from Jeffery R. Holland. It was a very powerful, as Holland usually is. He was yelling at us, while also making us laugh, and also making us feel like we have to work harder. Which we do. It is the latter days. Jesus is coming soon. He told us that we have to be better missionaries than ever before. better than him and also better than all the missionaries to ever live. That made everyone feel a little scared. but he knows we can do it. He made sure to tell us to convert ourselves, then work our tails off until someone tells us to go home. That was a good thing for me to learn.

The food here is really good. I enjoy eating it. even if it makes my stomach hurt a little bit. But if anything ever looks kind of gross, they always have a thing full of frosted flakes for me to eat. But sadly, everybody loves the frosted flakes..... So, they will literally run out in about 2 meals, and they have to fill them up again. 

The missionary that i am sending a picture home of is freaking awesome. He did basically everything in his life. He is 25 and he has graduated from college with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He ran cross country for his college in Illinois,where he lives. and he played volleyball in college and also soccer for his college and squash for his college. He is pretty freaking awesome. But the funniest and best thing about him, is that he used to be a model. He got payed bank to be a model. He payed off his entire college tuition, and bought a brand new car. IN CASH! HE has had a pretty sweet childhood too. I just wanted to include him in my letter home because 1. He is freaking awesome. 2. He is my roommate. 3. He is pretty freaking hawt. So, have fun looking at the pics.

You guys rock. Thank you for the prayers and emails. I love you guys. Stay classy. Make the gospel important in you life. and Stay strong and work for things. It is worth the effort. 

Love, 
Elder Keele

 



 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2nd one of Many!

Hello Familia and Amigos.

This week has gone by super fast and slow at the same time. It is hard to explain, but i feel as if i have been here for 2 months, and also for 4 days at the same time. But next time i write you, I will be halfway done with the CCM!! That is something that I don't think i'm ready for. But the Lord will definitely be there for and with me. I love him.

For my Jon Bellion People, sorry if it is mis-spelled. I was using the bathroom one day and I heard someone singing the trumpet part to luxury. and so I obviously sung it back. So, now i have a Jon pal. It is Elder Viera. He is a freaking awesome kid. We talk about music and Jon all the time. I love it. Plus his voice is amazing. so, I just let him sing the whole time.. 

The food has hit me hard here...... I have been going to the bathroom a solid 6 times a day... but I wont stop eating the beans.. they are soo good. And i just love all of the Mexican food that they serve us. Like every Tuesday dinner is Costco Pizza night and we have had Hamburgers twice this week. THEY ARE SO GOOD! but really they serve some yummy things.

i forgot to say this before, but i got a package from this place called missionarypackage.com. They just sent me something to share with the district, and i advertised for them.. That's weird, but also you can send me stuff from there. Like if you want... whatever..



I know that the gift of tongues is a real thing here. Right after i wrote my letter last week, we taught a lesson to Rosa, and before i had prayed SOOO hard to be able to understand her. And it was probably the best lesson that i have had so far in the CCM. I loved it. I asked questions, responded to her responses. Me and Elder Butler killed it. But we have been teaching about everyday now, and our lessons are pretty good. Except when Elder Butler messed up the first vision so bad, and i swooped in and killed it from memory. You can just say that my memorized Spanish sentences and scriptures are awesome.

The mexico city temple is being rededicated in September. So they started having the open house for it. and I got to attend it this morning and it was awesome. I miss doing endowments all the time, and i definitely took for granted having a temple within 15 minutes. It takes about 45 minutes to get from the temple from here and they are in the same city. It's nuts. But because of the re-dedication, we get to see an apostle here. D. Todd Christopherson is coming here a week from today and i am so excited to see and listen to an apostle talk to the missionaries... ME! So, that is cool. I am definitely going to try and get a Squad pic with Todd. 



I'm already running out of time this week but i need to tell you guys this. David A Bednar is my favorite apostle. His talks are amazing. He is direct, but in being direct he is nice. We watched a video from a MTC devotional a few years ago, and it was about the Characteristic of Christ. The exact thing that I have been studying. It was amazing. Basically the main message of his talk was turn outward when the natural man would turn inward. It was amazing. So, I'll officially leave you with this. Christ did things without even thinking about it. Like the way that he served. He didn't think about what he would receive because of it. even though we do get blessings. don't make blessings the reason we serve. TURN OUTWARDS!!! 

LOVE YOU GUYS! I'LL TALK TO YOU NEXT WEEK!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

SUPRISE! 1st one of 103

HELLOOOOOOOOO FAMILIA Y AMIGOS!!!!!! This has been one of the longest weeks of my life. It has literally only been 7 days and i feel like I've been here for over 2 months. So, I've really had to focus on just getting though the week and hoping that it speeds up after today. 

The plane ride was good. Especially for my first one ever. It wasn't too bad of seating, i wasn't as squished as i thought i would be. And i knew the plane wasn't going down because we had 45+ missionaries on the plane. It was fun to sit with the other missionaries as we waited for 2 hours for the plane to start boarding. I finally met some people with the same mission call as me! They were two Hermanas, but atleast i know i wont be going to Hermosillo alone. But all is well so far in the Mexico CCM.

I saw all of my friends here on the first day! I saw Elder Kelly Jones first. (Yes our famous handshake was performed) He showed me around and told me all about the CCM. I've also seen Elder Adrian Rodriguez (he left yesterday), Elder Wyatt Devlin, Elder Jake Sundet, and some other people i know from Springville and Spanish Fork. It was nice to see them, and they are doing great as well, if you wanted to know.

My first day here was pretty eventful. I got a new companion and transfered in the first 5 hours here. So, I got here and they gave us our nametags and other essential stuff and i hadn't seen the guy who i was supposed to be companions with. So, i just went to my room and started to unpack every thing thinking that he would show up. BUT i heard a knock on our front door, and it was not him, it was an older Mexican man. He told me that my companion had been transfer to Provo. Then, I had to give up my key to the house and my new closet, and pack EVERYTHING back up, and move to a new house with a new companion. It was a really good day to start out with.... Anyways, my new companion is Elder Butler. DEREK Butler. Yes, same spelling as my russian friend. And he is pretty interesting. Lets just say that we are similar in some humor and personality. But God has blessed me with the opportunity to mature a lot and become more on top of things... yeah. Anyways, he is a good companion for me because i'm learning a lot of maturity, and he took 5 years of Spanish in High school. So he knows a little more than i do.

I've been doing a lot of good learning and my spanish is becoming better than it ever has. Thank you Gift of Tounges. But the only problem is, I cannot understand anything that they are saying to me.... So, that is especially rough. It has been really hard, because we started teaching on Friday. We are teaching, 100% in spanish, to a woman named Rosa. I think that she is a member. But rumor here is that they sometimes pull inactives or even random people off the street to be taught by us. But that is later, like week 3, I hope. Anyways, during the lessons, when i ask her questions, I always have to rely on Elder Butler to know what she is saying and how to respond. Which is hard, because i know what i want to say, but i dont know when to, and sometimes i dont know how to. I'll definitely have to keep praying and studying for more Spanish. Oh,  by the way. Down here in the CCM. EVERYBODY has to write a talk for sacrament meeting. Yes, even the new missionaries coming in. And it is completely in Spanish. So, we have sacrament with our zone, about 24 missionaries total, and after the sacrament they announce who will be speaking. AND LUCKY ME, i got to give a talk on my first sunday, in spanish, about Perserverar hasta el fin, (Enduring to the End). I think i did pretty good though. even though i really did just have my head down 90% of the talk.

We have had some fun in the CCM. We have an hour of gym time everyday, and so far we have played basketball twice, soccer and ultimate frisby once. Crazy thing during Ultimate Frisby though. we were playing 11A vs. 11C (My new district) and it was going fine, but right after 11A scored, we looked back to see one of the elders on the ground, hurt. We didn't think much of it, but he ended up going to the enfermeria and getting it check out. Worse than we thought. They were thinking like an ACL, MCL, or a Patella dislocation\tear in the tendon. So he was on a wheelchair and we were worried about him. BUT his district gave him a blessing, and he stretch it out a little. And he says it is feeling a lot better than it was before. So, blessings do work, and the Gospel is real. And i'm definitely gonna be able to dunk it by the end of 6 weeks. BOOYA!

We have a bunch of study time, but it doesn't feel like very much. We have lessons to plan, talks to write and language to study. So, even if it feels like everyday lasts a long time, there really isn't enough time to get everything done. Its rough, but also a good learning experience.

With the transfer i have a new district. 11C. So, if you send me letters, put 11C instead of 6A. And the district i'm in is pretty freaking awesome, and our zone is awesome as well. In the district we have me, Elder Butler, Elder Groscost, Elder Hall, Elder Smith, Elder Johnson, Hermana Mortenson, and Hermana Larsen. I'll give you more details about them later, i'm kinda running out of time already. 1 hour sure does go fast. Also, my p days are on wednesdays if you couldn't tell.

So, I'll end with this. I may not know very much about the gospel, and I'm gonna grow a ton really fast. and it is definitely gonna be hard and I may not like it very much sometimes. But all week i've had the phrase, "after all you can do" in my head. So, that is what i'm trying to do. Even though my spanish is awful and I'm not as learn as some of the others here. I'm gonna work harder or just as hard as everyone here. That is what i need to do. Matthew 10:22 i think is a scripture i used in my talk. So, look it up. 

LOVE YOU GUYS. I'm doing fine out here. The food hasn't affected me as much as others, but it did hit me a little bit. So, yeah. I'm praying for you.

Elder Keele



Monday, August 10, 2015

Missionary Photo shoot

Well of course there was a photo shoot. It took place on June 27th














And of course there was a picture with the Little Guy

MISSION TIME BABY!

Sent Wednesday August 5, at 6:12 PM

Hey. This is my first email from my mission. I just want to tell you that I made it here safely. Even if the traffic here is CRAZY! We got to the Mexico MTC around 5 pm. My P-Days here are on Thursdays, so that will be the day of emails. But I have to skip this week... So, next week will be my official first email to everyone. I love you guys, and thank you for everything you've taught me. I'll talk to you soon!!!

Heading out

Tuesday the 4th was the last day to get everything ready before heading out to Mexico, so get ready we did. From buying last minute items to getting a hair cut, buy the end of the day, everything was packed and ready to go.

^^Over 700 Mexican Pesos... although only $50 in US dollars^^

^^Spencer had presents and advice for organizing the scripture journal^^

The setting apart to place at 7 PM at the Stake Center. After that it was time for one last dinner with the family. The first dinner as a missionary and the last dinner in the US was Julinanna's mac and cheese.



^^One last family picture ^^

Then it was time to pack. Everything was labeled and packed and the list was checked several times. The hardest part of the whole ordeal was making sure that the suitcase weighed under 50 lbs. Things had to be re-packed and rearranged several times. 




Wednesday August 5, 2015... Time to head to Mexico!






^^Already a missionary^^

^^But sisters are okay^^


^^See you in two years!^^

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A Sunday full of Farewells

The farewell talk took place on Sunday July 26th at the Spanish Fork 14th Ward. It was followed by a reception breakfast at our house with friends and family.


We served breakfast burritos, fruit and muffins


 ^^and of course a Mexican flag cake^^


Lucky for us, it wasn't too hot outside in the shade and there was plenty of seating for everyone