Monday, December 29, 2014

12/29 - Don't Judge

Sorry I don’t have much time. This internet cafe is closing early than what was expected. This internet cafe is just a room with computers in it. Nothing too fancy.

As a missionary it is hard to not judge on the surface. There are times when we are contacting and are having the first lesson with someone and we feel they don’t want the gospel. But that is why we need to always have an open mind and an open heart to the spirit. Everyone is different and everyone is differently prepared or just needs to be taught just a little bit differently for the spirit to click inside of them.
I love you all, para siempre
-Elder Keller

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Monday, December 22, 2014

12/22 - Washing Clothes By Hand

Just a side note...here in Honduras they celebrate Christmas on
the 24th not the 25th. 

The pictures that I uploaded were of me and my companion washing our
clothes by hand. Yes I know, I had to wash my clothes by hand. Well, I
got to say it’s not all that bad. IN my area I am now there isn’t a
member nearby that has a washing machine.

Also if you notice the subject line: Una Carta para voz. A little
known fact, or at least I didn’t know it until I came here to Honduras,
is that there is actually three forms of "you". Usted, tú, and voz.
Voz is used a lot more commonly in Honduras and is used only with
family and really close friends.  So that is pretty interesting and
also they pronounce it like "vo".

In the mission field areas are divided into missions, then zones, then
districts, then areas. And the ward that you attend is usually the
name of the area and the name of the stake is the name of the zone. So
I live in Bendeck 2 and my ward name is Bendeck and my Zone is El
Progreso Sur, and the name of the stake is El Progreso.

 con Love siempre,
-Elder Keller

P.S. Jesus Christ in Spanish is Jesucristo. it’s one word and is kind of
weird, buts that how they spell it here.







Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12/10 - Changes

Changes. That’s all I got to say.
I received changes yesterday and that means I leave my area and go to another one somewhere in Honduras. 
Unfortunately due to the actions of others a rule has been changed about changes. The new rule is that we cannot know if we will receive changes until the night before at 9:00pm. So then I or any other missionaries cannot say goodbye or get last pictures with any of the ward members or investigators, nada. It is because plancheros (missionaries who don’t do missionary work) would then take that one day before cambios and not work or go and buy cellphones or other stuff. 
I left 4 in the morning and to cambios in La Lima. Anyway, I am in El Progresso! With my new companion, Elder Valqui de Peru!  So far it’s been good. The house that we are living in is better than I expected, I still need to meet and get to know the members in my ward and area and the missionaries. But I still miss La Ceiba, missionaries always say that leaving your first area is always the hardest, I now see why. 
With a renewed hope in my testimony of modern revelation, I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for me here in Bendeck, El Pregresso!
-Elder Keller

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My new companion

Monday, December 8, 2014

12/1 - RAIN RAIN RAIN!

¿Qué Hay?

I feel like I am back in Washington. This past week there has been a lot of rain. A lot of rain. So much rain that it has caused major flooding in our area. The problem with our area is that it is literally between two rivers.

We were teaching an investigator for no more than 30 minutes and by the time we looked outside the water level was about mid-thigh high. Luckily, her house is about three feet elevated from the ground. So we helped our investigator put up all of her couches and things in her house. The water level kept rising and it eventually entered the house. She said in all of the seven years that she has lived there the water has never gotten in her house before. That tells you how bad this rain has been. We had to leave and the water was up to my chest as Elder Hansgen and I were walking in it. It was crazy; there was literally a river in the street. The bridge that we usually cross to get to Church and out of our area slid out of place and now is slanted. But everyone still walks on it like normal.

After we went around checking on members in our area, my companion and I looked at each other and were like "No hombre, our apartment!" So then we hurried to our place. We were fortunate. Only 2 inches of water was in our apartment. Right outside of our apartment the water was as deep as my mid-thigh. We also left all of our copies of the Book of Mormon on the ground along with all of our pamphlets. When we saw them, there was a ring of dry ground all around them. Blessings or what? My companion likes to say “a mini-miracle”.

The rest of the week we just went around helping members and other people with moving their beds and couches and drying our all of their houses. We weren't able to go out and teach lessons a whole lot. We spent or time just visiting and serving everyone. This is missionary work as well.

 Don't forget to count your blessings, even the small ones.


-Elder Keller