Saturday, December 3, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

I never thought that I would be on my last week...

August 1, 2011
HECK!!!! FAM!!!
Well this will be the last letter that I will write to you all. Next Monday I don’t think I’ll even bother writing because the very next day I’ll be talking with you all on the phone and later we will be eating In and Out. lol I really don’t even know what to think about all this. I truly never thought that I would get to this point. I never thought that I would be on my last week. And to tell you the truth it’s super scary. Sounds cool what’s going on back at home and I am excited, but I just don’t know. This last week went by in the blink of an eye and now I know this week will be even faster. This week that passed wasn’t really that interesting. We didn’t have any baptisms, but we did teach a lot of lessons and we also put some baptism dates for this Sat. If things go good we will have 3 baptisms this Sat to finish strong. 2 of them are more sure than the other one, but I believe we can do it and I want to finish strong. There is not much that I can tell you guys about. I am way freaked out that everyone is going to think that I am way weird!! lol I am not too sure why I think that but I can’t help but not to. But the good thing is I really don’t care. If I’m crazy everyone will just have to like me for who I am. lol no everything should be good. Oh before I forget mom, so the people we are going to get baptized this week names are Delia, Paul, y Patricio. So if you could pray for them that would be really helpful. They really need the family’s prayers. Ok well I really don’t know what else to tell you about. The people here and also the missionaries won’t stop telling me how many days until I go home and that is kind of annoying. I can’t work one single day without someone saying "Wow Elder Keables you are dying" or “wow only one more week or 8 days”.. Its soooooo annoying lol but I am getting used to it, and I only have to put up with it for only one more week too. lol so that’s what’s going on here. I’ll be sure to tell you all about this when I am home. I will answer your questions and stuff like that. Well I am going to cut this letter short because I am going to buy some more stuff. So I’ll see you all next week and I love you all and am looking forward to seeing you all!!!

Elder Keables

I never thought that I would be on my last week...

Monday, July 25, 2011

I am happy and there is nothing that stands in my way...

July 25, 2011
Hi Fam!!!

FREAK!!!! lol I know you don’t like that word mom, but it’s the only one that comes to my mind right about now. lol el fin se acerca y hay poco tiempo. lol that’s a name of a song in Spanish. Man I don’t even know what to think about. It sounds like everyone is getting back home and things are returning to normal. I imagine it is going to be crazy when I get home with everyone there. It will be different to have all the fam together once again. It’s been soo long. So that’s cool that Jordan’s homes. Tell him I say hi. So they only made it 30 miles. I knew they couldn’t do it without Tell them to keep practicing and before you know it they will be able to walk long distances like me and carry big burdens. lol tell Ryan that I knew he wasn’t going to make all 50 miles because I have never seen a ballerina walk so far. lol he should get a kick out of that. lol Mom so thanks for the money. That will surely enough to buy the things that I want to buy. And I’ll get stuff for Brandon and Natalie, also. I already have some ideas about some stuff I want to get for you and Dad. I’ll get him a shirt for sure. Oh so to answer your question yes, this last week on Tuesday I got the package. Thanks so much!! I really enjoyed the cereal and the candy bars. Oh the Tiger Milk bar that was like heaven on earth. lol I’ts been so long. lol Thanks for the package!!! Oh and I can’t believe how many people have gotten married!!! Brooke Brown with Lyle, I have know idea how to write his name lol. but Crazy!!! The package was super great and super smashed also. lol that’s one thing that I forgot to say. So I guess on the way to Cuenca or better said leaving the office, the package fell out of the car and I think like 10 cars ran over the package before they were able to save it. Not only my package but all the stuff for all the elders. lol so I wasn’t the only one. But ya all the pics had Lucky Charms stuck to them along with the talk. The lady bugs were smashed and the wheels were up into the shell so they definitely didn’t race nor move. lol the invitations were very nice and the Lucky Charms added a very charming change I might say. lol the Tigers Milk bar was coming out of its package. But the thing is, that is nothing to stop a missionary from enjoying his birthday present. lol half the bag of Luckys were still there so I really enjoyed that. And Tiger Milk bar and Fastbreak, tasted SO MUCH BETTER SMASHED. lol No really thanks so much for the package. I still enjoyed it so much. And I couldn’t do anything more than laugh when I got my package. I am at the point where I just don’t care. I am happy and there is nothing that stands in my way. ok so to tell you why I am happy. Well like you can see in the pics that I am sending, we had another baptism this week. And let me tell you it was a miracle that we had the baptism. I would love to write you and tell you everything but I am really lazy and I would rather tell you all in two weeks. But pretty much to make a long story short, she didn’t want to get baptized and neither did her daughter. But on Sat at 11 we went and talked to her, we invited her to pray and read in the Book of Mormon. She promised she would lock herself in her room and read and pray. We told her that we would return at 4 to see what her answer was about the church and baptism. The thing is she was super Catholic and believed a lot in the Virgin, but the Book of Mormon changes lives. For that reason it was written. I shared the last 3 verses of Moroni 7. I think that’s where it’s at. But ya. At 4 we returned with the zone leader so he could do the interview. When we got there she had received her answer and she was soooo happy. She had actually left when we got there to cut her hair and do her nails for the baptism. lol she was soo happy and it was such a change because when we went in the morning the first time she was so depressed. She was actually crying before we had gotten there. But ya she got baptized Sunday at 8 in the morning and it was an amazing baptism. Now for this week we have to work with the daughter, Gabriela. But ya that was my week. It was a good one. Well I am getting pretty tired of writing and I am sure you are all getting tired so I’ll do us both a favor and stop. lol I just want you all to know that I love you all and miss you all. Look forward to hearing from you next week and seeing you all in 2 weeks. Much love!!! Have a great week!!!

Love, Elder Keables

We invited her to pray and read in the Book of Mormon...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Really I almost started crying...

July 18, 2011
Oye Fam!!!
Hey congrats on the 35 miles!! That’s way far.. ok so I got some pretty cool stuff today but I almost spent all my money. I just got stuff for you guys. I was thinking about it and after today I will only have 2 more p-days to be able to buy stuff and do the things that I need and want to do. But I am sure that the things that I got everyone will enjoy sooo much. Well that’s enough talking about money and things. Ok so guess what?? We had a baptism this week. The hermana Carmen got baptized on Tuesday. Everything turned out just great. The baptism service was really amazing. The mom of Carmen she has about 6 months in as a member shared her testimony and it was sooo powerful. Really I almost started crying. It was really cool to see the fam so happy. Carmen is the daughter of my first convert here in Cuenca. We are working with the other two kids in the fam. Hopefully they will get baptized before I go. I will add pics of the baptism in this letter. Also this week we are going to have 2 more baptisms. Their names are Gloria and Gabriela. It’s a mother and the daughter. They are doing really good and I am pretty sure that they will get baptized. But they are in our prayers. So if you can pray for them both that would be just perfect. We are just working away here. I am still with my comp. Last Sunday we had changes but me and my comp are still together so I imagine that my comp is going to kill me. lol that’s what they say when a missionary sends another missionary home. lol like my comp might do. lol but I am fine with it because elder Garcia is really a nice guy and I get along with him really good. well I really don’t know what else to write about, I mean I can sit here and write about how scared I really am to go home and how time is going buy way fast but I would rather not. I try not to think about it. lol its does scare me, but I am doing good. I want to have another 6 baptisms before I go home so I am just going to focus on that and nothing more. lol I am way excited to see you all. I miss you all very much and look forward to seeing you. I hope you all have a great week. Please pray a lot for Gloria and Gabriela. I love you all very much and I look forward to hearing from you the next week. Oh and one more thing tell Tyler happy b-day for me. 25 years old or 26 not really sure. lol oh one more question mom so what should I do with the mountain of pic that I have of the fam? Should I throw them out or bring them home. I believe that you have all those pics in the computer, or somewhere, but ya I don’t know what to do with them all. I love you all!!! Until next week…

The baptism service was really amazing...

Monday, July 11, 2011

So I am officially 21 years old...

July 11, 2011

My Fam!!!

Hey what’s new? How are things going this fine Monday?? I hope you guys are doing great. By the sound of things everything seems to be going good back at home. So I am officially 21 years old. lol I am getting old. lol Actually I had a really nice b-day. Me and my companion bought some pizza by our house and it was actually really good. Also the sisters in the zone knew that it was my birthday so they stayed up late and made me and my comp a cake. My comp had his birthday in May so they made him a cake also and everyone in the zone sang happy birthday and we all had cake. And let me tell you the cake was soooo good. Really the cakes that they make here in Ecuador are not that good at all. But the cake that the sisters made was the bomb. Mostly because they are both greengas. lol so they know what good cake should taste like. lol so we didn’t have the baptism that we were planning on have but we are going to have a baptism tomorrow. We are really excited about that. If everything turns out good we will have baptisms for every week this month. We are just working away all time also!!! lol ok so I saw Elder Storm this week for the last time here in the mish I think. We had to go to Machala for a conference and Cody was there with his comp. He seems to be doing really well and he is speaking Spanish a lot better now. I also got to see a few other mish buds so that was really cool. There are so many cool elders from California. That must be saying something!! lol but ya I am putting some of my favorite pics on right now to send them to you. I hope you enjoy them. ok so I did get the flight plans. Actually they sent them to me on Tuesday but they said on the 16th of August. They were the first flight planes, they told me that they would be sending the updated ones in this week but I still haven’t gotten them. But it’s cool that you were able to receive them and now you guys know what’s going on. So I guess I’ll be released on the 10th of August in the morning because I’ll be getting home really late. ok so I was thinking, I mean it’s just an idea, really I have been thinking about it a lot, just a little bit. lol so that very night I get home I would love you have one thing. Maybe we as a fam could go get some In and Out Burger, or if that kills plans maybe you could just have a really big hamburger waiting for me when I get off the plane. lol it’s just an idea. lol I am mostly just playing. lol but yes that would be really cool!!! lol if it’s too much of a bother don’t worry about it, I am sure I’ll be eating it later after I get home. lol well i gottta say that it’s getting really close. Time is going by soooo oooooo fast. I mean I go home in only 4 weeks- that is nothing. I really don’t know what to think about that!!! It scares me every day just a little bit more. lol anyway I try not to think about it. lol well I really can’t think about anything else to tell you guys about. Tonight the hermana Carmin will have her interview for her baptism so if you can pray for her I would really appreciate it. I want you all to know that I love you all very much and I’m thinking about you all very much. Won’t be long and we will all be back together. Love you pray for you and miss you all!!!

With love, Elder Keables

I just have one more thing that I wanted to add before I go. Ok so this week in church they were talking about dad and son communication and how that is so important. While they were talking about that I remembered the time me and dad were going to one of my basketball games or tournaments and dad was asking me all sorts of questions. I remember that I texted you and asked if you could ask dad to shut up!! lol that was really a bad move on my part. On Sunday I remembered that and I thought of how lucky I really am to have a father so amazing. Dad I want to thank you for all the support that you have given me during all these years. I am sooo lucky to have a father like you. All the trips you took us on, all the time you went to my bball games, even when they were far away. Really I hope I can be the father for my kids like you were for me!!!! Dad I love you!!! Mom I don’t even need to tell you this because I am sure you already know this, but you are the maximam… you are amazing and I also am so thankful for everything you do!! I couldn’t be more blessed. I love you both.

Elder Keables

Pictures from this week...