Monday, December 27, 2010

That’s why I am still here...

December 27, 2010
Hey Fam!!!
Christmas has gone by and we are quickly moving on to a new year!!! Wow, actually the phone call went by so fast even though I talked for more than an hour. I really enjoyed being able to talk to everyone and hear how they are all doing. Everyone sounds great and even a little different. Ryan most of all sounds so much different. Man my little bro is growing all up. lol it’s going to be so weird to see him two years older and wiser too. lol ok mom so I want to thank you for the packages that you sent me. I absolutely loved them. Really I am just loving the CD’s of music- they are way cool. Also I was so surprised to find letters from AJ, Justin, Hoy, Sep and all the rest. It’s good to hear how they are doing and to know that they haven’t forgotten about me yet. I give it only a few more months and they won’t even remember who I am. lol no Reading those letters was really the best part of the package. lol Also the candy and the shirts and the tie. Thanks mom the tie is so sweet. I put it on for church and everyone gave me compliments. lol Oh and also I gave the package to Elder Tocamo my zone leader, and he seemed to really enjoy the package. He was the perfect one to give it to, because he didn’t get anything for Christmas, so thanks a lot mom. It was really a great Christmas despite the fact that I was hundreds of miles away from you all. It’s so crazy to think that the next year I’ll be there and I’ll be going to the house of Taylor and Cody to talk to them. lol and I will be able to talk in Spanish so the fam will have no idea what I am saying. lol I am going to enjoy that oh too much. lol ok it’s cool hearing from Coach Critch because it’s been so long and it’s nice to know that he is looking forward to my return. lol Lol I can just see it... he is going to be stoked to see me put on some bball shoes and pick up a ball to play, but when I throw the first air-ball he is going to be surprised and when I shoot the second he is going to start to regret waiting two years to see me play. And when I shoot the third he will probably just kick me off the court. lol it’s going to be epic. lol but I can’t wait. ok but I am going to just keep working on my game. Also I am going to just keep working and focusing on the mission and after worry about that stuff. ok well to tell you the truth I can't think of that much to tell you all. Really I feel like the phone call pretty much just did the job. I am really looking forward to this Friday, and I am sure you all know why. Here in Ecuador it is soo crazy the way they do things or all the stuff they burn. I now have my camera so I’ll be taking a lot of videos and pics and sending your way. Anyway I want you all to know that I am doing great. I miss you all so much but just know that I am enjoying the mission like crazy and I am working hard. You’re all in my prayers and I know that the Lord is blessing you all and watching over you all. Also I know that the church is true and that the Book of Mormon is true. That’s why I am still here. I love you all!!!

Much love,
Elder Keables

Merry Christmas, Elder Keables!


Monday, December 20, 2010

I love you all and can’t wait to hear your voices this sat on Christmas...

December 20, 2010
Querido familia.

Loco!!! I can’t believe that Taylor is going to Argentina. That’s so sick!! When I first saw the video and he said Guayaquil I almost died. lol that was not even cool! But still I am so stoked because that means that we will be able to talk in Spanish when he gets back. Who would of thought that Cody, Taylor, and I all would go to Spanish speaking places and that me and Cody would get called to the same place? It’s so crazy to think how much time has gone by, things are really beginning to change. We are all going to be Spanish speaking fools.
ok so mom talking about the calling card, today the zone leader called us and we have to stay in our house Friday from 2pm until sat 2pm. I am not to sure why but they want us to stay in our house during this time. They said it would probably be better if you called our house while we are in the house. We will have to be in the house during this time so it would be cool if you could just call the phone that we have in our house. I have the number with me and I’ll give it to you as soon as I find out what is the area code. This lady is looking for it right now so I’ll be sure to let you know. You can call to our house if I give you the number right??? I think it would be cheaper if you guys called us- a lot cheaper. Ok she just told me ok so you guys can call this number.. ____ after you will put 4 or 2 depends on what kind of phone we have and put this number ______ ok so mom can you try called that number tomorrow at 8 in the morning to see if it works. If it doesn’t work I’ll call you. But I want to see if you can call straight to the house and at that hour I’ll be in the house studying. Ok good Have questions?? If things don’t work out I’ll call you ok- cool.
Ok so to answer your other questions. No I still haven’t gotten the camera yet but I imagine that they will give it to me tomorrow at the district meeting. It’s because he gave it to the elder in the office when I left so I am still waiting for them the send it to me. Pretty sure I’ll get it tomorrow. Ok so I also have heard that they sent Cody or Elder Storm out of Guayaquil, I think he is in Machala but not sure. That is out of my zone so I think I won’t be seeing him in this change, for sure not in the month. I am hoping that I’ll see him in January or something like that. I am still in the same place with my same companion Elder Zimmerman, he is from Utah. He is a way cool guy. Ok to answer another question that dad asked me in the last letter that I received from you guys. The day that I am supposed to go home is the 23rd of August. My mission got extended a week or two. But ya just so you all know.
Ok so I want you guys to look up something on youtube that the guys from are ward made. It’s a music video of back street boys. lol Its because they had a ward activity and in the activity they did this video. lol its super funny!! ok so look ok Adoltos Solteros Barrio la Pradera. They are all guys from our ward and also the person who shows up in the truck to pick them up is our bishop. lol so you guys should enjoy that. Ok so on Saturday we had another activity as a ward. It was a talent show. lol people kept asking us if we were going to do something and we just told them to go and see and that we had a surprise. Well I wasn’t too sure what we could do because really I don’t have any talents. But then I remembered that time at the trek and the show or skit that we did. The only problem was we had no one to do it with and no time to practice. Well on Saturday we showed up with the idea of just watching the shows and supporting the ward. But come to find out like 15 minutes before it started they signed us up for the first show. So me and my comp quickly rounded up a two quys and one’s girlfriend who we are teaching who is going to get baptized in jan. But ya so we went to a separate room and started practicing. I explained the whole thing through we practiced for like 5 minutes and went out and did it in front of the whole ward. lol and I gotta say it was a success!! lol they loved it. After it was all over I took the mike and said thanks to all the mamitas or the ladies that give us food everyday and told them I hope it never happens like that. lol then said thanks from our part and that their food is always really good. lol they all really enjoyed it and I am pretty sure we will hear a lot about it in the weeks to come when we eat at their houses. lol but ya it was really a fun time. Also they got pretty much all the show on tape so I’ll see if I can make a copy and send it to you all. esta bueno. lol esta bien..
Anyway so talking about the work- it’s going great. We have 3 with baptisms dates for January and we are teaching a lot more. I’ll tell you all about that on Saturday. Anyway I think it’s time to go but I’ll be waiting for your `phone call tomorrow in the morning. If things don’t work out and you can’t call me don’t worry I’ll be calling you from some pay phone to work things out. I love you all and can’t wait to hear your voices this sat on Christmas. I hope you all have the greatest week ever and enjoy every minute of this very special date. I love you all and I am so grateful for everything you all do for me. Nos vemos mas luego!! chao. peace out!!!

Love, Elder Keables

Pictures from this Week...


Monday, December 13, 2010

An excerpt from Cody's message home last week...

Spencer refers to a portion of Cody's message that I copied and pasted into my message to him today. This is what Cody had to say last week-

So this week has been pretty great! It has absolutely flown by, like
crazy fast! I cannot believe i am going to be entering the field in
like a week! So crazy to think about not being in the CCM! I am sure
this will be a really fast week as well. So this is what I am hoping
for: Spencer is going to be waiting at the airport to pick me up with
the president and then on the way to the mission home he will say "oh
by the way this is your new companion, Elder Keables" and then we will
just wreck Guayaquil and baptize the whole town... Lets just put it
this way, ya know the pictures in the back of the Book of Mormon?
There will be another one for Me and Elder Keables. I am thoroughly
convinced that this is what is going to happen, I mean it makes the
most sense, why wouldn't they want us to baptize the whole city of
Guayaquil?


I sure hope they get to see each other before too long or they are both going to be going crazy!
~Jeanette

Cody is coming to Guayaquil tomorrow!

December 13, 2010

Fam!!

1 Day!!!!!!!!!! Holy heck Cody is coming to Guayaquil tomorrow! That is so crazy!! This is probably one of the most exciting days of my life!! lol I hope I get to see that man this week. ok before I continue, I thought you would like to know that they haven’t told us anything about the changes because they are going to do them tonight. So we are just waiting for a phone call. I really don’t think that me and my comp will be seeing any changes with us, but I am sure there will be a few changes in the district and also in the zone. I totally agree with Cody- if they put us together we are going to baptize every last soul in this city. I am pretty much going to write the president that. I’m just going to tell him if he wants baptisms, he has to put me and Elder Storm together. Man I just love the sound of that Elder Storm, Elder Keables and Dan Jones or something like that. I can’t remember his name but he had so many baptisms in England. Anywho, ya THE THREE BEST MISSIONARIES EVER!!! Cody has got a point.
Ok mom- so to answer the two questions that you had about the skype, and also the money. I already took the money out and paid Elder Halls because he needed it for his trip home tomorrow. Also I asked about skype and we are not allowed to use the camera part. So I think that it would be just better to call home this time. But don’t worry, this time the president didn’t put a time limit so I should be able to talk more than an hour. lol Our new president doesn’t seem as strict on that as the last one so that is cool. Wow Christmas is coming so quickly it is just crazy!! Really I can’t believe that it is my last one here in Ecuador. I think it’s just better not to think about it. lol
Ok so about the baptism. Everything went great this weekend and Antonella was baptized on the 11th and was confirmed a member of the church yesterday at church. I’ll be adding some pics that we took at the baptism with this letter at the end (he forgot to add them). Her uncle baptized her and the bishop did the confirmation. That same night there were three other people who got baptized from other wards. It turned out really good. At first we were a little scared because not one of the bishops from any of the wards was there and we can’t perform the baptism if the bishop is not there or someone from the bishopric. But they all showed up a little late, and everyone was able to get baptized.
Ok another thing that was cool this week is that me and my comp taught a family from New York, Brooklyn. The parents were born in Ecuador but the kids were born in NY. They had come down to Ecuador to visit their family. We taught them in Spanish because the dad didn’t know very much English and all of our stuff to teach with is in Spanish. Really it’s hard teaching in English so we just taught in Spanish. But it was cool talking to them and answering their questions. We also left them with a Book of Mormon so that they could take it back to NY. Super nice family. The funniest part was listening to them speak in English. They had some crazy accents that made me laugh.
Mom, I love you, and I’m thankful for all that you do. I hope that everything goes great in this next week. I have got go but I’ll be seeing you all or talking or writing the next week. Thanks for everything!! Love you all

Love, Elder Keables

Monday, December 6, 2010

I love this sector, and I love this work...

December 6, 2010

Hey there Fam!!

Hey how are you all?? How are things going back at home? Are you all getting ready for Christmas and all that good stuff? Well I am doing great like normal. Things are just moving on and time is going by just so dang fast. I think today I won’t have a lot of time to write because today in the morning we had this Christmas banquet or something like that. We got to listen to the president talk for a little bit and after that all the missionaries in all of Guayaquil had a really good lunch made by some hermans from the church. It was really good and it was a really cool conference. The only thing that kind a stunk was that they did it in our church building, so me and my ├žomp had to be there way early to open it up and we had to wait like an hour after and clean it all up. So we were the first and also the last to leave and it was p-day so we got left with just a little bit of time to do the things that we have to do today. But it’s all good, it’s just part of the mission experience. Ok so about your ideas about the phone call. I’ll see what we can do. I’ll ask around to see if we can use skype and I’ll ask Elder Halls if you can just send him a check. Also I’ll be looking for nativity scenes for you. Ok so that is so sick that Taylor is now just playing the waiting game. That is so good to hear. Definitely you have to send us (me and Cody) a video of him opening his call. Man that’s so crazy. So if he gets it in just a few weeks, like in the end of Dec or the first of Jan, then he will be leaving like 5 or 4 months before I’ll be home. That is soo crazy!! It will be a long time that I won’t see him unless he gets called to come to Ecuador Guayaquil South. lol probably not going to happen. Man only one week more and Cody will be getting here. I am soooooooo stoked, you have no idea. I can’t wait to see that guy. Ok

Ok so what can I tell you all about that happened this last week? Ok so we still have two with dates. Antonela is going to get baptized this Sat, so could you be praying for her so that everything turns out good? Also, we are teaching Adriana. She will get baptized the week after next and also if you could pray for her. They are both really great and want to get baptized but it’s just hard because there is always opposition before. We are also working really hard with a few other people and in these weeks that are coming we are going to be setting some more dates. We hope to put one today with a young man named Estiven that has 20 years. We will see how things go this week. I love this sector and I love this work. I am sure we will have a great week.

Ok mom so don’t worry about the worms and all that. I was just playing around. Really it wasn’t as bad as I made it sound. All the worms were dead and really I am doing fine. There are no worms in my feet. I just tried to make it sound as intense as possible. Ok so we saw this crazy lady this week and it was funny to see the reaction of my comp. because I saw her from a long way away and I told my comp, “I bet this lady is crazy.” He didn’t believe me until we walked by her on the other side of the road. When she saw us, she went off yelling at he top of her lungs in some language that I am sure was not Spanish. lol She had this staff in her hands and if we would have gotten close enough she would have clocked us with that staff. I am sure of it. lol my comp got a kick out of it lol and I think he was a little scared. She really looked like a witch. Anyway that was pretty interesting. Ok well I am going to finish this letter right now. We have to get ourselves ready to work. But I want you all to know that I love the mish, I love all of you, and I love the Lord for all the blessings that I have in my life. You all are the biggest blessing ever!! That’s why I am here because I owe it to the Lord. Love you all and will be talking soon. Until next week!!!

Love this guy!!!,

Elder Keables