Miracle on the Bus and the Greatest Joy




This week was really great! I'm with my new companion and I am teaching her the area! It's HUGE so I'm giving her an intensive course!!! She's learning fast so I'm not worried about her. She's the tiniest human on the planet and I feel like a giant. Her dresses are like shirts for me. For the first time I feel legitimately tall. I now understand how others feel when they talk to me!!! 

This week we saw a miracle! 

So I am not a fan of contacting on the bus. Usually its loud and I can barely hear, and the people usually don't live in our area. I've had very little success bus contacting in the past. But I know that I should do it, so I try really, really hard to contact. The other night we were going home from an activity and we had to take the bus. At night the buses are always full and we're all squished in there like sardines. We got on and I noticed a teenaged girl standing a few people from me. I felt like I should talk to her but it was uncomfortable and there were so many people, so I kind of just brushed away the thought. I hesitated for a second and then 2 seats opened up and I sat down. That girl came and sat down next to me. I felt like "Shoot that's a sign now I really need to talk to her." But I hesitated again, but then she asked me what time it was, and so then asked her her name. I told her we were missionaries and she's like yeah I know! We started talking and turns out her uncles are return missionaries and all her cousins are members. We set an appointment for the next day. Turns out she lives 2 blocks from our house! We taught her the Restoration and she accepted to be baptized!  We invited her to church and she went!!! SO much can come from just obeying when the Spirit tells us to TALK! We just need to open our mouths and the spirit will do the rest :) 

I'm kind of in shock that this is my last week in the mission field. I only have a few more prosletyzing days as a missionary! I can't believe that it's gone by this fast! 

I love being a missionary. The greatest joy is to see someone you love dressed in white. I know that Heavenly Father loves all of His children and wants their salvation, and I am so grateful to be a representative of His beloved son here on this Earth. It's the most incredible feeling, to know that I'm part of such a grand work. I love this gospel and I love my Savior Jesus Christ! 

Con amor,
Hermana Keeler















Sixteen days left

 


I FELL AGAIN! IN THE STREET! AND OTHER PEOPLE SAW. It was really embarrasing!!!!!! 

This week really was incredible! We had the opportunity to go to the sealing of a family that my companion taught in one of her old areas. It was really beautiful to see a family of 4 united for eternity! Even though I didn't know them, I felt a real happiness to see them there in the temple together! I felt the Spirit really strongly! I love missionary work- it brings families together for eternity!!!! 

Hermanita Lizbeth got baptized this week! Her family is passing through a lot of problems right now, but it has been really cool to see the gospel help them in their difficulties. Hermana Lizbeth was really excited to recieve the Holy Ghost. She needs this comfort in her life right now! 


My convert Jareth passed the sacrament this week! I felt so happy to see him there in his white shirt and tie all nervous to pass the sacrament for the first time. It was so cute! I love him and his family so much! Yesterday his mom Elsy and his brother Kermith told us that they want to get baptized this month! Little by little the whole family is getting baptized! It has been a privilege to work with these people in Aeropuerto! And I am so glad that I have these next 17 days to work with them! I also have a new companion! Her name is Hermana Tepoz and she's from Puebla. I don't really know her that well but I'm excited to work with her for a little.

 
I love the mission so much! I am so happy! I know that this church is true! It's the same church that Christ established when He was on the Earth! I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer, and that if we let Him, He can change us! I love the story of Alma-  a prophet in the Book of Mormon! His is a real conversion! 



Mosiah 27 24-26
24 For, said he, I have repented of my sins, and have been redeemed of the Lord; behold I am born of the Spirit.
25 And the Lord said unto me: Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sonsand daughters;
26 And thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.
I love this scripture because it is possible to be born again! We can repent EVERY SINGLE DAY. And become new creatures like the scripture says :) 
I've got just 16 days left! And I'm gonna give it my all!!!!! 
I LOVE YOU ALL!  Be happy because I love you and Christ loves you too!
Hermana Keeler

























If we are with Him, Everything will be OK



This week was awesome!  I WENT TO EFY!  (But just for one day)  EFY is a week long program for youth ages 14-17.  It’s super spiritual and super fun!  I went three times in my youth... and never thought I would go again!  Especially in the mission.  We led an activity (about missionary work) and at the end we had a question and answer session where everyone asked us about how we came to the mission, the difficulties we face, how we like Merida and things like that.  It was kind of surreal, all of it, because I felt like I should be the one asking instead of answering!  It was weird.  I felt really young and really old at the same time.

Our recent convert Jereth went to EFY and absolutely loved it.  He was so excited to make new friends, learn about the Gospel and dance with all the girls.  It was so fun to watch him interact with everyone, see him participate in the class and everything!  I felt like a proud mom!  On Sunday the Bishop asked him to share his testimony and his experience and it was really powerful!  I was so happy for him I almost cried.  He’s the cutest!

We had a rough day on Saturday because all our plans fell through and we were just walking around in the sun for a couple hours.  But then we went to go sing to a viejita member that has Alzheimer’s.  She loves when we visit her!  This time she had a different caretaker with her.  We immediately starting talking with her and figured out she’s not a member.  We taught her the first lesson and she accepted to be baptized!  Our awful day turned around!

This week we’ve seen lots of critters in our house.  On Thursday night I fell asleep while praying (again) and woke up to a huge spider on the floor in front of me.  I killed it and screamed haha.  Also we had a HUGE scorpion by our kitchen window.  Hermana Torres smashed it with a broom and I cut off its stinger with a kitchen knife.  Only the best weapons for us missionaries :)  I did manage to record some of the scorpion so I hope you’ll all enjoy my screams.  Unfortunately she forgot to send the video :(

I can’t believe I only have 3 more weeks in the mission!  It’s unreal!  I also can’t believe that so many of my friends will be married when I get home!   Sorry I can’t go to all your weddings!  But I know that the Lord called me to this place at this time for a reason!  Actually, quite a few reasons, and I’m discovering more every day.  I know that our Heavenly Father has a plan for all of us and that sometimes, more often than not, that plan is not the same as our plan.  He knows what’s best for us.  If you let Him, He will guide you!  Just like the scriptures say, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3: 5-6

Let’s be a little more humble and trust in our Heavenly Father.  If we’re with Him, everything will be okay :)

I love you all! 

Hermana Keeler


They did some sightseeing with a member last Pday.









Adriana as a future missionary?


The HUGE scorpion






This week was a waterballoon activity with her District (this time they are actually wet and not just sweaty!)





Avoiding dog attacks and Choosing Happiness


This week was way long and really crazy.  On Tuesday, Hermano Eduardo got baptized.  For a second time, we rode to the church in the back of the pick up truck.  I felt that same sense of gratitude that I felt last time.  I’m glad I’m here teaching all of the Yucatecos :)  There was water in the church this time, so we didn’t have any problems!

Eduardo has a sincere desire to do what is right.  He also wishes that his family would support him.  Eduardo and Sara are the only members of the family that are active right now, but we are working on the rest of them.

On Wednesday we went to Tekax, a pueblo 30 minutes past Ox.  We drove through Ox to get there and I saw Hermano Tigre through the window! :)  We went to Tekax to do divisiones with Hermana Christensen (my MTC comp) and her companion Hermana Lopez.  Hermana Christensen actually got really sick so Hermana Torres and I actually ended up taking care of her!  But it was really fun to catch up with her.  We talked for like 5 hours straight.  It was fun to reminisce on the good - and fun to actually be able to speak Spanish together.  Lots has changed since we were in the MTC.

This week we found out that an eternal investigator was just granted her divorce and now she’ll be able to get married to the viejito she’s living with!  She’s been waiting 7 years for her divorce papers to finally go through, so it’s a pretty big deal.  We’re excited to start preparing her for baptism.  I probs won’t be here to see her baptism because she still has to get married haha.  And I’ll probs already be at BYU.  Crazy to think about  it! 

Well, I only have one month left.  I almost finished my mission without falling in the street or getting bitten by a dog.  Well this Friday almost both happened.  A dog wanted to attack us when we walked past it’s house and it crawled through a hole in the fence to come bite us.  When my comp saw that he was halfway through the fence, she turned to run and I kept walking straight, so we crashed.  I tripped over her and fell straight onto the street.  The dog managed to get out from behind the fence but thankfully got scared when I fell and went back!  It was actually a blessing in disguise!

We had a multi-zone meeting - my very last one!  All the missionaries that are going home soon shared their testimonies.  I didn’t ever think that I’d make it to this point!    But yeah, I shared my testimony.  I really wanted everyone to know how much I have enjoyed every single day!  (Except the day I threw up multiple times on people.)

I’ve realized that happiness is a choice.  Happiness has nothing to do with your circumstances, it’s a personal decision.  And I’ve chosen to be happy!  Make the decision to be happy and you will be!

I love the mission.  I love Yucatan.  I love this gospel.

Con Amor,

Hermana Keeler

 
She took this picture to show us how sweaty she got after sweeping the floor of the house to prove that Yucatan is the hottest place on earth!









Hermana Christensen - her MTC companion.  They are on the same flight home!



She was so excited because this town finally got their letters!  I guess it's a yucatan thing!



A kid from Ox who attended their mission conference.


Gospel Doctrine class!