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! 

Back to the Beginning!


Lindsay didn't write a letter this week.  She just sent pictures of journal entries for a few days last week.  I love it, it's the real her for sure!  

 13 Julio 2017

I WENT TO OXKUTZCAB!  So, on Tuesday we went to Ticul, a big pueblo close to Ox, to do splits with some hermanas there.  I couldn’t bear being so close to Ox without going, so I asked permission from President to go!  And he said yes!  We were only there for like 5 hours, but we made the most of it!

I called Hermano Tigre to let him know I was coming and he greeted us at the bus station!  It was so FUN to see him again!  I almost cried and so did he!  We went to visit a few members including all the kids that drove us crazy in Sacrament meeting every week, los ninos with the crocodile (they now have a monkey as well) and Presidente and Hermana Villareal.  It was so cool to see everyone again.  And it was even cooler because I could talk to everyone without problem!  Various people were quite surprised, haha!  I guess I’ve learned a little Spanish in the past year.

Ox is so cute.  I love it!  I’m so glad that I started my mission there.  The people are so loving.  Legit everyone gave me fruit, haha!  Just like old times.  Also, los ninos gave me a backpack, a little bag, a bucket hat and some sparkly white sunglasses :)  The people of Ox are so giving.  It’s incredible!

It was so amazing just to be there again.  It’s so cool to look back on everything that happened there, everything that has happened since and how much I’ve changed.  I’m definitely a better missionary/person now than I was then.



Back on Tigre's Tricicolo.







Her first home!




All the kids that gave them a hard time in Sacrament meeting...





Los Niños - the kids she first baptized.
They had a crocodile when she was there and now they have a monkey! 

















14 Julio 2017

Today was legit crazy.  I woke up sick.  Like really sick.  But I felt like it would pass so we went out to work like normal.  But during our first lesson I had a lot of trouble forming coherent thoughts because my head hurt so sooo bad!  My companion realized I was not doing well so we went home after.  I had almost no energy and it was so hard to walk home.  And it was only 3 blocks.  I just laid down in my hammock until my back hurt!  (It was a long time).  My sweet companion took good care of me!  She helped to bring down my fever.  While I was sleeping she put wet cloths on my forehead - she was so worried about me.  She’s way cute!  After like 4 hours my fever broke.  And just in time because we had to leave the house to go to Jareth’s baptism!

So we got to the church and there was no water!  A repeat of my first baptism in Ox!  We tried figuring something out, but nothing worked.  So we asked permission to go to the Stake Center and we all went!  The font was empty so we had to wait like 45 minutes to fill up.  Jareth got baptized at 8:45 that night!  That doesn’t sound that late, but in the missionary world that’s very late!  But I forgot to mention that on the way to the baptism, the cops pulled us over because Hermana Elsy ran over a cone! haha!  But she got out of a ticket because she said she was going to her son’s baptism!  It was so funny.

Jareth was sooo excited!  After the baptism, he shared his testimony and said that he’s excited to be a member of the Church and excited to be able to pass the sacrament!  Ahhhh, he’s so cute!  We got back home at 9:30 and realized we left our phone in the Stake Center!  Ni modos!














16 Julio 2017

We didn’t take a bus all day yesterday.  That was pretty cool.  We planned to go visit an investigator because her husband wasn’t going to be home.  We went to eat at their house and right after we finished, he got home and one of her friends came over.  So we couldn’t teach her :(  We were sad because we studied hard to be able to teach her well about the Restoration.  Opposition in all things :(  We’re going to have a noche de hogar with them tomorrow.

But today was pretty normal.  Actually no!  It was awesome because Adriana got a calling!  She’s a Relief Society teacher!  She taught the class today, I was so proud!  She taught it with an object lesson and passed out little papers for the sisters to read and everything!  Like a RS teacher with experience!  It was so cute!

I gave a talk in Church! It’s the 5th time I’ve spoken in the mission.  And probably the last time!  The next time I speak I’ll be at home.  What the crap.  But my talk went well I think.  I cried a lot at the end.  The mission has made me soft!  I can’t even imagine how much I am going to cry the next time I speak.  Que eso!  

Con Amor,

Hermana Keeler






The Zone! 






Four Areas and the Lessons Learned



Well this week was great!!!!  I feel like the weeks are just flying by.  We are already in semana 3 of this cambio!  It's gone by so fast.  And it's crazy that I just have 6 weeks left.  I've really been feeling the urgency to do everything that I possibly can in these last weeks that I've got!  My companion and I are working HARD.  We had 9 investigators at church yesterday :) And we have 5 baptisms planned for this change!  Jared and Eduardo are getting baptized this week!  It's been incredible to see so many people so willing and so ready to make a covenant with our Heavenly Father!  I love all of the people that I am teaching soooo much! They iinspire me to be better! 

Adriana this week recieved a calling!  She won't tell us what it is becuase she wants it to be a surprise when they announce it in church this Sunday!  I'm so excited for her!  She's learning a lot and really living the gospel.  Last week she couldn't go to church because she was really sick, but when we went to visit her later that night she told us, "I sanctified the Sabbath day here in my house."  I died hahah she's soooo cute and has such a desire to choose the right!  I love her! 
 
We're having a little bit of trouble finding new people to teach!  We have a ton of investigators right now, but they're all going to get baptized soon and we won't have anyone left to teach.  SO we're praying hard and searching for these people!!!! 

Sooooo I got sick this week!  I had a 39 degree fever!  We use Celcius here haha!  But I felt really really awful on Friday and I didn't know why and also I was soooo hot so finally I asked for a thermometer to see if I had a fever and I was burning up.  We went home a little later and I rested for a bit!  The next day I even got to sleep in a little bit!  And when I woke up I was fine.  I think Heavenly Father sent me a fever so that I could sleep just a little longer!  Tender mercies :) 

On Sunday we got locked inside the church, and outside of our house!  First we were inside the church studying when we got a call from the elders asking where we were... we told them and they were like oh crap you guys are locked in. So they had to call someone to let us out!  Then... I locked the keys inside the house so when we got back at 9 we were locked out.... my comp jumped the fence climbed on the roof and tried to get in through the back... that didn't work.  Then the Castillo family came to help us and hermano Olegario got us in!  They saved us!  But I felt so dumb after haha.  That's the third time in my mission that I've forgotten the keys!  Who knows why my companions always want me to carry them with me! : }

Well I was reflecting a little bit on my whole mission. I was thinking about my areas, and how each one of these areas has taught me something different. I know that the changes are inspired and that in each area I have had something new to learn! 

Oxkutzcab was to humble me. Mérida was to help me gain a confidence with Spanish and help me to connect with the people. Campeche was to help me learn how to find people to teach, and help them understand the principles of the gospel. Aeropuerto is the place where I have learned how to baptize. But more than anything how to love! I'm so grateful for the Mission!  I have loved every one of my areas and all the people I met!   I can only think back on my mission and feel gratitude!  I am infinitely grateful for this opportunity that my Heavenly Faher has given me :) 

I love you all! 
Hermana Keeler

She didn't send pictures today so I found some from each of her areas.  Enjoy the Retrospective! 

OXKUTZCAB





 MERIDA (Vergel)






CAMPECHE








 MERIDA (Aeropuerto)