Called to Serve - Osorno, Chile

Elder Keenan Robertson is serving in the Osorno Chile Mission as a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Elder Robertson left on July 16, 2013 and will return sometime around July of 2015. Missionaries have a limited time to respond to all the E-mails and letters they receive so we will include here some of his letters home so that friends and family can keep up to date on how things are going for him and his ministry among the wonderful people of Chile.

Monday, February 24, 2014

February 24, 2014

This week was awesome!  But Fabian is going on vacation so we can´t baptize him the 22 of March.... bummer right?  It’s ok because we are going to do it the 15th!  I’m super excited he is awesome!!!  There was a meeting with Elder Ballard for all of the Melchizedec priesthood holders that was really good!   That’s cool I’m glad Dallin and Ellie get along so well!  That is so cool he has a car!

I’m really healthy, it’s great.  I feel so good!  I´ve been doing push-ups and sit-ups like mad and p-days we play lots of sports!  I weighed myself the other day and I´ve gained 5 pounds!  I weigh 129!  This past week was really good, we worked really hard and worked on being 100% obedient and the blessings were great!

This week was really rewarding!  I gave a talk in church yesterday!  It was cool, I didn´t have time to prepare so I did it on obedience and I took 20 minutes.  I could have gone on and on, it was really cool.  Scriptures were popping into my head and thoughts.  It was really cool, everyone was thanking me afterward!  It was a good week.  It was a lot of walking!  We have been working with some of the active members and they are starting to have lots of excitement.

I haven´t bought shoes yet, I think I’ll be ok for a while.  Also, I will need another rain jacket soon.  My dang zipper is starting to break!  But I will make it last for as long as possible.

Busy is always better! Ha-ha.  I like when we have so much to do we usually can´t do it all!  That doesn´t happen very much but I love it!  This week was awesome, I loved it!  Everything is really good!

I am so happy all you guys are doing so good!  Something I´ve learned and I’m learning is, if you want more happiness and more blessings, be more obedient.  It works!  

Love you tons!!!!!!!

Here is a picture overlooking Centro and one of me and Elder Mcdonald, everyone call him Cajita Feliz (it means Happy Meal) :-)

Found a good old tire swing and the most amazing puppy of all time!

I had an intercambio this week with my district leader and his sector is right on the ocean!

This is Hermano Orlando and his son, they are super-awesome!  He is one of the strongest members in our ward.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February 18, 2014

The conference with Elder Ballard was really great!  It was awesome!!!!!  The video wasn´t that great and the sound sucked, but it was still great.  I learned so much!  He is a cool guy!  Me and elder Mcdonald get along great!  I’m glad I get another cambio (the time between transfers, it is 6 weeks) here in Rio De La Mano!  We are going to have baptisms this cambio.  We had a super awesome lesson with ________ and ________ the spirit was great and we talked a lot about baptism.  But they went on vacation for a week so we will have to do it all over again!  We had a really cool lesson with our investigator, _______, he is going to be baptized in March!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’m happy he is a really cool guy, I like him a lot.

It is super hard to find and teach _________ cause she works so much.  ________ and _______ didn´t come because they had family at their house but they are going to come next Sunday.  The weather was so nice this week!  I wore a short sleeve shirt for the first time!!!!!!!!  It was really warm and not windy!  I’m happy but the days are starting to get shorter so I’m sure winter is on the way!  I’m really glad everything is going super good!

Dallin’s car is awesome!  And the new fridge looks huge!!!!!! Ha-ha I love hearing from you guys so much!  Do you know if aunt Carla got my letter yet?  Thanks for that quote from Hinckley, it’s one of my favorites!

Me and elder Mcdonald have been turning English sayings into Spanish and some of them are really funny!  Like “paz afuera” (Peace out), or “verdadero que” (True That) ha-ha, we usually have lots of time to talk we usually walk 15 miles a day.

Just keep up the emails and send letters every once in a while!

Love you tons!!!!

Elder Robertson

Monday, February 10, 2014

Feb. 10, 2014

This week was great especially the end!

First, some important announcements (anuncios) :).   Next week my p-day is on Tuesday so don´t worry when the emails come late.  Second, me and McDonald are staying together for another cambio!!!! Wahoo! I’m excited.  Third, it was really windy this week! I can´t believe how windy!  I bought a backpack!  It’s cool, I like it.  I bought it off an Elder so it’s old but it’s great!

So the new family is interesting.  They have an 8 year old daughter.  The parents are separated but live as vecinos (neighbors).  And they do everything together.  So it’s kinda weird, they’re separated but together!  They are super awesome and right now want to be members of the church.  They just need to know!  It’s cool because the mom works a ton as a receptionist at a hotel so she reads the Book of Mormon, ha-ha, they are all going to be baptized!  They are awesome, I like them a ton.

Thanks for your fast!  So there is a less active in our ward that we share with all the time but usually just scriptures and stuff.  So we went over yesterday and her husband was there.  He works outside of Punta Arenas so he works 15 days out and 15 days here.  We have shared with him a little bit but nothing big.  He wasn´t really interested.  But we go over yesterday and he is there so we talk for a little bit and then he talks about how much extra time he has in his work.  And then goes on to tell us that he has read the whole Book of Mormon!  And he had some "questions!" ha-ha it was really cool.  I’m hoping that it works out with him.  We are going by on Tuesday.

We had a cool lesson with ________ and her son.  He just doesn´t know why baptism is important so we are going to keep working with him a lot.

Yesterday was awesome!  Two of our investigators came to church and the ward really stepped it up and it was awesome, they really liked it. The mom works a lot and normally all night long so it’s going to be tough.  But I’m excited for this week and this next cambio.

That’s crazy another surgery!  When!  Hopefully it helps!  That’s awesome all about Dallin; tell him he needs to start emailing me at least twice a month. I’ll do the same! :)

I didn´t even know Tiffany was pregnant! Ha-ha

No penguins still!  I’m hoping we will do trips this next cambio.  You guys are all awesome and I love you tons!  Nos vemos!

Elder Robertson

El Campo

There is a lot of graffiti here, some of it is pretty cool. 

Well, this week it rained and rained and then rained and then was super-windy and then rain and then sun with lots of wind and then rain and then wind :-)

Monday, February 3, 2014

February 3rd, 2014

Things are good here.  I don`t feel good today, I’m kinda sick!  Oh well.  We found a new family today, they are really cool.  They gave us lunch today!  I’m happy, it was good.  I’m bummed about football!  I can`t believe what happened! Ha-ha

The guy with the stroke is good, he can’t come to church this whole month because someone saw him leaving his house and told the doctors!  But he is such a cool guy; he is probably the happiest man I know!  He can sorta walk, just slowly, and with a lot of help.

I saw my first baptism Saturday!  It was the hermanas in my district.  They are in a different ward and their ward hadn`t had a baptism in 2 and a half years!

I think for this next cambio I will leave.  Usually you don`t have more than 2 companions in a sector.
In two weeks my p-day is on Tuesday.  Elder Ballard is going to be in Osorno and there is going to be a missionary conference, I will get to watch it.  I’m pretty nervous, there isn`t a lot of good for him to talk about.  It’s going to be a lot of palos! (Palos is a saying similar to “Chewing out” someone, it translates as “sticks”)  It will still be good.

It’s not acceptable not going to the temple when there are 13 or whatever in Utah.  Ha-ha, when people go to the temple from here it’s a 4 day bus drive!

Sacrament yesterday was really good and I’m excited for this next week.  I’m going to work my guts out again just as soon as I feel better! :)

Elder Robertson