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.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

December 24th, 2014

Elder Robertson's Christmas Message

December 22nd, 2014

This week was good.  We did a lot of contacts!  We talked to 166 people this week.  It was a good week, we worked hard.  Church was normal so that was good.  We gave talks.  It was funny because the power went out during my talk but it’s good the church buildings are small so I didn't have to yell too loud! :)  This week has been really cold!  Ha-ha go figure.  The day isn't bad but the mornings and nights are terrible.  Friday and Saturday it rained tons!  But today looks like it should be good!  Wednesday we have permission to be out until 11:00.  We are going to be with family Hueiquemilla and we are going to eat dinner with them.  That’s where I’m going to Skype as well. 

The Zone is going good.  It’s kinda hard because everything is so spread out.  We have to buy all the wood for next year.  And we still have to do house inspections. Ha-ha it always seems like we are running around.  It’s good though because I've trained myself to sleep on all the buses. 
We are working hard!  Lanco is a very interesting sector.  There are lots of less-actives and they are less-actives for a lot of reasons!  But oh well.  We have been working really hard to find the chosen people whether they are investigators or less-actives that want to come back.

I like these scriptures. We are trying to apply this to everybody.
D & C 29: 
 And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;

D & C 
 34 Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?
 35 Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men
 34 Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?
This has helped me realize the only reason people aren´t chosen by God is because they don´t want to.
Things are good here!  I’m excited to be a missionary in this time!  I love the work so much.
Well I think that’s all for now!  See you Wednesday.

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15th, 2014

Hey fam!!!

So i was thinking.  We should Skype either Wednesday the 24th or Saturday the 27th.  I can do it whenever just look up the time change and decide when you all can be there.  Let me know by next Monday.  I need to find my password and stuff but it should be easy.  I'm excited to see you guys!!!!! 

This week was good.  My zone is the second most northern zone.  There is a zone a little bit more north in the cities of Pucon and Villarica.  But I'm still really north!  haha  It's been so hot.  Our zone is the cities of Los Lagos, Lanco, San Jose, Mafil, and Pangipulli.  It covers a lot of area. 

This week we had district conference on Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday, before the activity, we had a Christmas dinner and activity with presidente.  It was awesome!  We ate turkey!  The activity was really fun too.  We wrapped Books of Mormon up and then went around and sang to everybody we could find, giving them the Books of Mormon afterwards.  It was really fun and we talked to lots of people.  It was crazy though, because we had to plan everything for the actividad.  It was a lot of work!  But it turned out, so that's good!  I'm just tired now!  haha  But, so far, I like being a zone leader.  It's a ton of work but I like it.  Elder Beals is an awesome elder.  He is a super hard worker and is an awesome leader.  That's cool you talked to his mom!  You guys should get together, that would be cool. 

This week should be good.  We should be able to work really hard this week and focus real hard!  We don't have any surprise activities to plan so I'm excited! :) 

The weather has been super hot!  I can't believe how hot it is all the time!  I'm excited for summer though.  It's so much better than winter!  The food isn't too much different but here we only eat with the members on Sunday.  I like it a lot better because the food we make doesn't drip with oil! 

So I keep trying to send pics but it isn't working.  I'm pretty sure all my stuff has viruses.  This week I will use a different SD card and maybe it will work.  Thanks for all the pictures you guys have sent I love seeing all that's going on!  Thanks for everything!  You are the best family ever! 

Let me know about Skype.  I can do it whatever time either of those days.

Elder Robertson

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8th, 2014

Hey Fam,

Lanco is awesome! Its pretty small but it's a lot bigger than Francke so I like it a lot.  The people are so much different here.  They are really nice and receptive.  I like being here a lot.  There are just a lot of problems! haha I don't think I've had a busier week in all of my mission. 

First off, it was tons of traveling!  Friday we went to Osorno again for the leadership meeting; total it was 6 hours of traveling.  The meeting was good.  It was kinda funny because it was all over the place and really disorganized but, whatever, I learned a lot! 

So my first week in the rama (branch)!  I think it's a rama of about 40 people.

It has been such a crazy week! haha I was so tired last night! 

Elder Beals is awesome; he is a lot like Aaron!  We get along great and he is a really hard worker. I've learned a ton from him in just a week!  We are going to have a good cambio!  It's interesting here in Lanco because we don't have a mamita.  We get extra money and we just cook lunch everyday!  It's been great so far.  We have been eating pretty dang good!  Healthwise, I feel a lot better!  We have made pizza and fajitas!  It's been good.  The zone is pretty small but I like it!  It covers a huge area because it's all really spread out cities.  But it's going to be good.  Lots of traveling! :)  But the buses are really nice so it's not bad.  I'm going to like Lanco a lot.  The branch president here is the best leader I've met in Chile!  I'm really excited.

Thanks for the package.  It didn't fit in my suitcase so I opened it!  It's awesome!!!!  Best Christmas ever!  I also got grandma's package!  That was really nice of her, I'm going to send her an email.  I feel bad I'm so terrible at writing everybody.

Football sounds great, I'm glad there is a small playoff!  I hope it makes things better. 

I think that's everything!  I'm excited for this week, things should calm down and we can really get to work! 

Elder Robertson 

p.s. Hey, I was thinking, the next time you talk to Aunt Carla could you tell her I love her and she is an awesome aunt grandma.  I was thinking of her! Thanks :)

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1st, 2014

There are Cambios!  I'm going to a place called Lanco.  My new companion is elder Beals :) I remember you asking about him and that you know a family member or something.  I'm going to be a zone leader.  That should be interesting!  I've heard it's a small sector but awesome!  It's about 4 hours by bus to the north.  It should be good, I'm excited.  Just nervous.  Cambios are Wednesday.  Every cambio there is a meeting with president and all the zone leaders. It's this Friday! haha.  I`ll leave Wednesday and travel all day long to Lanco and then come back to Osorno on Friday.  Elder Fernandez is staying here and Elder Petrovelli is going to a new sector.  It's pretty crazy because there were a ton of changes this cambio.  It's pretty neat because my trainer is going home and he is the zone leader in Lanco!  I'm going to replace him.

I got your package today.  I'm going to try and pack it and save it for Christmas.  But we will see if I can fit it.

It's weird to think I have been here in Osorno for 6 months.  It has flown by.  I have learned a lot being here.  I have liked it a lot.

Something funny that happened this week!  I tried to pray in English and I couldn't do it!  Ha-ha.  I totally forgot.  I kept saying things in Spanish and it just didn't work out at all!

I'm glad Thanksgiving was really good!  That's cool that lots of the family got together!  Aunt Melissa and Uncle Casey's house is HUGE!  That is awesome!  How long do they plan on living there?

Glad everything is going good!  This week was good!  I've been super tired!  It's the end of a great cambio. Love you guys a ton!

Elder Robertson

p.s. Sending pictures didn`t work.  I will send some next week!  I can't believe we will be Skyping in a couple weeks!