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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May 25th, 2015

This week was really good.  Both Maria Jose and Luis came to church.  They are both really cool.  It's really cool to teach Maria.  I have learned there are two types of people that accept the gospel.  The first accepts the gospel because they have to.  They are at a point in their lives so low that it is the only way they can be humble enough to accept the gospel.  The other type are the people that accept the gospel because they want to.  It doesn't matter where they are in their lives, they want to accept the gospel.  It's cool because Maria Jose wants to accept the gospel. 

Surprise!!!!!  So Monday night, after we had planned all the cambios, the APs called us and told us we had cambios too!  Elder Meneses went to a place called La Union.  And my new companion is named Elder Hazard.  He is from Nevada.  He lives in Reno!!  But he doesn't know Aunt Carla.  Oh well, he has just over a year and a half in the mission so he will probably end here.  We get along great!  He is a really good elder.  He is tall!!!!  I didn't take any pictures but I will this week!  We are going to focus on finding people and helping the zone be more animated (excited in Spanish/English translation).  The elders in our house stayed the same, so that's cool. 

I was thinking and I don't know if I want to go on a vacation when I get back.  I just want to work and save money for school. :)  It would be good to work at the theater and then maybe I could get another job for the summer as well.  But we will see. 

Things are going really good!  I'm excited to be here in Villarrica.  The work is going really good.  It's our goal to talk to 140 people this week!!  It's going to be a good week!!!!!! :)

Elder Robertson

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 18th, 2015

Hey Fam!

This week was really good.  In my old testament study I made it to Isaiah!  It's pretty crazy deep doctrine and stuff but it's awesome!!!!!!  I love it.  Today we found out about Cambios!!!!  Elder Meneses and I are going to stay here in Villarrica!!!!  It's really good.  I'm excited.  We have been working really hard and have some good plans to keep going!

Yesterday it rained a lot!!!!!  And it should rain for all of this week!  But, oh well.  It was weird today because it's the first day of the last cambio!  I can`t believe it!  Haha.  I didn't take any pictures this week but I will. 

Today we are going to have a family night with Max, our lider misional, Luis, our investigator, and hopefully Maria Jose and her family.  Luis is progressing very well.

Maria Jose said she wants to be baptized!  Haha, it's super-awesome to share with her!  Her husband works all day and is envangelico but Maria Jose teaches him every night what she is learning.  They are progressing a ton!

Things are going good; we are trying to find more people so hopefully we can do that! 

Love you guys tons! Take care!!!!!!. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

May 11th, 2015

Hey Fam!

It was awesome to talk to you!  I'm glad everything is going good.  Dad, what happened with that job in the district?  Today is an awesome day, it rained all night last night but now it's bright and sunny.  Today we got permission to watch Frozen so we are going to watch it!  Haha, sorry Dallin!  Everything is good.  Today should be pretty chill.  We are going to watch Frozen and eat pizza!!!!  Haha, tonight we have a family night with the district president and Luis!  If everything goes good, Luis should get baptized the 13th of June.  I think that's all. Love you guys tons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Robertson 

Elder Robertson's testimony:

May 4th, 2015

This week was good.  Monday the ash was really bad but we still worked through it.  You could look right at the sun it was so bad.  Tuesday we had to go to Valdivia to do paperwork and there was a little ash there but not too much.  While we were in Valdivia we ended up talking to the AP`s.  While we were talking they mentioned that all the missionaries in Valdivia hadn`t been working because the ash was so bad.  It was funny because Villarrica was like 100 times worse and we were working.  So we told them that Villarrica was bad and they told us we should have been in the house that whole time!  Haha, they didn`t think there was ash that far north.  And they told us nobody could use contacts because the ash gets in and can irritate the eyes!  I feel bad because we called some of the sisters to tell them and they said they had already learned the hard way!  One sister had bloodshot eyes, it was way bad!  But the good thing is, it's all better now.  It has been really cold but I've heard this week is going to be really nice.

We didn't have any investigadores come to church this week so we are working hard on that!  Hopefully we can get people to come this Sunday. 

We have another investigator with a baptism date.  His name is Luis.  He lives alone and is 44.  I'm really excited for this week.  We had branch council yesterday and we were able to animate(get them excited) the members a lot.  It's cool how much is changing here. 

I love the mission so much, I sleep so good at night!  My head hits the pillow and I've trained myself to get up about 5 minutes before the alarm goes off! 

It will be good to Skype with you!!!!!  Love you tons! 

Elder Robertson

Oh, by the way, I'm pretty sure we will get permission to watch Frozen next P-day!!!!!!!  Haha, I have all the music on a memory card and I pretty much have it all memorized!  Haha 

This week we had to go to Valdivia to do paperwork.  These are pictures we took by the river waiting for the bus back to Villarrica.  I didn't tell you guys, but after all the problems I had with my Visa it still didn't work!  Haha.  But now everything is fine!

This is the Copihue.  It's the national flower of Chile!  They are really cool!

Elder Meneses and I

This picture was during the day last Monday.  The sun looked like the moon there was so much ash.  But the wind changed and it rained so all the ash is gone.  Nothing has happened here in Villarrica.