Thursday, August 10, 2017

The One With The Goodbyes

Quote of the Week: (from an elder)
"I'm effing allergic to bees!" 

Hey Y'all!
I don't even know what this week was.
Turns out I am not going to be in a trio after all! 

This week we had to say a few goodbyes. Sister Ferre that I have served around my whole mission went home and a couple of elders. Also someone that has come out and taught with us a lot, Nicky, left to serve his mission in Korea. 
I did service for the Louisiana State Museum. They have all of the library from New Orleans in their basement. BOXES AND BOXES of books! All from when Hurricane Katrina hit. We went and archived books for hours. It was actually super interesting! We had to wear masks and gloves. It was very official. We found this book from the 1880's and it was basically ruined. But it was braille! It was the coolest book ever! They have archived hundreds of boxes since Katrina and they are still not done. That is 7 years worth of labor! 

But this week I wanted to focus on someone we are teaching. 
His name is Jack. He is a 29 year old man from South Africa who lost his fiancee in a car accident. Since then, he has been drinking himself to death. He is stuck in a dead end job and truly believes that there is no point in his life, or life in general. Jack is the smartest person I have ever met and cares for his dog, Maleficent (or Millie) more than he cares about anything else. My companion, Sister Hurd, met Jack in November of 2016. She got transferred out. Since then he has gotten into anti upon anti online. He knows more about our church than any other person. But for some reason he has never run away. He even gave us an 84 page booklet of anti that he ordered online. (which I have read and none of it is valid btw) But now Sister Hurd is back, with me. He stays and listens to the lessons we have to teach. Jack's job is the reason why he chooses unhealthy ways to deal with his problems. He has attended a 12 step program with us. We made a promise with Jack that if we found him a job that he would quit everything cold turkey. The next day we found him 3 job opportunities. We have yet to hear but I will keep you updated. 
The point of this biography on Jack, is I need some help. On Sunday, we shared "hard-day scriptures" or scriptures that we use to get us through our hard times. I am trying to compile a list to help give Jack some hope for his life. And I am recruiting y'all! This is your opportunity to be a missionary! (YAY)

To start things off here is mine. 
Doctrine and Covenants 45:62 "For verily I say unto you, great things await you."
❤Sister Kezos

I love y'all! Now please help me help Jack!

(This is Louis Armstrong's!)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The One With The Dolls

Quote of the week (and new life philosophy):
*drinking root beer out of wine glasses "I don't understand why you have to drink alcohol to be able to drink out of pretty glasses."

Hey Y'all!
Super crazy week, lemma tell ya! A sister in the mission lost some family members unexpectedly and had to fly home for the services, so she came to be in a trio with the other sisters in our apartment. SO THERE ARE 5 PEOPLE LIVING IN OUR APARTMENT. But it is just for a week, then she goes back, and then Sister Ferre goes home. Then Sister Uibel, Sister Hurd, and I are going to be in a trio for 3 weeks. This is going to be an adventure! 

Anyways, after I signed off last week we went to the Baton Rouge Old State Capitol. The view was insane! 
The man who built it was actually murdered inside and they still have a bullet hole (cool fact!)

Last week we were looking at a map of Baton Rouge (to find out where some members live) and a sister found some tiny writing and it said The Enchanted Doll Museum. So obviously we were totally interested. So we went to visit it. Turns out it has been closed for over a year. And for some reason, being the missionaries that we are, we knocked on the door. Twice. And someone actually opened the door. They told us they were having an estate sale that weekend and so we offered to help. (never turn down a service opportunity) So they gave us a tour, and it is totally haunted. They had hundreds of dolls. and So many creepy ones. And we went back throughout the week to help as well. I know way too much about dolls now. I'm not going to put pictures because I don't want y'all to get haunted or something. 

Then on Sunday we got to have dinner with Elder Bluth's wife (area seventy!) She was so sweet.

Sorry this is so short, Love y'all!
Sister Kez

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The One With The Big Mess

Hey y'all! 

This has been the most crazy, wild, overwhelming couple weeks of my life! I'm sorry I haven't done anything the past couple weeks, it's because I was crying because my life is a mess. If you haven't heard, I was transferred. My trainer stayed in New Iberia and I was transferred to Baton Rouge. 
We spent the whole week telling everyone that she was leaving (because she was there for 6 months and I was there for 3) She had packed her bags and everything. They were by the door, she had said goodbye and had taken pictures with everyone... she was leaving for sure we thought. But that morning I got the call. I was leaving the next morning. I had to say goodbye to as many I could and pack my bags, because it never crossed our minds that I would leave, so I didn't even touch my stuff.
The next day we headed to the stake center an hour and a half away for transfers. Plus side, I got to see most of my MTC district! That was amazing! I met my new companion Sister Hurd! I love her so much! We found out that we were getting doubled in (they were taking both of the previous missionaries out and put us both in) so neither of us knew the area. They took out the Elders and put us in, so we got their phone, car, and their apartment. And they took the sisters out in Baton Rouge North and the sisters in the neighboring area, Prairieville. So we got doubled into 3 areas, which has never happened! To say I'm overwhelmed is an understatement. We got to the apartment and we basically cried. Elders are so disgusting y'all. We spent three days cleaning and 43 nerf guns, 2 sombreros, 15 trash bags, and 7 breakdowns later we were done. (who needs 43 nerf guns?!) And we live with two other sisters! Which is called a quadpan, so naturally we call it the squadpan. 

We have met quite a few investigators that are SOLID. The work is so awesome here in BR. And we have an investigator who is on date for baptism!
Surprise surprise we had to speak in ONE of our wards. That's right we have two wards we are over! I went from a small branch to the two biggest wards in Louisiana. Which means 6 hours of church #sos 
Then we had pday with all of the nerf guns. We had a war with the zone. (Not as cool as it sounds) 
Then we got stalked by some drunk dudes but I'm not going to get into that but the Lord protects! And I hit my 4 month mark! It's so crazy! And I sack raced Sister Uibel (of the squadpan) at the ward pioneer activity. And also our first counselor invented the Voodoo flavor of Zapps chips (if y'all know what those are) and that is the coolest thing ever. 

Missions are awesome and hard and overwhelming but WORTH IT!

Sister Kez

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The One Where Freedom Doesn't Ring

Get it? Cause my mom is Freedom and it was Independence Day?

Anyway, here is an update:

Tuesday, June 27th
Had a "funeral" for one of our elders, Elder Floyd. He is by far the funniest human ever. He is so apathetic and he is super sarcastic. He is from Vegas so we put a Vegas skyline on the chalkboard and instead of playing amazing grace we just played slot machine noises lol. Then we all went to a jank pizza place lol. And we went to the Johnson family. They are the most adorable family ever. He served his mission in South America and she majored in Spanish and now they are both Spanish teachers. and their kids are bilingual now. Except the baby one speaks in spanglish and it is so cute. He legit sounds like a little mouse. and he just wants to be held all the time. 

Wednesday, June 28th
We went to a place called Poche's with the Chappelles and I had rice that was filled with chicken liver and gizzard and it was hecka spicy but wasn't too bad. And they told us a story of how she hustled a man in Vegas so that was cool. 

Thursday, June 29th
We had family home evening with Williams. Solange (his granddaughter) said she loves our church and wants to be taught! She is adorable. Some guy asked Sis. Manuma what her race was in the gas station and she said Samoan. and he turned to me and was like "you too?" and I was like "uh.. I'm from Utah." LOL

Friday, June 30th
Elder Hall from my mtc district went home this morning because he tore his acl and had to go home to get surgery and he won't be back for 6-9 months! 

Saturday, July 1st
New mission president got in!! Went to another baptism for the Lafayette sisters. Basically diabetes because they had so much dessert. The park next to our apartment had a soft grand opening and fourth of July kickoff so we walked there. It is the biggest park ever! They have two baseball arenas, two ponds, tons of basketball courts and tennis courts, a splash pad, a football field, a soccer field, and two playgrounds. It's legit! And right next to our house! #contactingGOLD!! They had fireworks and it was amazing! But it was so unbelievably hot. It was kind of miserable. 

Sunday, July 2nd
fast Sunday. We visited a less active who just had surgery to remove her salivary gland. Yep, her salivary gland because she had stones. Yikes.

Monday, July 3rd
We drove to Baton Rouge early to "heart attack" the new mission president's house. And then we had the most amazing zone conference ever! I am so excited for this mission president. He is amazing. He said a lot of things I really needed to hear. He is so on fire too, he memorized EVERY missionary in the mission's name and where they are from before he even got here.

(Getcha someone who looks @ you the way Smeltz does)

Tuesday, July 4th
YAY! We had two meal appointments and ate more than I ever have in my life. but so good! Didn't really get to see fireworks. But we played a haunted game and it was so fun! (I won too!) But we are having the real pday/fourth of July celebration today. With BBQ sparklers and everything with the whole district! I guess I will tell y'all about it next week. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

The One With The Tropical Storm

Quotes of the Week:
"You don't take pics on tropical storm days!"
"Holy cow!....That's what Moses said"

Alright y'all... you probably already know how bad I am at this...but I am going to try again!
Sorry I haven't been emailing and such but I suck and I just want to talk to my mom #notsorry

But this week I thought I should probably let y'all know I am alive. As you may have heard (or not idk) there was a tropical storm named Cindy that hit Louisiana. I was on exchanges with one of my sister training leaders in my area, while my companion was at LSU with the other sister training leader. This was the weather report for that morning. (This phone is older than a dinosaur and this is the only way we can check the weather.)


We called our mission president's wife to ask her what we should do because we were supposed to be exchanging back that day. She told us to pack bags and 72 hour kits and head to Baton Rouge to be on lockdown at their apartment. So we called the other sisters and told them to stock up on food, turn the fridge on the highest setting, and fill their car with gas and we headed our way to Baton Rouge. Luckily, as we traveled the weather was fine so we made it safely. When we got there, we were informed that we weren't on lockdown anymore but we were told we couldn't drive back to Broussard until we got the thumbs up from President. So we double worked the area with the STL's. We went to LSU to go to the insitute class. (mormon religion class in college) and then the Bishop took us all out to Fat Cow for lunch. It was awesome. They make fries that they fry in duck fat. Sounds disgusting-but so good! I had a creole cream cheese malt, and now I know what heaven is like. Then we got the okay to go home. I was hoping we could be the new LSU sisters too.

The next day I hit my 3 month mark! It's so crazy, I can't believe that I have been gone for that long. The work makes it FLY by. 
Speaking of the work... I had my first baptism! Williams finally got baptized on Saturday! It was so amazing and spiritual. He is the cutest and he giggled when he came out of the water. 
2 Nephi 31: Nephi is on his death bed and he uses his last dying breathes to talk about the importance of baptism. He was surrounded by his loved ones and he wanted to be surrounded by them in the next life too, so he taught them about baptism. It is so amazing to see Williams have this wonderful experience and to be so filled with joy that he giggled. He is a child of God and I know that Heavenly Father was smiling down on him that day. This work is so unbelievably hard but it is so worth it. 

Give 'em Heaven!
...and also email me. 

Sister Tessara Kezos

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The One Where Everyone Cries

"'Manuma, what are your favorite kind of lays?" "I like any kind of flower leis and money leis...oh you meant the chips?" #gohome #polyAF #FreshOffTheBoat 

I'm so sorry y'all for being M.I.A these past few weeks. My life has been so crazy! And the Adversary has definitely been working on me lately, so I apologize. Anyways, here is my two/three week update:

> We had Sister Belnap's funeral because she is dying. (Aka stupid mission jargon meaning she is going home this transfer.)

> Exchanges. Exchanges. Exchanges. I've basically been in Baton Rouge this whole time. 

> Prez and Sister Hansen are also "dying" so they had their last conferences with us before they go home and we get a new Prez!

> We FINALLY had investigators at church! #thechurchistrue

> I touched a live frog


> It's been a year since I graduated. Wait. What.

> We met a lady who has 24 siblings but didn't even have her own tv show

> My sister is having a GURL

> We got locked out of our car.
> Two days later we had a waterballoon fight outside in the rain and got locked out of the chapel with no shoes, phones, or car keys.

> I had my first zone conference! Best quote ever from Prez Hansen (on trying to get to heaven and you make one mistake) "Doggonit you're damned." + I had to say the prayer!

> We had 11 kids in primary and 9 of them were investigators!


> We thought we were getting pulled over but really he thought we were just a missing Asian girl.

> Got told I was "white on the outside but black on the inside" #thx

Our district is getting split apart, which is so sad cause they are the raddest. Sister Belnap is going home, Elder Wright and 
Elder Flores are being transferred as well.

Also on a more serious note, Sister Manuma had a loss in her family and is having a very hard time. Prayers would be much appreciated!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The One With The InvestiGATORS

"How did they do it in High School Musical?" "They took it individually not with each other." "NO THEY DIDN'T" *Elder McCormies on the High School Musical jumping picture.

Weird things I ate this week:
*Crawfish Fettucine
*Tobasco Icecream
*Frog legs

After signing off last week, our district headed to Avery Island. Avery Island is home to the Tobasco factory...and a random Buddha statue. Anyways, Tobasco needs to chill cause they have everything: tobasco guitars, tobasco soda, if you can think it they had it. Also tobasco stinks. Like bad. 
But we were hooligans with the giant tobasco bottles #thugmormons

Then we went to the rest of Avery Island. AND I FINALLY SAW MY FIRST ALLIGATOR, #CRIKEY by the end, I saw like 5! Since we have an Aussie in our district, we had him be our tour guide. 
"They are just sitting in the water... uh, I don't really know that much about alligators." 
We hiked to the Buddha statue, Elder Cohen was singing Reflection of course. It seriously looked like we were in Japan. 
We tried like 80000X to take a jumping picture, (hence the quote at the top.) 
And we never even got one lol. ​

Wednesday was cray cray y'all. The storms were so bad that we were put on lockdown and tornado watch. It was raining and flooding so hard that we didn't leave our apartment the whole entire day. When we are on put on lockdown we have to put helmets on. (but we only kept it on for like 1 minute.) We could have made good use of our time but instead I made a bucket list. #yolo

Also I bet you can guess what else we did this week. That is right! We went to ANOTHER festival!! WOOP. The Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge!
 Sad thing is they only played Zydeco Cajun music. And really we just want to listen to some apostate music y'feel. I tried frog legs for the first time! It's so gross. I don't know why them guys in Princess and the Frog were all excited to eat Tiana. Afterward, we went to Borden (which is like big biz here) and got icecream!

Spritual thing of the week:
We have been struggling with our branch. (only having the elders over, offending inactives and each other, not a lot of attendance, etc.) We decided to fast on Sunday for our branch. And let me tell ya, the Lord answers prayers. 
We got to church on Sunday and there were a lot of people there! Plus an inactive family we have been working with! One of them even bore her testimony. Then after church, we had 4 families come up and say they wanted us over this week! The church is so true! We were also able to be an answer to someone else's prayers and made a breakthrough with an investigator. The Lord doesn't forget us in our trials. 

Sister Kez