Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Watch out Thailand

The painful anticipation is finally over! It's official, Keyen is leaving for Thailand on Monday morning. He will leaving from SLC to Tokyo and then Tokyo to Bangkok!
We are so excited for Elder Neal!! I'm know that he has learned many valuable things while living at the MTC, but it will be so much better for him to actually get out there.
We will get to email him Sunday night and then hopefully get to talk to him for a little bit before he boards his plane for Tokyo.
If you want to wish him luck before heading to Thailand make sure you email him before Sunday night. He will still be able to email in Thailand but regular mail will take a lot longer to get to him now...obviously.
We love you Keyen and are so proud of you!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Feels Like Azkaban

I was really happy to get to email Keyen for a little bit yesterday since I was out of town last Monday. He is still doing really well, but he is so over the MTC. I can't believe he has already been there for almost a month and a half. He said, "I can't wait to break out of Azkaban!" It's pretty funny but also sad because I know life is not always the greatest when feel trapped and bored of doing the same thing every single day. But like I told him he only has a couple more weeks to go till he will finally begin his adventure in Thailand!! He is so excited to go.
He can teach a lot of lessons in all Thai and is still leading all the classes in having the top score for the language assessment test. I'm pretty amazed by that.
He would told me he still loves all the support and love he as received and asks everyone to keep emailing and writing because it means so much to him.
I'm not even joking when I say you should write him!! Even if it's a quick little email, it would be great. Let's give Keyen that extra push to get him through these last couple weeks in the MTC.
Great things are coming to pass and I'm so excited for all the great things that he will be doing.
The church is true!
We love you Elder Neal! Stay Strong!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Prove It!

Hello family and friends! It's been a little bit since I've given you an update on Elder Neal. Keyen is doing really well in his language studies. He took a language assessment test and scored the highest in his class! He got 5.5 out of 7. His teacher was very impressed with him. Way to go Keyen!
He got some good advice from his Thai teacher. This is what Keyen wrote, "Brother Hunsaker told me something that really helped me. He told me that if I wanted something then I need to prove it. I need to prove to God that I really want something." I really liked this because I feel like that's a lot what a mission's purpose is. These young missionaries are not only serving fellow man and Father in Heaven but they are proving their faithfulness and that they truly know this Gospel is his church.
Keyen also said this, "Bro Hunsaker also told me that nothing is impossible. He told me that I can seriously bring thousands to repentance."
I can't wait for him to get to Thailand! He is almost there. He says that he still gets homesick. I don't think that he never not miss home, but that's okay. I think he feels bad that he misses home so much. Poor guy. But I know that he also remembers that it's only because he loves everyone so much and he is loved.
I sure do miss him, but I am so proud of him! Keep the support coming!
Stay strong Elder Neal!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

One Month Down!!

It may seem like no big deal, but for Keyen it is HUGE. The MTC is can be very difficult some days. He had a few tough days last week, but he seems to be doing very good besides getting homesick. He has officially been gone 1 month and hopefully by March 2nd his visa will be cleared so he can finally go to Thailand.
As I'm sure many of you saw our cousin Jevin entered the MTC this past Wednesday. Jevin and Keyen have been very close since they were little. Elder Warren (Jevin) is serving in the L'viv Ukraine Mission! Very exciting stuff for our 2 guys.
When my uncle and aunt dropped off Jevin, they spotted Keyen through the gate and then the flagged him down, My cute brother was being a Host that day for new missionaries and so he got to be Jevin's! How awesome is that! I literally cried and got chills when my uncle told me. It was so cool to see these 2 together as missionaries. I'm so jealous my family got to see him! Keyen told me yesterday that he still gets to see Jevin during dinner. That makes me happy to know they have each other close by. Keyen also is really liking his companion Elder Greenwoo, he says he likes Top Gear just like Keyen so I'm sure they are best friends by now! Keyen really loves going to the temple. I am happy he gets to go often. He also is still picking up the Thai really well. He can teach a whole discussion is Thai. I think that is simply amazing after only being there a month.
Keyen really loves getting mail. It helps him so much. Even a small little card means the world to him. If you haven't had a chance or want to send another letter you should do it! It means so much to Keyen and it really helps him get through the hard days.
He got some very valuable advice from his leader. He told Keyen that Satan is working so hard on him right now because he is getting closer to leaving for Thailand. He said that Satan knows you well and he knows your weaknesses and knows what buttons to push, so don't give him that power. I thought that was so true!
I am so proud of my brother and my cousin. I worry about him all the time, but I also remember he is in the best hands possible. Satan may be working hard to get to him, but Heavenly Father is also right by his side. Satan can and never get his way with the Lord's help.
We love you Elder Neal! Stay Strong.