Wednesday, December 23, 2015

LAST Message from Elder Keppner

And it came to pass, in the twenty and fourth month of my mission, nigh two years since the time that I did depart from the land of my fathers, I did wax old, and I began to ponder continually on the course of my days.

I here make an end of my record, and do offer it up unto all who will hear me:

Folks, it's been real.

This mission has changed me. I'm not the same kid that shuffled awkwardly into the MTC.
The mission is the best thing that's ever happened to me, and I'm really not looking forward to leaving it. I've had more joy, pain, and awesomeness in two years than I have the eighteen years prior to that.


There really is a God, this really is His church, and I really am His missionary. :)

To one and all, I wish I could let you know that you don't have to worry about it. THERE IS A GOD. You don't have to fake it, you don't have to deny it. You can know. I did.

No matter how were raised, inside or outside the church, we all reach a point in our lives where we have to make a choice. 

Will we:

1-Deny that there is a God

2-Pretend that we believe, and spend the rest of our lives faking it

3-Really find out that God exists

To those who deny it, may I suggest that it's because you haven't asked the right questions. If you want to know if there is a God, you've got to be ready to put it all on the table. You'll need to fully accept that there might be a God, and there might not be. When you have fully opened yourself up, ask God if He exists. Then, observe the world around you for some time (possibly days). I swear, you will start to see things just "work out" all around you. It will BLOW YOUR MIND. Things will arrange in perfect order, to bring you your answer. It could be the words of someone you talk to, a few words you read, a growing internal clarity, or perhaps (in a few rare cases) a divine revelation directly from heaven. Whatever form the answer comes, I promise that it will come, and it will come every time you ask.

I've discovered that there are so many poor folks who have been faking it for years. Trying to cover up the fact that they do not know by saying all of the right things, at all of the right times. They continue to try and not worry about it, while continuing to attend church, read scriptures, and do everything that a "good Christian" should. They stay active on the grounds that "the church has a great family program", "it makes me a better person", or perhaps "the doctrine makes a lot of sense". There are so many who are plagued with this hellish life, and I wish that I could just tell everyone: "It doesn't have to be like this!"

There IS a God. He really does exist. DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK. He will answer. I promise. It works. And it works every time. :)

I know that God lives, I know that this church is God's Church, I know that we can get answers to prayer, and I know that this life is not the end.

God bless all of you.
Love ya bye, love ya bye!

Monday, June 22, 2015


Hey ya'll!

I'm totally out of time, but I thought I'd write what little I can.

I'm alive for sure, working my butt off as usual, and things are good here. :) We are getting along great, our areas are as ghetto as ever, and we're having a blast while doing it!

We are putting special focus on working with members this week, and we are planning on working our butts off.

love you all!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Baptisms and Mini-Missions

Hey everyone!

Another amazing week has passed here in the good ol' Waspo, and I can't help but just sit back and smile at all of it. We had everything from Baptisms to Surprise Birthday parties, and everything awesome in between.

Brother H-- and us Full Timers

We started off by getting a legit mini-missionary, named Brother H--. He's from the Riverside ward, and he is a BOSS! We had SO MUCH fun with him, and had a lot of awesome lessons too! While he was here, he got to be part of our surprise party that we threw for our good friend Ch-- in the Singles Ward. It was planned out by her sister K--, and we got to be in on it. SUPER FUN! We prepped all of the birthday stuffs, and when she got home, BOOM! We jumped out and scared the crap out of her. In a good way though! We all had cake, laughed, sang songs, and had a grand old time!

Ch-- and K-- at the party! :D

Brother H-- stuck with us for three days, and Saturday, he got to participate in our weekly service project for the local homeless shelter. That is always an awesome experience, and he said it was one of the best things he'd ever done.

Waiting to Surprise Ch--!

As we had to let him go, we were pretty darn depressed after he left, but then, we had once again, an amazing experience! K--, after months of prepping, and a million and one miracles, was finally able to enter the waters of baptism.

Elder M--, K-- and me. :)

This has been an incredible journey for her, and it has been an honor to be part of her growth and dedication to Christ. 

Baptism selfie!

I had the honor of baptizing her, and Elder M-- got to confirm her the next day.

Bathroom selfie with the gang! :D

I still can't get over how strong the Spirit was, and I can't ever thank God enough for letting me be a part of this journey.


I love my mission. :D Everyone, keep your head up! God is real. He loves us, and He's always gonna help us, no matter what.

I love ya all! Keep it up! :D

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Week One With The Youngsters

Hey ya'll!

So, one week down.

YSA work is so weird! Like, we have stewardship of all of Spokane, which is a big difference from being in tiny Moran Prairie. It's good though. The ward members that I've met so far have been AWESOME, and there is a LOT of work to do. I love it though!

Under the freeway- "SKETCH!"
(Anyone know what this means? I need a missionary translator...)

The week started off crazy. P-day, we went under the freeway for an adventure... Super sketch...
On Tuesday, we dropped Elder G- off in Spokane Valley, which was SUPER SAD! I love that guy.

Saying goodbye to Elder G.

Right after that, we rushed to the temple to make it to M-'s endowment session with the M--s.
It was amazing! So flipping happy for her! (She has been called on a mission to Japan!)

M- and us at the Temple

Guys, the temple truly is the most amazing place on the planet. Even our tiny Spokane temple. ;)

After that, it was appointments, lessons, service and just flat out missionary life.

I love it!

At work.

At night.

Not a whole lot else to report... I have a bunch of pictures for ya'll though! :D (The photos in this post.)

This work is amazing! I love every second of it, and I thank God for the opportunity to be here.
God is good! And so is working for him.

Love ya'll!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Tripanionship to Transfers

Hey ya'll!

So, here we are. Transfers have come again, and things have gotten kinda crazy around here, but at the same time, things are so freaking awesome! Over the last week, I've been in this freaking awesome Tripanionship with Elder M--, and Elder G--.

We've been working our butts off over here over our three areas. But it's been good, and we've gotten a lot done.
I love these two!

But yeah, now, it's transfer time. And now, the big news: I'm getting transferred! I'm heading to the Spokane YSA! With Elder M--!

Me and Elder M-- are bros, and I'm so pumped to hit the streets and give folks some Jesus with him. So pumped!

Oh, and I'm gonna be going to the temple tomorrow with an awesome friend who's going through for the first time!

So pumped! :D

Aside from that, there really isn't much to write home about.

I'm healthy, I'm happy, and I'm working hard...

Uh, anything else I need to say...?

Tell you what, you guys send questions, and I'll answer them! Send 'em all my way folks!

I love you all, and I can't wait to hear from you!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Short, but Skype

Me on the road. :)

Hey everybody!

Sorry that it's gonna be short this week, but I wanted to at least tell you the basics. We've been working our butts off here! It's been super stressful, but we have two investigators on date to get baptized, and we're super excited!

Our investigators at a ward dinner. :D

Everything has been improving, and I've really been learning a lot recently about the Atonement,
hard work, and how much God can help us in a time of need.

Patience, determination and charity have been the name of the game recently, and it's been SO good for me!

Missions really are the best place to learn, grow, and develop into the people we need to be.

So, on another note, I get to Skype home on Sunday! :D I'm super excited to see everybody! It's been a while.

Well, I sure do love you all!

Love ya bye love you bye!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Catching Up

Photo courtesy of a member in Hayden, Idaho.

Elder Keppner's mom here:

I am so sorry that I have gotten so behind on this blog! Since I am sick today and have to take it easy, I will be updating all of Elder Keppner's letters since February. Thanks for your patience!!!

Sister Rachel Keppner