Monday, September 18, 2017

Hurricane Maria

We received another letter from the Mission President Monday evening concerning Hurricane Maria.  This has been a busy hurricane season in the Caribbean and our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the hurricanes throughout the Caribbean and the United States.  We have seen and experienced firsthand the devastation and know of the physical and emotional toll that hurricanes take on individuals and communities as we lived in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  We are grateful for a wonderful mission president and his wife who are taking such good care of the missionaries and also easing the fears of the parents.   ~ Paula 

Dear Parents, Bishops, and Stake Presidents, 

We are now planning for Hurricane Maria which is forecast to reach our mission on Thursday, September 21st. We are following the same procedures as with Hurricane Irma. All missionaries have food, water, and other supplies, and will be in safe locations.  We will keep you updated as conditions change.

President Jose M. Santos


Domincan Republic Santo Domingo West Mission


Estimados padres, obispos y presidentes de estaca,

Ahora estamos preparandonos para el huracán María, que se prevé llegar a nuestra misión el jueves, 21 de septiembre. Estamos siguiendo los mismos procedimientos que con el huracán Irma. Todos los misioneros tienen comida, agua y otros suministros, y estarán en lugares seguros. Los mantendremos actualizado a medida que cambien las condiciones.


Presidente Jose M. santos

República Dominicana Santo Domingo Oeste Misión


Estimados padres, obispos y presidentes de estaca,

Agora estamos preparandonos para o huracán María, que prevê chegar a nossa missão o jueves, 21 de setembro. Estamos siguiendo os mesmos procedimentos com o huracán Irma. Todos os misioneros têm comida, água e outros fornecimentos e seguros em lugares seguros. Los mantendremos atualizado a medida que cambien as condições.


Presidente José M. santos


República Dominicana Santo Domingo Oeste Misión


Minamahal na mga Magulang, Bishop, at mga Pangulo ng Stake,


Nagpaplano na kami ngayon para sa Hurricane Maria na inaasahang maabot ang aming misyon sa Huwebes, Setyembre 21. Sinusunod namin ang parehong mga pamamaraan tulad ng Hurricane Irma. Lahat ng mga misyonero ay may pagkain, tubig, at iba pang mga suplay, at nasa mga ligtas na lugar. Patuloy naming i-update ang mga pagbabago habang nagbabago.


Pangulong Jose M. Santos

Republika ng Domincan Santo Domingo West Mission

September 18, 2017 ~ Week 58

Hey Mom! This week was great! Today is week 6 of the transfer, so on Saturday night I'll find out if I'm staying here in El Café or not. This transfer has been so fun with Elder Heaton though, and we've worked really hard together.

Our recent converts are doing well. The Salazar family is pretty good, although a couple of them have missed church a couple of times for various reasons. We´re just trying to help them get into good habits. Some of these things would be hard to change, but they´re doing well!

Haha, I'm pretty jealous of the fact that you guys are experiencing autumn because it's eternally summer here! Sorry I forgot to tell you about being District Leader. It's pretty normal. I just take numbers and do district meetings, so it's pretty easy. And by gas tank last week, I meant our natural gas for our stove. Sadly, only the assistants have a car...

I'm glad to hear that everyone is doing great! I hope that you all have a great week! The only thing that I NEED in the next package is a new journal. Because I'll run out of pages in March I think. But you can just surprise me with everything else. Oh! And chapstick! 
Love you so much!

P.S. I love that picture! 3 of the coolest ladies ever!!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma

Hey Mom! This week was pretty interesting with the hurricane and everything. I don't have a whole lot of time, but I´m definitely okay! So that´s good! To be honest, my comp and I were expecting and half-hoping for a lot more rain and excitement than we got, but it's probably for the best! We received instructions to prepare, we bought jugs of water and lots of ramen, and filled up our gas tank. Then on Thursday, we just stayed in the house all day. So, we got some good study time, but most of the day was pretty boring. There really isn´t any damage at all here in the southern part of the country, so that´s good. The locals treated it pretty normally, almost too casually. I think that if it had hit down here, a LOT of people would have died for lack of preparation. It´s very touching to hear about everyone´s thoughts and prayers directed towards those affected. 

The rest of the week was good! Joel and Erick both came to church and I think they both had good experiences there! They are both doing great, and It's fun to be able to teach them! Everything down here is good! I love you all, and I hope you have a great week!
Love, Elder Anderson

P.S. I´ll send you pictures!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hurricane Irma - We all are safe

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Dear Parents,

Hurricane Irma has passed us and we are all fine.  The storm went farther north of us than they first predicted.  The result was that we experienced a tropical storm and not the effects of a hurricane.  We are very grateful for all of the prayers on our behalf.  All the missionaries are safe and sound and we are already back to work.


Queridos Padres,

Queremos comunicarles que el Huracán Irma ya pasó por la Republica Dominicana y todos nos encontramos bien. La tormenta paso hacia el norte del país como lo habían predicho. Por lo que los únicos efectos que pasaron en nuestra misión fueron lluvias y vientos. Gracias por todas sus oraciones, todos los misioneros se encuentran a salvo y ahora esta cada uno en sus áreas predicando. 


Queridos pais,

Queremos informá-lo de que o furacão Irma já passou pela República Dominicana e estamos todos bem. A tempestade se moveu para o norte como eles haviam predito. Portanto, os únicos efeitos que aconteceram em nossa missão foram as chuvas e os ventos. Obrigado por todas as suas orações, todos os missionários estão seguros e agora todos estão em suas áreas de pregação.


President José M. Santos

Misión Santo Domingo Oeste

República Dominicana

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Missionary Safety: Hurricane Irma

We received this letter from the Mission President on Tuesday, September 5.  We are so grateful for the comfort it has given us through the following few days as we watched and anticipated every move Hurricane Irma made in the Caribbean.
Thank you all for you thoughts and prayers during the last few days.  We are looking forward to hearing from him next Monday!  ~ Paula

Dear Parents,

As many of you are aware, the Caribbean is expecting a hurricane. We are taking all the precautions necessary for the safety of all of your sons and daughters.  Our area is said to not be in the red zone. As of now, we are expecting rain and stormy weather.

We had a meeting with all the mission leaders and have prepared them to execute emergency plans. We provided them with all the tools and information necessary to be prepared should the storm affect their area. We have notified all missionaries that they need to have nonperishable food and water for the duration of 2 weeks minimum. We have informed them that any extra expenses at this time will be reimbursed. Certain sets of missionaries have been relocated to safer areas to avoid the harsher areas of the storm. They will be staying with other missionaries in a more secure area. Leaders are in charge of calling their assigned missionaries every certain period of time. Bishops and Stake presidents are also aware of the situation and will be attentive to the wellbeing of the missionaries serving in their areas.

Please know that we are doing everything in our power to keep our missionaries safe. I will follow up on their safety as soon as the storm passes. We would appreciate your prayers, as usual. Your missionaries will be communicating with you on their normal preparation day.


President Santos

Santo Domingo West Mission, Dominican Republic


Queridos padres, 

Como muchos de ustedes saben, el Caribe está esperando un huracán. Estamos tomando todas las precauciones necesarias para la seguridad de todos sus hijos e hijas. Se dice que nuestra mision no está en la zona roja. Al momento, estamos esperando la lluvia y tormentas.

Tuvimos una reunión con todos los líderes de la misión y los hemos preparado para ejecutar planes de emergencia. Les proporcionamos todas las herramientas e información necesarias para estar preparados si la tormenta afecta su área. Hemos notificado a todos los misioneros que necesitan tener alimento y agua no perecederos por un mínimo de 2 semanas. Les hemos informado que los gastos adicionales en estos momentos serán reembolsados. Ciertos grupos de misioneros han sido reubicados en áreas más seguras para evitar las áreas en riesgo de la tormenta. Se quedarán con otros misioneros en un área más segura. Los líderes están a cargo de llamar a sus misioneros asignados cada cierto período de tiempo. Los obispos y los presidentes de estaca también estan conscientes de la situación y estarán atentos al bienestar de los misioneros que prestan servicios en sus áreas.

Por favor, sepan que estamos haciendo todo lo posible para mantener a nuestros misioneros a salvo. Daremos seguimiento de su seguridad tan pronto la tormenta pase. Apreciaríamos sus oraciones, como siempre. Sus misioneros se comunicarán con ustedes en su día de preparación normal. 


Presidente Santos 

Santo Domingo West Mission, República Dominicana

Monday, September 4, 2017

September 4, 2017

Dear Mom, 

This week was awesome! We had some good lessons, we found some good people, and we had a lot of fun!
We had Zone Conference this week, and I don't know if I already told you guys, but this transfer I'm a district leader, so we got some training about that, and we also started a new Book of Mormon contact challenge, and a challenge to read the BOM as a mission before the end of the year.

This week we also went on splits with the MTC, and I got to leave with a kid from Grantsville! So that was pretty cool! Also, we got a new ward mission leader, and we were able to meet with him, and the rest of the ward council to discuss our needs and I'm very excited about the leadership in our ward!

We also made guacamole this week, one night we couldn't get much sleep because cockroaches kept coming into our room, and another night because the place next to us was blasting music all night! But, what can you do? 

We have two REALLY great investigators right now: Joel and Erick. Joel is super awesome and he goes to an American school, so he speaks perfect English, and his family is great too! They're really receptive, and I feel like they're going to make a lot of progress! Also, Erick is the husband of a member, and he's a super smart guy, and is excited to learn too!

Anyway, hope you all have a great week! Love You!

Love, Elder Anderson

Monday, August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017 ~ Week 55

These past two weeks have been really fun with Elder Heaton, and we've been working really hard! The biggest problem that we have is that we used to have a lot of investigators, but we just baptized the great majority of them, so now our job is to find find find. We did a lot of contacting this week, and found quite a few people. Some of them have a lot more potential than others do, but we'll see!

We have also been focusing a lot on our recent converts because there are a lot of them here. We've been working a lot with ward leaders to make sure that the recent converts have the support that they need. Home and visiting teachers, callings, etc. 

The eclipse sounds like it was pretty amazing! Sadly, we weren't able to see it at all here, but oh well. I'm glad that you guys were able to see it! Sounds like it was quite the adventure with the traffic and everything! 

I hope that everyone is doing well with school starting and everything! Everyone is so old now! Haha, but things are great here! There's not really a whole lot that happens day to day, but everything is good! Also, I've started sleeping in my hammock, so that's fun! Anyway, that's everything for now! Hope you all have a great week!

Love, Elder Anderson