Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017 ~ Week 63

Hey Mom! This week was a good one, and we ended week 3 of the 12 weeks of training. Haha, it's good that we have two spanish speakers in the house, but it also makes me the official translator of the house so that communication is possible. It really is crazy though to think about how far I've come in the language from when I didn't think that I'd ever learn Spanish!

Training is going pretty well. Sometimes it's tough just because if we're going to do something, I've got to be the one to do it, but it's good! We're finding a lot, and doing a lot of teaching too!

We still don't have any baptismal dates in this area, but we should be getting a couple within the next two weeks!

My spiritual thought for the week comes from a quote from Isaiah in The Book of Mormon. 

In 1st Nephi 21:16, the Lord says:

16 Behold, have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

I love the imagery that is there in that scripture, that it was for us that he suffered, and just as a carpenter gets callouses and blisters from creating beautiful works out of wood, the Savior has the evidence of his work for us in the palms of his hands. 

I hope you all have a great week! I love you so much, and I am so grateful for each and every one of you in my life!

Love, Elder Anderson

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017 ~ Week 62

Hey Mom! 

As far life here, it´s pretty much the same, lots of finding, lots of teaching about the book of Mormon. But life is good. I like Canastíca. We have a really great ward here. It´s also kind of a nice mixture between the south and the capital. So we have a pretty good grocery store nearby, but there also aren´t a trillion people living in one small area. It´s more tranquilo.

There are four Elders in our house, and 10 people in our district. And in our house we have me and Elder Paolo, and Elder Ortiz from Mexico, and Elder Brutus who is also being trained. He's from the DR. 

I need to ask around about the waterfalls though! That sounds pretty awesome! I heard about some cool caves a little bit ago, and maybe we'll try and visit them one of  these P-days! 

Life is good though! I don't have any complaints. I think that my Spanish is getting even better now that I'm the only companion to speak and I feel like I am really perfecting the language with my grammar and everything! I hope this week is great for you all! I love you!

Love, Elder Anderson

Monday, October 2, 2017

Canastíca, San Cristóbal

Hey Mom! I´ll start by answering your questions!
I am now in the pueblo of Canastíca in the Zone of San Cristóbal which is the closest "Southern" Zone to the capital. It´s a super cool little town, and it´s got a pretty strong ward. And there were sisters here before, so the house is SUPER clean!

My companion is Elder Paolo, and he is from Yamhill, Oregon! He´s a super cool guy, and he´s really obedient, and ready to work hard! His spanish isn´t incredible, but neither was mine at 1 week in the field (Or anyone´s for that matter) and he has a strong desire to study and learn it, so he´ll be holding his own in lessons in no time. 

General Conference was great, and I made sure to get it hooked up in English so that my comp could understand... And I like it way better in English! My favorite talk was either President Nelson´s or Elder Anderson´s. I liked President Nelson´s because both our mission, and I personally have been focusing on the book of mormon recently, and I loved his question: "What is worth more to you: Diamonds, rubies, or The Book of Mormon?"

I also loved Elder Andersen´s because it felt very candid and genuine, and I liked the spirit that I could feel during the talk. I also loved the fact that he shared from Elder Hale´s talk, and the others and I felt like it was a nice tribute to Elder Hales. 

This week was great though! Lots of contacting! That's basically all we did, because we don't know anyone here, but it was a great week! I love you all, and I'm praying for each and every one of you!

Love, Elder Anderson

New area and a new companion

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Leaving El Café

Dear Mom, 

First of all, that´s so sad to hear about Puerto Rico. It sounds like there are a lot of people suffering both there, and in Mexico with the earthquake. 

This week was a good one! We have a couple baptismal dates with a couple of our investigators, but on Saturday, my companion and I were surprised to hear that we are both leaving the area! But we don't know where to still! What we do know, is that we'll both be training, and that means we'll both be "Whiting Out" Or going to an area without having one of the companions familiar with the area! So that will be a challenge. It'll mean a lot of work, and a lot of finding and knocking doors, but I'm excited for the challenge! 

That means I have to say goodbye to a few people here, which is always a little sad. I'm just really excited to see where I'm going though!

Anyway, I hope you all have a really great week! I love and am praying for you all!

Love, Elder Anderson

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!