Thursday, August 25, 2016

Some crazy news...

This week has been a blur! Things are picking up here, and it's kind of awesome knowing that I'm halfway done with the CCM! Half of the MTC left Tuesday to go into the field, so I'm getting pretty pumped to get out of here! (We're now down to about 30 people) Hopefully these next 3 weeks will fly by.

Alright mom, so you're not allowed to freak out or worry or anything about this next part, but... I broke my nose. Haha, the first picture I sent is as bad as it got, I promise! The story is, we were playing basketball outside on Saturday, and there was a rebound that landed near me and another Elder on my team: Elder Shields. So, we both reached for the ball, and he's pretty tall, so he was bent down, and I SMACKED my nose on his forehead and fell backwards. Needless to say, there was blood everywhere both from the cut on my nose, and from both nostrils, but I got cleaned up and started icing it. (The second picture is right after the incident) Anyway, I talked to the Hermana Romney and the doctor here and they both said the same thing. If they were a betting man/woman, they would bet that it's broken. The good news is that it's not displaced at all, so I can breathe fine, and it's not bent. So the worst part is a little pain, and the best part is my gnarly black eyes! (third picture) Please don't worry though! I'm honestly completely fine!

Other than that it's been a pretty normal week. We went contacting with our normal companions down at the beach, and I hardly understand a word anyone says to me, but we're able to share a message and give out restoration pamphlets, so that's fun! 

I love you all! Talk to you next week!

P.S. The last picture is Elder Shields and I

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Week 2

Elder Anderson again! Things here are great, although sometimes a little repetitive. We've reached the point in class where "Ingles es muerte" so usually you have to do pushups for every English word. I'm gonna be ripped by the end of this transfer! 

My District has been doing well. We've set some goals and we're learning 17 verbs a day, and we've already memorized Our Purpose, The First Vision, and the baptismal challenge, so I'm super proud of everyone! 

We went contacting in the park across the street from the CCM on Friday, and it was an amazing experience! We paired up with a native Spanish district and I set out with my good friend Elder Zuniga from Honduras! You know in The Best Two Years when they go to buy bread, and the lady says something in Dutch, and he just freezes with a deer in the headlights look? That's kind of how I felt. As soon as I had a Dominican staring me in the face speaking rapid fire Spanish 2000x faster than the teachers speak to us, every single word I'd ever learned just deleted from my memory! haha, I kept trying though, and my job was to introduce ourselves while Elder Zuniga did most of the talking. We met a guy named Antonio, and we talked with him for a while. He started asking some of the deep questions of the soul, and although I didn't understand most of what was said, when Elder Zuniga bore his testimony to the man, I felt the spirit so strongly, and it was absolutely incredible. It was definitely a reminder to me why we're here, and it inspired me to learn as much as I can, so that I can preach to truth to people like Antonio who are searching for answers!

Everything else is pretty much the same here. It's hard work and kind of reminds me of school (ugh) but I love it! I just can't wait to get out there and start teaching. ¡Vida es bien, Dios es mejor!

Elder Anderson

Elder Anderson and Elder Zuniga

Thursday, August 11, 2016

First week in the CCM

Wow! I've been looking forward to checking my e-mail all week! That took forever. Haha, It's been a long week for sure, but it's also been a good week! My flight was long, but I made it. We were driven to the CCM, and I got room 420, so that's fun, and my roommates are all pretty chill. Our second day here, we got our companions, and mine is a kid named Elder Raps. (No, he doesn't rap, but he does beatbox, so I've been doing all the rapping) He likes singing, and he went to a year at BYU before the mish. He has a very quiet personality, but not like shy? I don't know, but we definitely have different personalities! Lol. Also, our second night at prayer meeting President Romney started calling District Leaders and I was shocked to hear my name in the mix! It's been a humbling experience trying to figure that out, but I've already learned a lot from it. 

The weather here is definitely amazing! It rains all the time, and I've already been completely soaked more than once! It's a dream come true :) The humidity isn't bad at all in the CCM, but outside it really gets to ya. I sweat even when it's raining! It's a beautiful country though and I already love it even though I've hardly been able to see any of it.

As far as the language goes: Español es muy dificil! That being said, I've learned more in a week here than I did with two years of high school Spanish, and I don't know whether to thank the gift of tongues or my excitement for learning for that one. Either way, I'm learning tons every day, and I'm constantly learning new words! I talk to the Latino missionaries a lot, and they're always so funny! I just can't wait until I don't have such a hard time understanding anymore!

Some fun things about the country: The food is great, I love rice and beans, and we pretty much have that every lunch and dinner. The  soup is crazy, they throw corn cobs in, and yucca root, and stuff like that. Outside of the temple grounds, there's always garbage on the sides of the streets, and there are a lot of high rise buildings that it looks like they started building, and then just gave up on. Also, they have backup generators here, but even then the power goes out all the time, and we just keep having class or whatever, so that's interesting.

Finally, I just want to say that things are great and I'm learning lots. Sometimes when we have practice investigators, there is a lot of awkward silence because I don't know how to say what I want to, but I keep getting better every time. I feel the spirit a ton here, and I've had some cool experiences. We watched a devotional in which Elder Neil L. Andersen spoke about faith and the spirit, and something that stuck out to me is what he said about praying with real intent. He said something along the lines of: Real intent is not asking just for curiosity, but is asking with a sincere heart, and the intent to act on the answer that is given. (That's a paraphrase, but a pretty good one) So that's my thought for the week, if you really want to feel the spirit testify to your heart, intend to act on the answer that you receive! I love you all, and I'll talk to you again next week! Vida es bien, Dios is mejor!

Love you!
Elder Anderson

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The World is Full of Good People

This is Elder Anderson's Mom:

I just have to add a little post here even though this blog is supposed to be Elder Anderson's letters home.  When you are on the receiving end of another person's kindness it is hard to express your gratitude.  Here is my attempt.

Tanner had only been in the CCM for a few days when I received a phone call.  On the other end of the line was a man in the Dominican Republic saying he had met my son and just wanted to let me know he was doing fine.  As I spoke with him I learned that he was in the DR for work and that whenever he meets missionaries, if possible, he likes to contact their families just to let them know how their missionaries are doing.  We spoke for a few minutes and I thanked him for his kindness.  That would have been enough and could have ended right there, I was floating with news of my son!   Imagine my surprise when he called me back a few minutes later and said, "I forgot to tell you when I spoke with you a few minutes ago that my wife will be flying to the DR in a few days and I wanted to let you know that if you'd like to send a package to your son, my wife will be more than happy to take it with her and I'll deliver it to him."  

I didn't know where this man was from but found out that the and his family only live about 20 minutes from us!  I put a package together and delivered it to his wife and they then delivered it to Tanner.

 I am so grateful for his kindness and thoughtfulness.  I am amazed by his generosity and for taking the time to do something that might have been a little thing to him but was a huge thing for me.  He even took the time to send me some pictures and to let me know that he had heard him teach a lesson in Spanish to a teacher in the cafeteria at the CCM and that he was doing just fine.  One of the best things for a mom when you have a missionary serving somewhere in the world is to know that there are wonderful, kind people looking out for them.  It makes my mother heart so happy to know they are being watched over as they are in the service of the Lord.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

CCM and First Letter - August 3, 2016

Hola Madre y Padre! 

I just got to the MTC! (well...CCM I guess) Sorry I didn't call you guys in New York. I guess the existence of payphones is endangered in our society. There wasn't a single one I could find in the airport. Long day of flying, but it finally came to an end and my passport now has it's first stamp! It's kind of funny, the Dominicans have a tradition of cheering and applauding when the plane lands, so as soon as we touched down in the DR everyone was yelling and hollering. It was kind of fun! Then, we got our luggage and met the rest of our group, loaded up a couple vans and a trailer, and drove to the CCM. 

It's super awesome here, and the country is beautiful. It's very unique, and the building styles vary from area to area, but it's very cool. It's obviously humid here, and I can feel it, but it's definitely not unbearable. Anyway, this isn't supposed to be super long. Just to let you know that I made it safely! I've got to go unpack now, but I'll send a real e-mail next week. (P-days are on Thursday, but not tomorrow.) I'll talk to you next week. Bye!

These were sent from the CCM (MTC) President and his wife, Elder and Sister Romney.

Sister Romney, Elder Anderson, President Romney

District Lehi

Saying Goodbye

Time to say goodbye.... I think saying goodbye is almost always harder on the family than the missionary.  At least that's been the case in our family.  Elder Anderson was excited to get started on his new adventure and new life as a missionary.

He was set apart by President Knudsen on Tuesday, August 2nd at 1200 pm.

Since his flight wasn't scheduled to leave until 11:59 pm we had a lot of time to spend together that evening.  We went to dinner and Temple Square for the evening before heading to the airport.

Saying goodbye doesn't get any easier even when you've done it before.  Lot of tears shed tonight.  Especially for one little girl who's going to miss her brother so much she has been his constant shadow for months.  Even thought we will miss him there's no place we'd rather have him be right now.  We know he has made the right decision to serve the Lord and we are grateful for his willingness to serve.