Monday, April 24, 2017

Ola!

Hey Mom! Sorry, I don't have a whole ton of time, but I just wanted to let you know that I loved the package that you sent! I love you guys so much, and I'm so glad I have the family that I do. The Institute Director for the area delivered it to me, when he was teaching institute at our chapel, and my comp and I were going to get haircuts. I loved that talk from President Nelson too, and I'm also in the process of completing his challenge! 

Anyway, not a whole lot happened this week, we're just still teaching, and everything's going pretty well. I promise I'll send you a more detailed letter next week. Love you so much! Have a great week, and tell Hunter and Hannah good luck for me!

Love, Tanner


Monday, April 17, 2017

La Semana Santa

Alright, so first off, I'm ticked. Royally ticked, and I'm about to tell you why. This week was the week before Easter, and here they call it "Semana Santa" or "Holy Week" pretty awesome right? Yeah, not quite. Basically, religion here is just such a cultural thing that it doesn't mean a whole lot to most people. Easter Sunday, for example. A great time to go to church with your family, and remember Jesus Christ. Well, our church attendance bombed yesterday. Practically nobody came. And on Friday, the day in which Jesus Christ was crucified and died for all of us. Yeah, they pass the day doing exactly what Jesus doesn't want them to do... Drinking. SO MUCH DRINKING. Which means a lot of cat calls from the girls. And also talking with a few drunks. Oh, and they don´t eat meat all week. Just fish. So basically just a bunch of apostasy. Aaaahh. What can you do, right? Just gotta keep teaching, and hope that they learn!

This week had some redeemable qualities however. One of them being that my new comp is awesome! He's from Brasil, and I'm trying to learn a little bit of portugese from him! He's a really fun guy, and he'll be a great Branch President here. Also, we had 21 lessons with members this week, which is a personal record, so we work pretty well together!

Anyway, that's about it for this week. Givelord and Millord are still progressing. And I think they'll both be baptized next week. And we've got 4 more that are also progressing right now. Life is good, even though sometimes people are frustrating. Part of the mission is learning to love the people, and sometimes it's easy, but other times, you've got to have some heavenly help :) Have a great week! Love you!


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Love, Elder Anderson

Monday, April 10, 2017

New Branch President, Same Pueblo

Ke Lo Ke familia!!!! I can´t believe it´s already Monday again. The weeks are flying by here in Neyba, and it looks like I´ll have a fourth transfer here! This could be my last transfer here, but then again, it might not be. I´ve heard that since President and Sister Nuckols are leaving, and President and SIster de los Santos are coming in June, that the next transfer will only be 3 weeks long, and that the transfer after will be 9 weeks. So we´ll see how long I stay for. All I know is that I want to stay as long as possible because I love Neyba. I just got a new companion though! His name is Elder Souza, and he´s from Brazil, so I´ll be learning some Portugese this next transfer! He was my zone leader, but our zone is HUGE as far as distance goes (the smallest as far as population of missionaries) so I never met him before, but he´s a cool dude! Also, he´s the new Branch President here, but since I already know how to do the Branch President stuff, it´s my job to teach him, and show him the ropes, which is super wierd, but kind of fun!

The rest of the week was really good! I went on divisions in Duvergé again, and we talked with this SUPER rich family that lives there, and have always been pretty good friends of the missionaries (they´re catholic by tradition, and aren´t interested in converting) but we were trying to get a job for a future missionary in Duvergé at the dude´s business. We talked with them for a while, and honestly it was SO enjoyable.

Also during the week, a member came to the house and took back all of the dishes that were his that I guess he had lent to us... And we were left with just about nothing. I didn´t even have a pan to boil water in. And we had 1 fork. Just one... So I called the mission office, and they approved for us to buy some new dishes for the house, so now we have a pot, some plates, and 4 forks! haha, the only problem is that we haven´t had water since Tuesday night, so now all of our new dishes are sitting in the sink, unwashed, and we don´t have anything clean. What a joy, right! 

Investigator report: I got Books of Mormon in Creole for Givelord and his brother Millord and Millord is almost done with 2nd Nephi, and it´s been about a week and a half! Those two are gold! Also, we had 2 baptisms planned for this past Sunday, but we postponed them due to the fact that one of them didn´t have very many times in a row coming to church, and I´m not going to baptize a less active, and the other told us that she REALLY likes coffee, and she had a hard time understanding why we can´t drink it. So those two will come along I think, they just need a little more time. I feel really good about having them wait though. This country has such a bad problem with less-active and Inactive members, and I´m not going to add to it. I´d rather have zero baptisms, and have my investigators be baptized when they´re ready by the next missionaries that come, than to baptized a hundred people, and have them all go inactive.
That´s why before I baptize someone, I like to read Mosiah 4-5 with them, which talks about the peoples reaction after King Benjamin speaks to them, and the results of their changed hearts. When Elder Andersen of the Quorum of the twelve was here, he told us that before baptism, every investigator needs to have two things:
1. A love for the book of Mormon
2. A personal experience of repentance with the Lord 
I realized that those are also the two of the things that we need if we are to becomemore converted ourselves. But one of my favorite parts of Mosiah 5 is verse 7, that says:

7 And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.
Basically, when we are "Born again" (Baptized) we are becoming sons and daughters of Jesus Christ, and how do we do that? With a change of heart (Repentance), through Faith on his name.
It´s a pretty cool theme, and I really love studying all the connections through the 5 points of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Anyway, that was my week, and I hope you all have a great week as well. ¡Les Amo!

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Love, Elder Anderson

Monday, April 3, 2017

Conferencia General

Wow. Conference was sooooo goooooood! And it was even more incredible because I got a sick hookup with a laptop, so we watched it in English :) I especially loved Elder Hollands talk about the music of life, and having sunshine in your soul. In the priesthood session, I loved Elder Bednar´s talk about being called to serve, and being assigned to labor, and I also loved President Uchtdorf´s talk about the most important calling in the church being the one you currently hold. And I especially loved Elder Joaquin E. Costa´s talk, because I felt like he was talking right to the investigators there, and it was super good! Seriously though, I absolutely love general conference, and I always feel spiritually lifted afterwards.

The rest of the week was pretty good, we´re still teaching Givelord and his brother, and they both came to ALL of the sessions of general conference. ALL OF THEM. AS INVESTIGATORS. I was so impressed. I was talking to Givelord the other day though, and come to find out, he doesn´t have his papers to be in the country. Which made me so sad, because 1. If you don´t have papers here, the only work you can find is construction, or like working on a farm, and neither of those is lucrative, or reliable. He gets work like, 3 times a week at most, and gets paid 300 pesos (6 dollars) a day at most. I don´t know how he survives. and 2. He has a girlfriend that he lives with, but there´s no way to get them married if they aren´t citizens. So my heart was broken for him, because I want him to have this gospel so bad, and he wants it too. So one night, I was thinking about his situation, and I just prayed with all of my heart. Pleading with God that he might provide a way for Givelord to be able to be baptized. I had no idea if it was even possible, but I decided to put my trust in The Lord.

The next night, we had an activity in the church, and I was talking with Givelord, and out of the blue, he told me that he was going to break up with his girlfriend. He was like: "I know that if I have a wife, that I need to get married, and I´m not ready to get married" He also said that part of the reason was because his girlfriend doesn´t want to come to church, and he wants to follow Jesus. I was kind of surprised, but I told him that he should pray about it, and do whatever God tells him to do. Honestly, that was the most surprising way I´ve seen a prayer answered. I did not expect that to be the answer, but hey, it´s a solution. We´ll see what happens, but I know that if we trust the Lord, everything will work out. One of the scriptures I love to share with people, especially when we start talking to them about ideas that are a little different from what they´ve always thought about christianity is Proverbs 3:5-6 

 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Sometimes things don´t go exactly as we think they´ll go, but things will always be okay if we trust in the Lord. I believe that with all my heart. I love you all, and I hope you have a great week!
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Love, Elder Anderson