Monday, May 29, 2017

El Café- Semana Uno

My first week in my 3rd area went really well! My companion is Elder Larkin from Las Vegas and he's a super good guy, and I have the honor of being his last companion in the mission before he goes home in August. The area is VERY different from Neyba. There are so many people crammed into a very small space and you'll see what I mean from the picture I'll send. Also, I'm REALLY close to the ocean. Which means that I have a sweet view from the roof of my apartment AND it's super humid! It's like, pretty uncomfortably humid all the time, which is tough, but whatever, there are worse things. haha

We have a few really good investigators here in our area. We are teaching this absolutely AWESOME family. The Salazar family. They have 5 kids, but there are also a few uncles and people that we always teach when we're sharing with them. I taught the family my first night here, and I just fell in love with this family. They're pretty poor, but they're just so happy, and so kind. They have a little 7 year old who is super cute, and they have another little girl in a wheelchair who is so polite, and always smiling. I am so excited to teach this family, and to see them progress and be baptized.

Also! It is so strange to be in a ward again after attending small branches for 10 months. It is a nice change though to be in a place where there's a bishopric, teachers that teach. Elders quorums that home teach. I don't know, it's kind of a relief! Also, the bishop and his family are so great. They have the missionaries come to their house every sunday and have a feast! We had chicken wings, roast beef, potatoes, pasta, salad. I felt like I was back home! And they do it EVERY SUNDAY! Oh, and the bishop's daughter-in-law asked me where I was from, and I said "Utah" and she said "what part?" and I was surprised because usually people don't ask that here, but I said "It's west of Salt Lake, it's called Tooele County" And she said in perfect English: "Oh, I served there! In West Valley!" Haha, it was so weird to hear that! And her husband said he had a mission companion from Stansbury Park. Rob Christensen or something. Pretty cool! 

Anyway, I think I'll really like this area. It's different, but it's good. I'll let you guys know how my second week goes here! I love you all, and I hope you guys have a great start to your summer!
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Love, Elder Anderson






Monday, May 22, 2017

Transfers...



Hey Mom! So, to answer your questions... I'm leaving Neyba! We got calls on Saturday night, and I'm actually the only one from my district leaving. I'm finally going to the capital though! I'm going to an area called "El Café" (kind of ironic because I'm a missionary serving in an area named the coffee) Haha, but I'm leaving tomorrow morning to go meet my new comp: Elder Larkin. He's from Las Vegas, so I'm sure it'll be fun! It'll be a little sad leaving Neyba, but I'm excited for a new adventure, and I'm also excited for big grocery stores and maybe fast food!

As far as this week goes, it went pretty well! I had 4 two hour long gua gua rides for Zone Conference, and for District Conference on Sunday. I'm really excited for my gua gua ride to the capital to be the last one I'll have for a while. Other than that, I just kept preparing the investigators that we have for baptism, we now have 10 baptismal dates, and although it would be nice to be able to witness the more of the fruits of my labors while I'm here, I'm ready to go plant some more seeds in my next area.

Anyway, that's honestly about it! It was so nice to be able to talk to you guys on Sunday. I'll admit that I was pretty trunky on Monday, and also on Tuesday, but that's to be exprcted! I got right back to work after that though. I'm so happy for Jarrett and Nikki, and I was way more happy on Tuesday because my bro was getting married than I was sad because I wasn't there. 

Well! That's about it for this week! I'll let you guys know next week how my next area and my comp are. See ya!

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Love, Elder Anderson

P.S. The photos are of me and some investigators, and also, the one peso coins I've been saving up for my entire mission. I tried to spend them today, and they're worth so little that nobody wants them. I finally convinced some dude to sell me a gatorade for them. Haha, it's funny how worthless they are. The majority of the time, they don't even give one peso coins as change, they'll just give you a little candy or a mint or something instead...


















Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Mom!!! I don't really know how, but I'm pretty sure that during all of the excitement yesterday, I neglected to tell you happy mother's day. So... HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!! I hope your day was incredible and that you were told a million times how great of a mother you are, and that you never forget that fact. You are the best mom in the world! :) 

It was absolutely incredible to talk with you guys yesterday, and it's crazy to think that the next time I talk to you guys, it'll be Christmas again! Really crazy stuff! I know that I've said this a lot, but I really am so grateful to have such an amazing family full of people who love me, support me, and help me through everything. Haha, like I told mom yesterday though: "It sucks so bad that I have such an awesome family!" Because I miss you guys so much! 

This week was a good one, we have a lot of people that are progressing really well, which is really great, but also too bad, that we're having so much success right now that I'm just about to leave Neyba. I just pray that a really good missionary comes to Neyba to replace me. Someone's gotta come and help Givelord, Millord, Lionny, Yinairy, Mariely, Jeisy, and all of my converts here!

On Saturday, Selenni got baptized. It was a really good service and it was cool to watch her take that step in her life. She's got a lot of friends now who are really interested in the church, so that'll be great if she can help them out and have a whole group of good strong youth in the branch here.

I'll let you guys know next week where I'm headed next! I'm excited to go, but I think I'm also going to miss Neyba. There are some really great people here. I hope that I've made an impact here, and that I've had an influence in helping to bring people closer to Jesus Christ. 

I love you all. I hope you have a great week!

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Love, Elder Anderson
Ps. Thanks for the pictures! The first one is the jugs of water we have, and this week I made a goal to drink an entire jug straight from the jug.
The other one is a picture of some crazy little girls that I met in Duvergé at a member's house
The last one is a picture of my comp with the branch budget, haha






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Our most recent family picture:  Mother's Day 2017



Monday, May 8, 2017

I love to see the temple. I don't love four 4 hour guagua rides

This week consisted of a lot of work, but not a lot of what you'd normally call "Missionary Work". First off, on Tuesday morning, we got up at 3:30 in the morning to take a gua gua to the capital for the mission temple trip. We even ended up arriving late, because we're the missionaries who are in the absolute outskirts of everything. In fact, when they finish the temple in Port-au-prince Haiti, it'll be closer to us in Neyba than the temple in Santo Domingo. It was a really good experience though. I love the temple so much, and it's incredible to feel the peace of that holy place after all of the stresses of missionary work. 

After the temple on Tuesday, we came back and spent Wednesday and Thursday preparing for the trip to the temple with the branch. We had to buy the food, gather the money from everyone who said they would go, rent another gua gua, because the original driver cancelled on us last minute, make sure the rooms were reserved, and help people with family history so that they could take their family names. Needless to say, it was pretty stressful. It was a great feeling to be in the temple twice in one week though, and I'm positive that when I'm home, I will not take the temple for granted. We are very lucky to have so many temples so close to us. Where my companion lives, his ward has to save up to take an airplane every six months to the closest temple that's like 16 hours away driving. Then they stay for a week and fly home. Crazy! 

That's just about everything that happened this week though. Some days are hard, some days are incredible. That's life and the mission is no different. Recently, I've been trying to memorize The Living Christ document (In Spanish and English) and one line really sticks out to me. It says that "He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38), yet was despised for it." Sometimes I feel like that. People sometimes say some very unkind things towards us, and sometimes I get kind of angry at the fact that I'm simply trying to serve these people, being away from my family, in a country and a culture that is unfamiliar, speaking a foreign language, and some people despise us for it. But then I think that that's what happened to Christ (Obviously on an entirely different level) It was not easy for him. His entire life was literally dedicated to helping, teaching, and serving, and he was despised for it. So, that just makes me think that the mission, and life as a member of this church is made to help us become more like Christ, and that thought makes me happy. 

Anyway, I love you all, and I hope you have a great week. We might be having a baptism on Saturday. We've been teaching this girl named for Selenni for a while, so we'll see! Also, I'm SO PUMPED to talk to you on Mother's day. See you then! Bye!
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Love, Elder Anderson

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1, 2017

Hey Mom! How's it going? My week this week was actually a HUGE improvement from last week. Let's just say that I decided the only thing I could do was to control my actions and just willingly forgive, and if anyone holds any kind of grudge for anything, that's out of my control, and it's on them. 

This week we had another baptism though! José Cristobal Morillo Vasquez is this awesome 16 year old that we've been teaching for a while now, and we called him a "miembro seca" or dry member, because pretty much the only thing he lacked was the baptism. In fact, a lot of the members were super surprised when we said that he was getting baptized because they thought he was already a member. It was fun to teach him though, because he was already attending seminary and everything, so he already had a pretty good basic knowledge of the gospel. I'll send you guys pictures of his baptism that we had Saturday night. And on Sunday, I confirmed him, and it was a really cool experience, because I've confirmed people before, but usually I have to think well beforehand about the things that I'm going to say, because you know, it's in Spanish. This time though, the words just started to flow, and I don't recall exactly what I said, but I know that I used some words and phrases that I KNOW that I did not know before, but they just sort of came to me. I don't know how to explain it other than that blessing was really guided by the spirit. 

Also, a kind of funny story from the week: I've actually become pretty famous around here in Neyba because of a joke I've been telling. The joke: "¿Porqué chocó la guagua?" (Why did the bus crash?) "Porque el chofer era una funda de pan" (Because the driver was a bag of bread). Haha, but now, whenever we see a group of kids in the street, they say: "Mormons! Tell the joke!", and I tell it, and they die of laughter. Pretty funny stuff, but what's even better is that we ended up getting a contact out of that of three kids that now have a baptismal date. So hey, telling jokes can be effective missionary work.

Anyway, that's about it for my week! I love you guys!

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Love, Elder Anderson