Monday, February 12, 2018

TRAINING AND TRAVELING


Week 87
February 12, 2018

Hello Friends and Family,
I hope you all had a great week, life is good here in the Philippines!

So this week was awesome! We had our MLC (Missionary Leadership Conference) this past Wednesday and Elder Hanks and I were able to give an awesome training, along with the other Assistants. We trained about Diligence and Teaching Daily, Teaching Daily is my biggest belief in missionary work and I  have been wanting to share this for a long time now... I'm so glad I was able to share it!! 

After our MLC we had a little bit of an adventure. We had the opportunity to give a blessing to a member here in Iloilo with President Cruz.  They were from Antique, and after the blessing, President had us drive them home.  We got to Antique pretty late, and then stopped on the way back to do Exchanges in Tiolas, Iloilo, and in Oton the next day. Oton was fun because I was able to work with Elder Nielsen, my Batch from my District in the MTC.  It was a lot of fun to get out and work again, it was just pretty rough being so tired, haha. It was so much fun to see a lot of areas in the mission. I had no clue how beautiful some of these areas are.  This new calling as a Traveling Assistant is a lot of fun, and my companion, Elder Hanks makes it so fun too. We get a long so well, and we just love being together. This has been the most challenging part of my mission, but I can tell that I am growing a lot. I am so thankful that my Heavenly Father gave me the opportunity to be doing this.  

We have also had a lot of fun the last few Preparation Days.  Last P-Day, we went bowling which was a lot of fun, and today...let's just say I was humbled haha.  We went to the driving range, and I think I hit less than 5 balls solid haha, it made me unexcited to go home and play golf haha.  We'll see how it goes when I get home though.  

That's about all I have for this week.  I love you all.  Have a great week!
Plangga ko kamo
Love, 
Elder Andersen

Bowling and traveling



Bowling

Bowling

Bowling

Traveling

Traveling

Tiolas

Tiolas

Tiolas

Tiolas

Tiolas

Tiolas

Tiolas

Tiolas

Tiolas

Tiolas

Tiolas

When you have to sit on your companion and a rod because you don't fit in the Trike.

Elder Hanks

Monday, February 5, 2018

ON THE ROAD


Week  86
Monday, February 5, 2018

Hello Friends and Family! 
This week was… well... different haha

So, just a little about the week...on Monday (p-day), we just hung out and played some ping pong.  Afterwards, I took Elder Barrus, the Elder who replaced me in Kalibo, around to  meet some members, and we had an FHE (Family Home Evening) at the Garmino Family’s house,  it was so much fun, I miss them so much. Then on Tuesday, I headed down to the Mission Office in Arevalo. It was a long ride haha, like 6 hours.  It was nice though, I traveled with Elder Ika who is one of my great friends in the mission. I got here, and life had been crazy for the last few days. We had the new missionary arrivals, which was super fun to see all the new missionaries come in and see how excited they are to work. We had their Trainer and Trainee Meeting...that was a lot of fun too!  Since then, we have been preparing for our travels. 

We have had a meeting with President Cruz and he explained what we would be doing, it was great.  My new companion is Elder Hanks, we are so pumped because we have been like best friends our whole mission, and we have always wanted to be companions.  We will be over three Zones, and we will go on exchanges with every companionship in those zones.  We will also be meeting with all their priesthood leaders, and members and teaching them about the things that President Cruz wants us to teach them.  It’s gonna be lot of fun!  Luckily, I am over Kalibo, so I will be able to go there and see all the members that I just left. It will be a little hard, because we will be sleeping somewhere different every day, but I am so excited. It has been nice to drive again, I really missed it.  It is a lot harder to drive here though haha, you have to pay a lot closer attention. 

This week we will hopefully start traveling, we have MLC (Missionary Leadership Conference) on Wednesday and then hopefully we will be on the road Thursday!  

That’s about all I have for this week.  I hope you all have a great week, I love being a missionary and serving my Lord

Halong kamo
Plangga ta kamo
Love,
Elder Andersen


Last Day at Church in Kalibo 

The "G" Family

The "P" Family

The "P" Family




Monday, January 29, 2018

NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

WEEK 85
Monday, January 29, 2018

Hello Friends and Family, 
I hope you all had a great week; I have some big news for this week...
On Saturday, I received a call from President Cruz telling me that I would be transferring...the funny thing is I don’t have an area (haha) because I will be a AP ( Traveling Assistant to the President.) I am super excited and humbled about this opportunity, and I am excited to drive around again. So I’m not too sure who my new companion will be, but there are four of us that will be traveling and doing things such as apartment checks, delivering supplies, and going on exchanges with missionaries. It should be a lot of fun, but I am honestly am not ready to leave Kalibo. I love it here and we have so many progressing investigators.

This week was amazing though.  The work is amazing and the work here has been sooo good.  We would have been having around ten baptisms in February, but that is alright! This week I had a great opportunity to go on Exchanges with Elder Geocadin, my companion in Jaro. It was so fun... I miss him so much, and it was just a blast. On Sunday, we had eight investigators at Sacrament Meeting.  Let’s just say, the Lord has been throwing blessings on the Kalibo 1st area.  It was good to see Elder Merrill going home too.  We really worked so hard until the very last minute of his mission.

I’m sorry I don’t have a lot to say. I am excited for this new calling, I will miss the work of a normal missionary though. I hope you all have a great week.  I love you all.

Love Your Favorite, 
Elder Andersen
Halong Kamo 


Family Home Evening

Kalib0

With Elder Geocadin







Monday, January 22, 2018

ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL

Week 84
Monday, January 2, 2018

Hello Friends and Family,
I hope you all had a great week...

Well... Let's just say Ati-Atihan was this week, so this was definitely a harder week...hahah. But, it was... interesting. Honestly, until now I wasn't quite sure what Ati-Atihan was haha.  So, an ATI is the native/indigenous people in the Philippines. They have super dark skin.  In the Ati-Atihan Festival, people paint themselves black, and celebrate El Santo Nino. So...people were drinking, dancing, drinking, dancing with El Santo Nino... drinking, drinking, drinking, and drinking, I'm pretty sure at one point all of Kalibo was drunk except for the members of the church... haha. 

Even with this crazy festival going on, we were able to visit a lot of members and become really close with them.

This week we also had our Zone Conference, it was really good, it was basically just an overview of the rules.  It was fun to be back with Elder Infante and Elder McAllister for a little bit...they slept over at our house. 

But, back to the members... A new rule in our mission is that we aren't allowed to tract. The new game plan is referrals, referrals, referrals. We've been visiting a lot of members and receiving a lot of referrals. It has been really good. We have become closer with the members and I am just so excited! It has been amazing! 

Other than that, this week was great and a lot of fun, I'm glad Ati-Atihan is over though and that we can get back to our normal.


Mahal ko kayo lahat 

Love, 
Elder Andersen 

Mang Inasal, with the boys...work!

When a seven year old knows how to drive a trike.


Zone T-Shirts

Zone T-Shirts







Zone T-Shirts

Thursday, January 18, 2018

MORE NEW EXPERIENCES

Week 83
Monday, January 15, 2018

Hello friends and family! 

I hope you all had a great week.  This week was very good!

After our p-day (preparation day)  last Wednesday, we did some more Zone Leader things.  We traveled around our zone on Thursday and Friday, teaching the missionaries in our zone about the new things that came out at MLC (Missionary Leadership Conference). It was a lot of fun, but unfortunately, it took time away from the work in our area.  However, we really saw some miracles this week. 

On Saturday, we taught one of the coolest lessons ever to a guy named "J".  "J" is a wealthy lawyer, is very good at English, and cool. We went to his house on Saturday morning and taught him for two hours.  It was amazing... he asked such great questions.  He and his family are interested...I am so excited for them. It is such a cool experience teaching someone who has a really strong background in the Bible, and showing him how the Book of Mormon goes hand in hand with it. It was so fun, and I can't wait to teach him again. We have also been having a lot of success with our two deaf investigators.  I'm lucky because Elder Merrill knows ASL, and he can teach them...I'm learning it as well. They are progressing so well, and we love them so much.  

Then on Sunday, we had a big miracle happen that honestly we just realized this morning. We had nine investigators at Sacrament Meeting, and we received a bunch of referrals. It was amazing...most of the investigators that came to Sacrament Meeting were brought by a member or an investigator. It was amazing because we have been so busy and have had literally no time to work in our area.  But, we have been working hard and doing our best.  We know we have been blessed...I love how the Lord works.  The work is great and I love serving my Lord. 

This week was amazing and to make it even better, last Wednesday a member bought and brought us Subway from Boracy. I loved it. This week I also had the opportunity to try Durian, a fruit this week. It smelled so bad and tasted horrible!  It was terrible...especially for the next few days, every time I would burp, I would get the taste all over again!

Last night we also had our interviews with President Cruz which were really good. We as the Zone Leaders got to spend some time with him and his Assistants after the interviews were over.  It was a lot of fun! 
I love this work and I love being a missionary. It is the best thing ever!
Mahal ko kayo lahat 
Love,
Elder Andersen


Sorry I didn't take many pictures this week, kinda forgot, but here's the subway and Durian!


Subway

Durian