Monday, December 11, 2017

GOODBYE PASSI, HELLO KALIBO...and another new language!

Week 78
Monday, December 11, 2017

Wow, what a week!   This may be a longer letter than usual.  Honestly this last week was one of the best weeks of my life. 

So, I'll start from the beginning. Monday and Tuesday were great days with a lot of good work done.   

Wednesday we had a great lesson with Sister "B".   She told us all about some challenges and struggles and trials she's been going through. This day was super special because it was literally my 6 month mark from going home. Towards the end of the lesson, it came my turn to testify and so I talked about how I had been on my mission for 18 months now... and I go home 6 months from today.   When I said this, I got choked up with tears, and I actually realized how much I love my mission, and how honestly I don't want to go home. My testimony ended with how prepared Sister "B" is for this gospel. and how over the past 18 months she is one of the most prepared people I have found. One of her concerns though was her baptism scheduled on the 25th, and she didn't know if she'd be ready. (I'll get back to that though.) 

Thursday and Friday, we had a mission-wide Christmas Conference...let's just say that was super lit...as in so dope! Thursday was tight because we did  a balloon drop thing where we wrote a message on a #lighttheworld pass along card, and attached it to a balloon. 

Friday,  the conference consisted of dancing Zone presentations, and a whole bunch of other things. That day was amazing.  We had lots of fun, lots of laughs and super spiritual moments that brought almost everyone to tears.  It was so great. It really got me in the Christmas spirit! 

Saturday, we had another great day where we taught a lot and ended the day with Sister "B" again. The lesson was amazing again.  She said she has a conflict with the schedule for her baptism on the 25th of December and asked if she could just be baptized tomorrow, Sunday.   Oh, how I wish!  She is so great. 

Sunday rolled in, and I got  call Sunday morning informing me that I would be transferred as a Zone Leader to Kalibo. I am excited for the opportunity to become a zone leader again.So, a little bit about Kalibo...Kalibo is a city in Aklan, it is in the northern part of Panay.  The language in the city is mostly Tagalog, so I'm excited to finally learn Tagalog!  My companion will be Elder Merrill, the guy with all the tattoos. He is dope and we are already really good friends! Another cool thing that is happening in Kalibo in January is ATI ATIhan. This is one of the biggest festivals in Panay and it's gonna be so sick! I can't wait!

Church was great, we had six investigators. . I was asked to bear my testimony during Sacrament Meeting. Let's just say, it's hard to leave a place you love so much. But that is what a missionary does. One funny thing that happened was I gave Sister "B" all my Mormon Messages, Mormon videos, and "Meet the Mormons" video on Saturday. On Sunday at church she told me that I had made mistake to her, (so weird to say that in English haha.)  But I asked her what I had done, she told me she was up until like midnight last night watching "Meet the Mormons." She told me that as she watched the last story "Missionary Mom" and she cried realizing how hard our ,mission must be and she thanked me for finding her. 

I'm sad to leave Passi, especially right before all our baptisms happen. but  I'm excited for my new area and calling. I love being a missionary, and this last part of my life has been without a doubt, the best part of my life. I'm so thankful for our Savior, Jesus Christ.   I know he lives and I'm so thankful we have the opportunity to be celebrating his birth this Christmas season. I love you all, and I hope you all have a great week!

Ingat Kayo
Plangga ta kamo tanan
Elder Andersen

Sister "B's" Kids

Sister "B's" Kids

Pineapple in Passi...literally the best pineapple in the world...so sweet!

#lighttheworld

Balloon Drop

Balloon Drop

Balloon Drop



Balloons

My Friends

Dumangas Boys

Elder Steiner

Elder Steiner


Elder Norris


The Boys

Sister "B"

The Youth

The Youth

My Passi Family




Nay

Monday, December 4, 2017

"THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE!"

Week 77
Monday, December 4, 2017

Hello Friends and Family, 
I hope you all had a great week, let's just say... Passi is LIT.

So last Monday, right after we emailed home, we went straight to a lesson with the  "B" family.   The lesson was great and they are progressing so well.  We watched "The Restoration" video.  After our lesson, we had a dinner planned at the church with Nay "M", "J", and the sister missionaries. When we got to the church, I realized that it was actually a birthday celebration for me...the third one!  (Elder Norris threw another party for me.)  It was so amazing... I loved it. I love all the members here, especially my companion...He's the best! The last surprise for my birthday came just a few minutes ago when Nay bought me a sweet hat that has my name and her name on it.  I love Passi so much. 

This week has been great!  We had several great things happen. All the 12 graders in Passi are doing a project and we had a really cool opportunity to be interviewed by and teach two groups of 12th graders. It was a great experience. Also another cool thing that we did this week was team up with the sister missionaries.  We had a great activity for the youth and the YSA. The purpose of the activity was having the youth invite their friends to the activity.  A lot of the youth did bring their friends...of course, most of them are in the sisters' area, but that's okay.  It was a lot of fun and very successful. 

Our investigators are doing great, "J" is doing well, and she brought  her sister (who we will start teaching this week) and a friend to the activity! The "B" family is also doing great...they are progressing so well. Sister "B" is so cool...she has a white board in her house and has written a scripture from the Book of Mormon on it.  It is hanging up where they can read it every day.  "E" is great as usual, right now she is figuring out some stuff for her marriage. "L" is great as always! We also picked up a bunch of new investigators this week that are looking really good.  God is blessing this area and we see miracles every day!

I realized yesterday that I only have six more Fast Sundays left in the mission field. It is so crazy. Yesterday is literally six months away from when I will be sitting in my last Fast and Testimony Meeting. It is amazing how fast the time goes by. The last year and a half has been the best time of my life. 

Have a great week,
Plangga ko kamo tanan
Love, 
Elder Andersen


Surprise Birthday Party


Twenty One!

Surprise Party

Birthday Party...it was raining...they got all wet for me...hahaha!


Interviews with the 12th Graders

The Youth Activity

Crazy Trike Rides

Crazy Trike Rides





Our Christmas Tree


The verse in the "B" Family House




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

TURNING 21 AND FEELING AT HOME IN PASSI

Week 76
Monday, November 27, 2017

Hello Friends and Family,
I hope you all had a great week.   Thank you for all the birthday wishes.  My birthday was literally the best!

On Sunday morning, I got a call at 5:30 am (waking me up) from a member here named "J". She told me our Nay (What they call mother in the Philippines) here was having an asthma attack and they needed our help. Let’s just say… I didn't believe her for one second! Then, I heard knocking on our door.  I woke up, got dressed and opened the door to a big confetti popper going off in my face and all over our house. Then, "J" and Nay "M" sang me “Happy Birthday” and brought me a cake... with trick candles. It was so great, and it made me feel so loved!  After that, I opened my packages and that made me feel even more loved. Thanks to all my family for the packages and cards, it was so amazing!  Next we went to church… church was great and a lot of members wished me a happy birthday.  The best part of the day was that we had soooo many less active members and several investigators come to church. After Church, Nay "M" made me my favorite dish here, Bicol Express… it was SO good.  I had such a great birthday.

The week was also really good.  We've been teaching a lot, and our investigators are doing great. "E" is great as always, and progressing so well. Hopefully the problem with her birth certificate will be solved this week. "L" is also doing great.  Her baptism should have been this past Saturday, but she is going to wait until Christmas for the Stake Baptism.  The "B" family is great as always.   "D" is also doing well, we just need to get him to church.

This week was amazing, full of great work and a lot of fun. I love Passi so much, I feel at home here, and I love serving Jesus Christ.  It is crazy because next week, I will hit my 6 month mark left on the mission. It is crazy how fast time has gone. 

Plangga ta kamo
Love, 
Elder Andersen


Study Time

Me and "L"

When"E" tries on my shoe and it is literally twice the her size.

Really good pizza!  One of them had croccodile meat.

The confetti mess right inside our apartment door...the picture doesn't do it justice!

Switching shoes with Sister Vea





Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"HOLY BIRTHDAYS"



Week 75
Monday, November 20, 2017


Hello friends and family... What a great and wonderful week... #miracles.

AND… HOLY BIRTHDAYS... I think every member in Passi, including the missionaries have a birthday in November.   Let’s say, I think must have gained a little weight this week with all the food and celebrations..haha and the celebrations continue next week…  A great part of the week was Elder Norris Birthday on Wednesday.  A party had been in the plans for awhile, but we had a surprise birthday party for him. It was so much fun, and we had so much good food!  Elder Norris was really surprised and happy that we had a party for him.   The funniest part was that as he was blessing the food, Sister "J"  pulled out a cake and I had a huge party popper that I was planning on pulling right after he was done with his prayer.  Right as Elder Norris said “Amen”, I popped the popper and we all sang happy birthday.  The only mistake I made was that I didn’t realize how much stuff was in the popper and how far it would go…I ended up popping confetti all over the food..whoops!  haha!  Needless to say, we spent the next 15 minutes cleaning up the confetti so that we could eat the food.  Look closely at the pictures. Haha!

Also this past Sunday was the birthday of "E", a member that we are close with, and our Nanay here in Passi.   So…we had another surprise party.  Onee thing I have forgotten to mention about Passi, is that they are notorious for amazing pineapple.  Let’s say…I testify that it is the best and sweetest stuff ever.

And now this upcoming week is my birthday!!! And one more story... On Tuesday, I heard our gate open up,  and the senior couple brought me not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 packages and a piñata. I am spoiled and embarrassed, but…love ya ma!  (It just happens that between Halloween, Thanksgiving and Logan’s birthday…he got a lot of packages that were all delivered at once…)

So this week was also great work wise.  "L" will be baptized on Saturday, we are all so excited!!!  It'll be so good.  The "B" family is doing great, and Sister "B" came to church this week. It was funny because she came to church and realized that several of her students are members…it was so funny.  It was so cool to see the Ward fellowship her. 

One of the best things that happened this week was on Saturday night.  We had set an appointment with a few people at this one house.  We got there and literally every one we invited,attended.  It was great!   Everyone definitely felt the spirit, and said they were happy because they knew God’s servants were in their house.  It was cool and we are very excited for them.

"J" is also doing great, and Elsie is amazing.  We're hoping her baptism will be on the 25 of December!

So yeah amo na this week was great and I love being a missionary! 


Have a great week.
Love you all, plangga ta kamo
Love,
Elder Andersen

PACKAGES


BIRTHDAY DINNER AND CONFETTI


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BUSY IN PASSI!

Week 74
Monday, November 13, 2017

Hello Friends and Family, 
I hope you all had a great week this week.  Passi is lit as usual. 

So this week I don't have a crazy super story, but a really funny one.  One of our investigators, "D", who we have recently started teaching again, has a brother who is deaf. It was funny because we taught them one night with "J" (a new member here) and our mother in Passi, Nay "M". For some reason when we went back the next time...just me and Elder Norris, the deaf brother  thought that "J" and Elder Norris were a couple. It was so funny... we tried our best in sign language, to say he wasn't. Then the next night, we taught them with Nay "M" and "J"... lets just say... he finally got that they weren't dating, It was so funny to see him laughing! haha 

This week we had a lot of success.  We are teaching the "B" family, and they are great as usual. They had to go out of town this week, so they werent able to come to church.  However, they are excited to come to church this next Sunday.  It has also been really cool, because Sister "B" has been sharing and giving us referrals... it's great!   "E" is great as usual... bad news about her marriage though. She doesn't have a birth certificate, and so we are gonna have to go through bunch of stuff to get her married. If things work out the way we're hoping, her baptism will be on Christmas day. "D" is also doing really well.  He has been reading the Book of Mormon, and he really wants so come to church, he wasn't able to come this week because they went out of town. Unfortunately, "L" will not be baptized on Saturday, she wasn't able to come to church yesterday, because she was out of town too.  DANG... everyone was out of town! hahaha.  Next is "J", she is a referral from our recent convert, "C". She is doing great and has been going to seminary and church, and is best friends with several members. The youth have been such a great help to us. Lastly, is the "C" family. We were able to finally teach them this week. the lesson was great. This is the family that we did a service project for and the guy who gives us rides all the time.  The lesson was great and very spiritual, and... lots of great questions were asked. 

Let's just say we're busy here in Passi, and the work is beyond great! 

I love you all, 
Plangga ta kamo tanan.

Love, 
Elder Andersen 

Midway...a restaurant/resort in my area.

Midway
Midway

Midway