Monday, October 16, 2017

DOWN BUT NOT OUT!

WEEK 70
Monday, October 16, 2017

Maayong aga sa inyo tanan. 

I hope all you had a great week!  

So first things first...I would like to wish my mom a Happy 50th Birthday!!! Wow so old!   haha joke lang.  But like I said last year, I love my mom so much.  I look up to here in every way, except height.   She really is the best, most Christlike person I've ever met. My mom is a true super hero in my eyes, and I don't know why I was blessed with literally the best mom ever. Mom I love you so much!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

This week was honestly not the best week ever.  Elder Norris and I both struggled with sickness, but we are much better now and we are ready to get to work this week.

Even though we were sick, we still had the opportunity to get a lot done. So about our investigators...they are all great. "E" is as great as ever and just doing so well.  "M" and "C" are also doing great...we have their baptisms scheduled for November 4th.   We also had the opportunity to do a service project for a new investigator, "J"...the guy with the wolf gang car. The service project was fun, but we still haven't been able to teach them because we were so sick this week.  We had the opportunity to talk a lot with his wife, and his family. They are so cool. "J" is so cool too, he literally calls us all the time telling us to come to his house to get food. I cant wait to teach them.  

Last night was also a lot of fun, We had a FHE  at the "B's" house,  ("C", "K", "M", "C", and their parents...who are starting to come out of inactivity.)  It was so much fun.  The games here in the Philippines are soooooo funny, and the punishments if you lose, are even funnier.

Other than that, the week was still a solid week, even though we dealt with sickness, I love this area and the Philippines so much!
Have a great week. 
Patchon ta kamo tanan!!
Love,
Elder Andersen





Halloween Candy

Lunch after church on Sunday

Monday, October 9, 2017

STICKER SHOCK

Week 69
Monday, October 9, 2017

What is up friends and family?
I hope y'all had a great week.  This week was so awesome. 


This week was fantastic, mainly because we had the opportunity to watch General Conference. I loved all the talks, and definitely had some questions were answered. Among my favorite talks were the talks by Neil L. Andersen, Richard J. Maynes, Jeffery R. Holland, and Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Needless to say, I really look forward to General Conference...the days I get to hear from our leaders are some of my favorite days of the year.  The leaders of this church are so amazing and they work so hard let us know what the Lord wants for us.  I love and sustain them all.  

This week was also a great week for the work! Elder Norris and I are getting along sooo well, and we are killing it here in Passi.  The work is just so amazing and we are seeing miracles every day. This week Elder Norris and I got to know each other a lot better. We found out that we pretty much like all the same things...music, television shows, movies, etc. It has been a lot of fun talking to him and getting to know each other better. This week has been a lot like the past few weeks... the work is great and almost all of our investigators are progressing...it is so amazing.  We're struggling a little to teach "J", "E"s husband, but we're still working on it. 

We had one funny story happen this week. One day we were walking to an appointment, and this car stopped and asked us if we wanted a ride.  That doesn't happen very often... so we hopped in... as we were hopping in, Elder Norris was freaking out, he was super nervous and thought it was the scariest thing ever. I didn't understand why...  so when we eventually got out, Elder Norris told me that the car had this "Wolf Gang" sticker on it. I didn't think anything of it, but apparently, Wolf Gang is a super bad gang and he thought we were gonna die.  The next day, the same car drove by again, and was like "hop in!" The man's kids and wife were in the car and I saw the sticker, and it said, "World Gang Realty Management" haha (not a gang...there's not really that stuff here.)  Elder Norris hopped in, and I rode on the hood... super fun and pretty scary!  Then, the next day he drove by on his motorcycle and gave us another ride and he asked if we could do a service project at his house.  We are going to go and help him and he is going to cook for us afterwards.  He asked us what we wanted to eat, and we said frog...haha...hopefully he pulls through.He is way dope and we are going teach him and his family! They are such nice people, and definitely NOT gang members. 

Let's just say that was a lot of fun, for me, haha... and is gonna result in some great things!

That is all I have for this week. 
Love you all.  Have a great week.
Plangga ta kamo
Love,
Elder Andersen

I forgot to take pictures this week...here are a couple though.

Elder Norris eating Isaw

When a kid runs into a chair.

Monday, October 2, 2017

UNEXPECTED CHANGES

Week 68
Monday, October 2, 2017

Hello Friends and Family, 
Let's just say this was a crazy week.  What I said in last week's letter about me and Elder McAllister being together for six more weeks is completely NOT true... I'll walk a little through the week. On Tuesday, we had interviews and so we spent the whole day in Iloilo, unfortunately not much work got done. Tuesday night we got a call telling us that Elder McAllister would be transferring and that I would be training. Let's just say Elder McAllister and myself were super bummed. I felt bad for him, but he is alright. Wednesday he said goodbye to everyone...I was a tiny bit jealous of him because "E" has these super nice pillows that she made and she gave one to him.   After saying goodbyes, we spent the rest of the day packing. Later that evening he and I said goodbye and I slept in Iloilo for the Trainers and Trainees meeting.  

Okay... and the big news is my new trainee is Elder Norris, my first KANO trainee. He is from Mississippi, but has been living in Germany for the past 3 years. He is  tight and I'm happy to be with him. I really miss Elder McAllister but I think both of us will grow more being in our new companionship's. We got back to our area Thursday night and we got to work on Friday. I feel kind of bad for Elder Norris because I have been working with him really hard. He was happy for some sleep today.  

This week has been great to though. Our investigators are great and are doing better than ever. 'E' is so great and we have been able to teach 'j' again.   "M". "J" and "L", their daughter came to church on Sunday and they really liked it! All of our investigators are so great. This work is the best!

My favorite story this week was from "E". We went to "E"s house on Friday, and she was telling me that her 9 year old daughter, "D" (who has cerebral palsy) asked "is Elder McAllister coming back?" "E" said, "No.", thinking she was missing Elder McAllister. Then "D"said, "but my pillow!"  SO FUNNY! I was laughing really hard! 

I love this place!  I miss  Elder McAllister, but I love Elder Norris, and Passi is on fire. Have a great week!
Halong kamo
Love, 
Elder Andersen


Elder McAllister's last visit with Elsie

Dirty sleeve after only 3 hours of work...no idea how that happened

Dirty Sleeve..weird!

Elder McAllister's Last Day...saying goodbye to "E"

Elder McAllister's Last Day



Training Meeting

New Companion, Elder Norris

Elder Norris

When you ride on a trike with "E", and don't fit!

Our Area

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

TOGETHER FOR SIX MORE

Week 67
Monday, September 25, 2017

Hello Friends and Family,
I hope you all had a great week.  We are killing it here in Passi!

So this week was another wonderful week. Elder McAllister and I are doing so well here in this area. There's not a ton of new stuff that happened this week, because everything happening with our investigators is still the same. They're almost all progressing and they are doing so well. This biggest news of the week is that neither of us will be transferring this week!!!   Elder McAllister and I will be together for another 6 weeks!!!

Yesterday at church was such a good day! We didn't have a ton of investigators, but we had a ton of less active members come to church. It was so amazing that after church, the Bishop came up to us and gratefully thanked us for our work here in Passi. He is so happy with how hard we have been working and he can really see how much we care for this area and how much we're helping it. 


That is really all I have for this week, sorry there's not too much to report on, but the work here is great...all of our investigators are doing so well, and I love it here!

Plangga takamo

Love, 
Elder Andersen







Monday, September 18, 2017

FORGETTING ENGLISH

Week 66
Monday, September 18, 2017



Hello Fam and Friends, 
I hope you all have had a great week, We are absolutely killing it here in Passi. 

This week has been absolutely great, I have a funny story from this week

So we were "OYM"ing (Open Your Mouth) the people who live in our sub-division. We came across this one lady who was super dope. We were talking to her and it turned out that she didn't know Ilonggo, but she knew English. Greek, and Tagalog. I thought it was so cool that she knew Greek...I explained that one of my best friends growing up was Greek.  I told her a word that his dad used to call me, and she busted up laughing...UMMM...THANKS A LOT, LARRY!   We taught her in English...this was only the second time I had taught a lesson in English in the last almost year and a half. Let's just say it was extremely hard and I felt really dumb. I forgot words, I was speaking English, Tagalog, and Basta... it was a mess!  It's gonna be rough when I go home!

Other than that, We had a very solid week. "M" was baptized along with two other people from Calinog.  We had a District Baptism. It was a great experience, "E" came and she loved it. She even made food for the baptism... she is so dope.  "E" is still progressing well and this week we finally were able to teach her husband! The lesson was good and we're going try to teach him some more this week.  This week we also had a lot of success with less active members. We were able to have three less active members at church who haven't been to church in a long time. One of those being "C", "K", and "M"'s mom. It was amazing, and she was so happy to be there.  She also gave us another referral, her son. They have a huge family...she is the mother of 12!!!   AND we are determined to get all them to church. The work here in Passi is so unreal, I can't even explain it. We have so many lessons every day, we rarely have time to find new investigators. 

I love this work so much. I truly KNOW that this church is true.   It has changed my life and I am seeing it change the lives of others right now. I hope you all have a great week!

Plangga ta kamo 

Love,
Elder Andersen 


Baptism of Mark

District Baptism

District Baptism
The amazing baptismal font...???
Kryzyll
Snail...I ate it.

Chicken Adobo

Banana que

Chicken Curry