Tuesday, July 18, 2017

LIVIN' IT UP IN JARO

Week 57
Monday, July 17, 2017
Hello friends and family,
I hope you all had a great week.  We are just living it up here in Jaro!

This week was a lot of fun.  The craziest thing that happened to us this week was when we got a delivery of a bunch of our supplies (closets,brooms, mop, etc.).  We came home one night after work and Elder Geocadin needed to use the restroom. I was just waiting for him at my desk so we could close our day.  We closed our day and then we knelt to pray.  While we were praying, sweat was dripping down my face and into my eyes.  My eyes sort of opened for a second while I was wiping away the sweat...and i actually did a "double-take" because right in front of my eyes was a whole bunch of stuff. I think my jaw dropped in amazement.  After Elder Geocadin finished the prayer, I just pointed at all the stuff.  He was like...WHOA...The Lord has provided for us!  haha!  It was just crazy that we didn't notice it all when we got home.  It was great,  and now we are living good..no more living out of suitcases.  We really have eveything we need except for a refrigerator.  Ours is broken and we are waiting for a new one.

This week has been great though. We have one investigator, "A", who will be baptized in a 2 weeks. He is sooooo cool,.  We can only teach him on Sundays because he stays at his work during the work week. He is so awesome, and so ready to be baptized. 

We also have another great investigator named "G". She is also great. She is a real seeker... she has been baptized is so many different churches because she has constantly been searching to find the truth.  We have been having great lessons with her, and she is liking what we have to say. We finally found out her concern, which is great and we're just trying to help her see how this is the truth.  One great thing about her is every time we teach her,  one of her neighbors sits in on the lesson. This week we had a funny experience with one of her neighbors, "R" While we were teaching, there were people that were constantly going in and out of the house.  "R" said, "He's Satan because he keeps interrupting us." When a boy came back through the house, a little kid we were teaching said,  "Oh,  it's Satan!" hahahah It was soooo funny I about lost it, laughing. 

Another funny thing happened while we were walking to "G's" house. There were group of guys that were drinking,  and they were all talking about how tall I was. Finally when I passed by, one guy jumped up and asked me how tall I was?  I told him that I was 6'4", and he turned  around to his friends and was like "you see!"  I watched these guys give him a bunch of money because they were actually betting on my height...haha!  Also Sister "L" has been  doing great, we are just struggling to get her to church, but we are working it out... haha.  This week has been great.  I love this place and I love this missionary work!

I hope you all have a great week, 
Plangga taka

Love,
 Elder Andersen

Our Area

Rain Storm

Rain Storm

The Comp...Elder Geocadin

Our new apartment and our new closets

New Apartment

New Apartment
New Apartment

New Apartment


Monday, July 10, 2017

LIVING OUT OF SUITCASES!

Week 56
Monday, July 10, 2017

Hello Friends and Family,

First of all, I would like to wish my Grandpa a very Happy Birthday!   I love that man so much and I have so many memorable stories with him... "DOUGLAS!!!"

This week there really wasn't anything crazy thing that happened.  The biggest thing that happened this week however, was that we moved! The new house is sooooo nice and so much more accessible.  We just don't have any closets yet and our  refrigerator is broken.  So, we are living out of our suitcases, and we have to eat out every meal... haha not too bad.  


This week was really good. Our most progressing investigator is a lady named "L".  I may have talked about her last week. We have been visiting her a lot and she is sooo great!   Every time we visit her, we talk for a little bit, and when we ask if we can share.   She's like... "YEAH... That's what I've been waiting for!"  She is so great. She really enjoys reading the Book of Mormon because she gets to know Jesus Christ through it. We are so happy that we found her.  She she lives very close to some members in the Ward, so we have some great fellow-shippers lined up! We have also been "finding" a lot, because our pool is a little small.  It's been a little slow, but it's coming along.  One other crazy thing that happened this week was that we got our electric bill.  Before I got here to  Jaro, they hadn't received an electric bill for three months.  Finally... on Wednesday, we got the bill...it was almost 14,000 pesos. Almost 150 dollars.  We couldn't believe it...we had to spend part of our week going back and forth from our place to the electric place.  It was a super big hassle, but we got the issue solved.  They had made a mistake and the bill was only 2000 pesos...so much cheaper!

That's about all I have for this week. The work here is great, and I'm soooo glad to be here in Jaro! 

Halong kamo pierme, plangga taka
Love,
Elder Andersen 

Other questions answered from our personal letters:

Q:  Did you feel the earthquake that happened this week in the Philippines?  Did it impact you at all?
A: No earthquake felt here at all!


Q:  What is your new companion's native language?
A:  My companion's native language is Ilonggo, so I have been learning deep Ilonggo.  I have learned some funny words.  


Elder Madrid.  Actually now, it's...Brother Madrid.  We are friends from the mission.

Baptism from the Jaro 2nd Ward.  Elder Geocadin baptized them.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

GOOD WEEK

Week 55
Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hello Friends and Family,

This week was great! All start off the usual way...

This Week's Crazy Story:

On Saturday, we were tracting all morning.  After about two hours of just getting straight denied, one of the craziest things happened to us.  We were talking to this lady, and she asked us if we wanted some water.  We told her that would be nice, and she brought us into her house. (Her cousin came into the house with us.)  She started making us juice, and then brought it out to us along with some crackers. (A typical thing to do here.) We talked a little bit, and drank all the juice. When she saw that our juice was gone, she went and made us some more and also got us some bread to eat. A little bit later while we were talking to her cousin, she was making us hot dogs, eggs and another pitcher of juice.  We were in this lady's house for awhile, and then she offered to make us rice and fries and a whole bunch of other stuff,  We told her thank you, but that we were full...haha   She was one of the nicest people I've ever met!  

So, her cousin is literally crazy... haha.  His name is "D.A.".  Apparently he knows EVERYTHING.  He told us he was paid to go to Harvard.  (He's been to America one time and really isn't smart...he's "clever".  While we were talking, he was waiting for Donald Trump to call him.  It was a good time talking to him, and the lady who gave us all the food is actually interested in our message!

The week: 
This week was a lot of fun, the people here are soooo nice.  We get fed almost every night, it's awesome...but it means I'm gonna get fat.  We have had a lot of good teaching experiences this week too! We found this one lady, "L", she is dope, we've taught her her twice and she loves our message, she tells us to come by any time. She has had some family problems in the past, so we'll be able to help her with her problems.  We have also had a lot of success teaching and getting part member families interested in the gospel. l.  Some members have been helping us too.  Yesterday at church we received a few referrals and had two members bring their friends to church.   Yesterday was a fairly successful day at church... we had 5 investigators that came.  The work is good and this area is really starting to progress! 

That's really all that I have for this week, I love all you so much and I hope you all have  a great week!
Plangga taka

Elder Andersen





Monday, June 19, 2017

ONE YEAR, BABY!

Week 53
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hello Friends and Family, 

First of all, I would like to say happy Father's Day to the best Dad ever!!! My Dad is sooo awesome... I love him soooo much!  I can honestly say that I haven't appreciated him enough in my life.  Dad, I love you and thank you for all you do and have done for me!

This week I'd like to say a little bit about my mission because this past Thursday, I hit my one year mark.  A year ago Thursday, I said goodbye to my family, friends, golf, music, and everything I knew and loved and headed into the Provo, Missionary Training Center.  When I arrived at the MTC, I received a bunch of books that said "Hiligaynon" on them.  I put my ridiculously giant suitcases in my room, then headed to my classroom where my teachers greeted me and didn't speak any English at all...it was so hard.  Fast forward six short weeks to when I arrived in the Philippines, broke the first chair that I sat on...and still had absolutely no clue what was going on.  Now, fast forward one year...here I am today.  I am in the best place in the world. I love the people more than anything, and I feel at home.  I can speak several different languages, and I actually eat something other than pizza and pasta.  This mission has changed my life... it really has. The biggest thing I have learned on my mission is that I can honestly say that I know Jesus Christ.  I know He lives, and I know He suffered for all my sins.  I have learned that He gives revelation to his prophets, and because He doesn't change, He has called prophets for our day.  I have seen soooo many lives change because of this gospel and because of this church.  The work I have done as a missionary in the past year is the best work ever.  I love being a missionary, I love being close to my Savior, and I especially love the Philippines and the people here.  I would just like to finish this letter off with my testimony in Ilonggo 

Kabalo ako nga matoud ang simbahan nga ini. Kabalo aklo nga si Joseph Smith matoud nga propeta kag subong may ara kita ang buhi nga propeta si Thomnas S. Monson, Kabalo ako nga paggi sa ebanhelo ni Jesus Critso pwede kita mangin malipayon, kag pwede kita magupod sa pamila naton hasta wala katupusan. Kabalo ko kig nga buhi si Jesus Cristo kag nagahatag sia mga bugay sa aton adlaw adlaw. 

Plangga ko kamo 
Halong kamo

Love,
Elder Andersen




A FEW QUESTIONS ANSWERED FROM OUR PERSONAL LETTERS:

Q:  How did the ties turn out and how did your zone like the matching ties?

A:  "The ties are awesome.  Everyone loved them.  During our Zone Conference, Sister Cruz (Mission President's Wife) said, "If you're not in the Guimaras Zone, you don't have a guapo tie."

Q:  Do you think Elder Santos will be transferred this next transfer?  (Elder Santos is Logan's companion.)

A:  "Yes, Elder Santos and I only have about two more weeks together.  It's gonna be sad to see him go.  He has been great and we have been the most unified companionship ever.  Elder Steiner will probably transfer too."


One year shirt burning!  

One year baby!


Multi Zone Conference

Multi-Zone conference

Guimaras Zone- matching mango ties






Saturday, June 17, 2017

"I LOVE THIS WORK!"

Week 52
Sunday, June 11, 2017


Hello Friends and Family,
I hope you all had great week. Imma just dive into the happenings from this past week.

So, this week we had a super cool experience.  Last Monday, we came home and we got talking to a member who lives right next to us...his name is Willie.  Willie is like thirty now and he served in the Davao, Philippines Mission.  He was an extremely good missionary and baptized over 150 people.  He was also Assistant to the President for seven months.  Let's just say he knows what he's doing when it comes to missionary work.  Whenever we have a chance to chat with him, we take the opportunity.  One thing that's been on my mind is how we can find more investigators and teach more lessons.  He told us about the technique he used on his mission, and WOW!... it is amazing!  So, pretty much what we do, is we sneak into our lessons, kinda hard to explain, but it s amazing. (We open our mouths and get the conversation going and then talk about their interests, and eventually we are able to talk about the church.)  We tried it on Tuesday, the next day, and we taught like nine lessons and had seven new investigators...so amazing!   So, that's what we have been doing, and now we are just sifting through the people that are the most interested.  On Friday, we had a surprise visit from Elder Cobabe. He came to check our apartment, it passed! He told us that we, Elder Santos and I would be giving a training on Thursday at our combined Zone Conference.  Elder Santos and I turned to each other and we were like... OH YEAH..., so. we'll be sharing what Brother Willie taught us.  It's going to be... lit!  

That's really about all have for this week, finding finding and finding, I love it.  I hope you all have a great week, I love this work!
Halong kamo pierme
Paghidaet sa gwa! 
Love,
Elder Andersen







Dabbing with Sister Cruz (Mission President's Wife)

Mango Ties we had made for our Zone for Zone Conference


More dabbing with Elder Santos and Sister Cruz