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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

RAIN AND FLOODS


Week 82
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
(P-Day is Wednesday this week because of a Missionary Leadership Conference on Monday and Tuesday.)

Hello Friends and Family, 

I hope you all have had a great week!  

This week was great, we had some success! Unfortunately, we've had a lot of Zone Leader responsibilities that have taken up a lot of time, but we've been working hard and had some good success. 

So,  this week it rained... a lot!  There have been tons of floods, really UNREAL!   We were able to do some service projects that ended up being really good!   I was able to go on exchanges with an elder...Elder Rifareal.  It was s lot of fun.  We were on Exchanges when all the floods happened..so the work was hard, but it was still so much fun. I also learned some great things from this Exchange, so it was great. I honestly love having a Filipino companion! I love the Filipino people so much! 

We also had a great opportunity this week of meeting with the Stake Presidency and Bishoprics in our Stake and Zone. It was great and we got some great advice from all of them. We are exited to implement their advice into our Zone!  Monday and yesterday were a lot of fun because of our MLC (Missionary Leadership Conference).  I learned a lot, but let's say I'm happy to be back in Kalibo. The travel to Iloilo is five hours each way. 

Sorry about the short email, we are out of time.  I love you and hope you all have a great week!

Love, 
Elder Andersen

The floods 

bishop and his family and the sisters 




Missionary Leadership Conference

MLC

MLC

MLC

MLC

With President and Sister Cruz

Me with a couple of my Batch Mates

The Floods

Elder Rifareal

The Bishop and his family






Monday, January 1, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Week 82
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
(P-Day is Wednesday this week because of a Missionary Leadership Conference on Monday and Tuesday.)

Hello Friends and Family, 

I hope you all have had a great week!  

This week was great, we had some success! Unfortunately, we've had a lot of Zone Leader responsibilities that have taken up a lot of time, but we've been working hard and had some good success. 

So,  this week it rained... a lot!  There have been tons of floods, really UNREAL!   We were able to do some service projects that ended up being really good!   I was able to go on exchanges with an elder...Elder Rifareal.  It was s lot of fun.  We were on Exchanges when all the floods happened..so the work was hard, but it was still so much fun. I also learned some great things from this Exchange, so it was great. I honestly love having a Filipino companion! I love the Filipino people so much! 

We also had a great opportunity this week of meeting with the Stake Presidency and Bishoprics in our Stake and Zone. It was great and we got some great advice from all of them. We are exited to implement their advice into our Zone!  Monday and yesterday were a lot of fun because of our MLC (Missionary Leadership Conference).  I learned a lot, but let's say I'm happy to be back in Kalibo. The travel to Iloilo is five hours each way. 

Sorry about the short email, we are out of time.  I love you and hope you all have a great week!

Love, 
Elder Andersen




Missionary Leadership Conference

MLC

MLC

MLC

MLC

With President and Sister Cruz


Me with a couple of my Batch Mate

The Floods

The Bishop and his family






Tuesday, December 26, 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Week 80
Monday, December 25, 2017

Magandang Pasko sa inyo lahat!
I hope you all have a great Christmas!
So, this will be a shorter email... the work here is great!  We spent a lot of time this week helping the Zone out by teaching them all the things that we learned at MLC (Missionary Leadership Conference). It was fun to spend some time with all the missionaries in the Kalibo Zone! 

The work here is great... I love serving my Savior, Jesus Christ.  I love him so much, and as I have served him for the last year and a half, I have really come to know him and I have found out that he is truly my Savior. Jesus Christ's birth was one of the most important things to ever happen on this earth.  His life was the only perfect life ever lived. My testimony of Jesus Christ is so big.  I know that over this last 18 months, Jesus Christ has changed me. One of my favorite quotes is "Christ changes people, and changed people can change the world." I love Jesus Christ and I know He lives and guides this church. I miss you all soooooo much, but honestly there's no place that I'd rather be than wearing Jesus' name on my chest every day, bringing back his lost sheep.

Merry Christmas to you all.  I love you all and hope you have a great week.
Love, 
Elder Andersen

Pics:my last night in Passi, the broken window in the ceres, and 18 month mark pants burning


Kalibo

Beautiful Aklan

Beautiful Aklan

18 Month Pants Burning

18 month Pants Burning

My last night in Passi- 

Last night in Passi

Broken Ceres Window

Floods After the Typhoon

Floods After the Typhoon

Floods After the Typhoon

Floods After theTyphoon

Jeepney Rides

My Apartment in Kalibo


My Apartment in Kalibo

My Apartment in  Kalibo

Christmas Lights in Kalibo

Christmas Lights in Kalibo

Christmas Lights in Kalibo

Christmas Lights in Kalibo

Christmas Lights in Kalibo

Celebrating Christmas

Christmas Skype with My Family

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

"TAGALOG IS HARD"

Week 79
Monday, December 18, 2017

Hello Friends and Family... Tagalog is hard... haha.

This week was lit.  I forgot how hard being a Zone Leader is...hahah!

On Tuesday, I headed up to Kalibo.  Let's just say... I miss Passi soo much, and I didn't really want to leave.  However, if there is any other area that I would want to be in, it would be Kalibo! 

Monday was also great.  On Monday, we had a gift exchange with the Sisters, and  Nay and "J".  It was a lot of fun, but it was kind of hard to enjoy because I was so sad, but it was good.

So, I got here on Tuesday night, it was about a four hour ride from Passi.  I met up with Elder Merrill, my new companion and a good friend from the mission...this next transfer will be great!   We headed home, then went right to a dinner appointment with some members. The members here are so great...we could literally eat  at the "G" family's house every night.  My plan of getting skinny is not going too well... haha. 

Wednesday, we woke up and headed to Iloilo for MLC (Misisonary Leadership Conference).  We were at the MLC on Wednesday and Thursday.  MLC was so great... it was so inspired and so amazing. 

Thursday night, we got on a ceres (bus) to head back to Kalibo.  The best part was that all the ceres' stop in Passi.  Nay and "J" and the missionaries met me in Passi, and I was able to see them all again.  Nay also made me some Bicol Express... I love that stuff!

As we were leaving Passi, some kids threw a rock at our ceres and shattered the window...that was an ordeal.  The whole window broke and eventually shattered.  We rode most of the ride without a window in the bus...it was miserable. 

We finally got to Kalibo at around 12am. On Friday, we spent the day doing Zone Leader stuff...just helping some missionaries out, and unpacking. 

Saturday and Sunday was hard because there was a typhoon here. Don't worry about the typhoon though, nothing too serious happened,  just flooding everywhere... haha.  

Kalibo is so lit... I love this place. The members are doing great and we have several really good investigators! I'm excited to get down to work here.

The language here is interesting. It is mostly Tagalog, with some of the language here, Aklanon, which is crazy. I pretty much understand everything...but it is a whole different world speaking it...haha.  I'm sure I'll have it down here in a few weeks though!


The work here is great, and I love being a missionary. I hope you all have a great week, and a very Merry Christmas! 
Love you all!


Love, 
Elder Andersen


Christmas Gift Exchange

Christmas Conference

Christmas Conference- With Elder Estrada and Norris


MLC with Sister Cruz