Monday, August 14, 2017

TRANSFERS

Hello Friends and Family,
I hope you all had a good week!

The biggest news of the week is that I will be transferring tomorrow!!! Wow time went by fast here is the city of Jaro.  I will be going to Passi which is actually pretty close! The thing I'm most excited for is my new companion will be Elder McCallister.  Elder McCallister and I are actually pretty tight. He's from Australia.  We were together in Guimaras, and we transferred to North Zone together.  So I'm still in north zone, just a different area. I'm going back to what is called a boukid area, which means, not  a city. I guess I'll be doing a lot of walking, which means that I'll probably lose weight again.  

This week was good though. The area is progressing really right now. Our investigators are so dope and there are going to be a lot of baptisms here really soon.  This makes me sad to leave, but it'll be alright.   I'm excited for a dope FHE (Family Home Evening) tonight.  We hung out as a District for the last time today, and now I'm getting ready to transfer. 

Have a great week, Plangga ko kamo

Love, 
Elder Andersen 


District Activity

District

District Activity

Sister "N"

Sister "F"

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

THE GIFT OF THE BOOK OF MORMON

Week 60
August 7, 2017

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

This week was sooooo great and a lot of fun. This past Monday night we got a call from our Bishop saying that there was a graduation at the church and we needed 60 Books of Mormon to give out to the graduates as a part of their graduation.  The church in Jaro is used for a drug rehabilitation program. So, we made some calls and on Tuesday we had the whole District there and we gave out 107 Books of Mormon. It was a lot of fun and a great finding opportunity.  That night Elder Steiner and I went on exchanges. It was a lo of fun and we worked hard too. The rest of the week was a pretty normal week. 

The Investigators:

This week we contacted a former investigator, her name is "N". She's dope. We decided to test something out...we went and taught her every day... and she came to church!   it was so amazing.  She is so happy and looking forward to her baptism on September 9th.  

We actually moved "A's" baptism to August 26th. We decided to move it because there is a stake baptism on the 26th and about 50 or 60 people will be baptized.  We would really like as many people at the baptism as possible. 

"R" Sr. is doing great and he is going to be interviewed pretty soon. He is also really looking forward to his baptism!  We also had two long term investigators come to church this week too! They loved church and had originally planned to stay for just one hour, but stayed for the whole time!! They are now really considering baptism!  

This week was honestly so great!  We worked hard and we had so much fun.  Another great thing that happened was with our investigators, the Fuertes family. Sister Kay is the lady who made us all that food a few weeks ago. . They took us out to dinner... it was amazing!  They are soooo nice...I love them so much!

This morning was also great!!  We had a district activity and played Avalon for awhile and then we went bowling.  It was a lot of fun!

Well that is about all I have this week, I love you all.
Plangga taka
Elder Andersen



Dinner with the "F" Family

District

Our Investigator "RM"


Dinner with the "F" Family


District Activity

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WORKING HARD

Week 59
Monday, July 31, 2017

Hello Friends and Family,
How are you all doing? This week was great!

So, the big news this week is that Tay "A" will be baptized on Saturday!!! He passed his interview and is super excited for his baptism! 

This week nothing too crazy happened… except for rain... 2 hurricanes hit the Pinas this week.  It wasn’t strong here, but it was in Luzon. The rain here however, was still crazy!  It rained so hard. One day we walked outside to work and it was sunny and hot, ten minutes later were caught in a torrential downpour haha.  It has been fun though, just another fun part of the Philippines!!!

This week has been great.  We have been finding a lot.  We found some really good investigators, and they are from Dumangas!!!!! Sooo cool! They are the "M" family.  We have only been able to teach them once, but they are cool and they live super close to some members which is such a great thing. 

Some more exciting news is that "R" Sr. is now officially preparing for his baptism.  He solved his Word of Wisdom problems, and he is going to church every Sunday. He is so awesome and he is such a great person. This gospel has changed his life so much! 

Today’s Preparation Day was also very fun. This morning we had a zone activity. It was great seeing friends and playing some games. I really enjoyed being around all the other missionaries. We played sports and some other games. Afterwards, our district played this game called “Avalon.” It is soooo fun.  It’s kind of like like a game called warewolf.  A member here in Iloilo makes the game...I will be excited to play and introduce it to all of you when I get home!!  

I'm sorry this email is short, but that's about all I have for this week.
Halong kamo
Love,
Elder Andersen


Riding on the back of a jeepney.

Zone Activity

Zone Activity


Zone Activity

Zone Activity






Tuesday, July 25, 2017

DISTRICT SERVICE PROJECT

Week 58
Monday, July 24, 2017

Hello Friends and Family, 

I hope you all had a great week.

This week was a little bit of a different week, but it was awesome. On Tuesday,  we had a Zone Meeting with President Cruz. It was amazing... he taught about the Atonement and about some deeper doctrine which was really cool to learn. Then on Friday, we had a meeting with Elder Collins, the Philippines Area Medical Advisor. He shared medical information and also medical precautions we should be taking for things such as Dengue, etc.  It was very interesting and so helpful to learn all the information he taught us. 

Other than the meetings that took place, the work was good this week.  We are really working right now in our area to become closer to members. We have been feeling that the work here in our area could be so much effective with the help of the members, so we have been visiting a lot of members. One cool thing we did this week was a District Service Project for Sister "F".  It was so fun. We all worked hard and cleaned up her yard.   Afterwards, she made and bought all of us some absolutely fantastic food.   I love her so much, and now she is beginning to help us with the work!  

Our Investigators:
Our investigators are doing alright. We are struggling to get them to church, but our best investigator right now is "R" Sr. He is the father of "R" Jr. (the baptism that happened here my first day here.) He is so awesome, His life has really changed because of this gospel.  We're still working with him on a few things, but he will be baptized in the near future.  "L"   is still doing great, there are some things we are just working through with her, but we're getting there.  

That's really all I have this week.  The work here in Jaro is great and I love you all!

Plangga taka 

Love, 
Elder Andersen

The District...minus 2


The Boys

CSP (Community Service Project)

CSP (Community Service Project)

CSP (Community Service Project)

The Best Sign!

The "V" Family, Bishop, and Bro 



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