Monday, April 16, 2018

HUMBLING EXPERIENCE


Week 96
Monday, April 16, 2018

Hello Friends and Family, 
This week was a lot of fun!

So, this week was honestly a little  bit more of a relaxing week. We had a cool experience happen during the first few days of the week. So in the world right now there are a lot less missionaries going on missions, and because of that we are receiving less missionaries in Iloilo, and because of that we have had to close some areas.  This leaves us with extra refrigerators, and just everything in a house.  We have a  surplus of things we don't need anymore.  President Cruz had a great idea that we open up our own little DI store and sell all these things to the poor for dirt cheap.  So with the Stake President here in Iloilo a few families were selected... It was a really cool opportunity because we were able to help give all this stuff away. It was so cool to see how happy these people were and how much they really appreciated what we did. It was a super humbling experience and I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of it.  

For the rest of the week, we were able to work with some Elders which was also a lot of fun. It love working with all the elders in this mission. 

Today we had or MLC (Missionary Leadership Conference). All of us Assistants focused on power and authority for our training's, and the missionaries loved it. That is one of my favorite topics, and I'm glad we were able to share what I have leaned about the power and authority God gives to us. 

Thats really about it for this week.   I'm kind of short on time but I love ya all and I hope you all have a great week!
Plangga ta kamo
Elder Andersen



The Assistants at Yaki Mix...The best buffet ever!


Monday, April 9, 2018

GENERAL CONFERENCE


Week 95
Monday, April 9, 2018

Hello Friends and Family, 
I hope you all had a great week.  This week sure was a lot of fun, ended off by the best General Conference!

This week we started off by working in Jaro 1st (my 5th area).  Man... it was so much fun and the work there is so amazing. The elders there are working so hard and they are seeing the fruits of their labors.  It was also fun to see some members, and recent converts. 

We also went to Passi this week...that was soooo much fun. It was amazing to see some of my best friends from my mission, and work with my trainee, Elder Norris.  It was great to see all my recent converts, and former investigators. I really miss that place.  Our night was ended with Nay Marites making my favorite dish, Bicol Express. I miss that so much!  It is SO GOOD! 

The next day, we went to a District Meeting in Passi, did some apartment checks, and then headed home. Friday we spent the day working in Jordan Guimaras. That was also a lot of fun.

Although the week was so amazing, the highlight of the week for me was General Conference. I would just like to testify that I know Russell M. Nelson is a living Prophet of God. He is the mouth of God in our days, and I know with the revelations he received, is what the Lord want.  I know all the Apostles and General Authorities are also called of God. Some of my favorite talks were by Jeffery Holland, Neil L. Andersen, Devin G. Durrant, M. Russell Ballard, and Taniela B. Wakolo.  But, I think my very favorite talk was by Larry Y. Wilson. Honestly though, all the talks were great.  I loved hearing from President Nelson too! It was amazing to receive inspiration and love from the leaders of this church. I love General Conference. I have said my whole mission once the April 2018 conference comes around, I’ll be close to coming home, it has come and past, and I am now under 2 months.

This week was great I had a lot of fun and I loved General Conference, I love being a missionary and serving my Savior. I’m so thankful he gave me the opportunity to serve a mission.   Elder Steiner and I just had a really spiritual talk for about two hours this week while driving about how much the Lord does for us missionaries. He really changes us, and we have both seen how much we have changed and grown in the last two years. His plan is perfect, I know it!

Pics: none sorry I forgot 

Have a great week!
Plangga ta kamo tanan
Love, 
Elder Andersen

Monday, April 2, 2018

YOUTH CONFERENCE


Week 94
Monday, April 2, 2018

Hello Friends and Family, 
This week was dope...

This week started off by us taking a trip for a Zone Conference to San Jose, Antique.  It was a lot of fun...the Zone Conference was great and went really well!!!  An awesome part of the trip was we were invited to come teach the youth at a youth conference. It was amazing and a lot of fun. It was great to see so many people from Pandan, especially my recent convert Leandro! It was a lot of fun spending time with them and teaching them missionary skills. I really enjoy being around youth!!! After we were done in Pandan, we then went to Guimaras and worked with the missionaries there...it was also a lot of fun.   Guimaras is such a great place.  We had a meeting there with the District President and one of his counselors, the meeting was great and went really well.  After that, we came back and went to church.  We watch General Conference next week.  I really can’t wait!  We did get to watch the Solemn Assembly yesterday.  It was such an amazing, spiritual experience  We did learn about a lot of the announcements... wow!  There are sure a lot of big things happening in the church! 

Today we had a really cool opportunity to go to the new Marriott Hotel in Iloilo and deliver 400 copies of the Book of Mormon.  We had a meeting with the General Managers, it was us Assistants, and President and Sister Cruz.  We had the opportunity to tell them about the Book of Mormon and testify about it. It was a really cool, sweet experience for me, and it was a lot of fun.

Well that’s about all I have for this week.  The work here is great, and the mission is soaring into new places! I hope you all have a great week

Plangga ta kamo
#9weeksnalang
Love,
Elder Andersen

pics: Youth Conference 



Youth Conference

Youth Conference

Youth Conference


Youth Conference

Monday, March 26, 2018

FORE!!!

Week 93
March 26, 2018

Hello Friends and Family, 
I hope you all had a great week.  This week was well… crazy hahah.   I have never driven so much. 

Tuesday, we started our travels and headed up to San Jose, the main city in Antique...around 2-3 hours from Iloilo.  We had two meetings there on Tuesday night.  After the meetings,  we got a phone call from President telling us that we needed to bring a missionary to Iloilo, from Bugasong. So the next morning, we woke up, had a meeting with the District President in San Jose, then went to Bugasong.  It was around a one hour drive from San Jose, north.  We picked up the missionary and then headed all the way back to Iloilo and took him to the hospital in Iloilo.  On Thursday, we drove back to San jose, had another meeting, then drove up to Tibiao...around 2 hours from San jose.  We  had a meeting there, then drove back 2 hours to San Jose, slept there, then woke up the next morning, and headed to Guimaras. The rest of the week was spent cleaning out an apartment that had been closed.  Sunday, we went to church in  Iloilo. 

THE highlight of this week, tho, was today, because for the fist time in nearly 2 years... I  PLAYED 18 HOLES OF GGGGGOOOOOOLLLLLLFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man it was lit! I actually hit the ball very very solid, didn’t score too well because I really struggled off the tee...the driver shaft was not stiff enough.  But it was so much fun!  I don’t really want to say what I shot but let’s say, I was soooo happy with how well I hit my irons.

This week was a lot of fun.  We drove a lot and I played golf!!!  The course we played was the oldest course in all of Asia, so that’s pretty cool!  The work here is great. I love being a missionary and it’s crazy I go home in only 10 short weeks!

Plangga ta kamo tanan
Love, 
Elder Andersen



Philippines Sunset

Philippines Sunset

Golf

Golf


Monday, March 19, 2018

MIXED EMOTIONS


Week 92
March 19, 2018

Hello Friends and Family, 
I hope you all had a great week.  This week was for sure a lot of fun!!!

The highlight of this week was definitely "The Arrivals."  It was so amazing to see ten new missionaries enter this mission.  The best part is that I have an apo (grandchild) now.  His name is Elder McClure and he's dope. Elder Estrada is happy to be training!  This week was filled with a lot of mixed emotions...I had so many of my close friends going home, but I was also able to witness a lot of new missionaries coming in and seeing their new fresh faces and white shirts (mine aren’t not so white anymore.)  So yeah, it was a good week. The rest of this week was spent preparing for our travels for the rest of the transfer.

Another cool part of this week was  Stake Conference for the Iloilo Stake with Elder Bowen of the Seventy, who is the Area President of the Philippines.  It was amazing because most of the things he shared were about missionary work. It was sooo cool and amazing...President Cruz said, “My prayers have been answered.” It was a big help for our mission. It was amazing to talk to him. The General Authorities are literally the best and nicest people anyone can ever meet. It was amazing to feel the Spirit he brings with him. It was such a great experience. My favorite part of what he shared was how members can talk to others about the gospel. He said all it takes is asking anyone a four word question. “Are you a Mormon?” He talked about how he asks this to most everyone he comes in contact with.  After he asks that question, he tells them how they look like a Mormon and talks about all the things they have in common. It was really cool. I think it helped members a lot too! I am extremely thankful for him and for his service to our Savior.  

That’s all I have for last week.  This week should be fun.  We just scheduled a lot of appointments with stake leaders, and bishops, and branch presidents.  We will be going to Antique, Iloilo, and Guimaras this week.  It should be great.

I hope you all have a great week.  I love ya all, it is so crazy that my mission is now coming to an end. I honestly don’t want to go home...I have super mixed feelings.

Halong kamo, Plangga ta kamo
Elder Andersen

My family
My name is now on the departure board!!!

My Family

My Family

Elder Estrada meeting his Trainee, Elder McClure.

My name is now on the "Departure Board."