Monday, September 18, 2017


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 

Elder Andersen 

Baptism of Mark

District Baptism

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

Chicken Adobo

Banana que

Chicken Curry

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Week 65
Monday, September 11, 2017

Hello Friends and Family, 
I hope you all had a great week, because I sure did!

The big news of the week was our Mission Tour which was honestly one of the best days of my life.  We went down to La Paz... part of my last district.  When we got there, I saw a bunch of my so much fun.  Then, we had our Mission Tour.   Sister Cruz, President Cruz, Sister Schumutz, and Elder Schmutz all spoke, it was amazing.  My favorite was Elder Schmutz, he trained us for about four or five hours. My favorite part  of his training was how well he understands the unreal. So many new things opened up in my mind. His stories from his mission were also great. I loved it. 

The second biggest highlight of the week was yesterday.  Yesterday was our Stake Conference,  I was able to see all my members from Dumangas and was so unreal. It was so much fun to see all of them and to find out how well they are all doing. I really can't wait to go back there after the mission and see these people again that I have grown to love so much.  Let's just say it was absolutely amazing. The choir at the Iloilo Stake was also so amazing.   I give them my props, at one point I felt like I was listening to MOTAB.  I'd have to say that this week was lit.
The work here in Passi is also great, it is really progressing.  The big news of the week is that we really started focusing our work in a different place.  We have been working in this place called JML.  "E" lives in JML, and so do "C" and "K" . The work there is amazing.  We have a ton of progressing investigators and they are all looking super great.  "E" is still our most progressing investigator though. We will also be having a baptism this Saturday. The baptism we will be having is for "M"...he's the younger brother of "C"and "K". MAN, I LOVE BAPTISMS!

Have a great week!
Plangga ta kamo
Elder Andersen 

Jeepney ride yesterday


Monday, September 4, 2017


Week 64
Monday, September 4, 2017

What is up Friends and Family? I hope you all had a great week this week.

So this week was another great week...maybe not quite as good as last week, but still good...and we learned a lot this week!

The biggest highlight of the week is how much "E" is progressing.  I have never had an investigator like her...she reads all her assignments, she understands everything, and she explains what we are teaching her better than we can explain it...haha. She is so great!  We have been really trying to teach her husband, but he hasn't seemed too interested. However, when we taught "E" the Plan of Salvation this week and about the Celestial Kingdom, she said,
"Wait...we can't be an eternal family unless he is baptized too?"  Now, she has really been trying to get her husband to listen to us too.  She has also started having family prayer every night.  She is so great!
Our other investigators are doing pretty well, too.   We have still been super busy every night starting at about 4 o'clock, we have been completely booked with appointments.  It is insane, but so awesome... I love it so much! 

This week had the fun opportunity to do a CSP (community service project) with a bunch of our investigators.  We basically just went to their work and helped. It was fun, we did my favorite thing ever... weeding... NOT!  I really enjoyed being able to help out and do service though.  The weeding made me not miss home... in a way... haha.  It was fun talking to our investigators co-workers.  They were so impressed that we knew Ilonggo. It is pretty funny how impressed people are when they find out we can speak their language... haha.  

This Week:
This week is gonna be a lot of fun too! On Thursday, we have our mission tour.  Elder Schmutz will be coming and doing a training for us. I am super excited and can't'll be an amazing experience, I'm sure!   Then, Sunday is our Stake Conference. It will be so good to see all the members from Dumangas, and Jaro. I am looking forward to that too! 

That is about all I have for this week, I love you all so much. 
Halong kamo pierme 
Elder Andersen

Crazy Things on trikes #1- When speedometers don't work (99% of the time here in the Philippines)...Just throw a cross on it and it's basically the same thing, right?

Crazy thing on trikes #2- A guy carrying his sleeping toddler while driving...super safe!

Crazy thing on trikes #3- Dude sleeping on a trike



Passi- Doing a community service project

Passi- Doing a community service project
Community service project

Community service project

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Week 63
Monday, August 28, 2017

Hello Friends and Family, 
I hope you all has a great week, This week was absolutely dope!

So the highlight of this week was the stake baptism, There were 35 people baptized.  It was such an incredible experience and one I'll never forget.  I was also able to see members from Jaro and Dumangas (two of my previous areas). It was a great reunion and so much fun! 

So this week was probably the busiest week of my mission.   I have never been so tired in my life, but it was so amazing. Every day Elder McAllister and I have been teaching like 8ish lessons, We have sooo many instigators who all seem to be progressing and who want to hear more.  Let me tell you about a few of them: First is "J". We teach her every day, she knows our message is true and she wants to be baptized. Next is "E"... I had  one of the best lessons in my life with her last night that resulted in her knowing our message is true, both of us crying, and her wanting to baptized. I love her so much.  She is so great!   We have so many more investigators...these are just a couple of them.  Missionary work is great!

Passi is so lit. I love this place so much, and I love Elder McAllister so much too. The work has been so good with us as companions. I have learned so much and we are just killing it here #Kozzy style. (Kano/Ozzy) This week we worked so night we came home and  I was SO tired that I was like... "Elder I, I, I, I, I, need to go to bed."  it was so bad!  I was so tired i couldn't even talk. haha   The work here is so amazing and I couldn't be happier!  I  love Passi, I love my life, and Plangga ta kamo.

Halong kamo pierme,
Elder Andersen

Stake Baptism

Stake Baptism

Riding the Carabaw

Jeep ride to the Stake Baptism


Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Week 62
Monday, August 21, 2017

What is up friends and Fam?
I have to say this week was probably the best week of my mission.  

Last Tuesday I was transferred.  I am now in was about an hour and a half ceres or bus ride to get here.   When I arrived in Passi, I met up with my mate, Elder McAllister. We then headed home, dropped off my bags and headed to Mang Inasal.  Mang Inasal is a delicious restaurant here... I'll send pics.  After we ate, we bought a few things, I unpacked and we got to work. We will be having two baptisms on Saturday... part of the Stake Baptism.  It's going to be amazing, and a lot of fun.

So. let's just say this week we worked SO in we killed it!  We really have been killing it here,  we have been teaching  8-10 lessons every day, and we have really found a groove. We teach all of our progressing investigators every day, and this week we had some of our new investigators come to church. We have been so happy together, and are just loving life...getting ready to baptize everyone we see!  haha.  

This area is way dope too! It's like city and boukid, or not city. We have some really nice chain restaurants, and we have areas where it's much more rural.  It's so cool. There is also a ward here, which is always nice. 

The house is also really great too.  We are anxious to get back to it today since we will have time to really clean it...we want to make sure there's nothing holding us back from the work. 

Let's just say life is the best right now, and I couldn't be happier!

Plangga ta kamo, have a great week!

Elder Andersen

Arrived in Passi- Elder McAllister

Mang Inasal

Mang Inasal

American Breakfast

Before I left Jaro...with Elder Geocardin

Before my transfer with Elder Geocardin and Sister "F"

Monday, August 14, 2017


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

Elder Andersen 

District Activity


District Activity

Sister "N"

Sister "F"

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


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


Our Investigator "RM"

Dinner with the "F" Family

District Activity