Monday, April 10, 2017


Week 43
Monday, April 11, 2016

Hello Friends and Family, 

This has been a great week!  My letter is not going to be super long, but there are some things I really want to share with you all.

This week was indeed my last week in Pandan.  Before I get to where I'm transferring...some cool things happened to me this week, preparing me for my transfer. This week I finished Alma in the book of Mormon.  One of my favorite stories in the Book of Mormon is about the 2000 Stripling Warriors.  I have always admired them for their faith, and all around coolness, but this week was the first time I really realized how amazing their leader, Helaman was.  I love how he referred to the 2000 young boys as his literal sons, not just boys or warriors, but HIS sons.  I truly admire the way he lead.  On Saturday morning I received a call from President Cruz... he told me that I have been called as a Zone Leader in the Guimaras Zone.  I am so thankful for this calling, and I hope I can emulate just a little of how Helaman lead.  Further to help me was General Conference. (We watch it a week after the actual broadcast in the Philippines.)  It was amazing to hear from our Prophet, and Apostles.  My favorite talk was by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.  He talked about leadership and what a good leader does and how he leads.   Finally, the thing that topped everything off was a call from Elder Cobabe giving me advice.  All of these things that were given to me was just a little sign that God loves me.  I know he is involved in this work and I have truly come to know Him and his Son, Jesus Christ while serving my mission.  

A little about Guimaras... Guimaras is a little island off of Panay, and It is notorious for "the best mangos in the world."  I am transferring here right in the middle of mango season, and their festival is in a few weeks, where there is all you can eat mangoes for 50-100 pesos (1-2 dollars.)  SWEET!  

My last week in Pandan has been great and today topped it off.  We went to some waterfalls...they were really cool. I was also thrown a little farewell party, with lots of food people made and a member even bought a cake.  Later tonight, we have a FHE with other members, with a bonfire, pizza, and Chicken Curry.  

I am so thankful for the Pandan area and so extremely thankful for all the blessings I have in my life.  Have a great week, love you all.

Elder Andersen

Elder Crichton...He goes home today.

Pandan Sunsets

The Waterfalls

My going away cake

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