Monday, September 28, 2015

09-28-2015 Email from Elder Anderson (Thunder Bay, Canada)

Hello everyone. I can't believe that I have been out for two months now haha. This week wasn't too busy so..

Monday: We had mission conference and that was sooo good. I learned a lot from Elder Martino of the Seventy. He talked a lot about using members in the ward. I took a lot from that on how to get referrals and using them in our lessons. So I encourage all of you back home to be involved with the missionaries there.

Tuesday: We had Pday in Duluth. Duluth is sooo sick!! I love it so much. I hope I will eventually serve there. We went to the Mall for like 4 hours hahah I found some good deals on some shirts so that was cool. That night we ate at Buffalo Wild Wings. (My favorite place ever) I got the Big Jack Daddy Burger. It literally is the best burger. Even ask TNiel. Then after we ate there we drove like 4 hours and got home super late.. I hate driving haha, we do it so much.. But I was glad to be back at the house. We picked up the new Elder that is coming to Thunder Bay. Elder Long, he is Canadian and man is he proud. He tells us how crappy he thinks the US is and how amazing Canada is.. But I am not going to get into that haha. 

Wednesday: We went and did some service at this less actives house pulling some weeds and doing stuff in the yard. Then we got some bread and went to this lake where there is lots of Ducks and did some contacting there while we fed the ducks haha. Then on our bike ride home we saw a high school football game. So we decided to go and watch it for a minute. Man they are terrible haha. I feel bad for them.. Me and Elder Hawkes were just laughing the whole time.

Thursday:  Me and Elder Hawkes went to Shoppers Market and got some pictures printed out. Then we saw a guy named Matt. He is a super cool guy and really loves to talk. We weren't able to teach a lesson because he doesn't stop talking. But I believe that eventually he will listen and we will be able to teach him. He gave me a golf club (8 Iron ) and so I practice in the basement of our house hahah.

Friday: Well this day sucked because our water heater broke.. So we were showering in freezing cold water and we have tried to take care of it. But we keep calling the Land Lord and he won't respond so it is still cold. So we just have to deal with it hahah. It isn't that bad. I have gotten used to it. Then at night we played basketball at our  church. That is always super fun. I almost dunked it. I am working hard to be able to dunk it by the end of my mission haha.

Saturday: We woke up and decided to call a member and go shower at his house because we knew that he would let us. His name is Brian and he is like my favorite.  Other than that I cleaned and mopped the whole house. Oh wait.. then we found out our house is flooding and we had to rip out a ton of carpet hahah we are just not having the best luck with our house right now.

Sunday: We went to church and it was good. Then we went to Bishops house and had dinner and it is always the best food there. But I ate so much... I thought that I was going to puke at the dinner table. And we were there forever because Bishop and his wife told us the story of how they met and got married and man was that a long story haha.

Well I am doing well it is starting to get cold outside.. So I am going to buy my winter clothes sometime this week. But I love you all! Thanks for the Prayers. You guys are amazing.
I don't have Connor Andersson on this email, but someone tell him to look at this picture because this is his cousin

Elder Anderson

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

09-22-2015 Email from Elder Anderson (Mission Conference)

Hey everyone! 

Sorry I did not email yesterday, we had a mission conference and I wasn't able to email! But it was a very good week. 

Monday We went to some stores around town that we thought looked cool and emailed and that is pretty much all we did.

Tuesday: Me and Elder Hawkes went and saw a member in our ward. He is super cool! His name is Brian. He always gives us food and buys groceries for us like all the time haha. I also made a goal that I would finish The Book of Mormon before Elder Hawkes leaves. He leaves October 28th But I am doing well with that! He told me that he read it when he was in training and that helped him a lot.

Wednesday: We had a District meeting. Those are always fun. Then me and Elder Hawkes stopped by a less active members house and she was so happy to see us. She is a old lady, and she is very lonely. She started crying she was so happy! We should be meeting with her this next week. She is very nice, I am excited to work with her.

Thursday We woke up and it was pouring rain.. Like terrible. While we were doing personal study the power went out and we weren't able to do much. We could not leave the house because Lightning was close. So we cleaned the house pretty good. Later we ate at a members home and we were there forever. Some people just don't stop talking haha.

Friday We went to the grocery store because we had a mission conference Monday and we wanted food when we got back to Thunder Bay. Later that evening we had a lesson with Bobby. (one of the guys we did a beat ya teach ya ) I committed him to reading the Book of Mormon and pray about it. He seems like he wants to turn his life
around. He is my favorite person I have taught. I really do love him a lot! I know that we can Baptize him. Then we played some basketball after at our church with a lot of people. It was really fun!

Saturday: We played soccer/tag in the morning for like 4 hours with some members in the ward. It was really fun. Then we taught a lesson to a less active member. He has a daughter that is 14 and has a baby. It is really sad! But he wants to get his whole family to church. The lesson went well though.

Sunday:  we went to church and it was the primary program. It was so good. I love seeing little kids testimonies. It wasn't much like a primary program in utah though. There were like 15 kids in the whole thing haha. Elder Johnson said bye to all the ward members after church. Then we went home and packed and got on the road. We drove for
like 5 hours.. we got super bored so we made a video hahah. I will send it! It is super dumb but pretty funny haha.

Monday: we woke up at 5:30 in the morning and got on the road again to get to the mission conference. The mission conference was super good. Two members of the seventy were there. It was really spiritual and I learned a lot! It was also really fun to see a lot of missionaries. Everyone is so nice. Then after we drove another 3 hours back to Duluth and we slept there last night. Then today we are having a P day in Duluth with the Zone Leaders. It was super cool cause we have a new zone leader named Elder Lowe. He is going to play basketball at BYU
when he gets home he is 6'10 and looks exactly like Eric Mika hahaha its so sick.

I heard it was homecoming week this past week. That is so fun! I miss that. I hope everyone had fun with everything! High school is the bestso live it up.

Dang BYU.. I wish that they would have beat UCLA so bad.. ;( I love you all and love the emails! Have the best week!

Elder Anderson

Monday, September 14, 2015

09-14-15 Email from Elder Anderson (Thunder Bay, Canada)

Hello everyone.  This week is my first transfer. I find out if I am staying In Thunder Bay or going somewhere in Minnesota sometime today. I am pretty excited to see what happens.

Monday: We did not have P day. Because we wanted to wait for the Zone Leaders to get here and have it with them. But me and Elder Hawkes that night went out trying to talk to people. We found some more guys
playing basketball, did another "beat ya teach ya" and we won so we taught them the restoration. Right after that these 3 high school kids showed up and asked to play us. So we got one of the guys from the first game and played 3 on 3 and we beat them. We taught them The Restoration and then we gave all of them Book of Mormons. It was awesome! It was so fun and such a good experience. I love just baring testimony on the Book of Mormon to someone new. Elder Hawkes said something cool afterwards he said " Every Time you pray before we go finding we teach someone, I love your faith" that was a real confidence booster to me.

Tuesday: We went shopping for our groceries because Monday was a holiday so literally everything was closed. Even Wal Mart like what?? Then we went and stopped by a few less active members but they were not there. So we went to this park and walked around trying to talk to people. We didn't really talk to anyone.. But it was fun because there was like a million ducks and we were playing with them hahah.

Wednesday:   I went on exchanges with Elder Percival. He is a super cool guy. He is from West Jordan, UT. We taught this guy named Matt for like 2 hours. It went well. We gave him a Book Of Mormon. We will stop by Matt sometime this week hopefully. Elder Percival helped me a  lot. He is a great missionary and I am very glad I got to go on exchanges with him.

Thursday:  It was P Day with the Zone Leaders. We went to the Mall for awhile. We then decided to go to the Church and play some basketball and soccer. It was super super fun! Right after that the Zone Leaders left back to Duluth. It was nice to have missionaries that are different for a change. We are so far away from all the other
missionaries it is just so nice to see some new ones. Next week we have a mission conference in Bloomington. That is like an 8 hour drive haha. But at least I will get to see all the other missionaries.

Friday:  We cleaned the house really good. We tend to have to clean a lot because it gets messy pretty  frequently..  haha. Then we went to a members house and helped him fix up his car for a few hours. It was
actually fun! This member is a really old guy and he loves baseball so we got talking about it and he told me that his grandfather caught a home run that Babe Ruth hit. I was so shocked. That is so cool! Later that evening our ward had a " Corn Roast " It was really fun to get to know some members better. What was even more fun though was playing around with the kids. We played games outside for a few hours.

Saturday:  We helped Bro Joe finish fixing his car. Then we helped the other Elders get ready for their baptism. We had a Baptism for someone they had been teaching. It was really cool to be apart of that! I felt the Spirit so strongly. The other Elders did such a good job with it all! She was so happy and it is so cool to see how the Gospel can change someones life.

Sunday  We went to church which was good. Then we had dinner at the Bishops house and we had Mexican food. Wow that was good!! Then we went to another Baptism for just an 8 year old kid in the ward. It was really cool to go to 2 baptisms this weekend. I wasn't having the best day though and me and Elder Hawkes just sat down and talked about it and he helped me a lot. Just by hearing his testimony and how everyone struggles as a missionary.

I am doing pretty good! It is crazy that I have already been through one transfer. So far it has gone by so so fast! I know I am where I am supposed to be, here in Thunder Bay. It may be hard, but I know I can do this. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. It is the Convincing evidence of our Gospel. I know that Prayer is real. Keep praying I
promise Heavenly Father will answer your prayers. I love everything about this Gospel and am so grateful to be sharing it with Thunder Bay. Just like the Hymn says " I know that my Redeemer Lives "

I love you all! Keep me updated on everything. I love all the emails I get from you guys! It helps me so much! Again it looks like BYU dominated in the last minute haha. Have the best week. You guys are amazing!


Elder Anderson

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

09-07-15 Email from Elder Anderson (Thunder Bay, Canada)

Hello everyone. I hope that you are all doing well. I am sure that you all are doing awesome because of that BYU game. The Thunder Bay ward here has a few adults that love BYU. So that is awesome that they can update me on the games I love it!

Monday: We had P day until  6:00  like always. At 6:00 me and Elder Hawkes went to a popular park in town and we got some chalk and drew out The Plan of Salvation. He is a super good artist, so it helps since I am a terrible artist haha. We had a lot of people stop and talk to us which was super awesome. We handed out cards and it was just a fun time.

Tuesday; We went on exchanges, and I went with Elder Johnson. We worked super hard! We went knocking on doors forever. But I am learning a lot from doing that. This one lady told us that we need to be "grateful for trees" which I don't understand.. But she yelled at us and it was super scary haha. That night I told Elder Johnson I
wanted to check by the basketball courts to see if anyone was playing so that we could do a "beat ya teach ya" we found these two guys that were mid 20's and it was perfect so we could do a 2 v 2. We started talking to them and I convinced them to play us. We started out and I did a pull up Jumper in this guys face who was 6'5. He wasn't playing tough defense though, I could tell that he was underestimating us. We were playing to 7 and we got up 5-2 eventually. I thought it was going to be so awesome because we were going to get a lesson out of this
because we were going to win. But then all the sudden the guy I was guarding decided to go Beast Mode and he started hitting tons of shots and the way he finished it was with a reverse two handed dunk.😳 I was
shocked and thought we were going to win.. We ended up getting a picture with them Ill send it to you guys. They are super cool. We are gonna meet up again. One of them seems pretty interested in coming to
church so that is awesome. I hope that he comes out one of these next few Sundays.

  Right after we got done playing with those guys we were driving home and it was about 9:00 which is almost time for us to go home. We saw two other guys playing and said lets make this night one to remember and do 2 " beat ya teach ya's " so we ended up doing a free throw shooting contest they didn't want to play an actual game. We beat them ( I beat them, my companion didn't do much haha ;) ) and we got their info and are going to stop by there house sometime this week. So Tuesday was awesome. :)

Wednesday: We had our weekly District Meeting. Which is a little bit boring but it went well. We are doing lots of " Role Plays " which I don't like to do, but help me a lot in growing as a missionary. Later in the day the other Elders we are staying with really liked our chalk idea and drawing out The Plan of Salvation so we found another park in
the city and we did it again. But this time we did a " Time Lapse " to it. ( Which I will send ) It was really so so awesome. We didn't talk to as many people as we would have liked too. But it was still good :)

Thursday: We woke up and we went to a Shelter House and helped make ome food. It was really good service and actually pretty fun too. If you don't know, I am not much of a cook. I was stirring up some meat which isn't hard at all. But then my arm got tired so I switched to my left hand ( which I am way less coordinated with ) and I ended up burning my self and flipping meat all over the kitchen. It was soooo embarrassing hahah. I'm so dumb! Then later in the evening I taught a lesson on the importance of Prophets to a new convert. It went well.

Friday: We did not do too much. We weekly planned for so long. That was not fun at all to be honest! Then we ate at a members house. They are super cool! :) Then we played some basketball at the church and we had a good amount of people show up. :)

Saturday: We didn't do much on either. We went to the library and did a lot of studying which was good!

Sunday: We went to Church. It is so much less stressful when we don't have to speak or teach a lesson. Later in the day we got invited to this investigators house who is Muslim. We didn't realize the whole population of Muslims in Thunder Bay would be there. When we got there it was really awkward. They eventually started talking to us and ended up being really nice. It was just very different and a little bit uncomfortable.

In my Personal studies this week I was reading a talk by Jeffrey R Holland. Called " Lord I Believe " Man it is such a powerful talk. I love having my iPad. It is so nice being able to access any talk or video. I miss home so much! But it has been getting easier. I am not as Homesick as I was before. So I am progressing. I love what I am
doing! I am in the right place. This Gospel is true. I know it. I love Jesus Christ and am so grateful for his atoning sacrifice for us. I want you to know that I am thinking of all of you. You are in my Prayers. I love the emails. They make me so happy, and are such motivation to me. Have the best week.


Elder Anderson