Monday, February 15, 2016

Season 5 Episode 4: "Elder, LOCK YOUR HEART"

Hello Family and Friends,

I hope all of you had an amazing Valentines Day. I know I had a great Valentine's Day. We got to visit a lot of people so it was awesome! This week was a pretty great week. We saw lots of little miracles.

Monday: It was P day. We all just hung out at the church. Played all kinds of sports and had a really fun day! But our Car battery died for the first time in the week. It ended up dying 6 times total this week. Man our car is just messed up haha!

Tuesday: We had our Tri Zone Conference. It was really really good! The main thing they talked about is having Urgency and being more consecrated. I got to see a lot of Elders that I came out with. It was fun, I like seeing missionaries I have not seen in a while. President Forbes is the most caring person. He really loves all of us! He gave great trainings. I admire him a lot! Then we went to Smash Burger. Haha I love that place so much! Then we had two lessons that night with two part member families. It was great! 

Wednesday: This day was amazing. We had some amazing miracles. We did a little bit of Finding and we stopped by a potential investigator named Michael, we taught him the Restoration and I invited him to be baptized. It was such an amazing lesson! We were so pumped to find someone to teach. We didn't get a return appointment because he has a crazy work schedule, but he wants us to come back very soon. So me and Elder Peterson were so excited! Then we stopped by a former Investigator family. They are from Kenya and are such nice people. We taught them about the Book Of Mormon and they want to meet with us again. In our area we have a struggle with finding people to teach.  So these things I am talking about probably don't seem that amazing to you, but for how our area is, this is absolutely amazing!! 

Thursday: We did service at Prince of Peace in the morning. Then as a zone we went out to eat at Panera Bread. I got free tomato soup which was awesome. Then we had a lesson with a less active member. About temples and family history work. It went good, he just isn't willing to change. He needs to be humbled or something!  Then later in the night, one of my favorite families ever the Holmberg's called us and asked if we could stop by and give there daughter a blessing, she was going into surgery on her foot the next day. I gave the blessing! It was great. Priesthood power is so real. 

Friday: Weekly planning day. That went really good! We made some awesome goals, and really got down to business with what we want to do with the people we are working with. Then we went to Sister Long Mcghee's and helped her on her farm with the animals. It was so much fun, one of the goats just had two babies. It was sweet to hold them. They are like cute little puppies. It was also cool to see how the mom would attack any goat that got near her babies. Then we went to Sis Knobecks and helped her paint her house with the Sister Missionaries. It was really fun! I enjoy painting a lot now. I have done it a lot more than I thought I would on my mission. Then we went to a place called Farmington Steakhouse it was so good and it is so cheap. The Holmbergs took us there, it's crazy the love that you can have for a family that you work with. I really love em like family. Then we had a lesson with another member we are working with Big Bro Stanich he is 70 years old and we teach him each week. It's amazing working with him, he is such a solid guy.

Saturday: We had basketball all arranged for that morning at 11:00 but when we showed up to the church there was a valentines dance all set up in the gym. So we had to cancel on everyone.. Then we went to the Burnsville chapel to play Volleyball, when we got there to set it all up we realized the net was broken :( So we played volleyball without a net and then realized how dumb it was and started playing soccer. It was really fun! Then as we were leaving it was freezing outside and we were in shorts and a t shirt and for some reason I decided to put my iPad and our phone on top of the car. Then I got in the car and we drove off. Man I am so dumb sometimes haha.. Then I heard it fall off the car and then it clicked in my head that I left it up there. So we turned around after driving like a quarter of a mile down a hill. We looked for it for 25 minutes and we couldn't find it. Then I ran all the way to the bottom and it was in the middle of a busy intersection and I ran out there and grabbed it ( Don't worry dad I looked both ways and I was safe :)) Then we helped the Holmbergs move a couch into their house. They were watching All Star weekend and man it was difficult to be there hahah.

Sunday: It was Valentine's Day/Lock Your Heart Day it was an awesome day. We went to Church and it was great. Then we had Brunch at the Richards. I love eating there, it is always so amazing! Then we had a lesson with our Investigator Mr. Freeman. We taught him the restoration briefly.. He went off on politics so we kinda just sat there. It was hard to teach anything haha. Then we went to the Briggs for dinner. They are a cool family! Then we went to Sister Wynn's thats always a good time.

This week was full of miracles. We were so happy with it! We just gotta keep working hard and doing the best we can. I have realized that we have such a short time in our lives to be missionaries, we need to live it up and give it our best effort. Even if it super difficult sometimes. I am so grateful to be in this mission in Minnesota. I have come to love this place so much and especially the people. I have grown so much in just the short time I have been out. My favorite quote for this week was something my good pal Kevin Durant once said " Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard." I love you all and am grateful for all the love from you guys. Keep it up everyone :) Have the best week ever.

Love, Elder Anderson

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Season 5 Episode 3

Hello Everyone, another week down.

Tuesday: It snowed super bad and everyone in the mission was grounded from cars and bikes. So we couldn't do anything. I mean we could have walked but everyone lives so far from eachother it would not have been productive. So we did lots of phone calls and Bro Macmillan took us to a place called old Chicago I had Spaghetti Pie, wow was it good!! Then at night we just went shoveling people's driveways. 

Wednesday: We had District Meeting. Then me and Elder Fullenwider went on Exchanges. We helped some lady move for like 4 hours it was fun. Bro Jones helped us, he is a former Mission President and it was fun to talk to him. He knows like all the apostles so it was sweet to do that. Then we went to help another lady paint her house. So this day was full of service. It was super good! 

Thursday: We went and did service at Prince of Peace and then we went to Sis LongMcgee and did service for her. We went and worked on her farm again. We fed goats again. Then we played frisbee at the church.  That was fun!  

Friday: We did weekly planning, then we got a car wash and that was nice to make our cars look good. Then we had a lesson with Mike Perkins our Investigator. We ate at Dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings. Then we played Bingo with old people at one of our Less Actives it was super fun. I did not win though ;( hahah. 

Saturday: Our mission President wanted us to re watch the Missionary Broadcast we had a few weeks ago. So we did that as a zone. It was really good! I really enjoyed the training that was given. Then we had our weekly volleyball. Then we went home and had dinner at a members home and it was really good. Then we helped the lady we helped paint earlier in the week paint again. It was really fun! 

Sunday: We had Church and it was really good. Then we had Brunch at the Richards like we do every week. Then we went and visited a few people. Then we had dinner at the Milne's home and that was really good. Then we did went to the Wynn's and she was teaching us how to Knit. It was fun but weird, I am not good at all. 

This week we were able to do lots of service. It was a really good opportunity. We hopefully touched the people we served hearts in some way. I challenge all of you to look for opportunities for service. I love you all, keep sending emails :) 


Elder Anderson 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Season 5 Episode 2

Dear family and friends,

Another busy week. I cannot believe that it is February already. Weeks are continuing to fly by. This week was actually a lot warmer than it should be for a Minnesota winter.  

Tuesday: We had service at Prince of peace. Then we went to Panera Bread for lunch. Then our trunk broke.. So we went and got an estimated price on that and man it is going to be expensive.  Then we did a lot of visits and had a few lessons. It was good!!

Wednesday: We had a district meeting and it was really good. We talked a lot about finding, that is the focus this transfer. So that is going to be fun. We are doing lots of Tracting this transfer so that should be good.  Then we went and gave a member a blessing that was sick. Then we had basketball which was super good. We had a lot of non members there. Also we got to do some service for a member. We helped moving some hay and played with some goats. Hahaha it was really fun! We are going back this week to help more with some service.

Thursday: We had service at Prince of peace again. Then we taught a lesson to a less active member. He has the sweetest Disney movie collection. Any Disney movie you can think of he has. Then we played frisbee with our recent convert named Taz. It was super fun! The gym in the church was being used so we played in the parking lot and man it was pretty cold that day.. Then we had a lesson with Mike Perkins one of our investigators. Except it was his birthday, so we were not able to stay too long with him.

Friday: The coolest thing happened this day. We got a text from a random number saying that he was told to text us by Sister Richards In Salt Lake, he just moved to Minnesota from Utah and a lot of his friends got baptized. He asked us " What is the converting Process like? " So this guy is like a golden investigator. We are meeting him on Wednesday. I am soooo excited!! :) Then we had a a lesson with a returning less active member. Then at night when I was writing in my journal and I got a call from my good friend Elder Long. That was sweet to talk to him.

Saturday: We had basketball and volleyball and we did a few stop by's, and it was cool seeing and meeting a few people that bishop wanting us to stop by.

Sunday: We learned how to knit with a less active member. It was sweet! 

I don't have a lot of time because all the missionaries I am with want to play some dodgeball,volleyball, and basketball. I am doing pretty good! I still can't believe it is February. Love you all have the best week!!

Love, Elder Anderson