Thursday, March 31, 2016

Season 6: Episode 4

Hello Everyone,

        Oh my goodness this week was like the craziest week of my mission. So much happened that does not normally happen hahah.

Monday: We went to a members home that is absolutely loaded with the sister missionaries and played Laser Tag, ping pong, and all sorts of games. It was a fun P day! Then later that night we just went and stopped by a lot of people. No one was really home so nothing really

Tuesday: We did service at Prince of Peace then we went to a members house to get our bikes fixed. He made my bike much easier to ride. I honestly don't know what he did but whatever he did it helped haha. Then we went to the Elders Quorum Presidency Meeting. Then we had a couple of appointments. They went well!

Wednesday: This day was so crazy.. I went on exchanges with Elder Hodgson my district Leader. It was snowing so hard and we were on bikes. It was easily the hardest day of biking I have ever had. We were biking in like 7 inches of powder up hill and down hill. You could say that I fell a couple of times. But since it was powder it did not hurt, it was a lot more funny than it was pain. We made it to one appointment that we had scheduled. It took us 3 hours to get to an appointment that normally would have taken us maybe 45 minutes. Once
we got really far out there in Farmington we got a text telling us that the cars are grounded. We should have just gone back to the apartment and made phone calls or something but we were already super far out there. Then we went and shoveled driveways. A member saw us
biking and offered us a ride. We then went all around and just shoveled. The member takes us home and I go to grab the keys in my pocket and they were not in my pocket or in any of the bags. They were completely gone. There was some important keys on there like the
Church key, apartment key, and family history center key that we had got last Sunday. So we decided to go back and look and retrace my footsteps but it was super hard because there was so much snow. I was very upset that night. We had no place to stay and I smelt like wet
dog because of how wet I had gotten throughout the day. So we decided to call the Elders in Burnsville and ask them if we can stay at there place for the night. They said yes so luckily we had somewhere to sleep. But we had interviews with President Forbes the next day and I
had no access to my suit..

Thursday: We woke up and I remembered that the window was unlocked to our apartment, so we went back and I climbed through that, hustled and showered and put on my suit then we went to the church to meet with President Forbes. My interview went really well. I really love President Forbes he is such a solid guy and really cares about the Elders and Sisters in this mission.

Friday: Another crazy day.. During my personal study we get a call and that is unusual already. I look to see who it is and it is one of the Assistants to President Forbes and I already knew that something was going to happen. So I answer it and he says " Hey Elder Anderson, what's your plans for the day?" I said " We were going to do our weekly planning and then do some service and some stop by's" He then says " How fast can you pack?" In my head I am thinking oh no I cannot really be leaving.. He says you are getting Emergency Transferred to Red Wing and you are leaving as soon as you get packed. Right then I
was so upset. I honestly love this area so much, and the fact that I don't get to even see anyone and say bye just made me so sad.. I really love so many people in this area. So I made a lot of emotional phone calls. The reason I got Emergency transferred is because one of the Elders in Red Wing went home early. But I found out my companion is Elder Lowe, my Zone Leader when I was in Thunder Bay. The one who is 6'8 and playing basketball at BYU next season. He is such a beast! So I was very pumped about that I just was very sad to leave the people that I love very much. So Elder Lowe came to pick me up a
couple hours later and I was all packed and I headed out to Red Wing which is like 45 minutes away. Lake Marion Ward boundaries actually border Red Wing Ward Boundaries. They both cover a lot of land! So that day I got to Red Wing we stay in a house. We get the top floor and someone else gets the bottom floor. But I am sad/excited about this whole thing. This area is pretty dead, like nothing is happening at all. Me and Elder Lowe are planning on doing some good work and changing this whole area around so we are pumped.

Saturday: We fixed up the apartment and cleaned up a little bit. Because Elder Lowe only got here to Red Wing 3 weeks ago so we are both new to this and don't really know the area. So he is actually still unpacking too haha. What is cool is Elder Lowe goes home June
1st so I most likely will be his last companion. We had some teaching appointments this day that went very well. A former investigator invited us to a play at a non denominational church called "Message of the Cross" apparently this church hates Mormons. We got so many dirty
looks hahah. But it was a very interesting play and there pastor got up there and just said the weirdest things. I just felt uncomfortable honestly. It made me so grateful to be a part of the true and restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sunday: EASTER SUNDAY! Man it was so good. I really loved church. The Ward is a lot smaller and different. But the spirit was so strong in Sacrament Meeting. I got to meet a lot of members which was good. Elder Lowe is like a master at the Piano so the Primary asked him to play for them for the last 2 hours of church, so we were in there all of church pretty much. It was so much fun teaching the kids, man they are so funny hahah! I miss all those primary songs it was fun to sing them again.

This week was so crazy/sad/exciting and everything else you can think of. It was very hard for me to leave the Lake Marion Ward so quickly, but I know that this change is for a reason. The Lord needs me here in Red Wing. Me and Elder Lowe are gonna do some awesome work here and I am excited.

Here are some Pictures:

 Saying goodbye to one of my favorite people ever:
 Last picture with Elder Peterson:
Love y'all!

Elder Anderson

Season 6 Episode 3

Hello Everyone,

This week was good. The weather here is so on and off. It's kinda like Utah in a way. It has been a record because it is the warmest it has been in March since the 1800's.

Tuesday: We had Prince of Peace Service and that went well. Then we went to Chick Fil La. It was so good! I hadn't had that In a long time! Then later we went to the Elders Quorum Presidency and talked about some people we are working with and got some assignments to go stop by some people. Then we went and taught our Investigator Simon
Nyamari he offered us Tea hahah it was funny.

Wednesday: We had District meeting to start off the day. We actually only have district meetings once a month now because President Forbes wants us to be out. He wants to reduce the amount of meetings we have. Which I agree with. I am not a huge fan on meetings. Then we did some tracting and like no one answered the door. It was sad hahah. Then we had a Priest come out with us, Brandon Whittaker. He is getting his mission call super soon so we want him to come out with us as much as he can. I now wish I would have went out with the missionaries. I never really got the opportunity.. :(

Thursday: We went to Sister Wynn's to Knit and we made breakfast food with the sister missionaries there. It was a good time! Then we went with the Spanish Elders on a Blitz for like an hour. Then we taught our new Investigator Heidi. She referred herself and got in contact with her. She is so solid. We taught her the Plan of Salvation and she
was just crying and the Spirit was so strong. She will be Baptized eventually!

Friday: It was weekly planning day.. Then we went to sister  Long-McGies to help out on the Farm again. That was a good time! We dug out her chicken coop. Then we had a lesson with Mike Perkins out investigator and Bro Stanich.

Saturday: We played Volleyball and not much else happened. We had a zone conference call and me and Elder Peterson gave a training on Revelation through the Book of Mormon and Revelation through Prayer. I was nervous but it went well!

Sunday: We had church and then after we were riding our bikes around super far places and like nothing happened so that was not really good. Then we went to Mission Presidents fireside which was really good.

That was my week. Sorry my emails haven't been as good as they used to be. I am getting less and less time I feel like hahah.

Season 6: Episode 2: Long Week

Hi everyone,

        I do not have a whole lot of time but this week was good. It was really long!

We were on bikes all week so I got back into good shape hahah.

Have the best week. Love Y'all!

Elder Anderson

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Season 6 Episode 1:"TWINS GAME"

Hey everyone, I had a crazy stressful week.

Tuesday: We had service at Prince of peace and then we had a lesson with one of our investigators and committed him to be baptized but he needs to come to church or that won't happen. We are super excited 
about him as our investigator though! Then we had a lesson with a recent convert named Taz. We read through Alma 32. It was a good lesson!

Wednesday: We did some tracting for a while. We did not get in any doors, but we had some fun with it. Then we had dinner with the Holmberg's  it was really good. Then we had Bible study with the Hermana's and their investigator.

Thursday: We had a lesson with our less active Larry Cook and Bro Stanich came with us and invited him to church again. Then we had frisbee at the church with a lot of the youth. That was a really good time! Then one of the Priests took us out to Jimmie Johns that was nice!

Friday: Weekly Planning day... That was no fun!! Then we went to Sis Long-McGies and worked on the Farm with the sisters. It was fun! Then she fed us Carnitas. We got to play a little ping pong and that was fun! Then we had Bingo with Bro Stanich.

Saturday: We had meetings all morning and then went to Perkins for breakfast. Then we played volleyball. Then we had a few people we saw.

Sunday: We had church and we taught the lesson in Gospel Principles. We taught on Family Responsibilities. Then we had brunch at the Richards and we had a few lessons fall through.

This week was very long. Sorry for the short email. Hopefully this upcoming week will be great! I also found out I am going to the Twins game on the 14th of April. I am so excited for it. So y'all gotta watch it and see if you can see us in centerfield. Anyway, this week was alright!! Have the best week.

The Baby Goats:

Love, Elder Anderson

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Season 5 Episode 5: "Temple Trip"

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all doing super good. We had a great week! We saw some miracles that we were super pumped about.

Monday: Was a great day, we did some finding and taught 4 lessons. It was super cool! Then we had a family home evening lesson with the Holmberg's about the Holy Ghost. It was a great lesson. It was not p-day because we went to the temple on Wednesday so we had to change our p day.

Tuesday: We had our prince of peace service. Then we went to Chipotle for lunch, that was super good. After that me and Elder Hodgson our district leader went on exchanges. I took over my area, we did a lot of stop by's and no one was home so that was difficult. But that is missionary work for you! We did have a lesson with Bro Stanich about the Priesthood it was good.

Wednesday: We got to go to the Temple, it was incredible honestly. After not being around a temple for 7 months it was so good to go. It was very small, but man you feel so much peace in there. I am so grateful we had the opportunity to go. It was so spiritual! We went as a district and man I just loved it! Then that night we went to the Elders Quorum Presidency meeting to get some assignments to go see some people. That was really good! We also lost our phone that night and we were so mad hahah. We luckily found it the next morning.

Thursday: We ran to the church for morning workouts which was 4.2 miles and we ran at 5 in the morning. It was awesome, but so tiring. Recently we have been going to the church every morning and playing basketball with the Sister Missionaries. It has been fun! Then Bro Stanich went joint teaching with us to a less active member and it was
so awesome.

Friday: We planned like all day. A member in the ward asked us to teach the restoration at her daughters baptism on Saturday, so we planned for that. Then we went to sister long mcGies to help her on her farm. That's always fun!

Saturday: We went to the Baptism and did our little presentation and that was really good.  I was soo nervous though hahah.. Then we had volleyball and that was fun. Then I tried to dunk it and I sliced two of my fingers open and they were bleeding everywhere.. It was nasty. Oh and it was my sisters b day so happy late b day Josie :)

Sunday: We had church, then we had brunch with the Richards and that was good. Then we had a FHE lesson with the Woods and we taught about adversity. It was super good! Then we visited some people with bro Stanich. Since we are low on miles he offered to drive us so that was nice.

We just found out transfers and I am staying in Lakeville/Farmington. I am so happy! Me and Elder Peterson will be together. I am happy about that! I love this area. :) I am doing pretty good. I am getting back in shape so that is good. We have P90X and Insanity now so that is great. I hope y'all are doing great. I miss you guys a lot. Have the best week!

Love, Elder Anderson

Season 5 Episode 5: "7 Months"

Dear Family and Friends,

This week went by super fast it was crazy. We had a pretty good week!

Monday: We had p day which was fun. Then we had a family home evening with a part member family. We talked about Giving Thanks. It was really good!

Tuesday: We had Prince of Peace in the morning. That was fun service! Then I went on exchanges with Elder Freestone the Zone Leader. We went to his area. It was super sweet! We taught lots of lessons. They have
a lot going for them in there area. Something I learned from that exchange is to have urgency and be excited about missionary work. I really enjoyed that exchange. Except this is the day I started to get sick. I have just been super stuffy recently and it has been hard to breathe. But I am doing much better now.

Wednesday: We had a dinner with a family, that was not too nice. So that was fun! That night we were going to go to do tennis with a non member at Lifetime Fitness. We got there and it was too much money. So we ended up going to the church and having a church tour with him and got him into family history so that was way better. He just wanted to play tennis with us. Because my companion is a super good tennis player. So they want to battle hahah.

Thursday: We cleaned the apartment super good. It was really fun actually!! It was nice to get everything organized again. Then we went to the farm again and helped out a sister in the ward. We got to  deworm goats. That was interesting!! Then we had a lesson with some of the youth, we read through preach my gospel and talked about the Book of Mormon. Then we had dinner and it was super good. They are from Germany, and his name is "Wolfgang" hahah. Then we had a lesson with our investigator Mike. We talked about the Word of Wisdom. He has a problem with it. So it was kinda a bash.. We got be better about that! But we are teaching with him with Bishop Connor next time. So that should be good!

Friday: We had weekly planning which was super boring. But we got some things done! Then sister long McGee took us out to Olive Garden. That was super good! I got the all you can eat soup. Then we went to Big Brother Stanich's place and played bingo with a bunch of old people. We got to help run it, it was super fun haha.

Saturday: The Zone Leaders had a baptism so we went to that. That was super sweet!  Then we had volleyball and then we went to the Holmbergs and visited with them. They are like the best family ever. I love them
a lot.

Sunday: We had church which went really good. Then we went to the Wynn's for lunch. Then we had dinner with the Webers. Then we went to Mission Presidents fireside. It was awesome. I love hearing all these

conversion stories of recent converts.

This week we get to go to the St. Paul Temple on Wednesday. So I am pumped about that!! Today is my 7 month mark. Wow ! I love you all!

Have the best week!

Love, Elder Anderson