Monday, September 19, 2016

Season 10 Episode 4: Medicine Lake, MN with Elder Newbold

Hello Family and Friends,

        We had a good week lots of exchanges. We are not teaching that many people now, but we are doing our best to find more people.

Monday: We had a really fun p day 8 missionaries all went to our bishops house and played ping pong for a few hours, now that was really fun! I loved it! We had a fun p day, the missionaries in the zone all get a long well and have lots of fun together. It is so fun to be so close to so many missionaries again.

Tuesday: We had district meeting with the Crystal District. We talked about approaches when we are tracting, everyone got some good ideas. This week elder Newbold and I are going to sing " Families can be together forever " to someone at their door. We then went on exchanges in Maple Grove. I went with Elder Cordara he started his mission in Thunder Bay too. We had an amazing day. We had a lesson with a brand new investigator named Jeff Johnson. We taught the restoration and it was such a powerful lesson, we committed him to baptism for November 12th. The spirit was very strong in that lesson! We had a couple of other lessons with some less actives which was really cool too.

Wednesday:  it was a pretty boring day.. Made some phone calls. We had a meeting with the STL's and we had dinner at the Stake Presidents house. That was really fun! He is really cool :) The rest of the night we just biked around trying to see people and didn't really see

Thursday We went on exchanges with weaver lake, I went with Elder King who goes home in two weeks.  Wow is he ready to go! It's kinda sad to see that! We had an okay exchange. We biked around in the pouring rain. We had a cool experience, we were soaked and we stopped under a tree and the house we stopped in front of us invited us in and gave us garbage bags to cover us from the rain. They were so nice to us! I felt that we needed to go back so we got cookies from the sisters the next day and brought it buy and said thank you! They just moved in and are a young family, hopefully soon we will be able to go back and do service or teach them.

Friday: We had lots of calls and planning. Bro Wilson who just returned from being the mission president in Virginia took us out to lunch and gave us lots of good advice which I loved a lot. We had all you can eat spaghetti, wow it was good! The rest of the night we rode
our bikes to see someone elder Newbold found on an exchange and she totally forgot who we were so that was too bad! Then we played basketball with some kids for a little bit! It was a good night!

Saturday: We had to fill up the baptismal font early in the morning and then we had coordination meeting with bro gruber that went okay. Then we played frisbee with the district, we invited non members to come but it ended up just being all missionaries haha. Then we went to sister Pue's house to help her move some things out of her house. After that we had to do some things on the computer for the stake meeting on Sunday. At night we had dinner with the Jones family. They are so cool! They took Polaroid pictures of Elder Newbold and I. I will send a picture of one of them :) I had a cool experience that day
as well, Elder Newbold was watching the Mormon message " Message of the Restoration " It's a really powerful video. I was overcome by the spirit. I almost broke to tears. I know that Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We have His church and His gospel here. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity everyday to share my testimony of this specific thing. I want you to think "Why is the Restoration important to me in my life?" I just thought I would share with you that experience.

Sunday: We had a great service. No one came to church that we invited! That's okay though, the sisters had an investigator at church named Leanne. She has a baptismal date for October 29th. She is going through a lot and we were able to be apart in giving her a priesthood blessing. I felt so strongly the love in the room. She really is seeking and has found the truth, how great is that? :) Later we had a couple of meetings. President Wilson (Stake President) invited us to come to a stake leadership meeting. President Forbes trained all the Ward Mission Leaders. It was cool! Then we had a meeting with the President Wilson and the stake presidency as well as President Forbes. I was nervous haha. But the meeting went well!

This week was good, I truly love the mission. I love the gospel so much! You're all amazing! Have a good week!

Love, Elder Anderson

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