Monday, November 24, 2014

1 year down, 1 to go

Dear Mom,

Wow. I cannot believe it has been a year either.  This is absolutely insane!!!  I'm probably gonna burn a shirt or something. Not sure yet!!! haha:)  I'm gonna figure something out:)  Elder Overson is awesome!!!  We are very different personality wise but we get along really well and I am loving serving with him!!  I have been very blessed with good companions:)  Well we all live in separate pisos.  The mission has a goal to have us all in our own pisos so we can focus better.  So I have never shared a piso during the mission but we see the other elders almost daily.  They live pretty close to us so we run into them all the time.  It's super fun serving with so many other missionaries!!!

Well this week was an amazing one!!!!  We have been working hard and had a lot to do.  It was a busy week!  Tuesday we met with Esther.  She's doing good!  We talked about modern prophets.  It's sad because she is waiting on divorce papers and is living with another man so she cannot progess, but she has been coming to church the past couple weeks so she is doing what she can.  We have been meeting with a girl named Noriko.  She has investigated the church for a while.  She is trying to receive an answer from God about the Book of Mormon but her pastor from her church has been feeding her anti- mormon stuff so she's not really too interested anymore.  But were working on it!!  So hopefully we can resolve her doubts. We are meeting with Ismael, the 20-year-old.  He has been struggling wanting to read, pray, and doesn't want to get baptized (his parents are really pushy) but there is a newly returned missionary in the ward who was there when the parents were converted and helped and is going to start coming to lessons with us so we are extremely excited for that! Wednesday and yesterday we met with Luis and Ines.  We taught them the Word of Wisdom one of the times and it went incredibly well.  Luis sat and stared at the pamphlet and simply said, "I have to drop coffee" and then said, "I know the Lord will prepare the way.  I'll drop it."  (We had read 1 Nefi 3:7 with them) and we took their coffee with us as we left the door. (I'll attach the picture later)  Thursday we contacted in the street basically all day.  Then right before going home we found a couple in the street who listened to lesson 1 and we are going to meet with them tonight!!!!  

We also had a chance to help out an 80-year-old lady who has cancer, and heart problems. We had asked for help with directions and after finding the house and finding no one home we asked if she needed help with her bags and she accepted and we walked her home. They are going to be kicked out of their house and have to move so we offered to help with the move and they said they needed boxes so we went and found boxes for her the next day and she was in tears when we came back. She said, "I'll never forget you." and was so grateful for the help.  It was touching to be the hands of the Lord and help her get what she needed.  A lot more has happened but those were some of the highlights.  It was an AMAZING week!!!  I am so grateful to be out here!!  This work is amazing!!!

For the spiritual thought, I read a scripture in 3 Nephi that I loved.  3 Nephi 9:13  I want you to pay careful attention to the words and remember this one phrase.  The Savior wants to heal us!  I know He does and He is asking us to come unto Him so that He may heal us. 

I love you all!!!  Have an amazing week!!!  1 year down. 1 to go!!!

Elder Anderson