Monday, August 29, 2016

A busy missionary is a happy missionary :)

Well this has to be a quick one because I was supposed to be on the road to Farmington New Mexico an hour ago...woops!!! Transfers came and Elder Cranney is getting shipped off, I'm going to pick 3 new Elders up to train them on the area down here so we're headed up to Farmington which is about 5 hours normally but we have to stop in Lucachuki (deep rez) so it'll be like 7 hours, then I gotta drive back tomorrow.
We had a great week, like sooo great!! The ward has to stop praying for our success or slow it down a little because it's working! We had 10 investigators at church, and 20  inactive/less actives show up, found another family of investigators that want to be Baptized, have 6 baptisms coming up in 3 and 4 weeks and possibly 2 more in week 5. We haven’t even been able to eat lunch the last couple of days, I've never been so Spiritually, Emotionally and Physically tired in my life, it hurts so good:) A busy Missionary is a happy missionary!!!
Winslow is so great, there are sooo many natives that come off the Rez and it just makes things so interesting in the city part of my area. Unfortunately alcohol is a big like a HUGE problem I should say. So every day we usually have some weird encounter with someone who is very drunk and wants to say a prayer in Walmart, or the gas station or at the stop I say no to a prayer?? Usually they're very respectful to us because we are Gomale which in Navajo is interpreted to "Sprit whisperer of the Great Creator" or "God talker". But some of them are also very superstitious of our "yee nahgloshii" (some type of power) but that can also be confused with the extremely evil works that happen on the rez too. So it's interesting, but for the most part just awesome!!!
I'm excited to get to know my new companion and the other 2 Elders they're sending to live in our apartment! 

Love you all!

-Elder Anderson

Monday, August 22, 2016

I love my mission!

Well...being sick for 5 days sure put a damper on the week but we were still able to pull in 20 lessons!! On Sunday one of our investigators called us freaking out about her 14 year old son doing drugs and just a whole lot of stuff. Sometimes it's overwhelming because people think we're counselors and bishops or celestial beings but seeing as I was sick for half the week, I'm just as imperfect as everyone else in the world;) We were able to go over and teach a wonderful lesson on the Plan of Salvation to the family and her son too, but then she called us again that night and everything was coming down and she asked us to send a police officer over who's in our ward. Her son ended up getting arrested........soo keep that family in your prayers for sure!!

Goodness I love my mission so much, mostly just because of how much it's changed me. Like at home I would have loved to sleep in my bed for 5 days straight but it was KILLING me after just a day of not working. There is so much work to be done in the world and I can't afford to get sick again!! Next week we find out about transfers, but I'm pretty sure I'll be staying here in Winslow for at least one more. I don't think all my work is finished here yet. I really feel bad this email is so short but I literally was in my bed for almost 5 days.
I will say this, I think the miracle about a mission is the relationship you develop with our Savior. Growing up you learn to pray to God, learn how much he loves you, how he's our Father, and the plan of salvation. I loved it and still love it because it builds a relationship and foundation with God our Eternal Father. Missions are similar but different in terms of the Savior. I study his life, I try to be like him, teach like him, love like him. I feel so close to him when I'm rejected, or spit on or cast out for wearing his name. It's an honor to stand with him and teach his doctrine. I truly know he loves us and would do anything to save this world. He's here, his gospel is here and he's working very closely to assist his Father in bringing to pass the immortality and Eternal life of man. If I ended my mission with no baptisms or miracles or anything like that, it would still be a success for the conversion I have to our Lord Jesus Christ.

I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!

Elder Anderson

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It's a great day to turn 20!!

Well it's a great beautiful day to have a birthday haha! We've got a CRAZY schedule today and tomorrow and the next day, and the next day. We are soo busy!! I love it, we're literally trying to fit appointments in where ever we can because the demand for salvation is really high in Winslow, Arizona at the moment apparently;) This week was amazing!! Church was my favorite part. Do you remember the single mom with 8 children we found and have been teaching?? All the children came to church and loved it!!! We had so many investigators at sacrament meeting we probably missed a couple! The kids loved every second of it and the ward members were so sweet to them, picking them up, fellowshipping, making them feel comfortable and dropping them off! A lot of the ward members are fellow teachers of the kids and because they were Christ like and missionaries even in their work environment, it paid off a couple years later when all of the kids were so excited to see them and talk with them. They all want to get baptized, including the mom. Wahoo!! What a great birthday present!!
Also, I don't know if you remember the little boy that died in the ER a couple weeks ago or not but we knocked on their door and his dad answered and told us that he wanted to be with his little boy and family forever and wants to get baptized. That was soo cool teaching him about the Plan of Salvation!! Then on top of that the lady who's been coming to church investigating, and expressed that she want's to get baptized, soon dragged her whole family along to church and we're having fantastic lessons with them now! EXACT OBEDIENCE BRINGS MIRACLES!!!!!!!!!
I cannot believe how much of a refiners fire missions are for you, yes you bless so many lives through the Atonement and grace of our Savior Jesus Christ, but the real true blessing and change comes to the Missionary! I look back and see how much I've changed and I still have so much farther to go which is relieving. I always had the wrong attitude that If I went on a mission Heavenly Father and the Lord would be grateful for my service, but oh how much I have to thank THEM for their service to me! I love you all! Have a FANTASTIC WEEK.

Elder Anderson

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

My crazy, awesome life in Winslow!

Wow my life is crazy awesome!!! We are SOOO busy!!!!!! We're averaging 20 to 30 lessons a week...which is A LOT. The work just keeps speeding up and we keep trying to catch up to it! This week we found a new beautiful family to teach. A single mom with 7 or 8 children, she told us we came at the right time and we've been teaching her and her sweet kids! She wants her and all of her children to be baptized which is a goal I can definitely accommodate;) We dropped the Assembly of God preachers, we left our witness and I feel comfortable knowing that they have received the full Gospel of Jesus Christ and I won't be held accountable on judgment day for them. We're just so busy we've had to really prioritize those ho really want to learn and progress.

We also found another investigator named Ruth. She's an elderly lady that lives deep out in the desert, we stopped by and asked if she needed any service that was a loaded question because we've been landscaping her yard ever since but it's so worth it! She sits outside watching us and just asks questions about the gospel the whole time, and we teach while working. At the end we shared a message and she went "maybe next time you can bring me one of those books" Well it just so happens we have a box of them in our truck;) We committed her to read a chapter of Ether. We came back the next week and she goes "I'm sorry, I haven't read very much, I'm only on chapter 16 of Nephi" Umm we were very forgiving to say the least;)

On Tuesday night President himself came on visits with us to see what was going on down in Winslow. It was an AMAZING night! Lesson after lesson, we had everything set up to impress him just right, then at 8 every single appointment dropped, every backup appointment dropped, every potential appointment dropped...I was freaking out. Here was President and we knew we couldn't just end the night early or he would have some 'talking' to do with us. We were panicked and freaking out, finally I just bowed my head and said a silent prayer, asking where we should go. Immediately I got an answer "the Willeto's". I listened and we went searching but we couldn't find their house so I prayed again wondering if I got the wrong answer. I still got the same answer, but I ignored it and tried to find someone else, we were driving around a corner when the Spirit yelled at me to stop, the Willeto's house was right next to us. We went in and had one of the most powerful lessons I've ever had! LISTEN TO THE SPIRIT!!!!! Otherwise he has to yell at ya;) But I know Heavenly Father answered my prayer in my hour of need and that He'll do the same for all of you!
Love, Elder Anderson

Oh,  P.S. Yes, I am now the Winslow goat roping champion haha;)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Another fantastic week in Winslow, Arizona!

Well I had another fantastic week in Winslow Arizona!!! Wow the heat has been killing us, we have to sit down so we don't pass out, then we just keep going!! We've stayed so busy!!! We now have 5 progressing investigators set for Baptism for the upcoming months! So exciting!! Jen is a sweet lady who just got married to a less active in the Ward, both are now coming to church and she's really into family history! Josh and His wife have 4 kids and can't wait to be Baptized so they can be sealed in the temple together! Larry Oso is working so hard to make his Baptism date, a 14 year old who was Baptized a few months ago has really been doing great missionary work on his parents so now both of them are getting Baptized! Man I JUST LOVE THIS WORK SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have never been so busy in my life but never has my life been so rewarding!
Missions are so hard, trials hit you everyday but that is just life I've come to realize! "For I reckon that the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." -Romans 8:18 I know that if I just keep pressing forward, Heavenly Father will continue strengthening me until the day I meet him again! I love you all!

Sorry this email is so short, it seems like every other week the tiny library we email at breaks down so we had to drive to Holbrook to email, which is even smaller!

Elder Anderson