Monday, September 26, 2016

Interesting week...

Well Monday rolled around and we were cleaning and found an old can of pepper spray:
Me: "Hey I've got a good idea:)"
Spirit: "No that's a terrible idea."
Me: "It's probably expired anyways."
Spirit: "No it's not."
Me: "I'm going to spray it into the vent so everyone in the house can get the full effect."
Well about 20 seconds later 4 missionaries crawled out of the apartment door dry heaving and coughing to death dumping milk and water and all manner of liquid on our faces and down our throats.....Moral of the story, listen to the Spirit..

This week was honestly kind of slow, but the few lessons we did have were just really...interesting. We met this lady at church, us being missionaries we were so excited a new person showed up, so we go and sit by this lady. Well, when she started talking back in sacrament meeting and chanting we knew this would be an interesting ordeal. First lesson is at a member’s house with her. And it went about like this.

Us: It's so nice to meet you and we're...
Her: Hold on I just gotta say.........Johny's dead.
Us:...........um
Her: Really, he's dead, ask me who Johny is!
Elder Griffith:......who is Johny?
Her: Oh he's a rapist and meth head I was living with and (15 minute graphic description of Johny)
Us: We're uhh sorry for your loss?.......
Her: It's ok, he's lost.
Us: Well that kind of goes into our....
Her: Wait!! Before we start.....I'm glad Johny's dead."
Us:................................So you expressed some concern about the Book of Mormon and we
Her: Wait! Just so you know, I live the Law of Moses and go to the Baptist church.
I'll leave the rest of our lesson to your imagination;)

We had a lot of interesting encounters this week along those lines, sometimes you get caught off guard when the guy who is praying is now praying to the stars his ancestors and the sun and the mother earth and then goes in Navajo and we totally lose him. It's been fascinating learning their culture though, they have a beautiful perspective on nature and the earth and how it's alive and everything within it and on it has a purpose. I also learned that all of their religious ceremonial houses (Hogan's) face east looking towards the return of something or someone. A lot of their ceremonies mimic the Temple in ways that are almost identical. The whole Native American race is LITERALLY sitting on the gospel, it's just been altered and ritualized by Satan to the point where they don't realize it. They struggle with there traditions so much hate to give them up but like the Lamanites 2,000 years ago, if they get it, they're solid and don't turn to there traditions ever again. We try to get them to keep they're culture, leave the tradition (mostly religious ceremony's). It's amazing to see the Spirit of God work through the Reservation and I have a testimony gained through the temple that these are the children of Lehi and God has amazing promises in store for them. I know one day there will be a Temple among them on the reservation, it's just gonna take a lot of work!
Love you all!


I got carried away drawing the plan of salvation for seminary.




We also got into a baby powder fight at a service project using baby powder:)








Monday, September 19, 2016

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY:)

Wow this week has been a ride...so we had 7 scheduled Baptisms on the 1st and 8th, just in our ward, the district had others scheduled that day too. Well, you kind of lose track of time as a missionary and didn't realize that the 1st was conference, then on top of that, the stake planned Stake conference on the 9th(next week after conference) so 2 weeks without a sacrament meeting and new converts have to be confirmed in the Sacrament meeting. So I was on the phone with President Adams and the stake president and the bishop, we determined to move ALL Baptisms to the 15th of October and all confirmations for the 16th...ME: "President....you realize that Saturday the 15th is going to be the next Day of Pentecost right?" "Well Elder I could think of worse problems to have";) so there we have it, the Winslow Arizona stake has like 15 Scheduled Baptisms on Saturday October 15th, it would be awesome to get Pneumonia from a baptismal font wouldn't it?;)
So cool story, Elder Griffith and I have been really struggling finding new people, like 1 sorta new person to teach in the last month. We decided to fast. Well I had faith our prayers and fasting would be answered, but the Lord threw me off guard with how 'fast' he answered our fast (no pun intended). Literally that night we get a call from bishop, "well Elders, I've got 5 referral’s for you that just called me and said they want to meet with you and be Baptized and married in the temple." Umm ok that was awesome, and then church came: “Who's that? Who’s that? Who are they? Hey she showed up! Wow he came with her!” Like we had SO MANY new and random people showing up to Sacrament meeting, we tried scheduling appointments with them all but there were so many we couldn't talk to them all, it was overwhelming. So in short, fasting works and I have a testimony of it!

I really have enjoyed this week though, we had like extremely bold law of chastity lesson where we told 2 people they had to get married, committed a guy to live the Word of Wisdom and took with us like a tub of new cigarettes, had a giant Family intervention with a family that was literally choking each other when we showed up, AND we got to go to the Temple! You really start to appreciate the Temple when you can only go once a year. 
I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY:)









Monday, September 12, 2016

HEYOO!!!!

HEYOO!!!!!!!!!!!! We had another wonderful, busy, fast week down here in Winslow Arizona!! Elder Griffith and I are having as many lessons a week as Elder Cranney and I had when we had both wards so we're still super busy!! A busy missionary is a happy missionary! Sunday was awesome. Elder Griffith and I spoke in sacrament meeting (3rd time for me in Winslow) and we just milked it to everyone to try to get people to church, Less Actives, Investigators, you name it! We had like 20 less active/inactive members show up and 8 investigators!! Success!!! Then we totally planned our talks just for them cuz we can never teach them at there house so this was our chance haha!
Sometimes you gotta play dirty as a missionary...just the way things go to save souls;) On Saturday we went to Holbrook to volunteer for the mud run, we started out just passing papers out but in the very end we got permission to run it if we wanted...I wanted....and I ran....and It was AWESOME!:):) I love service in this mission. Here are the most common service projects..

1-Chopping Woods
2-Hauling Woods
3-Disposing of dead animals by throwing them off canyon walls to be eaten.
4- Ridiculously random things.
5-Chopping Woods

Sunday we FINALLY got into this Part Member less active family. The mom has told us the following statements over the course of 3 months: "Yeah…I'll ask the kids if they want to go, I don't wanna make them."(kids are 11 and 8 and not baptized) "Yeah well I'm catholic and Mormon so either way someone is gonna pick me up when Jesus comes again!" Last week we made contact with her again and she said, "Well, we've decide we don't want to take the kids to church or have them baptized until they're 18 so they can make they're own choice, we both believe but we don't want to force our religion on them so we're going to wait". Sooo I straight up just told her that in the world today that if she waited until her kids were 18 it would be too late for them and for her and that they were already on a path of no return and by the time 18 years old came around all of them would be lost." (Spirit told me I could say it so don't freak out) I wasn't trying to be mean, but I'm a bold missionary and I just hate excuses and watching people throw they're lives down the drain. WELL Sunday came around and we finally had an appointment set up…we were ready for battle, Scriptures, lesson planned, prayers, and on top of all that we took the Stake Patriarch. We got in and sat down and just when we were about to start......she goes "So I've been thinking about a lot what you said and we've decide that we will all be going to church now every Sunday and that the kids have to go to church if they live in this house, I want the better for them and for us, I want us to be happy and together for ever..." (I just slowly closed my bible....) Well...there went that lesson, now what? TESTIMONY time!! All 3 of us just bore awesome testimonies about the Gospel and the Book of Mormon and they're new wonderful decision to come back to the fold of God! WAHOOOO!!

It was a great week! 

Love you all! Elder Anderson

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Damo'o Tsho!

Damo'o Tsho!
On Monday I went and picked up my new companion Elder Griffith and took him back to Winslow! He's great, he's from Morgan Utah and goes home in 3 months! I have no Idea why president keeps choosing me as the lucky one to get trunked out of my mind to send Elders home but I have faith;) Also, they re-split Winslow so I'm back to just the Sunset ward which is nice! And living with 4 Elders again is a lot of fun!

Well we've had another fantastic week down in Winslow, Arizona! I have to say...I'm pretty good at teaching the Law of Chastity after this week....It seems like every day I had to tell someone they had to get married and explain why. It's a bigger deal then it sounds, you've got this 19 year old who looks like a 14 year old telling them to make an extreme lifestyle change and how to live their sexual life...some people don't take to kindly to that if you do it wrong;) On top of that, thanks to our beloved government, it also means they lose welfare benefits that come from not being married. It's amazing people actually get paid by the government to live together and have kids but stay unmarried.....hmmm I'd say the devils behind that one. BUT
"....as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them-" the Spirit works through us and softens there hearts to accept this great gospel message!

We showed up to our investigators house, Jennifer, who(not surprisingly) lives with her boyfriend and kids, and the first thing she said to us was "I've thought a lot about what we've talked about and I want to get baptized." Inwardly your screaming WAHOOOOOOOOO!!!! But on the outside I have to contain my exposure to a "cooler" demeanor;) It was a great experience, she said she wanted to be Baptized like Jesus was, in nature, instead of in a font. I didn't know what to say or do and I prayed silently for help, the answer that came was 3 Nephi 11. In this chapter the Savior himself sets forth the logistics of Baptism, no where does he explain that its the Where that matters but the How and Why. We then read the beautiful sermon Alma gave at the Waters of Mormon on why it is so important to be baptized and what the qualifications were. Her heart was softened and she fully understood this beautiful Gospel ordinance and set a goal to be baptized on October 8th. My prayer and question was answered through the scriptures and so was hers.

Funny story, Jennifer’s 6 year old son comes in while were teaching her about baptism and goes "well I heard what you were talkin about last time so during my test this week I was thinking a lot about God So I decided to write God for my name and then God for the date, then just put God all over the paper....the teacher made me start over." then he turned around and walked out. Mind you he's barely 6, it was awesome!
Love you all!
-Elder Anderson


We went hiking down into a canyon exploring on an old ranch a member owns and found TONS of petroglyphs and cool stuff!