Monday, July 10, 2017

4th of July in Durango was crazy...

Well...the 4th of July in Durango was crazy...I would venture to say the city doubled in population. We literally had to flee into the mountains away from all the alcohol and partying. We just visited members up the canyon and had a good time keeping ourselves unspotted from the world:)

The week definitely had its ups and downs, but that’s the definition of missionary work! Our wonderful investigator who we thought was doing really well slammed the door in our face so that felt good. BUT on the other hand, we've been teaching a younger man and he came to church with his family and had a really great time!

It's a very humbling experience when you are a part of someone’s journey into the Gospel. Seeing them begin a relationship with their Savior, watching them walk into the Lords Church for the first time in their life with a feeling of curiosity and wonder, to sit with them as they experience the overwhelming Spirit of the Sacrament, or to kneel with them as they pray to their Father in Heaven for the first time in their life. You literally take this journey with them, you weep with them and rejoice with them, your right there as they experience the pain and joy of true repentance, you truly have the opportunity to watch Jesus Christ transform them into something so much more than what they thought they could be. 

I just stand amazed as I witness the Savior still perform his miracles every day. And I know as you slow down and turn around to look at your life yesterday or the week before, you'll recognize His miracles and majesty in your own life. I know He lives.

Love you all!
-Elder Anderson

Monday, July 3, 2017

The moral of this story is not to judge a person by looks, habits, personality or religion...

Well, things are really starting to speed up! I always have a time period when I get to a new area that is spent implementing previous things I’ve learned, new ideas and meeting/getting to know the ward. So the first couple weeks for me are always a little slow, but they WILL speed up! It’s already starting to happen!

While we were walking around on Wednesday, we met a lady sitting outside with a friend…the moral of this story is not to judge a person by looks, habits, personality or religion. MANY, MANY members of the Church make the mistake of pre-judging someone “Oh he’s very Catholic so I won’t bother.” “Oh he smokes and lives with his girlfriend.” “Oh he looks like a serial killer.” WE CAN’T DO THAT.  I learned with this lady. Honestly, I wanted to just move on, every part of her dress, attitude and demeanor said… “Don’t talk to me about religion.” But as we started talking to her it was like something opened up inside of her, she lit up! She started asking a lot of questions, the next thing we knew she was asking where/when we go to Church and committed to read the Book of Mormon. We went back and taught her family again, she has kids that have been asking her questions about death and evil that she didn’t know how to answer and now she does!

Just lots of neat little experiences happening. I truly believe working with the members is the key to success in an area and that’s what we’ve really been working on and we’re already starting to see success! We were also able to help out a little bit with a forest fire that threatened some members in our ward, we were actually on a pre-evacuation notice for 2 days because the fire was about a mile away from our house in the mountains! All in all, another good week!
This place is gorgeous, there are bears EVERYWHERE, I almost hit one the other night with the truck.

Keep me in your prayers! Love you all!!!
-Elder Anderson

Monday, June 26, 2017

Durango is AMAZING!!

Well IM BACK IN THE BEST STAKE EVER!!! Oh my goodness I just love the people up here in Durango and the surrounding area. 
Durango is AMAZING! I can’t believe how beautiful it is, we basically live in a cabin 20 ft from the national forest. We were like 3 inches from hitting a bear the other night…like we are OUT THERE and it’s soo pretty!
This week was good, it’s always kind of hard for me to adjust to a new area but I’m getting it down!
We also cover a small branch an hour further into the mountains called Silverton and it is BEAUTIFUL!!!! We went up to Silverton on Wednesday to meet some of the Branch Presidency and it’s such a cool little town. It’s extremely high up there, over 8,000 ft, the branch has about 12 active members and they really want to increase that. Silverton hasn’t been worked in a long time and we’ve found a way to get rides up there weekly because there is so much potential work to do, and we know that the branch can grow with the help of the great members up there!
The miracle about this week is that I found out exactly why I was in Bloomfield for just 6 weeks…I learned exactly what I needed to learn in very specific situations with very specific people that prepared me for this area! But seriously….I pray I don’t get transferred again…I’m very tired of moving;) 
Love you all!

1-Our cute branch building
2-My cute self
3-Cute little Silverton