Monday, January 30, 2017

Another fantastic 7 days!

Well it was just another FANTASTIC 7 days in Shiprock...
One of our prime investigators got stabbed a couple times so...he's on hold until further information. BUT Gilbert on the other hand is on fire!!! Gilbert has some medical problems and he's been living with his mom for a long time and she's a member…one day he just decided he wanted to see what it was all about; we've been teaching him since I got here and he'll be getting baptized this week! Pray that he'll make it! The last week is ALWAYS the hardest and Satan hits them sooo hard…
Oscar and Tisharay we're on fire and set to be Baptized with their son in a couple months, but yeah, as I said before, he got stabbed a couple days ago by some freak of a person so…we're just waiting to see what happens there...it's the Rez...
Warren and Tenecia live in this cozy little shed across from Nizhoni Park and they have seriously progressed so much. We we're teaching them the Plan of Salvation and had it laid out on the floor in front of him and he says: 
"It just makes sense...like nothing matters to me right now but that...I feel good." It was so cool to ask him questions to the point where he could conclude what he was feeling is the Spirit of God testifying of the truth of this beautiful, perfect, Plan.

We also got a new missionary schedule...and can I just say....it's celestial...I love it!!! It gives just a lot more agency, time in the morning, and more time to sleep at night because missions....they just kill my energy. Some other things changed in the way we do work and as I've started implementing them I just KNOW that Gods hand is behind it and that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God...Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are so intertwined in this work, it's such a blessing to be a part of Their team as we bring souls back home! Love you all! Pray for Oscar!
Love, Elder Anderson

Pictures:
-We hiked Shiprock...and got slammed by a storm at the top, CRAZY
-The Teec Nos pos Elders had a dog show up on their porch and have 12 puppies so we got Presidents permission to make a Rez house for them.
-And deep in the desert we visited the "Elder Cave' Missionaries serving in the area have been signing their names since like the 50's.













Monday, January 23, 2017

Howdy Everyone!



Well howdy everyone!!
I hope you all had as great of a week as I did...because once again...I had a pretty great week! :)
Remember the Garnenez family? (Methodist minister) Well, we took them on a church tour and they just fell more and more in love with out church. They could NOT deny the Spirit there!! A lot of times under super spiritual conditions like that, when people commit to do something according to the Spirit they go home and "snap out of it" (Satan hits them) and a lot of times they think, "Wow, that was close, I can't believe that just happened." And they just shut down and turn us away...So we were really worried that was going to happen, especially when they realized they would be leaving the church they've been preaching at and attending for like 40 years...

Well...we went over the their house a few days later to make an appointment and they invited us in and say, "Well...we've been thinking and talking a lot...and we're going back to our church...to tell them we're leaving and becoming Mormons! So when can we get sealed in the temple? And can we bring other families to your church? And can our son get baptized too?" 
(Us in total shock) "Umm, yes Brother Garnenez, you're definitely ok to bring other families to our church...and yes your son can get baptized too... I think we can arrange that in our schedules." :)

ALSO! WE FINALLY GOT INTO RUFUS!! We haven't seen him in forever...it was a crazy lesson...he told us there are just "too many rules" for him and that it was stressing him out and that someone at church said that if they got baptized and stopped coming, they would be in worse shape than if they had never gotten baptized. 
So it went something like this... "Well, that's true in the aspect (read 2 Nephi 31 and enduring to the end) and also...Cherylle... you are already baptized soooo.....(she goes like ghost white as she realized her position that she was failing to endure to the end) and Rufus....quitting now, you're still going against the light and knowledge you've received." Basically, it was a "what to, how for" lesson and the Spirit was sooo strong!! He promised to start praying again and that we could start meeting again, but that he needs a lot more time for baptism, so thank you all for your prayers!!

I just love my mission and all of you, so thank you for all your prayers!! President Adams told me the other day, "You know, Elder Anderson...if people could see the change in you that I've seen they would get emotional." I know that's true because I was a punk...still am...but I'm working on it. :) I just know that the Lord Jesus Christ truly makes our weaknesses strong if we just keep pushing forward and DON'T give up!! 

Love Elder Anderson








Monday, January 16, 2017

So Many Miracles!


I’ve never seen so many miracles and crazy things in my life than what I’ve seen this week… But first off… Shiprock…doing amazing…Elder Hanson and I…are on fire!! We’re doing great and loving it. Found lots of people out in Red Valley to teach, which was a miracle because Red Valley is like in the middle of nowhere… like there is Shiprock, the desert, out in the middle of the desert there’s the actual Shiprock and then more desert and more desert… then Red Valley. We also found a nice single lady with a couple younger kids by chopping her wood out Cudei… service softens hearts!!

But God definitely made up for it...I have to be careful about how I talk about this miracle to keep it sacred but I wouldn't consider any of you swine to cast my pearls too so I feel good. The Garnanez family, he's a Methodist pastor and they both do tons of stuff at their church. We've been teaching them and this week we're on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We had the most powerful lesson. We solemnly declared that we must be baptized by the proper priesthood authority in order to live with God again. We told them that authority was only found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Spirit was so strong and they believed us. Sister Garnenez just broke down crying when we explained what the Gift of the Holy Ghost is, she just kept saying "that sounds so wonderful" We asked them to be baptized and they both, along with their son, accepted! They then began to explain this serious, serious problem that has been in their home and family.....like it was bad....they told us that they'd been searching for the true church by having ministers and pastors from church after church come over to heal them and bless the home, but none of them worked so they knew they had false authority. It's an amazing feeling when the Spirit of God not only reassures you that you can perform this miracle...but to do it...immediately. 
And we did.

I testify that the Priesthood of God is real.

The Garnenez family will be getting baptized in a few months:)
I love you all and hope you have a happy holiday!!

-Elder Anderson