Monday, March 27, 2017

I'm in Shiprock for another transfer!

Well...It looks like I'll be pushing another quarter of my mission In Tse' Bit' Ai' (Aka Elder Hansen and I are going to kill it in Shiprock for another Transfer). We're stoked because Shiprock is on fire and the work is just going so well! We've been blessed with so many miracles and I can't wait to see more! Mike is doing great, he's continuing to read his scriptures and just can't wait to be Baptized! All of our other investigators that have been progressing just stopped moving forward, which has been kind of hard but I know patience is a virtue! 
   It's easy to just give up on someone when they seem like everything you taught them hasn't been applied at all but I know that the Savior must have felt similar when he had to rebuke his newly ordained apostles time after time, but he never gave up, and neither will I! President Hinckley said that if there is ANY sliver of hope for someone to accept the gospel not to let go.

Funny Teec Nos Pos....tiny tiny tiny little community on the Reservation in our district....well there is a Mesa there that no one has ever climbed up on top of in the area because it was too steep and the other day everyone in Teec was just in an uproar over the fact that they woke up and found one of their sheep on top of the one knows how it got up there...and no one knows how to get it down....rescue efforts have been organized to no avail at this point....I guess the scripture about leaving the 99 to go after the 1 is a real thing.

Love you all!

1- Me trying to hit the stupid tree down with a weight bar...the tree blew over in a storm and has been making really annoying noises...
2-The REZ Elders....
3-We decided to hike to the top of the Chuska Mountains
4-Our overly populated area

Monday, March 20, 2017

Shiprock is just awesome!!

    Well what can I say? Shiprock is just awesome! Do you remember Mike? The traditional man struggling with the Native American Church ceremony's and peyote? (said he could never leave it behind) Well we drove out to Red Valley on Tuesday to meet with him for the first time after our super intense lesson on Sunday. We saw him and he said, "Today we'll be meeting in the Hogan"........"Great" I thought. I just knew what was about to happen. The Hogan is where a lot of ceremonies are held so I was thinking he's going to bring us in and say something along the lines of " I listened to you about your church so now let me show you mine".....well we sat down in the Hogan and he just wanted to meet in it that day because it is a spiritual place that represents mother earth....then he proceeded to tell us how he had a dream that he was in a white room and someone came up to him and told him to read the Book of Moses, that person then took him into an even brighter room with people wearing beautiful white clothing. Well, there are a couple very significant things about that dream. One is that he's just been studying in the Bible and Book of Mormon, no one has introduced him to the Pearl of Great price so he didn't know anything about the Book of Moses. Another significant part about it, is that the Book of Moses contains the purified record of the creation, fall, doctrine of the Redeemer and the great Plan of Salvation, basically all the things that have been very, very badly modified in the ceremony's that he's been he read it, and Mike's getting Baptized at the end of April! Keep him in your prayers because now Satan is working really hard on him!

Another super cool miracle that happened this week was with Shiprock’s first missionary is many many years! Brandon Jim is going to Peru this week and he is soo excited! We've been helping him pack and get ready for his trip and we came over on Sunday night to help him pack everything in and teach him about flying and traveling. Well... we showed up and it was just chaos, everyone was freaking out because both his bags were overweight and they'd already removed a lot of important things.
 So we laid it down and took even more things out, (shampoo, extra toothpaste etc.) And put like 15 pounds of stuff in his side bag that he'd have to carry with him on the airplane(books)...after all that, the bags were still 51 pounds and 52 pounds (they're supposed to be 50 or under and he should have extra weight to spare for the MTC) so they were really panicked. The Spirit told me to say a prayer....DUH we hadn't done that! I said a prayer that Brandon would have plenty of weight to spare with his bags. I said amen and weighed the bag that, seconds ago, just measured 51 pounds....3 tests just to make sure we were seeing it correctly...the bag now weighed 44 pounds. We then weighed the bag that had previously just weighed 52 pounds....the bag now weighed 43 pounds......we were all in shock. No one touched them. Brandon was able to put all the heavy stuff back in his bag that we had taken out to save weight and he still had almost 10 pounds to spare because every time we weighed the bags again they would drop a pound.

I testify that the Lord takes care of his Missionaries, he wants Brandon on his Mission, and He wasn't going to allow a few pounds stress him and his family out!
Love you all!

1- Tracting in the middle of nowhere
2-Came into the living room to find this....
3-Making Frybread with the Yellowhairs!
4-Brandons farewell

Monday, March 13, 2017

Shiprock is on fire!

Goodness, Shiprock is on fire! We are in full swing implementing the Native American Initiative here! Lots of meeting's and training's and more meetings and it's finally arrived. Effective immediately, invitations are being sent out to all of the people that the ward and missionaries have collected and listed as eligible for the initiative. A couple of things are happening. The full-time missionaries, working in conjunction with the ward, will oversee a garden program, basically the church provides everything for a 30x30 garden (fences, irrigation, soil, seeds etc.) and we go and teach them how to set it up, plant, maintain and harvest it all. The goal is for them to physically do all the work, which will help them with self-reliance. We'll have a garden route to go around and check on all our gardens in the area. Chinle and Tuba City have a similar garden program and have over one thousand gardens. We hope to get Shiprock up there with them. 

Another part of the Initiative, is the Self-reliance program. Basically it is a group meeting with a facilitator that will assist the members of it with getting an education, finding work, finding work that will pay more, teach finances and a list of other things that will really get a lot of people on their feet. All of the institute will also be taken to Salt Lake City for the upcoming general conference.....President Kimball prophesied that Shiprock would be a stake someday and I'm actively watching this roll forward and begin to become a reality. Step by step, it will take time, but one day it will be there....and I truly believe a temple will be a part of it.

November Litson is a 9 year old girl out in Cudei that we've been teaching and she got baptized last week! It was such a special day for her and her family because her older brother baptized her! Tenecia and Warren are still working on getting married and are signed up for the Garden/Self-reliance program which will help them out A LOT! I just love this work!! It's going too fast! 
-Elder Anderson

-Hogan hunting

-Novembers Baptism (yes as you can see, the Swine Flu took a toll on me, but the good news is I lost like 10 pounds!)

-More Hogan:)

-Elder Sandberg came and visited me! (I served with him in Winslow)

Awarded 2nd place for vehicle maintenance (photo courtesy of Sister Jeane Chipman)