Monday, May 22, 2017

Bloomfield is on fire!

Goodness these weeks are just going by faster and faster! I just can’t seem to slow them down. I hit 19 months this week as a missionary which is just mind blowing to me, I’m determined to hit the finish line running and refuse to allow myself to get distracted or trunky.
This week was great! I got to spend half of the week on the Apache reservation which was just awesome! I missed getting directions like “go up the road and you’ll see a white box…and a tree. Take a left!” Also, the first thing I saw coming into it was a lady laying in the middle of the road not moving next to a four-wheeler she flew off of…that was an adventure. I’m not sure if she lived or not. Dulce, the city we worked in, is BEAUTIFUL. It is DEEP in the mountains. It’s also renowned for UFO’S and now I’m one of the crazy people you always hear about that saw a weird glowing red orb flying around and into mountains, I don’t believe in aliens or anything like that but it was definitely weird;) We were trying to get to a destination and basically spent 2 hours chopping up fallen trees with axes to get through the covered and obliterated road, it was an adventure.
Being a missionary is just too much fun and rewarding. I had the opportunity to teach a family this week about the plan of salvation. It was such a cool experience to see tears rolling down a mother’s face when she discovered her son isn’t in hell but is a part of a loving Gods plan for His children. 
We're on fire here in Bloomfield and just can't stop finding new people to teach! I love you all!

1-This is an example of how texting goes on the Reservation...all the time.
3-Trying to get to an appointment

Monday, May 8, 2017

Transfers...and I'm going to Bloomfield!

Well....I'm leaving the Reservation...which is honestly heartbreaking because I love these people...But I'm excited for my next area. President is sending me up to the Bloomfield Ward to be a Zone Leader with Elder Tollifson! I'm so excited to go to Bloomfield!!!! I've got a good start on knowing people already because my sister-in-law is from there and her family is amazing! It's also very green, which I'm excited to see:)

I'm really gonna miss Shiprock, this is one of the hardest goodbyes in my mission. It's crazy how much you love the people you serve as a missionary, God gives you a mantle of just overwhelming love for all of them, a piece of the love He has for them. Growing up you have 19 years to prepare to leave your loved ones, but out here you only have about a day to say goodbye to the people you've come to know and love so much. Shiprock, New Mexico will always have a piece of my heart, I'm going to miss it!

With only 5 1/2 months left of my mission, it's very possible that I'll end my mission in Bloomfield...I'm excited to give it my all!
Hagone' Tse' Bit Aii! And Yataheeh Bloomfield!

1-Saying goodbye!
3-More goodbyes
4-Making fry bread for a fundraiser

Monday, May 1, 2017

It Finally Happened!

Sorry if you randomly get my emails on and off...still haven’t figured out how to send in groups.
IT FINALLY HAPPENED! Mike got Baptized!!!! What a miracle!! Like I can't even tell you how many miracles played into him getting there, thank you so much for all your prayers!!! It was a really special day, he wore a white shirt and tie for the first time in his life after he got baptized and he just looked like a new person! We had a close call on Sunday, he lives waaaaay out in Red Valley so he was a little late to Church...15 minutes late to be exact. He walked in right as Bishop was announcing him to get confirmed so he didn't even sit down, just walked in and up front and did it! Wahoo!
I seriously just love the Indian Reservation...I can't believe I've already been here half a year! It's a crazy place but the people are so wonderful! If you ever have the chance to vist, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it! Just remember these tips that have helped me in my stay.:) Yes, they all have stories/experiences behind them.
-Big dog? Just bend down and pretend to pick up a rock. They're all Rez trained and scatter.
-Careful with the water...
-Don't polish your shoes, it's pointless.
-Point with your lips.
-EVERYTHING taste better with green chili…and salt.
-Ignore the gunshots
-Red lights DO NOT mean anything so don't expect anyone to stop.
-Don't gossip to anyone because they're most likely related to half the town.
-Don't be surprised if a horse comes up to you at the gas station.
-Even if the house looks abandoned…still knock, someone lives there.
-Mutton (old sheep) Goes best with fry bread!
-Don't worry, "They Disappeared" is a valid drop reason.
-Throw an “S” at the end of everything. (I’m chopping woods)
-You better have a 4-wheel drive.
-Prepare to become the cops, firefighters, & EMT's.
-Use an axe or a scythe...but not a Chainsaw!
-Don't be surprised if you end up speaking in Sacrament meeting, teaching Sunday school, and also Elders Quorum.
-Just because it's a road doesn't mean it goes anywhere
-Farmington becomes "The Big City".
-LOTS of people have the same last name…doesn't mean they're related.
-Going to Walmart once a month is a day on the town.
-Always wear at least one item of turquoise to fit in.
-You'll learn what color mud comes from certain areas so you can track people down.
-Just because a horse can get on top of a mesa, doesn't mean a human can.
-Watch out for the Pterodactyl that preys on lives in the mountains...with bigfoot.
-Tacoma or Nissan with a white box in the window? It's the Elders.
-Stay away from Tepee’s.
-Don't confuse Chile with Chinle
-Say goodbye to green can only see it in "The Testaments".
-The glitter on the side of the road isn't's glass.
-What’s all the commotion? It's just a UFO over Wells Fargo.
-If anyone asks...mouthwash cures hangovers.
-It's normal to have your church surrounded by heavy duty barbed wire fences....and also the trailer you’re living in.
-Stay away from the Uranium mines.
-Don't panic if your directions include "turn left at the goat". Don't worry, the goat will be there. Always.

Now you can survive;) LOVE YOU ALL!
-Elder Anderson

1-Mikes Baptism
2-Yes...he's sleeping
3- Selfie time!
4- Picture by Sister Adams of Kirtland missionaries :)
5- Drollinger drive by (My sister-in-law Sadie's house)