Monday, March 21, 2016

A Burro named Hayden...July 22nd! Sorry Clark and Amber...Dog Pile on Elder Hayden!

"Please! Don't! SPARE MEEEEEE!" 

Name that movie. Keep in mind the idea as well because I am sooooo sorry that I put the wrong date down in my last email. In Portuguese we call this "Burro" ya like something a donkey would do. Ya,but hey let's look on the bright side. JULY 22 is a bit earlier right? Anyway it is still a while from now, but i will see you all in a month or two on mother's day speaking of which, Mothers are certainly a blessing our lives and I'm so happy to have a mother who is sooo patient and loving with her children ever since I can remember and when I don't I just look at the picture of her holding me when I was a little baby whispering in my ear, ya you the picture the really big one in her room . . . ya anyway we all know who is the favorite child. hahahahahahahahhaqhahahahahahahahaha "jokes, jokes". shout out to the parkster one of his phrases from when I saw him like 4 years ago. How is BYU IDAHO?

Anyway where was I oh yes mothers and the love I have for mother and the importance of respecting our mothers and treating them well. Well I think it well that we recall on the recent references of the prophets and apostles in General Conference and recognize the words of God from Apostles such as Elder Holland, Elder Bednar, and others. I remember when I was in the MTC in São Paulo and when Èlder Holland told me specifically that I should thank my mother for encouraging me to learn the piano- how did he know that? Who knows, but i do know that without my dear mother I wouldn't be on the mission today and wouldn't have acquired half of the abilities of gifts I have received in my short period of life if it wasn't for my mother. I know Mother's day is still a ways away, but I would hope that all of us could take some time to thank our mothers this week. 

Time is up I have to go. 

I love you all, I'm going to work really hard this week and I will pray for all of you

Élder Anderson

Monday, March 14, 2016

June 22nd! Misspelled Words in this Letter! AAAHHHH...Mom's in SHOCK!!

Hello my dear ones, 

So I've got some news. This weekend President Lundgren came to visit are small group in Paracatu and shared some info with me. . . I will no longer be coming home. . . . on the 5th of August. . . neither the 6th. . . but I will be coming home the the 22nd of June. . . Okay so I drew that out a bit, but I thought it make things I bit more exciting. Also I know that Clark will be going to work out in the east and maybe I'll be able to see him before he goes? Don't know, but just a heads up for you all. . . 

So Paracatwo, because my companion and I were able to help Flavia and Ana Paula be baptized by someone with priesthood authority this weekend. It was super great and yes that man is using my white baptisimal cothing and yes he is a foot shorter than I am and yes it was a bit funny #groupprobs#fewbaptisimalsuits

We were able to bring a record of 63 people to the special meeting with President Lundgren this weekend and by may we hope to advance the group to become a branch. HOW EXCITING! It is such a special experience to be able to help the church here in Paracatu and I know that I will never forget my experience here. 

English class starts this Saturday. Yes, again, but this time I've got a feeling it will get going for real, the members seem really excited and it should bring some people to the church. It is so wonderful to see the gospel bless the lives of families and individuals. I know that this Gospel is true and that Jesus is our Savior. Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. We are lead by living prophets today. 

A member donated a keyboard to the church this week and we were able to prepare a specail musical number with the small primary. It was super fun to be able to help the kids out and the recent converts and families who participated. I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve a mission- get ready Austin- your next! 

This is God's marvelous work, I feel so blessed that God lets me be participate. 

I love you all, 

Élder Anderson