Monday, May 23, 2016

A Bit Bummed But Thankful

HELLLO is it me your lookin for?

jk howdydo folks I hope you all had a lovely week. Transfers have come and my companion and I find ourselves alone in Paracatu after Èlder Genaro and Sister Silvera were transferred. I'm glad that I have the opportunity to stick around and I know that this transfer of 5 weeks is going to be a great and a fast one! After these 5 weeks I will be leaving in the middle of the transfer to see you all in St. Geezy. YEEAAH haha well gotta make the most of it. Well my companion and I were a bit bummed because we had some baptisms fall through this week, but we are thankful that Ismael's dad is supportive and allowed him to be baptized on another date. Unfortunately some other investigators we had decided they didn't want to keep the Sabbath day and so we had to let them go. 

This week was a bit stressful, but I'm thankful that i made it through another transfer and I am so thankful for what I'm learning. The Lord is helping me see some things I can do to improve and I am willing to make changes to become a better missionary, friend, teacher and priesthood holder. 

This week we saw a lot of progress with Ivanete who was a woman who approached us in the street one day asking for help to stop drinking and follow God. We arrived at our appointment after she had visited the church a few days before and she was so willing to make changes in her life. She had purchased some medicine to help her stop smoking and we helped her make plans of scripture study and prayer to help her accomplish her goals. She is really cool and the other day we went with her to a the "good burger" close to our house and while we were seated there a man approached and wanted to share of our Grape Fanta to which we accepted and he went on to tell us how he wanted to stop drinking and change his life. Yah you can imagine what we were thinking or maybe what Ivanete was thinking because it was like the same thing that happened with her. I told the man, "well my friend you have found the right people if you are wanting to change your life." And I know that this is true. The Gospel changes lives. The Gospel is changing my life and I'm so thankful for the opportunity I have to help people make changes in their lives by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. IT WORKS IT IS A MIRACLE. TRY IT!

Well we don't just teach people who have drinking problems, but it sure is great helping them out. We are so excited to have another awesome transfer. We have the opportunity next week to eat lunch with President Lundgren because of our fruitful labors this transfer and my companion is and I are so happy that were able to work so hard and receive some recognition as well. However I know that this is God's work and that He is in command. I am weak, but he is using me as a tool in his hands to do his great and marvelous work. And I'm thrilled to be apart of it. 


Élder Anderson

Monday, May 16, 2016

Trunky....Thanks to Mom....But Hangin' In There!

Hello one and all, Elder Anderson here a bit more trunky than usual thanks to mom, but hangin in. 

Well I am going to try and focus here as this young man vocalizes his excitement about the virtual game he is playing. . . oh public Internet stores. . . 

Anyway, this week was great my companion and I worked a lot. we are helping a young lad prepare for baptism and let me tell he is the biggest eight year old handful that I have ever seen and I love him to death. He lives with his grandma, but actually not, because he sleeps for days at His neighbors house who happens to be a member of the church and really her family is more of His family than his actual family if you catch my drift. He likes to run around in the street with his kite which is is his only friend he says. Whenever he sees us he becomes over exuberant with joy. He runs in circles with his arms outstretched and talks and talks and talks it is hilarious. Teaching him is a fun experience. He is so pure, but he seems to have matured more quickly, because of his family environment and sometimes needs the explicit version- the kid is learning to censor himself. 

While I was watching the General Conference from April during Èlder Andersens talk I felt that I should baptize him and it looks as if my companion and I will realize this desire this weekend. 

I love being part of the group Paracatu! The members are awesome and I am learning so much about the church and how it functions and is able to help people have their salvation providing spiritual guidance as much as material in the training of self-reliance and dependence upon the Savior Jesus Christ and His Gospel. These people have sooo much faith. They are passing through soo many trials and many don't have money to buy food, but they don't deny the faith. 

I know God lives, this is His church and His Gospel. In the names of Jesus Christ, amen. 

Élder Anderson

Monday, May 9, 2016

Priesthood Blessings

Hey folks, 

well it was great to see my family this on Saturday, what is left of 'em. . . yup the nest is getting pretty sparce, but at least the streak of handsome young men is still hanging by a thread. hahaha jk lil bros you all look peachy especially Isaac and his Captain America hair. By the way was the movie all that it supposed to be? Hope you enjoyed it. Anyway loved what you have done with the house and can't wait to whoop ya'll in pingpong in a couple of months. hahahaha. . . maybe not. 

Well This week we had a special mission conference with our dear mission President and were well trained in the work of salvation among the children of men in our dear mission and respective areas. Our mission President Lundgren shared some emotion when he told us of a phone call he received form èlder Costa recently informing him of a man he was interviewing to be the Stake President in Recife and that this man claimed to be baptized by èlder Lundgren many years ago. I hope to witness these types of miracles and blessing even when I have His age and that I may remember these people for the rest of my life. We were able to travel to Formosa this week as a group this Sunday to participate in a District Conference. It was a wonderful experience for us all, 4 men were advanced in the Melchizedek priesthood and we were approved to send the papers for a branch to be established here in Paracatu. I'm super excited. I was also very pleased to see many members from Planaltina de Goiás and rejoice with them. I didn't think I would have been blessed to see them all again. I love being a missionary. I was also pleased to talk a bit with Èlder Dias of the Area Seventy who spoke in the conference He spoke with such power and Spirit. I know he has a special calling as a testimony of the Savior. His final words were "My life and all that have are His" speaking of our Savior and lord Jesus and I felt honored to be in the presence of such a man. These men live the law of Consecration. I read a bit about when Howard W. Hunter was called to serve as an apostle and I know that these men give all for God. 

Well here are some picture of the mission conference my district and the bus ride to Formosa with Edgar's family. SOOO fun we played the ABC game with names from the scriptures and also 20 question with scripture personages. Everyone had a blast. we even sang some hymns!



Monday, May 2, 2016

Miracles Only Happen When We Show Our Faith and Act

Hey I've got some pictures for yáll. Uaí Só! That is a common phrase in the state of Minas Gerais. I think it is kinda funny. Man this week was a good one. We married Edgar and Cleonice and she and the kids where baptized Saturday. My companion was sooo excited and soooo nervous and soooo happy. He is such a great guy and it was very special for the both of us. I was able to baptize Sheliton and Maria Clara the 13 year old boy and the 9 year old girl. I was soo happy to get into the water again, I felt the spirit very strongly during the ordinance and also during the testimony of Edgar who really is like Aminidab in the book of Helaman if you want to the look that story up. When Nefi and Lei are preaching and then imprisoned and that angels appeared to while they were in the prison and there was one "less active" that called all the people to see what was happening. Yah that is kinda like Edgar. He was going to go on a mission, but with 17 years he moved to Paracatu and told a bunch a people about the church, but because in the time 2003 the church wasn't there he fell away for a time until he found out the church was in Paracatu. Today some of the church leaders in Paracatu are friends and neighbors whom he had told about the church. SUPER COOL, GOD IS GOOD

Well I hope you are all well and that you are witnessing miracles in your lives. I've learned as a missionary that miracles only happen when we show our faith and act. God is not dead, nor have angels stopped to minister upon the earth. Do not sleep through the Restoration. This is the most exciting period of time before the coming of the Savior. Our personal desires to serve and help others in the path of the Gospel will help us become prepared for that special day of His Coming!


Ya so unless you here otherwise let's plan on Saturday for the Skyping, because Sunday I will be traveling. If not lets do next week? let me know otherwise. 

2pm your time work for you guys, let me know otherwise, I'll get back to you guys