Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dear Family of mine.

Well, once again- I hope that you had a wonderful birthday Seth!  24, right?? que viejo...

What a wonderful week it has been! I was going to send pictures, but I forgot my camera card reader in the house.  This morning we went and played soccer with the zone.  It was really fun, I hadn't played for a while.. but I think we are going to start it up in the ward on Saturdays.
So much has happen this week- where to start? I am loving my area- it really is so beautiful!  And my companion is wonderful.  We pass the week working hard and laughing together.  :)  its a great mix.

Well, I guess one of the best news and blessings that we have seen is that Jimmy and Adriana are PROGRESSING! but wonderfully! When we taught them the restoration... I felt like they were teaching us.  Adriana said something to the affect of-  we knew that we needed to change something to bring more peace in our lives- because we are not attending a church.  Jimmy looked up and said- we weren't attending a church... now we are.   My companion and I couldn't help but just smile! They love the church! They actually shared the experience that their relationship was on the rocks, but since we found them, and they have been coming to church... everything has changed.  That is the blessing of the gospel.

We found another family as well!  Alejandro and Karin.  We had the first lesson with them this last week.  I felt like we were just jumping around in the lesson... we couldn't find their need.  I was praying so hard in my heart that we could find it... when we invited them to church, and talked about the sacrament.  Come to find out (I don't know how well you know the catholic religion... I've  become pretty pro) If you are married in the church and your spouse cheats, or abuses you... it doesn't matter.  You can divorce.... but you CANNOT marry again in the catholic church.  (unless you send a whole long letter to Spain and it takes like 15 years supposedly).  And so you can be married civilly- but that doesn't count.  You are living in sin... and you cannot participate in the sacrament.  Well, Alejandro was married before and his wife was unfaithful- So they were divorced and he married Karin... but they have been -living in sin-.  We were able to teach and testify that families can be eternal! And just all of the blessings that we receive.  Well the next day we see  him.. and he said to us- I have to be honest with you guys (we froze)  My wife and I talked and we are really really interested... and want to be a part of your religion.  And we want are children to be a apart of you church... and one day we want to be sealed as a family!

There aren't words that describe the feeling of hearing someone saying that.  I love being a missionary.  And I love inviting people to come unto Christ.

Love you all!

Hermana Anderson.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Paradise -- they sent her to Paradise for her last area.....

Aye no... what a week!!! Well first thing is first.... Welcome to JUNE! That is pretty crazy.  And because I wont be writing until next monday...

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY SETH!!! I hope that you have a good one!!

It sure has been an adventure this week!  Le contare... our area is huge! And so getting to know it has been pretty eventful.  Sometimes we even have to take like 30 minutes bus rides... but our area is beautiful!!  I sent some pictures :).  Paraiso is in the mountains! It so much fun!  The weather is... perfect!  And it hasnt been raining too much.  So there is only 1 complaint .......

WE HAVE NOT HAD ANY WATER!!  Literally, I tell you.  Or lights.  My companion says its never been like this before... but literally they have been cutting out water off at like 7 in the morning and it doenst come back until like 9 at night... and just a trickle from the lowest facet that we have outside.  I have reflected so much on mom and dads wonderful example this week of food storage, and to all I testify how imporant it is to have food and water storage!!!!!   I believe friday saturday and sunday the water never even came back as a trinkle in the night time.  I had never before realized what it was like to not have access to water.  We had to call the mission home so that they could bring us water... Not to go into details but I never before realized what it would be like living off limited water... And I tell you that it is so important that we can follow the advice of the prophets and have food and water storage!

There was another protest this week... they shut down the streets so that we could have our water back... and it came :).  Although I can still tell you that every bucket is still brim full of water for the doubts.

We also had a wonderful miricle this week!! As a mission we have a goal that everyone can baptize a famliy in June.  Well, I just came to this area and we didnt have a family.  My companion and I talked about the goals that we wanted in the short weeks, and decided that we were going to work hard and pray for a family.... and that is what we ahve been doing.  In a bus stop we were talking to some people... one of which was Adriana... and she invited us to her house........  We showed up... late because she litterally lives at the top of a mountain... but showed up becuase we felt like we needed to find her. After a wonderful lesson her and her husband both accepted a baptismal date!!! And they both came to church this sunday, and LOVED it. (and brought their young chrildren ). Just another experience that God live, loves us and answers our prayers.  

There are so many people in need.  Waiting for this gospel.  Just like Adriana and Jimmy.  She told us that she felt like an emptiness was being filled up and she sat through the church services.  I hope and pray that everyone of you are participating in the missionary work. And through your personal prayers you are asking Heavenly Father how you personally can participate in the Lords missionary Work.

Love you all!

Have a wonderful week!!! With water ;)

Hermana Anderson