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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

mission: you may kiss the bride/#missionaries/weddingplanners#divorceattorney

September 4, 2017

hey fam,
well i hope everything with you guys is going good! here we just had changes, nothing really changed a ton for me, 3 people left my district, and so we will have some new missionaries coming in, but all is good, 
really looking back at this past change i can see the progress, haha at this point last change my district had 1 babtisimal date, now we have 9, and every sector in my district is sharing the glory, meaning that all the sectors are running these fechas,

so i put the title we got cuase well that is exactly what is going on, i have spent lots of time teaching the law of chastity as well as talking about divorce and marrage, i am getting to the point where i should just go get my law digree in this! haha i have become very familar with the laws here about all of this, due to the fact that some people dont want to get divorced becuase they are recieving money for there kids, and they thing that that will change when the divorce happens, money really is a big deal for a lot of these people, they really are afraid of marrage becuase they think that they will lose money, but as i have been going through all the laws in most situations the people are actualy going to gain money,

so this last week we found a girl to teach, she has 14 years old, her life is pretty torn appart right now, she ligaly has to be away from her father, right now she is living with her brother, as we taught her the second lesson she really opened up and told us everything, we talked about it all and she wants to be babtized on the 15 of september, after talking to her it really made me see how hard it is for the youth here, all there families are torn appart and a lot of time the kids just want to have a family.

babtism really is a point in peoples lives where they can really start over and look into the future with a lot of antisipaction. 

right now all is good for me, we are really trying to work hard, with the ward and all, we are also getting excited becuase the 18th of september is coming up, the indapendance day of chile, it really is a big deal here, 

thanks for all you do for me, i hope you all have a  great week!

elder anderson. 









The eagle has landed

August 28, 2017

sup fam!

nother week wearing the rubber off the bottom of my shoes, haha but all is well here on the coast of barrancas! last week i talked about the miricles that have been happing in the sector, well god has continued to bless us, at the moment we now have 4 dates for babtisms all in the months of september as well as a few other dates as goals with a few other people, but as every great thing happens its kinda like looking down a barrel of a gun at some moments, let me explain, we have rosa, alva, diego, juan manuel, manuel, fitler and patricia, and veronica, all of these people that are in this list are people that are progressing and that i am teaching, all of them except juan manual need to get married, this would be 6 wedding that i will have to get going, as well as one of this couple does not have any papers to get married here in chile, we figured a way so that we can send them to the hatian embassy where all of the laws of haiti apply, there we can get them married, but anyways will all of the success that god has given us i can see where it comes from, obedience and giving it our all, god really wont bless us if we put in 99% or even 100%, i know a person who is school they were always looking to get more than 100%, and now i understand, we are looking to give 100% we are going to give 200%, all that we have and all that we dont have, thats what it takes,

so my french creal is coming along, for those of you who dont know that is the language that the hatianos speak, a while back i made the dicision to learn this language, i am now to the point where i can camunicate pretty good, lots of verbs i dont know but i understand, a few week back when i made the decision i had to give a babtismal interview to a lady who only spoke this language, god blessed me in the time to be able to understand everything that she was saying but leaving that interview i decided its time to speak like a hatian!

so i say the eagle has landed becuase THE PACKAGE HAS COME!!! a box full of stuff that i have been waiting for from my family has finally come!!!!!! it took like 3 months but i finally got it!

so one thing that i learned this past week while i was teaching elder Nuñez was that we waist a lot of time planning for lessons that dont ever happen, during weekly planning, we have made the decision to  change how this whole thing runs, we have stopped planning for lessons and the doctrine we teach and have started to plan exactly for the needs of people and what we need to accomplish in the week. 

i have told you all about the goal we have had to get the attendance of church up to 70 by october, well yesterday we passed our goal we hit 74! now we have  changed goals a bit and we are going to try and hit 80 but maintian this number, as well as if all goes planned we hopefully will babtized a good number of people this next months. 

yesterday in church on of my investigators was talking to one of the members, he found out about priesthood blessings, as he found out about this he asked us for one and explained that he has faith, as we gave him a blessing he starting crying in the middle, after the blessing he was crying nonstop when he finally got wind agian he explained that he had never felt such peace in his life, and he knew that he needs to be babtized, 

the lord continues to bless us here in this sector, so long as we are obedient focused and as we put in this 200% the lord will do the rest. i hope you all can try and apply this in every situation in life.

i love you all, thankyou for your example to me and your love, and for your support, i know i am not perfect and my letters arent always the best but thankyou for always being there!

love 

Elder Kay Anderson
 






 

When the starts just line up right

August 21, 2017


Hey fam!

Not a ton of time to write, but the letter I wrote last week about perseverance payed off!  The Lord really is blessing us! Last week I talked about how no one is attending church and things and how we have had the goal to have 70 people in church by October. Yesterday we had 62 people attending church, a few families that were in active, and we had 5 investigators in church, and we have 2 fechas for baptism in the next 3 weeks.

We were super blessed this past week as we kept working and trying to find people.  We found 2 people that are super great, the contacts were for sure inspired of Heavenly Father.  One is named D who is 24 and has a really young family, he works as a deep sea fisherman.  The other is named J who is from the Dominican Republic, he is a little older and is away from his family so that he can work and gain a little money.

Not a whole lot more to say.  I hope all is well with all of you! Love you all!

Elder Anderson.
 
 

Perserverance

August 14, 2017
 
hey fam,
 
this week we sure put our shoulders to the wheele, the work in my sector is coming along, but the dissapointment also is growing, we put tons of work into the sector and not a whole lot is coming out, we have been putting tons of work into trying to get the ward to work with us, including visiting lots of members and teaching them lessons of a few things, basically trying to get the ward to work how a ward should be in there callings, but in this way a lot rides on the bishop, for the least the bishop has to show up no time to his meetings, we worked super hard this week trying to atleast get the members to show up to ward council meeting on sunday, after even calling everyone 30 minutes before the meeting, not even the bishop could show up on time, he was 50 minutes late, and we only had 3 out of all the orginazations show up, after doing all this work i realize how important it is to do our work in our callings and in our wards, after thinking alot about the covanants we made we commited to do a lot more than just obey the cammandments and go to church on sunday, we commited to serve, this makes me think a lot about mosiah 18 verses 8 through10 as well as alma 60 verses 20 through 23, really if we think we will be blessed for only obeying the cammandments and going to sacrament meeting on sundays we are kinda fooling ourselves.

the training of elder nuñez is coming along very well, he is very smart and he really loves to help and serve people, this past week we ended up doing a little bit of service helping a guy lift of some sheetrocking in his house, it was a great experience.

we have started to have a lot more people progress, and as well with that they are having friends that are members, so we are working with that a little more, we had a great noche de hogar last friday where we had 11 investigators and about 40 people in total, it was a great expeirience for the ward and the investigators,

we are starting to work with a few families that are less active, one called that family oroz, they are super great just need a little help getting up and going to church.

i put the word perserverance as my title cause thats the hard work you do after you just got done working hard, haha and thats what this sector needs, we are still working hard and we are going to work even harder this next week, i love you all have a great week!
 

 

Not sure what to name this.


August 7, 2017

hey everyone,

this week has been a week chuck full of work, and more work, including racking in the numbers, this week we hit a record in finding the most news to teach, all these people we found are great, i felt the spirit guiding me in the streets to find these people, this week we are going to go back to them all and see who we cant help to progress, 

the ward this past week has given me all the numbers from the past few years and lets just say there i tons of room for improvement, the ward gave us 10 names of families so that we  can visit them, we have plans to go visit one of them tonight with some of the ward members, 

it is super important for all the investigators and all of the less actives to have a friend in the church, it is useless for the missionaries to work without the help of the ward,

this past week i had my first divisions as dl, it was super great and i think that i can really help my district, i can feel of the spirit guiding me and i plan meeting and as i do interviews and as i work with each missionary.

this past p day i went and bought some stuff to make some work out weights, i will send some pictures of them!

my comp continues to impress me in every aspect, we are truly put together here at this time to do some serious work, and we are going get it done, this week we are having lots of ward activities and lots of changes will be made with how we work with the ward,

last friday i left my comp with another greenie as me and the other guy went into santiago to have a reunion with pres with all the district leaders, turns out there are tons of new leaders, i felt a little un experienced in the meeting as i have the least amount of time in the mission to be a dl, but all is good, afterwords i had an interview with president and we talked about the changes we are going to make in the mission and then he proceeded to tell me how much he trusts me, it is good to know that my leader has trust in me to do the things i am, i just have to keep working and make sure i keep that trust.

i love you all have a great week!
 




 

July 31, 2017


July 31, 2017

Hey fam,

This past week has been super busy, haha both with all my new responsabilities and thing that we are starting to change with the ward, my time to write now is very limited due to the fact that i have tons of thing i now have to do on the computer, so please be patient!

first off my comp is named elder nuñez de peru, he is super cool! i could not of asked for a better comp, he loves to work hard and is super into working in the same ways i am, i love being able to help him and teach him, he is for sure also teaching me tons of stuff! one thing cool about him is that he loves to cook! and food from peru is super good! haha so i will be eating some good food for the next 2 changes, 

i say this is what seperaites the boys from the men becuase really it does, haha being a trainer and district leader is probably the busiest work there is in the mission, all the free time i had now is all sucked up in the work, but it is all good, i really actually enjoy it, tons of work tons of blessings  thats the way i see it.

this week a guy named jean started progressing, he really is amazing, after teaching him twice we took him to the church to show him around, he really like it and asked when he could be babtized, also he said that in one of the lecions books it talks about cammandments, he then asked us to teach him the camandments so that he could start living them! he attended church this past week and tonight we are going to go and finalize the fecha that we put with him for the 12th, we also started working with a guy named rene, he is super good as well, him and jean are actually really similar in a lot of ways, although rene did not attend church, we went and looked for him in the morning but he said he didnt have an iron to iron his pants, we try to talk him into going but he wouldnt budge, this week we are going to make sure he has everything ready by saterday night,

the district is super great, this past week we put together some goals that we all want to have, we put the goals for having lots of activities with the wards and things, 

speaking of the ward, we were shown a program by our mission leader that he suggest us to use with the ward, basically its a whole lot of verifying with the ward and the members and all the leaders getting them to start to really fulfull all of there callings, we are going to start this i think, it really is just going to help us increase the church attendance for our ward, we are having on average about 45 people in church every sunday, my goal is to have about 70, i am going to get a few more numbers from the ward but we are going to do what elder packer suggested in the zone conferance and crunch the numbers and try to get it all into a system that the ward can really get excited to help us out, 

at the end of this past week we started to put into practice the plan del cambio, about asking good questions, we got to the point where we realized it is a whole lot better for the people and for us, we are going to keep going with it and see where it takes us, we also cut the word message out of our vocabulary, and people seam to be a little more responsive, truly that word scares people a bit,
 me with elder nuñez worked super hard, he is a very good elder that is very prepaired to be here in the mission, we are going to make tons of great changes and thing here, 

thanks for all you do for me, if you have any questions please let me know!

elder anderson
 







 

Monday, July 24, 2017

The moment you realize the mission is real

July 24, 2017

Hey Everyone!

So I guess the big news of the week is we had changes! I stayed in my sector, but I am now going to be training a new missionary!!!!!!!! I am so stoked!  I have been looking forward to this responsibility for a while now. I am so excited!  Normally when we know the changes we find out Saturday night who will have changes and then Sunday morning they tell us all the details, but we didn't know any of the details until late last night and even then everything wasn't that clear.  As we all got together this morning I found out that I am also district leader now.  I am super excited to be able to work with my district.  We are all super young in the mission and there is a lot of faith and a ton of energy.  I know that this all will be hard at first, there is a lot of stuff to do, but I really am feeling blessed for this opportunity,

So one thing that I expressed was how hard it is to get investigators to church.  After having 11 people committed to come to church and having only 1 of them show up after passing by every single one of their houses was a little frustrating.  I decided that I will have to go about this in a whole different way, not really sure exactly how I will do this right now, but I am excited to see how things will go.  With my new comp there will be lots of learning on both ends and there will be lots of changes made in us and in the sector and in the ward.

One thing that has changed in the ward since I have been here is that we are now getting all the priesthood brethren together every 2 weeks and we visit alot  of the people that are inactive.  It's actually not showing a whole ton of results on the side of the inactive members, but it is for sure changing the hearts of the people in the ward.  There may be very few members, but each and every one of them are starting to help in the work and eventually we will see the fruits of our labors.

So with my new comp I won't get to meet him until tomorrow late.  Today all the trainers were in meetings with President as he was giving us council on training.  At this point he says he doesn't even have the assignments made.

I am excited to write you all next week and to tell you how everything is going! At this point in my mission it is great to look back on myself and change and become even better! My goal is to train my new missionary to be a beast of a missionary, so I need to be a beast of an example! 

I love you all.  I hope you have a great 24th!

Elder Anderson





The struggle is real

July 17, 2017

Hey Everyone,

This week was a pretty normal week, super slow at the first of the week and super busy at the end. Not a whole to tell you guys about either, 

First off  these past few days have been super cold, ha ha! President is even making jokes in our emails we get from him about how cold it is! Here in Chile it snows once every like 20 years, and I guess its has been one of those years cause snow fell a few days ago in Santiago.  Not here on the coast though.

On Sunday we finally had a few people attend church and we now have a baptism date with a man named J for the 5th of agusto.  We have lots of hope for him.  He is a super great guy! He is a little older like in his 60's, but he has a very strong testimony.

So last week I got a call from the office asking what we were running in our house.  They explained that our electrical bill was running 5 times higher than normal.  In our house we have less things than most of the other pentions have.  After doing a little inspecting I found a nice cable running from my house to my neighbors, haha!  They were stealing our power for the past 2 months.  I called the office and they sent a guy to take a look at it and in the end the guy just cut the cable and threw it away, nothing more.  I had a good laugh at it because who would of thought to do something like that?

So today for p-day an Elder from the next sector over stayed with me in my house.  He is a great guy from California and his parents are both from Mexico.  We had a good time scrubbing the house.  I am sure our mom's are proud of us! We cleaned everything we could.  The fridge, everything!

So talking about the struggle is real...just a reference to how life is.  The mission is super great, but it is always a struggle to get people to church, but it is such a reward for them and for us when they finally go.  I have found that once a person goes to church once, somewhere down the road they get baptized.  That is why it is such a goal to get people to go to church!

I hope you all have a great week! 

Elder Anderson

My Mr. Rogers Sweater.

Cable connecting to our apartment.

Grongo Vacation

July 7, 2017

hey yall!

this past week has been one full of miricles, many things happened this week that showed us that the lord has been watching our hard work, to start out this past week we now have 4 people that have committed to babtizm, 3 hatianos that speak good spanish and english and 1 chileano that is an older guy that has stomach cancer, each of these people we litteraly stumbled upon them, the only problem is we cant make anything offical with any of them becuase none of them have come to church.

jose, jose is the older chilean that we met on tuesday, tuesday we had interviews with president and so our day was kinda a little shorter on time to work, we had just gotten out of a lesson and for some random reason we started contacting up in this part of the sector, which we normaly would not do at this time of night, like 8:30, elder quipildor then said lets go visit jose, i had never even heard of this guy, but we litteraly were headed straite for his house without knowing it, turns out my comp had seen him around the change before i got here but had never had a lesson with him. as we nocked on his door he let us and we had a great lesson with him talking about babtism, we then commited him to be batized, it will be a little harder to teach him becuase he cant read but it will all turn out good, we have high hopes and lots of faith, one thing that i have learned about is that with everyone we really need to have tons of faith in them, all to often we classify people after we leave there house as if they are going to progress fast or not progress, as we have tried to put all the faith in the world into these people and extend a lot more invitations and dates for babtism we are seeing the results.

today for p day my comp had to go get his visa done, since it is a couple hours in bus to get to santiago he left last night, with some other elders from san antonio that had to do there visas as well, so i am on divisions with elder johnson, the zl, he has only 2 weeks left in the mission, so we decided to go up to el quisko today and hang out with all the other gringos in the zone, litterally all the latinos are gone today, haha we ended up walking around a bit looking at the ocean and we went and ate a churrasko in a nice little resturaunt. it has been a really great day, nice and laid back, haha and i havent spoken this much english in months!

so last monday i was on divisions with the dl elder nicolas  from peru, we were leaving a car of a member and as i was getting out i heard a big rip! the back of my pants had gotten caught on something and had oppened of the back end of my pants pretty good! luckily i was wearing thermals underneath,

so today i took some time and bought some new pants for a super good price, it was like 2 pants for 25 bucks, this week i will take them to a ward member and she will slim them up for me. haha always the custom fit pants for the missionaires!


thankyou for all the support you all give me, i hope you all had an amazing 4th of july, please have a great week!


elder anderson

Fly Over States, Jason Aldean

July 3, 2017

sup fam!

welll my subject this week i decided to give a shout out to my good old country! 4 july for sure wont be the same out here in chile as it will be there, this song by jason aldean if i remember right explains alot of how america is, small towns and country, thats what america is, i am super greatfull to be able to be from this country, and to be able to have the rights and things that i have there, you never realize how great it is to live in the states until you dont live in them anymore.

well this week was very much the same as last week, lots of trying to find people, some of the people that we found over the past while have started to progress, its a little hard to teach them though, these people are all friends with our retention joey, so in this case many of them have very bad drug problems. i haved worked with serval cases of things like this, it is hard for them to progress and change but when they do, it for sure is rewarding,

this past week we have been seen several miricles happen, we can see the lord trying to bless us, we have found a few people that are really receptive when we are there, its just hard to get them to church because here in the port everyone works all the time, the fishing opperations here have been hitting gold this past week so alot of people have not been home much. 

this week i have planned a ward activity, my hopes are that this small ward of 50 people will be able to be a little more united, the activity will be this friday at 7, we have a few activities planned that hopefully will turn out great!

so i got to give a shout out to friend weller, haha for teaching us how to lead music, the ward found out that i can lead so thats what i am doing now! haha also when i have time i am trying to remember what i learned from piano lessons, hopefully i can remember enough to play then we can have a piano durnig those hymns!


other than that not a whole lot to tell! i hope you guys have a great week! and remember to always remember to retain your knowledge that you recieve, not going to really explain it, but you will always use the knoledge you have throughout life! no matter what!

love you all!


elder anderson