Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Mexico City - Week #69

hey all.
i hope everyone is doing well. the ├írea is still good here. it gets cold at night and hot at midday here. just felt like i needed to share that with yall. tonight i will be calling Claudia and Lizbeth to see how their talk went with their parents about getting baptized this week. hopefully all goes well with them. another investigador came to church for the first time named jaunita. we met her at a quesadilla place we ate next to the church once. she mentioned to us after church sunday that something was working inside her and she really liked the feeling of it. im excited for her. we have other investigadores we are teaching that havent gotten to church yet too. i will let you know about them when the start making more progress. 
for pday today we played soccer at church. is was a lot of fun but im pretty tired now. im so excited for friday but i also feel really weird. the same kind of weird ive falt the last 2 times ive skyped. who knows what it is lol. anyways, i hope you all have a merry christmas this year! i know i will. love you guys. xoxo

Elder anderson

Mexico City - Week #68

hey all,

im doing good being here in mexico still haha. today we had our annual Christmas party as a mission. it was fun. first we had a devotional, then a talent show, then a turkeyand mashed potato lunch, then i played futbol americano with some other gueros, then i played a bit of volleyball, then we at hotdogs and nachos, and ya.. thats it lol came back to my area in a comve to write all of you beautiful people. 
as for the area, its good! weve had lots of success. claudia and lizbeth texted us the other night wanting to know of a Book of Mormon that talks about la Navidad. so we gave them alma 7 to read because it not only talks a about Jesus´ Nacimiento but also about what we can to accept Him ­čśő. youll understand if you read it. anyways, they sent another text later that night letting us know how much they loved it. they are really great. im so glad to be working in this type of work. saving souls and such. yeah, its pretty nice. not to brag or anything. i would recomend it to you if you ever get the chance.
anyways, thats about it for the week. love yall! have a good one! xoxo

Elder Anderson

Mexico City - Week #67

hey guys,

hope everyones doing well. after district meeting today, elder salazar, came to the chapel with his family. his mom is the president of the sociedad de socorro and he returned from his fulltime mission today. i got to talk to him before he got released from being an elder. it made me think of my sister who will be going through the same thing in a couple days. im so happy for the example she has been to me in my mission and also how much of a help as well. from feeling out all my mission papers to helping me through difficult companeros. im so blessed to have had her as MY companion throughout this entire missionary experience. Kylee, te felicito mucho! nunca te olvides de lo que has aprendido junto con tu hermanito en el campo. Vas a lograr milagros en tu vida y en la vida de los dem├ís. gracias por ser mi ejemplo y espero que te disfrutes de nuestra familia a al estar all├ş para la Navidad. ├ëXITO! No debes estar triste. Que empezca la buena vida! Te amo!
today, i went to the center with some investigadores that Whit via FB from an area pasada. they informed us that they wanted to be baptized by me and my old companero who taught them with me, elder perez. it was awesome to hear that from them. they still have a lot of work to do before they reach that point considering they arent married yet and drink a lot haha. they have 2 kids and their hearts are definitely in the right place. it will al work out in the Lords time and how it should so im super excited for them. claudia and lizbeth didnt make it to church on sunday so we wont be baptizing the day kylee goes home which is sad but maybe the day after navidad. others also came for the first time so things are looking bright in this area.
i got my package! its huge! we have are lil Christmas corner going on in our house with everything. its so great! thanks so much family! it will be a special Christmas for everyone this year! love you tons! xoxo

Elder Anderson

Mexico City - Week #66

hey guys,

another great week. claudia and lizbeth keep going to church and are in the process of recieving an answer to their prayers about the Book of Mormon. its all going well. they also invited us to go help them put up their christmas tree and decorations for christmas so that was pretty cool with the christmas music going and all. currently they are the only ones getting to curch hince progressing as of right now but we are working with a lot of potentials. hopefully a couple will get through with it. at changes i also got my old backpack that another missionary picked up about 3-4 months ago.. it has my spanish scriptures, camara, himnbook, toiletries, and some other stuff that i thought was lost forever but finally appeared. everything there just like it was when i lost it. so that was a nice lil tender mercy for me.
we went to the plaza tezontle (mall) today. looked around and then went to chilis to eat. it honestly felt really weird inside there today. like i wasnt so used to such a nice building. it reminded my of going to the mall with gunnar during wrestling season in springfield il to shop for everyone for christmas and then eating at texas roadhouse after. i forced me to eat a huge meal and all i was thinking was that i was not going to make weight the following day for the tournament. oh and whit, you will also have to ask him about the waitress who tried to hit on him! (your welcome gunnar ­čśü) anyways, thats about it for this week as far as i can remember.. ohh wait and also theres this hna name hna marina in our area who has always always helped us in everything we have needed from food to a place to wash our clothes. anyways, she called us one night to ask us to run by to do a favor for her. we got their thinking to help here but then she turns to me and says im taking you to the shoe store. im gonna buy you some new shoes. i obviously said there was no way she was gonna buy me new shoes but after about 10 minutes she got me to go with the whole ¨¨├»f you dont let me, i will be losing blessings¨¨ act and she ended up buyin me some really cool boots. i will send you all some pictures. she is the most humble, caring, generous hna that i know here. the more i talk to her, the more she reminds me of my nana. love ya nana!
ok so i think thats it. have a great week! and sleep good tonight everyone! xoxo

Elder Anderson

Mexico City - Week #65

hey all,

hows it going? all good here. im trying to think of stuff that happened this week. me da mas y mas flojera al escribirles semana despuse de semana lol. im just not one for reminesing but i know you guys are interested in whats going on here so i guess i will have to keep doing it.. so what is going on here? well, those two girls came to church again this week and we put their fechas para el bautismo for the 19th of diciembre. so we should be baptizing on the day kylee goes home i think right? we also found another family, mom and daughter, who are antiguos investigadores, and they now want to seguir again which is cool. they already have 2 sundays as well, so they could be baptized as soon as the 19 along with the other too. woah, i just had deshawvoo of writing you guys all of these. here, iv Heard that comes from us passing through certain things that we previously saw in the premortal existence. who knows if thats actually true but id like to believe it. oh, so saturday, a got a phonecall from an old investigador from like 2 ├íreas ago. her names reina and she is what the mssionaries call an eternal. she had been in and out of lessons with missionaries for 3 years and she just didnt want to pull the trigger to baptism. so when me and my comp perez went with here, we started with the basics, went to the temple open doors, and figured out she hadnt been Reading the Book of Mormon! that was the key so we did about a week of studying with her in the Book of Mormon and then they changed us both. so it kinda left her plantada but i later took the other missionaries to her to continue to read the Book of Mormon. they ended up going averyday with here for like a month until she finally decided to get baptized. so, she called me to tell me the great news, but she was also looking for some counsel.. her family is super catholic and didnt believe she was making the right decisi├│n. now, on this same saturday, in the morning, my comp was telling me about his conversi├│n story and how his family didnt want him to join the church either. so, thanks to what my comp told me about his situation, i could help Reina, one of my old investigadores, feel more confort in her decisi├│n. we asked permission and got to go to her baptism as well as another baptism of a guy named modesto. i contacted him in the Street about 3 months ago and started teaching him with Elder barnett before they sent me out of that area. but, the moral of the story is that sometimes we forget that our Heavenly Father in always in control. He is the grand architect of our lives.  so i could say that my Sabbath day was a "delight" for me, truely. i love you guys and hope you can have a good week! be safe and happy thanksgiving!

Elder Anderson

Mexico City - Week #64

hey guys,

i hope every one is doing good. this week was a good week for my companion and i. mainly because we had our first investigadores in the church yesterday. they are named claudia and lizbeth. we found them from english classes and they let us visit them. they seem really awesome. claudia  has 20 years and the other 16. we are now going to start the process towards baptism with them. your welcome to pray for them if you would like. we have also found more investigadores this week as well. its lookin a lot better in this area. hopefully it keeps up. oh yeah, a cool thing that happened, later in the day yesterday, the 2 girls showed up to the capilla looking for us with their parents. they gave me 2 new pairs of shoes because they noticed the holes in mine lol. now i shouldnt have to buy shoes like i was thinking i was going to need to. they are such a nice, nice family. we went to the capilla this morning to help the members clean the outside. the church is really pushing self sufficience here in mexico so they took out all the mantenimiento so that the members have to come and help clean to church. hopefully it helps them for the better. 
anyways, i cant really think about anything else that happened this week. sorry my emails are so boring but you all know how much a dont like writing or expressing myself lol. im trying to get better though. just know that all is well here in mexico. i love you guys! have a great week! xoxo

Elder Anderson

Mexico City - Week #63

hey all,

hey everyone, i hope all are doing good. im doing great. mostly because we changed our p day today so we could make a temple visit. the temple here is amazing. it was a whole day event but well worth it! i feel so much better now. its just so peaceful when you enter those sacred grounds. i should be able to go once every 3 months or so. so i got a couple more visits to make before my mission ends. 
apart from that, just a normal week here in atlicpac, los reyes. we have had a lil more success in finding people this week to teach. we found a family of 4. taught three of them the restauracion. we fault the dad. have another cita with them tomorrow. also found a couple other individuals. no we just have to help them progress in order to start their process towards baptism. also, we have met with quite of few menos activo families. its crazy to hear their excuses for not going to church, anything from somebody in the capilla rustling their feathers to not liking the way the members sing to too much homework to a family member passing away. does that seem crazy to you guys too or is it just cuz im a missionary dedicating all my time to church? en todas formas, gotta love them menos activos.
i think thats it from here in mexico. i love you all and hope you have a great one! xoxo
side note: i got to eat some grasshoppers this week. honestly not too bad with a little bit of lemon juice. 
Elder Anderson