Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Past two letters...Happy Thanksgiving!

Before Thanksgiving:
How was your week?
This week has been a little stressful and hard. But the blessing are great. We had transfers this week on tuesday so that was fun I got to see all my  buddies from the Mtc and around the mission. I love my zone and the Missionaries in it. We got a new elder in the Apt. He's a little bit of a liar but Im starting to warm up to him. He kinda reminded me of my myself. He doesn't really Know why he is out here and that was one of the questions that went through my head the first week. I gave him some advise and now he's doing well. I'm out here cause the Lord has commanded us to and I love to do missionary work. My testimony has strengthened so much since the first day at the MTC and being out in the field. I love to see the changes in my Investigators lives. We have another solid Investigator Richard. He ran into us as we were riding bikes and now he wants his girlfriend and him to take the lessons and come to church I can't wait to meet up with them. This week has been Awesome with some stress cause of the baptisms. 

How were the Baptisms on Saturday? do you have photos?
The baptism were so awesome. The first one Brother Heeters was the most Spiritual baptism I have ever been to and took part in. The spirit was so strong. Brother Heeter is a Guy that doesn't show any emotion and to see him crying with his wife made me so happy that I helped him get to that point. I love that family so much. Elder Beard and I gave the Missionary Presentation and the spirit was so strong during the first Vision we both started to cry and a lot of people started to cry too. That baptism was awesome and that is why I am out here to Bring people closer to Christ.
Brother Warners was a lot different then Heeters. At Heeters there was like 90 people and brother Warner had about 11 people, but the spirit was still really strong. He was a former cop and has 2 younger sons and HE is such a good guy. Im so proud of him.
Yes I have pictures I'll send you them soon.

How's progress with the Mexican Lady? What's her name?
She's going good we are still trying to get her a ride to church and we'll prob drop by her house tomorrow. Her name is Salidia.

Funniest moment?
So Brother Heeter is like 450 pounds and the guy that was baptizing him wasn't very big. So during the baptism dunk the guy dropped him in the water, that was pretty funny.

Have you ate any other interesting foods?
Nope just romen and freezer food hahah. But were going to that Mexican home on Thanksgiving so that should be fun.

After Thanksgiving:
How are you?
I'm doing really well, this week was a little slow. Not much work happened because of the holiday.

Did you survive the Thanksgiving feast?
Yeah we ended up not going to the spanish home. So we just had a traditional Thanksgiving with some members. It was way good I love the Browns. We played a lot of B-ball and games which was really fun. Oh i also took a 2 hr nap and that never happens.

Is it cooling down there?
Yeah its pretty cold here Like 56 right now. We have to wear Jackets now. But its not bad.
How was your week?
Pretty slow. Probably the best thing that happened this week was the random members giving us money I love it. This week has been really slow and we did a lot of walking cause we're low on miles with the car and elder Beards bike broke. We met a crazy lady that said she can see into the future so that was pretty interesting and now she's a potential Investigator. Slow week.

Any baptisms scheduled soon?
Nope hopefully Robert and Mike will be baptized soon

How's Brother Heeter doing?
He's doing great. We still visit him every once in a while but he's moving soon so were helping them pack.

Any progress with the mexican lady?
Its really hard to get her to church cause our church starts at 8 and she doesn't want to wake up that early. So im pretty bummed about that.
So what was the funniest event? Well we do a lot of biking and Elder Beard and I were going off some jumps and I got like 4 ft of air and Elder beard totally ate it right on his face, so that was really funny.
Spiritual event? Probably giving a blessing to Brother Stout in church yesterday. 

Happiest? Beard getting his bike on Saturday and biking all day.
Oh and we also got to ride in a sand rail on thanksgiving that was really fun.
Best and worst food?
We had some really good turkey hahah nothing really bad other then the freezer food i eat everyday. Greasy mess.

What your fav moment of the week?
Probably talking to that crazy lady about the future and meteors coming to Surprise, AZ  hahah it was really funny

Anything else interesting you want to share?
This week was really hard and tiring. I also gave a talk in Sacrament about honesty that went really well. The spirit was so strong during my talk.

I love you and I'm so thankful for everything Mom and Dad.

Elder Trent Anderson

Friday, November 19, 2010

He is Challenging Us.

How are you doing?
I'm doing Great. I honestly love it out here. Transfers were today, but im staying in Surprise and my Companion got called a DL district leader so that's exciting.

So how was your week?
My week has been really good. We got 2 new investigator's that I'm hoping will let us teach them the lessons and get baptized.
But I have a Question- How is your missionary work
Mom our missions never stop we are always an example and there are 3 things that you need to teach:
1. Faith in Jesus Christ
2. The Restoration
3. believing in the Book of Mormon 
We all have these things, so I challenge you to have someone take the lessons in our home by the missionaries.

What was the best thing that happened?
We had 2 Baptismal Interviews and they are getting baptized 
on Saturday.
I'm so excited. Mark and Bro. Heeter. I love them.

Funniest event?
Well my Comp. ate it on his bike which was really funny... showing off in front of some sisters.

You spent some time with your Pres and Sister 
Beck. How was that? Did you get to know them a little better?
Yeah we had a meeting that was fun and we had a badminton tournament . Yeah they love me.
Are they strict?
Yes they are strict but that's a good thing.

How are the baptisms coming along?
They are coming along great. There shouldn't be any problem.

What happened with the Mexican lady that was waiting for you to come pray with her? Did she have another discussion?
Yah we  taught her the 1st lesson and she wants to come to church this Sunday. She is so solid and way nice.

Have you gone golfing yet?
Nope:( we're always really busy. Golf takes up too much time.

Any other stories you want to share?
Well, I had the inside of a Cows milk system its called trepes. It was really gross and I got a little sick. The Milk was cooked in like this tub of meat. way dirty.
We had it at a Mexican house.
I love you and yeah I'll email Jeff if i get time.

Elder Trent Anderson

Monday, November 8, 2010

Write Elder Anderson

How was your week?
 My week was pretty good and fun, we work super hard. Thanks for the package and the gifts. We tracked a lot this week and got 6 new Investigators and they are awesome. I feel like I'm getting a lot better at door approaches and teaching in lessons. But it is pretty scary. You would be amazed on how many poeple hate us.I just feel bad for those people. But my week has been good. Oh we got a new mission leader in my ward Kingswood Park, he's an FBI agent and does swat. So he has some pretty crazy stories.
What was your favorite spiritual experience?
Oh on Friday Elder B and i went on a walk and contacted and visited some poeple, then we came back to the apt. to go to the bathroom and we decided to pray to see what street to go tracking on, so we prayed in front of a map. Right after the prayer the sprirt was telling me to go to 160th st. so we went and the 2nd house we knocked on was an older Mexican lady super nice. She invited us in and we taught the first lesson at the end we asked if we could pray with her. Right then she said "I was praying on my knees out side asking God to bring me someone to pray with and then you guys came" that was one of the coolest moments i have had on my mission so far. We are going to teach her this week and I'm so pumped. We also got 2 other investigators on that street and a less active lady. So that was a really good day.

Do you have any interesting investigator stories?
Well Brother Heeter's baptism date is pretty much solid and he's one of my favorite people to teach. He jokes around a lot and the spirit is pretty strong when we start teaching.
One of the recent members got Kidney stones and we went over and gave him a blessing, the next day we went over he said the pain left right after we left and this guy is awesome and his faith is so strong.
What was the best and worst food you ate?
The best food would prob be Chicken and mashed potatoes they were way good.
Worst we don't really get bad food, but i would have to say spinach casserole.

When's your next Baptism?
Our next baptism is on the 20th we have two on that day. And they are solid.

Do you have a lot of discussions set up? Any interesting meeting or events during the discussions?
Yeah kinda but all we really do is practice teaching and the President tells us what to do. We can text now hahah.
We also had a badminton tournament today.
Sister Beck will prob add pictures of it on her blog.
Any other favorite event of the week?
I met 2 of the Cardinal Cheerleaders this week that was pretty awesome. haha
Oh we went to a MLB game AFL east vs AFL west it was pretty awesome.
I want girls to write me hahaha

I love you,
Elder Anderson

Monday, November 1, 2010

First Baptism!

My week was really good. I went up to Wickenburg 
on Tuesday for transfers which was pretty awesome and I got to teach some really poor families like they were living on the dirt with no air conditioning  and we got kicked out of a mobile home place haha. But the week has been good.

The old people feed us like pigs. I'm talking like 5 course meals its crazy, I love that Ward. Oh we had a trunk or treat 
on Saturdaywhich was way fun, I have some pictures i'll send them to you. Halloween was fun we weren't aloud out though, but we just hung out at a members and ate candy.

Did the Baptism happen 
on Friday?
Yes it was so cool. The spirit is so strong at baptisms. Elder Beard performed it and I got to teach the lesson in front of everyone and I got to witness. And i got a baptism on my record sheet. The baptism went really well. Carissa is an awesome girl. she's 23.

What was your best meal of the week?
Halloween night we had burgers and potatoes at the Browns their awesome members and they take care of us all the time.

Best spiritual moment?
The baptism was pretty spiritual and giving the missionary lesson was pretty fun. But Giving blessings are prob the best, the spirit is so strong and there just awesome to give.

Best Elderly moment? (since more than half of the people you see are over 55)
Well at church the old people crack the stupidest jokes and its so funny.  

Anything else?
Borther Heeter is forsure going to be baptized on the 20th and i Love the man. He jokes a lot and never turns off the tv so we get to watch the football games while teaching him haha, but its way good and the lessons with him are awesome.

Love you,
Elder Anderson