Short Email 1-22-10

Hey mom, yeah I could use a coat, I have sent you a few letters out and I'm going to send another today, I dont know why you haven't gotten them yet, my p days are on friday and anyone can email me in my family! I hope you enjoy my letters when they get there, I am changing so much and its awesome the language is hard but I feel I'm excelling at it, my companion is cool, we joke around alot, I love all my roommates, we have so many laughts, which makes it so are spirits are always up, I'm so happy and grateful for the treats you have been sending me, they are good, I share alot :) and I have been working out so much and I have lost like 4 pounds, the food here is good but again I have been limiting myself, its the best feeling to be called a elder! I can't wait for these two years to fly by and for all of you to see how much I have become a man! I am learning to love everyone! I can't wait to get to Brazil and I know if we pray, and be obedient and I put my trust in the Lord I will. I love you and the family!
Elder Anderson


2nd Letter 1-16-10

Dear family,
These past 3 days have opened up a new kind of me. We still laugh so much here, I'm going to say this and I'm not trying to just say what I think a missionary should say, but what I actually feel, I have put my life in the Lords hands 100% (seriously) I eat, sleep, and breath God. I am seriously at a point where I feel the spirit sooo powerfully that if I break even the tiniest rule, I feel the spirit weaken and as soon as I correct it, it comes back and what an awesome feeling that is. Elder holland spoke to us the first day we were here (yes Elder Holland the apostle) and wow was it amazing, just like his talk on the B of M last conference with all his might, he testified of a mission and said with tears in his eyes "A mission changed my life" and a mission has changed mine! I love you all with all my heart and really loved the scripture John 21:15-17. I do love the Lord and will feed his sheep, what a great gift that is to be able to give a person eternal life with their families. It is a hard work, long days, lots of class time (10 hours), but I am meant to be here and so grateful for the opportunity to be here. Seek out the Lord as hard as you can and I testify he is there to love you and does love you very much, you are always in my prayers. With all the love from your son, brother, and devoted missionary. Elder Anderson P.S. You can count on me to always give it my all out here! P.S.S. Can you please get my CTR ring from Brytons I would love to have it. I could really use Chad's jacket also. Thank you so much and thanks for showing Marissa your love and support. She told me how much it means to her! Love you all

1st letter to Mom

Okay this letter is short, but I feel it needs to go in so here it is!

Hey minha familia. Just to let you know I'm here safe and love you guys with all my heart! I only have a minute to write but I'm going to be able to write you an awesome letter Saturday! I love you guys. I'm doing great, learning so so so much! Feeling the spirit stronger than ever and having lots of laughs. Love you talk to you soon. Love Elder Anderson


MTC News of Arrival

I received an email of Chase's arrival, now just waiting for the first letter!

Dear family of Chase David Anderson,

We are pleased to inform you that your missionary has been safely checked in at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. We thank you for supporting your missionary and know that your family will be blessed as a result.

Please note the following items:

1. Your missionary's service began today. Please do not arrange or request visits with your missionary, including meetings at the temple or in proximity to the MTC.

2. All missionary mail must come through the US Mail or commercial delivery services. Hand delivered items will NOT be accepted. Do not send pizzas, fast foods, ice-cream, or any items that will spoil if they are not refrigerated within 24 hours. Missionaries are not called out of class to receive packages, nor do they have access to a refrigerator.

3. Communicate with your missionary weekly through letters sent to the above address or through the email account that the missionary will set up within the first two weeks. This account is to be used by immediate family only. Telephone calls for missionaries cannot be accepted. Your missionary will correspond with you on his/her first preparation day.

4. Families and friends should not plan to visit missionaries departing to their field of labor at the airport or MTC.


Provo MTC Presidency

As I was checking this email, my spirit saddened and this scripture came to my mind:
"Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, Lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep."—John 21:15-17.

Chase is doing exactly what the Lord wants to feed his sheep, how could he show his love more!

Off to the MTC

It rained through our eyes yesterday, on the way to the MTC. We dropped Chase's luggage off at the curb and put them in the hands of a great missionary that waited without complaint while we went up to the MTC sign for some final quick pictures. Chase was to be at the Mission Home at 1:15 p.m. and we were right on time, thanks to his dad. We said goodbye with hugs and kisses, but in the end Chase left his family and half way across the road turned around and said "everybody, and then in sign language said I Love You. He was off with a bounce in his step, with a big smile and a attitude of changing into the man he knows he can be. I already got word that he checked in safely and know he will be in the Lord's Care! Chase we are so proud and love you dearly!

January 13, 2010 arrives

Our family gathered in the morning and tried to stay around Chase most of the morning talking about the future. We gathered for some quick pictures minus Cory, who was in Las Vegas attending Culinary School. Last Pictures with Charlotte, who will be two years old when Chase returns. Grandma Hanks is 79 and she is very proud of her grandson.


A Mission Call for Chase Anderson

After much contemplation, Chase put in his mission papers and received a call to Belo Horizonte, Brazil Mission. He will be learning Portuguese. He was to fly out with suitcases in hand on January 12, 2010, but due to visa delays is going to the MTC in Provo, Utah on January 13, 2010.

Chase's mission farewell was on on Sunday, January 10, 2010. He spoke on an article given by Marvin J. Ashton "The word is Commitment". He was scared to do this, but did an excellent job while at the pulpit. He will be leaving behind not only his family, but his beloved girlfriend, Marissa. Chase, at the end of his talk, said he loved not only his family but his girlfriend too. That raised a few eyebrows for a missionary farewell, but it is true and he had to state the truth. Marissa has been fully supportive of his serving a mission, even though she will be working non-stop Friday and Saturday evenings at work to get through the grief of her departed boyfriend.