Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hey everyone! I literally have like no time left in my hour to write very much! This week was awesome, it is the end of the transfer and we will baptize 6 people this week! I love you all tons! Make sure everyone watches conference! its a prophet like Moses or Noah, ahhh I love the prophet and I am so excited to watch! Love you all and peace out for this week, sorry I wrote like nothing, but I will write more next week!
love Elder Anderson

Mom's Letter-time is passing so quick, I can't believe another transfer is over and I'm almost at my nine month mark! You are such a good mom, taking care of the baby and the dogs, don't worry me and Marissa won't have a dog for a while! haha I am so excited to see the new yard when I get back, it is going to be very beautiful, dad always does an awesome job! haha I love you mom, I can cook stuff here, we got everything we need to cook, but I have a giant problem, I have no idea what happened to the white folder that dad put together for me about our family, and my patriarchal blessings was in it, could you possibly send them again, I am very sad because of that! I love you mom,
Have a great week!
The Lord loves you
Elder Anderson


Wednesday, September 23,2010

This week has been very good, we are teaching a lot of awesome families! The Lord has really been blessing us, there is this one family that we have been teaching and the mom has always hated us! She never would sit in the room or anything, she has been a spiritualist and has done lots of dark demon calling and stuff, and she was a pastor of a church at one point! But, yesterday we were teaching the family and in the middle of the lesson she walked in and told us a story at how she saw a Book of Mormon on her sons table and she picked it up and started to read it, and she said she remembered something she heard me say while she was in the other room, I asked her kids if they loved God, they said yes and then I asked how do you show this love for him, they said I don't know, but anyways this lady read a part and decided to pray about it and she told us she received a answer and that she wants to be baptized! The Lord is so amazing and works so many miracles! We have been stressing the importance of prayers so much more in our teaching and it is really making a difference, people are receiving a lot of answers! The power of prayer is so amazing! Make sure that you are always saying your prayers! That is one of the ways we can receive the personal revelation for our lives, Joseph Smith said that without revelation, that salvation cannot come, or something like that, its not a direct quote but close, so make sure you are always saying your prayers, keep this close personal contact with our Heavenly Father! Love you all have an amazing week and smile tons! When life gets to hard to stand kneel!
love Elder Anderson


Wednesday September 15, 2010

So how is everyone doing, I hope amazing! I know that my writing is getting a lot worse, haha oh my when i try and speak English, I sound very stupid, haha Portuguese is taking over! Oh well, I'll let it and get my English back after the mission! So this week has been so good! We have been marking a lot of baptism dates! And bringing back people who are less active! haha, we had a really funny experience with this boy that we are teaching. We taught him about the Word of Wisdom, he is 11 years old and he only had a problem with coffee, we taught him and committed him to stop drinking coffee! We returned the next day and asked him if he drank coffee, he said yes, and we were like WHAT WHY? and then his sister said he said a prayer, and we were like, okay you said a prayer after to say sorry with God, and he said no, he said he said a prayer first and asked God to bless the coffee so it wouldn't be bad for his body hahahahahaha oh my goodness, I almost died laughing so hard! I have never had a investigator do that hahahaha! Well we taught him he couldn't do that and he has stopped coffee and is going to be baptized this week! I really like this new area and the people that I have a opportunity to teach! It amazes me every day about how this is the Lords work and how people are prepared to hear this message! haha I love it! I love walking down the road and everyone staring at me because I'm a giant American with blonde hair and blue eyes, haha everyone freaks out! I love teaching and feeling the spirit always in my life! I love the support I get from my family, Marissa, and Marissas family! Thank you so much! I love life! The mission is amazing, this gospel is amazing! People don't know what happiness is until they have the gospel in their lifes! This is the goal for this week, find someone you know that is not a memeber or less active and get them in church this Sunday! Help them have the same happiness that you have! Keep up the good work, Bryton, you ladys man! I love you all! until next week!
Elder Anderson


New Missionary Training, Thursday September 9, 2010

So it has been another week here in the beautiful country of Brazil! So this week, we have spent a lot of time in a little sacrament chapel learning how to be better leaders in the mission! Everything is being changed in the mission program! They have a new curriculum that everyone is going to be using! I have learned so much the past 3 days on how I can improve my teaching and how we can bring more souls unto God! I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve God and to serve the people here in Brazil! I love learning Portuguese and I love the lifetime friends I am going to have! So I want to give a couple of shout outs, first I want to say happy birthday to my brothers!! They are such studs and I look up to them so much! and I want to give a shout out to my Grandma Hanks! She is very beautiful and I love her! and I want to give a shout out to Marissa for going through the temple and I want to say how proud I am of her for the amazing decision she has made to serve a mission! Watch out SLC, UTAH. My mission has changed my life! I can see finally I know what is important and I know that through God, I can do anything! I realize how important the gospel in my life is, there are a lot of people that say they have faith and want to follow God but they are doing nothing to show it, read James 2:17
(Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.)
We need to do work and earn the right to be happy! If we do our part God will do his part! We have the capability to do whatever we want and have as much happiness as we want, but we need to do something! Doing the simple things will bring us true happiness
1 Going to church
2 Reading scriptures every day
3 Saying prayers morning night and afternoon
4 Keeping the commandments of God

These are the things that will bring happiness in our lives! So if you're not doing all this you know what to improve, now go improve and receive the blessings of God and the happiness in your life that you deserve! I love you all so much and all I want is for all of you to be incredibly happy! Thanks for all the love you show me and for bringing more happiness in my life! Have a great week and I will talk to you next Wednesday!
Elder Anderson


LOVING BRAZIL Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Alright time to talk about another week here in Brazil! Wow it is getting harder and harder to write and talk in English, especially with this Brazilian companion, so if a random word in Portuguese shows up! Sorry, haha. So my new companion is so awesome! Serious way awesome! He is a machine! He can keep up with my walking and we are teaching some amazing lessons! I'm having the time of my life here! The people are really poor, so we get into a lot of houses and the ward is really good! The only thing is the bishop is a little weird! haha, but nothing we can't handle! We had three baptisms this last week and will have 8 or 9 this next week! Last week was really good! These people we found are really firm! The ward here is really cool because they always bring new people to church and when they have activities, they have 100 to 200 hundred people always there! All the streets are like a powdery dust so we come home every day and we are covered in dirt! haha, we found this road that is called the ´´road of happiness´´ and I believe we have found a gold mine of people! We got into almost every house and we are marking like 4 or 5 dates there every day! My plan for this transfer is to baptize this whole road of people! The church here is giant! It's, 3 stories high and very nice, it's on the top of this hill in the middle of the city, so everyone knows where it is at, I sent a picture of it home already because I saw it in my first area! Well the work is continuing on here! Thank you for all the emails and all the encouragement, I love your emails! They keep me strong and happy! I love the Lord and I am so grateful for this gospel in my life and the many blessing it brings for me and my family! I love you tons have a great week and smile a ton!
Elder Anderson