12/26/2010

On a Mission for the Holidays, December 25, 2010


We talked with Chase for a delightful 40 minutes on Christmas Day, and it was a wonderful time to share in his testimony of Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of the gospel. He missed us all through the holidays, expressed his love, but is anxious to spread the gospel to everyone he can in the short year he has left. What a wonderful blessing to have him serving his mission and spreading the gospel in Brazil. He loves us and we love him. Thanks to all of the missionaries every where including the mission presidents and their wives, guarding our Elders and teaching the truth.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Então esta semanha foi mutio bom! now encontramos muito pessoas haha you guys have no idea what I'm saying! Alright this letter is going to be really short I am sorry! But, we are going to the center of Belo Horizonte today, we have a lot of things to do! This week was great, we helped a poor family fix up this broken down little shack so they could live there, we had an amazing baptism, and we are teaching a deaf lady that is learning at an unimaginably slow rate! The mission is great and I am so excited for Christmas, I miss my family and Marissa during the holidays, but they know I love them and they love me! So that about sums up my week in this short letter, sorry I can't do more! Love you all have an amazing Christmas!
love
Elder Anderson.

p.s. I want some pictures of your Christmas!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dear family and loved ones, especially my Marissa!

This week has been very awesome, with a lot of funny moments, a lot of frustration, but the work of the Lord always goes on! When Jesus was here he organized his gospel and he taught it, it consists of 5 princples that if we follow, we will be happy. They are:
1-faith
2-repentance
3-baptism
4-receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost
5-enduring to the end

It's so simple! But, for some reason, so hard for people to follow! Today, I. want to talk about enduring to the end. We need need need to endure to the end, and that consists of reading the scriptures every day, going to church every week, keeping all the commandments, praying morning and night and throughout the day, loving God above all things, and loving our neighbor (which includes everyone we come in contact with)! It's so simple, doing these things brings happiness, not doing these things brings sadness, so look at this list and if there is something you are not doing and you are feeling sad, BINGO! haha stay happy this holiday season, after all it is called the ´´THE PLAN OF HAPPINESS´´ remember our Lord, Jesus Christ, learn about his life and try and follow his perfect example! I love you all and more important God loves you all with an infinite love you can't even imagine!

Haha, I am trying to think of a funny story to tell but it's only funny if you speak portuguese!

Oh wait, I have one... haha we taught some people this week and it was so funny, people normally have no problem understanding us, because we are practically Brazilian, haha but this week we had a guy and i swear he just refused to understand anything that we said, haha we tried forever to get him to understand, but it failed horribly, he just didnt want to, that is what makes me feel better, haha there is another lady that we are teaching and she is practically deaf haha she is so awesome, she is good but, we are having the hardest time teaching her, we are trying to teach her everything that she has to know by writing it down, but she doesn't read very well either! haha wow it is a little complicated, she lives all be herself with a dog that is serisously the fattest dog I have ever seen, especially for its size! haha so thats my week! I love the mission and I love this gospel, and I love all of you soo sooo sooo much! Have a great week!
love
Elder Anderson

12/08/2010

Christmas in Brazil, Wednesday, December 8, 2010

FELIZ NATAL
Alright, it is starting to be that time of the year again! Wow, Christmas is going to be so different here! There are no decorations and there is no one talking about Christmas, I think they are going to have a family dinner and that's it, it's going to be fun to celebrate a non commercialized Christmas, where we celebrate the birth of Christ!

So this week! I have had a pretty normal week, the first in a while and it was very nice, just finding people to be baptized. We have been finding a lot the last two days, they are going to receive the best Christmas present possible this Christmas! Every where you go in the world the people are different but the church is the same, there is going to be a Christmas party in the ward this next week and hopefully some delicious food! It has been raining a ton here this last week, and it makes doing laundry so hard, especially because we have a washing tank that we share with our neighbor. When they need to wash their clothes we pass it over the wall to them! hahaha, oh my I love Brazil! You see things you wouldn't even imagine in the states, but here they just start to be a normal everyday thing! The mission brings so much joy to my life, learning, and loving the people! To watch these families who have every problem in the world, start to change, and I have the great blessing of being here for a while and seeing the people I baptized at the first of my time here till now, having callings in the church, going to the temple to do baptisms for the dead, watching them bless the sacrament, get the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods, watching them give blessings and the blessing helping someone else, there is no greater joy then this, I am going to have a great Christmas basking in the joy of the Lord! I love you all so much and hope you are having a great Christmas season! until next week
love
Elder Anderson

12/02/2010

LOVIN BRAZIL, Wed. December 1, 2010


Dave or Dad's 50th birthday! Oi, it's another week here in Brazil, oh my heavens that trick we played on my companion was so funny! He was shaking after it was all over, and the best part, it's all on video! haha I love the mission! So this week has been very fast, and very long at the same time, sorry that letters or emails are starting to get shorter, I'll try and do better, but once you start getting so focused on the mission, it's what starts to happen, we had zone conference this week and got a bunch of presents from President, it was so great, we got up and we told everyone what we loved about our companion, haha it was funny, I said some weird things about him so everyone would laugh, and at the conference there was a Christmas tree that we put the pictures of all the recent converts from the month, it was awesome and full of people, we had 5 baptisms this last week, a family of 4 and one other person! The Lord is blessing us so much, you all know how crazy I am, just imagine that, but more animated and that is how I am as a missionary, I put everything I can into the mission!!! everything!!! and well when p day rolls around I'm so so so tired, haha I think that's why my letters are getting shorter! We found another family that we are going to baptize next week too, another family of 5, they are so awesome and are so ready for the gospel, it is amazing to see how God has already prepared people so well! Thank you so much for all the support, letters, and packages! I love you all tons! When life gets hard it is because something is out of order! If you are sad in life figure out what is not in order and fix it, there was a talk in stake conference that was so good about this, they were talking about people who are trying to find happiness through material possessions, will never find it, because they will always want something that they don't have, that's why it is so important to count our blessings of the things we already have. I see people that are so poor that you can't even imagine, and so many of them can be the happiest people I know! Money does not bring happiness, God and our families do!!! Love you all have a great week!

love
Elder Anderson

Letter to Dad:

DAAAADDDD HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! PARA BENS PARA VOCE!
AHHHHH I AM SO SO SO HAPPY FOR YOU! YOU ARE GETTING OLDER BUT THE AWESOME THING WITH US GUYS, AS WE GET OLDER WE GET BETTER LOOKING! LIFE IS SO SHORT, THINK OF ETERNITY, YOU ARE SUPER YOUND IN COMPARISON OF ETERNITY, I HEARD A THING ABOUT ETERNITY THAT I REALLY LIKED, IMAGINE YOU HAVE A ROPE AND THE ROPE WILL GO IN ONE DIRECTION FOR ETERNITY AND WILL GO IN THE OTHER DIRECTION FOR ETERNITY, AND IMAGINE YOU TAKE A LITTLE STRING AND YOU TIE IT AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THE ROPE, ALL THE AREA FROM THE LEFT OF THE STRING WAS OUR LIFE BEFORE THIS LIFE AND TO THE RIGHT THE LIFE AFTER THIS LIFE, AND THE LITTLE STRING REPRESENTS THE TIME WE HAVE IN THIS LIFE! YOU ARE STILL SUPER YOUND AND IN GREAT SHAPE! I CANT WAIT TO LOOK LIKE YOU WHEN I GET OLDER, ILL BE JUST A LITTLE TALLER HAHAHA I LOVE YOU DAY! HAVE AN AMZING BIRTHDAY, SMILE TONS AND REMEBER YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY DAD AND YOU WILL HAVE ALL MY LOVE ALWAYS!
LOVE
ELDER ANDERSON