Monday, December 28, 2015

Week 75



Ha ha it was great to get to talk with you guys this Christmas!! Everyone is growing up super fast!!!!! My brothers look super different! Even though you all say that I have Spanish accent....Ha ha thats what happens when you speak Spanish 24/7....Ha ha.

I apologize I dont have a lot to write about this week. We talked a lot about the week on Friday.

This week we met a super awesome investigator. It was one day when Elder Herrera and I were knocking on house doors....or yelling buenas.... and a guy came out of his house to talk with us. We talked to him for a bit and found out that he is an event organizer for a Rock Band....ha ha, pretty cool. He is super postive and we have plans to go by tonight to talk with him and his wife. He was all ready to go to chúrch when we passed by his house on Sunday for church.

On Thursday we had a great time at the Multi Zone. It was super fun to see some old friends, including Elder Orellana and Elder Presinal. The two of them are doing really great and it was fun to talk with them. Its crazy to think that Elder Orellana has already 9 months in the mission!!

I attached a bunch of Photos. I hope you enjoy them. Take care, I love you guys!!!

With love,
Nicaragua Managua Sur,
Elder Morgan Anderson



Multi-Zone Christmas activity with President and Hermana Russell

Elder Morales, Elder Gesualdo, Elder Anderson, and Elder Hererra

Christmas Skype 2015

We loved hearing from Elder Anderson on Christmas Day via Skype.  He sounded good and we loved hearing about his new area in Masaya, Los Pueblos.  He struggled at first to speak in English and after a few minutes we could still hear a strong Spanish accent as he talked.  The Skype connection was not the best, but it was pure joy to hear his voice and see his beautiful smile and handsome face.  We were able to talk with two of the Elders he lives with.  We loved meeting them and speaking with them for a few minutes.  Elder Morales speaks English, but the other Elder only speaks Spanish so Kevin spoke with him.  Elder Anderson does not want to come home this summer and has made life long friends with his various companions and other Elders he serves with.  He became emotional as he spoke about his previous area and in particular about the family he was so blessed to see enter into the waters of baptism.  This family continues to grow in the gospel and are a family of GOLD.  The work is hard in this new area, but he is positive and we know that great things will take place as he continues to serve with all his heart, might, mind and strength.  He had his multi-zone Christmas activity on the 24th.  One of the presents from President and Sister Russell was a microwave for each apartment. He and the three Elders he lives with enjoyed microwave popcorn that night.  Such a treat to have a way to cook food now. I took a few videos of his call, hopefully I can download them and you can hear his Spanish accent. He is doing great! We are richly blessed as a family through his missionary service.

Week 74

Wow its almost Christmas......and Happy Birthday Dad!!

So I don't have a lot of time to write. This week we worked in a lot different areas. I went out to a place called Diriomo and worked with the District Leader out there and his companion. It is a really cool area that is up in the mountains. In the area there is a huge lake that is really deep. It used to be an old volcano.  Water filled it in so it is a lake now.  In this area there are a lot of little villages that have a ton of people in them! It was a lot of fun, but we had to get up super early both days to get up there. Its not super far away, but it takes about 45 minutes to get there by bus. 

This week I have contacted a lot in the area. A lot!! ha ha. We would just find streets and just contact the whole street. We didn't have a ton of success as our commitments fell through on Sunday. Just have to keep my head up and keep pushing forward. I really like the area and the zone. The people are super friendly and the area is nice and cool. I know we will have a lot of success really soon.

For Christmas, the 25th of December, I will plan on being on SKYPE after 3 Nicaragua time. It could be as late as 7 or 8 Nicaragua time. We are still trying to decide on a few details but I will be on. So just be ready to respond.

On the 24th we will have a multi zone meeting with President and Hermana Russell. I am excited for that. I bought myself some Christmas gifts. I bought a new bag that goes around my waist like I had before, but it is super cool. All the missionaries have a bag like it. I also bought a new watch...so those are my new Christmas gifts....ha ha.

I have really enjoyed reading a letter everyday. I enjoy reading and feeling of everyone's testimony of Christmas and Jesus Christ. Thank you. 

I love this time of year and I am really excited to be able to spend Christmas of 2015 with the people here in Nicaragua. I love this work. I love this Gospel. I know that Jesus Christ was born in a humble manger,  but is our Lord and Savior. I love him. 

Merry Christmas!!
Nicaragua Managua Sur,
Elder Morgan M. Anderson. 


 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Week 73 - Los Pueblos

So I guess the story of the week is changes. It was hard to leave Las Palmas and the people, but I love my new area. I am in a newer zone called Los Pueblos. It translates into english as the villages. Most of the zone is in the higher part of the city of Masaya, but a lot of the areas go up into the mountains. There is a district of missionaries up in the mountains by Granada which takes about a 25 minute bus ride. It is a super cool area in terms of the weather. Our area where we live is like a big subdivision, but we walk like 5 minutes and we are in farm country and climbing mountains. I will attach some pictures.

Its a lot cooler weather here as well. I wake up in the mornings a little bit cold. Something that never happened in my time in Managua. Sometimes the water goes out, but we have a big tank in the house that holds the water. Everytime we shower or need water you have to turn on the pump. If you want to turn the water off you just yell really loud and somebody turns off the pump.

While walking this week I have seen a lot of corn, tomatoes, platinos, and farmers in there little villages. This week while walking we ran into a member with three little calves so I told him I wanted a picture with the calves.....he is in the back of me holding onto the calf while it was trying to get away.

My new companions are Elder Morales, (The other Zone Leader) Elder Gesualdo (the companion of E. Morales that he is training) and Elder Hererra (my companion). Elder Morales goes home the end of this change and is from Honduras. We have been good friends as we know each other through Zone Leader meetings and I am excited to be able to work with him. Elder Gesualdo is my 5th companion from the Dominican Repulic. He is a super fun guy! Elder Hererra is my companion and is from Guatamala. He has helped me a lot this week to get to know the area and the investigators.

I love my new area. I love the work. I know that through faith, obedience, and hard work brings miracles. I love teaching the Nicaraguans. This week we walked back to a house clear up into the mountains and they were not there so we hiked all the way back down. I was kind of upset that they were not there to be honest....we walked a long way....hahaha. But we passed by a recent converts house and shared a quick message with him about the Sabbath day. I quickly felt the spirit and the love of Christ again and realized once again how much I love the mission. I know that this is the Church of Jesus Christ, and by living His gospel brings 
eternal life and happiness.

I hope all is well. Take care!!

Nicarauga Managua Sur,
Elder Morgan M. Anderson



Elder Diaz  and I with the Bishop and his wife in Las Palmas



Mountains of Masaya

Elder Morales and I by a Christmas tree of lights

Monday, December 7, 2015

Week 72

I apologize as I do not have much time to write. This week is a big holiday week and everything is going to close down today in the afternoon. 

This week was full of miracles. An investigator named Maria gained a testimony from reading the Book of Mormon about baptism and told us on Thursday afternoon that she wanted to be baptized on Saturday!! Wahoo! We have been teaching her for a long time now and finally she got baptized! We also baptized the lady from the Atlantic Coast that speaks mosquito. 

As well this week Elder Diaz and I went to a few lessons with our recent converts Oscar and Zenobia. We were teaching about the Book of Mormon to a family and Oscar pulls out scriptures and starts teaching about the Book of Mormon with scriptures, testimony, and testifying of the blessings he has received as he has read the Book of Mormon. This family is awesome!!

We worked really hard this week and it payed off. Elder Diaz is now finished with his training and is one of my favorite companions. He is a great missionary and I am excited to see him in the future. He will be a great fantastic missionary!! I have a lot of respect for him as he taught me many things of humility, faith, and following the spirit.  I know that he was a very large part of why we have been successful these past few months here in the area, Las Palmas.

I know this church is true. I love you guys. I think of you often. Take care! Tell the family hello! I love you guys!!

Nicaragua Managua Sur, 
Elder Morgan Anderson



Zone Leaders.
Elder Martinez with Elder Anderson

Elder Antuna, Elder Mateo, and Elder Diaz with Elder Anderson. 

Zona Managua.



Monday, November 30, 2015

Week 71

I am just going to start off and apologize as I dont have a lot of time to write.

This week was a lot of hard work in the area and was a lot of fun. Elder Diaz took the lead in all the teachings as his training is coming to a close. Elder Diaz has taught me a lot as a missionary and many times has taught me many lessons of humility and patience. Both things that I really need to work on...hahaha.

We do have a baptism this week. Its the lady we have been teaching from the Atlantic Coast. She got interviewed last night and is super excited for her baptism. The ward has helped us a ton teaching her. Our recent converts Oscar and Zenobia went with us to teach her. What a strong spirit I felt as they both testified of the truthfulness of baptism and the need to pay tithing. I love working with the members. The Bishop helps us a ton with the work and is always willing to do whatever to help our investigators progress. 

Thanksgiving we went to a restaurant with the Zone and had lunch. It was a very traditional lunch with grilled chicken, rice, plantian chips called tajadas, and mixed vegitables. I love veggies now....haha anything including cauliflower.... It was a little bit hard that day but it turned out good. I missed being with the family but we worked hard in the area and we didn't even remember that it was Thanksgiving until the end of the day. A member gave us a pot of chicken and potatos and rice. We ate a pretty good dinner after the day was over. 

Thank you for all your help and support. I love you guys! The shoes are awesome. Thank you!!

Nicaragua Managua Sur,
Elder Morgan Anderson


Monday, November 23, 2015

Week 70

Wow this week we had a lot of different things going on. It was a long week, but it ended with 2 great baptisms from our area here in Las Palmas, Managua.

Leticia was a great baptism. It took a lot of work to get her baptized. But like I said last week it was through the Book of Mormon that she got a testimony. There were so many times as we talked that she would express her desires to do what's right, but could not decide which church to join or where to turn. There were many times as well that she would tell us in tears that she had been praying and praying to receive her answers. While teaching her Elder Diaz and I started something which I haven't done much of. To start or end the the lesson, we would sing a hymn. I love to sing, I know my Savior Lives. I feel the spirit so strong as the song testifies of the life and power of the Savior and how His atonement strengthens, heals, and lifts us up. 

So as I am sure you have seen, the Zone had interviews this week with President Russell. It was a lot of fun. We were in the chapel all day on Friday. I got a special treat and as we did housing checks.  Elder Kliener and I with Hermana Russell stopped at McDonald's and got lunch for President and us. I got a Jalepeño Burger. First time at McDonalds in Nicaragua! Ha-ha. I also got my packages. I haven't opened them up yet. But Mom said that I could open one up for family home evening tonight....or I guess its called, Missionary Home evening. I guess we will see what we got this week. 

This week was filled with a lot of hard work and Miracles. It rained super hard this week as well for 4 strait days. Every night we can home super tired and muddy. But it was a lot fun. We found actually a lot of cool people to teach as we knocked a couple of doors while working. I love it when it rains.

I love this work and the Gospel. I love you guys. Take Care. Happy Thanksgiving!! 

With love, 
Nicaragua Managua Sur, 
Elder Morgan M. Anderson 


I'm thankful for...

Two baptisms this past week.

Pictures

My heart is filled with gratitude for President and Sister Russell.  They are amazing!  They love their missionaries!
Elder Kleiner (AP) and Elder Anderson.  A Nicaraguan first...going to McDonalds!  Jalapeno burger.

Christmas packages arrived!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Week 69 - Restoration of the Gospel

Well this week has been a week of teaching about the Restoration of the Gospel. We met and found an inactive family because they didn't understand the message of the Restoration and left to another church....wow, that was an experience. They had a lot of questions about the plan of salvation as well. 

I am often in awe how everything relates back to the Restoration of the Gospel Of Jesus Christ. With out this knowledge we are lost. Through this gospel we know of the Plan of Salvation and we are able to preform the saving ordinances of the gospel such as baptism. I love teaching of the Restoration of the Gospel.

So we had a baptism this week. His Mom is a less active and he lives in the furthest part of our area where there are lots of businesses and its really hard to contact. He is a super good kid and will be turning twelve in a short period of time. 

We have two more baptisms this week. A older man named Mauricio, and an older woman named Leticia. It has been a great time teaching them. Leticia this week had a lot of questions as her baptismal date gets closer and she wanted to get a for sure answer. We have taught, prayed, and prayed again for her. She has been reading the Book of Mormon and I know that helped her receive her answer! I love the Book of Mormon. It really is the Keystone of our religion and is the best way for someone to get a testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

We went and visited one of the recent converts in the ward this week and found her three year old daughter with a really bad sickness caused by the mosquitoes here. She was running a super high fever. Before we even said a word the Mom looked at us and said she wanted us to give her daughter a blessing. We were able to use the priesthood many times this week and I am always humbled at the opportunity to give a priesthood blessing. I know that it is the Power and Authority of God to bless the lives of others and to serve them. 

So funny story of the week. Last night we were walking to an appointment and Elder Diaz and I saw a lady and her young son struggling to carry a bag of sand to their house. So we decided to help them. We each took turns carrying the bag. We were about a block away from the house and I took the bag from Elder Diaz so I could take my turn carrying it. It was super heavy. Well I threw the bag on my shoulder. I didn't see the hole in the bag and sand fell all over me and my shirt. Haha!  I finished working the night with sand in my shirt and all over my backpack.  Hahaha!  It was something good to laugh about. 

I love the work here in Nicaragua. I love you guys. Always remember to share the gospel with everyone you come in contact with, even if they are members. I love you guys and pray for you always. Take care!!

With love,
Nicaragua Managua Sur,
Elder Morgan M. Anderson




Monday, November 9, 2015

Week 68

Well another pheasant hunt has passed...ha ha jk. I didn't even realize that it was the pheasant hunt this week.

Well everything is super good. So I promised this week that I will talk a little bit about my investigators....

So this week Elder Diaz and I were knocking doors for a little bit. We contacted a young mother that has family here in the ward. She has been to church several times before, but has never been baptized. She is from a place that is on the Atlantic coast up by Honduras. They speak Mosqito.....its a pretty cool language. When she prays she prays in Mosqito. I have to speak a lot slower in Spanish so she can understand me a little bit better, but she is super cool. She went to church with us this week and one of the recent converts in the ward helped her out while at church. She has a date to be baptized in December.

Another lady we are teaching is an older lady. She is really fun to teach and really receptive. We just taught her the Book of Mormon and word of wisdom. We went to go pick her up for church this week in a taxi......she had already left her house and was at church.

This week I had a lot of meetings with being a zone leader and with training Elder Diaz. It was a lot of fun being with all the other leaders a bunch this week and talking to all of them and seeing how things are going. 

Elder Mateo has a little grilled cheese sandwich make that we all use....I have been using it to make peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches, ha-ha. It's nice to have a little bit of warm food when I get home at nights. 

Elder Diaz and I have been running around like crazy this week as we have had some sick Elders in the zone and I have done several baptismal interviews... I like being able to go to the other areas like I have said before. 

These last few weeks I have been a little bit more cautious around dogs....ha-ha!  Everytime I have walked by the place I got bit I have been checking for the same dog. Another investigators dog almost got me this week as well, but my foot stopped him.....ha-ha. 

I hope all is well and the family is good. Looks like you guys are having a lot of fun. I love you guys and hope all is well. 

Everything is great here in Nicaragua. My testimony is strengthened every day. I love you guys! Happy Birthday Dallin!

Nicaragua Managua Sur, 
Elder Morgan M. Anderson 

 

Elder Mateo and I at a meeting with all other Lederes de Zona.

A food traditional lunch here in Nicaragua. 

Elder Paine and I after zone meeting.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Week 67 - Already November!

Already November!!

So I apologize I don't have much time to write. All is well here in Nicaragua. I am still here in the same area in Las Palmas. I love the area. I love working with Elder Diaz. We are still working super hard. You will notice that my shoes are pretty worn out....Haha lots of walking these past few weeks.  I sent them to a Zapatero today and he will fix them up for me while I wait to see what I am going to do about shoes. 

This week was fun as we had cambios and Elder Mateo is now training. I'ts another Domincan. I have had now 4 companions from there! Haha they are a lot of fun and I know a lot of Spanish from that country and a lot about the culture and food. 

I am really enjoying the work and the investigators. I promise I will write a long letter next week about my investigators. 

I love you guys and hope all is well. I love you guys with all my heart and I know that everything is great at home. I love Nicaragua, I love the people and I love this work. 

Take care,
Nicaragua Managua Sur,
Elder Morgan Anderson


Monday, October 26, 2015

Week 66

October 26, 2015

Well this week was a really great Week. Elder Diaz and I worked super hard this week!!

This week we contacted, contacted, and contacted some more. And it payed off!! We were able to find some very positive people. I love meeting new people and hearing of their stories from life, their desires to come unto Christ. I have learned a lot about how to be more humble, and respectful, just by meeting these people. They don't know it, but they are changing my life as well....

Well I guess the big story of the week is that we had a Multi Mission Conference once again. We were pleased to have, Elder Snow, and Elder Alonso, from the Seventy, their wife's, and Brother Turley. Brother Turley some how knew Elder Diaz. After the meeting Elder Diaz and I were invited to take a picture with Elder Turley. Pretty cool meeting. I learned a lot about keeping records and doing even more to become a better misionary.

So I got bit by a dog as well this week. On Saturday night we were walking home to our house. We were crossing a normal route when I heard a short growl, bark, then my leg hurt....haha. It got me just above my left ankle. It broke skin but it wasnt deep enough to get stiches. I have just been watching it. The mission nurse and Hermana Russell have been helping me take care of it and making sure it stays healthy. Its fine. The worst part was that I was wearing my new Nike pants...wow! Just got a little hole in it though. 


Everything is great. I love the mission
. Take care!! 

Nicaragua Managua Sur,

Elder Morgan M. Anderson



Utah State Shirts!  Elder Mateo, Elder Anderson, Elder Diaz, Elder Rodriquez.

A package from home!

Dog bite!

Mosquito Net


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Week 65 - This week was full of rain, sun, mud, and contacting!

October 19, 2015

Wow! This week was full of rain, sun, mud, and contacting! 

This week was a little bit of a different week from last week. We didn't have any baptisms this week. Elder Diaz and I were just looking for new investigators all week. We put in a lot of time in the streets talking to everyone and trying to find new people to teach.

It is a lot of fun to teach with Elder Diaz. He is learning super fast and is going to be an awesome missionary! He is willing to do everything to find and help investigators. He has taught me a lot about teaching the investigators their needs and not just the lessons. He is definately a great companion!

Wow....So I got a really bad cold this week and it rained a lot this week. I was super wet getting home from working on Friday.... Haha it wasn't super fun walking in the rain with a cold, but everything is good. On Thursday it rained super hard at about 2 in the afternoon and it rained for two hours just a steady down pour. After about half an hour all the kids just ran out into the street to play soccer and play in the rain! We got home soaking wet that night. 

I went and did divisions this week with another area in the zone. This area is right on Lake Managua. We saw some really neat stuff as we walked back into some really cool streets that were right on the lakes edge as the sun was setting. I wish I would have had my camara. There were a bunch of people out there fishing in little row boats and up to there necks in the water catching fish. Haha! We found some really cool people right there next to the lake. 

So cool story. The family that got baptised last week. The husband, Oscar, got the Aaronic Priesthood this week at church. He was super nervous! All this week he has been reading in Doctrine and Covenants to learn more about the priesthood. His wife is always reading in the book of Mormon. Every time we pass they always ask for more and more to read. They are so amazing! This week Elder Mateo and I taught the Gospel Principles Class because the normal teacher moved to spain. She was also our lunch cita. So we also are eating at a new families house for lunch. But there was a new family in class so I asked Oscar to get up and bear his testimony. It was so amazing to hear his testimony. I know that the atonement is real. And if we are willing to apply it into our lives it can change us very quickly! 

The work is going great. I love Nicaragua, I love Gallo Pinto, I love the people, but I also love my Savior Jesus Christ. He lives. He died for me. 

I love you guys!
Nicaragua Managua Sur,

Elder Morgan Anderson  


  
Writing emails with Elder Mateo, Zone Leader with Elder Anderson

Elder Paine and Elder Anderson!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Week 64, I love this work and I love this gospel!

October 12, 2015

Wow, this week was a week I will never forget! What blessings I have received this week. I have learned so much about being a better representative of Jesus Christ. I love this work and I love this gospel!

This week we had the opportunity to go to a multi zone conference with President and Hermana Russell. I was filled with great inspiration and guidance. They both gave great talks. I really enjoyed the talk from President Russell. He spoke about being a missionary consecrated. He focused on a talk about being the 4th missionary. It was a great talk and we all got a copy of the talk afterwords. Elder Mateo and I also taught a class on how to better retain the converts after baptism. It was a lot of fun to see all the missionaries and learn from President and Hermana Russell. 

This week we were so blessed to see the baptisms of the family we were teaching. It was a great day. They had a lot of their family come and see their marriage and wedding and it was a great opportunity to teach some of the family who came from different religious back grounds. I was so happy that day. They are a family that I will always remember and be grateful for. They have taught me a lot. As we taught them, they taught me truths of the gospel as they told me about their personal experiences living the gospel and how they received their own testimony.

I love you guys!!

Nicaragua Managua Sur,
Elder Morgan Anderson
We have been excited for this family to be baptized.  We have loved hearing Elder Anderson speak about this family and their progression in the gospel. They are "GOLD"!


Elder Anderson, Elder Diaz, Elder Mateo, Elder Rodriguez

What an interesting bug on Elder Anderson's well worn shoe!


Monday, October 5, 2015

Week 63

October 5, 2015

Wow what an amazing experience it was to be able to listen to the voice of our Prophet, President Monson. Many of the talks I really, really enjoyed including the talk from President Monson in priesthood session that said, keep the commandments! That is a very clear statement from our Prophet and it is what our Heavenly Father wants us to hear! I also really enjoyed the talks Sunday morning from President Nelson, and President Eyring. This was a very powerful conference with a very powerful message. 

We are still preparing our way awesome family this week for baptism. They went to almost all the Conference sessions and took notes, then asked us about conference afterwords!! haha, Yes!!!! They are doing great and are preparing to get baptized this week on Saturday! We were able to have really great lessons with them this week with members. I have loved to see the change in the people's lives as they come more unto Christ. 

There is not much more to write about. I love the work and just keep working to find new people to teach. Something that I have learned is that there are always, always, people waiting for us to teach them. Whatever area, whatever part of the world. We just have to go and find them. That is something I love to do in missionary work is to contact. It is fun to get to know a new person then to help them realize the importance of the Restored Gospel. I meet lots of new people everyday that come from all walks and paths of life. 

Elder Diaz is doing awesome!! It is really fun to be his companion and to work with him. He is a great missionary and has taught me a lot about how to be a better missionary! I know we will even have more success as we are companions.

I love you!!

Nicaragua Managua Sur, 
Elder Morgan M. Anderson

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Week 62 - Family of GOLD!



September 28, 2015

This week we had a lot of work that we were able to do. It has been quite hot and humid but its been nice as it has rained quite a bit at night.

This week Elder Diaz and I have been looking a lot for new investigators! We have contacted a lot of people these last few days and have found several really positive people. 

The family I have been telling you about are getting closer and closer to their baptismal date. I am super excited for them! The gospel principles class this week was on Families! They loved the class and I have seen how they have come closer as a family through our message. It is a lot of fun to leave homework for them to read in the Book of Mormon. They read it, then when we come back they tell us about the story, what they have learned, and how they can apply it into there own life! They are the family of Gold that every missionary dreams of! They have come to church, go to the activities and are planning to go to just about every conference session this weekend. The husband has been a great example to me as he has worked very hard to overcome his problems with the word of wisdom

I apologize I don't have much time to write this week. I love you guys and hope all is well. 

Please write me next week with your thoughts about General Conference.

I love you guys!!!

Elder Morgan M. Anderson

Elder Presinal and Elder Diaz with Elder Anderson




Elder Martinez

Monday, September 21, 2015

Week 61 - Transfers and Baptisms

September 21, 2015

Well I guess the big story of the week is two things, transfers and baptisms!!! 

This week I got a call on Tuesday that told me that Elder Presinal and the other Zone leader had changes and that I, was going to train again!! To my surprise, at change meetings I met a guy from North Logan Utah. Little did I know that he would be new my companion and I would be training him!!! So ya, Elder Diaz is from North Logan up there by the Library and went to Sky View High school. He is super cool. He ran cross country and track in high school so we get up and go run every morning. 

The new zone leader and my new companion is Elder Mateo. He is from the Dominican Republic, my 3rd companion from there. haha. He is a lot of fun and I'm excited to be able to serve with him. He is super excited for the work. 

So this Saturday we had 4 baptisms. It was that mom and her 3 little kids!!! Wow all I can say is that I know that there is opposition in all things. We had to work so hard to be able to get them baptized...The adversary is very aware of the potential this family has and did everything he could to stop them from getting baptized..... everything..... But after much fasting and prayers we were very blessed to help them be baptized and confirmed into the true church of Jesus Christ. I love the scriptures of when Ammon was talking about how happy he was after their mission. He then expressed his happiness of the work and of what the Lord helped them to do. I feel the same way. I am so happy with the work that the Lord has helped me and my companions accomplish.

We are still teaching the other family that I have talked about. They too have had their struggles and concerns but are changing quickly to be able to baptized on the 10th of October. I am often so inspired by my investigators and their ability to change and accept the gospel. This family is reading the Book of Mormon, the book of Principios del Evangelio, (Gospel Principles) and the Proclomation of the family! Golden Investigators!!!!!!

I love this work more and more everyday, and its crazy to say I have  14 months in the mission. It has gone by so fast and I feel like I can still learn so much more. I have seen a great change in my life to be able to focus more on the spirit and what the Lord's plan really is for me in my life. I love this gospel and the opportunity to be a missionary.

I love you guys. Take care, Be smart, Be obedient, stay strong!

Nicaragua Managua Sur,

Elder Morgan M. Anderson


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Monday, September 14, 2015

Week 60

September 14, 2015

Well this next week we have changes. I guess we will see what happens. I am happy with wherever I go. Because I know it's the Lords will and what he wants me to do. I know there are people out there waiting for me to teach them the restored gospel. 

Well Elder Presinal finally finished his 12 weeks of training. Tomorrow we can start working at 10:30 again! He has taught me a lot. I have learned how to be a better missionary from him and how to follow the spirit more. I have become really great friends with him.  I love the opportunity I have to learn from each of my companions. I can always learn how to be a better missionary and learn how to teach better from them. 


Well I guess I should tell you guys about the two families we are teaching. 

The mom and her daughters are doing good. They came to church again this week and are still progressing great. They were able to go to a baptism this week for the other ward and they loved it. After we talked to them and they said they felt the spirit they strongest they have ever felt it. But when things are going good the adversary always seems to put trips and falls in our paths. They have some close relatives and friends that are not part of our church. They came out and told us one night they didn't want to meet with us anymore.....my heart sank. But then we talked to them and they realized their testimony of the truth of the gospel. They are continuing to read the Book of Mormon and pray. They should be getting baptized really soon. Which I am super excited for!!

The other family I was talking about....(the one where I tripped in front of their house) They are amazing!! The wife was in another part of town all week working and came back Saturday night. During the week we taught her husband about the Restoration of the Gospel including Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. They man has told us of how he felt the spirit and wants to keep learning. The wife came back and i think was a little bit amazed at how during the short time she was gone, how her husband has changed. The family went to church including there two little girls and are really progressing for their baptism in October! 

This week has been great, filled with lots of hard work, happiness, as well as a few trials. I love this work and I love my savior Jesus Christ. I learn new things everyday while on the mission.  

Take care, I love you guys!!

With lots of love, from Nicaragua,
Elder Morgan M. Anderson



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Week 59




September 7, 2015
This week was a lot better week as I got a lot of time to spend in my area as well as help out other companionships in the zone. I love being able to work with other missionaries and always meet fantastic people throughout the zone of Managua. 

This week I was able to work with Elder Paine. It was pretty fun when we got back at night and we talked for a couple of minutes about all the stuff we did at home and everything. It was fun to get to know him and his companion a little bit more and work with him in the area.

This week we didn’t get much sleep because of divisions but it was a great week. The family we are teaching are still progressing really well. We taught them the Book of Mormon and the Word of Wisdom. They even came to church this week with a broken water pipe line. There water line for there water broke to there house....it was kind of a mess when we passed by to go get them. They have a dirt floor and they had newspaper all over the floor trying to soak it all up. But they came to church!!! All 5 of them! Wahoo!! We had a lot of people in church as well as some other really positive investigators. 


We also were able to find another family this week. We were walking past this house where I lady was sitting on her porch with a little girl. I about tripped and fell in front of her house.....(there was a cement block I didn’t see....haha) But as I tried to catch myself I got up and went and contacted her. We got talking for a while about families and how important they are to Christ and to each of us. The little girl was her daughter and was probably about 6 years old. As we got talking about Christ can help our families she just started to cry......She told us about how she wants help with her family and how she wants a better situation and she knows she can receive that through Christ. Then out of nowhere her husband comes up and we start talking with him. The wife went inside to go help the little girl with something and we started talking to the husband. He then with tears in his eyes as well, expressed the same needs and wants. He knows he has the most things to change but with faith he knows he can do it. He was not able to go to church this week but committed to go the next week. We have talked to him about repentance these last couple of days; I am so excited to be teaching him and this little family. 
 
This Church is the Church of Jesus Christ and the most important unit is the family.

I am doing great. I love the mission. It’s crazy how fast time is going by. Like I have said before I want to go back in time and start over with all the information I now have. 

I love you guys!

Elder Morgan M. Anderson

Pictures in Restaurant with Elder Presinal
Picture with Elder Henriquez my companion and other Zone Leader in Zona Managua