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 JalepeƱo 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.


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, 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