Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Week 83 - Hard Work

February 22, 2016

This week went by way to fast for me. This week we put in a lot and I mean a lot of hard work.
Elder Bradbeer, Elder Solis and I, worked our selves into the ground this week and it payed off.

We have been working in a little bit more of the subdivision area to find new investigators these
past weeks so we decided to go the villages to find more people. We have to walk to one part of 
our area and take a special taxi that takes us up the mountain to a place with a ton of people. 
Its called Las Flores. 

We found a house out through a couple of farm fields with a mom and her two little kids. Her
husband was working so we had a quick lesson out in the yard. I saw that they had a huge Tom 
turkey. so being an Anderson boy, I made some hen sounds with my mouth and it stuck all its 
feathers out and started gobbling....haha the kids thought it was pretty funny. They were 
supposed to go to church this week but were not able to make it to church for some reason. 
We will go back this week to teach them. I will send some pictures of the sunset by their house
in the email. 

On Saturday we walked passed a group of guys that were digging holes for posts and they started
yelling at us to come help. I ran over there and grabbed the steel post from them and started digging 
holes for them. They didn't think I actually would do it. We found out they were using a farmers field 
to make a baseball diamond for a tournament. We started talking to them and taught them a quick lesson. 
It was a lot of fun just to dig a couple of post holes for them and I got a couple of blisters from it....haha. 
I haven't had to use a shovel or rake for a long time....hahaha.

So this week we got a reference from the first counselor in the ward. He lives way out in one of the
villages so we went out there one night to go find them and they weren't there. So we then went out 
there the other night a little bit later to find them and we taught an amazing spiritual lesson with them. 
There names are Jose and Erica. It takes us like 20 minutes to walk out there and its super dark out
there. The moon is just about full so it makes it fun walking out there through all the farm fields 
and rocky roads. All three of us trip several times on the walk out there....haha.

We are teaching two young men and trying to reactivate their family. They are super cool kids and the older boy
is going to get baptised this week and his little brother on the 5th of March.

This week we had an awesome lesson in priesthood. We focused on 2 Nephi 4. That was a great chapter and I
studied it a little bit more this morning. Even as missionaries we still have trials and problems, but with the help
of our Heavenly Father and the atonement of Jesus Christ we can be strengthened. 

I love you guy so much. I hope all is well. Keep up the good work. Let me know how tryouts and
stuff goes this week. Good luck Carter. I love the mission and i love this work. This is the 
Church of Jesus Christ.

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

Monday, February 15, 2016

Week 82 - Miracles

February 15, 2016

After a long time of working with this family they finally got baptized. YES!  Lester and Karla got baptized and confirmed.  I am super excited to go talk to them tonight to see how they are and how they feel now that they are members and have the spirit. I will attach a picture of them at their baptism.

This week we have been working really hard in the Zone and have worked really hard in the area as well. I spent a good block of the week traveling to Diriomo and back as I went there 3 days this week. It is a lot of fun working with the district out there and helping and getting to know their investigators. I really enjoy getting to know these people who are getting ready to enter into the waters of baptism. Last night we went and talked with a mom and her kids where all of the kids will be baptized at the end of this month, but the Mom is still not baptized. Elder Bradbeer and I talked with her for awhile and we felt the spirit very strongly as we spoke with her. I honestly don't know if she will get baptized soon, but I do know she has felt the spirit and has seen the blessings of the gospel in her family.

So this week we also had our interviews as a zone with President Russell. I went with Elder Hironaka and Hermana Russell to do house checks. It was a lot of fun to be able to talk with them and get a lot of advice from Hermana Russell. As a zone leader, Elder Bradbeer and I talk with President before and after the interviews and receive instruction. WOW! These were by far the best interviews I have had. I learned so much from him about the mission and how to become a better person after the mission as well. I will definitely remember the council that he gave me for a long time to come. 

We have been teaching a man named Freddy for a week now and he is super positive. He is a middle aged man and his wife visits another church. He has a strong knowledge about the bible, and religious history. It keeps us on our toes while teaching him and I have to use a lot of Scriptures. When we taught him the Book of Mormon he wasn't super  convinced, but he then read a part of it and is now always reading it. I have seen his testimony grow in this last week and I am excited to see him grow in the gospel.

The Sunday school class this week was on Agency. I received some revelation on the subject. As I was thinking I thought, most of the times we have to have faith while making choices. We cannot always see the outcome or the consequences. We need to be guided by the spirit and we will then receive the blessings. 

We have had many other miracles this week in our area. I am full of gratitude every night for the things I have and have felt. I love this Gospel. Its true. This is His church. Thank you for everything. I love you guys! 

Nicaragua Managua Sur, 
Elder Morgan Anderson

Week 81

February 8, 2016

Well this week we have worked really hard and have had some good results. Sometimes its not the easiest but I know there are always blessings awaiting us even if at first we cannot see them.

So the big story is that Gustavo finally got confirmed. YES! He was super excited to get confirmed even though he had a really bad cold during the whole week. He got to church super early as well.
The other story I guess is that Lester and Carla did not get baptized this week. They had a few problems with the commandments this week so they have to wait until the 13th. They are still super excited though for the 13th and always show up to church on there motorcycle. 

This week has been kind of a busy one for me and Elder Bradbeer. On Monday we had to finish a presentation for the meeting with President and Sister Russell and all the other Zone Leaders. Then on Tuesday we went to Managua for the meeting. It went pretty good. I learned a lot from the other Zone Leaders and President Russell and his wife. I also got a chance to talk with Elder Martinez again. He is getting ready to go home this change and I got a chance to talk with him and received some council from him. I will always have a great respect for my trainer and hope to keep in contact with him after the mission.

One morning Elder Bradbeer and I decided I would go on divisions with one of the District Leaders in the Zone. Their area is super cool, but with a ton of walking. Their area is like on the side of the mountain and goes up and up and up....haha, but it was a really good day. I met a member from there that I made a really good friend with. I got a chance to talk with him and teach his grandkids about the Restoration. At some points he would stop us while teaching and just talk face to face with his grandkids and share his testimony. I felt the spirit so strong as he spoke. It reminded me a lot of my Grandpa's and the constant loving council they always gave me. Many of their words have stuck with me for life. I know this man's grandkids will always remember the words of their grandfather and how they felt as he spoke. I took a picture with the family afterwords. I also got a chance to talk with an older lady who they are teaching that started telling us of her family and how she misses them. We taught her about the Plan of Salvation and how she can see her family again. She then gave us some fresh squeezed orange juice! Yum!

This week we have also been running around doing a couple of other things in the zone as well as in our area. We have found a couple of really good positive people to teach including a man that Elder Solis and I found while Elder Bradbeer was on divisions. It was a lot of fun as we taught about the Spirit and everything just seemed to flow as we taught together. I know it was the spirit guiding us what to say. I love being able to teach with the spirit and I know that if we are always ready and worthy to follow it we will be guided with what to say and do.
I love this missionary work. Most days its very hard, but very rewarding. I get the wonderful opportunity everyday to be able to work and talk with people who need the gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. I love this work. I love this gospel.

Thank you for all your help and support. I love you guys. Take care!!
Nicaragua Managua Sur,
Elder Morgan M. Anderson

Monday, February 1, 2016

Week 80 - Companionship of three

February 1, 2016

Even after changes, there are sometimes still changes. I got a call from the assistants to President Russell on Tuesday afternoon informing me that Elder Gesualdo would be having Emergency Changes to fill in to help out another area after some different changes there. So I ran back to the house and gave the keys to Elder Gesualdo and Elder Bradbeer so they could pack up... I have really missed the guy. He is a super great missionary and will do many great things.

So we thought that they were going to drop off another companion for Elder Bradbeer, but President has decided to leave in a companionship of three, which is super awesome!!! It is a lot of fun working with Elder Bradbeer. We are teaching great together along with the missionary I'm training Elder Solis. We have a blast together. Sometimes to just make things fun we run from village to village just to get to the other part faster.... 

We baptized the man I have been telling you guys about on Saturday. But, he did not get confirmed on Sunday. He will get confirmed this Sunday so all is good. We are also going to baptize the family! I am super excited for them. They have been awesome and came up to me on Sunday and asked if they could now get baptized. I told them yes and the wife was super happy!! They are great and always give us something to eat or drink while there. They gave us some soup on Saturday

We always buy from a nearby store. (Pulperia) It's actually right next door. We buy from there like every night and we finally decided to contact them one night....ha ha they are actually pretty positive and committed to come to church this week. I guess always buying chocolate milk and sweet bread from them every night payed off.

Everything is going good. We are having a lot of success lately and continue to work hard. Elder Bradbeer and Elder Solis are a great example to me and we make a great team. 

I love you guys! Take care! Enjoy the Snow! Be Safe!

Nicaragua Managua Sur,
Zona Los Pueblos,
Elder Morgan M. Anderson

Elder Bradbeer, Elder Solis, and Elder Anderson

Look at those dusty shoes?

With Elder Gesualdo.