Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Power of Prayer

Monday, December 02, 2013

This week was really good.  We had a mission tour on Thursday with Elder Mazzagardi of the 70 and that was incredible. He said that our mission has one of the highest levels of spirit and righteousness.  The things that he talked about were so amazing; everyone is in shock because of things he said that were so incredible.  We also had stake conference this week which was really good, with Elder Graul of the 70.  This week has just been a week of good motivation and excitement for Christmas.  I totally forgot about Thanksgiving, we did nothing for it, we all forgot what day it was.

Here they cook the pizzas with wood ovens and every time we pass a pizzeria, which there is a lot of, I smell the smoke and it reminds me of the Little Town of Bethlehem.  Yesterday we were walking on the street and there was this motorcycle/spyder that was all dressed up like Santa’s sleigh riding down the road, I wish I had had my camera, it was pretty well done.  Speaking of Christmas, I still don’t know specifics on how it all works, just that we will be using Skype. They should be sending details soon.

Here the kids like to fly kites and they are really good at them.  They all have long tails and the kites have tiny shards of glass in the tails.  What they try to do is cut the string of the other kites. It is really cool to see two kites fighting and then to see one drift away.  The kid that cuts the string yells "HELLO", don’t know why.

This week I started making grilled pb and j sandwiches at home, and toast.  They had them at BYU but I always thought that they were strange and never bought it.  But my last companion taught me and now they are amazing.  Basically you make and pb and j sandwich and put butter on both sides and put it in a pan and grill it.  We don’t have a toaster here so I make toast over a fire, it’s really good.  Try the grilled sandwiches, but put a good amount of jelly for it to get good, and peanut butter too.  They are amazing.!!!

We had the baptism of a young man yesterday, he is really cool.  His uncles were baptized a couple weeks back, and they totally flipped their lives around.  One of them is 22 and was a gang leader, but this Sunday he asked the Bishop how much time he had to wait to serve a mission.  He is amazing.  

Also this week we had a problem in our house.  Our drains weren’t working.  So when we took showers it flooded the kitchen.  But we bought some drain unclogger stuff and it’s working for now.  This week the other American elder were talking a little in English and it was hard.  I kept saying things in português without realizing it.  I haven’t spoken English in 3 months!  Can’t wait to see how talking to ya'll on Christmas will be.  I am trying to teach my companion English, but I think that sometimes I am teaching with a pronunciation of português and I have to think about words for a while, my companion thinks it’s pretty funny.  We founds a couple new families this week and are really excited for this month, it’s going to be awesome, and hot!

I am learning a lot about the power of prayer.  The other day we wanted to find 8 new investigators, so after lunch we said a prayer asking specifically for 8.  As the day went on we found 7.  It was already 9:30 and we were heading home and we did one last contact and we asked this person what they were searching for in life, they said eternal life!  So we taught them really quick on the street and marked our next visit.  Ended the day with 8 novos.  The other day we wanted to find 3 families, same thing, found them.  When we tell the lord what we want and it’s a righteous desire and we work our hardest to accomplish the goal he is always going to help us.  

Elder Anderson's desk

Have a great week.  Love ya'll!
Elder Anderson
Elder Anderson and his companion

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