Monday, January 13, 2014

Teaching Ruan, baptizing Kauan, and realizing that numbers make a difference.

January 13, 2014

Questions and answers from Mom:

Is your favorite Book of Mormon prophet still Samuel?

Heck yes. Favorite missionary is Alma, favorite angel is Moroni, and the coolest dreamer of dreams is Lehi and Nephi.

Oh, and you can put the most faithful person as Nephi right before the coming of Christ, who his testimony was so strong nobody could disbelieve his words and were angry at him for it :P

Do you have a favorite companion so far?

Hmmm, they were all great. I like to think my most obedient companion so far is Elder Christensen, the best looking was Elder Doan, funniest was Elder Altamirano, and all the rest are really amazing and inspiring missionaries (I think all my companions except for 1 are now zone leaders :P )

How many companions have you had so far?


How many of those have been native Brazilians?


Are there any Brazilian customs you would like to adopt when you get home?

Eating with fork and knife at the same time, it is surprisingly efficient. Though I'm not sure if I like the large lunch thing they have going on here, or rice and beans every day (though I will eat them a lot more)

Customs? Like kissing people when you say hi to them? (I think that would be really weird in the states, not to mention, I don't do it here as a missionary). Really I don't plan on adopting many things from here in my home country, as much as I love it here.

Would you ever consider changing to BYUI?:)

As of right now? I haven't had that idea once :P

Who are you currently teaching?

Ruan (huah) though he doesn't know it yet. We just had a really hard week, and need to boost up our teaching pool because we only had him at church. We only teach people that go to church.

What do they like most about the gospel?

The people that we have taught usually like the message of the restoration, that’s the most life changing of them all.

What are they having a hard time with?

Ruan has problems with his mom letting him baptize. he has been going to church for 6 months, has to catch the bus when he goes making it hard for him to go, but he does so enough for a 12 year old (I don't think my mom would ever let me ride the bus as a 12 year old). We will talk to them this week and see if we can get his baptism worked out for this week :) pray for us!

As for that, we just baptized for the 3rd time in a row, a lad of 9 years named Kauan, who is the child of a less active coming back to activity. The mom is actively accepting it though the dad is a little mule (someone who doesn’t like commitment) and so we were pleased that Kauan baptized this week. We’ll keep passing them and try to help them out to keep active and going to church. This is a really good thing for them.

The rest of this week was just traveling, meetings, interviews, and ended up being a really hard week where our numbers were very low.

The thing I have learned about numbers here on the mission. Numbers matter. Baptism is the most important thing we do (since confirmation is the job of the Bishop) and to baptize someone we have to meet certain expectations. to reach those expectations, we find that the numbers say a lot, the averages tell us about how many people we have to talk to to find someone new that will go to church, and that number tells us how many people we will be able to baptize, which means one more person that is able to enter into the kingdom of God. When I got here, I thought numbers don't matter, but really, they tell us everything.

This week will be another week of miracles; I know the Lord will bless us. Glad to hear from you all! Write soon!

Elder Anderson

Some of the things I've learned so far (1/2 way through my mission)

January 6, 2014

My Mother had to give a update on me and my mission during Sacrament meeting and these are the her questions and my answers:

What is the most beneficial thing the members can be doing to help the missionary effort along?

To help the missionary effort? I don't know if I can answer that all in one thing, but I know the best thing that will help a member know how to help is to study Preach My Gospel every day. If you study this set of scriptures (PMG) every day, you will understand the things that you can do to invite and help a friend accept the gospel!

How is the church different in your mission in Brazil than our area in Boise?

The church is a lot smaller and the members are all recent converts to the church from the last 20 years or less and have a strong belief in God.

In what ways has your testimony grown since you've been on your mission?

I have a firm conviction in things small as well as big. Things such as fasting have more importance to me now than they did before. Opening my mouth and inviting people really does make a difference.

What experiences have contributed to your growth?

Working with people that are new in the church, reading my scriptures and just talking to people and sharing the gospel helps me grow every day.

What is your most used missionary tool and why?

1. The Book of Mormon, all things can be answered there.

2. Preach My Gospel, I learn something new every time I open it.

I love the Bible, but I don't like using it, because it induces Bible bashing.

Have you lost your fear (or did you ever have it) of sharing the gospel?

You never lose the fear, you just develop more courage to overcome the fear. What helps is just to open your mouth and talk to people. If you need to, as silly as it is, practice talking to someone to help you overcome the fear.

Why do you feel it's important to share the gospel?

Because we need to baptize everyone! Every major change in the life of someone will come after baptism, and the longer they wait to be baptized, the longer it takes for them to feel of the saviors love more abundantly. I have a testimony of this.

What is the most significant thing you would like to improve on this year in regards to your testimony and or the gospel?

I want to have the faith to work miracles.

That’s all I have for right now, but I just want you to know that I love you, and this week was good. We just baptized the mom of Junio ( last week’s baptism) who is just the sweetest lady (think Black Momma :) ) I love their family!

Baptized Junio, and was nearly killed by a cockroach

December 30, 2013

Well, this week just a few highlights:

First I talked with my lovely family; it was great hearing from them!!! I'll have the privilege of speaking to them again here once more on my mission, then that’s it! Yeah!!!

Second, and also really important, we baptized this week!!! His name is Junio, and we met him a week and a half ago. It’s really weird, it was the most normal baptism I have ever had, but the more and more we think about it, he is really elect. He is 16 years old, and in his free time, he flies kites (Brazilian style for those of you who know about pipa battles :P) and we are really excited to teach his mom this week and try and help her baptize!!!

Next, Gulherme and Vitor were both ordained priests this week, Gulherme did the baptism, and Vitor was a witness (not exactly one of our most bright ideas ever, but we'll go with it.) and Vitor just turned 21, so happy birthday to him.

We also found a guy that we thought was elect, but in the end we found out he is an ex transvestite, that is Still (he said he already stopped) using drugs, and lied to us and cheated us. He was one of the best liars I've ever met, I'll give him that. Not a good thing, but whatever. We might try and talk to the wife again (she told us that he was lying.)

Also this week is New Year’s, we'll see how that goes... love holidays...

Short funny story, we were planning last night, and I just about died. I may or may not have screamed like a girl, and somehow managed to stun it long enough to kill it, but there was a cockroach ON MY LEG!!! Nastiest thing I have ever seen. He nearly killed me. My companion just stood there and laughed. Some companion I have...

I'm gonna learn how to make a kite...

And I have had more lasagna then I have ever had in my life... in this area.