Sunday, July 16, 2017

July 9, 2017

Magandang araw mga kaibigan at kamag-anak ko!

Well, this week was super busy.  We had three different exchanges this week and have two more coming this week.  We had a lot of great lessons this week, even though our investigators got a little confused why my companion kept changing every time we came to teach them.  However, I think the change in companions was really helpful for the investigators because each missionary teaches and testifies in his own special way, and it was a great experience for the investigators to have so many unique testimonies shared with them.  As a result of our hard work, we were able to have 6 investigators come to church, which was definitely a blessing.

However, the best experience I had this week was while I was on exchanges with Elder Vincent, the companion of our district leader.  We went to teach this group of investigators who are progressing. In total they are 8, but one was absent when we taught them.  Anyway, we were able to teach them the entire Restoration of the Gospel and committed them to pray and read the Book of Mormon to come to know of its truthfulness.  They willingly accepted those commitments.  After that, we then extended a Baptismal Date to all of them and they...
...
...
... Rejected it.

So, we hopefully would have had 7 more baptisms scheduled for August, but I'm actually grateful that they rejected it because it helped me understand that they are true investigators and they want to understand for themselves if this is the right decision for them.  I know over time, if they really put in the effort to come to understand, they will receive that witness. 

Other than that nothing else really happened this week.

I hope you all have a great week and a fantastic day!


Mahal ko kayong lahat! 

Elder Anderson

July 3, 2017

Naimbag nga aldaw dagitit kakabsatko!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!!!!  I hope you all celebrate this beautiful day of freedom and remember the price that was paid for this amazing country!

This week was pretty busy.  We held exchanges with the District Leader in Lal-lo and I was with his junior companion in our area.  I had a plan already to go and then Elder Saplan (My exchanges companion) tells me he has never, in his four months as a missionary in the field, done a solid finding activity, causing me to move some of our appointments and have some good tracting and street contacting that day.  Here in the Philippines, tracting is actually pretty effective because most people here are very friendly and will always let you have a first lesson with them.  We did all the finding activities and came up with 15 new investigators that day!  At the end of the exchanges, Elder Saplan told me he was so exhausted, but also so happy with our experiences that day.

Later in the week we were able to teach Josh, he finally came back from his trips in Manila and Tuguegaro.  We asked him about his scripture study and he told us he had brought his scriptures with him and studied them as much as he could while out of town! It was so great to hear!  We continued following up with him and we discovered his concern on why he was reluctant to be baptized.  He told us that he is someone who likes to analyze and comprehend all aspects of something before acting upon it.  He told us he loves reading and studying the word, he just has a hard time applying it in his life because he hasn't examined every possible aspect of it.

After this, we shared an analogy with him to help him understand the difference between simple belief and knowledge with faith, action, and application.  Josh loves basketball, so we used that to show how we need to apply things rather than simply studying about them.  We shared how someone who wanted to improve their basketball game could spend all of their time and energy studying about basketball, different shooting techniques, different plays, different ways to handle the ball, and different formations.  However, all that time and energy would simply be wasted if he didn't apply the knowledge.  That someone needed to practice, use his new knowledge and act on it based on what experts say is the best way to shoot, the best formation, the best way to handle the ball.  After acting on his knowledge and practicing the things he studied, he has improved.  He now can say that knowledge he has is true and good, because his game got better.  (Sorry if the analogy doesn't make sense, it's easier to talk about it than type it).  After this analogy, Josh said he was enlightened and said he felt like he understood more about faith and applying knowledge to himself.  We invited him to read Alma 32 and we will be returning to him tomorrow to follow up on the assignment.

That's all for this week, I hope you all have a great linggo!


Mahal ko kayong lahat! 

Elder Anderson

Sunday, July 2, 2017

June 25, 2017

Magandang araw mga kamaganak at kaibigan ko!

This week was a pretty busy week. We had exchanges with our District Leader and I was able to work in their area, which is just in the other branch in Camalaniugan, but I was surprised at how different the people were just across the street haha.  I realized that I am so blessed in my area, even though it's the farthest area in Camalaniugan.  The people in our area are so humble and so friendly. Next week we have exchanges with another District Leader in our zone. Hopefully we will be able to see the weaknesses in our zone so we can help them become strengths as we continue to work in the other areas in the zone.

We were able to extend three more baptismal dates this week and found thirty-six new investigators! The three baptismal dates are all part-member investigators and they are lined up for baptism in three weeks.  We are excited to see them progress. Josh wasn't able to come to church this week because he was still out of town. This week we are going to try our best to teach him so he can be baptized soon.  

One of our new investigators shared a great experience with us.  All of her life she had been told by her aunt to just pray and God would give her anything if it was His will.  So she wrote down all of the things she would pray for, and when the blessing came into her life she would put a check next to the blessing on the list.  Then, after she got married, the doctor said she could not have kids. However, she prayed and fasted for a whole week, and after that week she found out she was pregnant.  Her son is now 7 months old and he is the happiest kid I have ever met.  

The power found in prayer and fasting really works.  If any of you are going through a trial or seeking after a specific blessing, I would challenge you to study about fasting and prayer, and then fast and pray based on what you've learned.  If it be the will of the Lord and if your faith is great enough, the blessings that will come will be greater than anything you have ever experienced.

Mahal ko kayong lahat!


Until next week!