We all got to take some time and visit with Elder Anderson. His excitement was palpable and his vision clear. It was fun to share in his enthusiasm for the Gospel and the things he had learned in the MTC. I know that he had a great experience there and grew a lot.
I had the opportunity to talk to him twice because he called around midnight from the California airport where he had a layover. I asked him what was one of the most important lessons he learned while in the MTC. He answered, without hesitation, that we have to have faith. Not only do we have to have faith but we have to utilize it. He shared some experiences with me where he realized he had to turn things over to the Lord and have faith that He would carry him. He also shared with me how he learned that patience isn't an easy virtue for him but he is working on it.
I feel so blessed to have this young man as my son and I am grateful for the example he sets for me and my family. I know he will have many more lessons to learn and many things he will teach.