Monday, August 29, 2011

August 29, 2011

Hey everyone,

so i ofiacially said goodbye to elder eggleston, and now have my new companion, elder chumley. and yes he´s another white companion, so thats pretty cool. he is from tennesse, and is a really cool guy. we already get along really well. he is finishing this change too, so he only has about 5 weeks of his mission left which is crazy. as far as the work in our sector though, its still really rough. we had one guy come to church this week though that is really interested, so we are going to keep working really hard with him, and keep trying to find other people to teach. so we had that really cool meeting with some big time leaders from the church in cusco this last week! it was.....Elder Andersen!! he came, along with Elder Halstrom from the seventy presidency, and also Elder Uceda and Elder Hooker, area seventies. it was an awesome meeting, and it was really cool getting to be around one of the Lord´s 12 apostles. it was really cool too, because i made a comment in one part, and when Elder Andersen saw my name tag, he got all excited and called me his son and stuff because we have basically the same last name..anyways the meeting went really good, and the week went alright, and now its back to work with my new companion. i hope that he has some new good ideas for our sector because im kinda you all.

Elder Anderson

Monday, August 22, 2011

August 22, 2011

hey everyone!
Thanks for all the emails and stuff to read. ill print them all out so i have time to read them and stuff. it was another tough week here, and a bunch of crazy stuff happend to us, but im alive and healthy so theres no complaints here. my companion elder eggleston has a change too, so hes going somewhere else for his last change because hes finishing in the beginning of october. something really cool though, is that this saturday an apostole is coming and we get to hear him talk. ill let you know who it was and how it went next week..anyways love you all! 
Elder Anderson!

Monday, August 15, 2011

August 15, 2011

Hey Everyone,
so im not even going to lie, this was probably one of the hardest weeks of my life. ive never worked soooo much and seen practically no results and im just trying as hard as i can to not get too discouraged. our ward is soo weak here and theres just more problems than i can even count and even the people we had coming to church before like dont even want to come anymore cuz it was boring and stuff. i dont know what to do and i just feel like all my work is in vain sometimes. ive been studying and praying really hard for help but its just hard here and doesnt seem to be getting any  better. our one baptism that we were going to have fell through too, and yesterday was really really hard because we were for sure for sure that like 2 or 3 investigators were going to come to church, and we even went to their house to get them, but they didnt come. anyways im just struggling out here like crazy but i just keep telling myself that this will make me stronger one day. the one cool thing about last week though was that we went to a 500 year old catholic chapel in a place called lampa and i took some cool pics and saw some cool stuff. plus, below the church was like a dungeon with skeletons and stuff and i even picked up a skull and played with it ha..that was a first. anyways love you all and hope you have a great week. oh and just to answer some of your questions..we are kinda starting to get out of winter here which is nice because its not quite as cold, but everyones telling me that the wind is going to start picking up like crazy here which makes it even colder and stuff than winter, so theres just no winning. plus were not allowed to wear beanies or earmuffs or anything so my face has been getting pretty cold and stuff at night. i dont really need anything else though, maybe just some prayers for me to help me keep going..thanks! 
 Love Elder Anderson

500 year old Catholic Chapel

Yes, this is a real human skull

Monday, August 8, 2011

August 8, 2011

Hey Everyone!
This was a really hard week here in Juliaca. we are making progress, but very slowly just cuz the area is so tough. we just keep working though, and usually everyday we can have atleast one good experience to pick us up and keep going. it was elder eggleston´s birthday this last week which was pretty cool too. one of the members here got him a cake and stuff so it was pretty cool and we had a good time. we only had one investigator come to church this week, but were hopefully going to have 3 or 4 this next week. hopefully we´ll see some more results of all the hard work were doing.
love elder anderson

Monday, August 1, 2011

August 1, 2011

Hey Everyone!
Sothis was a crazy week for us here in juliaca. president calderon came this week for interviews and everything, and then we went to puno for a training meeting. it all went amazing and i learned a ton. plus, president took the zone leaders out to eat at a trujillan restaurant which was absolutely delicious. trujillo is one of the northern cities here in peru where is suposively the best food in the world, and it was pretty good!...almost as good as mexican food, but nothing compares to that stuff! how i miss enchiladas ha! anyways, the rest of theweek i didnt have much time to work either because as zone leaders we have to do a ton of stuff for other missionarys..we are making aton of progress here in our ward though, and we are discovering alot of the problems here and why only 40 people come to church, and are doing everything we can to resolve them. and even though were in a super hard area, we should be having our first baptism here the 13th! my goal here is to double the attendance, and i think its very possible with my awesome companion and the help of the lord! 
love ELder Anderson!
 oh and the pic is from when we went to eat pizza after the training with president as like 60 missionarys. tonight i head for cusco for more training tomorow!!