Monday, December 26, 2011

December 26, 2011

Hey Everyone!
Just want to let you know that the phone calls and Skype was amazing yesterday! im really blessed for the people that God has put into my life, and you guys have no idea how much it helped me to see and talk to you. you guys really inspire me to be a better person and work even harder in the work. and not just the people that i talked to on Christmas, but i really appreciate all the people that are helping me even though im a horrible person and dont write letters and stuff like that, but i promise ill make up for it when i get back ha..anyways, this Christmas went really well. first of all, this week we went to Cusco the 22 for a big dinner with half the mission that went really well. we did our skits that came out really funny and we ended up hanging out until like 12 at night which was sweet ha! it was nice seeing all my friends from the mission too! The dinner was good but i couldnt enjoy it too much because we went out and got fast food right before, but it was definitely worth it because it was delicious..oh and as we were coming back from cusco we went over a huge mountain and there was some snow which was sweet, so we stopped and took some pics which was cool. on Christmas eve we had a great turkey dinner with a family here that invited all of us missionarys over. then we had a gift exchange where everyone put in a ten sol gift, but i ended up getting like the worst gift ever lol. it was like the girlest picture frame ever but it was pretty funny i guess. after that we went to another member´s house though and the mom of the family absolutely loved it so i just gave it to her ended up working out great. the last great thing about this week was that Percy got baptized and confirmed!!! it was a really great service, and it was amazing seeing how strongly that Percy has converted to the gospel. oh and Plinio and Lila, my converts from Juliaca called me this week and are doing great which made me really happy! Plinio got the priesthood and is passing the sacrament already which is awesome! anyways i love you all and i hope that everyone had a great christmas and that everyone has a happy new year! 
Love Elder Anderson!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December 19, 2011

Hey Everyone!
This week went really well for us and we had a baptism too which was  really cool. he´s a 10 year old named Gabriel thats been coming to church for awhile now with his mom. his moms not a member yet because she still needs to get married first, but its a really cool family and his baptism and confirmation both went really well. Things here in Quillabamba are going awesome though, and the work is progressing really well. Im starting to get to know all the members really well and stuff too, and they are really cool. This week is the week of Christmas so we are planning on having a huge dinner the 24th with all the missionaries in the house of a member and are going to do a gift exchange and everything. plus, the 22nd we are all going to Cusco to meet up with like half the mission to have a christmas dinner together and we are all going to performe skits and everything to which should be really fun. This whole week we basically have activities planned, so it should be a blast. plus we have two baptisms planned for this saturday, so i really hope that they go through. i love you all and wish you a Merry Christmas!!! 
Love Elder Anderson

10 year old Gabriel

Monday, December 12, 2011

December 12, 2011

Hey Everyone!
This week was pretty cool, because President Calderon came into to town and we all had interviews with him, and received some training as well. my interview with him was only like 5 min, but it was really powerfull and he promised me alot of great things and said that he feels like im going to be a really blessed person when i get back because of all the stuff im doing which really feels good. it helps me to keep going and working even though im exhausted alot of times, and i know that i just have to keep going at it for these last months. the training went well too, and seemed to get the whole zone pumped to work which was really cool. we went out to eat with president and his wife in a really nice restaurant here too, and he bought us a huge plate of different meats which was delicious. almost like Tucanos in Utah, but not quite ha...the only thing that i didnt like too much were the weird parts of the chicken lol. im not actually sure what i was chewing on but it was disgusting ha. anyways, the rest of the week went well, and we just keep working hard. we have 3 people with baptismal dates that are planning on getting baptized, and one of them is for this week so i hope it goes through. hes a kid named gabriel who is really really smart, and has actually given a talk in the sacrament meeting and everything even though hes not a member! anyways thats pretty much all here..its starting to get in to the christmas season here, but people dont get in to it too much which is kinda lame...were probably going to have some good dinners with some families though, so thatll be cool. 
until next week, Elder Anderson!

oh and how cool is the pic where we taught Percy outside of his house on the mountain?? we pulled all the couches outside and stuff to do it because it was too hot and smelly inside ha! where he lives is beautiful...

Monday, December 5, 2011

December 5, 2011

ok so now ill fin you all in a little more on where i´m at and everything. Im in a city called Quillabamba and my sector of this city is called La Granja. Quillabamba is a district instead of a stake, because there arent enough members yet to become one. my sector is the best though, and our brach is really strong. every week there are normally 80 people at church, which is alot more than we had in Juliaca, and Juliaca was a ward. the other week here like 100 people came and i felt overwhelmed with having so many people to talk to and to get to know.  my apartment here is really legit too, and its probably the nicest one in all the mission so i got really lucky! its got all black tile and blue walls and a balcony and everything like you can see in the pics that i took this morning. its nice and big too which is nice because it gives me room to do workouts in the morning. we live there with 2 other missionarys, but it makes it more fun and its still not too crowded which is nice. my new pension, or place where i eat is amazing as well. we struggled in juliaca just to find a place to eat where they didnt give us chuño soup, but here the lady that cooks for us gives us delicious food and almost too much of it. after eating i can barely get up from the table but im working out alot so i dont get fat ha. something cool about this week was that we went to cusco again for the monthly zone leader meeting. we received alot of great new ideas for our zones and everything, and i got to see alot of ex companions and my buddies so it was fun. what was funny though is that i got altitude sickness after being here for only 2 weeks! i forgot that cusco is so high up lol! another cool thing about this week was the christmas devotional yesterday by the first presidency. it was really cool to think that everyone in the world was watching that at the same time, and that everyone could feel the same spirit. the christmas season is a little harder in the mission because it reminds me alot of friends and family and being home, but i just have to keep working and itll pass. this is my last christmas in the mission, which is crazy because that means that we´re starting a new year, and only halfway through the next year ill be heading home! wow how time flies! until that day when i arrive in the airport im going to keep working as hard as i can though and give my all because it really is fun to be out here having all of these amazing experiences and meeting so many amazing people. i love you all and hope that you have a great holiday season! 
Love Elder Anderson 

so its looking like i can only send one pic because the internet here is wayyyyyyy to week i guess