10 Months!!!

So things here in Cleburne are SO different than the other areas I’ve been in. πŸ™‚ But I really really love this place already!!! And I love the members (most of them, ya know, every ward has those few that just get under everyone’s skin). But everyone here is so cool and so Texan! haha and thankfully the white people don’tΒ  mind going on exchanges with us even to Spanish speaking people (cuz we have those people who speak both English and Spanish so we speak both while teaching which is funny πŸ™‚ ) and then we just translate for them! πŸ™‚

So I did get your package and thank you soooooo much for the protein and the blanket! The blanket is AMAZING!!!!!! It’s definitely the Bomb! And at night it definitely gets cold but all is well because we control the temp and don’t worry about a nasty power bill every month so we just do whatever we want. πŸ™‚ hehe

During the days it is like the perfect weather here!!! It’s amazing! Like I’m spoiled because I get to walk around during the day during the nice weather and then when its cold I get to be in my car driving around. πŸ™‚ So yes a car is nice too!!

PS. Our apartment complex holds packages for us so don’t worry about me having to go to the post office to pick anything up.

And Texas drivers aren’t too bad. There are definitely hicks here though… haha πŸ™‚

Β And as for the sleep thing, its better. I just had a hard time going to sleep in a new place and then staying asleep. πŸ™‚ But now everything is good! And we also come home like every day like exhausted and so we fall asleep easily. πŸ™‚

Ok so here is how my week went down!

So monday was just a nice calm pday. πŸ™‚ We went to the church and just chilled, I played piano, just normal calm stuff! Then we went out and taught a couple lessons and I got to know more people in the ward. πŸ™‚ It’s funny how even though everyone goes to church on Sunday, or mostly everyone, you still don’t meet people in the ward because some people just aren’t friendly. So, get to know the missionaries in the ward no matter what! And introduce them to other members so that the ward can get into the missionary mindset!!!

When a member introduces someone to the missionaries it is SO much more successful than if we have to find someone on our own.

Β So Tuesday it was a wee bit crazy!! Well, our whole week has been crazy! We had a bunch of appointments and pretty much EVERYTHING had to work out in a certain way or else the plans would all like fall through. Well, we prayed and tried to make sure everything worked out! And well, it worked out for the most part. πŸ™‚ We can honestly say that the people that we saw were the people we were supposed to see and everything happened for a reason.

Wednesday we had zone training and that was cool! We have a gigantic zone…3 districts!!! And it makes sense cuz we are the biggest zone, land area wise, in the mission. We learned a ton there and it was cool to meet everyone. πŸ™‚ It was in Weatherford which is like an hour drive so that took up a bunch of time that day, but it was ok..ish. πŸ™‚ haha after we went to Rosa’s Cafe, Tortilla factory, and that place is good ol fashion Tex-Mex!! haha

Then we got back and did service for a sister in the ward who was doing a 3 day yard sale starting Thursday. She had sooooo much stuff!!!!! CRAZY!!! But she made over $2000 so…… yea. πŸ™‚ haha she’s feeding us on Thanksgiving so that will be fun! Then we took her son out with us on exchange and seriously….every one of our plans punched….like even our dinner with these less actives who invited an investigator to go over so that we could eat past 6pm, those plans punched….so needless to say, I was hungry that night but I got to eat after 9 so it was ok in the end. Just not in the moment. And seriously, that’s how it is with like everything in life that sucks! Anyway.

Thursday we had planning and it was kinda a random day. Plans went crazy!! Everything we planned got moved around and switched and so we were just trying to do everything we could to see the people we needed to go teach!

Friday, this was a fun day. πŸ™‚ We taught a bunch of people tracting and had cool stories. πŸ™‚ We even made this one mom who is having problems with CPS smile and have a better outlook on life and she wants to find happiness in our church! So we handed her over to the English Elders to teach. πŸ™‚ But yea, cool stories. πŸ™‚ Then we did some service for a less active member who just started coming back to church.

We had to help clean her yard and house because CPS took her husband’s daughter’s children away from her, and are giving them to this family. So she has to pass inspections and what not. And Oh My Gosh…. I have never felt the spirit work within me like it did that day. I was sad. I felt love for these people. They have been living in a mess. I don’t know HOW living conditions get to be like this… I wasn’t disgusted, I just felt pity and love. So we tackled as much of it as we could, but couldn’t do it all so now we’re going back this Friday to help again!

Then that night we had an exchange to see this one woman in the ward that we are assigned to go teach and help out, but she wasn’t there…so we saw a few other people we felt impressed to go see. And we had AMAZING lessons!!! We felt so prepared and it was just amazing! We moved a baptismal date up to be sooner, we answered this one mans question of why he needs to be baptized because the thief on the cross with Jesus was told that he’d be with him that day in Paradise, so pretty much destroyed Baptist doctrine, and it was just a super cool night!

Then Saturday!!! Holy busy!!!! So we taught 10 lessons, had an appointment like every hour, and it was just awesome!!!

And then yesterday we had our investigators go to church and get interviews for baptism by the 1st counselor in the mission presidency and everything went super well!!!

Β And now I’m about to get kicked off of the computer….so…

Β So the library like had a problem with their computers and kicked everyone off of them after only an hour, we’re suppose to get an hour and a half. So now I’m back after shopping and stuff!!!

So as for my investigators they are doing pretty good. πŸ™‚

We’ve been finding a bunch of new people and they are doing ok. Nothing really happens until they go to church though…. So like I wanna tell you about a few people but they haven’t come to church like they promised so maybe you can hear about them next week!! πŸ™‚

So A and A are doing good. πŸ™‚ They were the ones who had the baptismal interview. They are growing in the gospel so fast! Everyone already talks to them as if they are members. πŸ™‚ which is awesome!!! the only problem that might happen is that their baptism is on the 30th, which is the weekend after Thanksgiving, so there might not be a lot of people there… So keep them in your prayers!

Then J, he is the one whose date we moved up 2 weeks. πŸ™‚ He is ready to be baptized but just needs to learn a little bit more. πŸ™‚ And he’s also out of town all this week…so pray for him that he doesn’t change his mind!!!

Then we have the A Family, and they are the ones whose minds were blown when we proved to them that baptism is important and that Jesus was in the Spirit world right after he died. And how that’s where Jesus meant when he said “today ye shall be with me in Paradise.”

And it amazes me how Satan really just had his way with the bible…. It’s sad. But we know restored truths and it is amazing!!! The gospel is so awesome!!!!

I love y’all sooooooo much!!!!! You have no idea. πŸ™‚ I always pray for you and think about you, at night, so don’t worry, I’m not getting distracted. πŸ™‚ hehe

I’ll try to be more detailed next week!!! This week we have zone conference in Fort Worth on Thursday, so planning will be moved to Friday. So pray for me while I am the one driving there from here. πŸ™‚ haha Other than that just pray that we will be able to help our investigators keep committments and that we will find those that are ready for this message and willing to accept it and change their lives for the better!

I love you sooooo much!!!! πŸ™‚

Elder Josh Andersen πŸ™‚Image

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