Almost been in Texas for a year!! :D hahaha and food poisoning ain’t the funnest! :)

So this week was fun. πŸ™‚ Last Monday we had a good relaxing pday, at least that’s all that I remember from it really so…not much must have happened. πŸ™‚ haha

Actually!!! I just remembered what happened!! And I don’t think y’all got my letter last week yet, or else you would’ve reminded me in my email about it cuz I told y’all to. πŸ™‚ hehe

Anyway! So Monday night all of our appointments punched…that actually happened like for almost EVERY one of our appointments this week……not fun….cuz then people don’t progress and then we are left to visit all of our back up plans, and they aren’t ever solid appointments, and we never know if they’re even there. So yea, Don’t EVER punch on the Elders if y’all have an appointment with them, or dinner with them. Back up plans aren’t so fun…. BUT They can be inspired!!! Like this last monday. πŸ™‚ So Monday night, our first back up plan after we had gone through all of our other plans was to visit the S family. πŸ™‚ The wife is active with her two sons. Her youngest son is a recent convert (he wasn’t baptized when he was 8, they kinda just forgot about it) and her husband is less active, but trying really hard to become active again. Anyway, they are an AMAZING family. πŸ™‚ And we went over and she invited us right in. Her husband and her sons ended up not joining us in the living room for the lesson, but they were like hiding in the room next to us (the kitchen) so they could hear everything we were saying. Which, hey, whatever works right? πŸ™‚ Hopefully they were uplifted like Sister S was!!! So we start talking all about the Book of Mormon. One thing we did like 3 months ago (when I was with Elder O was install the new LDS Scripture App on her iPhone so she could listen to the scriptures. She’s always had the problem of starting the book of mormon but then taking a break and not finishing it. Then she restarts because she thinks it’s been too long and she can’t remember what happened. Which honestly I think a lot of members, or people who are investigating the church, have this issue where they want to read the whole book but then kinda get lazy, so then they have to restart, and then they just never finish it. Well, after downloading the app so she can listen to it, she’s half way done with Alma!!! Like holy cow!!! It’s the furthest that she had ever read (or listened to) and she is SO excited!!! The best part is that she has noticed such a change in herself! But I’ll get to that later. πŸ™‚ So we were answering a lot of her questions about who people were and what not (she was getting a little confused since some of the names are similar) and so we just helped her. Then we started talking a lot about the church and how she is excited because out of the blue her husband told her that they should go to the temple and do the temple work for his grandfather who has passed away! So she was SO Happy!! Because that is a step towards them being able to get sealed!!! πŸ˜€ But then she just decided to talk to us about something that was on her mind. She explained to us that as she has been reading the Book of Mormon she has noticed that she keeps getting this prompting to forgive her father. We don’t know details, and don’t need to, but her parents got a divorce and whatever feelings that came out of that event weren’t too pleasant and so Sister S feels like she needs to forgive her dad, but she doesn’t want to. But as she has read the Book of Mormon she has felt like that is what she needs to do and that is what God’s telling her to do.

Side Note!!! That’s why the Book of Mormon is SOOOOO AWESOME!!! You could be reading something from it and then receive inspiration, or revelation, about a totally different thing. While we read the scriptures, God has the opportunity to talk to us with his Spirit, so that’s why we should ALWAYS read the scriptures every day!!! πŸ™‚

So then we started talking about forgiveness and everything and then I asked Sister S if she had ever prayed for help, and she said no because she was afraid of the answer.

Side Note!!! How many times do we say that to ourselves?! We don’t want to pray because we are afraid of the answer. All the more reason to pray!!! So if you ever feel like that, PRAY!!! πŸ™‚

So then I just asked her right there, right then, “Will you pray right now with us?” And Holy Cow!!! She said yes and started to pray!! It was one of the most sincere, heart felt, spirit inspired prayers that I have EVER heard!!! There were no vain repetitions or anything! I want to learn how to pray like that and fully rely upon the Spirit when I pray so that it is guided by the Spirit. It was Amazing!!! And she then felt SO much better afterwards. She told us that she would call her dad and that she would do the things that she had to to forgive him. That one moment, this one lesson, was one of those lessons that we live for as missionaries – where we see the lives of another person change and we see them take the steps to come closer to Christ. At that moment, I knew that that back up plan was inspired, and that we really weren’t suppose to go to any of those other appointments, we were suppose to go talk to her. πŸ™‚ And it was a little added comfort on Wednesday when we saw her again at the church and she said, “There are my two favorite Elders ever!!!” πŸ™‚

Yea, so that was monday. LOL I don’t know if I can be THAT thorough with the rest of the days this week. πŸ™‚ hehe

Tuesday we had a day planned with some service and then we had a few families that we planned to go see in the late afternoon and then during the evening. For service, we went out to Grandview to where C B lives, to help do some service at C’s house. Well, we were suppose to do the service outside, and it was like 30 degrees outside, with wind blowing, so after 30 minutes the 4 of us missionaries were FREEZING!!! So we decided to call it quits. πŸ™‚ And then we remembered that the B’ had their “change-over” week (where they change the set and everything in their theater for the next play…because they have a play showing EVERY weekend) and so we went to the Plaza Theater to see if they needed help. πŸ™‚ And they did!!! So we helped for a little bit. πŸ™‚ It was fun. Brother B like trusts me a TON cuz I was helping make different set pieces with him and then like painting all this stuff. πŸ™‚ Service was fun with them!!! And we ended up doing like an hour or two of service the next day and then Friday. πŸ™‚ I sent pictures of some of the stuff we did. The Gong and the Pillar thing I helped make and stuff. And the the water feature thing I helped out with. πŸ™‚ And then the wall was just cool and I had to show y’all. πŸ™‚ The play is, “The King and I.” So it was like a cool Asian set. πŸ™‚ And then that night we went over to a few houses. Most of our appointments punched, but our back ups were there so we ended up teaching them. :

Wednesday night we had every appointment punch, but Bishop wanted to talk to us about the Spanish and English classes so we ended up doing that that night. President Ames had a meeting with all of the leaders of the wards that have to do with Spanish work in our mission and they talked about the Spanish work and one thing that they want us to start doing as missionaries is teaching English classes to the members. But what our bishop wants us to do as well is teach Spanish to the members so that we can start bridging the gap between the hispanics in our ward and the other members. πŸ™‚ Which I thought was a great idea!!! And then we are also going to be able to teach them some Spanish so that they can help us with exchanges and stuff. πŸ™‚ so I think this idea is great!! Kinda like up in Denton what we did. πŸ™‚

Thursday we had weekly planning and that took a while. πŸ˜› And then we just had random appointments. Some were good, some fell through. That’s just what this week was like though!!

But Friday though was good with lessons! Or well, one lesson…the others punched. πŸ™‚ haha but the lesson we had was with A’s mom and brother!! And it was awesome!!! πŸ™‚ They don’t really have religion and they are willing to try out this one because they see how much A likes it. πŸ™‚ So yea, that was awesome! They didn’t come to church though because they had relatives here from out of town…so yea…that wasn’t too fun. πŸ˜› But it’s ok, next week!!

And then came that dreaded night…So that night I lost my pen from Chloe that’s erasable…and I broke the other one I liked a ton so it was like the last one of the ones I used the most because I only had two…so I kinda went a little crazy trying to find this pen right before we went in for the night….and because of how I was acting, and in hindsight it was justified, but Elder M was having fun with the situation. And then we went to this new Frozen Yogurt place, Sweet Frog (Frog for them stands for Fully Rely On God…kinda awesome!!!) and then the other elders made fun of me. XP hahahah πŸ™‚ And then came the dreaded food poisoning…. Whatever I ate at this place just destroyed me!!!

So I ate the frozen yogurt and when I went to bed like an hour and a half after eating it, I didn’t feel too good but kinda just shrugged it off…but then I ended up waking up at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 5:30…doing the thing that food poisoning does to you. I thought I had the flu but then the senior missionary Sister S said that it was too fast to be the flu. πŸ˜› So yea…. all of Saturday I was bed ridden…well almost all of the day. I ended up feeling better around 6pm and so then I got ready and we went and taught the Bs and then A’s family again. πŸ™‚ But yea…. Food Poisoning is the WORST!!! And being sick on your mission like that is the worst!!! SO HORRIBLE!!! I never realized how much I hate being in the apartment when I should be out working. I was getting like SO depressed that I couldn’t work!!!! Sister Ames wouldn’t let me work though…she told me that I had to rest until I was better…which was a good thing because between 5:30 and 6pm when I felt better, yea I wouldn’t have been able to work unless we had a portable bathroom that we could keep in the car….hahahah sorry if that’s gross. πŸ™‚ But I’m trying to be general and vague for y’all. πŸ™‚ haha

Then yesterday, no one came to church. 😦 So many promises!!! And No one…… :/ It’s ok though, next week for sure right?! πŸ˜€ And then we had lunch with the B family and then dinner with the S family, which is the one family where the dad is obsessed with Star Wars and has all of this real life size realistic to the movies costumes and then he has ALL of the Star Wars legos EVER invented. Even the like $500 sets!! Yea, you can just bet now and be right, that I was like in aww and just wishing he would let me build all of the ones still in boxes!!! hahahahah πŸ™‚ He does it though because now half of the sets he has are worth double or even triple of what he got them for. Some are worth thousands of dollars!! Crazy!!! We had some good appoinments after that though, but the main one punched with was kinda a bummer. πŸ˜› But, lets just say, somehow Elder M pulled strings yesterday at church with a few members because we kept randomly getting score updates for the superbowl…. I totally forgot it was going on. Oh well. But yea, he was going for the Broncos and we know how well that went. πŸ™‚ hahahaha

Haha so now for the notes of things that went on this week that I forgot to write but don’t wanna figure out where they go in the email already. πŸ™‚ hahaha

I’m glad you got my SD card!! Glad it made it safe!!!

Oh when I had food poisoning and couldn’t eat anything or keep anything down, not even water, yea I lost 10 pounds….so all that hard work from this last year is gone…. πŸ˜₯ hahaha

Oh and I finally burned my shirt!!!! πŸ™‚ We burned it Thursday night after we talked to Bishop. πŸ™‚

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Answers time!!

The weather’s been crazy. And this week it’s just suppose to be rainy and cold.

Investigators are good! Please pray for the G family, the V family, B and J, and R. πŸ™‚ And pray they won’t punch on any more appointments….please. haha

Today’s plans are just shop and chill. Probably clean a little bit and sleep!! Even though I did enough of that on Saturday. πŸ˜› This week the only plans we have for sure is that we have district meeting wednesday and then the language classes thursday night.

I do not eat salad now because usually it was stupid things mixed into it that I can’t eat. πŸ˜› So I just tell people I can’t eat it because I don’t just want to eat lettuce….that’s not a salad……

S…yea no luck…we don’t know what’s going on with her. We haven’t been able to teach her any more because she’s too busy and so is her family.

I eat sandwiches all the time! And yes, I eat sandwiches with cold meat. And I still don’t like ham…but I like turkey. πŸ™‚ hahahahah

And I still don’t like ranch dressing….never will. πŸ™‚

Y and M are doing better. They both come talk to me though when they have to vent… I guess I’m the “go to” guy for when people want and need to talk.

I never got a pic of elder Y’s tie, and it’s alright. πŸ™‚ I have like almost every color of tie that I would want. You don’t have to get me any more ties any time soon, but when you do get some you could get some green, red, or purple ones. πŸ™‚ haha

And I don’t need anything but the stuff I told ya last week. The protein and if you could get me a USB drive with all the pictures I’ve sent y’all already. πŸ™‚ And maybe some razors and shaving creme…maybe… I think I’m low on that stuff. haha πŸ™‚

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And I’m glad you are serving at the temple today!! That’s awesome!!! πŸ™‚ You’ll have to tell me all about it. πŸ™‚ In a letter so I can get it sooner than next monday.

And maybe, for next weeks email, you could be a little more detailed…cuz the last few emails have been like super short and there hasn’t been too much to read cuz I don’t get too many other emails any more...so yea. Not saying that what you’ve been emailing is bad!!! don’t take it that way!! But you could be a little more thorough. πŸ˜‰ love you!!

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I Love y’all to the moon and back forever and ever!!! Have a great week and know that y’all are ALWAYS in my prayers. πŸ™‚

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Elder Josh Andersen πŸ™‚

PS parallel parked for the first time!!! hahaImageImageImageImageImage

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