Feliz Dia de Santo Patricio!!! (and that’s literal translation…I don’t think they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day… :) haha)

So this was probably the longest fast week of my mission. Does that make sense??? There was just SO much stuff going on, so it made it seem slow, and it made it seem like there wasn’t enough time in the week, which there wasn’t, and sadly time from one week doesn’t carry over to the next week, and yea. FUN WEEK!!! πŸ™‚ hahaha

So this week was a little more interesting because we visited some families at times that they normally couldn’t because of amazing spring break!!! πŸ˜€

On Monday we did our family home evening with the R’s and S’s and that was fun. God has blessed us with SO many things in this life, including those around us. πŸ™‚ But yea that night I learned how to make sopapilla cheesecake and it is DELICIOUS!!! πŸ˜€ I will definitely have to make that for y’all. πŸ™‚ hahaha and thankfully, WE HAD HORCHATA AGAIN!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Tuesday we spent with the B’ for the first half. πŸ™‚ We did service for them at the Plaza because it was “change over” week. They have a play going EVERY weekend, and so when they have to change things in a week, it gets kinda crazy. πŸ™‚ They only have Monday to Friday afternoon. πŸ™‚ So we helped them out. πŸ™‚ We heard some CRAZY mission stories from Bro B and his brother too. They were hilarious!!! It made me keep thinking about, “What mission stories do I have??” I have a TON but at the same time I don’t think about them like they are “mission stories.” So yea. Hopefully I’ll have good ones when I come home. πŸ™‚ hahaha Then that night we went by a few different families.

Wednesday was fun!! So we planned for us to have district meeting (because that is what we were originally told) but then we found out that it was zone training… O.OΒ Β Β Β Β  the differences between district meeting and zone training include but are not limited to: 30 more miles of driving, 2 more hours of training, and it starts earlier and ends later. So….our plans were CRAZY!!! Heavenly Father was looking out for us because somehow all of our plans worked out…kinda. The appointments that we thought we wouldn’t be able to make ending up punching (y’all know that that means that they cancelled, right?) and then because we weren’t rushed everything else worked out. πŸ™‚ We went and taught the R family again that night and we did the Hastening the Work of Salvation videos. πŸ™‚ And btw, the one I like the most which is the most appropriate in my eyes for those not of our faith would be the first one, “I’ll go where you want me to go.” πŸ™‚ But we did that activity with them and it went amazingly!!! They were also excited to help us out with this “trip” we’re planning. πŸ™‚ I have no idea if I’ll be here, but it’s good anyway. πŸ™‚ We just found out that we are allowed to go to the temple to do baptisms with new converts and returning members!!! πŸ˜€ So we’re planning a temple trip for like the B’s, L C and his family, the S’s, and others. πŸ™‚ And now the R’s are gonna start telling people about it and helping us out. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Thursday we actually had an amazing planning day and session!!! πŸ™‚ Probably the most focused session that we’ve had so far. πŸ™‚ And the plans we made were inspired!! We went over to C’s house that night and she wasn’t there, but L and her mom were. So we talked to them and all that L was talking about was her baptism. And it was funny because she kept asking us when March 29th was because that was the original day that we told her she could be baptized on. But we went over that night to change it to the 12th of April so that her mom could go and so that there would be a little more time. πŸ™‚ And she was SO EXCITED!!!! πŸ˜€ and now that’s her projected date!! And another cool miracle that came! L’s mom doesn’t work Sunday mornings anymore so she can go to church!!! The only sad thing is that C has to work on Sunday mornings more often now….

Β Friday was an interesting day because we had a ton of plans and like NO time. But everything worked out. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ We ended up going over to the C’s and watched a church movie with them. πŸ™‚ After we gave L (the 18 year old daughter who has basically raised all of her little siblings since she was 11) a blessing because with what’s going on in that house right now, she needed one badly!! So just keep L R’s in your prayers!! And yes I know they have different last names, get use to it. πŸ™‚ But I gave her the blessing and I have NEVER felt so COMPLETELY inspired to say everything that I said. EVERY WORD came into my head so CLEARLY!!! I know it was a very spiritual experience for her and that she felt better afterwords, but it was something that helped me as well. I honestly felt like I was the Lord’s hands in that situation right then. And it was a powerful blessing too! And I have faith and I trust in the Lord that everything He inspired me to say will come to pass. πŸ™‚ But yea, that was only during the afternoon!! hahaha that night we went by L again and C and then also by a few other people. πŸ™‚

Saturday was a crazy day…haha

We started the day with ward correlation and then we had a few people we went by, including L. We went to the B’s around 2:30 because they were taking us to the Saturday session of stake conference. It was a bad day for them because of C and with the divorce getting closer and what not…so we went over to cheer them up. πŸ™‚ Sister B likes me and Β Elder M more because S and K get along with us better and we help them on days like that one. But yea, we left and went up to Weatherford and got there about 4 because that is when Bishop told Sister B we needed to be there…but that was a misunderstanding and yea that’s a long story in and of itself. We weren’t suppose to be there until 6ish.

The Saturday night session of conference was amazing!!!!!!! Elder Stoddard from the Seventy was there and he is hilarious!!! President and Sister Ames were there as well and everyone who spoke was amazing!!! I could tell the Spirit was speaking through them. πŸ™‚ It was all on Hastening the Work of Salvation. So yea….that’s a pretty big thing right now. πŸ™‚ And then that night Elder M wasn’t feeling too good so we had to go home and get his pain killers. The Zone Leaders offered for us to stay up there with them in their apartment so we wouldn’t have to drive home so late. But that didn’t happen. Oh!! And the saturday session is no longer the adult session. πŸ™‚ the youth were invited. πŸ™‚ And that was super cool!!! They shared all of their missionary experiences and stuff. Elder Stoddard also made all of us missionaries (all 30 of us who were there) go up so the whole stake could see us. It was a super cool and powerful experience. And by powerful I mean that the Spirit was super strong!!

Sunday we got a ride up to stake conference with the B’. The sunday session was alright. I definitely think the Saturday night is better because it takes more of a sacrifice to get there. After we stayed for mission prep because the B’ had to and they were our rides and it was a humbling experience. Even though I’ve been out as long as I have, I still have a lot of stuff to work on. I am FAR from a perfect or good missionary. But I know I’m improving so that’s all that matters. πŸ™‚ We ate lunch with the B’ and then that’s when we got the picture. πŸ™‚ That family truly is amazing!!! We’re coming to one of their shows when we come for spring break….it’s a must! So keep her number so that we can stay in touch and stuff. πŸ™‚ We had dinner with the H’s and found out they love Once Upon a Time and we had dinner that was ALL cooked, including the rolls, in a bamboo steamer. It was awesome!!! Y’all should look into it. Bamboo Steamers = Awesome Food. Then we had a cool lesson with the S’ on missionary work. πŸ™‚ Then we went over to the B’s and shared this movie about the making of the Salt Lake Temple because Sister B has decided that this June she wants to take her endowments out in that temple. πŸ™‚ And KC really liked it too. It’s amazing how siblings act when they are alone and the other one isn’t there. Did I ever act differently when Brittany and Brooke weren’t there?? hahahaha πŸ™‚

And yup!! That was my busy crazy not enough time week!!! πŸ™‚

That’s crazy that Paul Β is coming here!!! He’s going to love it!!! And I might serve around him!! That’s crazy that he’s old enough to go on a mission…. I still remember him as the small deacon he once was…hahaha πŸ™‚

And the Work of Salvation videos we share with members at dinner appointments or at just random appointments we make with them to help them out with their missionary work and the work of salvation. There isn’t really “missionary work” anymore. Everything’s combined into the work of salvation, like it should have been thought of as in the first place.

Elder M passed something this week, but the doctor doesn’t think it was a kidney stone. He still is having pain and yea…I’m being patient and praying for him but I’m ready for him to have that thing out of him just as much as he is! He won’t take his pain meds because he doesn’t want to be addicted and so he’s always irritable because of the pain. But don’t worry, I’m being nice and trying to help out as much as I can. But we found out he won’t go home for what he has because it’s too small.

So A and A are doing ok…we have to get on them this week for church and how they need to go to church!! B and J are ok I guess. We haven’t been able to see them for over a week. πŸ™‚

I haven’t made any more german pancakes yet. My toe is fine. My wrist is better and my jaw is fine. πŸ™‚ Thank for asking!!

And Sopapilla Cheesecake is basically homemade cheesecake that just has a bunch of cinnamon sugar on top and then you eat it with honey like you would a sopapilla. πŸ™‚ It’s SO good!!!

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But yep. That’s it. πŸ™‚ haha I love y’all to the moon and back forever and ever and always!!! πŸ™‚

Have a great week and be the example that Jesus would have you be. πŸ™‚ You can share the gospel more than you think just by being an example of what you believe. πŸ™‚

Love you!!

Elder Josh Andersen πŸ™‚ImageImage

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