Drum Roll Please!!! Elder Andersen is going to………. :)

So I know y’all are DYING to know where I’m going to be for the next 6 weeks at least of my life as a missionary. πŸ™‚ Well, patience is a virtue and that’s what y’all are gonna practice!!! πŸ˜€

So this week was VERY eventful and fun!!!! πŸ™‚

Monday night, like usual, we did the amazing Family Home Evening!!! We had like 7 or 8 families this time, including the Bishop!! EVERY kid that was there started begging us to play flag tag. πŸ™‚ So…we played flag tag again!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ and then one of the girls got hurt…..she did something to her ancle and it was scary cuz she’s broken her ankle 3 times before. So naturally, we gave her a blessing and Elder M did it. Well…..in the blessing he said these exact words, and he didn’t know he said them, and yea… “your ankle IS broken, but you will heal eventually.” When he said that I just cringed and was like, “Please!! Heavenly Father please do not let it be broken!!!” Well…we found out on Wednesday that it was broken so M was inspired to say that. But he felt really bad about that after, I mean who wouldn’t? But I just told him that it was good because he followed the Spirit and stuff. πŸ™‚

So Tuesday we had a service filled day like we normally do with the library and the apartment complex. Then that night we went out to dinner at Chili’s with the giftcards we got from the apartment complex and we invited the S’s (the senior missionaries in the ward) and it was awesome!!! They have like a touchscreen menu ordering thing or whatever. I thought it was soooo cool!!!! But then it was stupid too because like the main focus was alcohol…… πŸ˜› But it was good to talk to them and get to know them a little bit better!! It was a fun use of our dinner time πŸ™‚ Then we went to the B Theatre thank you party that they have for all of their volunteers. It was AWESOME!!! We didn’t get to stay for the whole thing, it was from 6:30 to like 10 and we had a few people to still see that night and stuff but it was fun. πŸ™‚ We got to see a bunch of people and get this!! I have NEVER felt underdressed for ANY occasion on my mission (obviously because of what we wear all the time) and yea, I felt WAY underdressed at this party. πŸ™‚ LOL it was crazy what some of these people were wearing!!! We eventually had to leave and go check on L and her family and stuff and that was fun. πŸ™‚ And while we were gone Sister B announced to EVERYONE there that there were two people there that night who they wanted to specially thank and recognize, US!!! But we weren’t there….so we got a bunch of cheers and stuff for how we help the B and the Plaza and stuff and weren’t there for it. But we got certificates!!! πŸ˜€ hahahaha πŸ™‚ and then we had to go by the B family and then we went back to the Plaza up until we HAD to go because of our bedtime. πŸ™‚ hehe It was awesome though and let me just say that I love the B Family and everything they do for us!!! πŸ™‚

Wednesday we had Zone Training and so we had to be in Weatherford early!!! πŸ™‚ haha it ended up probably being the best zone training that I’ve EVER been to. πŸ™‚ So many great things were discussed on how we can move the work forward here in Weatherford and wherever we are in the mission. πŸ™‚ Like where I’m going. πŸ˜‰ hehe I got to talk to P a bunch and it was good to reminisce on old times. πŸ™‚ Then we got back to Cleburne at like 5, yea it was a long meeting, and then we had a busy night planned!!Β  We had dinner with the S family and that was good. We shared some awesome missionary experiences that members have told us that they have had to inspire them and it worked!!! They came up with a whole list of things they are going to do and change to be better missionaries. πŸ˜€ After we had a lesson with Sister R’ friend, who we gave a blessing to on Sunday night, and Sister R and L were there and it was good!!! After we went to the church and got L fitted into her baptismal clothing and then we taught her family a lesson at the church, then we also got ahold of J F (because he always goes to mutual now, yea he’s legit!!) and A. S. and we taught a lesson to them after mutual. K B sat in on the lesson and it was awesome!!! He’s not even a member yet and he knows SO much and has such a strong testimony!!!!!! Then we went over to the B Β for a wee bit because Sister B needed to talk

Thursday we did a little bit of service and then we did weekly planning. It was good but long. I helped M figure out what he is going to teach everyone for the next week because we all figured that I was going to be the one leaving. Like it’s been obvious….but I didn’t have the normal feeling I get when I’m being transferred, so I didn’t even know and wasn’t sure. That night we completely opted out of the Spanish and English classes because it’s become a joke and a waste of time. πŸ˜› Sad to say it but it’s true. πŸ˜› I don’t have my planner right in front on me to tell y’all what exactly happened that night, but I remember it was busy and there were a few miracles!!

Friday we did mormon.org and then service at the library and we also went over to the M family to help them a little in preparing for the hispanic lunch party thing we were doing after the baptism on Saturday. It was a HORRIBLE day for allergies….I just about died!!! πŸ™‚ haha and after all that service, right before dinner with the S’s again, we went and mowed Sister R’s lawn so that she could go to the baptism on Saturday and holy cow!! I haven’t mowed a lawn in FOREVER!!!! I actually got blisters. Yea, I know. Stupid!!! hahaha and then the allergies just got worse and worse!! That night we had an appointment punch and then a miracle happened!!! We randomly got a call, JUST after our appointment texted us and cancelled, and it was from a person in our complex who was moving and needed help, so we were like, “Sure why not?!” So we go and help these people just move apartments and it was fun. πŸ™‚ I have become an expert mover now…but I am definitely not the strongest person ever!! That is a FACT!!! πŸ™‚ haha I can try but I don’t have “old man strength” as M likes to call it….even though he is younger than me. LOL πŸ™‚ Then we went over to the B’s again that night. πŸ™‚

Saturday was FUN!!!! So we get ready and make sure EVERYTHING is good for the baptism and it went really well. πŸ™‚ L and her whole family got there at exactly 10am, that’s when the baptism started πŸ™‚ so we started about 15 minutes late. πŸ™‚ Β and it was the best Spanglish baptism ever!!! Brother L conducted in Spanish, the first prayer was in english, the hymns were sung in spanish and english…at the same time πŸ™‚ haha, the first talk was given in english (so I translated next to a few hispanic members that came), and then the second talk was also given in English but she asked me to stand next to her and translate for her right there, so that’s what I did!! haha and then the baptism was done in Spanish and then the welcome to the ward was done in English and I translated for that as well. πŸ™‚ So I was quite involved with this baptism!!! hahahahha πŸ™‚ Elder F came from Stephenville because he’s suppose to go to all of the baptisms in his district, and then because the S’s had a baptism that night we just did a trio exchange like we did with our Zone Leaders a few weeks ago. So Elder R came with us all day and then Elder F went with the other elders.

We had the hispanic lunch and it was good!! But kinda lame cuz like only 3 families came when like 10 had said they would. But it was good!!! πŸ™‚ C was there and as my “going away present,” she got me VANS!!!!!!! So…I’ll be sending those home to y’all because they are BRIGHT RED and I won’t be wearing them out here. πŸ™‚ hahahahahahahaha and then we just had a relaxing day with appointments that DIDN’T punch!!! πŸ˜€ hahaha πŸ™‚ Then that night at 5 we had the other baptism. πŸ™‚ After that we had a lesson with B and J! It was AMAZING!!! We made SOOOOO much progress with them!!! πŸ™‚ And Elder R told us afterwards that he didn’t understand any of it but he could feel the Spirit and kept talking about how strong it was there!! πŸ™‚

Then we exchanged back and then I know we did something afterwards….but I can’t remember what! πŸ™‚ lol

Sunday was awesome!!!! We were a little nervous because L and her mom, D, got there a little late, like 9:10, and so we weren’t sure what was going to happen with the confirmation. But the other two people who got baptized were confirmed first and L got there just as they started to do the second confirmation. So then I confirmed L, all in Spanish, and it was awesome!!! πŸ™‚ Everyone kept telling me, “that was so cool!! it must have been a good one because I didn’t understand ANY of it.” πŸ™‚ hahahaha oh the english speaking members of Cleburne. πŸ™‚ Y’all always make me laugh!!! πŸ™‚ B also came which was great!!! She could only stay for Sacrament meeting but she loved it once again!!!Β  After we had a lesson with the S family’ and then we had lunch with the B family’. It was a birthday lunch for their son C and then they treated it as my birthday meal too. πŸ™‚ It was awesome!!!! πŸ™‚ And then we started to watch The Best Two Years because I have never seen it and we got permission to do so if it was with members. πŸ™‚ I loved it!!! It made me want to go talk to EVERYONE and just spread the gospel to all the ends of the earth!!! πŸ˜€ We also went over to the C’s and also L to teach them. πŸ™‚ The work is really picking up here in Cleburne and I am SO happy that I am leaving this area better than I found it!!! πŸ™‚ That is what I like to do when I leave an area. πŸ™‚

So now I’ll answer y’alls questions!!! And I know you are still wanting to know where I’m going. πŸ™‚ hehe

First off, be nice to my shoes!!! They aren’t that bad!!! hahaha I just need to re shine them. πŸ™‚ I forgot to do it that morning and we didn’t really have time to do it either. πŸ™‚ My pants are fine, the hems and everything. πŸ™‚ sister B was a lifesaver this past week and fixed all the pants that needed fixing!!! So I’ll be all good in the new bike are that I’m going to! πŸ™‚ haha

I did get the package and I only opened the pants and the clinique stuff cuz I need it and I wanted to be able to put my pants with all the other ones so I could pack them better in the space bags I have. πŸ™‚ The Red Velvet bars are good too!!! I’m gonna hopefully take them to my next area in… πŸ™‚

And I did give L the bracelet and she loves it!!!

And we don’t know when we are getting ipads or facebook time. They just keep telling us the same thing that it will be soon.

And just wait til I get facebook and I’ll add those people. πŸ™‚

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And for what you’ve been waiting for!!!

Elder Andersen is being transferred to……

TEMPLE TEXAS!!!!!!! I’m going to be in a bike area in Temple. πŸ™‚ Right now it is a branch and I think there are 3 companionships in the branch?? Maybe. πŸ™‚

My new companion is going to be Elder L and I haven’t a clue about who he is. πŸ™‚ hahaha and just a cool little thing. I’m going to be in the Waco South Zone and Elder W is being transferred there and going to be my zone leader there as well!! πŸ™‚ Cool, right?

So pray for me in my new bike area and that I’ll be safe and that I will be able to do everything on bikes!! Because if there are sisters with a car there, they can’t help us out anymore with grocery shopping, etc, because we can’t ride in the same car anymore. πŸ™‚ And pray that I figure things out in my new area!!! I am excited and I know that this is where the Lord wants me to go!!! πŸ™‚ Oh, and pray for my new companion!! I’m still going to be the senior companion too so Elder L is probably younger than me in the mission. πŸ™‚

So that is my update for y’all. πŸ™‚ Have a great week and know that I love you to the Moon and Back forever and ever and always!!! And know that I know that this church is true and that I love this gospel and the Lord!! πŸ™‚ That’s why I’m doing this. πŸ™‚

Love y’all!!

Elder Josh Andersen πŸ™‚ImageImageImageImageImage

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