So once again we had an AMAZING week here in Temple Texas!! :D

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First off, we’ll talk about Monday. 🙂 So pday activity was fun. Nothing too spectacular I think. Just chilled and played piano and sang and had fun with everyone. 🙂 I tried a Mexican fruit thing that Hna R….. bought….yea….still got the fruit allergy. 😛 haha thankfully the pain didn’t last that long though!!

We had a very interesting dinner too…haha they kept trying to get us to talk about politics, especially since I’m from Arizona and they didn’t agree with the politics there so…just plain awkward and we did EVERYTHING we could to not talk about politics. I don’t like politics as a missionary. Period!! haha After we went by a few different people and set up appointments. 🙂 Then Brother R…. took us out to Rogers for our Noche de Hogar with the C…. and C…..and M……! haha and it was an AWESOME lesson!!! We did an object lesson to teach to the understanding of M….. and it worked perfectly because C….. understood it too!!! It’s amazing how when things are taught simply, people understand them easier. 🙂 At the end of the lesson we invited C….. to be baptized on July 5th and she said yes!!! So that’s the plan!!! 😀 C…. and her son M….. with be baptized on that date and they are progressing so well!!! 🙂 The funny thing though was even though she is going to the Spanish branch she wanted a book of Mormon in English (we actually have a few investigators like that, only happens when they speak both), but we only brought a book of Mormon in Spanish…so we had to wait to give one to her….but how that part of the story turns out is just awesome and funny!! But I’ll get to that later. 🙂 And as a nice desert for the Noche de Hogar the C….. made us arroz con leche!! 🙂 yum!!

Tuesday I had my first exchange as a district leader!! 😀 It was AMAZING!!! So I was with Elder G….., who is from Houston Texas, but not Debra’s mission. He is 22 and been out almost a year now. 🙂 He’s a really good missionary and we just had a blast all day long!! Haha something I’ve noticed is that when I’m with Elder T……., we only speak Spanish outside of the apartment, but sometimes we just have fun with it and use Spanglish. 🙂 haha well, Elder G…….. doesn’t like to speak ANY English, which was good for me to practice obviously, but then I realized that he speaks so much Spanglish!! hahahahaha 🙂 So now Elder T….. and I are trying to not speak Spanglish anymore because it sounds weird and we know it’s not right. Even if we were doing it just to have fun. 🙂 haha

But yea, so we started the exchange in the morning and then we had a bunch of appointments planned!! And they didn’t all work, but we taught SO many lessons that day!! It was full of miracles!!! We were able to go by people that we hadn’t seen for a very long time and teach them. 🙂 Then that night we had an AWESOME English class with Brother R….. 🙂 We had 3 members come to the class to learn and then there was one other lady that came who sometimes comes and then J…. P…. came! At the end we all talked about J….. wanting to be baptized and it was awesome because all of the members testified about how awesome being baptized is and how it is SO important! 🙂 I felt kinda bad because the lady that came, who isn’t a member or investigator, just felt awkward and we could all tell, but we told her when we started the class that “we are missionaries and the principle thing that we do is help others come closer to Christ, and we teach of Christ.” And she said she was fine with that. So….yea. But it was good. 🙂

Then Wednesday we had zone training and it was awesome!!! We talked about everything that we talked about in DLC and it seems like everyone is getting it. 🙂 The 7 step planning guidelines that President Ames has made us is just awesome!!! I love it!!! 🙂 It was a good meeting. 🙂 Then that night we taught a few lessons and were able to set a lot of stuff up. 🙂

Thursday we were able to put into practice everything we learned from the day before and it was an amazing planning session!!! We had a lot of stuff to do, so we had to finish up on Friday a little bit, but it was awesome what we talked about and planned. 🙂 We made AMAZING plans for this week and so I’m so excited for everything that’s going to happen!!! 😀

That night with the English class, two ladies that normally come came and J….. P….. also came. 🙂 Brother R…… helped us with an AWESOME lesson with J….. that we had in the chapel. We read 3 Nephi 11 and the spirit was SO strong. We talked about what J…… needed to do to change and he told us that he knows what he needs to do, and the first thing is find a different house and different friends. Now, that’s not the easiest thing to do though….so we need prayers for him!! He knows what he needs to do he just needs help from heaven to do it. 🙂

Friday we had a bike afternoon. 🙂 Because of the many plans we have made including going to Rogers (30 mile round trip) 3 times this week to teach C……, our exchange that we’re gonna do (40 mile round trip) and then our trip to Hewitt for interviews (60 mile round trip), we have to save a few miles… 🙂 hahaha and it was SUCH a hot humid day but it was good. 🙂 We were able to teach a lot of people and also contact a lot of people. Then we finished planning, then we headed out again to teach people. 🙂

And that dinner was the most funny dinner every. 🙂 So because so many of the Temple 1st members are doctors or residents, it’s always fun for me to talk to them. 🙂 Well, this brother was a doctor for digestive system stuff and so it was like 100 questions about my fruit allergy thing. 🙂 hahahah it was sooooo funny cuz I kept stumping him in his prognosis’. 🙂 lol and after we had 2 awesome lessons that DIDN’T punch on us!!! 🙂 and we were able to visit them with our ward mission leader!! That night after the awesome lessons we exchanged with the zone leaders. 🙂

On Saturday I was with Elder L….. in Belton. 🙂 It was a pretty good day. We did a lot of contacting and didn’t teach too much, but we set up some good stuff for his area. 🙂

So while I was on exchange with Elder L…., there was a branch activity that C….. and M……. went to with the C…….. Elder T……. and Elder W…… went to it and went to try and give C……. the Book of Mormon, but this is what she said. “So I went online and was just gonna order one from the lds.org website and then I saw that I could get this app on my phone so I just did that and I’ve been reading it ever since.” SHE IS THE MOST SOLID INVESTIGATOR EVER!!!! She truly has that true desire to know if this is true!!! 😀

And then we exchanged back that night and it was a good day. 🙂 Oh!! The dinner we had too was with a family from Arizona!!! 😀 Fun stuff. 🙂

Then yesterday, Sunday, was a good day. 🙂 C…… and M……. came to church, but then another investigator who has been an investigator for FOREVER came to church as well!!! J……..G…………. 🙂

After church, we didn’t have as much success…but it was still a good day because they came to church!!! 😀 We also took a bike night because we’re trying to save miles. 🙂 And we almost have enough miles saved. 🙂

And get this. So I played in sacrament again yesterday in church and guess what song I played for the sacrament hymn?? “There is a green hill far away.” Yup. No joke. I didn’t do the best job, but for some reason I had the feeling to play that song. 🙂

And this is what I’m doing this week. 🙂

So today we are going to Rogers again with Brother R….. to teach C….. with the C…….. Then on Tuesday and Thursday we have the English classes as well as we are going to teach C…..which means that we are doing double exchanges where Elder T…… and I split up so we can teach more people at the same time. 🙂 It’ll be fun and crazy!! Especially since we have two set up. 🙂 We set them up in planning on Thursday. 🙂 On Wednesday we are doing another exchange with the Waco elders. Elder R…. will be coming here with me and then we’ll exchange back on Thursday at interviews. On Thursday, you guessed it, we also have interviews with President Ames in Hewitt!! haha 🙂 I feel like we JUST had interviews…but that was like 3 months ago…and I was in Cleburne still! O.o hahahah 🙂 But yep, so that’s what I have planned for this week!

 

So I love you to the moon and back forever and ever and always!!! 🙂 Thank you for everything you do for me and for all of the love and support. 🙂

Elder Josh Andersen 🙂