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4th Of July!!!

Hola Familia!!! 🙂
So I really want to write a whole email in spanish one of these times….but I know y’all won’t be able to understand it….and it won’t translate it write if you put it through google translate….and I know someone could just help out with it but…english is easier anyway. 🙂
So this week was another good one full of jokes and learning and trying to find stuff to do on the 4th. 🙂 haha the 4th of July is like the worst day for spanish speaking missionaries because NO ONE wants to talk to you and they’re all drunk……….yea….haha 🙂
But anyway. 🙂 So on Monday we went over to the C like normal for our Noche de Hogar. 🙂 It was good!!! We watched the Restoration and then Special Witnesses of Christ to talk about prophets and how Joseph Smith was a prophet and so it President Monson. 🙂
Tuesday we had an interesting day. 🙂 But it was one of the best for the entire week!! Which that NEVER happens for spanish speaking missionaries. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are like the worst days for us to work with….they’re just hard. No one is usually home. BUT we had an awesome day. 🙂 How you may ask? 🙂 We contacted people and just followed the spirit!!! We had a feeling to go to a few different places. We didn’t know why, we just knew that there were people in that area that needed us to find them. 🙂 So we went there and we talked to SO many people!!! People were EVERYWHERE!!! Hispanics and others alike!!! 🙂 We taught a bunch of different people too. It was cool because I kinda was afraid before, like “what if we have a feeling that we need to be here but we aren’t guided to the right people?” So…we said a pray before we left the car….and then we got out and decided that we’d talk to EVERYONE no matter what. 🙂 So we did!! And the first person we talked to looked white….but then she told us her name (speaking English to us) and then we’re like….that’s SO a hispanic name 🙂 So we started to speak in Spanish and then we taught her the first lesson!!! It was a SUPER awesome spirit filled lesson too. 🙂 She has NO religious background though so it was a little difficult teaching her but it’ll be good. 🙂 Then that night we had out English classes which were good and successful like always. 🙂 Afterwards Hno R came with us to M S’s (the guy who randomly came to church one week!! but hasn’t come back since….) and we had a VERY good lesson with him.
Wednesday we had district meeting again and it was good. 🙂 Not the best (in my opinion) but still good. 🙂 We weren’t necessarily distracted…but we were all over the place with out ideas and what not. Which if it’s directed by the spirit that’s fine!! I just still can’t figure out if it was or wasn’t…..but…..after district meeting I had the BIGGEST prank pulled on me….. yea……by my whole zone…. But it was funny…so this is what happened!!! 🙂
Backstory!! On Sunday Elder W was in Hewitt on exchange with those elders (for whatever reason). Well, what Elder L told me is that he was being interviewed by President Ames to be the assistant….well….I believed him just cuz I thought that was bound to happen!!! hahahahhah 🙂 Like ever since we both got to Texas together. 🙂 So then on Monday I see elder W at pday activity and I’m like….wait…is this a joke? But then he plays EVERYTHING off like it’s still legit and he’s leaving… So that night we got a bunch of pictures together because he was “suppose to leave” on Wednesday after district meeting. Well I’m in like this limbo of “do I believe him or not?” but I had no reason not too so… I believed him! Well…after district meeting comes around and everyone is talking about how Elder W is leaving. EVERYONE!! So I’m like ok yea it’s for real. Well….we’re inspecting the cars and then I see elder W’s suitcases. Yea. He had suitcases!! haha and then he opens them…and they’re empty. Yea. It was a joke the whole time! Well, the funny part was that he got the ENTIRE zone in on it without me knowing…and they were all outside and taking videos of me when I found out that it wasn’t true. And…I didn’t even notice until after!! haha but my reaction wasn’t too good because I had suspicions… 🙂 hahahaha but it was all good and funny in the end. 🙂
Thursday, oh let me tell you about Thursday!! Because it was AWESOME!!! But we were dumb…..or en espanol, tontos….or fools. 🙂 hahaha that’s all I kept saying!! So we did weekly planning and that was good! Then we went out on bikes because we had NO miles. 🙂 Well that’s fine right?! wrong…because there were a TON of storm clouds and there was thunder and lightning everywhere. Well it was far away from us so we’re like, that’s fine and we have dinner in like 15 minutes anyway. Well we get to dinner and they tell us that they are afraid of lightning so they’re gonna send us with the food because they don’t wanna eat under their patio (it was two single sisters that we couldn’t eat inside with) and we’re like….uhh…ok? So then we are waiting for them to give us the food and it starts raining. That’s fine. 🙂 I’ve biked in the rain before. Well then it starts POURING as we are leaving….and then the ladies are like, you have your car right, and we’re like no, and instead of saying oh well we can just eat under the patio, no they say, well good luck!!! So…we waited for about 30 minutes hoping it would let up and it didn’t and then there was like that weird sideways rain so we got soaked through but then the next door neighbors told us to go hide under their porch so we did and had a VERY good discussion with them about Mormons. 🙂 Booyah!!! hahahahahah 🙂 And then we just were like, it’s not gonna stop so lets just get soaked and get it over with, so we biked to the church (it was close by) and dropped out food off and then we biked home and changed. And we got a hilarious video of the aftermath of the storm (what it did to us) 🙂 hahaha 🙂 then we drove back to the church and had our english class and that was good. 🙂 And to end it, I don’t know what came over me, but I taught about the plan of salvation!!! 🙂 We’d been looking for a way to break the ice with these people saying, hey we want to teach you and your families about the gospel, not just teach you about the gospel a little bit with these english classes. 🙂 Well that’s how we did it!! And we are most likely going to be teaching these families this next week 🙂
Friday we had a pretty good day…kinda….it was the 4th of July and NO ONE would let us teach them. And yes, almost every hispanic person here in Temple got drunk. 😛 it’s a day that they don’t have to work (well most of them don’t have to work) and so they get drunk…yea I don’t understand it either. Well we did the best we could to teach people but everyone just wanted to spend time with their families and not with people from God. So we tried. That night we went by a few members and investigators that said it was ok to go by, but then when push comes to shove they realized that it was the 4th and changed their minds when we were on their doorsteps. And….then we didn’t even get to see fireworks… Next year, right? 🙂 hahaha
Saturday we had a bunch of plans!! And they actually didn’t fall through. 🙂 We made some real progress with our ward mission leader so that he can actually start helping us more and so that he is actually more involved with the branch. 🙂 And thankfully when we talked to our Branch President about it he accepted it….but he was very skeptical and not really wanting to help us out….so we’ll see what happens!!! But then the rest of the day we had a few good lessons. 🙂
And then yesterday
jG came to church again!!! That’s the most that he’s ever come in one transfer!!! 😀 3 times (almost consecutively!!!) 🙂 🙂 No one else came becasue of the holiday weekend…not too many people were in town. And then the rest of the day wasn’t bad either. We were able to go by a bunch of investigators that kinda just dropped off the face of the planet but now they’re back!!! 🙂
With transfers, nothing is happening. 🙂 I’m staying here with elder Taylor for another transfer. 🙂 And basically everyone in the zone is going to be the same! Including Elder W….. hahahah 🙂
And I can’t find any Texas ties. The one I’m trying to find is like one with just the Texas flag on it. It’s like blue on one side with the star and then it has the red and white on the other side. 🙂 so if you can find one like that I guess that’d work. 🙂 please and thank you! 🙂
and I love the tie that Brooke picked out 🙂 I hope it wasn’t $55 though……….but I love it!!! And I’m wearing it right now. 🙂 And the inhaler is helping!!!
And I love you to the Moon and Back forever and ever and always!!! 🙂 I’m excited to stay here in Temple for another 6 weeks!!! But that means that I’ll basically be for sure transferred after that…. 😛 hahaha 🙂
loveyou!
Elder Josh Andersen 🙂

Rain is amazing!!! Humidity is not….. :) haha

So another CRAZY week here in Texas. 🙂 I’m sure Brittany told you, but it rained in Texas like almost every day this week! 🙂 Which is nice…when it doesn’t get humid after. 🙂 Which it wasn’t too bad last week but….now we’re feeling those consequences. 🙂 lol
But yea, so this week was crazy!!!
Monday night we went with Brother R over to the C family to have a FHE with them but C wasn’t there…. They hadn’t been able to get ahold of her. So afterwards we went over to her place and we found out why we couldn’t find her last week!! We had the wrong address…. it was apartment T, not D….and over the phone those two letters sound VERY similar when they are said by a Hispanic person. So we were able to find her and talk to her for a bit and then we set up an appointment for Wednesday. 🙂
Tuesday we had an exchange with the Waco elders and it was fun and interesting. 🙂 I went to Waco with Elder G and we did a lot of contacting and knocking on doors. 🙂 It was funny though because I thought we were going by potentials that had talked to missionaries before so EVERY contact I went and said (when children answered the door) “hey so missionaries have talked to your parents before! Are they here right now?” And then they’d go get their parents. 🙂 hahah and while they were gone then Elder G would tell me that it was just a random house he decided to knock… O.o hahaha so it was interesting and fun. 🙂 And then that night it stormed!!! First there was just lightning so that was weird, THEN the rain came. And when it came, it POURED!!!!! 🙂 But we had a good lesson with the person who is going to be baptized there. 🙂 It was good because I, being naïve and never teaching her before, just started talking about her baptism! And then she told us she wasn’t sure anymore…. O.O uhh ohh…..so then we had an AMAZING lesson on how she can be sure and she was SUPER excited for her baptism afterwards. 🙂 We found out that she wasn’t doing everything that she could do to find out if this is true and to prepare herself for her baptism. And so now she’s hopefully going to do that!!! 😀
Wednesday we exchanged back at district meeting and we did that in Temple this time thankfully!! 🙂 Helped us with miles. 🙂 hehe and right before district meeting it started pouring…well actually….Downpouring… It was bad!!! haha but we were already inside so that’s fine right?! Wrong…. the sisters needed things out of their car and of course they aren’t going to go get it and so who does? An elder. Which elder? Elder Andersen. O.o So… I may or may not have gotten SOAKED while helping out the sisters. 🙂 But it was refreshing. 🙂 and district meeting was AWESOME!!! We were all called to repentance by a training that Hna R gave and it was really what the district needed. 🙂 It was about how all of us can improve our language skills in Spanish. 🙂 and in English for one of the missionaries. :):) But I didn’t have like ANY time for the rest of the district meeting so we just had to go STRAIGHT into role plays and they were SO MUCH FUN!!!! 😀 The ideas that come into my head…they are awesome and hilarious and have to be inspired because it really helped everyone learn how to teach with unity in our companionships. 🙂 After district meeting we had a pretty good day planned. 🙂 That night we taught C and M about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 🙂 It was a great lesson, but we started to notice that there might be a few doubts about things….so we set up a return appointment for Friday and then we asked her to pray specifically about the Book of Mormon and if it was the word of God.
Thursday we had our weekly planning and we did it in exactly 3 hours!!!! 😀 Which has been like impossible!!! And it may have helped that we had lessons to get to right after planning so we HAD to be done. 🙂 The plans we made were inspired though and it was cool because while we were planning for C- I just got the feeling that we needed to fast for her the next day, so Friday, before the lesson with her. The English class was a success too. 🙂 And….we found out that Hispanics cannot say the word “beach,” or in Spanish, playa…..and they might say a bad word that is kinda similar to beach but as an English speaker you’d never even think about the two words sounding similar!!! So now we are going to focus on pronunciation. 🙂 hahahahahahaha
Friday we did fast and it was an amazing experience because God is just awesome and knows us better than we know ourselves and he knows what to bless us and everyone else with. 🙂 So we fasted specifically that C would get an answer and that she would know if she should get baptized on the 5th of July, which was her goal before. Well the entire day I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I just kept getting this feeling that, “no, she’s not ready and she isn’t going to be baptized on the 5th of July.” Which I didn’t want to think about!! But then that night we went to our lesson with her and she told us that she didn’t read the Book of Mormon…but she did pray!! But not about the Book of Mormon… She prayed to know what she should do. So we taught her what she needed to do to get an answer to that because God usually wants us to put in effort on our part and then he’ll tell us if it’s right or not. Well, this is why God is amazing!!! I’m like 99.9999999999999% sure that the fast that we did was more for Elder Taylor and me, so that we’d be able to accept C’s answer. I had been prepared ALL DAY LONG for that answer. It didn’t come as a surprise. So…fasting is awesome and just like any prayer, the answer comes, but it is according to the will of God. 🙂 Like I love to say, God has 3 answers to prayers! 1. yes, 2. not yet, 3. I have something better in mind. 🙂 We also were able to set a different goal, that C chose, for the 2nd of August. So pray for her and that goal that she’ll know for sure about these things by then!!! After that lesson though we had a ward activity out in Rogers and so we went to that with Brother R and it was awesome because there were SO many non members there. 🙂 And a few of them we are going to start teaching. 🙂 Our members are awesome!!! We had a little BBQ and we had to leave before the FHE but it was still fun. 🙂 And the property that we were on had a little lake…….private lake…..yea….only in Texas. 🙂 haha
Saturday we had a SUPER productive day and we were able to visit a BUNCH of less active members and investigators. 🙂 and it was one of those days that I just felt like everything I said was influences by the spirit and it was weird….I shared the experience of Grandpa and when he passed away to like 3 different people and how I have a testimony know of the plan of salvation and a testimony of the atonement and the resurrection!! 🙂
Sunday was a good day….but no one came to church…except a less active family that we visited on Saturday!! So that paid off. 😀 And it wasn’t the best turn out at church either….half of the branch who normally comes didn’t come….both because of summer vacations and then the other main thing about yesterday….the World Cup game of Mexico vs. the Netherlands….yea……when did it start?? 11am…when does church start?? 11am…..so yea….. Hispanics though and their Soccer….it’s crazy!!! So the rest of the day wasn’t the best for visiting people because all of the Mexicans were sad and drinking their sorrows away because Mexico lost. 😛 But we were able to go out to Rogers again and teach C and M. 🙂 Oh…and no one came to church because their rides didn’t go to church. So ya know what! Maybe it was really a blessing that Mexico lost because now all of the Hispanics have no excuse with the World Cup!! 😀 hahahaha 🙂
And BTW!!! Next Wednesday is transfers again…yea I know…where did the time go?! So….don’t be sending me anything after Thursday or Friday just in case I am transferred. 🙂
And for the 4th of July…we don’t know what we’ll be doing. Working?? hahaha…. we found out that there are going to be a few parades but not sure if we’ll go. They’d be a good time to contact people though!! And then the fireworks are at 9…when we need to be home…so we’ll see if we see anything!!
We haven’t been fed too much lately…but there is a member in the English ward, Sister P, that is TOTALLY helping us out with that. 🙂 Yesterday she guilt tripped her ward into signing up for us every day this week so we won’t starve!! haha we wouldn’t starve…but mac and cheese is only good for so long…. and if we do have to eat on our own, we just make whatever we have. I usually have chicken or chicken nuggets or like pasta of some type….I LOVE fettuccini alfredo now 🙂 just btwz
This week all we have planned is for a district meeting this Wednesday. Today we have an FHE with the C family and C. 🙂 We’re gonna watch the 20 minute restoration video and then the Special Witnesses of Christ video segments with President Monson. 🙂 And then for an activity…we’re not sure. We don’t think we’re gonna have one…so Elder Taylor and I are going to go hunt down a Texas Flag tie. 🙂 It’s a tie with the texas flag on it!!! So….depending if I have enough money I may or may not use my credit card….just fyi!! thank you!! and thank you for letting me use that in emergencies like my bike tire last week. 🙂
And Elder Taylor and I go running every other day. And we just run to the church and back which for us is about a 1.1 mile run. We rest for a bit when we get to the church.
I love you to the moon and back forever and ever and always!!! 🙂
Elder Josh Andersen 🙂