Monday, December 25, 2017

Feliz Natal!

Feliz Natal!

At District meeting we did a soccer analogy and all shot 2 goals from long range and short range and compared it to the path arriving into the glorious waters of baptism and what we can do to help our investigators get there more easily. Before my first shot I did a squat to stretch my legs and heard a big rip. My pants ripped all the way down the back, more than 1 foot tear.. haha good thing we live close to the church.

The mission is incredible close to reaching the goal of the year of 500 baptisms and 75 for the month of December, right now we have 53 this month, to reach it it is critical that we baptize a convert in our district. We taught Sara and Veronica the Restoration this week and they want to be baptized! They came to church Sunday and loved it, the baptism is planned for this Saturday at 11!

Working is São Mateus Tuesday we felt that we should go to a certain apartment complex, we found Bruno who the Elders had taught 6 months ago and never returned, they gave him a Book of Mormon and he finished it in 6 days! It was a miracle finding him!

Friday all of our plans fell through in both companionship so we decided to go to a new city that we had never worked in. Porto Judeu and do a blitz with the 4 of us, we went there and had a great day of work, there are no buses that return that late so Irmão Frank gave us a ride back home, to thank him we went to Burger King and bought milkshakes.

My new organized studies have been great! It is so much easier to see what I have learned and what I need to work on.

The members here are so nice they have been giving us a lot of dinners and presents of chocolate and ties for Christmas, Angra is the best!

Espero que todos tenham uma feliz Natal!!

Elder Anderson
(No Pictures this week)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Organized Studies


We will start working a lot more in São Mateus, we returned there Thursday evening and taught 4 lessons, we left there at 9:30, (when we should return home) it is an hour walk but thankfully Irmão Frank was able to give us a ride back!

We had 2 days with a lot of plans falling, but we endured to the end and on both of those days we enterd a house and taught a lessons past 8:50.

Marcia Silva is doing really well, she is reading the Book of Mormon and has a strong testimony and is already planning her baptism when she come back to Terceira in June.

We watched the Christmas Devotional from the First Presidency with Irmão Frank last night, I liked it a lot and recommend it to anyone who has not yet seen it.

We were returning from Praia and got to the bus stop at 6:55, the last Bus to Angra passes a little after 7 but I had a good idea of how to organize my studies and was so excited, I decided to take a risk and run into the store, find and buy a notebook so that I could start the studies the next day. For the 6 tabs I decided to organize it with: The 5 PMG lessons, President´s letters, Christlike Attributes, Teaching techniques, Deep Doctrine, and Talks to give in church (I will write or revise a talk every Sunday Morning for studies). In printed out a paper with some goals for my mission, 5 points of lessons that I will study deeply, 3 techniques of teaching, 1 Christlike attribute, 3 letters from President, a chapter in the Book of Mormon to study and practices to do teaching. It is and will be awesome!!

Até Proximo.
Elder Anderson

 Organized studies

 Irmão Frank´s old House

 Wild bulls for street fights

 Sulfur gas leaving the Earth

Monday, December 11, 2017

São Miguel


Tuesday afternoon we flew to the island of São Miguel for the Christmas Conference, the plane there was a 26 seater, super small! The one on the way back was an 80 seater. But I brought my GPS watch and tracted the flight it was 112 miles and the plane topped out at about 220 MPH, it was just a 25 minute flight. The conference was small but fun. The assistants taught about Union with our comps and with the Lord, Sister Tavares talked about Heroes in the scriptures and how we can be heroes in the lives of others. President talked about the Celestial Kingdom, how glorious it will be and how we should live our lives with our eyes fixed on that glory so we can be prepared to receive it and have eternal happiness. After we had a super good meal at the "Quinta dos Açores" or Azores Farm.

We worked in São Mateus another afternoon/evening it is a one hour walk there but worth it, We were led to Leondro who is a brother of an active member Tiago and is super prepared to recieve the gospel, we then returned to the elect Praça, literally. It has 26 houses and in two days of work there we havent seen any more of the city besides that praça.

Last week I did 150 pull ups, like 2 or 3 almost every time I passed the pull up bar, my hands were beat up so bad with blisters that I took this week off, I will go for 150 again this week!

I hope everyone reserves some time to find the Savior this Christmas Season and  read and ponder about his life and teachings, and feel the real Spirit of Christmas.

Boa Semana!
Elder Anderson


 Waiting at the airport in São Miguel for 3 hours

 Branch Christmas Party

 Frank´s Volcano

 The last room left of a super old fort that was used to defeat the Spaniards

 This walk was incredible!