Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Second Letter

Dad sent me a letter from him this week so that was nice, thanks dad! Also, thanks for all the letters and the love and support, especially the package. The package was seriously a life saver, thank you so much for sending that, now I wont have to go to bed hungry every night so thank you.
Now onto this last week. I cant believe its already my p day again, this week went by so fast. We pretty much did the same thing everyday, study, class, gym, eat, study, class, go to bed. It was a fun week though. We taught 4 more lessons this week to our investigator so that was fun. Its crazy to see how fast my hiligaynon is picking up. I am able to teach simple lessons now with no notes or anything so its super fun, but its still really difficult. My teachers are awesome and they are so helpful and good at teaching the materials. We had a devotional on Tuesday where Elder Zwick of the seventy spoke to us. It was an awesome talk and its so cool that we have so many firesides and devotionals to go to and listen to general authorities. The MTC is an awesome place and Im loving it more and more everyday. The Spirit here is so strong and I love everything that I do here. I love how all we do is study the gospel all day, its seriously the best thing. This is the only time in my life that I wil be able to devote all my time and energy to studying the Gospel so I am putting 100% into all of my studies.
Also, this week it snowed. I would say we go 5-6 inches of snow on Friday I think and the MTC is still covered in snow. Its so cold its horrible. We went to the temple this morning at 6:20 and on the walk there we were all freezing. My ears and face were straight frozen, utah sucks...but I hope it gets warmer or this is going to be a long 7 weeks. Yesterday, Sunday, was awesome. I love Sundays here. In sacrament meeting I was chosen out of all the missionaries to give a talk, so that was fun. My topic was "Recognizing the Spirit"' and it only had to be 5 minutes so it was super easy. President Brady, a counselor in our Stake Presidency here, presided over our sacrament meeting and after the meeting I had the chance to talk to him. He came up and was like "Is your Stake President from home President Brennan" and I was like yeah, kind of confused. But he went on to tell me that he was the Mission President for the Carlsbad mission until 2010 ,so that was cool to talk to him. Later on Sunday we had a fireside with Brother Heaton. He taught us to keep the main thing the main thing. The main thing being the Missionary Purpose. He counseled us to not get distraced or to worryied about specifics of investigators, but to always remember Our Purpose as missionaries, so that was a good meeting.
Also, Im ballin it up in basketball out here everyday its pretty awesome. The holy ghost is definitely helping me drain my threes haha its fun. Everyone calls me A-game Anderson because of my basketball skills haha its awesome. But 50 minutes a day of exercise goes by way to fast. Also, on Pdays we cant go play basketball but we can go to the weight room and work out. They have dumbells and benches so I did that last week and Im going to do that today too. nothing like going to Gold's Gym though hah but a little working out is better than nothing.
Anyways, thats about all I have to say. I am so grateful for all of your guys love and support, I really feel it out here and it helps me get through the day. Im so grateful to be a missionary right now and I cannot wait to go to the Philippines. Theres two districts leaving this next Monday to go to Iloilo and Bacolad so seeing them leave gets me really excited. One of the districts is actually the one that Louie was supposed to be in haha crazy. But yeah I am so grateful to be in the MTC and to be able to learn everything that I am learning. I love the power of the Holy Ghost that I feel in here, its so great. I love you all and I hope you have an awesome week!

My companions and I in front of the temple. Yes, that is snow on the mountains. It's freezing here!

Elder Cannon and I. Elder Cannon is from Black Foot, Idaho and I seriously love him. He's the most humble kid I know and he's so funny. He has a little souther accent so its so funny to talk to him but he's seriously the man.

This is my district in front of the Provo Temple. We all get along really well! 

Palangga ka ko! (I love you)
Elder Anderson

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