Monday, September 30, 2013

Letter #18

Hey Family :)
So all y'all knew that I was going to receive a new companion, I was like What the heck!? This is my 3rd transfer and my 4th companion. Hopefully my new companion and I will stay here for awhile! His name is Elder Bushman and he is from Wala Wala Washington. He is very sweet, we work hard and have fun. He is also diabetic and mom he told me some cool things to help your blood sugar. He learned from his doctor the the more carbs you get the faster your blood sugar goes up and down. And the more protein you eat the less of an incline, he tells me the more he eats protein like peanut butter or anything like that than it lasts a lot longer cause it stores and uses it when its needed, so that will  help you have a more consistent blood sugar! But the Crazy thing about elder Bushman is that he served in the exact area we are in now 2 transfers ago, so when i came in the mission he moved from Kemah to Port Lavaca and then after 2 more transfers he moved back here with me!!! When the people in this area saw him, they were very happy so see him and they love him! It is probably a good thing he is here because he knows a lot of old investigators and he knows what to do.

This week has been really good, when Elder Bushman came in he said "Ok, we are going to change this whole area, and we are going to be awesome, and we will baptize weekly!" (our Mission President has a goal for us to baptize weekly, and it is very possible if we do certain things. It is a process and it takes some time to set up, but it is possible) So i am very excited to see some miracles happen!!! :)

Miracle this week: Story below
I had a feeling we needed to go see Manuel one day. We went over to his house and knocked on the door for about 3 min!  I was like man why would I get a feeling to come here if he isn't even here?!?! So I knocked one more time and then I heard "Hola como estan amigos." (Hello, how are you my friends)  I look around and there he is walking out of the laundry mat, so we walked over to him and we begin talking to him. Elder Bushman asked if we can share a quick message with him, he said yes but only 5 min. So we walked into his apartment and I brought up a story in 2 Kings about Naaman and how he had leprosy. I read it to him (see below) and asked him what the story meant to him. He hit it right on the dot with his response. I then told him the part about what I thought was cool, how I look at this story is this; Naaman is a normal guy who wants to be healed or find the truth. The prophet Elisha is God, and when he sends his messenger  to go tell him what to do, that is a prophet or missionary or a member of the church. So God sends his messengers to tell what people need to do to be healed or find the truth. So Elisha tells the messenger to tell Naaman to go to the River Jordan and wash 7 times. When Naaman heard this he was angry. First, there were other rivers closer than the river Jordan and Second, why did the prophet send a servant to tell him... why didn't he just go out and tell him?! Naaman came to his senses and then did it and was clean from his disease.
When I look at this story I can totally see the people I teach (Naaman) and Myself (the Messenger of the prophet or GOD). I know that they really want to find out if there is a God, if The Book of Mormon is true, and which church to join. We teach them what God wants them to do. That they need to pray, read the scriptures, and go to church. They always have excuses like they don't have time, or why go to the church its farther then this local church, or I don't believe this or that. The moral of the story is that the messenger sent from God is there to tell him what they need to do and then they need to act. Naaman wasn't cleansed of his leprosy until after she showed his faith, and did what the messenger had said. So my job is to show people this, that they can find what to do with their life by reading the scriptures, praying, asking questions to God, and by being baptized. It is hard to get them to do that stuff because all the worldly things make it so difficult. Oh man, do I try to get all this people to come unto Christ!
I love all y'all so much. Keep up your studies and prayers, Heavenly Father Loves You!
Love Elder Andersen

 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
 10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and awash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be bclean.
 11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
 13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some agreat thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
 14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan,aaccording to the saying of the man of God: and his bflesh came again like unto the cflesh of a little child, and he was dclean.

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