So the picture I am sending is a family my companion and I baptized! They are the hermanas converts (Sister Missionary Converts) but they asked us to do it cause they like us more that the other Elder companionship! I baptized Giovanni and Felipe. (to make it easier they have on gray shoes) I had the opportunity to play some basketball and football with them on Saturday night. While I played Elder Bushman was interviewing them one by one. These kids are sooooo cool!!! They were fun to hang out with. The last song we sang after the baptism was Familias pueden ser Eternas (Families can be Together Forever) and during it I looked at the Mother of the children and she was crying. I know the spirit was there! I know it was able to to touch her heart and tell her that this is the path she needs to take, and her family CAN and WILL be together forever.
This week I had a wonderful opportunity to listen to Elder Golden of the seventy. He came to our mission and gave us a very powerful lesson and lecture. Some of the revelation I received was that I need to be EXACTLY OBEDIENT to the rules and not to assume things. When I teach with clarity, obey the rules, and do the things I am supposed to do I will have better lessons; and the spirit will be with me more as I teach! Elder Golden made some promises to us that were very bold, but I KNOW that if we do what he says, and follow what God whats us to do then we can obtain these goals.
To answer your questions:
Dad; No I don't have much beans and rice now, I have a lot of soups!! I am getting a bunch of different variety. I am starting to love the food here!! It's really good. Also YES I finally do love beans and rice!! And Yes I got the Package and it is amazing!!! We listen to the Vocal Point CD everyday in the car!! Where did you get it from?!?! The case was broken and the CD holder inside is broken; so it doesn't hold the CD anymore. I have another one I keep it in! Did you have it before of just buy it?!?! My favorite songs are Danny Boy, He is Born, and Holy Infant. All of the songs are good, I don't have skip any songs I listen to the whole thing!!!
This week after the conference we had I decided to be "Exactly Obedient" and I saw many miracles! A couple of weeks ago we had a member call us and tell us she wants us to teach her niece Sharon. We set up that we would meet them at the English class that we hold every week. So we went there and the hermanas (sister missionaries) told us that she lives in there area so we told them about our plan. Then last Sunday Elder Bushman and I were going through the Potential Investigators and found a lot of names in there. We wrote a couple down in our planners to go visit. (we planned to bring the paper with us but we ended up forgetting about it) Luckily we had written down a few and this one address just stood out to us! So we put it in the G.P.S. and we went there. We were looking for a mujer (woman, wife) named Stella and guess who came to the door? . . . Sharon!! We were like "Hey!" and introduced ourselves and asked if we could come back later; however we had actually set up to see her at the English class! Then we found out that class was cancelled so we called the member that wanted us to meet her and asked if she can bring her to church so she did. Then The member told us to come to her house after the baptism and we could teach her a lesson in there house. So we went to the Baptism and went the the members house and we had the BEST lesson ever! I felt the spirit so strong and I know that it testified that what we teach is the truth. It wasn't us who brought in the spirit ~ it was defiantly the members! We taught them but then the Aunt testified and was telling her how the much the church meant to her and why she is a member. She told Sharon that it was us that brings the spirit but Elder Bushman and I were like no it was defiantly the family! The Aunt and niece were balling and we extended a date for baptism and she accepted with ease! I know that she had been prepared by the Lord and then we were put in her path.
Another short miracle is we were walking in Scarsdale Park and we saw this Hispanic walking and we said "Hi!" my companion just stopped and stared at him. The guy stopped and looked back and my companion and said "I don't know why, but I need to share our message with you." We ended up talking to him for a little and at the end he said "I felt some kind of attraction to y'all!" He wants us to come back and teach him too.
We just need to follow the spirit, and he will guide us wherever we need to go!
Love y'all and I pray for y'all all day :)
Love Elder Andersen