Monday, August 4, 2014

Alma 53:20

Good day! Super great to hear from you. SO nice to be here, in the world and not having to worry about being of the world! It is nice to just preach the gospel. :) 

Hmm. Hmm. This week has been nice. We have just kept busy. The work is progressing, and so is the branch. Yesterday, it was super nice to go to church, and to see these great members, and to laugh with them and just chat with them how their lives are and just be happy here with the family that I have here. I love these people, and how this gospel influences them, and us. This week we have been focusing on actually just going and meeting with the members, and asking for referrals, and it has been fantastic. We have spent a lot of time in Kibera. I was able to take Elder Ochieng a little deeper into Kibera slums, and that was fun...we got lost. But that is what I love. We got to meet some nice people, and just got some good exercise.

I have had some of those great personal growth experiences throughout this week. Something that came to my mind, is that when i was younger, it seemed like everybody around always encouraged us to finish strong in everything that we did in life. I love the word endurance. It makes me look forward, and never give up. Sometimes it seems like you’re just tired, and you don't want to, but when you change your direction of thinking in your mind, it can be like you always want to! It is something that I have been focusing a lot on. I want to be able to say that I am a finisher, in all things. This is one thing in my life that I know I want to not just finish, but also, just try my best. My best always, for my GOD. That is what i got from all of those great examples in my life. My parents for one, my brother for another. My leaders were such great examples to me, and just those around me that lived their lives according to nice standard. I also love those powerful examples of the men in the Book of Mormon. I don't think that I have ever had this close of a relationship with my scriptures, ever in my life. They teach me SO much, and the Heroes within are amazing examples to me.  

Keep up the great work loving family, and push forward in this crazy world that we live in! hmm. I like this scripture a lot. Jeremiah 29:11-14 THANKS!

Much love:
Elder Andreasen

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