Monday, February 9, 2015

7 Kilometer Transfer

Hello Mom, Dad, Skyler, and really any one else who reads these. It was very nice to hear from you again, and see how life is being thrown in your direction. That is not good that you STILL are sick! What is up with that? Pole sana. But just know that I am thinking about you, and still praying that you get better. I love you very much and just want the best for you, as well, I know the Lord does also. He shows His love for us in so many ways, and even when maybe we don't understand why He is doing what He does, it always ends up to benefit us in the end. I have gained more of a testimony of this great principle this past week.

I will just tell you that YES i was transferred, but some funny things happened. I was transferred with the same companion about 7 kilometers away, to the next town called Makutano. It has not had missionaries for about a transfer, so we are whitewashing the area, and are ready for the work to be done. I am still in Chyulu! haha! The area that we just left is back to only 2 missionaries. I think it might be due to the fact that yet again we are losing missionaries, and are coming up short on the count. But I have faith that the two elders that are there will make great progress. They are both Kenyans and one of them came with me to Chyulu, the other one, elder Bakubamutwe and I trained. SO, that is the extreme news for the happenings of this week. Some more info just on our area. We have bikes, but it is not as harsh of a ride as Nthengoni was. Not really so many rocks around! We are taking care of Three branches. Two of them meet in the same building, and it is across from where we stay. The flat is big, it has 4 showers, and toilets, and pretty much a room for everything! The climate is still HOT but is should start raining some small small here shortly.

I am excited. I was here last February as well, so it is just like déjà vu. The members are amazing, and the branch is the best there is in Chyulu, so, I know that there will be nice progress coming soon. The mission is now, as of today, going to read through the entire Book of Mormon before the end of next transfer, and I am super excited to re-start re-reading it again. I love that book SERIOUSLY. I also have just started reading another book called "The Miracle of Forgiveness". I have been told that it can even help us gain a testimony more about repentance in general and be able to share that with those that we teach. It is powerful, and is now another one of my favorite books I have ever read. There it is! I think that is what I will leave with you this week, but I just love you much and hope for your wellbeing. I admire your courage and your strength in the gospel through these last days. I know it is not easy, but is very possible and Lord can always make it simple. Enjoy the rest of your week, and don't forget to smile big.

Much love from:
Elder Andreasen

Monday, February 2, 2015

Lovin ya from 'n' da far!

Good Morning and Afternoon to you. Thanks SO much for the update. I can't believe they made you ward missionaries! That is so exciting! I am super stoked for you and the experiences that the Lord is going to help you to have. That is such a blessing. That is also great to hear that you don't have to suffer the cold for too much longer. You might want to wait on the lawn until the grass actually starts to a growing. I am sorry that you both have been sick. That is not good. I think it might be the Lord just trying to strengthen you and build your faith for this new calling...maybe? I do pray to God for Him to protect you, and keep you healthy, but I will have to pray with more faith maybe.

This week here on my end has just been nice. We are just doing the same work, and things around are about the same, with a little more progress. We are receiving transfer news tonight, so we shall see what happens, if I stay or go. If I do go, I would hope that the ones coming in will really help this area to keep progressing in all of its potential. I know that Heavenly Father will take care of that. That is about all for the work. But I just started reading the Book of Mormon again, and am really studying it deeply. That is SO nice, because every time that I study it, I find that I use those things throughout the day, to testify of the truthfulness of the book. That is really awesome to see how powerful the Book of Mormon can be in touching the lives of others. Always remember your own testimony about that book, and share it with the whole world! Ok? ok.

Alright. Love you a lot. Thanks for everything. Keep up the good work, and follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I promise that it works. Wish grandpa Davis a Very happy birthday as well. Give him a big hug and tell him that I miss him and can't wait to see him when I get back! 

Elder Andreasen