Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

I have been sick all week. Everyone in my district is coming down with a little bit of something.  But I'm finally starting to get a little better.  I don't really have anything big to announce except.... MY TRAVEL PLANS CAME THE OTHER DAY!!! I'm going to Colombia:) Lots of flights.. a 5 hour one to Detroit. Then a 2 hour to New York. Then a 6 1/2 to Colombia.  We have to leave January 8th at 4 in the morning.  Literally all day of traveling. That will be fantastic.  But anyways.  All my days blend together. So I'm not even sure what I have already told you. Oh yeah.. We got a new teacher this past week. He was our "investigator" that we have been teaching in Spanish.  He is such a cool dude and I will be learning lots from him. 

I don't get much mail from anyone so my P-days are really boring.  The other guys in my district are always writing all day so I have just slept alot today.  I did write Rachelle a pretty lengthy letter, but that didn't really take long.  So now I'm just doing laundry. But still super happy and excited to get out of here! The Spanish is coming along good, too.  Well I hope all is still well and I will talk to you later!!! LOVE YA
Oh yeah,. HAPPY NEW YEAR! We'll be partying it up with chips and salsa that some of the other Elders in my district got in the mail. We also got some cider:) So we'll party hard for about an hour before we have to go to bed at... 10:30. haha

- Elder Anderson

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hey Momma,

We all got a gift today! The gift of a e-mail home! So... This is the e-mail home! I see you don't really have any more questions for me so I'll just tell you how today has gone.  I'm still pretty super sick so I didn't sleep too well last night.  Then we woke up and had a delicious breakfast of cereal.  That was absolutely fantastic. Then I had a district leader meeting and then we had a little free time before lunch.  Lunch was really good and then we went to the devotional. Elder Russell M. Nelson was the speaker. He and his wife did such an amazing job with their topics.  I took good notes.  After that we had some more free time and then we walked to the temple.  That was good, too. Really cold though! Now were just e-mailing away in a room by our class and we have some more free time after this.  Things are still going good, but it's so different not being home! Its all good though.
Now I think it would be appropriate for me to bear my testimony in Spanish. Yo se que la iglesia es verdadero.  Yo se que profeta Thomas S. Monson es el profeta de Dios.  Yo se que El libro de Mormon es a verdadero libro de Dios.  Yo se que profeta Jose Smith Restaurado el iglesia en el ultimos dias.  Este testimonio ayuda a vivir feliz. Yo se que Jesucristo es el hijo de Dios.  Te amo! Asta luego!
Oh yeah... MERRY CHIRISTMAS!! FOR REALS THIS TIME!!! Ha I dont know why I keep forgettting to put that in my original e-mails but.... Yeah. Oh and thanks so much for the package!! Thanks for the letters! BRIAN AND TARA?!?! Come on!! But seriously. Thanks for everything. I love you guys and look forward to hearing from you again here shortly!!!
Oh yeah. And we get to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" tonight.  How fantastic...
-Elder Anderson

Monday, December 24, 2012


*** This is Julie.  I wrote Kyle a letter on Friday, December 21, asking him a LOT of questions and today he answered those in his e-mail!  So that it makes sense, I've included my questions and Kyle's answers here.  ***
1.     HOW ARE YOU???  J  How are you feeling about this whole mission thing so far???  (DETAILS!  Please be honest!)  I'm doing very well.  The MTC is such a great place.  A lot better than everyone was making it sound.  I'm already used to everything so that's a good sign.

2.    How was your first day?  Were you scared, nervous, excited,???  My first day was super good.  Rushed . . . but good.  I was excited.  Not nervous at all.

3.    What did you do your first day?  We just went to classes and had to go through a whole bunch of orientations.

4.    Did things go smoothly or was it kind of chaotic?  Things were both smooth and chaotic.

5.    Does Saturday start the only speaking Spanish thing?  Pretty much from day one we had to only speak Spanish.  We can only say our prayers and bear our testimonies in Spanish, though.  But just try on everything else.

6.    Are you sleeping well?  Yeah, I'm sleeping fine.  It's pretty cold though.  I'm currently sick with a cold cause of it, but that's no big deal.

7.    Is there anything you forgot to take that you need me to send you?  I'm getting made fun of because I only brought six ties.  I also could use a hoodie or something cause it's freezing!

8.    What is your companion like?  My companion is cool.  His name is Elder Peart. 

9.    How long has your companion been in the MTC?  He came in on the same day as me.

10.  Where is he from?  South Jordan

11.  Is his family LDS?  Yes

12.  Is he a convert?  No

13.  What is your companion’s name?  Elder Peart

14.  Who are the other elders in your room?  Me and Elder Peart are the only ones in our room.

15.  Do you like them?  It's good.

16.  Where are they from?  Um . . . yeah.

17.  Do you like your district/zone?  Yeah, my district is awesome!  There is only a couple of elders from the other districts that I don't like, but overall the zone is cool.

18.  Do you have a district AND a zone?  Yeah.

19.  If yes, how many people are in each?  We have 10 in our district with three districts in our zone.

20.  Do you like your district leader (and zone leader if you have one)?  I guess I don't mind the district leader cause you know . . . IT'S ME~!!!~!~!!!  The Zone leaders are way cool, tool.

21.  Do you like your teachers?  Yeah, my teacher is way cool.  He is super patient with everything.

22.  What kind of classes have you been taking?  There isn't a choice of classes we can take.  Spanish and Gospel.  Not much else to learn.

23.  Are there sister missionaries in your district/zone?  Yeah, there are four hermanas in our district.  They are the only ones in our zone.

24.  Is everyone going to Colombia?  No, only me and my companion are going to Colombia.

25.  Are any going to Cali?  We're both going to Cali.

26.  What is a typical day schedule like?  Wake up, go to gym, shower, class for three hours, lunch, personal study time of some sort, more class for three hours, dinner, and then depending on the day, we have meetings or devotionals or whatever else at night.

27.  Are you working out/exercising every day?  Yes I am.

28.  What kind of exercise do you do?  I have been playing basketball everyday.

29.  Did you sign up to be in the MTC Choir?  Yeah, I'm in the choir.  The songs they picked for it are super awesome and I enjoy them a lot!

30.  How was church on Sunday?  Church was good.  We talked about repentance all day long.

31.  Have you heard if any general authorities are coming to speak at the MTC during the Christmas holiday?  No, they don't tell me.

32.  If yes, do you know who?  No

33.  What is church like in the MTC?  It's interesting.  It feels like a normal day, except with Sacrament meeting thrown in there.

34.  What else do you do on Sunday?  Nothing.  Classes.

35.  How is the food in the MTC?  It's just as good as I thought it would be.  Most of it is good, but there are the things you need to stay away from.

36.  Are you ever hungry?  No, not really.  If I am, everyone has been getting so much candy that they are more than willing to share.

37.  When do you get to go to the Provo Temple?  The temple is closed for December.  We went on a temple walk yesterday, though.

38.  Have you seen anyone you know?  Yeah, I've seen Austin a couple of times.  And I saw a kid I know from Juab.

39.  Have you made friends with anyone beside your companion and roomies?  Yeah, I'm friends with my whole zone.  And a lot of other people, too.  Everyone is friendly so it's not hard.

40.  If yes, tell me about him/her!  Not enough time.

41.  Have you gotten any letters yet?  Yeah, I got a letter from Rachelle.  And I also got a package from her as well.  It was fantastic.

42.  Is it ok to send you letters through or would you rather have a letter through the mail?  Either way is fine.  I get a piece of paper in the mailbox no matter how you do it, so whichever you prefer.
It's good that the room is cleaned and will stay that way.  I miss Brian, too.  I'm not homesick at all though cause I know I'm supposed to be here.  Everything will go by fast and I'll be home super quick anyways.  I like hearing from Rachelle.  It's nice to know she still cares.  The language is coming, but it's definitely taking it's time.  But anyways, send much love to everyone and let me know any more questions that you guys have!  Make sure Rachelle knows she can ask me questions through you if she wants to.  Send some love her way, too.  Til we meet again!

Oh yeah... MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Wish I was there, but its for a good cause that I'm Not! TE AMO! 
-Elder Anderson

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Missionary Christmas

(author unknown)

I skipped the sales after Thanksgiving. The thrill just wasn't there.
No pictures taken with Santa Claus, my decorating has no flair.
His presents are shoes, shirts, and ties, two suits and fun.
I've bought him all white clothes because...
This year, I'm giving Christ my son.
I've spent more time in the temple, my testimony stirred.
I've re-read November's Ensign, felt strength come from His words.
Our family prays more frequently. My tears are quick to run.
Abraham seems closer because,
This year, I'm giving Christ my son.
I wonder how those Lamanite mothers, gave their sons to war?
Or how the pioneers chose Zion, their sacrifice was so much more.
My loss will be his presence, I'll miss his smile a ton
For two years we will pray for him,
I'm giving Christ my son.
I stare at his face when he's not looking. I memorize his eyes, their shine.
He's always hungered for the part of him, that makes his soul divine.
The stories and lessons he always heard, His choice and mine are one.
I'll put my faith in God's hand,
This year, I'm giving Him my son.
Past gifts have lost their glitter; I think I finally understand
Christ's birth should be celebrated by giving Him a hand.
It's because I know Christ lives and reigns that all his packing's done.
My gift has taken years to make,
This year, I'm giving Christ my son.
I know there's One who understands, the sacrifice I'm making.
Who knows the gift I willingly give, the toll it will be taking.
For He has done it all before Greater love - there could be none.
For years ago God gave to me,
His only begotten Son.
The hands I washed, the hands I held, the hands I taught to pray;
Now knock on doors to find the ones who will listen to what he'll say.
Because I know Christ needs him, until all the gathering's done,
My gift has taken years to make.
This year . . . I'm giving Christ my son.