Thursday, January 24, 2013


Hey all!
Short and Sweet! I found today an awesome scripture that describes basically what I am doing here.
It is Isaiah 12:3. It is also found in the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 22:3. It reads, "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation."
I am he that is doing the drawing. The water and well have lots of symbolism that I will leave to you to study. But I can tell you that I am so joyful to be the one at the well drawing up the water. God is so merciful to let us participate in the Salvation of others. To have a front row seat on "the greatest show this earth has ever seen!" I love this work and I love my Savior. He is the digger of the well. He that dug so deep and worked so hard that we too can have our thirst quenched and receive salvation. He is master and my king. I love him and follow him and invite you to do the same!
Elder Anderson


Hi Everybody!
Another good week here in Buenos Aires! HOT!
Today officially marks 6 months until I grace the United States with my presence yet again. Really humble right! :) It is amazing how time flies and reality hits. The Sister Missionaries serve for 18 months and the Elders or Male Missionaries serve for two years, so today I am officially passing for a sister missionary status to an Elder Status....I feel like a man!
The work has been difficult but consistant and producing results! So that has helped me keep my spirits up even when it is 40 degrees outside. Not sure what that is in Farenheit but I'll leave the conversion to you guys!
Lately I've been thinking of a scripture found in Doctrine and Covenants. The Lord gave this revelation to the prophet Joseph Smith after the Pioneers had suffered from many massacres and mistreatment in the state of Missouri. He talks alot about "Why bad things happen to good people."
In this occasion he said, "For after much tribulation, as I have said unto you in a former commandment, cometh the blessing."
I truly believe in this principle that is so simple. In other words that are more crude "If it doesn't kill you it makes you stronger!" Life is like eating spinach or taking cough medicine sometimes. Nobody (except for my mother) likes spinach or cough medicine but when we take it, suffering through every moment, afterwards we are blessed. I see that God follows that same pattern in all things. He often passes us through fire to purify us and make us stronger. I have come to realize how grateful I am for my trials (this is in no way asking for more) and how much I have grown as a product of having to pass through many fires. God has never let me down and has always given me all the necessary tools to pass through my trials and afflictions well. God loves us, and for that very reason life is not easy. If it were easy we could never come to learn what it truly is to love.
I love you all very much. One of my greatest trials is being so far away from you all, and yet this time of my life has formed me more than any other....funny how that works out.
I love you all so much,
Elder Anderson

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Temple Pics

More pictures from Cam while at the temple on Jan 7.

"Me, the doors, my comp me and another buddy Elder Prestwich and his Comp, the zone and me in front of the CCM."

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Navidad, Año Nuevo y Templo!

January 7, 2013

Hey all!

Been a while since I've wrote! SORRY! Between Christmas New Years and Bad Stomach aches there has just been no time/ motivation to write! But here I am again!

Christmas was AMAZING with a two hour much needed chat with my family! I am so blessed to have such incredible parents and siblings. Makes me the happiest camper in all the forest!

New years was spent with a really bad stomach ache in and out of the bathroom! YES!!!! Best way to start my year EVER! I got over that though and we are back to normal! As normal as having the runs can be that is! I can't remember what it is like to not have good "stools." Sorry, that was probably way to much information!

The work is going so well. I am still in my little part of Buenos Aires called Luis Guillon and am now with my second companion here. Elder Bradshaw was a hoot and Elder Tracy is more serious, but the both are such great guys and great missionaries.

Today we had the opportunity to go to the Temple here in Buenos Aires. We believe these buildings to be some of the most Sacred places on earth. Places where heaven and earth meet and where men walk with God and angles. On every temple above the doors it sates "Holiness to the Lord, The House of the Lord" and we believe that it is as such. The House of God here on earth! It is a place where I was able to find such peace and comfort and really put myself in contact with God. We believe in Revelation and I testify that God speaks to us especially when we seek him in his holy houses the Temples. It is such a blessing to visit such a beautiful place!

I am doing well. It is hot, humid and my shoes have holes, but I am happy and doing everything I could possible want! It is all going by so fast and I can see the end. This year is big for me and I hope and pray to measure up to my potential and what God expects from me!

I love you all!

Elder Anderson

I feel selfish showing so many pictures of me!

Me in front of the MTC NICE!

Me and a Good Friend, Elder Johnny Lem,

Me and my Hijo, Elder Phillips. It was so good to see him. He is doing Awesome!

Me in front of the temple


Me and the spire

Santidad al señor la casa del señor

Me in the fountain!

Me and Neal falling in!


Beat up police station on the way home where alot of the members from our ward work!

Under the overpass on a highway waiting for a bus


So these are some pics. The guy that looks like a drug dealer is the son of the Relief Society President....ya And the girls are Sandra and Rocio that got baptized Saturday! They are soooo awesome!!!!


Dec. 24, 2012

As I was studying Christmas this first little bit I came across something interesting. In almost every single Liahona (church published magazine) that I found from December there were two prominent themes. 1 obviously the birth of Christ and 2 temple attendance and its importance. A quote by Elder Russell M. Nelson tied it all together for me!  He says,

"Considering all that the Savior has done—and still does—for us, what can we do for Him? The greatest gift we could give to the Lord at Christmas, or at any other time, is to keep ourselves unspotted from the world, worthy to attend His holy temple. And His gift to us will be the peace of knowing that we are prepared to meet Him, whenever that time comes."

So for me that is really special because for the first time and perhaps the last time in my mission I will be able to attend the temple the 7th of January! I am so grateful for that blessing and gift that I will be able to receive. It will be truly beautiful! That is what Christmas is all about. Giving gifts to Him and in turn receiving all He has to give us!

Talk to you tomorrow!!!!!!!!! It feels weird saying that!