Well......tuesday...was...crazy. it snowed that morning and then at the airport i had to rearrange a bunch of stuff in my suitcase so it wasn´t too heavy. that was fun, i´m glad i didn´t have those sweater and coat! when we arrived at the airport president and sister sanchez were there to greet us all, we went to a park and had lunch and a little history lesson, that was fun. then i met my companion and she took me grocery shopping, then to president´s house for dinner and a little testimony meeting, i did get your package that night and thank for it! it was a really crazy day and at the end of the night when we finally kneeled to pray i may or may not have started crying a lot. satan really had me done in that night...i couldn´t figure out what on earth was i thinking when i thought sure i´ll go on a mission. it´s much better now...but i was just exhausted and in a new place with all new people and all my mtc family was gone. sister harrison is my yoda as i like to call her. she´s been out for about a year and she´s great,kinda nerdy but i love her haha, plus she compliments me way more than i deserve but i need it. i´m learning so much from her. í´m still pretty weary of almost everything but i just suck it up and do it. what else can i do right....sorry there is no punctuation in this letter btw, i´m on a spanish keyboard. so anyway...we are going to khols today because after sending that stuff home i only have two skirts!! it was chilly the first few days last week but it´s warmed up , i´m sure it will get cold again though but i´m in fontana (summit ward) so i don´t think it will snow at all and so far my tan jacket from gap has sufficed..i might end up buying like a scarf...i´ll let you know when i need that coat and stuff...if i do....i will feel kinda bad if i don´t end up using them at all....:S sorry if that happens...i would use them when i got home for sure if that matters? so anyway...my area is fontana but because of housing issues we live in south fontana, like 20 minutes away from our actual area in an apt with two other sisters, there´s 2 bathrooms though..super convenient!! it´s not the nicest place i´ve ever lived..it´s a little ghetto haha but it´s a comfy bed and i have my own little desk and lamp!! and it´s gated so it´s safe...no worries. all the mail is supposed to go through the office 8280 utica ave ste150 Rancho Cucamonga, ...you know the address...anyway so i don´t even know our address...spread the word to send all my mail there...so anyway...i´m just getting to know the ward and how to teach...i feel like i went to the mtc, and then when i came out here someone pulled the plug on my memory, like the teaching and things i learned in provo were useless haha. i know it wasn´t actually useless but that´s how it felt at first. sister harrison has been in this area for 6months already bless her heart but she loves the ward..she just raves about it. the members i´ve met so far have all been very welcoming and warm. and so far there has only been one person who got angry whilst tracting. apparently we woke up his baby who has a bad heart :s oh well. so saturday night we had to be home by 6 and we had a fun little halloween party with all the decorations and things i´ve been sent by you and natalie, we made cupcakes and had a pumpkin drawing contest haha it was fun... i know sara is probably frustrated with me because she has no pictures yet haha. anyway. president and sister sanchez are so nice. we actually met some missionaries in slc that were just returning from this mission and one of them said oh president sanchez is just a jolly old fellow haha. they were very welcoming when i arrived with 13 elders!! i make sister number 11!! and there are 190 missionaries total in the mission haha. crazy crazy. well...things are good! i´m learning all i can. and i appreciate your prayers and thoughts...heaven knows i need them. oh ps i´m sorry i didn´t write you last week i really just didn´t have time and i figured since i called you that counted:) ...ok well i think that´s all...i´m sorry if i´ve left some query unanswered...i don´t really know anyone in my district or zone...or mission haha except sister harrison and my elders but i never see them....i love you all and...i´m happy to be here...i know Heavenly Father is taking care of His children...He is in control. i miss you all but only 17 more months...easy peasy rice and cheesy. Please write me:)!!!i love you ...sister anderson....
hahaha mom you are killing me with all these extra emails..i'm laughing and crying and laughing again...i look like a fool haha! i also loved the dad's email in mom's words...i'm sure he couldn't care less if you finished the painting before everyone came over...and i had to control my laughter about the dancing table cloth...i can totally see dad replaying a big explosion and giggling when the table cloth went crazy! well anyway-yes my letter last week was a little dazed and confused but you will be relieved to hear that this week was just what i needed. i have fallen in love with missionary work and thank heavens it finally happened:) i've experienced one district and zone meetings and both times we talked about faith happening in our work when we have faith in the Lord. and boy were they right. i've never felt more helpless or inadequate in my entire life so i have been trying as hard as possible to be faithful and to pray sincerely and fervently and the miracles came. when we were tracting
but really send my mail through the office address because it doesn't take that much longer to get to me and then it will for sure get to me. well i love you guys and i miss you and mom i wish you could squeeze me more but you're right...it wouldn't make for easy tracting and appts would be kinda awkward that way haha. ps erin had better write me soon or i'll kick some butt.... oh yeah i guess i can email.. but i only have an hour and i have to write you guys first so....if someone wants to email me they can but i might have to write them back. and mom can you please send me gma decker and your sisters' adresses i don't have them. and can you do me another favor and find me the mission office address for the san jose mission. i would love you forever if you could..i just dont' have time to look it up :) anyway. you guys are awesome...i as well as president sanchez am grateful to be here and i'm grateful to those who made it possible(...mom and dad...:)..) anyway i love you all and i will send my card this week or next week sorry it's taking so long... i love you...i know i've say that a lot but i do and i want you to know that Heavenly Father doesn't only guide his missionaries...if we are very prayerful and have faith..He will guide His children. I hope everyone's week goes well and i hope your cleaning and mountains of activities all go well mom:) you're great and i know they will. until next week....Sister Molly
we went to this one street before dinner and on the LAST house we knocked on this guy named dominic answered and listened to us a little but said he was just about to take a nap but sure we could come back! oh my word...that was the best feeling of my entire life...i couldn't stop smiling. sister harrison was laughing at me. it was just great i was so excited. then we went to dinner and afterward we had an appt with this sweet lady. her name is liz and apparently she used to be jehovas witness becuase her mom and her sister are. her husband is catholic or something like that and basically she is just confused. all around. we had the best lesson ever with her. she is truly searching for the truth and i know that Heavenly Father blessed her with it because of her sincere desire. i felt a small portion of His love for her while we were talking and i tried to tell her that and i was choking back tears and so was sister harrison and so was liz..it was amazing..the spirit was the strongest i've felt since being out here. we went home that night and i just...was astounded. then yesterday whilst tracting we got someone else who said he wanted to hear more but he couldn't at the moment and then we met this guy who unfortunately didn't want to set up another appt but said we could come back whenever and he would let us in..he was like joseph smith...what happens after we die? why are there so many different churches...shouldn't there be one? it's really confusing when there are so many?? he said he'd read a lot when he was in prison haha so i asked him if he ever read the book of mormon, he said no so we gave him one...so we'll go back later....cross your fingers for him haha. we actually went to visit dominic today but he wasn't there:( hopefull we'll get ahold of him.. i don't know if i will ever discover "the reason" that i'm here but i have discovered a reason why i should stay:) i'm loving this opportunity. i can feel Heavenly Father guiding us in every aspect of our work and as we rely on Him, He IS preparing US to be worthy and ready for those who are searching for the truth. i don't know if that makes any sense...point is...this sincerely is His work and how blessed i am that He should want me to be a part of it. as to answer your question about dinner mom..we get fed pretty regularly so no i'm not fending for myself and eating pizza haha. sister sanchez gives their missionaries a challenge..one serving of whole grain. two servings of vegetables, three servings of fruit a day for a whole month and you get some sort of reward so i'm grateful for that emphasis, it makes spending more on groceries so that i can buy healthy things easier, so we eat at home for breakfast and lunch and since i've been here we've only not had dinner at a member's home once. also when you were talking about daylight savings and how dark it gets so early....i know....haha.....i live here too :) it's crazy cuz we aren't allowed to tract after dark...it makes things a little difficult. especially if we don't have an appointment after dinner...then we have to try to visit like less actives or potential investigators but we can't visit men. the ward here is so great..everyone has been so so helpful and welcoming..they really are focused on missionary work which is awesome. the bishop is so so great and wants to help us however he can. i feel so blessed apparently i got here at the perfect time because last month there was nothing for the sisters to do. as well as the sisters that we live with talk about their ward council/mission leader/bishop and they are just horrible to the sisters and don't want to help at all!! they just rearranged the boundries in our stake and we lost our awesome awesome ward mission leader...i'm so bummed. but knowing our ward we'll get another great one. i know this is kind of random but did i tell you about joaquin? i'll tell you again...joaquin is an investigator that they were already teaching when i got here...apparently like three weeks ago he was getting ready for bed and decided he needed to go to church but didn't know where to go.. he got up sunday and got dressed and just started driving..he was on the freeway when this silver bmw(we have yet to discover who the owner is and have determined it must have been the three nephites) passed him..he decided to follow it and it led him to our ward!! how miraculous is that...he's so awesome and i've only had the chance to teach him once because he's been working and busy but he's like the perfect investigator. anywho....i'm kind of out of experiences to share......sister harrison is raising me right..she's my yoda and i love her:) the other sisters are great as well i'm grateful that we have roommates it makes everything fun! oh yeah and my address is
Hey fam fam,
the song of the week is "the ants go marching one by one hurrah, hurrah. the ant go marching one by one hurrah, hurrah. the ants go marching one by one.;lasdpoibnqlwe(i don't remember the next part), AND they all go marching Down to the ground to get out of the rain......
yes yes...we have ants in our ghetto fontana apt haha. it's a really great place though mom don't stress...it's just that we have ants. when i first got here i noticed that we always had like 6 or 7 in the bathroom, nowhere else though and then something happened last week and they were EVERYWHERE in the bathroom and then yesterday we got home and opened the cupboard to eat luch and they were EVERYWHERE in there!!! it was so disappointing but i think we got it all taken care of :S!! dad-i'm glad that you can slack off in meetings haha it brings me joy that you don't have to listen to boring drones talking about collecting money, way to be haha. that's way cool about the shelves and drawers for the entertainment center i can't wait to see it. also as far as gi joe goes...i think i actually saw that movie...i don't remember but you are wrong...it isn't lame...you are lame...we already had this conversation and i am right...no questions asked i'm a missionary. speaking of missionaries mom...Heavenly Father is amazing..i never realized what you were talking about until i got out here, i know i still am so inadequate to do this work and i know there are so many more that are actually qualified but as i rely on Jesus Christ, i am growing and things get accomplished!! it's amazing to experience and be a part of it but it really is His work and He really does make His children equal to their callings. that's awesome about tracie, she will make a great rs president. tell her i said good luck. also speaking of missionaries..i know you guys are really busy but if you ever have any time you're wondering what could i do or how can i help...you could always go to lessons with the missionaries....? i've recognized this week the importance of having the members involved. it makes ALL the difference. not saying that people won't feel the converting power of the spirit if there aren't members present but they will feel it a lot stronger and sometimes quicker when there IS a member present...don't ask me why or how it works...it just does. we taught that girl i told you about, liz. again this week. one of our members was there it was fantastic..i'm so grateful that i get to be a part of teaching her, she is hungering so badly for the gospel and when we teach her the spirit is so strong. i just want to be like liz....we have what you're looking for, i know you don't know it yet....but you will...and it will be awesome when you get baptized haha. it's great. we had a baptism this week it was awesome. one of the girls s. harrison was teaching finally received permission from her parents and the spirit was amazing, i'm so grateful i got to witness that, it was the first convert baptism i think i've ever been to. this week has been kinda crazy, tons of stuff falling through and we think that one of our investigators might have a crush on s. harrison:S haha so we're a little concerned about how that might turn out! i'm loving loving loving this ward and yes we have dinner planned for thanksgiving, and christmas. they are so focused and jazzed about misisonary work. yesterday in PEC the bishop talked to us about how the church is going to become more self reliant, like the members are going to start doing more such as cleaning and the bishop store house assignments and things liek taht, to the point that people will have to take work off to fulfill the assignments. it was amazing to me when he said that. we are starting to sincerely live the law of consecration and it just shows how things are moving along. that time we've all been waiting for is comging...eek! haha that 's what i was thinking while he was talking about it...well we almost had to do exchanges this week and then because of a bunch of things we ended up not and thank stinkin heavens because i am so not ready to leave my yoda:( eventhough she'll probably be moved next transferr...she's been here for 6.5 months! anyway i'm really nervous but i can't really control anything so i'll just brace myself!! well...i don't know what else i can share this week...things are going great and i'm still loving everything 99.7 percent of the time haha the other .3 percent i still love things i just wish that i loved them more! Dad, Heavenly Father is truly taking care of me, i feel His hand in my life every single day and how amazing it is that i've been given the opportunity to do that. I love this gospel and the Book of Mormon...there's no way that it Couldn't be true! I love you all and thank you for your support and letters. Missionary work is the most important thing we can be doing right now and if we prayerfully ask Heavenly Father to lead us to those who are prepared, i know that He will do just that. Even for those who aren't serving full time!! He loves ALL His children. I know that. I love love love you. Have a good week please!! :) -Molly