Monday, October 3, 2011

August 29, 2011 Report of Elder Andersen's visit

Dear Mother,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love you so much and i hope that you have a great birthday!!!!
Mom thanks for the pics! wow that is amazing, its crazy mom!!! just keep it up!! dont stop!

well sorry i didnt say anything about the doctor it was just a check up for my apendix thing that i had, and the doctor gave me a copy of my surgery i was really happy!!!! sorry that i made you worry! hahait wasnt my intention.

This week has been pretty awesome we got to listen to an apostle of the lord elder Neil L Anderson it was sooooooo cool. First of all he served his mision in france and he lived in brasil and germany that is something that i didnt know abut him, him and his wife spoke in spanish, i dont know if his wife knows spanish or if she was just reading the talk but she did a great job! and we also got to hear a little from the new presidency of the area here in the south america northwest area. that ws cool too, and then we got to listen to Elder Anderson, the coolest part was that he never told us that he knew spanish but he had to have learned some of it somewhere, he told us he didnt know spanish but he would try to speak to us in spanish. it was really a mixture of french portuguese spanish and a little bit of english. the cool thing is that all of these languages are so similar that we all undertood. It was so cool, there were parts that you could just feel that he wasnt the one doing the talking and that the spirit was helping him out and i have no doubt that the gift of toungues and the gift of the interpretation of toungues were in a ffect in this meeting. He told us he didnt come prepared with a written talk but that he had recieved revalation on what he was going to talk about. He talked about what the first presidency and the 12 are expecting from us and what they hope for us. The main point was that we have a firm testimony in Christ and in the restoration and in the gospel in general. he said that it is really sad to see people that have served missions and then after there mission they decide to leave the church or arent active in the church. and they dont want this and that if we have a testimony of these things that we are teaching then this wont happen to us its kinda like helaman 5 verse 12. It was a really awesome experience. and there were 3 missions that went to this meeting the central mission the south mission and our mission. and so i saw a few people that i knew from the mtc and the CCm. I saw elder Quiroga that was so cool to see him he is a really good misionary and it was awesome to see him and funny story he left his picture of the savior in our room in the ccm and so i took it and i tried to return it to him because i knew he was going to be there but he said to keep it to remember him haha it was really awesome to see him. and i also saw elder wright from AZ i didnt talk to him tho, and i saw a sister that was in my district in Utah.

Right now we are teacing a few young people that want to get baptized but we are waiting on permission from there parents and we had a baptism for this last sat but it fell through and he didnt come to church and we cant go to his house because he lives outside our area but he wants to come to church in our ward so we have to find someway to contact him, and we visited a less active member who plays the piano and we visited him and then he came to church on sunday and played the piano finally we had hymns with a piano. that was really cool. and we found a part member family that the dad is member but is inactive for years! and we are going to teach them this week and we will find out more when we visit them. but the work is going good we are a little down because our baptism fell through but we are doing good and elder ochao went to another area and now elder hatt is here and he is from canada and he is pretty cool he is here withthe other newer elder ochoa and im still here with elder perez.

Well i hope everything is going good in AZ!
Love Elder Sawyer

This was a great Birthday for me! Despite missing him, It was a blessing to have an email on my birthday.

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