Andy's Mission Scripture

Andy's Mission Scripture:

"I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy."

~Alma 29:9

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Transfers...Andy gets a new Son!!

Oxente!!! Olá meus queridos!

WOW!!! this week was super! The top two highlights of this week were that Lucas a young boy who's 12 years old was baptized last Sat. and it was just a fabulous batismal meeting! Mainly becuause most of his family came to watch and were really touched. We will continue to teach his family so that one day they will recieve the great blessing of the Gospel as a family. THats what the gospel is really all about. Lucas is an awesome energetic spastic kid! I love him. He was confirmed Sunday and given the aaronic preisthood already! He passed the sacrament last sunday. When he passed the sacrament to me he gave me a big ol smile. It was so great! GOsh then monday morning around 11ish i got call telling me that im a ``father`` again!!! What a a trip it was that evening racing to joao pessoa to attend the tuesday morning training. My new ``son`` Elder Villela seems like a serious worker and im just super excited to work with him. He is from Sao Paulo! Another great news is that i got an unexpected letter from Jefferson´s Brother Joao Marcos who is doing great!!! He is also preparing to serve a mission two years from now!!! Gossh! This week was good! I know that through service we can truly feel charity which is the tru love of Christ. I love you all and have a splendid week! Elder Andy

Lucas and his family

Andy and Elder Machada da Silva

Andy and Elder Broad

Andy and his new son,
Elder Villela

Father and Son bonding!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mostly just a note to the fam...some other good stuff though!

Hey Fam!

I would like to thank sincerely My Greatest Fan Dana for all the love that she has sent to me...i will miss the ``babbling`` haha written down to me in various  colors of enjoyment but i will not miss having to imagine her babbling to me when i will be able to hear this babbling in person...I want to thank you Papa for the Japanese goodies!!! I made my buddies Elder M. Machado and Elder Gomes a Argentino eat seaweed for the first time in thier lives! ELder Gomes loved it! but Elder M. Machado ran to the trash can to spit it out! haha Not everyone has fine taste...The sweet bean jelly is also a new one for them! Im seriously cherishing these goodies as its been WAY to long since ive had a good munch of some good ol japonese food...My companion Elder Arne is thailandesa so he loves weird food as well. Im loving it here in Ducks. Its hot as heck but Im used to being soaked in sweat. I sincerely apologize for not having written you guys. I hope my emails to the President give you an idea of whats going on with the peeps were teaching. About the letters Dana, they take about 2 weeks to  a month or around the end of December will be the end of the Snail trail...Just to let you guys know that im planning on buying some really nice leather covers for my scriptures and preach my gospel and it will be around 130 reais....I was thinking about buying some for you guys as they are leather covers with whatever image of art you would like from the scriputers carved into them. they are really beautiful just i dont think they make covers for the english versions of scriptures sadly....One of our investigators named Kristauv is a serious artist and is painting a painting of the last supper with the 12 apostles and Jesus Christ thats turning out seriouly cool and is fairly large if you guys dont mind if i buy you a present for 500 reais...i dont know just thinking about it....Anyways I think that This will be my last area and ill probably will be getting a new compaion next week as Elder Arne has been here for almost 6 months and it his first area. I learned this week that truly Christ had the world on his shoulders and all the power in the world to relieve the burdens of others and for Himself but HE has a sound understanding of the purpose of trials in our lives and a love so imcompreehendable that He let himself suffer for others. Its good to lift the burdens of others being a friend in need, but sometimes people have to learn for themselves the hard way...I know the CHrist lives and loves us...and I hope that we express our love and appreciation for what He did through our own actions. I hope you guys have a great week... Love Elder Andy

Andy and Elder Arne

From Sister Hall - Andy's Zone

Monday, October 1, 2012

Oi meus queridos familiares...

Minha nossa senhora!!! yesterday i received an unexpected phone call from Sister Hall expecting who knows what because generally she only calls if you called her being sick, or if your companion is sick so i had no idea what to expect...she told me she had some news for me and then passed the phone over to someone i was not expecting to hear...It was GOIABA! Jefferson! He is going to the Salvador Mission and leaves the 14th of October already! Geez that made my day and my mission! He  was in Natal receiving his patriachal blessing and happened to run into Sister Hall!? She was nice enough to let him call me!!! I just cant believe this is happening now...I had this dream for him a year ago but seeing it happen now is just like a `dream...I know that this decision he has made will bless him much as he dedicates himself in being a worthy representative of the Lord he will be blessed profoundly more than he can compreehend trying to bless the lives of others...funny how that works...As much as i thank the Lord for the things i have learned on my much as i love my misson....Im truly having the hardest time saying that i would like to stay longer...I cant stay anytime longer away from the people that i have taken for granted for in my life...I just want you guys to know in you guys i mean you Papa, Dana, Madison, Morgan and you too Marcus how much I love you...I know that the Lord has been showering his blessings upon us through the gospel and i know that this is just the beginning....I know how much i owe to the Lord for these blessing and this helps me continue on...I know that all the blessings, the people that i have known and that are being blessed  from the gospel, so due to the simplicity of applying the simple truths... I Love being a missionary and its going to be the definition of bittersweet when i end because i Love my family as well....I hope you guys have a great week and sorry that this email isnt full of details about my area and is really mushy but i just want you guys to know how im feeling.... Elder. Andy 

The new crew! 
My new District!
Elder Arnè, me , Elder Gomes (argentino!) e Elder M. Machado!

One year of use!  Bye!

Well worn!

Kicking stones!