"Dear Elder Anderson,
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Germany Frankfurt Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months.
You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the German language." Sincerely, Thomas S. Monson - President
Monday, October 21, 2013
Ich Bin Sehr Glücklich!
I am so
happy right now. This last week was good, life is going great and this transfer
looks like it is going to be absolutely amazing.
good bye to Elder Brown this week, we had a good last couple of days together.
He threw up at one of his last appointments all over their Patio. Haha, it was
great, I got some pics.
and I hung out with Elders Muller, Swan, and Craft until it was time to go and
pick up Ruff from Düsseldorf.
Elder Ruff and Elder Anderson
and met up with Elder Ruff later in the day and it was just super fun right
from the get go! Elder Ruff is awesome. We are getting along great and he is teaching
me so much. Elder Ruff is from Herriman, UT. He is one grade older than me and
he went to Itineris (its a really smart kid school). He is an awesome
missionary and it is such a great opportunity for me to work with someone with
as much experience as he has. I am learning a ton! Elder Ruff is known in the
mission as the Member Missionary work master. He is definitely living up to the
legend. He is teaching me stuff and showing me things that are literally
changing my mission. It’s like the productivity of my mission is just going to
expand and expand! Like I can’t even explain how great the opportunity to work
with Elder Ruff is. I am growing a ton and just enjoying life. He has perfect
German and is teaching me a ton there too! He is just a super hands on
get it done sort of guy. Its just been 4 days, but we are already making a
great friendship. Life is good.
week we had Pfahl Konferenz or Stake Conference. It was really good and we got
to go to Düssldorf for a lot of the day. All the missionaries from the stake or
zone were there. I love little Missionary reunions! Super great to see
everyone. Elder Hawker says, “hi” btw.
story, we are at Pfahl Konferenz and this 20 year old guy comes over to Elder
Ruff and I and tells us that he was a member of the church. But because of some
choices he decided to take his name of the records and just leave the church
completely, sort of just disowning it. He was on the computer a week ago and
was just surfing the web, when a video with a segment from Uchdorfs "come
back" talk from General Conference popped up. Curious, he opened the
video. Long story short he saw it, cried, and really felt the spirit. He found
us and he said I want to come back, I want to be re-baptized and join the
church. But first I need you guys to teach me. It was such an awesome moment,
the spirit was so strong. We are so blessed that this opportunity came up and
we are so excited to work with him.
crazy how many blessings you receive on your mission. I think a ton of it comes
because we are out here for 18 to 24 months just trying to bless the lives of
Nik busted out his shoe playing basketball.
just thinking the other day about how much I have changed, all of it being for
the better. I am the same ol´ Nik. But just a different Nik with a changed
heart. I see things differently and I really am seeing what is important in
life. Family. I am going to be a better husband and father one day because of
this. I am going to have a stronger family. This whole 2 years is really making
me focus on that one thing. Families can be together forever.
you guys thank you for everything that you guys do for me. I love you and I
pray for you guys every day. You are awesome!
going to Köln to hang out with Elder Hawker today, so I gotta go ! I love you