Monday, September 18, 2017

A "Purrfect" Day






Hey y'all!

Not too much time to email today, but this week was really good!

Chris has a good possibility of getting baptized this week!

So we'll just keep praying that he can , but if not no big deal,
life goes on. Hopefully it will happen soon.

Man I've just been exhausted all week, but that's the life of a
missionary. Training is really fun, but stressful at the same time. I
guess you just get used to having missionaries with experience and
stuff, but it's fun with new missionaries cause you get a fresh look
at things.

We've really been working at finding new investigators, and for the
most part it's been good. But we just need to find a new place to
work, the areas we've been in have been worked over by previous
missionaries.

Sorry for the shorter email, but I love ya and hope you have a good week.

- Elder Andrasko

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sweet is the Work

Just some Elders and their Greenies!
Zone Picture


Hello once again!!

So as you all know, this week was transfer week. And I get the great opportunity to serve as a trainer! It's always so much be there when a missionary is first experiencing the mission and all the miracles, and hardships, that come with it.

I started training Elder Fielding from Lehi, Utah! And he is so excited to be here in Kansas, he has some serious greenie fire! Good thing there is a lot going on in the area right now!

So some highlights from the week, so on Thursday, I think, we were walking down the road and there was a guy in a pretty terrible wheelchair just going down the road, so we got off our bikes and offered to help him. Anyway we come to figure out that he was heading to the DMV to get an ID, well we look up the DMV and it's like 1.5 miles away, so we offered to push him. So we locked up our bikes and we started to push him, well we decide to call someone to help and give him a ride. So he shows up to give him a ride, but they guy refused cause there was dog hair in the car...then he decided it was too late to go to the DMV so we just pushed him back to where we found him. I feel bad, but there wasn't too much more we could have done.

Another thing that happened, we were walking down the road and we see this guy walking towards us, we offered him a pass-along card and he accepts. So we start sharing about the restoration and modern day prophets. He invited us to come back later that day. So a few hours later we come back and talk to him more about The Book of Mormon, he said we could come back any time! We did go back another time, but he had like a million kids at his house and it was pretty hectic.

I had been planning on tracting every day since Wednesday but we were so busy every single day that we never got the chance to knock doors til Sunday. That's pretty crazy. But when we did go tracting we knocked an entire block, the last door we met some really nice people! They gave us water, but that was about the extent of their interest haha.

Church this week was great! I wasn't expecting it, but Ashlynn brought her friend to church once more. And Chris Hays came to church. So in total we had 4 people at church!!! So the Sherwood ward does something cool, a few times a year they have the priesthood men fill in for all the women in Primary so they can all go to relief society, so we were volunteered to teach primary this week! We were in CTR 5. Our lesson was "We Can Pray to Heavenly Father" I think it went pretty good, the kids were only a little crazy.

Not much more to say about the week, but it was great and the work is going great! Love y'all tons and have a killer week!!

Love you all-

Elder Andrasko


Believer

Bird selfie

Zone Zoo Trip

The District


Hello everyone!!

So transfer week is here once again, wow only a few of these left. But we got exciting news! We got a phone call last night from the Assistants to the President and they told Elder Christensen that he would be DL in Hays, Kansas and as for myself I have been called to be a trainer, again!! I'm pretty excited for it. Training last year with Elder Stirling was really fun, so I hope it will be another positive experience.

So last week I mentioned how we got a phone call from our investigator, Chris, and he expressed a desire to be baptized. So we were able to see him this week and go over the things he needs to do to be baptized, and he is so excited!! The next day he called us to make sure the date for his baptism so he could start inviting his family! Wow, that man has been prepared. We just have to make sure we don't drop the ball, and have as much contact with him as possible. That should be a good way for a greenie to start his mission.

Ok, so during our lesson with Chris we get a phone call from our investigator Ashlynn, who came to church last week with her brother Will. Anyway we didn't answer and it went to voicemail, but we called right after the lesson and she had a question. The question was if she could bring a friend to church? So we were all like, "Of course you can bring a friend to church! In fact we prefer if you do!" So that was a sweet miracle.

We had an awesome lesson with Will this week, with Will we have to go over things a few times to make sure he retains the info. And this lesson was really good, he was able to understand about prophets and Joseph Smith and the Restoration. And at the end of the lesson we invited him to pray, and he did! It was pretty sweet.

Sunday rolls around and we had 3 for sure who would be coming to church, possibility of 4. But then we found out the 4th wouldn't be coming, so it was 3 for us. But right as church was starting a Part-member family that we've been teaching walk in and it was like, miracle! Four is the zone standard for church, so miracle helped us to achieve it!

After church one of the sister's recent converts asks if I play piano, then requests that I play a song at her parents wedding! So a lot of practice coming my way, the wedding is on the 21st, then afterwards they will be baptized on the 23rd. 

So lots of awesome things going on in the amazing ward of Sherwood! The Lord has been blessing us with miracles, and I am excited to see the miracles that come with new greenie fire!!

I love y'all and hope you have a fantastic week!!

-Elder Andrasko

Let the Holy Spirit Guide


Mission-wide Conference with Elder Oaks!

Just me and my posterity

Zone Hike

I shined my shoes!! (The one on the left is shined, I haven't done the one on the right yet)


Hello everyone!

So amazing thing happened this week...Elder Oaks!!! But I guess we'll
talk about that later.

So last week I talked about William and how he wanted to come to
church and get baptized and stuff. Anyway, his parents want him
involved in a church because he has been getting himself into a lot of
trouble. So this week he came to young men's, and they talked about
studying and he loved it! The young men in this ward are great and
will be awesome fellowship for him, and of course we played basketball
afterwards.

Then Saturday we go by so we can confirm church, and his sister is
coming too! And they enjoyed it! Williams sisters Ashlynn is going to
come to the YSA FHE tonight as well!! So this family has a ton of
potential. We have taught the parents, and they have a lot of
questions. They are "spiritual" so they have a lot of similar beliefs
but they believe in reincarnation. But we cleared up a few things and
I feel like they are accepting of what we teach them.

OK so a really cool miracle that happened today. We got a call from an
investigator and set up a time to see him, then afterwards he said
"I've been thinking a lot about getting baptized, so find out what you
can about that." So boo yeah, things in Sherwood are going awesome!!

OK now Elder Oaks, so we had to leave Topeka pretty early to get to
Wichita by 11:00. So we get there and the whole mission was there! So
that was really cool, got to see so many former companions, got lots
of pictures with them. And I finally got to see the missionary that
Elder Stirling is training! Yay mission posterity! So after we all eat
and talk and take pictures we head into the church and make sure
everyone is in the perfect place for our group picture with Elder
Oaks, so I'm just kneeling on he floor for like 30 minutes (probably
wasn't that long) waiting for Elder Oaks to come in. Then he finally
comes! We take 3-4 pictures then he heads to the chapel and we follow
and go row by row to shake his hand. So that was a pretty neat
experience. Elder Oaks is a very funny guy, he told quite a few jokes
in his talk. He said when he speaks to missionaries he never prepares
anything and just listens to the spirit. So it was a pretty amazing
experience.

Not much else happened this week, but it was a great week! Saw amazing miracles!

Missions are great, the transfer is coming to a quick end...

But I love y'all, have a great week.

Oh I forgot we get Facebook this week, or next, so don't freak out if
you see me post stuff! :)

- Elder Andrasko

Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Heart





Hey one and all!!

So sorry, not a ton of time to email. We have been up in Hiawatha all day, we went to see the eclipse and to talk to all the people visiting. There were people there who flew in from California to see it! It was crazy how many people were there. But we handed out a few copies of the Book of Mormon, it was cool.

So this week we had mission changing news...so first off we are having an Apostle visit the mission, Dallin H. Oaks!! So that is awesome, but more big news...our mission will be a smartphone mission! So every missionary in the mission will have their own smartphone, so that's pretty crazy, oh and Facebook.

We had zone conference this week, where we learned about all that exciting stuff. Pretty fun.

We did exchanges with the Zone Leaders this week. It was really awesome, met some cool people.

 We had a pretty good week, we found someone through a investigator, William. And he accepted a date and committed to church. When Sunday rolls around we go to round him up and we meet his parents. They said it is fine if he goes, but not this week cause he was in trouble. But we talked to his parents and they agreed to meet with us on Tuesday.

Sorry not a lot of time, but love y'all!


- Elder Andrasko

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hello!!











Hey! Topeka is awesome.

So this week we found out that we had to give up our full time car, so
now we bike every other day. But biking brings cool miracles, so it'll
be fun.

Ohh Ohh Ohh awesome amazing thing this week happened! Ricky and Monica
got baptized!!! Yay :) that was fun. P


So we were riding our bikes this week and Elder Christensen had a
little fall, which resulted in a flat tire. So we started walking,
which turned out to be a blessing in disguise! So we were walking to
dinner and there was a whistle from the road and I look over and it's
a guy I taught in McPherson! So that was really cool, we exchanged
numbers, cause apparently he's in Topeka a lot for work. So when he's
in town next we'll get together.

So this week we gave a blessing to the sisters investigator to help
her quit tobacco. So she's from Micronesia, and she thought that Elder
Christensen cursed her because she's now afraid of tobacco and gets
sick when she chews. So that was cool.

Things have been busy for us, but it's mostly just been finding, so
there's not a whole lot to talk about.

But today we did a tour of the capital building that was cool, we go
all the way up to the very top on the outside of the dome. That was
really cool. Pictures are attached!

Sorry for the short email, but I love you all! Have a great week!!


- Elder Andrasko

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sailin' On




Just Elder Andrasko and the boys!

Us and Ricky, Monica, and Daniel

Zone Activity - found some hay!

Found my name in a pamphlet from another church
Hey everyone!

So this week is transfer week, and unfortunately I will be leaving
Colly Creek :( but I am staying in Topeka and am reopening an area in
the Sherwood Ward. So Topeka has 4 wards and this will be the 3rd that
I will serve in! So that's cool. So one of the APs is coming into our
area of Colly Creek to train a new missionary, so all of our
investigators will be in good hands.

We had a good week of progression with our investigators, especially
Ricky and Monica. We gave them a children's Book of Mormon to read and
they finished it within a week! They are just soaking everything in.
Then on exchanges we taught them the plan of salvation and drew it out
for them, the next day when we came back with Elder Thompson they
explained the plan really well! Monica unfortunately wasn't able to
come to church this week because of certain circumstances, but she's
been to church before so it could probably get approved for her to get
baptized on the 5th with Ricky. But Ricky is so excited for his
baptism!

John came to church his week, he really looks forward to priesthood at
the end. He loves studying out of the president Hinkley manual. So he
was sad this week when the lesson was from general conference. But we
really encouraged him to read over the talk they gave him, "perfect
love casteth out fear" by President Uchtdorf.

Sorry for the short email, but things are good. Just a lot to think
about for the coming transfer! My new companions name is Elder
Nathaniel Christianson, just to clarify because there are like 3 other
Elder Christiansons in the mission.

Have a killer week!

- Elder Andrasko

Monday, July 17, 2017

With a Little Help From My Friends









So this week was great! We started working with some pretty elect
people and had a few awesome days out working.

So last week during the APs interview training they challenged us to
have 30 new contacts every day. So that was something that we had been
working on throughout the week. And Wednesday our work started
producing fruit! We found 10 new investigators Wednesday alone! Some
of them are a part member family, named the Crawford's. There is a 9
(soon to be 10) year old, a 15 year old, and an 8 year old. So the 8
year old wouldn't be a convert baptism, but that doesn't matter still
try to help everyone we can!

We met them a few weeks ago but we're never able to sit down and have
a lesson with them until this last week. Their dad told us to come by
sometime when he isn't home and talk to his wife. So we did just that,
and she was 100% on board for working to get the kids baptized! The
dad is the one who is a little hesitant, but they came to church this
week and have been reading from the children's Book of Mormon! So
awesome!

John is still the same. He wasn't able to come to church this week
because he was sick. But he told us that he hasn't felt the spirit in
years, we've told him that he'll feel the Spirit if he quits smoking
but that's something that is hard for him. But we'll continue to work
with him on that.

So Tuesday we had zone conference this week. Which means I got to
see some of my missionary friends! And of course it meant awesome
revelation from 9-5. And the food was pretty good too. But wow our
mission president is an amazing and inspired man.

Another cool thing that happened, not really related to missionary
work, there was a wedding! But not just any wedding, but a Samoan
wedding! So needless to say there was a LOT of food. It's too bad we
only have an hour for dinner, the celebration was awesome and a lot of
fun dancing and stuff. All the guests got a lavalava, too bad I can't
wear it proselyting cause it's pretty awesome.

So crazy thing that happened, we came home one night and there was a
bat in our building!! We walk in and it started swooping down at us,
so we tried chasing it out of the building. But it just wouldn't
leave! It finally perched out above the exit sign. It was an
experience.

There's a new policy in the mission that every 5th week of the
transfer we have to do a "deep clean" so we took a couple hours,
longer than I thought, to clean every inch of our apartment. It was a
good workout, I started sweating!

The mission is awesome. I love every moment!  This is the last week of
the transfer so next week things could be changing up.

Love y'all, have a fantastic week!

- Elder Andrasko

The Circle of Life



Hey! Just another week in paradise!

So this week was July 4th, which was awesome! A member invited us over
for lunch and service. When we got there they had someone that we had
never met before, his name was Jason and he's from Kansas City. Anyway
through certain circumstances his dog ended up in Topeka with these
members and he came to get it. He helped us a ton with our service.
And afterwards we had a killer restoration lesson with him. We got him
referred over to the Missouri Independence Mission, hopefully
something good comes from that.

We saw a couple fireworks over at a members house, they had a few
pretty big ones so it was cool to see those go off. But they had a
couple crazy kids who set a garbage can on fire and threw firecrackers
at each other's faces. So after all that stuff it was time for us to
go home, we saw them later and nobody got hurt too bad.

Friday we had interviews with our mission president!! Now that is
always super awesome, we talked and he helped me with a few things and
gave me really good advice. We were also able to see John and we
talked a lot about the word of wisdom and he committed to at least try
it for 24 hours from Saturday at 2:30 to Sunday at 2:30
. Unfortunately
he wasn't able to completely abstain, but he did better.

During the training that the APs gave during the interviews they
committed us to having 30 contacts a day. So that's something we have
been working to achieve.

We were able to have a good day at church on Sunday; John, Eddie, and
Mequila came to church and stayed for all 3 hours! For John and Eddie
it was their first time staying for priesthood. They went to High
Priests and they loved it! It was an awesome Sunday.

Sorry for the shorter letter, but not too much to talk about this
week. We have zone conference tomorrow and I will be able to see a few
friends from around the mission!

Have a great week!

- Elder Andrasko

Sunday, July 9, 2017

God Bless America





Hello everyone!

So I don't have a lot of time to email today, we just got back from a
zone activity. We did a road trip around Topeka and took pictures at
different locations. It was pretty fun, we ended at Lake Shawnee and
had a BBQ and had water balloons and stuff! It was way fun!

We had a cool day this week, it was raining and we ran out of miles so
we were on bikes. But we Skyped a couple people, and had a lesson with
John at the church.

Things have been good here, my birthday was fun. We had a party at the
Strong's house, it was a grand ol' time.

Sorry for the short email, but not a lot of time.

Have a great week and I love y'all!

- Elder Andrasko

Sweet Hour of Prayer



Haircuts courtesy of Elder Ortmann
Things missionaries do...

Hello once more!

This week was pretty awesome! He had people at church, we have people preparing for baptism, and we found some awesome new investigators

So to start with the new investigators. Roy Knisley (nicely), we got a referral and they said he was super prepared and elect and that he wanted to come to church this week! Well we saw that he was already in our area book as a former. Missionaries met with him like 2 years ago and gave him a Book of Mormon, well he read it in a week and said he didn't believe it. Anyways fast forward two years, he was listening to the MOTAB on YouTube and there is a thing that says, "talk to mormons" so he started talking and said he wants to come to our church! Well we went over there that day, we found out that him and his pastor are butting heads a little and that's probably why he wants to check out our church. Side note his pastor is a woman and makes upwards of $90,000 a year! Anyway he committed to coming to church and praying about baptism.

So we currently have two people preparing for baptism. The first is John!! Well John is praying about a date, specifically the 22nd. We shared a quote from President Uchtdorf's talk "The Hope of God's Light" it says, "...spiritual light rarely comes to those who merely sit in darkness waiting for someone to flip a switch. It takes an act of faith to open our eyes to the Light of Christ". And so we invited him to act on his faith and commit to baptism.

The other person preparing for baptism is Danielle, she was also a referral, from the Zone Leaders and before them from her daughter. Her daughter was recently baptized in Wichita and moved back to Topeka because of a bad living situation. Anyways Danielle is a nice lady, but has a bad smoking addiction, so we committed her to living the word of wisdom. We also asked if she was still thinking about baptism, after her affirmative response we invited her to the 22nd of July. She checked her calendar to make sure she was free, then wrote it down! We are still working with her to live the word of wisdom, but she has cut down from 30 cigarettes to 10, so it's awesome progress!!

Hank, we haven't been able to see this week. Which sucks, so we don't know where he is progression-wise. Eddie, we didn't see until Sunday night. I was a little worried because he didn't seem super happy last time we saw him. But he was back to his happy, cheerful, self. He had like 6 people over at his house though, so it wasn't a good time to see him. But we said we'd come back Monday or Tuesday.

We had a really great lesson on the word of wisdom with Makila. She's a pretty heavy smoker, but she knows she needs to live it. We used he whole body is a temple analogy, showed a picture of a temple and compared how you wouldn't want to go in a temple all muddy and tracking dirt all over. Well it's the same with our bodies, when we violate the word of wisdom we are tracking mud into our temple causing it to be dirty. Makila was super committed to church this week, but when her ride came to pick her up she wasn't feeling good. Something about a dizzy spell.

Our district meeting this week we talked about consecration. And that's something that I've been thinking about a lot. We read a great talk called "becoming a consecrated missionary" by Tad R. Callister , so here's a few things I liked about that talk. When we become consecrated to the Lord we are not just changing our behavior but changing our nature. A mission is about what the Lord wants, not what I want. We must do more than tell Book of Mormon stories, we must live them. The Lord will not let us be content with our weaknesses. So there's just a few things that I took from the talk. The mission is such an awesome opportunity to learn and to grow, never again will I have so much of my time dedicated to learning and teaching the gospel. It's crazy how much he Lord help us to grow during these short two years.

Love y'all tons and have an awesome week!


- Elder Andrasko

Sunday, June 25, 2017

I Believe in Miracles!





The Zone!


Crazy Clouds

First of all happy Father's Day. We had a good week and saw some miracles.

So this week was transfers, there were only 3 changes in our entire
zone. So it won't be too hard to get to know the new faces.

One miracle that happened was we went to meet a former investigator,
Hank, and he let us in and remembered just about everything that the
missionaries had taught him previously, including the word of wisdom.
He had just poured some tea before we got there and when talking to us
he just said, "I know I shouldn't be drinking his" and so after our
lesson he was invited to pour it out and he did! He invited him to a
baptismal date and time church and he agreed to both. We followed up
with him throughout the week and Saturday he said he would be there.

Unfortunately Sunday when going to make sure he was awake and still
committed to coming, he wasn't home. So we left to head towards church
and we see him out walking his dog! But he told us he wouldn't come
this week. So that's something to work on this coming week, to
progress him and build a burning desire!

On Sunday we had a really cool lesson with a man named Jonathan. When
Jonathan was 18 he lived in a bad part of town and the house he was
living in got "shot up" and he was hit between the shoulder blades and
caused him to be paralyzed. And so he has been confined to a
wheelchair for the last 20 years. But he is very self sufficient, he
has a full-time job, he drives, and lives a normal life. But he has
been struggling financially the past little bit, anyways we were able
to have an awesome lesson with him, and invited him to baptism, it was
a soft invite, he didn't accept it but he didn't say no. He just said
he needs to learn more. He's an awesome guy and the gospel would
benefit him tremendously, I'm confident as he continues to read, pray,
and starts coming to church he will accept the gospel into his life.

John  is still an interesting case, he is really awesome at
praying daily, he reads most days but isn't 100% at it, and he has
been to church a few times. But he still hasn't received his answer
about the church or the Book of Mormon. I guess I just need to focus
my studies more on how to help him, and to focus our lessons more on
the Doctrine of Christ.

We had a strange lesson with Eddie this week, we were talking about
prayer and at the end of the lesson we invited him to pray. He said
that he didn't want to, so I said I would pray. And right before I
prayed he said that he didn't feel like asking for anything so he got
up and went inside. It was pretty strange.

Things are good, Kansas is super hot. The humidity is really awful,
it's impossible to cool down, the shade is just as hot as in the sun.

I love Kansas and my mission so much, I've learned a ton and am
learning more every day.

Have a great week!

- Elder Andrasko