thank you so much everyone for all the birthday wishes! I had a great birthday! the night before, we got to eat at the Ward’s, which was awesome, and then got lunch with the kenworthys and the petersens! and then a member took us to Texas Roadhouse for dinner! For a missionary, your life revolves around teaching and food, so it was pretty much an awesome birthday!  We also did a lot of traveling this week. We are doing great here, i’m really liking where I am at. I have really realized this last week, that on my mission i have really gained a lot of lasting friendships that I really wouldn’t trade for anything. I have done a lot of reading in the Book of Mormon, and there are some really great stories of lasting bonds, that I really didn’t notice before. I love y’all, hope you have a great new year!

-Elder Andersen