"Make no small plans: This is the vision I have for the South. I believe that one day the South will baptize more people into the church than all other English speaking missions in the world together....We will see the time when we will baptize hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands...In your day you will see a million members of the church in the South. There will be temples plural in the Southern States. What a great call you have to serve with these marvelous people." President Spencer W. Kimball

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hi, I'm Zach

Sent Date: Monday, June 30, 2014
Author: Andrews, Zachary Jacob
Dear President Hansen,
Hello, I am Elder Zach Andrews. I am from Draper Utah. I have been on my mission for 1 year, almost exactly. I am in Morgan City and have been there for almost a transfer. I am with Elder Herbert. I am also District Leader here. My district is awesome. They are so fun and work so hard. We are doing lots of amazing things here. I don't really know what to say.

I am excited to get to know you and your wife.
Elder Andrews

World Cup

Today at 10:05 AM
So if you don't know, the World Cup is on. I have watched so many soccer games in the last two weeks it is crazy. Everyone is watching them. We have been doing lots of service this week. Helping people move and translating in the hospital cause the hospital here doesn't have translators, except for the one random doctor who stopped by after three hours and spoke perfect Spanish then left...weird. This week was my year mark as well as my birthday. The latter doesn't really bother me but my year mark makes me feel sick. I feel like I have been working as hard as I can to get up to cruising speed and now I am trying to slow down and enjoy the ride. Crazy!!! I love this work; it is amazing. Anyway nothing really happened this week. We feel some hesitation from Kilna (pregnant woman who got a blessing and was healed) and that is always sad but it is how this work goes. One opportunity fails and another one pops up. I am waiting.

Elder Andrews
Elder Andrews's District (not a double date)


So this week was awesome! We have been having lots of fun. As well of working our butts off. We have been doing lots of service. We also had a wonderful last Conference with President Wall.  It was really sad. I am going to miss him for sure. But I am excited to see the next president.
Anyway I was reading in the Book of Mormon the other day and I was in 1 Nephi like 2 or so. And I was impressed about Nephi's journey to kill Laban. In his journey he had to overcome barriers, two specifically. One he was outside the city and had to overcome the wall. A physical barrier. Sometime we have physical barriers, people don't come to church cause they don't have a ride or cause they have to work. These are real and hard but often times with a simple solution that we can help.  Just like Nephi; he overcame the wall and now he is in the city and is looking for Laban. Then he found Laban, and was confronted with his second barrier, Kill Laban. This is a spiritual barrier. Far more difficult. This is something that is a spiritual barrier and is something that is hard for them. Maybe they where offended or maybe they lost faith. This is hard to overcome, especially if we do it by our selves. But if we follow the example of Nephi and listen to the spirit. It will help us get over our own barriers and it will help us do what is needed to help other over theirs.

Love you,

Elder Andrews
PS  I am good. No news just same old same old. Nay is as tall as me that sucks!!!! Hump week!  That is so crazy. I am drinking the mission all in.  It is hard because time flies but I am loving it.   I just keep having dreams that I am home already and that is so annoying because it just kind of makes me worried about stupid crap like a job and school but I am trying not to think about it too much

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Real Last Letter from President Wall

To our dear and beloved missionaries,
This is the last letter we will write to you as your mission president and wife. We have been blessed to serve with each of you and your letters have uplifted us more than you could ever know. There are so many things in our hearts that we would like to tell you. Simply said, we love you and pray that each of you will find peace and happiness in this life and eternal life in the life to come.

It has been emotional and fun going through letters and excerpts, and reviewing training materials, videos and pictures to get ready for specialized training. So many memories. Cherished, sacred and treasured memories.

And now, we move on to another part of our life’s journey. And that still includes you! Though in a different way, we want to be your “mission president and wife” for life. If you will have us.
Our contact information is:
Jim and Connie Wall (Yes we do have first names)
6593 Canyon Cove Drive
Holladay, Utah 84121
Phone 385-223-0041
There’s also a Facebook page out there.

As we leave you for but a moment in time, we want you to know how much we love you and know that you will quickly come to love and respect President and Sister Hansen. They have been hand-picked and chosen especially for you by your Heavenly Father. As a last bit of counsel, we have included the handout from our last training on what we hope you have learned and will learn. Also, a few excerpts from the past chosen at random. They pretty well tell what we want to say. So, read on!

Remember, Oh Remember
Remember….I am a child of God. He is my loving Heavenly Father and everything He does is to help me find peace and happiness in this life and to have eternal life with Him. I was exceedingly faithful and valiant in the pre-mortal existence and foreordained as one of the great and noble spirits that was prepared from before this world was created to come forth at this time.
Remember…Jesus suffered and died for me. He has already paid the price to have my sins forgiven and through His tender mercies I can be strengthened, healed and delivered from bondage.
Remember…I have the gift of the Holy Ghost and I will strive to always recognize and act upon the Spirit which will tell me all things I must do. I will be ODD, I will observe, discern and  do as the Spirit directs.
Remember…I have learned what it means to Love, Serve and Teach. Service has taught me how to love and be loved.
Remember…I will partake of the scriptures every dayto be nourished by the good word of God. I will continue feasting upon the Book of Mormon and share it with others
Remember…I believe in miracles and that I have angels watching over me and my loved ones.
Remember…I will start and end every day with prayer and ask to find and help those in need of hope.
Remember…Joseph saw God and Jesus. Heavenly Father restored His Church with all the principles and ordinances that will bring me back to him. He uses mortal men and women who are not perfect but try their best to work in His Church.
Remember…I will be a life-long missionary.
Remember…As a missionary, my name and the name of Jesus Christ are over my heart  When I am released, I will continue to have His name in my heart. I will attend sacrament meeting regularly to remember Him, to take upon myself His name, to receive His spirit and to obtain the blessings of the atonement.

There is Power in Preach My Gospel
Just a little tip: If you find yourself without anything to do, feeling like you aren't getting anywhere and getting frustrated or discouraged, say a prayer and open up Preach My Gospel and start reading, then follow the spirit.

Missionary’s Top 10 Things I've Learned (in no particular order)…
1. Jesus Christ lives. And that is the greatest message of hope out there.
2. Success is an attitude of hard work. It doesn't matter if you've been handed the promised land on a silver platter or feel like you've been assigned outer darkness as your area, every situation is what you make of it. You can be a successful missionary without having taught a single lesson as long as you are working hard with what you HAVE been given and not focusing on what you haven't.
3. When eating at a mission-catered event, DO NOT get seconds until Sister Wall gives the ok.
4. As long as you have done weekly and daily planning, and had a productive study in the morning, you DO NOT need to stress about how your day is going to go or about how you are going to fill your time. The Lord will guide you through the hours in a way that you may not have expected, but that works out to be the greatest good for His vineyard.
5. Kind of along the same lines, the Lord isn't going to hand you a 50 step plan for your area complete with backups for every possible contingency. Such a plan probably exists. But odds are you are never going to see the whole thing. That is faith. Don't be so faithless that you have to see the results of your efforts. Trust that good things will come from what you are doing.
6. As a missionary, church meetings are what you do on Sunday in between talking to as many people as possible, setting up appointments, and making/getting assignments. If you approach church with the mindset that you still have work to do instead of as a vacation from the daily grind, you will set the rest of your week up for success.
7. Whenever you feel the urge to compare yourself to another missionary, don't forget that what you should be seeing isn't going to be any better or any worse than yourself, only different. It’s so easy to compare the best in others to the worst in ourselves, forgetting all the time that God doesn't grade on a curve.
8. No missionary actually knows what they are doing. And if they claim they have it figured out, they are either lying to you or need to check their pride. Missionary work is basically 18-24 months of inspired problem solving. And when the problems you are facing seem overwhelming, don't forget the progress that was made to get to the current problems of the day.
9. Don't drive through standing water.
10. And last but not least, I have come to know for myself that the Book of Mormon is a true and real record written by people who lived on this continent thousands of years ago. I know that Joseph Smith was called of God to translate the Book of Mormon and to restore Christ's church again to the earth. I know that the good news of the Gospel is that priesthood power has been again given to men to allow us to make covenants and access the full power of the Atonement. With that power we can live for eternity with our families in a state of never-ending joy.

Another missionary’s “what I have learned”…
1. Learning the language of the Spirit will not only help us as missionaries, but for the rest of our lives. We each personally need to learn how to turn up the volume and listen to the promptings of it.
2. Love others and look for those simple acts of kindness. They go a long way.
3. Put pride away, especially when it comes to working with our companions.
4. Don't compare yourself!!!
5. You and your companion have what the other needs.
6. Set an example. It will change people.
7. Awkward is good.
8. Create a vision. Daydream.
9. Don't make the good the enemy of perfect.
10. I am stronger than I think I am.
11. The Lord forgives right away. Repentance is healing.
12. The Atonement doesn't necessarily take away the burden, but it strengthens you enough to bear it.
13. Love the scriptures. It will give you a greater capacity to tune into the Spirit.
14. Jesus Christ will always find me when I am lost.
15. I have been called to this mission because of you!
16. You love each one of us individually. You are always there.
17. Goodbyes are filled with memories, hellos are filled with hope.

Some neat “parables”…
Apples or oats?
If you were invited to sit down with the prophet and talk for a few minutes, would you want to hurry the time, or enjoy the moment? If you were to go on visits with him, do you think he would hurry so that he could see as many people in need as possible, or would he take the time with each person needed to comfort and help them? One of my favorite quotes is "life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away"...Live in the moment, get all out of each moment that you can. You can stop and paint a landscape masterpiece that is full of revelation and expresses wonderful emotion and thought, or you can stop and take a picture. And, remember, the good photographers will capture the moment, but they may wait for hours for that right moment to occur. Slow down. I once told sister Olden the story of the happy horse. Every day, the horses would go out to pasture and at the end of the day, they would race to get back to the barn. The farmer put out oats (which they loved) and hay (which was okay). The fastest horses would get the oats. There was one horse that never got the oats, but seemed to be the happiest of all the horses. This horse was always last to get back, so even got the worst of the hay. One day the farmer followed the horse home from the pasture to see why it was so happy. He noticed that when all the other horses had gone ahead, the happy horse took a little known path through an opening in the fence that led into a small apple orchard where this horse would eat apples every day (and apples are the favorite treat for horses). All the horses were so intent on getting back, that they missed the small opening in the fence. So, would you rather have apples or oats?

The best antidote
I woke up yesterday morning crying. I've never woken up and not wanted to be a missionary before. Ever. I did yesterday morning. I was exhausted. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. Spiritually. Then my companion came to my rescue. She gave me something to read and it said:

"The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best medicine for despair is service. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired."

I dried my tears, put on my name tag and went to work teaching lessons and raking old Miss Peggy's leaves.

"Fear not to do good, my [children], for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow good ye shall also reap good for your reward. Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail."

Hell may be combining against this great work that is being hastened, but we are built on the rock of the Savior, Jesus Christ, so there is no way that we will fall. Press on.

And I found this quote in the Ensign and really liked it, "Nothing in this world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not, the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race."
-President Calvin Coolidge.

Finding ideas
One last thing I would love to share is from a little booklet my family sent me for my birthday. It was full of finding ideas, I think some of them might be helpful to other missionaries. So here they are.
1. Sing while you walk-People might think you’re crazy but they'll notice how cheery you are and is a good conversation starter.
2. While exercising-Yell at someone across the street, "Good Morning!" and then pretend not to hear them and go talk to them.
3. In grocery center, get a ton of balloons with on them or pass cards on the strings and give them away. Even as a district or zone!
4. Windows down-Blasting the MOTAB
5. Sing in Nursing Homes-older people love younger people singing to them.
6. Different Names-Go to hones and ask for "Fred" or "the Smith family" and when they say they don't live there, you already have a conversation going.
7. Mix it up-Don't start the conversation by saying, "Hey, we're missionaries..." start it with " I love those flowers" or "You remind me of my friend from home" Be creative.
8. Make others interested- Since you can’t proselyte in stores, teaching the Restoration to your companion so you can be heard, or carry a Book of Mormon in your hand and cover the front and see how many people ask you what book your reading.
9. Stop the ice cream man-For more reasons than one.
10. Hand out water bottles with for the label-To joggers in the park.
11. Barcodes- Since we don't have iPhones, yet, ask someone with a smartphone to scan the code on the back of a card and watch the video together.
12. Talk with everyone- If you want to baptize everyone, you have to talk with everyone.
13. Parks- On weekends it is a hit and people are much nicer when they aren't behind their front door.
14. Smile- All the time, people will want to know why you are so happy.

Repentance is a process – Lot’s of R’s on Repentance

Monday, June 16, 2014

Thanks to President Wall

Sent Date: Monday, June 16, 2014
Author: Andrews, Zachary Jacob

Beloved President Wall,
It has been a pleasure to know you. Thank you so much for all that you did. Something that you told me that really stuck with me is when you told me in interviews about testifying of the Father's Love for us. I want you to know that I make a point of it to testify of His love as often as I possible can and I have seen the difference it has made in my life. Thank you for the opportunities and wisdom that you have given me. I strive to be the kind of man that you are. I really appreciate your example. I don't really know what more to say. I love you. I thank you. I pray for you. I will never forget you.

With all the thanks I can muster,
Elder Andrews

President Wall's Last Letter

Sent Date: Monday, June 16, 2014

With the transition to President Hansen, this week will be the last time that you all can write your president's letter to the Wall's. I won't take time in this email to tell you how much we love you and how much we pray for you and how much you will be missed. We have specialized training over the next two weeks to tell you personally how we feel.

Also, this last week was pretty crazy so I didn't get to many letters from last week. Sorry. I will read them this week along with you final letters to me.

This could get mushy, so I will stop now.

Much Love
President Wall

Thursday, June 12, 2014


This week was awesome. We had an awesome experience; we decided to call a family and the wife answered, I guess that that was weird for her cause she never answers numbers she doesn't know. But anyway she tells us that she is having trouble with her pregnancy and that the baby is struggling. We ask her if we can come over and give her a blessing she says yes, so we went over there and gave her a blessing.   Funny story about that, I did the anointing and then Elder Herbert and I put our hand on her head to give her the blessing.  Then her husband puts his hands on top of her head too because we are dumb and didn't explain in well enough.  So I am stunned but trying not to laugh or let it distract Elder Herbert.   We just let him chill and about halfway through the blessing he took his hands off but it was funny.  We called them later that week and come to find out that the baby is fine!  The doctor said it was a miracle!! We later taught them the best lesson EVER and we are going back today and going to commit them to baptism. They are so prepared.

I am working really hard to be a good district leader. All the numbers and logistics are easy but it is hard to become friends quickly with those in my district.  I am like a degree, it takes a while to get but after you have it, it is there supporting you forever.  I am trying to speed the process up in the most appropriate way possible.
Church is fun, I lead the music, gave a talk, went to PEC and branch conference,  taught a class and then we ditched halfway through priesthood so we could go with a member to Lafayette so he could have and interview with the stake president for the Priesthood.  Crazy. After that we had the best lesson of my life.
We live in the white apartments [on Google maps] apartment #7.   We know all the Hispanics who live around us which makes it feel like home.  There are a lot of bugs here but they have these trucks that drive around the streets at night spraying crap into the air to kill them.  Our new mission president comes early next month.
While we were teaching this family,  I was reminded of how little of the teaching is really us.  Right now I could not tell you what we taught them only that is was awesome and they had some killer questions. We are just the way that the message got there.  Nothing more. 
Love ya'll

Monday, June 9, 2014

Baby Miracle

Author: Andrews, Zachary Jacob
Monday, June 9, 2014
This week was awesome. We had an awesome experience; We decided to call a family and she answered, I guess that that was weird for her cause she never answers numbers she doesn't know. But anyway she tells us that she is having trouble with her pregnancy and that the baby is struggling. We ask her if we can come over and give her a blessing she says yes, so we went over there and gave her a blessing. We called them later that week to and comes to find out that the baby is fine, the doctor said it was a miracle!! We later taught them the best lesson EVER and we are going back today and going to commit them to baptism. They are so prepared.

While we were teaching them I was reminded of how little of the teaching is really us. Right now I could not tell you what we taught them only that is was awesome and they had some killer questions. We are just the way that the message got there nothing more. The District is doing good. District Meeting this week I instructed on confidence, I did this because it has occurred to me that the sisters are nervous about their Spanish. I am trying to build their confidence. They are amazing missionaries, they just are young and the language is a work in progress. They are awesome. Elder Herbert is good. I am trying to build his confidence in me. He sometimes treats me like I am nothing more than a  river and his translator. That said I feel as if this last couple of days I wiggled my way in. We are friends but his word is law. For the most part it is because he is right so I am happy with that, it is something small and that will rectify itself with time.

We are good. I am good.

Love ya,
Elder Andrews

P.S. Am I going to have the opportunity to have an interview with you before you leave? I got transferred before mine in the Westbank. Thanks.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Be Weird (and wildlife in LA)

So I got transferred for the first time to Morgan City. I am so excited! My companion is a superstar. He is from Mexico and doesn't speak much English. So that makes my life interesting. There is a Branch here and from what I saw there are about 30 people who attend; despite the fact that our branch roster is 13 pages long. Asi es. Especially here in the LA.  There are just a million things this transfer to make it sure that there is not one ounce of "comfort" in me. This Sunday was cool I lead the music, prayed, and bore my testimony, all in sacrament meeting. After that I taught a class that I wasn't prepared for. Talk about trial by fire. Anyway it is really different from the West bank but that is good. I was waiting for my world to get flipped upside-down.

This week I was thinking about member-missionary work.  Because of course that is the best way people come to know the gospel. Anyway I have heard people say that it is hard to find opportunities to talk about the gospel.  I have come up with a solution!  You need to up your "weirdness." Now hear me out.  As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we are supposed to be a "choice and set apart people" right? Otherwise known as weird. We have to be different cause we have to put things of the world behind us as we embrace the atonement and become more Christlike. Weird, it is the word I am going to use even though you might not like it. Missionaries are really weird so people can plainly come up to us an ask "why are you weird?" and we tell them. My mom has 7 kids, weird.  You don't drink, smoke or have sex before marriage, weird. You go to church for three hours on Sunday, peculiar.
All you are trying to do is get someone to ask this question "why are you weird?" and then the second part comes in: ALWAYS HAVE THE GOSPEL ON THE TIP OF YOUR TONGUE! so they ask and you say cause I believe that families are forever!  Or cause I am a Mormon! This is where you can stop being weird, if it is possible... Anyway it is not weird to talk about yourself, or to talk about religion. Matter of fact, it is easy cause everyone has some beliefs. All missionaries are just really weird. So be weird and be ready. Do that with a little bit of prayer I promise you will have success if you live in Utah.

Love you all to Death!

Elder Andrews

Monday, June 2, 2014

Out of my League

Weekly Letter - 02 Jun 2014
Sent Date: Monday, June 2, 2014
Author: Andrews, Zachary Jacob
I am excited for this transfer. Thanks for the opportunity to be with Elder Herbert. He is a super star. Such a good missionary when it is his turn to talk when we teach I just look at him and listen. To say that he oozes the spirit would be and understatement. No. He calls the spirit to come and shake you awake. I hit the Jackpot. I always had good companions, even if I didn't realize it at the time, but he takes the cake.

Anyway the missionaries here are awesome the Sisters, Mickho and McClendon are awesome and the Kellers....Give me a break, awesome. I hate to say it but I am our of my league. They are awesome. The Branch though I have mixed feeling about from what I saw they seem fine, small but fine. Elder Herbert assures me on the other hand that, that is not the case. I will see what is going on and make a conclusion for myself, like I always do.

Love you and thanks for this opportunity.
Elder Andrews