Elder Gardner

Elder Gardner will enter the MTC on Wednesday, June 23rd. We will keep this blog up-dated every week with his letters and pictures. If you would like to write to Elder Gardner, please click on the "write a letter" link on the right hand side for directions and his address. If you don't know much about Mormon Missions read the "about missions" page to learn more; it may help you understand some confusing terms in the letters.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tribulation (Cazador week 12)


To tell the truth, this week has been kind of tough. The week before was amazing and we had high hopes for all the people we had met and started teaching. But slowly one by one they all started falling away. On Thursday we had four appointments planned and all of them fell through. On Friday we had seven planned and all but one fell through. So we were rather disappointed, but we kept working through the tribulation. I think Satan was working pretty hard too, let me tell you some of the things that happened:

Silvia. She is the wife of a less active member. We talked to them and gave her a Book of Mormon on Sunday. On Tuesday we came back and talked to them and they said that they had read together and discussed the church and felt really good. It was the first time they had talked about religion without fighting. Then Tuesday night Silvia´s son (14 years old, from a different father) was out playing soccer when some punks came and started a fight. The son got hit in the head with a rock, right in the temple. It broke the skull and he is in the hospital and won´t leave for a while. So Silvia has been in the hospital with him too. And the husband just got a job offer that will take him to another province (state) for about a month. And for some reason he accepted! So he left when his family really needed him most (they have a three month old baby too). Any thoughts they had about the church have left for at least a month.

Family Jousset. They are the cousins of Juan Ignacio, the kid that got baptized two weeks ago. After we taught them the daughter went to the hospital for surgery, I´m not entirely sure why - some sort of gall bladder thing. So the mom has been gone and we haven´t been able to talk to them in over a week.

Juana. This is the older lady who lives really far away and came to church once. Her daughter was kidnapped, we believe. She left of her own free will with an older man that Juana doesn't know. And she took her national identification documents, all of the pictures of her in the house (so they can´t put up signs with her picture), and 800 pesos. So Juana has been busy trying to find her and take care of the farm that she lives on all alone.

Domingo. An amazing old man that we found. He told us that he wants to become a member of the church. We were really excited for him. On Saturday we had an appointment with him but when we went there was a note on the door for us telling us that he will be gone for 15 days. We have no idea why or where he went. But at least he thought to leave us a note, I think he will be baptized when he gets back.

So it´s been an interesting week. But Elder Merrill and I kept working. And for those of you who realized that today is transfers week, let me tell you about my new companion. Elder Merrill left and I am here in El Cazador with Elder Southern. He is from Indiana (I think). I don´t really know a whole lot about him yet (I just meet him about an hour ago). He only has two transfers left so I hope he isn't trunky. I´m a little bit worried about having to handle the area until he learns the ropes here. This is my first time staying in an area and getting a new companion, I´m going to have to take a lot more leadership. It´s a little bit scary but I´m really excited for the chance to learn a lot. God kept me here for a reason, now I just got to find out why.

Well, I hope everyone has a great week. I´ll tell you more next week. Same time, same place, slightly different storyline.

les amo,
Elder Gardner

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