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.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

¡Hola! (Loma Week 6)

Well, here we are again.

This was a week of lots of hard work, but it had a pretty good ending. Yesterday and Saturday we had stake conference. And the mission president said that we needed to do all we could to get the people we are teaching to stake conference both Sunday and Saturday. So we worked really hard to get a family there on Saturday. We arrived at their house at 6:15 p.m. to head over to church, but they took FOREVER getting ready and we didn't leave until about 7:40 (it started at 7). We arrived at about 8 and got to listen to the last hour of the meeting. The mission president was there and gave a great talk. The whole family really enjoyed the conference. Sadly they didn't wake up in time to go the meeting on Sunday. But on Sunday night we took on of the boys of the family to the testimony meeting of all the missionaries that are going home. He really enjoyed the meeting and has a lot more interest in getting baptized now than he did before. I also saw my trainer, Elder Ludwig, at the meeting. He is going home today. It´s amazing how fast the time has gone by, it seems like just yesterday I was with him in Parque Chacabuco.

So the other exciting news of the week: Transfers! My companion, Elder Rose, left Loma Hermosa. I am with a new companion, Elder Romero. Elder Romero is from Argentina, ¡I finally have a Latin companion! He is a convert to the church, he got baptized about a year ago, and this is his second transfer in the mission. So he is still learning about the gospel and about the mission. It is a pretty big culture difference, me being an American and being raised in the church and him being an Argentine that recently became a member. But I am excited to work together and learn together. He has great desire to work and be a good missionary. There also is a new program in the mission that the new missionaries study for an extra hour for the first two transfers. So I now have a different schedule than before and am in the role of ´trainer´ even though I´m not really. It´s kinda weird but it should be good.

That´s all I have time for today. I was going to send pictures but the computer doesn't like me. Hope you have a great week!

Love from Argentina,
Elder Gardner

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