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.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Hace frío (Loma Week 9)

Hello everybody!

Just so you all know: ¡¡IT´S COLD!! I wake up everyday and the first thing I do (after praying, of course) is light the gas heater we have. Then I do exercise in front of the heater, I take a shower (thank goodness we have hot water), I eat breakfast in front of the heater, I study in front of the heater, I basically don´t leave from the heater until it is time to walk out the door. And when we are outside I wear one or two sweaters, a jacket, a scarf, a beanie, and gloves. Yep, it´s cold. When we go to people´s houses they are like, ¨elders, what are you doing? It´s cold. Aren't you allowed to stay inside when it´s cold?¨ We tell them, ¨Nope. We are here as servants of the Lord and He works no matter how cold it is. So we do too. When one makes a covenant with God to serve Him you can´t go back on that promise no matter how cold it gets.¨ Alright, I don´t really say all that. I usually just say, ¨No, we have to work anyway. Can we come inside?¨

Well, there isn't anything all that excited to tell this week. Since it was cold Sunday morning there was almost no one in church. Argentines seem to use what ever excuse they can to not leave the house. But I guess I can't blame them too much since no one has cars and they have to walk to church. We are working with a few people who should be baptized soon, but we realized we don't really have a very big teaching pool. We need to find more people to teach.

The best part of the week was the confirmation of David. We visited him almost every day after his baptism last Sunday and he was excited to go to church and be confirmed and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Then we called him on Sunday morning and he said he hadn't slept at all during the night and asked if we could wait till next week. I said no and we went to his house in a remis (taxi). When we got there we found out why he hadn't slept: two youth from the church were at his house all night playing computer games. The good old teenage life.... We convinced David and the two members to come with us to church, so we all got in the taxi and went. My companion had the privilege of confirming David a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and giving him the gift of the Holy Ghost. It was a good moment.

Things with my companion are good. Le bajo la caña mucho. Pero lo hago con amor. Y tengo que hacerlo para que entienda. We get along just fine. But it is hard to have a conversation with him. I love him though and try to help him the best I can. I've really learned a lot being with him.

Have a great week everyone! Enjoy the warm weather for me. And have a happy 4th of July! God bless America. It truly is an amazing country.

con amor,
Elder Gardner

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