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, August 15, 2011

Elecciones (Loma week 15)

I can't believe we are already half way through August. This week flew by. This month flew by. This year flew by. I don't even know what´s going on anymore, everything is just flying everywhere.

But this week was pretty good. Yesterday was a big day. It was the primary elections (is that how you spell it in english?) for the president of Argentina. And here it is mandatory to vote, if you don't vote they hunt you down and make you (supposedly) so there weren't very many people at church or at home yesterday. But that's alright. The mission has been having great success. Last month we broke the mission record for most baptisms in a month and a week ago we broke the record for investigators in church (as a mission). President Gulbransen has us focusing a lot on working with members to find, teach, and get people to church. Here in Loma Hermosa we are slowly improving in our efforts with the members. Slowly but surely.

I'm trying to think of a good story... Alright, this one is ok. On Sunday in the morning we went to go pick up a kid to go to church. The kid was sleeping and didn't go, but we ran into his uncle who was standing on the roof (that's normal here, the roof is flat). He was clearly drunk or on some sort of drugs and was crying. He said his ¨wife¨ (they aren't married) left him and that he didn't have credit on his cell phone to call her. He said he was going to kill himself. We told him not to, that God loves him and that things will get better. We tried to get him to come to church with us, but he didn't want to. The good part is that we talked him out of doing any serious, and that when we went by later in the day he was asleep, but still alive. I don't know if he really would have done anything, but we might have saved his life. I guess God wanted us to go by that house for a reason.

The amazing family we are teaching is still amazing. They had to go far away to vote so they didn't go to church this week, but they are going to select the date to get married today. Hooray!

That's all I got for this week. I hope everyone has a great week and stay tuned for next week.

Les quiero,
Elder Gardner

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