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, September 26, 2011

Ya llegò la primavera (Loma Week 21)

¡Hola mis amigos! Espero que todos estèn bien.

This week was great. The best part was that spring officially started on Wednesday (I really have no idea if I spelled that right). The days of cold and rain are over! Now come the days of sun and heat. Time to break out the sunscreen. And on spring day (yes, that`s a holiday here) we had a zone conference. It was a great conference and President Gulbransen talked a lot about planning and counseling with your companion. I learned a lot.

Also on Wednesday we found a new family that has ten children. The dad works in the Buenos Aires West mission (our area is on the border of the mission) and the missionaries there talked to him. They passed the information to us and we went to visit them. The parents are awesome and there are a ton of kids in the house (feels like home). Sadly the parents couldn`t come to church this week, but we are going to make sure they go to general conference next week.

Well, now for the most exciting news. We had another baptism! A man named Gustavo got baptized on Saturday. He is a great guy. He went to church a lot a year ago but got discouraged because he couldn`t get baptized and stopped going. He has some small mental problems, but he has a great heart and a desire to follow Christ. His biggest problem was that he used to drink coffee and tea, thus breaking the Word of Wisdom. But we bought him some Malta (the argentine subsitute for coffee) and now he drinks that. On Saturday he was baptized and all his sins were washed away. Then on Sunday he was given the gift of the Holy Ghost and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.

Sunday was a crazy day. If you remember, last Sunday after stake conference we baptized a youth named Benito. That means he had to go to church yesterday to be confirmed a member and recieve the Holy Ghost. So yesterday morning we went to his house to pick him up. We knocked and clapped and yelled his name for about 20 minutes before we had to go to church to not show up too late. We were both rather discouraged since Benito didn`t wake up but we walked to church with a prayer in our heart. When we got to church Gustavo was already sitting there ready for his confirmation and Leonardo (the father of the amazing family I was talking about for a while) was also there. That was a huge surprise. Leonardo started working Sunday mornings a few weeks ago, but he was there with a big smile on his face as we walked in. Sacrament meeting started and Gustavo was confirmed. I then gave a talk about faith and as we listened to a high counsel man talk about General Conference, Benito walked in! About an hour late, but he showed up. I was really relieved and tried to signal to the bishop that they needed to confirm Benito before the last hymn. But for some reason or another they didn`t do it. After sacrament meeting we tried to talk the bishop into confirming him during preisthood meeting, but according to church handbooks it has to be during sacrament, so he didn`t do it. It was a dissapointment, but I was so happy to see Benito come to church. Now we need to keep working with him for two more weeks since this Sunday is the General Conference and he can`t be confirmed then.

Well, that`s all the exciting news for this week. I hope everyone is enjoying the first days of spring. O wait, you guys just started fall. That`s too bad. Have a good time anyway.

Les amo muchìsimo,
Elder Gardner

Me, my comp, and Gustavo.

Me and Gustavo and the water`s edge.

After the baptism with some of the members.

This is a big clock tower. It makes chiming noises every hour.

A memorial to the soldiers who died in the fight for the Falkan Islands. Argentines are obsessed with the Falkan Islands.

Elder Prado didn`t make it across in time. (Actually he had to go back because he dropped something and almost got hit in the process.) Don`t worry. This is Argentina. Jay walking is a favorite past time.

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