Tuesday, May 6, 2014

4/28/14 Ups and Downs

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was a lot of ups and downs as far as the week, but overall things are really starting to progress in our area. We are finding some solid investigators and seeing miracles with the less active members. Still a lot of walking, tracting and getting rejecting, but not quite as much!  The first few days of the week were the rough ones. I think the most success we saw on Tuesday was when my comp bought Balut from the 18 year old Balut guy and so I decided to give him a pass along card and tell him that our message was a lot more delicious than Balut. He just laughs whenever he sees us now. That same day we found a former investigator and she said we could teach her and so we sit down and are ready to teach and then she says to wait a minute and she goes into the back room. We wait and wait and wait and finally she sends out a little girl saying "next time na lang." That is one way to get rid of missionaries haha. Despite a hard few days, I found comfort in my patriarchal blessing and felt God's love for me as I read in the Book of Mormon. I can't imagine what I would do through the trials in my life if I didn't have the gospel. 

Saturday was a miracle day! I know that it was because on Friday night despite the lack of lessons we stayed out until the last minute tracting and trying to talk to people. Obedience bring miracles! So Saturday morning we went tracting in a new area that we found and it was amazing! We found so many new people to teach and one of them is a family! That was just the morning. In the afternoon all of our appointments worked out and we were just going from appointment to appointment with no time to tract and be discouraged. It felt so good! One of the people we taught is our investigator Blanca. She is the one with the old Book of Mormon. She had so many questions for us and they were all answered as we taught her about the Restoration and Book of Mormon. She is so prepared for the gospel and she accepted the invitation to be baptized is she come to know that this is true! She is still waiting for the answer to her prayer about Joseph Smith, but I know that it will come! 

On Sunday we were able to teach Sister Miranda. Several sets of missionaries taught her and her husband back in 2007 and Brother's brother and his wife are sealed in the temple, so they are familiar with the church. We invited brother to listen to the lesson, but he said that he was busy taking care of the baby. We taught Sister on the porch first about God is our loving Heavenly Father and then about how the gospel blesses families. Once we began talking about families brother appeared in the doorway and listened for the rest of the time. They are such a darling family and I hope that this is their time for the gospel! 

Some funny things this week... A less active member explained to us how she uses the priesthood power to heal children...umm I think she is a little confused. We also visited one of the missionaries that is in the hospital with Dengue because is was his birthday. He had one cake that said "Happy Birthday" and one the said "Happy Dengue Day." I thought it was funny. The hospital was straight out of a scary movie though. Kawawa. 

What else? I think that is about it. I am just thankful for all of the experiences on my mission that I will have the rest of my life to look back on. Some are hard, some are happy and some are halarious. They all make me smile though and I know I would not be who I am if it weren't for all of these extreme emotional experiences each day.
I love you all! Thanks for all of your prayers and support! Have an awesome week and enjoy the spring weather while I am here trying not to "overheat" (it is a real thing- you don't want to experience it).

-Sister Gardner

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