Monday, December 13, 2010

The Lord just throws people in our path

Hey Fam!
Well today im sure your all waiting to find out what news we got with changes. Turns out I got me another Greengo companion. His name is Elder Skoubye, from Riverton, UT and were getting along really well. Hes a shy guy and doesnt talk much beacause spanish has been a struggle for him, but hes got almost 11 months in the mission now and were both helping each other out a lot! It sure was good to get a change so that we can all start over again in our huge area and just blow it up! In the good way!
So to start this new change off with Elder Skoubye I just told him about how it was with Elder Reyes and that I have huge plans to just start from scratch, contact as much as we can, and start working a lot more with the members. Mainly because the biggest problem was that none of the members trusted my last companion so it was kinda tough, but Its been such a great change in our area to just start over!
Well there has been a lot of amazing experiences that have happened this week starting wednesday when me and Elder Skoubye started. First of all one of the servants of Hna Cordova, named Alba, This last week at church she actually just showed up randomly, with a neice and a nephew, just from the simple things that we have done in the past weeks with giving her a Book of Mormon and teaching little by little when we had the time. Now wednesday when we showed up from Teguc from Changes, with the luggage and everything she was out front of the house and so I had been wanting to ask how it went at church and so I asked her, she said she loved it and that she wants to get baptized!!! That was just something else from me becasue I could tell sunday that she liked the church but I thought we were quite a ways away from baptism but now that is not the case! Alba wasnt able to show up to church yesterday but she is preparing to be baptized the 18th its lookin like! This week has been something else for us now that we are living litteraly in 100% obedience and I can testify from many experiences that we have had this week that when we are doing everything we can to be 100% obedient, the lord has not only been putting people in our bath, but in some experiences this week, throwing them at us!
To finish I want to basically tell you of a really great experience that we had. Saturday night we were headed up to a cita up on one of the Mountain sides in valle and quite a walk from our house but it had been just our luck that the citas right before had fallen though and we found ourselves headed up a bit early so we just figured we would open the mouth a couple times where we were and then head up. It was right then that Elder Skoubye told me, Hey lets contact right here. So we walked right up to the gate of this house and started just yelling "Buenas" like always and after a couple times a man came to the door and we introduced ourselves through his screen door, but this day we had been focussing in teaching and sharing the Plan of Salvation so we told them we just need a good 10 minutes to share this message with him not neccisarily expecting him to open up to us but only god knows why he opened the door to us after a long day of work, as a cop in Teguc. We sat down with this man and started in talking about he family and our families and he started telling us he has 2 daughters and his wife that all live there with him. Right before we asked to say a prayer these two beautiful little girls of 7 and 9 years come in and sit on both sides of him and we couldnt help but to see the love in this little family! We started with a prayer and then he started to tell us how his wife is sick and wouldnt be able to sit with us, and that she had just layed down. We said it wouldnt be a big deal and went right into the lesson. We had only started witht the 3 questions that the Plan of Salvation answers when here comes his wife into the room, tired, definately sick, and just said that she really felt like she needed to hear what we have to say! Im not sure what we said after that but basically shared that the Plan that God has for us is centered on the famlily and things like that! This sweet little wife of this cute little family started to tell us of some hard times that she has had, that her family just means the most to her, and that this ocasion with all 4 of them sitting in the living room, chatting with friends or anyone... had been the first time in over 8 years because it was almost impossible to find them all together as a family! I told her that this was not random and that the lord called us to come to her house, to share this message of a plan of happiness and that our father in heaven wants the best for them. She just began to cry, and when she started to cry, her two sweet little daughters began to cry, even to the point that this very serious, tough, and all of the above, Police, got tears in his eyes. In this moment the spirit just swarmed in this room and none of us could deny it! After we realized this plead for just a 10 minute lesson had just turned into nearly an hour, we then shared testimony, and ended with prayer and was definately one of those moments in the mission that I couldnt deny the fact that the lord sent us there that night, that this plan that we are called to teach, was at that exact time, intended for that family, and that I will never forget that moment seeing true love in a family, that I honesly havent seen in a long time in my mission! It was truely something else!
Im not sure why I felt like sharing this story and my testimony with all of you but I hope that it touched someone with the realization that God really does have a plan for us and that when there is a family that needs to hear this message, that the missionaries, like i said early, will be thrown at them. This plan that we teach, is nothing more then just a plan of happiness and that there is nothing that I love and miss more then my own family back at home. This is the true church!!
I already dont have much time cuz we gotta head back to Valle now but I want you all to know how much I love you all, and that the more we study this plan of Salvation, the more happiness we will find in our lives!
Bryson I wanna wish you a happy birthday tomorrow buddy and I hope you have a good one! Dont worry your card is on its way just running a little late! Love you!
I love you all and hope you have an amazing week, wish us luck for this saturday as we have another baptism and then maybe 3 or 4 next saturday! Keep us in your prayers! Thanks for everything! Less then 20 days and Ill be callin home.....ahhh!
Until Next week!
Love Elder Gardner

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