Monday, September 26, 2011


Hey Fam,
Ah well its been a really awesome week. Changes were this wednesday, but as expected I didnt have changes and I stayed here and im gonna be here with Elder Neilsen until he goes home on the 3rd of November... Im not looking forward to it just cuz its gonna make it really baggy but were doin good so far. In our zone there at 8 areas and 5 of the 8 areas had changes so we got a lot of new Elderes which was a good thing, for the most part. We just have a lot of old missionaries in the zone and for some reason they think that with the more time they have, the more lazy they can get. If youve got any tips on how to animate missionaries to work hard in their last 4 months... just let us know cuz none of them want to listen right now. Its been hard for us lately to show the example as far as results in our area cuz we havent had much success... but were getting better. We just had a really aweome baptism of an 18 year old future missionary!!
We had been working really hard with Edin all week, he is a best friend of one of the other future missionaries in the ward, and ever since we started teaching him he has just been super humble and accepting. When we go to visit his family.. its just sad. They live in one of the worst conditions... for being in the city at least. I got used to seeing that when I was in the south but being here in the city its just sooo sad. Edin, his older brother, and Dad all work, they have machettes and they cut grass and clean different parts of the city... and for just 75 limpiras a day. Which is about 4 dollars. They live extremely poor. The first time we went to thier house, we saw a bag from the bishops store house that had rice in it before, and we found out that the future missionary who gave us the reference of them had given them what he had, because he as well, is homeless, he just has the luck to be living in the house of a returned missionary and his family. I have the faith that Edin and his family will soon be baptized with time. We took the chance to baptize Edin so that he could set the example for his family and just by having his family go to the baptims and see how beautiful it is. Well... Satan seems to be pretty good at throwing stumbling blocks in our way and his family, on thier way to the baptism, his dad passed out and fell down for which we found out later was lack of nutricion. Because of that no one in the family was able to go to Edins baptism, but luckily a lot fo members came and supported him. Despite that, Edins dad, just the day after was able to go to church, and being the super humble guy he is, loved the church, could only stay the first hour because he wasnt feeling good. We hope the lord will soften their hearts and help them come to get baptised as well.
Im sending some pictures as well of the service project that we did for the owners of my last house in La Reforma. We went over early in the morning on tuesday and made cement and then hauled it in buckets back to the back of the house where we pulled off a Honduran cement job... it was kind of a joke, but it was fun. Despite the fact that they are really really strong and faithful baptists, they love us now, and they gave us one heck of a lunch. So it was worth it in the end. Maybe someday they will be baptised since the wife there has a sister that is a member, sealed in the temple and everything... its just hard, cuz she wants nothing to do with us!
Anyways... thats my week in a short message, keep us in our prayers cuz as we go into this new month of October, and especially with General Conference coming up, its a huge week for missionaries just trying to find people to go to the conference. Were gonna need all the help we can get, especially with the very little investigators that we have.
I love you all very very very much. I STOKED for General Conference.... I got home just 10 days after the next one....dont worry im not baggy and I dont think about it much... haha
Love Elder Gardner

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