Thursday, August 4, 2011

Loves the Little kids

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The Plan

Hey Fam,
Well that was great to hear all the good news of all the pioneer history that is goin down there in good ole Utah! Im really happy for you guys!
As for me here in Honduras... well its been an awesome week. As far as baptisms we are lookin at some in the coming weeks were just waiting on paperwork for marriages in order to complete 2 familes and maybe baptize a complete family by the end of the month is the faith!! This week was a lot of preparation for a stake activity of the plan of salvation where each ward prepared a room representing each part of the plan of salvation. From the pre-earth life until the different kingdoms of glory, our ward was in charge of the CELESTIAL KINDOM... they decorated the room as if it was the room of the temple and its was incredible. Im sending a couple pics of the activity and the room that we decorated. The whole plan of the activity was to bring the new converts and investigators to learn more about the plan of salvation in a more real way!!! All of us as the missionaries we dressed up in baptismal clothes, or in all white clothes and we guided different groups of people who came to the different rooms, as if we were angels guiding them. It was an awesome experience and a suprising more then 80 people showed up, not a lot of investigators but a lot of new converts. All the wards did a really good job of showing how the plan of salvation is!
After the activity we had a really good experience and lesson with a family that we are teaching, talking about how families can be forever, we talked about temples and the joy that we have as members of this church to perfrom such ordinances. Its was really spiritual, they werent able to go to church on sunday but they are planning on going next week, which really would be the 2nd time there and were just hoping and praying that they will recieve a very clear answer to thier prayers if the 3 of them should be baptized together as a family, luckily it is fast sunday and testimony meeting so it will be an amazing experience for them.
We hope that you can keep us in our prayers so that we can start baptizing again cuz its been hard lately trying to find new people but with our faith and yours will help us reach success.
I hope everyone in Powell are enjoying themsleves and gettting fryed. Youve all been in my prayers alll week long for your saftety and ejoyment haha and I hope to hear from you all next week to find out how everything is going!
Thanks Grandpa and Grandma for the update this week, I love you both very very much!! Good work with everything that your doing to preserve the Pioneer Herritage, your amazing!!
Love your Elder Gardner

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

me and Elder Price

Who Needs Powell anyway?.......

Hey Fam,
Well dad... you wanted me to direct this to the fam for the FHE tonight on the boats there, I wish I could see some photos of everyone that are down there with you guys right now! Um as far as an update for me here in Honduras trying not to think to much of you guys and the powell trip you guys are now on... everything this week was really good. Me and Elder Price are doing really good, and getting along really well. We havent had anymore baptisms but were finding a lot of new ones and the members are starting to give us so its been really good. Its been interesting being with a missionary that doesnt know much spanish but he learning really fast.
Today as missionaries in the capital city... about 60 of us.. we all went and did a multi zone activity up at the giant Jesus Christ statue and park. It was all because our mission for the first time in history we broke the record of 200 baptisms in month...we got 211 so they took us all up there for a big activity. I got fried... so i guess its as if i was there in powell with you guys. Not.... haha. It was a good oportunity to get to know the new mission president and his family.. until one of the missionaires got pushed into a pole playing soccer with us and had to get taken to the hospital and get some stitches in his forehead, hes alright now though hahah
Um as far as something to share with you guys for your little FHE tonight. Me and Elder Price had a really great experience last night with some members we got to church yesterday for the first time in 12 years and then we went and watched a movie with them last night. We told them we were gonna come over last night but had no idea they were gonna invite all kinds of neighbors for a little movie night. We got there and there were around 15 people there, we watched a little 20 minute movie about references and that its through the small and simple things that we do, that big things are performed... something like that, im not sure how it is in english. In Alma 37:6! We had a really cool experience with them and it had been a while since I have litterally felt the spirit, but I felt it last night. I guess more of the message for you guys tonight and for this week, until the next.. is just my testimony that is just pounding in my heart right now. That I know this church is true, and that if one of you guys dont think you know if it is true for YOURSELF.... just do what me and my companion go about doing every single day and just pray, read your scriptures and just ask god. I have learned countless lessons and things here on my mission, things that have changed my life for good. I sometimes wonder if im still even the same Colton that all of you knew before the mission... I dont know how i was anymore. Elder Price has helped bring the spirit back into our companship for just coming out of the MTC.. and its been vital for us. I forget the power of the spirit in everything we do... until i feel it once again. Its so true and it just PENETRATES the hearts of the ones that call upon it!
I could go all night for you guys, but im sure its getting hot, your all sunburt, tired, and the mosquitos are all eating you alive... oh and im sure your sick of watching whoever is reading this cry... so ill let you guys go, and I guess ill just be waiting to see some pictures next week... I dont even know when you all come back but just live it up out there... cuz its your last one without me hahah whooooooo!!!
I love you all very very much!!
Dont have too much fun without me!
Love your missionary!!
Elder Gardner