The New Game Plan…. January 20, 2014

¡Buenas tardes familia!

I am glad to hear the world keeps turning, despite some ups and downs this week.  Things are going well here, but there is not much new to report this week.  We did have our regular three month interviews with President Anaya this week, and those went well.  This week, we also received ths year’s Area Plan for the area of Mexico.  Nothing really changed in the plan this year from the plan last year.  That goes to show that in reality, as a church we are not changing plans or changing doctrine, rather we are just putting these things into action and applying what we already know.
The area plan that we have states that, as missionaries, we should be having 40-60 lessons a week, at least one baptism a week, have 12-15 investigators, and find at least one new investigator each day.  All of these things are absolutely feasable in all of Mexico.  This just goes to show how much work we have, and how we need to be advancing this work like never before.  The ward councel is key in this plan, because while it is possible for missionaries alone to realize these goals, it is much easer and more effective with the help of the ward councel.  Lots of work is ahead for all of us, and I’m sure it is not going to get easier.
But we do not fear, for the Lord is on our side. “Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward” (see D&C 128:22).
Now, a little about the small happenings of this week.  Saturday, our Stake opened its Center of Self Sufficiency (in Spanish, El Centro de Autosuficiencia).  Also, the spring of the curtain bar in our bathroom is gradually failing, so some jurry rigging was necessary (picture attached).  I sort of feel that it has an ‘Uncle Mark look’ to it, but tell me what you think.  Other than that, not much else of interest has occurred.  Things continue fairly normal for us.  Attached are also pictures of me, and of one of the hills around us on fire.  We noticed the fire on the way to email today.
Well, unfortunately, my time is up so I need to close.  I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, and that my confidence in the Savior grows each day.  He lives and he is watching.  There is power in faith and power in the priesthood, true power that is more real than any earthly power held by man.
Elder Tyler Gardner
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