March 31, 2014

¡Buenas tardes familia!

Here we are to the end of March! Things keep moving faster and faster. The sands of time are slipping through the hourglass more like water now. Next thing we know, April will be kicking us out the door into May. Ok, maybe I am a little ahead of myself, but it almost seems like that. From what I hear, it sounds like Utah’s weather is holding true to form, unpredictable and uncontrolled. Things are holding steady here. The weather continues to stay calm and predictable.

So quite a few things have taken place this week. First of all, Elder Alva’s birthday was this last Wednesday. A sister in the ward shared with us Monday a cake that she bought to celebrate our birthdays, and Wednesday we ate some spaghetti with octopus with another family that was actually fairly delicious. Elder Alva was made happy by these small gifts, and so was I.

Also this week, we baptized the Hna. Guadalupe Hernandez! She commented during the baptism that the last five weeks of her life have been an amazing change for her. We have been able to see how the Lord prepared the way for her to learn about the church and to be baptized. The entire baptismal service was great, and we expect that her family will shortly follow her to the waters of baptism (they have all been attending church with her, but we haven’t had much chance to teach them, so we will now be focusing on teaching them). Words cannot describe the joy that the Hna. Hernandez showed after her baptism.

With this joyful event now behind us, we must push forward and continue our search for growth, improvement, and baptisms. Baptism is the culmination of the process of repentance and change, but it is only the first covenant we make in the gospel. What a joy it is to help others enter through the door and start on the path.

I know that this is the true church here on the Earth today. I know that this work is indeed true, and I also know that there is much joy to be found in helping others to come to Christ. I am convinced that every member needs to experience the joy that Alma and the Sons of Mosiah felt in proclaming the gospel, for it is indeed something more than happiness.

Sincerely,
Elder Tyler Gardner

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