Happy Easter – Baptism White…April 21, 2014

¡Buenas tardes familia!
I hope that your Easter weekend has been enjoyable and that you have taken the time to reflect on the atonement and resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  I do not think that we can come to fully understand all that the Master has done for us.  From His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane to His death on the cross and with the culmination of His resurrection, Christ fulfilled the will of the Father and made it possible for us to one day return home.  Our human nature prohibits us at times from realizing the extent of this truly selfless act.
Easter here in Mexico is celebrated quite differently.  As a result of the dominant religion here being the Catholic Church, this week is known as Semana Santa or the Holy Week, because of the Catholic tradition.  The main celebrations started Friday, with reenactments of the crucifixion.  A procession passed by our house Friday morning (see pic 1), which then climbed one of the hills by where we live.  Later in the day, when we had left to work, we could see a huge group of people on the summit of the hill for the reenactment.
The Saturday of Semana Santa is called Sabado de Gloria, supposedly refering to the resurrection of Christ.   I don’t know why they call Saturday the day of glory, because we think of Sunday as the day of his resurrection, but I have been told it is because they say that he resurrected 12:00am Saturday night.  The tradition this day is to get soaked.  Nobody soaked us, though ;).
Saturday, we had the great opportunity of baptizing five people as a district.  Three of the five are children and one is a granddaughter of the Sister that we baptized a few weeks ago Elder Alva baptized Cony, I baptized Irving, and our companions Elder Jimenez and Elder Merril baptized Guadalupe and Aranza.  Aranza, who is the granddaughter, actually asked our Zone Leader Elder Carrillo to baptize her.  The fifth person was also an investigator of Elder Jimenez and Elder Merril who is named Miguel.  His parents were also baptized a couple months ago.
Well, before I close, I guess I have to tell you a little about this weeks earthquake.  I was actually the only one in the house to notice the earthquake when it happened.  At the time, I was studying and only noticed that my table and chair started to shake a little.  From what I have heard, the earthquake was actually quite strong, but because we are on a hill we barely felt it.
It is time for me to go now, but as always I want to say that I know the Savior lives.  His resurrection is a reality and provides the promise that we too will rise again one day.  This is His church, and His work.
Elder Tyler Gardner
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2) Baptism
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3) These are some of the pictures that were not able to be sent a couple of weeks ago from the ice-skate activity.
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