Into August With a New Companion……July 28,2014

¡Buenas tardes a todos!  Espero que todos están con bien.

So, here we are to July 28th, 2014.  August is almost upon us.  The rain here has cut back and the sun is ruling the sky.  Transfers took place this last week, and things turned out as Elder Ubeda was expecting.  A week ago today, we received the call at 9:40pm +/- that Elder Ubeda had transfers, and that we were to arrive at the temple at 11:45am Tuesday.  There, we met our new companions.  Elder Castillo is now here with me in San Felipe II.  He is from the Dominican Republic and has six months in the mission field.  Elder Castillo is actually the ‘son’ of one of my previous companions, Elder Pardo.
This week has gone well, and Elder Castillo is slowly getting to know the area.  He is a good worker and I am excited to have the chance to work with him.  We got some good work done this week, and we hope to improve this week.  Unfortunately, our investigators didn’t attend church Sunday, so we are going to do our best this week to help them attend and prepare to be baptized.  Principally, we need to make sure that our investigators have friends in the ward.  Aside from helping our investigators receive their testimonies, it is also important that they have friends in the ward who can help them continue firm in the gospel after their baptism.
Also this week, the son of our Bishop entered the Mexico City MTC Tuesday.  I had the chance to get to know him a little bit before he left, and I am sure that he will be a good missionary.  It is great to see others leave on missions and start their journey.
Before closing, I would like to share a small experience that I had this week.  We have been teaching a sister who is nicknamed Maru for a few weeks.  This week, we received news that her brother died.  Obviously, she was impacted by this loss and has been very sad.  Reviewing the Plan of Salvation with her, I came to realize more that we are truly blessed to have the knowledge that we do in the gospel.  Talking with Maru about the Spirit World, we were able to share the comforting news that her brother still lives in spirit and that he is in a better place.  Although Maru still has to receive a testimony of the things that we are teaching her, it was great to reaffirm the peace and comfort that come from knowing the plan that God has for us.
I know that this church is true and I know that my Redeemer lives.  He loves us and his arms are outstretched to all who repent.  Although our nature is difficult to change, his doctrine is pure and simple.  That is the reality of the atonement.
Sincerely,
Elder Tyler Gardner
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