Mexico’s Independence Day….. Sept. 15, 2014

¡Buenas tardes familia!

We are half way through September now and Mexico is celebrating its independence.  Well, actually… I am fairly sure that today is officially Mexico’s independence day.  The thing is that many of the celebrations actually take place tomorrow.  Things sort of get kicked-off tonight with the President giving the ‘independence shout’ (el grito).  From what I understand, the shout traditionally represents, or is in memory of, the shout of Miguel Hidalgo that started the revolution.  Anyhow, we will be probably hearing many fireworks tonight and tomorrow.

This week has been a little slow, but things are going well.  We found some new investigators this week and we are working with a few other investigators who are progressing.  Yesterday, we went with a family of members and we had the chance to meet and talk with some of their cousins who were visiting.  They actually seemed really interested in what we taught and we left a Book of Mormon with them along with a pamphlet of the Restoration.  Even the nine year old girl who was there with us was listening intently and asked some really good questions.  That is when you know that you are doing something right.  If you can succeed in having a eight or nine year old stay attentive during a lesson, things are going well.  It also goes to show how children are sensitive to the presence of the Spirit.

Friday was our ward’s ‘Mexican Night’ (Noche Mexicana) in celebration of el quince de septiembre.  We were able to take advantage of the celebration and invited every one of our investigators that we could to the event.  It was a fun celebration and there was lots of food and music (as there always is at a Mexican fiesta).  To start off the night, the Bishop gave is own little independence shout and then everyone dug into the food.  Then, one of the investigators of Elder Preciado and Elder Wagner sang a few songs for everyone.  After that, the floor was opened up for a small dance.  We had to leave a little early to get home on time, but we had an enjoyable night.  I will send some pictures of the event next week because the internet we usually go to is closed today.

Well, my time is basically up.  I hope you all have an enjoyable fifteenth of September and a great week.  I know that this is the work of the Lord and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the kingdom of God on the earth today.  I know that the Lord is guiding this work.  He is with us at every step and through every challenge.  Therefore, we must continue forward with faith and remember that sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Sincerely,

Elder Tyler Gardner

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